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    The Florida Highway Patrol is citing a semi-truck driver from Ohio with careless driving after he caused a fiery crash on I-95 south. The crash report says an RV that was towing another car had broken down in the right lane near State Road 200. The truck was also in the right lane and did not see the RV. As the driver tried to avoid the RV, he ended up hitting the car it was towing which lead to the fiery crash. The driver of the RV was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The semi-truck driver was not injured.
  • UPDATE September 20, 2019: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has released very few details at this time, but police say both individuals in this case have been located safe in Volusia County. We’re told the investigation into what exactly occurred is ongoing.  ==== 8:07 AM UPDATE The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says it has received new information regarding the whereabouts of Marsha Higgins and Bradley Chilton.  Police say they were in the Volusia County area last night and there is a different tag number associated with the silver Toyota Scion they are expected to be in.    Investigators with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is searching for a car involved in a possible carjacking. On top of that, police are trying to make sure Marsha Higgins in safe. According to JSO, someone called them and said Higgins is possibly being held against her will by her boyfriend Bradley Chilton. JSO is asking all drivers to keep their eyes out for a silver four-door Toyota Scion with a Tennessee plate that says 8-P-0-8-U-0. The two may be in the Jacksonville Beach area. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 904.630.0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1.866.845.TIPS.
  • Jacksonville Fire and Rescue says an investigator is looking into what caused a deadly apartment fire on Kensington Square late Wednesday night.  The fire damaged three units in the six-unit building. It’s not clear how many people were living in the units, but the Red Cross has been tapped to help. Crews have not identified the person who died in the fire. 
  • WOKV will continue updating this list of cancellations, closures/openings, and resources for you in connection to Dorian as new information comes in. This list represents Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties. Find the following information on this page by clicking on the appropriate links: Duval:  ---Duval County Public Schools will remain closed through Thursday, September 5th, due to the impact of the hurricane and because many schools are now serving as shelters.  Additionally, all athletic and after school activities are canceled through Thursday. ---Edward Waters College says they will remain closed through Wednesday September 4th. Campus dining hours will operate according to regular weekend hours Monday and Tuesday.  ---Saint Leo University-Jacksonville now has canceled classes through Thursday, September 5. The Jacksonville Education Center is closed and classes canceled tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday. In addition, Saint Leo’s Mayport Education Center remains closed and classes are canceled.  ---The University of North Florida is canceling all classes, student activities, and offices through Thursday. UNF will be closing all residential housing and the Osprey Cafe at Noon on Tuesday, September 3rd.  Students who remain on campus will be required to move to the Osprey Fountains for safe shelter.  All other buildings on campus will remain on lockdown, as they are not designated as hurricane shelters.  ---Jacksonville University is canceling classes beginning at 2 p.m., Friday, August 30. The university will remain closed through Thursday, September 5th. JU hopes to reopen the campus on Friday for returning students, faculty and staff, classes will be cancelled that day.  ---Florida State College of Jacksonville (FSCJ) says all campuses, centers, and faculty and administrative offices will be closed beginning, Saturday, August 31, through Thursday, September 5th. FSCJ will reopen on Friday, September 6. St. Johns: ---All St. Johns County Public schools and district offices will be closed on Tuesday, September 3rd, Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 5th.  ---Flagler College has cancelled classes for September 2-4, 2019.  ---Florida School for the Deaf and Blind has cancelled classes and sent students home. The campus remains open for 11 and 12 month employees. ---St. Johns River State College has closed all campuses September 3rd-8th.  Clay: ---Clay County Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, September 3rd, Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 4th.   Nassau: ---Nassau County Public Schools will be closed through Thursday, September 5th. Classes will resume Friday. Baker:  ---The Baker County School District says all Baker County schools will be closed Tuesday, September 3rd, and Wednesday, September 4th. Putnam: ---The Putnam County School District says all schools will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. =================================================================================================================== Duval County:  ---Sulzbacher’s Downtown campus will be evacuated Tuesday. The center says all services are canceled until the evacuation order is lifted for Zone B. Those seeking emergency services and shelter are being accommodated at the City Rescue Mission which is not under an evacuation order as of Monday morning.  ---Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said the mandatory evacuations for Zones A and B will expire Wednesday night at 7pm. For more information about shelter locations you can call 630-CITY or visit JaxReady.com. The following shelters will be active according to JaxReady.com:  Abess Park Elementary ,12731 Abess Blvd Jacksonville, FL, 32225. General population. Andrew Robinson, 101 W. 12th Street Jacksonville, FL 32206. General population.  Arlington Middle School, 8141 Lone Star Rd. Jacksonville, FL, 32211. General population.  Atlantic Coast High School 9735 R.G. Skinner Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32211. Special needs, pet friendly. Chimney Lakes Elementary School, 9353 Staples Mill Drive, Jacksonville FL 32244. General population, pet friendly. Landmark Middle School, 101 Kernan Blvd. North, Jacksonville FL 32225. General population, pet friendly. Mandarin Middle School, 5100 Hood Rd. Jacksonville FL, 32257. General population, pet friendly. Oceanway Middle School, 143 Oceanway Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32218. Special needs.  Oceanway Elementary 1255 Gillespie Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32218. General population.   Twin Lakes Elementary School 8000 Point Meadows Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32256. General population. Enterprise Elementary 8085 Old Middleburg Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32222. Special needs. Legends Center 5130 Soutel Drive Jacksonville, FL 32208. General population, special needs.  ---Naval Station Mayport’s Commanding Officer says they will start evacuating beginning at 8AM Monday morning. Mayport says they are not evacuating the entire base, but PPV residents who wish to to evacuate can do so and will be reimbursed.    St. Johns County:  St. Johns County has issued mandatory evacuation orders effective for 8 a.m. on Monday, September 2 for Evacuation Zones A and B, which includes the entire City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and those living on waterfront property or in flood-prone areas. In addition, the County has ordered evacuations for Hastings and Flagler Estates.  Residents living aboard boats, and those living in RVs, mobile homes, and manufactured homes throughout St. Johns County are also included in the evacuation order. Residents who are able to evacuate and are not utilizing a St. Johns County shelter should begin evacuating as soon as possible prior to the evacuation order scheduled for Monday, September 2 in order to minimize traffic congestion.  St. Johns County will also open six shelters at 8 a.m. on Monday, September 2:  • Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Ln. (Special needs) • Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Ln. (Pet-friendly)• Southwoods Elementary, 4750 State Road 206. (Pet-friendly) • Pedro Menendez High School, 600 State Road 206 West. (General population) • Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pkwy. (General population) • Osceola Elementary, 1605 Osceola Elementary Rd. (General population)  While shelters provide safety throughout the storm, residents must bring supplies in order to maintain personal comfort and sustenance. St. Johns County recommends that all evacuees bring their own bedding, including sleeping bags or air mattresses, pillows, sheets, and blankets. A five-day supply of water, nonperishable food, medication, diapers, and other personal items are also suggested.  