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    Jacksonville is offering up to 200-acres of waterfront property for free if the company establishes its second headquarters in the River City. Through a proposal video produced by the Chamber of Commerce, the city is marketing itself as an emerging city that's great for education. City officials claim the centerpiece of the proposal is the '200- acres of live work and play campus in the heart of a waterfront city.' SEE ALSO: Worker talks about 'difficult working conditions' at Jacksonville Amazon Fulfillment Center  City officials said the Jacksonville Shipyards, located in downtown Jacksonville, would be conveyed at no cost for Amazon. The proposal pitched Jacksonville as having the ideal network access points needed for the Seattle-based commerce company. The city also pitched that Jacksonville will work to create innovative public transportation and has the most competitive costs in Florida. In Seattle, the online retailer estimates its headquarters has added $38 billion dollars to the city’s economy from 2010-2016. Photos: Renderings from Jacksonville's pitch to become Amazon's HQ2  Mayor Lenny Curry said in a statement to Action News Jax that the Amazon project will be negotiated against a scorecard to ensure it provides a return to taxpayers and contributes to job growth and economic development. 'We will continue to work hard on this deal that would result in over 50,000 jobs for Jacksonville,” Curry said. Amazon already has two distribution locations in Jacksonville.  As other cities are compete to have the second headquarter in their city, Amazon said it will make its decisions next year. 
  • Months after a disturbing attack on an 86-year-old Neptune Beach veteran, which ultimately resulted in his death, all three suspects involved have had their charges upgraded. Douglas Cercy Jr. and Ray Jones III have now  been indicted by a grand jury on first-degree murder charges. They were previously arrested in April for attempted murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping, along with Jennifer Schulte.  Schulte had her attempted murder charge upgraded to murder in early October.  Police say the trio kidnapped and robbed 86-year-old Melvin Clark and then drove him to a remote location in the woods off of US Highway 301, where they allegedly slashed his throat, and left him to die.  Clark died months later at the hospital.  Schulte, Cercy, and Jones were all arrested in South Florida at a bus station, after allegedly stealing Clark’s cellphone, wallet, and car.
  • Three people are accused of kidnapping and robbing an 86-year-old Neptune Beach veteran, who eventually died from injuries he suffered. Now, one of the three suspects has had a charge upgraded. Jennifer Schulte, Douglas Cercy, and Ray Jones were all arrested in April for attempted murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping. Police say the trio robbed 86-year-old Melvin Clark, then brought him out to the far Westside, slashed his throat, and left him on the side of the road. Clark survived the immediate attack and was eventually located and taken to the hospital, but he died from his injuries in July. Since that time, WOKV has been asking the State Attorney’s Office whether the suspects will face upgraded charges. Now, court records show that a murder charge has been filed against Schulte in connection to Clark’s death. The new arrest report says the charge was filed on Monday, although it wasn’t immediately posted on the public court docket. When WOKV inquired with the State Attorney’s Office about the status of the charges on Tuesday, we were told any increased charge was still under review. Court records now confirm there was a pretrial hearing on Wednesday, and Schulte has been arrested for murder. The arrest report further says the new charge came at the recommendation of an Assistant State Attorney on the case. She has another pretrial hearing set for November 1st.  The other two defendants do not have elevated charges in their court dockets or on their jail records at this time. Jones has a pretrial hearing later this month, and Cercy has a pretrial at the end of the month. The affidavit for the arrest warrant in this case says Schulte spoke with investigators after being read her Miranda rights, and that she told police Cercy had orchestrated the robbery and held a fake gun to Clark to get him to withdraw money. She says she did not see who cut Clark’s throat. The trio allegedly fled the area in the victim’s car and were eventually caught at a bus station in South Florida.
