Left to Right: Joyce Mahr (CEO of the Betty Griffin Center), Gail Patin (CEO of Hubbard House), Ana Martinez-Mullen (CEO of Quigley House) & Lauren Goode (Outreach & Community Engagement Director at Micah's Place) flanked by law enforcement officials.
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A new report shows that while there has been an overall decline in homicides, both nationally and locally, the rate of domestic violence homicides hasn’t improved.

Our weekly Media Roundtable Friday on First Coast Connect featured Florida Times-Union Reporter Tessa Duvall, radio host Angela Spears, Jacksonville Daily Record Reporter Dave Cawton and WJCT Reporter Ryan Benk.

The topics discussed included

Jacksonville Homicides Reach 117 In 2016

Dec 22, 2016
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JACKSONVILLE — The death of a man found Monday evening in Panama Park brought Jacksonville's homicide total this year to 117, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

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The five-day search for missing Jacksonville toddler Lonzie Barton has turned into a homicide investigation. That’s what Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Investigations Director Tom Hackney said Tuesday afternoon.

The 21-month-old boy was reported abducted early Friday morning by his mother’s boyfriend, William “Ruben” Ebron, who is now the main suspect in the investigation.

Hackney says Ebron has been misleading and unhelpful when talking to officers. But he does have a constitutional right to say as little as he chooses.

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After months of investigation, the State Attorney’s Office will not seek criminal charges against the man who fatally shot Zachariah Tipton at a popular Jacksonville Beach restaurant.

State Attorney Angela Corey said Friday that biker club member Kristopher Stone was justified in shooting and killing Tipton, also part of a biker club, in front of Nippers Beach Grille back in June.

"We realize it's been a long time coming," Corey said.

David Perdue, snakes and lightning are in the headlines today.

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Jacksonville is struggling with a two-month citywide crime wave that’s been averaging one shooting a day and a murder every other day.

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Victims of violent crimes were recognized Thursday at the annual “Together We Can” breakfast fundraiser for the Jacksonville-based Justice Coalition.

Michael Dunn, the St. Johns River, and Tiffany Sessions are in the headlines today.

Onnika Fisher, unemployment claims, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are in the headlines today.

Brent Pease, Governor Rick Scott, and Charlie Crist are in the headlines today.

Alvin Brown, Rayne Perrywinkle, and Rick Scott are in the headlines today.

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Police are still investigating a rash of shootings that happened overnight Monday.

Storms, foreclosures, and the Jaguars are in the headlines today.

Casinos, crime, and Tuberculosis are in the headlines today.