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    Jacksonville Police are working to track down the person they believed hit and a man on a motorcycle in the Fort Caroline area early Thursday morning.  Police say they found a man lying in the middle of the road at the intersection of McCormick and Monument Roads. A motorcycle believed to belong the victim was found nearby and it looked like it had just been involved in a crash.  The man was taken to Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.  JSO did not offer any type of description of the suspect vehicle. WOKV has reached out for the police report.
  • It’s been a hot-button issue and now the City of St. Augustine asking for the public input on how to add historical context to two confederate monuments.  The St. Augustine City Commission made the decision during an October 23rd meeting that the confederate monuments should remain, and that it should be accompanied by information that places it in historical context.  The city will be accepting applications for a contextualization advisory committee that would help add a more complete and fully accurate history of the period represented by the monument.  The scope of the committee’s work will be to identify gaps in Civil War history and create a continuum of the story of St. Augustine.  If you wish to submit an application, click here to do it online or in person. Applications must be received no later than 3:00 pm, Friday, December 29th.
  • A man is fighting for his life after he was found badly burned in the San Marco area after a car fire.  Jacksonville Police is working with the State Fire Marshal to piece together what caused the fire in a parking lot on Atlantic Boulevard and Arcadia Place.  Police believe the man is in his early 40’s and was the only person in the car at the time, but he was found outside of the car. He was transported to UF Health in Gainesville for his severe burns.  JSO says there is no criminal act being investigated at this time.  Police have not released the name of the victim.
  • Another person has been arrested and charged with the death of 22-month-old Aiden McClendon, according to the State Attorney’s Office.  18-year-old Kquame Richardson is charged with murder in the second degree, two counts of attempted murder in the first degree, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and shooting or throwing deadly missiles. Richardson is also charged with Racketeering which is often associated with organized crime or gang activity, that was added on Friday, November 10th.  According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Inmate search, Richardson was arrested and charged in March of this year. His arrest was never announced by police.  The toddler was in a car with two other family members on January 29th, 2016 when he was shot and killed in what police believe was a gang-related drive-by. Aiden was not the intended target, Police said Aiden's cousin Reginald Williams, a member of the Out East gang, was in the front yard at the time of the shooting and was likely the shooters' intended target.  WOKV told you in March of 2016 when Jacksonville Police announced the arrest of Henry Lee Hayes, he was charged with Aiden’s murder. Police believe is a member of the Problem Child Entertainment Gang. Hayes received a racketeering charge the same day as Richardson.
  • Neighbors living near the Camp Blanding area may hear a little extra noise starting Wednesday night and through Thursday morning. The Camp Blanding Joining Training Center will have increased noise on the post near Starke and Keystone Heights, as the Florida Army National Guard will be conducting low-level flight training with helicopters.  “As usual, The Florida National Guard continues to make every effort to minimize noise but there are times such as this when noise may seem louder than normal to the public.”  Residents near the training center can discuss noise concerns with Camp Blanding’s Range Control Office at 904.682.3351 or the Florida National Guard Public Affairs Office at 904.823.0166
  • The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating two puppies believed to be stolen and similar reports have been filed. A dog owner on Vogel Road in St. Augustine says her 15-week old Victorian Bulldog was snatched from a secured kennel on November 11th. The police report says the woman “knows for facts that the gate was secured by its latch, as well as secured in a secondary way using an old leash that she wraps around the gate.” The pup was also in the enclosure with other dogs were all loose, but were later found by the woman’s son.  The puppy who is named “Moose,” was just bought for the woman’s daughter and cost the family $2500. The owner says she had also recently posted a picture of Moose on social media and believes this is how the suspect learned she had the puppy.  Just two days before the puppy went missing on Vogel Street, another report was filed about a three-month-old Rottweiler who had gone missing on Bronson Parkway.  The owner told deputies that he let his dog named “Maui,” out for a walk one morning and the dog never returned. He says he went looking for Maui but didn’t have any look and it was unlike the pet to not return.  Another dog owner posted on social media in a St. Augustine Missing Pets group that her Great Dane puppy was almost taken from their front yard, but men in a gold-like SUV.
  •  A local man is dead after a crash involving three cars on the Westside.  Troopers with Florida Highway Patrol say 38-year-old Johnny Cannon had crossed over the center line on Normandy Boulevard near Normandy Acres Drive. Cannon then side-swiped 46-year-old Monica Crawford.  After the first crash, Cannon collided with another car driven by 44-year-old Charles Wright.  Cannon was taken to Orange Park Medical Center where he died. Troopers say he did not have his seat belt and it is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor.  Crawford and Wright had minor injuries.  FHP says charges are pending.
  • A local man is in critical condition after he was hit by car in Fleming Island Monday night.  Troopers with the Florida Highway patrol says 56-year-old Joseph Thomas was trying to cross the street at U.S. 17 near Hibernia Road. He was hit by 20-year-old Chrystiam Montesino, causing the road to be shut down for about two hours as troopers investigate the crash.  Charges are currently pending. 
