On Your Side: Checking an Officer's identification

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- First Coast News got an email from Joyce who said someone disguised as a police officer came to her door, demanding $6,000. She was afraid and eventually gave it to the man.

Captain Joe Bucci, with the Clay County Sheriff's Office, gave tangible information on how you can confirm whether or not someone that comes to your door is an Official Law Enforcement Officer.

According to Bucci:

1) Ask to see a badge and department identification. It'll have a photo with it.

2) Call the dispatch center when the person gives you a badge number to confirm who they are.

3) Ask for a supervisor with dispatch to triple check.

4) When in doubt, if you're not sure, take their information and confirm it inside your home while they wait outside.








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SCLC calls for action from State's Attorney Angela Corey

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In January police were called to a domestic  domestic dispute in the 2100 block of North Pearl Street.

Anthony Dwayne Harris got into an altercation with his 17-year-old son and when police tried to arrest Harris there was a struggle. Harris was shot and killed by police.

"The officers began to handcuff the subject, who repeatedly told them he was not going back to jail," JSO Tom Hackney.

Police said Harris attempted to grab an officers gun and that's when officer Scott Williams shot Harris seven times.

Was it justified?

"The public needs to be explained how can you have a photograph of cop standing over a man on the ground, unarmed, who discharged seven bullets in his back," said Dr. Juan Gray.

New Valve Replacement Therapy Offers Alternative to Open Heart Surgery

JACKSONVILLE, FLA - A revolutionary new heart treatment is offering new hope to patients considered ineligible for open heart surgery or at great risk of suffering serious surgical complications.

Known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), the minimally invasive procedure is now being used to treat patients suffering from severe aortic valve stenosis. One of the most common valve disease disorders, aortic stenosis typically results from aging, as calcium or scarring narrows and hardens the heart’s aortic valve. As blood flow through the valve becomes constricted, individuals may experience chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting and palpitations. For those with severe aortic stenosis, the condition can lead to congestive heart failure and even death.

SCLC leadership critical of State Attorney investigation "delay"

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The chairman of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is accusing local prosecutors of dragging their feet in an investigation into the shooting death of a Springfield man.

Dr. Juan Gray hand delivered a letter to State Attorney Angela Corey's office outlining concerns over what he calls a delay in the investigation and filing decision by SAO into the death of Anthony Dwayne Harris.

Harris was shot several times by police in January 2013 after he allegedly got into an altercation with his 17-year-old son at his son's home on Pearl Street. According to police, Harris threw the teen into a china cabinet, which broke, and the boy's mother called 911.

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TRC Staffing Services Lends a Hand to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

TRC Staffing Services Lends a Hand to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, an organization dedicated to supporting families that are tackling childhood cancer, recently won a grant from TRC Staffing Services of Jacksonville that awarded the nonprofit 40 hours of free, temporary staffing support. The Jay Fund is the first of 12 organizations in the 2013 – 2014 cycle to receive the grant through the Helping Hands Grant program – an initiative aimed at supporting local nonprofits struggling to meet staffing needs within tight timetables and even tighter budgets.

'Sanctuary on 8th Street' offers hope for Jacksonville's youth

'Sanctuary on 8th Street' offers hope for Jacksonville's youth

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There's a safe place in the Springfield community that hopes to save Jacksonville's youth from the dangers of the streets -- one child at a time.

"At first, all of my friends went to the sanctuary and then eventually as we got older some of them starting breaking off. Some of them got influenced by all these dangerous traps in the neighborhoods," said Alonzo Jackson. 

Alonzo Jackson, 21, is now a camp counselor at Sanctuary on 8th Street. He started coming to the Sanctuary when he was in third grade. 

According to Jackson, it was a place where he could play with his friends, get one on one help with his homework, and find the guidance he needed during difficult times.

"I was 13 at the time when it happened and I was going to the hospital every day watching her go through a lot in the hospital suffering with cancer," said Jackson.

Your guide to First Coast 4th of July celebrations

Firework displays and events scheduled to celebrate the 4th of July holiday across the First Coast. Here's a list of the festivities:

Columbia County celebrates 4th of July

Clay County celebrates the 4th of July

Fernandina Beach celebrates 4th of July

Flagler County celebrates 4th of July