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    The final suspect wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Heidy Rivas-Villanueva has now been caught. Abrion Price was wanted for felony murder in connection to the girl’s death. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says Price was caught in Jacksonville, after he was pulled over in a vehicle with a broken tail light. JSO says Price ran, but was tracked down by a K9 unit. JSO says Price and another man, Trevonte Phoenix, planned a robbery disguised as a gun sale, to take place in a parking lot off 103rd Street Saturday night. JSO says the intended victim had a friend nearby in another car, and after the robbery, that friend- Stanley Harris III- got out of his vehicle and started shooting. JSO says Phoenix then fired back, but the only person hit was Heidy, who was sitting in a car in the parking lot with her father. GALLERY: Emotional vigil honors 7-year-old killed in Westside shooting JSO believes a bullet from Harris’ gun was the one that killed Heidy. In all, about 13 shots are believed to have been fired. Phoenix and Price each face a charge of felony murder. Harris is being held on a weapons charge, but JSO says more charges could be coming. This is a developing story that will be updated in to the evening.
  • Nearly two months after a young father was fatally shot in Jacksonville Beach, after what police described as an apparent fight, we're getting our first, detailed look at what a witness says happened that night.  WOKV has now obtained new arrest reports and affidavits for arrests warrants from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, for the two suspects tied to the June 24th death of 23-year-old Leon Bennett.  Shaquille Walker, 25, and Jose Emanuel Lebron, 29, were recently extradited to Duval County, after turning themselves into police in Honolulu, Hawaii.  In Walker's and Lebron's arrest reports, it's revealed the two are actually brothers, which is something Jacksonville Beach police have not previously disclosed.  The reports say Walker and Lebron were out at Jax Beach that night for a friend's birthday. That friend, who spoke to investigators and witnessed what happened, said they were gathered near First Street, when they came into contact with another group of individuals, one of whom was Bennett.  During that interaction, the reports say Walker's and Lebron's friend tried to talk to a girl, who turned out to be Bennett's girlfriend. In the reports, the friend told police he apologized for talking to her, but that someone with Bennett slapped Lebron, knocking him to the ground, initiating a fight.  A larger fight broke out, but the friend told investigators, that he, Walker, and Lebron tried to leave the area and go to their cars. During this time, he told police Bennett continued 'talking trash.'  Eventually the group got into a car, where they then re-engaged Bennett and the other group, according to the reports.  The reports say at some point during that interaction, the friend told police Bennett walked over, opened the car door, and tried to punch Walker and even tried to pull Walker out of the car. As that was happening, the friend says Walker allegedly pulled out a pistol and fired twice toward Bennett.  Walker is charged with carrying a concealed firearm and tampering with evidence, while Lebron is only charged with tampering with evidence.  At this time, neither are charged directly with Bennett's death.
