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

 

Lonzie Barton’s Mother Has Been Arrested


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Jacksonville, FL., Little Lonzie Barton was reported missing early Friday morning at 2:19 AM on July 24, 2015. Now, four weeks later, according to News4Jax, police have arrested Lonzie’s mother Lonna Lauramore for one count of lying to police and two counts of child neglect. The toddler and his 5 year-old sister was left in the care of Lonna’s live-in boyfriend Ruben Ebron, who reported his car stolen with the toddler still inside of it.

Police scrambled to find little Lonzie, but they still have not found this toddler after a wide spread search and an AMBER ALERT. Mr. Ebron was arrested on July 24, 2015 on two counts of child neglect and one count of lying to police was just recently added. According to News4Jax, the police have stated that both the mother and her live-in boyfriend have been lying, since the moment the police answered the 911 call. The night of his disappearance, Lonna told police that she didn’t know Ruben Ebron.

However, police learned that she lives with him and recently they learned that she has a huge tattoo on her side with Ruben’s name. Additionally, police said she lived in one bedroom apartment with both kids and Mr. Ebron, who bought and sold drugs to pay the bills. Police remain convinced that Mr. Ebron has murdered the child and they are looking for a body, due to new evidence that has emerged. According to WOKV, a third party told police that little Lonzie had a bruise on the back of his head and he had yellow stuff draining out of his ears.

The witness also stated that the toddler was lethargic and may have needed medical care for his injuries. However, Lonna got into a heated argument with Mr. Ebron, but he never gave her a satisfactory answer on how Lonzie obtained these injuries. Then, instead of taking Lonzie to the hospital for his injuries, police say she left the two children in Mr. Ebron’s care. She had him drop her off at Wacko’s, where she worked as an exotic dancer and he had both children at that time. According to News4Jax, the coworker stated that the mother’s actions were odd and suspicious.

After work, she asked a coworker drop her off at home, but the coworker said she wanted to be dropped off at a different apartment complex off Old Kings Rd. Additionally, she asked the coworker to take her to a place where someone owed her money. According to News4Jax, the police saw her coworker’s car and he asked them questions, which is when the officer learned that Lonna was the missing toddler’s mother.

This is when police say, Lonna began immediately lying to the investigators and the coworker confronted her when they were alone. The coworker felt she was not acting like a distraught mother, whose child has just been reported missing.  According to News4Jax, the coworker stated that Lonna Lauramore Barton didn’t get upset, instead she starting acting odd. The coworker said she seemed to be consoling Mr. Ebron, instead of freaking out about the toddler’s disappearance.

Police are building a murder case against Mr. Ebron, because they believe that he murdered the toddler and they believe that he has the answers to where the toddler’s body is located. After an exhaustive search for over a week, police are still no closer to finding this adorable 21 month-old little boy. According to News4Jax, the police are hoping someone has information that will help them find this missing toddler and bring his body home. Furthermore, Crimestoppers is offering a reward for any tips or information that will lead them to recovering Lonzie’s remains.

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References:

News4Jax.com (2015) Lonzie Barton’s mother arrested for child neglect and lying to police

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on August 20, 2015

http://www.news4jax.com/news/lonna-barton-arrested-in-lonzie-barton-case/34793284

WOKV (2015) Police: Missing toddler’s mother arrested; toddler was injured before disappearance

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on August 20, 2015

http://www.wokv.com/news/news/national/jso-lonzie-barton-injured-disappearance/nnMkt/

News4Jax.com (2015) Lonna Barton’s coworker opens up about the night Lonzie vanished

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on August 20, 2015

http://www.news4jax.com/news/lonna-bartons-coworker-talks-about-night-lonzie-disappeared/34808628

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

Burmese Python: South Florida’s New Threat


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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The neighborhood residents in South Florida are facing a potential threat, which is roaming their neighborhoods. This new threat has residents that are living in fear of an exotic snake species that is called the Burmese Python. The National Wildlife Federation (2009), believes that these snakes were once pets, which became too big for their owners to handle. After being released in the wild, these abandoned pets began growing and rapidly reproducing.

Dangerous Neighbor

However, throughout the years, the snake population has expanded into the southeastern region of the United States. Now, experts believe that these snakes are becoming a major threat to the endangered species living in this habitat. No one is safe from this threat, since this species of snake can grow to over “20 ft” and weigh in at about “200lbs”. Each resident of South Florida are at risk of attack, even inside their own homes.

Population Expands

According to the Clark (2009), these enormous snakes have already invaded the Key West area. Now, officials are “warning residents” and establishing a “hotline” for residents to call when they spot one. These giant ambush predators are on the hunt for a meal, so residents must closely supervise their animals and children. These monstrous snakes can hide under a bed or inside of a closet, while waiting patiently to ambush their unsuspecting prey.

Northern Bound

Nevertheless, if something doesn’t change, these giant snakes will continue moving north. They will move to marshy lands, as they hunt for more food as they population continues to expand. According to NFW (2009), Florida’s officials have established ways for residents to protect themselves from these snakes. However, it is vital for South Florida’s residents to be cautious and protect themselves from these giant snakes.

Changes Needed

Some southern cities are training volunteers and hiring professionals to help capture these massive snakes. Homeowner’s are even trying to make sure their home is snake resistant, by leaving them no place to hide. Furthermore, parents and pet owners should also take precaution against these giant predators. This type of proactive attitude will help keep your loved ones safe, while officials work tirelessly to solve this expanding threat.

Conclusion

In conclusion, South Florida’s is facing new threats, as this massive bohemian began expanding into the surrounding areas. Fortunately, officials have warned residents about this giant predator. If something isn’t done soon, this new threat will begin ambushing those victims in its quest to find food. Therefore, officials and residents are fighting back, while becoming proactive against these invaders.

References:

Clark, C. (2009) When snakes invade, call the wranglers
Retrieved on February 28th, 2009 from the World Wide Web
http://m.miamiherald.com/mh/db_503/contentdetail.htm;jsessionid=FB420B25FB38774856136CF08867091F?contentguid=6bxEWjKB&storycount=3&detailindex=2&full=true

National Wildlife Foundation (2009) Everglade Invasion
Retrieved on February 28th, 2009 from the World Wide Web
http://www.nwf.org/NationalWildlife/article.cfm?issueID=127&articleID=1683

©2009, Crystal S. Kauffman

Previously Published

Pet Parents: Help for First Coast Area Families with Animal Care and Food


©Crystal S. Kauffman

©Crystal S. Kauffman

By, Crystal S. Kauffman,

Are you a dog or cat parent, who lives in Jacksonville, FL.? If so, take a look at the special programs, which First Coast No More Homeless Pets will offer you? Your beloved pets need veterinarian care, as well as other services like: spaying and neutering, city licenses, and shots. This program has been around for many years, but I learned about it and I wanted to share what I found out with you. This animal hospital wants you to be able to keep your pets, so they have slashed their prices to help you.

Additionally, if you do not live in my town, you may be able to find services that are similar to what this animal hospital is offering local families. The veterinarian center is offering low cost services, as well as spaying and neutering your pet for free. However, you must buy any pain medicine for your pet, but the pain medication is only $8.00 for each animal. In addition, they have a pet food bank that will give you food for each of your cats or dogs.

Unfortunately, you must visit their website to learn what you must bring with you to qualify for the low cost care and free food. For more information or to see if you qualify, visit First Coast No More Homeless Pets website to learn more about each program that they offer. If you are able, the facility also takes donations that are accepted and distributed throughout the Jacksonville, FL. area. However, call 904-520-7900 or email them first at info@fcnmhp.org, in order to see what exactly that they may need.

 

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