The Florida Times Union

Articles from March 11, 2009

2-Year-Old Killed When Father Backs over Her; She Ran Behind the SUV and Was Struck as Her Father Left the Driveway
A 2-year-old girl was inadvertently killed Tuesday on the city's Southside when her father backed over her with the family SUV, according to Jacksonville police. Sgt. Alan Harville of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said officers were called to...
Airport Board Offers to Drop Suit; It Is Still Unclear If a New Location Will Be Sought
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - The St. Marys Airport Authority has offered to drop a lawsuit that could clarify its role in relocating the city's municipal airport. In return, the authority wants to negotiate a new lease to continue managing...
A.M. Stir
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY BACK TALK Want to stir it up with A.M. Stir? Find something new everyone should know about? E-mail your comments, beefs and ideas to backtalk@jacksonville.com. HURRAY! SOUTH PARK'S SEASON 13 KICKS OFF TODAY! The...
An Ominous Day Looms for Florida's Budget; Budget Cuts Expected amid Dropping Tax Revenue Numbers
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - Friday the 13th could be a bad day for Florida's budget writers. That's when new estimates on how much tax revenue the state will earn in the coming months will be released, and almost everyone expects those...
Area Early Learning, Child Care Would Benefit
Byline: MARY KELLI PALKA President Barack Obama's plans for education received mixed reviews locally on Tuesday. While teachers don't like the idea of merit pay for teachers, early learning advocates are excited about the thought of helping more...
Audience Becomes the Jury in 'Forrest'
Byline: Mark Woods We have Nathan Bedford Forrest High School, which has led to Forrest feuds, Forrest committees, Forrest polls, Forrest votes and on and on. But if you thought the long-running local debate about the long-dead Tennessee general...
Beach Shorts
MISS FLETCHER PAGEANT Nineteen Fletcher High students will vie for the title of Miss Fletcher 2009 at the Miss Fletcher Pageant at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Fletcher faculty member and alumnus Toni Wortherly has replaced Mary Hayes as director. Wortherly...
Brunswick Man Wanted for Double Shooting Still at Large; He's Accused of Killing a Soldier and Wounding the Soldier's Girlfriend
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Police were searching Tuesday for a Brunswick man wanted in a weekend double shooting that killed a Fort Benning soldier and wounded his girlfriend. Wayne Darnell Roberson, 22, is charged with murder,...
Bubble Overcrowding
With major conference tournaments under way, the Times-Union projects there are 29 bubble teams left with the opportunity to take about nine remaining NCAA Tournament at-large berths. That last number might shrink if low seeds win some of the league...
Calathes Makes SEC First Team; UF Teammate Walker on Freshman Team; LSU Collects Top Honors
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO Florida's Nick Calathes might have hit a rough patch at the end of the season, but that didn't prevent the sophomore point guard from being recognized as one of the top players in the Southeastern Conference. On Tuesday,...
Coast Lines
YARD SALES ARE ON FROM PEACHES TO THE BEACHES Georgia's 172-mile Peaches to the Beaches Yard Sale will be held Friday and Saturday along U.S. 341. The sales will stretch from communities west of Perry to Jekyll Island and include stops in 17...
Couple Makes Waves in Riverside; They've Become a Neighborhood Fixture, Greeting All Who Pass Their Home
Byline: MARY MARAGHY This Riverside couple operates by the wave theory. The neighborly Joe and Nancy Brown have waved at passers-by from their front yard in Riverside for more than 20 years. They greet every commuter, pedestrian or dog walker...
Detective Fired amid Crime Stoppers Probe; There Were Reports That Inside Information Was Being Compromised
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Sheriff John Rutherford has ordered a narcotics detective fired after an investigation into whether he was providing inside information about criminal activity to at least one woman, who used it to collect reward money. ...
Downtown Pay Phones Facing Final Hang-Ups; They're Seen as a Nuisance or Vital for Those without Cells
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN A dozen pay phone boxes along downtown Jacksonville streets could face permanent hang-ups because city officials view them as gathering spots for loiterers and panhandlers. The Jacksonville Economic Development Commission...
Elusive Zeke the Cat Spotted, Then Flees; He's Been Missing since March 1; Owners Hope to Find Him Soon
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - In spite of the efforts of three animal control officers and a pet detective, Zeke the cat was too scared to be rescued Tuesday. The much-loved Bengal tabby-mix cat, missing since March 1, was glimpsed but...
Funds Raised to Name Hospital Game Room for Patient Who Died
Byline: DREW DIXON Supporters have exceeded their goal of raising $50,000 to name a Wolfson Children's Hospital game room for an Atlantic Beach teenager who recently died of a brain tumor. About $50,530 was raised as of last weekend to name the...
Garcia Could Pass Woods for No. 1
For the first time in his career, Sergio Garcia has a mathematical chance to be No. 1 in the world. Tiger Woods has been atop the world rankings for the past 144 weeks - dating to June 12, 2005. Garcia, who was 16.278 points behind Woods after the...
