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    After two Jacksonville officers were shot on the Westside, support has been flooding social media. FULL STORY: Two JSO officers shot Government officials: Law enforcement:
  • One Jacksonville officer is in critical condition and one is stable following a shooting on the Westside. JSO Director Mike Bruno says police initially responded to an attempted suicide call on Seaboard Avenue, near Timuquana Road around 10:50PM. Three people in the home had retreated to a back bedroom, out of fear for their safety. Bruno says JSO learned the suspect was armed, and officers heard gunshots when they arrived on the scene. The four or five responding officers formed what Bruno calls a “contact team”, and prepared to enter the home believing there was an active shooter situation. “They knew the seriousness of this, and didn’t flinch,” Bruno says. While police were preparing to enter the home, Bruno says the suspect fired through the door with a rifle. The suspect then exited the home, and there was an exchange of gunfire with JSO. Bruno says one officer was shot in both hands and the other was shot in the stomach. The suspect was also shot, but died after being taken to the hospital. The names of the involved officers are not being released at this time. It’s been a violent night for law enforcement in Florida. Earlier, an officer was fatally shot and another gravely hurt in Kissimmee. JSO was already dealing with several crimes that took place through the day, including a double shooting on the Westside. JSO is expected to provide another update later in the day Saturday. WOKV will continue to follow new developments as information becomes available.
  • A dispute among several people in the street escalated in to a shooting, leaving one man dead and another with non-life threatening injuries. Jacksonville police say it’s unclear at this time whether the men who were shot were actually suspects as well. The man who died is a black male who’s around 27-years-old, and the man who was hurt is a black male who’s around 32-years-old. The victims were found in different locations. It’s unclear at this time what the reason for the dispute was. The shooting happened on King Street, north of I-10. JSO has no description of the outstanding suspects, except they’re black men. A black vehicle, possibly a Buick, was seen leaving the area right after the incident. Police are actively trying to find anyone who witnessed this incident or knows what happened. If you have any information, you’re asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • After Jacksonville’s City Council President says she will propose moving Confederate memorials, monuments, and markers off public property, the business community is showing a level of support. Council President Anna Lopez Brosche has ordered an inventory of all of these Confederate tributes in the City, with the intent to then introduce legislation moving them from City land to educational settings. JAX Chamber Board Chair Darnell Smith says the JAX Chamber supports the inventory, and wants a “thoughtful” look at who is honored in the City. “We believe in the dignity, goodness and respect of all citizens. We vehemently condemn individuals and groups that promote the despicable acts of prejudice, hate, discrimination, bigotry and racism which have no place in our community,” Smith says. But Smith says the City should also be looking at who is “missing” from City honors. “Discussions should include how we heal wounds that may still persist from our past. Among those should be a consideration of how we memorialize our city’s history in public spaces, and will most certainly involve additional tributes to Jacksonville’s historical leaders,” he says. Smith further says the city needs to look at how to celebrate “our storied past” and write new chapters in the city’s history “with a united purpose”. The proposal from Brosche comes in large part in response to the violence in Charlottesville. Many on the City Council are not taking a public position at this time, although some have come out on either side. Mayor Lenny Curry says he is waiting to review and take a position if or when the legislation gets to his desk.
  • There was a threat someone was going to “shoot up the school”. A threat to Raines High School led the Duval County School District to lock the school down Friday, but that was lifted about an hour later. All staff and students are safe.  The police report obtained by WOKV shows a woman came to the school Friday to report that someone had posted on Facebook that he was going to “shoot up the school”. The incident report was heavily redacted, including most details about the Facebook page of the person who made the threat. DCPS tells WOKV the person was not authorized to be on the school campus. School officials will continue to work with law enforcement on the full investigation.
  • Two more suspects have been arrested in connection to the murder of 21-year-old Richard Green, bringing the total to three 19-year-olds arrested for the crime. We first told you in July about the murder, which happened on Monaco Drive. JSO says Green was found in a vehicle with a gunshot wound. They determined he had been shot during a planned robbery by two people, in which one of the suspects fatally shot the victim. Patrick Steadman was arrested about a week later. Police identified him as the shooter in this case. Now, JSO says 19-year-old Ashanti Rodgers and 19-year-old Cameron McIntyre have also been arrested. Police say Rogers was picked up Wednesday. She’s accused of driving the two other suspects around that day while knowing about their robbery plan. Police say Rodgers also drove the suspects to the robbery scene and waited for them to return, and knew a man had been fatally shot during the robbery attempt itself. McIntyre was arrested Thursday, identified as the second person involved in the robbery attempt. Police say he was there when Steadman killed the victim. McIntyre was arrested in Daytona Beach and booked in to the Volusia County Jail.
