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Jacksonville detective's apparent suicide follows warrant against him in child-porn case

A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office detective under investigation in a child-pornography case killed himself Tuesday, according to Clay County officials.Detective Vernon Allan Richardson, an officer since 1999 who was last working as a burglary detective, was also in charge of the children’s ministry at Riverstone Community Church in Jacksonville with his wife, according to the church website.Details were limited, but Richardson was found dead shortly before noon in some woods […]

Preliminary NTSB report details last minutes of father and son's plane crash off Mayport

Peter Renzulli and 18-year-old son Daniel knew they were in trouble before their six-seat Piper PA-46 began to go down early Dec. 20 off Mayport as they flew from Orlando to their home in New Jersey following a Disney vacation.According to their last radio communications just before 9 a.m., someone on board said “We’re not OK, we need help” after a Jacksonville flight controller noticed their plane losing altitude and tried to contact them, according to a preliminary National […]

City settles with Jacksonville Landing, clearing way for demolition

The city of Jacksonville and the owners of The Jacksonville Landing have reached a settlement agreement in which the city would pay $15 million to terminate the Sleiman family’s long-term lease for city-owned land in downtown and clear the way for the city to demolish the aging mall and open the land for redevelopment, possibly as a green-filled riverfront park.The settlement agreement, which still would require approval by City Council, […]

Old civic hands face off in Mandarin City Council race

Two novice candidates with long civic records are asking Mandarin-area neighbors for their votes next month to represent the Jacksonville City Council’s District 6.Former WJCT public broadcasting CEO Michael Boylan and Rose Conry, co-founder of the employment agency StaffTime, are competing for the seat Matt Schellenberg is leaving because of term limits.Both are Republicans, but voters of any party can cast ballots in the city’s March 19 unitary election. […]

UNF poll: Curry at 52 percent support for re-election

Mayor Lenny Curry has a large lead over City Council member Anna Brosche in his campaign for re-election with 52 percent of likely voters poised to support him, according to a University of North Florida poll released Wednesday.Curry’s advantage puts him above the 50 percent threshold that a candidate must clear in order to win the first election outright March 19 and avoid a May run-off contest. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.Brosche, whose […]

Today in Jacksonville History: Feb. 20, 1959

Jarrettown Benny sped to a 2:07.4 mile to the feature $2,000 inaugural as harness racing returned to Ponce de Leon Raceway after a six-year absence.More than 5,000 persons braved nippy weather for the first harness and quarter-horse parimutual program ever held in Florida. About $61,560 was the mutual handle for the night.Three quarterhorse races augmented six trot and pace events to open a 44-night season at the Bayard track. Racing was scheduled every night of the week […]

Mark Woods: And this Oscar goes to ... our local independent theaters

If you like documentaries (or skateboarding), you should check out “Minding the Gap” at the Sun-Ray Cinema — showing twice Friday, then again next week Monday through Thursday.I say this partly because quite a few critics are saying the film about three skateboarders growing up in Rockford, Ill., deserves to win an Oscar on Sunday for best documentary feature.I also say this partly because I feel responsible for it showing at Sun-Ray.Let me […]

Dennis' challenger to remain in race

City Council candidate Marcellus Holmes’ mother sent a letter to the Supervisor of Elections Office Friday asking that her son be withdrawn from the race due to health concerns.Before that request could be honored, Holmes’ campaign treasurer contacted Elections Supervisor Mike Hogan Tuesday afternoon asking to rescind the request to withdraw him from the race.Holmes, who is running against Garrett Dennis in District 9, was not available for comment.The original […]

Should Jacksonville try a non-policing approach to violence? Cure Violence staff make their pitch

As Duval County grapples with at least 26 homicides so far this year, more than once every two days, a nonprofit that promises a solution came to Jacksonville to pitch its anti-violence methods.The city allocated $7,500 for Cure Violence, a Chicago-based organization, to visit town and study how its program could work here. Mayor Lenny Curry hasn’t committed to supporting the organization, but he has said he’d like to implement something like Cure Violence, which […]