Detectives in Seattle Relieved To Have Answers In Tavar Case

SEATTLE -- St. Johns County detectives George Harrigan and Kip Brantley said they are relieved to finally be able to give Brittany Tavar's family some answers.

"I don't think you ever have full closure but at least they have some sense of closure knowing what happened and knowing he's in custody," said Harrigan.

The two detectives flew straight to Seattle when police arrested Joseph Roberts Tuesday on shoplifting charges.

"Life will never be the same for them but at least they can come to terms with what happened," said Brantley.

They say in hours of interviews Roberts eventually opened up, telling them exactly what happened to Tavar.

And they say Roberts told them where to search for Tavar's remains in St. Augustine.

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Brittany Tavar's Family: 'The Case is Closed'

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Brittany Tavar's family is feeling some closure following the discovery of remains in St. Johns County,

"As far as family is concerned, the case is closed," said Patricia Bellamah, Tavar's sister.

South Ponte Vedra resident Tavar, 45, disappeared in July 2010.

Remains were found off Highway 207 Thursday near Lightsey Road following an interview with a person of interest in the case.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office deputies traveled on Wednesday to Seattle, where Joseph Roberts had been arrested for shoplifting at a grocery store. They questioned him late Wednesday night about the disappearance of Tavar.

Tavar Disappearance Suspect Awaiting Return to Florida

SEATTLE, Wash. - A King County, Wash. judge found probable cause to hold Joseph Roberts in a Seattle jail.

During a hearing Wednesday afternoon, the judge set Roberts' bail at $500,000, and he's being held in the King County Correctional Facility.

Seattle police arrested Roberts, 26, Tuesday night, after the QGC, an upscale grocery store in University Village, reportedly caught him trying to steal $14 worth of meat.

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While talking to investigators, police there said Roberts initially told them his name was Andrew Lake, but said he couldn't give them an accurate date of birth.

Roberts then gave them his real name, and after they searched, officers learned that Roberts was wanted on warrants here in Florida.

Tavar Suspect Held as a Fugitive in Seattle

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle police have arrested a man believed to be involved in the disappearance of a First Coast woman.

Officers have arrested Joseph Roberts, 26, on retail theft charges, after they said he tried to steal about $14 worth of meat from a store.

While talking to investigators, police said Roberts initially gave a fake name, before finally admitting his real name and telling them that he is from Florida. But detectives said that Roberts denied having any outstanding warrants.

After they found out Roberts was a fugitive, Seattle Police called the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies here said they think Roberts has something to do with the disappearance of South Ponte Vedra Beach resident Brittany Tavar.

Tavar's sister, Patricia Bellamah, told First Coast News this arrest brings the family some relief.

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Community Collection Day at Bartram Trail High School Oct. 16th

St. Johns County Solid Waste Management will host a Community Collection Day on Saturday, October 16th, from 8:00 am until noon at Bartram Trail High School, located at 7399 Longleaf Pine Parkway in St. Johns. The event is limited to St. Johns County residents only.

A Community Collection Day provides residents an opportunity to safely dispose of household hazardous waste, obsolete electronics including old computer equipment, and tires. Some examples of household hazardous waste items include paint, oil, cleaners, pesticides, batteries and pool chemicals.

To allow the best service to residents, a few restrictions apply. For instance, no microwave ovens or large appliances are accepted. Also, each household is limited to disposing no more than ten tires. The Community Collection Day is limited to residential materials; no commercial items, construction materials, garbage or yard trash will be accepted.

Oktoberfest Celebration at Marineland Oct. 16th

Marineland's Dolphin Conservation Center will host an Oktoberfest celebration with live music, food, and beverages from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. on Saturday, October 16th.  

Everyone is invited to enjoy the festivities in the newly christened Neptune Park, in which a 7 foot tall marble statue of Neptune occupies center stage. 

The local classic rock band known as "Kings Highway" will provide musical entertainment.  Woody's Bar-B-Q of Cobblestone Village in St. Augustine and JT's Seafood Shack of Palm Coast will be offering food from their menus. 

General admission to view the dolphins in their habitat will be half off regular prices throughout the day!  Bikers are welcome.
For information or reservations for interactive programs with dolphins, call (904) 471-1111 Extension 116 or visit

Stone Crab Season Opens Oct. 15

The commercial and recreational harvest season for stone crab claws in Florida opens on Oct. 15.  The season will remain open through May 15.

Stone crab claws must be at least 2 3/4 inches in length to be harvested legally, and claws may not be taken from egg-bearing female stone crabs.  Recreational harvesters are allowed to use up to five stone crab traps, and there is a daily bag limit of one gallon of claws per person or two gallons per vessel, whichever is less.

Click here for more information regarding the recreational harvest of stone crab claws.

Click here for commercial stone crab regulations and licensing information (click on "Fishing - Saltwater").