  • The transcript for the Voyage Date Recorder that was aboard El Faro was already the longest the NTSB had ever assembled, and now it had grown even more. The NTSB says, since the initial release of the VDR- or black box- transcript in December 2016, investigators continued to gather facts and analyze information. They then held additional listening sessions, and that has now resulted in the release of four additional transcript sections. VOYAGE DATA RECORDER: Details from the transcript of the crew’s final hours The new releases are brief, totaling less than three of the more than five hundred pages of the transcript overall. Despite that, they appear to speak directly to some of the areas investigators have been probing.  El Faro sank in Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015, killing all 33 people on board. The ship was heavily loaded while transiting from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico. It had taken on water, had a substantial list, and lost propulsion ahead of the Captain’s final shoreside communication and, ultimately, the sinking. FULL COVERAGE: The sinking of El Faro The first insertion is a conversation between the Third Mate and Third Helmsman on El Faro at 11:43AM on September 30th, the day before El Faro sank. Leading up to this new addition the two spoke about a few things, including that a dentist had prescribed the Third Mate a narcotic- although it’s unclear whether that was a current prescription or in the past. They spoke about drug testing and the potential to look “pretty happy”. The conversation then turned to Hurricane Joaquin, with some shock at the wind gusts the storm was producing, but belief they wouldn’t feel those peak conditions. Then comes the new addition, where the Third Mate comments that the Port Engineer has one ship and questions what that position pays. The Third Mate further says he has no idea if the Port Engineer was a Chief Engineer prior or was even licensed. “he really doesn’t seem to do anything or know anything.” says the Third Mate, according to the transcript. The Third Helmsman then questions how many people “look important”, but don’t know what to do, and the Third Mate responded with a comment about salaries that wasn’t completely transcribed. This exchange could speak to a few areas that investigators have been examining, including the competency, responsibility, and workload of some shoreside employees. There has also been an examination of crew morale, and questioning the abilities and salaries of someone in the corporate structure could speak to that. GALLERY: Tributes to the El Faro crew About 15 minutes later in the day- right around noon- is another new insertion, this time in a conversation between the Second Mate and the Second Helmsman. This portion directly preceeded the Second Mate saying El Faro needed to get where they were going “in one piece”. “who cares what time we get there as long as we get there.” The transcript says. The newly transcribed portion shows the two apparently looking at one of the readouts that mapped the ship and time. They appear to be tracking the ship’s location at different times over the coming hours. There are various things talked about over the next two hours or so, but the third new transcript insertion comes around 1:40PM when concern was clearly building. “think this just got worse.” the Second Mate said, according to the transcript. The conversation immediately before and after those comments was not transcribed, so it’s unclear what specifically the Second Mate was speaking about, but the context indicates she is referring to Hurricane Joaquin or the ship’s track compared to the storm.  In the lead up to the new insertion, the Second Mate had been talking to the Captain about the storm and the potential to take an alternate route on the return journey. After the new portion, the Second Mate makes comments about the weather getting better when the ship moves past the storm. The errors in the storm forecasting and problems with one of the ship’s on board weather systems have been frequently scrutinized throughout the investigation. There have additionally been questions about whether the Captain was truly empowered to change the ship’s route as he saw fit, or if he needed approval from officials on shore. GALLERY: El Faro’s wreckage The final insertion was the morning of the sinking, around 5:45AM. “we got cars loose. yeah.” The Captain said, according to the transcript. The Captain made this remark soon after telling the Chief Mate to head down to check out flooding in a hold, which they believed to be the result of a blown scuttle. The transcript previously showed that cars had at least been bobbing in the water, and that there were some other cargo problems including some broken cords to refrigerated containers, leaning containers, and likely containers in the water. Investigators have already raised significant questions about the lashing protocols, the calculations that were and were not being used in stacking, and the training cargo loading crews were given specific to the cargo protocols on each ship. NTSB INVESTIGATION: Factual reports examine aspects of ship operations and sinking The NTSB has already released several “Factual Reports” as part of their ongoing investigation. More are expected to be issued in the coming days and weeks, ahead of the release of their full report later this year. The NTSB did issue ten recommendations dealing with mariner safety in June, despite the fact that their investigation was still ongoing. In presenting the recommendations, the NTSB noted they could have an impact specifically in the hurricane season, so they did not want to wait. EDITOR’S NOTE: The quotes in this story come directly from the VDR transcript. We have inserted the quotes as they appear in the transcript, including in regard to capitalization.
