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    Months after an armed home invasion robbery in Fernandina Beach that injured two people, investigators say they've now arrested a third suspect in connection. The Fernandina Beach Police Department has announced the arrest of 24-year-old Cedrice Brown. They say he was taken into custody early Wednesday morning, not far from the University of North Carolina.  Police tell us when he was arrested he was in possession of two stolen guns and booked on various North Carolina charges. A hold has been placed on Brown to have him extradited to Florida, where he faces armed robbery and armed burglary charges.  Police say since the December 22, 2018, incident at a home on Manatee Avenue, they've determined that the robbery was pre-planned due to one of the suspects involved having knowledge of where certain items were.  At the time of the robbery, police 15 people were inside. The victims reported seeing several suspects wearing masks and carrying various weapons, rifles, handguns and knives.  Two people were injured during the robbery, after being hit in the head with guns.  WOKV told you that one suspect was arrested while attempting to flee. A second suspect was arrested at a later time.  Police say they're continuing to work on identifying the remaining suspects, who they believe are from outside the Nassau County-area.
  • Families living in south Jacksonville and in northern St. Johns County are poised to get more convenient access to specialized pediatric emergency care.  That's as a new 8,100-square-foot Wolfson Children's Hospital ER will be coming to Baptist Medical Center South, with construction expected to be complete in the fall of 2019.  The ER will be its own separate facility, with its own entrance, check-in and triage area, family restrooms, parking area, and more.  'Everything about our new Wolfson Children's Emergency Center at Baptist South will be designed to provide world-class pediatric emergency care close to home,' says Michael D. Aubin, FACHE, president of Wolfson Children's Hospital.  We're told this project is the culmination of listening to parents and years of planning.  'Parents told us they wanted the specialized emergency care from Wolfson Children's to be close by. They asked for a dedicated space with its own parking, and most of all, a kid-friendly environment to take the fear out of going to the ER. We listened, and we are thrilled to bring all this and more to the Baptist South campus,' says Darin Roark, BSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, and vice president of ambulatory campuses and Baptist Health system emergency departments.  During construction, the parking lot on the south side of Baptist South will need to be closed. But, patients and visitors can continue to park in Lot A, directly in front of the ER entrance. The visitor garage will also remain open.
  • There’s a new scam targeting people who use Google Calendar.  Google Calendar is the latest tool thieves are using to hack people’s account. Scammers are sending out calendar invites that look real, but those invites are connected to fake websites. Those websites try to persuade users to put in their credit card or banking account information giving scammers the opportunity to wipe the victims of their money.  LISTEN: Clark’s latest podcast  Consumer Warrior Clark Howard is sending out a warning to people using any kind of these calendar apps. He says if someone clicks on a link attached the invite it could make that person more vulnerable to getting a virus downloaded onto their device.  “You can change the settings so that you cannot have something appear on your calendar unless you have accepted that as an item to go on your calendar.”  CLICK HERE: 4 steps you must take to protect yourself 
  • First the Internet…now Jacksonville’s City Hall, the cats have taken over.  Animal Care and Protective Services hosted “Kitty Hall” adoptions at Jacksonville’s City Hall on Wednesday, June 19th, and seven cats found homes as a result. If you were not able to make it, there are plenty of animals still available for adoption or fostering at ACPS, on Forest Street. Adopters must be at last 18 years old and have a picture ID.  Click here for a list of adoptable cats. 
  • We are starting off mild in the 70’s this morning under mostly cloudy skies. Highs today will climb to the upper 80’s to near 90 degrees. A few sprinkles/showers are possible this morning but most spots stay dry.  A few showers and storms will begin to pop between 12 and 2 pm for areas along and west of Highway 301.  Those storms will progress to the east through the afternoon. The main threat is locally heavy downpours and lightning strikes. A gusty wind is also possible with any of the stronger storms. The rest of the week will feature highs in the lower to mid 90’s and widely scattered afternoon thunderstorms. This weekend will be hot with highs in the mid 90’s and feels like temps of 100+.  Saturday and Sunday will see some widely scattered afternoon storms each day. There will be more dry hours than wet for the weekend.
