Crime

CCSO Seeks ID of Bus Riding Purse Snatcher

CCSO Seeks ID of Bus Riding Purse Snatcher

The suspect and the victim were riding the JTA bus at the same time and the suspect targeted the victim in the parking lot after they exited the bus at the stop near the OP Mall/Sears Auto Center on Blanding Blvd. in Orange Park.

Teen Burglary Suspect Charged with Two Murders in Clay

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A teen wounded in a gunfight during a burglary of a home in Clay County earlier this week is now in jail, charged with two counts of felony murder.

Deputies arrested 17-year-old Derell Emory after he checked out of Shands Jacksonville Saturday morning.

The burglary happened late Wednesday at a home on Creswick Circle in the Oakleaf neighborhood.

The Clay County sheriff's office said Leroy McDonald, a caretaker, confronted two suspects who tried to break into the home.  Shots were fired.  McDonald died at the scene.

Shots were fired a second time when a Clay County Sheriff's deputy arrived at the home.

One of the suspects, 24-year-old Todd Bradshaw of Jacksonville, died at the scene.

809 Area Code Scam

A community member wrote us today about returning calls to the area code 809. The community member claims she actually received a call last week from the 809 area code. A woman called and said, “Hey, this is Karen. Sorry I missed you- get back to us quickly. I have something important to tell you.” Then she repeated a phone number beginning with 809.

Woman Killed by Stray Bullet was Wife, Mother of Three

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The children of the woman killed Friday by a stray bullet are wondering why it happened.

Analiza Gobaton, 41, was on her way to watch two of her children receive awards at school for making the honor roll Friday morning when gunfire erupted a block away.

One bullet that missed its intended target hit Gobaton in the head, and the nurse, wife and mother of three died Sunday.

"A very senseless act, very tragic," said close friend Annabelle Ramirez.

Ramirez leafed through a photo album of Gobaton's work.

"She would record everything," she said of Gobaton, also a photographer.

For all of the titles Gobaton earned, none made her more proud than mother, her friend said.

"Her kids...that was everything to her."

The shooting happened a block from the intersection of Blanding Boulevard and 103rd Street shortly after 8 a.m. 

Kids Still Walk Solo Where Somer Kidnapped, Killed

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- One year after Somer Thompson was killed on her walk home from school, we found kids still going by the suspect's house alone, with no parents in sight.

On Gano Avenue, kids ride their bikes and walk past the house on the way to Grove Park Elementary without any supervision. One year ago, authorities say this is where Jarred Harrell kidnapped and killed Thompson.

"We see quite a few still walking solo. We'd like more parents to do this year-round, to walk with them. But the longer it goes the less parents we see," said Orange Park Police Chief Jim Boivin.

The signs of Somer are still everywhere. Fresh purple ribbons are at her school, the school crossing and the on the mailbox outside Harrell's old house.

That house on Gano Avenue has smashed windows and appears abandoned. A CrimeStoppers sign is posted on the garage door.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest

Hubbard House announced September 20th the launch of its first-ever Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest in an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence among youth.

The contest, open to youth ages 5-12 living in Northeast Florida, runs from Sept. 20 through Oct. 21 and highlights Hubbard House’s newest prevention program WAVE (Working Against Violence Every day, Everywhere, Every time). The program teaches youth healthy relationship skills before abuse occurs, how to identify and prevent bullying and helps them gain a better understanding of how violence affects their lives.