Articles from Jacksonville - local

Fishing report: If you're tired of trout and sheepshead, head south for speckled perch

The fishing didn’t change much this week in the St. Johns River. Sheepshead and trout, along with the occasional black drum and redfish, are still being caught in Mayport, and the creeks are giving up decent numbers of slot redfish and trout.If you’re itching for change, grab your light tackle setups and head south, because the word out of Lake Woodruff is that the speckled perch bite is on fire.It sounds like surf fishing has […]

Nonprofit animal clinic seeks donations to help recover from Sunday burglary

A thief broke into First Coast No More Homeless Pets’ Norwood Avenue location early Sunday, taking hundreds of dollars and damaging the front door and a soda machine.The incident occurred about 2:30 a.m. and was discovered when staff arrived shortly before the 10 a.m. opening, according to No More Homeless Pets founder Rick DuCharme.The culprit apparently gained entry by breaking the class on the front door — the alarm did not go off since the door itself was not […]

SCLC launches Peace Hubs for youth, including in Jacksonville

With nine youth 14 to 18 years old among Jacksonville’s 117 homicide victims so far this year, and many teens getting arrested in shootings, Florida’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference has launched a violence prevention program for at-risk youth at two North Jacksonville churches in the New Year.Funded with a $1 million Florida Department of Juvenile Justice grant secured by SCLC, the church-based programs will also be in Tallahassee, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Called […]

14 new families become official in time for the holidays

Their T-shirts told their story in bold red letters.”I can’t keep calm I’m going to be a daddy,” read Ajiray Fennell’s shirt.”I can’t keep calm I’m going to be a mommy,” read wife Staci Sessions-Fennell’s shirt.When they arrived at the Duval County Courthouse Wednesday morning, they were among 14 sets of parents-to-be and 24 children headed for Judge David Gooding’s annual Home for Holidays adoption event. Since 2004, Gooding has conducted the holiday sessions in his […]

Van's crash into Union County woods leads to discovery of body in old wreck

A Tuesday-night crash in Union County led the Florida Highway Patrol to a wooded area where unidentified skeletal remains were found in a separate wreck likely there for months unnoticed.The Highway Patrol is working with the Union County Sheriff’s Office in hopes of identifying the remains, perhaps through an outstanding missing-persons case, said Sgt. Dylan Bryan of the FHP.“We were dispatched Tuesday night to a crash. At the same location, a vehicle was located […]

The road ahead for Hart Bridge ramp demolition

In a city where traffic jams have gotten worse over time, the elevated ramps connecting the Hart Bridge to downtown are a cruising throwback to a past era, as if that stretch of roadway would forever be 1967, the year the bridge opened.That free-flowing ride will change after the city moves ahead in 2019 with a $37.5 million project that will demolish a segment of the elevated ramp where it runs past the sports complex, bringing traffic down to ground-level at Bay Street so city-owned […]

On the Road: Holiday travel predictions and JTA alternatives

Planes, trains and automobiles this Christmas — AAA is predicting delays on all of them as the Christmas holiday looms ahead.More than one-third of Americans will travel this holiday season for a record-breaking 112.5 million travelers in the air, ground and rails for a 4.4 percent increase over last year, the most since the Florida-based Automobile Association of America started tracking holiday travel in 2001.Let’s unwrap that.More Americans will travel by […]

Automobile crash into Union County woods leads to discovery of body in old wreck

A Tuesday-night crash in Union County led the Florida Highway Patrol to a wooded area where unidentified skeletal remains were found in separate wreck likely there for months unnoticed.The Highway Patrol is working with the Union County Sheriff’s Office in hopes of identifying the remains, perhaps through an outstanding missing-persons case, said Sgt. Dylan Bryan of the FHP.“We were dispatched Tuesday night to a crash. At the same location, a vehicle was located […]

Authorities break up multi-county meth operation in Duval, Nassau, Putnam

Law enforcement officials announced several arrests related to methamphetamine trafficking that stretched from Atlanta to Jacksonville to Putnam County.The case began in August 2017 when Putnam County sheriff’s officials and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Jacksonville office began looking at a Jacksonville man they believed was supplying several people in the Putnam County area with large amounts of crystal meth for sale and use, according to the DEA and Putnam […]

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