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Best day for last minute shopping

Best day for last minute shoppingMain rain holds off
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Local

Missing woman possibly with missing sex offender

Missing woman possibly with missing sex offenderAuthorities are asking for public's help in locating a missing 57-year-old St. Augustine woman
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Georgia student dies after completing presentation

Georgia student dies after completing presentationA Georgia high school student collapsed and died after completing a school presentation.
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JSO investigating strip club shooting

JSO investigating strip club shootingPolice say two people were shot at a gentlemen's club on the Northside early Friday morning
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Features

Santa, elf repel down building at children's hospital

Santa, elf repel down building at children's hospitalSanta and elf dress up for a window washing at Wolfson Children's Hospital to bring holiday joy to sick children.
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  • 1 day, 8 hours ago
People

Children adopted before Christmas holiday

Children adopted before Christmas holidayBalloons on the door and presents sitting at the prosecution and defense tables are not normal sights for courtroom 406 in the Duval County Courthouse.
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  • 1 day, 8 hours ago
Local

Donald Smith murder trial delayed again

Donald Smith murder trial delayed againDonald Smith's trial has been delayed until May or July 2015.
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Construction theft rises as home building picks up

Construction theft rises as home building picks upConstruction theft is on the rise as home building on the First Coast is returning to levels it has not seen in years.
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Pedestrian killed looking at cell phone

Pedestrian killed looking at cell phoneA pedestrian was killed after he was hit crossing the road late Thursday night.
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NFL

Jaguars hold on to beat the Titans, 21-13

Jaguars hold on to beat the Titans, 21-13In the battle of the bottom dwellers Thursday night, the Jacksonville Jaguars were able to hold on to defeat the Tennessee Titans in front of a national audience.
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  • 2 days, 4 hours ago
Local

One dead, one burned in 'suspicious' fire near EverBank Field

One dead, one burned in 'suspicious' fire near EverBank FieldOne person died and another person was taken to the hospital following a suspicious fire near EverBank Field Thursday Night.
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Education

No "F" high schools in Duval County

No "F" high schools in Duval CountyNo "F" high schools in Duval County and the highest graduation rate ever
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Features

'You First Squad' kickoff

'You First Squad' kickoffThe First Coast News You First Squad is spreading some holiday cheer around the First Coast.
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Jacksonville North Estates

Oceanway residents say squatters are in elderly woman's home

Oceanway residents say squatters are in elderly woman's homeWe will move when we can but we are not squatters
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  • 2 days, 8 hours ago
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Parents allege rampant bullying at Clay County school

Parents allege rampant bullying at Clay County schoolParents say daughter attacked from behind at a junior high where too much bullying is taking place.
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Jacksonville family can't find missing family member

Jacksonville family can't find missing family memberA hurting mother is looking for her missing son
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Duval man charged with embezzling $500,000

Duval man charged with embezzling $500,000A two-month long investigation ended Wednesday with the arrest of a Duval County man accused of stealing more than a half million dollars from an international company.
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Economy

Jacksonville's push to promote exporting

Jacksonville's push to promote exportingThe city is leaving a lot on table by not being more involved in the exporting of goods and services.
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Crime

Christmas gifts meant for 11 foster children stolen

Christmas gifts meant for 11 foster children stolenChristmas gifts meant for 11 children stolen
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Crime

Clothes tipped off police to burglary suspect

Clothes tipped off police to burglary suspectA man suspected of burglarizing an auto repair shop showed up weeks later at a store nearby
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Green Cove Springs

Woman arrested for toy donations calls it a misunderstanding

Woman arrested for toy donations calls it a misunderstandingShe has had her 10 year old in 28 pageants and the latest entry ended with her arrest
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Crime

"Scorched Earth" sex offender laws burn first jail inmate

"Scorched Earth" sex offender laws burn first jail inmateThe 37-year-old violent sexual predator has faced charges over the past decade of forcible sodomy, false imprisonment, robbery, rape, and impersonating a police officer.
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Mom: YMCA worker duct taped my son's mouth closed

Mom: YMCA worker duct taped my son's mouth closedMother says her son's mouth was duct taped to keep her from talking at a YMCA after school program. She says it caused his lips to bleed.
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Jacksonville man reported missing

Jacksonville man reported missingA family is asking for the public's help in finding 28-year-old Douglas Swanson Jr.
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Teen accused of taking child being held

