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    At least 15 structures are “lost” as the result of a fast-moving wildfire in Bryceville. Nassau County Emergency Management says the official emergency shelter set up for evacuees is the Bryceville Baptist Church at 7732 US Hwy 301. The American Red Cross is cooperating with that shelter. At a briefing early Thursday, officials said 150 people have been affected because of evacuations.   The Florida Highway Patrol says two other shelters have been established- one at Gray Gables Church, 54031 Church Road and one at Callahan First Baptist Church, 45090 Green Avenue. Shifting winds drove the fire, which the Florida Forest Service for the District says is more than 400 acres around CR 119, CR 121, and Countryside Acres. As of 5am Thursday, the fire was reported as 50% contained. The evacuations will remain in effect until the fire is completely contained. The Florida Forest Service Jacksonville says the fire started with someone burning paperback books, and that it is illegal to burn household garbage in Florida.  Our partner Action News Jax reports the landowner will be held responsible. Nassau County Firefighters, the Florida Forest Service, and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue are all working the scene. Facilities have been taking in animals from anyone who had to evacuate. All Paws Boarding at 8356 US Hwy 301 is sheltering dogs and cats. You’re asked to bring a crate and vaccination history if you can. The Walker Quarter Horse Farm at 14452 Normandy Blvd is taking in horses for free, but request owners bring feed, hay, and supplies.
  • Residents near County Road 121, County Road 119 and Countryside Acres in Bryceville are ordered to evacuate due to a 250-plus acre wildfire. Nassau County Emergency Management said CR 121 is shut down between DB Hicks Road and Willis Lane in Bryceville. Nassau County Emergency Management said the fire has gained momentum due to windy conditions and structures are threatened. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and Florida Forest Service is assisting Nassau County firefighters in working to protect homes. Emergency personnel are going door to door to evacuate homeowners in the path of the fire. No structures have been damaged at this point.
  • The owner of two Jacksonville businesses has been arrested for his part in a multi-state cargo theft ring, amounting to more than $1 million in stolen property. William Shepard Ellison, the owner of Shep’s Chicken and Auction House and Shep’s Discount Store on Jacksonville’s Westside, is accused of selling stolen property brought to him by three other suspects.  Pedro Hernandez and Lewis Dominguez are both in custody for stealing semi-trucks, trailers and cargo and taking the property to Ellison, while another suspect, Juan Quintana, remains on the loose.  This isn’t Ellison’s first run-in with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, either. He was arrested on gun charges more than a year ago, after two shotguns were found in his home. As a convicted felon, Ellison is barred from possessing firearms.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is calling it an 'isolated incident', but officers continue to investigate after a shooting in the Normandy area.   According to JSO, a victim with a gunshot wound to the chest was found inside a home on Revels Road Wednesday afternoon. At this time, their injuries are described as non-life threatening.   Officers say the suspect is still at-large, but the victim and the suspect do know each other.   It's unknown if the incident is drug related.
  • It's a scam that's been around for years, but it's causing headaches once again for JEA. The utility is sounding the alarm today, saying scammers are trying to scare customers once again into making fake payments by threatening to cut off service if they don't. JEA spokeswoman Gerri Boyce says there's been an increase in such calls over the past few weeks. 'We just want to remind our customers to be diligent and not to fall prey to it,' Boyce noted. 'They prey on fear.' These scammers have been making phone calls, sending texts and physically going door-to-door in neighborhoods to find potential victims. The types of scams you might encounter are endless, but one of the best things to remember if you end up in this situation is to be suspicious of anyone who demands you pay with a prepaid debit or credit card,. 'JEA would never do that,' Boyce added. '[Customers] would never get a call [from JEA] requesting a credit card number over the phone.' Those who are truly at-risk of losing service for nonpayment would be notified by JEA in other ways, including on their bill, in a letter or with a phone message left by a JEA representative. Any credit card payments JEA does process is either through a third party or the utility's phone system, both of which have to be triggered by the customer. If you have any questions or suspicions that you're being scammed, you can call JEA directly using the phone number on your bill. No customers have been victimized by scammers lately that JEA is aware of, per Boyce.
  • The nightmare is finally over for a mentally challenged woman and her family. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office rescues her from a hotel room on Blanding Boulevard, the same one where a man and woman allegedly forced her to have sex with people responding to an online ad. 20-year-old Tamia Oliver and 25-year-old Demontre Clark have been charged with human trafficking and living off the proceeds of a prostitute, both of which are felonies. Clark's also been charged with felony abuse of a disabled adult after the woman claimed he gave her a black eye and would beat her up sometimes for no reason, causing bruises on her body. According to the arrest report, that woman had been missing since February 9th after she failed to show at a special needs class. JSO says Clark and Oliver teamed up to advertise the woman for sex and directed anyone who responded to a hotel on Blanding Boulevard. The report also shows detectives were tipped by the woman's mother after another family member found the ad online and that the victim was given marijuana and Xanax during her ordeal. Following this morning’s court hearing, Oliver was given a bond of over $150,000, while Clark’s bond is at over $350,000. Both are due back in court April 12th.
