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Jacksonville’s Mayor Lenny Curry signed off on next year’s city budget Wednesday after City Council unanimously passed it Monday night.


Curry held the signing at the North Florida Criminal Justice Center, where the new police officers provided for in the budget will be trained.


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UPDATE: A description of the two possible wallets Daniel Rowe was carrying at the time he was robbed was added.

A reward of $7,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the murder of a Riverside restaurant employee.

Two men are believed to have robbed the victim before shooting him in the head.

On Wednesday, July 22, at around 10 p.m., Daniel Rowe was taking out the trash behind the Blind Rabbit restaurant on King Street where he worked. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director Tom Hackney says that’s when it’s believed two men approached the 20-year-old father of two, took his wallet at gunpoint and shot him.



This week searchers in Jacksonville found the remains of two men while looking for missing toddler Lonzie Barton.

On Monday, police found the first body in the woods near the Avenues Mall. It’s believed to be a man, but it has not yet been identified. Some suspect the remains belong to Navy Chief Petty Officer Kevin Williams who went missing two years ago.

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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.


Investigators searching for missing boy Lonzie Barton have found remains of an unknown person believed to have been dead for at least a year.

Our partners, News4Jax, report the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office found the bones in a wooded area across from the Avenues Mall. Police believe they are likely the remains of a man, and they’re testing them against a missing-persons database.

At this point, investigators say foul play isn’t suspected.


A candidate for Florida State Attorney is calling on leaders and lawmakers to find the funding to process what he calls a backlog of untested rape kits in Duval County.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says there is no backlog, because the untested kits weren’t needed in cases where the victim was unwilling to prosecute, or when they had a confession from an identified suspect.

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On Friday the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested one of its own.

Clarence Thomas, a 24-four-year-old JSO Corrections Officer, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of sexual activity with a minor.

Thomas was a part-time football coach at Westside High School at the time of an alleged sexual relationship with a student.

Jacksonville Undersheriff Pat Ivey says the 17-year-old victim gave her side of the story on Thursday.

Lonzie Barton

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the caretaker of missing toddler Lonzie Barton is lying to investigators and is now being considered a suspect in the case.

The 21-month-old has been missing for more than 40 hours.

An Amber Alert was issued early Friday morning, about four hours after his mother’s boyfriend, 32-year-old William Ebron, reported him missing to JSO.

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Wednesday has been proclaimed “Police Memorial Day” in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office held a ceremony to honor the city’s fallen officers.

At the memorial, Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said his agency strives to make a positive difference in the lives of those who are troubled. But they are far too often called upon to bury their own.

Rutherford said, “This year is especially poignant as we change our roll call and add the name of Mark Larson.”

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A Jacksonville man is in stable condition after being shot by two undercover narcotics detectives from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Wednesday night on Jacksonville’s Westside.

JSO Director Tom Hackney says two officers were stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Fouracre Road and Wilson Boulevard just before 6:30 Wednesday evening when they saw 20-year-old Christopher Green screaming and waving a gun at a group of men.

When the officers pulled over and got out of their car, Green put the gun in his waistband, Hackney says.

Ken Jefferson for Sheriff

We speak with Jacksonville sheriff candidate Ken Jefferson. He will face Mike Williams in the May runoff election.

Book blogger Stacey Goldring joins us for this month's edition of the First Coast Connect Book Club. We discuss Anthony Doerr's novel "All The Light We Cannot See" and our new partnership with the Jacksonville Public Library. Stacey will join us again in April to talk about Cristina García's novel "Dreaming in Cuban". 

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A 22-year-old man shot four times by a Jacksonville Sheriff's officer Sunday morning was in stable condition at the hospital Monday and is expected to recover.

As our partners at News4Jax report, Devanta Jones is charged with domestic battery, resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and burglary.

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This morning at 8:30, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to a call about a suspicious package at River City Marketplace. 

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A Jacksonville man was robbed at gunpoint while depositing money at an ATM a few weeks ago.

This incident is one of seven robberies that have happened around town in the past month, according to JSO.

Our partners at News4Jax talked to Sylvester Burton, the man who was robbed. He said the robber got away with about $500. Burton works late, and went to the ATM around 1 a.m.

  We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union reporter; John Burr, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; Eric Smith, People and Politics host; and Jeff Billman, Folio Weekly editor.

Topics include a proposed amendment from Sen. John McCain that could have an impact on the First Coast's shipbuilding and repair industry, the Jacksonville mayoral and sheriff's races, supermarket chain Kroger potentially purchasing the Bi-Lo company.