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North Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Attempting To Entice a Minor to Engage In Sexual Activity

Below is an official statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida regarding the guilty plea of a man who was charged with attempting a minor to engage in sexual activity. Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that William Rand Paige, Jr. (50, Fernandina Beach) has pleaded…

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Jacksonville Woman Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Create And Distribute Animal Crush Videos

A Jacksonville woman faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to create and distribute animal crush videos. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida,  Nicole Danielle Devilbiss (35, Jacksonville) pled guilty to the crime on Thursday. Animal crushing is defined under federal criminal law as…

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Drive-By Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Wounded in Westside Jacksonville

Following a deadly drive-by shooting, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is searching for suspects and asking for assistance from the public. According to JSO, one man was killed and another was wounded. The shooting was reported around 5 p.m. Monday. The victims were discovered when deputies officers arrived at the scene at the corner of Herlong Rd…

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Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Increases Reward for Info on Two Murders Involving Children

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced that a charitable donation by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Foundation has increased the rewards for two recent murder investigations involving children. JSO Homicide Unit responded to two separate murder investigations where children fell victim to unnecessary violence within days of each other. On Saturday, September 24, 2023, shortly after…

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Toddler, 2 Adults Shot to Death During Sale of Dog in Jacksonville

Suspects Fled the Scene Four people were shot in Jacksonville, including three who died from their injuries, after an altercation that apparently started during the private sale of a dog at an apartment complex in the 8800 block of A.S. Skinner Parkway. The victim’s names have not been released, and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, nor have…

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Jacksonville Beach SWAT Helps in Drug Trafficking Arrest

Jacksonville Beach Police Department’s General Investigations Unit (GIU) obtained an arrest warrant for trafficking in illegal drugs that began as a death investigation. Due to several risk factors our SWAT team was utilized to arrest the suspect. This morning, a vehicle takedown was initiated on the Green’s Way, which resulted in a successful apprehension. Below…

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Overview of Jacksonville Crime:

The Jacksonville metropolitan area, with a population of over 1.5 million residents, experiences a mix of criminal activity typical of large urban areas. This region includes Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and other surrounding communities, with various law enforcement agencies cooperating to maintain safety and security.

The number of criminal homicides in Jacksonville in 2022 was higher than in 2021. According to  data from the Jacksonville Sheriff Office, there were 166 criminal homicides in 2022, up from 2021, when there were 112 criminal homicides. 

Crime in the Jacksonville metro area spans property crimes, violent crimes, drug-related offenses, and white-collar crimes. Property crimes, such as burglary and theft, have been a consistent concern. Violent crimes, including assault and homicide, also pose challenges, but the rates can vary year by year.

We’re constantly having shooting each day, but if we don’t tell what we know for these murders to be removed from the street, they’re going to continue to murder. That’s 14 more than we had last year. That lets us know, if we don’t do something about it, next year is going to be even higher,” Donald Foy, president of MAD DADS, told First Coast News.