4-year-old struck by car; witness: 'I get chills thinking about it.'


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It's an afternoon witnesses say will be etched in their memories for quite some time.

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A four-year-old boy was hit by a car after running out of Victory Park in Arlington along Ft. Caroline Road.

He was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Jacksonville Sheriff's deputies say the boys head hit the ground.

"That boy was in the park one second and the next second he's fighting for his life," said Dennis Robinson who hosts baseball camps nearby.

He was among a handful of people who ran to the roadway attempting to help the four-year-old and his mother after the boy had been hit by a green Pontiac Firebird.

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Double shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 hospitalized in Arlington


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One person was killed and another hospitalized following a shooting on the 6100 block of Dawnridge Road South just before midnight on Saturday.

Family and friends in the area confirmed that the teen killed was a student and football player for First Coast High School. The party was also, according to family and friends, an after-prom party.

Police said that homicide detectives were on scene interviewing numerous witnesses and that the initial investigation showed a house party was taking place before the shots were fired.

However, they said it was too early to determine what led to the shooting.

Detectives were expected to be on scene for a lengthy period of time and the intersection of Dawnridge Road South and University Club Boulevard was closed into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Fire ravaged Olive Garden reopens by Regency Square


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Olive Garden restaurant that was destroyed in a fire in January 2014 across from the Regency Square Mall on Atlantic Blvd. is reopening Monday.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting will be held on April 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the restaurant. 15 employees who worked at the restaurant before it was destroyed by the fire will return.

Olive Garden officials say the new restaurant will employ 150 people and can accommodate more than 240 diners at a time.

Here is a look at the fire from last year.

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Woman's body found inside burned Arlington home


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville firefighters made a grisly discovery after fighting a house fire in the city's Arlington neighborhood Tuesday evening, authorities said.

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After putting out the massive flames engulfing a home on Lee Road near Patterson Circle, firefighters found the body of a woman, identified Wednesday as 49-year-old Joan M. Brodrique, inside.

Spokesperson for the State Fire Marshal, told First Coast News there is no preliminary evidence on the cause or origin of the fire yet. It is too early to say if the fire is suspicious, she said.

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Arlington house intentionally rammed by truck: JSO


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A woman in Arlington was jarred from her sleep Thursday night when a angry man drove his pick-up truck into her living room.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says an apparent dispute between the woman's husband and Joshua John Brown led suspect to ram his truck into the cinder block home.

First Coast News spoke to the victim's husband shortly after it happened. Anthony Skobic said he his wife are lucky to be alive.

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.

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.