JACKSONVILLE - Police want to question the father of a 10-month-old baby who has been missing along with his mother for four days.
Lynda Jean Wilkes, 40, left home about 12:30 p.m. Thursday to go to a department store with her son, Jay-Quan Mosely, to talk to the baby's father about child support.
The father, John Mosely, 39, told detectives he met with the mother and she left. But police said they have not been able to talk to him again and have named him a person of interest in the disappearance. They think he is driving a maroon 2000 GMC Yukon pickup.
Family members told police they became alarmed when Wilkes did not pick up her other children at school Thursday afternoon and her car, a red Ford Escort, was found at the shopping center.
On Monday, about 40 officers searched woods behind the shopping center and asked people in the area if they had noticed anything suspicious.
Police also activated a reverse 911 system in the area to call residents and ask them to look out for the mother and child.
Miami-Dade picks new school chief
MIAMI - The former chancellor of the nation's largest school system was selected Monday by the Miami-Dade School Board to run its $4.5-billion-a-year district.
Pending contract talks, Rudolph "Rudy" Crew will replace Merrett Stierheim this summer as superintendent of the country's fourth-largest school district.
Crew ran New York City's schools in the late 1990s and now works at the Stupski Foundation, a California education-reform think tank. He will inherit a system plagued by budget deficiencies and inadequate school construction, among other problems.
Crew left himself wiggle room. The St. Louis school system is also trying to hire him.
Figure in Escambia scandal being retried
CRESTVIEW - A real estate broker whose husband was acquitted of bribing Escambia County commissioners is being retried on related charges.
Georgann Elliott, 52, is charged with structuring a financial transaction to evade reporting requirements, money laundering and being a principal to bribery.
The trial was moved from Pensacola to Crestview, in Okaloosa County, because of extensive news coverage in Escambia. Jury selection was being conducted Monday. A Crestview jury last year convicted suspended Escambia County Commissioner W.D. Childers, also a former Florida Senate president, on bribery charges. He was sentenced to 31/2 years in state prison but is free on bond pending appeal.
Childers was convicted of bribing another suspended commissioner, Willie Junior, to vote for purchasing a former soccer complex from Elliott and her husband, Joe Elliott, for $3.9-million in 2001.
Joe Elliott also was charged with bribing Junior, but a separate jury in Shalimar acquitted him of bribery, money laundering and racketeering.
Georgann Elliott was tried on the financial structuring charge in 2002, but a Pensacola jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared.