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Jurors convict arrested officer of lesser charge after Bestbet incident

A Jacksonville police officer arrested last year on a felony charge of aggravated assault following an incident outside Bestbet Orange Park was found guilty of a misdemeanor count Wednesday after a jury trial, according to the State Attorney’s Office.Tommy Lee Bailey, who turned 64 May 4, was found guilty of a lesser-included offense of improper exhibition of a firearm, said State Attorney’s Office spokesman David Chapman.Bailey remains on leave without pay, put on that status […]

Jacksonville lands 13th on list for population growth

Jacksonville is among some heavy-hitting places these days when it comes to attracting new residents, according to figures just out from the Census Bureau.The Census counted 11,169 more of us on July 1, 2017, than were here a year earlier. That gain put the River City 13th on a list of the 15 large U.S. cities with the largest numerical population increases during that period.The gain here was more than those reported for Irvine, Calif., and Henderson, Nev.; and just behind […]

Aaron Bowman, former commander of Naval Station Mayport, elected as City Council president

City Councilman Aaron Bowman, a former Navy officer who once oversaw Naval Station Mayport, was chosen Tuesday to become the next president of the Jacksonville City Council.Bowman, who ran unopposed, was unanimously elected by the 19-member council. He will take over the position from Anna Lopez Brosche in July.The president has considerable influence over the council, holding procedural powers and choosing which members serve on committees. While the president cannot take any […]

British cancer patient, on 'radiation vacation' in Jacksonville, gets married

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dave Leek, an affable 49-year-old Londoner, had another hour-long proton radiation treatment in Jacksonville for a rare cancer in his spine that had attacked him for the second time in recent years.A couple of hours after finishing that round, he was sporting a boutonniere on his shirt, trying to steady his nerves. He had reason to be nervous: He was getting married in the lobby of the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, in front of TV news crews and a few dozen […]

On the Road: Some open-and-shut news

Let’s call it an open-and-shut case on one Jacksonville roadway, and just the opposite on a local interstate.A sinkhole that opened on Beach Boulevard is paved after a yawning pit presented itself to eastbound drivers a week ago.Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Transportation has been quietly opening more and more shutdown parts of its huge Overland Bridge along Interstate 95 in the San Marco and St. Nicholas areas as the overall project heads toward the checkered flag. […]

Aaron Bowman elected as City Council president

City Councilman Aaron Bowman, a former Navy officer who once oversaw Naval Station Mayport, was chosen Tuesday to become the next president of the Jacksonville City Council.Bowman, who ran unopposed, was unanimously elected by the 19-member council. He will take over the position from Anna Lopez Brosche in July.The president has considerable influence over the council, holding procedural powers and choosing which members serve on committees. While the president cannot take any […]

Jacksonville police investigate 21st St. fire and death

An unidentified man was killed early Wednesday in a fire in the garage next to an abandoned house in the 1200 block of West 21st Street, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.Firefighters and officers were called to the house in the middle of the block between Moncrief Road and Myrtle Avenue just before 10 a.m. regarding a fire in the garage, Sgt. Mark Musser said. The fire was extinguished quickly, and that’s when the burned body of the man was found inside.”Its […]

Future of Healthcare Conference talks center on gun violence, opioid abuse

Leon Smith’s description of his son’s death from an overdose of heroin put a human face on one of the two major topics that received most of the attention during the conference, organized by the Duval County Medical Society Foundation. The other topic that drew a lot of attention was gun violence.

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