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    The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has announced an arrest in the murder of a man who was found dead at a Jacksonville motel on Tuesday.  Nicholus Mitchell, 37, is charged with murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed firearm.  Charles Quiantance was found dead with a gunshot wound at the Days Inn on Baymeadows Road on Dec. 19.  Police did not give any more information about the case, saying it’s an on-going investigation and more people may be involved. 
  • Police are hoping surveillance photos from an ATM will lead to an armed robbery suspect from back in October on the Westside.  The victim told police she was parked on Lane Ave. when a young black man pointed a gun at her, then demanded her wallet and pin number. Investigators with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office believe the same man withdrew money from the woman’s account at a nearby ATM.  If you have any information, you’re asked to call JSO or Crime Stoppers. 
  • 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.
  • A former Jaguars defensive tackle has been arrested for domestic battery after getting in a fight with his wife Friday night. Police say Miller and his wife went on a date to the Jacksonville Zoo, then took separate Ubers home. Miller arrived after his wife, and they began to argue about where he had been.   That's when police say Miller grabbed his wife by the hair and was pushing her around. A child in the home told police she saw Miller on top of her mom during the argument. The police report shows Miller grabbed his wife’s phone and threw it in the toilet. She was eventually able to get the phone and call police.  In his first court appearance, Miller was told his wife is no longer pressing charges and he was released. Miller’s current team, the Kansas City Chiefs, was on a bye this week. 
  • A Jacksonville man has been charged with three counts of attempted murder for a road rage incident that left two people in critical condition. Charles Michael Mohr, 22, was allegedly involved in an argument with three people in another car while driving on Race Track Road Friday morning. Both cars pulled into the parking lot at 2700 Race Track Road, and a physical altercation ensued between the drivers. Mohr is then accused of pulling out a handgun and firing multiple rounds at the other vehicle. Two of the victims, both age 21, were struck. They were taken to Baptist South by the third occupant, and were later transferred to UF Health in critical condition. A witness on scene held the suspect at gunpoint until deputies could arrive.
  • Frontier Airlines announced on Tuesday it would be adding round trip, non-stop service from Jacksonville to a total of four cities beginning next year.  Frontier is marketed as a low-cost alternative to larger airlines.  JACKSONVILLE (JAX) – CHICAGO (ORD) F9 1285 Depart JAX: 2:58 p.m. Arrive ORD: 4:46 p.m.  F9 1286 Depart ORD: 10:53 a.m. Arrive JAX: 2:08 p.m.  Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday Aircraft: Airbus A320 Service Start: May 10 Seasonal   JACKSONVILLE (JAX) – CINCINNATI (CVG) F9 1955 Depart JAX: 5:15 p.m. Arrive CVG: 7:11 p.m.  F9 1954 Depart CVG: 2:39 p.m. Arrive JAX: 4:24 p.m.  Frequency: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday Aircraft: Airbus A320 Service Start: April 8 Seasonal   JACKSONVILLE (JAX) – DENVER (DEN) F9 0473 Depart JAX: 11:22 a.m. Arrive DEN: 1:19 p.m.  F9 0858 Depart DEN: 3:59 p.m. Arrive JAX: 9:10 p.m.  Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday  Aircraft: Airbus A320 Service Start: Feb. 14 JACKSONVILLE (JAX) – PHILADELPHIA (PHL) F9 0858 Depart JAX: 10:00 p.m. Arrive PHL: 12:12 a.m.  F9 0473 Depart PHL: 4:30 a.m. Arrive JAX: 7:05 a.m.  Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday  Aircraft: Airbus A320 Service Start: Feb. 14 Seasonal 
  • Eric Green, who had been serving as JAXPORT’s interim CEO for the last six months, was unanimously voted by the authority’s board to become the permanent chief executive on Monday. Green joined JAXPORT in 2006, and has been working in government relations ever since. 
  • In an effort to fight drunk driving, Budweiser is teaming up with ride-sharing company Lyft to offer 150,000 free rides in nine states, including Florida, beginning today. Budweiser will release special promo codes each weekend on its Facebook page. It’s part of the “Give A Damn” campaign - 10,000 rides will be offered each weekend through Dec. 31. Promo codes will be released at 2 p.m.
