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    A man who was shot early Friday outside SUITE Club near the St. Johns Town Center has died.  The man was shot and rushed to the hospital to be treated.  According to JSO, a fight started just after 2am Friday in the parking lot following an 18 and over party.  Off-duty police officers in the area were able to make a quick arrest.  Detectives were speaking with witnesses in the hours after the shooting.   Through the day we’ll be working to update charges the suspect will be facing.
  • Electronic devices bigger than a smartphone are no longer allowed inside the cabins of flights heading to the U.S. from ten countries in the Middle East and North Africa.  due to growing concerns about the threat that ISIS poses.In unveiling the new rules, the Trump administration made clear that the restrictions are not the result of any specific, credible threat.  White House spokesman Sean Spicer refused to get into the details of any intelligence that may have triggered the ban. WOKV Consumer Warrior Clark Howard says this move may just be the beginning.  “This is a looksie into what we may see on all flights into, out of the United States and across America”, Howard said.  Officials say passengers are still free to carry on phones and other small devices, but anything else will have to be checked. “You think back to when we went to the three ounce limit on liquids, it first happened overseas and quickly became a universal worldwide standard”, said Howard.  Clark says it will initially be a hardship on people who like to work on a flight, but we’ll adjust and the more important thing is to keep flying safe.  
  • A crash just north of the Fuller Warren Bridge in downtown Jacksonville is blocking northbound lanes.   The crash happened just after 1pm on Tuesday.  We are working to find out the condition of the driver and how the crash happened. 
  • A one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and treatment centers is now in place in St. Johns County.  The Board of Commissioners on Tuesday passed the moratorium to allow for review of zoning and land use.  “To make sure that any facilities that could potentially come to our county would be in the appropriate location”, said Communications Manager Michael Ryan.  The state of Florida has yet to issue its laws, rules, and regulations regarding medical marijuana. “At that point that will provide a foundation for us to work around”, said Ryan.  The temporary moratorium does not prevent medical marijuana being delivered from legal suppliers out of St. Johns County.  Ryan says there are no pending official dispensary requests filed with the county.  “I think there’s a general understanding that the voters of Florida approved it and now the state, county, and cities are all figuring out how to work around that and work with it”, Ryan said.  County commissioners have scheduled a public workshop for April 13th at 4pm at the St. Johns County Permit Center for anyone interested in attending and to provide feedback.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reports a suspect has been identified and is in police custody following a robbery and stabbing on the westside.  Surveillance photos released Monday show the suspect entering the Metro PCS on Ramona Boulevard shortly after Midnight Saturday.  18-year-old Emery Handy is charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon and attempted murder. JSO says numerous tips came in immediately once photos were posted, helping to identify the suspect. According to a statement from JSO, the suspect provided a full confession to the armed robbery. The suspect stabbed an employee multiple times, seriously injuring the victim.  When police arrived they found the victim covered in blood, unable to say much.  He was taken to UF Health to be treated for his injuries.  The suspect took money from the cash register and then fled in an unknown direction.
  • Separate shootings put two teenagers in the hospital in Jacksonville.   We’re told a 13-year-old was taken to the hospital late Sunday after being shot on the northwest side.  JSO responded around 9pm to W. 45th St. and Ave. B in reference to a person shot. The victim made their way to UF Health to receive treatment for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the lower extremity.  Several hours earlier, a 14-year-old was shot outside the LaVilla Sportsman Club off New Kings ROad.  JSO found the teenager at a home several miles away from where they believe the teen was shot. Detectives say they will review surveillance video to see if the shooting was recorded.  
  • A woman accused of orchestrating her husband’s murder to collect insurance money will spend the next 12 years in prison.  Yolinda Doss received that sentence this week after pleading guilty to manslaughter.  As we first reported in February 2017, Navy Commander Alphonso Doss was found strangled in an Orange Park motel room.  Anthony Washington has already received a life sentence after he was convicted of First Degree Murder, while another man, Ronnie Wilson II has yet to stand trial. 
  • Through the day we'll be working to update the discovery of a body that was floating in a pond near County Road 210 just east of I-95 in St. Johns CountyAccording to Action News Jax, a resident reported police activity near the Sandy Creek neighborhood Tuesday night. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office says a flight crew was up Tuesday night was doing flight work on a case and they spotted what they believe was a body floating in the water.  St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Chuck Mulligan says deputy sheriffs went in on foot and confirmed it was a body.  The body was badly decomposed and investigators are unable to determine the age range or gender.  Mulligan says an autopsy should be scheduled for Wednesday morning. 
  • No injuries but a lot of damage left behind in a morning vehicle fire that tied up traffic on I-95 near Old St. Augustine Road.  A semi-truck hauling multiple vehicles blew a tire around 7:30am Monday, and the trailer caught fire.  The fire quickly spread, causing four vehicles to burn.  The driver was able to safely bring the semi to a stop on the northbound shoulder of I-95.  JFRD was able to successfully extinguish the fire. Traffic on northbound I-95 was backed up to at least County Road 210 before finally clearing.  Four vehicles sustained severe fire damage.  No one was hurt. 
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    Rich Jones has been News Director of WOKV AM/FM since October 2006. Since joining the team, WOKV News has been recognized by the Associated Press as the most awarded radio news team in the state of Florida including awards for Best Newscast, Best Reporting, Best Public Affairs Coverage, and Best News Series, among others.

    Rich has been involved in many organizations and causes on the First Coast. He has twice been captain of WOKV's team at the Heart Walk, and has raised funds for the American Heart Association. 

