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    A family visiting from Louisville, Kentucky, said their 3-year-old son was badly bitten by a dog at a Neptune Beach, Florida, restaurant Wednesday. The boy had a cut on his lip and scratches on his face after the dog bit him at Craft Pizza Co. on July 19. The owner confirmed that the boy was on the outside patio when the dog bit him. >> Read more trending news A family member posted a review of the restaurant and photo of the boy’s injuries on TripAdvisor. The family member, who appears to be a parent of the boy, said while they were leaving the restaurant, the child asked a man if he could pet his dog. According to the post, the dog turned and bit the boy in the face. It left scratches and puncture wounds inside his lip, the family said in the post. “I immediately grabbed my screaming 3 year old and took him from the place,” the post said. Mean while (sic) as I was trying to wipe the blood from my sons face they actually brought the dog a bowl of water. Really!!!??? He just bit my 3 year old.” The post said the boy spent a day in the emergency room. The customer complained that when the family decided to go back and get the dog owner’s information, the restaurant owner was talking to the dog owner.  According to the parent who wrote the TripAdvisor post, the restaurant owner and pet owner are friends. “Nothing was offered to us outside of some ice and a napkin,” according to the parent. “I actually requested the owner to contact me. Nothing.” The restaurant has a dog dining permit, which is required by the city of Neptune Beach if a restaurant wants to allow dogs on the outdoor portion. The owner of Craft Pizza Co. said he is sorry about the incident. He said the man regularly brings his dog and it has never been aggressive before. The owner told us the family and the dog owner exchanged contact information for insurance purposes. He said he is considering no longer allowing dogs at his restaurants because of the liability. City of Neptune Beach officials said the city has the right to revoke a restaurant’s dog dining permit depending on the infraction. “It would probably depend in the infraction, but we do have the right to take it away immediately” Amanda Askew, deputy manager for Neptune Beach, said. “We do not need a police report to revoke any permit.” The city has never revoked a permit since the ordinance was passed in Neptune Beach in 2008, Askew said. Police said they received an anonymous tip about the incident, but a complainant never came forward. Animal control officers are trying to get in contact with the family members to learn if they want to file a report.
  • 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.  
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    Christy Turner is WOKV’s Morning Anchor on Jacksonville’s Morning News. She began her career at WOKV in 2015 as a Morning Reporter. Born and raised in Orlando, Christy attended college at Northwestern University where she studied Journalism and won two NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse National Championship titles. Outside of work, Christy enjoys spending time with loved ones, watching or playing sports and enjoying the outdoors.

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  • Ten sailors are missing and five are injured after a U.S. Navy destroyer collided with an oil and chemical tanker early Monday. >> Read more trending news The USS John S. McCain collided with the 'Alnic MC' at 6:24 a.m. in the Strait of Malacca off the coast of Singapore in the Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. 7th Fleet. The USS John S. McCain sustained damage to its left rear side. The Navy said the ship has significant hull damage, and the crew berths, machinery and communications rooms were flooded, according to The Associated Press. Osprey aircraft and Seahawk helicopters from the USS America are helping with search and rescue efforts, officials said. Tug boats and coast guard vessels are also helping. The ship is named for both McCain Sr. and Jr. who served in the Navy. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Benjamin Whitten, 33, and his live-in girlfriend Jeryn Johnson, 25, are charged with torture and child abuse after authorities said Whitten’s 5-year-old son was discovered with severe injuries and living in filth among 15 animals, reports KGTV. >> Watch the news report here The police and fire departments in Murrieta, California, reportedly discovered the boy when they responded to a call for medical aid. The boy was airlifted to a San Diego County hospital, where he currently remains in “grave condition.” The injuries, which police said were caused by Whitten and Johnson, were unspecified beyond this. >> On Rare.us: YouTube parent-pranksters who lost custody of their children are now facing jail time KGTV reported that the home was said to be in “extremely unsanitary” conditions. Animal control removed “11 dogs, four cats and two fish.” “I didn’t even know there was a child who lived in the house,” neighbor Kristine Hendrickson told KCAL. “Did not know. We’ve lived here for 21 years.” >> Read more trending news The boy reportedly hadn’t been seen since Christmas of last year.
