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    A crash involving an overturned truck hauling debris closed all southbound lanes of I-95 for hours today.  All lanes have since reopened. The Florida Department of Transportation says a bridge inspection team has found there was minor damage to the overpass, and it is safe for travel.   Florida Highway Patrol says a portion of the scrap metal inside the truck hit the underside of the overpass, causing debris to fall on the road. At least one car hit the debris.  FHP says the driver of the truck failed to safely negotiate a curve onto the on ramp to SB I-95, causing the truck to overturn and spill debris all over southbound lanes of the highway.  Two additional vehicles were unable to avoid hitting the debris.  The drivers of those vehicles were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.  The truck driver, who is from Lake City was cited for careless driving.  
  • Friday - The Jacksonville Icemen have a home-stand against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Fridays attendees will be treated to a performance by American Idol Finalist Colton Dixson after the game. - Jeff Dye, from the ‘Better Late than Never’ show, performing two stand up shows at Comedy Zone. 7:30pm and 9:45pm. SATURDAY - Meet some adorable and very adoptable dogs from Swamp Haven Rescue between 1-4pm at Engine 15 Brewing Downtown. There will be free coffee and live music from Black Martini. - Learn to make your own gummies at Sweet Petes at 4pm! Participants will make a wide variety of fun shapes and, if you’re inclined, even make sower gummies. Ages 4+ and tickets are $16. - Miss basketball? The Jacksonville Giants take on the Columbus Blackhawks at 7pm at Edward Waters College. The Giants are 11-1 on the season. Tickets are $10.   SUNDAY  - Hang out at the Landing on Saturday from 4-8pm and enjoy live music by Stevie “Fingers” and Dusty Trio. It’s a free show too! - Pickup curling games at the Jacksonville Ice and Sports Complex! It’s aimed for curlers to practice and get a bit of coaching too along the way. The fun starts at 3:15pm. All skill levels are welcome to join. Tickets are $25
  • Friday- Marvel Universe LIVE- This is perfect for the family! Over 25 Marvel Super Heroes and Villains performing high-energy stunts, tricks and manuevers. Multiple showings starting on Friday and running through Sunday! Jake Owen at The Florida Theatre- Doors open at 8pm and tickets start at $87. Saturday- Jax Health and Wellness Expo- free event at Morocco Shrine Auditorium between 10am and 2pm keeping those resolutions going strong! Mac and Cheese cook off at Bartram park Brewz- from 2-5pm, you can’t go wrong with craft beer and Mac and Cheese. Everyone’s a winner! Jacksonville Giants vs Fayetteville Flight- Miss basketball? The Giants play at UNF arena at 7pm. This family friendly game starts at 7pm. Morning Fatty at Surfer Bar- In the mood for some dub/reggae? 21+ and it’s FREE Sunday- Women’s Day of Action at the Landing between and 11am and 3pm- Marking the one year-anniversary of the largest political protest in rcent history, Women’s March Florida is leading a statewide day of action to bring awareness and support to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and the Florida Keys. Jags Watch Party at Mellow Mushroom in Avondale starting at 3pm- CBS 47 Action News Jax will be there filming “Jags All Access” show too!
  • Painting with a Twist- Studio #86 in San Marco is hosting Painting with a Twist at 7pm where you’ll paint a midnight moon! The class lasts roughly two hours. Tickets and information found at www.PaintingWithATwist.com   SATURDAY Harry Potter Yule Ball at the Jax Beach Public Library- Ring in the New Year Harry Potter Style at the Yule Ball with crafts, butterbeer, dancing, music and even a costume contest for the kids. This is a free event starting at 2:30pm. The Jacksonville Icemen take on their division rivals the Orlando Solar Bears at 7:30pm at Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets start around $10.  Below Zero- a free theathrical production for the entire family with over 60,000 watts of sound, lighting and choreography. This must see event is free at 7:30pm at The Arena on Normandy Blvd.    SUNDAY The Jacksonville Jaguars host the Buffalo Bills for our first playoff game of the season. If you can’t make the game at 1pm at Everbank Field, tune into CBS 47 to watch it and listen to FM 104.5 WOKV News for extended traffic reports before and after the game.  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Jackson Browne returns to the Florida Theatre at 7:30pm. You know him from such hits as ‘Running on Empty’
  • Friday- The Jacksonville Symphony presents the classic film, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with the entire score perfectly performed by the Symphony. 7pm at the Times Union Center.  Spanky Brown peforms at the Comedy Zone at 8:30pm. You’ve seen him on Comedy Central and the former host of Barbershop Critics.  Saturday- Candy Cain making class where you will watch the age-old tradition of creating hand-made candy canes. All the guests will shape their own candy canes and take them home. Children must be 4+ and the class is $15 Looking for the some of the best Christmas lights in town? Check out the Morocco Shrine Center starting at 6pm because they have over a half million lights that dance to the music. The 1 mile drive also offers free hot chocolate and candy canes. The Christmas lights on Girvin Rd and Deck the Chairs by the Beaches are both great options too.  Sunday- The 7th Annual Winterfest at Adventure Landing features an outdoor Ice Skating Rink, Ice Slide and a transformed water-park into a cozy alpine experience with a Blizzard Bluff Village, Crystal Creek Lodge and Mistletoe Marketplace. 
