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Affidavit: Suspect in Nassau woman’s disappearance told boss she was leaving town

Affidavit: Suspect in Nassau woman’s disappearance told boss she was leaving town

Arrest records are giving new insight in to the hours after a missing Nassau County mother was last seen, and the actions of the woman named as a suspect in her disappearance. WOKV told you Tuesday that Kimberly Kessler- who was living under the name Jennifer Sybert- was arrested for the theft of Joleen Cummings’ vehicle, but is also considered a suspect in Cummings’ disappearance. Kessler is the last person to see Cummings, since they worked the same shift at Tangles Hair Salon Saturday, May 12th.  The affidavit for arrest warrant now says that a few days later, Kessler showed up at the salon to work, but when she realized Nassau County deputies were there, she fled. The affidavit says she told the salon’s owner that she was leaving town. Kessler was eventually found living in her car at the St. Johns County I-95 rest stop.  The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office has already confirmed they have surveillance they say ties Kessler to Cummings’ vehicle. The affidavit now shows that one surveillance camera in the parking lot of the Yulee Home Depot catches a person dressed in all black park and leave the vehicle, around 1:17am Sunday morning. Minutes later, a nearby gas station surveillance camera shows a similarly dressed person- who deputies say is Kessler- hailing a taxi. That taxi took her back to the salon, according to the affidavit.  The affidavit says Kessler denied ever being given permission to drive Cummings’ vehicle or ever being in the vehicle.  The affidavit also says there has been no outgoing call on Cummings’ phone since mid-Saturday. The Nassau County Sheriff says they do not believe Cummings is alive, but they are still actively investigating in an effort to find her. They’re asking for your tips to aid in that search, you can call NCSO at 904-548-4005 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. Kessler has been known to leave town before. We’ve confirmed with police in Pennsylvania that Kessler went missing in 2004, with investigators saying she told family she was going to live under a name she found on a grave, and that it appeared she did not want to be found. She had given her employer a fake name, address, and social security number. NCSO says the FBI is also charging Kessler with a counterfeit passport.

Congress sends Trump new plan to expand private care options for veterans

Congress sends Trump new plan to expand private care options for veterans

Still searching for answers on how best to help veterans frustrated by their options within the VA health system, the Senate sent President Donald Trump a bill on Wednesday which allow vets to use private medical care if they face lengthy delays or a lack of services at VA health centers. “The Senate passage of the VA MISSION Act is a major victory for our nation’s veterans who will benefit from more choice and fewer barriers to care,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who chairs the Senate Veterans Committee. It’s not the first time that Congress has tried to help vets use medical resources outside of the VA for health care, as lawmakers continue to hear stories of vets who have been unable to get care near their homes, or forced to endure long waits for specialized appointments. “This is a transformational piece of legislation that will improve the lives of veterans for generations to come, and I am thrilled this bill will soon be law,” said Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), the chair of the House Veterans Committee. We’re putting the needs of veterans first by giving them the option of seeking care when and where it makes the most sense for their needs, and we’re creating a force multiplier for the VA to better utilize its resources and provide even better care to veterans. #VAMISSIONAct pic.twitter.com/gKG4AquIxD — Johnny Isakson (@SenatorIsakson) May 23, 2018 “This bill puts the needs of veterans first by giving them the option of seeking care when and where it makes the most sense for their needs,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). The 230 page bill was named after Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the late Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI), and retiring Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX). The bill was easily approved by the House earlier this month on a vote of 347-70. The Senate vote on Wednesday was 92-5. The 230 page bill has a wide reach within the VA, doing much more than just allowing veterans more access to care outside the VA health care system. While a number of veterans groups supported the bill, there were some critics in the Congress, who charged this was just a step on the road to privatization of the VA system. The plan authorizes $51 billion for the growing “Choice” program in the VA on outside medical care.

