Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Judge Releases Teen in Fletcher Threats Case to His Father

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Judge Releases Teen in Fletcher Threats Case to His Father

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Byline: PAUL PINKHAM, The Times-Union

A Jacksonville Beach teenager arrested after threats were phoned to Fletcher High School last week was released to his father Thursday by a Jacksonville judge.

The 15-year-old boy faces concealed weapon charges after police, investigating a call that the youth planned to shoot someone at the school, found three knives in his backpack. Police said they also found a rifle in his bedroom as he left home to attend a class party at the school.

The teen, who had been held until Thursday in the Duval Regional Juvenile Detention Facility, already had withdrawn from school because his family is moving to Georgia.

He also is charged with assault and burglary, stemming from an unrelated "boyfriend-girlfriend dispute," his lawyer said. He is scheduled to be back in court next week.

Man found guilty of murder

A jury found a Jacksonville man guilty Wednesday night of second-degree murder in the beating death of his wife in June.

Reginald Cotton faces life in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 12. Prosecutors also are seeking to have him declared a habitual violent felon, which carries a mandatory 15-year sentence, said Assistant State Attorney Mark Caliel.

Woman faces firearm charges

A security officer at the St. Johns County Courthouse thought it was just a test Wednesday when he saw a gun on the X-ray machine screen as a purse passed through about 12:35 p.m.

Pictures of guns, knives and bombs are periodically shown on the screen to ensure officers are thoroughly watching as items pass through, according to courthouse security officials.

But when Tarence Dickerson pushed the button that makes the test pictures disappear, the gun image remained and he knew it was the real thing.

The purse had a fully loaded . …

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