Crime

Man Robbed, then Forced to Drive Off in his Underwear

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Jacksonville police are looking for suspects who robbed a man and then forced him to take off his clothes.

According to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report, the victim, a 46-year-old man, was at the Hi Way gas station on the Westside Sunday night when a woman walked up.

The woman, known as Dee Dee, asked the victim for gas money.  He pumped $5 worth of gas into the woman's car but then she told him it would not start.

The woman then asked the victim to give her and a friend a ride home, he told police.

The victim obliged, but once there, the victim said three men robbed him; one of the suspects had a gun and asked the man if "he wanted to die."

The victim told police the men then made him take off his clothes and leave. He drove home in his underwear and called police.

 

DCF Gives Day-Care License, Foster Parent Approval to Woman with Child Abuse Past

DCF Gives Day-Care License, Foster Parent Approval to Woman with Child Abuse Past

MORE: Foster children's lawsuit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Annette Smith was licensed as a day care operator in 2001 and as a foster parent in 2004.

"The fact she was a foster parent is mystery number one," said attorney Brian Cabrey.

Smith was convicted of child abuse more than a decade before she opened a day care and was approved as a foster parent. "The irony is she lost her own children and was convicted of child abuse on her own children back in 1991, here in Jacksonville," said Cabrey, who recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of two foster children once in Smith's care. 

It was all missed, he said, and he wants to know why.

"If it hadn't been missed or if anybody had bothered to look, our children would not have been in that home. That home would not have existed."

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.

Spotting an Impostor: Scammers Pose as Friends, Family and Government Agencies

It’s easy to think “It couldn’t happen to me.” But scammers know how to get around our better judgment. They play on our emotions or promise big payoffs to get us to act. And many use the names of government agencies like the FTC, trusted companies, or friends and family to get us to buy into their schemes. We may not be able to spot the impostor until it’s too late.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, wants you to know that scammers are posing as people, agencies and companies you know and trust. They may use phone calls, emails, letters, faxes or even text messages in their deceptions. To see past the disguise, you need to be alert to signs of an impostor scam:

DCF Calls Out Fake Food Stamp Website

DCF Calls Out Fake Food Stamp Website

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Division of Children and Families is calling a website that purports to help people apply for food stamps online a scam.

According to spokesperson John Harrell, getfoodstampsnow.org is not a place for people to turn to online as a means to get food stamps.

In fact, Harrell said the DCF website, http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/, is the only legitimate way for those who need assistance to get it.

"The problem and the danger is that they could be giving their personal information to people who could be scamming them out of money. This is of great concern to us at DCF because there's a lot of people who are suffering at this time economically. And there are websites that are taking money from people who don't have much to begin with," Harrell said.

Update: Westside Shooting Victim Was Subject of Police Search

Update: Westside Shooting Victim Was Subject of Police Search

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police have canceled their search for a man wanted for several crimes after he was shot during an apparent burglary Tuesday.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office issued an alert Tuesday to be on the lookout for 36-year-old Michael Paul Strotsky.

He was wanted for dealing in stolen property, giving false verification of ownership and burglary, and police said he had been committing residential burglaries on the Westside.

Tuesday afternoon, police responded to a shooting on Park Street near Roosevelt Boulevard.

The resident of a home in that area told police when he arrived home, he found a find a man inside, felt threatened and shot him.

The man was taken to Shands with life-threatening injuries. Today, police revealed the man is Strotsky.

No charges have been filed against the man who shot him.