New NASA chief makes calm debut on Capitol Hill

New NASA chief makes calm debut on Capitol Hill

After a lengthy confirmation battle that turned heated and political, former Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine testified for the first time before lawmakers as the head of NASA on Wednesday – with almost no hint of any of the controversy that led to an extended delay in the Senate’s approval of his nomination by President Donald Trump. “It’s an honor, I’m thrilled to be here,” Bridenstine said at a hearing of a Senate spending panel which has jurisdiction over the NASA budget. In his testimony, Bridenstine reiterated his support for Trump Administration plans to send astronauts back to the surface of the moon, and then use that experience as a way to spur missions to Mars. “I also want to be really clear that we are still going to Mars as well,” Bridenstine said. Bridenstine also heard praise from Democrats, as they noted recent comments where the ex-GOP Congressman supported NASA work on climate change research, and seemed to moderate his own public views on the matter. “It is extremely likely that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming, and I have no reason to doubt the science that comes from that,” said Bridenstine, as he said NASA work on climate change research would continue. Sen Schatz asks several questions about climate sci in which Bridenstine says he agrees that greenhouse gases contribute to climate change, humans are leading cause. Schatz: this is evolution of your views? Bridenstine: yes. Schatz: happy to see it. — Marcia Smith (@SpcPlcyOnline) May 23, 2018 “I want to thank you for the tone you have taken ever since you were sworn in,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), as Democrats noted recent comments by Bridenstine supporting NASA work on climate change research. “I appreciate your enthusiasm and energy about the NASA mission,” Van Hollen added. Bridenstine’s maiden hearing showed off some of the parochial ways of NASA, as lawmakers asked about space agency projects and facilities in their home states, and how they fit into the NASA budget of the future. As the hearing wrapped up early due to a series of Senate votes, the furor over his nomination as NASA chief seemed to be light years behind him. “I’ve been charged with leading one of the most storied agencies in the United States government,” the ex-Republican Congressman said. “It’s the honor of a lifetime.”