  • A vote allowing you to decide on a sales tax to address Duval school infrastructure needs got some early approval Tuesday, but has now been deferred for action by the incoming City Council instead. “Great idea, I’m all in support of fixing the schools, but it’s just not a fully baked plan yet,” says outgoing Councilman Bill Gulliford. In early May, the Duval County School Board approved putting a half-cent sales tax on a ballot for you to vote on, with the proposed election date November 5th, 2019. The money would be used to support a nearly $2 billion infrastructure plan to address Duval County’s aging schools, through renovations, reconstructions, and consolidations. FULL DETAILS: Duval Superintendent puts forward Facilities Master Plan Because of the structure of government in Duval County, the Office Of General Counsel opined that the Jacksonville City Council needs to approve putting that question on a ballot. Many Council members have openly disagreed with the OGC interpretation, believing that it should have basically been a pass through vote and not an actual deliberation, but since the issue is before them, they want to see it through fully. “The General Counsel brought it to us, and now it’s in our lap, and we should do everything we can to make sure the citizens understand exactly what’s on the ballot,” says outgoing Councilman Matt Schellenberg. As the action moved to the City Council, some members immediately raised a range of concerns, including that they wanted more specific details on the plan, were concerned about the cost of the election, and didn’t believe the turnout for a single-issue election would be sufficient for an issue of this magnitude. Tuesday was the first true public vetting of the action, as the City Council Finance Committee and Rules Committee took up the matter for discussion. To address their early concerns, the City Council Finance Committee amended the DCPS proposal to push the date of the referendum to November 3rd, 2020, which is the General Election that also includes the vote for President. Not only would does that mean the cost and turnout issues are off the table, but some on the Committee believed it would also offer the District the time they need to make their full case to the public. “Get plenty of time to vet this, so the public will know exactly what they’re voting on,” says outgoing Councilman Jim Love. The Finance Committee also voted to add another level of oversight on this issue, through an advisory panel. The DCPS action already included an oversight committee. The Finance Committee had considered- but ultimately declined- deferring the action overall until the new City Council is seated in the coming weeks. The Rules Committee differed, however, especially when they agreed as Finance did to defer the date of the ballot to next year. “There is no longer an absolute deadline that this bill pass out of Council next week, and there is no reason that I can think of that we should not hear from the newly elected incoming Council members,” says outgoing Councilwoman Lori Boyer. The deferral- which the Rules Committee approved- means it will be at least another month before the Council could take up the action for a final decision. “To continue to kick this down the road will continue to have the School District incur millions of dollars to continue to try to maintain our schools, and it will get to the point that we will have to do consolidations, and just have students in less-older buildings,” says Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene. Greene, School Board members, and a District finance leader were on hand to address the questions that the Committee members say they wanted to get answered, although very few were directed at the DCPS reps. The Committee raised some concerns about how exactly all the funding mechanisms would work under the proposal, including the impact on credit and bond ratings, but ultimately did not bring forward the finance rep for answers. Greene says that information will all be laid out to the School Board as well on Wednesday, and that Board will likely vote on the final Facilities Master Plan in early July. “The question before us isn’t ‘what’s the plan’, the question is ‘will the City Council of Jacksonville allow the voters to decide’,” says School Board Chair Lori Hershey. And to the Committee members who contended they haven’t been able to get the information they’re looking for, one Council member pushed back. “When we talk about what we should do and what we should know, part of that is making that extra effort,” says Councilwoman Joyce Morgan, who spoke about attending several community meetings and a School Board meeting, as the sales tax issue was taken up by that body. Despite that pushback, the deferral won out, meaning the issue will not be voted on by the Council next week, and will instead be tackled by the new Council, once the recently-elected members are seated. If that body approves the referendum, then you will ultimately have the final say on the matter, by voting on whether you approve paying a new half-cent sales tax to support the infrastructure plan.