  • There are a lot of events going on in Jacksonville this weekend. Check out Action News Jax's weekend event guide here and make sure to tune in to Jax in Action live on the Action News Jax Facebook every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m.  Weekend event guide:   The Honey Bee Festival: Bee Friends Farm Saturday at the Florida State Fairgrounds    Jason Mraz with Brett Dennen: Good Vibes Tour Friday night at Daily's Place Amphitheatre   Hammerhead Ocean Festival: Swimming marathon Saturday morning at the Seawalk Pavilion   Festival of Chariots: Yoga Culture and Wellness Fest Saturday at the Seawalk Pavilion   'Kiss Me Kate' dinner show Shows throughout the month at the Alhambra Dining Theatre   Comedian Ali Siddiq Live at the Comedy Zone now through Saturday   Plant Nite Workshops: Create a terrarium  Saturday at River and Post starting at 2 p.m. Sunday at Anheuser-Busch Brewery starting at 7 p.m.   Charity Corn Hole Tournament and Jaguars watch party  Event will benefit the Special Olympics Florida  Saturday at the Jacksonville Landing    St. Johns County Bookmobile at St. Augustine Farmers Market Saturday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre   $10 off at the Jacksonville Zoo: Show your Jax Library Card Now through end of August   Umphrey's McGee with guest Spafford Saturday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre   Blue Jay Listening Room: One year anniversary party Saturday night at the Blue Jay Listening Room    
  • With the CDC monitoring measles cases across 21 states, we've confirmed with the Florida Department of Health, seven cases have been reported in our state.  The Florida Department of Health says those seven cases have been tied to three different counties, including one in Northeast Florida:  - 3 in Miami-Dade County  - 3 in Pinellas County  - 1 in Duval County  The department says the best way to protect yourself against measles is to get vaccinated, as the illness is spread through the air, including coughing and sneezing.  WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Signs and symptoms of the measles The agency provided the following guidelines for vaccinations: “Two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine are recommended routinely for children, with the first dose at age 12 through 15 months and the second dose at ages four through six years. Adults should be vaccinated with at least one dose of MMR vaccine, with a second dose recommended for those at higher risk such as international travelers and health care workers.” According to the CDC, from January 1st, 2018 through July 14, 2018, there were 107 reported cases of the measles. In all of 2017, there were 118 cases.
  • One of the development groups behind a plan to build a Convention Center at the Jacksonville Shipyards site, is now putting forward a proposal for “Riverwalk Place”, less than a mile down the street. GALLERY: “Riverwalk Place” in Downtown Jacksonville Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority solicited bids to build a Convention Center, hotel, and parking garage at the site of the old Courthouse and City Hall Annex. Three proposals were returned, including one from Rimrock Devlin DeBartolo Jacksonville, LLC. That group is, in turn, a partnership between Rimrock Devlin Development and DeBartolo Development, LLC.  Despite offering that plan, RDD then partnered with Iguana Investments Florida- which is a development group backed by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan- to propose a Convention Center and hotel for the Shipyards site instead. The DIA previously selected Iguana as the master developer for that site, and Iguana is pitching this Convention Center project as the first phase of the overall redevelopment.  GALLERY: Convention Center proposed for Jacksonville Shipyards “We believe the Shipyards is the optimal location for the Convention Center and hotel because of its riverfront location, ability to expand if needed, and synergies gained from its proximity to the existing sports venues and other development activities planned in the immediate aftermath, says DeBartolo Development President and Chief Operating Officer Edward Kobel.  Now, RDD is offering alternate plans for the old Courthouse/Annex site, where the DIA initially imagined the Convention Center potentially being constructed.  “Our alternative development proposal for the Old Courthouse property will serve as a perfect complement and will provide downtown with much needed uses and facilities that will help strengthen the connectivity between the downtown core and sports complex area,” Kobel says.  “Riverwalk Place” is a “mixed-use 24 x 7 lifestyle community”, according to RDD. It includes a 10,000 square foot multi-restaurant venue along the St. Johns River. Along Bay Street, there would be a five-story, 347-unit luxury multi-family apartment complex; nine-story, 150-room limited service hotel; and six-and-a-half story, 468-space parking garage.  “We believe our interwoven plans for the Old Courthouse and Shipyards will help accomplish this goal and we are thrilled to take this next step in pursuing this vision,” says Rimrock Devlin Development’s Wallace Devlin.  RDD believes these proposals together will be an impetus for riverfront development in Downtown, and could also serve to transform the Downtown core overall.  RDD delivered this proposal to the DIA today. WOKV asked the DIA CEO whether they will consider this plan and the Convention Center Shipyards proposal, alongside the three bids they had solicited for a Convention Center at the old Courthouse site. CEO Aundra Wallace says the Evaluation Committee remains focused on reviewing the three solicited bids, and will present their rankings to the DIA on September 19th. These project proposals come as several projects are underway to try to revitalize the area.  GALLERY: Shad Khan’s plan for the Jacksonville Shipyards WOKV has brought you an in-depth look at the City’s proposal to take down the Hart Bridge ramps, to further accommodate riverfront development. Khan’s group continues to negotiate the Shipyards redevelopment, and has a greater $2.5 billion redevelopment vision for the Shipyards and Sports Complex combined. The Laura Street Trio is also undergoing redevelopment, Berkman Plaza II was recently sold, and The District is underway on the Southbank.
