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    Its been another violent weekend in the river city as JSO is investigating multiple shootings.  The first reported shooting happened on the Southside. Police were called out to Belfort Rd. and Dickie Dr. around 1:45 Saturday afternoon, and JSO says when they arrived they could not find any victims. Police say they learned through witnesses that two victims left the scene. After another call came in for police and they went to St. Vincent’s Hospital South and found a woman and man with injuries. JSO says the woman drove the man to the hospital after the incident near Belfort Rd. Police say witnesses saw several men in their mid-20’s beating up the male victim in a neighbor’s front yard. After the beating, police say the suspects left and the male victim got into a car with the female victim. Police say that’s when another car drive up and shot multiple times into the victim’s car before driving away north on Belfort Rd.  Police say the man had life-threatening injuries and the woman had non-life-threatening injuries.    Then later Saturday JSO was called out around 9pm to Columbus Ave, on the Northside, after getting reports that 2 people there were shot. Police say when they got to the scene they found a 26-year-old white woman dead in the road and a 29-year-old white man with life-threating injuries.  JSO says at this point they don’t know exactly what happened that led to the shooting and they don’t have any information on any suspect or suspects. Police say they are looking through the area for evidence.  Early Sunday morning JSO were then called out to Melanie Ave, on the Northside, after getting a call that 2 people were shot. Police say the incident happened around 12:45 in the morning. Police say when they got to the scene they found a white man dead on the porch. After they searched the home they found another victim, this one was a 16-year-old white female and police say she had life threatening injuries. Police say she was taken to the hospital.  Police say the victims, and a suspect they knew, were involved in an argument which escalated. JSO says the suspect, a black man, shot the victims then left the area. Police are interviewing witnesses, trying to identify the suspect.   At around 3:15 Sunday morning police were called out to an incident on I-95 northbound near the Union St. exit about a car crash with a man inside who was dead from a gunshot wound. The victim in this incident has been identified as 25-year-old Steven Shawn Grady. Police say he is from Castle Hayne, North Carolina. According to JSO there were 2 other people in the car, and those 2 are being questioned by police. Police say this shooting is not being investigated as a random act of violence by a stranger.  Police are asking if you have any information on the shootings to give them a call at 904-630-0500. 
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said a boy died Friday night after becoming tangled in chains on a swing at a park in Northwest Jacksonville. #JSO is working a death investigation of a child in the 8700 Sibbald Rd. Media will be addressed at 9pm at Sibbald Rd and Archery Ave.— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) November 18, 2017 Officers responded at 6:15 p.m. to Charles 'Boobie' Clark Park on Sibbald Road, where they found an unresponsive 10-year-old boy who JSO has identified as NaShon Green. Earlier, NaShon's mother walked with NaShon and her other three kids -- ages 9, 6 and 4 -- to play at the park. NaShon was standing on the swing, police said. When the mother looked back at the boy, she saw the chains of the swing wrapped around the his neck. She took him down from the swing and called 911. 10 year old child at the park was on a swing when he got entangled in the chains and they wrapped around his neck. Child died at the hospital. At this time, the death is being investigated as a tragic accident and foul play is not suspected. https://t.co/lCOrhRPBGd — Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) November 18, 2017 NaShon was taken to UF Health Jacksonville, where he died from his injuries.  The child's mother and other children are being questioned, but police said no foul play is suspected and the incident is being called a tragic accident by JSO. Refresh this page, follow @ActionNewsJax on Twitter and watch Action News Jax for updates. HAPPENING NOW: #JSO investigating a death reported off 8700 Sibbald Rd. @ActionNewsJax crew is headed to scene. pic.twitter.com/2V2qCkexVU — Tenikka Smith Hughes (@TenikkaANjax) November 18, 2017 #BREAKING: JSO is working a death investigation of a child on Sibbald Rd. I'm headed to the scene @ActionNewsJax — Danielle Avitable (@DanielleANjax) November 18, 2017 JSO says 10 year old got tangled in chains on swing & died. No foul play is suspected. Police call it a 'tragic accident' pic.twitter.com/EwQi7tNOQ9 — Danielle Avitable (@DanielleANjax) November 18, 2017 Police say mother was at park with 4 kids and she looked away for a second when she turned around her child was unconscious on the swing. Taken to UF health where child pronounced dead @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/I5AMOBAdlz — Danielle Avitable (@DanielleANjax) November 18, 2017 Police say mother was at park with 4 kids and she looked away for a second when she turned around her child was unconscious on the swing. Taken to UF health where child pronounced dead @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/I5AMOBAdlz — Danielle Avitable (@DanielleANjax) November 18, 2017
