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Florida drivers can expect to see a lot more troopers on state roadways over the holidays.



Police continue to search for whomever shot a pellet gun at three cars and caused a rollover crash on I-295 in Jacksonville last weekend.  

A Westside woman says her car was shot on the same road in April.

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A Ponte Vedra Beach woman is asking for help finding an SUV driver who struck her while she was riding her bike two weeks ago.

After a five-day hospital stay, 58-year-old Gretchen Seth is home recovering from a broken leg.

Seth’s is not a simple case of hit-and-run.


Police are looking for the driver who hit and killed a man changing his tire on the Acosta Bridge Wednesday around 10 p.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol says 55-year-old Husein Brkic of Jacksonville was hit by a car while he was trying to change his tire in the left emergency lane. The driver fled the scene traveling northbound.


A Florida Department of Transportation report released Thursday determined that The Florida Highway Patrol needs to do a better job of catching speeders on the Buckman Bridge. The average speed is 72 mph, which is 11 percent above the posted limit.

State transportation officials looked at crash data from 2009 to 2014 and determined the Buckman Bridge doesn’t have any design flaws. The study began after a fatal accident last year when a truck with 48-year-old William Maddox fell from the bridge.

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Fog and heavy smoke from a wildfire on Pecan Park Road at Interstate-95 on Jacksonville’s Northside could continue to reduce drivers’ visibility for a few more nights.

A lightning strike started the fire four days ago.

Annaleasa Winter with the Florida Forest Service says although the fire has been contained to 86-acres of swampland, there’s still plenty of fuel left for it to burn.

Winter says the fire will continue until there is enough rain to saturate the entire fire or the pine straw and leaves have been completely consumed by the fire.

After the recent grand jury decision that the police officers involved in the chokehold death of Eric Gardner would not be indicted, News4Jax investigated into whether or not Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol and police forces in the other Northeast Florida counties are permitted to use chokeholds in the course of their duties.

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The safety of the Buckman Bridge has been called into question following Wednesday’s fatal accident that sent a Ford pick-up truck over the guard rail and into the St. Johns River.

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Police are still trying to determine exactly what happened on the Buckman Bridge Wednesday morning to send a Ford Ranger pick-up truck over the side and into the St. Johns River.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says six people are dead after two chain-reaction crashes on Interstate 95 near Jacksonville.

Dumb criminals, a family feud, and a web only bonus story are what await you in this week's edition of ONLY IN FLORIDA.


PALATKA, Fla. (AP) — A pilot and passenger are being treated after their Cessna 400 crashed into an embankment behind a Lowes home improvement store in north Florida.

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The State of Florida Department of Transportation plans to remove the state's 7,752 motorist aid call boxes from along interstate roads by the end of next January.

Boxes on I-10, which were among the 352 boxes along that route and I-95 in and around Jacksonville, have already been removed.

FDOT spokeswoman Gina Busscher called the boxes "antiquated technology" and said removing the boxes will save the state $1 million per year.


Esther Ohayon was killed and her daughter was injured as they crossed San Jose Boulevard last week on their way to the Etz Chaim Synagogue.

The accident isn’t the first on the busy road. In 2009 a six-year-old was struck and killed just blocks away by the same driver.

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A fired Florida state trooper is fighting to get back his job after giving State Representative Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville, a break on a ticket.

Former trooper Charles Swindle had a personnel hearing today. He answered questions about his decision to issue lesser citations for McBurney and one other legislator in November.