St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

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Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

Ebron charged in plot to escape from jail

Ebron charged in plot to escape from jail

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The chief suspect in the disappearance of 21-month-old Lonzie Barton faces new charges following his arrest for an alleged plot to escape from the Duval County Pretrial Detention Facility.

William “Ruben” Ebron, 32, is accused of concocting a plot to stash keys in his sock and mouth and then use them to slip out of his handcuffs, jump out of a jail van and escape in a getaway car, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Investigators found out about the plan Monday when another inmate came forward with multiple recorded conversations detailing how Ebron allegedly planned to escape from custody. “Ebron directed the inmate to have the getaway car placed east of the jail,” the report said.

Ebron was arrested Thursday on charges of attempted escape from a jail, criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of a concealed handcuff key, and smuggling contraband into a detention facility, all felonies, jail records show.

Students sport red in support of classmate undergoing surgery


ST.AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Bus stops were full of students wearing red today in St. Johns County.

They were wearing red to show their support for Tyler McLaughlin, an 8th grader at Liberty Pines Academy who underwent open heart surgery Tuesday in Jacksonville.

Tyler, now 13, was born without a pulmonary artery and with a hole in his heart.

TMac is Tyler's nickname. His supporters posted dozens of pictures on Facebook and Twitter using #WearRedforTMac.

After more than eight hours of surgery, a family friends tells First Coast News his procedure was a success.

He is recovering at Wolfson Children's Hospital.

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FHP: Bicyclist killed in St. Johns County crash


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A bicyclist was struck and killed by a car in St. Johns County Tuesday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The accident happened about 9 p.m. near the intersection of U.S. 1 South and Datil Pepper Road.

The crash report states a Honda Fit was traveling in the inside lane of southbound U.S. 1 when it struck a St. Augustine man who was attempting to bike across the highway. 

Charles Frederick Barret, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the crash report. 

Troopers say the investigation is on-going and charges are pending.


Hundreds remember slain St. Augustine man


ST. AUGUSTINE — Hundreds gathered Sunday afternoon to honor a Saint Augustine man who was killed Tuesday night.

Police said a group of Jacksonville teenagers followed Carl Starke home, tried to steal his car and then shot him.

Starke is autistic and officers believe he was seen as an easy target.

At the Saint Johns Family Funeral Home, a song played for 36-year-old Carl Starke.

Sheriff: Autistic man targeted in St. Augustine deadly shooting


ID=32148285ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — An autistic man fatally shot Tuesday at a St. Augustine condominium complex was targeted, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Carl Starke, 36, of St. Augustine, was at Wal-Mart Tuesday when the suspects spotted him in the parking lot, decided he was a "soft" target and followed him home with the intention of stealing his car, said St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar at a news conference Friday afternoon.

The sheriff said the suspects did not steal his car, but instead "murdered Carl in cold blood in our county."