  • A man opened fire on two police officers who were 15 feet away from him on Thursday morning, striking them with bullets that would have hit their chests if not for their bulletproof vests, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news The vests might have saved the officers’ lives, KTVI reported. The pair was conscious and speaking Thursday after the shooting in Bellefontaine Neighbors, according to the news station. They were released from a hospital on Thursday afternoon after getting treatment for their injuries, St. Louis County police said. Bellefontaine Neighbors Mayor Bob Doerr told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the injured officers were a 44-year-old male sergeant who has worked in law enforcement for “half his life” and a 25-year-old female police officer who was hired in 2014. 'They were wearing their bulletproof vests, so thank God,' Doerr old the Post-Dispatch The officers were injured around 7:30 a.m. after being called Thursday morning to a home in north St. Louis County where a man was suspected of having fired multiple shots on Wednesday night, KTVI reported. Police left the home Wednesday after finding no evidence to continue an investigation, St. Louis County police Sgt. Shawn McGuire told KMOV. He told the news station that a neighbor called authorities Thursday morning after spotting the man who was suspected of firing the shots. Officers said they found the person walking in the area and tried to talk to him, but St. Louis County police said they were unsuccessful. “Officers tried to take the suspect into custody, at which time the suspect resisted arrest,” police said. “One of the officers attempted to use a Taser to control the suspect, but was unsuccessful.” Authorities said the man then pulled out a gun and fired shots at the officers’ chests. One of the officers returned fire, but it was not immediately clear if the man was hit. He ran into a home, where he barricaded himself for hours before police officers were able to take him into custody Thursday afternoon. Witness Steve Jones told KMOV he spotted police officers Thursday morning in the front yard of a home on Bellefontaine Road. “All of a sudden, I (see) ... Bellefontaine officers trying to take this man to the ground, and the next thing I know, this man jumps up off the ground and I see pepper spray being deployed from the officers,” Jones told KMOV. “This man backs up about 15 feet and starts shooting.” He said he heard several gunshots and saw the officers fall to the ground. He told KMOV he called 911. Police did not immediately identify the man accused of firing shots at police or either of the injured officers.
  • A man opened fire on two police officers who were 15 feet away from him on Thursday morning, striking them with bullets that would have hit their chests if not for their bulletproof vests, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news The vests might have saved the officers’ lives, KTVI reported. The pair was conscious and speaking Thursday after the shooting in Bellefontaine Neighbors, according to the news station. They were released from a hospital on Thursday afternoon after getting treatment for their injuries, St. Louis County police said. Bellefontaine Neighbors Mayor Bob Doerr told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the injured officers were a 44-year-old male sergeant who has worked in law enforcement for “half his life” and a 25-year-old female police officer who was hired in 2014. 'They were wearing their bulletproof vests, so thank God,' Doerr old the Post-Dispatch The officers were injured around 7:30 a.m. after being called Thursday morning to a home in north St. Louis County where a man was suspected of having fired multiple shots on Wednesday night, KTVI reported. Police left the home Wednesday after finding no evidence to continue an investigation, St. Louis County police Sgt. Shawn McGuire told KMOV. He told the news station that a neighbor called authorities Thursday morning after spotting the man who was suspected of firing the shots. Officers said they found the person walking in the area and tried to talk to him, but St. Louis County police said they were unsuccessful. “Officers tried to take the suspect into custody, at which time the suspect resisted arrest,” police said. “One of the officers attempted to use a Taser to control the suspect, but was unsuccessful.” Authorities said the man then pulled out a gun and fired shots at the officers’ chests. One of the officers returned fire, but it was not immediately clear if the man was hit. He ran into a home, where he barricaded himself for hours before police officers were able to take him into custody Thursday afternoon. Witness Steve Jones told KMOV he spotted police officers Thursday morning in the front yard of a home on Bellefontaine Road. “All of a sudden, I (see) ... Bellefontaine officers trying to take this man to the ground, and the next thing I know, this man jumps up off the ground and I see pepper spray being deployed from the officers,” Jones told KMOV. “This man backs up about 15 feet and starts shooting.” He said he heard several gunshots and saw the officers fall to the ground. He told KMOV he called 911. Police did not immediately identify the man accused of firing shots at police or either of the injured officers.
  • Police are concerned about a spike in those credit card skimmers found at gas stations across the state of Florida. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says 613 skimmers have been found statewide at pumps so far this year.  They say in all of last year there were only 219 skimmers located.  Law enforcement officers say criminals usually like to go to the pumps furthest away from the building to place the skimmers in hopes they wont get caught.  Police say it's best NEVER to use a debit card to pay at the pump.  If you must use one to pay for gas, pay inside.  Paying at the pump with a credit card is a better option.
  • This December has been a complete turnaround for Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his first three seasons with the team, Jacksonville only won three games in the month of December. Now, ahead of the matchup against Houston on Sunday, the Jaguars find themselves just one win away from matching that total in the 2017 season alone.  A big reason for the turnaround is the vaunted Jaguars defense.  Another piece to the December success is Bortles’ play. Over the first two weeks of December, Bortles has completed 71 percent of his passes, averaging over 9 yards per completion. In that same time, he has thrown four touchdowns while avoiding turning the ball over, having no interceptions. In that same time the Jaguars offensive line have only allowed one sack.   All of these things have worked together to give Jacksonville the outright lead in the AFC South at 9-4, and a 2-0 record in the month of December for the first time since the 2013 season. Bortles and Jacksonville will try to continue their win streak this Sunday at Everbank against the Houston Texans.
