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Missing Nassau woman’s death being investigated as a homicide

Missing Nassau woman’s death being investigated as a homicide

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has now confirmed that the woman found dead in Charlton County, Georgia is the same woman who had been reported missing from Nassau County. And now, a Jacksonville man is being charged in connection to her death- which is being investigated as a homicide.  We first told you last week that the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office was searching for Jennifer Perry, who had gone missing from the Bryceville area. Late Friday, officials confirmed a body had been found in Georgia, and family of Perry reported at that time that the remains were hers.  The GBI now confirms it was Perry’s body that was found.  This investigation is being treated as a homicide, per the GBI. Autopsy results are still pending to determine her cause of death.   As we learned Perry was missing, we confirmed her vehicle had been found in Baker County with 33-year-old Delbert Goodman behind the wheel. He was detained in Baker County on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug equipment, and a traffic violation. The GBI now says a warrant has been issued for Goodman for concealing the death of another person.  The GBI says the investigation is still ongoing. If you have any information, you’re asked to contact them at 912-729-6198.

US arrests, accuses woman of acting as Russian agent

US arrests, accuses woman of acting as Russian agent

Federal prosecutors in Washington revealed Monday that they have arrested a 29-year-old woman and accused her of working as a covert Russian agent, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations through her gun-rights contacts. The announcement of the arrest of Maria Butina came just hours after President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and just days after special counsel Robert Mueller charged 12 Russian intelligence officials with directing a sprawling hacking effort aimed at swaying the 2016 election. Mueller didn't file the charge against Butina, but court papers show that her activities revolved around American politics during the 2016 campaign and included efforts to use contacts with the National Rifle Association and American politicians to gather intelligence for Russia. Court papers also reveal that an unnamed American who worked with Butina claimed to have been involved in setting up a 'private line of communication' ahead of the 2016 election between the Kremlin and 'key' officials in an American political party through the NRA. The court papers do not name the political party mentioned in the October 2016 message, but they contain details that appear to refer to the Republican Party. Butina, a Russian national who has been living the U.S., was charged with conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of the Russian government. A federal judge in Washington ordered her detained until a hearing set for Wednesday, according to a statement from the Justice Department and Jessie Liu, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In a statement, Butina's attorney, Robert Driscoll, called the allegations 'overblown' and said prosecutors had criminalized mundane networking opportunities. Driscoll said Butina was not an agent of the Russian Federation but was instead in the U.S. on a student visa, graduating from American University with a master's degree in international relations. 'There is simply no indication of Ms. Butina seeking to influence or undermine any specific policy or law or the United States — only at most to promote a better relationship between the two nations,' Driscoll said in a statement. 'The complaint is simply a misuse of the Foreign Agent statute, which is designed to punish covert propaganda, not open and public networking by foreign students.' He said Butina's Washington apartment was raided by the FBI in April, and said she had offered to answer questions from the Justice Department and Mueller's team but the special counsel's office 'has not expressed interest.' The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Court papers filed in support of Butina's arrest accuse her of participating in a conspiracy that began in 2015 in which an unnamed senior Russian official 'tasked' her with working to infiltrate American political organizations with the goal of 'reporting back to Moscow' what she had learned. Authorities did not name the Kremlin official, who is described as a member of the Russian legislature who later became a top official in the country's central bank. The official has since been sanctioned by the U.S. Prosecutors say Butina, at the official's direction, met with U.S. politicians and candidates, attended events sponsored by special interest groups — including two National Prayer Breakfast events — and organized Russian-American 'friendship and dialogue' dinners in Washington as part of her work. Court papers also show that after the 2016 election, Butina worked to set up a Russian delegation's visit to the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast in what she described in an email as an effort to 'establish a back channel of communication.' After the visit, Butina emailed the organizer of the breakfast thanking him for a gift and 'for the very private meeting' that followed the breakfast. 'A new relationship between two countries always begins better when it begins in faith,' Butina wrote, saying she had 'important information' that would further the new relationship. Two days later, she emailed another American who had been involved in some of the email communication surrounding the prayer breakfast and her efforts to arrange several dinners between Russians and people involved in U.S. politics. 'Our delegation cannot stop chatting about your wonderful dinner,' Butina wrote. 'My dearest President has received 'the message' about your group initiatives and your constructive and kind attention to the Russians.' Butina has previously surfaced in U.S. media reports related to her gun-rights advocacy. In 2011, she founded a pro-gun organization in Russia, the Right to Bear Arms, and she has been involved in coordinating between American gun rights activists and their Russian counterparts, according to reports in The New York Times, Time and the Daily Beast. Butina hosted several leading NRA executives and pro-gun conservatives at her group's annual meeting in 2015, according to those reports. Among those who attended were former NRA President David Keene, conservative political operative Paul Erickson and former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, later a strong Trump supporter. ___ Associated Press writers Eric Tucker, Stephen Braun and Desmond Butler contributed to this report.

