Child found wandering in roadway on Beach Blvd.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the second time in two days, a child has been found on a local roadway wandering alone.

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It happened Monday morning on U.S. 17 in Palatka when a toddler got away from a child care learning center through an unlocked gate.

Now, it has happened again along Beach Boulevard on Jacksonville's south side.

Around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, witnesses called 911 after seeing a 3-year-old boy in traffic near the intersection of Carmichael Avenue.

"His parents were nowhere to be found. He was totally by himself. As a parent, I don't understand how you don't know where your child is," said Jessica Lapointe.

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Developing: police on scene at park in Northside


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Five teens were detained by JSO in connection to two stolen cars in north side Jacksonville on Sunday, officers confirm.

FCN's Mike Lyons reports that the police told him a white Range Rover and a black Chevrolet Tahoe were reported missing three days ago on February 19. Earlier this afternoon, the police got a call about the Range Rover in question and traced the tags. When police pulled the vehicle over on Bristol Avenue and Waynesboro in north side Jacksonville, five teens got out and ran.

No leads in Arlington night club stabbing


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — No arrests have been made, police have no solid leads and a Jacksonville mother is furious after her son was left with more than 100 stitches after being stabbed six times at a local lounge.

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Markelle Jordan, 25, was released from the hospital late Monday night after being rushed to UF Health early Sunday morning with multiple stab wounds to his back, buttocks and legs.

"Imagine somebody, your child, calling you and saying, 'I'm dying ma come get me,'" said Kim Nurse.

Hundreds receive free groceries in Arlington


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hundreds of people lined the streets in front of the Five Star Veterans Center on Thursday for the group's first free food pantry.

The nonprofit center estimated that thousands of pounds of meat, dairy, vegetables and canned goods were handed out to hungry people during the three-hour event.

The center worked with Feeding Northeast Florida group to provide groceries to veterans, active-duty military and Woodland Acres residents.

The Five Star Veterans group estimates the center gave away more than 16,000 meals last year.


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Victims identified in fatal Arlington crash


ID=18989867JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The victims of a fatal crash in the Arlington area Thursday have been identified.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, their names are Stephanie Gray, 34, and Steven Gray, 33.

The crash happened in the 10500 block of Ft. Caroline Rd. about 2 a.m.

The Grays were traveling eastbound in a white, full-sized pickup truck when it went missed a slight left turn, went off the road and slammed into a concrete utility pole owned by JEA.

Sgt. Rickie Valentine with the JSO told First Coast News on scene that it appears the victims were driving too fast and lost control.

Credit card scam targeting small business


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mohammed Youssef said when he was laid off from his job it was time to go into business for himself and three years ago he did just that.

"I work hard for my money," he said. "I want to protect my kids."

The Lebanese national is pursuing the American dream of having his own business, but with it comes some painful lessons.

"I work hard 18 hours a day," said Youssef, "and one lady came in here and robbed me $1700."

On Sept. 15, a customer came to his store, AFG Appliance and Furniture and purchased appliances and televisions using a credit card.

He said he swiped the customer's card and it was declined. That's when the scam went into action.

"She said it was declined because it was a big number," he said. "She told me I needed to enter a code."