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Amber Alert: Missing toddler Jenzell Cintron Perez taken at gunpoint, family members say

Amber Alert: Missing toddler Jenzell Cintron Perez taken at gunpoint, family members say

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  • Construction crews continue to repair hurricane damage on the Jacksonville Beach Pier. The contractor is assembling and installing a temporary trestle that is used to hold the crane (which is necessary to build the pier).  This work will be going on for the next few months. The trestle will be removed once pier repairs are complete.  The project is expected to be complete in late fall 2021.
  • Neighbors are trying to save what they call a historic home in Mandarin. The southern plantation-style house on Loretto Road was built in 1913. According to the Duval County Property Appraiser, the property includes 25 acres of land.  The son of the couple who lived there said his parents recently passed away, and now the home is vacant. He is planning to sell the property and has reached an agreement with a local developer, Hart Resources LLC.  The company’s owner, Curtis Hart, submitted a rezoning application to the City of Jacksonville. Hart told Action News Jax he plans to build 55 single-family homes on this property, if the application is approved.  Neighbors created a petition to try and stop the rezoning. Jessica Tracy, a neighbor of the area for several years, said this house hold historical value for neighbors, and a large development would create hazardous traffic and overcrowding of schools.  “It’s sad because there’s a lot of other properties that have been torn down and this is one of the last ones,” Tracy said.  As of Tuesday afternoon, the petition has more than 6,500 signatures.  Action News Jax Elizabeth Pace spoke to the owner of the property and Hart. The owner declined to comment.  Over the phone, Hart said is currently reviewing potential changes with the development, including keeping the white house as a park. He said he will not move forward with the development until they have reached an agreement with neighbors.
  • An Alabama bank manager who convinced an elderly customer to trust him with her money -- and then stole almost $315,000 from her -- was sentenced Friday to serve just over three years in federal prison. Montreal Holley, 28, of Montgomery, was handed a 37-month sentence for theft, embezzlement or misapplication of funds by a bank employee, court records show. Holley, who faced up to 30 years in prison prior to his November plea, will be on supervised probation for three years upon his release. Holley was also ordered to undergo mental health counseling while in prison and to pay more than $125,000 in restitution to Regions Bank, where he worked. According to court documents, the judge recommended he serve his sentence at the Maxwell Federal Prison Camp in Montgomery. “This case is upsetting in many ways, and it serves as a reminder that criminals are targeting some of the most vulnerable people in our society,” Louis Franklin, the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, said in a statement, according to WSFA in Montgomery. “Holley selected his victim because of her advanced age and illness.” The woman died shortly after the investigation into Holley’s actions was launched in 2018. Franklin said the investigation began not long after he became a branch manager for Regions in May 2018. According to Franklin’s statement, Holley had convinced the elderly customer that she could trust only him to handle her money. Within months, he had drained nearly $315,000 from her accounts, WSFA reported. Holley used cashier’s checks and wire transfers to empty the woman’s accounts and issued a debit card for one account, using it to make cash withdrawals from an ATM. According to statements made during his sentencing, Holley used the stolen funds to pay off loans in his name, as well as in the names of his wife, girlfriend and other family members. Court documents show that in one instance, in December 2018, he used a cashier’s check to withdraw $23,266 from the woman’s bank account. He used the money to pay off a car loan, the documents say. WSFA reported that the loan was for a car his girlfriend drove. “He thought he would get away with stealing her money because no one would notice,” Franklin said, according to the news station. “Fortunately, Regions Bank discovered the suspicious activity in her account.” Officials said Holley returned $188,000 of the stolen money after he was caught. The restitution he is ordered to pay is the remaining portion of what was stolen, according to federal court records. Court documents show that Holley’s cooperation with the investigation played a role in the length of his sentence. He decided early on to plead guilty and waived indictment. Two Jeeps were seized by the U.S. Secret Service during the investigation, the records show. “The government agrees to seek restoration of any proceeds from the sale of those vehicles and to apply any such funds toward any restitution order imposed on the defendant,” Holley’s plea agreement states. Patrick Davis, special Agent in charge with the Secret Service, said in a statement that bank investigators should be commended. “Their quick response and thorough investigative support stopped this defendant from further financially exploiting the elderly victim in this case,” Davis said, according to the news station.
  • The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is asking for the public's help finding a newer model silver or gray Dodge Charger involved in a hit-and-run early Tuesday morning.  According to police, the vehicle was involved in what witnesses say was an 'intentional' hit and run of a pedestrian on a bicycle. Police say the victim was OK after sustaining non-life threatening injuries.  Police say the vehicle should have damage to its front and passenger side.  If you have any information on the vehicle or driver, you're urged to call Detective Thompson at (904) 270-1675.
  • A 19-year-old Arkansas man is accused of attempting to blow up a vehicle at the Pentagon on Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. According to court documents from the Eastern District of Virginia, Matthew Dmitri Richardson, of Fayetteville, was expected to make an appearance in federal court Tuesday afternoon, the release said. If convicted, officials said, Richardson faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum penalty of 20 years, WUSA reported. According to court documents, Pentagon police said Richardson tried to blow up an active-duty service member’s Land Rover at about 10:55 a.m. Monday, the television station reported. The officer said a Pentagon police officer saw Richardson in the north parking lot, striking a cigarette lighter to a piece of fabric that was inserted into the Land Rover’s gas tank, the news release said. According to the release, Richardson told the officer he was going to “blow this vehicle up” and “himself.' When the officer attempted to detain him, Richardson ran across the parking lot and onto a highway, where surveillance cameras subsequently revealed the man jumping over a fence into Arlington National Cemetery. Richardson was later found by authorities near Arlington House, according to the news release. According to court documents, officers searched Richardson and allegedly found a cigarette lighter, gloves, and court documents from his arrest around Saturday for two counts of felony assault on a law enforcement officer in Arlington County.

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