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    The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office said no foul play is suspected after a woman was found dead near a dumpster Sunday. Deputies said 47-year-old Heide Drakus was found lying on the ground unresponsive next to a construction dumpster on a vacant lot at Nottingham Drive and South 14th Street.  Drakus had recent medical issues and foul play is not believed to be involved in her death, according to the Sheriff’s Office.  However, deputies said the incident will remain under investigation pending toxicology and autopsy from the medical examiner.
  • An armed suspect is being sought after a Westside bank robbery Friday morning.  Right now, police have the Wells Fargo on San Juan Ave., just west of the Ortega Bridge, taped off as they investigate. JSO said the man walked into the bank around 9 a.m. and demanded money. The teller complied and the suspect fled on foot. The suspect’s described as a black male, slim build and about 5’6” to 5’10” tall. He was last seen wearing a dark hoodie and a mask.  There’s a second scene on Ricker Road and Melissa Court in Cedar Hills that police said could be connected. JSO has confirmed police activity in the area, but they have not yet commented on what exactly is happening. There is a heavy police presence, including SWAT, on the scene. Many people living in that area tell our partner Action News Jax that they were told by JSO they had to leave there homes because of the active police efforts. This is a developing story, check back for updates. 
  • A Fernandina Beach man was arrested last Saturday after allegedly biting a man’s finger off.  Benjamin Roberts, 52, was charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm, among other things.  The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office said Roberts attacked the victim after he was told to leave. The fight went to the ground and Roberts bit onto the man’s finger for several seconds until about half of it separated, according to the report. Deputies said the fingertip was severed.  Investigators said Roberts also bit a woman’s arm several times.  Once in custody, deputies found two needles in Roberts’ back pocket. Roberts allegedly told deputies the needles were used for meth. Roberts’ bond was set at $59,008.00
  • A Clay County man was arrested Monday by deputies in St. Johns County in connection with a 2016 case involving an underage girl. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office charged 53-year-old David Reed with unlawful sexual activity with a minor and offering to commit prostitution. Reed allegedly met the underage victim on an online dating site back in April 2016. The two agreed to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money, according to investigators. Deputies said Reed drove to the victim’s residence for the purpose of sexual activity. The report said the girl told Reed she was underage, but did not give her exact age, before they were intimate. Even after knowing she was a minor, Reed reportedly engaged in oral and sexual intercourse with the victim. She told investigators that Reed gave her $300 for the sexual activity and companionship. A few days later, the victim met Reed again and he took her lingerie shopping at the St. Johns Town Center, according to deputies. The receipt showed Reed bought the victim $300 worth of lingerie. The girl provided deputies with detailed conversations between her and Reed, which included talks about their financial sexual arrangements. Reed’s bond was set at $105,000. 
  • A man was critically injured in a shooting Tuesday morning on the Southside.  The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said they responded to the Hawthorn Suites off of Baymeadows Road around 4:30 a.m. They found a man shot several times in the parking lot.  The victim was taken to UF Health with life-threatening injuries.  At this time, police do not have a suspect description.  There was a fatal stabbing at the same hotel back in 2014.  Man in life-threatening condition after being shot in parking lot of Hawthorn Suites on Baymeadows Way. No suspect info. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/fPrZUwNFQP — Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) March 14, 2017 #JSO is working a person shot in the 8700 block of Baymeadows Road. #JAX #Jacksonville — Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) March 14, 2017
  • A man is dead and another is injured following a shooting Thursday night on the Westside. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as James A. McClatchy. He was 21. The other man was taken to the hospital in serious condition. The shooting took place on Lamar Dr. around 9 p.m. Police arrived and found two white men with gun shots wounds laying by the road. McClatchy was dead when police arrived.   There is no suspect description listed in the police report. 
  • A man in his 40s was shot and killed while sitting in a car with his wife on the Westside early Friday morning. It happened around 1 a.m. in the victim’s neighborhood on Guardian Court, in the Normandy Estates area. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the man was shot multiple times and the wife was uninjured. Detectives are speaking to the victim’s wife and searching for surveillance video.  No suspect description was released. 
