Historic Black church holds service in parking lot after devastating fire
A historic Black church was destroyed by a fire last Thursday night. Now, members of St. Simon’s Baptist Church are making do by holding services outside. The pastor’s assistant said the church staff will keep holding services outside until the church is rebuilt. It’s joy that I cannot explain.”Ambakisye, the assistant pastor at St. Simons Baptist Church, said Sunday’s service was wonderful and chose to focus on the good rather than the church being destroyed. Investigators are calling the fire that destroyed St. Simon’s Church on Thursday night suspicious.
Panama Pharmacy getting 2,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine
Panama Pharmacy will be receiving 2,000 doses of the Pfizer Vaccine tomorrow morning. The first time, Panama Pharmacy received 400 vaccine doses. Kevin Duane, the owner of Panama Pharmacy, said health department officials reached out to him on Friday, saying they had an allotment of the Pfizer vaccine. Duane said the first time Panama Pharmacy received vaccines was in January. Duane said people in the Panama Park area trust the Panama Pharmacy, so he’s hoping vaccine numbers will go up.
JSO: Person shot in the Northside
JSO says a person was shot in Jacksonville's northside. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reports a person was shot in the northside. The incident happened near the 3600 block of Effee Street, between the Grand Park and Moncrief Park neighborhoods on Saturday night. Police have not identified the victim, or their condition. JSO is scheduled to hold a briefing on the incident at 10:55 p.m.We will let you know the latest on the investigation as soon as we know more.
JSO: Man shot in Longbranch neighborhood
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reports shots were fired near East 24th Street on Saturday. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says a man in his twenties is in critical condition after he was shot on Saturday night in Jacksonville’s Longbranch neighborhood. Witnesses told JSO, around 8:00 p.m., a gunman shot the victim after getting into an argument in front of a church located on East 24th Street. JSO says it’s unclear if the event was related to the victim or the gunman. Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call JSO at (904)630-0500, or contact CrimeStoppers anonymously at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).
These farmers are trying to make farming more accessible for Black people
There is a saying for African Americans wanting their chance at the American dream with their own land and home. Fast forward to 2021: According to 2012 Census of Agriculture, African Americans make up less than 2% of all farmers in the United States. The 1920s, just decades after the end of slavery, there were 900,000 black farmersAccording to the 2012 Agriculture Census there were only 44,629 black farmers in the United States, only 1.4% of the 3.2 million farmers in the country. “Tradition and historically, because the decline has been huge from black farmers in the ’70s and ’80s to now, from starting the late to early 2000s its been a huge declineThere’s also been a history of discrimination against black farmers. So for the many African Americans that are no longer in farming, this family hopes they will be apart of the resurgence.
Deadline for Duval County school choice application is Sunday
Deadline to to apply for a magnet or special transfer option school is Sunday, February 28th, at 11:59 p.m.DUVAL COUNTY, Fla., – Time is running out for Duval County parents to submit their children’s school choice applications for the next school year. Duval County Public Schools sent out an email on Friday, reminding parents to submit their applications by 11:59 p.m. Sunday. If you think your child might do even better in a choice school, now is the time to act for next school year! The deadline to apply for a magnet or special transfer option school is this Sunday, Feb. 28, at 11:59 p.m. Duval County Public SchoolsDCPS is offering parents the chance to transfer students to their school of choice, like magnet or special transfer option schools for the 2021-22 school year. Dr. Barbara Sistrunk and Jennifer Marcellus work for the Duval County school district.
Palatka woman charged with second degree homicide
Draneisha Bellamy of Palatka was booked into the Putnam County Jail on one count of second-degree murder Sunday morning. PALATKA, Fla. – A weekend shooting at home in Palatka leaves one person and another in jail without bond. At around 1:43 Sunday morning, Draneisha Bellamy of Palatka was booked into the Putnam County Jail on one count of second-degree murder. According to Palatka police detectives, officers were called to a home on 11th Street North in reference to a disturbance and a shooting. When officers arrived at the home, they discovered a man in his 40′s who was later identified as Samuel Mayes, of Palatka.
