Man on Jacksonville Beach sidewalk hit, killed


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A 24-year-old Wisconsin man was hit and killed by a driver while walking on a sidewalk with friends.

"It just sucks that we didn't even get a chance to say goodbye, we were supposed to do that this morning but that got taken away," said Leila Burton.

Mike Gunderson, 24, has never seen the ocean, so he and his friends drove down to Jacksonville for vacation.

His friends say they enjoyed every minute of their seven day trip. Investigators say early Sunday morning, Gunderson was leaving a bar with friends when the driver of an SUV jumped the curb, drove onto the sidewalk and killed Gunderson.

"He was where he was supposed to be, there is no reason that it ended the way it ended," said Emily Burton.

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Nippers stays open despite bankruptcy filing


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A popular Jacksonville Beach restaurant marred by tragedy has filed for bankruptcy.

Nippers Beach Grille found itself in local headlines after a man was killed during a summer event there in 2014.

The owner says that shooting along with other issues left him with little choice. June 26, 2014 is a day Rudy Theale will never forget.

Couple married for 60 years brings unexpected joy to hundreds


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Sometimes it's an unexpected random act of kindness that can have a profound impact. You might expect to get flowers on your birthday or your anniversary, but what if you got a beautiful bouquet from a stranger -- just because?

Seven days a week you can find Pop Pop, 80 years young, handing out a car full of gorgeous flowers with his wife of 60 years, GiGi. The Jacksonville Beach couple asked that we refer to them as their 11 grandchildren do, Pop Pop and GiGi.

"She's a year younger so she has strength to get in and out of car. I drive there and she takes them there and gets all hugs and accolades and they will ask what's his name out in the truck," said Pop Pop.

Community members fighting to keep GATE out


ID=30965047ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The popular restaurant, Beach Diner, along Atlantic Boulevard could have a new neighbor on the way. But they're not being welcomed with open arms. GATE petroleum purchased property near the diner in 2014 and now residents are watching closely to see what will happen next. They're fighting Gate's plans before they've even formally been presented to the city.

The owners of Beach Diner are worried about not having

enough parking for customers if a GATE gas station is built next to its leased property at 501 Atlantic Boulevard. Glenn Shuck lives across the street and has a lengthy list of concerns including traffic and the crowds of people a gas station could attract.

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Man arrested in connection with Jax Beach home invasion


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — A man has been arrested in connection with a home invasion and breaking into cars in Jacksonville Beach Thursday, police say.

According to Jacksonville Beach Police, Nathaniel Raheem Chapman is being charged with one count of home invasion, one count of grand theft of a loaded firearm, once count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, seven counts of burglary to an automobile, two counts of grand theft, and four counts of petit theft.

Police say an unidentified man broke into a home and held two men at gunpoint, stealing one victim's wallet and cell phone. No injuries were reported, according to police.

A short time later, police detained a man fitting the description of the suspect. At the same time, the Police Department started receiving calls about several vehicle burglaries in the area.

Pedestrian crossing road in Jax Beach struck, killed by car


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — A woman was struck and killed by a car while crossing 3rd Street South early Sunday morning in Jacksonville Beach, authorities confirmed.

Paulette Thompson, 44, from Jacksonville, was crossing the street at the 300 block of 3rd Street South around 1:30 a.m. when a car driving southbound by Andrea Peters, 28, from Jacksonville allegedly hit her, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

At this time, Peters is not being charged with a crime, but officers are not yet completed with their investigation, police said.


Possible shark bite reported at Jacksonville Beach


ID=29380657JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A woman was bitten by something in the water, possibly a shark, at Jacksonville Beach Friday evening, police said.

A spokesperson for the Jacksonville Beach Police Department told First Coast News officers were called to the scene, near 37th Avenue South, for a possible shark bite.

That's where officers and EMTs found a woman with lacerations to her leg that were caused by some kind of animal, Sgt. Thomas Crumley said.

EMTs initially treated her at the scene for injuries that are deemed minor.

Crumley urged people to be safe in the ocean and avoid heavily-baited areas as they tend to bring sharks and kingfish closer to shore.