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    Once you have settled on your destination – now it’s time to shift where you will be sleeping.  Clark says there are plenty of options including places like Airbnb but if you’re looking for a traditional hotel setting – he suggests doing it his way.  He wants you to go to Priceline or Hotwire and check out their express deals.  “What I do is I book four-star hotels or higher that have an approval rating from people who’ve stayed there of 80% or higher.”  Clark suggests starting your search extremely broad at first in the city you will be visiting or desire to stay in.  “I start wide with all neighborhoods in the metro area and then narrow down.” This is a process that takes time and Clark wants you to remain focused because when you use Express Deals.  “Because when you buy, you buy non-refundable, non-exchangeable.”  CLICK HERE for more on booking hotels. 
  • A Downtown Jacksonville eyesore could soon be a riverfront entertainment destination.  The City of Jacksonville confirms Berkman Plaza II has been sold. The new developer is planning on building a hotel, riverfront entertainment area, and parking garage, according to a statement from Mayor Lenny Curry’s Chief of Staff Brian Hughes.  “Following months of collaborative discussions between the mayor, Choate Construction, and a new developer, we are one step closer to our commitment of ensuring that Jacksonville’s waterfront is put to its highest use,” the statement says.  Curry says he has been working for several years with the seller-Choate Construction- and the new developer- who is not being publicly named right now- to get the deal done. Hughes says the City’s understanding of the project is that the existing Berkman structure will be integrated in to the plans, because the structure is sound.  “The administration is incredibly excited about this agreement, and looks forward to continued discussions with the developer to identify next steps and efforts that will enable them to reach their goals,” Hughes says.  The statement further says work on the project is expected to begin this week, and more details about the plans will be released in the coming days. Curry says the developer is new to Jacksonville, but he declined to give any additional identifying information. He believes the sale is a win for the City and Downtown. “We will very soon be to the point where people will not be driving through our Downtown going ‘what is that eyesore, what is that trainwreck, what is that terrible building’,” Curry says. Berkman II has been dormant for years, after a parking garage collapsed while under construction in 2007, killing one person and injuring others. Choate took control in 2014, and has now sold the property. The sale was a private deal that did not involve any City dollars, although it remains to be seen whether the new developer will ask for City funding for the project. The sale comes at a time when many Downtown redevelopment projects are moving forward. The City plans to take down the Hart Bridge ramps, and the Laura Street Trio is undergoing work. Negotiations are still ongoing for redeveloping the Shipyards, and the Jaguars have also put forward a proposal for a massive redevelopment effort in the Sports Complex. Meanwhile, the City is  exploring what to put up at the site where  the old courthouse will be taken down- which could include a convention center. The Southbank is growing as well, with plans for “The District” moving forward.
  • She smashed a car’s window and took something from inside and now the St. Augustine Police Department is working to track her down. They say the crime happened on A1A Beach Boulevard, the suspect smashed out the window of the car and stole the purse inside. The woman then used the stolen credit card to buy $600 worth of items at the Walgreens on N. Ponce de Leon Boulevard, but police say the card was declined.  SAPD says several other credit cards, $850 in cash and a Michael Kors purse was also stolen from the car.  If anyone is able to identify this woman – they are asked to contact Detective Jason Etheredge at 904.825.1092.
  • Summer isn’t over just yet which means there is still time for you to see the world or make plans to do so.  Consumer Warrior Clark Howard is always looking out for you and your wallet and he’s determined to help you save money whenever you’re thinking about traveling. Clark is walking you through all of the steps you need to take when it comes to deciding where your destination is, how you plan on getting there and how to make sure you have a great time and don’t lose too much money while you’re at it.  If you are interested in flying to your destination – click here for Clark’s tips on where and how to book.  If you prefer a family road trip – click here for why Clark says you’re better off renting a car.  If you need advice on what to do when it comes to booking a hotel – click here for how Clark books his hotels.  Clark Howard has a background has a background in the travel industry and is always looking for the best deals while offering tips. Click here for Today’s hot travel deals. CLICK HERE to listen to Clark’s latest podcast.