Refugees, immigrants in Jacksonville pleased with Biden executive order to increase refugee cap
The refugee and immigrant community in Jacksonville said they are looking forward to the Biden Administrations plans to increase the refugee cap. There are thousands of refugees who are in Jacksonville now who said they are here helping the city grow, so they feel an executive order like this is necessary. Their lives are on display just days after President Biden signed an executive order to expand refugee resettlement and improve elements of the program. I am immigrant and I do think immigrants, when they come to United States, they see raw and fresh start. Alawee said sharing their stories couldn’t come at a better time with this executive order.
FHP: Car plunges into river after crash on Dames Point Bridge
A car that went off the Dames Point Bridge Saturday night was pulled out of the river Sunday morning. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A car was pulled out of the St. Johns River Sunday morning after the vehicle went over the side of the concrete wall of the Dames Point Bridge following a crash Saturday night with another car in the southbound lanes, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said the 27-year-old driver of the vehicle that went over the side was able to exit his vehicle and had only minor injuries. All southbound lanes on I-295 were closed for an hour while the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department got the driver out of the water and police cleared the scene. The next morning, the vehicle that went off the side of the bridge was pulled from the water.
FHP: Two shot at while driving on I-95 near Emerson St
A man and a teenager from Georgia were shot at five times while driving down I-95 near the Emerson Street exit Saturday afternoon. JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – The Florida Highway Patrol says a man and a teenager were fired upon Saturday afternoon while driving on I-95 near Emerson Street. Troopers say the 48-year-old driver and a 17-year-old girl from Georgia were traveling northbound along the interstate around 1:58 p.m. But once they approached the Emerson Street exit, a man in a white vehicle pulled up next to their Toyota Camry and fired five shots. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact FHP at (800)-387-1290, or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).
JSO: Search for missing mother, 3-year-old in the Northside
JSO is looking for a woman and her 3-year-old child. The pair went missing after the mother and father got into a shootout inside a home on the Northside. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is looking for a mother and her 3-year-old child. Police say they went missing after the mother and father got into an argument that turned into a shootout inside a home Sunday night. JSO has not released any descriptions of the mother or child.
Food delivery driver accused of stealing teacup poodle puppy from Jacksonville Beach condo
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A man was arrested after snatching a puppy while delivering food to a Jacksonville Beach home on Saturday, the Jacksonville Beach Police Department said Sunday. Police said that when Chilito arrived with the food at the family’s home inside a condominium building on First Street South, the poodle exited the residence. Block said the food delivery driver was caught on surveillance video walking into an elevator with the dog before leaving in a blue Ford Focus. We confirmed the individual charged with this crime was not a Grubhub driver and has never been contracted with us. The Blocks said they will be donating that money to the Jacksonville Beach police lodge as a way to say thank you for bringing Lexi home.
One person rescued from apartment fire by JFRD
JFRD firefighters rescued one person out of an apartment fire on Friden Dr. Saturday night. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Fire and Rescue crews rescued one person from an apartment on fire in the Ribault neighborhood Saturday night. In a tweet, JFRD says crews rushed to the apartment located on Friden Drive at around 9:10 p.m. Once there, firefighters battled heavy flames and smoke coming out of the building. Within minutes, firefighters managed to pull one person out of the apartment. JFRD said they cleared the apartment and found no other residents.
JFRD: One person rescued in crash on that sent 2 to the hospital
One person had to be extricated from a vehicle following a car crash on Normandy Blvd, near I-295. Eastbound traffic on Normandy Blvd. remained at a standstill for more than an hour as fire crews rescued one person trapped in one of the vehicles involved. JFRD says one person was extricated from a vehicle at 6:29 p.m. All lanes on Normandy Blvd are open once again.
5 UF students struck, 1 fatally, after 2 cars collide, Gainesville police say
The Gainesville Police Department responded around 7:30 p.m. to the crash at West University Avenue and Northwest 17th Street, near UF’s Fletcher Hall. Police said a Honda Civic traveling east on West University Avenue and a Honda Accord attempting to turn south from westbound West University Avenue collided. Police said the Civic then skidded sideways, striking a pole and five pedestrians -- all UF students. Later that night, one of the pedestrians -- Sophia Lambert, a 19-year-old from Miami -- died, police said. The statement said the university is providing counseling services, outreach and other support for the students and communities affected.
