Crime

Bomb squad gives all clear following incident in bar district

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A suspicious package found at a Riverside laundromat prompted a call to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

A bomb squad team with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to a popular bar district in Riverside early Thursday morning, after a homeless man allegedly threatened the owner of a Riverside laundromat. 

The business owner later found a suspicious package at his laundromat, according to JSO Lt. York, prompting him to call law enforcement.

The incident occurred on the 1200 block of King Street and was cleared by JSO around 4 a.m.

The package was found not to be a threat.

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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.

Hookah Bar Sued for Serving Minor Involved in Fatal Accident

Hookah Bar Sued for Serving Minor Involved in Fatal Accident

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ali Baba, a Jacksonville hookah bar, is being sued for serving an underage drinker who was involved in fatal car accident.

The crash happened just after midnight November 14, 2010.  Maida Sy, 19, had a 12:30 a.m. curfew.  Maida was on her way home and only minutes away when her car was hit, and she was killed.

Police arrested 20-year-old Robert Tofson.  He is charged with DUI and vehicular homicide.   

"Somebody knock(ed) on our door at four o'clock in the morning and the horrible thing is it's the policeman," said Nida Sy, Maida's mother.

Sy said her daughter was her best friend.  She said the 2010 Sandalwood High School graduate had big plans for her life.  She was studying to be a pharmacist.

Family of Murdered Woman says Black Females are Targets

Family of Murdered Woman says Black Females are Targets

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Candles and stuffed animals mark the spot on Haines and 31st streets where a young woman's body was found nearly a week ago.

Kalil McCoy's family says it's her, and they are planning the 19-year-old's funeral. The crime is unsolved.

"I worry about her safety," Alice Williams said of her 5-month-old niece she was holding in her arms.

SLIDESHOW: McCoy Vigil

Williams is from the area. She already worries about her little niece. And some say there is a good reason for that.

"Black women are being targeted by black men," said Mikhail Muhammed, Kalil McCoy's uncle.

Youngest Jacksonville Murder Suspect Being Moved

Youngest Jacksonville Murder Suspect Being Moved

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The youngest murder suspect in Jacksonville history, Cristian Fernandez has spent three weeks in isolation at the Duval County jail.

But on Friday, Chief Judge Donald Moran ordered that he be moved back to the juvenile center, saying he did not like the fact that the child, presumed to be innocent, was in isolation for 23-hours a day.

The 12-year-old is charged with first degree murder in the March 14 beating death of his 2-year-old brother. He has entered a plea of not guilty.

There were other juvenile inmates at the adult jail with Fernandez, but State Attorney Angela Corey said he was kept in isolation for his own protection.

Family Begs for Tips at Vigil for Murdered 19-year-old | SLIDESHOW

Family Begs for Tips at Vigil for Murdered 19-year-old | SLIDESHOW

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a very emotional vigil for family, friends and neighbors of 19-year-old Kalil McCoy. McCoy's body was found Tuesday after last being seen with friends at Kooker Park on Sunday.

Gallery: Kalil McCoy pictures

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has called this a murder and is investigating.

The family held a vigil Wednesday at the spot where McCoy's body was found, in a ditch just outside of her mother's daycare business.

"I'm not going to let my daughter's death go in vain," said Lynette Roebuck, McCoy's mother.  "We're going to make it mean something."

Witnesses say McCoy was last seen getting into a dark car at the park.