  • All Florida prisons are on a level of lockdown right now in response to a safety threat that has also led visitation to be canceled this weekend. The Florida Department of Corrections says they have “credible intelligence” that small groups of inmates at several institutions may try to disrupt operations. Out of caution and concern for the safety of staff, visitors, and the inmates themselves, FDC has canceled visitation at all institutions across the state this weekend. The level of lockdown in effect restricts non-essential operations, like educational services, but allows inmates to continue accessing the meal hall, getting phone privileges, and other similar areas.  The FDOC confirms to WOKV that they have additional staff at all institutions in response to this intelligence. They declined to give more information about the intelligence, including what facilities they believe could see unrest and the specific nature of that disruption. The cancellation does not apply to work release centers.
  • Now-former Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown has been denied a new trial, after being convicted on 18 of 22 federal fraud-related charges in May. A judge has also issued an order denying a motion for acquittal. Brown’s sentencing has now been set for November 16th. Brown was found guilty of soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars for a sham charity called “One Door For Education”, using the money for personal expenses and lavish events instead. Her Chief of Staff Ronnie Simmons and the President of One Door Carla Wiley both pleaded guilty and testified against Brown at trial. Simmons has now been formally adjudicated guilty and his sentencing has been set for November 15th. Wiley was adjudicated shortly after entering her plea in March 2016, but her sentencing has now also been set for November 15th, to take place in the same courtroom at the same time as Simmons. FULL COVERAGE: Federal fraud trial of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown Brown had sought a new trial by claiming the judge improperly dismissed a juror after deliberations had already started, because that juror said at the outset of deliberations that the “Holy Spirit” had told him Brown was innocent. In the initial order dismissing the juror, District Judge Timothy Corrigan had carefully worded his ruling, saying that it would not have violated the jury process to pray for guidance, but to have an influence that prevents the juror from considering only the evidence- like a determination of innocence from a “Holy Spirit”- crosses the line. “Had Juror No. 13 simply stated to his fellow jurors that he was praying for guidance during the deliberations, that would not have been problematic,” Corrigan’s order says. “But that’s not what happened here.” Jurors are instructed only to consider the evidence of the case presented at trial and the court’s instruction on the law in determining a verdict. Some of that instruction included that jurors must discuss the case with one another and only make their verdict determination after considering all of the evidence with the other jurors. During the jury selection process, they also all agreed they had no religious or moral beliefs that would preclude them from serving in a fair and impartial panel.  Corrigan says he believes the juror felt he was obeying the court’s instructions on deliberations, but that he violated it by holding this conviction before deliberations even started. Corrigan further says he would have come to the same determination if the “Holy Spirit” had told Corrigan that Brown was guilty as well. An alternate juror was seated and the panel was instructed to start deliberations from scratch. The verdicts of guilty on 18 counts and not guilty on 4 counts were unanimously reached after about eleven hours of deliberations. “Corrine Brown is entitled to a fair trial with an impartial jury that reaches a verdict in accordance with the law. That is what she received,” Corrigan’s ruling says. Brown’s motion for acquittal said that prosecutors had not shown she had criminal intent, claiming instead that she had poorly managed her finances and office, but never intended to defraud anyone. Corrigan’s ruling detailed some of the evidence laid out by prosecutors and said the jury could reasonably infer guilt from that. Brown’s attorney further contended that the fact that Brown was found not guilty on four of the charges diminished the government’s proof. Corrigan belives that shows the jury carefully deliberated the evidence and merits of each specific charge. “Suffice it to say, there was more than sufficient evidence to justify the jury’s verdict on each count of conviction,” Corrigan’s ruling says. Brown’s attorney James Smith tells us she’s “understandably saddened and disappointed” by the judge’s rulings, but she remains strong and maintains her innocence. She further wants supporters to know that she appreciates their prayers and will continue fighting. While Smith said Brown is planning to pursue “any and all available legal options”, he declined to get in to many specifics on what those avenues include. He says their focus right now is geting her the best sentence possible, and a motion for reconsideration is something they could look at in the future. The US Attorney’s Office declined to comment about the rulings at this time.
