Police and Family are Desperately Seeking: Gina “Michelle” Ennis


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Jacksonville, FL. /February 1, 2016-A woman with severe brain injury is missing and has been for over six months now. The family is praying that she will come home soon, so they are trying to get the word out about her disappearance with pictures to share on Facebook and other social media venues. According to News4Jax, Michelle’s family reports her missing from the Riverside area of the First Coast on July 10th, 2015 after not hearing from her.

She was headed to the store according to her friends, but she never returned from the store and hasn’t been seen yet. The family has been desperately searching for the missing 49 year-old woman GinaMichelle” Ennis. According to News4Jax, she has not been seen since July 10th, 2015 when her friends said the she left their house on Stockton St. and Edison Ave. while heading to the store. Unfortunately, Michelle had a severe, yet traumatic brain injury in the late 1990’s.

The doctors had surgically removed part of her frontal lobe of her brain. However, the family reported that procedure affected her judgment and her family thinks she could be vulnerable in her condition. According to New4Jax, the family told the police about her brain injury, so they can help find out exactly what may have happened to her during her walk to the store. The family thinks that someone may be keeping her against her will and they just want her to come home.

Michelle’s family members believe that she would never run away or disappear on her own, because she is a mother, grandmother, sister, and she is loved by many people. However, according to New4Jax, she did live as a homeless person or transient before her sudden disappearance. Every few days, Michelle would call one of her family members and so far she has not reached out to anyone. Her family said she always carried her suitcase with her, but she didn’t take it when she left to walk to the store.

Her family says Michelle has not and cannot drive, so her relatives are begging everyone to look for her in their own area of town. Her relatives are afraid that someone has either kidnapped her or she met with foul play. According to New4Jax, Michelle’s friends and family are praying that she has not been thrown away like piece of household trash. If you have any information on this case or the whereabouts of Gina “Michelle” Ennis, then please call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office or CrimeStoppers.

                                                                                                                                

References:

New4Jax (2015) Sister of Missing Woman: ‘We Just Need Her Home’

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on Feb. 2, 2016

http://www.news4jax.com/news/local/sister-of-missing-woman-we-just-need-her-home

 

Gang Violence Claims Another Young Life


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Jan. 30, 2016/Jacksonville, FL– A 22-month-old toddler was killed after becoming a victim of a possible gang related drive by shooting on Friday night. According to Action News Jax, the toddler has been identified as Aiden Michael McClendon and he was sitting in a car with his mother and his grandmother at a home on Spearing St., which is  on the Eastside of Jacksonville, FL.  Suddenly, without any warning, bullets began spraying the car and the house.

As the first responders reached the scene, the toddler was still alive, despite being shot once in the shoulder and twice in the stomach area. According FCN, baby Aiden McClendon was the only person who was shot in this drive by shooting. The toddler was rushed to UF Health, where he immediately underwent life saving surgery. Unfortunately, the police announced to the public on Saturday that the adorable toddler died due to his injuries.

This senseless, yet violent tragedy has the family and police asking the entire First Coast Community to turn in the suspect or suspects. According to Action News Jax, the city leaders have agreed to offer a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons that who killed this innocent little toddler. No one else was hurt in the drive by shooting, although the house and car were struck by a barrage of bullets.

This innocent baby lost his life, due to the senseless violence and the police has vowed that they are not going to rest until they have the person or persons that are responsible for this toddler’s murder.

According the FCN, Chief Tom Hackney said, “Turn these people in, they do not deserve to be walking the same streets that you and I walk.

