A student works through a math problem with their iPad at the ready.
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The FBI says there could be an increased risk for child exploitation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jacksonville skyline seen in a still from the documentary
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As HBO subscribers might already know, its new docuseries McMillions has big ties to Jacksonville. 

The first two episodes are out in the series, looking at the con that allowed one man to rig the popular McDonald’s Monopoly game for years.  The FBI in Jacksonville investigated the scam in the ‘90s.


Parents on the First Coast will have the opportunity in coming months to learn more about how predators use social media apps to target their children.

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Monday on First Coast Connect  we spoke with former Special Agent in Charge of Jacksonville’s FBI Field Office Jim Casey about former FBI director James Comey and Comey’s new book (01:11).

Reverend Patricia McElroy and Dr. Terri Andrews from Baptist Health told us about this week’s Faith and Mental Health conference (30:14).

We heard about Thursday’s Dining Out for Life to raise funds for AIDS research with NFAN’s Manuel Andrade and Paige Kelton and Derrick Odom from Action News (38:00).

Cole Pepper told us who the Jaguars may draft this week along with the Armada opening their season on Saturday (46:00).   

LIVE: James Comey To Testify In Senate Hearing On Russia

Jun 7, 2017
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Ousted FBI Director James Comey will testify Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 elections.  

Comey’s testimony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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FBI agents and Jacksonville Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a family business tied to City Councilwoman Katrina Brown.

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U.S. officials are saying the 2013 attempted assassination of a Jacksonville federal judge is more significant than an attack on a single person.

Aaron Richardson, 27, was handed the maximum sentence of 343 years in prison Friday morning for the attempted murder and 23 related charges, including stealing the weapon he used to shoot at U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan.

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An Orange Park man accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a Sept.  11 memorial has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial, as the Associated Press first reported.

Twenty-year-old Joshua Goldberg was arrested in September after he allegedly sent plans for bombing a Missouri 9-11 ceremony to an FBI informant.

After evaluating Goldberg, a psychologist testified he’s not mentally fit for trial, and a judge agreed.

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A federal judge is ordering a mental-health evaluation for an Orange Park man accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a Missouri September-11th ceremony.

Twenty-year-old Joshua Goldberg allegedly sent bomb-making plans to someone he didn’t realize was an FBI informant.


Jacksonville’s former FBI chief believes de-escalation training for law enforcement is important in preventing conflict between officers and community members.

Toni Chrabot, recently-retired FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Jacksonville, says when officers know how to de-escalate high-pressure situations, violent incidents are less likely to occur.

Chrabot has provided training services for other FBI agents and the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Sunday said the death of Sandra Bland, who officials say committed suicide in her Texas jail cell after she was detained following a routine traffic stop, shows the importance of training police officers to de-escalate high-pressure situations. We speak with Toni Chrabot, recently-retired FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge out of Jacksonville, who trained agencies in de-escalation procedures.

The FBI is asking victims of what it’s calling the county’s largest-ever ‘sextortion’ case to come forward.

31-year-old Lucas Chansler from St. Johns County admitted to using social media to extort teenage girls. The FBI says from 2007 to 2010 Chansler impersonated teenage boys online and got girls to send him explicit photos. He targeted more than 350 girls in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

Rhema Thompson

The head of one of the most powerful law enforcement agencies in the country was in town Tuesday to talk counter-terrorism, cyber-war and the new challenges in the age of social media.

  FBI Director James Comey stopped in Jacksonville as part of his tour of the country’s 56 FBI field offices.

His visit to the region was particularly timely with recent news of several Twitter threats aimed at nearby University of Florida.

Law enforcement informed students at the Gainesville campus of the threatening messages sent from 15 separate account holders from around the U.S.

Mayor Alvin Brown, the KKK and Ashleigh Lollie are in the headlines today.

A year ago today an FBI agent shot and killed a Chechen man in Orlando during an interrogation about one of the Boston marathon bombing suspects. His mother-in-law will be in Orlando to focus attention on those who believe his death was unjustified.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

There's a new agent in charge of the FBI's Jacksonville Division with experience investigating public corruption, civil rights, and violent crimes.

A 24-year old felon has been indicted on 25 federal charges including the attempted murder of U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan.

Aaron M Richardson is also charged with firearm offenses, giving false statements to the FBI and impersonating a captain of the U.S. Navy.

In an indictment unsealed today, Richardson is charged with firing several rounds from a high powered rifle he stole from a city sporting goods store into Corrigan's home.

He faces life in prison if convicted on all charges.

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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.