  • PODCAST- LISTEN FRIDAY Synchronized light show at the Jacksonville Landing. The 56 foot Christmas tree boasts over 75,000 lights that go to the sounds of the Holiday favorites.  On your way to the landing tune into the New Easy 102.9 for all your Holiday Favorites through Christmas day.  4X ABA Champions the Jacksonville Giants home opener against Mobile Bay Tornadoes at Veterans Memorial Arena. Championship banner hanging and ring ceremony. Giants are 6-0 on the season, all road wins. Information on JacksonvilleGiants.com   SATURDAY Florida Ballet’s ‘Nut Cracker’ with a world of snowflakes, waltzing flowers and dancing bontons. Tickets start around $23. Can’t make the Saturday show at 2pm? Not to worry, it also runs on Friday and Sunday. Star Wars night for the Jacksonville Icemen as they take on Greenville Swamp Rabbits with a Star Wars night theme. Tickets start at $10 bucks. More details on JacksonvilleIcemen.com SUNDAY Your weekend ‘nightcap’- The Jags take on the Texans. Kick off at 1:05pm. The Jags are 9-4 with the number one rated defense, 1st in the AFC South. There’s also a 4-hour tailgate in Lot X of Everbank beforehand with an all you can eat buffet. Just make sure to schedule a ride home! If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it on Fox 30. I’d be remiss to not mention Star Wars the Last Jeddi opening up this week. It’s playing literally every where. 
  • PODCAST- LISTEN! FRIDAY 7:30pm- Hourglass Pub- Mad Cowford Improv Comedy Shows. $5 bucks at the door. 21+ 7:30pm- Nathan Wilson Center for the Arts- FSCJ Jazz Concert. toe-tapping musical selections that will please jazz enthusiasts and those that are not that jazzy.   SATURDAY 10am- Riverside Arts Market on Riverside Avenue- Enjoy Arts and crafts, live music and food vendors with fresh produce! This is perfect for the family or a fun solo trip. Plus, the weekend weather is looking great! 7pm- Veterans Memorial Arena- The Jacksonville Icemen vs Norfolk Admirels. Before their Thursday game, the Icemen are 4 and 11 on the season, last in their division. Tickets start at 15 bucks SUNDAY 1pm- Everbank Field- The Jags take on the Colts at home. The Jags are 7-4 on the season and tied for first in the AFC south. If the Jags season were to end today, they’d be seeded 5th in the playoffs. 
  •  PODCAST: Listen FRIDAY -The Jacksonville Icemen vs Florida Everblades at the Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $15 bucks -Carlos Menzia at Comedy Zone at 9:45pm. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, or nationwide sold-out tours, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a diverse audience. Mind of Mencia on Comedy Central $25   SATURDAY -The Florida Tiny House Festival at the St. Johns Fairgrounds at 9am. Many dozens of tiny houses and micro homes, TV Celebs, national leaders from the tiny house community, fire performers and free movie showings. There are dozens of workshops and presentations. Tickets start at $20, kids are free.  -Candy Cain making class at Sweet Petes at 4pm. Watch the age-old tradition of creating hand-made candy canes. You’ll shape canes to take home. $15 per person and ages 4+ recommended. - Mad Cowford Improv Comedy Show at Hourglass Pub. 21 and up! Comedy and arcade games. The show is entirely improvised and based on your suggestions. Only $5 at the door.   SUNDAY -5th Annual Fall Craft & Vendor Event at Renaissance Resort World Golf Village at 10am featuring ~139 vendors. Kid friendly. Star Wars Characters will be onsite all day with fun games! Completely free! -Load up the family and listen to your favorite holiday tunes as you drive through over a half million lights that twinkle and dance to the music at the Morocco Shine Center at 6pm. The one mile drive has two Mega Trees, a 300 Foot tunnel of lights and custom Holiday scenes. Free hot chocolate and candy canes for all!
