Crime

Mother Fears for Daughter's Safety After Alleged Classroom Attack

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A mother of a young student at First Coast High School says she's scared to send her daughter back to school after an alleged attack inside a classroom.

"Where's the security when the boy walked in the classroom? Where's the security when we send our kids to school," asked Deborah Bright.

She says she's terrified to send her 15-year-old daughter back to school after an alleged attack by her ex-boyfriend.

Though she fears it could have been much worse.

"How would you have called to explain it to me if you had said I need you to come identify your child's body," she said.  

Bright tears up as her daughter describes what she says the boy did to her.

"He comes and grabs my hair, he pulls me back, and I stumbled, I almost fell, but I caught myself," said Jamecia Hammock.

$30,000 Worth of Beer Stolen from Anheuser-Busch Plant

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police say a truck with almost 2,000 cases of beer was driven away from the Anheuser-Busch plant in Jacksonville by an unknown thief.

Pearstein Distributors, a South Carolina company that contracts with the beer plant to distribute the product, reported the theft late Tuesday.

Police say an unknown suspect in an unknown vehicle entered the Northside plant, displayed the appropriate paperwork necessary to pick up a load of beer and then drove away.

Pearlstein Distributors called Ken Wilkey to report that the shipment never reached its destination.

A total of 1,980 cases of beer were stolen, valued at $30,000.

Police say there is no additional suspect or suspect vehicle information.

 

Mayor's Communications Director Arrested on DUI Charge

Mayor's Communications Director Arrested on DUI Charge

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Communications Director for Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown is facing a DUI charge in Bradford County.

Jail records show Abel Harding was arrested Saturday near U.S. 301 by the Hampton Police Department. He was booked on a DUI charge late Saturday, then released early Sunday.

Thieves Steal Oodles of Rum

Thieves Steal Oodles of Rum

Thieves made off with a cargo container loaded with 960 cases of Bacardi Rum and other alcoholic beverages over the weekend.

Police Continue Intense Search for Elderly Woman's Attacker

Police Continue Intense Search for Elderly Woman's Attacker

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dinsmore Elementary School was once again the command center for day two of the search for a vicious attacker in Northwest Jacksonville.

Officers and detectives spent the day canvassing the neighborhood for the person who brutally attacked 83-year-old Emma Beasley in her home off of Civic Club Drive.

"I feel certain that they're going to catch this individual or individuals," said Danny Griffin, Beasley's son-in-law.

Griffin said he and his wife left home to celebrate the birth of a new grandchild at the hospital.  A couple of hours later, they came home to discover Beasley with critical injuries in her bedroom.

"When you come home and find a small 83-year-old woman with what this person or person has done, it's horrendous," said Griffin.

Police SWAT Unit Finds No One There on West 4th Street

Police SWAT Unit Finds No One There on West 4th Street

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The SWAT team from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to an incident in the 1700 block of West Fourth Street where neighbors said a domestic dispute was going on, but when police entered the apartment no one was there.

Police earlier said two people inside the apartment were refusing to come out as ordered. Police do not know where the people who were allegedly involved in the dispute are located.

Fourth Street was closed from Pearce to Powhatten as the SWAT team dealt with the situation.

This incident was near Edward Waters College, south of Old Kings Road. The road was closed for about an hour and a half.

 

One Dead After Early Morning Shooting

One Dead After Early Morning Shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A woman is dead on the northside after an early morning shooting.

It happened around 4:30 a.m. in the 12000 block of Black Angus Drive. That's in the Sheffield Oaks neighborhood.

Sgt. Dan Janson of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office tells us someone inside the house called 911. We do not yet know the identity of the woman.

 Investigators are still looking into the situation but as of right now they believe it might have been a domestic dispute.

First Coast News will update this story as new information is avaialable.