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2nd Family Member Killed
S" It has been less than a month that the
family of Makia Coney who was
killed by her classmates in February
2010 mourned her death as they met
S with attorneys regarding the matter.
Again, the family is facing an unex-
pected death as Makia's cousin,
Tommie Lee Terrence-Jenkins, 30,
I a / was shot in the head while inside a
Tommie Torrence-Jenkins Makia Coney house in the 7600 block of Bronson.
According to family, he was at a party
and someone came in and shot him around 10 p.m. Saturday. No one has been able
to provide answers as to why or any possibilities regarding the shooter.
The family says this is very difficult for them and are asking the community to help
JSO to find the killer. There has not been an arrest. MAD DADS and Hurting
Families are also asking for help. Call 866-845-8477.
Brunswick Lady Found Dead in Darien
r. A family member of Vanessa
n Simmons, 24, reported her miss-
S".I ing to Glynn County Police about
Sthe same time McIntosh County
a in4 Office of the Sheriff discovered
T the body of a Black female fitting
Sr. d the description of Venessa
-a Simmons about 6 p.m. on March
16 in a wooded area off Credit Hill
Samson J. Scott, 32,
Road, Darien. Vanessa was a res- Suspect
Vanessa Simmons, 24 ident of Brunswick and had died
of multiple gunshot wounds about 24 hours prior to being
located in a Toyota sedan. She is the daughter of Benjamin and Willa Simmons.
The scene was processed and Samson J. Scott, 32, of Townsend was arrested. Scott
has been charged with aggravated assault, murder, felony murder, and possession of
a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Safety is still a concern in Jax
Candidate for mayor Audrey Moran is quoted, in the March 16th Times Union arti-
cle, that she favors the return of the judicial inquests for police shooting and it would
help restore trust between the police and the community. In the same article Angela
Corey is quoted saying "there is no reason to alter the process when in point of fact
it can be done thoroughly and comprehensively with the system in place". Nelson
Cuba, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, (FOP) stated that "Police enjoys
widespread support from Jacksonville's resident", and "there is no loss of trust".
Unfortunately, Angela Corey and Nelson Cuba have short memories and have for-
gotten or are ignoring the 2008 the Jacksonville Community Council, inc. (JCCI)
2008 Race Relations Progress Report that there is a significant number of
Jacksonville residents that don't trust the police, the State Attorney or the courts.
The irony of Ms. Corey and Mr. Cuba's statements is that they were both on the 2008
JCCI review committee.
For the record, the Jacksonville Community Council, Inc, (JCCI) Race Perception
Survey, part of the annual Race Relation Progress Report, records show that in 2004,
88% of black respondents said that blacks in Jacksonville were treated less fairly in
dealing with the police; 39% of white respondents agreed. In 2008, the same percent-
age 88% of black respondents felt that black people were treated less fairly by the
police, and 55% of white respondents agreed. In addition, 47% of white respondents,
73% of black respondents, and 68% of Hispanic respondents said that Hispanic peo-
ple were treated less fairly in dealing with the police.
In (2004) 54% of Blacks and 37% of Whites and in (2008) 91% of Blacks and 86%
of Whites believe that racial profiling is widespread in Jacksonville.
In (2004) 75% of Blacks and 19% of Whites believe that Blacks did not have as
good a chance as White to get fair treatment by the courts. In (2008) 57% Blacks and
19% of Whites. The perception survey is done every four (4) years.
Angela Corey was endorsed and supported by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP"
in her run for State Attorney.
In terms of the community not having lost trust in the legal system, as Mr. Cuba
would have us believe; In August 2009, the Jacksonville Branch of the NAACP
wrote a letter to Reprehensive Corrine Brown requesting assistance regarding: 1. The
increase in the number of juveniles being direct-filed as adults. 2. The harsh sentenc-
ing practices of juveniles and adults. 3. Complaints about Judge David Gooding's
harsh sentencing and always following whatever the State prosecutors recommend.
Also, In April 2010, the several Black organizations, including the NAACP and the
SCLC, wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that the Justice
Department to investigate the significant number of police shootings in Jacksonville.
Apparently, Angela Corey and Nelson Cuba are not interested in the perceptions of
Blacks, Hispanic and 55% of Whites that don't agree with them.
Community Loses Saint
Sister Beatrice Lawrence Reid
Born: August 17, 1931
Died: March 9, 2011
Sister did so much for the
Georgia/Florida area, she
was considered a saint.
Sister Beatrice Lawrence Reid
Services will be held Saturday March 19, 2011 at
1:00 P.M. at the Evangelist Church of God,
1816 Stonewall Street, Brunswick, GA 31520
Officiating is her Grandson, Pastor Barnett Fulton,
Presiding is Rev. George Stewart, President of the
American Gospel Quartet Convention, Inc., Singing
Angels and The Angels of Praise, South East Georgia,
Brunswick's Queen of Gospel Quartet.
Preceding her in death; husband Bishop James Reid Sr.
She leaves a legacy of love. One son: James (Cheryl)
Reid Jr., Five daughters: Pauline Barnard, Diane Reid,
Pastor Rose Reid-Cameron, Mary Reid, Stone
Mountain, Ga., Evangelist Sandra Reid, two Sisters:
Daisy Brady, Ruth(Isaiah) Chester, two brothers: Rev.
Dr. Robert (Inez) Lawrence and Roosevelt (Earlene)
Education is still the key -That cannot change
President Obama said earlier this week that any budget that
sacrifices a commitment to education is a budget that sacri-
fices our future. That is exactly what is happening in Florida
even though we are able to witness a First Coast High School
teacher as the 2011 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the
Year. She is Youmone Berrien and has been teaching for
If Gov. Scott and the party of no continues on the path they
have chosen, the future of America will be lost.
The community must get with the teachers and those who believe in education and
the future of America to prevent further damage. Many are concerned about the
reading ability of our leaders, pointing out the problems Gov. Scott encountered
while reading his speeches.Is that what we really want for this state and our country?
Get Out and Vote
Alvin Brown, who is a Democratic candidate for
Mayor of Jacksonville has shown the support of
many leaders from around the country, including
Mr. Clinton and former Vice President Gore.
