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    She heard the front door open and then found a shirtless man standing in her house.   A St. Augustine woman is shaken-up, but otherwise OK, after pushing an intruder out of her home.   The offense report from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office says they found a man matching the description of the intruder a short time later, during a patrol of the woman's neighborhood.   Deputies say he appeared to be swaying from side to side and that his speech was slurred. The man, identified as Devin Howell, 20, initially admitted to drinking a couple of beers, but later said he drank an entire case of beer.   Deputies searched his backpack and found him to be in possession of marijuana as well.   Howell is now charged with trespassing, disorderly intoxication, and possession of marijuana.
  • It had to be a shock for neighbors, living near the Northeast Florida Regional Airport.   A St. Augustine man is accused of firing a a handgun at least 6 times into a wooded area on Avenue B and Decoy Alley, just off US 1, on Monday afternoon, only a few hundred feet from where kids were playing.   The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office says Bruce Johnson, 22, initially fled the area, but when they caught up with him a short time later, he admitted to the crime.   Johnson is now charged with discharging a firearm from a vehicle, which is a felony.
  • A Jacksonville man has been arrested for armed robbery in connection to a hold up at a Mandarin bank Monday. Police responded to the Suntrust Bank on San Jose Blvd. Monday after a suspect walked in, slipped the teller a note demanding money, and fled with cash. JSO says the suspect went to a 'blue crossover style” vehicle parked nearby and then drove off.  This incident has been classified as an armed bank robbery, although JSO says a weapon wasn’t shown and nobody was hurt.  The arrest report for 28-year-old Scott Cone shows a torn up note was found in a McDonalds cup filled with liquid, inside the vehicle that was apparently used during the robbery. The note appeared to be the one used in the bank robbery, including statements like “stay calm”. JSO says a SunTrust envelope with a $50 bill was also in the car and the shirt Cone appeared to be wearing during the robbery was found in his apartment. Cone’s girlfriend spoke with JSO, and the arrest report says Cone had given her cash, saying it was money from a paycheck. She confronted him after seeing his photo on the news later in the day. The arrest report says Cone then confessed to her, saying they needed the money. The arrest report further says Cone then took some pills and was taken to the hospital. He’s now  been committed under the Baker Act. This robbery is not believed to be related to any other recent bank robberies which have occurred in the area, including one just to the north of this bank ten days ago. 
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill making it easier for parents and residents to challenge school textbooks and school library books. The legislation, which was one of 29 bills signed on Monday, allows parents and residents to review instructional materials and then challenge them as inappropriate before a hearing officer. It was one of five education bills signed by Scott, including increasing funding by $100 per student in the state budget. Scott also signed the bill establishing the $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund along with $50 million in repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike. Scott vetoed five bills, including one that would have put warning labels on lottery tickets and advertising. The other vetoed bills deal with electronic wills, community associations, mortgage regulations and state agency information technology organization.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is encouraging residents to remove valuables from their cars and to lock the doors.  Right now, JSO is trying to identify two individuals wanted for committing multiple auto burglaries in the Captiva Bluff neighborhood.  The two were caught on surveillance pulling door handles of unlocked cars, rummaging through them and ultimately taking whatever they can find.  The suspects were last seen in a white Ford F150.   If you have any information on the suspects you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.
  • The most recent robbery was late Monday night in the Sans Souci area when a clerk was shot at On the Rocks Liquor Store. Jacksonville Police says the clerk was shot in the upper right arm and was taken to Memorial Hospital, and is listed in stable condition.  The shooter is still on the run and was last seen going east on University Boulevard with a small handgun. He is described to be a black man around 5’8”. He was wearing a black hat, black shirt, and red shorts. The suspect is also considered armed and dangerous, and if you spot him call the police.  The second robbery was reported at the Smokin Aces Tattoo and Games located on Emerson Street on Friday, June 23rd.  JSO says an employee was shot several times in his back during the robbery. The unknown suspected and entered the business and demanded money.  There is no suspect description for the Friday robbery and it is also unclear what was taken.
  • An investigation is underway after a home caught fire in the Nocatee in Northeast St. Johns County on Monday.   St. Johns County Fire Rescue and Jacksonville Fire Rescue crews both responded to the home, after getting a report of a roof fire with heavy smoke and flames showing.   There have been no injuries reported and the cause is under investigation, though the homeowner believes lightning is responsible.   WOKV will continue to update this story, as new information comes in.
  • Years in the making, JAXPORT’s Board of Directors has unanimously approved the start of the harbor deepening project. The scope of the overall project has been scaled back from what was once envisioned, from dredging 13 miles to 11 miles. The change was a response to continued study of the project, environmental factors, and cost. The 13 mile project was expected to cost some $700 million, while this pared down version is $484 million.  “The Jacksonville Harbor Deepening project is the single biggest opportunity to grow our port and reach our potential as a major gateway for international trade,” said JAXPORT Chairman Jim Citrano through a statement provided by JAXPORT.  While the funding for the overall project is still being lined up, this initial phase that now has the green light is fully funded. JAXPORT says this phase involves deepening three miles in from the mouth of the St. Johns River. The harbor will be deepened to 47 feet in order to accommodate the larger vessels that are now in the shipping trade.  Just this past weekend, the largest container ship to ever visit a Florida port stop through Jacksonville at the TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point. The MOL Bravo moved a “significant” amount of cargo, but couldn’t operate at full capacity because the harbor isn’t deep enough, according to JAXPORT.  With the Board’s approval, construction is now slated to start early next year. This first phase is estimated to take 18 months.

