Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Arrest 20 in Joint Operation

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Arrest 20 in Joint Operation

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Byline: Scott Butler, Times-Union staff writer

An eight-month joint operation in Jacksonville Beach culminated yesterday in the arrest of 20 suspects on drug and firearm-related charges.

Led by the Jacksonville Beach Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the operation targeted people suspected of being drug dealers with a tendency to commit violent crimes.

Search warrants were served simultaneously at First Avenue South, First Street South, Second Avenue South, Third Street South, Fourth Avenue South and Fourth Street South.

Five loaded weapons, several rounds of ammunition and 60 pieces of crack cocaine were seized, according to the police department.

More than 70 federal and local officers assisted, including some from the Atlantic and Neptune Beach police departments and the U.S. Marshals Service.


MAN FACES DUI CHARGES: After spending more than three months in the hospital recuperating from a traffic crash that killed a 19-year-old Hilliard man, a Jacksonville man was arrested on driving-under-the-influence charges, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.

Theodore Anthony Anderson, 29, was booked into the Nassau County jail Thursday on charges of DUI manslaughter, driving with a suspended license, possession of cocaine and Ecstasy and driving on the wrong side of the road. He also was cited for not wearing a seatbelt.

On March 2, Anderson was driving on Murhee Road about a mile east of U.S. 1 in Nassau County when his 1995 Chevrolet crossed the center line and struck a Nissan head-on, said Lt. Bill Leeper of the Highway Patrol. The driver of the Nissan, Gregg Lee Howarter Jr., died in the roughly 9:30 p.m. crash.

Howarter was a former Hilliard Middle-Senior High School honor student and baseball standout.

MURDER, SUICIDE: LAKE CITY -- A pediatrician shot and killed his wife, who also was a pediatrician, and then killed himself, authorities are now saying about the May 26 deaths. …

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