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Recent articles by Erik:

‘I’m a wreck’: Residents of St. Augustine apartment complex again fuming over rodent problem

Management of the Summer Breeze apartment community in St. Augustine says it’s aware of a rodent infestation, but tenants say enough hasn’t been done to prevent the rats from spreading throughout the complex. → Read More

‘Scene stabilized’ near Jacksonville Zoo, JSO says; sources say police K-9 was shot, person sped off & crashed

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Friday evening that the scene at Busch Drive and Zoo Parkway has “been stabilized,” and that people who were asked to shelter in place can move about. → Read More

Florida AG urges President Biden to classify fentanyl as ‘weapon of mass destruction’

Recent mass overdoses in Florida have the Drug Enforcement Administration sounding the alarm. → Read More

GBI investigating after man, woman found dead in their Waycross home

A man and woman were found dead Monday in their home in the Waycross area, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday. → Read More

Two Jacksonville teens charged with armed carjacking

Two teenage boys stand accused of carjacking a man at gunpoint before leading police on a brief chase that ended when the stolen SUV crashed. → Read More

At least 2 dead, 12 hospitalized in crash on I-95 in Camden County

Two people were killed in a Friday afternoon crash crash that closed I-95 in Camden County, according to the Georgia State Patrol. At least 12 others have been hospitalized for injuries, UF Health spokesperson said. → Read More

Jacksonville study using AI app to help patients with congestive heart failure

Artificial intelligence is used to prevent frequent trips to the emergency room for heart failure, and it’s part of a fairly new study being conducted in Jacksonville to help people who are at risk of dying from the condition. → Read More

Firefighter charged with animal cruelty accused of unlawfully euthanizing family pet

A Jacksonville firefighter is facing criminal charges after investigators say he illegally euthanized a family pet. → Read More

Could Roe v. Wade decision affect birth control, Plan B? Here’s what we know

What does the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade mean for birth control and emergency contraception? → Read More

1 year later: A family’s journey since the Surfside condo collapse

One year after the Champlain Towers South building collapsed, killing 98 people and displacing hundreds of residents, the husband and daughter of Judy Spiegel reflected on what it has been like without her. → Read More

5 people transported after vehicle hits Chili’s in Baymeadows

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded to a crash Thursday afternoon at the Chili’s restaurant on Baymeadows Road. → Read More

Feel-like temperatures hit triple digits & 1st day of summer is still around the corner

Our highest feel-like afternoon temperature was only 99 degrees before this week. But so far this week, that number has hit triple digits every afternoon. → Read More

Jacksonville teen arrested after using Xbox to threaten day care shooting, police say

A Jacksonville teenager has been arrested – accused of threatening to shoot up a local day care. → Read More

Neighborhood Crime Alert: Car burglars strike gated community on Southside

Five people, who appear to be young in age, were caught on camera burglarizing vehicles inside a gated community on Jacksonville’s Southside. → Read More

Authorities serve warrants related to ‘animal investigation’ in Northwest Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, along with Animal Care and Protective Services and other agencies, served search warrants Wednesday that police said were related to an animal investigation. → Read More

Man accused of punching 1-year-old in the face

A 1-year-old boy was taken to a hospital after a man punched the child several times on Sunday, according to an arrest report from the Lake City Police Department. → Read More

‘Your family is not immune’: Mother knows pain of losing loved one to drug addiction

The Centers For Disease Control estimates more than 107,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, in numbers the agency released Wednesday. It sets another tragic record in the nation’s escalating epidemic. → Read More

NTSB report suggests glider that crashed near Herlong airport wasn’t assembled correctly

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on a glider crash last month near the Herlong Recreational Airport that killed the pilot. → Read More

CBP officers working to ensure dangerous bugs don’t enter Florida through Mother’s Day flowers

They’re colorful, beautiful and a traditional gift for Mother’s Day. But federal authorities say don’t be fooled because imported Mother’s Day flowers can often bring hidden dangers. → Read More

Amid Roe v. Wade controversy, Jacksonville women share thoughts on abortion

A leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court decision suggests the country’s highest court could be poised overturn Roe v. Wade. → Read More