Julington Creek Police Blotter - May 2013

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Retired cop gets involved in catching speeders

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Old habits are dying hard for a retired cop in West Jacksonville.

Michael Liptrap has 20 years of experience as both a state and military police officer. He retired in Jacksonville in the Ortega area.

One of his areas of specialty while he was on the job was traffic enforcement.

Liptrap wrote First Coast News concerned about a traffic issue in his neighborhood, specifically involving Seaboard Ave.

Ending the 'R' word in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mora Rossi, 25, has down syndrome and hates the 'R' word.

"People get pushed around a lot because they're different," she said.

Rossi, who completed high school and a transition program at UNF, said her disability does not define her.

"I don't think as myself as a person hearing the 'R' word," said Rossi, "I think of myself as a person who want to change the world."

She wants the word retardation replaced with the phrase 'intellectual disability'.

Group pushing for new speed limit on Argyle Forest Blvd.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A west Jacksonville neighborhood is trying to get the city to change the speed limit on Argyle Forest Boulevard.

Right now, a stretch of the road is marked with three speed limits in less than three miles.

The beginning of the stretch begins at Blanding Boulevard, where the speed limit is 35 M.P.H.

It rises two more times to 40 M.P.H. and 45 M.P.H. the farther you drive west.

The Argyle Area Civic Council believes the road has been marked this way since before it went from a two lane road to a four lane road.

The group would like to see the road marked consistently at 45 M.P.H.

Bill Lewis, the group's president, said this week the change would help with traffic flow and cut down on unintentional speeding.

"People are used to 45 M.P.H. on all sorts of roads in Jacksonville with four lanes," he said.

Teacher of the Week: Laurie Menefee

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- She provides an environment where children want to come to school and strive to succeed. That's why Laurie Menefee was nominated as our Teacher of the Week!

"Kids are absolutely amazing," Menefee said as we visited her fourth grade classroom at Timberlin Creek Elementary in St. Johns County. "They find the humor in life and they enjoy learning."

Menefee has been a teacher for nearly ten years, eight of which she's spent at Timberlin Creek, where students can enjoy an interactive learning process.

"Being in a class like this where we have hands-on technology, it just really makes them want to do their best and want to be the best they can be," Menefee said.






Suspect sought in vehicle burglary

JULINGTON CREEK, Fla. -- Deputies with the St. Johns Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's help identifying a woman allegedly connected with a car burglary.

According to a release from the St. Johns Sheriff's Office, the victim reported her vehicle window was smashed, which allowed the suspect to steal her purse, along with assorted credit and ID cards.

The female suspect allegedly used one of the victim's credit card at an Orange Park Credit Union after the burglary.

Anyone with any information concerning the identity of the female subject is asked to contact Detective Charles "Kip" Brantley at the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at (904) 209-3986. You can also remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).

Retail prescription price battle

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- While medical costs are rising, the price of prescriptions are falling.

Like many people in their 60s, Pat Sena takes her share of prescriptions.  "Six," she said.

Years ago, that would have been cost-prohibitive for a lot of people, but now, thanks to the retail battle of the bottle, people are having an easier time following doctor's orders and taking their medicine. 

"Anything that helps lower the cost of prescription drugs for everybody is a good thing," Sena explained.

Just drive by a drug store and you will see the message.  

"They want to get you in their stores," Dr. Andres Gallo, the head of the Economics and Geography Department at the University of North Florida said.