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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.
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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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  • An explosion has been reported near the Port Authority in New York, police said Monday morning. >> Read more trending news  >> Click here or scroll down for more
  • Another frosty morning with temps stuck in the 30's and low 40’s.   But Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says we'll be a good 8 degrees warmer than yesterday with lots of sun and calm winds. “And then a breezy and rather mild day tomorrow. We’ll approach 70 degrees but that wind is going to make it feel cooler than it actually is, and that wind will be ahead of the next cold front”.  Expect that front to roll across the area Tuesday night, it will be dry, but will usher in another shot at chilly temperatures on Wednesday and early Thursday.  Mike is tracking a possible storm system to end the week and for your upcoming weekend.  LISTEN:  Mike Buresh Podcast
  • A Texas neighborhood is shaken by the deaths of two young children, which authorities believe came at the hand of their father. According to the Star-Telegram, police responded to a North Richland Hills home over the weekend after a mother called 911. The mother was uninjured, but two children and an adult man, later found to be their father, were found dead at the residence. >> Read more trending news “Upon arrival, officers found a 5-year-old female, 9-year-old male and adult male all deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Initial investigation revealed the father shot the children and then shot himself,” North Richland Hills police said in a statement. The department went on to explain a search into the home’s records “revealed no prior history between [the] department and the family or address.” The names of those involved have not yet been released. “There’s no history here,” said police spokesperson Carissa Katekaru. “We’re still trying to figure out why. I grew up in North Richland Hills, and I would call this a pretty quiet neighborhood.” Neighbor Denise Albino, 57, has lived in the area for about 20 years. “Oh my God, those poor babies,” she said. “I just can’t understand why people do this kind of thing.” Albino said her son told her about the news. “I didn’t know them,” she added. “I would see the kids playing basketball all the time, but I never really got a chance to speak with them.” Another neighbor, Rosa Nichols, told KTVT: “You can drive by, and they can have a perfect house, but you don’t know what’s going on inside the house. It’s so sad.” “We lived there for several years and had some happy memories and sure hate to have sad memories made there for these families. For this family, we don’t know you, but we sure feel for you,” said Mike Bentley, who once lived in the home.
  •  21-year-old Korey Richardson is in police custody after a four-hour long standoff at Southside apartment complex.  Witnesses told police they heard what sounded like a man beating a woman inside of the units. They also said they saw the woman run away from the apartment, but the man chased after her, grabbed her and dragged her back into the apartment.  A small child was also with the man and woman.  Responding officers tried to contact the two inside but they were unable to. A SWAT callout was initiated after there was a concern it was a hostage situation, and Richardson was not letting the woman leave.  The woman was eventually released along with the child. Police reported she had minor injuries but the child was okay.  Shortly after the woman and child were released, Richardson surrendered and was taken into custody.  He’s facing a Battery and False Imprisonment charge.
  • Wildfires are raging through parts of Southern California, burning thousands of acres, destroying homes and businesses and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate. >> PHOTOS: California wildfires burn thousands of acres, force evacuations >> Click here or scroll down for more >> Read more trending news 

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