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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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  • One person is in police custody following a shooting early Friday outside SUITE Club near the St. Johns Town Center.  One person was shot and rushed to the hospital to be treated for injuries. It’s unclear at this early hour how many times the victim was shot.  According to JSO, a fight started just after 2am Friday in the parking lot following an 18 and over party.  Off-duty police officers in the area were able to make a quick arrest.  Detectives were speaking with witnesses in the hours after the shooting.   Through the day we’ll be working to update the condition of the shooting victim, and the charges the suspect will be facing.
  • A baby can be inconsolable when he misses his mother. One father in San Francisco, however, found a way to comfort his wailing infant. >> Read more trending news A 3-month-old baby immediately calmed down after he smelled his mother’s dirty shirt, the Daily Mail reported. “I was watching him one day while mom was running errands and he got real fussy,” the father wrote online. “Another dad-friend of mine suggested placing one of mom's dirty shirts from the hamper on his face, so he could recognize the smell and calm down.” The results were surprising and immediate. 'I had no idea it would work so well,” the father said. “I hope this video is shared enough to help another dad out of a fussy situation with their little one.” 
  • Burger King officials said Tuesday that the company plans to stop buying chickens from farms that grossly mistreat the animals,CNN reported. >> Read more trending news By 2024, the fast-food chain said it plans to buy only chickens raised according to welfare standards established by the animal advocacy group Global Animal Partnership.  'Chickens raised for meat, also known as 'broilers,' are among the most abused animals on the planet,' GAP said in a joint statement. 'They are bred to grow so unnaturally fast that they are often crippled under their own weight. Many suffer from constant leg pain so severe they cannot stand, and so spend nearly all their time sitting in their own waste.'  Burger King’s action follows similar commitments made in recent years by companies including Chipotle, Red Robin, Quiznos, Panera Bread and Starbucks, CNN reported. According to the organization's website, GAP-certified farmers must provide birds with access to light and keep their barn living conditions cleaner. The chickens also must be rendered unconscious before they are slaughtered to minimize pain.
  • The Hawaii federal judge who ruled against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban has been the target of threatening messages, according to the FBI. >> Read more trending news U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson's ruling last week resulted in a temporary restraining order nationwide, CNN reported — hours before the revised travel ban was set to go into effect. In the 43-page ruling, Watson ruled that the state of Hawaii had established 'a strong likelihood of success' on their claims of religious discrimination, CNN reported. Watson, who presides in Honolulu, has received threatening messages since the ruling. FBI spokeswoman Michele Ernst said the agency is aware of the situation and prepared to assist. The FBI declined to provide additional details on the investigation. The U.S. Marshals Service, which is spearheading the investigation, said it does not discuss specific security measures. 'The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for the protection of federal judicial officials, including judges and prosecutors, and we take that responsibility very seriously,' it said in a statement. 'While we do not discuss our specific security measures, we continuously review the security measures in place for all federal judges and take appropriate steps to provide additional protection when it is warranted.' Trump decried Watson's ruling during a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, last week. 'This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach,' Trump said. Watson's ruling, which applies nationwide, means people from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees will be able to travel to the United States. The countries were Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. 'The illogic of the government's contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed,' Watson wrote.
  • A man walked into a Michigan restaurant Tuesday, waving knives at customers and ordering them to leave, WJBK reported. >> Read more trending news The 26-year-old man walked into the Mexican Fiesta restaurant in Dearborn Heights and threatened customers, witnesses told WJBK. 'He was really loud, and excuse my language, (he said) everybody get the (expletive) out,' Jacob Latigo said. Latigo and his wife recorded cell phone video of the incident Tuesday evening, showing the man shirtless at the bar counter. 'He said he wanted a beer,' Latigo told WJBK. 'They said ‘we weren't going to serve you’ and it looks like he got more agitated. So he put these knives in his fingers and started waving them around.' 'He had like six of them,' another witness, Sally Hanf, told WJBK. The man also had cooking grease all over his body. Dearborn Heights Police arrived and had to use a Taser gun on the man in order to arrest him, WXYZ reported.  

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