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Man accused of exposing himself to a child arrested after trying to “clear his name”

Man accused of exposing himself to a child arrested after trying to “clear his name”

The man accused of exposing himself to a child on the Westside has been arrested after going to police to “clear his name”.  WOKV first told you Wednesday morning that the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was searching for a man who had performed a lewd act in front of a child. The suspect has now been identified as 41-year-old Noel Mills. JSO says Mills’ boyfriend confronted him after seeing the bulletin with his name and vehicle description. Mills’ boyfriend said the sketch looked like him and Mills owns a similar vehicle.  JSO says Mills went to a police substation and asked to “clear his name”. He was interviewed and subsequently arrested.  Mills reportedly drove up to a child who was walking to school around Blanding and Cedar Hills last week, asking the victim about his missing cat and showing the victim a photo of a cat. The  child told police Mills had his pants down and was masturbating. The next day, the parent of the child was walking home from school with the victim, when the child saw the suspect and vehicle. The parent took pictures of the vehicle and gave them to police. Mills has been arrested for lewd exhibition on a child. We’re working to get more information on the charge, and will update you as that information comes in.

Gov Scott vetoes bill allowing Florida grocery stores to sell liquor next to other products

Gov Scott vetoes bill allowing Florida grocery stores to sell liquor next to other products

It marks Florida Governor Rick Scott's first veto of the year.   Scott has vetoed a bill, commonly called 'Whiskey and Wheaties', that would have allowed grocery stores, retailers, and certain gas stations to sell liquors alongside other products.   Instead, with this veto, there will be no changes. That means the 'liquor wall' requiring spirits to be sold in a location with a separate entrance will stay in place.   In a letter to the Florida Secretary of State, Kenneth Detzner, Scott says both sides of the bill had good points, but that ultimately he had to side with small businesses.   Scott says small business owners told him they were concerned about this bill's impact on their families and their ability to create jobs.

Police dog wins legal battle after burglary suspect sues over bite

Police dog wins legal battle after burglary suspect sues over bite

Dog bites man. Man sues dog. Dog wins. The dog was Draco, a prized member of the Gwinnett County Police Department’s K-9 unit. But on July 6, 2013, Draco bit the arm of burglary suspect Randall Kevin Jones, who later claimed the dog clamped down for what “seemed like a lifetime.” >> Read more trending news Jones was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center and given stitches for the dog bite before being jailed and charged with burglary and obstruction. Two years later, he filed a highly unusual lawsuit, in that he not only sued the officers involved but also “Officer K-9 Draco of the Gwinnett County Police Department in his individual capacity.” The lawsuit, alleging excessive use of force, said Draco “viciously mauled” Jones, “tearing his flesh and permanently injuring and disfiguring him, while … officers stood by and failed to intervene.” When a federal judge rejected Gwinnett’s initial attempt to dismiss the lawsuit, the county appealed. On Friday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta threw out the case against Draco. >> Related: Dog saves family with 9 children from house fire “We hold that a dog may not be sued individually for negligence since a dog is not a ‘person,’” Judge Robin Rosenbaum wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel. Georgia law, she noted, does not allow such claims to be litigated against dogs. The mere notion of allowing a lawsuit against a dog raises abundant practical issues, Rosenbaum added. How would you formally serve the lawsuit on a dog? What about the dog’s retention of legal representation? How can a dog be expected to pay damages? >> Related: Why is there a dog on the roof in a Texas neighborhood? Draco, a Belgian Malinois, retired from the K-9 unit in mid-2014 after seven years on the force, helping officers track down suspects and find stashes of illegal drugs. Read more here.

