After what the Jacksonville mayor called a "tough year for all of us," a new police chief was ceremoniously sworn into office Friday. Addressing a room full of residents and officers, Mayor Gary Fletcher made a passing reference to the contention that's embroiled the city's Police Department. In March, the Arkansas Supreme Court disqualified the previous chief, Geoffrey Herweg, from serving in the role because he'd been convicted of filing a false police report. And in recent months, three lawsuits have been filed that take aim at the Police Department, including litigation that argues "chaos" plagued the agency while it was under city leadership. "It's been a long year. It's been a tough year for all of us, and I know that," Fletcher said Friday. The mayor said he wants Jacksonville to get a "fresh start with a fresh chief." "I certainly am looking forward to this new beginning for all of us," Fletcher said. John Franklin, a 59-year-old former Chicago police commander, was sworn into … [Read more...] about New police chief pins on Jacksonville badge
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Duval County School Board voted to move forward with a plan that'll hire over one hundred school safety guardians for Duval County elementary schools.In the wake of the Parkland school shooting tragedy, legislation gave schools options to fulfill the requirement to put safety officers in every school. [email protected] board votes YES on implementing plan to arm non-sworn school safery assistants. #JaxNightBeat @FCN2go pic.twitter.com/qO8MbD7fWH— Julia Jenaé (@JuliaJenaeFCN) May 2, 2018The plan created by DCPS and JSO officers is recommending staffing every elementary school with an “armed school safety assistant whose primary responsibility will be to use whatever force necessary to prevent or abate an active assailant incident and to conduct perimeter and inner school checks to ensure premises are secure.” VOTE: Do you support paying higher taxes for armed officers in every school?DCPS middle and high schools are currently patrolled … [Read more...] about Duval School Board to vote to move forward with plan to arm school assistants
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Whatever Happened to ... J. B. Hunter stores? The Hunter stores had restaurants and beauty parlors to go along with all kinds of merchandise offerings. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Alan Morrell, Special to Rochester Democrat and Chronicle USA TODAY NETWORK Published 7:00 a.m. ET April 28, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Amidst the recent news of retail carnage – with Sears, Kmart, Bon Ton and others closing stores – we look back this week at another retailer that used to be in … [Read more...] about Whatever Happened to … J. B. Hunter stores?
Greg Olson, [email protected] Published 4:30 am, Monday, April 16, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 The way we were: Many city streets named after pioneers 1 / 1 Back to Gallery A man who helped build many of Morgan County’s first homes has his name attached to Jacksonville’s busiest street. Morton Avenue, the main east-west artery that crosses the city, takes its name from Col. Joseph Morton. Morton settled in Morgan County in 1820, three years before the county was formed and five years before Jacksonville was founded. He was one of the early movers and shakers around Jacksonville and the state. Morton was a log cabin builder, census taker, state legislator, state senator and member of the state Constitutional Convention of 1862. Morton died in 1881 on his farm east of Jacksonville. But his death came long after Jacksonville residents recognized his contributions by naming a street after him. In … [Read more...] about The way we were: Many city streets named after pioneers
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Whatever Happened to ... the VIP Ocean Club hot spot? The Ocean Club catered to an “older” and upscale crowd with an enormous sound-and-light system, valet parking and bathroom attendants. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Alan Morrell, Special to Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Published 7:00 a.m. ET April 14, 2018 CLOSE A look back at the past and the places that became a part of Rochester's roots. Wochit CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE The Ocean Club was a … [Read more...] about Whatever Happened to … the VIP Ocean Club hot spot?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The I-TEAM has discovered the incident leading to the suspension of a Duval County middle school teacher is linked to a police investigation into the possible sexual battery of a special needs student by two other students at the Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership. While neither the school district nor the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office will confirm the connection to us, we have spent weeks piecing together information that connects them. The Duval County School District said that teacher Diane Velez failed to supervise two students at the school Jan. 11, the same day and nearly the same time of day outlined in a Sheriff's Office police report describing a possible sexual battery involving three minors at the school. DOCUMENTS: Police report on possible sexual battery | School district investigation of Diane Velez Police said sex crimes detectives are still investigating and would not release any details. … [Read more...] about Police investigating possible sex attack on Jacksonville special needs student
Move over, Frosted Lemonade. There’s a new frozen treat in your local Chick-Fil-A. READ | Atlanta’s Chick-fil-A says it breaks its no-Sunday rule for a cause The Frosted Sunrise is the newest addition to Chick-fil-A’s menu. The combination of orange juice and vanilla Icedream was tested in Jacksonville, Florida, last fall and its success prompted the company to make it available at stores nationwide, according to a release. The treat is made in the same style as Frosted Lemonade and Frosted Coffee, mixing the orange juice with the vanilla dairy dessert to create a beverage similar to a smoothie or a slushie. The item will be available at all Chick-fil-A locations through June 2. Like AJC on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter Other Chick-fil-A news: Cathy told Channel 2's Clark Howard it is his obligation to help Related Open alcohol containers at Gwinnett’s Avalon-inspired project? Yep. Georgia Lt. Governor candidate … [Read more...] about Chick-fil-A adds new Frosted Sunrise treat to menu for limited time
Despite expanding rapidly over the past two decades, federal law enforcement agencies remain almost as male-dominated as they were during the Clinton administration, according to a new POLITICO survey — the first to assess the gender gap in federal law enforcement in nearly a decade. In 1996, women held about 14 percent of the country’s federal law enforcement jobs; today, women represent just 15 percent. At this rate, it will be 700 years before women hold half of these jobs. From Customs and Border Protection to the Secret Service, large agencies are trundling along in a sort of time machine, with men dominating the ranks in ways they no longer do across the rest of government or even many large police departments. On a percentage basis, there are now more female members of Congress than female officers at the Drug Enforcement Administration. Story Continued Below The lowest ratio of all belongs to the Border Patrol. Just 5 percent of its agents are female, which means … [Read more...] about Federal law enforcement has a woman problem
PRESIDENT TRUMP HURTING OUR COUNTRY I have been a loyal registered Republican for 60 years. Over these years I have witnessed the ups and downs of many administrations. Nothing compares to watching President Donald Trump’s various actions now. With regards to immigration, the supposed problem is jobs are being taken from citizens. The present unemployment rate is 4.1 percent, which indicates close to full employment. In addition, there are industries that cannot find the number of workers they require. Accordingly, how can it be said that immigrants are impacting our citizen workers? The Dreamers have previously been accepted. Salvadorians were legally admitted into our country — and they are well-established, productive people. They are being cruelly treated as political fodder. This being so, what could be the basis for the president’s immigration policy — other than narrowminded bigotry? His recent vulgar comment about some countries displayed a … [Read more...] about Monday Letters: Building trust must be a two-way street
No matter what people call them, homicides or murder, the numbers are up again in Jacksonville, men, women and children who died violently in Jacksonville in 2017 in a tally that has grown over the past two years. As of Thursday evening, 133 deaths were tallied on Jacksonville.com’s 2017 Homicide Tracker (jacksonville.com/homicides), compared to 2016’s total of 120 and 113 in 2015. Homicides include justifiable deaths and police-involved shootings, while murders are the illegal taking of a life, according to Sheriff Mike Williams. He said the murder rate increase is a bit lower than the homicide rate listed on the Times-Union’s database. The Sheriff’s Office is working on reducing that number via new technology and more officers, he said. Regardless, 2017’s deaths, including some as young as 1, are much more than numbers, he said. “Any one of these is a tragedy, so when we talk numbers, it is easy to get into the conversation statistics,” … [Read more...] about Top stories of 2017: Murder rates up again in Jacksonville as police work new programs