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  • The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is asking the community for help in identifying a body that was found behind a Family Dollar on Feb 14, around 10 a.m. According to SJSO, the body was recovered behind Family Dollar at 500 SR 16, St. Augustine.  The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office describes the body:  40’s to early 50’s  Approximately 6-feet tall  165-pounds  Medium length dark hair  Scruffy short beard with some graying  Wearing black flip-flops, khaki cargo shorts, long sleeve dark grey pullover sweatshirt  Tattoo of a small Celtic type cross on the inside of his right leg above the ankle  Anyone with information on the possible identity of this individual is asked to contact Detective James Jackson of the Major Crimes Unit at (904) 209-2142 or email jpjackson@sjso.org.
  • Authorities in Missouri have arrested three relatives after an 11-year-old girl gave birth last week in a bathtub at a home in the St. Louis suburbs, according to multiple reports. An adult man and an adult woman have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in connection to the case. A 17-year-old boy was also arrested on charges of incest, statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a child younger than 12 years old, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Associated Press. The birth was discovered after a man brought the newborn to a hospital, claiming the child had been left on his front porch, KSDK reported. Charging documents obtained by the news station showed the infant had a body temperature of 90 degrees and still had an umbilical cord and placenta attached after being brought to the hospital. The man later admitted that he was related to the baby and told authorities he was unaware the 11-year-old girl was pregnant until she gave birth to the child, according to the AP. The man was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, KSDK reported. A judge ordered him held in lieu of a $10,000 cash-only bond. Charging documents said he came to the country illegally and had previously been deported, according to the AP. In a probable cause statement obtained by the Post-Dispatch, authorities said a 17-year-old boy related to the 11-year-old girl admitted to having sexually assaulted the girl about 100 times. After his arrest last week, a judge ordered him held in lieu of a $25,000 bond, according to the newspaper. Authorities made a third arrest in the case Tuesday, charging an adult woman with failing to provide the 11-year-old with medical care as she was giving birth. She was ordered held in lieu of a $10,000 bond, according to the AP.
  • Two men are facing charges after allegedly stealing trailers and motorcycles belonging to Jacksonville area residents. Police are still going through dozens of stolen property at a home on Townsend Boulevard but police told Action News Jax reporter Meghan Moriarty, the men are facing grand theft charges, if not more.  Officers said they’ve found at least two stolen trailers and two stolen motorcycles, along with dozens of other pieces of property that they believe the suspects took.  Pictures show dozens of tools and work equipment inside one of the stolen trailers.  In the past few days, officers said they received several reports of people having similar property stolen, but haven’t had any tips.  It wasn’t until a sergeant noticed a truck that matched the description of a possible suspect’s car and followed it. This started a 24-hour watch where they saw the suspects casing neighborhoods.  Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, they received a search warrant for the home on Townsend Boulevard where one of the suspects lived.  The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Jacksonville Beach Police Department are working on the case together since there’s stolen property from both areas.
  • Leaders at the Museum of Science and History are one step closer to completing their goal of renovating and expanding. Museum leaders now say they want to add more interactive features to improve technology throughout the museum.  Lori Lyons home schools her two children and for her and her kids, a trip to the Museum of Science and History is always special.  “The traveling exhibit is going on right now, it’s for DNA and genetics, so today we learned about the human body,” Lyons said.  Lyons and her girls also learned the museum is expanding.  It’s all part of an $80 million project known as MOSH 2.0.  “Essentially, we will be turning our face to the river. We will be embracing downtown, Friendship Fountain Park and really making this our entire campus. We will be completely renovating this campus and then building out new construction and a brand-new entry way,” said Maria Hane, CEO of MOSH.  VyStar Credit Union is helping museum officials get closer to their goal by donating $2.5 million to their $20 million capital campaign.  Hane said she wants the museum to become a destination that everyone wants to visit.  “You can look at Pittsburgh and you can see how the museum is combined with the stadium space that really drives a destination for downtown Pittsburgh. You can look at Baltimore and you can see the museum was a true anchor for activating downtown,” she said.
  • A drunken driver fatally struck a pedestrian Saturday night and drove for a half-mile with the man’s “mangled corpse” in the passenger seat of his car, Texas court records allege. Paul Joseph Garcia, 24, of Austin, is charged with manslaughter, an accident involving injury and multiple traffic offenses, according to Travis County Jail records. He is being held in lieu of bail set at $110,000. Editor’s note: The following story contains graphic details.  An arrest affidavit obtained by the Austin American Statesman states that witnesses told police they saw a man in a white 2014 Ford Focus hit a pedestrian around 10:30 p.m. Saturday on a South Austin roadway and keep going. The Ford was speeding and traveling without headlights, the witnesses told detectives. The victim’s body was thrown through the windshield, authorities said. A shopping cart the pedestrian was pushing struck a nearby cluster of mailboxes. “The impact with the vehicle pushed the cart into a cluster of mailboxes with enough force to bend a 2-inch diameter, galvanized steel post that supported mailboxes,” the affidavit says. The driver, later identified as Garcia, was next spotted parking the car south of the crash site. He then walked calmly to the nearby South Austin Beer Garden, barefoot and “in a manner that caught the attention of the other patrons,” the Statesman reported. David Pearce, co-owner of the beer garden, told Fox7 in Austin that surveillance cameras from the business caught footage of Garcia crawling out of a drainage ditch out front and approaching the building. See footage from the beer garden below, courtesy of the news station.  Workers were immediately suspicious because Garcia “obviously looked distraught,” Pearce told the news station. They refused him service, but kept him calm and at the beer garden until police arrived. “He was definitely looking for a place to hide and who knows?” Pearce said. When officers arrived, they found a gruesome scene. The victim’s “mangled corpse” was found in the front passenger seat of the Focus and, according to the affidavit, Garcia had evidence on him that matched “the blood and body tissue found coated in the interior of the vehicle.” >> Related story: ‘Blitzed’ drunken driver fled with torso of hit-and-run victim in car, police say Debris -- including body parts and pieces of Garcia’s car -- littered the roadway from the point of impact to his stopping point a half-mile away, the Statesman reported. There were no skid marks on the road to indicate Garcia hit the brakes before striking the man, whose name has not been released. Officers conducted a sobriety test at the scene and arrested Garcia on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, the newspaper said. Pearce said he and his staff were shocked to learn what had happened. “We had no idea what had happened up the street, and it’s just … wow,” Pearce told Fox7. “We just stopped this kid from running away from the cops.”

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