Duval school board discusses resolution urging feds to take action against mice-infested complex
The Duval County School Board on Tuesday is set to consider a resolution that would ask the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to stop issuing Section 8 housing vouchers for Hilltop Village Apartments until the complex clears up a rodent problem.
I-TEAM: Court documents confirm problems still not fixed at mice-infested complex
New information following about a monthslong investigation into an embattled apartment community in Northwest Jacksonville where the News4Jax I-TEAM found a mice infestation in April of this year: Court documents confirm the problems still have not been fixed.
Gov. DeSantis cuts off state funds to management company of rodent-plagued apartment complex
Six months after an I-TEAM investigation first exposed a rodent infestation and other unsafe living conditions at Hilltop Village Apartments in Jacksonville, Florida’s governor is cutting off all state money to companies associated with the complex – penalizing them for failing to make fixes and allowing the problems to continue.
Sen. Rubio wants more HUD checks following I-TEAM reports on Hilltop Village
Our I-TEAM investigation into the mice infestation at Hilltop Village Apartments in Northwest Jacksonville has helped uncover a statewide problem. Hilltop Village Apartments is an affordable housing complex managed by Cambridge Management, Inc., and now, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is calling on HUD to inspect all properties managed by Cambridge Management across the state of Florida.
Rodent-plagued residents take their fight to court
Tenants at Hilltop Village Apartments, a government-subsidized complex in Northwest Jacksonville that have been reporting problems with rodents for the past year have now asked a judge to force the owner to move them until the mice infestation is fixed.
Jacksonville councilwoman wants tenants in mice-infested apartments moved
Jacksonville City Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman on Wednesday morning sent a letter to the property management company that oversees Hilltop Village Apartments requesting that all tenants living in buildings infested with rodents be moved and given hotel vouchers while Cambridge Management works to rid the 14 apartment buildings of rodents and correct other code violations.
Answers to 3 commonly asked questions about tenants’ legal rights
News4Jax partnered with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid to offer a phone bank Thursday morning after the I-TEAM investigation Rodent Residential uncovered a mice infestation at the Hilltop Village Apartments. Here are the answers to the three most commonly asked questions.
Slew of evidence markers line Hilltop Village parking lot after shooting
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two people were rushed to a hospital for treatment Friday evening after a shooting outside the Hilltop Village Apartments, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Numerous evidence markers were placed on the ground throughout the parking lot of the Northwest Jacksonville apartment complex. According to the Sheriff’s Office, both victims had injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. There was no description of the shooter and no arrests were announced. The shooting comes about a day after a man was found shot to death at the apartment complex.
Man killed in Moncrief shooting
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office were called to investigate a shooting Thursday night in the Moncrief neighborhood. The shooting occurred at the Hilltop Village Apartments. A spokesperson for JSO said officers and Jacksonville Fire Rescue responded to the area for a reported shooting around 7:45 Thursday night. Upon arrival, a man was found with at least one gunshot wound. No further information was released, including whether the man was found inside or outside of an apartment.
Video taken as shots rang out at Hilltop Village Apartments
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – News4Jax has obtained video that was taken as shots rang out at the Hilltop Village Apartments on Oct. 14. Because the Sheriff’s Office has not identified the man in the video, News4Jax has chosen to blur that person’s face. “They need to do something about these apartments because it’s really really bad," McKay said. According to Lt. John Gay, with the Sheriff’s Office, one of the two men who were found shot had life-threatening injuries. Anyone with additional information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office or make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida.
Police swarm Hilltop Village Apartments after double shooting
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – At least 20 units from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting Wednesday evening at a Northwest Jacksonville apartment complex. Lt. John Gay, with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, said units were called to the Hilltop Village Apartments shortly after 3:30 p.m. Two men were found shot. He said the shooting occurred in the courtyard. The motive for the shooting is unknown. Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office or make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida.
Jacksonville police: Missing 11-year-old boy found safe
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville police announced early Tuesday morning that a missing 11-year-old boy was found safe. The Missing Child Alert was first issued about 9:10 a.m. Sunday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. On Monday, people in the complex, where Keavon’s photo on missing posters are posted, were hopeful he’ll be found safe. “Sometimes 11-year-olds want to do what they want to do, but this is something to take very seriously because there’s a child missing,” a neighbor in the apartment complex said Monday. The FDLE canceled the Missing Child Alert about 4 a.m. Tuesday.
Parents sue over shooting death of 16-year-old son
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Adrian Gainer Sr. stood in the summer heat Tuesday, holding a young child in his arms with family members at his side, to announce he is suing the Hilltop Village Apartments. Gainer's 16-year-old son, Adrian Gainer Jr., was shot and killed at the apartment complex in broad daylight on Feb. 25. Though it has been months since his son was gunned down, the father's pain is as if it happened today. "So I am asking ya'll, please stop the violence and ya'll help us stay strong," Adrian Gainer Sr. said. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Adrian Gainer Jr.'s death is considered a murder and the case remains unsolved.