Two Jacksonville men were killed Monday when the van they were in ran into the path of a tractor-trailer rig in Alachua County.


Driver Fred Yassen, 65, and passenger Curtis Sinatra Pierce, 31, were in the Ford Windstar that drifted into wet grass on the shoulder of U.S. 301 about three miles north of Hawthorne then crossed back across the highway and into the path of the northbound truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Yassen, who was not wearing a seat belt, and Pierce, who was, were pronounced dead at the scene, the Highway Patrol said.

Truck driver Jeffery Jerome Chever, 47, of Hawthorne, was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries.

Dana Treen

Slew of charges for
2 accused teens

An 18-year-old is facing a slew of charges along with a 16-year-old girl following a pair of setups and robberies in a brief span that resulted in one victim being shot late last month.

Kevine Riley of the 4200 block of Ribault River Lane was charged Thursday with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, carjacking, shooting into a vehicle and criminal conspiracy, jail and arrest records show. He also had a warrant for sexual battery from October 2013.

The juvenile girl is accused of calling two victims to meet up late June 24 and early June 25. In the first one, the unidentified victim was shot in the back of his right shoulder but gave police discrepancies about what happened, according to the report and the initial Sheriff's Office statement.

He first said he had been shot on Moncrief Road leaving a Winn-Dixie. A Crime Stoppers tip indicated it happened in a botched robbery in the 2100 block of Edgewood Avenue West and the same suspect set up another victim.

On June 25 that victim met up with the girl who had Riley armed with a gun with her, the arrest report said. The unidentified victim was driven back to his residence to get his bank card and money. The victim warned his grandmother when they arrived and the suspects fled. A gun was recovered in a search of the area.

Scott Butler

Teen arrested for shooting at officer

An 18-year-old shot at by police investigating a possible stolen car case Monday has been charged with assault on an officer.

Marshall Jamal Walker of the 2200 block of West 44th Street was arrested and a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun that was pointed at the officer was recovered after a foot chase in the 1100 block of East 11th Street, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

No one was injured in the investigation that began when police were called by a resident who saw two men park a car at a home on East 11th and leave. After Officer Jonathan Ervin looked at the car and saw wires hanging around the ignition, he left it there and contacted another officer so they could put it under surveillance.

Two men who approached the car a few minutes later bolted when Ervin and the other officer drove up, according to the arrest report.

As the foot chase reached the backyard of a house, the fleeing suspect hid behind a barrel, pulled a gun and pointed it at Ervin, police said. Ervin fired once and missed. The suspect threw his arms up and tossed the gun over a fence.

Walker was apprehended and taken into custody. Police said the recovered handgun had the safety off.

A second unnamed suspect also was taken into custody. Police said the car turned out not to be stolen.

Dana Treen

Child’s death not considered criminal

Jacksonville police said the preliminary investigation into a 7-year-old boy’s death Saturday is not considered to be criminal.

Brailand J. McCray’s cause of death is still being determined. Rescue crews were called about 7:45 p.m. by his mother to their apartment in the 1200 block of North Broad Street, where the boy was in a bedroom. Further details were not released.

Dan Scanlan