  • JEA says it’s “nearing” the time for their workers in Puerto Rico to come home.  The first JEA crews- 41 linemen and personnel- got to the island October 7th, to help rebuild the power grid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Those workers came home November 7th, the same day 45 other JEA linemen and support personnel took their place.  Now, just ten days after those crews got on the ground, JEA says it’s nearing the time for them to come back to Jacksonville.  “As JEA employees wrap up our work in Puerto Rico, we want to commend everyone for their extraordinary work over the past 45 days,” says a statement from JEA CEO Paul McElroy.  There’s no set timeline yet for when these crews will come back to Jacksonville, but JEA says they’re hoping that will be by Thanksgiving. When the first crews were sent out back in October, JEA said they had committed assets for up to 90 days. The plan was to have three, three month rotations of personnel. Since that time, the $300 million contract managing the overall restoration efforts- which had been awarded to Whitefish Energy- was canceled. At that time, JEA told us they remained dedicated to making “meaningful contribution” to power restoration efforts, and they would work with whoever was ultimately designated to handle the greater project.  JEA tells WOKV they spoke with the parties currently organizing restoration efforts about staying. JEA says they were among the first ones the ground in the aftermath of Maria, and there are now more than 3,000 electric personnel and contractors in Puerto Rico,  so they determined it was time for their employees to come home. The Associated Press reported today that the director of Puerto Rico’s power company has also resigned in part because of the Whitefish contract controversy. JEA says their crews have set more than 100 65-foot concrete poles and 80 70-foot steel poles, while also running 64 miles of transmission and distribution circuits. “We would like to thank the residents for the warm welcome and encouragement as our crews worked in very difficult conditions to rebuild the electric infrastructure,” McElroy says. It’s been about two months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm. More than 20 of the island’s 78 municipalities remain without power. Large scale blackouts have also continued to take place.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has arrested a known gang member for murder and, separately, a man accused of shooting another in the back- as part of two separate investigations that have been taking place. 37-year-old Derrick Hill was fatally shot on Fleming Street in late October. JSO says he and 31-year-old James Dantzler were at a street party when they got in a fight. Hill started to walk away, and Dantzler allegedly shot him in the back. JSO says Dantzler was taken in to custody by SWAT today without incident. Separately, a member of the Rollin 20s gang has been arrested for a murder that happened last December, and police say more arrests could be coming. 33-year-old Hason Smiley is accused of luring Ramon Anderson to a home under construction on Catoma Street. JSO says this was a robbery-turned-murder that involved other suspects. Smiley is already in jail on other violent crime offenses, including armed robbery and attempted murder.
  • It's good news for St. Johns County residents. The county says the Roscoe Boulevard Bridge has finally reopened. It's been closed for repairs, between Landrum Lane and Canal Boulevard, since the bridge sustained significant damage from Hurricane Irma.  Irma also caused damage to the County Road 218 and Henley Road bridges in Clay County. Those remain closed at this time, but the Clay County Sheriff's Office says they're on track with construction.  The reopening dates for both of those bridges are set for mid-late December.
  • A local man who thought he was showing up for a date, was instead beaten and robbed.  The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has made three arrests in connection to an armed robbery, tied to the online dating website Plenty of Fish. According to their arrest reports, three suspects, Kristen Freese, 19, Elizabeth Rittenhouse, 20, and Darell Mathis, 24, were all in some way connected to an armed robbery that took place inside a home on Haverford Road on Jacksonville's Northside, earlier this week.  JSO says the victim, a man, showed up to the home to meet up with a woman he had been messaging with on Plenty of Fish. Once inside, three men slammed him to the floor and started beating him.  One of the men who had a gun, allegedly demanded the victim to empty his pockets and strip off his clothes. The report says the men continued to beat the victim, as they took his wallet and iPhone.  After locking him in a closet for several minutes, the men eventually kicked him out of the home, allegedly threatening to kill him if he called police.  The report says the victim drove down the road where another person called police for him. He was taken to the hospital with several cuts to his face, swelling and bruising.  Freese, Rittenhouse, and Mathis are now all charged with armed robbery. It's not yet clear if police have identified the other people involved.
