Crime

Craigslist Scam Leaves First Coast Woman Heart Broken

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The online marketplace, Craigslist.org, can help shoppers find great deals, but it also has become a bedrock of consumer horror stories.

Two weeks ago, Tina Morris, of Jacksonville, was shopping Craigslist for a car for her daughter, but when she handed over her money and found herself trapped in a scam.

"It was for my daughter's graduation present," said Morris.

Morris found a 2007 Honda Accord listed for $2,900 on Craigslist. The seller claimed she was in Lake City, but the car was in a New Jersey shipping yard.

"It sounded logical to me," said Morris.

The seller, via e-mail, said the car was part of a divorce and the sale was being handled by eBay motors agent Gary Doyle.

Identity Released for Woman Killed in Fiery Crash

Identity Released for Woman Killed in Fiery Crash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are continuing their investigation into the single-vehicle crash that killed a local woman, and they are looking for help.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, 34-year-old Ulanda Peterson was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into a utility pole Friday night shortly before 11.

The crash happened near the intersection of Lem Turner and Broward roads, just blocks from Peterson's home.

The driver, whose identity has not been released, was ejected from the vehicle and sustained serious injuries.

Peterson was trapped inside the vehicle, which caught fire after the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact them with information.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call our partner First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).

JFRD: Thermal Imaging Camera Stolen During House Fire

JFRD: Thermal Imaging Camera Stolen During House Fire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Susannah Carter home burned down in 2003. She knows the loss that comes with a house fire.

"We unfortunately lost a couple of pets," Carter said. 

But she's thankful that firefighters were there to help keep her family safe using, among other things, a thermal imaging camera. The camera can find hot spots and body heat easily in a fire, but one of the 60 cameras the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department owns, was stolen right off a truck on Sunday.

"These tools are life saving products and they should be left alone," said JFRD spokesman Tom Francis.

According to the police report, Fire Station 21 used the camera at an apartment fire on Barnes Road on Sunday.  Firefighters put it back in its charging station and went back to fighting the fire.

Police: NW Jax Shooting May Be Related to Monday Homicide

Police: NW Jax Shooting May Be Related to Monday Homicide

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Gunfire erupted in Northwest Jacksonville Tuesday night leaving a teen in critical condition.

The shooting started on West 17th Street, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, and officers said the gunman kept firing at the 18-year-old for a couple of blocks, as he tried to get away.
    
Police are investigating the possibility this case is connected to another fatal shooting in the same area yesterday.
    
Homicide detectives responded to the intersection of 19th & North Main Street Monday night.

Officers reported finding a man in his early 20's dead behind a business.

Investigators don't have a suspect in either shooting.

Anyone with information on either case is asked to call crime stoppers at (866) 854-TIPS.

Tony Nelson Found Guilty

Tony Nelson Found Guilty

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It took the jury two days to convict former JAXPORT vice-chairman Tony Nelson.

The guilty verdict came down around lunchtime on Friday.

Nelson is with his family and not available for comment.  But his attorney, Curtis Fallgatter, says he and Nelson are in disbelief.

"We're both just in shock. Just didn't see it coming. We thought the trial had gone very well. We thought we'd done a good job communicating the truth of his services to the Port," said Fallgatter.

Nelson was found guilty on 36 corruption-related charges, including bribery, mail fraud, money laundering and lying to the FBI.

The US Attorney's Office says Nelson demanded and accepted $143,500 in bribes between August 2006 and March 2008.

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It can happen anywhere. In an urban shopping center like the Jacksonville Landing or a sporting event like a baseball game.

"Is this a good thing or a bad thing? " ask one cardholder.

Bad - it can happen right under your nose.

New technology used in smart cards, speed passes and newly issued passports make it easier for a pickpocket to steal your card information.

It is called electronic pick pocketing. Walt Augustinowicz, a former insurance executive, has the ability to walk through a crowd and pickpocket credit card information.

"The biggest vulnerability is the fact that they don't know," said Augustinowicz.

JSO Seeks Armed Robbery Suspect

Police are actively looking for suspect, Elton Hosea Wilson. He has an active warrant for armed robbery.