This weekend he is being joined by former
Ambassador Andrew Young and acclaimed author
Michael Eric Dyson. If he is elected to lead this
city, he has shown that he has many successful
leaders to call on for help. The mayors of Atlanta,
Alvin Brown and family stands Charlotte, N.C., Columbia, S.C. and Tallahassee
with former President Clinton in will also be at the rally from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
effort to get people out to vote. Saturday, Norwood Flea Market, 5301 Norwood.
Janet Jackson to Produce Films
After appearing in three Tyler Perry films, Janet Jackson has
decided to go back to her first career film, but not as an
actress but as a producer. Her company, jdj Entertainment, has
signed a production deal with Lionsgate to select, develop and
produce a feature film for the independent studio.
She is certainly displaying her talents as her book, "True
You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself is #1 on New
York Times bestseller list.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church say join them
Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. and Bethel Baptist Institutional Church is excit-
ed about the Bishop's 15th year Pastoral and 25th year in the ministry and are there-
fore invited the public to join the on Saturday and Sunday lunch on Saturday from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and worship services 7:40 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
as well as great prizes such as a Cruise, Flat Screen TV, tickets to Disney and more.
This year's July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. This apparently
happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags.
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UOV. KICK Scott ana Jim ;row, Jr.
By Richard Burton, Sr
Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on March 9, 2011 imposed a minimum five-year waiting period for
felons to apply to have their rights restored, setting up a tougher standard than the state has used for years. Florida
now joins Kentucky and Virginia as the only states that require felons who have completed the terms of their sen-
tences to apply to have their rights restored. This new process is a return to post-Civil War Jim Crow laws craft-
ed to prevent blacks from voting according to news reports.
After Reconstruction ended in 1877, African Americans ceased to hold significant political power in the South.
Segregation existed but custom, rather than law, enforced it. This changed in the 1890s when the Populist Party,
an agrarian movement which sought to raise farm prices and challenge the power of the banks and railroads,
attempted to merge the common economic interests of poor African American and white farmers against the white
Democratic party elite in the South.
This elite turned to stopping the African American vote to maintain their power. The Fifteenth Amendment for-
bade racial restrictions on suffrage, but white supremacist used thinly disguised laws to remove African
Americans from the voter rolls. These included poll taxes that poor blacks (and whites) could not pay and litera-
cy tests. Racial violence, especially lynching, was used to discourage African Americans from voting as well as
to maintain the unwritten racial and economic order that characterized the South.
In addition to disfranchisement, African Americans were also subject to racist laws, known as Jim Crow legis-
lation, which spread throughout the South in the late 1890s. Jim Crow racially segregated all public facilities,
including bathrooms, hospitals, schools, and streetcars. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld segregation in the 1896
Plessy v. Ferguson case and endorsed state laws disenfranchising African Americans in the 1898 Williams v.
Mississippi decision. It would be more than 60 years before African Americans would regain the voting and civil
rights that Jim Crow legislation violently took from them.
Many African Americans, most notably Ida Wells-Barnett, organized protests but their voices did not reach the
ears of an America who was deaf to racial injustice.
Ida B. Wells-Bamett remains in my heart and mind as one of Americas greatest leaders and was a fearless anti-
lynching crusader, suffragist, women's rights advocate, journalist, and speaker. She stands as one of our nation's
most uncompromising leaders and a most avid defender of democracy.
If she was alive today, she would most likely say, "leaders what are you doing, organize and save your children
from Jim Crow, Jr. and the laws that continue to dis-enfranchise African Americans and poor people."
Many states are now revisiting racist laws of the past, under the guise of Three Strikes and Mandatory Minimum
Even though the Lt. Governor of Florida is Black, Governor Scott is following a destructive path which will
continue to disenfranchise African Americans and the poor, as it relates to their right to vote.
"At no Time do we condone wrongness on either side of the wall".
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MARCH 19, 2011
Faith In Our Community NEW FOUNTAIN CHAPEL AME CHURCH, 737
Schedule of Events and Services Jessie St. The members of Fountain cordially invites
you to attend our Pre-Leona Daniels Day Celebration
T on March 20, 2011. Worship service with the Reverend
Bernard Wright and his congregation Bethlehem
THE MACEDONIAN CALL 0
:If you are retired, perhaps you feel left out on Sunday:
:Mornings, or you were waiting for that perfect oppor-:
*tunity to give a helping hand. We need you. Sunday.
*School Teachers! There are (6) positions opened*
:RIGHT NOW! Come my brother, my sister and help:
:us. A starter baptist church, north side of town. Call:
:now at (904) 713-8810. Your decision is OUR GAIN.:
NATIONAL PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CONVEN-
TION, USA held its Winter Board of Directors meeting
and F.L. Livingston Institute in Charlotte, NC.
The 32nd Annual F. L. Livingston Institute and
Annual Winter Board of Directors Meeting were con-
vened in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 22-23,
2011. According to General President, Elder Dr. Ernest
Ferrell, the meetings were tremendously successful.
Delegates from around the country participated. The
Mid-Southeastern Region, under the leadership of
Elder Timothy Lyons, Regional Vice President, and
Elder Dr. T. W. Samuels, State President, pastors, and
local churches were excellent hosts and provided strong
representation from their region.
During the Meet the President Hour and Fellowship
Reception, President Ferrell conveyed a message focus-
ing on the importance of unifying the convention
through the powers of God and the people. Additional
highlights were at the Welcome Program with leaders
from local, state, and national levels including the
Honorable Mel Watts, United States Congressman and
former Black Caucus Chairman.
The F. L. Livingston Institute lecturer, Reverend Dr.
Joe Samuel Ratliff of Houston, Texas gave inspirational
expositions that electrified the participants with his
words of wisdom. The Institute preacher, Elder Dr.
Willie J. Williams of Tampa, Florida challenged the
participants with words of spiritual hope and encour-
agement to hold on to their faith.
At the close of the Winter Board of Directors meet-
ing, Elder Dr. Ernest Ferrell announced that he would
seek the opportunity to serve his final tenure as
National Primitive Baptist Convention president. Dr.
Ferrell is pastor of Saint Mary Primitive Baptist
Church---Georgia Street in Tallahassee, Florida. Others
who announced their intention to seek the presidency
are: Elder Dr. Bernard C. Yates, who has served under
President Ferrell for the past six years and is pastor of
Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Pensacola,
Florida; and Elder Dr. Oscar Montgomery, Southern
Regional Vice President and is pastor of Union Hill
Primitive Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama.