  •   If flying is not your cup of tea when it comes to traveling, Consumer Warrior Clark Howard suggests getting a rental car.  “Particularly if you’re in a seven-day block, renting a vehicle could be a lot cheaper than effectively putting all those additional miles on your own vehicle.”  Clark says depending on your needs whether you need a bigger car or a smaller one, renting a car can just work out so well in your favor. Clark says this a great start to start thinking about rental cars because of the deals.  “Car rental companies are feeling pressure from people not renting cars who used to. They are using Uber or Lyft instead of renting a car and that has softened the demand in the car-rental industry.”  If you have made the decision that you will be renting a car the next time you hit the road, Clark wants you to book your rental weeks in advance.  “But then the week you’re going to take the trip, re-shop the car rentals. Because often car rental prices drop significantly in the last week before your rental date.”  But one thing Clark wants to stress before you solidify your travel plans and show up to the rental counter is to run everything through your insurer. You’ll want to check if your insurance covers you for temporary use of a vehicle and have them explain how long temporary is. If you’re fitting the requirements under your own car insurance, you don’t have to worry about taking on the insurance car rentals push at the counter.  Now there is a ‘Gotcha’ Clark wants you to look out for and that is the gasoline in the rental.  “Always tell them you will fill up the car.” Clark says if you don’t fill up like you said you would – gasoline would cost you typically ten times at the car rental company what you would pay filling up the tank on your own. 
  • When it comes to buying an airplane ticket, chances are you already know where you want to go. Consumer Warrior Clark Howard says if you want to get away – ditch that mindset and go where the deal is.  “If you love to travel and really don’t like to spend a lot of money, going only where the deal is – is front and center to you saving money.” If you don’t know where to start, Clark suggests following travel websites, blogs or newsletters. He also wants you to do your research, look for the areas where airlines are introducing a new service.  “I know when an airline introduces a new route, that it’s just a matter of when – not if there’s going to be an airfare introduction with a new service coming into place.”  Clark says it’s a pretty simple concept but acknowledges that it is hard for some people to just buy a ticket strictly based on the sale.  If you are looking to save money when traveling, Clark says do not come become brand loyal to a particular airline. Clark says if you’re stuck on where to start – use google flights.  When it comes to where you want to go, Clark says if you’re traveling domestically – you’ll want to book your flight early but not too early. “Somewhere around to six to eight weeks out, tends to get lower fares than closer or further away. Although, if there’s a spot sale and you want to grab it and its more months away—you want to grab it.”  One thing Clark says he’s against is booking for international travel too far in advance. Clark says the best fares are going to be six to 15 weeks out from departure.     
  • As many as 13 boats were damaged or destroyed in an overnight fire at Ocean Outboard Marine boat shop in Fernandina Beach.  The business is near Tiger Point Marina on Egans Creek. Fernandina Beach Firefighters arrived just before Midnight to find the building fully involved and fire coming through the roof.  “The building was full of different oils and gas and then the actual fuel tanks on the boats, so it had a wide range of different flammables on scene”, said Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Jason Higginbotham.  The cause of the fire is undetermined because there is too much damage to the structure.  “They list it as undetermined to allow them more time to research and investigate other possibilities but they’re not ruling anything out at this point”, Higginbotham said.  Investigators are working to get lightning data to find out if there may have been lightning strikes around the time of the fire.  The Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Coast Guard determined no hazardous materials made it to Egans Creek.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office wants you to be on alert around ATM’s after a woman was robbed while trying to make a deposit. JSO says the robbery happened at a Wells Fargo ATM on Beach Blvd, near St. Johns Bluff Rd South Monday morning. The female victim’s wrist was allegedly grabbed by the suspect, who then took her money from her hand.  The suspect is described as a thin man who’s between 25 and 27 years old, 5’8”-5’9”. He was wearing an Avengers hat.  To keep yourself safe, JSO is urging you to always be aware of your surroundings when you’re using an ATM. They also recommend bringing someone with you if possible, knowing blind spots- like if the ATM is on a corner- and keeping your doors locked and engine running if you use a drive-through.  If you have any information about this robbery, JSO is asking you to contact them at 904-630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip and be eligible for a possible $3,000 reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • Local animal shelters are once again critically full, so the adoption fee is waived at multiple locations in Jacksonville this weekend. The Jacksonville Humane Society and Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services are holding a “Bow Wow Meow Luau” at three locations, featuring hundreds of adoptable dogs and cats. The event runs Saturday July 14th and Sunday July 15th from 10AM to 4 PM at JHS at 8464 Beach Boulevard, ACPS at 2020 Forest Street, and Petsmart Regency at 356 Monument Road.  The adoption fee is waived for this event, although additional fees may apply.
