Crime

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.

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.

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.

State of Florida v. Misty Croslin Cummings Sentencing Hearing

State of Florida v. Misty Croslin Cummings

Charges: Trafficking in Hydrocodone and/or Oxydcodone

Sentencing Hearing, Monday, January 10, 2011 at 1:30 p.m., Putnam County Courthouse

809 Area Code Scam

A community member wrote us today about returning calls to the area code 809. The community member claims she actually received a call last week from the 809 area code. A woman called and said, “Hey, this is Karen. Sorry I missed you- get back to us quickly. I have something important to tell you.” Then she repeated a phone number beginning with 809.

Bomb Squad Callout

Bomb squad callout responding to 3726 Blanding Blvd.

Possible Pick Pockets at the Town Center

We received an unconfirmed tip on Friday from a community member. Her daughter was ating lunch at Panera Bread at the Town Center with her friend and she had her purse on the bacek of her chair, like many women do. A couple walking out of Panera, the man bumping her chair and then apologized very nicely. Her daughter turned around to make sure her purse did not fall off of the chair and it was still there. When her daughter went to the car and looked in her purse for something and saw that her wallet was gone. She was upset but began to call her credit card companies and bank. By the time she got in contact with all of them the couple had been to many stores and charged up to $8000.00 in expenses. Her daughter contacted JSO, filed a report, went to the stores with the charges and saw the couple on the security tapes. JSO is now looking for this couple.