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'I want everyone to be safe from him,' son tells judge in Haim murder case

At age 3, he drew a picture of his mom being shot in the stomach. He spent years sleeping with a brick under his pillow, believing he needed to protect himself should someone come for him in the middle of the night.When he was 6, Aaron Fraser asked his adoptive parents if they could go searching for his mom — Bonnie Haim, a Jacksonville woman reported missing in January 1993. When his new parents said yes, the boy walked into the garage and grabbed a shovel.”I have […]

Jacksonville jurors convict New Black Panther man for threats against congressman, judge

A Jacksonville man faces up to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty Friday of two counts of making written threats to kill or do bodily harm when he sent a message to U.S. Rep. John Rutherford’s official Facebook page and another intended for 4th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Mark Mahon through the Duval County clerk of court’s website.Unless, that is, the judge throws the case out.Kojo Khayrallah, 44, was arrested 11 months ago. The court previously found he wasn’t […]

Clay County sheriff apologizes for 'embarrassment'

Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels offered his apologies and regrets Friday for what’s become a public scandal involving his affair with a former co-worker and ensuing entanglements.“I want to take the time to acknowledge a series of personal incidents,” Daniels said in a statement issued following his return from Washington for a police memorial. “I have, in the past, made decisions in my personal life that I truly regret. I sincerely apologize for the embarrassment my past […]

'Inspired' by Red Cross support of Armed Forces, Anheuser-Busch Foundation makes large donation

The Anheuser-Busch Foundation has donated $500,000 to the American Red Cross to support services for about 2 million members of the military, veterans and their families.The donation to the nonprofit’s Service to the Armed Forces Giving Program was announced Friday at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall. Anheuser-Busch has a brewery on the city’s Northside.”The Red Cross is most grateful … for this generous gift,” said Koby Langley, senior vice president for the […]

Nate Monroe: City Hall wants more money, just not for schools

COMMENTARY | If there is a compelling reason City Hall could deny the Duval County School Board the chance to get more money for aging schools, it’s because City Hall needs more money for its own wish list of downtown redevelopment projects, special interests and infrastructure — and both can’t get what they want, not at the same time.The city is in a position to slap the school system down like it’s a younger sibling clamoring for the first piece of cake. If only one agency […]

Mark Woods: A moment of silence, please

Whether or not he realized it in the moment, City Council President Aaron Bowman might have come up with a solution to the long-running debate about how to handle the invocation at council meetings.Cut the microphone.In case you missed it, the Rev. R.L. Gundy was midway through the prayer at the March 12 meeting when was admonished by Bowman, then minutes later had his mike cut off.Two months later, Bowman introduced a bill “to provide that the invocation be free […]

Jacksonville man is latest to cash in $1 million scratch-off prize

Add Jacksonville’s Llewelyn Phillips to the list of million-dollar lottery winners.The Florida Lottery announced Friday that the 50-year-old won a $1 million prize from the $5,000,000 Gold Rush Classic scratch-off game. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $710,000.Phillips bought the $20 ticket from Circle K at 2688 Old Middleburg Road.The game launched in October 2018 and features six top prizes of $5 million (three remain) and 30 for $1 […]

On the Road: Tolls ring in on I-295 Saturday morning

Do not ask for whom the tolls toll, because it could be you, starting Saturday.The first toll lanes in Jacksonville go on line about 6 a.m. on what is officially known as the Interstate 295 Express Lanes between the Buckman Bridge and Interstate 95, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Under construction since 2014 at a price tag of $89 million, the new dual lanes in both directions are separated from the three regular non-toll lanes by hundreds of reflective plastic […]

Former UNF student pleads guilty to distributing sex-abuse video of infant

A St. Petersburg man who was arrested last year while a student at the University of North Florida pleaded guilty to distributing child sex-abuse videos online, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday.Anthony Davis Stagnitta, 22, faces five to 20 years in federal prison, as well as a potential life term of supervised release when he is sentenced, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Homeland Security agents discovered that in 2017 Stagnitta had engaged in group conversations […]