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Lawyer for Jacksonville teen accused of killing mom asks for more time to prepare case

A teen accused of killing his mother will get a new hearing in September.

It’s been nearly a year since police believe Mitchell Daughtry murdered his mom in her Arlington home.

On Wednesday, Daughtry’s lawyer asked for more time to prepare his case.

Police say Daughtry stabbed his mother, Pamela Daughtry, before stealing the family car and driving to South Florida where police found him in a parking lot in Sunny Isles Beach near Miami

Police say Daughtry was suicidal and angry. Investigators say they found text messages on Daughtry's phone indicating he may have killed his mother

On Wednesday, the teen appeared in court shackled wearing a blue polo and khaki pants. His lawyer spoke for him and told the judge he still needs to gather more discovery for the case.

Daughtry is expected to be back in court again September 20.

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Mitchell Daughtry is waiting to be called @ActionNewsJax— Bridgette Matter (@bridgetteANjax) August 10, 2016 Daughry is in a blue polo and pants, shackled @ActionNewsJax— Bridgette Matter (@bridgetteANjax) August 10, 2016 Daughtry's attorney and the state are in a sidebar with Judge Whitington @ActionNewsJax— Bridgette Matter (@bridgetteANjax) August 10, 2016 Daughtry lawyer still gathering discovery for the case, it's been passed until Sept 20th for pre-trial @ActionNewsJax— Bridgette Matter (@bridgetteANjax) August 10, 2016

Boil water notice issued for building at Omni Amelia Island Plantation

A boil water notice has been issued for a building at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

Nassau County Emergency Management said the notice affects Spyglass building #1 N, units 6537-6547. 

All affected residents have been notified, emergency management said. Affected units received door tag notices.

BOIL WATER NOTICE - Spyglass Building #1 N units 6537-6547 Omni Amelia Island Plantation - affected residents notified #NassauFLEM— NassauEM (@NassauEM) August 10, 2016

Emergency management said the advisory is in effect until satisfactory results are achieved for two consecutive days.

@ActionNewsJax Advisory in effect until satisfactory test results achieved for 2 consecutive days. Affected units received door tag notices.— NassauEM (@NassauEM) August 10, 2016

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Jacksonville woman arrested, tried to rob bank by saying daughter was kidnapped

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said it has arrested a woman who attempted to rob a Regions Bank branch at 9300 San Jose Boulevard.

Barbra Crawford Stratton, 68, was arrested Monday on a charge of strong arm robbery - no firearm or weapon, according to a JSO arrest report.

Stratton went into the bank on the afternoon of Aug. 3, went to a teller window "in a soft quiet voice, the suspect stated that her daughter had been kidnapped and needed the bank's funds," the report said.

Stratton was told to leave the bank and she then got into an orange taxi and left.

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Jacksonville bus stop plastered with positive notes

With every stop and every passenger who gets on and off with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority -- there's a discussion about the display at a Southside bus stop.

“I wish I had the time to sit here and read them all. Very nice. I like it. Makes me happy,” rider Joe Spengeman said.

Tiffany Taylor, manager at Tan and Glam, first noticed the sticky notes Monday morning.

“It definitely made me smile. There were a bunch of other people there looking at it as well. Way to pass on that encouragement,” she said.

The messages vary. Some are longer. Some simply say stuff like -- laugh. No matter the length, one thing is for sure. They're much needed in a world that's filled with bad news and tragedy.

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“It is absolutely gorgeous and everywhere you go, something like this should happen,” rider Pete Davis said.

The focal point of the wall is a unicorn. It’s completely made of paper and gives a little hint of who may be behind it. There's even a signature.

Taylor said she hopes it's here to stay and people can learn from it.

“To see something that was positive. It really warmed my heart. It brought a smile to my face."

No one knows who’s behind the display, but local business owners are asking whoever is to speak up.

JTA wrote on Action News Jax's Facebook page about the Post-It notes on Wednesday: "Although it is considered graffiti and littering, we will leave them up for a couple of days in order to give the community a chance to read them. We will monitor the stop and ask customers and others that see a note on the ground to pick it up so the stop stays clean."

JSO to hold press conference about sexual assault of young girl in 2015

Officers plan to hold a press conference about the sexual assault of a young girl in Arlington a year ago.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said it will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. near where the attack happened. 

The girl was 8 years old when she was attacked near the Eagle Pointe Apartments on August 10.

JSO's Tom Hackney said the girl was out by herself around 6:40 p.m. when a man took her into the woods and battered her.

