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Monday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Mike Binder, director of the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida, about his new poll on the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. We also heard from Baptist Health cardiologist Dr. Pamela Rama about American Heart Month. Humana Vice President Dr. John Montgomery and health solutions executive Laura Nolan joined the show give an update on the company’s Bold Goal initiative, and Cole Pepper talked about the historic comeback by the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LI.  

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Northeast Florida State Attorney Melissa Nelson announced Tuesday her office is creating a new division to go after human traffickers on the First Coast.

“Because these crimes intersect with almost all different areas of the criminal justice system including drug trafficking, sexual assault and others,” Nelson said. “And because these crimes affect some of the most vulnerable in our community, adding these dedicated resources is a way that we can help those preyed upon to end this vicious cycle.”

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A 37-year-old woman in jail on a child neglect charge and a 63-year-old man who police said took a swing at an officer after making threats at the bus station died Tuesday in unrelated incidents at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office's pre-trial detention center.

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Upwards of 75,000 fans are expected to attend the Navy Academy vs. Notre Dame game at Everbank Field on Saturday.

Rick Catlett, president of JAXSPORTS, which is hosting the event along with the city,  said he is excited for “this iconic football game between the Naval Academy and Notre Dame — (the) longest intersectional rivalry in the history of college football,” to be played in Jacksonville.

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A 40-year-old Jacksonville woman with mental illnesses is still missing after she was released from the Duval County Jail on Aug. 5.  

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Roughly a year after an 8-year-old Arlington girl was sexually assaulted and badly beaten, police are pleading with the community for help catching her attacker.

The father of the girl said he thought the case had been suspended.


Jacksonville police officers are on board with body cameras — that’s what Sheriff Mike Williams told a City Council committee Tuesday morning. A program requiring police to wear them is in the making.

Traffic Delays Expected for Fourth of July Weekend

Jun 30, 2016
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This weekend, expect heavy traffic and some road closures because of July 4 festivities.


JACKSONVILLE — The former Jacksonville police officer accused of beating a woman in handcuffs pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

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Jacksonville police are trying to determine why an officer shot an unarmed man after a car chase this weekend.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday it’s conducting an internal investigation. But some community activists say that’s not enough and are calling for an independent review of the incident.



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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The  U.S. Coast Guard is patrolling the St. Johns River off of Jacksonville's north bank Friday. Commanding Officer Nicholas Pavlik steers toward a manatee zone right under the Hart Bridge that’s marked with an orange and white sign.

“If you’re outside of those red and green buoys, you need to be at no wake and that is the manatee zone,” said Pavlik, pointing to the marked areas. “That’s where the manatees tend to be, kind of outside the channel, off to the side grouped together.”


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After hitting a 40-year low in 2011, the number of murders in Jacksonville is increasing, according to police.

But some crime-statistics experts say city streets are still safer than they’ve ever been.


The city has filed a lawsuit asking a judge to terminate a special pension created by the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund for its former executive director, John Keane.

LAWSUIT: City of Jacksonville vs. Police and Fire Pension Fund

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says 18 murders in Duval County last year were the result of domestic violence. Undersheriff Pat Ivey says he’s afraid Jacksonville is on the same track this year.

Advocates came together Thursday to send a message to victims: Speak up about abuse.