  • Drain your property of standing water.  The Nassau County Health Department is seeing an increase in West Nile Virus activity in chickens that are used to test for mosquito-borne illness.   There's also been an outbreak of Eastern Equine Encephalitis reported in emus.  According to the Health Department, human infections with EEEV and WNV are asymptomatic or may result in a nonspecific flu-like syndrome with fever and headache.   So far in 2018, there have been four cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis infection in horses in Nassau, and one outbreak of EEEV reported in emus. Ten sentinel chickens have tested positive for EEEV, and 17 have tested positive for WNV.  Nassau County health officials urge you to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take precautions to help limit your exposure:  -Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected. -Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used. -Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week. -Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water. -Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.  You are also encouraged to cover your skin with repellent and/or clothing.  Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective.
  • Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol are investigating a hit and run that happened Wednesday evening on I-295 at Roosevelt Boulevard.  According to the crash report, the driver of a white SUV was in the right lane when it hit a woman who was driving a BMW as she was slowing down behind a Toyota Highlander who had come to a complete stop due to traffic. After being rear-ended, the BMW then hit the back of the Highlander.  The driver of the SUV took off before first responders were able to get to the crash. Troopers were unable to provide a complete description of the SUV. FHP is not sure which state the SUV’s tag is from, but they do know the first two letters are “PG.”  Two people were injured in the crash, the driver of the BMW and the driver of the Toyota Highlander.  The Toyota also had to small children inside, but they were not hurt. 
  • Jacksonville’s Sheriff and Mayor have increasingly been promoting “intelligence-led” police policies, and the proposed new Real-Time Crime Center is being offered as a platform to bring that strategy to the next level.  We first told you when Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry put forward his $1.2 billion City budget proposal, that it included funding for a Real-Time Crime Center. Details were initially scarce on what exactly that program would look like, though.  A preliminary investigation by WOKV started to shed some light, but we’ve now obtained the full proposal for this pilot program, to paint a clearer picture.  Program goals  The proposal shows the heart of this project is bringing together existing public safety systems- like the gunshot detection system ShotSpotter and JSO’s Computer Aided Dispatch- and feeding them in to a single system, which can be efficiently viewed and filtered. That system is called CommandCentral Aware.  Motorola Solutions first proposed this program in April, and the letter they sent to the City shows the pilot is built around four key concepts- breaking down data silos by aggregating data in to a single platform, deriving intelligence in real time by providing first responders with situational information, maximizing technology investments by leveraging City investments, and streamlining workflows through an adaptable platform.  With data aggregation, the unified CommandCentral Aware platform- which is the cornerstone of the RTCC- is fed by any number of streams of information. That data can then be mapped around the event taking place, giving a comprehensive look at what is known about the history of crime at a scene, available resources near the area, information from emergency dispatches, and more.  This plays in to the second goal, of providing real time intelligence to first responders. The analysts using this system would be able to feed all of the unified data they get to the emergency responders heading to a scene, giving them a more comprehensive idea of what type of situation they are walking in to. This could increase their safety, and that of people in the area of a crime, according to the proposal.  Some of the data comes from sources the City has already invested in, which speaks to the third goal. The City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office already have the ShotSpotter system, which alerts police when gunshots are detected. JSO has previously indicated this could also work in coordination with their use of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, although there is no direct mention of that in the pilot program proposal.  