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    The spectacular week we’ve had continues today and right into the start of the weekend.  We are headed toward a ninth consecutive day with temperatures below the average of 73. That’s the longest stretch of below average temps since late January and the first week of February.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh is tracking cool mornings and mild afternoons into Saturday, when temps climb to near 80 degrees.  Saturday night is when a cold front arrives and will move through quickly. Expect rain well after sunset, ending by Sunday morning.  Sunday will be cool overall but very pretty with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60’s. 
  • Moxie Kitchen and Cocktails at the Markets at Town Center will soon have a new name and a new menu. The restaurant announced on Facebook, that it will be changing its name to Prati Italia and will feature a new Italian menu, with handmade pastas, Roman-style pizzas, and craft cocktails.  Moxie Kitchen and Cocktails says a restaurant chain with an earlier registered variation of 'Moxie' has made plans to expand into the Florida market, prompting the changes.  However, the restaurant says it will keep the same chef, Chef Tom Gray, and team.  The grand opening for Prati Italia is set for mid-January. In the meantime, they will continue business as usual until the new year.
  • A man who was armed with a knife was shot multiple times by a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer on the northside this morning. As of a midday news briefing by JSO, the suspect was in critical condition at a hospital.  Police were called around 7:30 am about a suspicious person on Hawthorne Street near the Trout River.  Officers recognized the man as a suspect in a burglary in the same neighborhood on October 31st.  The man was standing in a yard with both hands in his pockets.  Chief TK Waters says two officers gave verbal commands for the man to show his hands.  “The suspect turned to run as officers approached. The suspect did remove his hands as he was running, they could not see it”, said Waters.  One of the officers deployed a taser and while the man fell to the ground, he was not incapacitated.  “As a second officer approached from a different direction, he fell to the ground in close proximity to the suspect. The suspect then turned toward the officer on the ground holding a knife in his right hand”, said Waters.  Officer RA Linde, an 11-year veteran with JSO, fired three times, striking the suspect. This is officer Linde’s first officer-involved shooting.  Both officers were wearing body cameras.  Police did not publicly release the suspect’s identity until his family is notified, however Chief Waters said the suspect has prior convictions for several burglaries as well as a drug conviction. 
  • A second-grade teacher at Mandarin’s Greenland Pines Elementary School was arrested following an argument and dust-up with an officer.  The school district tells WOKV News that Stephanie Leuluai was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer following Tuesday’s police response to the principal’s office.  According to DCPS, Leuluai was exhibiting belligerent behavior toward administration.  Leuluai had been under investigation by the Duval School Board and DCF, according to an arrest report.  Due to the severity of the case she was being reassigned while the investigation was ongoing.  As the principal and assistant principal were notifying her of the reassignment, Leuluai became enraged and aggressive, according to the report.  During a struggle with an officer, Leuluai was pepper sprayed, then refused treatment by Jacksonville Fire and Rescue.  Even after she was put in handcuffs, Leuluai continued to yell insults and veiled threats at the officers, school office staff and JFRD.  She was taken to a hospital for treatment and later booked into jail on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and trespassing on school grounds after a warning. The school was placed on a Code Yellow to ensure students remained secure in the classroom during the arrest.   Leuluai is now out of the classroom, and the school’s principal says they are working toward a long-term replacement. 
  • Longtime St. Johns County Administrator Michael Wanchick has been fired in a unanimous vote by the St. Johns County Board of Commissioners.  Commissioners cited a lack of confidence as well as the recent dust-up over parking at Mickler's Landing Beach for a private construction project.  WOKV reported last week the Board of County Commissioners announced that access to Mickler’s Landing Beachfront Park would now be open Monday through Friday from 11AM until sunset while dune restoration continues. In a lengthy Facebook post, Commissioner Jeremiah Blocker explained why he put forward the motion to relieve Wanchick of his duties, effective immediately.  “I have lost confidence in Mr. Wanchick’s leadership and in his ability to lead our employees. The County Administrator’s job is to ensure that the decisions made by this Board are implemented and followed. That has not happened, and the responsibility lies with Mr. Wanchick”, said Blocker.  Michael Wanchick had served as County Administrator since 2007.  His role will be filled by the county's Clerk of Courts for now.
