Top Stories

Records: Pulse gunman's wife texted plans of 'cover' story night of massacre

Court documents in the obstruction case against the wife of the Pulse Nightclub gunman revealed that she texted her husband her idea for a cover-up story the night of the mass shooting, WKMG reports.

"Salman's obstructive conduct extended to deleting text messages on her phone -- including one informing Mateen of the cover story she had devised," prosecutors argued in the documents.

Salman has been in federal custody since January.

Should children under 18 be allowed to marry?

From 2000 to 2015, 16,417 children younger than 18 were married in the state of Florida under a practice allowed by a Florida law that a group of activists and lawmakers are looking to change.

According to Florida law, 16- and 17-year-olds can be married with parental consent, and exceptions can be made for children of any age, if they are pregnant or have children.

One such exception was made 46 years ago for then 11-year-old Sherry Johnson.

She had been impregnated by a man who had raped her.

Sister hopeful brother's looming execution will be blocked

With six days until the execution of death row inmate Mark Asay, his sister said Friday that lawyers are fighting tooth and nail as they try to introduce new evidence and receive a stay from the Florida Supreme Court.

Asay, 53, who was convicted in 1988 of the murders of Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell in downtown Jacksonville, is scheduled to be the first inmate executed in Florida since Oscar Ray Bolin on Jan. 7, 2016.

Woman arrested after baby dies at unlicensed day care, police say

A woman accused of running an unlicensed day care where an infant died last year was arrested Tuesday in Jacksonville.

On May 20, 2016, the Florida Department of Children and Families issued a cease and desist order to Portia Eureka Bryant and her husband, Cleo Bentley Jr., for an unlicensed day care that they were running out of their home in Jacksonville.

Bentley is the bishop of the New Mount Olive Baptist Church.

The order was issued after a 5-month-old baby was found unresponsive at the home and later died at a hospital.

State Attorney Melissa Nelson assigns top deputy to cop prosecutions

State Attorney Melissa Nelson has assigned her top deputy to oversee the prosecution of two Northeast Florida law enforcement officers charged in unrelated cases, a spokesman confirmed Friday.

Chief Assistant State Attorney Mac Heavener will supervise the cases involving Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer Timothy James and Neptune Beach Police Officer Chris Ortiz, said Nelson spokesman David Chapman.

Pages