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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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  • A 2-year-old Idaho boy died after he was left over the weekend for more than six hours in a hot car near St. George, Utah, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news Authorities found the boy after they were called around 6:40 p.m. Saturday to a report of an unresponsive child at a home in Winchester Hills, St. George News reported. The child was pronounced dead at the scene, the news site reported. The Washington County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case to determine whether any charges will be filed, although sheriff’s office spokesman David Crouse told The Salt Lake Tribune that it appeared the child’s death was “a tragic accident.” >> Related: 4-day-old baby left in hot car in Massachusetts In a statement released to St. George News, deputies said the 2-year-old boy was one of as many as 35 children brought to St. George for a family reunion. The group traveled to St. George for an activity. Deputies believe that the 2-year-old fell asleep on the trip back to Winchester Hills, but no one noticed that he didn’t get out of the van. Meanwhile, a majority of the adults got ready for a religious meeting in St. George. >> Related: 10 ways to prevent a hot car death Crouse said at a news conference Monday that teenage family members were watching the children as the adults went to the meeting, KSTU reported. When they returned to Winchester Hills, the boy’s absence was noticed. His father found him in the van, according to deputies. >> Related: Waze traffic app includes feature to remind parents kids are in car It was not clear how long he had been left in the vehicle, although Crouse told the Tribune that the boy appeared to have been in the car for at least six hours. St. George saw a high of 109 degrees on Saturday, according to the Tribune.
  • She heard the front door open and then found a shirtless man standing in her house.   A St. Augustine woman is shaken-up, but otherwise OK, after pushing an intruder out of her home.   The offense report from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office says they found a man matching the description of the intruder a short time later, during a patrol of the woman's neighborhood.   Deputies say he appeared to be swaying from side to side and that his speech was slurred. The man, identified as Devin Howell, 20, initially admitted to drinking a couple of beers, but later said he drank an entire case of beer.   Deputies searched his backpack and found him to be in possession of marijuana as well.   Howell is now charged with trespassing, disorderly intoxication, and possession of marijuana.
  • Police say the body of a woman was found Monday inside a family bathroom at an Oklahoma Walmart. At this time, police are not sure how long the woman was in the bathroom at the Sand Springs store. >> Read more trending news According to police, employees assumed that the family bathroom was out of order because it was locked. Employees placed an out-of-order sign on the door that remained there through the weekend. On Monday, employees unlocked the bathroom door and found the woman.  Sand Springs Police say their preliminary investigation shows nothing suspicious about the woman's death.
  • On Aug. 27 of last year, Breyana Davis dialed 911 to report a stabbing. Davis had just plunged a knife into the heart of her roommate, a 21-year-old Georgia State University student, and doused him with boiling water at their DeKalb County apartment. >> Read more trending news On Monday, Davis, 22, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the killing of Charles Rudison, a business major who also worked at a Publix distribution center. Judge Gregory A. Adams sentenced her to 20 years in prison. Davis was initially charged with murder, but the district attorney’s office allowed her to plead to the lesser offense after “extensive discussions with the victim’s family,” DA spokeswoman Yvette Jones said. Rudison’s sister, Karla Jones, had mixed feelings. “I wish the years were longer,” she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “but (at) least she's getting punishment for this.” Jones and the rest of the family were devastated and confounded by the crime. >> Related: Woman killed, five others hurt in valet parking accident Rudison, who had met Davis on an online student housing board, died after a night out in downtown Atlanta. Davis, whose attorney could not immediately be reached for comment, left him and another friend at one point and went back to their shared apartment. Rudison and the other friend were angry with Davis because they had to catch a ride home with a ride-sharing service. Once they arrived at the apartment, it took only moments for Davis to douse Rudison with boiling water and stab him, a detective testified in a previous hearing. Even now, the motive for the crime is still mysterious. Read more here.
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