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Articles from June 8, 2005

4 Jacksonville Residents Charged in Slaying in Early May
Four Jacksonville residents are in police custody after the slaying of a man who authorities said acquaintances conspired to rob and shoot before dumping his body in the woods in early May. The fiancee of William Allen Tutton, 21, of the 9500 block...
A Big Deal for Local Real Estate Firm; Capital Partners, Owner of Modis Building, Adds Staff, Invests in Charlotte, Tampa Office Space
Byline: RYAN GEDDES A Jacksonville-based real estate investment company is partnering with Lehman Brothers Inc. to purchase 2.5 million square feet of office space in Charlotte, N.C., and Tampa for $228 million. Capital Partners Inc. is under...
Actor Mellows out for 'Dogtown' Role; Film Helps New York-Born Victor Rasuk Learn a Lot about the Laid-Back California Lifestyle
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Victor Rasuk had a couple of hurdles to overcome when it came time to play skateboarder Tony Alva in Lords of Dogtown. For one thing, he's never stepped on a skateboard. No problems, though: He just hung out with Alva himself...
Around the Bend; Wetlands Groups Celebrate Partial Victory
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Sierra Club and St. Johns Riverkeeper held a party Thursday night at the Mandarin Community Club to celebrate the Army Corps of Engineers' recent decision to deny a federal permit for the Freedom Commerce Center. But the...
Arts Council Meets on Amelia Island
Byline: AMELIA A. HART AMELIA ISLAND -- A prestigious organization that sets the agenda for the arts in Florida is meeting this week on Amelia Island. The Florida Arts Council, which advises the Florida secretary of state about cultural matters...
A Skateboarding Legend's Ups and Downs; at 44, Jay Adams Has Come through a Troubled Period to Enjoy a New Round of Fame
Byline: MATT SOERGEL Jay Adams' leg is acting up; he's pulled a muscle and can't really skateboard. But when he's told that a new skate park has opened in Atlantic Beach, his eyes brighten. "How far away it?" Perhaps 4 or 5 miles. "Can...
BEACH SHORTS; Ramping Up for Summer
ROBBERIES AT THE BEACH Five masked men robbed three people at gunpoint Sunday at the 13th Avenue North beachfront in Jacksonville Beach, police said. About 4:15 a.m., an Atlanta man reported that he and a friend were sitting on a dune walkover...
BK's Gamel, Columbia's Kirkman Lead Draft Class
Byline: CHASE GOODBREAD The baseball scouts who projected Columbia High pitcher Michael Kirkman to be the first high school prospect from the area chosen in Monday's Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft turned out to be correct. But...
Book Tells Her Story of Being Scammed; Author Thought the Man Was a Race Car Driver Who Cared for Her, but Then He Left and So Did Her Money
Byline: CARLY ROTHMAN Elizabeth Grzeszczyk of Jacksonville used to travel the world to watch Formula One racing. When she met a man calling himself Jonathan Palmer in 1994, she immediately recognized his name as that of a Formula One driver, and...
Carnival Rides Debut at Blueberry Festival; Lots of Food, Other Fun at Weekend Event
Byline: KEVIN TURNER CALLAHAN -- Carnival rides will make this weekend's Blueberry Festival and Barbecue Contest an event for all ages, organizers say. The Blueberry Festival is in its fourth year. Carnival rides are new this year, Nassau County...
Church Starts Monthly Food Bridge; Middleburg United Methodist Program Helps Feed Low-Income Families
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Middleburg United Methodist Church recently launched a new ministry named the Food Bridge, which can provide non-perishable food items and milk for about 60 low-income families each month. Participants must apply and qualify....
City Lifeguards Extend Hours, Post Warning Flags on Coast; They Warn That Ocean Is Never Fully 'Safe'
Byline: AMELIA A. HART FERNANDINA BEACH -- Fernandina Beach officials hope new hours for lifeguards, as well as new signs and flags, will encourage people to swim on guarded beaches and keep them abreast of changing ocean conditions. Fernandina...
