A 42-year-old Jacksonville Beach resident faces a cocaine possession charge after a Neptune Beach officer found the illegal drug during a driving under the influence arrest on June 5.

The officer was sitting in the parking lot of the Kangaroo Gas Station at 2425 Mayport Road when he spotted a man drive up to the establishment, park his car and enter the gas station. Several minutes later, the man exited the business and stumbled toward the officer's police vehicle. The officer rolled down his window, listening to the man ramble about someone inside the business. After the man stumbled to his car, the officer drove over to the man's spot. He could see that the defendant was buckled in and prepared to leave.

When the officer asked the defendant for identification, the man said he did not have any on him. He provided a credit card. The officer then asked the man to step out of the car, and to once again check his wallet for identification. The man opened his wallet, revealing a small bag containing a white powdery substance and the back of a Florida Identification Card. The officer requested the man hand over both items.

The substance field-tested positively for cocaine. The defendant was also arrested for driving under the influence, knowingly operating a vehicle with a suspended driver's license and motor vehicle tag expired for six months or less.


A St. Augustine woman visiting her friend in Neptune Beach was arrested for surfing topless near the Myra Street endzone on June 9. The complaint had been ongoing for several days.

At approximately 10:16 a.m., a Neptune Beach police officer responded to a complaint that the 21-year-old woman was skating and surfing without a top, and became belligerent when asked to cover up. The officer spotted the woman in the water, noting that she was still exposing herself to visitors, including children, in the area.

The defendant's friend attempted to get the girl to put on her top, but she refused. Eventually, a vehicle arrived on scene to use the PA system to make contact with the woman. She was advised to exit the water, but she ignored the order. Lifeguards were then required to swim out to the topless surfer's spot to escort her back to shore. They were able to retrieve the woman without incident.

Even then, when asked to cover herself with a jacket provided by the officer, the woman refused. She stated that she had done nothing wrong. Officers were able to get her covered and into a patrol vehicle. However, she remained argumentative. The woman was charged with exposing sexual organs and resisting an officer without violence to his or her person.

On June 8, at approximately 2:52 p.m., a Neptune Beach police officer responded to a home off First Street in reference to a suspicious incident involving a local and a potential juvenile victim.

The victim's mother notified police that several days earlier, on June 5, she had spotted her daughter sitting down shoulder-to-shoulder on the curb in front of the suspect's residence. According to the complainant, her daughter informed her that the man, 46, had called her over and began a conversation.

She continued by stating that when the minor informed the man of her age, he stated, "I thought you would be of college age." The complainant said the man also knew her daughter liked to swing on the swing set located on her property. Prior to the complainant's arrival, the man was telling her a story and playing a song for the juvenile. When the woman arrived to pick up her daughter, the man added, "Make sure you come back to finish the story."

When police contacted the individual, he told police he did not mean any harm. He said he had observed the juvenile walking alone and thought she might have been disoriented. He suspected she was autistic. He said he spoke to her about a play he had written.

According to the suspect, he had spoke with the potential victim's father, who kindly requested the man stay away from his daughter. He understood why his interaction could be seen as a cause of concern for worried parents, and stated that he would refrain from talking to their daughter in the future.

A 28-year-old Jacksonville man faces three separate charges after lying to Neptune Beach police about his identity and then resisting the subsequent arrest.

On June 13 at 1:30 a.m., a Neptune Beach officer arrived at the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge in reference to a possible impaired driver. At the intersection of Atlantic Boulevard and Third Street, the officer watched the man make a wide right turn into the wrong lane. After stopping the individual, the officer inquired about the man's name and age. The man responded with a name and birth date. However, the date listed was in the year 1957.

Due to the fact that the man did not appear to be born in 1957, the officer suspected the man was lying. He attempted to place the individual in handcuffs, but the man resisted. Backup arrived, and the other officer assisted the arresting officer with subduing the defendant. Once inside the vehicle, the suspect began to thrash and kick his legs violently. A search found the defendant's personal identification card, revealing his correct identity. The man was also on active probation for burglary. The man informed police he lied about his identity because he did not want to get caught for violating his probation.