  • We will start off the day with cool temperatures and clear skies. We will be sunny through the day and highs will climb to the upper 60’s this afternoon. Thursday will be sunny with highs around 70 degrees. Our next cold front approaches and passes by early Sunday morning and will bring our next best shot at some rain Saturday night. 
  • The Clay County Sheriff's Office says it has identified a person of interest, nearly a month after a Fleming Island woman was reported missing. Deputies say Susan Mauldin was last seen on October 23 and was reported missing from the Eagle Harbor area the following day. At that time, detectives said they did not believe that Mauldin was in danger.  But now, the sheriff's office says their detectives have identified a person of interest in Mauldin's disappearance, which it says has 'mysterious' circumstances associated with it.  'The facts and circumstances developed during the course of this investigation led us to believe an individual, identified as Corey Binderim, has pertinent information related to this case. Mr. Binderim has cooperated during the course of this investigation, but until recently, he's left the area all of sudden, with no explanation and his whereabouts are unknown at this time, ' says Detective Howard Fryer.  The sheriff's office says their investigation revealed that Mauldin wasn't the type of woman to wander off and has missed several medical appointments.  'She would tell her friends if she had any plans to travel and there's no signs of financial transactions or travel plans made. Mr. Binderim's association with Susan Mauldin was, he is a contractor, contracted to perform a remodeling job in her bathroom. During the course of that contract, he failed to perform all the work. He took a deposit from her, which during the course of that, Ms. Mauldin determined she didn't want to work with him anymore and requested her money back. There's no indication during the course of our investigation that Ms. Mauldin left her home, willingly. Her vehicle is still at the house. There were signs that she was to be there at the house, with no indications of leaving,' says Fryer.  Anyone with information about Mauldin's or Binderim's whereabouts is urged to contact the sheriff's office.
  • The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville has announced plans to build a carbon ion treatment facility as part of its recently announced integrated oncology facility.  Mayo reached an agreement with Hitachi, Ltd. to build the facility at its Jacksonville campus.  Carbon ion therapy was discovered in the 1970’s in the United States, however Mayo says it will be the first carbon ion therapy treatment center in North America.  The technology is available at only a handful of centers in Asia and Europe, according to Mayo Clinic.  Carbon ion therapy has potential as a tool for treating people with challenging cancers that don’t respond well to other therapies.  'Making new and innovative treatments available to patients with serious or complex health care needs is part of our DNA at Mayo Clinic,'says Kent Thielen, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida. 'We are proud to build on our long-standing relationship with Hitachi to make carbon ion therapy available to patients who will benefit from this technology.' In June, WOKV reported Mayo Clinic’s plan to build a new $233 million integrated oncology facility that would include proton beam therapy.  At the time, Mayo said its proton beam therapy program uses pencil beam scanning, which delivers precise radiotherapy. The facility was set to be completed in late 2023. 
  • We will start off the day with cool temperatures and some passing clouds. The sky will become mostly sunny through the morning and highs will climb to the upper 60’s to near 70 this afternoon. Wednesday will be mostly sunny with highs in the low 70’s. Thursday and Friday turn even warmer, with temps on Friday near 80 degrees.  Our next cold front approaches and passes by the end of the weekend bringing our next best shot at some rain Saturday night. 
  • The Clay County Sheriff's Office is asking for the community's help identifying an armed robbery suspect that targeted a Middleburg business. The sheriff's office released surveillance video of an individual robbing the 7-Eleven in Middleburg at gunpoint. Deputies recommend watching the video with the sound on, as they believe the man's voice could be a potential identifier.  If you have any information on who this suspect is, you're urged to call Detective Brad Dougherty at (904) 213-6643.