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  • A 2-year-old Idaho boy died after he was left over the weekend for more than six hours in a hot car near St. George, Utah, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news Authorities found the boy after they were called around 6:40 p.m. Saturday to a report of an unresponsive child at a home in Winchester Hills, St. George News reported. The child was pronounced dead at the scene, the news site reported. The Washington County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case to determine whether any charges will be filed, although sheriff’s office spokesman David Crouse told The Salt Lake Tribune that it appeared the child’s death was “a tragic accident.” >> Related: 4-day-old baby left in hot car in Massachusetts In a statement released to St. George News, deputies said the 2-year-old boy was one of as many as 35 children brought to St. George for a family reunion. The group traveled to St. George for an activity. Deputies believe that the 2-year-old fell asleep on the trip back to Winchester Hills, but no one noticed that he didn’t get out of the van. Meanwhile, a majority of the adults got ready for a religious meeting in St. George. >> Related: 10 ways to prevent a hot car death Crouse said at a news conference Monday that teenage family members were watching the children as the adults went to the meeting, KSTU reported. When they returned to Winchester Hills, the boy’s absence was noticed. His father found him in the van, according to deputies. >> Related: Waze traffic app includes feature to remind parents kids are in car It was not clear how long he had been left in the vehicle, although Crouse told the Tribune that the boy appeared to have been in the car for at least six hours. St. George saw a high of 109 degrees on Saturday, according to the Tribune.
  • She heard the front door open and then found a shirtless man standing in her house.   A St. Augustine woman is shaken-up, but otherwise OK, after pushing an intruder out of her home.   The offense report from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office says they found a man matching the description of the intruder a short time later, during a patrol of the woman's neighborhood.   Deputies say he appeared to be swaying from side to side and that his speech was slurred. The man, identified as Devin Howell, 20, initially admitted to drinking a couple of beers, but later said he drank an entire case of beer.   Deputies searched his backpack and found him to be in possession of marijuana as well.   Howell is now charged with trespassing, disorderly intoxication, and possession of marijuana.
  • Police say the body of a woman was found Monday inside a family bathroom at an Oklahoma Walmart. At this time, police are not sure how long the woman was in the bathroom at the Sand Springs store. >> Read more trending news According to police, employees assumed that the family bathroom was out of order because it was locked. Employees placed an out-of-order sign on the door that remained there through the weekend. On Monday, employees unlocked the bathroom door and found the woman.  Sand Springs Police say their preliminary investigation shows nothing suspicious about the woman's death.
  • On Aug. 27 of last year, Breyana Davis dialed 911 to report a stabbing. Davis had just plunged a knife into the heart of her roommate, a 21-year-old Georgia State University student, and doused him with boiling water at their DeKalb County apartment. >> Read more trending news On Monday, Davis, 22, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the killing of Charles Rudison, a business major who also worked at a Publix distribution center. Judge Gregory A. Adams sentenced her to 20 years in prison. Davis was initially charged with murder, but the district attorney’s office allowed her to plead to the lesser offense after “extensive discussions with the victim’s family,” DA spokeswoman Yvette Jones said. Rudison’s sister, Karla Jones, had mixed feelings. “I wish the years were longer,” she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “but (at) least she's getting punishment for this.” Jones and the rest of the family were devastated and confounded by the crime. >> Related: Woman killed, five others hurt in valet parking accident Rudison, who had met Davis on an online student housing board, died after a night out in downtown Atlanta. Davis, whose attorney could not immediately be reached for comment, left him and another friend at one point and went back to their shared apartment. Rudison and the other friend were angry with Davis because they had to catch a ride home with a ride-sharing service. Once they arrived at the apartment, it took only moments for Davis to douse Rudison with boiling water and stab him, a detective testified in a previous hearing. Even now, the motive for the crime is still mysterious. Read more here.
  • Unable to muster enough votes, Republican leaders in the Senate said on Tuesday that they would not force a final vote on a GOP health care bill this week, trying to get extra time to negotiate a plan which could win the backing of 50 Republican Senators, as a vote seemed like to slip into the month of July. “It’s a big complicated subject,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who downplayed GOP troubles, vowing not to give up on changes to the Obama health law. “Legislation of this complexity almost always takes longer than anybody would hope,” McConnell added, as GOP Senators were to meet later in the day with President Donald Trump at the White House. .@SenateMajLdr on health care vote delay: 'We're going to continue discussions' within conference, White House 'very anxious to help.' pic.twitter.com/MYkLRc8nQH — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 27, 2017

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