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Man shot in leg near Woodland Acres apartment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One person was shot in the leg outside a Woodland Acres apartment complex.

Detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to reports of an aggravated battery in the 8200 block of Kona Avenue late Tuesday morning.

JSO Sgt. Terrence James said at least one man was shot during the incident. Another victim was unharmed.

James said the male victims are being uncooperative at this point in the investigation, police believe the pair was robbed.

The injured victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who has any information about the location or the identity of this suspect is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

House burglary affects mobile vet clinic clients

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Thieves broke into a home in Arlington and now the victims are community members on the First Coast. A vital item to the River City Community Animal Hospital was stolen.

River City Community Animal Hospital is coming up on its 10-year-anniversary in December. The nonprofit mobile vet clinic goes out into communities in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia three days a week, but last week it faced a major setback.

Hospital Administrator Stacey Chesser Davis was taking the mobile clinic in for repairs and left all of the business valuables in her home.

"The perpetrators broken into my home, they kicked the door in, they locked poor Henry (Davis' dog) into the cat room and stole my laptops, my electronics and my jewelry," said Davis.

3 people killed in plane crash on Southside

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three people are dead after a small plane crashed into a retention pond in the Sutton Lakes subdivision on Sunday.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Michael Huber, 60, Tess Huber, 20 and Abigail Huber, 17, were killed in the plane crash. The victims are from Port St. Lucie.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the CESSNA 310 model plane flew out of Fort Piece and JSO says it was heading to Craig Airport but
crashed around 6:20 Sunday evening.

Local resident David Denais recorded video of the plane in the water. He says after seeing numerous emergency vehicles, he followed officials to the crash site.

Man and woman found shot, killed in apartment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A shooting early Tuesday morning inside an apartment at at Kendall Town was a murder-suicide.

Officers responded to reports of a disturbance, with the call upgraded to shots fired while they were en route.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office later identified the victims as Michelle Simpson, 44, and Stephen Harford who is also 44 years of age.

Assistant Chief Chris Bulter said the couple were boyfriend and girlfriend and had lived in the apartment since February.

Butler said the woman's 11-year-old daughter was also home at the time. The girl is now with other family according to JSO.

 

 

Local woman grew up among Kennedy family

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The public has the chance to own a few rare artifacts that once belonged to President John F. Kennedy.

Auctions will be held in Dallas and Massachusetts this Saturday that contain hundreds of pieces of Kennedy's past.

Some of the items up for auction include a rocking chair Kennedy used in the Oval Office, as well as two flags that Kennedy was often photographed in front of.

Some of the opening bids start as high as $50,000 and $100,000.

The auction in Massachusetts will include memorabilia from a woman who lives in Jacksonville's east Arlington neighborhood.

Karen Lepanto moved to Florida from Washington D.C. more than 30 years ago.

She was born and raised there, and her father, James Boyer, was a policeman at the U.S. Capitol.

"He loved his job," she told First Coast News.

Lepanto said her father had the kind of personality that got him noticed and made him likeable among all the politicians.

Police search for missing man, foul play suspected

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is searching for a man last seen on Monday.

The rental car 26-year-old Dwight L. Martin was driving was found abandoned in the Arlington area earlier this week. 

Martin has not been seen or heard from by his family and friends since Monday, November 18, 2013.

Anyone who has any information about this missing person is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500. 

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

Dead tree concerns Arlington residents

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The City of Jacksonville is on a mission to remove or trim a number of marked trees in a timely manner, the big challenge is the funding to get it all done in a budget year.

Residents in the Fairways Forest subdivision understand but that does not change their fears and concerns about a dead tree in their neighborhood.

"Part of it is going to fall into the street," said Jerry Deters.

Deters lives next door to a large oak tree, it bears a red x for removal, but it is still standing.

"I am concerned that children who walk by to catch the bus or adults who walk around the subdivision all the time may be in danger," he said.

Deters has called the city; in October municipal code enforcement respond.

The tree, while facing the street, is on a foreclosed property. Code enforcement issued two citations, one for an exposed swimming pool, the other for the dead tree.