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    The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is looking for your help to solve a double shooting that's claimed the life of one of the victims.  35-year-old Hakeem Rashad Busch was identified by JSO this morning as the man whose body was found Sunday evening outside a home on the 1800 block of Newbolt Court.   The other victim - a woman - hasn't been identified and her condition isn't clear at this point, but we do know she was transported to a local hospital for treatment.   Neighbors tell our partner Action News Jax that they heard around 12 to 15 shots in the area and that a black Chevrolet Camaro sped off just before JSO arrived on scene.   It's not clear what relationship might exist between Busch and the other victim.   Anyone with information is asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. Those who wish to remain anonymous and possibly qualify for a cash reward can call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).
  • The unofficial start to summer is here.  Memorial Day can certainly be somber, especially for military folks. But if your holiday plans include a bit of water fun, make sure your boat is safe and ready to go.  Coast Guard officials like Lt. Chris Booth are urging you to keep your life-jackets on and have some kind of locating beacon on board if your holiday plans include getting on the water.   'Those types of things go a long way in helping us process search and rescue cases,' Booth added.   Booth is also warning you to be careful about drinking if you're out on the water and to not be afraid to ask the USCG for a safety check of your boat before going out on the water.   If your holiday plans involve a long-distance road trip, expect a lot of people to join you. AAA is projecting 39 million Americans to do a long-distance trip this Memorial Day weekend. That's their largest since 2005.
  • Jacksonville police have made an arrest in a cold case from over 40 years ago.  Johnie Lewis Miller is now in custody for the May 1974 murder of Freddie Farah.   Bobby Farah - Freddie's son - and other family members were alongside Sheriff Mike Williams.   'We're relieved,' Bobby Farah added. 'I mean, some of us never thought we'd see this day.'   Police say Farah was shot and killed during the robbery of his Kings Road convenience store.  Miller was found in New Orleans working as a street performer.
  • Jacksonville police asked for your help over a week ago to find him. Now the Sheriff's Office says they've caught the man responsible for five burglaries at businesses on Timuquana Road and Blanding Boulevard. 37-year-old Christopher P. Bullard was identified as the suspect after multiple tips came in from the public, according to detectives. Detectives believe he broke into the Blanding Food Mart and the Timuquana Food Store three times between February and April and also burglarized the same Metro PCS store twice.  He's now in custody on $250,000 bond at Duval County Jail.
  • It's not official yet, but the St. Johns Sheriff's Office is preparing for the worst in the case of a missing swimmer. The county's Medical Examiner has taken possession of a body which washed up this morning on Vilano Beach. Commander Chuck Mulligan tells us beach runners going through the area around 7:45 this morning found the body and called for help. 'The body was found several miles north of the inlet where Skyler Taylor disappeared on Sunday,' Mulligan added. Search crews had been looking for Taylor ever since, but those efforts were suspended just before the body was found. It's not clear at this point if the body is of Taylor, though Mulligan does say the condition is consistent with being in the water for a few days and the Sheriff's Office has no other missing person reports in the area. Due to the body's condition, Mulligan tells us the Medical Examiner will need some time to determine the identity.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office wants your help to find a panhandler who tried to rob a Five Guys restaurant in Mandarin earlier this week. It happened around 8 a.m. Sunday at the location on San Jose Boulevard near Crown Point Road. Officers say a black man in the parking lot walked into the store and demanded money from employees. According to the JSO incident report, the man walked in behind a female employee and told another female employee when she asked him to leave that he would only when he got 'the money'. The report also notes that the suspect chased both women at one point, but then left after seeing security cameras in the office area. JSO says the suspect - who appeared to be unarmed - left in an early 2000's model silver Honda Accord heading north on San Jose without any money from the restaurant. The bearded suspect stands around 6 feet tall and weighs between 200 and 220 pounds with short black hair and a dark complexion. He was wearing a dark T-shirt, dark shorts and white high-top sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. Those who wish to remain anonymous and possibly qualify for a cash reward can call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).
