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    The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is working to put the pieces together after a shooting on Newbolt Court leaves one man dead and a woman injured.  Sunday evening, JSO found the man shot dead outside a home and the woman was shot down the road.  Police cannot determine the relationship between the two victims now.  No suspect information is available at this time and neither of the victims has been identified.
  • UPDATE (05-29-17): Michaela Robinson has been found, according to police. Earlier reporting below. -- The Jacksonville Beach Police is asking for the public’s help as they continue to search for 14-year-old Michaela Robinson.  The teenager was last seen on Saturday night. She had returned home late for curfew, ate dinner, and then left again in an unknown direction on her bike.  Police says she has not returned home or have made any attempt to contact her mother.  Michaela is described to be 5 foot 6 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Cpl. Daniel Watts at (904) 270-1667 or 911.
  • He said he needed every penny and ended up leaving with the cash register drawer.  The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an unknown man who robbed the Schallers Road Circle K in St. Augustine early Sunday morning.  The suspect is seen fully covered entering the store and waving a handgun. In the surveillance video, you can hear him demanding money from the clerk.  Detectives believe the suspect may be local, as he was seen leaving on foot in a northwesterly direction towards Collins Avenue.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is working to locate a man who robbed the First Florida Credit Union on St. Johns Avenue at gunpoint around noon on Thursday.  Police say the man walked and displayed his gun to bank tellers and demanded money. The tellers complied and gave the man the money. He was last seen going west on St. Johns Avenue on foot.  If you have any information you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers. 
  • Firefighters are picking up where they left off before storms rolled into the area this week.  The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge says Wednesday was a slow day operationally on the fire because thunderstorms restricted firefighting efforts.  In the latest update from fire officials, the West Mims Fire is still 65% contained and has burned over 152,000 acres.  The storms from Tuesday and Wednesday, provided only a lull in fire activity. The entire fire received at least one inch and a half of rain on Wednesday.  According to the incident fire behavior analyst, the fire is still burning deep underground.  Peat and large trees can retain heat from the existing fire or new lightning strikes, and a few inches of rain will bit put the fire out.  The fire activity could increase with the return of dry air and temperatures in the 90’s expected this upcoming weekend.  But for now, fire officials say the West Mims Fire is quiet. 
  • The Florida Highway Patrol says 32-year-old Lavoris Lampkins is facing charges for careless driving. The crash report says the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue ambulance was driving on I-10 Westbound on the ramp to I-295 South. As it was driving around a curb, the ambulance stopped suddenly to avoid crashing into another car that was in the left lane.  Florida Highway Patrol says the car had become disabled from a previous crash. Lampkins who was driving a black Chevy Impala failed to stop in time and hit the back of the JFRD ambulance.  No injuries were reported.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is working to connect the dots after they found a man dead inside his Durkeeville home. Police have yet to release the identity of the victim, but they say he is a black man over the age of 18.  Sgt. Chuck Ford says someone else went inside the Durkeeville home and found the man dead, police are not releasing which part of the home the victim was found.  JSO did confirm they received calls for multiple gunshots, but are unable to determine if it was related to the man’s death or another shooting.  At this point in the investigation, police cannot say yet if there is a sign of forced entry but do suspect this is a homicide.  No suspect information is available at this point.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly crash at the intersection of Wabash Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard. The crash involved a motorcycle and another car. Police tell us the motorcyclist pronounced dead on the scene shortly after Jacksonville Fire and Rescue arrived.  JSO says they are not releasing the names of the drivers of if the crash involves criminal charges.
  •  The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is working to track down a shooter for fired multiple shots at a man while riding his back.  The 22-year-old bicyclist was taken to U.F. Health with gunshot wounds to his backside, but is expected to be okay.  He tells police he was riding on West 1st Street and St. Claire Street when a red car with multiple people inside and someone inside fired shots multiple times.  At this point in the investigation, police have yet to identify a motive or release any suspect information. 
  • A man and woman are recovering after they were shot inside their home on Marsh Hen Drive.  The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says they were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Police say the two had just moved into the home within the last month and they are not sure if this was random or targeted.  The victims describe the suspect as a black man wearing a black jacket with a mask over his face. 