  • While utility crews are working hard to get power back on in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, two men have been caught apparently stealing a light pole. In a photo given to News 104.5 WOKV, two shirtless men appear to be in police custody while a utility pole rests on top of an SUV. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has now confirmed the two men were trying to steal the pole. The incident report obtained by WOKV shows the two men- 46-year-old Victor Apeler and 42-year-old Blake Waller- were spotted taking a JEA light pole. The responding officer saw the spot on the Wonderwood Bridge where the pole was missing, and soon after saw  a vehicle driving east with a large utility pole on the roof. Apeler- who was driving- said he was moving the pole because it was laying  on the ground close to travel lanes, according to the incident report. Police say he couldn’t answer why he didn’t just move the pole to the side or notify police or JEA. A witness told  police both of the men were  involved in loading the pole on to the SUV. The pole is valued around $2,500. JSO says Apeler has made 73 pawn transactions since the start of this year, and 72 of those were related to scrap metal. JSO further says Waller is currently out on bond on drug charges. Both men have been arrested for grand theft.
  • Six tornadoes touched down while Hurricane Irma moved through Northeast Florida from Sunday afternoon and into the overnight hours Monday, according to the National Weather Service.  Three of the tornadoes came from St. Johns County, while two were confirmed in Nassau County and another was in Flagler County. St. Johns County An EF-2 tornado, with wind speed between 110 and 130 mph ran 1 mile from Crescent Beach to Highway 1 around 1:15 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11. The National Weather Service report notes significant structural damage at vacation home rentals and tree damage along A1A. An EF-1 tornado with wind speeds between 85 and 100 mph was tracked westward from Vilano Beach to south of St. Augustine Airport around 7:50 p.m. Sunday night. The path of the tornado reached 4 miles in length, and spanned 200 yards.  An EF-1 tornado with peak wind speeds between 85 and 100 mph ran 1 mile from Huguenot Cemetery in St. Augustine west to Hwy 1 around 1:40 p.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service report notes significant tree damage around Huguenot Cemetery.  Nassau County The first track of an EF-0 tornado in Amelia Island, based on radar, ran from Ft. Clinch westward to Highway 17, with estimated wind speeds between 85-100 mph. No damage was reported.  A clear second tornado track was found north CR-200. Both tornadoes are believed to have occurred around 2:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11. No damage was reported.  Flagler County An EF-0 tornado, with an estimated maximum wind speed between 85 and 100 mph, was confirmed south of Marineland moving westward to I-95 around 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. The National Weather Service report notes some debris, but no structural damage. A waterspout was also recorded around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 in Crescent Beach, though the National Weather Service was unable to confirm if the circulation reached land. 
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  • In a high stakes game of legislative chicken, the U.S. Senate on Friday night blocked a House-passed bill to fund operations of the federal government for the next four weeks, as most Democrats joined with a handful of Republicans to filibuster the spending measure, demanding faster action on immigration matters, driving the Congress toward the first federal government shutdown since 2013. The vote was 50 to 49 – 60 votes were needed. Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump had met with Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer at the White House – but while they seemed to make some progress, there was no final deal. And Mr. Trump made clear who was to blame. Not looking good for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very dangerous Southern Border. Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018 A handful of members from both parties broke with their leaders on the Senate vote, which would have shut off debate on the four week spending measure approved on Thursday by the House. Mainly because of the impasse over DACA and immigration, several Republicans refused to join with the President, as they voted against the plan. “I believe no one wants the government to shut down,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). “I also believe that we are inside the ten yard line on finding solutions on all issues.” Other Republican “no” votes included Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Democrats voting to end debate included five from states which were won by President Trump: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Clare McCaskill (D-MO), and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN). For many Democrats, the biggest thing missing from a temporary budget plan was something concrete on the DACA program, to deal with close to 700,000 illegal immigrant “Dreamers” now in the United States. In the various Congressional office buildings, immigration activists and many Dreamers joined in demonstrations for their cause. Dreamers protesting right below reporters covering potential shutdown. Chanting #DreamActNow pic.twitter.com/Ad3CxCzo0P — Rebecca Bainer (@rebbainer) January 19, 2018 But Republicans argued that backers of DACA relief were not interested in doing enough to stop people from coming illegally in the future. “We want to be able to resolve this, but it has to be resolved with border security attached to it,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-OK). “There’s a deal here that could be struck very quickly,” argued Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC). But signs of a late agreement did not seem to be there for Senators as the clock ticked toward midnight, a reminder that many hours had been spent in recent months on the issue, so far – to no avail. It wasn’t immediately clear how Congressional leaders would try to broker a deal. President Trump stayed at the White House Friday night instead of flying as scheduled to his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida. It’s not clear if he will go there on Saturday for a party to mark his first year in office.  