  • A witness to an alleged drunken driving crash in which an off-duty Dallas firefighter killed a pregnant 18-year-old girl and her unborn son told investigators the man’s sports car exceeded 100 mph moments before the fatal collision. The firefighter, identified by police as Horace Shaw III, 45, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of Alyssa Pimentel, of Midlothian. Shaw was driving a Mercedes-Benz sports car around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday in Cedar Hill when he rear-ended the Mazda SUV Pimentel was driving. Pimentel and her boyfriend, Isaiah Perez, were both ejected from the vehicle. Pimentel died at the scene, according to investigators.  Perez, 21, suffered a broken neck and broken leg, according to the Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate.  Perez spoke to the news station about losing his girlfriend and son. “I sure do miss her. I’d give my life to her just to bring her and my son back,” Perez said.  He said that, although he does not remember the crash, he recalls waking up afterward and seeing Pimentel on the ground, dying.  “I ended up crawling to her,” Perez said. “The next thing you know, she said, ‘I love you,’” and just keep your head up. I was promising her nothing would happen.” Pimentel was conscious and talking for a few minutes, but died as paramedics arrived. The couple were taken to separate hospitals. Perez later learned that doctors delivered their son, but the baby lived just a few minutes, the news station reported. The couple planned to name him Josiah Adrian Perez.  An arrest affidavit in the case, obtained by the news station, states that a witness told Cedar Hill police investigators that he was driving south on U.S. Highway 67 when he was passed by a white Mercedes sports car, which authorities determined Shaw was driving.  “The witness stated that the defendant’s vehicle passed him at what appeared to be between 100 to 110 mph,” the affidavit read. “When the defendant’s vehicle crested a hill on the highway, the witness saw sparks and could also see two vehicles, one being the defendant’s vehicle, slide onto the grassy shoulder between the highway and the southbound service road.” The witness stopped at the crash scene to offer aid and encountered Shaw, the document said.  “When the witness stopped and approached the vehicles, the defendant got out of his vehicle, walked to where the driver of the second vehicle was laying on the ground, told the witness he was a paramedic, then laid on the ground,” the affidavit said.  Shaw avoided talking with police officers on the scene, the court document said. The officers found an empty metal flask, which smelled of alcohol, in Shaw’s car. >> Read more trending news A second witness told investigators that Shaw also passed her at a high rate of speed about 30 seconds before she came upon the crash scene. She said when she got there, Pimentel was lying on the entrance ramp to the highway, appearing unconscious.  “The witness stated that the defendant appeared to be intoxicated and explained how she observed the defendant was unable to walk straight when he exited his vehicle,” the affidavit said.  Investigators said Shaw’s passenger told them that the pair had been coming from a restaurant in Dallas where they had been drinking. He admitted that Shaw was “speeding a little bit” when the crash occurred. When asked if Shaw was “showing off,” the man said he was, the affidavit said.  The man became uncooperative when asked further about their drinking, but the officers said they smelled the strong odor of alcohol on the man’s breath. They also smelled alcohol on Shaw, who refused to answer questions and asked for an attorney, the affidavit said.  Pimentel’s parents, Joe and Jayne Pimentel, released a statement Wednesday afternoon in which they asked for prayers and privacy. “We are currently shaken and saddened by the tragic events that occurred today. Alyssa was our one and only daughter carrying our grandson, with their whole lives ahead of them,” the statement posted to Facebook read. “We are very disappointed with the fact that an individual who is tasked with saving lives is responsible for taking the lives of our family members.  “As you can imagine, our grief right now is immeasurable. We are aware that there is an investigation into the accident and we trust that the authorities will be diligent in seeking justice for Alyssa and Baby Josiah.” Shaw was released on $45,000 bail Wednesday from the Dallas County Jail. Investigators said he could face additional charges. 
  • A Bryceville woman is facing a maximum of 30 years in Florida State Prison, after being convicted of organized fraud. According to State Attorney Melissa Nelson, Lauren Carr, 58, diverted more than $1.5 million for her and her family's everyday personal use, from a business she owned.  Carr ran that business, Stazac Management Co., from 2008-2015. The company managed several homeowner associations.  Nelson's office says it was a whistleblower who alerted the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office about the fraud that was taking place at the business, leading to Carr’s eventual arrest and conviction. A sentencing date hasn't been released.