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  • Tilli Buchanan and her husband were sweaty and itchy after spending the day installing insulation in their Utah garage, so they stripped off their long-sleeved shirts to cool down, according to her attorneys. More than a year later -- though that timeline is in some dispute -- Buchanan, 27, of West Valley City, finds herself in court, fighting lewdness charges filed against her in February because her young stepchildren saw her topless. If convicted of the three Class A misdemeanor charges against her, Buchanan could serve jail time and be forced to register as a sex offender for the next decade, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Her husband, who was also shirtless, has not been charged with a crime. “If we are to lose this, she’s on the sex registry with child rapists and things of that nature,” her attorney, Randy Richards, told reporters. “The magnitude of the penalty on this is enormous.” Buchanan, who is also being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, was in court for a hearing on Tuesday, at which time her attorneys argued that Utah’s lewdness act is unconstitutional because it treats men and women differently. “What’s important to look at, to see, when you look at the statute, is there’s part of it that says this part of a woman is found inherently obscene and this part of a man isn’t,” ACLU attorney Leah Farrell told reporters after the hearing. “And that really sets up an unequal, unfair dichotomy.” District Judge Kara Pettit declined to rule from the bench, saying “it’s too important of an issue” for an immediate judgment, the Deseret News reported. Pettit said she would hand down a decision sometime within the next two months. According to Utah’s law against lewdness involving a child, a person can be convicted if he or she exposes his or her genitals, buttocks, anus or pubic area, or the female breast “below the top of the areola,” in front of a child. The law applies if the person does this in public or “in a private place under circumstances the person should know will likely cause affront or alarm or with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of the actor or the child.” Farrell said that standard is unfair to women because they have to do “mental calculus” to determine if going topless will cause alarm, while that same burden is not placed on men, the News reported. West Valley Deputy City Attorney Corey Sherwin, who is prosecuting Buchanan’s case, told the newspaper that Utah laws do not target women, but said nudity is understood to not only include “lower parts of the body” but also the female breast. He said the lewdness statute applies only to those who intentionally expose themselves around children. In court paperwork obtained by the Tribune, Sherwin argued that Buchanan stripped down in front of the children, boys ages 13 and 9 and a 10-year-old girl, after stating that, if her husband could go shirtless, she should be able to, as well. The documents alleged Buchanan, who Sherwin claimed was “under the influence of alcohol,” later told her husband she would only put her shirt back on if he showed her his penis, the Tribune said. The incident took place in late 2017 or early 2018, according to prosecutors. Buchanan said, however, that it may have taken place as early as the fall of 2016. >> Read more trending news  The Tribune reported that authorities became involved earlier this year during a Division of Child and Family Services investigation that did not involve Buchanan. The incident came to light during that unrelated probe and the children’s mother called police, saying she was alarmed by what had happened in front of the kids. Buchanan’s recollection of the incident differs greatly from the claims made by prosecutors. She said that, when the children came downstairs to find her without a shirt, she used the moment as a teaching experience for her stepchildren. She said she pointed out to the children that they were not made uncomfortable by their father’s bare chest. “This isn’t a sexual thing,” she recalled telling the children, according to the Tribune. “I should be able to wear exactly what my husband wears. You shouldn’t be embarrassed about this.” Listen to Tilli Buchanan speak following her court hearing below, courtesy of KSL in Salt Lake City. Richards argued earlier this year that Buchanan should not face charges for being shirtless in her own home while her husband escapes punishment or condemnation for the same behavior. “The fact that this was in the privacy of one’s own home is real troubling,” Richards told the Tribune in September. “Different people have different moral positions as far as nudity.” Richards’ argument has been based largely on a February opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit Court, which upheld a lower court ruling that a Fort Collins, Colorado, ordinance banning women from going topless violated their 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection under the law. Fox13 in Salt Lake City reported in September that the court narrowed its ruling in the case, Free the Nipple Fort Collins v. City of Fort Collins, to address solely the Fort Collins ordinance. West Valley City prosecutors cited that narrow scope during arguments in Buchanan’s case, arguing that the “Free the Nipple” ruling is more narrow than the ACLU might like. Read the court ruling in full below. Free the Nipple v Fort Collins by National Content Desk on Scribd The ruling, which made headlines nationwide, is slowly making its mark on other Utah cases, however. FOX 13 reported that attorneys with clients facing lewdness charges have begun citing the appeals court ruling in their own arguments. Buchanan said she was devastated by the criminal charges filed against her. “The moment I took to teach the kids, it was kind of smashed,” she told the Tribune. “Like you can’t teach kids this. In fact, you’re going to be charged for even bringing this up.” After Tuesday’s hearing, Buchanan told reporters she is hopeful at least a portion of the state’s lewdness law will be struck down. “Especially given it was in the privacy of my own home, my husband was right next to me, in the exact same manner that I was, and he’s not being prosecuted for it,” Buchanan said.