  • Forty-four cities across three nations are being solicited for interest in hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and Jacksonville is one of them.  The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico, and Canada has sent Requests for Information asking cities to declare their interest by September 5, 2017. The Committee will then put together a shortlist by later that month, before meeting with the interested cities and receiving their final bids in January 2018.  An official bid will be sent to FIFA by March 16, 2018, which will include 20-25 venues. At least 12 locations are expected to serve as “Official Host Cities”. Cities that don’t make the cut could still be considered for the International Broadcast Center, Team Base Camps, or other major events connected to the tournament.  The 2026 FIFA World Cup will feature an expanded 48 teams for the first time.  The stadiums are required to have at least 80,000 seats to host an Opening Match or the Final, which puts EverBank Field out of the running at a 64,000 seat capacity, according to the information put out by the Committee. The stadium does meet the required threshold for group stage matches, though- which require 40,000 seats.  Transportation infrastructure, experience hosting major sporting and cultural events, available accommodations, and environmental protection initiatives- among other factors- will be considered as part of the bid. The Committee is also looking for aspirations to develop soccer and a positive social impact on the local community.  In addition to Jacksonville, other Florida sites being solicited are Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. A full list of cities being considered can be found on the US Soccer website.  Jacksonville is no stranger to hosting professional soccer, although not at the World Cup level. There was a World Cup qualifier in September 2016, and other US Men’s National Team matches in years prior to that. Jacksonville’s NASL team, the Armada, also recently went under new ownership. A City of Jacksonville Spokeswoman tells WOKV they have no further information to provide on whether they will submit a bid. The JAXSPORTS Council says they’re excited Jacksonville is being considered, but have no further update at this time, citing the unfolding process.
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  • Ten sailors are missing and five are injured after a U.S. Navy destroyer collided with an oil and chemical tanker early Monday. >> Read more trending news The USS John S. McCain collided with the 'Alnic MC' at 6:24 a.m. in the Strait of Malacca off the coast of Singapore in the Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. 7th Fleet. The USS John S. McCain sustained damage to its left rear side. The Navy said the ship has significant hull damage, and the crew berths, machinery and communications rooms were flooded, according to The Associated Press. Osprey aircraft and Seahawk helicopters from the USS America are helping with search and rescue efforts, officials said. Tug boats and coast guard vessels are also helping. The ship is named for both McCain Sr. and Jr. who served in the Navy. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Benjamin Whitten, 33, and his live-in girlfriend Jeryn Johnson, 25, are charged with torture and child abuse after authorities said Whitten’s 5-year-old son was discovered with severe injuries and living in filth among 15 animals, reports KGTV. >> Watch the news report here The police and fire departments in Murrieta, California, reportedly discovered the boy when they responded to a call for medical aid. The boy was airlifted to a San Diego County hospital, where he currently remains in “grave condition.” The injuries, which police said were caused by Whitten and Johnson, were unspecified beyond this. >> On Rare.us: YouTube parent-pranksters who lost custody of their children are now facing jail time KGTV reported that the home was said to be in “extremely unsanitary” conditions. Animal control removed “11 dogs, four cats and two fish.” “I didn’t even know there was a child who lived in the house,” neighbor Kristine Hendrickson told KCAL. “Did not know. We’ve lived here for 21 years.” >> Read more trending news The boy reportedly hadn’t been seen since Christmas of last year.
