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Police Briefs; Police Search High School for Armed Teens

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Police Search High School for Armed Teens

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

Police surrounded Mandarin High School late June 27 after the school's courtesy officer saw teens inside armed with what looked like real guns.

But by the time a police dog team searched the school at 4831 Greenland Road, whoever had broken in was gone, police said.

The courtesy officer was checking the school at 10:55 p.m. when he saw three teenage boys in its courtyard and an upper hallway, police said. When the officer confronted one of the boys, he pointed a toy gun and pulled the trigger, but nothing happened. The boy ran away toward the back of the school.

The officer saw two other teens in the school, one holding a rifle that may or may not have been real, so he called for backup. Several units surrounded the school, including a sergeant, lieutenant and a canine officer, and a search began. Police found no damaged doors or any explanation as to how the three teens got into the school or got out.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Mandarin, Beauclerc and San Jose areas, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office:

A 27-year-old Westside man was arrested late Thursday on charges of careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, running a stop sign and possession of cocaine after a driver hit another car in the 11600 block of San Jose Boulevard and fled the scene, only to have another accident as he ran a stop sign, police said.

Police said an officer saw the driver of a white Ford Escort rear-end another car on San Jose Boulevard around 8 p.m. The Ford driver backed up fast, jumped out, grabbed his license plate and drove off down Loretto Road. As the officer followed, the Ford driver ran a stop sign and collided head-on with a truck in the 12000 block of Mandarin Road. The Ford driver was taken to Shands Jacksonville by a medical helicopter, while a city rescue unit took the truck driver by ambulance to Baptist South.

Police searched the Ford and found a crack cocaine pipe, plus his license plate, while crack cocaine was removed from his pants in the emergency room, police said. …

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