Non Profit Grocery Store Feeding Food Desert | River City Live
Overflow Health Alliance came into the community with a focus on empowering for a healthy community. With the area around Moncrief considered a food desert, the group launched a non profit grocery store called Making Ends Meet. This Sam’s style food pantry offers members the opportunity to shop for quality food options utilizing a $10 a year membership. This empowers them to feel less self conscious about their situation. With a second hand clothing boutique and a fitness center with a trainer on site, the site is open to all ages with an eye for more support from the Jacksonville community.
Parents make emotional plea for answers in 19-year-old’s murder
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nearly a month after a 19-year-old man was shot and killed in Moncrief, MAD DADS is helping the family search for answers. The teen’s mother and father made an emotional plea Saturday to help find their son’s killer during a MAD DADS walk in Washington Heights. Larry Tould's family is begging the community to come forward with the truth in his murder. AdA month later, the MAD DADS advocacy group is now going door-to-door. MAD DADS hopes to find answers in unsolved Jacksonville murder cases.
Man killed overnight at Calloway Cove; 4th killed there this week
Ad“It’s sad because right now, it’s just a no-win situation,” said one man who told News4Jax he’s not surprised at the violence. “That comes from, in my opinion, the one home family, because everybody is a follower now,” the man said. “There’s crime all over Duval County, but in this particular area, it seems to resonate over the years,” Jefferson said. News4Jax reached out to the City Council member who represents Calloway Cove’s district, as well as the owner of the complex. All five homicides in Jacksonville this week have been in the 32209 ZIP code: the four at Calloway Cove and one on Iris Boulevard, only three blocks away.
2 vaccination clinics open in Jacksonville’s underserved communities
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The city’s pop-up vaccination clinic at the Clanzel Brown Senior Center in Moncrief opened for a second and final day Saturday. It’s in an effort by city and community leaders to reach underserved communities where the vaccine has not been available. The Clanzel Brown Center was open Saturday for health care workers, first responders and people 65 and up whose birthdays are from July through December. (Nearly 500 doses were administered Friday to those with January through June birthdays.) Ron DeSantis has pushed for vaccination clinics to open at places of worship across the state -- with a focus on predominantly Black churches.
Man shot several times behind Moncrief Road convenience store dies
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police said the sound of gunfire picked up by Shot Spotter brought police to a convenience store on Moncrief Road at Golfair Boulevard about 1 p.m. Friday. Homicide detectives said a man shot multiple times behind the business ran a short distance before collapsing. Adam Blinn said the gunman was seen leaving in a white Volvo sedan, heading north on Moncrief. Blinn said the two men knew each other and agreed to meet there. Anyone with information about the shooting or could help identify the gunman is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
Argument over pickup truck leads to fatal shooting, arrest
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 25-year-old man was charged with murder after police say an argument over a pickup truck at a Northwest Jacksonville Monday night escalated to gunfire and one man died. Mack Johnson was detained at the scene at a gas station at the corner of New Kings and Moncrief road. Edwin Cayenne said Johnson pulled a gun and fired during the argument. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said they weren’t sure what the argument was about but the men knew each other. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
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.
10.5 acre farm breaks ground in Moncrief food desert
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Clara White Mission broke ground Thursday morning on a new farmers market and training center. “We crave healthy, fresh, delicious food so it’s been a really good response to the farm so far,” Schott said. RELATED: Jaguars Foundation, Sysco Foods, more companies chip in to support Clara White MissionThe Clara White Mission said the second phase will help improve access to fresh food for people in the community. The revamped farm and new farmers market is set to open in Summer 2021. Clara White Mission relies on donations from generous community partners and members in order to operate.
Northside residents feel neglected again after Lot J plans unveiled
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With a major project coming to Lot J, people outside of the downtown area say their neighborhoods need the city’s attention over a new entertainment complex. Northside residents say they feel pushed to the side again following Monday’s unveiling of plans for the Lot J development. “Development for Lot J, I think, it’s a big waste of money. At a news conference Monday about the Lot J plans, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said this project won’t leave out neighborhoods like Moncrief and will give job opportunities to people on the Northside. Residents who News4Jax spoke with on Monday say their neighborhoods need developments just as much as other parts of the city.