According to President Ferrell, the F. L. Livingston
Institute and Winter Board Meeting were very inspira-
tional and successful.
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church of
Northside Women's Conference
Theme: "For Such a Time as This", Esther 4:14
When: March 25, 26 and 27, 201 1
Where: 1880 West Edgewood Avenue,
Jacksonville, Florida 32208
Phone: (904) 746-9257 Website:
We encourage and invite you to come and be
spiritually enriched. The schedule for the
Women's Conference is as follows:
Friday, March 25, 2011 -6:00PM to 8:00PM:
Registration Begins and Introduction Speaker -
Mrs. Bessie Herring, Mount Bethel Baptist
Saturday, March 26, 2011- 8:00AM to 1:30PM:
Registration and Workshops Speaker Mrs. Lois
Diamond, Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church
Sunday, March 27, 2011 -8:00AM : Morning
Worship Speaker Mrs. Michelle Lomax, Titus
Harvest Dome Ministries
Women in White
Missionary Baptist Church, Titusville, FL.
GREATER NEW MOUNT MORIAH MISSIONARY
BAPTIST CHURCH, 1953 West 9th St., with Dr. Perry
Jackson, Sr., Pastor, invites you to the Ordination Services
of Minister Milledge Smalls, Sr. and Minister David L.
Scott, Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
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ALLEN, Blanche M., 71,
died March 10, 2011.
BOWNAR, Carl, died
March 14, 2011.
Edward, 57, died March
EVANS, Charles Ray, 60,
died March 14, 2011.
GEORGE, Albert, Jr.,
died March 14, 2011.
GOODMAN, Maude K.,
died March 11, 2011.
GREENE, Charles L.,
died March 10, 2011.
HARTLE, Charles E.,
Jr., died March 13, 2011.
JACKSON, Frank, died
March 12, 2011.
JENKINS, Tommie "T-
Lee" Torrence, died
March 12, 2011.
JOHNSON, Lady Alma
J., funeral service was
held March 19, 2011.
JOHNSON, Roberta, 83,
died March 14, 2011.
KENDRICK, Ida Ruth,
funeral service was held
March 18, 2011.
KIMBALL, Barbara J.,
75, died March 12, 2011.
McCRAY, Tameka, died
March 11, 2011.
McKELLER, Robert E.,
died March 13, 2011.
MOODY, Myra Jean, 67,
died March 14, 2011.
MULLIGAN, James, 45,
died March 12, 2011.
MURPHY, Cynthia S.,
died March 11, 2011.
NELSON, Brenda, died
March 12, 2011.
SMITH, Joyce L., 76,
died March 12, 2011.
funeral service was held
March 15, 2011.
WHEELER, Otto, died
March 6, 2011.
CLEMENTS, James, 83,
died March 10, 2011.
GIBBS, Patricia, died
March 12, 1011.
JONES, Pamela, 55, died
March 11, 2011.
MAINOR, Chris, Jr.,
died March 11, 2011.
MILLER, William W.
"Bill,"Jr., 85, died March
PITTMAN, Sherri Lee,
47, died March 11, 2011.
Lawrence, died March 9,
RIVERA, Lynn Mary,
63, died February 24,
ROSS, Jeff W., Jr., died
RUDOLPH, Eliza Jane
Taylor, died March 14,
SLAY, Woodrow, 62,
died March 12, 2011.
WITHROW, Ruth Boyd,
91, died March 14, 2011.
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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School ..................................9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning S;., |
Intercessory Prayer..................10:45 a.m. ;
Morning Worship ......................11:00 a.m.
2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary) -
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ............... 7:00 p.m.
Elder Arnitt Jones, Acting Pastor-
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus ,.
(904) 764-5727 Church
Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
W orship Service .............. ................. 10:00 a.m.
Church School ............... .................... 8:30 p.m.
"Glory Hour" Bible Study .............. ........... 10:00 a.m.
"Jehovah Jireh" Bible Study ............... .......... 6:30 p.m.
2nd & 4th Thursday "Young at Heart Ministry .......... 10:00 a.m.
Joy Explosion M ministry ........................... 6:30 p.m .
201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
Rev. F.D. Richardson Jr., Pastor
GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCH
"The Church Where Everybody Is Somebody"
Bishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor
Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586
Sunday School............................ ........................................ 9:30 a.m .
M morning W orship..................... ............................ .............. 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday..............................................Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m.
Thursday................. ....................................................Joy Night,7:00 p.m.
Payi res ChapelA.M.E. Church
2, 2 .11 hill.iii Street, P.O. B,.\ '5i BiiunI. ick iI !52ii
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623 Beechwood St., Jacksonville, FL 32206
Sunday School.......10:00 a.m. ~ Sunday Worship .......11:00 a.m.
Every 5th Sunday Friends and Family Day
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Direct Phone: 904.866.7047 Office Phone: 904.356.4226
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By Betty Asque Davis / Photos by J. Carl Davis, Sr. (Unlessotherwise specified)
"There's Always Something Happening On The First Coast"
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Ladies of DivaNation was recently established in Jacksonville.
New members are: Divas Brenda White, Bettie Hudson, Sarah Roberts,
Gloria Reid, Catherine Ford-Mobley, Patricia McGriff, Bettye Lang,
Bertha Padgett, Norma Solomon White, Gail Riley Kenney, Anest
Schell McCarthy, Mary Madison, Yvette Thomas, Sandra Milton, Ruby
George, Jimmie Harper, Betty Howard and Erma Thompson.
The Red Hat Society is a global society of women that supports
and encourages women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, ful-
fillment, and fitness. Fun we celebrate life at every age; Friendship -
we solidify and expand the bonds of sisterhood; Freedom we discov-
er and explore new interests; Fulfillment we realize our personal
potential; Fitness we embrace healthy, life-lengthening lifestyles. The
Red Hat Society has become the international society dedicated to
reshaping the way women are viewed in today's culture.
The officers of the Ladies of DivaNation are : Queen- Diva Norma
Solomon White; Vice Queen-Diva Bertha Padgett; Secretary-Diva
Anest Schell McCarthy; and Treasurer-Diva Gloria Reid.
