Top pick Travon Walker signs $37.4M rookie deal with Jaguars
NFL Draft Jaguars Football Travon Walker, the Jacksonville Jaguars first round pick and No. 1 overall draft pick Travon Walker signed a four-year, $37.4 million rookie contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, a deal that includes a $24.4 million signing bonus. Walker's contract is fully guaranteed and includes a team option for a fifth year, both standard for NFL first-round picks. He signed it one day before the Jaguars begin a rookie minicamp. Walker and Lloyd are among a dozen first-rounders from the 2022 draft under contract, including four of the first six selections.wftv.com
Man charged with murder in triple homicide that sparked Florida Amber Alert, police say
The man who was sought by authorities in connection to an Amber Alert for an 8-year-old boy has been charged with murder in a triple homicide at an Arlington apartment complex, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
AP source: Jags, LT Robinson agree to 3-year, $54M extension
Jaguars Robinson Football FILE - Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Cam Robinson (74) is shown during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, on Sept. 19, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jacksonville Jaguars essentially ruled out taking a left tackle with the top pick in the NFL draft by agreeing to terms with veteran Cam Robinson on a three-year extension Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough, File) (Gary McCullough)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars essentially ruled out taking a left tackle with the top pick in the NFL draft by agreeing to terms with veteran Cam Robinson on a three-year extension Wednesday. Robinson's new deal totals just shy of $54 million, roughly $18 million a year, according to a person familiar with negotiations. The Jags signed five-time Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff to a three-year, $49.5 million contract that included $30 million guaranteed.wftv.com
Following successful Axiom splashdown, officials turn to launching Crew-4 mission
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — The first all-private mission to the International Space Station ended Monday afternoon with a successful splashdown off the coast of Jacksonville. The Axiom Mission-1 crew spent an extra week in space after a series of weather delays to land in Florida. READ: SpaceX’s 1st all-private mission splashes down off Florida coast to complete missionNow, NASA and SpaceX are already preparing for their next launch. The Crew-4 mission is set to lift off from Launch Pad 39-A Wednesday morning, provided teams are satisfied with their review of Axiom Mission-1. “We’re going to make sure we have the recovery vessels staged where they need to be for launch.wftv.com
Florida passes congressional map over Black lawmaker protest
(AP Photo/Phil Sears) (Phil Sears)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — (AP) — Florida’s Legislature approved a congressional map Thursday pushed by Republican Gov. Democratic lawmakers chanted and shouted as the final vote tally was taken in the Florida House during a raucous end to a three-day special session. There was a brief delay in which Black lawmakers staged a sit-in on the chamber floor and sang “We Shall Overcome.” The measure passed 68-38 along party lines. The protest prompted the Republican-led chamber to call a brief recess during which all Republican lawmakers left the floor and the state Florida Channel temporarily stopped broadcasting. Republican Rep. Spencer Roach said the protest quashed debate on another bill that could strip Walt Disney World of its ability to self-govern.wftv.com
Watch at 9 a.m.: Gov. DeSantis to make announcement in The Villages
DeSantis news conference A group of demonstrators demanding to speak with Gov. Ron DeSantis regarding his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of a scheduled news conference in Jacksonville on Tuesday. (WFTV.com News Staff)THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis will make an announcement in The Villages this morning. READ: Federal judge voids national mask mandate for travelersCheck back and watch Eyewitness News for updates.wftv.com
Walmart Health to open 5 new health centers in Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walmart Health has announced the expansion of its low-cost clinics in several Florida locations. Dr. David Carmouche, of Omnichannel Care, said the new health centers will make health care more convenient and accessible to Floridians. “Two years after the launch of Walmart Health, we continue evolving and growing to make health care even more accessible to the communities we serve,” Carmouche said. Read: Celebrate #407day around Orlando on ThursdayThe state-of-the-art health centers offer a variety of health care services at existing Walmart Supercenters. Video: Disney World to build 1,300 affordable housing units to help address housing crisisMore information on Walmart Health Centers can be found here.wftv.com
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson fields questions during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings
For a second day, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson fielded more questions from senators during her confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court. CBS News congressional correspondent Nikole Killion reports from Capitol Hill.news.yahoo.com
Florida woman accused of fatally shooting younger sister in New Jersey
