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    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. 
  • Post-storm shelters now open: DUVAL THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED--- The Legends Center, 5054 Soutel Drive, remains open as a general population shelter. This is no longer serving as a special needs shelter. Southside Baptist Church, 1936 Hendricks Avenue, is open as a general population shelter. NASSAU  THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED In Nassau County, there is a shelter at The Journey Church at 95707 Amelia Concourse, Fernandina Beach. The facility has special needs capabilities and is pet friendly. Because of flooding concerns, a second shelter has also opened at the First Baptist Church in Hilliard. ST. JOHNS  THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED Solomon Calhoun Community Center at 1300 Duval Street in St. Augustine. BAKER THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED The Family Service Center by Keller Intermediate School, 420 8th Street in Macclenny, remains open as a general population shelter. CLAY Clay County has opened a post-storm shelter at First Baptist Church Middleburg, 2645 Blanding Blvd. PREVIOUS: Here is a full rundown of the shelters available to evacuees in Northeast Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma’s arrival.  DUVAL THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED, with the exception of the Legends Center General Population Shelters that are PET FRIENDLY:  Landmark Middle School 101 Kernan Blvd N (32225) Chimney Lakes Elementary 9353 Staples Mill Drive (32244)  Mandarin Middle School 5100 Hood Road (32257)  THIS SHELTER IS AT CAPACITY-- Legends Center 5130 Soutel Drive (32208) --This is a dual population shelter General Population Shelters with NO PETS:  Twin Lakes Elementary 8000 Point Meadows Drive (32256)  Oceanway Elementary 1255 Gillespie Ave (32218)  Abess Park Elementary 12731 Abess Blvd (32225)  Andrew Robinson 101 W. 12th Street (32206)  Arlington Middle School 8141 Lone Star Road (32211)  Special Needs Shelters that are PET FRIENDLY:  Legends Center 5130 Soutel Drive (32208) --This is a dual population shelter Atlantic Coast High School 9735 R.G. Skinner Pkwy (32256)  Special Needs Shelters with NO PETS:  Oceanway Middle 143 Oceanway Ave (32218)  Enterprise Elementary 8085 Old Middleburg Rd (32222)  ST. JOHNS (Open Saturday 6 a.m.) THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED -Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Ln. (Special needs)  -Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Ln. (Pet-friendly)  -Southwoods Elementary School, 4750 SR 206. (pet friendly) THIS SHELTER IS AT CAPACITY, AS OF 1PM SATURDAY-Pedro Menendez High School, 600 SR 206 West (General population)  -Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pkwy. (General population)   CLAY (Open Sat. 9 a.m.) THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED -Orange Park High School (pet-friendly)  -Wilkinson Elementary  -Clay High School  -Keystone Heights High School (pet-friendly) THIS SHELTER IS AT CAPACITY-Lake Asbury Junior High School (special needs) -The Thrasher Horne Center is opening at 1PM Sunday as a special needs shelter NASSAU THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED. Anyone who was still in the shelters has been transferred to a host shelter at Journey Church. Nassau County Emergency Management says there is an immediate need for volunteer nurses for Hilliard shelters. If you are willing to volunteer, call 904-548-0940. -Hilliard Middle School   -Hilliard Elementary School   -Bryceville Elementary School  THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED-- -Callahan Intermediate School   -Callahan Middle School BAKER THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED The general population shelter will be at Macclenny Elementary School, located at One Wild Kitten Drive. The other shelter will be a dedicated special needs shelter. It will be at Ed Fraser Hospital, at 159 North 3 Street.
  • Trash pickup schedules are being altered because of Hurricane Irma’s potential approach to Northeast Florida.  Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Friday that all non-essential city employees will be off on Monday, pushing functions like trash pickup back an additional day. In St. Johns County, trash pickup has been canceled for Monday and Tuesday. There will also be no yard debris pickup in St. Johns County from Monday through Friday. 
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    John Engel is the Afternoon Anchor and Producer at WOKV and has been with the news team since Aug. 2015. Originally from Southern California, John moved to Boise, Idaho with his family and attended Boise State University. He started working in sports media and still has a love for watching, and debating about, sports.

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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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