The society recently celebrated the birthday of Diva Gail Kenney.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Christ Episcopal Church's Music Ministry presents Morgan
State University Choir in Concert March 24, 7 p.m. Contemporary
Worship Space. This critically acclaimed choir of over 130 singers per-
forms classical, gospel, and contemporary popular music. Known for
their excellent performances, the choir has performed with major
orchestras including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra; the
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. An
offering basket will be available for donations. 400 San Juan Drive,
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. 904-285-6127 www.christepisco-
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Track and Field Meet
March 18-19, 2011
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Join Us in Celebrating
The 15th Annual Middle School
Track and Field Meet
Friday-March 18, 2011-2:00 PM.
Admission: Adult-$4.00-Student $3.00
Bob Hayes Invitational Track and Field Meet
Saturday- March 19, 2011
Preliminaries 8:00 A.M.-Finals 1:30 P.M.
Admission: General-$8.00-Children 6-under $5.00
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By: Lucius Gantt
At least sixty thousand African American homeowners
in Florida and surely hundreds of thousands of Black
homeowners across the country are currently facing fore-
closure proceedings initiated by banks, predatory lenders
and financial criminals.
Many of these foreclosure proceedings are bogus and
should be fought tooth and nail!
America's mortgage lenders were so greedy the mort-
gage notes of most homeowners were bought and sold so
much that the document chain of custody was broken time
and time again. Seems like every year or two homeowners
were being asked to send their mortgage payments to someone different from their
New so-called note holders refused to obey banking laws, refused to comply
with information requests by homeowners and refused to mediate or refinance
loans for homeowners that had been victimized by pyramiding predatory mortgage
What can a brother and sister do to slow down this speedy, greedy foreclosure
I encourage Black homeowners to fight back, to fight fake, false and forged
mortgage documents with true, certified and recorded homeowner documents.
Let me explain. If I buy your house and give you the agreed money to pay for
it, it is still not my house until it is recorded in the court house in the county where
the home or property is located.
Just because you get a letter from an unknown mortgage company, finance com-
pany or bank that says your home is being foreclosed on for missed or late pay-
ments, it doesn't mean that you have to pay.
Yes, people can buy your mortgage note or have it assigned or transferred to
them but those note purchases, assignment and transfers must be one in accordance
with state and federal laws.
In your county court house there are records that show who is the property owner
is and who the legal note holder is on every piece of property.
If the lender you are sending your mortgage payments to is not listed on gov-
ernment property records, you may have reason not to pay them and still remain in
your home. More often than not, no existence in property and tax records means the
alleged mortgage company has "no standing" and very well may not be a legal note
To get around this necessity, predatory lenders and financial criminals oftentimes
file court documents that are falsified, forged and faked. "Robo signers" that nota-
rized documents that they never saw or signatures that they never witnessed has
caused to whole foreclosure process to be investigated by state and federal regula-
The good thing for Black homeowners is that while you are fighting foreclosure
by yourself you can also consider "strategic default" where you just stop making
payments to the predatory lenders and financial criminals. Save your money and
move somewhere else.
An ever better thing for distressed homeowners is that predatory lenders lie and
one misrepresentation leads to another lie. When you finally go to court, take a
court reporter into court with you. When they lie about false evidence you'll have
something to appeal the foreclosure case on.
Each state has their own laws about homeowner's rights to be noticed and other
rights to protect homeowners from financial criminals. There are also applicable
federal laws that protect homeowners in the U.S. Code of federal statutes. Just
"google" your state laws and federal laws for residential and/or commercial mort-
gages, study the laws and apply them to your personal case.
This fight for your mortgage and your home is nothing to play with. If you can
get an attorney to help you, please do, but get a lawyer that will fight for you and
not just rubber stamp what the financial criminals say in order to get a pay check.
All you have to do to win is find a judge that won't let banks and other lenders
violate the law and a sheriff that will not enforce evictions based on wrongful, false
documents and financial crimes.
Meanwhile, there are many internet sites you can check out that show how oth-
ers have fought to save their property from unlawful foreclosures.
Never give up! The struggle continues! (Become a fan of The Gantt Report on
Facebook. Buy Gant's book "Beast Too: Dead Man Writing and contact Lucius at
This is an independent column, contributed to the Florida and Georgia Star.
Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events
scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area.
FREE CHOLESTEROL AND DIABETES SCREENINGS offered from 12:00
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MAYOR'S WALK FOR SENIOR WELLNESS: 3/26/2011 at Metropolitan
Park. Join the City of Jacksonville for a 2 mile walk around the Sports Complex
area to promote active lifestyles for seniors. The 2-mile route begins at
Metropolitan Park, follows EverBank Field and the Baseball Grounds of
Jacksonville to end at Metropolitan Park. For more information, call (904) 630-
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BLACK & WHITE NIGHT GALA OF GIVING. The Jacksonville Regional
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Saturday, March 26 from 6:30-11 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront at 225 East Coastline Drive. For more information and tickets, call
Diane Powers at (904) 354-4846, ext. 227
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10K military-style obstacle course gushing with mud. Contact
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MAYOR'S FISH-A-THON, at Hanna Park on Wednesday, March 30
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ULYSSES W. WATKINS JR., M.D.
EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL UPON
THE HUMAN BODY
Foods have to be digested before being absorbed by the
intestines, but alcohol does not. It is absorbed from the
stomach and small intestines and passed into the blood. The
alcohol is absorbed rapidly when it first reaches the stom-
ach, but as more alcohol is taken the rate of absorption is
slowed down. If there is food in the stomach, the passage of alcohol into the intes-
tines is reduced. The type and quantity of alcoholic beverages consumed over a
given length of time also influences the rate of absorption. From one hour to sev-
eral hours are required for the alcohol to pass from the digestive system into the
blood. During this time some of the alcohol is lost through elimination by sweat,
urine and breath. Other portions of the alcohol are lost through oxidation in tis-
Alcohol is a depressant to the central nervous system; it reduces the activities
of the brain. There is a reduction of attention, complacency toward critical atti-
tudes, minimum of discretion and control, and distortion of judgment. Alcohol
slows down the responses of eyes, hands and feet. It interferes with muscular
coordination and hinders skillful movements. Delayed reaction time results.