The police believe that someone is the house was the actual target of this gang related shooting, but instead this toddler became the victim. According to Action News Jax, police say some witnesses have about a white car that sped away from the scene. However, there is no clear description of the suspected shooter or shooters or the car that they used. Some witnesses stated that a white car may be involved, but police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

References:

Action News Jax (2016) City Leaders Vow to find the Shooter of the 22-month-old killed in drive-by

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on January 30, 2016

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/city-leaders-vow-to-find-shooter-of-22-month-old-killed-in-drive-by/50440672

 

Action News Jax (2016) Jacksonville Toddler Dies After Friday Shooting

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on January 30, 2016

http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/baby-dies-after-friday-shooting/50235274

 

FCN (2016) JSO: A 22-month-old Caught in the Middle of Gang Related Shooting Dies

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on January 30, 2016

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/crime/toddler-dies-in-shooting-near-sports-complex/25145455

 

Police Believe They Have Found Lonzie Barton: Thrown away like garbage


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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January 12, 2016/Jacksonville, FL– The search for little Lonzie Barton turned to heartbreak and sadness today for the family of the adorable toddler, as well as the First Coast Community. In a press conference, Jacksonville’s Sheriff, Mike Williams stated that the investigators, “strongly believe that the human remains belong to Lonzie Barton” (FCN, 2016). According to JSO Chief of Investigations Tom Hackney, “Lonzie had been thrown away like a piece of garbage”.

The 21-month-old toddler has been missing for over six months, while Ruben Ebron and Lonna Lauramore Barton have been sitting in jail. Both suspects are facing two child neglect charges and lying to police. According to (FCN, 2016), the prime suspect in the case, Ruben Ebron and his lawyers led police to the toddler’s remains on the Southside of town on Snyder St. Sadly, police never searched this area during the initial massive search, but the searchers were only 2.5 miles from where the remains were found.

The District Attorney, Angela Corey was also at the press conference and has requested that the First Coast Community give the law enforcement and legal communities’ time to answer the questions that everyone has in this case. According to (FCN, 2016), she announced that there may be more charges facing both of the two suspects, but is tight lipped about what the charges may be. As the remains are analyzed in the next few weeks and months, the truth may come out about how this adorable happy child ended up being thrown away like a piece of garbage.

More updates to come.

References:

First Coast News (2016) Ebron led JSO to believed Lonzie Barton remains in Southside woods

Retrieved from World Wide Web on January 12, 2016

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/local/2016/01/11/jso-investigating-wooded-area-southside/78629890/

 

 

The New Developments in the Lonzie Barton Case


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Jacksonville, FL-Little Lonzie Barton have been missing for almost two months now, but the key suspects in his sudden disappearance are keeping their mouth shut. The suspects who police have arrested are William “Ruben” Ebron and his mother Lonna Lauramore Barton. According to Jacksonville.com, little Lonzie’s mother, Lonna has plead not guilty in court for two charges of child neglect and one count of lying to police throughout the investigation.

According to Fox30Jax, Chris Barton’s Aunt, Shirley Barton believes Lonna was involved in what happened to little Lonzie. She says Lonna is ‘evil’ and the family is upset that the children’s father, Chris Barton would help his estranged wife bond out of jail. The toddler’s father is standing by his estranged wife, because he believe that she has had no involvement in little Lonzie’s disappearance.

Lonzie’s mother was separated from her husband, Chris Barton, at the time of little Lonzie’s disappearance and she was dating Ruben. However, her estranged husband believes that Lonna Barton had nothing to do with little Lonzie’s disappearance. According to News4Jax, a witness was angry as little Lonzie’s mother did the ‘happy dance’ as she was being released from jail. So far, little Lonzie has not been found and police are building a murder case against William ‘Ruben’ Ebron.

According to First Coast News.com, former State Attorney Harry Shorstein spoke to a FCN reporter after little Lonzie Barton had been missing about a week. Attorney Shorstein is not part of the Lonzie Barton case, but explained that the toddler’s body is not needed for prosecuting this case. However, he also knows that it will be a difficult task for the assigned prosecutors, because they must prove that the suspects have been lying since day one.Many people believe the mother knows more than she is saying, but at this point she is not talking to anyone.

