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Jacksonville City Council member Reggie Gaffney apologized to the entire city, his colleagues, Northside constituents and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for his behavior during a traffic stop incident first reported by our partner News4Jax.

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Fraternal Order of Police President Steve Zona on Sunday called for two Jacksonville City Council members to make a public apology to police or resign.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable included Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and David Cawton (01:10), reporter for the Jacksonville Financial News and Daily Record. Duval Audubon Society Education Director Brett Moyer (38:48) told us about the large flock of purple martins that have been roosting in downtown Jacksonville the past several weeks, and artist Gabriel Dawe (45:19) discussed his new exhibit on display in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s atrium.  


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Jacksonville police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man suspected of sexually battery on a teenage girl late on the night of Sat., June 24.

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Jacksonville police are looking for witnesses who may have information about two shootings at city parks Tuesday evening.

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Jacksonville residents and business owners have three months to register their burglar alarms with the Sheriff’s Office.

Officers respond to 45,000 alarm calls a year — and 98 percent of them are false. Officials hope the new registry, and stiffer penalties, will help.


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A Jacksonville police officer is being charged with fraud and official misconduct after investigators said he bilked around $1,000 from companies that contracted him for security services

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office began surveilling officer Frank Holtsman after receiving a tip that he was being paid for work he did not do.


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Progressive activists say they’re keeping the pressure on State Attorney Melissa Nelson to drop charges against downtown protesters after an incident in Hemming Park earlier this month.

Members of the Progressive Coalition are framing Nelson’s handling of the “Jax Five” as the first real test of her career as the area’s top prosecutor.


  Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver about the dangers of sea level rise in the nation’s oldest city. Attorneys Dan Iracki and Rufus Pennington talked about a $1.9 million settlement with Jacksonville over the shooting of unarmed Davinian Williams by a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office deputy. Attorney Wayne Hogan discussed Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Exchange Club Family Center executive director Barbara Alexander and Mental Health America of Northeast Florida CEO Denise Marzullo talked about the upcoming Healthy Minds, Healthy Families conference.  

  Monday on “First Coast Connect” we heard reaction to the Hemming Park protest Friday that turned violent, leading to six arrests. We discussed the event with Jacksonville Progressive Coalition members Wells Todd and Karen Morian and attorney John Phillips. We also heard about The Wall That Heals coming to Metropolitan Park later this week with the City of Jacksonville Public Affairs Director Bill Spann, WJCT board member Dan Bean and representative from Vietnam Vets local 1046 Bob Adelhelm. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and we spoke with neurologist from UF Health Jacksonville Dr. Odinachi Oguh, activist Jennifer Otero and Parkinson’s patient Bill Wilson  


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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday the arrests of 60 people after a four-month undercover narcotics investigation. Warrants are out for 11 additional people.

The investigation called “Operation Lockdown in O-Town” began on the Northside’s Oceanway area.


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A new commission convened Thursday to begin measuring how well the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is implementing task force recommendations from last year.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams asked the four taskforces to write a strategic plan.

Now, the Commission on Progress will study how well police are doing at increasing transparency, community engagement, training and resources.


Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we discussed the life of undocumented and other immigrants under President Trump with Kristellys Estanga from the Duval County Democratic Hispanic Caucus and immigration attorney Angela Reyes. Dignity U Wear Executive Director Nicole Brose talked about its upcoming annual Undies Campaign. Judy Wells shared some cautionary tales about changes in air travel and we heard an in-studio performance by local 12-year-old violinist virtuoso Jimmy Moseley. 


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Three Jacksonville police officers have been arrested for tampering with evidence after one of them fatally shot a robbery suspect early this month.

Thursday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with Fraternal Order of Police local 530 President Steve Zoma about the proposed use of body cameras by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. We also spoke with Melody Perry from Lutheran Social Services and caregiver Nakia Hinton about their Money Minders program and 5 and Dime Theatre Executive Director Lee Hambly talked about the theatre’s new location and the upcoming performance of the play “Night Mother.” 


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