  • Two months after a Customs and Border Protection Agent was shot in the parking lot of an Oakleaf Publix, new investigative reports are detailing more about the possible motive to the attack. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office believed from early in their investigation that the agent was ambushed because he was law enforcement. The victim was leaving the Publix after grabbing some groceries, when CCSO says 18-year-old Jake Lewis sped up and fired multiple shots, hitting the agent multiple times. Lewis then crashed, and CCSO says he died of a self-inflicted gunshot. The agent who was shot underwent surgery and continues to recover. CBP tells us the “signs are encouraging”, and the agent is expected to return on limited duty in the near future. That agent has spoken with investigators, and the new supplemental reports show he remembers a suspect pointing a gun out of a car and yelling about hating cops, before shooting. Several friends of the suspect also spoke with investigators. One told CCSO that Lewis was upset that day because a Detective had called him, saying he had a warrant and needed to turn himself in. She says Lewis “told her that if he sees a cop he was going to off them”. She further showed CCSO a Snapchat video of Lewis holding a gun. Another friend told CCSO Lewis had recently been posting on social media about police activity and seeking revenge. Others reported Lewis said he had fotten himself in some trouble, but wouldn’t give details on the nature of that trouble. CCSO also spoke with Lewis’ father, who said the teen seemed upset that day. Much of the father’s statements are redacted from the supplemental report, but what’s left indicates there was something the father was reassuring Lewis they would work out, telling him not to worry. Lewis’ mother says he had been recently going down a path she didn’t “agree with”, leading them to have many arguments. CCSO says the case has been cleared because of the death of the suspect.
  • It continues to be a tense time at the University of North Florida. Days after a student, who self identifies as white supremacist, was suspended for posting a threatening message on social media, we're learning white nationalists plan to rally at the campus this coming Monday.  According to UNF president John Delaney, the rally is apparently planned to take place outside the student's Panel Appeal Conduct Hearing, which is scheduled for Monday, November 20, at 9:00 am, as he's trying to appeal his immediate suspension.  In response to rumors about this rally, Delaney says the university has moved the hearing to the Alumni Hall, which is away from the academic core of campus. He says, at this time, they have no plans to cancel class, as they feel the campus is safe.  Delaney is calling on students not to counter-protest, citing concerns about friction between the opposing parties. He says IF there's a counter-protest, he asks everyone to protest peaceably.  We're told the University Police Department is also working with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to have additional officers on campus, both in uniform and undercover.
  • Among the 63 firearms recovered by the TSA in carry-on bags last week was a loaded gun at Jacksonville International Airport.  New numbers from the agency shows the loaded 9mm was found November 7th. There was no round in the chamber.  The TSA says 58 of the 63 guns recovered between November 6th and 12th were loaded. They also found a grenade in a checked bag at Piedmont Triad International Airport, as well as knives in carry-ons at three airports.  If you have a gun at a TSA checkpoint, you could face arrest and fines of up to $11,000. The TSA has full details on how to properly travel with firearms in checked bags on their website.
