Concerns over pornography are growing among local professionals

At the height over debate over gun control, Tampa state Rep. Ross Spano took some heat over his efforts to pass a resolution declaring pornography a problem instead of focusing on guns.

But many believe that pornography is a growing problem, and with Spano leaving the state House this year, someone else will have to start the conversation.

Vikas Kapoor is serving a 27-year prison sentence after being convicted on more than two dozen counts of having child porn on his computer.

“There are certain pictures that I can’t unsee,” jury foreman Ron Watson said.

While Watson resents being forced to watch disgusting images as part of his civic duty, porn is now easier than ever to find.

“We’re talking about pornography with 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children,” Watson said.

New studies suggest that because of this, 70 percent of teens are actually stumbling across porn as they search the internet.

“The average age that you first view pornography is 8 years old for kids now,’ Spano said.

Unable to pass a bill to educate kids about the dangers of porn, Spano championed a House resolution this year to shine a spotlight on the problems porn create.

“It’s causing eating problems. It’s causing children to be sexually active before they should be,” Spano said.

In his final interview before he was executed, one of Florida’s most notorious serial killers, Ted Bundy, blamed his killings on pornographic fantasies.

Bundy confessed to killing 30 women.

“I’ve met a lot of men motivated to commit violence, just like me, and without exception every one of them was deeply involved with pornography, without question,” Bundy said.

It was discounted at the time of Bundy’s death as a scapegoat, but the idea that it could be addictive is gaining more and more traction among professionals.

2 Gilchrist County deputies killed in Trenton

Two deputies were shot and killed by a gunman Thursday afternoon in downtown Trenton, a city in Gilchrist County, west of Alachua County.

The shooting happened at the intersection of State Road 26 and East Wade Street at the Ace China Restaurant. A source told News4Jax that the gunman is also dead.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office has asked it to respond to a deputy-involved shooting.

Neighboring Lee County deputies have also responded to the scene. Lee According to FDLE statistics, there 30 deputies work for the Sheriff’s Office.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and their citizens over the tragic loss of two deputies.”

In 2014, Gilchrist County was the scene of another tragedy when a man shot and killed his daughter and six grandchildren in the town of Bell. Sheriff Bobby Schultz III now has to deal with the loss of two of his deputies.

News4Jax has a crew headed to the scene and is contacting all law enforcement area agencies to learn more. This article will be updated the rest of the day, with live reports on News4Jax newscasts throughout the evening.

Our prayers go out to the brave deputies in Gilchrist County who died in service to our state. Please keep their families and the Sheriff’s Dept in that close knit community in your thoughts.– Adam Putnam (@adamputnam) April 19, 2018

Jacksonville police investigate bank robbery inside Walmart

Jacksonville police are trying to track down whoever robbed the Woodforest Bank inside the Walmart on Philips Highway just after noon Thursday.

Detectives said the robber handed a teller a bag with a note inside demanding money, and the teller complied.

Then, the robber fled on foot and may have actually taken a cab as part of his getaway, police said.

No weapon was shown. There were no customers in the bank at the time, and no one was hurt.

Lt. Derek Boucher described the robber as a white man around 5 feet 10 inches or 5 feet 11 inches tall, who weighed around 190 pounds and wore a blue baseball cap, a blue-gray jacket and tan pants.

No one inside the Walmart was hurt.

Learn more about city services, improving neighborhoods at free event

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is set to host the city’s first Neighborhood & Community Summit on Saturday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

The free event, scheduled for 8 a.m.-2 p.m., is designed to help Jacksonville residents learn more about city services and how to improve their neighborhoods.

Offers Jacksonville citizens one-stop access to City departments, resources and information.
Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a variety of educational workshops that cover topics including neighborhood safety, neighborhood advocacy and neighborhood resources.
They will learn things like how to build a homeowners association, create a neighborhood watch and address litter in their communities.
Workshops will be led by City officials representing the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO), Municipal Code Enforcement, JEA, Recreational Services and more.

Lunch and snacks will be provided, and the city wants anyone planning to attend to RSVP at