  • Downtown drivers- the I-95 SB ramp to Stockton Street has closed and will remain so for at least a year as part of the I-10/95 Improvement project. This is part of a larger $126 million project intended to improve the I-10, I-95 interchange and a install new dedicated Stockton ramp is being constructed.  Odette Struys, FDOT Spokesperson, tells us the ramp could remain closed even longer if there are unforeseen weather incidents.  As an alternate to Stockton Street for Riverside drivers- you can take the Forest Street exit to Margaret Street to access Stockton on continue on I-10 Westbound over to McDuff. 
  • PODCAST- Listen Here FRIDAY 4pm- Sweet Petes Downtown- Fall Apple Classes. Great for the kiddos. You’ll dip the apples in their selection of chocolate, and toppings and customize the apples. Ages 4+. $16. About an hour long.  8pm- Veterans Memorial Arena- The blues is alright tour- ft Sir Charles Jones, Tucka, Pokey Bear, T.K. Soul, Jeff Floyd and Bishop Bullwinkle. 10pm- Paint Studio 86 in San Marco- Sip, paint, relax. Painting a star gazing set. $30 each. They suggest arriving 15-30 minutes early to get situated. More at Painting with a twist dot com SATURDAY 11am- Downtown- Veterans Day parade- The parade route starts at EverBank Field and continues down Bay Street and ends at the Prime Osborn Center. Free! 1:30pm- Park & King St in Riverside- JaxbyJax Literary Arts Fesitival- 28 local writers will feature their work across 14 venues featuring everything from poetry to novel excerpts. A new writer takes the stage every half hour and after party at Jacksonville’s CoRK Arts District. 7pm- Veterans Arena- Chris Stapleton   SUNDAY 2pm- Anheuser-Busch Brewery – Plant Nite- Drink, Plant and Party! Build a terrarium, herb garden or flower arrangement. They provide all the supplies: a solid container, soil, plants, rocks, decorative elements, smock, music, and a good time. So come out and have an evening of relaxation, fun and gardening! Gather your family and friends and create your very own mini garden. More info at Plant NITE dot com 1pm- Everbank field- Jags take on the LA Chargers. Jags are tied for first in the division and look to improve upon their 5 and 3 record. Special Salute to Service and they’re giving out 6,000 tickets to active and retired military. Extended traffic reports on News 104-5 WOKV from 11am through 5pm  
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    Tim Tompkins has been with WOKV since 2014. He is the lead Traffic Anchor on Jacksonville’s Morning News and weekend expert show host on Saturdays between 12pm-3pm for the Consumer Law Hour, Q&A With JEA and Ask the Doctor. Outside of the WOKV studio, you can find Tim collecting vinyl, watching basketball or playing with his dog Sophie.

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  • Months before authorities said he walked into a Florida high school and killed 17 people, Nikolas Cruz was reportedly filmed shooting what appears to be a BB gun in his backyard. >> See the video here According to CNN, the video appears to show Cruz, the 19-year-old police say was behind Wednesday's deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, pointing a BB gun outside his house. The person in the video waves the replica weapon around, aims and shoots toward the fence surrounding the house. >> VIDEO: Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz shown fighting students in 2016 The footage is thought to have been taken by a neighbor in October 2017. >> Florida school shooting: Teacher of the year's emotional Facebook post goes viral Cruz reportedly has a history of disturbing behavior. According to police reports obtained by CNN, Cruz was accused of being violent toward his late adoptive mother, who once told Broward County sheriff’s deputies that Cruz had expressed an interest in obtaining a gun and cut his arms 'for attention.' Classmates also said Cruz was abusive toward his ex-girlfriend, the New York Post reported. >> Read more trending news  The Federal Bureau of Investigation was previously alerted to Cruz and threats he allegedly made online, including one about wanting to carry out a school shooting. Read more here.