DCPS employees 65+, medical personnel to get COVID-19 vaccine
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Duval County will provide the COVID-19 vaccine for Duval County Public Schools employees who are 65 years of age or older, as well as all medical personnel, as early as this week, according to the Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene. Greene sent a message last week, saying the health department will give priority scheduling to the school district’s employees who fall in those two groups. All eligible employees will be contacted by the health department via email to be voluntarily vaccinated at an undisclosed location. Greene said employees and health care professionals must wait to receive their individual appointment time from FDOH before going to the vaccination location. The superintendent’s message comes as students and teachers in Duval County get ready to return from winter break this week.
JSO: Man drives stolen excavator into Baptist Hospital entrance
A man stole an excavator and drove it into one of the maternity entrances at the Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An unidentified man stole an excavator and drove it into one of the entrances at the Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville Pavilion on Saturday, according to a spokesperson for Baptist Health. Hospital officials said that at around 6:00 p.m. the suspect stole an excavator from a construction site nearby. The man then used the excavator to ram into one of Baptist’s three Maternity entrances. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.
Chaos at Regency Court after shots fired outside concert
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Sunday night concert to see rap artist Toosii perform ended in chaos before it began. We worked with the Sheriff’s Office to shut it down safely,” a spokesperson with Excelsior Security Agency told News4Jax. It’s time to go.”She and others took refuge in the Longhorn Steakhouse across the parking lot. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office incident report said officers were dispatched at 8:04 p.m. and officers heard shots fired and saw people running and screaming. “It can create chaos and it’s exactly what it did.”Not only were there concerns from the gunfire and chaos, but video of so many people in that parking lot -- a lot of them not wearing face masks -- also caused health concerns.
FHP: Two people struck by speeding pickup in Hilliard
A man and a woman were taken to the hospital with serious injuries after they were struck by a speeding pickup truck in Hilliard, according to FHP. HILLIARD, Fla. – According to Florida Highway Patrol, a man and a woman were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a pickup truck in downtown Hilliard Saturday night. Troopers say the 39-year-old driver was speeding eastbound on Pecan Street at around 8:20 p.m., when he struck the couple at the intersection with CR-108. According to FHP, the pedestrians were crossing Pecan Street at the time of the crash and did not realize the pickup was headed their way because the driver was speeding. The man and woman were transported to UF Health with serious injuries.
Police: 18-year-old arrested after trying to run over Starke officer before car chase
Jamarion Smith, 18, tried to run over an officer and led police on a short chase Saturday night, according to Starke PD. STARKE, Fla. – An 18-year-old suspect led officers on a chase Saturday night, according to Starke Police. They say around 9:00 p.m., a Stark Police officer stopped Jamarion Smith for speeding at the intersection of Call Street and Water Street, but when the officer got out of their patrol car, they say Smith backed up toward the officer while speeding. Police say Smith then sped off, leading the officer on a high-speed chase for a few blocks before crashing on Oak Street and taking off on foot. While the K-9s were tracking, a nearby Starke police officer found Smith and arrested him.
Missing 62-year-old found clinging to capsized boat 86 miles offshore
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – The U.S. Coast Guard announced Sunday that a 62-year-old boater who went missing off Port Canaveral’s coast on Friday was found alive, clinging to his capsized Sea Ray about 86 miles offshore. Stuart Bee was recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225-foot motor vessel named Angeles, whose crew spotted the man clinging to the bow of the vessel. The U.S. Coast Guard spotted and rescued Stuart Bee on Sunday after he went missing late Friday afternoon. According to USCG, Bee was reported missing after heading out of the Cape Marina at 4 p.m. While Bee did not specify when he would return, USCG said his brother called the authorities saying Bee never stays out on the water for more than 24 hours.
18-year-old shot and killed by 4 Jacksonville officers during traffic stop
18-year-old shot and killed by 4 Jacksonville officers during traffic stopPublished: November 18, 2020, 11:21 pmA Jacksonville grandmother is calling for justice for her grandson who she identified as the person shot and killed by four police officers during a traffic stop on Jacksonville’s Westside.