According to One News Page.com , an audio recording surfaced that revealed Lonna L. Barton talking with a friend about using drugs and about Ebron involvement in Lonzie’s disappearance. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has this secret recording and it is now part of their investigation into little Lonzie’s disappearance. This case started when this adorable blonde-haired, blue-eyed toddler and his five-year-old sister were left in the care of the mother’s boyfriend William ‘Ruben’ Ebron. The mother Lonna was working at Wacko’s as an exotic dancer.

Ebron took her to work and later texted her to find a ride home, which she found with a co-worker. According to News4Jax, Lonna’s coworker gave her ride home and she stated that the mother’s actions were odd and suspicious.
She was living in a one bedroom apartment with Ebron and the two children at the Ravenwood Apartments located at 8030 South Old Kings Rd.

According to Jacksonville.com, on July 24th, 2015, Ebron reported his car stolen with the toddler in it. Ebron told investigators that his car was stolen with the toddler sleeping inside of it, but the police found the car a few blocks away and Lonzie was not inside the car.

According to News4Jax, a video surfaced that showed Ebron was lying and police arrested Ebron immediately. At first, the police made the mother seem like she was a victim, who was distraught over the loss of her missing son. From the moment police met Lonzie’s mother that night, she instantly began telling a series of lies. According to News4Jax, she told police that she didn’t know her apartment number and she didn’t know Ebron.

Police discovered throughout the investigation the Ebron was a drug dealer and that Lonzie’s mother lived with Ebron. Police say she knew he stored and sold drugs that were stored in an unlocked location, which put both of the small children in harm’s way. Later, through more intense investigations and witnesses that knew Lonna, actually told police about a tattoo that Lonna had on her side that read …‘Ruben’.

According to News4Jax, on Aug. 18, 2015, police arrested Lonna Lauramore Barton for lying to police and two counts of child neglect, but more charges may follow. Police say they have dealt with nothing but lies from the mother Lonna and Ebron, since the 911 call came in the early hours of July 24th, 2015. Unfortunately, both parties have lied from the very beginning of the investigation, which has police frustrated and wanting justice for little Lonzie Barton.

According to WOKV, little Lonzie had a bruise to the back on his head by his ear, he was lethargic, vomiting, and he had yellow fluid coming from his ear. His mother went to work, instead of rushing the injured child to the hospital. Additionally, she had a heated argument with Ebron, but still left both minor children with him.

The investigators are piecing together a murder investigation against Ebron, because little Lonzie deserves justice and a proper burial. If the mother had a part in this crime, the investigators will charge her as well as Ebron. Right now, police are still asking everyone to pray, so they can find this adorable boy’s body. These new developments have broken the hearts of many in the First Coast community, who have helped search for this toddler.

According to First Coast News.com, after being missing for almost two months now, the police have search on a massive scale and private parties have also searched for this toddler. A week after little Lonzie went missing the police shifted from a search rescue mission to a recovery mission. According to First Coast New.com, Little Lonzie is a distant cousin to Haleigh Cummings, due the mother’s side of the family. Haleigh went missing and had never been found up to this day, even after gaining national headlines.

Recently, Lonna and Chris Barton were arrested on felony drug charges after selling drugs to an undercover cop. According to First Coast News.com, both Chris Barton and Lonna Barton were being watched by the Baker County Sheriff’s Office for several weeks now. According the spokesman, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s was not involved in this arrest or drug dealing investigation. Now, the judge are requesting the each suspect take drug tests, as well as setting a high bond for each suspect.

Little Lonzie is missing, presumably he is dead, but both parents have a drug problem and they chose to continue getting high. According to First Coast News.com, the boyfriend Ruben has tried to escape and has made threatening calls, but police are asking him to come clean about the toddler’s whereabouts. So, as these parents keep making bad choices, the police can only hope that someone will break and finally reveal where little Lonzie is buried.

Keep this child is your prayers until he comes home!

