Ex-Douglas Anderson music teacher accused of sexually harassing student could be changing plea, attorney says
An attorney for a former Douglas Anderson School of the Arts teacher, who is accused of inappropriately touching an underage student in March, told a judge Tuesday that his client could be nearing a plea change.
Lawmakers ask DOJ to investigate after 12 deaths at Duval County jail so far this year
The News4JAX I-TEAM has reported on twelve in-custody deaths at the jail so far this year, including three that were just in the past month and a half. State Representatives Angie Nixon and Tracie Davis are now asking the Department of Justice for a federal investigation. The DOJ responded to their request, acknowledging the letter and referring it for review.
I-TEAM: Sen. Rubio staff member calls Jacksonville apartments ‘very neglected’
Members of U.S. Senator Rubio’s team started sounding the alarm last month about a Jacksonville apartment complex after getting a complaint from a resident. The Cascade Apartment complex, formerly known as Kings Ridge, is now part of a News4JAX I-TEAM investigation.
I-TEAM: Arrest of former DEA task force officer has possible ties to the arrest of FHP trooper
The I-TEAM has been digging into the allegations against a former Nassau County Sergeant, who was also a DEA task force officer, and found possible ties to another drug investigation resulting in the arrest of a longtime Florida Highway Patrol trooper.
How law enforcement agencies are recruiting future officers in a difficult climate
Small towns and big cities alike are struggling to recruit and retain law enforcement officers amid national controversy over the police profession. Many veteran officers are retiring, leaving agencies in a bidding war for qualified candidates — as they try to hire the next generation to protect and serve.
I-TEAM: Local contractor accused of taking money and not finishing the job
Local contractor and owner of North Florida Leisure, James Couturier, owes tens of thousands of dollars to several Jacksonville homeowners who said they either paid him for screened patios that were not finished, or he didn’t start the work.
How a Jacksonville mental health program is keeping people arrested dozens of times out of jail & hospitals
It’s all about breaking the cycle and keeping people out of jail and cutting down on homelessness in Jacksonville — and saving taxpayers money at the same time. And a team of mental health and legal professionals believe they’re on the right track with a program that identifies and treats repeat offenders with severe mental illness and substance abuse problems.
I-TEAM: State voting records show 22 people convicted of felony sex offenses voted in 2020 general election in Duval County
The News4JAX I-TEAM has found more than 20 people convicted of felony sex offenses who, according to state law, were ineligible to vote, cast ballots in the 2020 general election and were not purged from the voter rolls until nearly two years later.
Conspiracy that led to Jaren Bridegan’s murder began just over a month before targeted ambush shooting in Jax Beach: court records
The state attorney’s office filed the formal charges against the man arrested in connection with the shooting death last year of a father of four in Jacksonville Beach, Duval County court records show.
I-TEAM: Body cameras to be deployed in Baker County Detention Facility
After obtaining the latest inspection report and a letter addressed to President Joe Biden, the News4JAX I-TEAM has learned some major changes are in the works for the Baker County Detention Center, where there have been complaints of inhumane conditions and the mistreatment of immigrants.
I-TEAM: Baker County Sheriff’s Office found hospital staff reported crimes late, altered evidence
In a harsh email sent this past May, the Baker County Sheriff’s Office found the staff at the Northeast Florida State Hospital, or NEFSH, reported crimes late and destroyed or altered evidence in criminal investigations.
I-TEAM: Legal experts weigh in on drivers’ rights after video shows questionable traffic stop
The News4JAX I-TEAM is getting answers from legal experts on your rights as a driver -- one day after we told you about a Navy veteran who claims JSO Task force members handcuffed him, illegally searched him and his car, before letting him go.
Widower’s lawsuit says his wife died after surgery with former Jacksonville doctor at center of hundreds of malpractice claims
For months, the News4JAX I-TEAM has been investigating after hundreds of lawsuits were filed against Ascension St. Vincent’s and a former orthopedic surgeon, who is accused of botching surgeries.
I-TEAM given exclusive access by Baker County sheriff to federal wing of jail where immigrant detainees allege ‘inhumane conditions’
The News4JAX I-TEAM was granted unprecedented access this week to the federal wing of the Baker County Detention Center that houses more than a hundred immigrant detainees.
I-TEAM: Records show City of Jacksonville Beach did not investigate harassment, abuse claims among lifeguards
A former lifeguard at Jacksonville Beach is telling her story publicly for the first time, alleging a culture of abuse and harassment among lifeguards that was tolerated by the City of Jacksonville Beach.
I-TEAM: Newly released documents reveal which items were flagged as Critical Race Theory in textbooks
The News4JAX I-TEAM is digging through thousands of documents just released by the Florida Department of Education. They reveal what textbook reviewers flagged as Critical Race Theory (CRT) and other prohibited topics which led to the rejection of 54 unpublished math books. Governor DeSantis has targeted Critical Race Theory -- saying the book authors are trying to ‘indoctrinate” Florida students.
Residents of Jacksonville apartment complex offended by reference to ‘the hood’ in manager’s email about loitering
The News4JAX I-TEAM is looking into complaints about a Jacksonville apartment complex where some residents say they’re offended by the language used in an email from their property manager.
I-TEAM: Breaking down increases in Jacksonville rents by ZIP code
The News4JAX I-TEAM continues to hear from people about rising rents throughout the Jacksonville metro area. So, we wanted to take a look at the ZIP codes with the highest rent increase over the past year, and the one ZIP code where the rent has actually decreased.
I-TEAM: Don’t be the next victim of a rental rip-off
The News4JAX I-TEAM is uncovering a rental rip-off with a new twist. With so many people trying to find a home to rent and grabbing what they can quickly, you could get scammed out of thousands of dollars -- even though you think you’ve done the right research.
I-TEAM investigates car dealer facing fines in multiple states including Florida
The News4JAX I-TEAM has been investigating Carvana, a company that promises "peace of mind" when you buy a car from them. But some local customers told us they’ve had no peace for months – accusing Carvana of failing to follow the Florida law and leaving them unable to get their titles and tags.