Finally, on streamlining workflow, the system has the ability to add more features and adapt to workflows already in effect, according to the proposal letter.  The pilot proposal pitches this as a “next generation public safety solution” for an intelligence-driven police approach. That approach is something that Curry and Sheriff Mike Williams have promoted, as they have brought more of these intelligence-driven systems online.  CommandCentral Aware is also envisioned as a force multiplier, by integrating systems and, therefore, more effectively using existing staff and resources. Additionally, it’s believed this would let police continue to shift from reactionary responses to a more proactive position, by tracking trends.  Features  To feed CommandCentral Aware, a specialized video surveillance system is being provided at 15 sites for the duration of this pilot. The program proposal says these sites were prioritized by the City. While WOKV has obtained a list of the sites, we are withholding naming the locations, at the request of JSO.  “The goal of this center is to provide a safe environment for our community by adding some technology in helping us reduce crime,” says a statement from JSO.  The video system specifically runs a program that lets analysts filter by time, object size, color, and similar criteria to find relevant video. Video is analyzed and sorted as it’s ingested, so that when the analyst searches for something, relevant objects and backgrounds are pulled up. The analyst can then select their object of interest, and the system will call back to the original video. The search function allows you to look for a specific object, or search by general traits or similar descriptions. This can be used to potentially isolate people or vehicles matching suspect descriptions, and can search hours of video in just minutes, as an example.  The pilot program proposal says private, business surveillance can also be integrated in to the system, if police are given access. WOKV has previously reported that Curry is also aiming to revamp the City’s security camera network, and that could potentially feed in to this platform in the future, as well. During a Thursday budget hearing by the City Council Finance Committee, Williams said they hope to add more camera coverage in the future, with an emphasis on parks, entertainment areas, and locations that have ShotSpotter. Additionally, the program details say this pilot serves as a framework for future growth, which could mean additional cameras, more video integration, enhanced data analytics, and community engagement tools.  Budget and next steps  The “Proof of Concept” agreement for this program, obtained by WOKV, shows Motorola Solutions first proposed the use of this “Intelligence-Led Public Safety solution” to the City in early April. At the time, it was pitched as a six-month pilot program. Instead, the City has committed to a three-month pilot. JSO says they determined that would be enough time to decide whether they wanted to pursue this program full time.  “JSO has done an extensive search and explored many systems from different cities and the Motorola platform is the best fit for our city,” says a statement from JSO to WOKV.  Once the CommandCentral Aware program is up and running, the countdown on the pilot begins. The “Proof of Concept” agreement was signed on July 23rd, and the proposal estimates six to eight weeks to implement the pilot.  The pilot program is no cost to the City, specifically for the equipment. There are a range of IT costs to support the system, though, as well as some desk space and minor furniture needs. JSO says the initial year budget is $1.625 million, plus $283,523 in salaries for four safety analysts. The Mayor’s budget proposal shows those costs are spread across several IT subfunds, as well as in JSO’s budget.  If the City decides to continue past the pilot phase, they would have to buy the equipment from Motorola Solutions. JSO says their budget request for this upcoming fiscal year already includes the assumed purchase of that equipment.  JSO is already working on standing up the no-cost pilot, and- if Curry’s budget is approved- could move to what they consider “phase one”, which is adding workstations and cameras after the pilot. If that is successful, “phase two” would follow, which would be an additional cameras expansion and software support. Phase two would start next fiscal year and last two to five years, according to a statement from JSO to WOKV.  Jacksonville’s City Council Finance Committee reviewed JSO’s portion of the Mayor’s budget proposal on Thursday, during which Williams briefly addressed the RTCC, among other things. This is part of several weeks of budget hearings, which leads to the full City Council approving a budget before the start of the next fiscal year, October 1st.  WOKV will continue to work through the proposed City budget, to determine how your tax dollars are being spent.