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    Danielle joined the WOKV team in 2014 after graduating from Piedmont College in Northeast Georgia. Today, she is the Morning News Producer for Jacksonville’s Morning News. She used to be a military brat until her dad retired in Camden County, Georgia. Since high school, Danielle had dreams to work in the radio industry in Jacksonville and is excited to be finally living out her dream. One of Danielle’s life goals is to get a book published.

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  • The box says “It's amazing what she knows,” but security experts say the My Friend Cayla doll also makes it easy for strangers to know your child. The doll uses Bluetooth technology to connect to a device with no PIN or password required.  >> Read more trending news “On a scale of one to 10 this doll was definitely one to hack,” Ken Munro with Pentest Partners, who discovered the vulnerability in 2015, said. “I don't think anybody takes this seriously enough. What bothers me is we're expecting parents to become computer security experts and that's not realistic.” Privacy groups are taking action. Last December the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington filed a complaint with the FTC about Genesis toys, the maker of My Friend Cayla and the robot I-Que. The complaint cites ease of access and how the app recordings were sent to a third party software company, Nuance Communications, without making it clear to parents.  RELATED: Germany bans talking doll due to security concerns The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or C.O.P.P.A, sets strict guidelines on how parents must be notified about information collected on their children.  “The parent has to actually know what is going on and then say, ‘Yes, I agree.’ The box cannot already be checked. It cannot be just hidden somewhere in the terms of service. It's supposed to be a moment where the parent realizes what's going on and says, ‘Yes, I'm OK with that,’” Munro said. RELATED: Do some toys threaten your child’s privacy? Even if parents are notified, understanding how the information is stored is key.  'It's going to the cloud. That's the basic thing for so many of our devices,' said Munro. Child user profiles and recordings collected by some other companies have also been compromised. In 2015, V-Tech Toys was hacked exposing over six million child profiles. Plus, security researchers recently discovered that people could access voice recordings of Spiral Toys Cloudpets. Munro said that the best way to make sure your children's privacy is secure is to not give out their information in the first place.  “It's really more of a problem of how we as Americans view our privacy, and we keep giving more and more information out,” Munro said. “Eventually, we're not going to have any more privacy if we don't stop.” The FTC would not comment on their investigation of complaints against Genesis Toys and Nuance. 
  • While the calendar says we are days away from the month of June, Republicans in Congress are already feeling pressure over their legislative agenda for 2017, as time is already growing short for GOP efforts to overhaul the Obama health law, which also puts a time squeeze on other major initiatives on Capitol Hill. There are no votes scheduled this week in the Congress; the Senate returns to legislative session on June 5, while the House is back in Washington, D.C. on June 6. Here’s some of what faces Republicans in the Congress: 1. Everything keys off of the GOP health care bill. Because the GOP is trying to use the expedited “budget reconciliation” process, which allows them to avoid a filibuster in the Senate, nothing involved with next year’s budget – or with tax reform – can move until health care is settled. GOP Senators have been meeting regularly in recent weeks to decide what to do on health care – but they don’t have a deal as yet, and no one is quiet sure when they might have a vote. “We’re a long ways from that,” said Sen. Mike Rounds (R-ND) told reporters this week. “Damned if I know,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said about when a deal might be reached. Writing their own bill takes time. Senate laying groundwork for own health care replacement bill — Rusty Arrison (@RustyArrisonXVJ) May 26, 2017 2. Why do you keep saying there isn’t much time? Two things are at work here – the Congressional calendar, and the limits on the “budget reconciliation” process. The authorization to use reconciliation for a health care bill expires on September 30 – the end of the 2017 Fiscal Year. So, the GOP has four months to figure out a bill, and get it approved and sent to the President. But, lawmakers won’t be here much of that four month period. In fact, between now and the end of the fiscal year – there are 43 scheduled legislative work days in the House, which mirrors the Senate schedule. That’s 43 legislative days in session spread out over 18 weeks. You could always get extra time by scrapping the August recess, or working some weekends. 