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  • Jacksonville officers are looking for a man accused of shooting a Popeyes employee in the leg Wednesday night.  According to the police report, officers were called to Popeyes Chicken on North Edgewood Avenue at about 9 p.m. in reference to an employee who was shot in the leg.  Officers interviewed the restaurant's employees, who said a man pulled up to the restaurant in a dark-colored pickup truck.  The man tried to place an order inside the restaurant but had to order at the drive-thru because the store was closed, employees said.  The man ordered his food but was upset that his meal 'cost too much.' He drove from the drive-thru but stopped his car in front of the store. The police report said the employees were in the lobby when the man entered the restaurant.  An employee said the man walked up to another employee, punched him in the face and shot him once.   The man fled the scene.  The injured employee was taken to UF Health with non life-threatening injuries.  Officers are looking for the man and believe he was last seen in an older-model Ford pickup truck with a standard cab and a tool box in the back.
  • Police have released surveillance video footage from inside a Westside Popeyes restaurant where an employee was shot by an angry customer. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is working to identify the customer involved, who they say was upset with his order Wednesday night and shot an employee working at the Edgewood location. The suspect was seen leaving the restaurant in a dark colored pickup.  If you have any information, please call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers.
  • The 2013 Corrine Brown Invitational Golf Tournament was advertised “to benefit the COMTO Jacksonville Chapter Scholarship Fund and other community non-profits”, but the head of COMTO says they have no record of any money coming in. Testimony Friday in the federal fraud trial of now-former Congresswoman Corrine Brown has focused on events allegedly funded by donations to a “sham” charity, One Door For Education, and whether those events actually did anything for charitable giving. A prior witness told the court that bank and financial records showed more than $55,000 from One Door was used toward this gold tournament at TPC Sawgrass. The event took place during the same time frame that the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials- or COMTO- was holding an annual conference in Jacksonville, and the President of COMTO at the time did attend the event. Current COMTO President and CEO Brad Mims testified that their records show One Door made no donation to their scholarship fund, either at the national or local level. When prosecutors asked what a $25,000 donation to the organization directly would have meant, Mims said it breaks down to five or six scholarships. Another event that allegedly tapped One Door funds- about $15,000 worth- is a luxury box at a Jaguars-Redskins game in DC. The head of the Florida Democratic Party, Stephen Bittel, says he paid for his private plane to take people he believed to be One Door donors to what he thought was a fundraising event. Prosecutors say there was no fundraising at the event. One of the people who was invited on the plane along with his family was Jack Hanania. Hanania says he had refused donations to Brown’s campaign, but when he heard about One Door’s mission, he agreed to contribute $7,000. He told the court he donated and was later invited to the game- including on the plane with Brown- but his understanding was that these were separate. He believe his money was going to charity, and the event was being covered by other dollars. These are just a few of the witnesses that have taken the stand today. WOKV is inside of the courtroom and will continue to update you on testimony throughout the day.
  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents are still looking for 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, who they said was taken by her teacher, 50-year-old Tad Cummins. As of Friday, the TBI said during a news conference that Cummins had been added to the TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list for kidnapping Thomas. >> Read more trending news The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Thomas was last seen Monday morning at 8 a.m. at Shoney's in Columbia, Tennessee, after a friend dropped her off.  She is described as white, with blonde hair and hazel eyes, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 pounds, and was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings. She was initially thought to be in the area of Decatur, Alabama, with Cummins. Cummins is described as white, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is believed to be armed with two handguns and driving a Silver Nissan Rogue, with Tennessee tag 976ZPT  Agents said they learned Thomas was in Decatur, Alabama by 3:06 p.m. Monday.  On Wednesday, TBI released video of Cummins, who appears to be at a Tennessee gas station before abducting Thomas.  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released the following statement:  We're continuing to track down every possible detail leading up to the disappearance of Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas. Here's surveillance video of Cummins, filling his Nissan Rogue with gasoline, which we believe he did just prior to picking up Thomas at a nearby Shoney's, which is the last known sighting of Thomas. The 15-year-old remains the subject of a Tennessee AMBER Alert.  Agents said Cummins will now face a charge of sexual contact with a minor connected to an alleged sexual interaction between himself and Thomas at the school where he taught and she was a student.  District Attorney General Brent Cooper announced Friday that Cummins also faces an aggravated kidnapping charge. By Thursday,  the TBI said it remained 'extremely concerned' for the well-being of Thomas. “Since issuing the AMBER Alert at approximately 6:00 CST Tuesday, the TBI has received approximately 120 leads,” the organization said in an update Thursday. “None has produced any credible sightings about the whereabouts of either individual. Because of the shockingly low number of tips, the TBI has concluded the individuals are likely out of the view of the general public or outside the original net cast across the southeast to notify the public about their disappearance. Having last been seen on Monday morning, the individuals could, frankly, be anywhere.” WBIR reported on Thursday that a second nationwide be on the look out, or BOLO, alert has been issued. The Maury County School District fired Cummins on Tuesday. He was initially suspended when the allegations surfaced.   The TBI was able to determine Cummins secured a title loan for a personal vehicle leading up to his disappearance and got $4,500 in cash.  If you have seen either Cummins or Thomas, call 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463).  The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
  • The inspector general of the Department of Defense has opened an investigation into whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn reported money he received for a speaking appearance in Russia. Rep. Elijah Cummings, (D-Maryland), released three documents Thursday that confirmed the investigation, ABC News is reporting. One of the letters Cummings, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, released was a letter from the Defense Intelligence Agency stating that they found no record that Flynn had sought permission to speak in Russia, nor had he reported income from that speech. A U.S. official, which Flynn as a retired military officer would be considered, must, by law, both seek permission and report income derived from any activity with a foreign government. Flynn once headed the DIA. CNN is reporting that Flynn also received a warning from the DIA in 2014 against receiving payments from foreign governments without congressional approvalFlynn is alleged to have taken $45,000 for speaking at an engagement in Russia in 2015. “These documents raise grave questions about why General Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was warned explicitly by the Pentagon,” Cummings said in a statement. “Our next step is to get the documents we are seeking from the White House so we can complete our investigation. I thank the Department of Defense for providing us with unclassified versions of these documents.” Cummings released the documents Thursday, two days after he and House Oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz held a press conference to say they believe Flynn broke the law when he failed to get permission for the speech in Russia.Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, has said that Flynn did discuss his speech with officials at the DIA. Cummings said no proof of that has been found.  Flynn resigned as national security adviser in February after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about a meeting he had with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States. 

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