The 'Buresh Bottom Line': Always be prepared!..... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.   An early start to the hurricane season could be in the offing, so it will be an early start to 'Talking the Tropics With Mike'.  May tropical cyclones have occurred 4 times in the last 5 years:  2016 (1 - Bonnie)... 2015 (1 - Ana)... 2012 (2 - Alberto & Beryl).   The list of names repeats every 6 years, & we could have another early 'Alberto' this year. The area to watch is the West & Northwest Caribbean as a poorly organized area of low pressure - mostly still in the upper levels -- tries to develop.  The system will drift to the north with a surface low gradually developing over the Central &/or Eastern Gulf of Mexico. A combination of strong shear out of the west... dry air over the Western Gulf.... & marginal sea surface temps. should all add up to a system that struggles & generally remains weak & heavily weighted on the east side which is typical of early season tropical systems.  Shear from the west & southwest will remain significant keeping the heavier rain & gusty winds over the eastern circulation.  A possible landfall will be between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle sometime over the weekend. The screaming message with this system will be heavy rain potential from Jacksonville & especially west along the I-10 corridor all the way to New Orleans.  The more west you go from Jacksonville, the stronger the impacts: gusty winds, rough seas/surf, rip currents & heavy rain. Water vapor imagery shows a lot of dry air over the Western Gulf of Mexico - another obstacle for any strong development as the disturbance moves north over the Gulf.... Spaghetti plots from various forecast models.  Some models are not showing a tropical low which is why there's a relatively low number of plots: Deep oceanic heat content is typically lacking in May & this year is no different: Sea surface temp. anomalies (a little cool either side of Fl.): Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). Notice the red lines across the gulf indicating strong shear which will likely limit just how strong the Gulf disturbance will become & keep the disturbance's heavy rain & what wind might develop over the eastern part of the low level circulation. 0 SE U.S. surface map: 1 Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic: Surface analysis of the Gulf: Caribbean: Extensive hurricane Irma recap from Sept., 2017 - click here.
The 'Buresh Bottom Line': Always be prepared!..... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.   An early start to the hurricane season could be in the offing, so it will be an early start to 'Talking the Tropics With Mike'.  May tropical cyclones have occurred 4 times in the last 5 years:  2016 (1 - Bonnie)... 2015 (1 - Ana)... 2012 (2 - Alberto & Beryl).   The list of names repeats every 6 years, & we could have another early 'Alberto' this year. The area to watch is the West & Northwest Caribbean as a poorly organized area of low pressure - mostly still in the upper levels -- tries to develop.  The system will drift to the north with a surface low gradually developing over the Central &/or Eastern Gulf of Mexico. A combination of strong shear out of the west... dry air over the Western Gulf.... & marginal sea surface temps. should all add up to a system that struggles & generally remains weak & heavily weighted on the east side which is typical of early season tropical systems.  Shear from the west & southwest will remain significant keeping the heavier rain & gusty winds over the eastern circulation.  A possible landfall will be between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle sometime over the weekend. The screaming message with this system will be heavy rain potential from Jacksonville & especially west along the I-10 corridor all the way to New Orleans.  The more west you go from Jacksonville, the stronger the impacts: gusty winds, rough seas/surf, rip currents & heavy rain. Water vapor imagery shows a lot of dry air over the Western Gulf of Mexico - another obstacle for any strong development as the disturbance moves north over the Gulf.... Spaghetti plots from various forecast models.  Some models are not showing a tropical low which is why there's a relatively low number of plots: Deep oceanic heat content is typically lacking in May & this year is no different: Sea surface temp. anomalies (a little cool either side of Fl.): Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). Notice the red lines across the gulf indicating strong shear which will likely limit just how strong the Gulf disturbance will become & keep the disturbance's heavy rain & what wind might develop over the eastern part of the low level circulation. 0 SE U.S. surface map: 1 Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic: Surface analysis of the Gulf: Caribbean: Extensive hurricane Irma recap from Sept., 2017 - click here.
The 'Buresh Bottom Line': Always be prepared!..... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.   An early start to the hurricane season could be in the offing, so it will be an early start to 'Talking the Tropics With Mike'.  May tropical cyclones have occurred 4 times in the last 5 years:  2016 (1 - Bonnie)... 2015 (1 - Ana)... 2012 (2 - Alberto & Beryl).   The list of names repeats every 6 years, & we could have another early 'Alberto' this year. The area to watch is the West & Northwest Caribbean as a poorly organized area of low pressure - mostly still in the upper levels -- tries to develop.  The system will drift to the north with a surface low gradually developing over the Central &/or Eastern Gulf of Mexico. A combination of strong shear out of the west... dry air over the Western Gulf.... & marginal sea surface temps. should all add up to a system that struggles & generally remains weak & heavily weighted on the east side which is typical of early season tropical systems.  Shear from the west & southwest will remain significant keeping the heavier rain & gusty winds over the eastern circulation.  A possible landfall will be between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle sometime over the weekend. The screaming message with this system will be heavy rain potential from Jacksonville & especially west along the I-10 corridor all the way to New Orleans.  The more west you go from Jacksonville, the stronger the impacts: gusty winds, rough seas/surf, rip currents & heavy rain. Water vapor imagery shows a lot of dry air over the Western Gulf of Mexico - another obstacle for any strong development as the disturbance moves north over the Gulf.... Spaghetti plots from various forecast models.  Some models are not showing a tropical low which is why there's a relatively low number of plots: Deep oceanic heat content is typically lacking in May & this year is no different: Sea surface temp. anomalies (a little cool either side of Fl.): Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). Notice the red lines across the gulf indicating strong shear which will likely limit just how strong the Gulf disturbance will become & keep the disturbance's heavy rain & what wind might develop over the eastern part of the low level circulation. 0 SE U.S. surface map: 1 Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic: Surface analysis of the Gulf: Caribbean: Extensive hurricane Irma recap from Sept., 2017 - click here.
The 'Buresh Bottom Line': Always be prepared!..... City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide... Georgia Hurricane Guide.   An early start to the hurricane season could be in the offing, so it will be an early start to 'Talking the Tropics With Mike'.  May tropical cyclones have occurred 4 times in the last 5 years:  2016 (1 - Bonnie)... 2015 (1 - Ana)... 2012 (2 - Alberto & Beryl).   The list of names repeats every 6 years, & we could have another early 'Alberto' this year. The area to watch is the West & Northwest Caribbean as a poorly organized area of low pressure - mostly still in the upper levels -- tries to develop.  The system will drift to the north with a surface low gradually developing over the Central &/or Eastern Gulf of Mexico. A combination of strong shear out of the west... dry air over the Western Gulf.... & marginal sea surface temps. should all add up to a system that struggles & generally remains weak & heavily weighted on the east side which is typical of early season tropical systems.  Shear from the west & southwest will remain significant keeping the heavier rain & gusty winds over the eastern circulation.  A possible landfall will be between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle sometime over the weekend. The screaming message with this system will be heavy rain potential from Jacksonville & especially west along the I-10 corridor all the way to New Orleans.  The more west you go from Jacksonville, the stronger the impacts: gusty winds, rough seas/surf, rip currents & heavy rain. Water vapor imagery shows a lot of dry air over the Western Gulf of Mexico - another obstacle for any strong development as the disturbance moves north over the Gulf.... Spaghetti plots from various forecast models.  Some models are not showing a tropical low which is why there's a relatively low number of plots: Deep oceanic heat content is typically lacking in May & this year is no different: Sea surface temp. anomalies (a little cool either side of Fl.): Mid & upper level wind shear (enemy of tropical cyclones) analysis (CIMMS). Notice the red lines across the gulf indicating strong shear which will likely limit just how strong the Gulf disturbance will become & keep the disturbance's heavy rain & what wind might develop over the eastern part of the low level circulation. 0 SE U.S. surface map: 1 Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic: Surface analysis of the Gulf: Caribbean: Extensive hurricane Irma recap from Sept., 2017 - click here.
Congress sends Trump new plan to expand private care options for veterans

Still searching for answers on how best to help veterans frustrated by their options within the VA health system, the Senate sent President Donald Trump a bill on Wednesday which allow vets more options to use private medical care if they face lengthy delays or a lack of certain medical services at VA health centers around the nation.

“The Senate passage of the VA MISSION Act is a major victory for our nation’s veterans who will benefit from more choice and fewer barriers to care,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who chairs the Senate Veterans Committee.

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