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Family wants change after schizophrenic son strangles mother


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — For the first time, the family of a man accused of killing his own mother inside her Arlington Apartment is speaking out.

They say they desperately sought help for a mentally ill loved one before the illness tore their family apart.

"She was an amazing person... Scottish lady... very short."

Four-feet, 11-inches to be precise.

Family Friend: Rape victim, 8, was looking for lost cat when attacked


ID=31669661JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — New details are emerging about the night an 8-year-old girl was sexually battered in Arlington.

A family friend of 3 years, Lawrence Laganelli, is currently caring for the girl's sister.

Laganelli says the 8-year-old was in a playground with other children Monday night at an apartment complex off Justina Road. He said the girl then jumped on her bike and rode off to look for a cat.

"The little girl was out playing but she wandered away from the play area here because she was looking for a cat, her cat," Laganelli said.

Arlington neighborhood on watch following child being beaten


JACHSONVILLE, Fla. — An Arlington neighborhood is focused and on guard following the sexual attack of an 8-year-old girl early Monday evening that has had officers on location since the attack was called in.

A witnesses spotted the girl walking out of a wooded area in the 3100 block of North University Avenue which is directly across the street from Jacksonville University.

The girl is recovering at a local hospital. Police have not provided any details on suspect following an extensive search of the area on Tuesday.

In the apartments that border where police say the attack happened, residents have plenty to say.

"I know somebody knows about it, somebody knows something - knows something," said Stephanie Brown as she waited to catch a bus from the Eagle Pointe Apartments.

Down the street, a grandmother had a lot to say about what happened.

JSO investigating pool drowning in East Arlington


ID=31272521JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the discovery of a woman who was found at the bottom of a pool in East Arlington on Thursday afternoon.

JSO received a call around 3:12 p.m. after the female victim was found at the bottom of a pool behind a house located at 12500 Chase Creek Lane, according to police.

The victim was reportedly cleaning the pool when she somehow fell in and drowned, according to JSO.

A group of teenagers found the woman at the bottom of the pool, according to police.

JSO is currently considering it an "accidental drowning," but will continue to investigate the incident, according to authorities.

Body of man found at apartment complex identified


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Foul play is suspected in the death of a middle-aged man whose body was found in his Arlington apartment Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the victim was found inside a residence at the Les Chateux Apartments, located in the 800 block of Bert Road, about 12:30 p.m. That's after his relatives reported him missing, Sgt. Craig Waldrup said.

The man was identified by JSO on Friday morning as 63-year-old Roosevelt Fluellen, 63, whose last known address was in St. Augustine.

The vehicle belonging to the unidentified victim, a 2010 silver Nissan Cube.

JSO reports the missing car was found around 7:30 on Tuesday evening.

At this time, investigators have not yet determined a suspect or persons of interest, Sgt. Waldrup said.

Firefighters douse house fire in Arlington


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Firefighters put out a fire engulfing a home in Jacksonville's Arlington neighborhood Thursday night, authorities say.

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Several Jacksonville Fire Rescue engines and Jacksonville Sheriff's Office patrol cars were spotted at the scene, located near Anchor Lane and St. Paul Avenue, before 11 p.m.

No word yet on the cause.

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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.