Teen accused of taking child being heldThe 17-year old accused of taking a 1-month old baby boy in Palatka will spend the next 21 days at Juvenile facility in Gainesville.
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Fox killed by car, tested for rabies

Fox killed by car, tested for rabiesOnly one student was approached by a fox that appeared rabid.
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U.S.-Cuba relations news draws mixed Fla. reactions

U.S.-Cuba relations news draws mixed Fla. reactionsWhile protesters gathered in South Florida furious over the decision to ease relations between the U.S. and Cuba, a Jacksonville woman with close ties to Cuba says she's relived by the move.
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  • 3 days, 4 hours ago
People

Family searches for mystery solider in photo albums

Family searches for mystery solider in photo albumsMystery photos lead family on a mission
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Local

State seeks death penalty for Middleburg man

State seeks death penalty for Middleburg manThe Clay County Grand Jury indicted Donald Davidson for the December murder of a 35-year-old Middleburg mother.
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Economy

Jacksonville shoe store staple closing after 54 years

Jacksonville shoe store staple closing after 54 yearsAfter 54 years in business, Phil's shoe store on Pearl Street will be closing its doors.
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Downtown Jacksonville

Local shelter gives away free Christmas trees

Local shelter gives away free Christmas treesAnonymous donor makes holiday brighter for people in need
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  • 3 days, 7 hours ago
Local

Nassau fire captain resigns following sex allegations

Nassau fire captain resigns following sex allegationsA veteran Nassau County Fire-Rescue Department captain resigned after an investigation revealed he had sex in a county vehicle while on duty
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Woman dies after driving into Intracoastal Waterway

Woman dies after driving into Intracoastal WaterwayA 77-year-old Flagler Beach woman died after her car plunged into the Intracoastal Waterway Tuesday night.
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  • 3 days, 19 hours ago
People

Exclusive: Jacksonville family welcomes 'miracle' conjoined twins

Exclusive: Jacksonville family welcomes 'miracle' conjoined twinsConjoined siblings, Carter and Conner, defy the odds and continue to gain strength at local hospital
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  • 4 days, 9 hours ago
St. Augustine

Former deputy enters into agreement to avoid prosecution

Former deputy enters into agreement to avoid prosecutionDocuments obtained by First News Coast list more than a dozen conditions that Catherine Payne must follow in order to avoid criminal prosecution.
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  • 4 days, 6 hours ago
Local

Mother remembers son killed while helping crash victim

Mother remembers son killed while helping crash victimMother remembers son killed while helping crash victim
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Teacher of the Week

Teacher of the Week: Yanny Salom

Teacher of the Week: Yanny SalomIt is Wednesday, so that means it is time for our Teacher of the Week!
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  • 3 days, 17 hours ago
Crime

Teen accused of taking baby to be released in January

Teen accused of taking baby to be released in JanuaryThe teen accused of taking a one-month-old baby Monday appeared in court
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Local man sentenced to life for 2011 strip club murder

Local man sentenced to life for 2011 strip club murderIvan Gregory Webb was sentenced to life in prison
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Man tries to use cab as getaway vehicle in armed robbery

Man tries to use cab as getaway vehicle in armed robberyA man accused of robbing a store in Northwest Jacksonville was caught Tuesday night thanks to a couple of witnesses.
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Ga. deputy finds $245K during traffic stop

Ga. deputy finds $245K during traffic stopRolling with dough -- a lot of it. That's what one Naples man was doing Tuesday until a traffic stop led to him parting ways with the nearly $250,000 that was found in his car.
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  • 4 days, 9 hours ago
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LAWYER: No indictments for Public Defender Matt Shirk

LAWYER: No indictments for Public Defender Matt ShirkEmbattled Public Defender Matt Shirk will not face any criminal charges after facing allegations concerning his hiring a firing practices and handling of public records.
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Family 'elated' after safe return of one-month old baby

Family 'elated' after safe return of one-month old babyLots of smiles and tears are Donshay Hampton is reunited with her son, Demarion, almost 24 hours after he went missing.
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Secret Santa clears layaway accounts at Lake City Walmart

Secret Santa clears layaway accounts at Lake City WalmartSecret Santa picks up layaway tab
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Health

