Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Road Rage Leads to One Driver Shooting at Another; Nobody Injured as Man in a Pickup Fires a Shot at Operator of a Taxi

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Road Rage Leads to One Driver Shooting at Another; Nobody Injured as Man in a Pickup Fires a Shot at Operator of a Taxi

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A Friday "road rage incident" on Interstate 10 in Jacksonville ended near a dead-end street in the Brooklyn neighborhood after one driver fired on another, police said.

It started with a dispute before noon between a cabbie and the driver of a pickup, both headed east on I-10 near the Interstate 95 split, Lt. Jeff White said.

While driving, the man in the red Dodge truck fired a round at an A-Team Taxi cab, White said. No one was injured.

A K-9 unit in the area heard the gunfire and responded, White said. It was unclear where that officer was when he heard the shot and how the drivers got to the intersection of Stonewall and Chelsea streets.

Stephen Merritt, 45, was arrested Friday night on charges of aggravated assault, shooting deadly missiles and criminal mischief. He was taken to the Duval County jail.

Adam Kealoha Causey

MAN CHARGED WITH PRODUCING CHILD PORN

A Jacksonville man is in jail charged with production of child pornography after sexually explicit photos were taken of a child under his care.

James Daniel Kasper, 29, was arrested March 20 following a joint Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and FBI probe into trading child porn, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The investigation showed email and IP addresses linked to Kasper's home had transmitted sexually explicit images of minors.

While Kasper was baby-sitting, his smartphone was used to photograph the child's privates. The images were then uploaded to a website and sent via email, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Adam Kealoha Causey

DRIVER KILLED IN CRASH HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED

The driver who died March 22 when his sport-utility vehicle plunged into a pond at the Emerald Preserve complex on Bartram Park Boulevard has been identified as Daniel A. Parker, Jacksonville police said.

The 29-year-old resident there had just turned his GMC onto Pavilion Drive from Bartram Park Boulevard just after 5 p.m. when he lost control, the Sheriff's Office said. Parker drove through a fence at the entrance and into the retention pond. …

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