Fire at home in Mandarin


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

Fire was showing when fire crews arrived at the home in the 4200 block of Pilgrim Way. It is unknown at this time if anyone was in the home when the blaze broke out and a cause has not been determined.

According to city property records home is about 1,300 square feet in size. Property website Zillow.com values the home at about $126,000.

Community Sponsors

Are you interested in promoting your business to local customers?

Proposed development causing disruption in Mandarin


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A proposed re-zoning is leaving dozens in Mandarin saying it could destroy their way of life.

At issue is about 18 acres of land off Joda Lane in Mandarin. Right now, the area only has a few residents, and a lot of land. If the re-zoning is approved, almost 70 houses would be built on those 18 acres.

"It's going to totally ruin the whole area," said Kay Boykin. She's lived in the area for almost 40 years.

"It's quiet and peaceful and serene now, and that's why we moved out here," she said.

The planned re-zoning is far from a done deal. It has to clear several committees before council can approve it. Neighbors like Boykin say an approval is a big step backward.

"This is what we want -- we want this peace and serenity out here," she said.

Felony charges for Mandarin student with gun at school


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The student who allegedly brought a gun to Mandarin High School on Thursday has been charged with two felonies.

The teen, 17, is being charged with possession of a firearm on school property and dealing in stolen property, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrest and booking report.

According to the report, the teen told officers "he was having a 'beef' with some guys on the Westside and needed it for protection." He also told officers he paid $150 for the gun two years ago.

First Coast News has chosen not to release the name or the photo of the juvenile.

MHS Principal Donna Richardson released this phone message to parents on Thursday:

Teenagers rob delivery driver


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- David Naumann says he's still very shaken by what he says happened Sunday night. He can't sleep. The thoughts keep running through his mind. He says he wants the suspects caught.

"I thought that was it. My life was over," Naumann said. "I was just thinking about my family."

He said it was a terrifying 10 seconds for him on Sunday night. He is a delivery driver for the Hop Shing restaurant on Old St. Augustine Road in Mandarin. He said he parked close to the store and went to get his next delivery when he said two teenage males jumped him, pointed a gun to the back of his head and said:

"'Give up your s**t,'" Naumann said. "And I reached into my left pocket where my money was and then he reached in one of then and grabbed the money. It was very scary. It's something I've never been through before."

Community Sponsors

Are you interested in promoting your business to local customers?

Man wanted for scamming elderly woman

A 69-year-old woman was allegedly scammed in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in the 10900 block of San Jose Boulevard, according to a release from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. The victim told JSO she was approached by an unknown male who struck up a conversation with her.

During the conversation, the suspect told the victim that he had found a large amount of money and if she paid a collateral payment she would be entitled to some of the money.

Duval County School bus rear-ended Thursday morning

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A school bus full of children was involved in a traffic crash Thursday morning.

A white Ford Econovan rear-ended a Duval County School bus heading Northbound on San Jose Boulevard near the intersection of Beauclerc Road at 9:15 a.m., according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The school bus was carrying 25 students all under the age of 15 when the crash occurred.

No injuries were reported and a traffic citation was issued as a result of the crash investigation.

Mandarin strip mall approved by City Council

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A controversial battle over rezoning in Mandarin comes
to a head.

For nearly four hours at the Jacksonville City Council meeting Tuesday
night, council and community members went back and forth about allowing retail
shops where some neighbors argue they don't belong.

The corner of Oak Bluff Lane and San Jose Boulevard was at the center of the
debate. Restaurants, including Chick-fil-A, are proposed to be a part of a new
development at the site.

Neighbors are worry about traffic, saying the area will become too congested. In the end, the council voted 18-to-1 in favor of rezoning the area; with a few conditions that include only allowing the Chick-fil-A's drive-thru to be located on the Southside and the restaurants can open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.