Charged: Angielly Dominguez is charged with murder in the death of her younger sister. (Scott Olson/Getty Images )A Florida woman is accused of fatally shooting her younger sister on Tuesday at a New Jersey home after an argument about money, authorities said. Angielly Dominguez is also facing a second-degree charge for possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and third-degree hindering her own apprehension, Musella said. Officials with the New Jersey State Police arrested the elder Dominguez on the New Jersey Turnpike near mile marker 31 in Cherry Hill, state police spokesperson Sgt. According to her Facebook page, Omelly Dominguez attended Union City High School and studied nursing at William Paterson University, NJ.com reported.wftv.com
Man arrested in car show shooting that killed 1, wounded 26
Arkansas authorities on Wednesday arrested a 22-year-old man in a shooting at a car show that killed one person and left 26 wounded. Arkansas State Police said it arrested Brandon Deandra Knight, of Jacksonville, who has been charged with first-degree battery and aggravated assault. Knight was taken into custody as he was being released from a Dumas hospital Wednesday morning, police said.news.yahoo.com
Video: Playful alligator chases toy boat in Florida pond
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Video captured at a Jacksonville, Florida, retention pond shows that sometimes alligators just want to have a little fun. >> Read more trending newsThe video, recorded by an executive producer at WJAX, shows an alligator swimming in a retention pond on the city’s southside, chasing a toy boat. As the person controlling the boat changes its course, you can see the alligator chase it. It’s unclear whether the alligator is playing or believes the boat is prey. A study done in 2015 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville documented alligators and similar animals playing, finding the animals had 15 separate play behaviors.wftv.com
AP source: Colts agree to trade Carson Wentz to Commanders
Wentz Trade Football FILE - Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) throws a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Washington Commanders have agreed to acquire quarterback Carson Wentz from the Indianapolis Colts, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File) (Phelan M. Ebenhack)The Washington Commanders have agreed to acquire quarterback Carson Wentz from the Indianapolis Colts, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. It was not immediately clear what the Commanders sent to the Colts in their latest attempt for a franchise quarterback. Wentz, 29, has three years remaining on his contract with salary cap hits of $28.3, $26.2 and $27.2 million consecutively.wftv.com
Bellarmine wins ASUN, hands NCAA bid to Jacksonville State
ASUN Jacksonville Bellarmine Basketball Bellarmine guard CJ Fleming (25) goes up for a layup during the second half of an NCAA college basketball against Jacksonville for the championship of the Atlantic Sun Conference men's tournament in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, March 8, 2022. Top-seeded JSU fell at home 54-51 to the Dolphins on Saturday, but since Bellarmine is ineligible for the NCAA Tournament, the Gamecocks will go dancing. Bellarmine, a recent Division II power and 2011 champion, defeated Liberty, the other ASUN division champion, 53-50 on the road on Saturday. Jacksonville, which joined the ASUN in 1998, was seeking its first league championship and first NCAA berth in 36 years. The Dolphins hit six 3s in the second half and shot 50% but could get no closer than six.wftv.com
Bellarmine wins ASUN, hands NCAA bid to Jacksonville State
CJ Fleming scored a career-high 27 points, Dylan Penn added 22 and Division I newcomer Bellarmine defeated Jacksonville 77-72 in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament, handing the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament to regular-season champion Jacksonville State.
Florida Senate passes GOP election police bill
Florida Ports Florida Gov. (Corey Perrine/The Florida Times-Union via AP) (Corey Perrine)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — (AP) — The Florida Senate passed a voting law package Friday that was pushed by Gov. There is consensus among election officials and experts that there was no fraud that could have impacted results in the last presidential election. State law currently allows the governor to appoint officers to investigate violations of election law but does not require him to do so. Fines for certain election law violations would be raised and election supervisors would be required to more frequently conduct maintenance of their voter lists, under the measure.wftv.com
Jaguars tweaking power structure after hiring Doug Pederson
Jaguars Pederson Football Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, left, and Doug Pederson, new head coach of the NFL football team, smile during a news conference, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark Long) (Mark Long)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (AP) — Doug Pederson won’t have the power Urban Meyer had with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Owner Shad Khan introduced Pederson as the Jaguars' coach on Saturday and said the team has applied to the NFL to hire an executive vice president, a person who would report directly to Khan and oversee Pederson and general manager Trent Baalke. It’s a much different structure from what the Jaguars employed the last two years. “So some of the practices, some of the structure that works, we got a great insight into it. “It is unfortunate that things didn’t go necessarily smoothly this past year, but that’s behind us now,” Pederson said.wftv.com
House members discuss bill that would make ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’ a national hymn
The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties met Friday to discuss a bill that would make “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” the national hymn of the United States, News 6 partner WJXT-TV reported.