Group Adds $8,000 to Reward in Haleigh Case; Balloons Were Released to Mark a Month since She Went Missing
Byline: DANA TREEN SATSUMA - Yellow balloons scrawled with messages, prayers and pleas lifted into a clear blue Putnam County sky Tuesday to mark a month since still-missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings disappeared. "Haleigh-Bug. Nana Misses...
HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK; Providence off to a Great Start
Byline: HAYS CARLYON Providence continues to look every bit as good as last season's Class 2A state title team. The Stallions took second place last weekend in the eight-team LaGrange (Ga.) Invitational. Providence (8-1) won its first three games,...
High School Statistics
BASEBALL TEAM OFFENSE SCHOOL*********AB***H***AVG. Eagle's View*********213***78***.366 Yulee************236***84***.356 Providence*********258***91***.353 Arlington Country Day***284***100***.352 Bolles************193***67***.347...
Irish Pubs at Beaches Ready for St. Patrick's Day
Byline: TAMARA McCLARAN Tuesday is St. Patrick's Day, an annual celebration for everyone to honor their Irish heritage, whether they really have it or not. Some say it is the most important day of the year for Irish-Americans. Others celebrate...
JAA Director Takes New Position; He'll Take over Operations at the Indianapolis Airport Authority
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS The executive director of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority said Tuesday he was resigning to take a similar position at the Indianapolis Airport Authority. John Clark has been with the Jacksonville airport for about...
Jacksonville Journal
2 FIRST COAST RESIDENTS UP FOR WHITE HOUSE JOBS The White House announced 108 regional finalists for its Fellows Program this month, and two are from the First Coast. James O'Harrah of Fernandina Beach and Michael Hillyard of Jacksonville have...
Jekyll Board Picks Florida Architects for Redesign Job; the Project Will Be to Rebuild the Island's Convention Center
Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Jekyll Island's governing authority has selected Helman, Hurley, Charvat & Peacock Architects Inc. to re-design Jekyll Island State Park's convention center. The authority chose the Maitland, Fla.,...
Judge Denies Lotson's Challenge to November Election; He Had Claimed Ballots Were Mishandled, but Says He Will Not Appeal
Byline: MIKE MORRISON A Superior Court judge has denied Griffin Lotson's challenge to his Nov. 4 election loss to Robert Monroe for Coastal Soil and Water District supervisor in McIntosh County. Judge Louisa Abbot of Savannah, in an order issued...
Lower Fuel Costs Relieve Some Pain in Area Budgets; There Are No Plans Yet to Redirect Jacksonville's Expected $7 Million
Byline: DAVID HUNT Jacksonville taxpayers could save more than $7 million this year if fuel costs stay down. The city went into this fiscal year expecting to pay an average of $3.75 a gallon for its gasoline and diesel, but it has revised its...
Man Gets 12 Years in Accidental Shooting; He Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in the Death of a 15-Year-Old
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Saying the case "breaks my heart," a judge sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for manslaughter Tuesday in the 2007 shooting death of a 15-year-old girl in a crime-riddled Jacksonville apartment complex. Johnny Clint Lewis,...
Man Put to Death for '86 Murder; Georgia Supreme Court Denies Killer's Final Motion in Case of Glynn Woman's Slaying
JACKSON - A Georgia man was executed Tuesday for stabbing a Glynn County woman to death as she tried to fight off an attempted rape. Robert Newland, 65, was put to death by lethal injection at the state prison at Jackson and was pronounced dead...
Mayport Ferry's Return a Welcome Relief for Many Commuters; Even Some People Who Don't Normally Use the Service Decided to Take a Ride
Byline: DREW DIXON MAYPORT - As the sun was shining intensely on the deck of the St. Johns River Ferry Friday afternoon, Jim Bryant said he couldn't be happier that the service was running again. "It was a big impact with the ferry down," said...
MISSING STUDENTS; Settling for Less
You won't find this troubled Duval County city on maps or Google. But "The Lost City" exists. And it's sapping your safety, tax dollars and quality of life every day. The inhabitants: the more than 45,600 public school students who miss two weeks...
Motive Unclear in Home Invasion; Man Escaped from Kidnappers; Police Are Investigating
Byline: JIM SCHOETTLER Three masked gunmen terrorized a Jacksonville family after tying up a mother and her five children at gunpoint and kidnapping the husband, who jumped from the trunk of a moving car, police said Tuesday. The pistol-whipped...
New Report Bolsters Support for Landfill Bids; Several Options Are Said to Be Available That Could Save the City Millions
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Add the Jacksonville City Council's auditor to the growing list of people recommending that the Trail Ridge landfill contract be put out for bids. Council auditor Kirk Sherman said in a report released Tuesday that the city...
Owner of Blighted Buildings Blocks Fine; It Was Done by Appealing the Neptune Beach Code Enforcement Board Citations
Byline: DREW DIXON NEPTUNE BEACH - The company that owns the empty blighted buildings once considered for a Wal-Mart Supercenter has appealed the city's Code Enforcement Board citations, effectively blocking any fines for now. Lakeshore Village...