  • A 63-year-old man accused of shooting and killing two teens on his West Dayton property was indicted Thursday on charges of murder and felonious assault, which comes after months of public outcry over a lack of an arrest and criminal prosecution in the killings. >> Read more trending news  Victor Santana, who owned the home at 848 Conner St., has been indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury for fatally shooting 17-year-old Dayton residents Devin Henderson and Javier Harrison. “The evidence in this case does not demonstrate a reasonable claim of self-defense,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said. Santana is in the Montgomery County Jail following his arrest on a warrant Thursday. Santana faces four counts of murder, five counts of felonious assault and one count of attempt to commit murder. Henderson, 17, of Dayton, died after being shot twice in the back in a garage at 848 Conners St., according to crime scene and autopsy photos and Montgomery County Coroner’s Office records. Harrison, also 17, was struck by gunfire in his back, arm and thigh, the records show. Prosecutors announced they will seek a high bond for Santana from the judge, because Santana has multiple residences in the U.S., including in New Mexico and California. In September, Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Greg Flannagan said Dayton Police Department investigators met with a panel of assistant prosecuting attorneys and reviewed the evidence in the case. “It was agreed by everyone that additional investigation needs to be completed before a formal filing of charges,” Flannagan said at the time. “The investigators will notify us when the investigation is complete in order to set a date to present the filing.” Linda Henderson, Devin Henderson’s mother, said it was heartbreaking to learn her son and his friend were shot in the back. “That’s bad news for any parent to hear,” she said. “To me, it seems like they were just trying to get away.” Dayton police Chief Richard Biehl on multiple occasions has said a new state law shifts the burden of proof in self-defense cases from the defendant to the prosecutors, which could affect this case. “The burden is on the state to prove this was not self-defense — it’s a high standard,” Biehl said. At about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 28, a resident of the home at 848 Conners St. says he heard noises and voices outside and saw a light from a car in his garage, police said. The man, who authorities have not identified, encountered three individuals and fired multiple shots from a .38-caliber pistol, police said. Henderson and Harrison were shot and killed, and the third individual, 19-year-old Jashin Gibson, fled but then returned when police and fire crews arrived on scene, police said. Gibson was arrested for breaking and entering. Gibson was booked in the Montgomery County Jail on a probation violation related to a robbery conviction, but was no longer there Thursday. Police said the detached garage was unsecured and open. The garage is about 15 feet from the home. Henderson was struck by two bullets in the back, according to coroner records and photos. One struck the left side of his upper back, and the other struck the right side, around the shoulder blade. Crime scene photographs show Henderson’s body wedged between the far wall of the garage and a silver Lincoln Continental. Harrison was struck by a bullet in the mid-section of the left back. It exited his chest and was recovered from his clothing, the initial autopsy report states. He also was hit in the thigh and the left forearm, with the bullet exiting through his elbow. Harrison’s body was found in the grass outside the garage, with his feet by the entryway, according to crime scene photos. The shooter called 911 to report the incident. He put the pistol down on his front porch before emergency responders arrived. Attorney Michael Wright, who is representing Harrison’s family, said it’s “somewhat obvious” that the shooting was not in self-defense. “We believe that they probably shouldn’t have been in the garage; however, they shouldn’t have been killed for being in the garage,” he said. In August, Biehl said it was tragic that two teens lost their lives, and police were consulting with prosecutors about the case. Biehl said it will be up to prosecutors to determine if it was a justifiable case of self-defense or a criminal act. Under a new state law, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person who uses deadly force did not do so in self-defense, defense of another or defense of the person’s residence. The burden used to be on the defendant to prove they acted in self-defense. Biehl said there was evidence of some drug activity taking place in the garage. Harrison’s father, Jimmy Harrison, previously said the boys sometimes went to the property to smoke marijuana. Henderson’s mother said the boys had gone to the property multiple times before. She said the shooter should have called the police when he heard noises outside or fire a warning shot. “I’m hearing this today that my son was shot twice in the back, and that little boy three times — that’s not right at all,” Linda Henderson said. “They didn’t have a chance.” She said she wants justice for her son, who was a twin, and for Harrison and his family.
