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    What started as a traffic accident call around 6am Friday led to a SWAT standoff with multiple people inside a home on the far northside.  “We responded to a crash that turned out to be an individual that was inside the vehicle that had been shot”, said Lt. Rickie Valentine.  The female victim was taken to UF Health Jacksonville to be treated for injuries. At last report the woman was still alive.  Officers responded to a home just down the street from the crash on Cedar Point Road.  “Tried to make contact with individuals that were in a dispute in reference to this situation”, said Lt. Valentine.  Several people were able to be safely removed from the home, but there were other people still inside the residence.  Within a matter of minutes, JSO says the remaining individuals came out voluntarily and were taken into custody.  “When I say custody, everyone’s taken into custody at this time until we can completely investigate”, said Lt. Valentine. 
  • UPDATE 7:20 a.m.: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the boy was found safe. Police said he was spending the night at a neighbor’s house.  An 11-year-old boy was reported missing out of the Normandy area.  The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said James Morgan, Jr. left his Westside home around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to hang out in the neighborhood and never returned. Police said the boy was last seen in the 8500 block of Country Creek Boulevard. wearing black pants and a blue shirt. He’s described as 4 feet and 10 inches tall with blond hair and blue eyes.  He’s believed to be on his green and black BMX style bicycle.  The 11-year-old is known to frequent the Breakers Trailer Park and areas surrounding the 9100 block of Normandy Boulevard. If you have any information about James’ whereabouts, you’re asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500.
  • Controversial Brunswick pastor Ken Adkins was sentenced to 35 years in prison Tuesday for child molestation. Adkins, 57, will serve life on probation, upon his release.  Earlier this month, Adkins was found guilty on all eight counts, including aggravated child molestation, child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and more.  Prosecutors said that Adkins watched two 15-year-olds have sex and that he engaged in sexual acts with one of the teens. Adkins was initially arrested in August 2016. He turned himself in, and has been in the Glynn County, Georgia Jail since. 
  • A Jacksonville man is charged with murdering his pregnant girlfriend, which also resulted in the loss of the unborn child.  The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrested 38-year-old Armanuel Cummings after they said he stabbed 29-year-old D’Anna Thorn to death.  Police responded to the home on W. 21st Street Saturday evening.  According to JSO, Cummings kicked Thorn out of the house after an argument.  JSO said Thorn was attempting to climb back into the home through a window when Cummings stabbed her repeatedly.  Thorn was transported to the hospital where she and the unborn child passed away.  Cummings was charged with murder. Police said they continue to investigate and more charges could follow pending the completion of an autopsy.
  • A Jacksonville man was arrested last Friday after police said he attacked his mother during an argument about buying drugs.  The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Ricky Bray, 31,  struck his 53-year-old mother several times with a pole after a dispute over access to her car to buy marijuana.  A witness told police that Bray also punched his mother in the face and tried to strangle her with the pole.  The victim was able to escape to her bedroom and call police, according to the report.  She was transported to the hospital for a laceration to her cheek. JSO said the victim’s right eye was also swollen shut.  Bray was charged with aggravated battery and criminal mischief. His bond was set at $115,006. Bray’s next court date is set for May 1.
  • A St. Johns County teacher is facing a DUI and child neglect charge following her arrest last Friday.  The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said Kelsey Winistorfer, 30, was under the influence when she crashed her Toyota Highlander into a ditch on Roberts Rd. shortly before 9 a.m.  Two young boys were in the SUV. The Sheriff’s Office did not disclose their exact ages.  Deputies said the kids did not require medical attention. However, one child had a small laceration on the right side of his neck from the seat belt.  Witnesses told deputies they observed Winistorfer swerving shortly before she drove off the road and crashed.  According to a witness, Winistorfer’s vehicle hit a hill and became airborne before it came to rest in the ditch.  Responding deputies said Winistorfer’s speech was slurred and was extremely lethargic.  A field sobriety test was administered and Winistorfer was taken into custody.  The children were placed in the custody of their grandmother. DCF was notified.  The arrest report indicates Winistorfer is a teacher at Patriot Oaks Academy. The St. Johns County School District says Winistorfer has been on medical leave without pay since February 27th and is not slated to return until August. The District tells WOKV they will conduct an internal investigation in to this arrest.
  • SWAT members with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office were called out to a gated community in Queens Harbour Wednesday morning after receiving reports of a suicidal man. Police said when they arrived at the man’s house on Bella Riva Lane around 7:20 a.m., they found him on the roof. JSO said the man had a knife and threatened to jump off the roof.  After lengthy conversation, the man voluntarily came down and was taken into protective custody, per JSO.  He was transported to a facility for further evaluation. 
