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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

09/02/15: Cold Cases; Cerebral Aneurysms; Great Ponte Vedra Paddle


Police records show there are around 1,300 unsolved murders in Jacksonville dating back to 1970. The city has roughly the same number of unsolved murders as the entire state of Colorado. We discuss efforts to change investigation procedures and offer more support to victims' families. WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride, Project Cold Case executive director Ryan Backmann and JSO head of investigations Chief Tom Hackney join us.

Every year approximately 40,000 patients in the U.S. suffer from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, and up to 6 percent of the population may have an un-ruptured cerebral aneurysm. Aneurysms occur when there’s a weak or thin spot on a blood vessel in the brain that balloons out and fills with blood, so identifying them early is key. September is National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. We speak with Dr. Eric Sauvageau, neurovascular surgeon with Neurosurgery and Baptist Health and one of the directors of the Stroke Cerebrovascular Center at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.

And we preview the Great Ponte Vedra Paddle event to benefit the HEAL Foundation. HEAL board members Dana Current and Chris Spires join us.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.