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Criminal charges will not be filed against Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew for an incident at a St. Augustine restaurant, prosecutors said. Kasim Howard, a security guard at The Conch House Marina & Resort, had accused Jones-Drew of assaulting him. Attorney Patrick Canan, who represents Howard, told The Florida Times-Union he may file a civil suit against Jones-Drew. Assistant State Attorney Christopher France said MJ-D wouldn't be charged with simple battery; Jones-Drew said he was pleased with the ruling.
The St. Johns River Ferry is running out of money, and officials say it will take another infusion of cash to keep it operating after Oct. 1. City Councilman John Crescimbeni, St. Johns Ferry Commission chairman, told The Florida Times-Union the ferry will need a cash subsidy from the city budget. The ferry is on track to spend the $200,000 it received from the city and $200,000 from Jacksonville Port Authority, but the port has said it will not continue to support the ferry after Oct. 1. David DeCamp, a spokesperson for the mayor’s office, said Mayor Alvin Brown will make a decision during the budget process.
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has been accepting donations for travel for two years — but now taxpayers will have to foot the bill, according to a ruling by the Florida Ethics Commission. Brown was relying on the advice of General Counsel Cindy Laquidara, who believed travel expenses paid by others were gifts to the city, not to Brown. But in March, the Ethics Commission disagreed. The city has reimbursed about $8,700 for expenses related to 14 trips, The Florida Times-Union reported. The city is reviewing a policy that would allow it to receive donations for travel expenses.
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Ferry Needs More Money, Again

The St. Johns River Ferry is running out of money, and officials say it will take another infusion of cash to keep it operating after Oct. 1. City Councilman John Crescimbeni, St. Johns Ferry Commission chairman, told The Florida Times-Union the ferry will need a cash subsidy from the city budget. The ferry is on track to spend the $200,000 it received from the city and $200,000 from Jacksonville Port Authority, but the port has said it will not continue to support the ferry after Oct. 1. David DeCamp, a spokesperson for the mayor’s office, said Mayor Alvin Brown will make a decision during the budget process.

 

Deutsche Bank Additions

Deutsche Bank is adding more than $10 million in capital and creating 300 new jobs in Northeast Florida over the next three years. The expansion, the second in two years at Deutsche Bank’s Jacksonville campus, comes just five years after the company’s initial venture into our region. Since 2008, Deutsche Bank has created more than 1,000 jobs here. Gov. Rick Scott and Mayor Alvin Brown made the announcement June 24.

 

Shot Fired into Judge’s Home

The FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service are investigating the shot fired into U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan’s home on Jacksonville's Southside June 23. No one was hurt, but a window and a glass door were shattered by at least one bullet, The Florida Times-Union reported. Police were called to Corrigan’s home about 1 a.m. and found a bullet hole in a rear window and glass door of the house. Shrapnel was found on the floor and puncture marks were found on a leather chair. A closet was also damaged. Neighbors reported hearing one gunshot. In a statement released by his office, Corrigan said he would have no comment during the investigation. Corrigan was sworn in as a federal judge in 2002.

 

FOP Helps PAL

The Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police Foundation, after another successful Guns N’ Hoses charity fundraiser, donated $20,000 to the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville. Over the past 11 years, the FOP Foundation has contributed more than $500,000 to PAL, which provides educational, athletic, mentoring and teen leadership programs to more than 2,800 children a year. David Stevens, FOP Foundation president, presented a check June 24 to PAL Executive Director Lt. Mathew Nemeth and other PAL officials.

 

No Charges for Maurice Jones-Drew

Criminal charges will not be filed against Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew for an incident at a St. Augustine restaurant, prosecutors said. Kasim Howard, a security guard at The Conch House Marina & Resort, had accused Jones-Drew of assaulting him. Attorney Patrick Canan, who represents Howard, told The Florida Times-Union he may file a civil suit against Jones-Drew. Assistant State Attorney Christopher France said MJ-D wouldn't be charged with simple battery; Jones-Drew said he was pleased with the ruling.

 

Jaguars Foundation Funds Scholarships

The Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation has donated $20,000 to fund scholarships at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Jaguars Foundation President Peter Racine said the foundation chose FSCJ because of the array of career choices it offers. And the school is an economical avenue for Northeast Florida students to earn a college degree or technical certification. Students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and must be working toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree or program certificate. Only students from Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau or St. Johns counties are eligible. Preference will be given to students who have completed the Jaguars Honor Rows program, the foundation's goal-setting program operated through 40 local nonprofits, or those who have provided significant volunteer service with the Jaguars Foundation. For more information, go to jaguars.com/foundation-community.

 

No More Free Travel for Mayor

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has been accepting donations for travel for two years — but now taxpayers will have to foot the bill, according to a ruling by the Florida Ethics Commission. Brown was relying on the advice of General Counsel Cindy Laquidara, who believed travel expenses paid by others were gifts to the city, not to Brown. But in March, the Ethics Commission disagreed. The city has reimbursed about $8,700 for expenses related to 14 trips, The Florida Times-Union reported. The city is reviewing a policy that would allow it to receive donations for travel expenses.

 

Flagler Enactus Advisors Named as Fellows

Two Flagler College advisors for Enactus were named Sam W. Walton Free Enterprise Fellows of the Year at the 2013 Enactus USA National Exposition in Kansas City. Donna DeLorenzo, executive director of college relations, and Barry Sand, a retired professor in residence teaching TV scriptwriting and television production, were honored May 23 with the Jack Kahl Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, given to fellows who have done the most to advance the Enactus organization during the academic year. They each receive a plaque and a fully paid trip to the Enactus World Cup in Cancun, Mexico, where Flagler College competes in September. Enactus is an international nonprofit organization working with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students.

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