In Separate Incidents, 3 Accused of Pretending to Be Cops

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Two people authorities said pretended to be police sergeants to pull off a car sale scam are in the Duval County jail after the man who was conned got wise to the scheme.

Kenneth Michael Patterson, 34, of the 7500 block of Taurus Circle East was in jail in lieu of $10,000 bail Thursday, facing felony charges of impersonating an officer and organized fraud, police records showed.

Suspected co-conspirator Nikki Liani Cogdell, 29, of the 3500 block of University Boulevard also was jailed on multiple felony charges after authorities said she identified herself as a police sergeant and met the victim at a downtown police facility while trying to convince him of her identity.

Police said the phony female sergeant collected $1,200 from the victim but never delivered on a promise to provide him with a car.

Authorities arrested the two Tuesday after investigating a complaint the victim made Jan. 26.

Another Jacksonville man was behind bars Thursday on charges of impersonating a police officer after authorities said the transient walked into the State Attorney's Office on Wednesday wearing a police uniform. The man told authorities he found the police shirt and pants he was wearing, along with two other police shirts he had, on a sidewalk downtown. He said he kept the clothes because he couldn't get benefits from his job or a decent meal, a Sheriff's Office report said.

Authorities believe the man, identified as 38-year-old Trevor Duncan, found uniforms Officer Leon R. Bing misplaced, the report said.

Bridget Murphy

TEEN MISSING FROM ST. JOHNS

Authorities are looking for a missing teenage girl from St. Johns County who is believed to be with an older man.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and St. Johns County Sheriff's Office issued an endangered missing child alert Thursday for Brittany Regelski, 16. The alert says she is probably with a 40-year-old man in an older model black Jeep Cherokee and the two may attempt to leave the country.

Regelski is described as a white female with brown dreadlocks and blue eyes, standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 147 pounds. She was last seen wearing a tan sweatshirt. Her companion is described as a black male with black dreadlocks and brown eyes.

Authorities said Regelski disappeared Wednesday. Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at (904) 824-8304.

Paul Pinkham

CLAY COUNTY

MAN ACCUSED OF ILLEGAL DUMPING

A Clay County man was arrested Wednesday on charges he was paid $50 to dispose of debris from a house renovation but did so by dumping near 1,500 cubic feet of material off the side of the road.

Lamar Mulkey, 25, of Keystone Heights was charged with violations of Florida litter laws and of Florida Department of Environmental Protection regulations.

Because the waste weighed more than 500 pounds, the charge is a third-degree felony.

Mulkey is accused of taking $50 from a Keystone Heights residence undergoing renovation in December and taking it to Oglethorpe Avenue, where he pushed it out onto the ground.

He was being held in the Clay County jail in lieu of $2,503 bail.

Times-Union

SEX PREDATOR TURNS HIMSELF IN

Sexual predator Richard Milo Jones turned himself in Wednesday to Clay County Sheriff's Office after newspaper stories reported he was wanted on a warrant for failure to provide an address.

Jones, 40, failed to update his address after being evicted last month from his Keystone Heights residence in the 5500 block of Gila Street, according to the warrant. …