  • An Ohio man is accused of trying to have sex with a 15-year-old boy -- who in reality was an undercover police officer -- by enticing the teen with chicken Alfredo and Sprite.  Albert George Maruna IV, 22, was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted unlawful sexual contact with a minor, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, possessing criminal tools and importuning, according to Mahoning County Jail records. Maruna was released from custody Wednesday. Fox 19 in Cleveland reported that Maruna, a Youngstown State University student, began chatting through an online dating app Dec. 5 with someone he believed to be an underage boy. In reality, he was communicating with an undercover officer.  The Vindicator in Youngstown reported that when the boy’s alleged age came up, Maruna played it off. “Age is a number, I believe,” Maruna wrote, according to the newspaper. “I don’t believe in age. I’m OK if you (sic) OK with me.” During the pair’s weeklong communications, Maruna sent the boy explicit messages detailing what he wanted to do with him, the Vindicator reported. He also sent the boy nude photos of himself, including his genitalia.  >> Read more trending news Austintown police investigators said that the pair agreed to meet for sex on Tuesday, with Maruna promising to bring lubricant, chicken Alfredo and Sprite, Fox 19 said. When Maruna got to Austintown, however, he was met by officers and arrested. Maruna had an iPhone, a Macbook, three zip drives, a bottle of Astroglide lubricant, Vaseline lotion, two bottles of Sprite and chicken Alfredo in a Tupperware container when he was arrested, the news station reported.  Police officials said that Maruna, when interviewed by detectives, “did not deem having sex with a consenting 15-year-old as wrong,” the Vindicator reported.  He is due in court Jan. 3 for a preliminary hearing. 

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  • Jacksonville is offering up to 200-acres of waterfront property for free if the company establishes its second headquarters in the River City. Through a proposal video produced by the Chamber of Commerce, the city is marketing itself as an emerging city that's great for education. City officials claim the centerpiece of the proposal is the '200- acres of live work and play campus in the heart of a waterfront city.' SEE ALSO: Worker talks about 'difficult working conditions' at Jacksonville Amazon Fulfillment Center  City officials said the Jacksonville Shipyards, located in downtown Jacksonville, would be conveyed at no cost for Amazon. The proposal pitched Jacksonville as having the ideal network access points needed for the Seattle-based commerce company. The city also pitched that Jacksonville will work to create innovative public transportation and has the most competitive costs in Florida. In Seattle, the online retailer estimates its headquarters has added $38 billion dollars to the city’s economy from 2010-2016. Photos: Renderings from Jacksonville's pitch to become Amazon's HQ2  Mayor Lenny Curry said in a statement to Action News Jax that the Amazon project will be negotiated against a scorecard to ensure it provides a return to taxpayers and contributes to job growth and economic development. 'We will continue to work hard on this deal that would result in over 50,000 jobs for Jacksonville,” Curry said. Amazon already has two distribution locations in Jacksonville.  As other cities are compete to have the second headquarter in their city, Amazon said it will make its decisions next year. 
  • Months after a disturbing attack on an 86-year-old Neptune Beach veteran, which ultimately resulted in his death, all three suspects involved have had their charges upgraded. Douglas Cercy Jr. and Ray Jones III have now  been indicted by a grand jury on first-degree murder charges. They were previously arrested in April for attempted murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping, along with Jennifer Schulte.  Schulte had her attempted murder charge upgraded to murder in early October.  Police say the trio kidnapped and robbed 86-year-old Melvin Clark and then drove him to a remote location in the woods off of US Highway 301, where they allegedly slashed his throat, and left him to die.  Clark died months later at the hospital.  Schulte, Cercy, and Jones were all arrested in South Florida at a bus station, after allegedly stealing Clark’s cellphone, wallet, and car.
  • Three people are accused of kidnapping and robbing an 86-year-old Neptune Beach veteran, who eventually died from injuries he suffered. Now, one of the three suspects has had a charge upgraded. Jennifer Schulte, Douglas Cercy, and Ray Jones were all arrested in April for attempted murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping. Police say the trio robbed 86-year-old Melvin Clark, then brought him out to the far Westside, slashed his throat, and left him on the side of the road. Clark survived the immediate attack and was eventually located and taken to the hospital, but he died from his injuries in July. Since that time, WOKV has been asking the State Attorney’s Office whether the suspects will face upgraded charges. Now, court records show that a murder charge has been filed against Schulte in connection to Clark’s death. The new arrest report says the charge was filed on Monday, although it wasn’t immediately posted on the public court docket. When WOKV inquired with the State Attorney’s Office about the status of the charges on Tuesday, we were told any increased charge was still under review. Court records now confirm there was a pretrial hearing on Wednesday, and Schulte has been arrested for murder. The arrest report further says the new charge came at the recommendation of an Assistant State Attorney on the case. She has another pretrial hearing set for November 1st.  The other two defendants do not have elevated charges in their court dockets or on their jail records at this time. Jones has a pretrial hearing later this month, and Cercy has a pretrial at the end of the month. The affidavit for the arrest warrant in this case says Schulte spoke with investigators after being read her Miranda rights, and that she told police Cercy had orchestrated the robbery and held a fake gun to Clark to get him to withdraw money. She says she did not see who cut Clark’s throat. The trio allegedly fled the area in the victim’s car and were eventually caught at a bus station in South Florida.