Nassau:  ---Nassau County has issued mandatory evacuations for Zones A, C, F starting Monday at 8AM.  Two shelters are opening in the county: Hilliard Middle/Senior High School, 1 Flashes Ave, Hilliard, FL 32046. This shelter is a special needs shelter. Callahan Middle School, 450121 Old Dixie Hwy, Callahan, FL 32011. This shelter will be pet friendly. Clay County: ---Clay County has issued mandatory evacuations for Zones A, B, low-lying areas and vulnerable homes, starting Tuesday at 3 PM. Four general population shelters will be opening at Tuesday at 3 PM: Clay High School, 2025 FL-16, Green Cove Springs Orange Park High School, 2300 Kingsley Ave, Orange Park (pet friendly) Wilkinson Elementary School, 4965 Co Rd 218, Middleburg Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High, 900 Orchid Ave, Keystone Heights (pet friendly) One special needs shelter will also be opening on Tuesday at 12 PM: Lake Asbury Junior High School, 2851 Sandridge Rd, Green Cove Springs Putnam: ---Putnam County has issued a mandatory evacuation for Zone A, persons in low lying areas living on boats, recreational vehicles ans mobile homes.  Six shelters will be open beginning at 2pm Monday:  Interlachen Elementary School, Ochwilla Elementary School, Q.I. Roberts Middle School, Browning Pearce Elementary School, Middleton-Burney Elementary School, Kelley Smith Elementary School. ========================================================================================================================= Duval: ---Curfews will be in place from 10PM until 6 AM IN Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach beginning Monday night. The curfew will remain in place until further notice. In addition, Alcohol sales will be suspended at the beaches in Duval County beginning at 10AM Monday until further notice. ========================================================================================================================== Duval County: ---Peter Frampton’s farewell tour appearance scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled.  Refunds are available at the point of purchase.   ---The First Wednesday Art Walk scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 4th  has been canceled.  Art Walk will not be rescheduled in September and will return to Downtown Jacksonville on October 2nd. ---The Florida State - Boise State football game scheduled for Saturday night at TIAA Bank Field is going to be played in Tallahassee, according to Governor Ron DeSantis.  Mayor Lenny Curry says anyone holding tickets to the game are eligible to receive a refund.   ---The Bold City Beer and Music Festival that was scheduled to happen this Sunday, September 1st, in Riverside under the Fuller Warren Bridge is being rescheduled. Organizers are aiming to hold in on Sunday, September 22, instead, pending approval. ---Duval County Public Schools says all scheduled events on campuses for Saturday (Aug. 31), Sunday (Sept. 1) and Monday (Sept. 2) are canceled. This includes events and activities hosted by other groups, including church services that normally occur on Duval public school campuses.  At this time, there are no school closures in Duval County Public Schools.  Schools which serve as shelters are now being prepped for this purpose. You may see window shuttering and other work in progress.  ---The Raines High School football game, which was scheduled for Friday Aug. 30 in South Florida, has been canceled.  St. Johns County: ---Nocatee says it has canceled its Labor Day Weekend event, which was supposed to feature entertainment and food trucks this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. =============================================================================================================================== Local Bridges: Statewide:  ---Wells Fargo says branches in Duval, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns Counties will be closed Tuesday September 3rd and Wednesday September 4th. ---The First Coast YMCA is closing the following branches beginning Monday. They say they will reopen as soon as possible.  Ponte Vedra YMCA Winston Family YMCA St. Augustine YMCA McArthur YMCA ---VyStar says all branches, offices and call centers in the following counties: Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, Clay, Putnam, Flagler and Volusia, are closed until Thursday, September 5th. ---Wells Fargo branches in Jacksonville, Clay, and St. Johns counties will close this Tuesday and Wednesday.  ---The Florida Department of Agriculture says they are closing the following Florida State Forest Campgrounds at 1PM Friday and will be closed through Thursday September 5th. Cary State Forest, Nassau County: Cary State Forest Campground, Cary Youth Group Camp Charles H. Bronson State Forest, Seminole/Orange County: Charles H. Bronson Primitive Campsite Etoniah Creek State Forest, Putnam County: Green Camp, Iron Bridge Camp Shelter Goethe State Forest, Levy County: Tidewater Campground Indian Lake State Forest, Marion County: Indian Lake Campground Ross Prairie State Forest, Marion County: Ross Prairie Primitive Campsite Jennings State Forest, Clay County: Bootleggers Campground, Hammock Campground, Dunns Creek Camp Zone, North Fork Black Creek Camp Zone John M. Bethea State Forest, Baker County: Maple Set Campground Lake George State Forest, Volusia County: River Road Campground Lake Wales Ridge State Forest, Polk County: Arbuckle Primitive Campsites, Reedy Creek Campground I, Reedy Creek II Hunt Camp, Walk in the Water Campground, Walk in the Water Primitive Campsites Little Big Econ State Forest, Seminole County: East Camp Zone, West Camp Zone Matanzas State Forest, St. Johns County: Cedar Creek Campground, Matanzas State Forest Group Camp Myakka State Forest, Sarasota County: Flying A Campground, Primitive Campsites Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest, Hendry/Collier County: Panther Pond Primitive Campground, Wildcow Primitive Group Camp Picayune Strand State Forest, Collier County: Horseshoe Equestrian Group Camp, Horseshoe Primitive Campground, Kirkland Hammock Primitive Campsite Ralph E. Simmons State Forest, Nassau County: Group Camp 1, Group Camp 2 Seminole State Forest, Lake County: Primitive Campsites, Primitive Group Campsites Tiger Bay State Forest, Volusia County: Bennett Field Campground, Bennett Field Group Camp, Tram Road Equestrian Campground Twin Rivers State Forest, Suwannee County: Primitive Campsites Welaka State Forest, Putnam County: Dorms, Equestrian Campground, Primitive Campsites Withlacoochee State Forest, Citrus/Sumter/Hernando County: Annutteliga Hammock Unit Primitive Camp Zone, Buttgenbach Campground at Croom Motorcycle Area, Citrus Tract Primitive Camp Zone Loops B, C, and D, Crooked River Campground, Crooked River Group Camp, Croom Tract Primitive Camp Zone East, Croom Tract Primitive Camp Zone Paddle In, Croom Tract Primitive Camp Zone West, Cypress Glen Campground, Hog Island Campground, Hog Island Youth Group, Camp Holder Mine Campground, Jumper Creek Primitive Camp Zone, Mutual Mine Campground, Mutual Mine Youth Group Camp, Richloam Tract Primitive Camp Zones North, East, and South, River Junction Campground, Silver Lake Campground, Tillis Hill Campground, Two Mile Prairie Tract Bearhead Hammock Primitive Campsites, Two Mile Prairie Tract Oxbow Primitive Camp Zone Paddle In. ---Due to Hurricane Dorian’s impact on Florida, some Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities will close or adjust hours of operation starting Monday. Get updates about each individual story, by clicking HERE. Clay County:   ---The Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs and all Clay County Clerk’s Offices will remain closed at least through Wednesday, September 4th.  Any court dates or hearings scheduled to occur on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week will be rescheduled and involved parties will be notified by official mail.  The closure also applies to all Clerk’s Office branch locations, Teen Court and Archives.  Duval County: ---The St. Johns Town Center has announced they will keep their stores shuttered for Wednesday (9/04) as Dorian passes by our shores. Officials with the Town Center say they are monitoring the storm and will continue to evaluate their actions based on conditions.  ---Naval Air Station Jacksonville has ordered the closure for non-essential personnel beginning at 4pm on Monday, September 2nd. However, several facilities will remain open until Tuesday, September 3rd at 3pm which include: Navy Exchange Gas Station, Navy Exchange Main Store and Home Store , NAS Jax Commissary, Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, All NAS Jax gates and the Visitor Control Center.  ---The Museum of Science and History will be closed beginning Monday, September 2nd until further notice.   ---The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens says they will be closed Monday through Wednesday for guests, educational programs and events. The Zoo will reopen Thursday pending any damage from Dorian. The animals will be kept in or near their night houses and large animals will be secured in their indoor quarters.  ---Atlantic Beach is closing off the waters to the Atlantic because of dangerous conditions. ---JAXPORT terminals are closed to incoming vessels and the port’s administrative offices and facilities will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  Carnival Cruise Line is still evaluating plans for the Carnival Ecstasy sailing scheduled for Thursday, September 5, 2019. Passengers on that cruise can sign up for text alerts by texting CCL12 to CRUISE (278473). ---The Duval County Courthouse will remain closed through Wednesday September 4th. As a result, the Duval County Clerk of Court will also be closed Tuesday September 3rd and Wednesday September 4th. ---The City of Jacksonville Beach is closing down water activity in the Atlantic starting Monday September 2nd. because of the dangerous conditions at the beach. Water activities will be shut down until conditions are deemed safe. Lifeguards say if you see anyone in the ocean or trying to go into the ocean call 911.    ---Due to life-threatening surf and dangerous rip currents, Neptune Beach Mayor Elaine Brown is issuing an Emergency Declaration ordering that the beaches of Neptune Beach be closed Monday, September 2nd and continuing until the dangerous conditions subside.  ---JTA will suspend all transit services on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. in advance of potential impacts of Hurricane Dorian. This includes all fixed-routes, First Coast Flyer BRT lines and the Skyway. Starting on Tuesday, JTA’s paratransit service Connexion will only perform life-sustaining and evacuation trips, weather permitting. JTA anticipates resuming normal operation on Thursday morning. ---The Duval County Courthouse will be closed on Tuesday, September 3, due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian. As a result, both offices of the Duval County Clerk’s Office will be closed on Tuesday as well. ---The Jacksonville Humane Society will be closed on Wednesday, September 4. As of right now, JHS is planning to reopen on Thursday, September 5. ---Baptist Medical Center Beaches is closed and has been evacuated for the approaching storm. ---The Duval County Health Department is closed through Thursday and will reopen on Friday. ---Ascension St. Vincent's main hospitals on 8th street (UF Health Jacksonville downtown) and on the north campus (UF Health North) are open and running for Tuesday, September 3rd, as are clinics on both of those campuses and oncology clinics throughout the region (other than those in evacuation zones, which includes the Fernandina Beach location). All other off-site clinics are closed Tuesday. On Wednesday, September 4, all clinics, including those on the downtown (8th street) and UF North campuses will be closed. However, both hospitals remain open and running normal operations.  ---No waste will be collected on Wednesday, September 4th. Secure your carts and cans during the storm. Collection schedules will shift by one day, so Wednesday schedule will be collected Thursday.  St. Johns County: ---With the exception of emergency service employees responding to Hurricane Dorian, all offices and departments of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, the Supervisor of Elections Office, the Property Appraiser’s Office, the Clerk of Courts Office, the Tax Collector’s Office, and the County Courthouse will be closed through Thursday, September 5. Additionally, the government offices of the City of St. Augustine and City of St. Augustine Beach will also be closed. ---All St. Johns County Parks and Recreation programs are cancelled, and all parks and facilities are closed until further notice due to the potential impacts of Hurricane Dorian. Parks and facilities will reopen when safety inspections have been completed and weather conditions allow ---Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas National Monuments will be closed starting Friday, August 30, in anticipation of potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian. ---St. Johns County Emergency Management says the St. Augustine Amphitheater Box Office and Farmers Market will be closed Saturday August 31st.  ---Anastasia State Park Campground is being evacuated Friday and will be closed until Wednesday September 4th. ---The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Office and the Farmers Market will be closed on Saturday, August 31. --- All Council on Aging offices, including Sunshine Bus, Paratransit, IMEP, Sunshine Center, Coastal Home Care and all five senior centers will be closed through Thursday, September 5, 2019. Depending on conditions after the storm, they may reopen on Friday, September 6. ---All St. Johns County libraries, bookmobiles, and book drops are closed Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4. Operational decisions beyond Wednesday will be determined based on weather conditions. Due dates will be extended and fines will not be incurred during the closure. ---Driving on all St. Johns County beaches will be restricted beginning Sunday, September 1st, until conditions improve. The county says the beaches are experiencing extreme high tides. ---The St. Augustine Alligator Farm will be closed Monday and Tuesday. ---St. Johns County garbage, yard debris, and recycling collections are cancelled on Wednesday, September 4. Information regarding collection schedules for the remainder of the week will be released when available. ---The St. Johns Golf Club is closed until further notice due to the potential impacts of Hurricane Dorian. The course will reopen when safety inspections have been completed and weather conditions allow. ---The St. Augustine Municipal Marina has been closed. Suspended operations include all fueling, pump out, tender service and dockage. The marina will remain closed until it is safe for marina personnel to return. =============================================================================================================================== Statewide: ---Governor DeSantis has directed the suspension of tolls on Florida’s Turnpike Mainline as well as select toll roads around the state. The toll suspension includes the follow: -First Coast Expressway and I-295 Express Lanes-Alligator Alley-The Turnkpike Mainline including the Homestead Extension-Sawgrass Expressway-Beachline Expressway---The Florida National Guard has more than 4,400 Soldiers and Airmen activated for Hurricane Dorian response operations. The activation includes high-wheeled vehicles, helicopters, boats and generators, and are staging for possible missions to include  humanitarian assistance, security operations, search and rescue, aviation and more.  Current missions include staffing and supporting the State Logistics Readiness Center (SLRC) in Orlando, and providing Liaison Officers (LNOs) to 17 counties. A Helicopter Search and Rescue Team (HSART) is also currently on standby with eight different airframes, which will provide search and rescue capabilities in support of State Search and Rescue if needed:  - Two UH-60 Blackhawks  - Two CH-47 Chinooks  - Two HH-60 Blackhawks  - Two LUH-72 Lakotas ---Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has activated the state’s Price Gouging Hotline for all 67 counties. You can report potential price gouging by calling (866) 9NO-SCAM or downloading the new reporting app—”NO SCAM.” ---Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says the state has activated 2,500 members of the Florida National Guard ahead of the storm, with an additional 1,500 on standby. ---Florida Department of Agriculture says their Division of Animal Industry has suspended intrastate movement requirements for transporting pets and livestock from areas in the path of Dorian. In addition, Alabama, Georgia, & Mississippi have waved their intrastate import requirements for Florida pets and livestock. Jacksonville:  ---As of 11am Wednesday, the City of Jacksonville has activated the Emergency Operations Center and it will be staffed full time by Thursday morning, Mayor Lenny Curry says.  The mayor says as of Wednesday morning it’s still too early to make any decisions about evacuations and officials are a day or two away from making those possible decisions. Wednesday, Public Works will be going around to flood prone areas in the City to clear debris from drainage areas as a precaution. ---630-CITY will be open over Labor Day weekend to assist citizens with storm-related issues or questions. The center will be available Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to call 630-CITY (2489) or go online to MyJax.CustHelp.com to report issues or request information. ---Wicked Barley Brewing is offering free filtered water on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are asked to bring your own water container. Clay County: ---The Rosemary Hill Solid Waste Management facility will be open Monday and Tuesday from 7:30AM to 5:30PM if you want to get ride of debris around your home. --- The following sand bag locations have been established for Clay County and will be open Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 2019.  • Omega Park, 4317 CR 218, Middleburg (8am – 8pm)  • Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex, 4387 Lake Shore Dr., Fleming Island (8am – 8pm)  • Old Green Cove Fire Station #1, 21 Roderigo Ave., Green Cove Spring (8am- 5pm)  • Orange Park Athletic Association, 1086 Fromhart St., Orange Park (8am- 5pm)  • Keystone Heights Cemetery, 7304 SR 100, Keystone Heights (8am- 5pm)  The Clay County Sheriff’s Office will have supervised inmates at all five sand bag locations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to fill sand bags for residents. Sandbags are free, but there is a limit of 25 bags per family, until they are gone. Sand bags will be self-serve at the Middleburg and Fleming Island Locations after 5 p.m. Nassau County: ---Nassau County Emergency Management says sandbag sites are now closed. They say they distributed 1,550 tons of sand ahead of Dorian. ---Two shelters will be opening in Hilliard on Saturday night. Hilliard Elementary will serve as a general population shelter. Hilliard Middle-Senior High will serve as a shelter for those with special medical needs and with pets. Transportation will be provided. A time has not yet been announced, but those details are expected at some time Saturday night. ---Nassau County Emergency Management says residents can pick up sand bags beginning at 7 am Thursday morning. Residents will be required to fill bags themselves, but the county will provide both the sand and bags at the following locations:  -97177 Pogey Place, Fernandina Beach (North End Boat Ramp)  -86142 Goodbread Rd., Yule (Yule Sports Complex)  -45401 Mickler Street, Callahan (Walter Boatright County Building)  -37356 Pea Farm Rd., Hilliard (Hilliard Road & Bridge Yard) St. Johns County:  ---The City of St. Augustine says they will stop charging for parking at the city’s downtown parking facility on West Castillo Dr. at 9PM Sunday. The city says if you leave your vehicle in the parking garage during storm condition from Dorian you do so at your own risk. ---St. Johns County says the county fairgrounds will be available for RV and boat storage as well as overnight stays during Dorian. ---St. Johns County will have sand bags available at multiple locations from 8am until 5pm.  The Emergency Operations Center has opened a hotline for residents to call regarding County services, storm response and events at (904) 824-5550.  Baker County: ---The Baker County Sheriff’s Office says sand bags will be made available from 8AM to 5PM Friday through Sunday at the City Yard location in Macclenny at 764 Hartline Dr. There is a limit of 10 bags per household for Baker County residents only. The Sheriff’s Office says be prepared to show proof of residence when asked.
  • September 4, 8 PM:  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says conditions will improve through the evening as Hurricane Dorian continues to move away from Florida. However, he says a breeze will linger locally as will rough seas and surf. Buresh says Dorian now becomes a concern for the Carolinas, with landfall or near landfall expected late Thursday or Friday. September 4, 5 PM:  The worst of Hurricane Dorian is now north of our shores with the storm still remaining at category 2 as it spins east of the southern Georgia coastline. Northeast Florida was able to avoid the worst of what Dorian had to offer, but we are still suffering from the lingering impacts. Expect the weather to get back to normal in a hurry with our summer routine returning as early as the overnight for Northeast Florida.    September 4, 2 PM:  *Dorian now located just east of Jacksonville’s latitude* The storm remains at category 2 strength, with sustained winds at the eyewall reaching 105 mph.  With the release of the 2 p.m. advisory not much information about Dorian has changed aside from her location. The storm is currently located just east of Jacksonville and continuing to batter our beaches with eroding force. Nearby streets are continuing to take on water from associated surge, and rainfall.   Nassau county had closed a pair of bridges in-and-out of Amelia Island as it dealt with a nasty feeder band, but that squall has moved on, and officials there have adjusted accordingly by reopening those roadways. September 4, 1 PM:  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh steps into the studio with Rich Jones to update everybody on where we stand with Hurricane Dorian, and how the impacts of the storm can be felt outside high gusty winds in your neighborhood. September 4, 12 PM:  We are starting to see winds pick up along our coastlines, as well as to the north of us. In Nassau county, officials have shut down the Shave Bridge going to and from Amelia Island. Once sustained winds dip back below 45 mph the police will re-open the roadway there. Meanwhile Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh has updated his latest “Talking The Tropics” blog with updated info and expectations for what we should be dealing with for the remainder of the storm. September 4, 11 AM:  Hurricane Dorian remains a category 2 storm who’s winds top out at around 105 mph around the eyewall. Heavy winds and rain bands are currently battering our coastlines.  Sustained winds continue to carry tropical storm force strength in St. Augustine Beach, and slightly northward. Spin-up tornadoes are also likely today as those feeder-bands make their way onshore throughout the day.  As the weather deteriorates we expect the number of power outages to grow in our area. Beaches Energy Services Director Allen Putnam just joined us on the air to give us the latest info he has:   September 4, 8 AM:  Hurricane Dorian remains a category 2 storm and rain bands are sweeping through NE Florida and SE Georgia.  Sustained winds have reached tropical storm strength in St. Augustine Beach.  September 4, 5 AM:  Hurricane Dorian remains a category 2 storm and rain bands are lashing NE Florida. Wind gusts have exceeded 45 mph in some areas of NE Florida. Dorian’s eye will pass by Jacksonville late in the day and into the evening. Rain will diminish by late afternoon and evening but it will remain windy through the night.  September 4, 2 AM: Hurricane Dorian remains a category 2 storm. The National Hurricane Center says life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds are expected along ports of the Florida east coast, the coasts of Georgia, and the Carolinas. Action News Jax Chief meteorologist Mike Buresh says the first tropical storm force sustained winds are in St. Augustine.    September 3, 11 PM: The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian is now moving at about 8 mph toward the north/northwest as it moves along Florida’s east coast. The NHC says Dorian remains a category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds remaining near 110 mph, with little change in strength expected in the next few days.   Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says there are really no significant changes from the previous advisory, but there was a slight 10 mile shift back to the east. September 3, 8 PM: The National Hurricane Center says Dorian is still moving toward the northwest at 6 mph, with maximum sustained winds remaining near 110 mph. The NHC says Dorian is expected to start moving faster tonight. While Dorian has weakened in strength, the storm has actually grown. The NHC says hurricane-force winds now extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm- force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. September 3, 5 PM: The National Hurricane Center says Dorian has gained some speed and is now moving at 6 mph toward the northwest. Maximum sustained winds remain near 110 mph with some higher gusts, according to the NHC. Based on this latest track, Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says Dorian has shifted slightly west, with it now expected to move by Jacksonville Beach around 2:00 PM Wednesday, about 85 miles offshore. As this storm continues to move toward us, Buresh says this will cause tremendous wave action at our beaches with considerable beach erosion and very high seas and surf.  September 3, 2 PM: The National Hurricane Center says Dorian is now moving toward the northwest at about 5 mph, with a slightly faster motion expected to begin later today and tonight. The NHC says maximum sustained winds remain near 110 mph, with some higher gusts. September 3, 11 AM:  The National Hurricane Center says Dorian has weakened some, now is a category 2 hurricane and making its turn northwest. The storm is growing in size and continues to bring dangerous winds and life-threatening storm surge on Grand Bahama Island.  September 3, 8 AM:  The National Hurricane Center says Dorian is finally beginning to inch to the north and west as a powerful category 3 hurricane. A hurricane warning is in effect for St. Johns County. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Duval, Nassau and Clay County.  A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. A Tropical Storm Warning mean that tropical storm conditions are possible within the warning area within 36 hours.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh say Dorian will bring a wide range of conditions, from chewing up the coast to a non-event along and west of U.S. 301.     