Tavar Suspect Held as a Fugitive in Seattle


SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle police have arrested a man believed to be involved in the disappearance of a First Coast woman.

Officers have arrested Joseph Roberts, 26, on retail theft charges, after they said he tried to steal about $14 worth of meat from a store.

While talking to investigators, police said Roberts initially gave a fake name, before finally admitting his real name and telling them that he is from Florida. But detectives said that Roberts denied having any outstanding warrants.

After they found out Roberts was a fugitive, Seattle Police called the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies here said they think Roberts has something to do with the disappearance of South Ponte Vedra Beach resident Brittany Tavar.

Tavar's sister, Patricia Bellamah, told First Coast News this arrest brings the family some relief.

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Community Collection Day at Bartram Trail High School Oct. 16th

St. Johns County Solid Waste Management will host a Community Collection Day on Saturday, October 16th, from 8:00 am until noon at Bartram Trail High School, located at 7399 Longleaf Pine Parkway in St. Johns. The event is limited to St. Johns County residents only.

A Community Collection Day provides residents an opportunity to safely dispose of household hazardous waste, obsolete electronics including old computer equipment, and tires. Some examples of household hazardous waste items include paint, oil, cleaners, pesticides, batteries and pool chemicals.

To allow the best service to residents, a few restrictions apply. For instance, no microwave ovens or large appliances are accepted. Also, each household is limited to disposing no more than ten tires. The Community Collection Day is limited to residential materials; no commercial items, construction materials, garbage or yard trash will be accepted.

Stone Crab Season Opens Oct. 15

The commercial and recreational harvest season for stone crab claws in Florida opens on Oct. 15.  The season will remain open through May 15.

Stone crab claws must be at least 2 3/4 inches in length to be harvested legally, and claws may not be taken from egg-bearing female stone crabs.  Recreational harvesters are allowed to use up to five stone crab traps, and there is a daily bag limit of one gallon of claws per person or two gallons per vessel, whichever is less.

Click here for more information regarding the recreational harvest of stone crab claws.

Click here for commercial stone crab regulations and licensing information (click on "Fishing - Saltwater").

Quinn Gray's Hearing Postponed Until Feb.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The next hearing for a St. Johns County housewife wrapped up in a high-profile kidnapping scheme won't be until February. 

Quinn Gray's attorney appeared in court this morning without his client; the case was expected to go to trial this month. She is charged with extortion.

Her husband reported her missing from their Ponte Vedra home during the Labor Day weekend, and she was found three days later in Orange Park.

Police at the time said her behavior was strange, but she was okay. She claimed to have been kidnapped.

After investigating, police decided the case was not a kidnapping at all, but a plot between Gray and her boyfriend to extort $50,000 from Gray's husband, so she was arrested.

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Coast Guard Auxiliary Holds Last Free Boating Safety Class of 2010 on Nov 13

The Coast Guard Auxiliary in Green Cove Springs in concert with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office will hold its last FREE Boating Safety Class for 2010 on Saturday, November 13th from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at its base of operations off State Rd 16E in the Reynolds Industrial Center, 910 Roland Avenue.

This course satisfies Florida’s mandatory requirement that to operate a vessel powered by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater (including PWC’s), a person who was born on or after January 1, 1988, must have completed a boater education course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) or passed an approved equivalency exam. 

Those born before 1/1/1988 can also benefit from the valuable information imparted by the Auxiliary’s knowledgeable instructors. 

City Encourages Participation in "Teal Monday" Events, Offers Free Parking at Select Facilities

Mayor John Peyton has proclaimed Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 as “Teal Monday” in support of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Monday Night Football game against divisional rivals, the Tennessee Titans. To create a fun environment for all to enjoy, the Jaguars and others will host festivities at various locations throughout downtown. 

Women Invited to St. Johns Town Center for a Night of Fashion and Fun

Grab the girls for a night of fashion, pampering, sweet treats, live entertainment, door prizes and much more! Ladies Night Out presented by St. Vincent’s Healthcare will take place on Thursday, October 14.