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.

Report: Engineer spent just 26 seconds investigating smoke at Ponte Vedra condo


ID=31272437PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- St. Johns County Fire Rescue has fired one of its emergency dispatchers and a firefighter has resigned in the wake of an internal investigation fueled by a fire that ripped through a Ponte Vedra condo complex.

The July 13 fire, which destroyed at least 20 units and caused an estimated $2.5 million in damage, came under scrutiny following the release of a series of 911 calls, including one made more than an hour before crews responded.

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Fire in Nocatee area endangers homes


NOCATEE, Fla. -- At least six acres burned in a brush fire Monday. The Forest Service says the fire threatened homes at one point.

"It's really scary," said Maureen Chen. She lives just feet from where firefighters with St. Johns County and the Forest Service were working.

"It's really scary to think that we could wake up in the middle of the night and have a fire in the backyard of our house," she said.

Neighbors say lightning started the fire, and within hours, flames were towering above homes.

"20 to 25 feet over the roof line," said Chris Nelson.

First responders were able to contain the fire before any homes were impacted. However, with no rain on the way and more storms in the forecast, Chen says she's hoping their home survives the fire season.

"It is devastating, kind of heartbreaking to see," Chen said.


Forest Service: Brush fire briefly threatens Nocatee homes


ID=29132353PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- The Florida Forest Service and St. Johns County Fire Rescue were called to the scene of a brush fire threatening some homes in Nocatee Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The agencies were called to the fire, located near Palm Island Way, about 2 p.m., a spokesperson for the Forest Service told First Coast News. The fire has since been contained, but briefly threatened two homes nearby, spokesperson Greg Dunn said.

It burned about six acres, authorities said.


SJCSO: 4-year-old boy shot in stomach in St. Augustine


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A 4-year-old boy was shot in the stomach on Sunday afternoon at a house on the 3800 block of Osprey Circle in St. Augustine.

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Captain Andrew O'Quinn with St. John's County Fire Rescue said the boy had "critical wounds" but he was listed in "stable condition".

St. John's County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes detectives responded to the scene of the shooting around 4:30 p.m. SJCSO PIO Kevin Kelshaw called the shooting an accident. He said they are not releasing how the shooting happened or who pulled the trigger yet because they want to collect all the evidence to make sure the story they've been told lines up with their findings.