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Clay County deputies kill domestic-violence suspect in overnight confrontation

Clay County deputies shot and killed a suspect early Wednesday following a domestic-related altercation in Orange Park.They were called about 1 a.m. to Stagecoach Drive and Tanglewood Boulevard where a woman said the man was breaking things in a fit of rage,  Sheriff’s Office spokesman Christopher Padgett said. She was able to leave the home, but a child was still inside with the man.When three deputies made contact with the man, they said he pointed a gun at them outside […]

Another sunbather is struck in Nassau hit-and-run

An Ohio woman is recovering from the second hit-and-run of a sunbather in Nassau County in less than a month.Fernandina Beach police responded to Seaside Park near Sadler Road about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when the 53-year-old victim from Akron was struck by a silver Jeep Cherokee, Chief James Hurley said. The driver immediately left the scene, even after being told by a witness that he had run over the woman.It happened near where the sand drops off toward the ocean. Witnesses and […]

Mark Woods: They keep opening their home for dinner

It was a Monday evening, shortly before sundown. The cul-de-sac in a subdivision off Kernan Boulevard was filling up with cars again, just like it did the previous evening, just like it would do next evening and the one after that.Sel Buyuksarac opened the door to his home and introduced himself to my wife and daughter.His wife, Angie, was in the kitchen, taking dishes from the guests who had already arrived. Guacamole, garden salad, saffron rice, sliced tomatoes from a […]

New Gun Intelligence Center adds to Jacksonville's crime-fighting arsenal

In what’s being called a game changer for law enforcement, officials unveiled the new Crime Gun Intelligence Center at the State Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville.“The value in this technology for prosecutors and law enforcement is real-time intelligence,” said State Attorney Melissa Nelson. “With violent crimes involving firearms, any delay in identifying links between the firearm and the shooter, makes it that much more difficult to solve crimes and take dangerous offenders […]

Jacksonville Beach council approves proposed fire department merger

JACKSONVILLE Beach | The proposed merger of the Jacksonville Beach Fire Department and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department appears close to actually happening after roughly a decade of on-and-off discussions.Jacksonville Beach City Council on a 4-3 vote Monday night approved the potential merger, which now goes to Jacksonville City Council for approval.It was the first of two major, unrelated public safety issues taken up by the council during its 2½-hour meeting. The […]

Acclaimed interior designer from Brunswick blazes a trail in latest honor

African-American trailblazing goes four generations back in Brunswick, Ga., native Elaine Griffin’s family.Her great-grandfather, the Rev. Joseph Taylor, was a Presbyterian minister who started a school in nearby McIntosh County in 1867 to educate freed slaves. Her father, David J. Griffin, was the first black physician and surgeon in Brunswick.”I am from a family of trailblazers … It’s who I am,” said Elaine Griffin, who travels the world as an acclaimed interior designer […]

Navy misconduct probe says sailors created ‘rape list’ of female crew on Kings Bay sub

A new probe reveals that Navy submarine sailors compiled a list of female crew members that ranked them according to their attractiveness level.The “rape list” comprised female sailors aboard the Kings Bay-based USS Florida — only the second American sub to integrate women. obtained the 74-page misconduct report.The report notes that Navy leaders failed to address safety concerns after the sexually explicit list was discovered, which led […]

Clay Sheriff Daniels steps down from school's board

Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels has resigned from one local school’s board of directors following an extramarital affair that blossomed into a larger scandal over payments to the woman he was involved with and calling for her to be arrested for stalking, according to Times-Union news partner First Coast News.St. Johns Classical Academy released the following statement Tuesday:”Sheriff Daniels resigned from the SJCA Board to focus on his family and his job as the Sheriff of […]

Judge sentences Michael Haim to life in prison for wife's death

A judge in Duval County this morning departed from old sentencing guidelines when he ordered Michael Haim to spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of his wife.Bonnie Haim was killed in 1993. Guidelines at the time set a sentencing range of seven to 22 years for what jurors convicted Haim of in April — second-degree murder.Judge Steven Whittington said he felt the crime was such that he could depart from the guidelines.Several members of Bonnie […]

Pence visits Jacksonville to pitch US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement

Vice President Mike Pence drew a standing ovation Monday from a crowd of Trump administration supporters who cheered him when he urged Congress to back a new trade deal covering the United States, Mexico and Canada.The applause at the Jacksonville event was even louder when Pence and other speakers attacked China over its trade practices with the U.S, which is a separate trade battle.Several hundred members of the public, many wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats, turned […]