Crime

Thieves Steal Oodles of Rum

Thieves Steal Oodles of Rum

Thieves made off with a cargo container loaded with 960 cases of Bacardi Rum and other alcoholic beverages over the weekend.

Family of Murdered Woman says Black Females are Targets

Family of Murdered Woman says Black Females are Targets

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Candles and stuffed animals mark the spot on Haines and 31st streets where a young woman's body was found nearly a week ago.

Kalil McCoy's family says it's her, and they are planning the 19-year-old's funeral. The crime is unsolved.

"I worry about her safety," Alice Williams said of her 5-month-old niece she was holding in her arms.

SLIDESHOW: McCoy Vigil

Williams is from the area. She already worries about her little niece. And some say there is a good reason for that.

"Black women are being targeted by black men," said Mikhail Muhammed, Kalil McCoy's uncle.

Youngest Jacksonville Murder Suspect Being Moved

Youngest Jacksonville Murder Suspect Being Moved

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The youngest murder suspect in Jacksonville history, Cristian Fernandez has spent three weeks in isolation at the Duval County jail.

But on Friday, Chief Judge Donald Moran ordered that he be moved back to the juvenile center, saying he did not like the fact that the child, presumed to be innocent, was in isolation for 23-hours a day.

The 12-year-old is charged with first degree murder in the March 14 beating death of his 2-year-old brother. He has entered a plea of not guilty.

There were other juvenile inmates at the adult jail with Fernandez, but State Attorney Angela Corey said he was kept in isolation for his own protection.

Homicide detectives respond to Westside home

Homicide detectives respond to Westside home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated battery callout.

Homicide detectives were called to the 10000 block of General Avenue on Friday morning.

Officials said one person was taken to Shands Jacksonville. The condition of that victim is unknown.

There are no reports of how many people were involved in the incident. No arrests have been made.

Stay with First Coast News for more information.

Family Begs for Tips at Vigil for Murdered 19-year-old | SLIDESHOW

Family Begs for Tips at Vigil for Murdered 19-year-old | SLIDESHOW

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a very emotional vigil for family, friends and neighbors of 19-year-old Kalil McCoy. McCoy's body was found Tuesday after last being seen with friends at Kooker Park on Sunday.

Gallery: Kalil McCoy pictures

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has called this a murder and is investigating.

The family held a vigil Wednesday at the spot where McCoy's body was found, in a ditch just outside of her mother's daycare business.

"I'm not going to let my daughter's death go in vain," said Lynette Roebuck, McCoy's mother.  "We're going to make it mean something."

Witnesses say McCoy was last seen getting into a dark car at the park.

Federal Prison for Man Convicted of Stealing Dead Baby's ID

Federal Prison for Man Convicted of Stealing Dead Baby's ID

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local man has been sentenced to just over two years in federal prison for stealing the identity of a dead baby.

Federal investigators say 46-year-old Brock Lynnale Thompson had been living under the assumed identity for 15 years.

Investigators say he was living in Baltimore when he purchased the baby's personal identification information and a copy of the baby's birth certificate from his mother.

Thompson then used the information to acquire 12 identification cards, including Florida driver's licenses.

Investigators tracked Thompson down in early 2010.

He was sentenced Wednesday to 28 months in federal prison for aggravated identity theft and false representation of a Social Security number.

JSO Looking for Missing Sex Offender

JSO Looking for Missing Sex Offender

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The sheriff's office needs your help looking for a sex offender for whom there is an active arrest warrant.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, 37-year-old Walter James Matthews is an absconded sex offender who has had several different looks.

Three different mug shots are attached to this story to show his different looks.

His last known address is on Prince Street, near the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Kings Road.

If you know anything that could help find Matthews, call our partner First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).  You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.