Clay Day-Care Director Faces Sex Charges; He's Accused of Fondling Girls, 13 and 12, during Game He Conducted
Byline: DANA TREEN The director of a Clay County day-care center was arrested Tuesday on charges he molested two girls who attended the center. The arrest came after a 13-year-old girl told an uncle she was inappropriately touched at Kid's Palace...
Clay in Top 10 for All Sports Honors; High School Collects 152 Points Based on Team Standings in Fall, Winter and Spring Games
Byline: STEPHEN KINDLAND Clay High School placed 10th overall among 63 Class 3A public schools in this year's All Sports trophy race, making it four straight years the Blue Devils athletic program has finished in the top 10. Riding the success...
Clerk of Court Employees Await Re-Filing of Lawsuit; the Suit against James B. Jett and Others Was Tossed out on a Technicality
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Co-defendants with Clerk of Court James Jett are not surprised the plaintiff has pledged to re-file the lawsuit against them, but for now they are relieved. "We're glad for the reprieve," said Debbie Ricks, who, along...
Cocaine, Marijuana, Gun Found in Car, Police Say
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Pulling over a 1993 Dodge late May 31 in the 6300 block of Powers Avenue netted police more than just illegal drugs and a gun, authorities say. A 20-year-old Mandarin man was arrested on charges of armed possession of illegal...
Coldplay Doesn't Live Up to U2 Hype Yet; the Band's New Album, X&Y, Will Play Well, but It's Just Too Polished
Byline: JEFF VRABEL You hear that lumbering sound, see that giant shadow looming over everything in the music world? That'd be the new Coldplay record, X&Y (**1/2 [2 1/2 stars], Capitol), which arrives with slightly less fanfare than you might...
Community Notebook; Rally to Include Free Food, Back-to-School Giveaways
Byline: JOHN CARTER A back-to-school rally sponsored by the Osnald Calizaire Sr. Youth Empowerment Association is set for noon Saturday, July 23, at the association's resource and referral center, 2412 McMillan St. The free rally will feature...
Contestants Improve with Age
Byline: Anne Sponholtz Having worked in a nursing home years ago, my memory of them was not exactly upbeat. In fact, it was down right awful. Fortunately, since those days many years ago, much has changed. Even the name has changed, with most preferring...
Council Cell Phone Allowances Fade to $130; Bill Would Trim Monthly Amount Members Would Get by $20 and Skip Blackberrys
Byline: GREGORY RICHARDS The dollar amounts have shrunk in a bill before the Jacksonville City Council that would replace city-issued cell phones made available to council members with cell phone allowances. Now, the bill proposes giving council...
County Beach Patrol Returning after Funds Fight
Byline: AMELIA A. HART AMELIA ISLAND -- Nassau County's lifeguards are back in full force this summer despite a proposal last year to cut the program completely. Lifeguards are on Amelia Island's unincorporated beaches at the same service levels...
Duval Paddling Ends Quietly; School Board Unanimous in Voting to Stop the Practice; Few Residents Speak
Byline: TIA MITCHELL Describing the practice of paddling students as archaic and unproductive, the Duval County School Board formally ended corporal punishment Tuesday night. The long-standing practice was abolished after little comment from...
Episcopal Girls Row to a Win at the Stotesbury Regatta
Byline: BETH DE LA RIONDA For five friends, it was not a relaxing Saturday afternoon boat ride. Rain drizzled as the girls wearing maroon and gold jerseys put their training to use and pulled together as a team to row ahead of the other boats. ...
Event Parking Relief on the Way; Two Garages near the Arena Should Be Open by This Time Next Year
Byline: DAVID BAUERLEIN Two new parking garages are slated to open next year at Jacksonville's sports complex, creating 1,480 parking spaces for crowds flocking to events at the arena, baseball park, Alltel Stadium and Jacksonville fairgrounds,...
Faith Office Applies Brakes to Reassess Grant Work
Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY It's back to the drawing board for the Mayor's Office of Faith and Community Based Partnerships, frustrated ministry and non-profit leaders in Jacksonville learned Tuesday night. The consternation was plain in the questions,...
