CrimeStoppers' New Phone App: TipSubmit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- Call to report a crime, remain anonymous, and possibly receive a cash reward.

On the First Coast, how to report a crime anonymously through CrimeStoppers is widely known.

Now the organization has made citizen crime-fighting even easier with a new phone app called TipSubmit, allowing a person to anonymously text information.

First Coast CrimeStoppers Executive Director Wyllie Hodges says he believes the phone app will get more young people, especially students, involved in the crime-fighting biz.

"We would like to think they're not [texting us] when they should be doing their math [in class]," Hodges explains, "but they can in fact do it anywhere at anytime because they've always got their phones with them."

How Common is Crime Where You Live: Part 1 & 2

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You may live in a pretty popular area of town, but that doesn't mean you and your family are protected from crime.

In part-2 of Joy Purdy's special report, she took a closer look at some of the most popular places to live in Jacksonville, and the number of times you and your neighbors have called police this year (January - October, 2011) to report crimes in your community.

She examined specific types of common crimes: Home burglaries, robberies (to homes and individuals), car burglaries, and criminal mischief.

You can also crunch the numbers yourself.

Through the links below, check out the number of calls residents made about any type of crime this year to the sheriff's offices in Jacksonville, St. Johns County, Clay County, and The Orange Park Police Department.

Match the area (police zone) from which a particular crime was called into police, to the related sheriff's office zone map.

Sexting and Bullying One In The Same

Sexting and Bullying One In The Same

Sexting and Bullying One In The Same

Expanding bullying into the area of Sexting has brought this debatable crime more
into the light of law enforcement and cyber investigation. The reality is that one in
five tweens/teens/young adults maybe risking prison because of sending and
receiving child pornography. This includes risking a life of prison because of
distributing nude or semi nude pictures of themselves.

Cell/Smart phone technology has contributed to the ability to transmit pictures and
video that normally would not be accessible. Youth have learned the empowerment
of technology, but applying it in inappropriate means because of immaturity, sexual
activity and peer pressure.

Parents need to understand that youth with cell phones are not restricted from sending,
receiving or further distribution of nude or seminude pictures. If a youth willingly or

Trial Date Set for Mother of Cristian Fernandez

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The mother of 12-year-old murder defendant Cristian Fernandez was scheduled for trial today.

Biannela Susana's trial was scheduled for Feb. 27 by Circuit Judge Elizabeth Senterfitt, according to the Duval County Clerk of Courts website. She will have pretrial appearances Jan. 18 and Feb. 23.

Susana is the mother of Fernandez, who was indicted in June in the murder of his 2-year-old half brother. Susana was also charged in the case with aggravated manslaughter of a child.

Bullying A Violation of Human Rights

Bullying A Violation of Human Rights

Bullying A Violation of Human Rights

October is Bullying Prevention Month;
the increase of bullying in schools, communities,
neighborhoods, and even churches has continued
to show how bullying is affecting lives. The growing
awareness across the country even in political circles
creates a mindset that Bullying is a violation of
Human Rights to those being threatened, harassed
and violated with words and actions, threats and

The United Nations Preamble to the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights (1948) states "Whereas it is essential,
if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last
resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that
human rights should be protected by the rule of law."
These works concerning Human Rights originated from
the atrocities of both World Wars. It cannot be stated
that bullying is not a serious action when young people

SAO: Cristian Fernandez Won't Stand Trial, Spend Life in Prison

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The youngest murder suspect in the city's history does not have a plea deal at this point but likely will not stand trial, officials said today.

According to State Attorney Angela Corey, there is no plea deal to announce today in the Cristian Fernandez case, but the defense and prosecution are still working through details.

Fernandez, 12, is accused of first degree murder in connection with the death of his 2-year-old half brother, David Gala.

Fernandez will not stand trial, Corey said, nor will he get a life sentence but the prosecution would prefer that he serve his adult sentence in a juvenile facility.    

Teen Child Abuse Suspect Now Charged with Murder

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The teenager who was the last person with a baby before her death has had his charges upgraded from aggravated child abuse to murder.

Javarris Jawon Lane, 16, was arrested following the Sept. 25 incident at a home on West First Street.

The victim, 1-year-old Alexandria Williams, was found unresponsive and hospitalized.  She died at the hospital four days later.

Lane initially said Williams was sitting in his lap as he played a video game, and that he put her on the bed and she fell off.

However, detectives determined the bed was too low to the floor (20 inches) for such a fall to cause such serious injuries.

Lane was arrested on a charge of aggravated child abuse.

After Williams' death, the medical examiner determined the death was a homicide.