ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day
63°
Partly Cloudy
H 82° L 67°
  • cloudy-day
    63°
    Current Conditions
    Partly Cloudy. H 82° L 67°
  • cloudy-day
    79°
    Afternoon
    Partly Cloudy. H 82° L 67°
  • clear-night
    74°
    Evening
    Mostly Clear. H 82° L 67°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest top stories

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

Latest from Christy Turner

    A teacher at Sheffield Elementary School in Oceanway who was accused of slapping a student has been reassigned. Duval County Public Schools confirmed it is investigating the incident. The Florida Department of Children and Families said it is looking into the case to find if evidence backs up the claims. Parents are pushing for answers after they say their 10 y/o son was slapped in the back of the head by a teacher at Sheffield Elementary. I'll have more on the action the school district is taking, at 6:15 on @ActionNewsJax. pic.twitter.com/R7wJBV2YuT — Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) February 12, 2018 Parents Donni and Jacob Brunelle told Action News Jax their 10-year-old son was slapped in the back of the head by his media teacher. On Monday, they met with the interim superintendent of DCPS. They said it was a positive meeting. “If they reassured me like they did, the board and them will do their job,” Jacob Brunelle said.  Donni Brunelle said her son disclosed what happened when she picked him up from school last Wednesday. “He was upset, but he was almost just in shock,” Donni Brunelle said. She claims the teacher hit her son hard enough that his headphones fell off his head. 'Nobody has the right to strike any child, especially a teacher.' The parents of a 10-year-old boy claim a teacher slapped him in the head. The agencies now investigating the incident, at 6:15 on @ActionNewsJax. https://t.co/Rd7eDeXUFl — Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) February 12, 2018 The parents said there is no excuse for anyone to lay their hands on a child, especially a teacher. “You don't strike a child in the back of the head,” Jacob Brunelle said. 'You don't strike a child, period.” Now, they are demanding answers and action from the school district. “When you strike a child, you deserve to be fired,” Jacob Brunelle said. DCPS said appropriate action will be taken pending the outcome of the investigation. 
  • New statistics released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows a spike in fatal crashes in St. Johns County.  The numbers coincide with the population boom we’ve seen in the county.  In 2016, the county saw 30 traffic fatalities.  Just days before we close out 2017, that number stands at 44.  In January, a crash that killed a 4-year-old boy sparked a study on how to make the interstate safer at the County Road 210 interchange.  FDOT tells us they are still gathering data.  The website data shows fewer crashes this year, but more deaths.  And with more people passing through St. Johns County each and every day, that trend could continue.   Deadly crashes have gone down in Duval County, there have been 136 this year compared to last year when there were 156 traffic fatalities. In Clay County deadly crashes are down as well, 26 people died in 2016 compared to 18 this year. Baker and Nassau County traffic death’s are down too. Baker had 13 in 2016 and 6 so far this year, and Nassau had 22 last year and 17 so far this year. 
  • For the past 12 years, a Jacksonville man has made it his mission to ensure every child in the neighborhood has a merry Christmas. >> Read more trending news Larry Rogers invited children and their families to have a warm meal in front of his home at his annual Christmas breakfast Saturday.  Rogers also had clothes, toys and books to give to the children. “You got kids that are just not as fortunate as other kids,” Rogers said.  Rogers funds most of the event, but said people in the community also chip in by donating gifts. Rogers said seeing the joy on the children's faces is why he does it.  “We just go the extra mile to bring joy to kids,” Rogers said. Ola Williams, who lives next door to Rogers, said this was her first year participating in the event. “It's like a family when you have a community coming together,” Williams said. She said it's a way to give the children a positive influence. “We want children steered the right way,” Williams said. “It takes a village to raise a child.” Rogers said he hopes this small meal inspires others to improve their own neighborhoods. “Christmas is not all about receiving. Christmas is about giving,” Rogers said. “The most important thing in the world you can give is love and joy.
  • 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.
  • Christy Turner

    Morning Anchor

    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.

