Governor Rick Scott, Charlie Crist, and UF Health are in the headlines today.

Michael Dunn, Pop Tarts, and lethal injection are in the headlines today.

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

A longtime musical establishment in Jacksonville will be getting a financial boost to its afterschool program for low-income students.

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra announced this week that it was awarded a $10,000 Getty Education and Community Investment Grant from the League of American Orchestras to help fund its Jump Start Strings program.

Authors Dale C. Carson and Wes Denham

Each year, around 9.7 percent of Jacksonville's adult population is arrested and put in jail for at least one night, according to local attorney and former FBI agent Dale Carson. 

As a result, Jacksonville has the highest arrest record in the United States.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office will hold a public auction of items including cars, vehicle accessories, and jewelry on Thursday morning in a parking lot at EverBank Field.

The items, which include more than 30 cars and motorcycles, were confiscated or paid for by police pursuant to the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act.

Among the highlights on the list are a 2008 Suzuki Burgman 650 motorcycle, a 2003 Mercedes Benz SL 500, and a 2004 BMW 745i.

According to auto pricing website Edmunds.com, a used 2004 BMW 745i in good condition can be sold for about $11,000.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

During his first appearance on First Coast Connect, Jacksonville Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt echoed statements Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford has made during his recent appearances on the program.

"I don't want to get too much into the politics of what's being discussed," said Senterfitt. "What I can tell you is that our department simply can't absorb any more (budget) cuts."

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

The Main Street Bridge was closed briefly around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday afternoon after police officers looking for homeless encampments in a small wooded area between the Acosta Bridge and Main Street Bridge on ramps to I-95 happened upon two men cooking what turned out to be methamphetamine.

According to Lt. Larry Kitchen with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the JSO bomb squad and the fire department’s hazmat (hazardous materials) team were called to the scene. Vehicles coming off the Main Street Bridge on Jacksonville’s Southbank were rerouted onto Prudential Drive.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The suspect in a brazen robbery at a Westside CVS is in the hospital after being shot Tuesday afternoon by police.


After releasing this photo from the crime Monday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office tracked the man to the Magnolia Terrace apartments off San Juan Avenue and had a warrant for his arrest.

photo courtesy of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police have released photos of a suspect in two Avondale robberies last night that left one dead and another injured.

Police were dispatched to the CVS at the corner of San Juan Ave. and Roosevelt Blvd. at 3:14AM this morning. They were then sent to Mojo BBQ, less than two miles away on St Johns Ave, at 3:58AM.

Investigators aren’t sure if the two are related, but are looking for possible connections.  

Police said the armed suspect pictured entered the CVS, demanded money, then shot a victim in the head. 

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday the arrests of two people who were allegedly renting out seven properties they didn’t own.

55-year-old Rosemary McCoy and 38-year-old Elton McCall have been charged with racketeering, organized fraud and trespassing, among other things.

Bill Whitney, with JSO’s economic crimes unit, says the two advertised the houses on Craigslist, which, he says, is rife with illegal activity.

Department of Justice, FBI

Monday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court means the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and other state and local law enforcement agencies can continue collecting D.N.A. samples from people arrested for certain felony crimes. 

Florida is one of 28 states that collects D.N.A. samples upon a person’s arrest for any felony crime on an approved list. 


The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says it's ramping up efforts to get illegal guns off city streets by publicizing its five-year-old gun bounty program. 

Here's how it works: anyone who tips authorities to the whereabouts of an illegal firearm earns a $1,000 reward - no questions asked.

"We've confiscated more than 300 illegal guns since 2006 with this program," says Sheriff John Rutherford. "And it's never gone away, but now we're marketing it so more people are aware of it and call us with information."

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

A new law enforcement initiative that launched today in Duval and a dozen other northeast Florida counties gives the public a bigger role in the fight against terrorism. 

The iWatch initiative counts on people to be observant and to report anything that doesn’t look, smell or sound right.

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, who co-chairs the 13 county Regional Domestic Security Task Force, says the information gathering program lets authorities get out ahead of the danger.

First Coast News

First Coast News is reporting that S.P. Livingston Elementary School is no longer on lockdown after gunshots were reported near the school.

The lockdown was put into effect at 11:20AM today, but was lifted at 12:20PM.

Police have yet to say what led to the lockdown and investigation.

WJCT will be following the investigation throughout the day.

JSO Recognized As Social Media Leader

Apr 29, 2013

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was named fifth Most Social Media Friendly Police Department, ahead of agencies such as the New York Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.