  • If you have not gotten a pair of glasses to view Monday’s solar eclipse, you are not alone.Retail stores and online outlets across the country have reported that supplies are low or nonexistent in the hours before the 2017 solar eclipse.If you haven’t secured a pair, there are a few things you can do to safely watch the eclipse.Here are some tips. Is there any way to still get glasses?Some vendors may have a few pairs left, but they are going fast. Click here to find the American Astronomical Society’s list of approved glasses sellers. Many libraries are hosting events. Click here to see an updated list from NASA. The libraries will have glasses for the event. Scientific societies are holding viewing events as well, and they will likely have some glasses to give out.What if I don’t have glasses?You do not have to have glasses to watch an eclipse. Read what NASA says about it:“The safest and most inexpensive method of viewing an eclipse is by projection, in which a pinhole or small opening is used to cast the image of the sun on a screen placed a half-meter or more beyond the opening. Projected images of the sun may even be seen on the ground in the small openings created by interlacing fingers, or in the dappled sunlight beneath a leafy tree. Binoculars can also be used to project a magnified image of the sun on a white card, but you must avoid the temptation of using these instruments for direct viewing.”For those who missed school the day astrophysics was taught, here’s what that means:You can take something as common as a shoe box to make a device that will let you watch the eclipse without looking directly at the sun; you can actually use your fingers to view the eclipse; you can stand underneath a tree and see a cool display that reflects through the leaves; you can use binoculars to project the sun’s image on a white card, but do not look at the sun with them. Don’t ever.So what if you can’t get a pair of glasses?If you can’t get glasses for the cosmic block party, start gathering some common supplies.From NASA, here’s how to make a pinhole viewer. You can also make a pinhole camera. Click here to see how to make the device that lets light pass through a hole and project an image of the sun onto a light surface. Can I look at the sun at any time during the eclipse?You can look at the sun during the eclipse while wearing certified eclipse glasses, welding glass (level 14) or other filters. You can look at the sun without the protection ONLY during the two minutes or so when the moon completely blocks out the sun. Only look at the sun without glasses if you live in the area of totality – a narrow strip of the country where the sun will be completely blocked out.For the rest in the area where the sun is only partially blocked out, keep the glasses on. Do not look at the partially blocked sun without them.So what if I do look at the sun without protection?You could, and likely will, damage your retina, leading to vision damage.What if I want to see it, but not go out to look at it?No problem, all the major networks, and cable channels will be carrying the eclipse live. ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, Fox and other cable outlets have plans to broadcast the progress of the eclipse across the country.NASA will livestream the eclipse starting at 1 p.m. ET. NASA plans views from balloons, satellites, and telescopes. What about taking a photo? Will it damage my iPhone?The eclipse won't damage your phone's camera, according to c/net. C/net’s post explains how to use your iPhone or an Android phone to capture the eclipse.
  • After two Jacksonville officers were shot on the Westside, support has been flooding social media. FULL STORY: Two JSO officers shot Government officials: Law enforcement:
  • The Stone Mountain Memorial Association this week denied a Ku Klux Klan request to burn a cross at the park in Dekalb County, Georgia, citing the trouble at a “pro-white” rally last year. >> Read more trending news Joey Hobbs, a Dublin man with the Sacred Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, wanted to hold a “lighting” ceremony on Oct. 21 with 20 participants, according to the application. This would have been to commemorate the KKK’s 1915 revival, which began with a flaming cross atop Stone Mountain on the evening of Thanksgiving. “We will light our cross and 20 minutes later we will be gone,” wrote Hobbs, who couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday, in an application dated May 26. It wasn’t immediately clear if Hobbs holds a formal position with the group. >> Related: George H.W., George W. Bush condemn ‘racial bigotry’ in Charlottesville statement “We don’t want any of these groups at the park, quite frankly,” John Bankhead, spokesman for the association said Wednesday, referring to white nationalists groups and the KKK. “This is a family-oriented park.”  But since it’s a public park, the association created a permit process to consider each application individually. In a statement, the memorial group, which oversees the park, said it “condemns the beliefs and actions of the Ku Klux Klan and believes the denial of this Public Assembly request is in the best interest of all parties.” >> Related: Trump again blames ‘both sides’ for violence in CharlottesvilleWriting to deny Hobbs, CEO Bill Stephens cited the trouble at the “Rock Stone Mountain” rally of April 23, 2016. The park had to close that day as white power revelers, including KKK members, clashed with counter-protesters. Stephens said an event like Hobbs’ would require public safety resources beyond what park police could provide, and thus, would put guests, employees and public safety workers in danger.  Besides creating a potentially-dangerous scene, the cross-burning would’ve also been an act of intimidation, Bankhead said. >> Related: University of Florida denies request for white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak “I think anybody who knows about cross burning knows why it’s used,” Bankhead said, recalling the KKK’s track record of setting crosses on fire to intimidate African Americans. “We’re just not going to allow that.” Georgia's terroristic threats and acts statute also specifically bars the practice when it’s done with the intent to “terrorize.” The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that states can ban cross-burning, though it warned that the intent to intimidate must be proven in each case. Whatever Hobbs’ intent, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association CEO said the event would violate its ordinances against disruptions to the park and actions that present a “clear and present danger.”

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