Trump, Putin hold Helsinki summit; Trump  believes Putin that Russia didn’t meddle in election

Trump, Putin hold Helsinki summit; Trump believes Putin that Russia didn’t meddle in election

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held their their first stand-alone meeting Monday at a highly anticipated summit in Helsinki, Finland.  >> COMPLETE COVERAGE: Trump-Putin summit: What people are saying about Trump's comments | Jamie Dupree: With Putin, Trump calls Russia probe a ‘disaster’ | Photos | Jamie Dupree: Russia probe looms over Trump-Putin summit meeting | Trump-Putin summit: What time do they meet, where, what will they be talking about? | 12 Russians indicted: Military officials accused of hacking DNC, stealing voter info | More trending news  Here are the latest updates: Update 5:55 p.m. EDT July 16: Members of President Donald Trump’s own party and even close allies of the president’s have expressed shock and disappointment over Trump’s comments about the U.S. intelligence community and its  conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Trump called into question that conclusion at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin after a two hour meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland. “I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,' Trump said, appearing to take Russia’s side in the matter. Putin also denied his country meddled in the 2016 election, but he did admit he wanted Trump to win the election.  'Russia has never interfered in and is not going to interfere in U.S. internal affairs, including the elections,' Putin insisted. He even offered to work with the U.S. in an investigation of the election interference. Close Trump ally and longtime supporter former House Speaker Newt Gingrinch called the president’s comments in Helsinki “a serious mistake” and called on Trump to “clarify”  his statements and  to correct them “immediately.” Update 5:40 p.m. EDT July 16: Former Democratic presidential nominee  and continued Trump target Hillary Clinton first tweeted a question about the president’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Great World Cup. Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?” Then she answered the question. “Well, now we know.” Clinton responding there to the press conference after the summit in which Trump seemingly sided with Putin over the U.S. intelligence community, which has blamed Russia for meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Update 5:35 p.m. EDT July 16: Former FBI director James Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump last year, called on “patriots” to “reject the behavior of this president,” following Trump’s comments about the U.S. intelligence community after a summit with Russian President Valdimir Putin.  Comey has been a vocal critic of Trump since his firing. Update 5:25 p.m. EDT July 16: In a press conference earlier today, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called President Donald Trump comments about the U.S. intelligence community during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin “shameful.” “For the president of the United States to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American defense officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous, and weak. The president is  putting himself over our country,” Schumer said in a tweet. “In the entire history of our country, Americans have never seen a president of the United States support an American adversary the way @realDonaldTrump has supported President Putin,” he said. Schumer also suggested that Trump’s comments and his seeming support of Russia are a result of Putin holding “damaging information over President Trump.” Update 5:05 p.m. EDT July 16: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a statement on President Donald Trump’s comments about believing Vladimir Putin when he said Russia had nothing to do with interfering in the 2016 presidential election, despite the conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community. Like his Senate counterpart, McCarthy also said he stands behind the findings of the intelligence community, The Washington Post reported, citing a statement . “The intelligence community, including the House Intelligence Committee, has looked extensively into Russian election meddling in the United States. I fully support their findings and their work to hold those responsible to account.” Update 4:45 p.m. EDT July 16: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just responded to President Donald Trump’s denial of the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election “I’ve said a number of times and I’ll say it again. The Russians are not our friends and I entirely believe the assessment of our intelligence community,” McConnell said, according to NBC News.  