JFRD puts out fire at Mandarin pool hall


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Fire Rescue knocked down a fire at a Mandarin billiards hall apparently started while the owner was making repairs to the building's roof Friday morning, authorities said.

Firefighters were called to the business, located at 3853 Old St. Augustine Road, about 9:30 a.m., according to JFRD. When they arrived, they found the roof in flames.

Firefighters were able to quickly bring the fire under control and put it out, Battalion Chief Neal White told Ken Amaro, adding that much of the damage was to the roof.

"The business owner, I believe, was doing some repair work on the roof with a torch and started the roof on fire," White said.

It's believed the owner was making repairs to damage caused by last week's storms.


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Police: Anonymous tip leads to meth bust


ID=24396683JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An anonymous tip led to a list of drug charges for a local man after investigators uncovered the remnants of a meth lab inside a Mandarin home Tuesday.

Steven Kaai Andrin, Jr., 45, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, along with misdemeanor marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges, according to an arrest report obtained by First Coast News.

Local deputy injured after traffic crash in Mandarin


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A local sheriff's deputy was injured Monday morning after a traffic crash in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville.

It happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of San Jose Boulevard and Loretto Road.

A marked cruiser from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office and a small sports car were involved.

The deputy's injuries are not believed to be serious. The condition of the other driver has not been released publicly.

Both vehicles sustained extensive front-end damage.

The second car ended up crashing into a utility box, which knocked out power to the traffic signals.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was needed to direct vehicles until power was restored.

The cruiser ended up blocking one of southbound traffic on San Jose, which led to significant delays.

A heavy toll: Residents mourn loss of forest buffer


ID=22617675JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Walking through the compacted dirt across from her home, Mandarin resident Christine Conner reminisces about what used to be.

"You know what's sad? Is that my kids used to -- it was like our forest. That's where they played, you know?"

Conner bought her house 17 years ago, in large part because of the old-growth live oak right outside her door – the very kind removed in a vast interstate clear-cutting, as the Department of Transportation makes way for toll roads.

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Father of teen killed in crash has a message for parents


JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- Cut down in the prime of his life. The father of a 13-year-old who died in a car crash in Mandarin on Sunday spoke to First Coast News.

"Pain. Deep pain, Devastation." Larry Schaub said about his heart, following the death of his son.

Flowers mark the spot where his youngest of 4 sons, Garrett, died in a car crash Sunday morning.

"He was a very outgoing, fun-loving kid," Schaub said of his son. "He lived for the moment. He brightened up any room."

Home catches fire, lightning possible cause


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Fire and Rescue responded to a residential fire in Mandarin Friday night.

A spokesperson with JFRD said firefighters had difficulty gaining access to the home due to a large amount of clutter in the residence located in the 9400 block of Beauclerc Oaks Drive.

The fire was possibly started by a lightning strike. No injuries were reported.


Fallen tree cleared after severe weather


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Minor damage remains after a tree fell close to a school on Wednesday night. It happened on Dupont Avenue in the San Jose area during a severe weather event.

The large tree, located in the backyard of a private residence, crashed through a fence and landed partially in the road.

Traffic had to be blocked while crews cleaned up the debris. No one was injured.