References:
First Coast News.com (2015) Attorney: Body is not needed to prosecute in a missing person’s case
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 16, 2015
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/2015/07/29/attorney-explains-how-to-prosecute-a-suspect-in-a-missing-persons-case-if-the-victims-body-is-not-recovered/30850649/

First Coast News.com (2015) Chris and Lonna Barton, Lonzie’s parents, arrested on drug charges
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 18, 2015
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/local/2015/09/16/baker-county-sheriff-news-conference-bartons/32534937/

First Coast News.com (2015) Missing boy is related to Haleigh Cummings, another missing children
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 16, 2015
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/local/2015/07/25/another-missing-child/30674871/

Fox30Jax.com (2015) Barton family member: Lonzie’s mom ‘evil’
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 16, 2015
http://www.fox30jax.com/news/news/local/barton-family-member-lonzies-mom-evil/nnQzr/

Jacksonville.com (2015) Lonzie Barton’s pleads not guilty to child neglect, giving false information charges
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 15, 2015
http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2015-09-09/story/mother-lonzie-barton-pleads-not-guilty-charges-child-neglect-and-giving

Jacksonville.com (2015) Man who reported Lonzie Barton missing charged with neglect; was using drugs at the time, affidavit says
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on July 26th, 2015
http://jacksonville.com/breaking-news/2015-07-24/story/man-who-reported-lonzie-barton-missing-charged-neglect-was-using

News4Jax.com (2015) Lonna Barton’s coworker opens up about the night Lonzie vanished
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 13, 2015
http://www.news4jax.com/news/lonna-bartons-coworker-talks-about-night-lonzie-disappeared/34808628

News4Jax.com (2015) Lonzie Barton’s mother arrested for child neglect and lying to police
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 6, 2015
http://www.news4jax.com/news/lonna-barton-arrested-in-lonzie-barton-case/34793284

News4Jax.com (2015) Witness: Lonzie Barton’s mother does a ‘happy dance’ as she bonds out of jail
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 11, 2015
http://www.news4jax.com/news/lonzies-mother-lonna-barton-bonds-out-of-jail/34891822

One News Page.com (2015) Missing Florida toddler’s mother caught on tape?
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 11, 2015
http://www.onenewspage.com/n/US/7556l8vb3/Missing-Florida-toddler-mother-caught-on-tape.htm

WOKV (2015) Police: Missing toddler’s mother arrested; toddler was injured before disappearance
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on September 5, 2015
http://www.wokv.com/news/news/national/jso-lonzie-barton-injured-disappearance/nnMkt/

Amber Alert Issued for Lonzie Barton: A 21-month-old Missing Toddler


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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According to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an AMBER ALERT has been issued for Lonzie Barton, a 21-month-old Jacksonville, FL. Toddler. He was reported missing on July 24th, 2015 around 2:00 AM, by the mother’s boyfriend and he also reported his car missing. That morning, little Lonzie and his 5-year-old sister was in the care of his mom’s boyfriend, William Ruben Ebron. The toddler went missing from the 8000 block of Old Kings Rd and police need the public’s help to find him.

His car was a 1995 orange Honda with a black hood, but the car was eventually found four blocks away from the apartments. However, the toddler was not inside the car and the police fear that the boyfriend knows more than he is telling them. Little Lonzie was only wearing a diaper at the time of his disappearance, but police are concerned that he may have just walked off from the car. According to Jacksonville.com, the police are asking everyone to look on their properties and keep a look out for this blonde hair blue eyed toddler.

The police are searching for the toddler on foot and with search dogs, as well as other agencies that have offered their services. The police say that the natural parents are victims and not considered suspects, but Mr. Ebron was charged with two counts of child neglect on Friday, which was unrelated to this case. However, he was on bond from a prior case from Baker County and he had a record of different types of charges like: armed robbery, grand theft auto, possession, domestic violence, and violation of probation.

