‘He was in there for quite a while’: Soccer club says fugitive ransacked concession stand
Two days after a fugitive accused of shooting and killing a Nassau County deputy was taken into custody at the Kirsten Higginbotham Sports Complex off Ball Park Road, those in charge of the facilities got their first chance to survey the damage he left behind.
Hundreds of officers searching for weapons tied to killing of Nassau County deputy
Hundreds of law enforcement officers were assisting in an evidence search Wednesday related to the investigation into the death of Nassau County Deputy Joshua Moyers, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop, authorities said.
Retired K-9, SWAT officers ‘very confident’ police will find man accused of killing Nassau County deputy
As the search for Patrick McDowell, who’s accused of shooting and killing Nassau County Deputy Josh Moyers, continued into day four, two retired officers who’ve helped end manhunts before were watching closely.
Schools, trains, traffic: Community impacts of manhunt for suspect accused of shooting deputy
Road closures affected school bus pickups and drop-offs and trains were shut down, blocking some people in their homes Friday morning, as investigators searched for a suspect accused of shooting a Nassau County deputy.
Amid new virus surge, Florida skeptics reconsider vaccines
In a rural stretch of northeastern Florida where barely half the people have gotten a coronavirus shot, Roger West had no problem telling others he was “adamantly anti-vaccination.” “I do not trust the Federal Government,” West wrote recently. West drove to the Winn Dixie supermarket and rolled up his sleeve for the first of two injections of the Moderna vaccine.news.yahoo.com
FHP: 17-year-old killed in Northside crash involving semitruck
One person is dead and three people were transported to a hospital, including one person who was said to have critical injuries, following a crash Monday afternoon on the city’s Northside, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.
Year after death, West Nassau High football player honored at vigil
NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – A year after Trent Fort was shot and killed in Callahan, close friends, family and loved ones gathered for a peaceful candlelight vigil in his memory. Wednesday’s somber occasion was reminiscent of when more than 100 people filled West Nassau High School’s stadium, holding candles to remember the 16-year-old. During the vigil, some wore a shirt that read “Trenton 21.” Twenty-one was Fort’s football jersey number. Others wore shirts that read “#Forever21.″GALLERY: Photos from vigil honoring Trent Fort“I’m elated. “It not only shook the family, but it also shook the community as well.”AdPhotos from vigil honoring life of Trent Fort (News4Jax.com)The football player, his mother said, would have been a junior in 2021.
Evening rain set to move in
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Severe Thunderstorm Warning for central Nassau County and northern Duval County has been cancelled. Showers and some light sprinkles will last into the overnight hours with a 70% chance of rain targeting areas along I-10. Locations around and north of Jacksonville should see more rain especially across Georgia. A strong cold front will push across the area Thursday with a good chance of rain and possible thunderstorms. This strong front brings weekend days down to the 50s and freezing inland temperatures at night.
West Nassau hoops star Deebo Coleman picks Georgia Tech
CALLAHAN, Fla. – Dallan “Deebo” Coleman is bound for Georgia Tech. The West Nassau senior basketball guard announced his college commitment on Wednesday afternoon in the school’s gym. He enters the 2020-21 season with 1,797 career points and is poised to reach the 2,000-point mark, a benchmark that has served as a elite for area players. Among area players who have been among upper echelon basketball prospects in the 2010s, few have been top 70 players. Patric Young (Providence, ESPN No.
Here’s what we know about Florida’s plan to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine
Although we still don’t know when a COVID-19 vaccine will be made available to the general public, the Florida Department of Health is already making plans to administer those injections to residents across the state. The Florida Department of Health currently plans to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in three phases. (Florida Department of Health)The doctors and state health officials who are developing the distribution plans are meeting biweekly. Since hospitals have the most storage, they’ll likely be among some of the first health care facilities to receive doses of the vaccine. You can read the draft of Florida’s COVID-19 vaccination plan in its entirety here.
Man with knife shot, killed by deputy, Nassau County says
CALLAHAN, Fla. – The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy responding to a domestic call in Callahan on Friday shot and killed a man who had threatened his brother with a knife. Family identified the man who was killed as Justin Dawley. Deputies said they had negotiated with the man for about 15 minutes when he lunged at them with the knife. The man shot wasn’t identified by authorities, but Undersheriff Roy Henderson said he was in his 30s or 40s and the Sheriff’s Office had responded to domestic violence calls at that home before and the man who was killed had made suicidal statements in the past. That’s different from what the sheriff’s office said on Friday.
US long-term mortgage rates fall to low; 30-year at 2.81%
WASHINGTON – U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week as the key 30-year loan reached a new all-time low for the tenth time this year. Home loan rates have marked a year-long decline amid economic anxiety in the recession set off by the coronavirus pandemic. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year mortgage fell to 2.81% from 2.87% last week. The average rate on the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 2.35% from 2.37%. The low borrowing rates have bolstered demand by prospective homebuyers.