Raines student treated for tuberculosis

Raines student treated for tuberculosisParents and students were advised that a Raines student is being treated for tuberculosis.
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Features

Jacksonville has local connection to 'Selma' movie

Jacksonville has local connection to 'Selma' movieThe children of the architect of the civil rights marches believe Selma the movie will give new insight into 1964
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Health

Glynn County issues rabies exposure warning

Glynn County issues rabies exposure warningGlynn County issues rabies exposure warning
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Local

Man robs Walgreens at gunpoint

Man robs Walgreens at gunpointPolice are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who robbed a Walgreens
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Two pedestrians killed in separate crashes

Two pedestrians killed in separate crashesTwo pedestrians were killed in separate crashes in Jacksonville Monday night
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Crime

Man robbed at 7-Eleven

Man robbed at 7-ElevenPolice are looking for a suspect who robbed a victim at a 7-Eleven November 26.
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Local

Homeowner shoots, kills alleged burglar

Homeowner shoots, kills alleged burglarPolice said a suspected burglar was shot and killed while attempting to break into a home
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Pedestrian killed trying to help crash victim

Pedestrian killed trying to help crash victimA 39-year-old pedestrian was killed as he was assisting another person
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Features

'You First Squad' Layaway Love

'You First Squad' Layaway LoveCheck out this Walmart layaway surprise for one customer, courtesy of the #YouFirst Squad.
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Local

Students receive special gift for academic performance

Students receive special gift for academic performanceAcademy Sports donated 32 bicycles and helmets to students at Twin Lakes Academy Elementary.
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Education

FSU drones course takes off in the spring

FSU drones course takes off in the springFSU course will teach students about the use of drones and regulations.
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News

15 foot python caught behind Florida restaurant

15 foot python caught behind Florida restaurantA 15-plus-foot Python was found at the doorway of Beau Middlebrook's Sun Realty office
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Weird

Indiana dog may be killed under late owner's will

Indiana dog may be killed under late owner's willThe fate of a German shepherd named Bela remains uncertain despite his late Indiana owner's wish that the dog be euthanized, cremated, and its ashes mixed with hers.
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  • 3 days, 6 hours ago
Weird

Man fakes heart attack to steal Barbie car from Walmart

Man fakes heart attack to steal Barbie car from WalmartTwo men were arrested after they used a medical diversion to steal from a Walmart in Central Florida.
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Politics

Fullwood wins special primary election

Fullwood wins special primary electionState Representative Reggie Fullwood will have a chance to keep his seat in District 13.
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Features

Family's Christmas light display featured on National TV

Family's Christmas light display featured on National TVDarren Huffty's stress of the day melts away when the sun goes down in West Jacksonville. That's when the magic happens.
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Local

Update: One-month-old Demarion Hampton found safe

Update: One-month-old Demarion Hampton found safeAuthorities are looking for a one-month-old who was last seen Sunday with a family friend
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  • 4 days, 12 hours ago
Holiday

Bah Humbug! Infestations caused by holiday decorations

Bah Humbug! Infestations caused by holiday decorationsTheir tree was infested with aphids.
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Crime

Officer, suspect crashes after high speed chase

Officer, suspect crashes after high speed chaseThe Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reported a strong armed carjacking
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Local

'Secret Santa' gives $100,000+ to Walmart layaway customers

'Secret Santa' gives $100,000+ to Walmart layaway customersChristmas has come early for some Walmart customers in Lake City and Cheifland.
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Traffic

Motorcyclist dies in crash involving 90-year-old driver

Motorcyclist dies in crash involving 90-year-old driverInvestigators say a 90-year-old driver may have caused the crash that ended the life of a motorcyclist in St. Augustine Monday night.
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  • 5 days, 5 hours ago
Local

Wreaths Across America event held at Jacksonville National Cemetery

Wreaths Across America event held at Jacksonville National CemeteryThousands show up at Jacksonville National Cemetery Saturday for the Wreaths Across America event to remember veterans.
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Local

Driver of car cited in day care van crash

Driver of car cited in day care van crashThe driver of the car that hit a day care van on the Westide last week will be cited failing to stop at a stop sign.
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Firefighters deliver bears to sick children for Christmas

Firefighters deliver bears to sick children for ChristmasFamilies at Wolfson Children's Hospital received a surprise visit from Jacksonville firefighters Monday.
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News