For Trio, Mission Work in Mexico Now a Family Affair
Byline: Rhonda Reese Last September when Stephen Stake, a 2000 graduate of Mandarin High School and a Samford University grad, left for a year of missionary work in Mexico, he depended heavily on the support and prayers of his family. Now his older...
FSU's Dickson Ineligible
Florida State defensive tackle Clifton Dickson, a projected starter, is academically ineligible for the 2005 season, the school said Tuesday. Dickson left Florida State at the end of the spring semester and enrolled at Tallahassee Community College,...
Garden Club of the Lakes Busy This Week
Byline: ANNE SPONHOLTZ In a wrap-up of National Garden Week, the Garden Club of the Lakes is hosting an educational program at 11 a.m. Saturday at Keystone Heights City Hall. The program will teach participants about butterflies, followed by...
Gay Pride Flag to Fly on Bridge of Lions; Federal Judge Orders St. Augustine to Post 49 Flags for 6 Days
Byline: KEN LEWIS A St. Augustine gay pride organization won a three-year battle Tuesday to fly rainbow flags on the Bridge of Lions after a federal judge ordered the city to post 49 flags by 9 a.m. today. The flags are to remain on the bridge...
Goodby's Ramp Not Open a Year after Groundbreaking
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The boating season has begun, but Goodby's Lake boat ramp may still be months away from completion, almost a year after ground was broken on the first new city ramp in 18 years. The ramp was supposed to be done about now,...
Government, Gate Debate Value of Blount Land; How Property Should Be Used at Heart of Issue
Byline: TIMOTHY J. GIBBONS The government and Gate Maritime Properties have a $90 million difference of opinion over how much 1,100 acres of land on and around Blount Island is worth. At the heart of the problem are divergent views of how the...
Group Provides Homebound with Companionship, Support Services
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg Last July, Southsider Jane Hart launched Hart Felt Ministries through a one-year, $35,000 grant from Faith in Action, an interfaith volunteer caregiver initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "Our goal was...
Groups Celebrate Freedom Commerce Center Denial
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The Sierra Club and St. Johns Riverkeeper held a party Thursday night to celebrate the Army Corps of Engineers' recent decision to deny a federal permit for the Freedom Commerce Center on the Southside. But the estimated 60...
Hemp Supporters Gather at Fest Promoting Leagal Uses
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Bands played rock 'n' roll and reggae music throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Vendors hawked clothing and jewelry. Activists handed out informational pamphlets. And participants mingled among...
House Panel Includes a Plea for Mayport; Defense Bill Encourages the Navy to Make the Base Ready for a Nuclear Carrier
Byline: GREGORY PIATT In approving a $408 billion defense measure Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee urged the Navy in its 2006 defense bill to proceed with upgrading Mayport Naval Station to base a nuclear-powered carrier. Most defense...
Inquest: Drug Craving Killed Inmate; Camden Jury Cites "Chronic Methadone Withdrawal" in Death
Byline: GORDON JACKSON WOODBINE -- A coroner's inquest into the Jan. 23 death of an inmate at the Camden County Jail has determined Eric L. Freeman died from withdrawal of a drug used to treat heroin addiction. The six jurors in the inquest,...
Jacksonville Journal
SPRINGFIELD COUNCIL WILL ADDRESS PROPERTY PLAN A meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. today at Henrietta's Restaurant, Ninth and Main streets, to discuss the U.S. General Service Administration's intention to award the Historic Jewish Center buildings and...
Jags' No. 1 Pick Is Back to Work
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Jaguars top pick Matt Jones picked up Tuesday where he had tentatively left off two weeks ago. Jones, the former Arkansas quarterback trying to convert to wide receiver in the NFL, participated in several non-contact pass...
JEA Tree-Planting in Mandarin Postponed; Summer Deemed Not Ideal for New Growth
Byline: DAN SCANLAN A plan to plant 28 live oaks and 97 other trees along Mandarin roads that suffered from the heavy hand of post-hurricane tree trimming crews hired by the JEA has been postponed until this fall. JEA officials said they wanted...
