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Man accused of killing Jacksonville father outside ‘The Blind Rabbit’ pleads guilty

Man accused of killing Jacksonville father outside ‘The Blind Rabbit’ pleads guilty

Just over two years after a young Jacksonville man was shot and killed outside 'The Blind Rabbit' in Riverside, his accused killer is changing his plea.   Last August, Erron Coleman, 26, pleaded not guilty in the murder of 20-year-old Daniel Rowe, but Thursday in court, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed robbery, as part of a plea agreement. As part of the agreement, Coleman faces 35 years to life in Florida State Prison. The state is recommending life in prison without the possibility of parole, but it will be up to the court to make the final call.  The sentencing hearing has been set for September 25. The State Attorney’s Office tells us another part of the agreement includes Coleman testifying truthfully in any future proceeding surrounding the facts and circumstances surrounding Rowe’s murder.  Police have previously said they believed a second suspect to be involved and in court, Coleman finally identified a second man who committed the robbery with him as Devonte Hanford. However, during the course of questioning, Coleman admitted he was the gunman. Rowe was working as a cook at 'The Blind Rabbit' and was taking out the trash when he was robbed and fatally shot.   Rowe was a father with two children and was engaged at the time of his death. His fiancee was expecting their third child.

Jacksonville man armed with ax arrested by police, charged with aggravated battery

Jacksonville man armed with ax arrested by police, charged with aggravated battery

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has arrested a 53-year-old man, after a strange string of events, all involving an ax.   According to the arrest report for Lonnie Likens, on July 25th, a woman claims he showed up at her house extremely intoxicated saying things like “Billy, it’s your turn!”, but she managed to lock him outside the home.   However, Likens then allegedly armed himself with an ax and broke the rear sliding glass door of the home to get inside.   Once inside, the woman claims he was swinging the weapon around and vandalizing the home, while also making statements, such as 'B**** you better run.'   The report goes on to say he tried to confront another victim, while armed with the ax, but when the woman informed Likens she had called the police, he left the home.   When police arrived they say Likens was still extremely intoxicated and had blood on his head. The report also describes him as 'very uncooperative.'   Multiple victims were in the home at the time, but only one sustained a cut, according to police.   Likens is now charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Mayor, Jaguars president visit 3 cities in 36 hours for Shipyard redevelopment ideas 

Mayor, Jaguars president visit 3 cities in 36 hours for Shipyard redevelopment ideas 

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, along with Jaguars President Mark Lamping, visited three cities in less than 36 hours this week to gather ideas on redeveloping the Shipyards.  Curry and Lamping took Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s private plane to Kansas City Monday morning, then to St. Louis, and finished off the trip in Baltimore on Tuesday.  Khan’s company, Iguana Investments Florida, LLC, was awarded the contract to redevelop the Shipyards and Northbank Riverfront in April.  “Any time there’s an opportunity for me to meet with people who are willing to invest in our city, and move our city forward, and get things done, that’s good for Jacksonville,” Curry told WOKV. “That’s good for taxpayers.” While Khan’s company will determine the private partnerships that fit best with the redevelopment project, Curry said it is important for the mayor to show potential investors that the city is supportive of the effort.  Though he wouldn’t go into specific detail, Curry said the meetings generated “real” interest in investing in the project in the future.  Curry was impressed by the Power & Light District in Kansas City, which he says has been raised from the dead to become a popular residential, retail and entertainment destination.  “That was a long- term vision and plan that they’ve been committed to, and they’ve been successful,” Curry said.  To critics who think downtown rejuvenation is a lost cause, Curry said he will fulfill his promise to take care of every part of town, and there will be a return to tax payers through public-private partnerships. 

For the third year in a row, you helped us to break donation records at the WOKV Care-A-Thon! With your help we raised $200,000!
For the third year in a row, you helped us to break donation records at the WOKV Care-A-Thon! With your help we raised $200,000!
For the third year in a row, you helped us to break donation records at the WOKV Care-A-Thon! With your help we raised $200,000!
For the third year in a row, you helped us to break donation records at the WOKV Care-A-Thon! With your help we raised $200,000!
Clock ticks as “Skinny” Senate GOP health bill remains a mystery

With half of the debate completed in the U.S. Senate on a House-passed bill to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans have yet to reveal the details of what may be the only GOP option that can get a majority of votes, a streamlined measure which would change only a few provisions of current health law.

“I don’t know what the “skinny” repeal looks like,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) to a group of reporters, as he acknowledged doing the bare minimum on health care might be about the only way to keep GOP options open on changes to Obamacare.

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