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California police shooting: Officer shot, killed in Sacramento

California police shooting: Officer shot, killed in Sacramento

A California police officer has died after a shooting in Sacramento, multiple news outlets reported late Wednesday. >> Read more trending news Check back for updates to this developing story.

St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office seeks budget boost to hire more deputies

St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office seeks budget boost to hire more deputies

With the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners starting to deliberate the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is asking for a slightly bigger slice. Documents submitted to the Board show SJSO is asking for a roughly 9% increase over last year, to bring their budget up to a little more than $82 million. A good chunk of that money would be earmarked for new hires. SJSO wants to add 22 law enforcement deputies and five corrections deputies, as well as part-time school crossing guards and crime scene technicians.  SJSO says they need to expand the force, in order to keep pace with the consistently growing population of the county. “If we go too many more years without growth in that patrol arena, eventually, the citizens are going to see a delay in response,” says SJSO Spokesman Chuck Mulligan. Not only could a delay in adding these positions trickle down to you, but Mulligan says it’s also important to factor in the time it takes to recruit and train the new hires. He says it would be about a year before these new positions would be filled and in the field, so it’s important to act now. This request is not the only thing the Sheriff’s Office has been doing to deal with growth in St. Johns County. We told you earlier this year that SJSO updated their patrol map, in an effort to prevent any escalation in response times, especially for priority calls. Now, it is up to the County to determine if they want to fund the additional hires. Commissioners will spend the next few months  putting together the County budget, which must be approved by the end of September, before the start of the next fiscal year.

Suspect in Fernandina Beach home invasion robbery arrested in North Carolina

Suspect in Fernandina Beach home invasion robbery arrested in North Carolina

Months after an armed home invasion robbery in Fernandina Beach that injured two people, investigators say they've now arrested a third suspect in connection. The Fernandina Beach Police Department has announced the arrest of 24-year-old Cedrice Brown. They say he was taken into custody early Wednesday morning, not far from the University of North Carolina.  Police tell us when he was arrested he was in possession of two stolen guns and booked on various North Carolina charges. A hold has been placed on Brown to have him extradited to Florida, where he faces armed robbery and armed burglary charges.  Police say since the December 22, 2018, incident at a home on Manatee Avenue, they've determined that the robbery was pre-planned due to one of the suspects involved having knowledge of where certain items were.  At the time of the robbery, police 15 people were inside. The victims reported seeing several suspects wearing masks and carrying various weapons, rifles, handguns and knives.  Two people were injured during the robbery, after being hit in the head with guns.  WOKV told you that one suspect was arrested while attempting to flee. A second suspect was arrested at a later time.  Police say they're continuing to work on identifying the remaining suspects, who they believe are from outside the Nassau County-area.

It’s a screaming message from emergency leaders across Florida. Look at who stayed behind as Hurricane Michael slammed ashore as a Category 5 hurricane in the Florida Panhandle.   News 104.5 WOKV brought together a panel of experts, led by Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh, to talk through steps that you can take to protect your family, your property or your business for a disaster up to an including a hurricane.   Listen for the story of one family that chose to ride out Hurricane Michael in their attic, only to lose the home after the storm had passed.  The mistake they made is one that Mike Buresh says he will never forget. 
It’s a screaming message from emergency leaders across Florida. Look at who stayed behind as Hurricane Michael slammed ashore as a Category 5 hurricane in the Florida Panhandle.   News 104.5 WOKV brought together a panel of experts, led by Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh, to talk through steps that you can take to protect your family, your property or your business for a disaster up to an including a hurricane.   Listen for the story of one family that chose to ride out Hurricane Michael in their attic, only to lose the home after the storm had passed.  The mistake they made is one that Mike Buresh says he will never forget. 
It’s a screaming message from emergency leaders across Florida. Look at who stayed behind as Hurricane Michael slammed ashore as a Category 5 hurricane in the Florida Panhandle.   News 104.5 WOKV brought together a panel of experts, led by Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh, to talk through steps that you can take to protect your family, your property or your business for a disaster up to an including a hurricane.   Listen for the story of one family that chose to ride out Hurricane Michael in their attic, only to lose the home after the storm had passed.  The mistake they made is one that Mike Buresh says he will never forget. 
It’s a screaming message from emergency leaders across Florida. Look at who stayed behind as Hurricane Michael slammed ashore as a Category 5 hurricane in the Florida Panhandle.   News 104.5 WOKV brought together a panel of experts, led by Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh, to talk through steps that you can take to protect your family, your property or your business for a disaster up to an including a hurricane.   Listen for the story of one family that chose to ride out Hurricane Michael in their attic, only to lose the home after the storm had passed.  The mistake they made is one that Mike Buresh says he will never forget. 
Senators look for deal on immigration law changes sought by Trump As a Senate spending panel approved $4.6 billion on Wednesday to help with humanitarian needs along the southern border with Mexico, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he would delay action set for this week on a package of legislative changes to U.S. immigration laws, to allow more time for Senators to forge some sort of bipartisan compromise in Congress. 'So we're going to take a couple of weeks to see if we can find a compromise to see if we can shut down this flow,' Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said of the recent surge of migrants to the border. Graham told his colleagues that bipartisan talks had already been underway with the White House, which have included Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate. 'I am willing to deal with DACA,' Graham said, addressing an issue which Democrats say would have to be part of any deal.  'I am not willing to continue the practice that our laws are generating, which is to tell everyone in Central America, the door is open,' Graham added. Both sides know that any compromise may include items which are anathema to many of their own supporters; one example would be a legal status for those covered under DACA and so-called 'Dreamers,' as Democrats want them to have a chance at a 10-to-12 year pathway to citizenship. For many Republicans, that type of plan spells only one word: Amnesty. Just over a month ago, Graham floated a bill which included asylum system changes, and urged President Trump to get on board with an immigration compromise. 'To get what you want, you've got to give something,' Graham said in mid-May. Graham has tried repeatedly in public to make the case to fellow Republicans and the White House that an immigration deal is in their best interest - otherwise nothing will get done in terms of legislative changes, and the number of people flowing to the border will continue to grow. At a hearing last week, the acting DHS Secretary said Graham's 'Gang of 8' immigration bill from 2013 - which drew furious opposition in conservative circles and on talk radio, and was never voted on by the GOP House - would have certainly helped prevent the current situation at the border. 'We would have a very different situation at the border,' said Acting DHS chief Kevin McAleenan, as he noted the plan would have bolstered the number of agents for the Border Patrol, ICE, and included other immigration enforcement improvements, such as up to 700 miles of new pedestrian fencing along the border, and high tech sensors. But the 'Gang of 8' bill foundered among House Republicans in 2013 because of the provisions dealing with the DREAM Act, and a pathway to citizenship for some of those already in the U.S. illegally. And it was quickly obvious in the halls of Congress that the same type of concerns could doom any new effort to strike a deal in 2019. The 2013 'Gang of 8” bill would have granted immigrants a provisional legal status in the U.S. for six years, and renewable for another six years, with a $500 fee. After ten years, immigrants could then apply for a green card, and permanent resident status, as they would not be allowed to jump straight to citizenship. Before any of those immigrants could even start getting a new legal status, the bill required that border security and fencing plans be in place first. But that wasn't enough for Republicans - one reason many labeled the South Carolina Republican, Lindsey 'Grahamnesty' for his efforts. The Gang of 8 bill would also have ended the Diversity Visa Lottery Program - a frequent target of President Trump.