  • Showers and thunderstorms will begin to pop early this afternoon, and move west to east so the beaches should see a good shot at much-needed rain.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says we could see two waves of rain and storms today.  The main threat is locally heavy downpours and lightning strikes. A gusty windy is also possible with any of the stronger storms.  The rest of the week will feature highs int eh lower to mid 90’s and scattered afternoon thunderstorms. 
  • There’s a chance that nights in the Whitehouse neighborhood of Jacksonville could get a little noisy for the next ten days. According to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, a new training schedule shows there could be an increase in aircraft activity. It will be happening at Outlying Field (OLF) Whitehouse, Florida.  The base says OLF Whitehouse is a satellite airfield of NAS Jax and is located just north of U.S. 90 near Whitehouse, Florida. The airfield is created for day and night carrier landing practice and is a key component for naval aviation readiness.  Residents can email their noise complaints to NASJAX_NOISE_COMPLAINTS@NAVY.MIL.
  • They could be connected to eight or nine armed robberies, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office- but now they’re in police custody. 18-year-old Ejon Davis and 22-year-old Elijah Davis have been identified as the men who police were seeking in relation to several reported armed robberies, in an investigation that led to an officer-involved shooting. Ejon Davis has been arrested for three counts of armed robbery, burglary, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and Elijah Davis has been arrested for armed robbery, resisting an officer without violence, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. WOKV followed developing details through the weekend, relating to an officer-involved shooting on the Northside. JSO says there was an undercover investigation targeting two suspects who had committed eight armed robberies on people in the prior 48 hours. The suspects allegedly used OfferUp, Letgo, and Facebook Marketplace to find victims, arrange a meet-up, and then rob them. Victims were able to provide suspect descriptions, which JSO says helped them in the investigation. Police tracked the suspects through social media, and while sitting near Lem Turner and Soutel, they saw two men matching the suspect descriptions approaching. JSO says police saw one of the suspects holding something in his waistband, so they decided to get out of their vehicle and apprehend the men. JSO says Ejon Davis immediately complied and was taken in to custody, but Elijah Davis fled on foot. An officer pursued and yelled “gun”, before firing his JSO-issued rifle eight times, hitting Elijah Davis multiple times. Elijah Davis was taken to the hospital, where he is in stable condition, according to JSO. They have not disclosed how many times and where he was shot. He was absentee booked while still in the hospital, so no mug shot is yet available. Police say both men had guns on them at the time they were caught. While Ejon Davis is charged with three armed robberies and Elijah Davis is charged with one, JSO says they’re still actively investigating at least nine reported armed robberies, for any connection to these suspects. The officer involved in this shooting is 3-year veteran K.L. Semones, who has not been involved in any shooting incidents before. He is on administrative leave, per protocol.
  • The Florida Department of Health in Duval County is urging you to be on alert and avoid contact with any wild or stray animals after a confirmed rabies exposure case in the county. DOH-Duval says a Duval County resident was exposed to a rabid bat this month, requiring treatment and vaccinations. Details of where this exposure occurred haven’t been released. DOH-Duval says the vast majority of rabies cases occur in animals, like raccoons, bats, and foxes.  DOH-Duval recommends the following steps to protect yourself and your family:  • Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets and at-risk livestock.  • Follow local leash laws. Do not allow your pets to run free. Keep pets and livestock secured.  • Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract animals with outdoor food sources such as uncovered trash or litter.  • Teach children to never handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.  • Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas, where they might encounter people and pets.  • If persons are bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals, seek medical attention and report the injury to the DOH-Duval County Health Department at 904-253-2567.  • If your pet or livestock are bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately. You can read more about how to prevent rabies, by clicking HERE.

