BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA — After a six-day trial of a Brunswick pastor on sexual molestation charges, a Glynn County jury deliberated less than an hour Monday, finding Ken Atkins guilty of all charges.
WJCT presents a collaboration between the University of North Florida’s Environmental Center and Public Trust Law on 19 short videos showcasing the city, state and national parks of the First Coast, produced by Sean Lahav, a project leader in the envir…
Monday on “First Coast Connect” we heard reaction to the Hemming Park protest Friday that turned violent, leading to six arrests. We discussed the event with Jacksonville Progressive Coalition members Wells Todd and Karen Morian and attorney John Phillips. We also heard about The Wall That Heals coming to Metropolitan Park later this week with the City of Jacksonville Public Affairs Director Bill Spann, WJCT board member Dan Bean and representative from Vietnam Vets local 1046 Bob Adelhelm. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and we spoke with neurologist from UF Health Jacksonville Dr. Odinachi Oguh, activist Jennifer Otero and Parkinson’s patient Bill Wilson
If you’re planning on taking in some games at the baseball grounds this season and you’re wondering what to eat at the ballpark, keep in mind: They’re not called the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp for nothing. Last year, the new owner Ken Babby changed the name of the Class AA minor league team from the Suns to the Jumbo Shrimp. And Thursday the team rolled out some of the new shrimp dishes on the menu. The list includes “Boom Boom” popcorn shrimp in an edible waffle bowl, fried jumbo shrimp with coconut, shrimp and grits and jumbo shrimp cocktail. Senior food and beverage manager Juanita Millhouse said many of the dishes will be made with fresh-caught shrimp that comes straight from Mayport. While Millhouse declined to discuss the price of the new menu items, she did say the items will be priced low enough so families can afford to come to games. The new season gets underway Wednesday, when the Jumbo Shrimp host the Chattanooga Lookouts at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville . Contact
Six people were arrested Friday when a protest downtown against the U.S. firing missiles at a Syrian airbase turned violent. Video of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s officers taking protestors to the ground has been shared around the world, including London’s Daily Mail. On Saturday, protesters gathered in front of the Duval County Courthouse demanding the charges against those arrested be dropped. Monday on First Coast Connect, members of the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition blamed the altercation on Jacksonville resident Gary Snow. In videos published on Facebook, Snow can be seen standing next to activists waving a large Trump flag and speaking into a bullhorn. Coalition member Wells Todd said Snow often appears at its protests. “Gary Snow is here from Chicago. He’s a provocateur,” Todd said. “He did the same thing in Chicago that he is doing here and that is to incite violence. JSO knows him and they did nothing to stop him.” Others who were at the protest said Snow was bumping into
The St. Johns Riverkeeper has filed a federal lawsuit to try to block plans to deepen the river for larger ships to enter JaxPort. The nonprofit Riverkeeper filed the suit Friday against the Army Corps of Engineers for its environmental analysis of a p…
Thirty four years ago, Jacksonville police arrested Springfield resident Ottis Toole for arson. In the months that followed, Toole confessed to being one half of a murderous duo responsible for more than 100 brutal slayings across the Southeast. Though Toole’s involvement in some crimes was confirmed, others were called into question as the years wore on. Now, the mystery surrounding one of the city’s most notorious serial killers is being adapted as a stage play after a Jacksonville professor turned it into a novel. The “Stalking Ottis Toole: A Southern Gothic” runs through Sunday at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Jacksonville’s Kona Skatepark is celebrating its 40th anniversary . It’s the world’s oldest privately owned skatepark, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The concrete park opened in 1977 and has seen famous faces like Tony Hawk and Mitch Kaufman skate through. Kona Skatepark owner Martin Ramos said his parents dedicated the park to the youth of Jacksonville.
A Florida pilot program making it easier for foster teens to get driver’s licenses and insurance is likely to become permanent. The Legislature has approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach. The measure pays back cost for a learner’s permit, driving school and insurance for those who have completed an education program. It covers teens until they’re 18 and a half.
Friday on “First Coast Connect” our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times Union reporter Dan Scanlan, WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and WJCT Business Analyst John Burr. We also spoke with local author Steve Berry about his latest thriller “The Lost Order” and we heard a live in-studio performance from Miami-based band Sofilla.