Justices Hear Arguments in School Voucher Rift; Diversion of Funds from Public Schools and Religious Issues at Heart of Dispute
Byline: J. TAYLOR RUSHING TALLAHASSEE -- A legal last word over the nation's first school vouchers began Tuesday as the Florida Supreme Court began considering the constitutionality of the state program. Justices convened to hear oral arguments...
Keeping the Faith
SIDEWALK SCHOOL There will be a Sidewalk Sunday School at Ewing Park in Callahan from 10 a.m. to noon each Tuesday through June 28 for children 5 and older. There will be games, Bible stories, refreshments, music and art. The Callahan Evangelistic...
Leclerc Steps Back into Groove; Regional MVP Ends His Slump Unconventionally
Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO GAINESVILLE -- To get better, Brian Leclerc had to do as little as possible. No extra batting practice, no staying in the batting cage until 1 a.m. anymore. Go to practice, do the required amount of conditioning, and...
Legion Moving into New Locale; the $600,000 Building Will Be the First Meeting Hall the Group Owns
Byline: MARY MARAGHY After more than 20 years of renting space, Middleburg's American Legion Post 250 is building its first meeting hall. Created in France in 1919 following World War I, the American Legion is a service club for military veterans...
Little Evidence of Sea Turtles, Patrols Report; No Nests in Duval, Few in St. Johns
Byline: Maggie FitzRoy By 6:30 a.m. Friday, Lisa MacIntyre had already covered a lot of beach. Walking from 16th Avenue North in Jacksonville Beach to Oleander Street in Neptune Beach and back, she was in earnest pursuit of sea turtle tracks. ...
Local Trauma 1 Crews Celebrate 20 Years; the Team Answers about 1,600 Calls per Year, with 130 Calls per Year to Clay
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL Trauma 1, the emergency helicopter service, is 20 years old, and the crew from the Shands Jacksonville base visited recently to share in its celebration. A crew flew to Green Cove Springs on Thursday to thank law enforcement...
Longtime Christ the King Teacher Shares Life Lessons
Byline: JOHN CARTER One Arlington family has invested more than 40 years at the community's Christ the King Catholic School. Susie Cooney attended the school for eight years, graduating in 1965. Her two daughters, Erin and Ashley, each spent...
MATHEWS BRIDGE; Moving Slowly
Sometimes, it seems as if Confucius was peering thousands of miles away, and 2,500 years into the future, when he came up with his proverb about the longest journey beginning with a single step. Certainly, the effort to replace the Mathews Bridge...
Nease's Prinicipal a Native Daughter
Byline: Drew Dixon The new principal for Nease High School is coming all the way from Virginia, but she's been here before. Linda Thomson was recommended by St. Johns County School Superintendent Joseph Joyner, but the School Board still needs...
New Life for a School in Kids' Non-Profit; Volunteers Are Needed to Restart a Youth Center and After-School Program
Byline: MARY MARAGHY Some Orange Park residents plan to resurrect a youth center and an after-school program that fell by the wayside years ago. A grand opening celebration of the T.C. Miller Youth Learning Center will be 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday,...
No. 1 Ranking Hints Depth of Problem
Byline: Mark Woods D*****id you see the statistics in the paper Tuesday? We're No. 1! Duval County public schools are atop some state rankings. How about that? I can think of examples of a local school winning state titles in sports, or...
Nurses Receive Awards, Recognition at Great 100 Event
Byline: BETH DE LA RIONDA Sometimes hard work does pay off. For nurses across Northeast Florida, a recent gala dinner and dance honored those who are tops in their field but seldom get noticed. Park Balevre, representative for Great 100 Nurses,...
Online Program Boosting Clay Teacher Recruitment; Software Prescreens the Applicants for the District, Shortening Hiring Process
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY A new online job application program -- and a glut of graduates with education degrees in many northern states -- has greatly expanded Neil Sanders' pool of teacher hopefuls for Clay County public schools. But Sanders,...