(Reaction time is the interval between the brain receiving a signal and responding
to the signal.) The person who has not had any alcohol requires about one-fifth of
a second to respond to a signal. After a person consumes three and a half glasses
of whiskey, his reaction time one-hour later is 34 percent slower than it was before
taking the alcohol. When the concentration of alcohol in the blood reaches .50
percent and death may follow.
The concentration of alcohol in the blood produces a variety of dramatic effects
due to the action of alcohol on the brain. Very low blood-alcohol levels results in
a state of mind sedation and relaxation. Slightly higher blood-alcohol levels pro-
duce aggressiveness and extreme activity such as talking too much. The aggres-
sive and over active behavior results from depression of the brain centers which
normally restrain this behavior. When the blood-alcohol levels are higher levels,
there is confusion, disorientation and stupor.
Alcohol causes an increased flow of digestive juices in the stomach. This may
be due to the fact that alcohol starts a chemical action as it passes through the
walls of the stomach.
The small blood vessels in the skin expand with the consumption of alcohol. This
expansion permits larger quantities of blood to flow close to the skin surface.
Body heat may be lost. In cold weather, this loss can be dangerous.
Excessive use of alcohol can cause nutritional deficiencies. Alcohol does not
contain mineral elements, protein, and vitamins A, C, or D. Cirrhosis of the liver
may result from too much alcohol.
When large amounts of alcohol have been taken, there may be a definite dis-
turbance in body chemistry which causes a hangover. A severe thirst, headache,
and fatigue are the usual signs of a hangover. Disturbance of liver functions and
the impurities found in alcohol may cause the headache. Dehydration produced
by shifting water within body cells to extracellular areas may bring about the
thirst. The fatigue may be due to loss of sleep, nutritional deficiencies, tensions,
and poor body hygiene.
By: Russ Handler
Families Wait at Home
For More Than 369,000 Deployed U.S. Troops
Military Wife Has Help For Kids Who Miss Their Parents
Kat DeMille knows what it's like to wait for months for Dad to come home.
The former Navy brat grew up to become an Air Force wife, so she doesn't need
to be reminded of the 369,000 Americans who are deployed overseas, many of
them leaving behind a spouse and kids, according to U.S. Department of Defense
statistics. She's been living that drill most of her life.
"One of the most important things I learned as a kid was that it is okay to feel
sad and to miss the ones we love," said DeMille, author of the children's book I
Wish Daddy Was Here (www.iwishdaddywashere.com). "Children take their cues
from the adults who surround them, and in military families, there is always this
semblance of steely reserve. They don't want to show sadness around the kids, so
all the kids see are the brave faces, and it makes it easy for them to bottle up their
sadness or feel that missing their moms or dads is a bad thing. I had to unlearn
that misconception, and it actually helped me feel better."
DeMille believes kids should know that while it's important to move on with
their daily lives while a parent is deployed, that it's also okay to miss them and to
let their sadness out when they need to. She said that part of the message of her
children's book is that the sadness is a part of coping with the reality of modern
"My husband is currently deployed right now, so my daughter and I are living
it along with every other military family," she added. "Missing a family member
is like the elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge. The military
life causes many families to endure extended separation. How we deal with the
time apart makes a big difference in a child's life."
One of the key parts of helping children get through the long absences of a
parent who is deployed is to get them to talk about what they are feeling, so they
can work through it faster.
"Any job that takes a parent away for an extended period is difficult on a
child," DeMille said. "Letting your children express their feelings will help them
get through the separation. Life does not stop because someone we love is away,
but that does not mean we cannot miss them. Emotions can be hard for a child to
talk about. Letting your child know that you feel sad, as well, let's them know it
is okay to have feelings and it makes them feel safe to express them to you. It
brings them a level of security and makes them feel more mature when they know
they are feeling the same thing as the adults around them. More than that, it helps
them become stronger and more capable of dealing with the demands of being in
a military family."
If you would like to interview Kat DeMille or request a review copy of I Wish
Daddy Was Here, contact Russ Handler at 727-443-7115 ext 206 or
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The Cowtown-Work to Ride team took
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This was the 42nd year for the tournament.
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had been uncorked and whose expectations had been unleashed.
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E3 LEADERSHIP PRESENTS AT BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
The National Key-
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America and from military bases. These young people
represented the BGCA of their respective communities
and states. This annual leadership conference held in Or-
lando, Florida this year displayed that many youth are se-
rious about their success in life by preparing during their ;;
teen and young adult years by attending conferences '&
such as this.
Anthony Butler, Sr., recognized as an executive business leader, sup-
porter of entrepreneurs, advocate for youth and motivational speaker ("Accuse
Yourself of Success") presented on Building Blocks (Healthy Relationships)
and Education and the Arts. Each session had young people engaged in
evocative and empowering dialogue. Modeling the E3 Motto, "Educating, Em-
powering and Encouraging"; the skills learned will prepare these future lead-
ers to work collaboratively in professional environments as leaders, presenters,
project managers, and future CEO's, CFO's and involved in politics and com-
William Jackson and Cheryl Williams presentation centered on Bully-
ing/Cyberbullying and the responsibilities of being a leader in school and com-
munity. Working to address the growing concern of bullying in schools and the
community. The national attention by the media, law enforcement, and
recorded data shows that this serious issue needs to be addressed by young
people not just educators and law enforcement.
The use/misuse of technology is a concern because
of the use of cell phone technology, social media/social net-
work sites being use to cyber-bully, threaten, socially ex-
clude and encourage retaliation. The tragic results have
been teens committing suicide or retaliating and killing or
seriously injuring others that are bullying.
~ William Jackson is a teacher in the Duval County
Public Schools system, on the Executive Board of JCCI For-
ward and member of National Association of Black Journal-
ists. His experience as a instructor in public education and
higher education of educational technology. Mr. Jackson
shared valuable and relevant information concerning higher
education, employment and the dangers of inappropriate
content placed on Social Media/Social Network site.
Mr. Jackson and his future wife (Cheryl Williams) Blog
on Jacksonville.com, NokturnalEscape.com and Seeing-
growth.com, further addressing the areas of technology,
when teens post information online any where it is always
accessible by future employers,
when applying for higher education
or entering into the military as a ca-
reer. Ms. Williams and Mr. Jackson
presented on Science Technology
Education Medicine (STEM). There
is a serious absence of minority
women and men in these career
choices, creating a gap in the influ-
ences that minorities have in the
fields of STEM. Minority youth must
seek more involvement in Science,
Technology, Education, Math if they
are to compete for the future jobs
that require these skills.