Update 4:30 p.m. EDT July 16: President Donald Trump tried to walk back his comments about the U.S. intelligence community Monday at a press conference in Helsinki after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump refused to agree with the U.S. government’s position that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign, instead saying he didn’t “see any reason why” Russia would be involved, despite the indictments handed down Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers for interference in the election. Trump tweeted on his way home from the meeting that he has “GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.” He also tried to explain his comments by saying, again in a tweet, that he was “taking a risk in pursuit of peace.”  Update 3:22 p.m. EDT July 16: The Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, said via statement that the intelligence community has “been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security.” However, Coats’ statement apparently was not cleared by the administration.  An unidentified White House official told CNN that it was not approved by the White House before Coats released the statement. Update 1:58 p.m. EDT July 16: House Speaker Paul Ryan released a statement after today’s summit and resulting press conference between Trump and Putin.  In the statement, Ryan said, “There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world,” USA Today reported.  Update 1:02 p.m. EDT July 16: Trump is en route to the airport to board the flight back to Washington, D.C. He spoke with Fox News before departing Helsinki. Fox News also spoke with Putin and will air the interview Monday. Update 11:50 a.m. EDT July 16: When asked to denounce Russian interference in the election, Trump questioned the investigation and where former Secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s computer servers and emails were, instead of condemning Russia. >>From our Washington Insider Jamie Dupree: With Putin, Trump calls Russia probe a ‘disaster’ Putin said that when it comes to the investigation, the only determination of what happened can come from the courts in the democracy, not law enforcement. He also said that he knows how dossiers are made from when he worked in intelligence. He said he will send a formal response to a formal request and hopes that the U.S. will reciprocate. >>Read: Trump-Putin summit: What people are saying about Trump's comments When Putin was questioned about compromising material the Russian government collected on not only Trump, but also his family, Putin said, that he had heard that the country had allegedly collected compromising material when Trump traveled to Moscow for business.  Putin said that Trump was in Moscow as a private individual and a businessman and claimed that he didn’t know Trump was in the country.  He then questioned reporters, hypothetically, if they thought he compiled compromising material on every businessman who was there for the economic meetings in 1987.  Trump added that if Russia had any compromising information, it would have been out long ago. Update 11:35 a.m. EDT July 16: Trump reiterated his stance that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russians, saying that the investigation has strained relationship between the two countries.  Putin also said that the investigation needs to be guided by facts but not rumors. As for the 12 Russians who were indicted last week, Putin said his country will look into the case. He did cite an extradition treaty that is in full effect since 1999. He said the treaty has specific procedures and that they will have a commission use it as a foundation to question the individuals and send the results to the United States. They can permit official representatives of the United States and allow them to be present at the questioning. They would hope that the U.S. would allow Russian officials question members of U.S. law enforcement and others in other cases. Putin admitted, “I wanted Trump to win because he spoke about normalizing Russian relations,” the Guardian reported. Update 11:22 a.m. EDT July 16: Trump spoke following Putin’s statement. He says that the relationship between Russia and the U.S. has never been worse up until today’s  summit  “Even during the tensions of the Cold War, when the world looked much different than it does today, Russia and the US were able to maintain a strong dialogue.” He said he would rather take a political risk instead of jeopardizing peace. Trump said asked Putin about Russian involvement in hacking the U.S. elections. Trump said that Putin had an “interesting idea” as to what had happened, but did not go into detail.  Trump said that he and Putin will be meeting again in the future and said it will be often.  Update 11:12 a.m. EDT July 16: Putin started the news conference with a statement of where the two sides stand in the ever-changing world political structure. Putin said the bilateral relationship is going though a complicated stage. He said that the Cold War is the thing of the past.   “Today both Russia and the United States face a whole new set of challenges,” the Guardian reported. Today’s meeting and the negotiations they worked on are the “first steps for improving this relationship and to restore an acceptable level of trust,” Putin said. Putin lauded Trump and his administration’s work on easing tensions with North Korea.  