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.

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.

Jacksonville Beach teen reunited with family

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A 14-year-old boy is reunited with his family after he was reported missing Wednesday night, authorities said.


Police in Jacksonville Beach began searching for the teenager who went missing Wednesday evening.

Derek Browley of Jacksonville Beach, was reportedly missing from his home, located in the 700 block of 2nd Avenue South, around 6 p.m., police said.

Around midnight, police reported Browley was recovered safely.

DCF: Girl, 4, safe after wandering away from summer camp

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A Jacksonville Beach summer camp is under state investigation after a 4-year-old enrolled at the camp apparently wandered off Tuesday and was later found at a nearby salon, authorities said.


The girl was reunited with her family after someone at the salon called police, according to the Seaside Playgarden.

Still, the agency is investigating exactly how she was able to slip past camp counselors and leave the facility, located on 8th Avenue, and exactly how long she was missing, Department of Children and Families spokesperson John Harrell told First Coast News.

Police: Child nearly drowns in Atlantic Beach pool

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- A child nearly drowned before being rescued from a pool at the Atlantic Beach Country Club Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The child was pulled out of the pool, located in the 1600 block of Selva Marina Drive, at some point, according to the Atlantic Beach Police Department.

Jacksonville Fire Rescue responded and took the child to a local hospital, police said.

The Florida Department of Children and Families recommends that children never swim without adult supervision, spokesperson John Harrell said. The agency also recommends minimizing poolside distractions and encourages parents to enroll their children in swimming lessons.