The objectives of the confer-
ence are to provide teens and
young adults with a fun, safe learn-
ing environment in which the values and traditions of the National Keystone
program are reinforced.
Kudos to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for their work in guiding
youth to positive choices in life, preparing them for higher education and guid-
ing youth in careers that will place young people in leadership roles that ulti-
mately will be an influence in their respective communities.
President Obama references that future leaders will be the young
adults and teens of today. They must be innovators of technology, explorers of
space and oceans/seas, involved in futuristic medical research and scientific
discoveries in the fundamental improvement of the lives of Americans and the
William Jackson, M.Ed. and Cheryl Williams, RN
To contact Mr. Jackson or Ms. Williams
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LEVEL PARTICIPANTS TO BE DECIDED IN
STATE BEE COMPETITIONS ON APRIL 1
On April 1, geography whizzes across the United
States and territories will compete for their state's top
spot. Winners in each state earn the right to move up to
the 2011 National Geographic Bee national competition
in May. The state Bees across the country are sponsored
in part by Plum Creek.
During the one-day competition, students in grades
four through eight will compete in their state-level Bee.
The state winner will earn a spot to represent his or her
state in the national competition, which will be held at the
National Geographic Society's Washington, D.C. head-
quarters May 25-26.
"Plum Creek's generous sponsorship of this year's
state-level Geographic Bees will provide participating stu-
dents with the chance to not only showcase their geogra-
phy knowledge through the competition, but also
experience a fun and exciting event," said Mary Lee
Elden, director of the National Geographic Bee.
"Education is one of the focal points of our Plum
Creek Foundation, so we're genuinely pleased to continue
our partnership with the National Geographic Society's
Geographic Bee program," said Bob Jirsa, president,
Plum Creek Foundation. "The Geographic Bee is truly an
outstanding program that provides students a unique op-
portunity to better understand our world and the events
happening around them."
During the Geographic Bee competitions in
Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi,
Montana, South Carolina, Vermont, West Virginia and
Wisconsin, Plum Creek foresters and wildlife biologists
will be on hand to talk with students, teachers and family
members about how the company manages hundreds of
thousands of acres in each state for forestry, conserva-
tion, wildlife habitat and more. The team will also distrib-
ute prizes to the top finalists.
Plum Creek is the largest and most geographically
diverse private landowner in the nation with approximately
6.8 million acres of timberlands in major timber producing
regions of the United States and wood products manu-
facturing facilities in the Northwest. For more information,
THE NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES THE 2011
ADVOCACY COMPETITION FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
METLIFE TO SERVE AS THE PLATINUM SPONSOR
The National Bar Association today announced its 2011 Dr. M a r t i n
Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition. In its 11th year, the
competition provides an opportunity for high school seniors to earn scholarships for
college. MetLife is the Platinum sponsor of the program for the second consecutive
High school seniors from Alabama, Florida and Georgia are invited to sub-
mit an essay for the 2011 competition. In no more than 1000 words, students should
address the following issue: President Barack Obama challenged states to identify
high schools with graduation rates below 60% and implement programs to increase
the rates. If Dr. King were alive today, what new solutions) and new programs)
should he recommend that your state implement and the Obama Administration
fund? Specifically explain why the proposed new solutions and programs should be
Students should register for the competition through
www.nationalbar.org/mlkdrumcompetition.html. The first place winner of the regional
competition will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a three day, two night trip to Bal-
timore, MD for the national competition. Airfare and hotel costs will be covered for
the student and one adult chaperone. National competition winners will receive more
than $5,000 in scholarships. All national prizes are one time scholarships.
Sponsored by the National Bar Association and supported by the National
Bar Institute, the competition is an annual advocacy program designed to motivate
students of color to excel in education. The contest encourages high school seniors
to express their views on a pre-selected topic, and judges the students on their abil-
ity to communicate orally and in writing. It also provides young people with experi-
ence in public speaking.
"The NBA is so pleased to continue its tradition of inspiring young Americans
towards careers in the law and recognizing tomorrow's leaders," said J. Robert Carr,
executive director of the National Bar Association. "We also look forward to part-
nering with MetLife again this year to help families understand and plan for the ris-
ing costs of college."
Laurel Daring, assistant vice president of Marketing at MetLife added,
"MetLife recognizes the importance of education in helping families build financial
freedom. That's why we're proud to once again serve as the Platinum Sponsor of
this competition, which touches the lives of hundreds of talented young people."
To be eligible, students must have applied to a college or university for the
2011 2012 school year. The winners of the regional competitions will advance to
the national competition to be held on August 2, 2011 in Baltimore, MD.
April 23, 2011: Deadline for submission of all essays
May 28, 2011: Regional competition in Atlanta, GA
MetLife also will offer a seminar to help families manage their finances and start plan-
ning for college.
August 2: National competition in Baltimore, MD
For more information on the competition visit www.nationalbar.org/mlkdrum-
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Florida Youth Named National Epilepsy
Ashley Irven to Visit Washington, D.C. and Meet with Lawmak-
Ashley Irven, 18, of Jacksonville, FL will travel to Washing-
ton, D.C. to raise awareness about epilepsy and how it affects the life
of a child experiencing seizures. Ashley will participate in the Epilepsy
Foundation's annual Kids Speak Up! event from March 27 through
March 29, and become a part of the democratic process to make a dif-
ference for the nearly 3 million Americans coping with recurrent
Ashley, a senior at Bolles School in Jacksonville, was selected
to participate in Kids Speak Up! due to her commitment to volunteer-
ing with the Foundation since she was first diagnosed in 2008. Ashley
started a teen support group at Bolles for other students with Epilepsy;
she serves as a H.O.P.E. mentor in her efforts to be an advocate for in-
dividuals with epilepsy. Ashley just recently raised over $400 for the
Foundation at her school by conducting sales of cupcakes in support of
our "Be a Cupcake, Buy a Cupcake for Epilepsy" campaign. She will
be participating in the 8th Annual Jacksonville Walk for Epilepsy on
April 16th at Memorial Park with the team she formed Team Carpe
Diem! Ashley has a passion for speaking out about the condition as
well as her own experiences. Her participation as the Speak Up Speak
Out teen representative for Florida is a natural extension of her efforts
on behalf of individuals with epilepsy and their families.