  • An Uber Eats driver who police said shot and killed a customer in Atlanta turned himself in Monday afternoon and claims he acted in self-defense, his attorney said. >> Watch the news report here Only WSB-TV's Tom Jones was there when Robert Bivines, 37, arrived at the jail with his attorney. The Atlanta Police Department's Homicide Unit secured an arrest warrant for felony murder on Monday. The shooting happened at a condominium on Pharr Road in Buckhead on Saturday night. Police said Ryan Thornton ordered food from Uber Eats, and the driver delivered the food around 11:30 p.m. Authorities said words were exchanged between Thornton and the driver. >> PREVIOUS STORY: Uber Eats driver accused of killing customer turns himself in The Uber Eats driver then shot the 30-year-old, police said. Thornton died at Grady Memorial Hospital.  Bivines' attorney, Jackie Patterson, calls this a case of self-defense. 'This is a case where my client had no choice but to defend himself,' he said. Patterson said Thornton was irate about the amount of time it took for his food to arrive. He said Thornton was aggressive, and as Bivines walked away, Thornton made a threatening move.  'He turned around, put his hand in his pocket and said, 'I'm going to [expletive] you up,'' Patterson said. Patterson said Bivines was afraid to wait to see what Thornton had in his pocket, so he said he defended himself. Jones asked Patterson why his client, who had only been on the job less than a week, didn't just drive away. >> Read more trending news  'You can't drive away when someone is coming at you with your window down,' Patterson said. Bivines will be taken to the Fulton County Jail. He will have a first appearance before a judge Tuesday. Uber sent WSB-TV a statement Monday saying Bivens no longer has access to the app: “We are shocked and saddened by this senseless act of violence and our hearts go out to Ryan’s friends and family. We have been working with the Atlanta Police Department, and the driver can no longer access the app” A spokesperson for Uber told WSB-TV that Bivens passed a background check. Bivens was an Uber Eats delivery partner only and did not drive passengers. Uber is working with the Atlanta Police Department on this investigation. Morehouse College sent the following statement:  'The Morehouse College community is mourning the passing of Ryan Thornton who was was shot Saturday in Atlanta after ordering a late dinner from UberEATS, according to police reports. 'Thornton, 30, was a recent graduate of Morehouse College. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in May 2017, and had started a new job. 'Morehouse faculty, staff, and administrators on Monday were shocked and saddened by the news of Thornton’s death. Employees in Morehouse College’s admissions office said they worked closely with Thornton and described him as being friendly, hard-working, and determined to become a Morehouse Man.  'President David A. Thomas said that the Morehouse community stands at the ready to support Thornton’s family during this difficult time. “ ‘The loss of another young life to gun violence is tragic,' Thomas said. 'Ryan was an ambitious student with so much promise. He was well-respected by his peers and highly regarded by his professors. We at Morehouse College will keep Ryan's family in our thoughts and prayers.’ ”
  • Years before he was accused of killing one of his Uber Eats customers in Atlanta this past weekend, Robert Bivines had been arrested on aggravated assault charges in DeKalb County, Georgia, according to jail records.  >> Uber Eats driver accused of shooting, killing customer claims self-defense, attorney says But the nearly decade-old offense wouldn’t have been flagged by Uber’s driver pre-screening process because it only tracks criminal records as far back as seven years, according to the company’s website. Potential employees are subject to a driving history screening and, if cleared, undergo a criminal background check in national, state and local databases, according to the Uber website. The company said Bivines passed a background check and had been with the delivery company for only a week before the deadly shooting.  >> On MyAJC.com: Court upholds young mother’s conviction for killing newborn “We are shocked and saddened by this senseless act of violence and our hearts go out to (Ryan Thornton’s) friends and family,” Uber Eats said in a statement. “We have been working with the Atlanta Police Department, and the driver can no longer access the app.” Details of the 2009 assault case were not immediately available Monday, but Bivines pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of battery in May 2010, according to court records.  >> On MyAJC.com: R. Kelly evicted from N. Fulton homes, owes $30K, court documents show He was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to have no contact with his victim. Bivines was also banned from the five-county metropolitan area. Online court records do not indicate how long the ban was enforced.  