Stop sign vandals have struck in Springfield


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Stop sign vandals have struck in Springfield, Roger Weeder reports.

Sometime on Monday, according to a Facebook post, over 10 stop signs were damaged and vandalized on and around Laura Street in the north side of Jacksonville.

Some of the stop signs damaged have already been repaired. FCN's Roger Weeder is looking into what's been happening.

This post will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.


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A fight between two brothers sends one to hospital


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A fight between two brothers turned violent in Springfield overnight.

The men got into a tussle inside a home in the 2000 block of N. Market Street just before 3:30 a.m.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigators say 53-year-old Michael Anthony Baker cut his brother in the neck.

The victim was initially taken to UF Health Jacksonville with non-life threatening injuries, but doctors discovered he had a punctured lung. Authorities say his condition has continued to decline. At last check the victim was in surgery.

Investigation into 7-year-old found dead in bedroom continues


UPDATE: JSO is still investigating a 7-year-old boy found dead in an apartment Saturday.

"The cause of death is pending. No foul play is suspected," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Melissa Bujeda said. She also said the investigation is ongoing.

Also Tuesday, Florida Department of Children and Families spokesperson, John Harrell, tells First Coast News:

"DCF is investigating. We are contacted when there are concerns of possible neglect or abuse. I want to emphasize that this is an investigation. An investigation does not mean an assumption of guilt. We will be talking with family members and relatives to see if there was any possible abuse. We'll be working closely with law enforcement."

Neighbors said they were shocked and saddened by the news of the 7-year old's death.

Jacksonville veteran worried about losing home


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Volunteers in Jacksonville's historic Springfield neighborhood are facing what they call a major setback.

"It makes me angry," said Gloria DeVall with Preservation SOS (Save Our Springfield).

For about one month, close to 100 people have been giving up their own time and money to help John Foster and his daughter, Doris, 53.

First Coast News first told you about Foster, 87, in May when the Korean War veteran found himself on the brink of having to sell the house on Market Street he's lived in for 41 years.

"We've been nervous about this ever since it came up," he said.

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Main Street cruisers get "green light"


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A special event in Springfield that once had the city saying a "special events" permit was needed got a "green light" from city hall to go on as planned.

"We never asked city hall for a dime, just want to be left alone," said John Wells who helps coordinate the monthly event that features people cruising down Main Street in their classic cars.

This month the cruising will be part of something national, the "Great Race" that features classic cars traveling from Maine to Florida. They will be rolling into Jacksonville and Springfield on Saturday, June 28.

Wells says the city initially said the event would need a special events permit because more than 500 people would attend. With the permit comes regulations and oversight.

Local veteran, daughter hoping to keep their house


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Neighbors in the Springfield area joined together to help one of their own Saturday.

John Foster, 87, is a Korean War veteran who lives on Market Street with his daughter, Doris, 53. In April, their worlds were turned upside down when they faced the possibility of losing their home.

"We worried quite a bit. We worried every day about what we were going to do," Foster said.

The City of Jacksonville sent the pair a letter instructing them to fix up their house or pay $250 a day in code enforcement fines.

Foster said the exterior of the two-story house seemed to be the biggest issue. "They wanted the woodwork repaired."

The problem was Foster and his daughter couldn't afford to pay the fines or do the work themselves. Foster requires a lot of assistance from his daughter to get around without falling.

Sweet Pete's candy store moving downtown


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For four years, Sweet Pete's candy store has occupied a Victorian-style home in Jacksonville's Springfield neighborhood, but soon they'll be leaving for downtown.

Pete Behringer and his wife Allison own Sweet Pete's and were just featured on CNBC's "The Profit."

It's a show hosted by millionaire entrepreneur and investor Marcus Lemonis.

Out of 10,000 applicants, Sweet Pete's was one of eight Lemonis chose to feature.

In the show, he points out the problems and hurdles facing the Behringers' business, and gives them advice.

He also invested $750,000 in the company and became a 50/50 partner.

"There is so much opportunity ahead of us now," Pete said. "This is life-changing."

Part of the change now will be packing up and leaving the cramped confines of the old, colorful house on Pearl Street in Springfield.