  • A local woman is dead and charges are pending after a four-car crash on the Northside Monday night.  Florida Highway Patrol says 70-year-old John Hirte of Cincinnati, Ohio and his passenger Pamela Hirt were driving in the southbound lanes of Main Street and ran a red light at the intersection of Busch Drive.  Hirte then collided with a Pontiac G6 driven by 44-year-old Erica Johnson of Jacksonville. The initial impact of the crash caused Johnson’s car to hit two other cars that were stopped at a red light.  Four people went to the hospital, the Hirte’s had serious injuries.  Sergeant Dylan Bryan with FHP tells WOKV they believe a medical episode was happening just before the crash and they are still investigating.  
  • Troopers with Florida Highway Patrol have identified the man who was hit and killed by a car while walking along I-95 South near Philips Highway.  For an unknown reason, 44-year-old Muhammed Shakir was crossing the southbound lanes on the interstate when he was struck by a white Honda Accord.  The car was driven by 27-year-old Tiffany Shade from Orlando, she nor her passenger were hurt in the crash.  Troopers are still investigating and they are working to see if Shade or Shakir were under any type of influence.  The crash report did not mention if charges were pending.
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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 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. A mother of four children walked with her kids to play at the park. The 10-year-old boy 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 child's neck. 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 The boy was brought 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 FOX30 Action News Jax at 10 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
  • Update (Friday, November 17) President Donald Trump said in a tweet Friday he’s delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review “all conservation facts.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that it will allow the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport. The agency said encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs. Animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision. On Friday, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee urged the administration to reverse the policy, calling it the “wrong move at the wrong time.” Trump said that the policy had been “under study for years.” He says he will review the issue with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Earlier The Trump administration plans to lift a ban on Friday that barred big game hunters from bringing trophies from elephants killed in a pair of African nations to America, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news A spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told ABC News in a statement Wednesday that the decision was made after officials in Zimbabwe and Zambia provided them with information to support a reversal of the ban. 'Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,' the spokesperson told ABC News. The decision will overturn a 2014 ban implemented by President Barack Obama’s administration in response to falling elephant populations.  African elephants are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. A provision in the act, however, allows for the government to give permits that let people import trophies from such animals if evidence shows that hunting them helps conservation efforts, according to NBC News. The rule reversal will apply to elephants hunted in Zimbabwe from Jan. 21, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2018, the news station reported. It will also apply to elephants killed in Zambia in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and “applications that meet all other applicable permitting requirements,” a Fish and Wildlife spokesperson told NBC News. According to the 2016 Great Elephant Census, Savanna elephant populations fell by 30 percent between 2007 and 2014. About 352,000 elephants were spotted during the survey, 82,300 in Zimbabwe and 21,700 in Zambia. Both countries had areas that saw substantial declines in elephant populations along the Zambezi river in Zambia and in Zimbabwe’s Sebungwe region, according to the census. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • 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.
  • A New Jersey man was stabbed to death in his home Tuesday night when he tried to defend his 8-year-old son from a group of teens trying to steal the boy’s sneakers, according to family. Jose “Migue” Malave, 30, of Jersey City, was stabbed around 7 p.m. at his home, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. He was pronounced dead about 25 minutes later at the scene.  A 17-year-old boy was arrested at the scene and charged as a juvenile, prosecutors said. The unidentified teen is charged with murder, felony murder, armed burglary, conspiracy and multiple weapons charges.  A second suspect, Nasiar Day, 19, of Newark, was taken into custody Thursday, NJ.com reported. Day is also charged with murder, felony murder, armed burglary, weapons charges and conspiracy.  NJ.com reported that Malave died in front of his girlfriend and four of his 11 children. Malave had just returned home to drop off his son before heading to his construction job.  Responding police officers found him lying in a “lifeless state” in the doorway of the family’s apartment, prosecutors said.  Malave’s 8-year-old son had reportedly been targeted earlier in the day by a group of teens who tried to steal his sneakers. The teens later went to the boy’s home because they assumed he had other nice belongings, Jose Malave’s sister, Yesenia Malave, told NJ.com. >> Read more trending news Yesenia Malave described her brother as a man who always tried to brighten people’s days. “He was always outgoing, always happy, always trying to help people,” she said. “You could be down and he was the one who could bring your life up.” In a Facebook post on Thursday, the grieving sister said she could not adequately express her grief.  “I wish I would have one more day with my little brother to tell him I love him,” Yesenia Malave wrote. “I miss his 3 a.m. call; (who’s) going to call me now?” Friends and family members have established crowdfunding pages to help the Malave family with funeral arrangements and to help financially support Jose Malave’s children. Petitions have also been established to urge prosecutors to charge both suspects as adults in the slaying.
  • A food server at a Pittsburgh hospital is accused of exposing himself in front of a patient.  Police said Michael Booker, 37, a dietary server at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy, approached the female patient at the walking bridge that joins the parking garage and the hospital.  >> Read more trending news WPXI reported that the woman told investigators Booker approached her, said something vulgar and started fondling himself.  Booker is facing charges that include open lewdness. Officials said he has since been terminated from his position as a server.  Booker faces a preliminary hearing next month.

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