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Group In Jacksonville Holds Vigil For Sandra Bland In Hemming Park

On Sunday night dozens of people gathered in Hemming Park. An African American woman held a sign reading “Say Her Name.” Another woman held a sign saying, “I’m white and I get it.” They were at a vigil for Sandra Bland, an African American woman arrested in Texas during a routine traffic stop, that quickly escalated. A video of the stop went viral, causing many to question the way the officer treated Bland and then why she was found dead in her jail cell. Chevara Orrin co-organized the vigil....
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For a company in Atlanta, winning the technology category at One Spark was just the beginning of what has been a successful year.

PartPic recently received a $1.5 million investment from a group of more than a dozen angel investors, venture capitalists and other funders.

William Ruben Ebron is now believed to be responsible for the 21-month-old Lonzie Barton’s disappearance. The investigators searching for Lonzie Barton have found remains of an unknown person believed to have been dead for at least a year. A $1,000 fine now awaits formal approval from Governor Rick Scott in order for Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to resolve allegations she did not properly report income from consulting work when she ran with Scott in 2010.

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A new, conservative movement announced its nationwide tour in Jacksonville on Monday, and the group called Grassroots for Victory USA is returning to Jacksonville next weekend for the first stop of that tour.

Former First Coast Tea Party leader Billie Tucker founded the new group, which she says is aimed at educating Americans on traditional principles and values.

At the Jacksonville Landing today, conservative activist Becky Gerritson said the Grassroots for Victory tour will stop in at least 14 cities this fall.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

As day four of the search winds down, 21-month-old Lonzie Barton is still missing.

The boy was reported abducted early Friday morning by his mother’s boyfriend, William Ruben Ebron, who is now believed to be responsible for the toddler’s disappearance.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Investigations Chief Tom Hackney says the more time that goes by, the less likely Lonzie is alive.

Hackney says even without the body, investigators are working to build the case against Ebron.

Hackney said, "This case is getting worked actively with leads to build a case.”

News4Jax

Investigators searching for missing boy Lonzie Barton have found remains of an unknown person believed to have been dead for at least a year.

Our partners, News4Jax, report the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office found the bones in a wooded area across from the Avenues Mall. Police believe they are likely the remains of a man, and they’re testing them against a missing-persons database.

At this point, investigators say foul play isn’t suspected.

www.weswhite.com

A candidate for Florida State Attorney is calling on leaders and lawmakers to find the funding to process what he calls a backlog of untested rape kits in Duval County.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says there is no backlog, because the untested kits weren’t needed in cases where the victim was unwilling to prosecute, or when they had a confession from an identified suspect.

The debate over flying the Confederate Battle Flag on government property might stem from last month’s shooting in Charleston, South Carolina; but the discussion has taken on a life of its own throughout the Florida Panhandle.

Applause and cheering was the reaction residents gave Walton County Commissioners when finding out the discussion over whether or not the flag will be removed from the courthouse lawn in DeFuniak Springs would be tabled until the next meeting on Tuesday.

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On Sunday night dozens of people gathered in Hemming Park. An African American woman held a sign reading “Say Her Name.” Another woman held a sign saying, “I’m white and I get it.”

They were at a vigil for Sandra Bland, an African American woman arrested in Texas during a routine traffic stop, that quickly escalated.     

A video of the stop went viral, causing many to question the way the officer treated Bland and then why she was found dead in her jail cell.

State of Florida

Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has described her exit from office more than two years ago as a "knee jerk reaction" by Gov. Rick Scott.

Now, Scott will get the final say in Carroll having to pay a $1,000 fine to resolve allegations she did not properly report income from consulting work that led to her sudden resignation.

The state Commission on Ethics on Friday unanimously, and without comment, agreed to support the fine as part of an agreement with Carroll.

Last week, Florida Lieutenant Governor — and Senate hopeful — Carlos Lopez-Cantera stopped in Jacksonville. The only meeting on his schedule that day was at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

In this week’s Business Brief, analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the meeting is just one example of how the Jax Chamber is getting more involved in politics.

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