Kids Speak Up! is a national program that rallies young am-
bassadors with epilepsy between the ages of 8 and 18 to become ad-
vocates in their local communities and in the nation's capital. Their
mission is to personally petition congressional leaders for aid in assur-
ing better access to care, improved public education and awareness
about epilepsy and more research toward a cure for epilepsy.
As one of 42 Kids Speak Up! spokespersons, Ashley will par-
ticipate in a three-day training to learn more about epilepsy, develop her
public speaking skills, and learn the importance of advocacy. The high-
light of her trip will be a meeting with her representative, Ander Cren-
shaw's aide as well as Rep Corrine Brown's aide. She will also be
visiting both Senator's offices to speak with aides to urge support of ef-
forts to improve public understanding of the condition and increase aid
to further research for a cure.
"Not many people in my neighborhood understand or even
know about epilepsy," said Ashley. "If more doctors would lear about
seizures then they could help us get better and teach other people not
to be afraid of people who have them."
Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition in chil-
dren and each year approximately 45,000 children under age 17 are di-
agnosed with the disorder. Despite modem therapy, about one million
people in the U.S. continue to experience seizures or significant side ef-
fects from treatment for their epilepsy.
It's all about healthy choices and healthy living for young people! The ladies
of the Gamma Omicron Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. are once
again hosting a Youth Symposium that will provide resources to promote a healthy
generation. "H3: It's All About Me Healthy Choices, Healthy Living, Healthy Gen-
erations" will be held on March 26th from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Regency Square
Mall, near Belk. It is free and open to the public.
There will be health screenings, child id and fingerprinting, entertainment
and much more. Middle and high school students will be able to pick up information
on topics they deal with daily like childhood obesity and peer pressure. They can
also win great prizes!
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is a leading international, nonprofit com-
munity service organization that continues to grow through Sisterhood, Scholarship
and Service. Seven educators founded Sigma Gamma Rho on November 12, 1922
at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hosting the symposium allows mem-
bers to promote the sorority's motto "Greater Service, Greater Progress."
For more information about the Youth Symposium, please contact Angela
Spears at (904) 521-3826 or email@example.com.
DCPS Sprina Events
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Enterprise Learning Academy, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 8085 Old Middleburg Rd., Jack-
sonville, FL 32222. The carnival is sponsored by IHOP and tickets will be available
four/$1.00. There will be a bounce house, train ride, cup cake walk, a silent basket
auction and so much more!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
James Weldon Johnson Middle, 12 to 1:25 p.m., 1840 West 9th St., Jacksonville,
FL 32209. Visit for Spring Decompression Day when the students and faculty host
their talent show. This is a fun activity to relax and enjoy the talent of students, while
having a good laugh at the teachers as they impersonate living legends.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Beauclerc Elementary, 3:15 to 7:30 p.m., 4555 Craven Rd. W., Jacksonville, FL
32257. The Beauclerc Safety Patrol, PTA and the Southside Businessmen's Club
are sponsoring Family Fun Night. Free events include carnival games, a cake walk,
giant slide and bounce houses, and a teacher dunking booth. Snow cones, cotton
candy and drinks will be sold at the event. Contact the school to pre-order chicken
and hot dog dinners.
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Vol. 1, No. 17
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Serial Killer Case Leads Police to Copycat Killer
A Cleveland man who is
currently incarcerated for murder
has been indicted on multiple
counts of the same crime.
50-year-old Joseph Har-
well, who is already serving 15
years to life in prison for the stran-
gling death of Teresa Vinson in
Columbus in 1997, was charged
with raping and killing 27-year-old
Mary Thomas in 1989, and 33-
year-old Tondilear Harge in 1996,
based on evidence found in cold
The cold case unit investi-
gators looked at nearly 100 un-
solved murders in a three-mile
Joseph Harwell radius of where Anthony Sowell,
another known serial killer, had
lived. DNA evidence found on vic-
tim Thomas surprisingly led police to Harwell instead. He had beaten and strangled the
woman, who was three months pregnant when she died.
Harge's body was found in an empty lot near Sowell's home, but Harwell's DNA
was matched to her crime as well.
Harwell has a long criminal history dating back to the 1970s, including a conviction
for felonious assault in 1989, when he attempted to strangle a woman who survived.
Harwell is eligible for parole in 2012.
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson
Life imitated art in Baltimore this week when Feli-
cia "Snoop" Pearson, made famous by her portrayal of a
female assassin in the hit series, "The Wire".
Pearson, who claims to be innocent, was arrested
along with more than 60 people during a drug raid put
forth by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The actress is now facing state charges of conspiring
with two men to distribute heroin as well as aiding and
"Harlem Kervorkian" Convicted
Ajury returned a guilty verdict in the murder trial
of a Harlem, New York man who assisted a motivational
speaker with killing himself.
Kenneth Minor, dubbed the "Harlem Kervorkian"
for his role in the assisted-suicide, had been approached
by Jeffrey Locker, a motivational speaker whose money
troubles were severe enough to prompt him to cruise the
streets to find someone who could help kill him and get
his family $17 million in life insurance.
The 36-year-old maintained that he only braced
the knife against Locker's steering wheel and the victim
impaled himself on the sharp weapon seven times.
Locker allegedly gave Minor his ATM card and
pin number as payment for his assistance.
Minor's lawyer was not able to convince the jury
that his client's actions were protected under the state's
"assisted suicide" exemption. He now faces up to 25 years
for his role in the murder and will be sentenced on April
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lice were dispatched to 7844 S.
Knoll Dr. in Jacksonville in refer-
ence to a domestic dispute.
The victim informed police
that she had recently separated
from the suspect, who is her former
boyfriend and is also the father of
The suspect allegedly came
to her house and began harassing
the victim, yelling at her about a vehicle that was parked in front of her
residence and trying to force his way inside of her home to search for
The victim went on to say that she had moved on since her
breakup with the suspect and did not want him inside her house. She
barred the suspect's way and the two began to struggle. The suspect then
put his hands on the victim's shoul-
ders and shoved her out of the way.
He went inside against her wishes,
making threats to hurt her if she
tried to stop him again.
An officer also inter-
viewed a witness at the home, who
claimed to have seen the suspect
push the victim out of the way and
force his way inside the residence.
