Jacksonville police on Monday identified the year’s 12th homicide victim as William Henry Nesmith, 35, who was found dead Sunday morning outside the Blodgett Villas apartments near downtown.
Nesmith, of the 2400 block of Eighth Avenue, was found dead shortly after 11 a.m. lying in a field next to one of the buildings in the complex at 630 W. Fourth St., police said. No motive was given for the slaying and no arrests have been reported.
There were 10 homicides at this point last year.
Man who died after accident identified
Jacksonville police have identified a man who died after an accident Friday in a Westside Walmart parking lot as Eddie N. Hall Jr., 70.
Police said Hall, of the 3000 block of College Street, was backing his vehicle from a space at the store at 6830 Normandy Blvd. when his vehicle came to a stop before rolling forward into two parked vehicles.
Police said Hall was hospitalized with what were believed to be non-life-threatening, medical-related injuries, but he died later that day, police said.
Man found dead in Arlington apartment
A man was found dead in an Arlington apartment shortly after noon Monday, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Beau Bottin said the unidentified man was about 60 years old and was found in River City Landing Apartments, 2681 University Blvd. N. Bottin said he could not comment if there were signs that a crime had occurred.
Homicide detectives did respond, but Bottin said they were investigating an undetermined death.
It was unknown how long the body was in the apartment, Bottin said.
Stabbing after dispute over food, police say
A Lake City man wanted Chinese food, his roommate didn’t. They got neither.
Tammy Searles, 41, was arrested at the Southeast Monroe Street apartment she shares with 54-year-old Ralph Bolinder who was stabbed during their argument over getting Chinese for dinner Friday, according to the Lake City Police Department. Searles is charged with aggravated battery.
Officers were called to the apartment just before 10:30 p.m. on a report of a stabbing and found Bolinder with a wound in his left leg, police said. She had gotten upset and threw a cellphone and television remote before Bolinder was nearly stabbed in the chest. Then he was stabbed in the left thigh.
Bolinder was treated at Shands Lake Shore Regional hospital for non-life-threatening wounds, police said.
2 elderly people die
in morning fire
Two elderly people died in an early morning fire Saturday in the Putnam County town of Melrose, the state Fire Marshal’s Office said.
Agency spokeswoman Ashley Carr said Monday that firefighters were called to a mobile home at 1714 Florida 100 shortly before 2 a.m.
Flames had engulfed the home by the time fire crews arrived.
Carr said the victims were found inside. Their identities have not been released.
A preliminary investigation indicated the fire was not suspicious, Carr said. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in the investigation.