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The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed there has been a deputy-involved shooting on Lake Echo Ridge Drive in Keystone Heights. According to Clay County Fire Rescue, this was a barricaded situation and a shooting victim at the scene was taken by air to a hospital in Gainesville.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be taking over the investigation.
Three teenagers are still on the run as of early this afternoon, following an escape at the Jacksonville Youth Academy on the northside Sunday night. Three security guards at the facility, which is operated by G4S Youth Services, were overpowered by 15 year-old Justin Silva, 16-year-old Luther Davis, and 16-year-old Derek Browley. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice said Friday that it is conducting an escape review, which may include corrective actions.   And if a failure is identified on the part of staff or the contracted provider, DJJ says penalties could include termination and contract action against G4S Youth Services.  Here is a full statement from DJJ:  “As it relates to Jacksonville Youth Academy, DJJ is in the process of conducting an escape review and will determine what corrective actions may be necessary. A comprehensive investigation will also be conducted to determine whether all policies and procedures were followed. If a failure is identified on the part of staff or the contracted provider, they will be held fully accountable up to and including termination of staff and potential contract action against the contracted provider.”
The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is wanting you to be on high alert the next time you’re at the Epic Theater in St. Augustine.  Detectives are currently investigating five smash and grabs burglaries in the parking lot of the movie theater Thursday night.  Women’s purses or wallets were reported stolen out of four of the cars. ID and credits cards along with sunglasses and loose change were reported stolen.  The Sheriff’s Office believes the burglaries occurred between 7:30-9:30 PM on Thursday.   If you have any information or if you have observed any suspicious activity in the Epic Theater parking lot, you are asked to call to Detective J. Kroul at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office at 904.824.8304 or by email at jkroul@sjso.org.
Detectives with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office are looking for two suspects they believe are connected to a theft at Sunglass Hut in the Orange Park Mall. During the afternoon on May 13th, the two black men believed to be between the ages 45 and 55 entered the store. One of the men distracted the sales associate, while the other wearing a camouflage baseball cap with a U.S. Marine Corp insignia stole the sunglasses.  Two pairs of Gucci sunglasses, a pair of Prada sunglasses and a pair of Versace sunglasses. The designer glasses are worth $1,290.  Detectives believe the suspects also stole four pairs of designer sunglasses, worth more than a thousand dollars from the same store in late February.  If you have any information about the two suspects, you are asked to call the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at 904.264.6512

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  • A military plane went off a runway, slipped and flipped Friday during the Dayton Air Show in Ohio, according to witness reports and law enforcement officials. >> Read more trending news
  • The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed there has been a deputy-involved shooting on Lake Echo Ridge Drive in Keystone Heights. According to Clay County Fire Rescue, this was a barricaded situation and a shooting victim at the scene was taken by air to a hospital in Gainesville.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be taking over the investigation.
  • A Transportation Security Administration agent has been arrested after he was accused of stealing money from a passenger at Orlando International Airport in Florida, Orlando police said. >> Read more trending news Alexander Shae Johnson, 22, was arrested Thursday night. Passenger Kathleen Duddleston entered the TSA checkpoint and was stopped for additional screening, police said. While she was patted down, Duddleston told TSA security officer Michelle Metz that she couldn’t see her luggage, so Metz moved her closer. Duddleston complained again that she couldn’t see her bag, and Johnson moved slightly. After the pat down, Duddleston reached for her bag and could not find her money, police said. She said she noticed a bulge in Johnson’s left front shirt pocket. Duddleston asked Johnson if that was her money, and he said he got the money from the bank, police said. The woman complained to Metz that she believed Johnson stole money from her. Metz contacted her supervisor. Duddleston has been charged with third-degree grand theft. TSA said in a statement to WFTV: TSA has a zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace. The TSA immediately reported the allegation to OPD and we aggressively investigated the incident with our law enforcement partner. TSA officers represent a professional and honorable workforce that is trained to treat passengers and their personal belongings with care and respect. No exceptions will be tolerated. We immediately ended the federal career of this individual.
  • Authorities have identified a 10-year-old boy killed on an Alabama beach this week as Tropical Storm Cindy churned toward shore.  Nolan McCabe, of St. Louis, Missouri, was vacationing in Fort Morgan with his family Wednesday morning when Cindy’s storm surge washed a large log on the beach over the boy. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Nolan suffered severe head injuries when the log rolled over his body.  Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Mack estimated that the log was about 14 feet long and weighed several hundred pounds, the Post-Dispatch said.  AL.com reported that Nolan was killed feet away from the front door of the beachfront home in which he and his family were staying.  >> Read more trending news Nolan’s father, Joshua McCabe, told investigators that he was also outside that morning, attending to other children playing on the beach. He ran toward his son when he saw a large wave coming ashore, but was unable to grab Nolan before the log was washed into him.  Efforts by family members, firefighters and emergency medical technicians to resuscitate Nolan were unsuccessful, AL.com reported.  Nolan, an avid cub scout, would have been a fifth-grade student at Wohlwend Elementary in St. Louis in the fall. A statement the Mehlville School District indicated that the boy’s parents and sister were all present when he died.  Nolan was the third elementary student in the school district to die since April, the district’s statement said. One boy was killed in a car crash, and the other was struck by a car while riding his bike.  The parent-teacher organization at Wohlwend Elementary set up a GoFundMe account to help Nolan’s family with the expenses related to his death. 
  • A young woman died Thursday after she lost her footing while walking near steep cliffs in San Francisco and fell, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news The 17-year-old, who was not identified, was with another teen and an adult when she went off the trails near the Legion of Honor Museum, KGO reported.  San Francisco fire spokesman Lt. Jonathan Baxter told SFGate.com that the teen fell around 6:30 p.m. from the top of a cliff near Lands End. Swimmers with the fire department and the National Parks Service’s Ocean Rescue team were able to reach the teenager about 20 minutes after she fell. Fire officials said she was found in critical condition, but Sonja L. Hanson, a spokeswoman for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, confirmed to SFGate.com that she was later pronounced dead.

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