  • The Florida Democrat Party chairman resigned Friday after a report of anonymous allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior, a decision he made after four of his party's candidates for governor said he should step down.The party posted on Twitter a statement from Stephen Bittel, who had held the position since January.'When my personal situation becomes distracting to our core mission of electing Democrats and making Florida better, it is time for me to step aside,' Bittel said. 'I apologize for all who have felt uncomfortable during my tenure at the Democratic Party.'Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and businessman Chris King quickly called on Bittel to resign in response to a Politico report quoting women it did not identify saying Bittel would leer at them, make comments about their appearances or breasts, and exhibit other behavior that made them uncomfortable. He also had a breast-shaped stress ball in his office.None of the women said he groped or assaulted them.Bittel is a wealthy real estate developer who was a big money donor to the party. He was elected to lead the state party following an election year that saw Florida support Republican President Donald Trump.Graham said she called Bittel after the report to personally urge him to resign.'No one should have to work in an uncomfortable environment. Bittel's behavior and the atmosphere he has created is unacceptable,' she said in a statement released by her campaign.His resignation comes as the party tries to regain control of the governor's office for the first time since 1999. Florida is also electing three new Cabinet members and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is seeking a fourth term and will likely be challenged by Republican Gov. Rick Scott.Last month, Democratic state Sen. Jeff Clemens resigned after a report that he had an extra-marital affair with a lobbyist. Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala, who is running for governor, is being investigated by the Senate over anonymous allegations of harassment and groping. He has denied the allegations.A growing number of prominent men have faced allegations ranging from sexual misconduct to rape since Donald Trump's presidential campaign, when multiple women accused him of past sexual improprieties. After Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein resigned last month, other men in entertainment, media, politics and beyond have been accused as well.

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  • In an address on state television Sunday, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe  defied expectations he would resign, Reuters reported. The 93-year-old, who has led the country since it gained independence in 1980 from Great Britain, pledged to preside over a ZANU-PF congress next month even though the ruling party had removed him as its leader hours earlier. >> Read more trending news ZANU-PF had given Mugabe less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, Reuters reported.  During his address on state television, Mugabe acknowledged criticism against him from ZANU-PF, the military and the public, but did not speak about resigning, Reuters reported. Earlier, Mugabe was replaced as party leader by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he fired this month,  Reuters reported.“He has been expelled,” one of the delegates said. “Mnangagwa is our new leader.” Mugabe’s wife, Grace, who had harbored ambitions of succeeding the 93-year-old leader, was also expelled from the party, Reuters reported.
  • Its been another violent weekend in the river city as JSO is investigating multiple shootings.  The first reported shooting happened on the Southside. Police were called out to Belfort Rd. and Dickie Dr. around 1:45 Saturday afternoon, and JSO says when they arrived they could not find any victims. Police say they learned through witnesses that two victims left the scene. After another call came in for police and they went to St. Vincent’s Hospital South and found a woman and man with injuries. JSO says the woman drove the man to the hospital after the incident near Belfort Rd. Police say witnesses saw several men in their mid-20’s beating up the male victim in a neighbor’s front yard. After the beating, police say the suspects left and the male victim got into a car with the female victim. Police say that’s when another car drive up and shot multiple times into the victim’s car before driving away north on Belfort Rd.  Police say the man had life-threatening injuries and the woman had non-life-threatening injuries.    Then later Saturday JSO was called out around 9pm to Columbus Ave, on the Northside, after getting reports that 2 people there were shot. Police say when they got to the scene they found a 26-year-old white woman dead in the road and a 29-year-old white man with life-threating injuries.  JSO says at this point they don’t know exactly what happened that led to the shooting and they don’t have any information on any suspect or suspects. Police say they are looking through the area for evidence.  Early Sunday morning JSO were then called out to Melanie Ave, on the Northside, after getting a call that 2 people were shot. Police say the incident happened around 12:45 in the morning. Police say when they got to the scene they found a white man dead on the porch. After they searched the home they found another victim, this one was a 16-year-old white female and police say she had life threatening injuries. Police say she was taken to the hospital.  Police say the victims, and a suspect they knew, were involved in an argument which escalated. JSO says the suspect, a black man, shot the victims then left the area. Police are interviewing witnesses, trying to identify the suspect.   At around 3:15 Sunday morning police were called out to an incident on I-95 northbound near the Union St. exit about a car crash with a man inside who was dead from a gunshot wound. The victim in this incident has been identified as 25-year-old Steven Shawn Grady. Police say he is from Castle Hayne, North Carolina. According to JSO there were 2 other people in the car, and those 2 are being questioned by police. Police say this shooting is not being investigated as a random act of violence by a stranger.  Police are asking if you have any information on the shootings to give them a call at 904-630-0500. 
