Public Safety


An Orange Park woman was killed by a train Friday morning.


After Jacksonville 3-year-old Amari Harley was found dead in a ground-level water tank at Arlington’s Bruce Park this past weekend, Mayor Lenny Curry said the city is in the midst of an investigation into the matter that should lead to improved safety.

  Police in France and Belgium launched dozens of anti-terrorism raids this morning as authorities search for the suspects in Friday's deadly attacks in Paris. Sunday, France responded to the attack it blames on the Islamic State with airstrikes on the group's Syrian stronghold in the city of Raqqa. We discuss the events in Paris with Dr. Parvez Ahmed, Director of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices and Professor of Finance with the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida, and Dr. Christopher Roederer, Professor of Law and Director of International Programs with Florida Coastal School of Law.

Jacksonville City Council President Greg Anderson joins us to discuss current issues facing the council, including public safety funding, the city's infrastructure and more.

With the summer months heating up, many parents are taking their children on trips to the park, the beach and other attractions.

However, parents may need to be concerned about more than just sunburn and temper tantrums. Florida ranks number two in the nation for hot-car deaths among children.

Children’s bodies heat up faster than adults do, making them more susceptible to heat stroke in a hot car.

We discuss the week's news with our roundtable of local journalists: Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union columnist; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

Topics include crime and public safety in Jacksonville, a state investigation into the company that operates red-light cameras around the First Coast, and more.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented his $1.14 billion city budget proposal to the City Council on Monday. His spending plan calls for more police officers and firefighters, as well as money for roads, bridges and libraries, among other things. We discuss the budget with regular contributor A.G. Gancarski of Folio Weekly and Florida Politics.

As voters cast their ballots for mayor, sheriff and City Council seats, Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland joins us with an update about voter turnout in this election.

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The recent spate of young kids being forgotten and left for hours in hot cars is alarming, especially since, in many of the cases, the children were discovered too late to save their lives.


Some members of the Jacksonville City Council say they’re not sure the agreement to reduce Jacksonville’s massive pension liability will pass the smell test with voters.

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After months of negotiations, a tentative agreement has been reached on reforming the city of Jacksonville’s pension system.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown joined Melissa Ross on First Coast Connect to discuss the latest from City Hall. Jacksonville attorney Wayne Hogan was also in studio, he’s partnering with the city on a summer initiative called Waterproof Jax.

You can follow Melissa Ross on Twitter @MelissainJax.

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A new report ranks the Jacksonville metro area as the third most dangerous place for pedestrians in the country with 359 pedestrian deaths from 2003 to 2012.

One Road

A two-wheeler was the object of much longing when I was a kid. I got mine around grade five and more than 60 years later I'm still at it — riding between 40 and 50 miles a week.

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The recent suffocation deaths of a Massachusetts’ brother and sister inside an old Lane cedar chest prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue a second product recall on the model.

Pedestrian Hit And Killed By JTA Bus

Jul 29, 2013



The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a traffic fatality after a man was hit and killed by a city bus Saturday night.


Around 8:45 p.m. Saturday, 61-year-old Timothy Mclaughlin  was attempting to cross Beaver Street when he was struck and killed by a Jacksonville Transit Authority bus turning left from Newnan Street.