St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

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Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

Ebron charged in plot to escape from jail

Ebron charged in plot to escape from jail

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The chief suspect in the disappearance of 21-month-old Lonzie Barton faces new charges following his arrest for an alleged plot to escape from the Duval County Pretrial Detention Facility.

William “Ruben” Ebron, 32, is accused of concocting a plot to stash keys in his sock and mouth and then use them to slip out of his handcuffs, jump out of a jail van and escape in a getaway car, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Investigators found out about the plan Monday when another inmate came forward with multiple recorded conversations detailing how Ebron allegedly planned to escape from custody. “Ebron directed the inmate to have the getaway car placed east of the jail,” the report said.

Ebron was arrested Thursday on charges of attempted escape from a jail, criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of a concealed handcuff key, and smuggling contraband into a detention facility, all felonies, jail records show.

Local candidate swears off cash donations


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A newcomer to the local political scene is making a risky move in order to try and make a difference.

Jason Tetlak, a Democrat, is running for Jacksonville City Council in district 14, which represents the Riverside, Ortega and Avondale areas.

"I've just kind of decided I don't want to do things the way they've always been done. I want to do things the right way," he told First Coast News during an interview at Memorial Park on Thursday morning.

Tetlak said since moving to the area 15 years ago, he's been making a list of changes he'd like to see made in government.

Then, when Jacksonville failed to pass a comprehensive human rights ordinance, he said he knew he had to run for office.

"I think city hall needs a jolt of energy for somebody's not an insider," Tetlak said in a three minute campaign video online.

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JFRD unit reportedly stolen from hospital


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A rescue unit belonging to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department appears to have been stolen and taken for a ride early Saturday morning.

A security guard from St. Vincent's Hospital in Riverside told First Coast News the incident began at approximately 2:30 a.m. when paramedics were inside with a patient.

The unit was later discovered abandoned a few blocks away on St. Johns Avenue. It was then spotted parked at fire station #5 by a First Coast News crew.

A spokesman for the JFRD would not confirm if the theft took place, saying it would be the responsibility of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to investigate.

FCN is working to get more information from the JSO.


Memorial Park due for renovations


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An aging Memorial Park in Riverside will get some major upgrades thanks to a public-private partnership.

The Memorial Park Association is getting money from the city to match their contributions, and $400,000 is now available for park renovations. The Memorial Park Association recently raised $200,000 and the city is matching it thanks to a bill introduced by area Councilman Jim Love.

Tree removal at Memorial Park ignites concern


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A well-attended boating event has yielded concerns among people in the Riverside neighborhood.

"All of a sudden there were two trucks out here cutting down this tree," said resident Alyce Adkins.

Adkins shared with First Coast News photos that she took of city crews tearing down a historic live oak near the waterfront. The photos show orange "X" marks spray painted onto the tree's bark.

Adkins said, "My first thought was they were going to have a boat race here in June, and this is one of the only places they could put stands."