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  • Months after an armed home invasion robbery in Fernandina Beach that injured two people, investigators say they've now arrested a third suspect in connection. The Fernandina Beach Police Department has announced the arrest of 24-year-old Cedrice Brown. They say he was taken into custody early Wednesday morning, not far from the University of North Carolina.  Police tell us when he was arrested he was in possession of two stolen guns and booked on various North Carolina charges. A hold has been placed on Brown to have him extradited to Florida, where he faces armed robbery and armed burglary charges.  Police say since the December 22, 2018, incident at a home on Manatee Avenue, they've determined that the robbery was pre-planned due to one of the suspects involved having knowledge of where certain items were.  At the time of the robbery, police 15 people were inside. The victims reported seeing several suspects wearing masks and carrying various weapons, rifles, handguns and knives.  Two people were injured during the robbery, after being hit in the head with guns.  WOKV told you that one suspect was arrested while attempting to flee. A second suspect was arrested at a later time.  Police say they're continuing to work on identifying the remaining suspects, who they believe are from outside the Nassau County-area.
  • Authorities arrested an 11th person Tuesday in connection with the ambush shooting last week of former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. >> Read more trending news  In a press briefing Wednesday evening, the Dominican Republic’s lead prosecutor said that Ortiz was not the target of a shooting.  Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez said the target was another man, dressed similarly to Ortiz, who was seated next to him the night of June 9. Rodríguez said the shooting was orchestrated by a member of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel, who remains on the run. He did not immediately describe a motive. An unidentified official told The Associated Press that Franklin Junior Merán was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of renting one of the cars used in the June 9 shooting in Santo Domingo. Ten other suspects have already been ordered to spend a year in preventive detention as the investigation continues, including the accused shooter. Authorities say they are looking for at least three other suspects, including the man they believe paid the hit men. Ortiz continued recovering Wednesday in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said doctors upgraded Ortiz’s condition to good Tuesday. “We remain grateful to everyone who has helped David through this ordeal, both in the Dominican Republic and here in Boston,” Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement released by the Red Sox. “David’s journey to good health has been bolstered by the many expressions of love that have come to us from across the globe. Your support has lifted his spirits tremendously during this challenging time.” Authorities continue to investigate. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • A man said his fiancee put eye drops into his soft drink Saturday at their Rowan County home. >> Read more trending news  The man told authorities he confronted his fiancee, Jaymee Cruz, after he said he watched her put the drops in his Coca-Cola. He then locked himself and their baby in the bathroom and called 911. Deputies said when they arrived at the scene, Cruz at first denied putting eye drops in the drink, but later said she did it to make the man sick. Cruz said she got the idea from the movie 'Wedding Crashers' and did it because she wanted to move out of the home with their daughter, authorities said. Consuming eye drops is extremely dangerous and can be deadly. The main ingredient reduces redness in the eyes, but when ingested it can rapidly reach the blood and central nervous systems. It's not the first time a person has been accused of using eye drops to poison their significant other. Last year, York County investigators charged Lana Clayton in her husband’s death after she said she put eye drops in his water, WSOC-TV reported. Stephen Clayton’s toxicology report showed he had poisonous levels of the key ingredient in eye drops.
  • Families living in south Jacksonville and in northern St. Johns County are poised to get more convenient access to specialized pediatric emergency care.  That's as a new 8,100-square-foot Wolfson Children's Hospital ER will be coming to Baptist Medical Center South, with construction expected to be complete in the fall of 2019.  The ER will be its own separate facility, with its own entrance, check-in and triage area, family restrooms, parking area, and more.  'Everything about our new Wolfson Children's Emergency Center at Baptist South will be designed to provide world-class pediatric emergency care close to home,' says Michael D. Aubin, FACHE, president of Wolfson Children's Hospital.  We're told this project is the culmination of listening to parents and years of planning.  'Parents told us they wanted the specialized emergency care from Wolfson Children's to be close by. They asked for a dedicated space with its own parking, and most of all, a kid-friendly environment to take the fear out of going to the ER. We listened, and we are thrilled to bring all this and more to the Baptist South campus,' says Darin Roark, BSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, and vice president of ambulatory campuses and Baptist Health system emergency departments.  During construction, the parking lot on the south side of Baptist South will need to be closed. But, patients and visitors can continue to park in Lot A, directly in front of the ER entrance. The visitor garage will also remain open.
