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Mom Now 'Person of Interest' in Disappearance of Girl, 5

Search for Florida girl shifts to Alabama

(Newser) - The Florida mother who claimed that she woke up last Wednesday to find her 5-year-old daughter missing is now a person of interest in the investigation, police confirmed Monday. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Brianna Williams, a 27-year-old US Navy petty officer, has not talked to investigators since last week,... More »

Police Say Missing Girl's Mom Has Stopped Cooperating

They're not sure when 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams was last seen

(Newser) - Jacksonville mother Brianna Williams told police Wednesday that she had woken up that morning to find her 5-year-old daughter gone and her home's back door unlocked. Police say they no longer believe Williams was telling the truth when she said she last saw Taylor Rose Williams around midnight Wednesday... More »

As Dorian Came, a Man's Quest to Prove Wife Wrong Led to This

To protect his smart car from hurricane's winds, a Fla. man parked it in his kitchen

(Newser) - It started as a lighthearted challenge between a Florida couple: Can a smart car fit into their kitchen? The answer: It sure can. Patrick Eldridge parked his smart car in his Jacksonville kitchen to protect it from Hurricane Dorian because he didn't want it to "blow away,"... More »

Mom Arrested After Daughter Licks Tongue Depressor

She took video of girl putting it back in canister

(Newser) - A Florida mom says she was "just being silly" with her kids after waiting a long time at a Jacksonville medical center. Authorities say she committed a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. Cori Ward, 30, was arrested on a charge of tampering with a consumer... More »

Bad News in Jacksonville Plane Crash

At least 4 pets were aboard the plane, in the now-submerged cargo hold

(Newser) - All 143 humans aboard the plane that slid off the runway in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday night survived, but the news is much more grim for the four pets who were also aboard. The plane is partially submerged in the St. Johns River, and as US Navy rep Kaylee LaRocque... More »

Plane Slides Off Runway Into Florida River

All survived after Boeing 737 fell off runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida

(Newser) - A charter plane carrying 143 people and traveling from Cuba to north Florida ended up in a river at the end of a runway Friday night, though no critical injuries or deaths were reported, officials said. A Boeing 737 arriving at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay,... More »

Slain Navy Chief Petty Officer Had Gotten Protective Order

Andrea Washington had sought help from man who lived with her

(Newser) - A bottle of cognac was waiting for Andrea Washington, along with a friend ready to celebrate Washington's recent pinning as a chief petty officer in the US Navy. That celebration never came: Washington's body was discovered Monday in her Jacksonville, Florida, residence, and while the investigation into her... More »

Gaming Event Turns Deadly as Gunman Opens Fire

Police in Jacksonville, Fla. called it a 'mass shooting'

(Newser) - Four people were reported killed Sunday and scores more injured when a gunman opened fire at a Florida video game tournament. Per CNN , attendees were gathered at an officially sanctioned event for the Madden Championship Series when shots rang out at a riverfront mall in Jacksonville. Per the AP , the... More »

Beach Closed After 2 People Bitten by Sharks

Fernandina Beach shuts down for a day

(Newser) - Once is happenstance—twice, you close the darn beach. That's what officials did at Fernandina Beach near Jacksonville on Friday after two people suffered shark bites, My Fox 8 reports. First up was a 30-year-old man surfing with his son, then came a 17-year-old boy, but luckily neither attack... More »

Woman Admits Kidnapping Newborn 20 Years Ago

Gloria Williams could get up to 22 years

(Newser) - Almost 20 years after she kidnapped a newborn baby girl from a hospital room in Florida, Gloria Williams has confessed to her crime. The 52-year-old pleaded guilty in a Jacksonville courtroom Monday to abducting baby Kamiyah Mobley, now known as Alexis Manigo, the Florida Times-Union reports. Williams, who raised the... More »

Navy Removes Staffers Over Disturbing Newborn Pics

They called babies 'mini Satans'

(Newser) - The Navy says two female staffers at a hospital in Florida have been suspended over "outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional" treatment of newborn babies. In a photo posted on Snapchat, a staffer at Naval Hospital Jacksonville gives the finger to a newborn, with the caption "How I currently feel... More »

Strangest Post-Irma Crime Goes to ... These Guys

2 suspects arrested for stealing utility pole in Jacksonville

(Newser) - One way not to get your power back on quickly in the wake of hurricane: steal a utility pole. Restoring service likely wasn't the intent, however, of two men in Jacksonville, Fla., who were involved in one of the weirder post-Irma crimes yet. Per the Miami Herald , the two... More »

Florida Pizza Hut Under Fire for Pre-Irma Memo to Workers

Manager issued note with lots of restrictions on evacuating, missing work

(Newser) - "Pizza Hut is willing to kill people FOR PIZZA!!!!!" That was one of the big takeaways on Twitter over the weekend after an alleged in-store memo made the social media rounds. Consumerist reports that, in advance of Hurricane Irma barreling down on Florida, the memo was distributed to... More »

Witnesses: Chick-fil-A Trashed After Nugget Dispute

It happened in Jacksonville, Florida

(Newser) - A tiff over cold chicken nuggets apparently led to a trashed Florida Chick-fil-A. Action News Jax reports on the incident, which took place Monday night in a Jacksonville restaurant and started with what witnesses say was a teen boy complaining he wasn't satisfied with his order. Allison Music, who... More »

Family of Man Killed by Cop Balks at Sheriff's $314K Bill

They want info on officer who killed him; lawyer says records fee is 'offensive'

(Newser) - When pedestrian Blane Land was struck and killed by a police officer in Jacksonville, Fla., in May, his family immediately began digging into the officer's prior conduct. As it turned out, Officer Tim James had been investigated at least 11 times by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and would... More »

These 10 Cities Better Hope They Avoid a Hurricane

The damage would be brutal: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Florida may be the place to go for sunshine, but it's the place to escape if a hurricane hits. The state is home to a number of the US cities that are "vulnerable to the greatest damage" at the hands of a hurricane, reports 24/7 Wall St , which... More »

Florida Man Willing to Part With Truck to Find Missing Dog

'The truck is replaceable, the dog is not'

(Newser) - When it comes to his dog or his truck, there's no question which one Florida man James O'Sicky loves most. "The truck is replaceable, the dog is not," the 31-year-old Jacksonville resident tells Action News Jax . After O'Sicky's 3-year-old pit bull mix Buddy Boy... More »

Couple to Cops: Let Us Do Something 'One Last Time'

Leanne Hunn holds off police with bold remark

(Newser) - A man and woman have been arrested after officials say they prolonged a standoff with Florida police in order to have sex. Police say they responded Wednesday night to a Jacksonville mobile home in search of 34-year-old Ryan Patrick Bautista, who was wanted on several warrants including armed burglary, First... More »

Car Dealer Gives Woman Refund —in Pennies

He empties jars to comply with DMV order

(Newser) - A Florida car dealer ordered to give a refund to a customer whose car had transmission problems grudgingly coughed up—by emptying his penny jars. A 23-year-old international college student says the DMV told Holiday Motors to give her a $400 refund after she was charged for labor costs not... More »

10 Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

Florida in particular does not fare well

(Newser) - Head's up, Florida pedestrians. It just may save your life. A new study about the most dangerous cities for those who get around by foot finds that the top four are in Florida. The top 10 offenders, via Smart Growth America :
  1. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Tampa, Fla.
  3. Jacksonville, Fla.
  4. Miami, Fla.
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