Orange Park Banker Was Well-Liked; Donald McKinnon Pitts Was President and CEO of Heritage Bank since 1989
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Orange Park banker Donald McKinnon Pitts, who a colleague said was as well-known for his friendship as his financial expertise, died May 30 after a heart attack. Pitts was president and chief executive officer of Heritage...
Page 2 People
Byline: Compiled by Dan Beynon STEWART ALLOWED TO LEAVE NEW YORK ON BUSINESS TRIP With only a limited amount of freedom allowed, Martha Stewart could have chosen a more glamorous place to visit than High Point, N.C. But the domestic diva, who...
People
APPOINTMENTS The newly chartered Southpoint Civitan Club elected its 2005-06 officers: Sandi Herrington, president; Dakota Neufville, president-elect; Earliene Kennon, vice president-membership; Nikki Sutton, secretary; Kathy Granfors, treasurer;...
Players' Cole Porter Homage Is Electric
Byline: Tamara McClaran You know you're in for a treat when the theater radiates with energy before the show even starts. Before the doors to Players by-the-Sea's theater opened Friday night, you could feel the excitement as the cast of the latest...
Police Briefs; Man Charged with Buglary of Estranged Wife's House
Byline: JOHN CARTER A 23-year-old man was arrested at 7:30 a.m. May 30 in the 600 block of West Eighth Street and charged with burglary with assault and criminal mischief. A 33-year-old woman told police that her estranged husband threw bricks...
Police Briefs; Teen Arrested after Fight and Stabbing
Byline: DAN SCANLAN One teen told officers he blindly waved a knife through a partially open door late June 1 as six others tried to shove their way into his apartment at 4320 Sunbeam Road and stabbed one in the back and arm, police say. But...
Police Seek Answers in Severe Baby Burn Case; Child Left in Car Seat near Stovetop While Parents Went to Pool, Police Told
Byline: MEGAN MATTEUCCI SAVANNAH -- Police are investigating how a 4-month-old boy was seriously burned at a home last weekend. The baby is in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors' Hospital in Augusta, according to...
Powers Resigns as Broncos Head Coach; He Spent 21 Years at Middleburg High
Byline: STEPHEN KINDLAND Alan Powers has stepped down as the head football coach at Middleburg High School, but the longtime, multi-sport mentor will remain as the school's athletic director and baseball coach. "I just couldn't keep going at...
Prepare for Storms, Officials Warn; Area Residents Told to Learn from Last Season's Mistakes
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Steve Letro, the meteorologist in charge at Jacksonville's National Weather Service office, knows that quote from George Santayana doesn't normally refer to hurricanes....
Proposed Center of FCCJ to Teach Teens and Adults
Byline: AMELIA A. HART YULEE -- Officials will break ground next week on a facility expected to expand career opportunities for Nassau County teenagers and adults. Florida Community College at Jacksonville and Nassau County School District officials...
Public Safety; 2 Arrested in Internet Sting with Officer Posing as Teen Both Men Were Charged with Trying to Arrange Sex with a Minor
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL The Green Cove Springs Police have charged a Duval County man and a Putnam County man with using the Internet to solicit sex from a minor. Gino Izarra of Jacksonville was in the Clay County Jail Monday on $75,003 bond...
Radical Playoff for LPGA; Women's Golf Tour Announces Dramatic Shift, Including Points System and $1 Million Winner
The PGA Tour is considering significant changes to its schedule for the 2007 season. The LPGA might have a few ideas for them to consider. Outgoing LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw outlined a points race and playoff format to begin in 2006. "LPGA Playoffs...
'Rattown' Welcomes Fellow Skate Pioneer
Byline: Drew Dixon Blond hair, a deep tan and even darker tattoos formed the body canopy for Jay Adams as he nibbled on a salad at a Jacksonville Beach diner last week. Adams, 44, is well-known, at least among skateboarders and surfers, in part...
Ravines Promises Challenge for Classic; Course Added to Fund-Raiser Is Excited about Its Sponsorship This Year
Byline: STEPHEN KINDLAND The leader board at this year's Reinhold Clay County Classic benefit golf tournament is sure to change a few times now that the Ravines Club and Lodge has re-established itself as a host site. The last 18 holes of the...