Hackney said the girl was very badly beaten during the assault.

Her mom was at a nearby residence, Hackney said.

5 counties head back to school on Wednesday

The summer is over for students in five counties who are heading back to school on Wednesday. 

Putnam, Nassau, Baker, Bradford and St. Johns counties open the doors for students. 

Action News Jax has the latest back to school information and resources online and follow Action News Jax Twitter @ActionNewsJax  for more. 


Jacksonville Zoo welcomes birth of endangered Bonobo

An endangered Bonobo was born over the weekend at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Zoo officials said the male Bonobo was born August 6, which is the eight Bonobo born at the Jacksonville Zoo. 

The male was given the name, Budir, which has a special meaning to his keepers. 

The young male will be on exhibit with mother, Kuni, and other members of the group at least part of each day, zoo officials said. 

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Parents urge drivers to slow down on Race Track Road, where 3 schools are located

Five local school districts go back to school Wednesday, including 37,000 students in St. Johns County.

On Tuesday, parents were at Fruit Cove Middle School for an open house. We asked them about any concerns going into the school year. Many did express some safety concerns with Race Track Road and their students having to walk right by it.

The normal speed limit 45 mph, but motorists routinely go faster than 60 mph. In the school zones, the speed limit is 35 mph. 

Race Track Road is home to 3 schools: Julington Creek Elementary, Fruit Cove Middle and Durbin Creek Elementary, but some parents say drivers treat this road like their own race track.

Several students will be walking and riding their bikes to school along Race Track Road starting Wednesday.

“People think that this is a street that they can just go by really fast, so anything that can slow them down … will help a lot, you know?” said parent Roberto Sanchez.

The school district requires that students who live within two miles of their school get to school on their own. We drove down the stretch ourselves.

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“There are plenty of crossing guards and the crossing guards do a really great job here in St Johns County,” said parent Sarah Carl.

But parents are hoping drivers do their part, too.

“Just to heed the speed limits. Just to realize that these are kids. They know the rules and they're going to try but they're kids,” said parent Rebekah Sanchez.

And for students who do ride the bus, the school district said new this year they've installed new radios in all of the buses. That way, the bus driver can better communicate with law enforcement for any problems along the road.

Those radios were paid for with the county's new half-cent sales tax.

1 of 3 new St. Johns County schools will open on schedule

Only one of three new schools that St. Johns County promised to open for the 2017-2018 school year is on track to be up and running on time.

The schools are being funded by a half-cent sales tax increase, which became effective in January.

Since then, $5.5 million has come in, but construction has started only on an elementary school in World Golf Village.

Construction at World Golf Village


School rendering in World Golf Village


Construction on two K-8 schools in Nocatee and Aberdeen has not yet begun.

“It was ambitious,” said St. Johns County Schools superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “Unfortunately, on the K-8 bid, we only got one bidder. So that wasn’t fiscally responsible for the board to accept one bid. So that will go out for re-bid.”

Joyner said the delay will mean larger class sizes for another year.

“We will continue to be more crowded than we would like. We may have to have a few more portable classrooms for a year,” said Joyner.

St. Johns County father Crispin Zinsmeister said he thinks keeping class sizes down is crucial to his children’s education.

“I think that kids getting individual attention is very important to the education process, so the more schools, the better,” said Zinsmeister.

The sales tax increase is also paying for new safety and security improvements, including 250 800-megahertz radios for all the county’s school buses. The radios will allow drivers to communicate directly with law enforcement in an emergency.

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51 birds seized in alleged cockfighting ring in Jacksonville

Dozens of birds were seized on Tuesday night at a home in the Dinsmore neighborhood near New Kings and Bowie roads in an alleged cockfighting ring.

Agents with Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services seized 51 birds. Equipment, including steroids, was also taken from the home. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded as well, as crime scene unit vans were parked along the road.

A tip led officials to the home and Timothy Prosser was arrested on a felony charge of animal fighting. One woman may end up being arrested as well, police said. The birds will be evaluated Wednesday morning, and no dead birds were found in the home.

Once the birds are checked out they will be placed in refuges.  

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#anjaxbreaking animal protection seizes 51 fighting birds, equipment, steroids from alleged cock fighting ring— Cole Heath (@ColeANjax) August 10, 2016 1 arrest made. Birds will be evaluated in the morning. No dead birds found after tip leads officials to new kings road home.— Cole Heath (@ColeANjax) August 10, 2016
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