The CEO of the Wounded Warrior Project is speaking to Action News Jax about the results of a government investigation into the organization. Sen. Chuck Grassley started looking into the charity after investigations revealed lavish spending. The new Wounded Warrior Project's CEO Michael Linnington wanted to discuss the changes they've made and talk about a few findings in Grassley's report that he disagrees with. But beyond that, he said he's ready for the organization to put this behind them and move forward with helping veterans. Jacksonville National Cemetery needs help laying flags on graves 'It was what I needed,' said Army veteran William Tatakamotonga. 'It was something I'd never be able to do on my own.' It's veterans like Tatakamotonga that Linnington is focused on following a year-long investigation by Grassley. 'Opening our books to the Senator's investigative team and really explaining to them what we do and how we can improve,' Linnington said. Grassley's nearly 500-page report was released Wednesday. In the report, Grassley credits Wounded Warrior Project for working with him and changes the organization made following reports of lavish spending and questions about how money was spent on veterans. 'We made it a point to be more transparent and accountable this year,' Linnington said. But Grassley said more needs to be done, including better informing the public of its goals. Grassley pointed out an ad that said the organization spent $65.4 million dollars on long-term support programs. Grassley said that money was just transferred to a trust and not spent on veterans. Middleburg woman arrested for 'making out' with 14-year-old boy 'The senator's report does not agree with the fact that that is a program expense. We think it is,' Grassley said. But regardless, Linnington said they're focused on improving and moving past the investigation and getting back to the veterans they serve. 'Our logo speaks to what our mission is. It's about honoring and empowering our nation's wounded warriors,' Linnington said. Grassley released the following statement: 'It's good news that the Wounded Warrior Project used negative findings to try to turn itself around. Some high profile charities do the opposite when confronted with problems. They hunker down instead of embracing their responsibilities to the people who are meant to benefit from their charitable mission, the donating public and the taxpayers. It's the taxpayers who forgo revenue to the federal Treasury to make tax-exempt organizations possible. The Wounded Warrior Project is right to recognize why it exists and what it needs to do to restore the public's trust.' Click here to read Grassley's report. Wounded Warrior Project released the following statement addressing the report's findings: 'We appreciate Senator Grassley and his team working together with us on this comprehensive memo, and we share in his optimism about Wounded Warrior Project's future in service to those who have given so much for our country.'Throughout the process, our team has had multiple conversations with Senator Grassley's staff, including in-person meetings, and provided detailed written information. As noted in the memo, we've been forthcoming and transparent in providing information about Wounded Warrior Project, how donor dollars are invested, and how we deliver programs to those we serve. 'Over the last year, as the report outlines, we've made significant changes to ensure that we are focused on running the most efficient, effective organization possible. We've brought in new leadership at the CEO level, consolidated positions on the executive team, made alterations and new appointments to the Board of Directors, updated our travel and expense policies, and adjusted our programs and services to focus on mental health care, long-term support, and areas that allow warriors to connect with their communities. 'We respectfully disagree with the memo's assessment of the Long Term Support Trust. Currently no government program exists that allows severely wounded warriors to continue to live in familiar settings and receive care should they lose their caregiver. The Trust dedicates funds for the future to ensure care will continue so they can maintain their independence, instead of being placed in a nursing home or other institution. We remain firmly committed to serving the long term needs of those most critically injured, and we follow all IRS and accounting rules in reporting on this program. 'We also respectfully disagree with the memo's conclusion on the percent of donor funds spent on program services for warriors. As the memo itself makes clear, we calculate this percentage based on accounting rules and IRS requirements. We are confident that we are putting donor dollars to good use serving warriors, family members, and caregivers. 'We look forward to another impactful year of helping our wounded warriors and families. We're humbled to be recognized as a top charity operating with transparency by the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator and GuideStar.
The Bradford County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man, accused of sexual battery on a child, who they say cut off his ankle monitor and fled.Deputies said Michael Case already made his first appearance, bonded out and had to wear an ankle monitor and remain on house arrest while awaiting trial. #ANjaxBREAKING: #BradfordCounty deputies say Michael Case is on the run after cutting off his ankle monitoring device. