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St. Marys man charged with killing friend in traffic crash

WOODBINE, Ga. - A driver has been charged with homicide by vehicle, reckless driving and driving under the influence after allegedly killing his passenger in a crash Sunday night.

Richard Madria Ezzard, 24, was allegedly driving under the influence when the Honda Odyssey he was driving struck a tree at a high rate of speed, according to a release from the Camden County Sheriff's Office.

Ezzard's passenger, Salvatore Hauser, 21, was extracted from the vehicle and transported from the scene at the intersection of Charlie Smith Sr. Highway and Mush Bluff Road, but later died at UF Health Jacksonville.

The accident is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.

Real ways to help you find a job and other resources

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shawntray from the Westside asked the On Your Side team a question.

He said he recently lost his job as a security guard because he was sick and can't find work. Shawntray said he lost his home and he's afraid he'll lose his car. He wants help.

Shawntray, here is what you do:

1) Get your hands on a phone in the area of Northeast Florida and dial the United Way's 211. It is a referral source that will refer you to places for emergency financial assistance, food, shelter and clothing and a lot of other service.

2) Call the company that you make car payments and explain your situation. Ask if some payments can be deferred.

3) Go to a place like WorkSource Florida. They have offices across the region They will help you or anyone looking for work Find a job. Call 904-356-JOBS for more information.

Trial to begin four years after Glynn Co. murders

GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. -- Jury selection began Monday morning in a case that once thrust Glynn County into national news.

Guy Heinze Jr. is charged with murdering his father and seven others in a mobile home in 2009.

According to our news partners at the Florida Times-Union, more than 1,000 potential jurors have been sent summons from two Georgia counties.

Despite heavy publicity about the case, it is still expected to be tried in Glynn County Superior Court.

The jury selection process is expected to take several weeks, which is why the actual jury is not slated to begin until October 15.

Heinze Jr. has maintained his innocence and even passed a polygraph test in which he denied being the killer.

A 911 recording indicates Heinze Jr. came to the mobile home and found the individuals dead.

On Your Side: Checking an Officer's identification

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- First Coast News got an email from Joyce who said someone disguised as a police officer came to her door, demanding $6,000. She was afraid and eventually gave it to the man.

Captain Joe Bucci, with the Clay County Sheriff's Office, gave tangible information on how you can confirm whether or not someone that comes to your door is an Official Law Enforcement Officer.

According to Bucci:

1) Ask to see a badge and department identification. It'll have a photo with it.

2) Call the dispatch center when the person gives you a badge number to confirm who they are.

3) Ask for a supervisor with dispatch to triple check.

4) When in doubt, if you're not sure, take their information and confirm it inside your home while they wait outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winning in Wildcats' new head coach's blood

KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Camden County is a football powerhouse in the state of Georgia. Head Coach Jeff Herron led the Wildcats to three state championships and national attention in his 13 years with the program.

But earlier this year, he shocked the community with the announcement that he was leaving Camden County, a school of almost 3,000 and a Class 6A football team. He's the new head coach at Prince Avenue Christian, a Class A team with about 250 students in the entire high school.

Camden County administration hired from within, promoting Offensive Coordinator Welton Coffey to the head coach position. He's no stranger to winning.

"Coaching is not something you just do in a place, it's something that you share with the people, young people. And I've just had great opportunities to do that over my years," said Coffey, who has been coaching longer than his current players have been alive.

Camden County defeats Milton 40-7 in scrimmage

KINGSLAND, Ga. -- The Camden County High School football team has a new look this season, not with their uniforms but with the people in key positions.

Welton Coffey is the Wildcats new head coach.  He replaces Jeff Herron who led the program to three state titles in the past decade.  Coffey is no stranger to winning state titles as a head coach as he led Raines High School to a championship in 1997.

Camden County also must find a replacement for Brice Ramsey who started at quarterback the past two seasons for the Wildcats.  He's now playing at the University of Georgia along with his former high school teammate J.J. Green.

The Wildcats defeated Milton 40-7 in a scrimmage on Friday night.  They will travel to the Georgia Dome on Saturday, August 24th for the regular season opener vs. North Gwinnett, a nationally ranked team.

Former Dozier student speaks out on decision

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Arthur G. Dozier School for boys officially closed June, 2011, but still open are the many chapters to its dark history.

"Finally the truth is going to come out," said Roger Kiser. 

Kiser, founder of the organization White House Boys, is a former student at the Arthur G. Dozier school for boys. He remembers what he said the day after his first beating.

"I was beaten bloody and I said one day I'm gonna come back and report what you people are doing,' said Kiser.

It is a promise he has kept. For the past two decades Kiser has spent his time and his money exposing the horror of the reform school. 

"I put everything I had into this," said Kiser. "I don't regret for one minute that I did it, I'd do it again."