September 3, 5 AM:  Our coastal counties from Duval County and areas north are under a tropical storm warning now. St. Johns County to the south is under a hurricane warning.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh say Dorian will bring a wide range of conditions, from chewing up the coast to a non-event along and west of U.S. 301.   A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. A Tropical Storm Warning mean that tropical storm conditions are possible within the warning area within 36 hours.  September 3, 2 AM:  The National hurricane Center has downgraded Hurricane Dorian from a category 4 storm to a category 3. The storm continues to pummel Grand Bahama Island and has been stationary for several hours. Life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of Florida’s east coast. September 2, 11 PM: The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian is still nearly stationary just north of Grand Bahama Island this evening, however, the storm is showing more signs of weakening. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says Dorian is now just barely a category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds down to around 130 mph. Buresh says Dorian is weakening likely because of cooler water underneath the storm, as well as dry air moving in, due to the proximity to Florida. In this latest track update, Buresh says the storm has shifted further east and is now projected to move about 100 miles east of Jacksonville Beach, Wednesday evening. Buresh says local impacts will include a coastal pounding, but more inland areas would be getting ‘off the hook.’  September 2, 8 PM: The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian remains nearly stationary just north of Grand Bahama Island, with maximum sustained winds dropping slightly to near 140 mph. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says Dorian is expected to finally start to feel a tug north and northwest early Tuesday and will begin to pick up some speed from there. He says on this track, Dorian should make a very close move to Cape Canaveral Tuesday and Tuesday evening, with it moving east of Daytona Beach by early Wednesday.  From there, Mike says Dorian should be east of Jacksonville anywhere from 60 to 90 miles by Wednesday evening, with it then moving on up toward the Carolinas.  Locally, Mike says this storm will mean a beating for the beaches, with very high seas and surf, including the potential for 20-foot breakers. He says we'll also see winds at the beaches up to 50 and 60 miles per hour, with tropical storm force winds, possibly reaching inland to I-95. September 2, 5 PM: The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian is now nearly stationary this afternoon, but says a slow westward/northwestward motion is expected to resume overnight and continue into early Tuesday. The NHC says an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft has found that maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph with higher gusts.  With this latest track, Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says the eye of Hurricane Dorian is expected to be about 80 miles southeast of Jacksonville Beach and 70 miles east of St. Augustine on Wednesday afternoon.  September 2, 2 PM: The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian is continuing to move very slowly toward the west/northwest at around 1 mph. The NHC says a slow westward/northwestward movement is expected for the next day or so. Dorian is then expected to move dangerously close to the Florida's east coast late tonight through Wednesday evening. September 2, 11 AM:  Dorian has weakened to a category 4 hurricane. The Grand Bahama Island continues to experience catastrophic winds and storm surge.  September 2, 8 AM:  The eye of Category 5 Dorian is moving little while over the Grand Bahama Island.  September 2, 5 AM: Category 5 Dorian continues to have devastating impacts on the Grand Bahama Island.  Dorian threatens coastal areas of Northeast Florida Tuesday-Wednesday.  A Hurricane Watch and Storm Surge Watch have been issued for the entire northeast Florida coastline, with a Tropical Storm Watch for areas inland of the Hurricane Watch.  A High Surf Advisory along the coast for 7-10 foot waves today, 10-20 foot waves Tuesday-Wednesday. September 2, 2 AM: Dorian remains a raging Category 5 hurricane. The latest track shows it still projected to be a Category 3 storm near Jacksonville on Wednesday. September 1, 11 PM: Hurricane Dorian has slowed down. It is projected to be a category 3 of Hurricane on Wednesday P.M. just 60 – 70 miles east of Jacksonville.  September 1st 5PM: Hurricane Dorian is now forecast to be 50-60 miles East of Jacksonville Wednesday afternoon/night with the greatest impacts to the coast, Intracostal, St. Johns River and its tributaries.    September 1, 2 PM:   Hurricane Dorian has maximum sustained winds at 185 miles per hour.  The eye was over the Abacos Islands in The Bahamas.  September 1, 11 AM:  Dorian has become the strongest  hurricane in modern records for the Northwestern Bahamas with maximum sustained winds 180 mph. Catastrophic conditions are occurring in the Abacos Islands.  September 1, 8 AM:  Dorian has strengthened to a category 5 hurricane and its eyewall is approaching the Abaco Islands with devastating winds and life-threatening storm surge and very heavy rainfall. September 1, 5 AM:  A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect from north of Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet. A Tropical Storm watch has been issued from north of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach.  There will still be some more adjustments to the track but POSSIBLE Jacksonville/NE Fl./SE Ga. impacts (primarily Tue. into especially the middle of next week) & very dependent on exact location, movement & intensity of Dorian:   * increasing & potentially deadly rip current risk at area beaches (through the weekend [despite no direct Dorian impacts yet] due to steady onshore flow).   * rough seas & surf... some coastal flooding (accentuated by new moon phase into the weekend in addition to occasional heavy rain) + above avg. tides at the coast, St. Johns River & its tributaries.   * breezy winds out of the east/southeast 10-20 mph, higher gusts through Monday.... peak wind gusts could reach 50+ mph next week depending on positioning & strength of Dorian.   * several periods of heavy showers & t'storms, but it's not looking like a 'washout' for the weekend.. All this water including the higher than avg. tides & onshore flow could make for some serious flooding in some areas.   * isolated fast-moving tornadoes/waterspouts. TALKING THE TROPICS WITH MIKE August 31, 11 PM: The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian is holding steady as a category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds remaining near 150 mph. The NHC says hurricane conditions are expected in parts of the northwest Bahamas on Sunday, with tropical storm winds beginning overnight tonight. In terms of the overall projected track, Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says there is little change from the last update. August 31, 8 PM: The National Hurricane Center says there are no significant changes with their latest advisory on Hurricane Dorian. The NHC says Dorian is continuing to move at about 8 mph, with maximum sustained winds remaining near 150 mph. However, Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh believes Dorian may have strengthened into a category 5 storm. August 31, 5 PM: The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian’s maximum sustained winds remain near 150 mph, as it continues to move toward the west at about 8 mph. The NHC says the slow westward movement should continue for the next day or two, with Dorian then expected to make a gradual turn northwest.  With this latest track, Northeast Florida remains in the cone of uncertainty, but Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says this path would mean conditions would be mostly dry, but breezy, with coastal impacts. August 31, 2 PM: There is little change from the 11 a.m. update. Hurricane Dorian remains a powerful category 4 storm.  August 31, 11 AM: Hurricane Dorian remains a category 4 storm, but the latest model shows it has shifted east again. It is projected to be a category 3 storm off the coast of Jacksonville on Wednesday.  August 30, 8 AM: Hurricane Dorian remains a category 4 storm with winds up to 145 mph. August 31, 5 AM: The latest update from the National Hurricane Center shows Hurricane Dorian just offshore for now, but still a category 4 storm. There still would be local impacts expected with this scenario. August 30, 8 PM: The latest update from the National Hurricane Center shows Hurricane Dorian is still a category 3 storm, but is continuing to strengthen. Maximum sustained winds have now increased to near 125 mph with additional strengthening still expected. August 30, 5 PM: The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian remains a category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds remaining near 115 mph. The NHC says Dorian is currently moving west/northwest at around 9 mph and is expected to slow down even further later tonight. Based on the latest track, Dorian should be near the Florida east coast late Monday, according to the NHC. