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Francesca Amiker


Jacksonville, FL, United States

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Past articles by Francesca:

Accused kidnapper of newborn heads back to court

A woman facing charges of kidnapping a newborn 19 years ago is expected in court Tuesday. → Read More

Repairs close railroad crossing on Greenland Road near Philips Highway

A road closure in the city's Greenland neighborhood caused heavy delays for morning commuters Monday. → Read More

Executions set to start again with Jacksonville killer

Florida's death penalty hiatus is slated to end tonight, when the state plans to execute the first Death Row prisoner in more than 19 months. → Read More

Brother of murder victim has waited 30 years for killer's execution

In 48 hours, family members of one of two Jacksonville men Mark Asay killed 30 years ago say they will finally be relieved. → Read More

Sister hopeful brother's looming execution will be blocked

With six days until the execution of death row inmate Mark Asay, his sister said Friday that lawyers are fighting tooth and nail as they try to introduce new evidence and receive a stay from the Florida Supreme Court. → Read More

Family frustrated cab driver's killer to be resentenced

The family of a cab driver murdered during a robbery in 2014 said their emotional wounds were ripped open Thursday when they learned from a news report that their loved one's killer will be resentenced. → Read More

1 night, 1 community, 24 cars broken into

Jacksonville police report that 24 cars were broken into overnight in a senior residential community in Ortega Hills. → Read More

133% leap in children admitted to ER for marijuana, study finds

As attitudes about marijuana shift around the world, researchers are warning parents that it's risky to keep it around children, especially those who are too young to know what it is. → Read More

Neighbors stunned by arrest of man in 21-year-old woman's murder

Police have yet to release a motive in the murder of a 21-year-old Bonefish Grill employee, and neighbors had little to say Monday about the co-worker accused of killing her last week and dumping her body in a lake. → Read More

Family pleads for answers in woman's abrupt disappearance

The abrupt disappearance this week of a 21-year-old Mandarin woman is under investigation by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. → Read More

Accused kidnapper of newborn wants more time for plea deal

A woman facing a November trial on charges of kidnapping a newborn 19 years ago is due back in court Thursday. → Read More

Back-to-school tax-free holiday kicks off Friday

Florida's back-to-school sales-tax holiday kicks off next weekend. The tax-free shopping weekend starts one minute after midnight on Friday and runs through Sunday. → Read More

Corrine Brown fundraiser on eve of next court hearing

A commercial promoting a concert fundraiser for former U.S. congresswoman and convicted felon Corrine Brown is raising eyebrows. → Read More

CDC: Nearly 800 cases of salmonella linked to backyard flocks

Eight-hundred cases of salmonella have been linked to birds raised in backyards across the U.S. In Northeast Florida, several neighborhoods now allow chickens to be raised in backyard coops. → Read More

Man records his heated debate with officer over crosswalk citation

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is reviewing a viral Facebook video showing one of its police officers and a citizen in a heated debate over a ticket. → Read More

Pets left behind at rental homes becoming growing problem

There's a spike in a problem that'll tug at the heartstrings of pet lovers. → Read More

1,700 pounds of trash illegally dumped in Hastings, deputies say

Deputies are trying to track down the people who illegally dumped nearly a ton of trash in the Hastings area, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. → Read More

What's causing continuous closures of Main Street Bridge?

The Main Street Bridge in downtown Jacksonville will be closed this weekend -- again -- as well as nightly next week, the Florida Department of Transportation said Thursday. → Read More

Detectives: Toys R Us bandits linked to multi-state crime ring

Detectives are looking for four men linked to a multi-state crime ring who stole 19 Apple iPods from the Orange Park Toys R Us in late April, the Clay County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday. → Read More

Community prays for answers in killings of 3 family members

Police investigating the deaths of a couple and their 24-year-old grandson found Sunday in their Brunswick home have announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed them. → Read More