Justice Coalition to Announce Reward in the Unsolved Murder of Tina McQuaig

Sheriff John Rutherford, Detective Warren Smith and the family of Tina McQuaig will join the Justice Coalition as they announce a reward for information that leads to the person or persons responsible for Tina’s murder.  Tina, a 27-year-old wife and mother, disappeared on March 15, 2000 after leaving her pharmacy job at Shands Jacksonville. 

JEA Warns Customers to Beware of Scams

JEA is warning its customers to beware of scams involving utility bill payments.

Recently, some JEA customers have been called, texted or visited in person, requesting a payment be made on a credit card number to avoid disconnection of services. JEA does not call its customers to make such requests.  Additionally, some JEA customers are being offered payment of their utility bill for up to half off the total amount due. The scam works like this – a customer is approached and told their bill will be paid in full if the customer gives an amount in cash. Unfortunately, the account is then paid with a stolen credit card or check. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Remains Identified as Belonging to Michelle McCoy

Remains Identified as Belonging to Michelle McCoy

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Remains found in a vacant lot have been identified as those of Michelle McCoy.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Saturday that the medical examiner identified the remains and ruled the death a homicide.

A news release from JSO says the cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

JSO says they're still actively looking for Larry Thompson in connection with this case.

There is an active warrant for his arrest for kidnapping.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the suspect, Larry Thompson or knows anything about this case is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS to remain anonymous and be eligible for a possible reward.

Former Duval County School Teacher Sentenced to More Than 17 Years in Federal Prison

U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Ripley Ridenour (55, of Jacksonville) to 210 months in federal prison and lifetime supervised release for receipt of child pornography. The Court further ordered Ridenour to register under federal and state law as a sex offender and forfeit computer media used as part of the crime. Ridenour pled guilty on August 30, 2010.

New Berlin Elementary Break In

According to a community member, someone broke into New Berlin Elementary overnight, Tuesday January 11, 2011, and may have broke into a safe containing cash and checks for the schools extended day program.

Parents are currently applying stop payments on their checks.

Thefts of Vases from Graves Suspects

Thefts of Vases from Graves Suspects

Detectives were made aware of some recent thefts of vases from graves in Jacksonville.  Investigation led by Detective Kelley Burroughs revealed the suspects had taken the vases to local scrap metal yards around Jacksonville after they were stolen in exchange for money.  Investigative work led to the identity of the three suspects.

Robbery Suspects Identified and Arrested

Robbery Suspects Identified and Arrested

Police recently submitted to the public a photo of a bank robbery suspect shooting into the air.

The suspect along with two other codefendants have been identified and arrested.  On January 6, 2011 at 10:45 a.m., patrol officers stopped the suspect, Jerrica Duncan at 1515 Hendricks Avenue for having a stolen tag attached to her vehicle.  The officer observed suspect Duncan matched the description of the suspect that robbed Synovus Bank. The vehicle also matched the description of the suspect vehicle seen leaving the bank.