  • As the search continues for Abrion Price, the third and final suspect tied to the Westside fatal shooting of 7-year-old Heidy Rivas-Villanueva, the newly appointed City Council member for that district, Terrance Freeman, is laying out how he hopes to address safety concerns among neighbors. Freeman, speaking with our partner Action News Jax, says while he hopes to get more officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office patrolling the streets, he believes it's about helping kids.  GALLERY: Community gathers to remember 7-year-old girl killed, after getting caught in crossfire on the Westside He says he wants to partner up with community organizations, like the Kids Hope Alliance, that give kids positive opportunities.  'To offer kids and teens safe spaces... as opposed to being drawn into this life of crime, they're more attracted to this opportunity to get exposed to STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics], and different types of endeavors that could help them with careers,' says Freeman.  One of the suspects arrested by JSO is just 17-years-old. Investigators say he and another man set up a robbery, disguised as a gun sale, leading up the shooting.   Freeman says he wants families in the district to know that the City hears them and their safety concerns.
  • After months of renovations, Northwest Jacksonville is celebrating the grand re-opening of a major staple in the community — Yancey Park.  According to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Jacksonville, the park’s renovations were funded in part by a $100,000 grant from the NFL’s Grassroots initiative.  LISC says some of the park’s upgrades include new Bermuda grass turf fields, a new scoreboard, and a new irrigation system. “We know that Yancey Park is more than just a park for this community,” says president of LISC Jacksonville, Janet Owens.  To celebrate the park’s re-opening, officials from LISC Jacksonville, the Jaguars, Northwest Jacksonville CDC and the City of Jacksonville hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony this evening.   “We are proud to have played a role in facilitating positive change for children and families who use this space to learn and grow,” says Owens.  Yancey Park is one of 12 parks that LISC Jacksonville has helped to revitalize in the city, according to LISC officials. 

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  • The final suspect wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Heidy Rivas-Villanueva has now been caught. Abrion Price was wanted for felony murder in connection to the girl’s death. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says Price was caught in Jacksonville, after he was pulled over in a vehicle with a broken tail light. JSO says Price ran, but was tracked down by a K9 unit. JSO says Price and another man, Trevonte Phoenix, planned a robbery disguised as a gun sale, to take place in a parking lot off 103rd Street Saturday night. JSO says the intended victim had a friend nearby in another car, and after the robbery, that friend- Stanley Harris III- got out of his vehicle and started shooting. JSO says Phoenix then fired back, but the only person hit was Heidy, who was sitting in a car in the parking lot with her father. GALLERY: Emotional vigil honors 7-year-old killed in Westside shooting JSO believes a bullet from Harris’ gun was the one that killed Heidy. In all, about 13 shots are believed to have been fired. Phoenix and Price each face a charge of felony murder. Harris is being held on a weapons charge, but JSO says more charges could be coming. This is a developing story that will be updated in to the evening.
  • Jacksonville’s Sheriff and Mayor have increasingly been promoting “intelligence-led” police policies, and the proposed new Real-Time Crime Center is being offered as a platform to bring that strategy to the next level.  We first told you when Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry put forward his $1.2 billion City budget proposal, that it included funding for a Real-Time Crime Center. Details were initially scarce on what exactly that program would look like, though.  A preliminary investigation by WOKV started to shed some light, but we’ve now obtained the full proposal for this pilot program, to paint a clearer picture.  Program goals  The proposal shows the heart of this project is bringing together existing public safety systems- like the gunshot detection system ShotSpotter and JSO’s Computer Aided Dispatch- and feeding them in to a single system, which can be efficiently viewed and filtered. That system is called CommandCentral Aware.  Motorola Solutions first proposed this program in April, and the letter they sent to the City shows the pilot is built around four key concepts- breaking down data silos by aggregating data in to a single platform, deriving intelligence in real time by providing first responders with situational information, maximizing technology investments by leveraging City investments, and streamlining workflows through an adaptable platform.  With data aggregation, the unified CommandCentral Aware platform- which is the cornerstone of the RTCC- is fed by any number of streams of information. That data can then be mapped around the event taking place, giving a comprehensive look at what is known about the history of crime at a scene, available resources near the area, information from emergency dispatches, and more.  