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Jacksonville Mother Accused of Selling Child for Drugs

Jacksonville mother accused of selling sex with her 6-year-old daughter in exchange for drugs and money.
Dalina J. Nichols, 35, is being held on child neglect charges after a tip about sexual abuse on her child was reported to the police. The tip came to the police in January and Nicholas was extradited for Muscogee County, Georgia to Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to Nichols’ charges, the police also charged two men with capital sexual battery and one other suspect is being sought as well.
The tip from January came from a homeless man who flagged down a passing office and told him what had been going on in the home. The man had been to the home prior for drugs and gave the police the information about the sexual abuse said Sergeant Mark Evans, the lead detective for the case.
Police started an investigation upon hearing the tip which ultimately led to the warrant for Nichols arrest. During an interview with the daughter, she told the police the details of the sexual attacks by three men. By the time the police were set to arrest Nichols, she fled the area.
Nichols lived in Jacksonville Beach where she supported herself and her drug habit by selling her daughter for various sexual acts. Witnesses and neighbors told police that drug were frequent in the home and many different men were seen coming in and out of the house at all hours of night.

With a suspect still at large, it’s too soon to tell what will happen with the investigation and case. However, those close to the case find it difficult to get past the horrific nature of the situation.

“I can’t think of an adjective that’s bad enough to describe [the allegations],” Jacksonville Beach Police Chief Bruce Thomason said. “Anyone who would harm a child is just beneath contempt.”

Man Charged with Sexual Battery Against Girlfriend’s Daughters

According to the St. Augustine Police Department, a 39-year old St. Augustine man has been arrested on a charge of capital sexual battery after a 12-year-old girl reported that she had been sexually abused.

Robert Lee Skipper has been booked in the St. John’s County jail after the 12-year-old girl’s stephmother told them on Friday that her stepdaughter was being sexually abused by the birth mother’s boyfriend for the past 7 months.

According to the police, the young girl didn’t come forward sooner because Skipper threatened her life if she told anyone. In addition to the young girl’s confession, she also told her stepmother that her 20-year-old sister was also being sexually abused by the same man.

Police obtained a search warrant for the home and seized clothing and bed sheets as evidence to the abuse.

“Because of the age of the child it is considered a capital sexual battery,” St. Augustine Police spokesman Mark Samson said Tuesday morning.

If convicted of the charge, he could face life in prison.

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17-Year-Old Shot after Robbing Store with Fake Gun

It’s a tragic story in Jacksonville, Florida. A 17-year-old boy was killed after police said he used a fake gun to hold up a Westside convenience store. Around 2:50 a.m., two officers conducting a stakeout at the Kangaroo convenience store on Old Middleburg Road saw a teen enter a side door. The teen, Craig Ruise, pointed a gun at two clerks in the store, said Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office Chief Tom Hackney. They watched as the store clerk gave Ruise the cash as the fake gun was pointed at his head.

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Mother arrested for manslaughter of 13-year-old daughter

In a sad story based out of Jacksonville, Florida, a mother is charged with aggravated manslaughter after her 13-year-old daughter was found malnourished and covered in lice. The mother’s mentally disabled teenage daughter was found dead in June 30 after a rescue crew was called to help the child Ramona Bones. The crew found her unresponsive and while in transport to the hospital, Ramona’s heart stopped. Six days later, she passed away.

According to the police report, the cause of death included hemorrhaging of her heart due to pancreatitis and pneumonia. Contributing factors included mental retardation, malnutrition and diaper rash. She also suffered from anemia and insect bites.

Ramona’s mother Rivera was arrested shortly after the rescue of her daughter. Since her arrest, her charge has been upgraded based upon the coroner’s report. The original charge of neglect now includes aggravated manslaughter.

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Can an officer read my text messages?

As technological advances start to become an everyday facet of our lives, the legal system must expand to extend the law and citizen rights to cater to these new changes. As part of this continual growth, the law has extended to cell phone searches and leaves citizens wondering, “Do I have any rights when it comes to my personal property?”

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Jacksonville man indicted on celebrity phone hacking scandal

Christopher Chaney, 35, Jacksonville, Florida resident was indicted this morning by the FBI for allegedly hacking into the email of more than 50 victims, including A-list celebrities.

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Why do I need a DUI Lawyer?

A DUI is one of the most complex cases to defend; it can often be more difficult than defend than a murder case. A DUI Lawyer has a unique set of skills and knowledge which differentiate him or her from an ordinary lawyer.

A DUI consists of two distinct and wholly independent cases. One case is a criminal case and the other is an administrative law case, which takes place at the Department of Motor Vehicles. To successfully defend against a DUI charge you must hire a DUI Lawyer who can protect your rights at both forums.