According to Jacksonville.com, one of the conditions of his bond was that he was not supposed to have contact or live with Lonna Lauramore. The couple was living together in the Ravenwood apartments at 8030 South Old Kings Rd. The mother and father are working closely with police to help find their son. According to Jacksonville.com, both the mother and the boyfriend face drug related charges, which is separate from the toddler’s disappearance.

The mother’s boyfriend, Mr. Ebron told the police that he stopped by the apartment to “get something”, but later he admitted that he went inside to “use cocaine”. The police verified that the mother was working at the time her young son went missing, while in the care of her boyfriend. According to Gray, the police say that the mother’s boyfriend is now considered a suspect and may have been lying about the car being stolen.

Unfortunately, both children were left alone inside the car by Mr. Ebron, but the 5-year-old sister got frightened and left the toddler in the car by himself. The police believe that Mr. Ebron has the answers, which they need to find the missing toddler. The investigation has turned from a missing child to a possible homicide investigation. Police are now focusing on searching waterways, retention ponds, and wooded areas.

If you have seen this child, call 911 immediately!

References:

Gray, Jeremy (2015) Lonzie Barton Amber Alert: Boyfriend of missing Florida toddler’s mother now suspect
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on July 26th, 2015
http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/07/lonzie_barton_amber_alert_boyf.html

Jacksonville.com (2015) Man who reported Lonzie Barton missing charged with neglect; was using drugs at the time, affidavit says
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on July 26th, 2015
http://jacksonville.com/breaking-news/2015-07-24/story/man-who-reported-lonzie-barton-missing-charged-neglect-was-using

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (2015) AMBER ALERT: Lonzie Barton
Retrieved from the World Wide Web on July 26th, 2015
http://www.missingkids.com/poster/AMBER/11784/8682/

©2015, Crystal S. Kauffman

Scott Speicher: A Hero is Finally Home


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A day of mourning and somber spirits loomed over the First Coast, Navy Captain Scott Speicher was laid to rest on Friday August, 14, 2009. The streets of Jacksonville, FL was lined with spectators and those who wanted to pay their respects to this fallen hometown hero. The funeral procession stopped at its various spots all over the Jacksonville, FL area, as those gathered said good-bye. Many spectators did not know Scott personally, but thanks to his family and friends hard work….he was never forgotten!

Who was he?

Captain Scott Speicher was also known as decorated member of the military’s elite group of fighter pilots aboard the Saratoga. In addition, he was a beloved son, loving husband, a proud father, and so much more. He taught Sunday school at Lake Shore Methodist Church, where a memorial has been placed to honor the fallen hero also. On Friday, August 14th, 2009“; the family was able let the captain finally rest in his own home town.

What happened to him?

In “1991”, Captain Speicher aka “Spike” was the first plane to be shot down during the first night of the “Operation Desert Storm”. Immediately, his wife and children suffered the blow 18 years ago, when his plane never returned home. First, he was listed as “Killed in Action”, but the military changed his status to “Captured” and “Missing in Action” after the overthrow of Saddam. Now, he can finally rest in peace, since he has been discovered and identified.

How was he found?

A local tribe has claimed that they buried Captain Speicher soon after his accident, which explains why he was never found. The Iraqi locals could not help America’s military without fear of repercussion during Desert Storm in 1991. His skeletal remains were identified on 08-02-2009 and returned them home, once the military confirmed they had in fact, found the captains remains. Many locals believe that his family and friends fight to keep his memory alive, allowed him to stay in the public spotlight.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Captain Scott Speicher was more than just a name on a wall to those people living in Jacksonville, Fl.  His wife, children and close friends were proud to welcome him home as a hero, since his highly publicized death. The sidewalks lined up with thousands of people paying their respects and saying goodbye, yet many never knew the pilot.  Many felt he was their adopted son or friend, who touched their hearts for 18 years and now they will remember him as the local pilot who gave all.

Reference

POW Network (2009) Speicher, Michael Scott

Retrieved on August 2009 from World Wide Web

http://www.pownetwork.org/saudi/sd017.htm

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