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Ponte Vedra woman finds perfect kidney donor: Her husband

PONTE VEDRA — Cheri Michaels is preparing for her third transplanted kidney, this one from a donor who seems to be a perfect match, in more ways than one: her husband David.They met nine years ago through — they have to laugh about that  — and fell for each other just about instantly. They married six years later.It’s something of a miracle, Cheri says, how it worked out. After going through two kidney transplants, her body would accept […]

Jacksonville police investigating death, double shooting on Westside

Jacksonville police were investigating an undetermined death Saturday night possibly stemming from what initially was reported as a double shooting.The incident happened in the 7000 block of Matthew Street near Goodrich Road on the city’s Westside. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office had scheduled a news media briefing for 8 p.m.Earlier, an initial report from the scene indicated one person was dead at the scene and a second had a gunshot wound to the leg.More information […]

Man killed in Northside Jacksonville drive-by shooting

A man was gunned down in the middle of the street Saturday afternoon in a drive-by shooting that residents said has their Northside Jacksonville neighborhood on edge.Police responding to several 911 calls reporting a person shot, found the victim about 2:45 p.m. lying in the roadway of the 4600 block of Ken Knight Drive North. He was pronounced dead after being taken to UF Health Jacksonville, said Steve Rudlaff of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit.Rudlaff said […]

Making Jacksonville a Safer City

As the longstanding murder capital of Florida, Duval County’s bloodshed shows no sign of letting up.In the first six weeks of 2018, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has already begun investigating 18 murders, including a 16-year-old and 17-year old gunned down on Jan. 31 and Feb. 5.The toll of gun violence struck again Thursday evening when gunfire erupted at Powell Park, killing a 24-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy whose deaths aren’t yet included in […]

Nate Monroe: Telling Jaguars side of story

It can be an awkward and occasionally unpleasant part of this job to sit down with someone who disagrees with something you’ve written — or is even angry about it — so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into Jaguars president Mark Lamping’s office Thursday.Lamping reached out after a recent column where I had suggested he pulled a “stunt” by invoking the specter of the team’s future in Jacksonville when making the case to the JEA board of directors that the […]

Crime, blight and economic development focus in Jacksonville City Council District 1 race

Former Jacksonville City Council member Bill Bishop is looking to unseat incumbent Joyce Morgan in the March 19 city election.Bishop was the council member for the prior district configuration and left the council in 2015 when he made an unsuccessful run for mayor. Morgan was elected to the District 1 council seat — which represents Arlington — in 2015.For the most part, Morgan and Bishop agree that crime is a pressing problem for the city. How […]

JSO: Planned fight between 2 female acquaintances sparked quadruple shooting that killed teen, young father

Jacksonville police say a planned fight between two female acquaintances sparked the quadruple shooting that killed a teenager and a young father when a gunfight erupted among spectators at a tiny city park in a Northwest neighborhood.Denim Jorey Williams, 14, and Titus Ezekial Mobley, 24, were killed and two men sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the shootout about 7 p.m. Thursday at Elizabeth R. Powell Park, 5905 Redpoll Ave., near New Kings Road,  the Jacksonville […]

Call Box: Complaint led to long-closed Smokey Bones' spruce-up

Dear Call Box: There is a building on Commerce Center that previously was occupied by Smokey Bones BBQ Restaurant and has been vacant for several years. It was a beautiful building, but now it’s quite overgrown and pretty rundown. I was wondering if you could tell us if there are plans for this building or if the owners are going to clean it up.E.N., JacksonvilleDear E.N.: We can answer part of your question. You’ll be pleased to know […]

Call Box: Le Chateau survived Dora and hosted celebs

Dear Call Box: Could you do an article about Le Chateau? It was important to my husband and me. We were married there, and it’s one of the first places where we ate.D.B., JacksonvilleDear D.B.: Le Chateau was the place to go for dinner, music and the romance of watching the sea slide up the sand under spotlights trained on the surf.The Atlantic Beach restaurant at the foot of Seventh Street was so close to the water that during a […]

Woman shot to death at Westside Jacksonville home

Jacksonville police are questioning three people after an unidentified woman was shot to death Saturday morning at a Westside home.The woman, who appeared to be 40 to 45 years old, was found dead just outside the front door of a home at 2399 Rusty Lakes Lanee off Normandy Boulevard. She didn’t live at the home, said Sgt. Steve Rudlaff of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit.Rudlaff said the woman had been shot outside the home on the threshold at the front door. […]