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    A student was airlifted to the hospital after a school bus crashed in St. Johns County Wednesday morning. The bus driver has been charged with careless driving. A spokesperson for the St. Johns County School district said the bus was headed to Pacetti Bay Middle School when it crashed into a tree on I-95 southbound near International Golf Parkway.  St. Johns County Fire and Rescue said the student who was airlifted sustained serious injuries. Three other people were also transported to the hospital in stable condition for evaluation.   Ten students were on board the bus, according to the school district. The driver was the only adult on the bus. It’s still unclear what caused the crash. 
  • A former employee of the Army Corps of Engineers is accused of putting the Confederate battle flag on a colleague’s desk, then lying about it. The Department of Justice said Susan R. Thompson, 58, placed the flag on her colleague’s desk.  The colleague is African-American. Thompson allegedly lied about putting the flag on the desk on two different occasions. She’s now facing two counts of making false statements to a federal officer.  She faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on each count. 
  • Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler announced he will not run for a fourth term Tuesday. Beseler said he plans to retire at the end of his term in January of 2017. He has served for 42 years, but was elected Sheriff in 2004.  He was reelected in 2008 and 2012. Beseler said he is excited about the next chapter of his life, but didn’t reveal his future plans. Darryl Daniels and Harold Rutledge have filed to run for Clay County Sheriff, according the Supervisor of Elections website. The election will be held next year. 
  • It's a story that was unsettling for parents and kids alike, but the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said it never happened. A boy who was thought to be the victim of an attempted abduction on the Northside made the story up, according to JSO. Police said the 12-year-old admitted to falsifying the incident Tuesday evening after detectives questioned him more. The boy originally lied to his parents to avoid punishment for getting into a fight with another boy, according to JSO. The boy will not face any charges because of his young age. Police said they received several tips from members of the community about the incident. A spokesperson for JSO said officers will continue to take reports of abductions and attempted abductions very seriously.    Police searched for a man they originally believed attacked the pre-teen, while he was walking home Monday night from an after-school program at Highlands Elementary School. The boy said he was on DePaul Drive, when a man came up behind him and tried to grab his book bag and chased him while grabbing at his pants and shirt. The boy originally reported he was able to get help from school employees.  
  • Nearly two years to the day a ship hit the Mathews Bridge, the Florida Department of Transportation is suing the US Navy and Moran Towing Corporation. FDOT is claiming there was negligence and is asking for $4 million dollars in damages plus pre and post judgement interest and costs. On September 26, 2013, Patriot Contract Services hired Moran Towing Corporation to move the USNS 1st Lt Harry L. Martin as a deadship tow from Blount Island to a berth in between the Mathews Bridge and Hart Bridge. During the transit the stern ramp of the Martin collided with the Mathews Bridge, causing approximately $4 million in physical damage and other significant damage. The bridge was closed for nearly a month to make the necessary repairs. In a federal complaint filed Friday, FDOT alleges the Martin was unseaworthy based on the its true height. DOT also claims the Navy and Moran were negligent. WOKV is working to speak with representatives from FDOT, Moran Towing, and the US Navy. We will update this story throughout the day.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is searching for 23-year-old Devante Lewis. They believed Lewis could be armed with a handgun and consider him to be dangerous.  He has multiple warrants out for his arrest, including Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police, Criminal Mischief and Child Abuse, according to JSO. Police said the suspect frequents the Lenox Avenue, 103rd Street, Normandy Boulevard and Arlington areas.  JSO said he is 5’3 and weighs about 140 pounds.  Anyone with information is asked to contact police. 
  • Hopefully you haven’t done the bulk of your back-to-school -shopping yet. A back-to-school sales tax holiday starts Friday and runs until August 16 in Florida. The 10-day holiday is longer this year compared to past years.   “This means retailers will be able to better plan for the increased traffic,” said James Miller with the Florida Retail Federation. Miller expects Floridians to save $60 to $70 million over the 10-day period, compared to $35 to $40 million when the holiday only lasted a weekend. Shoppers will not have to pay state or local taxes for clothing worth $100 or less and with school supplies $15 or less.  People will also not have to pay 6 percent sales tax on the first $750 on computer purchases. The holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday.
  • Pizza Time of St. Augustine is getting national recognition.  A ranking from the popular website Trip Advisor named the restaurant the second-best pizzeria in the nation.   The list is based heavily on customer reviews and feedback, in addition to quantity of reviews.  Pizza Time of St. Augustine posted on their Facebook page after the list was published.   “Thanks to all of our customers that support us and love our work of love. We wish to continue bringing you the best pizza in St. Augustine for many years to come,”  the post said. Juliana’s Pizza in Brooklyn, New York earned the top spot. 