Remains found in backyard of North Jacksonville home

Remains found in backyard of North Jacksonville homeFamily says remains found at home of woman missing for 21 years
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Politics

Proposed law strengthens social media privacy in the work place

Proposed law strengthens social media privacy in the work placeA growing issue of employers seeking social media passwords from their employees inspired new legislation
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Local

Superintendent, Pastor meet to talk teen violence

Superintendent, Pastor meet to talk teen violenceDuval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says something needs to be done about the spike in teen violence across the city.
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  • 5 days, 8 hours ago
Money

Florida leads in foreclosures: Jacksonville near tops in state

Florida leads in foreclosures: Jacksonville near tops in stateAs the year is wrapping up, Florida continues to lead the country in home foreclosure activity with Duval County one of the most active in the state in the number of court filings.
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  • 5 days, 8 hours ago
Local

USS Samuel B. Roberts home from final deployment

USS Samuel B. Roberts home from final deploymentJust in time for Christmas, hundreds of sailors that have spent the last 6 months on board the USS Samuel B. Roberts are back home on the First Coast.
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  • 5 days, 9 hours ago
Life

Season's first sighting of right whales off Ga. coast

Season's first sighting of right whales off Ga. coastTwo whales seen Saturday off the Georgia Coast are believed to be the first right whales of the season spotted off the Peach State.
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  • 5 days, 9 hours ago
On Your Side

Buying flowers online is convenient but may be full of surprises

Buying flowers online is convenient but may be full of surprisesbuyer beware buying flowers online; what you see in the picture may not be what you get.
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  • 5 days, 10 hours ago
Local

One dead in Lake City collision

One dead in Lake City collisionTroopers are investigating a deadly collision that happened near Lake City.
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  • 5 days, 10 hours ago
Local

JSO searches for 'balding' man who held up CVS

JSO searches for 'balding' man who held up CVSThe Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who allegedly robbed a Westside pharmacy on Saturday.
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  • 5 days, 10 hours ago
Jacksonville North Estates

Home destroyed, firefighter injured in Northside fire

Home destroyed, firefighter injured in Northside fireA home in North Jacksonville is considered to be a complete loss after flames destroyed the residence Monday morning
  • Jacksonville North Estates
  • 5 days, 11 hours ago
People

Local horse farm asking for donations for the Holidays

Local horse farm asking for donations for the HolidaysLocal horse farm asking for donations for the Holidays
  • People
  • 5 days, 12 hours ago
Local

Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting

Suspect killed in officer-involved shootingThe St. Johns County Sheriff's Office confirmed one person was killed by an officer's gunfire during a dispute late Sunday.
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Local

Plane crash on St. Simons Island

Plane crash on St. Simons IslandReports of a small plane crash on St. Simon's Island
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Local

Jacksonville conjoined twins arrive several days early

Jacksonville conjoined twins arrive several days earlyIdentical twin boys, Carter and Conner, transferred to children's hospital for further care
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  • 1 week ago
Local

Taming the spike in violence in Grand Park

Taming the spike in violence in Grand ParkLeaders say communication is key to stopping violence within the community.
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Local

FHP: Driver dies after car strikes road sign

FHP: Driver dies after car strikes road signThe victim was pronounced dead at the scene, Sgt. Bryan said.
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  • 1 week, 1 day ago
Military

Sonic booms heard over North-Central Florida

Sonic booms heard over North-Central FloridaAuthorities investigate mysterious noise heard over North-Central Florida on Friday.
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  • 1 week, 1 day ago
On Your Side

Deadline nearing for Affordable Care Act enrollment

Deadline nearing for Affordable Care Act enrollmentShould you expect premium increases in Obamacare?
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  • 1 week, 1 day ago
Nation

Police body cams raise privacy, other issues

Police body cams raise privacy, other issuesThe push for law enforcement officers to use body cameras when on duty, both nationally and across Florida, breaks new ground and also raises several new issues.
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  • 1 week, 1 day ago
Crime

JFRD district chief arrested for DUI

JFRD district chief arrested for DUITwo breath tests taken by Tidwell has results of .313 and .339, deputies said. Under Florida law, the legal limit is .08.
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  • 1 week, 1 day ago
Local