  • Police said a Dunkin Donuts employee in Jacksonville admitted to reporting a fake robbery in an attempt to cover up the fact that she stole money from the business. On April 1, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to the coffee chain on University Blvd. after a reported robbery.  Emily Hipps, 26, told police that a white male suspect came into the business and threatened to rape her if she did not give him money.  Police spoke with another employee who said he did not see a robbery occur while working with Hipps.  The general manager told investigators that $372 had been stolen from the cash register and office safe.  Police said surveillance video from inside the store shows Hipp accessing the safe twice.  Hipps confessed that no robbery occurred and that no one threatened to rape her, per JSO.  According to the report, Hipps admitted that she stole the money from the business and gave it to an unknown white man because “he told her that he was having a hard time and she felt bad for him.”  Hipps was charged with employee theft and making a false report.
  • A traffic stop in Orange Park early Saturday morning led to a Clay County deputy firing their weapon after being struck by a vehicle. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said deputies with their Office Operation Safe Streets (OSS) Unit pulled over a vehicle at Jefferson Ave. and Independence Dr. for an equipment violation at 12:40 a.m. A Sheriff’s Office K-9 alerted deputies, who then told the driver, William Alexander Gaspard, and a passenger to exit the vehicle so they could conduct a search, per CCSO. Deputies said Gaspard became argumentative and refused to exit.  Gaspard allegedly started the vehicle and fled, striking a deputy. The Sheriff’s Office said the deputy was not injured.  The Sheriff’s Office said the deputy fired a single shot in return. The bullet did not hit anyone.  Gaspard stopped the vehicle a short distance later and was taken into custody. He’s charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, resisting with violence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies say they found cocaine in the vehicle.  
  • A Jacksonville father was arrested Wednesday for allegedly attacking someone in his home over an $8 bottle of ranch dressing.  According to the police report, 44-year-old John Roberts became upset after the victim, whose age and relationship to Roberts was not released, left the ranch out the night before.  The victim told police that Roberts said he needed to get a job to cover the cost.  Police said Roberts forced his way into the victim’s locked room and things turned physical.  Roberts allegedly placed his hands over the victim’s neck, which caused the victim to struggle to breathe.  The report stated that the victim fought back and slipped free after biting Roberts in the buttocks.  A witness said Roberts and the victim also exchanged punches.  Police said the victim had several light scratch marks on his neck, as well as red marks that were consistent with pressure being applied with force. Investigators also observed a bite mark on the upper side of Robert’s right butt cheek.  Due to Roberts appearing to be the primary aggressor, police took him into custody.  He’s charged with child abuse. The arrest report says investigators have been called to the home before.  The Florida Department of Children and Families was notified, and a spokesman confirms they are investigating and working to determine the safety of children in that home, although they’re unable to say how many children are involved. DCF says they are working to find out any other concerns reported by the children, what services they can offer the family, and how to ensure the children are safe.
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  • ***UPDATE: JSO says the suspect has been identified and is in custody. WOKV is working to learn more details.*** Jacksonville police are asking for your help finding a man accused of exposing himself to a child.  The Sheriff’s Office says an incident occurred around 8:30AM on May 18th, where a man pulled up near the victim around the intersection of Cedar Hills Boulevard and Blanding Boulevard. The suspect reportedly provided a picture of a cat and asked if the victim had seen the cat. We’re told the suspect had his pants down and was fondling himself.   The suspect is described as a white man in his 40s, balding with dark hair around the sides and back. His vehicle is described as a silver or gray 2000-2005 Ford Focus station wagon.  Police say it’s possible there have been other incidents involving this suspect, although none have been reported at this time.  If you have any information on the suspect or his vehicle, you’re asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip and be eligible for a possible reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Texas teenager and cancer survivor is thanking a new friend for giving him a college scholarship. Chase Bradley, 17, of Hyde Park High School in Austin knows what a cancer battle is like. His older sister was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and beat it. >> Read more trending news The experience made him an advocate for cancer research. “I remember being in her hospital room, trying to keep a straight face and not cry in front of her. It was a very heartbreaking setting. I gave my sister a hug and it was very overwhelming.' Bradley told ABC News. Bradley and earned a scholarship after raising $57,000 for cancer research. But instead of keeping the $2,500 prize for himself, he gave it to Sergio Garcia, a senior at nearby Anderson High School, who beat leukemia. 'It was something really nice that he did for me and I didn't even know him,' Garcia said in an interview with ABC News. 'We've became really good friends after that. [I plan] to pay some of my tuition for college.' >> Related: 11-year-old cancer survivor commits suicide after relentless bullying, family says Garcia, now cancer-free, says he’s grateful for friends like Bradley. He plans on attending Austin Community College before transferring to a larger school.