  • It’s a significant milestone for THE PLAYERS Championship: $100 million dollars has been donated to local charities since the tournament’s inception.  And tournament Executive Director Jared Rice is announcing another significant milestone: $50 million in donations since 2011 to education and child health programs, which is nearly two years ahead of schedule.  Celebrating their milestone, THE PLAYERS donated buses to the Jacksonville School for Autism, Heartfelt Ministries, Jacksonville Children’s Chorus and the Police Athletic League. “It’s a real testament to the community and something we should all be proud of”, said Rice.  Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has proclaimed July 13th as THE PLAYERS Championship Charity Day.  In 2011 THE PLAYERS announced a 10-year goal to make meaningful impacts in youth charities, particularly in the areas of education and character development.  “The stories that have come from it are really inspiring and humbling”, Rice said.  Each year, money generated by THE PLAYERS Championship benefits more than 300 charities throughout Northeast Florida.

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  • A nonprofit organization has announced a major donation to help pay off the mortgage on a slain Massachusetts police officer's family home. Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna, 42, was shot and killed Sunday in the line of duty.  >> On Boston25News.com: Weymouth police Officer Michael Chesna posthumously promoted to sergeant The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is providing the first $100,000 toward the mortgage and is challenging others to support the family through the initiative. Any money raised exceeding the mortgage will go directly to Chesna's wife and two children. >> On Boston25News.com: Court docs: Man stood over Weymouth officer and shot him 10 times The foundation, established in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, supports military and first responders who are killed in the line of duty. In addition to his service with the Weymouth Police Department, Chesna was also a military veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. >> Read more trending news  Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the foundation, will join Weymouth police Chief Richard Grimes at the Weymouth Police Department at 3 p.m. Wednesday to make the official announcement. Click here if you’d like to donate.
  • A Florida mother said her son saved her life in the seconds before a crash that claimed his life. >> Watch the news report here Greg Yutuc, 22, was the only person killed in a three-vehicle crash near Jacksonville's Buckman Bridge on Saturday afternoon. >> On ActionNewsJax.com: PHOTOS: University of North Florida student saves mom's life in I-295 crash, dad says Stitches lined Gerry Yutuc’s bruised eyelid and his wife, Charina, had a seat belt burn across her chest. “All I remember is seeing that red car and we are spinning around,” Gerry Yutuc said. They were headed back from their family vacation and were driving on I-295 with their three kids in their van when state troopers said a 21-year-old driver rear-ended another car, then cut off their van. “It was too late for me,” Yutuc said. Their son, Greg, was sitting in the passenger seat and grabbed the steering wheel at the last second. “So the impact could be on his side, to avoid the impact on mom,” Yutuc said. >> Read more trending news  Yutuc said the van flipped. “I looked around and saw four people. My wife, my two daughters and without Greg,” Yutuc said. Greg was thrown from the vehicle and an officer on scene told them their son didn’t make it. Florida Highway Patrol said Greg was not wearing a seat belt. “We didn’t have a chance to hug him and say goodbye,” Yutuc said. Since Greg was a child, he’s been on several mission trips and had plans of becoming a missionary, his parents said. “His heart is really sharing the gospel,” Yutuc said. In his 22 years, Yutuc said his only son affected many lives. “I know we have a great son, but I didn’t know the extent of his influence,” Yutuc said. >> On ActionNewsJax.com: Drivers concerned about safety on Buckman Bridge It was unconditional, selfless love they said Greg will be most remembered by. “He inspired us and we want to be an inspiration,” Yutuc said. The family said the community support has been overwhelming.
  • Tropical Storm Maria continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean. The deadly storm has claimed lives on multiple islands in its path. >> Read more trending news 
  • “Deadliest Catch” reality TV fisherman Edgar Hansen pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl at a home near Seattle, but isn’t expected to serve any jail time. Hansen, 47, received a 364-day suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to  fourth degree sexual assault with sexual motivation, the Associated Press reported. He was also ordered to undergo a sexual deviancy evaluation and give a DNA sample to authorities.  >> Read more trending news  According to court documents obtained by KIRO 7, a 16-year-old girl told her therapist that Hansen sexually assaulted her at a Mountlake Terrace home in September. >>Related: ‘Deadliest Catch’ star Blake Painter found dead in Oregon home A detective contacted Hansen’s wife, who confronted her husband about the allegations, court documents show. She told police that he denied the accusations at first, but eventually admitted to touching the girl inappropriately. >>Related: ‘Deadliest Catch’ star gets probation in Uber driver assault Hansen is deck boss and crew member of the Seattle-based crabbing boat featured on the Discovery Channel show “Deadliest Catch.”  The boat’s captain, Sig Hansen, is Edgar Hansen’s brother.