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Bicyclist Dead after Hit and Run

A Flagler County bicyclist struck from behind by a hit and run driver on Florida 100 in Bunnell died in the 6:15 a.m. accident Tuesday.

Alex R. Taylor, 54, of Bunnell, was westbound on the paved shoulder of 100 east of Utility Street when a westbound vehicle drifted off the road and something extending out from it apparently hit his head, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

He was knocked off the bicycle and thrown 12 feet in front it in the accident. The driver of the other vehicle left the scene. No description of the vehicle was given by the Highway Patrol.

It’s unfortunate but true, pedestrian and bicyclist accidents are increasing in the state of Florida. In fact, almost 5,000 pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents every year. Many more pedestrians are seriously injured. In many cases, these accidents are caused by driver inattention and recklessness and are preventable.

Pedestrian accidents are both scary and life changing. Loss of the use of a limb and broken or dislocated limbs are also quite common in collisions involving a car and pedestrian. These injuries can cause a survivor to miss weeks of work.

The injuries themselves could require many months of physical therapy and result in years of pain. Unfortunately, many insurance companies are willing to pay only for the upfront costs of an injury — if that.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, contact the law office of Casey Bryant, P.A. for immediate assistance.


What is Probable Cause?

A lot of people do not know much about the law and more specifically what constitutes probable cause. In the United States court system, probable cause is facts or evidence that would make a reasonable person believe that a crime or wrongdoing has been, is being, or will be committed.

In order for a lawful search and seizure to occur, a judge requires a law official to produce probable cause. If the judge sees the evidence as probable cause then he or she will issue a search warrant or a warrant of arrest. The constitution does not define what is probable cause. The judge has final say on what constitutes probable cause and what does not.

The constitution states that probable cause is based on oath and affirmation. Before a judge issues a warrant, probable cause must prove that a crime most likely happened at a certain place and at a certain time. Usually an affidavit (which is a written statement provided by police or a private citizen) satisfies these requirements. Police officers and private citizens write affidavits under oath so that there is a sense of security that what is being said is true.

All of the facts do not need to be known to establish probable cause in order to obtain a search or arrest warrant. There are some situations that a law official can search a person’s property without getting a search warrant first. There are a few situations where a search warrant is not needed before searching someone’s personal property and they are…a) when a person agrees to the search, b) if the search is necessary to the safety of the public, to prevent evidence from being destroyed, or c) a “hot pursuit.” Even though a search warrant is not needed in these types of situations, probable cause must be a reason why these situations would happen in the first place and it must be shown before or after they take place.

Probable cause is considered the good faith measure of catching criminals. For a police officer to act in good faith, he or she must have probably cause to search a person’s private property or make an arrest.

Deaths in High School Athletes on the Rise

Heat Stroke, Personal InjuryDeaths for high school athletes are on the rise as outdoor temperatures and lack of water breaks continue. At least three heat-related deaths on practice fields have been reported in the past week, as high school football season nears. Two Georgia high-school football players and a Texas coach have died in the scorching temperatures.

In addition, four high school players in Arkansas were hospitalized for dehydration as temperatures hit a record-high 114 degrees on Wednesday. In Kansas City, Missouri, a 28-year-old Kansas City, Missouri, endurance runner died of a heatstroke.

“We think it was the worst week in the last 35 years in terms of athlete deaths,” said Dr. Douglas Casa, chief operating officer of the Korey Stringer Institute of Health Medicine at the University of Connecticut and author of the book “Preventing Sudden Death in Sports and Physical Activity.

There are no national rules to protect high school athletes from sudden death due to extreme hot weather. But most state school athletic associations put out guidelines for districts to follow regarding dealing with extreme heat and other severe weather problems.

Among the recommendations the association makes are regular water breaks, and to hit the scales at the beginning and end of each practice. If a player’s weight drops 3% or more, it’s considered a sign of dehydration; losses of 5% are seen as an indicator of heat-related illness.

“It’s not like the NCAA, where they mandate rules and the colleges have to follow them,” he said. “The high school association can make some recommendations, but they don’t have any power or teeth to have those policies actually implemented.”

“Heat strokes are completely survivable,” he said. All that may be needed is an immersion in a cold-water tub or pool. An athlete who is immediately cooled can survive, but many coaches call 911, he said. Casa said while they wait for an ambulance the brain and vital organs continue to cook in the heat. The body can only withstand such extreme conditions for about 30 minutes.

If you feel you or someone you love has suffered from heat illness, contact the legal experts at Casey Bryant. We’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation to discuss with you whether or not you have a case.


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