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says for us in Northeast Florida, it would be south of Jacksonville, on Wednesday afternoon as a category two storm. But he warns the forecast will continue to change in the coming days, so keep checking back in for updates. August 30, 2 PM: The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian has strengthened into a category 3 storm, with maximum sustained winds near 115 mph. The NHC says additional strengthening is still expected.  Based on this latest track, Dorian is expected to move near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday and be near Florida late Monday. August 30, 11 AM:  Dorian’s winds remain at 110 miles per hour.  Expected to be a category 3 soon.  No change in track or intensity. August 30, 8 AM:  Dorian is now projected to make landfall early Tuesday morning with a Florida landfall as a category 4 hurricane.  A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the NW Bahamas.  Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105  miles.  August 29, 11 PM:  There is a little nudge south but more changes and adjustments in the days ahead.  The cone no longer includes much of SE Georgia. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says there will still be some adjustments to the track but POSSIBLE Jacksonville/NE Fl./SE Ga. impacts (primarily Mon. into the middle of next week) & very dependent on exact location & intensity of Dorian: * increasing & potentially deadly rip current risk at area beaches (as early as Fri. due to steady onshore flow). Always swim & surf with a 'buddy' & as near a lifeguard as possible. * rough seas & surf... some coastal flooding (accentuated by new moon phase Fri. in addition to occasional heavy rain) + above avg. tides at the coast, St. Johns River & its tributaries. * breezy winds out of the east/southeast 10-20 mph, higher gusts.... peak wind gusts could reach 50+ mph early into the middle part of next week depending on positioning & strength of Dorian. * several periods of heavy showers & t'storms, but it's not looking like a 'washout' for the weekend.... wettest Monday & especially thereafter. * isolated fast-moving tornadoes/waterspouts August 29, 4:56 PM: The National Hurricane Center  says Dorian is continuing to move northwest at around 13 mph, with this track expected to continue through Friday.  The NHC says Dorian’s maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph, with some higher gusts. It’s expected Dorian will become a major hurricane on Friday, according to the NHC. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says this latest forecast shows Dorian hitting south of Cape Canaveral as a category 4 hurricane Monday afternoon. August 29, 11 AM:  Dorian is now forecast to be a category 4 hurricane at landfall early Monday morning around the Florida east coast.  August 29, 5 AM:  Action News Jax Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh says Hurricane Dorian is still targeting Florida's east coast by Monday. The intensity has been increased to 125 mph near landfall.  August 28, 11 PM:  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says, for now, not a lot of change in Dorian. The storm is moving a bit slower, but still forecast to be a category 3 storm upon approach to the Central Florida coast.  It's still early on this one but POSSIBLE Jacksonville/NE Fl./SE Ga. impacts (primarily later Sun./Mon.) & very dependent on exact location & intensity of Dorian: * increasing & potentially deadly rip current risk at area beaches (as early as Fri. due to steady onshore flow). Always swim & surf with a 'buddy' & as near a lifeguard as possible though best advice is to stay out of the water!  * rough seas & surf... some coastal flooding (accentuated by new moon phase Fri. in addition to heavy rain) + above avg. tides at the coast, St. Johns River & its tributaries. * breezy winds out of the east/southeast 15-20 mph, higher gusts.... peak wind gusts could reach 50+ mph Sunday into early next week depending on positioning & strength of Dorian. * several periods of heavy showers & t'storms, but it's not looking like a 'washout' for the weekend.... wettest Sunday into Monday. * isolated fast-moving tornadoes/waterspouts   August 28 8:23 PM: Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says pressure continues to drop in Hurricane Dorian, which he says indicates that the storm is strengthening. The National Hurricane Center’s latest update shows that all warnings have been dropped for U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico. August 28 5:05 PM: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order, declaring a state of emergency for counties in the path of Hurricane Dorian. He says this declaration is about making sure that state and local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to prepare, as he’s also encouraging each resident to take steps of their own to get ready. “It’s important for Floridians on the East Coast to monitor this storm closely. Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster. I will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian closely with emergency management officials. The state stands ready to support all counties along the coast as they prepare,” says Gov. DeSantis in a statement. The National Hurricane Center has also released it’s latest storm track information, showing Dorian’s maximum sustained winds have now increased slightly to around 80 mph. August 28 1:52 PM: The National Hurricane Center says Dorian has been upgraded to a category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds around 75 mph. The NHC says Dorian is moving northwest at about 13 mph, with this motion expected to continue for the next day or two. The NHC says Dorian is forecast to continue strengthening during the next few days over the Atlantic ORIGINAL STORY: Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh and the First Alert Weather Team are updating projected local impacts from Dorian over the Labor Day weekend.  INDEPTH:  Talking the Tropics with Mike Buresh It's still early on this one but POSSIBLE Jacksonville/NE Fl./SE Ga. impacts (primarily later Sat./Sun./Mon.) & very dependent on exact location & intensity of Dorian: * increasing & potentially deadly rip current risk at area beaches. Always swim & surf with a 'buddy' & as near a lifeguard as possible though best advice is to stay out of the water!  * rough seas & surf... some coastal flooding (accentuated by new moon phase Fri. in addition to heavy rain) + above avg. tides at the coast, St. Johns River & its tributaries. * breezy winds out of the east/southeast 15-20 mph, higher gusts.... peak wind gusts could reach 50+ mph Sunday into early next week depending on positioning & strength of Dorian. * several periods of heavy showers & t'storms, but it's not looking like a 'washout' for the weekend.... wettest Sunday into Monday. * isolated fast-moving tornadoes/waterspouts. PREPARE:  WOKV Hurricane Guide
  • It’s been a whole year since a 24-year-old shooter took the lives of two people and injured 11 people during a gaming tournament at the Jacksonville Landing. Newly released documents by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office details not only the accounts of witnesses and victims but also reveal the months of follow-up detective work as police try to figure out what led the 24-year-old to pull the trigger. WOKV dug through more than 100 pages of documents on the investigation provided by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. In the documents, police talk with one witness who admitted they didn’t think the shooting was Katz’s recent loss in the tournament which eliminated him. The witness who spoke with JSO says they had beaten Katz in the tournament, and if the shooting was a result of the loss then that person would have been shot. JSO notes the witness was not shot or targeted. In another statement, officers spoke with another witness who claimed to know Katz for years from the Madden gaming community. This person told police he thought Katz had targeted Elijah Clayton, who was one of the two men who died. According to the documents, the person told police Clayton had picked on Katz who he labeled as “socially awkward.” Beyond different accounts of what happened during the shooting and who saw what, there were other storylines tucked away in the documents. One Supplement Incident Report shows a pair of men thought of a plan once Katz started shooting to keep a bathroom door block with their bodies to prevent Katz from storming in. The witness also said he and one of the E.A Sports employee talked about what they were going to do in the situation and even discussed rushing the shooter in the event he did approach the bathroom where the group was hiding.