He added that all he wanted to do was "smoke black and milds, and drink Heineken tonight." A loaded 9mm was found inside the vehicle. However, the defendant denied ownership of the gun. The man was charged with resisting an officer with violence to his or her person, falsely identifying himself to law enforcement while detained or arrested, and driving with a suspended license.


A Jacksonville Beach police officer arrived at Wendy's, located at 400 Third Street, on June 7 in reference to a disturbance with a transient.

According to the restaurant's manager, the individual - a 46-year-old man - had been sitting inside the establishment, smoking cigarettes. He had been told multiple times to go outside to smoke or to leave the premises. Repeatedly, the man ignored the requests. Now, the manager wanted to have him banned from the property. The police officer informed the defendant he was being banned for one year.

He then moved outside, rambling incoherent words. When the officer returned to his patrol vehicle, he watched the man make his way back onto the Wendy's property and stand in the drive-thru. His actions blocked people from proceeding. At that point, the man was placed under arrest and charged with trespassing on the property and defying an order to leave.

While merging onto Butler Boulevard, a Jacksonville Beach police officer spotted a red Acura racing several motorcycles on June 5 at approximately 9:45 p.m.

The defendant, a 32-year-old Jacksonville resident, was repeatedly switching lanes, cutting vehicles off in the process. The officer noted that the man was endangering his life, as well as the lives of other motorists on the roadway.

The officer clocked the man as driving 120 mph in a 65 mph zone. He then activated his emergency lights and stopped the man at the San Pablo Road exit. The defendant was charged with reckless driving, and later transported to Duval County Jail.

On June 7 at approximately 6:54 p.m., a Jacksonville Beach police officer responded to Ocean Pond Drive in reference to a battery.

The victim, who works for a local cab company, said he picked up the defendant at Nipper's Bar and Grill, then drove the 49-year-old man to his Jacksonville Beach residence. The defendant was asked to sit up front in order for the victim to run the man's credit card for the ride, which totaled $6.75. When the defendant sat in the front seat, an argument ensued.

The man then punched the taxi driver in the right side of the face - numerous times. The victim released his seat belt and fled the car. The defendant also exited the vehicle, without paying his fare. He then entered his home via his garage.

The officer placed the man under arrest for battery - touch or strike - with no injury and transported him to Duval County Jail.


A series of vehicle-related crimes plagued Ponte Vedra Beach in St. Johns County between June 8 and June 15, but so far police have not arrested any individuals connected to the incidents. Of the 28 reported cases listed in that time frame, 17 were burglaries and three were cases of grand theft auto - a total of 20 crimes in the Ponte Vedra area. Throughout all the reports, victims usually stated they had left their car doors unlocked, allowing the suspects easy entry.

On June 8 at approximately 7:14 a.m., a St. Johns County Sheriff's deputy arrived at a single-family residence off Pheasant Run in reference to the theft of a motor vehicle. The victim stated he parked his Chevrolet Silverado in his driveway the night before at approximately 9:30 p.m. The next morning, he noticed it missing. According to the victim, he more than likely left his vehicle unlocked throughout the night with a set of spare keys in the center console.

The investigation also revealed that a second vehicle on the property was burglarized during the same time frame. The doors were left unlocked as well, and someone entered the vehicle. A set of keys - belonging to the victim's residence - were removed from the center console and placed on the driver's side seat. DNA swabs were taken from the center console.

While en route to a conveyance burglary on Pheasant Run, a deputy came in contact with a couple who said someone entered their Toyota overnight. The suspected entered the vehicle through an unlocked door, searching through the glove box and center console. The only items reported missing were a wallet, its contents and a wrist watch. Credit cards contained in the wallet were listed as unused by their respective financial institutions. One of the victims said he spoke with an individual in Jacksonville, who advised the victim's wallet was found near Tubman Court. The man located the victim through a business card found inside the wallet. The man informed the victim that he knew the boys who were stealing cards, but police were unable to make contact with the individual.

Compiled by Amanda Williamson