  • If you have not gotten a pair of glasses to view Monday’s solar eclipse, you are not alone.Retail stores and online outlets across the country have reported that supplies are low or nonexistent in the hours before the 2017 solar eclipse.If you haven’t secured a pair, there are a few things you can do to safely watch the eclipse.Here are some tips. Is there any way to still get glasses?Some vendors may have a few pairs left, but they are going fast. Click here to find the American Astronomical Society’s list of approved glasses sellers. Many libraries are hosting events. Click here to see an updated list from NASA. The libraries will have glasses for the event. Scientific societies are holding viewing events as well, and they will likely have some glasses to give out.What if I don’t have glasses?You do not have to have glasses to watch an eclipse. Read what NASA says about it:“The safest and most inexpensive method of viewing an eclipse is by projection, in which a pinhole or small opening is used to cast the image of the sun on a screen placed a half-meter or more beyond the opening. Projected images of the sun may even be seen on the ground in the small openings created by interlacing fingers, or in the dappled sunlight beneath a leafy tree. Binoculars can also be used to project a magnified image of the sun on a white card, but you must avoid the temptation of using these instruments for direct viewing.”For those who missed school the day astrophysics was taught, here’s what that means:You can take something as common as a shoe box to make a device that will let you watch the eclipse without looking directly at the sun; you can actually use your fingers to view the eclipse; you can stand underneath a tree and see a cool display that reflects through the leaves; you can use binoculars to project the sun’s image on a white card, but do not look at the sun with them. Don’t ever.So what if you can’t get a pair of glasses?If you can’t get glasses for the cosmic block party, start gathering some common supplies.From NASA, here’s how to make a pinhole viewer. You can also make a pinhole camera. Click here to see how to make the device that lets light pass through a hole and project an image of the sun onto a light surface. Can I look at the sun at any time during the eclipse?You can look at the sun during the eclipse while wearing certified eclipse glasses, welding glass (level 14) or other filters. You can look at the sun without the protection ONLY during the two minutes or so when the moon completely blocks out the sun. Only look at the sun without glasses if you live in the area of totality – a narrow strip of the country where the sun will be completely blocked out.For the rest in the area where the sun is only partially blocked out, keep the glasses on. Do not look at the partially blocked sun without them.So what if I do look at the sun without protection?You could, and likely will, damage your retina, leading to vision damage.What if I want to see it, but not go out to look at it?No problem, all the major networks, and cable channels will be carrying the eclipse live. ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, Fox and other cable outlets have plans to broadcast the progress of the eclipse across the country.NASA will livestream the eclipse starting at 1 p.m. ET. NASA plans views from balloons, satellites, and telescopes. What about taking a photo? Will it damage my iPhone?The eclipse won't damage your phone's camera, according to c/net. C/net’s post explains how to use your iPhone or an Android phone to capture the eclipse.
  • After two Jacksonville officers were shot on the Westside, support has been flooding social media. FULL STORY: Two JSO officers shot Government officials: Law enforcement:
  • The Stone Mountain Memorial Association this week denied a Ku Klux Klan request to burn a cross at the park in Dekalb County, Georgia, citing the trouble at a “pro-white” rally last year. >> Read more trending news Joey Hobbs, a Dublin man with the Sacred Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, wanted to hold a “lighting” ceremony on Oct. 21 with 20 participants, according to the application. This would have been to commemorate the KKK’s 1915 revival, which began with a flaming cross atop Stone Mountain on the evening of Thanksgiving. “We will light our cross and 20 minutes later we will be gone,” wrote Hobbs, who couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday, in an application dated May 26. It wasn’t immediately clear if Hobbs holds a formal position with the group. >> Related: George H.W., George W. Bush condemn ‘racial bigotry’ in Charlottesville statement “We don’t want any of these groups at the park, quite frankly,” John Bankhead, spokesman for the association said Wednesday, referring to white nationalists groups and the KKK. “This is a family-oriented park.”  But since it’s a public park, the association created a permit process to consider each application individually. In a statement, the memorial group, which oversees the park, said it “condemns the beliefs and actions of the Ku Klux Klan and believes the denial of this Public Assembly request is in the best interest of all parties.” >> Related: Trump again blames ‘both sides’ for violence in CharlottesvilleWriting to deny Hobbs, CEO Bill Stephens cited the trouble at the “Rock Stone Mountain” rally of April 23, 2016. The park had to close that day as white power revelers, including KKK members, clashed with counter-protesters. Stephens said an event like Hobbs’ would require public safety resources beyond what park police could provide, and thus, would put guests, employees and public safety workers in danger.  Besides creating a potentially-dangerous scene, the cross-burning would’ve also been an act of intimidation, Bankhead said. >> Related: University of Florida denies request for white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak “I think anybody who knows about cross burning knows why it’s used,” Bankhead said, recalling the KKK’s track record of setting crosses on fire to intimidate African Americans. “We’re just not going to allow that.” Georgia's terroristic threats and acts statute also specifically bars the practice when it’s done with the intent to “terrorize.” The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that states can ban cross-burning, though it warned that the intent to intimidate must be proven in each case. Whatever Hobbs’ intent, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association CEO said the event would violate its ordinances against disruptions to the park and actions that present a “clear and present danger.”

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