  • Two people died Thursday morning in what officials called a 'mishap' involving two aircraft at Vance Air Force Base. >> Read more trending news  The mishap, which happened around 9:10 a.m. local time, involved two Air Force T-38 Talons, officials said. The aircraft were carrying two people each for a routine training mission when the incident occurred. Emergency response personnel responded to the scene shortly after the incident was reported, authorities said. Officials declined to immediately identify the people killed in the mishap, citing the need to notify next of kin. Gov. Kevin Stitt offered state support to Vance Air Force Base officials in a statement posted on Twitter after the incident. 'My thoughts and prayers are with the pilots' families and the team at Vance Air Force Base,' Stitt said. 'I have talked with the Wing Commander at Vance AFB to communicate the state will offer support in any possible way during this time.' Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, said in a statement that he was 'deeply saddened' to learn of the incident at Vance Air Force Base. 'Our servicemen and women give everything, even their lives, to protect our nation,' Lankford said. 'I pray for God's grace and healing as their families walk through this and to all those they serve with as they try to understand the difficult loss of their friend and coworker. My office will continue to communicate with personnel at Vance and the Enid community to provide resources and assistance in the days ahead.' Authorities said a safety investigation team was investigating the incident. The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
  • Nine months after authorities discovered a Texas toddler's remains in an acid-filled bucket, her parents have learned their sentence. >> Read more trending news  According to The Associated Press, a judge on Friday sentenced Monica Yvonne Dominguez, of Laredo, to 20 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to abusing a corpse, tampering with evidence and child endangerment. Her husband, Gerardo Zavala-Loredo, received a 14-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to an evidence-tampering charge. Dominguez said her daughter, Rebecka, drowned in the tub Feb. 14 while bathing with another child, according to prosecutors. Dominguez said the children were unsupervised at the time, authorities said. Prosecutors said Dominguez sought Zavala-Loredo's help to dispose of the girl's remains, which police found in a bucket inside a closet, the AP reported earlier this year. Dominguez, who also pleaded guilty to child injury charges in 2016, was sentenced in April to 10 years in prison for violating the terms of her probation, the Laredo Morning Times reported. The 20-year sentence will begin after she finishes serving her first sentence, according to the AP. Read more here. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Two Georgia sisters who suffered serious injuries when they were struck by a car at their Forsyth County bus stop last week have been released from the hospital.  >> Read more trending news  The students, ages 6 and 9, were standing at the end of a driveway on Buford Highway about 7 a.m. Friday when a blue Toyota Camry passed their bus on the right, striking them and their stepfather, authorities said. The car’s driver, 19-year-old Christopher Ray Frachiseur, was arrested at the scene and charged with three felony counts of serious injury by vehicle, driving under the influence of drugs and a host of other traffic-related offenses. He was granted a $75,000 bond Saturday but cannot be released from the Forsyth County jail because he was already on probation for marijuana possession.  In an interview Wednesday, the girls’ mother told WSB-TV that her children have a long recovery ahead. “This is just a nightmare,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified. “Three people could have lost their lives. Thankfully they're OK, but can you imagine if something worse happened?” Both of the Haw Creek Elementary students must wear casts as their broken bones heal, Channel 2 reported.  “Right now, the oldest one — she doesn't remember anything. She remembers her sister, school, her mom, but she doesn't remember anything about an accident,” her mother said. “With the youngest one, I have to help her with everything. I have to take her to the restroom, her bed, to the shower. She depends completely on me right now.”  The girls’ stepfather, 43-year-old Jose Arturo Corejo-Nunez, remains hospitalized, the news station reported.  A GoFundMe page set up to help the family cover their expenses after the wreck raised more than $22,000 in four days. Speaking through a translator, the girls’ mother said every dollar helps as she’s forced to look after three injured people by herself. “I'm just in a really hard place right now,” she said. “I have a lot to do. I have to take care of my husband in the hospital while also taking care of the kids at the house.” 

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