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More sobriety checkpoints will pop up on Duval County roads beginning this summer.

Jacksonville police plan to increase the frequency of the stops from about two a year to two per month — or roughly 60 checkpoints over the course of two years.

That’s because the City Council approved a nearly $500,000 grant aimed at reducing the number of impaired-driving deaths.


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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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Warnings have been circulating on social media about a police crackdown against jaywalkers in Jacksonville.

It’s true, jaywalkers may be more likely to get ticketed this month and next. Lauri-Ellen Smith, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Public spokeswoman, said more officers are out looking for illegal crossers.


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Ryan Backmann doesn’t know who killed his father.

His dad, Clifford Backmann, 56, was a construction worker. He was working a side job in the middle of the day six years ago when it happened.

“Detectives think that a random person was crossing through the parking lot, saw my dad in there by himself and he walked in. My dad was vacuuming up drywall dust, (the person) put the gun in his back, pulled the trigger and reached in and pulled the wallet out of my dad’s back pocket,” he said.


Updated: JSO Officer Shot; 19-Year-Old In Custody

Mar 9, 2016
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An off-duty narcotics detective shot Wednesday morning during a traffic stop on the Westside is out of surgery and expected to survive, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced just before noon.

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An Arlington McDonald's partnered with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning for the department’s inaugural Coffee With A Cop event.

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A vigil for Lonzie Barton was held last Thursday night at Julington Baptist Church, near the area the toddler’s remains were believed to have been found this week.



Jacksonville Police Shoot 16-Year-Old Robbery Suspect

Jan 5, 2016

A 16-year-old believed to be involved in a string of restaurant robberies was shot Sunday night by two police officers after another Southside restaurant was robbed, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The gun used in the robbery of a Jimmy John's in a shopping center at the corner of Beach and University boulevards on Sunday was in a bag stuffed with cash that 16-year-old Dominion Bradshaw was carrying, authorities said. Bradshaw was shot twice—once in the thigh and once in the ankle— by an off-duty officer and a responding officer as he fled the scene, police said.

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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams and Mayor Lenny Curry say security will increase at Thursday night’s nationally televised Jaguars game, following attacks on Paris last week.

Williams says fans can expect to notice more officers, but that’s about it.

“We’re going to hold off on specifics,” Williams said. “I mean it’s additional officers, it’s additional pieces of equipment, that type of thing. But again, it’s just kind of a ramp-up — if you will — of the things that we normally do at the games, just more of it.”

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Kevin Munger is a JSO officer. He’s been on the force for 13 years, and a highlight of his year is working the Jacksonville Fair.

“I’ll grab a sticker out of my pocket, and walk up to one and say, ‘Here, bud,’ or ‘Here, sweetheart, I’ve got a sticker for you,’” Munger said.


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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says he wants the community to help JSO do a better job.

He’s announced the creation of four community task forces. They’ll review JSO training, transparency, resources and community engagement.

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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.


We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Dan Scanlan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly reporter; and WJCT analyst John Burr.

Topics include a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office employee being arrested for having ties to a cocaine ring, One Spark 2016's smaller footprint, and more.