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February 14, 2024

City Council gives officeholders power over lawsuits

Legislation approved Tuesday will make it harder for the city of Jacksonville to settle lawsuits without approval of the office involved.

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February 1, 2024

Lawsuit blames jail for inmate’s death after missing medication

A federal lawsuit against Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters accuses the jail of violating the rights of heart transplant patient Dexter Barry.

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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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October 5, 2023

OPINION | Who drew first blood? A Jax election retrospective

Jacksonville’s recent local elections were the nastiest in our city’s history. These campaigns slung first mud.

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September 21, 2023

OPINION | Reading the tea leaves: What poll means for Sheriff Waters, Mayor Deegan

Typically, one poll does not garner this much attention. But the latest University of North Florida Jax Speaks poll gives us insight into what Jaxsons are feeling at this moment about newly elected officials and looming issues, like stadium negotiations between the city and the Jaguars.  Before we get to the poll’s results, keep in mind: Polling only provides a

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June 14, 2023

OPINION | Invest in safety, not police

We cannot police ourselves out of crime. The JSO budget has been at or above half-a-billion dollars for years, and the crime numbers remain high.

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March 5, 2023

Unlike GOP donor Kent Stermon, most of JSO’s ‘Sheriff’s Circle’ barely used special access 

All used the special badge access far less frequently than Kent Stermon — the influential Republican donor who died last year while under investigation.

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January 19, 2023

Republican donor Kent Stermon had JSO access for nearly a decade as part of “the sheriff’s circle”

Kent Stermon, the donor who was under investigation when he died, was issued 5 separate badges giving him JSO access, starting under John Rutherford.

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December 5, 2022

$9K reward offered for tips in 13-year-old’s drive-by shooting death

With anger in his voice, Jacksonville’s new sheriff vowed Monday evening to add more investigators on the Saturday night shooting that left a 13-year-old boy dead in the Lincoln Villas community in Northwest Jacksonville. Calling the boy a “needless, senseless victim of gun violence that plagues our community,” Sheriff T.K. Waters said his department will not tolerate violence for one

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October 23, 2022

OPINION | Molly against the machine

Dozens of endorsements are flying, and most of them are of the “Well, it would be news if they didn’t endorse Candidate X” variety. Others are exceptions to the rule.  This cycle’s leading example: Jacksonville first lady Molly Curry’s backing of Democrat Lakesha Burton for Duval sheriff.  Burton has some traditionally Republican backers, and crossing party lines for endorsements is

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