Missing again: 11-year-old found safe in Jacksonville disappears again, police say
Missing again: 11-year-old found safe in Jacksonville disappears again, police sayDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Daytona Beach police said Sunday that an 11-year-old boy who went missing on Jan. 20 is once again missing. According to the police, Eleaser Johnson was last seen at his home on North Wild Olive Avenue around 1:45 p.m. on Sunday. Johnson went missing 10 days ago and was discovered in the Jacksonville area after falling asleep in the back of a truck. Johnson is about five feet tall and is wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers. Read: Great white shark pinged off Florida’s east coastIf you have any details on his whereabouts, please call Daytona Beach police at (386) 248-1777.wftv.com
ECHL punishes Panetta after he is accused of racial gesture
The incident with Panetta and Jordan Subban occurred 23 seconds into overtime during Jacksonville's 1-0 home victory over South Carolina on Saturday. It came in the wake of minor league forward Krystof Hrabik's 30-game suspension for making a racial gesture during a Jan. 12 AHL game. Subban on Twitter showed Panetta taking a monkey-like pose while Jordan Subban was being led away by an official. In a post on his Twitter account, Jordan Subban said Panetta "was too much of a coward" to fight him. “My actions toward Jordan were not because of race, and were not intended as a racial gesture.wftv.com
Browns DT McDowell arrested in Fla. in attack on officer
Cleveland Browns Player Arrested Football FILE - Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Malik McDowell leaves the field after the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. Browns defensive tackle Malik McDowell has been arrested on charges of public exposure and battery on a sheriff's deputy in South Florida. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File) (Phelan M. Ebenhack)CLEVELAND — (AP) — Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Malik McDowell, who was given a second chance by the team after serving jail time, was arrested Monday in Florida on charges of beating a police officer and public exposure. The Browns released a statement on McDowell, who was under contract with the team for only one season, saying they were seeking more information. “We are aware of the very concerning incident and arrest involving Malik McDowell and are in the process of gathering more information,” the team said. In a video capturing the incident, McDowell fought two police officers even after they used a stun gun on him.wftv.com
Garbage and recyclables pile up as omicron takes its toll
Virus Outbreak Garbage Municipal sanitation workers collect trash in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. The omicron variant is sickening so many sanitation workers around the U.S. that waste collection in Philadelphia and other cities has been delayed or suspended. Garbage collection has become just another of the many basic services disrupted by omicron. In Louisville, Kentucky, sanitation workers stopped picking up yard waste in early January until further notice. That allowed the city to restore recycling collection in November after halting it in July and continue routine pickups despite the omicron surge, said spokesperson Mary Beth Ikard.wftv.com
Jaguars clown Colts 26-11, prevent Indy from making playoffs
Colts Jaguars Football Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen (41) celebrates after sacking Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton) (Stephen B. Morton)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts got clowned in Jacksonville. Indy badly botched a chance to secure an AFC wild-card spot with a 26-11 loss to Jacksonville on Sunday in the “clown game,” the team's seventh consecutive road loss to the Jaguars. Now, Indy returns home with a two-game skid and facing a long offseason that doesn't even include a first-round draft pick. “Feels good to end on a high note after all this turmoil that we went through the whole season,” Jaguars defensive end Dawuane Smoot said. “Never expect to be sitting here having this moment right now, not like this,” Indy coach Frank Reich said.wftv.com
Jags clown Colts 26-11, keep Indy from making playoffs
The Colts looked more like the ones who should have been decked out in giant bow ties, face paint and colorful wigs and suspenders. With a playoff berth on the line, Indianapolis was a no-show on an 80-degree day in Jacksonville. The Colts end the season on a two-game skid when one victory would have put it in the postseason. Lawrence completed 23 of 32 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns, his first game with multiple TD passes since the season opener. WENTZ STRUGGLESWentz completed 17 of 29 passes for 185 yards, with a garbage-time touchdown and an interception.wftv.com
How 15,000 ceramics are made a day in Gujarat, India
In 2001, the founder of Mitticool ceramics learned many of his customers in India don't have regular access to electricity. So he invented a fridge made out of clay. It keeps food 8 degrees cooler than the outside air, but it doesn't need any electricity to run. And while other ceramics companies in the region shut down, Mitticool is thriving thanks to the success of the powerless, eco-friendly fridge.news.yahoo.com
Jaguars sponsor sues to have name removed from 'clown game'
Jaguars Analysis Football FILE - Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is shown on the field before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. If a 40-point drubbing at New England didn’t get Jacksonville owner Shad Khan’s full attention, then what’s being planned for the team's season finale just might. Frustrated fans are revolting against the Jaguars and have Khan in their crosshairs. It also wants temporary and permanent injunctive relief from the Jaguars using the RoofClaim brand. The deal guarantees the company a single-game spotlight in each of the four seasons, but the suit argues the Jaguars breached terms of the agreement.wftv.com
Jaguars sponsor sues to have name removed from 'clown game'
The title sponsor for Jacksonville’s season finale against Indianapolis is suing the Jaguars in hopes of having its name disassociated from the game during which disgruntled fans are planning to dress as clowns to protest team owner Shad Khan’s decision to retain general manager Trent Baalke.
