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Two whales wash ashore in Neptune Beach, will be put down


NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. — Two whales have washed ashore on Neptune Beach and will have to be put down, according to Florida Wildlife & Fish Commission.

Robert Lent, an officer with FWC, said the sperm whales will be taken to Jacksonville Zoo and put down. We are still working to discover the exact reason for the deaths of the whales.

Witnesses at the scene said the larger whale appeared to have bite marks.

As more information becomes available, this post will be updated.


Bicyclist hit on Beach Boulevard


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Police shut down a block of westbound Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach Friday evening after a bicyclist was hit by a car.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, it happened in the 700 block of Beach Boulevard between 6th and 8th streets at some point in the evening. That portion of the road was closed for several hours.

The Jacksonville Beach Police Department says a 64-year-old woman was riding southbound when she was hit. The woman possibly rode into the path of the car, police say.

The woman sustained head injuries but was talking to first responders on the way to the hospital, police say.

The crash is now under investigation.


'Armed and dangerous' suspect wanted in Jax Beach shooting


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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Jacksonville Beach police say a days old argument between two men led to one of the men shooting the other at the Seawalk Pavilion last Sunday.

Investigators are still searching for Malik Robinson, 18, the man they believe pulled the trigger on the crowded boardwalk in Jacksonville Beach.

"He shot someone in a crowded area. He had a weapon at the time. He should be considered armed and dangerous," said Commander Mark Evans with Jacksonville Beach Police.

Jacksonville Beach man goes missing


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The search is on for a Jacksonville Beach man who's been missing for weeks, authorities say.

Antonio Porter was last seen on the afternoon of March 6 and last heard from by family March 11, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

If you've seen Porter, please call police: (904) 270-1667.


Police: Teen shot in leg in Jacksonville Beach


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Police in Jacksonville Beach need your help finding out who shot a 16-year-old on the boardwalk over the weekend.

Officers heard gunfire near Latham Plaza, located in the 100 block of 1st Street North, about 7 p.m. Sunday, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department. Nearby they found a teen who had been shot in the right thigh.

He was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with injuries that are not deemed life-threatening. Now investigators are searching for a suspect.

They're asking that anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or may have information related to the case to please call the police department: (904) 247-6344.

A previous version of the story said police said the shooting happened on Saturday. In fact, the shooting happened on Sunday and the story has been updated to reflect that.


Police: Missing Jacksonville Beach woman found safe


UPDATE: Janice Bogen was located about 2 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Police in Jacksonville Beach are searching for a missing woman who was last seen by family two weeks ago, authorities said Tuesday.

Family members haven't seen or spoken with Janice Marie Bogen, 51, in about two weeks. The last time her mother reportedly heard from Bogen was a text message sent before noon Feb. 6, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

Bogen's family reported her missing on Tuesday. They're reportedly concerned about her safety because they believe Bogen doesn't have medication for her medical conditions.


Jax Beach targeting plan to fix parking problem


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- By the time April rolls around, hundreds of thousands of vacationers will flock south to catch some Florida rays.

As great as that is for beach towns like Jacksonville Beach, there is one consistent problem that never seems to go away: Parking. That's why Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham is making parking a top priority in the new "Downtown Action Plan".

"We're the victim of our own success," says Lathtam. "When you make a nice environment like we have here, you get a lot of people who want to move in and a lot of people who want to visit."

When the vacation season hits, it becomes a balancing act for the city.

"Three nights a week for six or seven months a year we need extra parking, other than that they'd sit empty."