WJCT First Read: Friday, September 20, 2013
Welcome to WJCT First Read (T.G.I.F. edition), your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country. We'll also preview some of WJCT's upcoming news programming.
St. Augustine mayor calls Mumford fest a success: Despite some businesses saying they didn't make do as much business as they thought they would, St. Augustine Mayor Joe Boles is calling last weekend's "Gentlemen of the Road" festival tour stop in the city a success.
New road opened in Jax: After three years of construction, the first section of State Road 9B linking Duval and St. Johns Counties opened yesterday.
Day one of Mathis trial in the books: State prosecutors said Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis "gamed" the law as the alleged "mastermind" of the Allied Veterans of the World internet gaming ring in day one of his trial yesterday.
JSO disciplines officers in Perrywinkle case: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has disciplined several officers, including moving two top homicide cops out of the unit, following their handling of the Cherish Perrywinkle case. (Florida Times-Union)
State official in charge of sex predators resigns: Dan Montaldi, director of Florida's Sexually Violent Predator Program, resigned this week following an investigative report showed he advocated for narrowing the legal definition of a sex offender. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
No date yet for Dunn trial: At a pre-trial hearing yesterday, attorneys on both sides of the case against Michael Dunn said they needed time to depose over 100 witnesses. Dunn is accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis last year. (News4Jax)
Brown to submit Jaxport dredging amendment to water bill: After withdrawing it in committee, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown said she will reintroduce an amendment to include dredging Jacksonville's shipping lanes in the Water Resources and Reform Development Act when it comes before the full House. (Jacksonville Business Journal)
Today on First Coast Connect, we start with our Friday media roundtable, and they we'll be joined by Warren Miller to celebrate his 100th interview for our Closing the Loop series. Also, our "Only in Florida" segment.