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Four homeless people arrested over roughly 24 hours

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Four homeless people were arrested between early Sunday morning and early Monday morning in separate cases; three of them were picked up on warrants from previous incidents.

Melissa Yvette Carter, 46, who is listed as homeless on the arrest report, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with trespassing and indecent exposure after taking off all her clothes in the North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) parking lot.

According to the arrest report, officers took her to NFRMC after she complained of chest pain, but once she was there, she would not let doctors medically evaluate her. Due to her “aggressive behavior,” she was asked to leave the hospital, but as she walked out, she allegedly turned and exposed herself to staff. Once outside, she allegedly began yelling and cursing, then turned toward security officers and took off all her clothing. According to the report, she was completely naked in the middle of the roadway on hospital property. She is being held on $10,000 bond. She has been arrested numerous times since 2016 and has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial in at least one case.

April Shafer Cechak, 51, was arrested early this morning on a warrant for damaging a fence at a dentist’s office in October of 2021. She is listed as homeless on the arrest report. Her bail amount is $99, but she has not had her First Appearance because she is in the hospital.

Kenneth Matthew Hammer, 41, whose address is listed as GRACE Marketplace, was arrested yesterday on a warrant for failing to comply with the conditions of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement on a trespassing charge. He pled nolo contendere to the trespassing charge at his First Appearance today, was adjudicated guilty, and was ordered to work off court costs with community service.

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Donald Andrew Latham, 43, whose address is listed as GRACE Marketplace, was arrested early this morning at the Wawa on E. University Avenue on a warrant for leaving mental health treatment against medical advice. He is being held without bond.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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