  • A Baltimore defense attorney was arrested Tuesday after he was recorded telling an alleged rape victim the Trump administration would deport her if she testified against his client, court documents said.  Christos Vasiliades, 38, was arrested Tuesday at the courthouse as his client’s rape trial was set to start, according to the Baltimore Sun. He is charged with multiple counts that include witness intimidation and obstruction of justice.  Vasiliades’ interpreter, Edgar Ivan Rodriguez, was also arrested, the Sun reported. A 12-court indictment in the case alleges that Vasiliades was recorded trying to dissuade the woman who accused his client of rape from testifying at trial. He and Rodriguez are also accused of trying to bribe her with $3,000. The recording allegedly captured the lawyer talking about the “current environment” for immigrants in the United States since President Trump’s inauguration.  “You know how things are with Trump’s laws now,” he told the woman’s husband in the recorded conversation. “Someone goes to court, and boom, they get taken away.” According to court documents, Vasiliades also offered an alternative solution that he said would go over well in his native Greece: beat the defendant up. “He’s an (expletive). I think you should find him and kick his (expletive), personally,” Vasiliades said, according to court documents obtained by the Sun. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, who obtained the indictment against Vasiliades and Rodriguez, commented on the indictment on Facebook.  'Threatening a victim of crime with deportation could have a chilling effect on our criminal justice system,' Frosh said.  >> Read more trending news The indictment, which was filed Tuesday, stated that the case against Vasiliades and Rodriguez began on April 11, when the men called the woman and her husband and asked to meet them, stating that her case had become “more complicated.” The meeting took place at a Baltimore restaurant.  During the meeting, they pointed out that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents would be in the courtroom for their client, Mario Aguilar-Delossantos, the indictment said. They told the couple that due to new federal laws and policies enacted by the Trump administration, there was a high risk that they would be deported if they showed up in court.   Vasiliades and Rodriguez are accused of telling the couple that Aguilar-Delossantos was “very sorry and could offer compensation if they did not come to court and testify against him,” the indictment said. The men claimed that the money could help ensure that the couple remained in the country. Instead of taking the lawyer up on his offer, the couple went to law enforcement. Police investigators had them call Vasiliades on May 15, but that call was closely monitored and recorded.  Over the span of a couple of days, and multiple phone calls with Vasiliades, a face-to-face meeting was set up for May 18. When everyone arrived at the meeting place, an office space in Baltimore, Vasiliades made everyone leave their cellphones in the lobby.  Unknown to him or Rodriguez, however, the couple still had a recording device with them. The device recorded the lawyer reiterating the risk of deportation for the victim if she testified, the indictment said. “Because she’s there (in court), you know, my guy’s going to be, like, ‘I’m here, but she is, too,’” Vasiliades told them, according to the document. Rodriguez told the woman ICE officials would ask for her immigration documents. At that point, Vasiliades allegedly said, “Then everybody’s (expletive).”  Read the entire indictment here.  It was during the May 18 meeting that Vasiliades and Rodriguez told the victim she and her husband would receive $3,000 if they failed to show up and the case got thrown out of court, the indictment said. The court document detailed the plan the men came up with.  “On the upcoming trial date, (the couple) should not show up to court and should instead wait outside the courthouse with Rodriguez, who would be holding the cash, while Vasiliades would appear in court,” the indictment said. “If the case was then ‘thrown out’ due to the fact that (the couple) did not show up, Vasiliades would come out of the courthouse, give a ‘thumbs up’ to Rodriguez and Rodriguez would hand (the couple) the cash.” After pointing out that, in Greece, the punishment for an alleged rapist would be a beating, Vasiliades told the couple that all he wanted was for them to not show up at the trial, court documents said.  “I did my job, I did very good, and I can go home and go to sleep OK,” Vasiliades said, according to the indictment. “And then you get something, and then you find him outside, brother, and you (expletive) him up, that’s it.” The Sun reported that Aguilar-Delossantos’s trial was pushed back to August because of his lawyer’s arrest. Aguilar-Delossantos is charged with second-degree rape and second-degree assault, as well as third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses. 

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