They told police that they also
heard the suspect make the threats
the victim had relayed to officers.
While police conducted the investigation, the suspect continu-
ally called to harass the victim, saying that he would return to her house
as soon as the police left the scene.
There were no visible injuries on the victim's person, so an ev-
idence technician was not called. Police patrol will follow up on the
Look Out for Fake Disaster Aid Scams
Using email scams and fake websites, criminals use natural disasters
like hurricanes and earthquakes, to try to defraud the public into making do-
nations to fake charitable organizations.
Before you make a donation to any solicitation, you may want to con-
sider these guidelines suggested by the FBI:
* Do not respond to any email sent from someone you do not know per-
* Don't click on links in unsolicited email, because they could contain a
* Be skeptical of anyone who represents themselves as a member of char-
itable organizations or officials asking for donations via email or social
* Watch out for copy-cat names similar to but not exactly the same as those
of reputable charities.
* Try to verify the legitimacy of nonprofit organizations by searching on-
line to confirm the group's existence and nonprofit status.
* Beware of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in at-
tached files. Those files may contain viruses.
* Make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on
others to make the donation on your behalf.
* Be cautious if someone tries to pressure you into making contributions;
reputable charities do not use such tactics.
* Be sure whom you are dealing with when providing your personal and fi-
nancial information. Providing such information can you vulnerable to
* Avoid cash donations. Pay by credit card or write a check directly to the
March 19, 2011
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Georgia Teen Nabbed For Multiple Home
A teenager found himself in police cus-
tody on suspicion of two home burglaries that took
place in September and November.
DNA evidence collected at the crime
scenes of both homes led police to 17-year-old
Donberneat Lanier of Kingsland, GA. Investiga-
tors were able to determine that the suspect forced
his way into each of the homes to steal items in-
As he was being interviewed, Lanier
freely confessed to the burglaries.
Lanier is charged with two felony counts
of burglary and was booked into the Camden
Donberneat Lanierl i .
County Jail in Woodbine.
Georgia Couple Arrested
For Church Robberies
A man and a woman were arrested this week after
items that had belonged to several churches were found in
Edward Gilbert, 20, and Lloyd Sams, 19, both of
Kingsland, had already been out on bond on previous
theft-related charges when they were picked up by police.
Police said that the First Baptist Church on Chester Av-
enue and the First United Methodist Church on Williams
Street were burglarized early in the week, while the Free
Will Baptist Church on North Gross Road was robbed
Wednesday. Among the stolen items were a lock-box and
a radio, which were identified by the victims.
Gilbert and Sams are charged with three counts of
pr Crime Watch I'm(
Florida Doctor Pleads Guilty
To Child Porn
A former Jacksonville doctor pleaded guilty Monday to downloading child
45-year-old Robert Davis Williams admitted to receiving sexually explicit im-
ages and videos of children on his computer before a judge in U.S. District Court. Ac-
cording to authorities, the Sheriff's Office received a complaint in late 2009 about
possible child pornography at Williams' home and began to investigate.
When Williams was caught, police were appalled to find not only digital child
pornography on Williams' computer, but also 41 videotapes, 697 compact discs and
DVDs, 62 floppy disks and two zip drives in the house and garage.
Williams had completed a medical residency at Shands Jacksonville in June
2009, but a hospital representative stated that he had not been affiliated with the hospi-
tal or the University of Florida for some time.
In addition to his courtroom admission, Williams was also recorded during a
phone call, during which he admitted to downloading the illegal material and apolo-
gized for what he called his "sickness".
Although a sentencing date has not been set, Williams faces up to 20 years in
Dance Teacher Arrested For
Kissing Little Girl
A middle-aged dance instructor was arrested for
inappropriate behavior with a girl younger than 16 years
49-year-old Felix Solis III, a self-employed dance
teacher from Nassau County, allegedly kissed one of his
young pupils at his home.
According to the girl, she and Solis went for a
walk in the woods and then she was invited into a com-
puter room back at Solis' home. It was there that he kissed
her and told her she could have a "secret boyfriend". The
girl related the events to her mother, who called police.
Solis is charged with felony lewd and lascivious
behavior by a person older than 18 and a misdemeanor
battery charge. He was released from jail soon after his
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Name: Marcus Brown
Age: 16 Height: 6'0"
Last seen 03/06/11 in Jack-
sonville, FL. May still be in local
Name: Katrina Ford Name: Keondra Fudge
Age: 17 Height: 5'5" Age: 17 Height: 5'4"
Weight: 1451bs Weight: 1491bs
Last seen 12/26/10 in Jack- Last seen 02/18/11 in Miami, FL.
Name: Natasha Bryan Name: Keydra McClendon
Age: 17 Height: 5'2" Age: 17 Height: 5'6"
Weight: 1101bs Weight: 1401bs
Last seen 03/08/11 in Last seen 02/05/11 in Macon, GA.
Lawrenceville, GA. May be with May still be in local area or may
adult male and go by "Kandi". travel to Atlanta, GA.
IU E CI N S
Two men intent on robbing a Florida bank during
the night had a stick of dynamite that was supposed to
be dropped in a bank vault deposit. They mistook a car
wash coin deposit for the bank vault deposit. When the
dynamite exploded, hundreds of coins shot out like a
shotgun blast, injuring the robbers. They were stunned
long enough for police to arrive and arrest them.
He's Still Unemployed
A man went into a hardware store in Homosassa,
FL to apply for a job. After completing his application,
he went to the section of the store that sold guns and
asked to see a couple of them. After the attendant left for
a moment, the guy grabbed the guns and ran off. Not
only was he video-taped, but the police used the address
on his application to go to his house and arrest him.
Name: Kevin Cook
Offense: Organized Fraud
Name: Deshawn Daniels Name: Joe Edwards
Age: 20 Age: 39
Offense: Concealed Weapon
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Offense: Failure to Annear
Name: Theodoric Moran
Offense: Traffic Vinlatinn
Name: Henry Walker
Offense: Probation Violation
Name: Lamont Baker
Name: Jermand Grant
Name: Lorenza Jones
Offense: Sex Battery
Name: Lottris Adams Name: Rodrica Brown
Offense: Armed Robbery Offense: Robbery
Name: Mario Cason
Offense: Grand Theft
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