  • A woman died Friday after falling from the balcony of a room on the Jacksonville-based Carnival Elation cruise ship. The woman fell from the balcony to several decks below, Carnival said in a statement. Carnival Elation departed Jacksonville on Thursday for a four-day cruise to the Bahamas. Carnival sent the following statement to Action News Jax: .@CarnivalCruise confirms woman died today after falling from balcony aboard Jacksonville-based Carnival Elation @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/1anriQWt1g — Lorena Inclán (@LorenaANjax) January 19, 2018 'Early this morning a guest fell from her balcony to several decks below. The ship’s medical team responded immediately, but, unfortunately, she passed away. The incident was reported to all proper authorities and CARE Team support was offered to fellow travelers and her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and her family. Carnival Elation departed Jacksonville Jan. 18 on a four-day cruise to the Bahamas.
  • President Donald Trump will not make a planned trip to Mar-a-Lago today because of a looming federal government shutdown, a White House official told The Palm Beach Post on Friday morning. >> Read more trending news Trump was scheduled to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport tonight for a weekend trip that included a Saturday fundraiser for his 2020 re-election campaign at Mar-a-Lago. The official who confirmed today’s travel is off did not address the president’s plans for the remainder of the weekend. Trump was planning to make the 12th Palm Beach visit of his presidency. But Congress has not reached a spending agreement to keep the federal government operating past midnight. Saturday is the one-year anniversary of Trump taking office. The Trump campaign recently announced a “special sweepstakes” in which a winner will get to attend dinner Saturday at Mar-a-Lago with Trump, first lady Melania Trump and Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.
  • Police in Florida arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol after authorities said he attempted to order a burrito from a Bank of America after confusing it for a Taco Bell, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news Records from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office show authorities arrested Douglas Jon Francisco, 28, on Wednesday. The manager of the Bank of America branch on Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill, Martin Claussen, called authorities Wednesday afternoon after he said he found a blue Hyundai in the bank’s drive-up bank lane with a man who appeared to be passed out inside, WTSP reported. Claussen said he had to bang on the car window several times before Francisco awoke, according to the Tampa Bay Times. When Francisco saw the bank manager, deputies said he tried to order a burrito. >> Read more Floridoh! stories  Claussen told Francisco that he was not at a Taco Bell and Francisco drove the Hyundai to the bank’s front parking lot, according to the Times. Deputies said he was in the front parking lot, the car still idling, when authorities arrived. In an arrest report, a deputy wrote that Francisco “made several statements that were differing from reality” and denied asking Claussen for a burrito. Deputies said his responses during a field sobriety test “were slow in a way that was consistent with someone on prescription narcotics,” WTSP reported. He was given a drug test, the results of which were pending. During a search of the Hyundai, deputies said they found prescription medication that had been made out in Francisco’s name, according to the Times. Jail records show Francisco was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and released Thursday afternoon on a $500 bond.
  • As much of the nation deals with a widespread flu season-- Florida is no different. The Florida Department of Health says flu activity is high statewide and continues to increase, with those increases observed in all regions.  The department says since the start of the 2017-2018 flu season, there have been 107 total outbreaks of the flu and a flu-like illness. This is more outbreaks than what's usually seen at this time in flu season.  According to the health department stats, nearly all of the outbreaks, 94%, have been in facilities that serve people a higher risk for flu complications, such as children and adults, 65 and older, like schools and healthcare facilities.  Duval and Baker counties are among those experiencing recent outbreaks.  In Duval County, the health department says a nursing and rehabilitation center reported 4 residents with a flu-like illness, which then tested positive for influenza A. Two long-term care facilities also reported a combined 15 individuals with flu-like illnesses. One group later tested positive for influenza B; the investigation into the other illness is still ongoing.  Meanwhile, in Baker County, outbreaks of a flu-like illness have been reported at a health care facility and a long-term care facility, involving a combined total of 15 people. Testing is ongoing in both cases.  With all of these recent outbreaks, the department of health says you should get a flu shot if you haven't already.  If you do get sick, it's recommended that you stay home until you're fever-free for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication.

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