Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Offer to Mow Lawn Leads to Arrest

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Offer to Mow Lawn Leads to Arrest

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It started with an offer to mow a lawn late Friday in the 3500 block of North Centerhill Drive.

It ended with the arrest of a 45-year-old Northwest Jacksonville man on a charge of aggravated battery after gasoline and a knife were used against a homeowner and a friend.

Police said the man went to the home at 9:40 p.m. and offered to cut the owner's lawn. The woman, 28, said it was too late and asked him to come back the next day. But the man insisted and became confrontational, so she yelled for a friend to come out and help.

The man pushed the friend, a 34-year-old man, in the chest and then splashed gasoline on him and the woman as they tried to defend themselves, police said. The suspect allegedly pulled out a knife and cut the woman on her left cheek and cut the friend on his left arm and stabbed him in the stomach. The friend punched him a few times to defend himself before police arrived.

The woman and friend were taken to Shands Jacksonville, where a doctor told police the man had sustained serious injuries from the fight. The pocketknife was found on the front porch.

Kenneth D. Dozier of the 2900 block of Commonwealth Avenue was booked into the Duval County jail on $35,000 bail. His next court date is set for Monday, May 17, according to jail records.

Dan Scanlan


A six-month investigation into unlicensed contracting work led to the arrest of 31 people and warrants for eight others.

Nearly 40 unlicensed individuals responded to advertisements posted on craigslist and other Internet sites that sought workers to do roof repairs, remodeling and other work that require a license, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. A sting house was set up in San Marco last week for prospective workers. Everyone who came to the house was unlicensed, the Sheriff's Office said.

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and Sheriff's Office said the reason for the investigation was twofold: Hard times may push homeowners to look for cheap work, and unlicensed people are looking for quick money.

"We don't want people to have problems down the road and end up paying much more than they originally should have because the work is not up to code, or they have catastrophic results, such as a fire or flood," said Regional Program Administrator Sandra Rentfrow in a news release.

Kate Howard


The parents of a mentally disabled Jacksonville woman who died after her caretaker left an emergency room without obtaining treatment for her have settled their negligence lawsuit against their daughter's group home.

Terms of the settlement were undisclosed, but Helen Spohrer, attorney for Robert and Katheryn MacDonald, said they were pleased with the outcome. …

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