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  • It's a bizarre case that all began back in 2014.  A Jacksonville man has been convicted by a federal jury of nine counts of aggravated identity theft, nine counts of bank fraud, seven counts of false representation of a Social Security number, and three counts of mail fraud.  That's after investigators found Anthony Johnson, 52, stole the identity of at least 5 different victims, including a member of the US Army and a lawyer.  Under these false IDs, Johnson opened up bank accounts, multiple credit cards, obtained loans, and genuine Florida driver's licenses.  Investigators say Johnson's loans far exceeded $100,000, which he spent on luxury items, including a $70,000 Mercedes Benz.  Using the proceeds from his criminal activities, Johnson also traveled to Dubai in 2016. While there, he spent more than $4,000 at a club/restaurant, stayed at a high-end hotel, and purchased more expensive personal items.  Upon his return, Johnson was arrested at the Orlando International Airport.  He now faces up to 30 years in prison for each bank fraud offense, up to 20 years for each mail fraud offense, up to 5 years for each charge of falsely representing a Social Security number, up to 3 consecutive years for violation of supervised release, and a mandatory minimum penalty of 2 years for each aggravated identity theft count.  A sentencing hearing has not been set at this time.
  • Gainesville police are set to release more details after three men were arrested in connection to a shooting at a bus stop following a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer.  Tyler Tenbrink  28, William Fears, 30, and Colton Fears 28, are in the Alachua County Jail on charges of attempted homicide after they were accused of getting argument with another group of people that led to a shooting. THREE IN CUSTODY for yesterday's 34th/Archer Road shooting. Press Release: https://t.co/FcFNHkPXVw Arrest Reports: https://t.co/JLIx0csK05 pic.twitter.com/NVWJZsvyAi — Gainesville Police (@GainesvillePD) October 20, 2017 PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: Presser regarding the 34th/Archer shooting arrests (was related to event) 1:00pm at GPD HQ, 545 NW 8th Ave.— Gainesville Police (@GainesvillePD) October 20, 2017 Gainesvile police said the men are from Texas. Police said that at least two of the three men involved have connections to extremist groups. Tenbrink is a convicted felon and faces additional charges of possession of a firearm by convicted felon. Police said the shooting happened at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday at a bus stop near 34th and Archer Street, which is about two miles from the University of Florida.    WATCH: Thousands attend controversial speaker Richard Spencer event  The victim was sitting at the bus stop after the Richard Spencer speaking event when someone from a moving car shouted, 'Hail Hitler!' and other chants toward a group of people. The group and the suspects got into an argument, leading Tenbrink to take out a gun and fire a single shot at the group, Gainesville Police said in their report .   The suspects then fled in a silver Jeep. A witness in the group was able to provide officers with a license plate tag and quickly locate the vehicle later that evening a few miles north of the bus stop location.  The Fears brothers are under $1 million bond, and Tenbrink is under a $3 million bond. Gainesville Police said no one was injured during the shooting.  Three men arrested after bus stop shooting after Richard Spencer Gainesville eventhttps ://t.co/mhYpuxZjXx pic.twitter.com/Hquk4VAtca — ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) October 20, 2017
  • For the 11th year, the FBI has conducted a national enforcement action targeting underaged human trafficking. 120 traffickers were arrested as part of Operation Cross Country XI, and 84 minors were recovered. FBI Jacksonville now confirms to WOKV that one minor was recovered and one suspect was taken in to custody locally, with the help of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.  The nationwide crackdown took place October 12-15 in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, with the results released this week. 55 FBI field offices and 78 state and local task forces- consisting of hundreds of law enforcement partners- were involved, as well as some international partners, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines. The FBI says OCC XI included officers staging operations in hotels, casinos, truck stops, street corners, and websites.  The youngest victim that was recovered in the enforcement action was three-months-old. The average age of the victims was 15-years-old. The FBI says victims are offered medical and mental health counseling, as well as other services.
  • A father is frustrated after he says his 5-year-old daughter was left alone on a busy road several times by her bus driver.  Brockton Public Schools is investigating after the father says a substitute bus driver missed his daughter’s stop.  Mike Smith waits outside of his Brockton, Massachusetts, home every day for his 5-year-old daughter’s bus to arrive. Recently, he says, the bus hasn’t been reliable. “They flew right past,” Smith said. “My daughter was behind the bus driver and I could hear her say, ‘This is my bus stop.’” Smith says a substitute bus driver has missed his kindergartner’s stop three times in the past two weeks, and has driven up the road and dropped her in an unsafe place on his street where the cars zip by at a high speed. There are also no crosswalks there.  >> Read more trending news “She almost got hit by a car. She tried crossing the street, she looked both ways. One car slammed on their brakes, one didn't, they jumped the curb and that's when my heart dropped,” Smith saud.  Smith said each driver has been different and none of them appear to know the routes. When he confronted a substitute driver Thursday, he said the driver was dismissive. “He completely blew me off,” he said.  Frustrated with the driver’s response, Smith took his concerns to the school district and the bus company, who are both now investigating.  A spokesperson said the driver has now been taken off the bus route. “This bus driver should be taken off anything that has to do with kids in general, because the attitude I got from him was completely uncalled for,” Smith said.  But he worries the problem is bigger than just his stop. “If they can do it three times within two weeks for one child, how often is this happening to kids in the city?” he said.  Smith said the bus company and the school district need to examine their protocol so that no one is left behind or in harm’s way.
  • A University of North Florida  student has been arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at another student and pulling the trigger, inside the Osprey Fountains campus housing. Not many details were initially released by University Police, except that the gun didn’t actually fire and the weapon wasn’t located when they took the student in to custody. The arrest report we’ve now obtained says the suspect is 19-year-old Cage Edwards. The victim told police he was sitting in his room when he heard a “gun being racked” and then a knock on his door. When the victim answered, Edwards pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the victim’s chest and pulled the trigger, according to the arrest report. The victim told police the gun “clicked”, but didn’t fire. Edwards allegedly left, and returned soon after to ask the victim if he was going to call police. The victim spoke with another student in the dorms, and while that student was heading to the victim’s room, he saw Edwards’ door open, and the gun, money, and marijuana in plain sight, according to police. The two decided to report the incident to police. The student also gave police access to his Snapchat, which we’re told had videos of Edwards with the gun and smoking marijuana. A gun safe was found in Edwards’ room, but the weapon wasn’t located in his room or car. Police did find a small bag of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. There is a portion of the arrest report which is redacted. It’s unclear if this reflects Edwards’ statements to police, but there is no clear motive indicated in the available documentation. Edwards has now been arrested for aggravated assault, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

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