This plays in to the second goal, of providing real time intelligence to first responders. The analysts using this system would be able to feed all of the unified data they get to the emergency responders heading to a scene, giving them a more comprehensive idea of what type of situation they are walking in to. This could increase their safety, and that of people in the area of a crime, according to the proposal.  Some of the data comes from sources the City has already invested in, which speaks to the third goal. The City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office already have the ShotSpotter system, which alerts police when gunshots are detected. JSO has previously indicated this could also work in coordination with their use of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, although there is no direct mention of that in the pilot program proposal.  Finally, on streamlining workflow, the system has the ability to add more features and adapt to workflows already in effect, according to the proposal letter.  The pilot proposal pitches this as a “next generation public safety solution” for an intelligence-driven police approach. That approach is something that Curry and Sheriff Mike Williams have promoted, as they have brought more of these intelligence-driven systems online.  CommandCentral Aware is also envisioned as a force multiplier, by integrating systems and, therefore, more effectively using existing staff and resources. Additionally, it’s believed this would let police continue to shift from reactionary responses to a more proactive position, by tracking trends.  Features  To feed CommandCentral Aware, a specialized video surveillance system is being provided at 15 sites for the duration of this pilot. The program proposal says these sites were prioritized by the City. While WOKV has obtained a list of the sites, we are withholding naming the locations, at the request of JSO.  “The goal of this center is to provide a safe environment for our community by adding some technology in helping us reduce crime,” says a statement from JSO.  The video system specifically runs a program that lets analysts filter by time, object size, color, and similar criteria to find relevant video. Video is analyzed and sorted as it’s ingested, so that when the analyst searches for something, relevant objects and backgrounds are pulled up. The analyst can then select their object of interest, and the system will call back to the original video. The search function allows you to look for a specific object, or search by general traits or similar descriptions. This can be used to potentially isolate people or vehicles matching suspect descriptions, and can search hours of video in just minutes, as an example.  The pilot program proposal says private, business surveillance can also be integrated in to the system, if police are given access. WOKV has previously reported that Curry is also aiming to revamp the City’s security camera network, and that could potentially feed in to this platform in the future, as well. During a Thursday budget hearing by the City Council Finance Committee, Williams said they hope to add more camera coverage in the future, with an emphasis on parks, entertainment areas, and locations that have ShotSpotter. Additionally, the program details say this pilot serves as a framework for future growth, which could mean additional cameras, more video integration, enhanced data analytics, and community engagement tools.  Budget and next steps  The “Proof of Concept” agreement for this program, obtained by WOKV, shows Motorola Solutions first proposed the use of this “Intelligence-Led Public Safety solution” to the City in early April. At the time, it was pitched as a six-month pilot program. Instead, the City has committed to a three-month pilot. JSO says they determined that would be enough time to decide whether they wanted to pursue this program full time.  “JSO has done an extensive search and explored many systems from different cities and the Motorola platform is the best fit for our city,” says a statement from JSO to WOKV.  Once the CommandCentral Aware program is up and running, the countdown on the pilot begins. The “Proof of Concept” agreement was signed on July 23rd, and the proposal estimates six to eight weeks to implement the pilot.  The pilot program is no cost to the City, specifically for the equipment. There are a range of IT costs to support the system, though, as well as some desk space and minor furniture needs. JSO says the initial year budget is $1.625 million, plus $283,523 in salaries for four safety analysts. The Mayor’s budget proposal shows those costs are spread across several IT subfunds, as well as in JSO’s budget.  If the City decides to continue past the pilot phase, they would have to buy the equipment from Motorola Solutions. JSO says their budget request for this upcoming fiscal year already includes the assumed purchase of that equipment.  JSO is already working on standing up the no-cost pilot, and- if Curry’s budget is approved- could move to what they consider “phase one”, which is adding workstations and cameras after the pilot. If that is successful, “phase two” would follow, which would be an additional cameras expansion and software support. Phase two would start next fiscal year and last two to five years, according to a statement from JSO to WOKV.  Jacksonville’s City Council Finance Committee reviewed JSO’s portion of the Mayor’s budget proposal on Thursday, during which Williams briefly addressed the RTCC, among other things. This is part of several weeks of budget hearings, which leads to the full City Council approving a budget before the start of the next fiscal year, October 1st.  WOKV will continue to work through the proposed City budget, to determine how your tax dollars are being spent.