    Rich is “the face” of WOKV in the community and is the Master of Ceremonies for many philanthropic causes such as the Annual WOKV Careathon, a day-long benefit for the Child Cancer Fund of NE Florida, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

    Rich enjoys spending his time away from the studio with his wife, daughters and son as well as watching sports and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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  • A man who was shot early Friday outside SUITE Club near the St. Johns Town Center has died.  The man was shot and rushed to the hospital to be treated.  According to JSO, a fight started just after 2am Friday in the parking lot following an 18 and over party.  Off-duty police officers in the area were able to make a quick arrest.  Detectives were speaking with witnesses in the hours after the shooting.   Through the day we’ll be working to update charges the suspect will be facing.
  • The man accused of killing a woman whose body was found at his Southside home waived his right to a speedy trial. Russell Tillis is charged with the murder of 31-year-old Joni Gunter. Police found her dismembered body on his property, known as a 'house of horrors.' The property has been sold, but neighbors say there are still problems there. “We got people that come by just to pick some things for souvenirs because it’s the 'house of horrors,'” David Eichenlaub said. >> Read more trending news  Eichenlaub said neighbors called the mayor’s office and Gov. Rick Scott. On Wednesday, they finally started to see some action taken. “We’re just glad it’s getting cleaned up. It needs to be cleaned up,” Eichenlaub said. He said the worst part was that people would party in a trailer on the property at night and it smells like chemicals. We reached out to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, where a spokesperson said there have been six calls for service to the address since the first of this year, four calls for property checks and two for suspicious people. “I have to run them off all the time,” Eichenlaub said. We also reached out to the city, which said the current owner was cited by code enforcement on Feb. 8 for garbage and debris on the property. The city said since the owner didn’t follow through with the cleanup, the city stepped in to clean it, and the owner is responsible for the cost. We called the owner of the property, who said she did hire someone to clean up the property but they didn’t realize just how big a project this was. She said she has been in contact with the city and agreed to them cleaning it up.
  • Burger King officials said Tuesday that the company plans to stop buying chickens from farms that grossly mistreat the animals,CNN reported. >> Read more trending news By 2024, the fast-food chain said it plans to buy only chickens raised according to welfare standards established by the animal advocacy group Global Animal Partnership.  'Chickens raised for meat, also known as 'broilers,' are among the most abused animals on the planet,' GAP said in a joint statement. 'They are bred to grow so unnaturally fast that they are often crippled under their own weight. Many suffer from constant leg pain so severe they cannot stand, and so spend nearly all their time sitting in their own waste.'  Burger King’s action follows similar commitments made in recent years by companies including Chipotle, Red Robin, Quiznos, Panera Bread and Starbucks, CNN reported. According to the organization's website, GAP-certified farmers must provide birds with access to light and keep their barn living conditions cleaner. The chickens also must be rendered unconscious before they are slaughtered to minimize pain.
  • A 696-acre wildfire in Nassau County is 65 percent contained, according to the Florida Forest Service on Thursday. >> Read more trending news  Firefighters have been working since Wednesday on a wildfire in Bryceville, Florida, that was accidentally started by someone illegally burning paperback books, officials said. Officials said two homes were destroyed as well as sheds and vehicles. Ten homes were reported as having some damage. The Florida Forest Service said they identified the person who started the fire and that person will be financially responsible for damages.  There might be some challenges in extinguishing the fire since strong winds are expected Thursday afternoon, officials said. Firefighters said that 150 people are displaced and an evacuation order is still in place. A shelter is open at Bryceville Baptist Church for anyone who was displaced by the fire.  The Florida Forest Service said this is the worst massive wildfire for the county since 1998. Firefighters were working early Thursday morning to contain the fire along the eastern edges of the fire line. The fire department has been putting out hot spots around houses. Officials said the area is not safe for residents since a lot of power lines have been damaged during the fire. Road closures are in effect at several locations.  Crews from Georgia arrived to assist local firefighters on Thursday.  The fairgrounds are open for residents who need to shelter livestock and animals. 
  • For two years, Mitch Comer’s mother and stepfather, Sheila Comer and Paul Comer, kept him locked inside a bedroom in his family’s rental home in Georgia. He was shut off from the outside world and even his two younger sisters until September 2012. By then, Comer, who was 18 at the time, was loaded on a bus and sent to Los Angeles with some cash and pamphlets from a homeless shelter. He was spotted by a former security guard, st the Los Angeles bus station, who called police. When he was returned to Georgia, Comer was severely malnourished with translucent skin — evidence of his ordeal. The story made national headlines. >> Read more trending news Nearly five years after his mother and stepfather were sentenced to 15 years in prison as part of a plea deal, the two could be up for parole, according to the Paulding County District Attorney. In his first public interview since his ordeal, Comer said Thursday he doesn’t want that to happen. “I don’t think that’s right,” he said. “I don’t like it at all.” Mitch Comer, who now goes by Mitt, said Paul and Sheila Comer should serve more prison time, and DA Dick Donovan agrees. “Letting them out after just five years just doesn’t … it offends me as a prosecutor and I’m sure it would offend the people of Paulding County if they knew about it,” Donovan said. Despite the two years of his life that was taken from him, Comer has flourished, completing high school and now studying at Kennesaw State University. His passion is electronics, and one day, he’d like to be inventor. Until then, he’s like any other college student, he says. He’s managed to put his abuse behind him. “A long time ago, I heard about a dude that was left in a closet and he came out happy, and I said I’m going to be that dude, too,” Comer said.

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