  • 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 woman who spent nearly a half-decade in prison for shooting and killing her husband is now spreading her message of self-defense against domestic violence.'I snapped. I was very scared,' Sandra Musgrove said, talking about the night of March 18, 2007.The mother of six said she and her husband, David Lubben, were living in Kentucky and that night he was acting strange and was being abusive, prompting her to grab her gun. This woman tells me she shot & killed her husband in self defense. After serving time in prison, she is now on a mission @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/czrWAyIJY4— Danielle Avitable (@DanielleANjax) March 22, 2017 PHOTOS: 'Asian Town' complex coming to Regency Square Mall 'I shot him. I snapped and I shot him,' Musgrove said.But she said the abuse wasn’t something new.'My husband had been abusing me for five years. He threw shoes at my kids and abused my kids,' Musgrove said.Musgrove said she was arrested that night.She was sentenced to five years in prison for reckless homicide after taking a plea bargain.According to reports from the sentencing hearing, the judge said this wasn’t a classic case of self-defense since Lubben was shot in the back.'I was so scared, I had never been in trouble before in my life, I didn't know how to handle the situation,' Musgrove said.Three and a half years later, she left prison with a mission to spread awareness about domestic violence.She said she drove to Amelia Island from Kentucky with messages marked on her van because she believes she can reach more people here because of tourism. She drove from Kentucky to Amelia Island to spread awareness about domestic violence & share her story @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/XbQqKGm0qe— Danielle Avitable (@DanielleANjax) March 22, 2017 LOCAL NEWS: St. Johns County homeowner told she has to take down Blue Lives Matter flag 'I would like to be a leader to help women like that and men, both male and female, and men and women are victims of this,' Musgrove said.According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by a significant other and domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime.“If I can save another person’s soul, that means the world to me,' Musgrove said.Musgrove said she will most likely be in the area until May.
  • They may be in the Jacksonville-area or Georgia.   The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are asking the public to keep an eye out, as they try to find a missing 2-year-old.   According to FDLE, Luna Simons-Millsap was last seen with Stephen Millsap, 23, and Taylor Dwyer, 23.   They may all be traveling in a black 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara.   If you have information about their whereabouts, you're asked to contact FDLE or the Lake County Sheriff's Office at (352) 343-2101.
  • Thankfully it was clear before rush hour, but this one tied up traffic for hours in downtown Jacksonville Tuesday afternoon.   A crash involving 3 cars blocked all but one lane, on I-95 northbound, just north of the Fuller Warren Bridge.   According to the crash report from the Florida Highway Patrol, 3 people have minor injuries after the crash, which caused a semi truck carrying 25,000 pounds of cargo to jump a concrete barrier wall.   The driver of the semi was not hurt.   At this time, the cause of the crash remains under investigation. We're told charges are pending.

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  • A Florida woman who admitted to throwing a 5-month-old into his playpen while babysitting him is facing a murder charge after the baby died from his injuries.  >> Read more trending stories Police were called to a home on Davis Road on March 7 after getting reports of a baby that was not breathing. Barbara Kendrick, 65, admitted to police that she threw the baby, Cooper Dubovik, into his playpen. Cooper was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Doctors determined the child had internal injuries that resulted from some type of trauma, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. He died of his injuries on March 8. 5 month old Cooper Dubovik passed away, the woman baby sitting him has been charged with Murder. @ActionNewsJax— Bridgette Matter (@bridgetteANjax) March 9, 2017 Kendrick told police that Cooper had been fussy because he had a fever and was teething. She said she had been watching the boy for about two months. She was initially charged with aggravated child abuse but her charges were upgraded to murder after Cooper died.
  • Police say 5-month-old Cooper Dubovik of Jacksonville, Florida, died after his baby sitter, Barbara Kendrick, admitted to throwing him into his playpen. Cooper's mother, Teal Garvin, opened up to ActionNewsJax.com. >> Watch the news report here “To not be able to hold him, and to not be able to see his smile, it’s just so hard, it’s so incredibly hard,' she said. On March 7, police were called out to a home on Davis Road. Baby Cooper had stopped breathing. Police say 65-year-old Kendrick admitted she threw the 5-month-old into his playpen. Kendrick told officers she had been watching Cooper about two months. >> Previously on ActionNewsJax.com: Baby sitter charged with murder after 5-month-old boy dies in Jacksonville Cooper's mother said she never imagined Kendrick would hurt her only child. “To wait 16 minutes while you watch him gasp for air trying to stay alive, you chose to kill him,' Garvin said. 'I can’t forgive that.” >> Read more trending news Reports said Cooper was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He had a skull fracture and no brain activity. The next day, he died. Now, his parents are fighting for justice “I just can’t even begin to explain how hard it is,' Garvin said. Kendrick’s next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday. To help Cooper’s family, you can donate to their GoFundMe page here.
  • Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. What to know now  1. Trump communications collected: Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-California), announced Wednesday that private conversations between President Donald Trump and his transition team may have been improperly distributed to spy agencies after they were inadvertently collected as part of an intelligence investigation of other targets. Nunes said he was troubled enough by information provided to him about the communications to go to the White House on Wednesday to inform the president in person. Nunes said the information collected had nothing to do with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The FBI said Monday it is investigating any possible connection between the Trump campaign and Russian meddling in the election. 2. Health care vote: A vote on a health care bill that is essential in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – is set to take place Thursday in the House. Trump and leaders in the House have lobbied members to vote for the bill, but as of late Wednesday, they had not locked down enough votes for it to pass. The president has warned those who don’t vote for the bill that they could face consequences come re-election. 3. London attack: A man stabbed a London police officer to death Wednesday after he ran down pedestrians on a bridge near Parliament in a terror attack on the British government. Four people, including the attacker, were killed, and at least 40 others injured. British lawmakers sheltered in place in Parliament for hours after the mid-afternoon attack. One woman was pulled alive from the waters of the Thames after she was either knocked off the Westminster Bridge or jumped to avoid the car. The suspect has not been identified. An early morning raid in the London area Thursday netted seven people suspected of being involved with the attack.  4. Wisconsin shootings: A Wisconsin police officer and three others were killed Wednesday in what law enforcement officials said was a domestic violence incident that led to three separate shootings. The shootings took place in a bank, at an attorney’s office and in an apartment complex near Everest, Wisconsin, which is about 90 miles west of Green Bay, Wisconsin.  5. Sweet 16: The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament continues Thursday as the next round of playoffs gets underway. Sixteen teams – the Sweet 16 – will play over the next two days as we make our way to the Elite Eight, then the Final Four. The championship game is set for April 3.  And one more Nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards were announce Wednesday. The CBS daytime drama “Young and the Restless” snagged 25 nominations, with ABC’s “General Hospital” and CBS’ “Bold and the Beautiful” getting 23. NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” got 22 nods. In case you missed it
  • At least 15 structures are “lost” as the result of a fast-moving wildfire in Bryceville. Nassau County Emergency Management says the official emergency shelter set up for evacuees is the Bryceville Baptist Church at 7732 US Hwy 301. The American Red Cross is cooperating with that shelter. At a briefing early Thursday, officials said 150 people have been affected because of evacuations.   The Florida Highway Patrol says two other shelters have been established- one at Gray Gables Church, 54031 Church Road and one at Callahan First Baptist Church, 45090 Green Avenue. Shifting winds drove the fire, which the Florida Forest Service for the District says is more than 400 acres around CR 119, CR 121, and Countryside Acres. As of 5am Thursday, the fire was reported as 50% contained. The evacuations will remain in effect until the fire is completely contained. The Florida Forest Service Jacksonville says the fire started with someone burning paperback books, and that it is illegal to burn household garbage in Florida.  Our partner Action News Jax reports the landowner will be held responsible. Nassau County Firefighters, the Florida Forest Service, and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue are all working the scene. Facilities have been taking in animals from anyone who had to evacuate. All Paws Boarding at 8356 US Hwy 301 is sheltering dogs and cats. You’re asked to bring a crate and vaccination history if you can. The Walker Quarter Horse Farm at 14452 Normandy Blvd is taking in horses for free, but request owners bring feed, hay, and supplies.
  • A Florida woman’s mouth allegedly got her in trouble with the law three times in one day. According to the Pensacola News Journal, 23-year-old Angela Christine Millikin of Gulf Breeze is accused of biting her uncle during an altercation Tuesday. >> Read more Floridoh! stories When deputies from the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a woman leaving the scene of an attack, they reportedly arrived to find Millikin, who matched the description given in the report. Millikin told deputies that she was Pakistani royalty and that her name was Duchess “Christine Pharoah,” according to the News Journal. Deputies escorted Millikin back to the scene of the attack, where her uncle explained that she had hit him in the face and bit his hand with enough force to break the skin after he refused to give her his phone, deputies said. >> Read more trending news As she was being taken into custody, Millikin spat on an arresting deputy and struck him in the face, according to a report obtained by the News Journal. She faces several charges, including battery, battery on law enforcement and fraud. Read more at the Pensacola News Journal.

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