Update 11:07 a.m. EDT July 16: A man who claimed he was a journalist representing the publication, “The Nation,” was removed from the room that is the location of an upcoming news conference between Trump and Putin, CNN reported. It appears that the man was displaying a sign and he was forcibly removed from the room. The man was later identified as Sam Husseini, an op-ed writer for “The Nation,” CNBC reported. Husseini is also the communications director for the Institute for Public Accuracy. The group is a non-profit that suggests using progressive experts as alternative sources for reporters, CNBC reported.  He had been given credentials by “The Nation,” The Hill reported. Husseini held up a sign that read “Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty” which was reportedly considered by Russian authorities as a “malicious item,” CNBC reported. Husseini had been asked earlier to leave the press conference. He had but returned before being dragged out, Mirror reported. Update 9:34 a.m. EDT July 16: The one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin is apparently over. As CNN releases video of the two sitting down to a meal accompanied by their aides, the Guardian reported. CNN characterized on-air that it as a working lunch between the two leaders and their aides.  The one-on-one was expected to last 90 minutes, but ended up going on for more than two hours. Trump said it was a good start to the summit, The Associated Press reported.  The first meeting between the two went longer than scheduled also when they talked for more than two hours. At one point first lady Melania Trump interrupted the meeting to try to get them back on schedule. After that interruption, the meeting went on for another hour, The AP reported. Update 8:56 a.m. EDT July 16: The Russian embassy in the U.S. says Putin wanted to talk about “ways to normalise bilateral relations, as well as current international issues, primarily the situation in Ukraine, Syria and the Korean Peninsula, and the fight against terrorism.” Update 8:39 a.m. EDT July 16: The White House told reporters, including The Guardian, that there will be another bilateral meeting and a joint press conference. It is expected to happen around 4:50 p.m. local time, or around 9:50 a.m. EDT. Those expected to be in the room during the meeting are: U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman; U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, national security adviser, John Bolton, adviser Fiona Hill and interpreter Marina Gross, The Guardian reported.  Update 7:51 a.m. EDT July 16: Trump and Putin are now meeting one-on-one, with translators. Washington correspondent Jamie Dupree tweeted the following key points from their photo op:  Update 7:11 a.m. EDT July 16: Trump and Putin have begun their meeting. Trump opened by congratulating Putin on the World Cup. >> Watch here Update 6:58 a.m. EDT July 16: Trump has arrived at the Presidential Palace. Update 6:43 a.m. EDT July 16: According to the Guardian, Trump “appears to be trying to make Putin wait.” Trump was supposed to leave his hotel over an hour ago but held off because Putin was running late. Multiple news outlets are speculating that the two leaders are pushing back the schedule as part of a power play. Update 6 a.m. EDT July 16: Putin’s plane landed in Helsinki just before 6 a.m. EDT, nearly an hour behind schedule. Update 5:32 a.m. EDT July 16: Putin is running about 45 minutes behind schedule and is due to land in Helsinki about 5:47 a.m. EDT, CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell reports. Update 4:22 a.m. EDT July 16: During his breakfast meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, Trump said NATO “has never been stronger,” the Guardian reports. “It was a little bit tough at the beginning, but it turned out to be love,” Trump said.  Trump also said of his upcoming meeting with Putin: “We’ll be just fine.” After the breakfast meeting ended, Trump and first lady Melania Trump left the Mäntyniemi Residence. Update 3:11 a.m. EDT July 16: Trump is meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö at the Mäntyniemi Residence in Helsinki. The two leaders and their advisers reportedly are participating in a “working breakfast.” Update 2:26 a.m. EDT July 16: Hours ahead of Monday’s summit, Trump took to Twitter to sound off about the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. “President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn’t happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it,” Trump tweeted. “When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by [FBI agent Peter] Strzok!” Trump added: “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!” >> See the tweets here The tweets come days after 12 Russian military officers were indicted for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Trump wasn’t the only person tweeting about the summit. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who ran against Trump in the 2016 presidential election, lashed out at Trump in a tweet Sunday night. “Great World Cup. Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?” she wrote. >> See the tweet here