Callahan mom accused of leaving children in filthy home to visit boyfriend
CALLAHAN, Fla. – A Callahan mother is facing three charges of child neglect after Nassau County deputies said she left the home and crashed her car. According to an arrest report, Stephanie Mann, 30, was intoxicated when she crashed her car Saturday night on Old Dixie Highway. The report states that Mann abandoned her three children in a filthy home so that she could visit her boyfriend in the middle of the night after she became upset with him. When a deputy learned Mann had left her children at home, the arrest report states, the deputy showed up at the house, which smelled of cat urine and animal feces. According to the arrest report, the children were removed from the home and allowed to stay with Mann’s friend.
Nor’easter continues to slowly unwind, flood waters the last to fade away
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coastal and tidal waterways really have seen the worst of it with the intracoastal as flooded as we have seen without a hurricane. High tide flooding will fade but only slowly with some areas likely to still flood for the next week. Biggest tides were on Sunday with Saturday, Monday and Tuesday a very close second, third and fourth. Highest winds were on Monday, with many locations seeing wind gusts to 40 mph. The highest gust was on Saturday with a peak gust of 49 mph at Marineland.
Deputies: Boy, 12, brings 3 guns to Nassau County school
CALLAHAN, Fla. – A 12-year-old Nassau County boy was arrested Thursday after deputies say he brought three guns and ammo to a private Christian school in Callahan. "She discovered the butt of a gun and turned it over to the principal,” who told deputies he found a revolver, a second handgun and two boxes of .380 caliber ammunition inside. The teacher said Stanford told her he had brought the guns to school to show the principal. Inside his desk was a drawing of a man outside of a school with guns. The child’s mother, Sasha Lewis, told deputies the family has guns at home, but she thought the gun safe was locked.
Nassau County teen accused of attacking girl at basketball court
CALLAHAN, Fla. A 16-year-old Nassau County girl was arrested after video was posted online showing her attacking another teenage girl Monday afternoon at a Callahan basketball court. Deputies said the teenager charged with battery told them she was just having a bad day.The video of the attack at Ewing Park is disturbing. Deputies said the aggressor pushed the other girl to the ground, stood the victim and slapped and punched her. This incident was reported to the Nassau County Sheriffs Office on Monday night, but deputies say at the time the mother of the victim did not want to press charges. Deputies arrested the teenager at home about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and released her to the custody of her parents later in the day.
Community feeds hundreds at drive-in food pantries
Hundreds of people received food on Thursday through multiple drive-in giveaways across our area, including Callahan and Durkeeville. Cars were lined bumper to bumper at the non-profit Families of Slain Children on North Myrtle. “It’s a blessing to be here today to get this food and these people giving us because we really need it,” Jacksonville resident Betty Jean Bean said. “I had children coming up here asking for food,” Beverley McClain, CEO of Families of Slain Children, said. We can’t do that, we can’t have that.”Church volunteers, with the help of the non-profit Farm Share, served 415 families today on Thursday, roughly 1,500 people.
Teens held in death of West Nassau student face new upgraded charges
CALLAHAN, Fla. – Two teenagers arrested shortly after a 16-year-old West Nassau High School student was shot and killed earlier this year are facing new, adult charges. The Sheriff’s Office said Trent Fort was shot in the chest after getting into a confrontation during a drug deal after school on Feb. 24. He was arrested shortly after Fort’s murder at a McDonald’s in Callahan and his brother was tracked to a wooded area in the Spring Lakes Estates neighborhood. Fort’s parents said they’ve never met the teens, but they learned who they were on the day of the shooting. “I’m pretty positive that there will be more arrests, and I’m just waiting on it,” said Paige Hall, Fort’s mother.
Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says
In the study released Friday, CDC researchers collaborated with health officials in six states as well as genetics researchers and disease modelers in the Seattle area. Only later did health officials realize the virus could spread before symptoms show up, rendering symptom-based screening imperfect. Until late February, coronavirus infections were too rarely diagnosed by emergency departments to be identified as a growing epidemic, the study found. But limited spread in some communities was occurring in late January and early February, the study found. A separate study, released Friday by the journal Science, focused on the virus's beginning in New York City, which was hit hard by the virus.
Hundreds defy stay-at-home order to attend church while mayors office warns that violators may be cited after review
Callahan, the Urbana church pastor, who believes coronavirus is a real sickness, a real disease with real consequences, has yet to hold in-person services, instead hosting weekly Sunday services by video. He said he initially supported the coronavirus stay-at-home measures but said its time for them to end for places of worship. Callahan said he is waiting to see what the Illinois legislature may do when it meets again this week and is keeping an eye on lawsuits related to stay-at-home orders.chicagotribune.com
Coronavirus treatment drug UF Health helped develop gets emergency FDA apporval
This is the first study that involved UF Health showed a clear benefit to patients suffering from coronavirus complications, according to UF researchers. Remdesivir is not yet FDA approved but the principal investigators of the test sites at UF Health say the drug will now be standard of care for the treatment of COVID-19. UF Health is setting up what is essentially a free-standing public health disease surveillance unit operating in collaboration with and under the authority of the Florida Department of Health. A critical component of testing is the quick return of results, typically 12 hours or less for tests conducted and processed by UF Health. A key to reopening UF is that UF Health Shands Hospital is well-positioned with supplies and patient capacity to treat anyone who requires hospitalization.