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". 

Credit Ken Jefferson for Sheriff / Mike Williams for Sheriff / Ray Hollister

In the race for Jacksonville sheriff, Republican Mike Williams will face off against Democrat Ken Jefferson in the May General Election. Williams narrowly edged out fellow Republican Jimmy Holderfield in Tuesday’s first election, taking 22.2 percent of the vote. Jefferson led with 36.6 percent. 

Williams says he’s excited to be able to get to the heart of the issues next time around.


It’s unclear whether a Jacksonville police officer shot a burglary suspect on the Northside yesterday.

Police say a shootout began after two males, one a juvenile, broke into a home near Brentwood Elementary School. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director Tom Hackney says Officer Matthew Krueger began shooting when gunfire broke out near the house. The 17-year-old suspect was shot in the shoulder.

Hackney says it’s unclear who shot him because the homeowner was also shooting at the suspect.

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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. 


The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office handed out its annual Awards Thursday. JSO Citizen of the Year Honors went to MAD DADS Jacksonville Chapter President Donald Foy.

Donald Foy started MAD DADS in Jacksonville in 2003. That’s the same year John Rutherford became Sheriff, as Rutherford recalls.

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An Eastside man has been charged with the Christmas Day murder of his girlfriend.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested 24-year-old Breon Leondre Fussell in the death of his girlfriend Shannon Woods, 22.

Fussell was arrested around 8 p.m. Thursday, shortly after police found Woods shot dead in his backyard in the 1000 block of East 12th Street.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has arrested the man shot in the leg by an officer during a burglary early Wednesday morning.

Twenty-seven-year old Michael Kevin Hollis is charged with burglary, weapons possession and resisting arrest without violence after breaking into Gate Liquors off Lem Turner Road.

JSO Investigations Director Tom Hackney says responding Officer Steve Coleman shot Hollis as he was attempting to take two rifles from the business.

Before shooting, Coleman ordered Hollis to get on the ground repeatedly, Hackney says.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has identified the man shot and killed by an officer during a traffic stop as 33-year-old Leonardo Marquette Little.

Little was fatally shot Monday night around 7:30 p.m. after getting into an altercation with Patrol Officer Cecil Grant during a traffic stop in the 7000 block of 103rd Street, according to police. Grant pulled the Buick sedan over due to an expired license.

Rhema Thompson

A prevalent local street gang has been dealt “a serious blow,” according to Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is working with Vystar Credit Union to find the source of a recent data breach.

Cyd Hoskinson

Dozens of potential buyers lined up for Thursday's JSO auction of vehicles and other items seized during arrests. 

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday it has broken up a major cocaine trafficking ring.

Governor Rick Scott, Charlie Crist, and UF Health are in the headlines today.

Michael Dunn, Pop Tarts, and lethal injection are in the headlines today.

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

A longtime musical establishment in Jacksonville will be getting a financial boost to its afterschool program for low-income students.

The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra announced this week that it was awarded a $10,000 Getty Education and Community Investment Grant from the League of American Orchestras to help fund its Jump Start Strings program.