Convicted sex offender wanted for removing GPS tracking device arrested

A convicted sex offender wanted by police for removing his GPS tracking device and leaving the area Thursday was arrested on Sunday, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said.

Robert Lee Ferrell, 35, was being sought on suspicion of failing to register as a convicted sex offender and other charges, deputies said.

Ferrell was released from prison June 13, and on June 18 he registered with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office that he was homeless and residing in the woods. As part of his probation, Ferrell was court-ordered to wear a GPS tracking device, but Florida Parole and Probation officials said Ferrell cut off the device at 6 p.m. Tuesday and dumped it in a trash can along U.S. Highway 1 South.

Ferrell was arrested at a home on Rue Landing Road in St. Augustine, officials said.

Authorities have not said if anyone living in the home will face any charges.

Family, friends remember Daniel Rowe 2 years later

It was an emotional night for family and friends in Riverside as they remembered Daniel Rowe, a young father shot and killed two years ago.

The deadly shooting happened outside the once popular restaurant Blind Rabbit.

Police said the 20-year-old was shot and killed while taking out the trash in July 2015. The man accused of killing Rowe is set to appear in court Monday. But Saturday night was about remembering the father gone too soon.

Family, friends and loved ones came together to recount their memories of Rowe.

“He has a baby girl that was 6 months old at the time that’s never going to know him, so the only thing we can do for her is to make sure she knows him through what we know,” said his mother, Raelyn Rowe.

He was a father of two little girls, a young man who his family said had a heart of gold. They gathered Saturday night at a place that his parents called a second home.

“We all at one point worked at Kickbacks together. Daniel and Raelyn and I all worked there together,” said his father, Steven Rowe.

Rowe was gunned down in what his parents called an act of senseless violence, something far too common in the city.

“We are actually finding out that we are one of the lucky ones if that makes any sense? I mean, we are already are in the court battle with one (suspect),” Raelyn Rowe said. “Granted, we are still in search of the second person that was with him, but there are many other cases out there that aren’t even close to that.”

News4Jax records show that 56 out of 96 murders were left unsolved in 2015. In 2016, 66 out of 107 were unresolved, and out of 58 so far this year, no arrests have been made in 41 of those cases.

Erron Coleman, the man charged with murdering Daniel Rowe, is behind bars, but Rowe’s parents are still looking for answers.

“We want to know why,” Steven Rowe said.

“That’s the one thing I can’t live without. I just need to know the story. I have to have it,” Raelyn Rowe said. “I’m never going to have closure and get past this without it.”

Daniel Rowe’s parents said there are so many families out there going through tragedies just like this because of the senseless violence. They stressed how thankful they are for resources, such as the Justice Coalition, which has been there since day one carrying them and many others through tragedy.

On Saturday, people gathered at a fundraiser for Project Cold Case, an organization that works to find answers in unsolved cases.

Raelyn Rowe applauded their efforts, saying, “It’s going to take a movement.”

“We are never going to get anywhere against the violence in the city if we don’t stand together,” she added.

Lombardi Trophy coming to Jax? Malik Jackson thinks so

Former Denver Bronco and current Jacksonville Jaguar defensive lineman Malik Jackson said he expects to win his second Super Bowl ring…. this season.

“That’s what I believe and, until we lose, that’s when I’ll believe different,” Jackson told The Simms and Lefkoe Podcast before explaining his thinking. “The Panthers did it. If the Panthers can do it after the season they had (going 7-8-1 in 2014). But we’re going to win the Super Bowl. If they can do it, why can’t we?”

Jackson’s optimism starts with a young defense, stacked with the talents of pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue, veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell and arguably one of the marque young corner duos in the NFL in Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye.

“I’m very confident. It truly feels different. I think it’s a lot of guys coming in here and coming to Jacksonville saying, ‘I’m gonna change this. I’m gonna do this. I’m gonna do that,'” Jackson said. “We have leaders. We have a lot of great players. We just need to be consistent, and that’s on all three sides of the ball: offense, defense and special teams.”

Jackson, as well as many across the league, think the Jags are a franchise ready to turn the corner and usher in a winning culture, and ultimately, a Lombardi Trophy.

“I think having that and being who we all are, it should be a great year. After the Super Bowl, we’re going 16-0, we’re going all the way,” Jackson said.

It should be noted that the Jaguars haven’t won a division title since 1999, and had a 3-13 record two of the past three seasons.

Driver suffers life-threatening injuries after crashing into metal fence

A person crashed an SUV into a fence at a Bartram Park condominium Sunday, suffering life-threatening injuries, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.

Police said the unidentified person drove the SUV off Bartram Park Boulevard and crashed into the fence surrounding the Verana at Bartram Park condominiums.

Officials said the driver was taken to an area hospital for treatment.