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The Duval County jail. | Andrew Pantazi, The Tributary
May 13, 2024

Duval jail report calls for new public safety campus

The report suggests replacing the current jail with a new facility that has its own infirmary and separate buildings for…

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Internal affairs investigators interviewed Officer Nicholas Hackley after he stripped-searched a man on a public street. | Screenshot from Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
May 10, 2024

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office sued over strip search

Ronnie Reed alleges his constitutional rights were violated when officers searched him on a public street during a drug investigation.…

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More than 100 law enforcement officers carry the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” through Jacksonville on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. Chief Jonathan Barrier leads the way with the flame. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
April 23, 2024

Torch Run raises $3,300 for Special Olympics

The annual law enforcement run raised money for Special Olympics athletes who will compete at the state Summer Games in…

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Josue Garriga III. | News4Jax
April 19, 2024

Ex-cop in sex case now faces federal charge

Josue Garriga III, a former officer at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, is accused of using a cellphone to coerce a…

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Valerie Ames was found dead Aug. 10, 1996, in a vacant apartment in Riverside. | Project: Cold Case via News4Jax
April 2, 2024

After 28 years, the murder of a Jacksonville mom is solved

A man in North Carolina has been arrested in the slaying of 31-year-old Valerie Ames in 1996.…

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Josue Garriga III. | News4Jax
March 28, 2024

Jacksonville police officer jailed in sex case involving teen

Josue Garriga III is the same deputy who was cleared in the fatal shooting of Jaime Johnson in 2019.…

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The Rev. James Bodie speaks to 100-plus people at the ICARE meeting Monday night in Arlington. | Dan Scanlan, WJCT News 89.9
February 27, 2024

After more shootings, ICARE pushes for solutions

ICARE, a community group made up of church members, is pushing Sheriff T.K. Waters to implement a Safe Communities program…

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These are Project: Cold Case posters for step-brothers John Franklin Ragin Jr. , left, and Eric Dwayne Stubbs. They were found dead in a home in 2011. | Project Cold Case
February 15, 2024

Investigation into stepbrothers’ murders revived after 12 years

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is trying to solve the murders of John Franklin Ragin Jr. and Eric Dwayne Stubbs in…

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Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters announces the arrest of police officer Christopher Barr during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2024 l Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
February 7, 2024

Sheriff’s officer accused of giving information to criminals

Christopher Barr is accused of sharing information from police databases with people that Sheriff T.K. Waters described as criminals.…

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Lara Mattina, organizational strategic executive for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and Gaby Young from the General Counsel's Office speak to City Council's Rules Committee on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024. | Nichole Manna, The Tributary
February 6, 2024

Panel softens bill that would give sheriff power in lawsuits

Sheriff T.K. Waters had requested legislation that would give him approval over any lawsuit settlements involving his office.…

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A makeshift memorial outside Dollar General honors the three people killed there Aug. 26, 2023, in a racist shooting. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
January 19, 2024

Jacksonville sheriff releases racist shooter’s manifesto

The gunman from Clay County left behind a 27-page manifesto before he killed three Black people at a Dollar General…

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Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters speaks at a news conference.
January 12, 2024

Corrections officer accused of domestic battery

Romeo Kei, a Jacksonville corrections officer, was arrested after a fight with a family member, Sheriff T.K. Waters said.…

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Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters speaks at a news conference.
January 3, 2024

14 busted in undercover drug sting; 13 more sought

Operation Players Club also seized 26 guns as well as 118 pounds of methamphetamine, 12.5 kilos of fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana…

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Sheriff T.K. Waters. | File/Dan Scanlan, WJCT News 89.9
November 21, 2023

Corrections officer charged with DUI manslaughter

Corrections Officer Cashius Barry Edwards hit another vehicle and killed the driver, Sheriff T.K. Waters said.…

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Jamee Johnson. | Taken from family's GoFundMe, via The Tributary
November 8, 2023

City will pay $200,000 for FAMU student killed by police

Jamee Johnson, a Florida A&M student, was shot to death during a traffic stop in 2019.…

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St. John's Cathedral in Downtown Jacksonville l Steven Ponson, WJCT News 89.9
October 24, 2023

Faith leaders work to keep houses of worship safe

Two meetings this week united faith leaders, government and law enforcement in the face of rising violence.…

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Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters.
October 24, 2023

Jacksonville cop accused of driving drunk in cruiser

Officer Justin Francis Marino was suspended without pay and faces possible termination, Sheriff T.K. Waters said.…

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Protesters block the Main Street Bridge in Jacksonville in the summer of 2020. | Sky Lebron, WJCT News 89.9
October 4, 2023

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office defends anti-riot law

The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit filed by civil rights groups, including the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville.…

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Natassia Woods says her 24-year-old son, LeKeian, sustained a concussion following his Sept. 29, 2023 arrest where video appears to show a JSO officer kicked Woods while he was handcuffed and on the ground. More than 50 people protested JSO's the actions on the steps of the Police Memorial Building on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
October 1, 2023

Video of Le’Keian Woods’ arrest by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office sparks outrage

Community members are protesting the beating of a man in Jacksonville police custody.…

Featured image for “Amid surge in violence, MAD DADS prepares to ‘Ride for Life’”
The Ride for Life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023. | News4Jax
September 29, 2023

Amid surge in violence, MAD DADS prepares to ‘Ride for Life’

The group’s 16th annual Motorcycle Ride for Life will cover 13 miles from Baymeadows Road to Edgewood Avenue South.…

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A Jacksonville sheriff's deputy shot a suspect who led police on a chase.
September 29, 2023

Sheriff’s Office drops unreliable cocaine testing kit

After more than a decade, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has stopped using a field testing kit for cocaine because it…

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office will lease 58,959 square feet of space in the 20-story Florida Blue office tower to house its Homeland Security Division. | Jacksonville Daily Record
September 13, 2023

Sheriff’s Office unit moving to Florida Blue tower

The Homeland Security Division is currently housed at 711 N. Liberty St., in a building that is too small for…

Featured image for “Auto thefts soar in Duval; group of children arrested”
Kia and Hyundai vehicles have been targeted by thieves across the country. | David Zalubowski/, AP
August 23, 2023

Auto thefts soar in Duval; group of children arrested

Thefts of Kias and Hyundais have skyrocketed in Duval County as they have across the country. Seven youngsters, ages 10…

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The Duval County jail. | Jacksonville Daily Record
August 17, 2023

Committee gets organized to study need for new jail

A special Jacksonville City Council committee created five subcommittees to study short-term needs for the jail and police headquarters Downtown.…