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City Council Bill Would Clear Up Hemming Park Funding Confusion

On Tuesday night the Jacksonville City Council began considering a bill to clear up funding issues surrounding Hemming Park.  

It’s one of the first items before the new City Council, which is back in session with 11 newly elected members.

New Council President Greg Anderson says the year is off to a good start.

“I think we got the job done tonight,” he said.

And he says things will be getting more interesting.  

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Mayor Curry Talks City Needs Over Lunch With State Lawmakers

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry told state lawmakers Tuesday afternoon the city needs more money for public safety, infrastructure, and health care, among other things.

Curry invited the Duval Legislative Delegation, a group of Northeast Florida state lawmakers, to lunch at City Hall. Curry and the delegates dined and talked Jacksonville priorities without a formal agenda.

Jacksonville Democratic Senator Audrey Gibson says she’s glad to see the meetings starting early ahead of next year’s legislative session.

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Anti-Abortion Advocates Call On Investigation, Defunding Of Planned Parenthood

Anti-abortion activists held a rally next door to a Planned Parenthood in Jacksonville on Tuesday as part of a national movement to defund the health centers.

The Women Betrayed movement started in response to a video posted by the conservative group Center for Medical Progress.

More than 200 anti-abortion activists met in the parking lot of a Mandarin Woody’s Bar-B-Q, lining the sidewalks next to the only Planned Parenthood in Northeast Florida.

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Search For Missing Toddler Lonzie Barton Now Homicide Investigation

The five-day search for missing Jacksonville toddler Lonzie Barton has turned into a homicide investigation. That’s what Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Investigations Director Tom Hackney said Tuesday afternoon.

The 21-month-old boy was reported abducted early Friday morning by his mother’s boyfriend, William “Ruben” Ebron, who is now the main suspect in the investigation.

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Former FBI Agent Says Officers In Jacksonville Should Have De-escalation Training

Jacksonville’s former FBI chief believes de-escalation training for law enforcement is important in preventing conflict between officers and community members.

Toni Chrabot, recently-retired FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Jacksonville, says when officers know how to de-escalate high-pressure situations, violent incidents are less likely to occur.

Chrabot has provided training services for other FBI agents and the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

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First Read: JSO Is Building Case Against Lonzie’s Caregiver

William Ruben Ebron is now believed to be responsible for the 21-month-old Lonzie Barton’s disappearance. The investigators searching for Lonzie Barton have found remains of an unknown person believed to have been dead for at least a year. A $1,000 fine now awaits formal approval from Governor Rick Scott in order for Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to resolve allegations she did not properly report income from consulting work when she ran with Scott in 2010.

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Police: Working To ‘Build A Case’ Against Ebron

As day four of the search winds down, 21-month-old Lonzie Barton is still missing.

The boy was reported abducted early Friday morning by his mother’s boyfriend, William Ruben Ebron, who is now believed to be responsible for the toddler’s disappearance.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Investigations Chief Tom Hackney says the more time that goes by, the less likely Lonzie is alive.

Hackney says even without the body, investigators are working to build the case against Ebron.

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