  • The active search for Brian McCluney and Justin Walker by the Coast Guard and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue has come to an end after the men went missing a week ago off the Space Coast during a boating trip. Randy Wyse, the President of the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters says it has been a hard week. We were hoping for a better outcome. Wyse says the community and volunteers have been phenomenal with the search and fundraiser. More than $150,000 has been raised and Wyse says the money is growing every hour but now the expenses are starting to come in. We promised we would cover fuel for boats and planes. Volunteers are being asked to bring their reimbursement receipts to the Command Post. Once the money gets situated, the money left over will go to the family members of McCluney and Walker. Wyse tells WOKV they will not be involved or funding any private searches, but the families can do whatever they wish with the money. Click here, if you wish to donate. 
  • A 10-year-old boy who was reported missing after leaving school in Argyle Forest is now back with his grandmother following an AMBER Alert and hours-long search. Two people have since been arrested for interfering with custody of a child and giving false information to law enforcement.  The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says the boy was picked up by someone while walking home from school in Argyle Forest, and taken to Jacksonville. According to an arrest report, 23-year-old Ondreja Ciprian had tried to entice the boy to come live with her over the past couple of weeks, without the grandmother’s knowledge or consent.  DCF had previously removed the boy from his mother and father’s care, and in February of 2018 awarded custody to his grandmother.  During the search for the boy on Thursday, Clay detectives went to a home off Rampart Road on Jacksonville’s westside, where they made contact with Vachastity Christian.  Detectives found a shirt draped over a fence that was positiively identified by the grandmother as the same shirt the missing boy had been wearing at school.  The boy was found safe in a back bedroom of the home and was later released to his grandmother.  Ciprian and Christian, whose relationship is not clear from the arrest report, were charged with interference with child custody and providing false information to law enforcement during a missing child investigation.  The Clay Sheriff’s Office says it is thankful to the community, who shared the message thousands of times on social media, brought in tips, and offered to help in any way they could. 
  • The most magical place on Earth is getting a little less expensive, at least for now. Walt Disney is offering its Mid-Day Magic ticket with tickets starting at $79 a day. With this offer, Disney wants park-goers to sleep in and visit the parks once the clock strikes noon.  Another requirement is that customers must but at least a two-day ticket, single-day passes are not included in this offer. According to Disney, lower prices may apply on certain dates. MORE: Learn more about Disney’s Mid-Day Magic Ticket With the ticket, guests can visit one park per day and can choose from the four parks. A Park Hopper Option and a Park Hopper Plus are available for an add on. LISTEN:  Clark Howard’s latest podcast  Consumer Warrior Clark Howard says this is a good discount and people should take advantage of it if they have been thinking about a trip to Walt Disney World or Central Florida. Because it’s a slower travel time, a lot of accommodations are cheaper in the fall. Clark says this is the reason why cruises are less expensive during this time and some people can even find cheaper airfare. READ: 2 legitimate ways to get free Disney World tickets 
  • Families looking to bring a pet into the home will have the opportunity to do it for free this weekend across Jacksonville.  The Jacksonville Humane Society and Animal Care and Protective Services are teaming up with PetSmart Charities to offer free adoptions on all pets this weekend as part of the “Clear the Shelters” movement. The nationwide movement began in 2015 to promote pet adoption.   JHS and ACPS will be at the PetSmart store on Monument Road with more than 200 pets on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both shelter locations will be open with the same free adoption special, though additional fees may apply for all adoptions.  “During this time of year there are so many animals looking for loving homes.”  JHS CEO Denice Deisler is thanking the public and PetSmart Charities for their help so they can clear the shelters and keep Jacksonville a no-kill city.   LOCATIONS:  PetSmart 356 Monument Road Jacksonville, FL 32225 The Jacksonville Humane Society 8464 Beach Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32216 Animal Care and Protective Services 2020 Forest Street Jacksonville, FL 32205
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  • Police in Jacksonville Beach are investigating after more than a dozen cars were broken into over the course of a few days. It started last weekend along 5th Street South where several of those burglaries took place.  Police reports said there were 14 burglaries that happened Saturday through Monday.  Joseph Rennie said he’s hoping this weekend they don’t see a repeat.  “All in all, this is a pretty safe neighborhood. But occasionally, you have things like this happen and come up, but it’s definitely a little bit unnerving,” Rennie said.  Police said someone was going around smashing out windows of vehicles and looking for valuables inside. Wallets, credit and debit cards were taken.  Some people had nothing taken, but were left with a broken window. It happened to 6 cars on 5th Street, 4 cars on 12th, and several others on the surrounding blocks.  Rennie, like many others who live in the area, said he’s thankful he wasn’t a victim, but was surprised it happened to so many people in the area.  “There is a sense of just making sure you’re being smart about it, not leaving stuff of value in your car, kind of anywhere. But yeah, its really unfortunate to see that that’s happened, especially around the holiday season,” Rennie said.  As always, police are urging people not to leave valuables in their cars.
  • Florida, along with 29 other states, has been accepted for membership into the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), according to Governor Ron DeSantis' office. ERIC is a multi-state partnership that uses a data-matching tool to help enhance election security and make voter rolls more accurate.  The governor's office says through ERIC, member states can share information from voter registration systems, motor vehicle databases, social security death records, and US Post Office records, to help identify voters who have moved, passed away, or changed their name.  Additionally, the governor's office says ERIC will help boost voter registration as it will provide member states better information on how to contact potentially eligible, but unregistered voters.  Governor DeSantis says he has set aside an estimated $1.3 million in his 2020-2021 recommend budget to conduct outreach to these unregistered voters with a direct mailer prior to the 2020 general election.  But the governor's office says Florida's full participation in ERIC will be contingent on the state legislature signing off on his budget. Being a member of ERIC requires annual dues of around $75,000.
  • In response to a smash-and-grab burglary at a Fernandina Beach gun store where thieves stole 57 guns in 60 seconds, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation announced a reward of up to $5,000 for tips leading to the arrest of suspects or recovery of stolen guns. The burglary happened Sunday, Dec. 8 at TNT Firearms and Accessories off State Road 200 in Nassau County.  Security footage shows 3 suspects smash through a glass door before breaking glass display cases and ransacking the store of 57 rifles and handguns.  The ATF is offering a reward of up to $2,500, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total of up to $5,000.  The ATF and NSSF are working together in a national campaign to fund rewards in cases involving guns being stolen from federally licensed dealers.
