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Two suspects are being sought for a burglary at St. Mary’s Seafood in World Golf Village. The burglary happened on Saturday, June 10th. 
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  • A Texas community is reeling after the death of a 2-year-old boy following a severe beating over the weekend. >> Watch the news report here According to KTRK, the Houston toddler died after being beaten by a belt and burned by a hot object, authorities said. The child’s mother, Lynette Monique Gasper-Washington, and her boyfriend, Rajfik Keating, reportedly have been arrested and charged with aggravated assault injury to a child. Firefighters were called to an apartment complex on Creekbend Drive in southwest Houston about 10 p.m. Saturday, officials said. >> Read more trending news The child was found unresponsive and was taken to Southwest Memorial Hermann Hospital but later died, the Houston Chronicle reported. Officials said the boy appeared to have suffered multiple injuries.
  • The St. Johns County sheriff supports the idea of giving out citations instead of arresting adults with small amounts of marijuana. Sheriff David Shoar wants to leave it up to deputies' discretion and give them 'the option' to make a choice. TRENDING: Woman facing charges after overdosing while 7 months pregnant, police say 'I think it's a really good idea for the county,' St. Augustine City Commissioner Leanna Freeman said. 'Not only arresting someone over a small possession charge is very taxing on a police force but it's costly for defendants, the community and clogs up our congested court system.' Currently eight cities and five counties in Florida have passed an ordinance decriminalizing 'personal use' marijuana for adults. The state already has a citation program in place for minors. St. Augustine city leaders will meet on July 24 to discuss the possible pot proposal further. FLORIDA NEWS: 'Cash me ousside' girl pleads guilty to juvenile charges
  • The powerful drug fentanyl claimed the life of music legend Prince in 2016 and has, in recent years, largely contributed to the next wave of America’s opioid crisis. >> Read more trending news Here are 10 things you should know about fentanyl: What is fentanyl? Fentanyl, also known as Actiq, Duragesic or Sublimaze in its prescription form, is an especially potent painkiller developed in the 1960s used to treat extreme pain. According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, strains of fentanyl can be 50 times more powerful than morphine. >> Related: What is fentanyl and how does it kill? Some street names for the drug (or for non-pharmaceutical fentanyl-laced heroin) include Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfella, Jackpot, Murder 8, TNT and Tango and Cash, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Where is fentanyl manufactured? According to a recent U.S. government report, fentanyl in recent years has been traced back to illegal labs in China and Mexico, trafficked to countries (like the U.S.), laced with heroin and sold to buyers who have no knowledge of the drug’s presence. When do doctors prescribe fentanyl? Physicians prescribe fentanyl as a pain reliever or anesthesia, typically for opioid-tolerant patients undergoing heart surgery (as anesthesia), cancer patients already receiving maintenance opioid medication for pain or patients with chronic pain who need around-the-clock opioids. >> Related: DEA: N. Fulton woman detained; sold fentanyl to undercover agents The controlled substance can be legally prescribed via injection, patch, lozenges or lollipop. What are the side effects of fentanyl? From the National Institute on Drug Abuse: Drowsiness Confusion Constipation Weakness Dry mouth Constricted pupils Unconsciousness Slowed respirations Decreased heart rate Nausea Sweating Flushing Confusion Stiff or rigid muscles Tight feeling in the throat Difficulty concentrating How does fentanyl work? Fentanyl (and other opioids) binds to receptors in parts of the brain that control pain and emotions, increasing dopamine levels and creating a state of euphoria. What makes fentanyl so dangerous? Like any opiate, fentanyl use can increase the risk of dependency and lead to both abuse and addiction. When the drug isn’t properly ingested as prescribed or is consumed illicitly or accidentally, just one small dose can result in death. >> Related: Death toll rises in mass overdose in central Georgia Because fentanyl is so highly potent, drug dealers have increasingly been mixing heroin, oxycodone or Xanax with fentanyl, deceiving buyers who are unaware that a powder or pill contains the drug. But this deception, according to Harvard Medical School, is proving fatal. One strain of fentanyl (furanyl fentanyl) is so potent that you could die from just touching it, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The furanyl fentanyl, labeled and sold as oxycodone pills and powder, caused 19 deaths in Georgia from 2016 to 2017. Some of the opioid receptors in the brain that fentanyl binds to also help control breathing, but high doses of opioids such as fentanyl (usually consumed accidentally or illicitly) can stop someone from breathing altogether, killing them. Read more here.
  • The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify the man because he is believed to be a suspect in a fraud case, where stolen credit cards were used to purchase items.   The credit cards were linked to multiple smash and grabs that happened at Epic Theatre in St. Augustine.   Women’s purses or wallets were reported stolen out of four of the cars. The burglaries occurred between 7:30 -9:30 pm.   If anyone can identify the suspect or have any information in reference to the vehicle burglaries contact Cpl. J. Kroul at 904-209-1457 or jkroul@sjso.org  You can also remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling CrimeStoppers of N.E. Florida at 1-(888) 277-TIPS (8477).
  • It must have been an out the ordinary scene in Flagler County.  The Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify a man who was tying women’s pantyhose to cars in the Home Depot parking lot while sporting a pair himself.  “We need to identify him before this escalates to a more serious crime,” says Sheriff’s Rick Staly.  A woman posted on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook that the man tied a pantyhose to her car on Monday.  If you have any information, please call FCSO at 386-313-4911 or CrimeStoppers to remain anonymous. 1-888-277-TIPS

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