Jacksonville sheriff: Trio distributed up to 30 kilos of cocaine per week
An investigation by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Major Case Narcotics Unit aimed at dismantling a local drug trafficking organizations has netted 27 felony arrests, Sheriff Mike Williams revealed during a Thursday news conference.
Florida woman given 30 years in husband's homicide
A Leon County circuit judge handed down the sentence for Denise Williams, rejecting arguments from her attorney that she was only a minor participant in the plot to kill her husband, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. Mike Williams, a 31-year-old real estate appraiser, disappeared in December 2000 during what was supposedly a solo duck hunting trip to a lake in Jackson County.news.yahoo.com
Jacksonville mayor, sheriff, fire chief to work as team to find missing persons
Jacksonville leadership is pooling resources for a new program called Missing Endangered Persons Search and Rescue to rapidly deploy personnel and equipment from both departments to search for missing children and adults.
Jacksonville community leaders celebrate progress with JSO
An interfaith group of Jacksonville community leaders is celebrating a pledge from Sheriff Mike Williams, whom the group says has agreed to more discussions about how police respond to mental health crises and alternatives to arrests for minor crimes.
Police seek information about gunfire at youth football jamboree as parents mull fate of season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are seeking information about gunfire that erupted Sunday during a youth football jamboree at a Mandarin park, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday. The request for information came just hours before parents of youth football players met with the Mandarin Athletic Association to weigh whether the spring football season will be canceled. Shortly after 4:30 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to shots fired at Greenland Park, where there were about 500 players and fans gathered for youth football games. Parents like Brown would also be refunded the money they paid in advance for their child to participate in spring football. Earlier Tuesday, News4Jax learned that parents were also told Elite South Youth Football League wanted parks to be responsible for security.
Family sues JSO after 22-year-old son killed by officer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The family of a 22-year-old man shot and killed by a police officer is suing the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. However, Johnson’s family attorney disagrees and is suing Sheriff Mike Williams and Officer Josue Garriga, the officer who pulled the trigger. “His sworn testimony, versus the medical examiner’s report, versus the video, versus the eyewitness.”AdDaniels claims Johnson was not a threat and that Garriga’s testimony would’ve positioned Johnson to be shot right-to-left. Daniels said Jamee exited the vehicle with his hands raised above his head surrendering and the autopsy report show bullets struck him “left-to-right,” contradicting Garriga’s testimony. Now the Johnson family will wait to see if the federal court agrees or disagrees with their lawsuit.
Authorities: 3 Duval County jail inmates die after contracting COVID-19
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday confirmed that three inmates at the Pre-trial Detention Facility have died due to complications from COVID-19. Since the pandemic began, this is the first time the Sheriff’s Office has released information about COVID-19 deaths involving inmates of the Duval County jail. In September, the FDOH reported in the four-month period that at least 240 corrections officers tested positive at the jail and that 400 inmates tested positive. In November, for instance, three criminal trials were stopped after two defendants and an employee coming from the jail tested positive. In regard to the Duval County jail deaths, a request for comment Wednesday afternoon from the Sheriff’s Office and the FDOH was not immediately returned.
Driver charged with DUI after hitting officer investigating deadly hit-and-run
Jacksonville police identified the officer as 20-year Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office veteran Detective Ernest Wilson. “We are grateful for the community’s support as we await further reports on his progress.”JSO said the driver who hit Wilson was arrested on a DUI charge after a roadside investigation. News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said he trained Wilson when the detective first joined the Sheriff’s Office. Actually when I served as a recruiter for the Sheriff’s Office, he was one of my recruits,” Jefferson said. Pictured with Ken Jefferson (left) and then-Sheriff Nat Glover.
State Attorney on Jacksonville violence: Enforcement itself won’t fix underlying issues
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In the midst of heated and tumultuous elections across the nation, State Attorney Melissa Nelson quietly continued into her second term in the 4th Judicial Circuit. But many in Jacksonville are still worried about violence in their neighborhoods, especially after the 176 homicides reported in 2020 -- the highest in the last 20 years. Nelson said public safety and dealing with violence in the community is her office’s top priority. Toward that effort, Nelson’s office has also prioritized investing in technology, including a bullet tracing database and a Joint Crime Center. “As I have said many times before, we didn’t get here overnight, and we are not going to fix this overnight.
Reserve police officer who died of COVID-19 called ‘a friend to all’
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A reserve officer of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has died, the Fraternal Order of Police announced Wednesday. Louis Livatino, 71, was described as a dedicated family man who volunteered his time on the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and countless assignments assisting patrol functions, sometimes working as much or more than full-time officers. “If you knew Lou, you loved Lou,” Melissa Bujeda, a former public information officer for JSO, wrote. Sergeant Livatino was known throughout the agency for his willingness to help anyone in need and for his infectious smile. — Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) January 27, 2021This is at least the third law enforcement officer in Northeast Florida to die of COVID.
Florida police, National Guard prepare for ‘most secure inauguration ever’
Right now, FBI Jacksonville agents are tracking down tips and monitoring threats, just like their counterparts across the country, said spokeswoman Amanda Videll. In D.C., 25,000 Guard members are backing up thousands of police officers; approximately 600 soldiers and airmen are from Florida. Police officers from Florida agencies like the Miami Beach Police Department are also traveling to the capital to provide support. “This will be the most secure election inauguration ever,” said Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, who now teaches at the University of North Florida. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said he’s not aware of any direct threats to the Northeast Florida area, but his officers are monitoring the situation.
Jacksonville FBI, sheriff ID group ‘planning to storm government offices’
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Law enforcement agencies across the country and in the Jacksonville area are preparing for the national security threats surrounding the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Rachael Rojas, special agent in charge of the FBI Jacksonville field office, said she is taking things very seriously. We understand there is a heightened emotional cause right now.”She did not confirm or deny any direct security threats in her district. She told News4Jax she’s been working with local, state and federal agencies, including the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. “We can ramp up pretty quickly,” said Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.
Arrest made in 2015 rape of girl in Arlington
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An arrest was made in the brutal sexual assault of a child in 2015 in Arlington, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday. In August 2015, an 8-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a wooded area off University Boulevard near Fort Caroline Road. The girl was badly beaten during the assault and was “left for dead,” Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference Wednesday announcing the arrest. An arrest warrant was obtained, and it turned out that Henry Williams, now 20, was already in custody. The sheriff said he thinks Henry Williams was familiar with the little girl and was believed to have lived in the Arlington area at the time.
Ten years later: The Deepwater Horizon disaster
Ten years ago, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, 60 Minutes put a large team of about 20 staff members on the assignment. One producer, Nicole Young, went searching -- by boat and helicopter -- for spilled oil, which hadn't made landfall in the Gulf yet. Another producer, Michael Karzis, was tasked with learning the science of oil rigs and deepwater drilling. But it was one of the youngest members of the team who found the remarkable oil rig worker named Mike Williams. Williams' interview also shed new light on the causes of the explosion.cbsnews.com
Mom arrested in disappearance of 5-year-old daughter after remains found in Alabama
The mother of 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams has been arrested and charged in connection with the girl's disappearance, authorities said Tuesday. Hours before police announced the arrest, investigators found remains that they believe to be Taylor in rural Alabama. Earlier Tuesday, police in Demopolis, Alabama, released a statement saying that the team searching for Taylor had found human remains. CBS affiliate WJAX-TV reports there were blue tents set up where the remains were believed to have been found. Taylor Williams CBS NewsThe child was reported missing from her Jacksonville, Florida, home last Wednesday.cbsnews.com