New $1.3 million sports complex likely coming to Northwest Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A new sports complex for kids is more than likely coming to Northwest Jacksonville. The project is funded by The Cal Ripkin Sr. Foundation. During a meeting of the Social Justice Committee of the city council, members learned on Monday about the plans for the complex. The baseball park funding is coming from a $1.3 million grant from the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the park will be run by the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida. The complex will require city funding for its operation which will need the approval of city council and the mayor.
Jacksonville police looking for parents of child found by himself
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Police are asking for the publics help to identify a child found by himself in the Moncrief neighborhood, according to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office. The Sheriffs Office said the boy was found Thursday near West 45th Street and Golfbrook Drive, and since then police have been unable to locate his parents. Anyone with information on the boys identity or the whereabouts of his parents is asked to contact the Sheriffs Office at 904-630-0500.
Family: Jacksonville man tied to car & dragged still in intensive care
Weeks after he was attacked, tied to a van and dragged down a road in Jacksonville's Moncrief neighborhood, the victim is still being treated in an intensive care unit, his family says. Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
Parade celebrates 50th Northwest Classic in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Before Raines and Ribault high schools took the football field Saturday afternoon for the 50th time in history for the Northwest Classic, hundreds gathered for a parade in Moncrief to show their pride and cheer on their teams. This is, like, one of the biggest parades we've had so far because we're celebrating 50 years of excellence, 50 years of community, 50 years of our youth," said parade coordinator Quen Sams. "It's a big rivalry, and we understand that it's a big family, a neighborhood and one big community." She said for her, the event means she's part of the heritage and embedded history in Jacksonville. "You see alumni come out, you see their children and the legacy of being a Viking, because I'm actually a third-generation Viking," Manning said.
Family: Jacksonville man dragged behind van 'fighting for his life'
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Days after a gay man was beaten and dragged behind a van, News4Jax is learning more about the victim of what police are calling a horrendous attack and others characterized as a hate crime. The 37-year-old man, whose family did not wish to share his name, is in critical condition at UF Health Jacksonvilles intensive care unit, a relative told News4Jax. The relative said the man has not woken up since Fridays attack and is currently on a feeding tube. From what I hear, they even got a video of them fighting him and this person were fighting each other. He said the stress, sleeplessness and tears over the past few days have taken their toll on the family.
2-year-old injured in apartment fire released from hospital
Video sent to News4Jax by a family member shows 2-year-old Carla Ethridge ringing the bell at Shriners Hospital in Boston. Family members told News4Jax that the people who were critically injured in the fire were Danielle Nicole Ethridge and her three children, Amarah, Carla and Taj. News4Jax was told that her siblings and Danielle Ethridge are still being treated in a hospital. "People are telling me to stay strong, but it's easier said than done," her father, Keyon Ethridge, previously told News4Jax. Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
I-TEAM: Trash piling up at apartment complex cited with violations
But News4Jax I-TEAM uncovered more safety violations at Majestic Plaza. According to the City of Jacksonville, Code Enforcement went out Friday to inspect Majestic Plaza and the property was cited with multiple violations. "You can smell it over here," said Michael Drayton, who lives across the street from Majestic Plaza. As the I-TEAM walked the property Tuesday, there were broken windows, broken air-conditioning units and trash scattered everywhere. We havent had hot water since before last year," said Majestic Plaza resident Liz Sims, who has a 6-year-old and another child on the way.
Barbershop hands out school supplies at annual event
The owners held an annual back-to-school bash where they gave out more than 100 bookbags filled with school supplies. Its an annual party for neighborhood kids to let loose before they start a new school year. This was the biggest back-to-school party weve had thus far," said Renita Turner, barbershop owner. "This is checked off my list for back to school things.Back on July 12, News4Jax previewed plans to hold this event and the money needed to purchase school supplies. That story made all this possible.In addition to backpacks and school supplies, the barbershop also gave out clothing and vouchers for children to receive haircuts right before they start the new school season.
Large fire sends children to hospital, displaces families
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A dozen families were unable to return home Wednesday after a large fire tore through their apartment building. A witness told News4Jax he helped three children get to safety. We've got to get the kids,'" a witness told News4Jax. "I would encourage the community to rally around these families," said Fire Chief Keith Powers. Our Fire/Rescue @JFRDJAX , @RedCross and support teams on site and working hard for those impacted.