  • Federal government officials are speaking out at this time about the conviction earlier today of former Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown on 18 of 22 counts in her federal fraud trial. See the full statement below from the Jacksonville office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. See the full statement below from the Department of Justice's Middle District of Florida office.
  • It's going to light up a dark part of Fleming Island. Construction begins today to brighten up nearly three miles of US 17 between County Road 220 and Creighton Road with automated LED street lights. Florida Department of Transportation spokeswoman Mary Justino says it's a stretch of road where they've received lots of complaints from drivers that it's too dark once the sun sets. 'People who drive on 17 in Fleming Island are going to notice large equipment coming in,' Justino added. '[Construction crews are] going to start near Eagle Harbor and work their way north towards the Doctors' Lake Bridge.' 158 new lights sitting atop 40-foot high aluminum poles and 15-foot long bracketed arm extensions will alternate side-to-side down US 17, each placed around 12 feet from the road shoulder. The lights alone are costing the state around $1.5 million dollars and all of them should be ready to go in about 10 to 12 months depending on weather, according to Justino. FDOT also tells us the lights should illuminate the nearby Black Creek Bike Trail at night once they're ready to go. No lane closures are planned at any point, but drivers are warned to be cautious and aware of workers nearby, especially if they see barriers in place along the shoulder. Justino says FDOT is currently researching a similar idea for parts of US 17 south of CR 220, especially those which have seen an increase in accidents recently.
  • The mother of a 15-month-old boy and her boyfriend are now locked up at Duval County Jail in connection to his death earlier this year.  The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced this morning the arrests of 29-year-olds Lori Hopper and Andre Keller on a manslaughter and murder charge, respectively, in the death of Isaiah Keller.   JSO Homicide Lt. Steve Golloher says the toddler died at Wolfson Children's Hospital last January 22nd, but it took some time for detectives to determine how the boy actually died.   'We've received the medical examiner's report indicating that they ruled it a homicide,' Golloher added. 'The death was caused by asphyxia.'   Detectives originally did not suspect foul play in the boy's death because there were no obvious signs of it, even after investigating the hotel room at the Diamond Inn on Ramona Blvd. where he and his family were staying at the time of his death.   Golloher also told reporters Andre Keller is not the boy's biological dad, even though he is listed as the dad on his birth certificate.   According to JSO, Andre told police the boy wouldn't respond after they laid him down in bed with a bottle and that's when he and Hopper took him to the emergency room.   Three of Keller's biological children - ages 9, 8 and 4 - were also living in the hotel room with Keller, Hopper and Isaiah. They're now in DCF custody after JSO discovered drugs in the room.   Two of them told police they saw Keller tie Isaiah up when he started crying, a story that Hopper also corroborated later on.   Detectives say video evidence shows Hopper and Keller both waited for some time to get help after finding the boy unconscious.
  • A 49-year-old Vero Beach man is dead after troopers think he fell off the Mickler O'Connell Bridge in St. Augustine early this morning.  It happened around 1:20 a.m. near the eastbound lanes of the bridge, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.   Troopers think Glenn Totemeier was riding a bicycle when he crossed over two travel lanes, entered the right shoulder and hit the concrete barrier wall, causing him to fall over the edge.   He died at the scene.   No other vehicles or people were involved, according to the crash report. It also notes Totemeier wasn't wearing a helmet.   An autopsy is pending to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor.
  • Robert Alonso

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    Robert Alonso is the Morning Reporter and backup News Anchor for Jacksonville's Morning News.  

    He joined WOKV in March 2016 after spending 4 years as a news reporter/backup news anchor for WNDB in Daytona Beach.  

    Other news outlets/stations Robert has been a part of are WSJS in Winston-Salem (North Carolina), Metro Networks (Miami, FL) and WFTL in Fort Lauderdale (FL), where he started after getting his degree in Broadcast Journalism from Florida International University.  

    Robert also has experience in sports radio, working for a year as a talk show producer for SiriusXM's College Sports Nation channel in Washington, DC.  

    Other sports companies/stations Robert has worked at include the Carolina Panthers (gameday producer/on-air talent for Spanish radio), IMG College (studio host for the radio broadcasts of the universities of Akron, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Oregon), WQAM (Miami) and WFLL (Fort Lauderdale).  

    Robert is married to the former Traci Isley, the best Southern redhead in the world. No kids yet... unless you want to count Moqui, their Jack Russell mix. (She does.)

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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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