St. Johns County official investigated for health care fraud

St. Johns County official investigated for health care fraudFormer employees allege a business owned by a St. Johns County official improperly billed Medicaid and Medicare.
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  • 1 week ago
Local

Man dies in Mandarin tree trimming accident

Man dies in Mandarin tree trimming accidentA man died Tuesday afternoon in a tree trimming accident in Mandarin, authorities say.
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  • 4 days, 10 hours ago
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Mass wedding for same-sex couples planned in Duval County

Mass wedding for same-sex couples planned in Duval CountyThere's a Facebook group page set up inviting same-sex couples with a validly issued license to partake in a mass wedding. But getting a license may not be quite that easy.
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On Your Side

Retired bookkeeper gets calls about school's debt

Retired bookkeeper gets calls about school's debtKaren Fazzari retired from Highlands Middle School as a bookkeeper in 2011 and now she's getting calls from a bill collector about a debt the school owes.
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Local

Local family wants city to clean up Memorial Cemetery

Local family wants city to clean up Memorial CemeteryThe Presha Family visits the graves of their loved ones at Memorial Cemetery, near Moncrief Road, and they're disgusted by its condition.
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Features

Disabled vets donate toys to children

Disabled vets donate toys to childrenA group of disabled veterans from Orange Park surprised kids being treated at Wolfson Children's Hospital.
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Local

Missing woman possibly with missing sex offender

Missing woman possibly with missing sex offenderAuthorities are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 57-year-old St. Augustine woman who may be traveling with a missing sex offender.
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Crime

Construction theft rises as home building picks up

Construction theft rises as home building picks upConstruction theft is on the rise as home building on the First Coast is returning to levels it has not seen in years.
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Holiday

Santa, elf repel down building at children's hospital

Santa, elf repel down building at children's hospitalSanta and an elf paid a special visit to Baptist Medical Center and Wolfson Children's Hospital on Friday, greeting patients in a very unusual way
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People

Children adopted before Christmas holiday

Children adopted before Christmas holidayFifteen children are getting the best gift anyone could ever get, a loving family.
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Holiday

Students receive special gift for academic performance

Students receive special gift for academic performanceAcademy Sports donated 32 bicycles and helmets to students at Twin Lakes Academy Elementary.
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  • 2 days, 8 hours ago
Community

Oceanway residents claim squatters are in elderly woman's home

Oceanway residents claim squatters are in elderly woman's homeOceanway residents have turned to social media to express outrage about the people living at 3305 New Berlin road.
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Education

No "F" high schools in Duval County

No "F" high schools in Duval CountyNo "F" high schools in Duval County and the highest graduation rate ever in the district are the highlights released Thursday by the Florida Department of Education.
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Local

Jacksonville family can't find missing family member

Jacksonville family can't find missing family memberFor several days the Sheril and Laura Swanson lives have been on hold and their world turned upside down.
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Education

FSU drones course takes off in the spring

FSU drones course takes off in the springFlorida State University looks to teach students about drones hands on.
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Economy

Jacksonville's push to promote exporting

Jacksonville's push to promote exportingThe city is leaving a lot on table by not being more involved in the exporting of goods and services.
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  • 2 days, 9 hours ago
Education

Parents allege rampant bullying at Clay County school

Parents allege rampant bullying at Clay County schoolParents of a student attacked at a Clay County junior high school say they are taking their daughter out of that school, fed up with constant bullying there.
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Holiday

Christmas gifts meant for 11 children stolen

Christmas gifts meant for 11 children stolenIt seems the Grinch is alive and well on the First Coast. He stole dozens of Christmas gifts meant for local foster children.
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  • 3 days, 4 hours ago
Local

U.S.-Cuba relations news draws mixed Fla. reactions

U.S.-Cuba relations news draws mixed Fla. reactionsWhile protesters gathered in South Florida furious over the decision to ease relations between the U.S. and Cuba, a Jacksonville woman with close ties to Cuba says she's relived by the move.
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Local

Jacksonville shoe store staple closing after 54 years

Jacksonville shoe store staple closing after 54 yearsAfter 54 years in business, Phil's Shoes store on Pearl Street will be closing its doors.
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Crime

"Scorched Earth" sex offender laws burn first jail inmate

"Scorched Earth" sex offender laws burn first jail inmateWhen Thatcher Gates showed up to court last Thursday, he was the very first offender ensnared by tough new laws for sex offenders. And he may never walk free again.
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Local