    Read More

The Latest News Headlines

  • Months before authorities said he walked into a Florida high school and killed 17 people, Nikolas Cruz was reportedly filmed shooting what appears to be a BB gun in his backyard. >> See the video here According to CNN, the video appears to show Cruz, the 19-year-old police say was behind Wednesday's deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, pointing a BB gun outside his house. The person in the video waves the replica weapon around, aims and shoots toward the fence surrounding the house. >> VIDEO: Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz shown fighting students in 2016 The footage is thought to have been taken by a neighbor in October 2017. >> Florida school shooting: Teacher of the year's emotional Facebook post goes viral Cruz reportedly has a history of disturbing behavior. According to police reports obtained by CNN, Cruz was accused of being violent toward his late adoptive mother, who once told Broward County sheriff’s deputies that Cruz had expressed an interest in obtaining a gun and cut his arms 'for attention.' Classmates also said Cruz was abusive toward his ex-girlfriend, the New York Post reported. >> Read more trending news  The Federal Bureau of Investigation was previously alerted to Cruz and threats he allegedly made online, including one about wanting to carry out a school shooting. Read more here.
  • An Uber Eats driver who police said shot and killed a customer in Atlanta turned himself in Monday afternoon and claims he acted in self-defense, his attorney said. >> Watch the news report here Only WSB-TV's Tom Jones was there when Robert Bivines, 37, arrived at the jail with his attorney. The Atlanta Police Department's Homicide Unit secured an arrest warrant for felony murder on Monday. The shooting happened at a condominium on Pharr Road in Buckhead on Saturday night. Police said Ryan Thornton ordered food from Uber Eats, and the driver delivered the food around 11:30 p.m. Authorities said words were exchanged between Thornton and the driver. >> PREVIOUS STORY: Uber Eats driver accused of killing customer turns himself in The Uber Eats driver then shot the 30-year-old, police said. Thornton died at Grady Memorial Hospital.  Bivines' attorney, Jackie Patterson, calls this a case of self-defense. 'This is a case where my client had no choice but to defend himself,' he said. Patterson said Thornton was irate about the amount of time it took for his food to arrive. He said Thornton was aggressive, and as Bivines walked away, Thornton made a threatening move.  'He turned around, put his hand in his pocket and said, 'I'm going to [expletive] you up,'' Patterson said. Patterson said Bivines was afraid to wait to see what Thornton had in his pocket, so he said he defended himself. Jones asked Patterson why his client, who had only been on the job less than a week, didn't just drive away. >> Read more trending news  'You can't drive away when someone is coming at you with your window down,' Patterson said. Bivines will be taken to the Fulton County Jail. He will have a first appearance before a judge Tuesday. Uber sent WSB-TV a statement Monday saying Bivens no longer has access to the app: “We are shocked and saddened by this senseless act of violence and our hearts go out to Ryan’s friends and family. We have been working with the Atlanta Police Department, and the driver can no longer access the app” A spokesperson for Uber told WSB-TV that Bivens passed a background check. Bivens was an Uber Eats delivery partner only and did not drive passengers. Uber is working with the Atlanta Police Department on this investigation. Morehouse College sent the following statement:  'The Morehouse College community is mourning the passing of Ryan Thornton who was was shot Saturday in Atlanta after ordering a late dinner from UberEATS, according to police reports. 'Thornton, 30, was a recent graduate of Morehouse College. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in May 2017, and had started a new job. 'Morehouse faculty, staff, and administrators on Monday were shocked and saddened by the news of Thornton’s death. Employees in Morehouse College’s admissions office said they worked closely with Thornton and described him as being friendly, hard-working, and determined to become a Morehouse Man.  'President David A. Thomas said that the Morehouse community stands at the ready to support Thornton’s family during this difficult time. “ ‘The loss of another young life to gun violence is tragic,' Thomas said. 'Ryan was an ambitious student with so much promise. He was well-respected by his peers and highly regarded by his professors. We at Morehouse College will keep Ryan's family in our thoughts and prayers.’ ”
  • Years before he was accused of killing one of his Uber Eats customers in Atlanta this past weekend, Robert Bivines had been arrested on aggravated assault charges in DeKalb County, Georgia, according to jail records.  >> Uber Eats driver accused of shooting, killing customer claims self-defense, attorney says But the nearly decade-old offense wouldn’t have been flagged by Uber’s driver pre-screening process because it only tracks criminal records as far back as seven years, according to the company’s website. Potential employees are subject to a driving history screening and, if cleared, undergo a criminal background check in national, state and local databases, according to the Uber website. The company said Bivines passed a background check and had been with the delivery company for only a week before the deadly shooting.  >> On MyAJC.com: Court upholds young mother’s conviction for killing newborn “We are shocked and saddened by this senseless act of violence and our hearts go out to (Ryan Thornton’s) friends and family,” Uber Eats said in a statement. “We have been working with the Atlanta Police Department, and the driver can no longer access the app.” Details of the 2009 assault case were not immediately available Monday, but Bivines pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of battery in May 2010, according to court records.  >> On MyAJC.com: R. Kelly evicted from N. Fulton homes, owes $30K, court documents show He was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to have no contact with his victim. Bivines was also banned from the five-county metropolitan area. Online court records do not indicate how long the ban was enforced.  Bivines, 36, turned himself in Monday afternoon, two days after Atlanta police say he shot and killed Thornton, a recent Morehouse College graduate, after delivering food to the 30-year-old’s Pharr Court South condominium. The shooting was caught on surveillance video.  About 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Thornton placed an order with Tin Lizzy’s on Piedmont Road through the Uber Eats app, according to an Atlanta police report. Bivines was listed as the delivery driver.  “The victim went down to meet the driver, received his order and began walking away from the vehicle,” Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said in a statement. “As the victim was walking away, it appears words may have been exchanged between he and the delivery driver.”  Thornton went back to Bivines’ car, and that’s when things turned deadly.  Atlanta police said four shots were fired through the passenger-side window. Bullets landed in Thornton’s torso.  >> Uber Eats driver accused of killing customer turns himself in As Thornton fell to the ground, Bivines drove away in his white Volkswagen, police said. Thornton called his girlfriend, who administered aid. He was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.  Thornton graduated from Morehouse in May 2017 with a political science degree and had recently started a new job, a spokeswoman for the school, D. Aileen Dodd, said in a statement. While there, he worked closely with those in the admission’s office, who described him as “friendly, hard-working and determined to become a Morehouse Man.”  Morehouse President David A. Thomas said the college “stands at the ready to support Thornton’s family during this difficult time.” “Ryan was an ambitious student with so much promise. He was well-respected by his peers and highly regarded by his professors,” Thomas said. “We at Morehouse College will keep Ryan's family in our thoughts and prayers.” >> Read more trending news  Bivines’ attorney, Jackie Patterson, said the surveillance video doesn’t tell the full story.  Patterson told WSB-TV that Thornton — upset about the delivery time — threatened his client and motioned toward his pockets: “My client had no choice but to defend himself.”  Bivines is due in court at 11 a.m. Tuesday. 
  • An Uber Eats driver who police said shot and killed a customer turned himself in Monday afternoon. >> Read more trending news According to WSB-TV, Robert Bivens, 37, arrived at the jail with his attorney. The Atlanta Police Department's Homicide Unit secured an arrest warrant for felony murder Monday. The shooting happened Saturday night at a condominium on Pharr Road in Buckhead, Georgia. Police said Ryan Thornton ordered food from Uber Eats and the driver delivered the food around 11:30 p.m. At some point, authorities said words were exchanged between Thornton and the driver. The Uber Eats driver then shot the 30-year-old, police said. Thornton died at Grady Memorial Hospital.  Uber said in a statement on Monday, saying Bivens no longer has access to the app: “We are shocked and saddened by this senseless act of violence and our hearts go out to Ryan’s friends and family. We have been working with the Atlanta Police Department, and the driver can no longer access the app.” A spokesperson for Uber told WSB-TV Bivens passed a background check and had only been an Uber Eats driver for about a week. Bivens was an Uber Eats delivery partner only and did not drive passengers. Uber is working closely with the Atlanta Police Department on this investigation.
  • The man allegedly behind the fatal Florida high school shooting apparently has a disturbing past that is coming to light. A school fight that was captured on camera a little more than a year ago is the latest development. >> Click here to watch Authorities said 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Cruz was formerly a member of the school’s JROTC program before being expelled. >> Florida school shooting: Teacher of the year's emotional Facebook post goes viral A September 2016 video shared by ABC News shows Cruz wearing a white shirt and khakis while fighting with other students. Cruz was reportedly handed a two-day suspension following the incident. >> Family who took in Nikolas Cruz: 'We just didn't know' According to ABC, the fight was one of five documented incidents that caused school administrators to expel Cruz, mandating his transfer to another high school in February 2017. >> WATCH: Florida school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez slams politicians, NRA in emotional speech Another incident that reportedly contributed to Cruz’s expulsion was his alleged fight with his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. Cruz was allegedly abusive toward her before they broke up. >> Read more trending news  The massacre at the high school marked the 25th U.S. school shooting in which someone was killed since the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School.

The Latest News Videos