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.

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.


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.