  • Nearly two months after a young father was fatally shot in Jacksonville Beach, after what police described as an apparent fight, we're getting our first, detailed look at what a witness says happened that night.  WOKV has now obtained new arrest reports and affidavits for arrests warrants from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, for the two suspects tied to the June 24th death of 23-year-old Leon Bennett.  Shaquille Walker, 25, and Jose Emanuel Lebron, 29, were recently extradited to Duval County, after turning themselves into police in Honolulu, Hawaii.  In Walker's and Lebron's arrest reports, it's revealed the two are actually brothers, which is something Jacksonville Beach police have not previously disclosed.  The reports say Walker and Lebron were out at Jax Beach that night for a friend's birthday. That friend, who spoke to investigators and witnessed what happened, said they were gathered near First Street, when they came into contact with another group of individuals, one of whom was Bennett.  During that interaction, the reports say Walker's and Lebron's friend tried to talk to a girl, who turned out to be Bennett's girlfriend. In the reports, the friend told police he apologized for talking to her, but that someone with Bennett slapped Lebron, knocking him to the ground, initiating a fight.  A larger fight broke out, but the friend told investigators, that he, Walker, and Lebron tried to leave the area and go to their cars. During this time, he told police Bennett continued 'talking trash.'  Eventually the group got into a car, where they then re-engaged Bennett and the other group, according to the reports.  The reports say at some point during that interaction, the friend told police Bennett walked over, opened the car door, and tried to punch Walker and even tried to pull Walker out of the car. As that was happening, the friend says Walker allegedly pulled out a pistol and fired twice toward Bennett.  Walker is charged with carrying a concealed firearm and tampering with evidence, while Lebron is only charged with tampering with evidence.  At this time, neither are charged directly with Bennett's death.
  • A Colorado man who for days pleaded publicly for the return of his pregnant wife and two young daughters has been arrested and charged with killing them, police said.  Christopher Lee Watts, 33, of Frederick, was arrested just after 11 p.m. Wednesday night in connection with the slayings of his wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. Shanann Watts, 34, was about 15 weeks pregnant. Bella Watts was days away from starting kindergarten.  John Camper, director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, said during a media briefing Thursday afternoon that investigators were “quite certain” the body of Shanann Watts has been recovered. “We have strong reason to believe we know where the bodies of the children are, and recovery efforts are in process on that,” Camper said.  “This is absolutely the worst possible outcome that any of us could imagine. I think our hearts are broken for the town of Fredrick as much as anybody’s.” Chris Watts is being held in the Weld County Jail pending formal charges, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said during the briefing. 9News in Denver reported earlier Thursday that Chris Watts faces three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with physical evidence. >> Related story: Report: Man with NC ties confesses to killing wife, 2 daughters in Colorado Fredrick police officials said they received a call just before 2 p.m. Monday reporting Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts missing. The report was made by a friend who went to the family’s home in the Wyndham Hill subdivision and found no sign of Shanann or the girls.  Chris Watts said in an interview Tuesday with 9News that he saw the woman at the front door, via the home’s doorbell camera, and realized his family was missing.  “I said, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ And she said, ‘I can’t get ahold of Shanann,’” Watts said. “That’s when I was just, like, ‘Okay, something’s not right.’” He said he, too, had been unable to reach his wife via phone or text message. See Chris Watts’ entire interview with 9News below. Shanann Watts’ vehicle, as well as her purse and medication for the children, were all still at the house, authorities said. Police on Tuesday upgraded the missing persons report to an “Endangered Missing Alert” because of the potential medical concerns with the children.   