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9/30/19: LGBT Attack; First Coast Success; Essay Contest; Cole Pepper

Picture of van that dragged man.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
JSO released this picture of a van that dragged a man.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a gruesome crime that happened early Friday morning on Jacksonville’s Northwest side.

Police said an individual was beaten severely, tied up and dragged for about two blocks behind a minivan. Some of the attack was caught on camera but police say it is too horrific to be released.

WJCT News partnerNews4Jax reported multiple people said the victim is transgender, while the victim's brother identified his sibling as a gay man.  WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union reportedthe victim is a transgender woman, attributing that to LGBT activists. 

Dan Merkan of the Jax Coalition for Equality talked about the case. 

St. Augustine Distillery

The St. Augustine Distillery is not only a local producer of spirits, but it’s also become a major tourist attraction in the nation’s oldest city.

Jacksonville Daily RecordEditor Karen Brune Mathis spoke with cofounder Michael Diaz during our First Coast Success segment.

Essay Contest

The late Stetson Kennedy's homestead in St. Johns County is a nationally recognized literary landmark. The renowned author, activist and folklorist, who died in 2011, lives on through the foundation that bears his name.

The Stetson Kennedy Foundation has been running an essay contest for teens, and the winner will be announced later this week.  Local author Susan Brandenburg joined us with the details.

Cole Pepper

It was a thrilling win for the Jaguars Sunday in the Mile High City as Jacksonville beat the Denver Broncos 26-24.  Sports Analyst Cole Pepper filled us in.

Michelle Corum joined WJCT as "Morning Edition" host in 2012 and has worked in public broadcasting as an announcer and reporter for public radio stations in Lawrence, Kansas, and Interlochen, Michigan. She also manages WJCT's Radio Reading Service for sight-impaired listeners.