Monthly Archives: July 2015 (page 6)


The search continues for missing 21-month-old toddler Lonzie Barton who has been missing since Thursday night, Jacksonville police are asking for any information that can lead to arrest in the killing of a Riverside bar employee Wednesday night and Gov…

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Conflict On ‘Back Burner’ At Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park

The Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park was the center of an outcry in late 2013, when the state held a hearing on a plan to place a Union memorial there. But now, the site of Florida’s largest Civil War battle — a Confederate victory — might have a peaceful solution in the works.

“We have to tell both sides of the story,” said Jeff Grzelak, a Civil War historian and re-enactor for more than 40 years.

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Former Westside High Football Coach, JSO Corrections Officer Arrested

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Friday morning issued the arrest of former Westside High School part-time assistant football coach, Clarence Thomas.

Thomas was also a JSO correctional officer.  

JSO Undersheriff Pat Ivey says he was charged with one count of unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.

Ivey said, “The arrest came as a result of 24-year-old Mr. Thomas having sexual relations with a 17-year-old victim he met while being an assistant coach for the Westside High School football team.”

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First Read: Jax Nonprofit Uses Crowdfunding To Help Homeless

A nonprofit, affordable housing developer in Jacksonville has started a crowdfunding campaign to help homeless people transition into their new homes, a man opened fire in a movie theater in Louisiana, killing three people including himself and injuring seven others, the Jacksonville Cannons, the city’s first professional ultimate frisbee team, is heading to the playoffs this week, and seven other stories you don’t want to miss.

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida and across the country.

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Nonprofit Using Crowdfunding To Help Move Homeless People Into Homes

A Jacksonville nonprofit is trying to move homeless people into a new apartment complex.

Ability Housing is turning to an Internet crowdfunding campaign to help ease people’s transition from the streets to their own homes.

Silverware, pillows, sheets, bed linens, toilet paper, paper towels, are just a few things Ability Housing Executive Director Shannon Nazworth reads off of a list of about 40 items that will be given to homeless people moving into a new complex on Jacksonville’s Westside.

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Walkway On UNF Campus Damaged By Truck

The area of UNF Drive under the walkway connecting UNF Arena to the Arena parking garage will be closed until at least Monday after a truck hit the walkover Thursday afternoon.Crews are still assessing the damage done when the truck hit the pedestrian …

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Jacksonville Cannons Head To Playoffs In Inaugural Season

A Jacksonville professional sports team is heading to the playoffs this weekend — but despite a successful season, the team hasn’t built up much of a fan base.

The Jacksonville Cannons are the city’s first-ever professional Ultimate Frisbee team, and this weekend they’re heading to the playoffs of the American Ultimate Disk League in their inaugural season.

Head Coach Tuba Benson says his goals at the beginning of the season were long-term.

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