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/kh62afttZ1-- Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) May 24, 2017 Case is accused of sexual battery on a juvenile. According to court documents, the victim is less than 12 years old. On Tuesday, Case was supposed to enter a plea and did not show up to court. #ANjaxBREAKING: Case is accused of sexual misconduct on a juvenile over 12. Was supposed to enter plea Tuesday, but cut off monitor & fled. pic.twitter.com/c6Ym2sBpG6-- Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) May 24, 2017 Action News Jax's Russell Colburn saw social media posts about Case cutting his ankle monitor and informed BCSO; a rep said they 'didn't know' and had to check. Deputies determined he had cut the monitor off and they went looking for him. #ANjaxBREAKING: @ActionNewsJax saw posts about the case on social media & informed #BradfordCounty SO. Rep 'didn't know' & had to confirm. pic.twitter.com/WCcXRsKuDS-- Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) May 24, 2017 As of Wednesday, Case's attorney, Andrew Bonderud, tells Action News Jax he is no longer representing Case. Bonderud gave Action News Jax the following statement:'Mr. Case professes his innocence and insists on his innocence and he hasn't been convicted.'BCSO is now asking for the public's help in locating Case, who could be out of state. Now, the #BradfordCounty Sheriff's Office is asking for help turning Michael Case in. They say he could be out of state. #ANjaxBREAKING https://t.co/QnMNx5dXlo-- Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) May 24, 2017 We looked into Case's past criminal history and found that in 2006, he was found guilty of battery with great bodily harm causing permanent disability.He has also been found guilty of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.This is a developing story. Refresh this page, follow @ActionNewsJax on Twitter and watch Action News Jax for updates.
The man accused of exposing himself to a child on the Westside has been arrested after going to police to “clear his name”.  WOKV first told you Wednesday morning that the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was searching for a man who had performed a lewd act in front of a child. The suspect has now been identified as 41-year-old Noel Mills. JSO says Mills’ boyfriend confronted him after seeing the bulletin with his name and vehicle description. Mills’ boyfriend said the sketch looked like him and Mills owns a similar vehicle.  JSO says Mills went to a police substation and asked to “clear his name”. He was interviewed and subsequently arrested.  Mills reportedly drove up to a child who was walking to school around Blanding and Cedar Hills last week, asking the victim about his missing cat and showing the victim a photo of a cat. The  child told police Mills had his pants down and was masturbating. The next day, the parent of the child was walking home from school with the victim, when the child saw the suspect and vehicle. The parent took pictures of the vehicle and gave them to police. Mills has been arrested for lewd exhibition on a child. We’re working to get more information on the charge, and will update you as that information comes in.
It marks Florida Governor Rick Scott's first veto of the year.   Scott has vetoed a bill, commonly called 'Whiskey and Wheaties', that would have allowed grocery stores, retailers, and certain gas stations to sell liquors alongside other products.   Instead, with this veto, there will be no changes. That means the 'liquor wall' requiring spirits to be sold in a location with a separate entrance will stay in place.   In a letter to the Florida Secretary of State, Kenneth Detzner, Scott says both sides of the bill had good points, but that ultimately he had to side with small businesses.   Scott says small business owners told him they were concerned about this bill's impact on their families and their ability to create jobs.
He was found alone at the top of the Dames Point Bridge.   A 5-week-old kitten is now safe in the care of the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) thanks to two construction workers.   On Sunday, May 21st, Arthur Earley and Jose Rosario were working at the top of the Dames Point, when they heard a kitten cry. They stopped working and eventually found a tiny kitten, huddled behind a large piece of concrete.   They were able to grab the kitten and pull him to safety, offering up their own water and snacks.   A veterinarian with JHS found the kitten needed to gain weight, but is otherwise healthy.   The kitten, now named Dames Point, is currently in a foster home, gaining weight, before he can return to JHS for adoption.
Excitement is in the air.   The 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Festival kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, May 25th, and will continue through Memorial Day weekend.   The festival will feature more than 40 performers, three stages, and a vibrant street festival atmosphere.   The three stages include the Swingin' State at the corner of Main and West Adams streets, the Groovin' Stage at Hemming Park, and the Breezin' Stage at the Jacksonville Landing.   The festival hours are as follows:  - Thursday, May 25: 6 – 10 p.m. (Piano Competition Only)  - Friday, May 26: 4 p.m. – midnight  - Saturday, May 27: 1 p.m. – midnight  - Sunday, May 28: 1 – 11 p.m.   But while the festival doesn't kick off until Thursday, drivers can expect closures to start on Wednesday.   Closures include:  - Duval Street closure from Hogan Street to Laura Street  - Adams Street closure from Hogan Street to Ocean Street  - Laura Street closure from Church Street to Bay Street  - Closure of east lane only of Hogan Street from Monroe Street to Duval Street  - Monroe Street from Hogan Street to Main Street  - Duval Street closure from Main Street to Ocean Street  - Monroe Street closure from Main Street to Ocean Street  - Main Street closure from Church Street to Forsyth Street   The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is free and open to the public.   For more information on festival details, check out JaxJazzFest.com.
CBO: GOP health bill saves $119 billion, 23 million fewer would be insured

A review of a Republican health care overhaul plan which passed the House earlier this month found it would result in 23 million fewer people having health insurance over the next ten years, as the Congressional Budget Office questioned whether some GOP changes might promote instability in state health insurance markets.

The most important figure from the CBO review was that the plan would reduce the budget deficit by $119 billion over ten years, ending any concerns that the measure would be derailed by strict budget rules used in the Senate.

The CBO review was slightly better than one on [More]

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