Sister testifies in bonfire beating death trial

Sister testifies in bonfire beating death trial

It's been an emotional first day of testimony for 26-year-old Christopher Hoffman. He's the man accused of beating a 19-year-old to death at a bonfire party last year. According to police, a series of fights broke out at the party. Prosecutors say Hoffman punched Ryan Ford while he was already down, causing his death. Channel 4's Heather Leigh was inside the courtroom today.

Denard Robinson on All Access

Denard Robinson on All Access

Jaguars running back Denard Robinson joined News4jax Sports Director Sam Kouvaris and Jeff Lageman on Jaguars All Access.

Rescue on video of mom son dog trapped by trees

Rescue on video of mom, son, dog trapped by trees

New video released of a dramatic rescue---after a tree fell on a car, trapping a mother, her son and their dog. Melissa Smith is telling News4Jax what it was like to be trapped in the car with her son, after strong storms whipped through the Southside Monday.

Facebook Messenger App

Facebook Messenger App

A new app on Facebook replaces the popular messaging tool and creates a flood of criticism.

Ron Davis to pay respects to Michael Brown

Ron Davis to pay respects to Michael Brown

Community leaders in Ferguson, Missouri are pleading for people to stay home after the intense violence after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Now a local father is going to Ferguson to pay his respects to Brown. Ron Davis' 17-year-old son Jordan was shot and killed at a Southside gas station in 2012. Michael Dunn is awaiting his second trial in the case after a mistrial on the first degree murder charge. It's scheduled to start September…

School overcrowding concerns

School overcrowding concerns

Now even one week into school and News4Jax is already hearing of a major concern among parents: overcrowded classrooms. The rows of portables outside Oakleaf Junior High, for example, are no match for the number of kids packed inside.

Home invasion victims dealing with aftermath

Home invasion victims dealing with aftermath

We are getting new information tonight - about the background of a man police say was killed in a home invasion last week. While the family victimized in that attack - is finding it close to impossible to pick up the pieces.

Chris Hondros Journalist as Diplomat

Chris Hondros: Journalist as diplomat

Chris Hondros: Journalist as diplomat.

New school opens in St Johns County

New school opens in St. Johns County

Two, opened in Saint Johns County this morning. Channel 4's Marques White visited one of those schools: Patriot Oaks Academy. He tells us what the first day was like, and details about a new technology program for students.

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Student loan scams

A warning for former students as scammers have their sights on people struggling to pay off student loans.

Back to school for several counties Monday

Back to school for several counties Monday

Duval, St. Johns, Baker, Flagler, Columbia and Alachua counties will all welcome back its students, teachers and staff on Monday, and In Duval County - 51 Elementary schools will go an extra hour this year to help improve reading skills. In St. Johns County, two NEW schools are set to open. News4JAX spoke with students and parents who are excited to hear those school bells ring again in the morning.

Return of negative ads heralds campaign season

Return of negative ads heralds campaign season

They're BACK: those negative attack ads that show up on air every campaign season. It's a sure sign the race for Governor here in Florida is cranking up. Channel 4's scott johnson talked with our political analyst about why the negativity is picking up steam.

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Actress Debbie Reynolds to be honored at SAG awards

The legendary actress Debbie Reynolds will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAG awards in January.

Personal branding on the web

Personal branding on the web

The best way to go about personal branding, or marketing yourself, on the internet.

Drug to prevent alzheimer s

Drug to prevent alzheimer's

Dozens of research sites across the country are testing an experimental drug to see if it might prevent memory loss associated with this terrible disease.

Woman says wrong MRI let her to believe she was dying

Woman says wrong MRI let her to believe she was dying

She thought she only had days to live - after seeing test results from a local hospital. Now she claims that hospital made a terrible mistake.

Building material thefts in Nocatee

Building material thefts in Nocatee

A neighborhood crime alert in St. Johns County. Nocatee is one of the fastest growing communities in the country. Workers are constantly developing it, but that also makes it the perfect target for theft. Recently, burglars have broken into several homes under construction.

Elderly family member nightmare

Elderly family member nightmare

A family's nightmare: you hire someone to help care for your elderly parent and that person ends up stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Here are some ways you can protect the ones you love.

Illegal sign crackdown

Illegal sign crackdown

News4Jax investigates illegal signs scattered on city property all over town. They advertise businesses and the city of Jacksonville wants them cleaned up... and are cracking down by "robo calling" the business dozens of times a day. Some business owners are calling the tactic harassment.

St Augustine High School starts

St. Augustine High School starts

Chris Shriver joins us from Saint Augustine High School as classes start back up.

Two new Mayport ships to boost local economy

Two new Mayport ships to boost local economy

It was a big weekend for Naval Station Mayport. It welcomed the U.S.S. Iwo Jima and U.S.S Fort McHenry; the two giant amphibious assault ships joined the U.S.S. New York, that's been stationed at its new home in Mayport since December. More than 1,000 sailors and their families---along with the crew of Fort McHenry---are already settling in to the area, and it certainly is starting to show in the housing market.

Accused voyeur jailed

Accused voyeur jailed

An update now on a man accused of taking video underneath a woman's dress at a Southside Walmart. 29-year-old James Harvey is now in jail on video voyeurism charges. Police made the arrest shortly after posting a surveillance photo on Facebook.

Hunt for hit-and-run driver

Hunt for hit-and-run driver

A terrible crash in Brentwood - a man on a motorcycle, in critical condition after a hit and run. Police say they have found the SUV involved, but the hunt for the driver continues.

Superintendent visits students

Superintendent visits students

Another first day of school now in the books for 6 more local school districts including Duval County. Among those dropping off their kids was Dr. Nikolai Vitti. We caught up with the Duval County School superintendent at West Jacksonville Elementary.

Hackers steal hospital records

Hackers steal hospital records

It's another computer hacking case that could affect your hospital records. Community Health System, which operates more than 200 hospitals across the country says hackers broke into its computers and stole data on 4 and a half million patients.

Mother of accident victim hopes to save lives

Mother of accident victim hopes to save lives

Four months after her 12-year old daughter was killed in a horrific car accident....a grieving mother hopes her death - can make a difference. Back in April, 12-year-old Savannah Pfeiffer was in a crash that happened at Merill and Townsend in Arlington - and died a week later. Tonight, Savannah's mother, Patricia Smith, hopes that sharing her daughter's story will help save lives in the future.

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