Nassau fire captain resigns following sex allegations

Nassau fire captain resigns following sex allegationsA veteran Nassau County Fire-Rescue Department captain resigned after an investigation revealed he had sex in a county vehicle while on duty early Thanksgiving Day.
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  • 3 days, 8 hours ago
Features

Local shelter gives away free Christmas trees

Local shelter gives away free Christmas treesMore than 100 local families received an early Christmas present on Wednesday.
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  • 3 days, 8 hours ago
Local

Teen accused of taking child being held

Teen accused of taking child being heldThe 17-year-old accused of taking a 1-month old baby boy in Palatka will spend the next 21 days at Juvenile facility in Gainesville.
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Moms

Woman arrested for toy donations calls it a misunderstanding

Woman arrested for toy donations calls it a misunderstandingWhen you type in Wanda Lopez name on ripoffreport.com, you will find two anonymous postings.
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Local

Mom: YMCA worker duct taped my son's mouth closed

Mom: YMCA worker duct taped my son's mouth closedA Clay County mother says a worker at a YMCA after school program, taped her son's mouth shut using duct tape to keep her son from talking.
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Local

Family 'elated' after safe return of one-month old baby

Family 'elated' after safe return of one-month old babyLots of smiles and tears are Donshay Hampton is reunited with her son, Demarion, almost 24 hours after he went missing.
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  • 4 days, 9 hours ago
People

Jacksonville family welcomes 'miracle' conjoined twins

Jacksonville family welcomes 'miracle' conjoined twinsFirst Coast News spoke exclusively with the Jacksonville mother who gave birth to conjoined twins.
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  • 4 days, 9 hours ago
Local

One-month-old Demarion Hampton found safe

One-month-old Demarion Hampton found safeThe Assistant Chief of the Palatka Police Department said Demarion and the suspect was found in the Regency area.
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  • 4 days, 14 hours ago
People

Local family featured on "The Great Christmas Light Fight"

Local family featured on "The Great Christmas Light Fight"Local family's home is covered in more than 91,000 Christmas lights and was featured on ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight."
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People

Wreaths Across America event held at Jacksonville National Cemetery

Wreaths Across America event held at Jacksonville National CemeteryThousands showed up at Jacksonville National Cemetery Saturday for the Wreaths Across America event to remember veterans.
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People

Pages From The Book: Sinister Professor

Pages From The Book: Sinister ProfessorThis week's post came from Michael Wiley, a UNF professor who writes gritty mystery novels when he's not teaching British literature.
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Holiday

Firefighters deliver bears to sick children for Christmas

Firefighters deliver bears to sick children for ChristmasFamilies at Wolfson Children's Hospital received a surprise visit from Jacksonville firefighters Monday.
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  • 5 days, 6 hours ago
Local

Remains found in backyard of North Jacksonville home

Remains found in backyard of North Jacksonville homeHave the remains of a woman missing for 21 years been found? Police said construction workers found what may be human remains in the backyard of a home on Dolphin Avenue.
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  • 5 days, 6 hours ago
Life

Proposed law strengthens social media privacy in the work place

Proposed law strengthens social media privacy in the work placeImagine your employer having actual passwords and full access to your private social media accounts.
  • Life
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Education

Superintendent, Pastor meet to talk teen violence

Superintendent, Pastor meet to talk teen violenceDuval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says something needs to be done about the spike in teen violence across the city.
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Money

Florida leads in foreclosures: Jacksonville near tops in state

Florida leads in foreclosures: Jacksonville near tops in stateAs the year is wrapping up, Florida continues to lead the country in home foreclosure activity with Duval County one of the most active in the state in the number of court filings.
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  • 5 days, 9 hours ago
Local

USS Samuel B. Roberts home from final deployment

USS Samuel B. Roberts home from final deploymentJust in time for Christmas, hundreds of sailors that have spent the last 6 months on board the USS Samuel B. Roberts are back home on the First Coast.
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  • 5 days, 9 hours ago
On Your Side

Buying flowers online is convenient but may be full of surprises

Buying flowers online is convenient but may be full of surprisesIn November Hewie and Rhonda Strickland buried a loved one in a West Jacksonville cemetery and now they regret the flowers they ordered from an online florist.
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  • 5 days, 10 hours ago
Local