  • Here’s what we know about the fatal shooting of a New Kensington, Pennsylvania, police officer: >> Visit WPXI.com for complete coverage >> Click here or scroll down for more >> Read more trending news
  • A Texas sheriff is getting angry feedback from free speech advocates after he wrote a Facebook post, which has since been deleted, threatening charges against a driver for a profane anti-Trump sticker on the window of her truck. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls posted a photo on his Facebook page Wednesday that showed a white GMC Sierra with a window decal that reads, “(EXPLETIVE) TRUMP AND (EXPLETIVE) YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.” The photo shared by Nehls was censored to block a portion of the offending word. Similar images found online indicate that Nehls also blocked out a middle finger aimed at those reading the sticker.  In Nehls’ now-deleted post, which was saved and shared by the ACLU, the sheriff asked anyone who knows the owner of the truck to contact his office.  “I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck, as it is often seen along FM 359,” Nehls wrote. “Our prosecutor has informed us she would accept disorderly conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it.” The ACLU, in turn, asked the driver of the truck to contact the ACLU of Texas.  “No, Sheriff Troy E. Nehls, you can’t prosecute speech just because it contains words you don’t like,” the ACLU’s post read.  The Texas branch of the organization also spoke out, posting on Facebook details of the constitutional protections for profane and indecent speech. “Constitutional Law 101: You can’t ban speech just because it has (expletive) in it,” the post read. “Hey truck owner, feel free to contact the ACLU of Texas.” The driver of the truck, Karen Fonseca, did reach out to the Houston Chronicle. Fonseca, 46, said the truck is her husband’s, but she often drives it. She also said she used to work for Nehls in the county jail. Fonseca told the Chronicle that the sticker attracted plenty of attention even before the sheriff learned of it. People often honk their horns and take pictures. “It’s not to cause hate or animosity,” Fonseca told the newspaper. “It’s just our freedom of speech, and we’re exercising it.” >> Read more trending news She said police officers have pulled her over because of the sticker, but that they failed to come up with a reason to ticket her. She said she has no plan to contact her former boss about modifying the sticker.  Fort Bend District Attorney John Healey told the Chronicle that the sticker does not constitute a criminal offense, no matter what one of his own prosecutors may have told Nehls.  “I did not believe it was a prosecutable case based on the definition of disorderly conduct,” Healey said.  Both Healey and Nehls are Republicans, the Chronicle reported. Though Healey is not running for re-election, Nehls is considering a bid for Congress.  The sheriff said his concern was that the language on the sticker could cause a dangerous confrontation. “Many families have called that have seen that truck on our county roadways and are very offended by the language on the truck,” Nehls said. “I think they’re walking a fine line.”
  • The 45th American Music Awards ceremony is set for Sunday in Los Angeles, and if the past is any indication, you can expect a night with a few surprising moments.  Remember Garth Brooks declining the award, or the time Pat Boone dressed in leather? Yeah, it’s likely to be that kind of night. The show will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Here’s what you need to know about the show. What time: The show begins at 8 p.m. ET What channel: The AMAs will be broadcast live on ABC. Who is hosting: Tracee Ellis Ross, star of “black-ish,” is hosting. What about a pre-show: What would a music awards show be without a pre-show? AJ Gibson, Marc Malkin, Laura Marano and Oliver Trevena will host the official pre-show, “AMAs Red Carpet Live presented by Security Benefit.” The two-hour pre-show will stream live from the Microsoft Theater beginning at 6 p.m. ET. You can watch the show on Twitter. Find it here. live.twitter.com/amas or via @AMAs. You can also watch “E! Live from the Red Carpet” from 6-8 p.m. ET. on the E! Network. Who has the most nominations: Bruno Mars has the most nominations this year – eight. Who is nominated for Artist of the Year: The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran are up for the award. Who is up for Video of the Year: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ('Despacito'), Bruno Mars ('That's What I Like') and Ed Sheeran ('Shape of You') are the nominees. For a complete list of nominees, click here. Who is performing: Here is a list of those scheduled to perform: Alessia Cara Alesso BTS Christina Aguilera  Kelly Clarkson  Florida Georgia Line Niall Horan Selena Gomez Imagine Dragons Lady Gaga Nick Jonas Khalid Demi Lovato  Shawn Mendes P!nk Portugal. The Man Diana Ross Hailee Steinfeld watt Zedd Anything special: Diana Ross, mother of host Tracee Ellis Ross, is both performing and receiving a lifetime achievement award.

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