The Local Media Association has announced 22 news outlets from across the country, including Jacksonville’s own WJCT News 89.9 and WJCT News partner News4Jax, that will be participating in its new Covering Climate Collaborative. WJCT produces ADAPT, a digital magazine focused on how climate change is impacting Northeast Florida and what’s being done about it, and the ADAPT Newsletter. 

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A fatal shooting at the Jacksonville Landing on Martin Luther King Day was the second this month near the already struggling downtown landmark.

The Jacksonville Landing shopping mall and entertainment center has had trouble sustaining foot traffic through its iconic northbank structure the last few years, forcing store closures and even the shuttering of a maritime museum.  

Kamiyah 'Alexis' Mobley gives first interview

Jan 18, 2017

An 18-year-old woman who was kidnapped from a Jacksonville hospital 18 years ago when she was a newborn spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Newborn Abducted In 1998 Found Alive; Woman Charged With Kidnapping

Jan 13, 2017

A newborn baby taken from a Jacksonville hospital on July 10, 1998, has been found alive in South Carolina and officials have charged a 51-year-old woman with kidnapping, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Acting on recent tips, JSO cold-case detective traveled to Walterboro, South Carolina, and found an 18-year-old woman with a matching birth date and took a DNA sample, according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab Thursday night match that to Kamiyah Mobley.

Changes coming to Jacksonville Beach festivals

Jan 6, 2017

The Jacksonville Beach city leaders informally decided at a special meeting Thursday evening to prohibit City Council members from organizing festivals and events in town.

City attorney Susan Erdelyi recommended changes to the special events policy after hiring Jacksonville attorney John Dickinson to conduct a report, which raised concerns that two City Council members could be personally benefiting from annual festivals held at Latham Park and Seawalk Pavilion.

Florida Bar Opens Investigation Into Matt Shirk

Jan 5, 2017

Embattled former 4th Judicial Circuit Court public defender Matt Shirk now faces a disciplinary investigation from the Florida Bar.

The News4Jax I-TEAM learned Wednesday evening that the Florida Bar was reviewing a special grand jury's findings on Shirk from two years ago. When Shirk left office, he returned to the jurisdiction of the Florida Bar, which has now opened a disciplinary investigation into his conduct.

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A judge cleared the way for Gator DeLoach to be sworn in Tuesday as the new sheriff of Putnam County.

An attorney for Jon Kinney, the Republican candidate who lost the race for Putnam County sheriff by 16 votes in a three-way election, filed an emergency motion Thursday seeking to block DeLoach, the Democrat candidate, from taking office.

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John Burr

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo the owner of TV station WJXT, Graham Media, is buying rival WCWJ, known as CW17. Graham Media is the former owner of the Washington Post.

Burr notes the purchase completes a network TV consolidation in the Jacksonville market, with TEGNA Media’s controlling the local NBC and ABC affiliates and Cox Media’s controlling the local CBS and Fox affiliates.

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Update (2:50 p.m. on Dec. 31): A Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman says the death investigation is ongoing, and an internal investigation will follow if wrongdoing is found. 

The original article is below: 

A man who was declared brain dead earlier this month after being shocked with a Taser gun by Jacksonville officers and placed in a restraint chair has died.


NPR is reporting the man accused of killing Virginia journalists on live television Wednesday morning is alive but injured and in critical condition.

The shooting deaths of a Roanoke, Virginia, television news reporter and a photographer are reverberating in newsrooms across the country, including at television stations in Jacksonville.

Tarik Minor is a news anchor and reporter at WJXT News Channel 4.

Jacksonville Issues Air Quality Advisory Because Of Nearby Forest Fires

Jun 12, 2015

The city of Jacksonville’s Environmental Quality Division issued an air-quality advisory, as particulate matter clogged the air Friday.

Smoke from forest fires in southeast Duval County is contributing to elevated particulate matter concentrations.

Florida Forest Service said a lightning strike on Wednesday sparked a fire that is causing heavy smoke in between the University of North Florida and Mayo Clinic. The San Pablo fire was about 15 football fields large and 75 percent contained.

Three Injured In Attempt To Outrun Train In Riverside

Jun 2, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A driver, a cousin and his pregnant girlfriend survived after the car they were in was cut in half when struck by an Amtrak train Tuesday morning at a crossing in Riverside.

Rumors Fly About Threats At First Coast High

Jun 1, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Concerns are growing among parents of First Coast High School amid rumors that someone is planning a shooting on campus. Social media posts indicate there will be a gang-initiation shooting at the school this week.

Last week, Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti sent robo-calls to parents' phones that there would be additional police presence and possible searches and other security measures.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - An embattled Southside pediatric dentist has been served with a class action lawsuit, News4Jax learned Thursday.

The complaint, on behalf of four plaintiffs, alleges negligence and that Dr. Howard Schneider is a “pathological sadist,” who inflicts physical and psychological pain for sexual excitement or gratification. The plaintiffs contend Schneider set up the dental practice catering to poor and uneducated clientele so he would have a “constant supply of defenseless indigent children to victimize.”

Calf Born In Baker County With Two Faces

Apr 29, 2015

Seeing double? A farmer in Baker County couldn't believe what he was looking at when he noticed a newly birthed calf in the field.

He knew one of his cows was pregnant and he was expecting to see a baby soon. Sunday, the bundle of joy was delivered, but instead of having one face, it had two.

Dental Abuse-Allegation Protest Begins On Facebook, Turns Violent

Apr 29, 2015

Accusations started pouring onto a Facebook page after it was started to share allegations of abuse from patients of a local dental practice.

Tuesday afternoon as the accusations poured in so did protesters, picketing outside the office of Dr. Howard Schneider.

Renee Frisch, whose daughter was a patient of Schneider, said her daughter has been traumatized and said that it is the result of his work.

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A former Duval County teacher has been found guilty of seven counts of sexual battery against three young girls.

Two girls testified Wednesday that Michael Worrell, 64, sexually assaulted them. A third victim was not available to testify, and her father told the court she may have run away three weeks ago.

Worrell was arrested arrested in September 2012. He has been held without bond since his arrest.

After seven years of discussions, stops and starts, Jacksonville City Council finally came to an answer on a new agreement with the Police and Fire Pension Fund, and that answer is no.

After coming to a vote Wednesday night, the deal did not pass, failing in a 9 - 9 vote.

If current Mayor Alvin Brown wants to push forward with the pension reform he will have to draw up a new deal and submit it the council.

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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.