Crime

Fugitive wanted on sexual battery charges captured in Ohio

Fugitive wanted on sexual battery charges captured in Ohio

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A 37-year-old fugitive wanted on a warrant for sexual battery captured Thursday in Ohio after fleeing from St. Johns County in July, authorities said.

Michael Owen Hutchison, 37, of Elkton, is being held without bond in Marion County, Ohio following his arrest on two warrants for sexual battery, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Hutchison was initially booked on a sexual battery charge June 9 and released after posting $25,000 bond, deputies said.

While free on bond, Hutchison sexually battered an unconscious man in July, the victim told investigators. Afterward, the Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for Hutchison's arrest.

When the warrant was issued, deputies discovered Hutchison had fled the county. Then a second warrant -- this one with a $250,000 bond -- was issued for Hutchison's arrest, followed by another for the violation of his bond conditions.

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.

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.

Suspects sought in Tuesday morning burglary

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Augustine Police Department is asking for the public's assistance identifying a burglary suspect.

Early Tuesday morning an unknown suspect broke into the Welcome Food Mart in the 220 block of San Marco Avenue, according to a release from the St. Augustine Police Department.

The suspect allegedly broke into the store by climbing through the roof air conditioning duct. Once inside Welcome Food Mart, the suspect was caught on surveillance video attempting to break into an ATM machine.

The suspect was unsuccessful and tried to leave the business by prying open the front doors. Again, the suspect was unsuccessful and ended up breaking a glass window to exit, cutting his arm in the process.

Anyone who has any information about this suspect asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-8477 (TIPS). You can remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.00.

Theft suspects flee store with pricey purses

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Two theft suspects are being sought in St. John's County for allegedly stealing high-end handbags.

Two suspects were captured on surveillance video inside the Coach Store at the St. Augustine Premium Outlets October 11, according to a Facebook post from the St. John's County Sheriff's Office.

The male and female suspects picked up merchandise worth over $1,100 and fled the store.

Anyone who has any information about these suspects is asked to contact the St. John's County Sheriff's Office at 904-824-8304.

To remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-8477.

Who is Lilly Ann Chavez?

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Since the death of much-loved St. Augustine waitress Barbara Parchem, her daughter has been in the local spotlight.

First Coast News has gathered information from online sources, public documents and from her attorney.

Lilly Ann Chavez, 43, was born in 1970 in Illinois, just outside Chicago, according to court records.

According to her Facebook page, she went to high school in Michigan, but Chavez and her family eventually came to Florida.

"She's a local resident, lived here 16 years. Her whole family is here," said Chavez' attorney, Tom Cushman.

Chavez has grown children and siblings in the St. Augustine area.   She studied ultrasound, according to her Facebook page, and she has worked in medical offices.

Sheriff's demolish meth house

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office in coordination with St. Johns County Code Enforcement demolished a St. Augustine "drug dwelling" Tuesday morning.

The home was located at 1900 Powell Road near the intersection of Thomas Bailey Road.

Over the past several years the St. John's County Sheriff's Office has responded to multiple reports of methamphetamine labs at 1990 Powell Road, according to a release form the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Since August of 2011, there have been two confirmed active labs and two incidents where precursors of methamphetamine were located on the property, according to the SJCSO.

After legal proceedings deemed the structure unsafe and uninhabitable, it was determined the home would be demolished. Crews and equipment arrived at the home at 9 a.m.

The last known resident of the home located at 1990 Powell Road is John Allen Clark. Jr.