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    Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says two officers who were shot during a confrontation with an armed man on the westside late Friday are in stable condition but have a long road to recovery.  “I’m happy they’re still with us and I hope they recover”, said Williams who thanked the law enforcement community for the outpouring of support. At about 10:50pm Friday, officers responded to a home on Seaboard Avenue to a man who was making threats and fired a gun.  Three women were in the home: The suspect’s girlfriend, the girlfriend’s mother, and a friend of the family.  They were hiding in a bathroom to protect themselves.  We’ve also learned a 19-month-old baby was in another room in the home.  None of the four victims sustained injuries.  According to the Sheriff, seven officers arrived at the home and as they planned an approach they witnessed a man and woman out front in an argument.  Those two individuals went back inside the home, and moments later officers heard gunfire coming from inside.   “That is the point of time they decided to gain entry into the house to stop the suspect”, Williams said. The officers were encountered almost immediately inside the home by the suspect, and he opened fire on the officers.  'We’re talking about a gun battle within four or five feet of each other”, said Williams.  The suspect was shot twice by the officers and died.  He is identified as 25-year-old Derrick Rashard Brabham.  He had no criminal history, and according to the Sheriff, was armed with a 223 rifle.  Officer Michael Fox, an 11-year veteran, was struck when the rifle fire hit his gun. This was Fox’s second officer-involved shooting.  Officer Kevin Jarrell, a five-year veteran, was struck in the stomach under his protective vest.  The Sheriff says Jarrell is in stable condition and still has a long road back.  Williams says the suspect had been drinking all evening Friday, which escalated to arguments and eventually threats to kill other people in the home.  “We have a violent, alcohol-fueled domestic incident”, said Williams.  Williams thanked the Jacksonville community for the outpouring of support for the wounded officers.  
  • 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.
  • Nearly two months after an armed robbery at a Circle K convenience store, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is releasing new composite sketches of the two suspects involved.   On June 26th, the two men entered the convenience store on State Road 16 and lingered in the store until other customers walked out.   One of the men then pulled out a gun at the counter and demanded cash from the register, while the other man appeared to be keeping a lookout during the robbery.   After the clerk complied, the two men fled on foot, heading eastbound on State Road 16.   Deputies say the two men were described as black males. One was in his 30’s, 170 pounds, and with a mole or birthmark on his left cheek. The other is about 40 years of age and 200 pounds.   If you recognize either of these men, you're urged to contact Detective Mark Kapelka at the Sheriff's Office at (904) 209-3987.
  • 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.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help, a week after a deadly hit-and-run crash, involving a pedestrian.   JSO says on August 11, at approximately 9:55 p.m, Anna Kelsey, 56, was fatally hit by a vehicle while crossing Lane Avenue, near the intersection of Wiley Road.   Police say the vehicle, which left the scene, may be an unknown colored, 2005-2007 Dodge Magnum. They say it should have damage to the front driver’s side headlight or fog light assembly.   If you have any information you're urged to contact the Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has arrested the manager of a Westside Metro PCS, after he tried to stop a fight in his store.   According to police, four men were arguing with employees of the Metro PCS on 103rd Street, when that argument became physical.   At some point during the fight, the manager, Bilal Fshaikat, was hit in the face with an unknown object, so police say he retrieved a gun and fired a single shot into the ground.   Officers say he's now been arrested for aggravated assault, but the investigation is still ongoing.   Police say there are no serious injuries and no one was hit by the single bullet.
  • It's a story WOKV has been following since early Friday morning.   Now, we've learned after a search of a Green Cove Springs home, a 19-year-old man has been arrested for transmission of child pornography.   According to the arrest report from the Clay County Sheriff's Office, an online investigation was launched back on June 9, focusing on a certain device associated with a torrent, tied to child pornography.   The report claims Cameron Rushing had files of known child pornography in a public folder for other users to download from.   During the course of their investigation, the sheriff's office says they were able to download 70 files from that public folder, from June 9 through June 17.   The report goes on to say investigators noticed the IP address, that they later tied to Rushing, made a partial download of a file, which prompted them to serve Comcast with a subpoena for subscriber information.   Then today, August 18, during the on-site search of Rushing's home, investigators say they found multiple file names on his computer, consistent with child porn.   Rushing now faces two transmission of child porn charges, both of which are felonies.
  • 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.

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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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