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Crew families places 33 black ribbons at the front of the hearing  room on the final day of the public portion of the El Faro sinking Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation

"We all owe it to the El Faro 33 to learn what happened"

33 black ribbons- one for each of the lives lost with the sinking of El Faro. It’s been sixteen months since the ship went down in Hurricane Joaquin, while transiting from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico. All 33 on board are presumed dead, although only one body was located, and none ...

Body of missing UNF student found in Southside retention pond

The body of a missing University of North Florida student was found Saturday morning on the Southside. George Louissaint Jr., 20, was found floating in a retention pond by a passerby on Kernan Blvd.  “It’s been a long week. We were hoping for a different outcome," said UNF Police Chief Frank ...

JSO: Elderly man tied up, robbed in Oceanway

An elderly man living in North Jacksonville told the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office that he was tied up by two men that broke into his home and stole money and a handgun from him on Friday morning. The victim, 82, said that he was lying on his bed while watching TV ...

This photo of El Faro listing while cargo loading ahead of its final voyage was introduced as an exhibit during the Coast  Guard Marine Board of Investigation Hearing on El Faro's sinking. TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico Terminal Manager Ronald Rodriguez said the list was fixed within fifteen minutes of being noticed, and the ship left port with no list.

Cargo ops issues "routinely" surfaced in El Faro's final weeks

The month leading up to the sinking of El Faro came with questions on how cargo was being loaded and secured. The Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation has previously heard that those involved in securing the cargo were driven more by their experience than by actual lashing manuals and ...

Deputies arrest two men for string of crimes in St. Johns County

Their crimes range from grand theft auto to aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office says they've arrested Solomon Kenzo, 38, and David Corbett, 32, for a crime spree that all started Thursday morning, just after midnight. According to deputies, Kenzo and Corbett first ...

This graph plots every accident on I-295 in Duval County over the last four months of 2016.

24% increase in Duval interstate accidents last year

Is it the road construction? The traffic shifts? More distracted drivers? More drivers, period? All of the above? Whatever the reasons, one thing is undeniable. Jacksonville's highways are seeing a major increase in accidents. A special WOKV News investigation has highlighted that growing trend on Interstates 10, 95 and 295 ...

JSO searching for Avondale bank robbery suspect

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help identifying a bank robbery suspect. According to police, the man is connected to the robbery of a Wells Fargo on San Juan Avenue in Avondale, Thursday afternoon. If you recognize the man in the surveillance photo, you're urged to contact ...

Jacksonville man smoked crack after face burned by car fire, police say

A man said he smoked crack on Feb. 11 after his face was severely burned because of a car fire in Jacksonville. Zachary Allen Shultz, 25, said he smoked crack after being burned because "It helped with the pain."  The Jacksonville Fire Rescue responded on Feb. 10 to the car fire ...

3 JSO detectives arrested for tampering with evidence, following police-involved shooting

More than a week after a deadly-police involved shooting in Hogan's Creek, three detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office have been arrested. Sheriff Mike Williams made the announcement Thursday afternoon, saying the three detectives, who were working undercover posing as drug buyers, compromised the scene of the shooting. Williams explains, ...

Patricia Poage

Clay County woman found safe

The Clay County Sheriff's Office has located a woman who had been missing more than a week. Patricia "Patti" Poage had last been seen in Keystone Heights on Feb. 5.  Poage "suffers from various health issues that require medication," CCSO said in a Facebook post. On Friday morning the Clay County ...

VIDEO: Mayor Curry addresses gun violence, crime-fighting steps

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry addressed techology designed to curb gun violence and future public safety priorities during an appearance on Jacksonville's Morning News Thursday. VIDEO:  Mayor Curry and Rich Jones on News 104.5 WOKV Curry highlighted an emergency request for $250,000 to fund a program called Integrated Ballistic Identification System, ...

Whitehouse Elementary no longer on lockdown after police activity nearby, DCPS says

Whitehouse Elementary School was briefly placed on precautionary lockdown Friday morning. Duval County Public Schools said the modified lockdown was due to police activity in the area. DCPS told WOKV around 11:50 a.m. that the lockdown was lifted. JSO said they responded to a business burglary down the street from the ...

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017, file photo,Environmental Protection Agency Administrator nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Senate Republicans are poised to use their majority to confirm Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, despite calls from Democrats for a delay.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Pruitt OK'd as EPA chief over environmentalists' objections

Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, giving President Donald Trump an eager partner to fulfill his campaign pledge to increase the use of planet-warming fossil fuels. Pruitt was sworn in later Friday by Supreme Court Justice ...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, members of the National Guard patrol along the Rio Grande at the Texas-Mexico border in Rio Grande City, Texas. The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

AP Exclusive: DHS weighed Nat Guard for immigration roundups

The White House distanced itself Friday from a Department of Homeland Security draft proposal to use the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, but lawmakers said the document offers insight into the Trump administration's internal efforts to enact its promised crackdown on illegal immigration. Administration officials said the proposal, ...

Harward turns Trump down for national security adviser job

Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, the latest blow to a new administration struggling to find its footing. Harward told The Associated Press that the Trump administration was "very accommodating to my needs, both professionally and personally." "It's ...

“Reluctance” to file formal complaints from crew of El Faro, other vessels

Amid questions about the leadership qualities of El Faro’s Captain, new potential concerns are surfacing on how closely the ship’s operator kept to its own crewing and oversight policies. Through the Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation on the El Faro sinking so far, investigators have presented information that shows ...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

PODCAST: President Trump goes after press, calls Russia "fake news" in marathon press conference

President Donald Trump on Thursday turned a press conference to announce his new labor secretary nominee into a marathon back-and-forth with reporters. Trump spent only a few minutes of a more than hour-and-a-half-long press conference discussing his nomination to lead the Labor Department, Alexander Acosta. Instead, Trump went at reporters ...

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, center, speaks with Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, right, during a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday told NATO ministers that the alliance is "a fundamental bedrock for the United States" while at the same time demanding an increased financial commitment from the 27 other alliance members. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Top Trump envoys signal no quick changes to US-Russia ties

The Trump administration signaled Thursday there will be no change soon in U.S.-Russian relations, putting the onus on Moscow to prove itself if it wants closer cooperation with Washington. Russia's support for Ukrainian separatists was underscored as a test case of its willingness to change behavior. At a NATO meeting ...

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a listening session with the Retail Industry Leaders Association and member company chief executive officers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 15, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Donald Trump names Alexander Acosta as labor secretary nominee

President Donald Trump named R. Alexander Acosta as his nominee for labor secretary Thursday at a midday news conference, one day after fast-food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration. >> Read more trending stories The pick was first reported by NBC News ahead of a scheduled 12:30 p.m. ...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2017 file photo, Budget Director-designate Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee. The Republican-controlled Senate is poised to confirm Mulvaney  on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The Latest: Senate moves EPA nominee closer to approval

The Latest on President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominations under Senate consideration (all times local): 11:40 a.m. President Donald Trump's controversial choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency has cleared a key hurdle in the Republican-led Senate. The Senate has given an initial green light to the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney ...

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