3. The budget is way behind schedule – more than usual. This past week, President Trump delivered his 2018 budget to the Congress. Normally that is done in February. The House and Senate only started having hearings on spending bills this past week. Lawmakers were supposed to approve the blueprint known as the “budget resolution” by April 15. As of now, that plan doesn’t even exist. Congress is supposed to pass all spending bills by October 1, the start of the new fiscal year, but that has not happened since 1996. With the schedule still showing five weeks off during the summer, there is no way that lawmakers are going to meet that spending deadline, which will pave the way for stop gap budgets, and then most likely a year-end omnibus spending deal. Sound familiar? @TheDCVince the congress cannot walk and crew gum at the same time. They haven't begun the FY18 budget.We will get more CRs and then omnibus — Bulldog 6 (@MC22554) May 24, 2017 4. Tax reform still hasn’t taken shape. Despite the Sunday tweet by President Trump about his tax plans, it was obvious in budget hearings last week involving Secretary of Treasury Stephen Mnuchin that a Trump tax plan is not ready to be rolled out any time soon. Remember – all we have right now is a one page document with some bullet points. Even if the White House put out the details this next week, Republicans couldn’t take it up under budget reconciliation rules until they get finished with health care legislation. And, as stated above, the GOP does not seem to be near a deal. Senate Republicans probably cannot let June go by without some kind of agreement on health care. The massive TAX CUTS/REFORM that I have submitted is moving along in the process very well, actually ahead of schedule. Big benefits to all! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2017 5. You can’t pass bills when you aren’t in DC. Whenever I point out how the Congress is going to be home for an extended break, I always hear from people who say, “If they’re not in DC, they can’t screw things up.” Yes, that’s true. On the other hand, it’s also true that when they aren’t working on Capitol Hill, they can’t pass any bills to fix things, either. And for Republicans right now, if you aren’t at work on the floors of the House and Senate, you aren’t passing any of President Trump’s agenda. Those Republican lawmakers having town hall meetings this week will get a lot of attention. If Republicans in the House and Senate were doing their job, Pres Trump could be returning home to sign laws for taxes, health care, etc. — Pat (@Pat170017001) May 26, 2017 It’s not even the end of May. But time is already running short for Republicans in 2017.
  •   An investigation is underway into the tragic death of a Navy SEAL in a parachuting accident Sunday during a demonstration for Fleet Week in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from Manhattan. >> Read more trending news The SEAL, part of the Navy’s elite skydiving team, the Leap Frogs, plunged to his death in the river when his chute failed to open, according to a Navy spokesperson. The SEAL was immediately rescued from the water, but later pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center, the Navy said in a statement. The parachutist was not identified pending notification of his family. “Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, and I ask for all your prayers for the Navy SEAL community who lost a true patriot today,” Navy Rear Adm. Jack Scorby said, according to The Associated Press.  The Leap Frogs have numerous performances scheduled throughout the rest of the year, according to their website.
  • It started as attempted retail theft and only escalated from there.   A St. Augustine woman is facing a felony charge, after an incident at a Jacksonville department store.   According to the arrest report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, employees at the Kohl's on Old St. Augustine Road spotted April Felder, 29, load up her cart with merchandise and then walk out of the store with that cart, without making any attempt to pay.   When store security confronted her in the parking lot, Felder allegedly ditched the cart, containing not only the stolen goods, but her young child as well.   Felder faces a felony charge of child neglect, after being arrested about a block away from the store.
  • President Donald Trump marked his first Memorial Day in office with a somber service at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. >> Read more trending news The president first participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, before addressing a crowd of family members of the fallen gathered there to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. In his speech, the president recognized the Gold Star families at the service. 'To every Gold Star family: God is with you, and your loved ones are with him.' Trump said.  'I believe that God has a special place in heaven for those who laid down their lives so that others may live free.' Trump, along with Vice President Mike Pence, who was also at the service, visited Section 60, where the military members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11 are buried chatting and shaking hands with the families of the fallen. The president took to Twitter this morning, posting several tweets about Memorial Day.  “Today we remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving,” he wrote early Monday before heading over to Arlington for the somber remembrance ceremony. “Honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America. Home of the free, because of the brave,” he tweeted even earlier Monday morning. >> Related: Trump approval rating hits new low in poll Also Monday, Pence and his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence, helped kick off a bike race in Washington for Project Hero, a veterans and first responders group, according to CNN.  

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