  • A man opened fire on two police officers who were 15 feet away from him on Thursday morning, striking them with bullets that would have hit their chests if not for their bulletproof vests, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news The vests might have saved the officers’ lives, KTVI reported. The pair was conscious and speaking Thursday after the shooting in Bellefontaine Neighbors, according to the news station. They were released from a hospital on Thursday afternoon after getting treatment for their injuries, St. Louis County police said. Bellefontaine Neighbors Mayor Bob Doerr told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the injured officers were a 44-year-old male sergeant who has worked in law enforcement for “half his life” and a 25-year-old female police officer who was hired in 2014. 'They were wearing their bulletproof vests, so thank God,' Doerr old the Post-Dispatch The officers were injured around 7:30 a.m. after being called Thursday morning to a home in north St. Louis County where a man was suspected of having fired multiple shots on Wednesday night, KTVI reported. Police left the home Wednesday after finding no evidence to continue an investigation, St. Louis County police Sgt. Shawn McGuire told KMOV. He told the news station that a neighbor called authorities Thursday morning after spotting the man who was suspected of firing the shots. Officers said they found the person walking in the area and tried to talk to him, but St. Louis County police said they were unsuccessful. “Officers tried to take the suspect into custody, at which time the suspect resisted arrest,” police said. “One of the officers attempted to use a Taser to control the suspect, but was unsuccessful.” Authorities said the man then pulled out a gun and fired shots at the officers’ chests. One of the officers returned fire, but it was not immediately clear if the man was hit. He ran into a home, where he barricaded himself for hours before police officers were able to take him into custody Thursday afternoon. Witness Steve Jones told KMOV he spotted police officers Thursday morning in the front yard of a home on Bellefontaine Road. “All of a sudden, I (see) ... Bellefontaine officers trying to take this man to the ground, and the next thing I know, this man jumps up off the ground and I see pepper spray being deployed from the officers,” Jones told KMOV. “This man backs up about 15 feet and starts shooting.” He said he heard several gunshots and saw the officers fall to the ground. He told KMOV he called 911. Police did not immediately identify the man accused of firing shots at police or either of the injured officers.
  • A man opened fire on two police officers who were 15 feet away from him on Thursday morning, striking them with bullets that would have hit their chests if not for their bulletproof vests, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news The vests might have saved the officers’ lives, KTVI reported. The pair was conscious and speaking Thursday after the shooting in Bellefontaine Neighbors, according to the news station. They were released from a hospital on Thursday afternoon after getting treatment for their injuries, St. Louis County police said. Bellefontaine Neighbors Mayor Bob Doerr told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the injured officers were a 44-year-old male sergeant who has worked in law enforcement for “half his life” and a 25-year-old female police officer who was hired in 2014. 'They were wearing their bulletproof vests, so thank God,' Doerr old the Post-Dispatch The officers were injured around 7:30 a.m. after being called Thursday morning to a home in north St. Louis County where a man was suspected of having fired multiple shots on Wednesday night, KTVI reported. Police left the home Wednesday after finding no evidence to continue an investigation, St. Louis County police Sgt. Shawn McGuire told KMOV. He told the news station that a neighbor called authorities Thursday morning after spotting the man who was suspected of firing the shots. Officers said they found the person walking in the area and tried to talk to him, but St. Louis County police said they were unsuccessful. “Officers tried to take the suspect into custody, at which time the suspect resisted arrest,” police said. “One of the officers attempted to use a Taser to control the suspect, but was unsuccessful.” Authorities said the man then pulled out a gun and fired shots at the officers’ chests. One of the officers returned fire, but it was not immediately clear if the man was hit. He ran into a home, where he barricaded himself for hours before police officers were able to take him into custody Thursday afternoon. Witness Steve Jones told KMOV he spotted police officers Thursday morning in the front yard of a home on Bellefontaine Road. “All of a sudden, I (see) ... Bellefontaine officers trying to take this man to the ground, and the next thing I know, this man jumps up off the ground and I see pepper spray being deployed from the officers,” Jones told KMOV. “This man backs up about 15 feet and starts shooting.” He said he heard several gunshots and saw the officers fall to the ground. He told KMOV he called 911. Police did not immediately identify the man accused of firing shots at police or either of the injured officers.

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