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2 Jacksonville attorneys disbarred, 1 for soliciting sex and 1 for funds and perjury

Two Jacksonville attorneys have been disbarred by The Florida Bar, part of discipline announced this week by the state Supreme Court against 13 attorneys statewide.Anthony Wayne Blackburn was disbarred effective 30 days from a May 24 court order. Blackburn pleaded no contest in court to misdemeanor battery after a charge of soliciting sex with two female clients he was representing in criminal matters while they were in jail, The Florida Bar stated.Christoper Michael Ochoa was […]

Top JEA executive retires, leaving another high-level vacancy at the agency

Brian Roche, the head of JEA’s water and wastewater operations, is retiring July 10, giving the board of directors and the interim leadership another opportunity to reshape the agency amid an uncertain time in the industry and locally.Roche, who has worked at JEA in various jobs since 1983, oversaw systems that served about 341,000 water customers and 264,000 sewer customers.”As JEA continues to move forward, inherently fast changing times in the utility industry, I continue to […]

Cold Noses: Adoptable Pets of the Week

Cold Noses, the Times-Union’s weekly pet column, features pets available for adoption at area government-run shelters. For more go to and search for Cold Noses.Wiley is a male hound mix who is at least 8 years old (ID no. 871-2). He is a sweet old man and gets along with other dogs, but his bark can be intimidating. He has heartworms. Adoption fee is $20. Meet him at Putnam County Animal Services, 174 County Landfill Road, Palatka. Regular […]

Good News: Mayport Megasharks are up to SeaPerch Challenge

In April the Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School robotics team did so well in the Greater Jacksonville Regional SeaPerch Robotics competition that it qualified to for the 2018 International SeaPerch Challenge this month at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.The four-student team returned victorious, winning first place in the obstacle course and third place overall. Students Chris Hooper, Paul Shanklin, Will […]

Suspended Glynn police officer, 2 others dead in domestic shooting and SWAT standoff

A troubled Glynn County, Ga., police lieutenant is dead after a SWAT standoff at his home and two others killed in McIntosh County, authorities confirmed Friday morning.Robert Cory Sasser, 41, had been arrested last month after his estranged wife said he threatened to kill her and her guest while trying to kick in her door. He was charged with simple battery and criminal trespassing and put on administrative leave without pay.They had been separated for three months, and Sasser […]

Developer drops Julington-Durbin land swap plan

The developer who wanted to build homes in southeastern Jacksonville’s Julington-Durbin Preserve said Thursday he’s giving up that idea, which had drawn heavy criticism locally and from conservationists statewide.Instead, Bartram Park developer Tom Dodson said he’ll try to sell state the land on Black Hammock Island that he was offering as a swap for 403 acres in the Julington-Durbin peninsula at the St. Johns County line. […]

Jailed Kingsland officer could still face murder charge

A now fired Kingsland police officer charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of 33-year-old Anthony Marcell Green could still face an upgraded murder count that some in the black community are calling for, authorities said.But while Zechariah Presley, who is white, sits in a cell on warrants for voluntary manslaughter and violation of oath of office, it’s up to a grand jury to officially make that decision. Other officers in comparable cases have seen similar […]

Prosecutors drop murder charges against accused drug dealer in overdose case

Ending a first-of-its-kind prosecution that sparked controversy from the start, the State Attorney’s Office last month quietly dropped a murder charge made in connection with a fentanyl overdose.When Trumaine Muller was first charged last year, prosecutors and Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels heralded the announcement, saying it was the first time in Northeast Florida history that someone was being charged with murder in connection with an overdose death.It was a […]

TIAA Bank Field dog park to be open for Aug. 9 preseason game

One of the most sought-after tickets for upcoming Jacksonville Jaguars home games doesn’t have a clear view of the field. Other nearby spectators might sniff you instead of say hello. And the pool is oddly shaped.Still, it’s an exclusive opportunity. Only about 250 of these tickets will be available over the course of the season, even season ticket holders have to apply and everyone else has to enter sweepstakes or bid on an auction item to have a chance of getting one.Welcome […]

'New meaning to the term tailgating': TIAA Bank Field dog park to be open for Aug. 9 preseason game

The dog park planned for TIAA Bank Field — a first for NFL stadiums — will accommodate about 250 canines during the Jacksonville Jaguars 2018 season.Pet Paradise Park, a partnership between the Jacksonville-based pet resort company and the team, will welcome dogs owned by season ticket holders selected in an application process and by winners of Pet Paradise’s new Top Dog sweepstakes and an auction benefiting the Jacksonville Humane Society. The park, in the […]