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Escapee dies within hours of turning self in to JSO

Just hours after turning herself in, a woman who escaped a work furlough program has died while in JSO custody. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director Tom Hackney says Debra Ercolano reported not feeling well when she turned herself in at the Community Transition Center near the Jail around 4:30 PM. She ...

Audit finds $3.3 million in funds that should be freed for City use

More than $3.3 million is unnecessarily restricted and could be put to better use in the City of Jacksonville, according to the Office of the Inspector General. A new audit on open purchase orders and contracts found that, while most of them are carried out and closed in a timely ...

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Two Duval School Police reprimanded, paraprofessional arrested in Arlington Middle abuse investigation

Two Duval School Police employees have been reprimanded after an apparently lacking investigation resulted in a young teen being jailed for nine days. Now, the teen is out of custody, and the school employee he’s accused of battering has been arrested instead. This all stems from an incident in December ...

The opening campfire of the Camp Boggy Creek retreat weekend for Child Cancer Fund families in November 2015.

Camp Boggy Creek CCF retreat offers escape, friendship for families

When you’re a child dealing with a serious illness, it can be difficult to do things that other kids take for granted. When you’re a family that has a child with cancer, it can be a physical, mental, emotional, and financial challenge. Camp Boggy Creek tries to eliminate those challenges- ...

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Appeal planned after judge dismisses lawsuit over "sham" State Attorney candidate

The primary race for Fourth Circuit State Attorney will stay closed, meaning only registered Republicans can vote. Until earlier this year, only registered Republicans had qualified to run in the race, which deals with Duval, Clay, and Nassau counties. If it had been only those three candidates- Angela Corey, Wes ...

Death sentence overturned for Jacksonville man who fatally beat two victims

A Jacksonville man has had his death sentence overturned. The Florida Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court’s ruling for Raymond Bright- meaning his two murder convictions remain, but he’s been ordered a new sentencing. In February 2008, then-54-year-old Bright fatally beat 16-year-old Randall Brown and 20-year-old Derrick King with ...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photo, Johanna Yanez holds a tube with Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at a laboratory in Cucuta, Colombia. A study out of Colombia offers compelling evidence that Zika-caused birth defects can occur even when infected pregnant women never develop symptoms.   (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

First case of Zika confirmed for Duval County

Duval County has its first confirmed case of Zika. The Florida Department of Health says a case in Duval is one of three which were diagnosed today. There are now a total of 185 cases that have been diagnosed in Florida, including 38 with pregnant women. All of the cases ...

#JAXFORORLANDO aims to raise money, show support for Orlando following mass shooting

Jacksonville wants to show that it stands strong with Orlando. The OneOrlando Fund was set up by the City of Orlando in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. Now, the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation, Jags Quarterback Blake Bortles, and the City of Jacksonville are partnering to try to ...

Image of Ardit Ferizi's Twitter, as pictured in the "Affidavit in support of Criminal Complaint" filed in the US Attorney's Office case against Ferizi.

ISIS-linked hacker investigated by Jax FBI pleads guilty

An ISIS-linked hacker has pled guilty to stealing the personal information of more than 1,300 US service members and federal employees. 20-year-old Ardit Ferizi, of Kosovo, admits to knowing the information he was passing to ISIS would be used to incite terror attacks on the people named. He hacked in ...

Judge orders more treatment for Orange Park man accused of 9/11 commemoration bomb plot

He’s still not competent to stand trial. An Orange Park man accused of planning a bombing on a 9/11 commemoration in Missouri has been in a federal medical facility in North Carolina for several months, since a judge ruled in December that he wasn’t competent to proceed to trial at ...