  • Police arrested a 33-year-old man Monday on suspicion of intentionally driving into pedestrians in Jefferson City, injuring a 61-year-old man and killing a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old son, according to investigators. >> Read more trending news  Authorities said William David Phillips, of Jefferson City, swerved to intentionally hit Tillman Gunter, 61, while driving west on East Main Street on Monday afternoon. Police said Phillips traveled less than a mile before swerving again, striking Sierra Wilson Cahoon, 30, and her 2-year-old son, Nolan Cahoon. Cahoon, Nolan and Cahoon’s unborn child were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to investigators. Gunter was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, police said. Authorities were called around 3:30 p.m. Monday after Phillips lodged the car he was driving into a building for Sustainable Aquatics, a fish hatchery, according to The Citizen Tribune and the Knoxville News Sentinel. Witness Bill Ray Jones told WBIR-TV he heard Phillips yelling that the “government told him to do it” as he tried to flee from the scene of the crash. 'He knew he had hit (Cahoon) and I'm sure he did because he was talking all crazy,' he told the news station. Sustainable Aquatics owner John Carberry told the News Sentinel he arrived at the scene of the crash within minutes Monday and found Cahoon and her son dead on the sidewalk. “There was a hole in the building and one of my employees ran out,” Carberry told the News Sentinel. “She had minor injuries. She ran up to the main building, and the perpetrator ran out of the hole and ran up and some local citizens grabbed him.” The crash ruptured several fish tanks and destroyed four fish systems, Carberry told The Citizen Tribune and the News Sentinel. He estimated about 2,000 wild-caught fish died after the crash caused more than 10,000 gallons of water to rush from the tanks. “I just want to let the police do their job and mourn the passing of this mother and child,” Carberry told The Citizen Tribune. “It’s very sad.” Phillips, of Jefferson City, was arrested on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. Authorities filed an additional murder charge against Phillips on Wednesday for the death of Cahoon's unborn child, WATE reported. In a news release, police said investigators believed 'this was an intentional act of violence toward randomly chosen pedestrians. “Investigators have determined that Phillips did not know the victims,” police said. In an arrest warrant obtained Wednesday by the News Sentinel, authorities said Phillips told investigators “a voice told him that he needed to go kill meth addicts.” After Phillips spotted Cahoon and her son, 'He said the voice told him that the baby stroller had meth in it so he intentionally drove into (the mother and child) ... killing them both,' the warrant said, according to the News Sentinel. Records from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department showed he remained jailed Wednesday. A spokesperson for Carson-Newman University, a Christian university in Jefferson City, told WBIR-TV that Cahoon and Nolan were the wife and son of Matt Cahoon, an assistant athletic trainer at the school. “Our hearts are breaking for one of our own,” Carson-Newman University interim President Paul Percy said Tuesday in a statement. “We take comfort in knowing that God also feels our pain and hears our prayers. Because of this, we ask for prayers for Matt and his family now and in the days ahead.” Officials at First Steps Preschool at the First United Methodist Church told WBIR-TV Nolan was a happy student who always gave out hugs and high-fives. 'He was a joy,' the preschool’s director, Jessica Lawson, told WBIR-TV. 'He would walk through the door smiling every morning.' Officials at Carson-Newman University started a fund to benefit the Cahoon family. Those wishing to contribute can donate online to The Randall and Kay O’Brien Benevolent Fund on the university’s website.

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