Crime

JEA Warns Customers to Beware of Scams

JEA is warning its customers to beware of scams involving utility bill payments.

Recently, some JEA customers have been called, texted or visited in person, requesting a payment be made on a credit card number to avoid disconnection of services. JEA does not call its customers to make such requests.  Additionally, some JEA customers are being offered payment of their utility bill for up to half off the total amount due. The scam works like this – a customer is approached and told their bill will be paid in full if the customer gives an amount in cash. Unfortunately, the account is then paid with a stolen credit card or check. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Two Child Pornography Arrests in St Johns County

Two Child Pornography Arrests  in St Johns County

Detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims’ Unit arrested two St. Johns County men in unrelated child pornography charges over the past 24 hours. The first suspect, identified as Frank Douglas Pritchard, 40, a former Corrections Officer for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, was located in Alachua County Wednesday evening by U.S. Marshal’s and taken into custody. The second, identified as William Hardy Moore Jr., 49, 4709 Avenue B, was arrested today (Thursday) after a search
warrant was executed at his home.

53-year old St. Johns County Man Facing Additional Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a Child Charges

More victims have come forward with allegations against a 53-year old St. Johns County man who is facing additional charges of lewd and lascivious battery on a child. The new victims spoke with detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Special
Victims’ Unit following the arrest of James Howard Scharfschwerdt, 53, last month at his St. Johns County home without incident.

Three Teens Charged With Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest

Three Teens Charged With Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest

A complaint affidavit for charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence were signed against three St. Johns County male teenagers early Sunday evening after fleeing from deputies.

Numerous deputies responded to the area of I-95 and C.R. 210 Sunday shortly before 6:00 p.m. after the Sheriff’s Office received two calls from Interstate travelers who observed a male subject on a billboard armed with a long unknown type rifle. As deputies began to check several billboards, two deputies observed several subjects walking westbound on a dirt road that parallels the power lines. The deputies told the subjects to stop, however they took off running.

State of Florida v. Misty Croslin Cummings Sentencing Hearing

State of Florida v. Misty Croslin Cummings

Charges: Trafficking in Hydrocodone and/or Oxydcodone

Sentencing Hearing, Monday, January 10, 2011 at 1:30 p.m., Putnam County Courthouse

CVS Attempted Robbery

CVS Attempted Robbery

Detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Robbery/Homicide Unit are seeking a male subject in connection with an attempted robbery of a S.R. 312 business (CVS) early this (Friday) morning. Deputies responded to the business at 2:15 a.m. in
reference to an attempted robbery.

Oak Arbor Home Invasion

Three men are being sought in connection with a Home Invasion that occurred early this (Tuesday) morning in the Heritage Park subdivision. Deputies responded to a report of a home invasion in the 900 block of Oak Arbor Cr. at 3:30 a.m.