  • The Andrew Jackson statue had a strange addition Tuesday morning near The Landing in Downtown Jacksonville. Someone place a fake head of what appears to be a Native American in the crook of the statue’s arm.  It’s not clear who put the head on the statue. A crew from the city of Jacksonville removed the head before 7:30am Tuesday.    The city of Jacksonville was named after Andrew Jackson. The president was responsible for the forced removal of Native Americans in the 1830’s in an event called the Trail of Tears. 
  • The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly hit-and-run in St. Augustine Beach. A car struck 23-year-old Casey McLendon along A1A near Acacia Street early Wednesday morning, according to Chuck Mulligan with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. The report WOKV obtained said McLendon was from Tallahassee and was taken to Flagler Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Mulligan said deputies stopped a driver shortly afterwards in the city of St. Augustine, after noticing what appeared to be fresh damage and a broken headlight. They believe that driver could be responsible for the hit-and-run. The male driver is in police custody and charges are pending. It’s still unclear if alcohol played a factor in the crash. 
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  • Emergency crews say an Ohio man who overdosed is lucky to be alive after he fell onto nearby railroad tracks. >> Read more trending news When the man overdosed Friday night, he fell onto the railroad tracks near University Boulevard in Middletown, fire officials said. The man fell between the tracks, and he wasn’t hit when a train passed over him, officials said. >> See the latest on Journal-News.com The man was revived after Middletown paramedics gave him Narcan, fire officials said. He was transported to Atrium Medical Center.
  • It's meant to serve as the 'public face' of Clay County.   The Clay County Board of County Commissioners has approved a new logo for the county, featuring the words 'Small towns. Big passions.'   'There's such a rich variety of unique towns and communities in Clay County, we feel that, from afar, most people misunderstand this,' says Will Ketchum, with branding firm Burdette-Ketchum.   He says the firm wanted to represent everyone from Orange Park to Green Cove Springs to Oakleaf in the new logo, incorporating the area's strong convictions, family values, and connection to the military.   The new logo is meant to be appealing to families and businesses looking to relocate or expand, however, the county seal will continue to be used on all official county business documents. WATCH: Clay County Board of County Commissioners meeting, discussing new logo and updated seal.
  • Jacksonville has been hit by what the Sheriff says is a growing problem across the country.  “People are sending packages not necessarily to government offices, but to individuals with very cryptic letters. We have seen some of our other law enforcement partners around the country have dealt with this recently. The letters are almost exactly the same, so obviously we believe this is an internet-type thing that’s going around,” says Sheriff Mike Williams.  A state employee brought a suspicious package in to the JSO headquarters in Downtown Wednesday, after that package had been mailed to that person’s home.  “There was a threatening note, it was kind of hard to follow, so obviously the person who wrote this has got some issues that they’re dealing with,” Williams says.  The package passed through x-ray, and there were some concerns, so JSO initiated an evacuation of the building, although we’re told no City services were interrupted.  Williams says they have determined the package doesn’t have any explosives or hazardous material. It’s a wooden box with a note and appears to contain some internet-type equipment. Despite the box saying it’s “property of” the International Nickel Co, Williams says they don’t believe there is any involvement by that organization. The package has now been removed from the Police Memorial Building in Downtown for further investigation.  The woman who brought the package in to the PMB is not believed to be involved. Williams says JSO will investigate the origin of the package.  If you receive a suspicious package, Williams is urging you to call JSO, rather than transporting it. 
  • An inmate was shot and killed Wednesday after authorities said he grabbed a deputy's gun and fired it at Nashville's 100 Oaks Mall, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news In a tweet around 2 p.m. local time, Vanderbilt University officials wrote that a shooting was reported at the 100 Oaks Mall campus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • A McDonald’s employee in Daytona Beach, Florida, was attacked by three customers over a broken ice cream machine, according to police. WKMG reported that three females, including two teens, were in the drive-thru of the restaurant Sunday night and wanted to order ice cream. >> Read more trending news The incident report said that the employee told the customers the ice cream machine was down for maintenance and could not be used, according to WKMG. Related: Police: Woman pulls gun after being shorted one chicken nugget Police said the upset customers went into the restaurant and argued with the employee when they saw another customer with ice cream. Related: Pregnant Taco Bell employee choked by woman upset over hot sauce packets, report says According to the report, the employee told police one of the teens threatened to hit her before the women went behind the counter, hitting the worker and pulling her hair.  A restaurant manager called 911 after the upset customers left the area. Police said they exited in a red sedan, WKMG reported. “The safety of our customers and employees is one of our top priorities,” McDonald’s said in a statement. “As this is an ongoing investigation, all inquiries are being directed to the Daytona Beach Police Department.” Police said the employee was not injured in the fight.

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