Panel: Detective Likely Broke the Law; Further Investigation into Whether She Needed to Shoot at a Fleeing Suspect Is Recommended
Byline: MATT GALNOR A 22-year veteran detective likely broke state law and a handful of Jacksonville Sheriff's Office policies when she shot at a potential murder suspect in November, a police review panel found Tuesday. The Response to Resistance...
Peterson Goes to Atlanta; the Jags' Top Tackler in '08 Receives a Two-Year Deal from Falcons
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT Mike Peterson became the latest displaced Jaguar to find a new home, when he agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons late Monday. In announcing the signing, Peterson didn't go into detail, instead...
Police Briefs; Armed Man Robs Tattoo Parlor, but Gets Away with Only $15
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - An armed man robbed the Acme Art & Tattoo Parlor at 25 E. Sailfish Drive about 10 p.m. Thursday. A man wearing a hooded sweatshirt with pantyhose...
River Run Stadium Finish Buried under Dirt for 2009; Two Stadium Events, Plus Costs, Move Finish Line Back on the Road
Byline: DAVID JOHNSON Gate River Run competitors won't be making a return trip across the 50-yard line on the way to the finish. After completing the race inside Jacksonville Municipal Stadium last year, the final stretch will be back outside...
Scoreboard
HIGH SCHOOLS BASEBALL BAKER CO. 13, RIDGEVIEW 1 Baker Co.******102***145***-***13***19***1 Ridgeview******000***010***-***1***6***2 W: Griffis (5-0). L: Bass (2-1). 2BH: J. Elasik (BC) 2, Tyson (BC), Waddell (BC). Records: Baker...
State: U.S. Should Back Hurricane Fund; Florida Officials Are Trying to Prepare for a Catastrophic Storm
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE TALLAHASSEE - The federal government can, should and likely will provide the backing the state needs to make sure the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund could pay claims in the event a major storm hits this year, Gov. Charlie...
Step Back in Time with 'Halo Wars'; This One Gives More of a Background to Popular Video Game Series
Byline: ROBERT McGINTY The wait is over ... sort of. For fans of the "Halo" series, "Halo 3" was a bittersweet ending for the legendary first-person shooter. Except it's not really the end since we now have "Halo Wars," which takes a real-time strategy...
St. Johns' 'Bill of Rights' Falls Short; Homeowner Associations Were Not Notified about Several Ponte Vedra Projects
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES St. Johns County officials have begun an internal review to determine why homeowner associations weren't notified ahead of time about several Ponte Vedra Beach projects, including a proposed makeover of the central shopping...
St. Marys Council Asks County to Reject Proposed Tax Digest; Some Property Owners' Appraised Values Would Jump 800 Percent
Byline: GORDON JACKSON ST. MARYS - The City Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday asking the county to reject the upcoming tax digest due in August. City officials said the resolution may not accomplish anything, but it does show they...
Student Gunfire Prompts Lockdown; A Shot Was Fired during a Fight before Classes at Ribault on Tuesday
Byline: DANA TREEN A fight and gunfire on the Ribault High School campus prompted a lockdown of the school Tuesday morning, the confiscation of two guns, questioning of several students and the use of pepper spray in a crowded auditorium. A shot...
Sub Named for Jacksonville Pays a Visit to the City on Way to Hawaii; the Fast-Attack Boat's New Home Port Will Be Pearl Harbor
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Jacksonville's city seal isn't all that common a sight even around town, let alone abroad. But aboard the USS Jacksonville, here this week on a visit to its namesake city before heading to its new home port of Pearl...
They're Staying in Shape, Faithfully; for Some People, Exercise Is about Their Bodies and Their Spirits, Too
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY Michael Gist is a blur on the basketball court. Gist, 36, glides through and around opponents who see him at the top of the key one second, under the hoop the next. His shots drop from all over the court. The Jacksonville...
This Year, March Sadness?
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO It's a down year in the Southeastern Conference. Only LSU and Tennessee can be confident in their chances to make the NCAA Tournament. However, Florida and a couple of other teams could solidify a spot in the field of 65...
Tour of Homes Gives Some a Chance to Study the Classics at the Beach
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY The house at 1033 Ponte Vedra Blvd. isn't visible from the road, but people strolling by on the beach or riding by in a boat can't miss its distinctive modernistic geometric style. Since owners Arthur and Teresa Milam commissioned...
Trees Are Anything, Everything
Byline: Terry Dickson ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Joyce Kilmer wrote, I think that I shall never see, A poem lovely as a tree. So what is a tree anyway? A tree is roots, a trunk, branches, twigs and leaves. Trees can be made into houses, utility...
T-U 2
EASY STREET From the Los Angeles Times: John Wooden makes it sound so easy. Looking back on it now, after all these years, Wooden says he had it relatively easy at UCLA. Wooden recently told the Kansas City Star, "At Indiana State, I was...
USS Jacksonville's Visit Anything but Subpar; the Submarine Is on Its Way to a New Home Port of Pearl Harbor
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS Jacksonville's city seal isn't all that common of a sight even around town, let alone abroad. But aboard the USS Jacksonville, here this week on a visit to its namesake city before heading to its new home port of Pearl...