The 2018 WOKV Careathon to benefit the Child Cancer Fund of NE Florida is Friday, July 20th.  All proceeds help local families of cancer patients with financial assistance during their cancer fight.  The mission of the Child Cancer Fund is to provide caring support to children and their families battling childhood cancer. There are multiple ways to make a donation to the Child Cancer Fund, including through our annual auction.  It is full of one-of-a-kind items to priceless experiences.  The Careathon auction is open now through Monday, July 23rd at 12pm.  Browse and bid in the Careathon auction here If you are interested in making a donation to the Child Cancer Fund, you can securely do so here.  We also invite you to listen to the WOKV Careathon on Friday, July 20th from 5am-6pm on News 104.5 FM or 690 AM.  We will be taking donations at 855-636-6877.  You can also text the word FOREVER to 41444 to begin the process of making a donation.   
The 2018 WOKV Careathon to benefit the Child Cancer Fund of NE Florida is Friday, July 20th.  All proceeds help local families of cancer patients with financial assistance during their cancer fight.  The mission of the Child Cancer Fund is to provide caring support to children and their families battling childhood cancer. There are multiple ways to make a donation to the Child Cancer Fund, including through our annual auction.  It is full of one-of-a-kind items to priceless experiences.  The Careathon auction is open now through Monday, July 23rd at 12pm.  Browse and bid in the Careathon auction here If you are interested in making a donation to the Child Cancer Fund, you can securely do so here.  We also invite you to listen to the WOKV Careathon on Friday, July 20th from 5am-6pm on News 104.5 FM or 690 AM.  We will be taking donations at 855-636-6877.  You can also text the word FOREVER to 41444 to begin the process of making a donation.   
The 2018 WOKV Careathon to benefit the Child Cancer Fund of NE Florida is Friday, July 20th.  All proceeds help local families of cancer patients with financial assistance during their cancer fight.  The mission of the Child Cancer Fund is to provide caring support to children and their families battling childhood cancer. There are multiple ways to make a donation to the Child Cancer Fund, including through our annual auction.  It is full of one-of-a-kind items to priceless experiences.  The Careathon auction is open now through Monday, July 23rd at 12pm.  Browse and bid in the Careathon auction here If you are interested in making a donation to the Child Cancer Fund, you can securely do so here.  We also invite you to listen to the WOKV Careathon on Friday, July 20th from 5am-6pm on News 104.5 FM or 690 AM.  We will be taking donations at 855-636-6877.  You can also text the word FOREVER to 41444 to begin the process of making a donation.   
The 2018 WOKV Careathon to benefit the Child Cancer Fund of NE Florida is Friday, July 20th.  All proceeds help local families of cancer patients with financial assistance during their cancer fight.  The mission of the Child Cancer Fund is to provide caring support to children and their families battling childhood cancer. There are multiple ways to make a donation to the Child Cancer Fund, including through our annual auction.  It is full of one-of-a-kind items to priceless experiences.  The Careathon auction is open now through Monday, July 23rd at 12pm.  Browse and bid in the Careathon auction here If you are interested in making a donation to the Child Cancer Fund, you can securely do so here.  We also invite you to listen to the WOKV Careathon on Friday, July 20th from 5am-6pm on News 104.5 FM or 690 AM.  We will be taking donations at 855-636-6877.  You can also text the word FOREVER to 41444 to begin the process of making a donation.   
With Putin, Trump calls Russia probe a ‘disaster’

After several hours of talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Finland, President Donald Trump on Monday called the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections a ‘disaster,’ as he seemingly rejected the findings of his own intelligence organizations, accepting the word of Putin that Russia did not meddle in the last campaign for President, and making the case that the investigation had undermined relations between the two countries.

“President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Mr. Trump told reporters at a joint news conference. “I will say this – I don’t see any reason why it would [More]