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Man shot in backside, suspects still at large


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A northside man was taken to the hospital with several gunshot wounds to his backside late Saturday evening, police said.

Suspects were still at large as of 1 a.m. last night, and police said they were canvassing the area.

Two cars drove the northside man shot around 11 p.m. to UF Health and police met the occupants of the vehicles there to interview them.

The only information police were able to glean from the victim was that unknown suspects shot at the vehicle he was riding in on W 25th Street.

According to the staff at UF Health, the victim is not suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or, if you would like to remain anonymous, you can contact 1-888-277-8477.


Man crossing road hit by truck, taken to hospital


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A man in his 20s was hit by a truck while crossing the road Saturday night in Jacksonville's northside, officials said.

At around 8:30 p.m., police arrived at the scene where a young man, unnamed by police, was crossing Rowe Avenue near the 1400 block and had been hit by a truck traveling northbound.

Police said the young man was transported to UF Health and that staff there said the young man is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Traffic Homicide officers were called to the scene and are investigating. The investigation is ongoing and the driver of the truck is cooperating with police.


Oceanway residents claim squatters are in elderly woman's home


JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Oceanway residents have turned to social media to express outrage about the people living at 3305 New Berlin Road. Public records show the house belongs to Beverly Frazier, but the people living there are not related.

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"They're squatters in my mother's house," said Naomi Rosier.

Darren Hilliard and Debra Estep are living in the house on New Berlin. They said they have permission to be there

"We are not squatters," said Estep. "The police have been called several times and the police have read the lease."

Home destroyed, firefighter injured in Northside fire


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A home in North Jacksonville is considered to be a complete loss after flames destroyed the residence Monday morning.

Firefighters responded to the home off of Dunn Creek Road around 11:30 to find smoke and flames pouring out of the structure, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

The homeowner and his canine were able to make it out of the residence safely.

A firefighter was injured during the firefight and was transported to UF Health with what are considered to be minor injuries, according to JFRD spokesperson Tom Francis.

No cause of the fire was released by officials at the scene.

The American Red Cross is helping the homeowner with accommodations.


Another community without running water


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Some may find it difficult to believe, but there are homes in northwest Jacksonville that are not connected to the city's water system. There is no potable running water in the area.

"We need it over here," said Hubert Cox. "We need it."

A decade ago, Cox, a small business owner, launched a petition to get the city to bring running water to the residents along U.S. 1 North.

"It is pretty bad," he said. "Sometimes we have to use bleach to make sure it is okay."

The now has plans to interconnect the water lines from Borden Street to Trout River Boulevard. Cox said in his barbershop the subject is a sore point.

"It is critical," said Cox. "There is no decent water to drink."

Homeowner: City penalizing me for neighbor's dead tree


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Benjamin Cole has lived on Brandywine Street for decades but said the last six months have been very difficult.

"I got physically sick yesterday and as you can see now I am still upset," he said.

Cole said he's upset because Jacksonville City Hall, in his eyes, has failed him again.

"I've been complaining for six months about them coming out to cut this tree down," he said.

Cole lives at 873. The city has a case history for 865 Brandywine. The history shows a city contract was issued on February 18 to cut down the dead tree,but the tree fell before they could do it.

Neighbor will have to sue neighbor for tree damage


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Benjamin Cole said a crashing sound woke him from his sleep early Monday morning.

"It was around four o' clock in the morning we heard something," said Cole, "it sounded like someone was running across the roof.

It wasn't. When Cole went out to check what woke him up, he found it was the crashing sound of his neighbor's tree.

"I've been reporting the problem to the city since November of last year," he said.

He was reporting the condition of the tree and the potential danger. The city's Municipal Code Compliance Division responded because the tree is on private property. If it was on public property, the city's Department of Public Works will remove it.

M.C.C.D. responded to his complaints; a code enforcement officer issued the property owner a citation. When nothing was done to minimize the risk, the city marked the tree for removal.