School board candidates debate on TV, Web tonight

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News and The Florida Times-Union will be holding a televised debate and webcast between the remaining candidates for the Duval County School Board on Saturday night, October 20.

The hour-long debate will be held from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the first half-hour broadcast on WTLV-NBC 12. The entire hour will be webcast on and and originate from the First Coast News studios.


Suzanne Jenkins - Candidate for School Board, District 3

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City councilman calls resident 'miserable individual'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City Council Don Redman called resident Pete Hull a "miserable individual" in an email exchange this month.

Our Florida Times-Union news partner obtained a copy of the email exchange between Redman and Hull. 


The e-mail, reads in part: "You sound like a misguided & miserable indivdule (spelling error retained from email) who needs our prayers," the city councilman wrote.

Meth lab bust reveals children living in squalor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two children were found living in a mobile home covered in flies and feces while the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigated a suspected meth lab Wednesday evening.

Police were called to the 13000 block of Wheeling Lane after neighbors alerted them to a suspicious situation in the mobile home.

When Police arrived, Sgt. David Kenney said they found the home without power and two children living in squalor.

Crystal meth residue was also found inside the home and the remnants of an inactive meth lab.

A man and a woman are now in custody. The two children are staying with relatives.

Police say surrounding homes were not affected.

Vigil held to remember young murder victims

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Families who have gone through unthinkable pain, reunite with the past to hold onto their childrens' memory.

The 17th Annual Unity Plaza Vigil was held at Terry Parker High School Monday night.
Standing side by side in a circle moms, dads, brothers, and sisters lit candles in remembrance of the young lives cut short in and around Jacksonville. Children like Maddie Clifton, who was murdered 14 years ago, were remembered.

Her mother still carries her picture with her everywhere she goes.

Sheila Clifton Delongis said, "She was born in 1990. She died in 1998, eight short little years of life on this earth, and she was one beautiful child."

Maddie died at the hands of a 14-year-old neighbor. Her mother says there will never be closure, and she says a recent Supreme Court ruling could lead to her daughter's killer being set free.

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Man killed in fatal motorcycle crash on Baymeadows Road identified

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A fatal crash involving a motorcyclist shut down Baymeadows Road at Interstate 95 Friday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Numerous emergency crews responded to the scene just before 5 a.m. Steven Lamar Jones, 25, of Jacksonville, was a motorcyclist killed in the crash.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Jones was traveling eastbound on Baymeadows Road in the center lane. Anthony Frank Stachowski, 70, of Jacksonville, was turning left onto westbound Baymeadows Road from the I-95 northbound exit ramp.

Stachowski had a green traffic signal while Jones had a red traffic signal. He failed to stop and his Suzuki motorcycle collided into the left side of Stachowski's GMC pickup truck, according to the report.

Jones was pronounced dead at Orange Park Medical Center and Stachowski was transported to Baptist Medical Center South with minor injuries.

Tuesday is final chance to register for November election

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tuesday is the final day to register to vote ahead of the November election.  Many Supervisor of Elections offices will have extended hours to help accommodate the last minute rush.

"We see this always in a Presidential cycle," explained Jerry Holland, Supervisor of Elections for Duval County.    "We'll probably have between 30 and 40,000 people that will have registered in the last 30 or 40 days and so, it's exciting to see this many people get involved in it."

Extended Hours:

Duval County-open until 7:30 p.m.

St. Johns County-open until 7:00 p.m.

Clay County-open until 5:00 p.m.

According to Holland, voters do not need to bring identification to register, but they will need a photo I.D. on Election Day.  As of Monday, the number of voters registered reflected a more conservative population than in the 2008 election cycle.

JASMYN to host Coming Out Day Breakfast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Individuals in the River City who have been working toward LGBT workplace equality will be celebrated by JASMYN (Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network) at its 6th annual Coming Out Day Breakfast on Wednesday.

The theme of the breakfast, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the University of North Florida's University Center, is "Coming Together - Building a Diverse and Inclusive Community."

The event "will bring together people from the small business, corporate, educational and professional communities that have been active in supporting LGBT equality in 2012," according to JASMYN's website.