Citizens, activists removed from Gov. DeSantis’ news conference in Jacksonville
A group of activists and citizens who are unhappy with Gov. Ron DeSantis' handling of the COVID-19 pandemic were removed from the Florida Department of Health building in Duval County ahead of a news conference being held by the governor.
WATCH LIVE: Orange County leaders to give update on COVID-19
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Officials in Orange County are expected to give an update on the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday afternoon. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings; Director, Division of Infectious Diseases at Florida Health Alvina Chu; and Orange County Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins are among those expected to speak at today’s briefing. Read: ‘This governor does not care’: Demonstrators delay Gov. DeSantis news conference in JacksonvilleAmong the topics to be discussed are efforts to monitor omicron, COVID-19 testing, and vaccinations. Read: School is back in session as COVID-19 cases continue to climbThe update is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
‘This governor does not care’: Demonstrators delay Gov. DeSantis news conference in Jacksonville
DeSantis news conference A group of demonstrators demanding to speak with Gov. Ron DeSantis regarding his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of a scheduled news conference in Jacksonville. (WFTV.com News Staff)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A group of demonstrators demanding to speak with Gov. Ron DeSantis regarding his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of a scheduled news conference in Jacksonville. The news conference began after 11 a.m. with DeSantis stating that Jacksonville is ready to open a monoclonal antibody treatment site if the federal government provides the supply of doses.wftv.com
WATCH LIVE: Gov. DeSantis holds news conference
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday held a news conference in Jacksonville, which was delayed by a group of citizens and activists who wanted to question the governor about his pandemic policies, to put more political pressure on the Biden Administration to release more monoclonal antibody treatment doses to Florida.
Clown party? Frustrated Jags fans trying to elicit GM change
If a 40-point drubbing at New England didn’t get Jacksonville owner Shad Khan’s full attention, then what’s being planned for the team's season finale just might. Frustrated fans are revolting against the Jaguars and have Khan in their crosshairs. Hundreds, if not thousands, have changed their social media profile pics to a clown donning Khan’s signature mustache.news.yahoo.com
The Latest: Jets and Jaguars put key players on COVID list
The Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets each lost key defensive players a few hours before kickoff of their game at MetLife Stadium. Jacksonville placed linebacker Myles Jack on the COVID-19 list and New York put defensive lineman Quinnen Williams on the list Sunday. There were 20 players on the active and practice squad rosters — including injured reserve — on the COVID-19 list as of Sunday morning. Jets coach Robert Saleh was ruled out for the game Saturday because he didn’t clear COVID-19 protocols Saturday. Jets quarterbacks coach Rob Calabrese will also miss the game because of COVID-19 protocols.wftv.com
Jags' Armstead nears 'endgame' after COVID scare, year away
The possibility of facing one question from his young son may have been the most powerful: Why are you not playing football? (AP Photo/John Raoux, File) (John Raoux)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (AP) — Ryquell Armstead drew motivation from everyone around him while dealing with a COVID-ravaged season in 2020. The possibility of facing one question from his young son may have been the most powerful:Why are you not playing football? I know I’m explosive. I know I’m powerful.wftv.com
Gov. DeSantis proposes anti-immigration laws for Florida’s next legislative session
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference at the Jacksonville International Airport Friday to propose a series of legislative reforms meant to deter contractors and private entities from relocating people to Florida who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.