Fugitive wanted on sexual battery charges captured in Ohio

Fugitive wanted on sexual battery charges captured in Ohio

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A 37-year-old fugitive wanted on a warrant for sexual battery captured Thursday in Ohio after fleeing from St. Johns County in July, authorities said.

Michael Owen Hutchison, 37, of Elkton, is being held without bond in Marion County, Ohio following his arrest on two warrants for sexual battery, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Hutchison was initially booked on a sexual battery charge June 9 and released after posting $25,000 bond, deputies said.

While free on bond, Hutchison sexually battered an unconscious man in July, the victim told investigators. Afterward, the Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for Hutchison's arrest.

When the warrant was issued, deputies discovered Hutchison had fled the county. Then a second warrant -- this one with a $250,000 bond -- was issued for Hutchison's arrest, followed by another for the violation of his bond conditions.

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.

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.

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.

Stop sign vandals have struck in Springfield


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Stop sign vandals have struck in Springfield, Roger Weeder reports.

Sometime on Monday, according to a Facebook post, over 10 stop signs were damaged and vandalized on and around Laura Street in the north side of Jacksonville.

Some of the stop signs damaged have already been repaired. FCN's Roger Weeder is looking into what's been happening.

This post will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.


A fight between two brothers sends one to hospital


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A fight between two brothers turned violent in Springfield overnight.

The men got into a tussle inside a home in the 2000 block of N. Market Street just before 3:30 a.m.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigators say 53-year-old Michael Anthony Baker cut his brother in the neck.

The victim was initially taken to UF Health Jacksonville with non-life threatening injuries, but doctors discovered he had a punctured lung. Authorities say his condition has continued to decline. At last check the victim was in surgery.

Investigation into 7-year-old found dead in bedroom continues


UPDATE: JSO is still investigating a 7-year-old boy found dead in an apartment Saturday.

"The cause of death is pending. No foul play is suspected," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Melissa Bujeda said. She also said the investigation is ongoing.

Also Tuesday, Florida Department of Children and Families spokesperson, John Harrell, tells First Coast News:

"DCF is investigating. We are contacted when there are concerns of possible neglect or abuse. I want to emphasize that this is an investigation. An investigation does not mean an assumption of guilt. We will be talking with family members and relatives to see if there was any possible abuse. We'll be working closely with law enforcement."

Neighbors said they were shocked and saddened by the news of the 7-year old's death.

Jacksonville veteran worried about losing home


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Volunteers in Jacksonville's historic Springfield neighborhood are facing what they call a major setback.

"It makes me angry," said Gloria DeVall with Preservation SOS (Save Our Springfield).

For about one month, close to 100 people have been giving up their own time and money to help John Foster and his daughter, Doris, 53.

First Coast News first told you about Foster, 87, in May when the Korean War veteran found himself on the brink of having to sell the house on Market Street he's lived in for 41 years.

"We've been nervous about this ever since it came up," he said.

Main Street cruisers get "green light"


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A special event in Springfield that once had the city saying a "special events" permit was needed got a "green light" from city hall to go on as planned.

"We never asked city hall for a dime, just want to be left alone," said John Wells who helps coordinate the monthly event that features people cruising down Main Street in their classic cars.

This month the cruising will be part of something national, the "Great Race" that features classic cars traveling from Maine to Florida. They will be rolling into Jacksonville and Springfield on Saturday, June 28.

Wells says the city initially said the event would need a special events permit because more than 500 people would attend. With the permit comes regulations and oversight.

Local veteran, daughter hoping to keep their house


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Neighbors in the Springfield area joined together to help one of their own Saturday.

John Foster, 87, is a Korean War veteran who lives on Market Street with his daughter, Doris, 53. In April, their worlds were turned upside down when they faced the possibility of losing their home.

"We worried quite a bit. We worried every day about what we were going to do," Foster said.

The City of Jacksonville sent the pair a letter instructing them to fix up their house or pay $250 a day in code enforcement fines.

Foster said the exterior of the two-story house seemed to be the biggest issue. "They wanted the woodwork repaired."

The problem was Foster and his daughter couldn't afford to pay the fines or do the work themselves. Foster requires a lot of assistance from his daughter to get around without falling.