Bivines, 36, turned himself in Monday afternoon, two days after Atlanta police say he shot and killed Thornton, a recent Morehouse College graduate, after delivering food to the 30-year-old’s Pharr Court South condominium. The shooting was caught on surveillance video.  About 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Thornton placed an order with Tin Lizzy’s on Piedmont Road through the Uber Eats app, according to an Atlanta police report. Bivines was listed as the delivery driver.  “The victim went down to meet the driver, received his order and began walking away from the vehicle,” Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said in a statement. “As the victim was walking away, it appears words may have been exchanged between he and the delivery driver.”  Thornton went back to Bivines’ car, and that’s when things turned deadly.  Atlanta police said four shots were fired through the passenger-side window. Bullets landed in Thornton’s torso.  >> Uber Eats driver accused of killing customer turns himself in As Thornton fell to the ground, Bivines drove away in his white Volkswagen, police said. Thornton called his girlfriend, who administered aid. He was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.  Thornton graduated from Morehouse in May 2017 with a political science degree and had recently started a new job, a spokeswoman for the school, D. Aileen Dodd, said in a statement. While there, he worked closely with those in the admission’s office, who described him as “friendly, hard-working and determined to become a Morehouse Man.”  Morehouse President David A. Thomas said the college “stands at the ready to support Thornton’s family during this difficult time.” “Ryan was an ambitious student with so much promise. He was well-respected by his peers and highly regarded by his professors,” Thomas said. “We at Morehouse College will keep Ryan's family in our thoughts and prayers.” >> Read more trending news  Bivines’ attorney, Jackie Patterson, said the surveillance video doesn’t tell the full story.  Patterson told WSB-TV that Thornton — upset about the delivery time — threatened his client and motioned toward his pockets: “My client had no choice but to defend himself.”  Bivines is due in court at 11 a.m. Tuesday. 
  • An Uber Eats driver who police said shot and killed a customer turned himself in Monday afternoon. >> Read more trending news According to WSB-TV, Robert Bivens, 37, arrived at the jail with his attorney. The Atlanta Police Department's Homicide Unit secured an arrest warrant for felony murder Monday. The shooting happened Saturday night at a condominium on Pharr Road in Buckhead, Georgia. Police said Ryan Thornton ordered food from Uber Eats and the driver delivered the food around 11:30 p.m. At some point, authorities said words were exchanged between Thornton and the driver. The Uber Eats driver then shot the 30-year-old, police said. Thornton died at Grady Memorial Hospital.  Uber said in a statement on Monday, saying Bivens no longer has access to the app: “We are shocked and saddened by this senseless act of violence and our hearts go out to Ryan’s friends and family. We have been working with the Atlanta Police Department, and the driver can no longer access the app.” A spokesperson for Uber told WSB-TV Bivens passed a background check and had only been an Uber Eats driver for about a week. Bivens was an Uber Eats delivery partner only and did not drive passengers. Uber is working closely with the Atlanta Police Department on this investigation.
  • The man allegedly behind the fatal Florida high school shooting apparently has a disturbing past that is coming to light. A school fight that was captured on camera a little more than a year ago is the latest development. >> Click here to watch Authorities said 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Cruz was formerly a member of the school’s JROTC program before being expelled. >> Florida school shooting: Teacher of the year's emotional Facebook post goes viral A September 2016 video shared by ABC News shows Cruz wearing a white shirt and khakis while fighting with other students. Cruz was reportedly handed a two-day suspension following the incident. >> Family who took in Nikolas Cruz: 'We just didn't know' According to ABC, the fight was one of five documented incidents that caused school administrators to expel Cruz, mandating his transfer to another high school in February 2017. >> WATCH: Florida school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez slams politicians, NRA in emotional speech Another incident that reportedly contributed to Cruz’s expulsion was his alleged fight with his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. Cruz was allegedly abusive toward her before they broke up. >> Read more trending news  The massacre at the high school marked the 25th U.S. school shooting in which someone was killed since the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School.

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