Rotary Club Benefits from Two Companies
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Two local companies have donated $25,000 in sponsorship funds to the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville's 2005 Gingerbread Extravaganza, which will be held Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel....
Round of 59 Puts Browne in U.S. Open; First Coast Residents Kuchar, Josh McCumber Also Get Qualifying Berths
A birdie-eagle-eagle finish at the Woodmont Country Club South Course gave PGA Tour veteran Olin Browne a 59 on Monday in a U.S. Open sectional qualifying tournament in Rockville, Md. Good thing he hung around. Browne, a two-time PGA Tour winner...
School Board Has Much to Consider; There Are 14 Topics on a Workshop Agenda, Including Ways to Save or Raise Money
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY The agenda alone is daunting. The 14 discussion topics for the Clay County School Board's Monday workshop cover the gamut of its long-range planning, including 20-year facility needs and revenue estimates, the size of...
Secret to Wedded Bliss? Live and Let Live, This Couple Says; They've Been Married 70 Years, and Say Their Secret Is Faith and Patience
Byline: MARY MARAGHY And his folks said it would never last. Nora Hamlow, 87, laughed recently recalling statements her husband's parents made more than a half-century ago. The words get funnier with time, she said, especially now that she...
Sex Abuse Suits Filed against Baker Camp; Three Men Say They Were Assaulted as Children at Church-Run Camp Tracey near Glen St. Mary
Byline: PAUL PINKHAM Three more lawsuits have been filed against a Baker County camp for troubled youths by men who claim they were sexually and physically abused as children by staff and residents at the church-run facility. The negligence lawsuits,...
Sheriff Seeking 3.1% Hike for Raises; Plan Is 'To Retain Good Employees'
Byline: DEBORAH CEARNAL In his first budget request as Clay County's new sheriff, Rick Beseler is seeking no increase in funding for operating expenses or capital outlay. However, to cover modest raises for his 600 employees, Clay's top cop is...
State Looks for Future Leaders; Next Generation Gets Extra Training
Byline: BRIAN BASINGER ATLANTA -- With nearly a quarter of state agency managers set to retire in the next several years, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday the creation of a $1.5 million program designed to identify and cultivate the government...
STONES, SOUTHERN COMFORT AND STOLEN GUITARS; Retired Rock Promoter Recalls Seven of Jacksonville's Wildest Shows
Byline: THOMAS LAKE Old rock stars are going out to pasture in the town they once called Cowford. John Fogerty will be 60 when he plays the Florida Theatre Sunday, and he's a youngster compared to others who performed here this year. Paul McCartney...
Students Re-Create Classics; Twin Lakes Class Shows Talent for Architecture
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Some of the world's most famous architectural landmarks were recently assembled in one room. At a school. In a math classroom. On the Southside. There was the Greek Parthenon, Sears Tower, Chrysler Building and Stonehenge...
Tank Warriors Looking for Recruits; Enthusiasts Want to Take on Nationals
Byline: CLENNON L. KING A Jacksonville garbage man, auto mechanic and illustrator have been meeting almost every Sunday morning lately. It's not for fellowship, but to go to war. Their battlefield is Avondale's Edgewood Park 1. Their weapons...
Team Isn't Giving Up on Marler
Byline: BART HUBBUCH Josh Scobee won a game for the Jaguars at Indianapolis, didn't miss an extra point and had one of the better field-goal percentages in the NFL as a rookie last season. So why is Seth Marler -- the Jaguars' kicker in 2003...
Winn-Dixie May Shut, Sell Third of Stores
Byline: Karen Brune Mathis Some industry observers expect Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. to close or sell at least 300 of its 908 U.S. stores, a number that probably won't be confirmed for several weeks. Jacksonville-based Winn-Dixie is reorganizing...
Women the Better Half in Sports Behavior
Byline: Mike Freeman The middle digit kindly presented to fans. The crotch grab. The loaded gun. Sorry, the loaded guns. Jeff's hissy fit. An NFL team-produced video featuring naked women and homophobic remarks. This was the week of men behaving...
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