Crime

Friends Remember Middleburg Shooting Victim

Friends Remember Middleburg Shooting Victim

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Deputies said 50-year-old Enrique Prim shot and killed 18-year-old Cameron Conley, and seriously wounded 20-year-old Mike Barber, who were both friends with his daughter.

The man Clay County Sheriff's Office deputies suspect of shooting two people at the intersection of Belladonna Street and Angelica Avenue in southern Middleburg had no previous criminal record, police said.

According to police, there was a "brief verbal confrontation" at the intersection of Angelica Avenue and Belladonna Street with Prim and the victims. 

"I was on my porch.  We heard the gunshots go off," Conley's friend Randy Guynn said. "I could just barely make out people out there, and we saw people on the ground and I heard screaming."

Police said Prim went to his home in the 2700 block of Fennel Court about a mile away. The suspect was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot in a shed on his 6-acre property around 9 p.m.

Massage Business Owner has Battery Charges Upgraded

Massage Business Owner has Battery Charges Upgraded

FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -- Charges have been upgraded against a First Coast salon owner who already was accused of simple battery on a woman during a massage at the Bamboo Garden Salon.

According to Clay County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Mary Justino, charges against Armando Dibenedetto, 51, have been upgraded from simple battery when he was arrested April 25, to attempted sexual battery, a felony.

Clay County Sheriff's Office Trying to Cut Down on School Burglary

Clay County Sheriff's Office Trying to Cut Down on School Burglary

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Stealing from schools.

It happens several times a month in Clay County unincorporated area schools, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Kenny Wager with the Juvenile Crime Unit said it can be anything from pocket change left in desks to thousands of dollars in electronics.

Some of the burglars could be too familiar with the classrooms.

"We have a lot of burglaries that juveniles are involved in," said Lt. Wager.

Clay County's Juvenile Crime Unit handles finding the suspects and preventing thefts in the first place.

The number of cases increases during the summer and vacations, according to the Sheriff's Office. So do patrols of the school grounds.

"We're constantly watching," Wagner said.

Although they do occasionally find unlocked doors, Wagner said most of the burglars force their way into the schools, picking locks or breaking windows.

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?

 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It can happen anywhere. In an urban shopping center like the Jacksonville Landing or a sporting event like a baseball game.

"Is this a good thing or a bad thing? " ask one cardholder.

Bad - it can happen right under your nose.

New technology used in smart cards, speed passes and newly issued passports make it easier for a pickpocket to steal your card information.

It is called electronic pick pocketing. Walt Augustinowicz, a former insurance executive, has the ability to walk through a crowd and pickpocket credit card information.

"The biggest vulnerability is the fact that they don't know," said Augustinowicz.

Spotting an Impostor: Scammers Pose as Friends, Family and Government Agencies

It’s easy to think “It couldn’t happen to me.” But scammers know how to get around our better judgment. They play on our emotions or promise big payoffs to get us to act. And many use the names of government agencies like the FTC, trusted companies, or friends and family to get us to buy into their schemes. We may not be able to spot the impostor until it’s too late.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, wants you to know that scammers are posing as people, agencies and companies you know and trust. They may use phone calls, emails, letters, faxes or even text messages in their deceptions. To see past the disguise, you need to be alert to signs of an impostor scam:

DCF Calls Out Fake Food Stamp Website

DCF Calls Out Fake Food Stamp Website

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Division of Children and Families is calling a website that purports to help people apply for food stamps online a scam.

According to spokesperson John Harrell, getfoodstampsnow.org is not a place for people to turn to online as a means to get food stamps.

In fact, Harrell said the DCF website, http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/, is the only legitimate way for those who need assistance to get it.

"The problem and the danger is that they could be giving their personal information to people who could be scamming them out of money. This is of great concern to us at DCF because there's a lot of people who are suffering at this time economically. And there are websites that are taking money from people who don't have much to begin with," Harrell said.

Energy Survey Solicitation Calls and Complaints

In recent weeks, many calls have been made to residents in the Northeast Florida area in regards to a “free energy survey” on behalf of USA Utility Experts. Residents describe the calls as harassing in nature and called the CCSO to complain. Our agency wants to increase public awareness about the “do not call list” and consumer rights in general.