  • A registered sex offender wanted in three separate Houston-area slayings since Friday was caught early Tuesday morning following a brief police chase not far from where authorities say his alleged crime spree began. Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, of Houston, was taken into custody while driving a gray 2017 Nissan Sentra that law enforcement officials said was stolen from one of the victims.  Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said during a media briefing Tuesday morning that an observant citizen called authorities shortly after 6 a.m. to report seeing the vehicle in Cypress, an unincorporated community northwest of Houston.  “It’s possible that he was casing the area in search of his next victim,” Gonzalez said during the briefing, which was attended and recorded by the Houston Chronicle.  A deputy in the area spotted the car and a 14-minute pursuit ensued. Rodriguez was taken into custody just before 7 a.m. A pistol was recovered from the stolen car, the sheriff said.  “We’re very relieved this morning,” Gonzalez said about Rodriguez’s capture.  >> Related story: Shooting deaths at mattress stores in Houston are linked, police say The sheriff said his agency had deputies positioned in the Cypress area before the suspect was spotted because the first crime attributed to Rodriguez, a July 9 home invasion and robbery, took place less than half a mile from where he was ultimately captured.  Rodriguez’s parents also live in the area and he grew up there, the sheriff confirmed.  The first homicide that Rodriguez is suspected of committing also took place in Cypress. Pamela Johnson, 62, was found shot to death in her home there Friday evening.  Gonzalez said during a news conference over the weekend that Johnson’s family became worried when no one could get in touch with her. The last time family members spoke to Johnson was around noon on July 10, the day after the home invasion about two and a half miles away.  >> Read more trending news Detectives investigating Johnson’s slaying found that personal property was stolen, including Johnson’s maroon 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser, the sheriff said. The PT Cruiser was found Saturday evening at Willowbrook Mall after a citizen reported seeing the vehicle aedbandoned in the parking lot. Mall surveillance video footage showed a man -- later identified by investigators as Rodriguez -- park the vehicle around 11 a.m. that morning. The man was seen on video walking through the mall and exiting the building on the opposite side from where he abandoned the victim’s car.  Around 7 p.m. that same night, the body of Mattress Firm manager Allie Barrow, 28, was found by a fellow employee, stuffed between two mattresses in the back of the store. The Mattress Firm store where Barrow was slain is in a strip mall across the street from Willowbrook Mall.  Barrow had been shot in the head, investigators said.  Gonzalez and Houston police Chief Art Acevedo, who held a joint news conference Monday afternoon to identify Rodriguez as a person of “strong interest” and ask for the public’s help in tracking him down, reported that a third homicide took place that morning at a Mattress One store in Houston, where a man was found shot to death.  The Nissan Rodriguez was driving when captured was taken from the scene of the Mattress One homicide, officials said. KPRC in Houston identified the victim of that killing as Edward Magana, 57.  A fourth person, a 22-year-old Metro Lift driver, was also shot in the abdomen and robbed Monday morning in Houston. Acevedo said that the bus driver was expected to survive.  The motive for the crimes was not known, Gonzalez said Tuesday morning. Neither he nor Acevedo detailed how Rodriguez was tied to all the crimes.  Rodriguez was released from prison in September, the Chronicle reported. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jeremy Desel told the newspaper that his release was mandated by law, due to the amount of time he’d already served. Rodriguez, whose violent criminal history dates back to at least 1989, was on parole and was supposed to be on supervised release until 2023. He was ordered to wear an ankle monitor, but the Chronicle reported that he had tampered with it in the days before police and sheriff’s deputies began searching for him in connection with the homicides.  It was unclear if he was still wearing the disabled device when he was arrested.  Records accessed by the Chronicle showed that Rodriguez was sent to prison for attempted sex abuse, burglary and auto theft charges in 1989. Then 17, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. While in prison, he was charged in a theft case out of Montgomery County, for which he was sentenced to 10 years, with that time to run concurrently with his sentence on the previous charges.  Rodriguez was also found with a weapon while serving time, the Chronicle reported. Another 10 years was added to his sentence.  He served 28 years in prison before his release on parole last fall. Texas’ sex offender registry shows that Rodriguez was classified as high risk. 

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