  • A St. Augustine man was charged Wednesday with custodian sexual assault on a child between the ages of 12 and 18. Deputies said 46-year-old Michael Mitchell inappropriately touched and took photos of the girl. According to the report, the girl was sleeping on the couch when she awoke to Mitchell attempting to remove her clothing. The girl then told deputies that Mitchell fondled her and took pictures of her private parts, while she pretended to be sleeping. The victim said she made movements with her body in an attempt to scare Mitchell away. She stated that Mitchell would go to his computer desk, but kept returning. Mitchell is being held on a $25,000 bond.
  • A violent sexual predator in Jacksonville was arrested after police said he made lewd comments towards a three-year-old. Last Wednesday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Carl Saucer, 54, approached the woman and her family at the Waffle House on 103rd St. and said that her child would be well endowed when he got older. The family moved to a different table in the restaurant in an effort to avoid Saucer. Police said surveillance video showed the suspect leave the business then return a short time after. A waitress told the mother that Saucer was in the bathroom, peering at them through the window of the door. Out of fear, the mother grabbed her child and the belongings in an effort to leave. As they were walking out of the restaurant, she told police that the suspect ran after them. According to the arrest report, Saucer made statements that he knew he should have left when they sat by him, because he knows how he is with kids. He also stated that he did not make any lewd comments. Rather, Saucer claimed that he told the woman that her child was “beautiful” and said that he was probably hungry, because the child was “big boned.” Saucer was charged with aggravated stalking involving a victim under the age of 16. He was booked into the Duval County Jail on Mar. 3.  A check of his records shows Saucer was found guilty in 1999 for sexually assaulting a victim under 12-years-old.  
  • A Mississippi man was arrested in Jacksonville Beach Sunday after police said he was shooting seagulls with an airsoft gun.   Ryan Ivey, 26, was charged with animal cruelty. The Jacksonville Beach Police Department said they received several calls from concerned citizens who told them Ivey was shooting at seagulls with what appeared to be BB’s. Police caught up with Ivey near the lifeguard building where he was holding what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun, according to the report. Investigators said it was actually an airsoft gun that Ivey caught the tip off of, making it look like a real firearm. The report said Ivey told them that he did not hit any of the seagulls. When asked if it was legal to shoot at seagulls in Mississippi, Ivey said it was. 
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  • A Florida woman who admitted to throwing a 5-month-old into his playpen while babysitting him is facing a murder charge after the baby died from his injuries.  >> Read more trending stories Police were called to a home on Davis Road on March 7 after getting reports of a baby that was not breathing. Barbara Kendrick, 65, admitted to police that she threw the baby, Cooper Dubovik, into his playpen. Cooper was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Doctors determined the child had internal injuries that resulted from some type of trauma, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. He died of his injuries on March 8. 5 month old Cooper Dubovik passed away, the woman baby sitting him has been charged with Murder. @ActionNewsJax— Bridgette Matter (@bridgetteANjax) March 9, 2017 Kendrick told police that Cooper had been fussy because he had a fever and was teething. She said she had been watching the boy for about two months. She was initially charged with aggravated child abuse but her charges were upgraded to murder after Cooper died.
  • Police say 5-month-old Cooper Dubovik of Jacksonville, Florida, died after his baby sitter, Barbara Kendrick, admitted to throwing him into his playpen. Cooper's mother, Teal Garvin, opened up to ActionNewsJax.com. >> Watch the news report here “To not be able to hold him, and to not be able to see his smile, it’s just so hard, it’s so incredibly hard,' she said. On March 7, police were called out to a home on Davis Road. Baby Cooper had stopped breathing. Police say 65-year-old Kendrick admitted she threw the 5-month-old into his playpen. Kendrick told officers she had been watching Cooper about two months. >> Previously on ActionNewsJax.com: Baby sitter charged with murder after 5-month-old boy dies in Jacksonville Cooper's mother said she never imagined Kendrick would hurt her only child. “To wait 16 minutes while you watch him gasp for air trying to stay alive, you chose to kill him,' Garvin said. 'I can’t forgive that.” >> Read more trending news Reports said Cooper was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He had a skull fracture and no brain activity. The next day, he died. Now, his parents are fighting for justice “I just can’t even begin to explain how hard it is,' Garvin said. Kendrick’s next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday. To help Cooper’s family, you can donate to their GoFundMe page here.
  • Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. What to know now  1. Trump communications collected: Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-California), announced Wednesday that private conversations between President Donald Trump and his transition team may have been improperly distributed to spy agencies after they were inadvertently collected as part of an intelligence investigation of other targets. Nunes said he was troubled enough by information provided to him about the communications to go to the White House on Wednesday to inform the president in person. Nunes said the information collected had nothing to do with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The FBI said Monday it is investigating any possible connection between the Trump campaign and Russian meddling in the election. 2. Health care vote: A vote on a health care bill that is essential in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – is set to take place Thursday in the House. Trump and leaders in the House have lobbied members to vote for the bill, but as of late Wednesday, they had not locked down enough votes for it to pass. The president has warned those who don’t vote for the bill that they could face consequences come re-election. 3. London attack: A man stabbed a London police officer to death Wednesday after he ran down pedestrians on a bridge near Parliament in a terror attack on the British government. Four people, including the attacker, were killed, and at least 40 others injured. British lawmakers sheltered in place in Parliament for hours after the mid-afternoon attack. One woman was pulled alive from the waters of the Thames after she was either knocked off the Westminster Bridge or jumped to avoid the car. The suspect has not been identified. An early morning raid in the London area Thursday netted seven people suspected of being involved with the attack.  4. Wisconsin shootings: A Wisconsin police officer and three others were killed Wednesday in what law enforcement officials said was a domestic violence incident that led to three separate shootings. The shootings took place in a bank, at an attorney’s office and in an apartment complex near Everest, Wisconsin, which is about 90 miles west of Green Bay, Wisconsin.  5. Sweet 16: The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament continues Thursday as the next round of playoffs gets underway. Sixteen teams – the Sweet 16 – will play over the next two days as we make our way to the Elite Eight, then the Final Four. The championship game is set for April 3.  And one more Nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards were announce Wednesday. The CBS daytime drama “Young and the Restless” snagged 25 nominations, with ABC’s “General Hospital” and CBS’ “Bold and the Beautiful” getting 23. NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” got 22 nods. In case you missed it
  • At least 15 structures are “lost” as the result of a fast-moving wildfire in Bryceville. Nassau County Emergency Management says the official emergency shelter set up for evacuees is the Bryceville Baptist Church at 7732 US Hwy 301. The American Red Cross is cooperating with that shelter. At a briefing early Thursday, officials said 150 people have been affected because of evacuations.   The Florida Highway Patrol says two other shelters have been established- one at Gray Gables Church, 54031 Church Road and one at Callahan First Baptist Church, 45090 Green Avenue. Shifting winds drove the fire, which the Florida Forest Service for the District says is more than 400 acres around CR 119, CR 121, and Countryside Acres. As of 5am Thursday, the fire was reported as 50% contained. The evacuations will remain in effect until the fire is completely contained. The Florida Forest Service Jacksonville says the fire started with someone burning paperback books, and that it is illegal to burn household garbage in Florida.  Our partner Action News Jax reports the landowner will be held responsible. Nassau County Firefighters, the Florida Forest Service, and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue are all working the scene. Facilities have been taking in animals from anyone who had to evacuate. All Paws Boarding at 8356 US Hwy 301 is sheltering dogs and cats. You’re asked to bring a crate and vaccination history if you can. The Walker Quarter Horse Farm at 14452 Normandy Blvd is taking in horses for free, but request owners bring feed, hay, and supplies.
  • A Florida woman’s mouth allegedly got her in trouble with the law three times in one day. According to the Pensacola News Journal, 23-year-old Angela Christine Millikin of Gulf Breeze is accused of biting her uncle during an altercation Tuesday. >> Read more Floridoh! stories When deputies from the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a woman leaving the scene of an attack, they reportedly arrived to find Millikin, who matched the description given in the report. Millikin told deputies that she was Pakistani royalty and that her name was Duchess “Christine Pharoah,” according to the News Journal. Deputies escorted Millikin back to the scene of the attack, where her uncle explained that she had hit him in the face and bit his hand with enough force to break the skin after he refused to give her his phone, deputies said. >> Read more trending news As she was being taken into custody, Millikin spat on an arresting deputy and struck him in the face, according to a report obtained by the News Journal. She faces several charges, including battery, battery on law enforcement and fraud. Read more at the Pensacola News Journal.

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