Former First Coast football standout shot, killed in Arlington


ID=78254380JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A former First Coast High School and Raines football player was shot and killed at a party in Arlington early Sunday morning, authorities said.

Two others were also shot, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Mikel LaShawn Stewart, 19, lost his life in the shooting, Stewart's father confirmed to First Coast News.

He had a scholarship to Alabama State University, his father said, but he returned home and enrolled at the Florida State College of Jacksonville.

Fire Marshal: Man charged for lighting Arlington resident on fire


ID=77776426JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville man has been charged Tuesday with attempted murder and arson after lighting a man he knew on fire in the man's home, officials said.

Jason Lee Wilson, 41, is accused of lighting his acquaintance on fire after dousing him in lighter fluid on September 20, according to the State Fire Marshal.

Wilson's alleged involvement in the fire on Bahia Drive that sent a man to the hospital with critical injuries, killed his dog and caused $20,000 in damages to the man's home has Wilson facing up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Controversy over Christmas lights in East Arlington


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Christmas lights in the Blackhawk Bluff subdivision in East Arlington are unlike any other during the holiday season, and it's been that way for 12 years, according to the former subdivision president Dick Burnett.ID=77555504

Burnett also happens to have one of the biggest light displays in the whole neighborhood, rivaled only by his nephew's light display next door.

Hundreds flock to the neighborhood every year to see the brilliantly decorated streets, adorned with strands of lights and surrounded by stars, manger scenes and Santa's reindeer and sleigh.

This year, however, a wrench got thrown into the mix.

Pickup truck collides with JTA bus on Arlington Expressway


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A pickup truck and a Jacksonville Transportation Authority bus were involved in a crash in Arlington Monday morning.

The accident happened about 7:30 a.m. on Arlington Expressway near Mill Creek Road.

No was injured in the crash, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office told First Coast News.


JSO: Child dies after being taken to hospital from Waterleaf Elementary School


ID=77118362JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating at a school in the city's east Arlington neighborhood Thursday following the death of a child, authorities said.

Just before 10 a.m., police were dispatched to Waterleaf Elementary School located at 450 North Kernan Boulevard after a child was transported to the hospital, according to JSO.

The child has since died, police said.

Investigators say the circumstances leading to the child's death are undetermined; however, no foul play is suspected at this time.

Homicide detectives with JSO continue to investigate.

Woman dies after being struck by vehicle near Regency Square Mall


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A woman has died after being hit by a vehicle just east of the Regency Square Mall Thursday evening, authorities said.

The victim has been identified by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office as Jocelyn Tindell, 21, of Jacksonville.

The crash happened about 8:45 p.m. on Thanksgiving in the 9800 block of Atlantic Boulevard.

According to the JSO, the woman was trying to cross Atlantic Boulevard when she was hit.

Police say she was transported to UF Health Jacksonville with life threatening injuries. She later died, police said.

Parts of Atlantic Boulevard near Library Road were shut down while investigators with the JSO traffic homicide division were on scene.

The cause of the crash has not been released.


Three dogs die in mobile home fire in Arlington


JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- Three dogs died and a mobile home was badly burned in a fire in the Arlington area Saturday afternoon.

Jacksonville fire crews responded to the blaze in the 500 block of Brookview drive just after noon. Neighborhood children from across the street smelled smoke and told an adult to call 911.

The family was not home at the time of the fire.

JSO: 1 critically injured in suspicious fire at Arlington home


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Authorities were called out to the scene of a blaze in Arlington at a home on the 10000 block of Bahia Drive.ID=72551862

A 28-year-old black male was airlifted to UF Health with life-threatening injuries, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The man reportedly had excessive burns over a good portion of his body.

There were four others in the home, including a 14-year-old, who were able to get out of the burning house on their own and are unhurt, JSO said.

The victims are staying with family.

A dog at the home did not survive the fire, police confirmed.

JSO is on scene and investigating what they call suspicious activity before the fire began.

Fugitive wanted on sexual battery charges captured in Ohio

Fugitive wanted on sexual battery charges captured in Ohio

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A 37-year-old fugitive wanted on a warrant for sexual battery captured Thursday in Ohio after fleeing from St. Johns County in July, authorities said.

Michael Owen Hutchison, 37, of Elkton, is being held without bond in Marion County, Ohio following his arrest on two warrants for sexual battery, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Hutchison was initially booked on a sexual battery charge June 9 and released after posting $25,000 bond, deputies said.

While free on bond, Hutchison sexually battered an unconscious man in July, the victim told investigators. Afterward, the Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for Hutchison's arrest.

When the warrant was issued, deputies discovered Hutchison had fled the county. Then a second warrant -- this one with a $250,000 bond -- was issued for Hutchison's arrest, followed by another for the violation of his bond conditions.

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.