Search warrants unsealed in Medi M.D. investigation

Search warrants unsealed in Medi M.D. investigationUnsealed search warrants are giving you a glimpse of the investigation into two medical clinics owned by a St. Johns County Commissioner. Heather Crawford reports.
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  • 1 week, 1 day ago
Community

Grand Park holds town hall meeting to curb violence

Grand Park holds town hall meeting to curb violenceSeveral dozen people packed into the Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church Friday night. The goal of the meeting was to talk about violence in the area, and find a way to bring it down.
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  • 1 week, 1 day ago
Affordable Care Act

Price hike possible for Affordable Care Act coverage

Price hike possible for Affordable Care Act coveragePatricia Lovell, 59, is a certified nursing assistant. Last year, she enrolled in Obamacare and dropped the coverage after her income changed. Ken Amaro reports.
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Politics

Push for police body cameras raises new issues

Push for police body cameras raises new issuesThe push for law enforcement officers to use body cameras when on duty, both nationally and across Florida, breaks new ground and also raises several new issues. Garin Flowers reports.
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  • 1 week, 1 day ago
Local

Jacksonville teacher retiring after 40 years

Jacksonville teacher retiring after 40 yearsWhen Evelyn Alvarez Scott first stepped into a classroom, gas was only 53 cents a gallon and President Nixon had just resigned. Katie Jeffries has her story.
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Local

JTA riders complain of overcrowding on buses

JTA riders complain of overcrowding on busesIt's been almost two weeks since the Jacksonville Transportation Authority unveiled its new bus routes and schedules. But with so many new riders comes overcrowding. Lisa Robbins reports.
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  • 1 week, 1 day ago
Features

Susie Tolbert students support teacher, Buddy Check 12

Susie Tolbert students support teacher, Buddy Check 12It's December 12th. That means it's time for another Buddy Check 12 story from Jeannie Blaylock.
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Local

WATCH: Justina Road Elementary being eyed for new mission

WATCH: Justina Road Elementary being eyed for new missionJustina Road Elementary is being eyed for a new role in supporting a program in demand locally to support students dealing with dyslexia. Roger Weeder reports.
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Nation

Arkansas girl takes 500-mile cab ride

Arkansas girl takes 500-mile cab rideAnything could have happened, but an 11-year-old Arkansas girl is safe after taking a 500-mile taxi ride on her way to Jacksonville. Mike Lyons has the story.
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Local

Student of the Week: Lola Martin

Student of the Week: Lola MartinIt is Friday, so that means it is time for our Student of the Week!
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Education

Jax teacher retiring after 40 years in the classroom

Jax teacher retiring after 40 years in the classroomWhen Evelyn Alvarez Scott first stepped into a classroom, gas was only 53 cents a gallon and President Nixon had just resigned.
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Crime

WATCH: 84-year-old theft victim speaks out

WATCH: 84-year-old theft victim speaks outThe 84-year old woman police say had her wallet stolen while shopping at Publix says it happened in the blink of an eye. Andrew Capasso reports.
  • Crime
  • 1 week, 2 days ago
Features

Expecting couple anticipating conjoined twins

Expecting couple anticipating conjoined twinsThe birth of a child is supposed to be the happiest moment of a parent's life. That joy will be doubled for a couple on the First Coast as they expect conjoined twins.
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Local

Man claims he was fondled at substance abuse program

Man claims he was fondled at substance abuse programJon, 26, is one of many clients in the River Region substance abuse program. He says he was sexually assaulted by a guard there last month.
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Local

Dying woman's wedding wish coming true

Dying woman's wedding wish coming trueA Jacksonville woman has one last wish before she dies: to get married to the love of her life. Laura Caso reports.
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Local

USS Iwo Jima, USS New York leave Mayport

USS Iwo Jima, USS New York leave MayportThe USS Iwo Jima with 1,200 sailors aboard left Naval Station Mayport for a seven-month deployment on Thursday afternoon. The USS New York also departed with 400 sailors aboard. Mike Lyons reports.
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  • 1 week, 2 days ago
Local

Officer recognized for heroic actions in river rescue

Officer recognized for heroic actions in river rescueAn off-duty Jacksonville police officer is recognized for going above and beyond trying to save a man's life. Lisa Robbins has the story.
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  • 1 week, 2 days ago
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