Twitter and Facebook CEOs grilled on how their social media platforms controlled misinformation during the 2020 election
Twitter and Facebook CEOs grilled on how their social media platforms controlled misinformation during the 2020 electionPublished: November 17, 2020, 11:17 pmThey were also questioned about how they plan to continue those practices for the senate runoff election in Georgia, which could determine which party takes the majority.
Ultralight vehicle crashes in Baker County
Macclenny, FL – An unregistered ultralight vehicle crashed in Baker County Saturday, according to Baker Country Sheriff’s Office. The incident happened near Highway 121 North, just 4 miles north of Macclenny and less than 2 miles away from the Georgia border. According to BCSO, the ultralight vehicle was flying East from a hanger behind Mt. That’s when the 53-year-old pilot tried turning the vehicle back to the hanger, but started to rapidly lose altitude instead. The FAA was called to the scene, but said they will not investigate the incident because unregistered ultralight vehicles are not considered aircraft.
Coast Guard rescues 4 children, 4 adults and dog from water in St. Mary’s Inlet
ST. MARY'S INLET, Ga. – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued eight people and one dog out of the water after their sailboat hit the north jetty in St. Mary’s Inlet on Sunday afternoon. At around 5 p.m., the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville was alerted to the boat in distress. A Coast Guard Station Mayport Response crew rushed to the area and rescued four children, four adults and one dog off the 30-foot sailing vessel. The sailing vessel struck the rocks on the jetty due to reported engine failure, according to USCG. Authorities recommend for all boaters to be cautious and stay off the water until Tropical Storm Eta passes and weather conditions improve.
JSO: Two women injured in separate shootings in Moncrief Park & Venetia Terrace
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says two women were shot Saturday night in different parts of Jacksonville. In the Northside, one woman was taken to the hospital after being shot Sunday night in the Moncrief Park neighborhood. Less than one hour later, another woman was also shot in the Venetia Terrace neighborhood. JSO says there were several people present when the woman was shot outside, near the home’s driveway. Police are asking anyone with information to contact JSO at (904) 630-0500, or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.
1 killed, 2 critically injured in I-95 crash in St. Johns County, FHP says
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – One person was killed and two others were critically injured in a three-vehicle crash Saturday night on Interstate 95 in St. Johns County, the Florida Highway Patrol said. According to Highway Patrol, an SUV was heading north on I-95 near State Road 206 around 8:15 p.m. when it crossed over the median before colliding with a tractor-trailer traveling south on I-95. According to the Highway Patrol, the driver of the SUV, a 42-year-old St. Augustine woman, and the passenger in the SUV, a 12-year-old St. Augustine girl, suffered critical injuries. Troopers said the driver of the sedan, a 25-year-old Palm Coast woman, was also critically injured, but the Highway Patrol later said she died at a hospital Sunday morning. The Highway Patrol report shows she was not wearing a seat belt.
Man killed, 7-year-old injured by gunfire at Arlington youth football game
JACKSONVILLE, FLa. – A man was killed and a 7-year-old boy was injured Sunday evening in a shooting at a football game at an Arlington Athletic Association field next to Arlington Heights Elementary School, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said shots were fired just after 6 p.m. Witnesses told police that a grey SUV pulled up to the field, a man wearing a grey hoodie and mask got out of the vehicle and shot at the victims. Multiple shots can be heard on video of the game obtained by News4Jax. Police said both victims were taken to a hospital, where the man died.
Man deputies say was punched by Trump protester now pressing charges
Man deputies say was punched by Trump protester now pressing chargesPublished: October 15, 2020, 5:41 pmA man deputies say was punched in the face by a protester at a Trump rally in Nocatee has decided to press charges against the man he says attacked him.
Fletcher High moves all instruction online after ‘approximately 16′ COVID cases
Fletcher High moves all instruction online after ‘approximately 16′ COVID casesPublished: October 14, 2020, 6:19 pmBeginning Thursday, students of Fletcher High School will be learning at home through at least Monday, according to a message from the school’s principal.