Investigators conducted multiple interviews and officers canvassed the family’s neighborhood for witnesses and clues. News of the missing mother and daughters soon went national, and Watts did his interview with 9News on Tuesday, in which he described his family’s disappearance as “earth-shattering.”  “I don’t feel like this is even real right now. It’s like a nightmare that I just can’t wake up from,” Watts told a reporter. Watts spoke in loving terms of his daughters.  “Celeste, she’s just a bottle of energy,” he said. “I call her ‘Rampage’ because she's got two speeds: go, or she’s sleeping. She’s always the troublemaker, she’s always the one, like, jumping off things. Bella, she’s the more calm, cautious, mothering type, and she’s more like me -- she’s more calm. Celeste has definitely got her mom’s personality, where she’s all gung-ho, ready to go.” The young father also addressed those who might think he had a hand in his family’s disappearance. “Everybody’s going to have their own opinion on anything like this,” Watts said. “I just want people to know that I want my family back. I want them safe and I want them here. This house is not the same.” Less than 24 hours later, Watts was in custody. A law enforcement source told 9News that Watts confessed to killing his wife and children.  No motive has been established, though The Denver Post reported the couple had serious financial problems over the years. They filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in July 2015, citing liabilities of more than $400,000.  The Wyndham Hill Master Association filed a civil claim against the couple last month, but details of that claim were not immediately available, according to the Post.  >> Read more trending news Shanann Watts wrote on social media about the trips and vacations she had earned for her family through Le-Vel, a health and wellness company that sells nutritional products. The Post reported that Watts’ position with the company appeared to have rejuvenated the family’s finances.  “We have qualified for so many amazing trips in two years that we never otherwise would have been able to visit,” she wrote about trips to New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Diego, Toronto, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.  Chris Watts worked for Anadarko Petroleum Co., according to bankruptcy records.  Le-Vel officials wrote on Facebook Thursday morning that their hearts were broken for Shanann Watts and her daughters.  “Shanann was an amazing woman, mother, friend, and overall person,” the statement read. “She lit up every room and was a joy to be around. Our love, prayers, and support go out during this devastating time to her family, friends, and to all Thrivers who had the great fortune of knowing Shanann and her two beautiful daughters.” Shanann Watts’ brother, Frankie Rzucek, wrote that he just wants to know why his sister and nieces died.  “My precious family, my one and only sibling, my sister Shanann, two adorable nieces, Bella and Celeste, and her soon-to-be-found-out unborn son, Niko,” Rzucek wrote. “I just want 30 seconds alone with that heartless psychopath. May Satan have mercy on his soul.” Some of the more poignant social media posts come from the Facebook page of Shanann Watts herself. In a post that included a photo of one of her girls playing at the beach, the young mother wrote of her fears of letting her daughter out into the world.  “The world is a scary place,” Shanann Watts wrote on Aug. 4, just over a week before their disappearances. “I will do everything in my power to teach her right and to protect her, advocate, stand up for her and defend her. I pray every day that she never feels any less than the rest of the world. I pray that she’s protected when I’m not around to protect her.  “Nothing or no one will stop me.”
  • Two suspects tied to the shooting death of a young father in Jacksonville Beach are now back in town after surrendering to police in Hawaii.  Jail records show Shaquille Walker and Jose Lebron were booked today in the Pre-Trial Detention Facility on charges of tampering with evidence. Walker is also charged with carrying a concealed firearm.   Neither man is charged directly in the late-June death of Leon Bennett, who was shot after what first started as an apparent fight outside the Pier Cantina restaurant.  Both suspects are due to have a first court appearance at 1pm today. 

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