  • A Virginia mother is wanted on abduction charges after authorities say she took her four children on vacation six months ago and never brought them home. The woman alleges she is saving the children from sex trafficking by their father and grandfather. Along with four misdemeanor abduction charges, Melody Bannister, 34, of Stafford, is charged with felony violation of a court order and filing a false police report, a news release from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said. A warrant was issued for her arrest Aug. 23, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Her children are identified as Genevieve Bannister, 13; Janelle Bannister, 12; Vivienne Bannister, 11; and Peter Bannister, 7. Genevieve is described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall and 110 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes, according to the NCMEC. Janelle is described as 5 feet, 1 inch tall and 115 pounds. Like her older sister, she has brown hair and hazel eyes. Vivienne is listed as 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 95 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Peter is described as 4 feet, 1 inch tall and 90 pounds. He also brown hair and blue eyes. Bannister is described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall and 110 pounds. Like her two youngest children, she has brown hair and blue eyes. The children and their mother were last known to be traveling in a blue-green 2002 Honda Odyssey with Virginia license plate number VBH7123, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Detective James Wright said during a segment about the case on “Live PD” on A&E. Finding Bannister and the children has become more urgent after “recent developments in the investigation have led investigators to believe the children may now be in danger,” the Sheriff’s Office’s statement said. Wright, who is lead investigator on the case, said on “Live PD” that authorities believe the missing family might be in danger due to the “clandestine nature” of the religious organization they belong to. “We’re concerned about the welfare because they are unable to take care of themselves. They don’t have any means to take care of them. Melody doesn’t have means to take care of them,” Wright told host Tom Morris Jr. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Amanda Vicinanzo said investigators believe Bannister has had help along the way from members of a religious group of which she is purportedly a member, according to the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg. The newspaper reported that the family’s pets, a white Great Pyrenees dog and white ragdoll cat, were left at one of the stops Bannister has made since leaving Virginia. “After months on the road, we had to say goodbye to our beloved pets: Our giant, bounding bundle of puppy-faced joy and our fluffy cat, whose soothing whirr often assuaged our soreness of heart,” Bannister wrote on her blog. “It is a comfort to know they are in good, loving hands, since they can no longer be in ours.” “Live PD” pointed out that Bannister has written about her religion previously, describing it as a “cult.” According to a blog she began in 2016 called Lady Adelaide’s Realm, Bannister grew up in a Quiverfull household. Followers of the Quiverfull movement believe that the men with the most children will earn the most favor from God. They shun all forms of contraception, believing that it is only God who “opens and closes the womb,” follower Kelly Swanson told NPR in 2009. The movement advocates stringent gender roles, and women are not allowed to question their husbands’ authority. They cannot work outside the home, wear pants or cut their hair. According to some of Bannister’s friends -- and a second blog the missing woman appears to have written since going on the run with her children -- the danger toward the children lies not with their mother, but in their father’s home. Bannister’s blog devoted to the allegations is subtitled “American Outlaws: The Plight of Child Sex Trafficking Victims Living Underground.” Her most recent blog post on Lady Adelaide’s Realm, dated June 28, names six men, including her father-in-law, as her children’s alleged abusers. The men are not being named because they have not been charged with a crime. ‘Will justice triumph over lawlessness this Christmas?’ A Change.org petition begging for help from Virginia and Alabama officials claims that the children’s father “conspired with (Bannister’s) father-in-law to perpetuate some of the most horrifying sexual and physical abuse imaginable upon her children.” “When local law enforcement failed to protect these children, ordering them back to live with their abuser, Melody chose to live on the wrong side of the law. What else could a truly desperate mother do?” the petition reads. Bannister has accused her husband of “deliver(ing) the children up for torture to the barn of his father.” She has accused her father-in-law of not only sexually abusing the children, but of offering them up for abuse by his friends. “The children have spoken of being given strange substances in the barn that made the world swim before their eyes and caused the taunting faces of their abusers to converge together in a dizzying blur,” Bannister wrote. She wrote on the blog that her only crimes were “believing (her) children when they disclosed a lifetime of ongoing abuse” and “reporting (it) to the Stafford, Virginia, police.” Stafford County officials said that an investigation into the allegations brought to them by Bannister in June found no evidence of abuse against the children. “A joint investigation with Stafford County law enforcement and Child Protective Services determined the allegations were unfounded,” according to the statement from the Sheriff’s Office. “Shortly after the conclusion of the investigation, Bannister left Virginia with the children on a planned vacation and never returned.” Bannister wrote on her blog that she and the children left town for a vacation June 14, the day after she reported the abuse, in part out of fear of reprisal from the accused. She said she called the Sheriff’s Office detective, Wright, a few days later to check up on the investigation. “We spoke briefly once, when he told me that he had interviewed my husband and would soon interview my father-in-law,” Bannister wrote. “After that, he stopped answering my phone calls.” She wrote that Wright and a CPS caseworker chalked the sex abuse claims up to children’s “vivid imaginations.” She described fleeing Virginia with the “rancid hot breath of child predators” on her back. “We left home with barely a week’s worth of summer clothes and are practically penniless, living off the kindness of friends who, one by one, have taken us under their wings,” Bannister wrote. She said her husband drained their joint bank account and cancelled her credit cards when she did not bring the children back to Virginia. Read Bannister’s entire, five-part blog here. Warning: It includes graphic details of alleged child sex abuse. Stafford County’s Juvenile, Domestic and Relations Court granted sole custody of the children to their father the following month, Stafford County authorities said. Their father, identified in court records as William Joseph Bannister, filed for divorce last month. “(Melody) Bannister refused to return the children and subsequently petitioned the courts in Alabama requesting custody be issued to her there,” a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said. “The courts in Alabama heard the case and also ordered Bannister to return her children to their father back in Virginia. “Bannister absconded from the state of Alabama with her four children and has not been seen since.” Bannister and the children were last seen Aug. 20 in Moulton, a small city in northwest Alabama. “We set up residence in Alabama and made it our new home, where we obtained a protective order against the man formerly known as Daddy,” Bannister wrote on her blog. “This was swiftly snatched away when the judge deferred to the Virginia ruling, which ordered me to return the children to him.” Bannister wrote that a family court hearing was held in Virginia without her presence Aug. 19, with a judge ruling in her husband’s favor. She claimed she was never served with a summons for the hearing. She and the children vanished from Alabama the next day. US marshals issue alert Aside from Alabama, potential sightings of the family have been reported in Wisconsin, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Texas. The U.S. Marshals Service and the NCMEC have been involved in the case over the past few months, the Sheriff’s Office said. The Marshals Service issued an alert this week seeking help from the public in finding Bannister and the missing children. A friend of Bannister, Julie Lampkins, shared a story on Facebook about the missing family, saying it was “with a heavy heart” that she shared the link about the mother’s alleged abduction of her children. “We all have questions, but no answers,” Lampkins wrote. “Help the authorities find her and her (four) kids.” Meanwhile, Bannister is appealing for help on the state and federal levels, according to the Change.org petition. It quoted additional portions of Bannister’s blog. “The mental health and credibility of my children and me have been assessed and verified by two of the most prestigious forensic psychiatrists in the country: Dr. Michael Stone and Dr. Carole Lieberman,” Bannister wrote on her blog. “Naturally, the abusers did not take kindly to such a development and are seeking to have the reports stricken from the record. ‘Eliminate all threats’ seems to be their motto. Hence our position of living underground.” Followers on her blog wrote this week that they believed her and her children. “Many people believe you and are praying and sharing the news and asking God to vindicate and protect. Praying that true justice will be served,” Carrie Brownell wrote. A friend, identified as Lana, told Bannister she was praying for her, as well as sharing her story and contacting a list of law enforcement officers listed on the blog on Bannister’s behalf. Another friend named Rachael offered similar well wishes. “Oh Melody…my heart is so broken for you and your sweet kids,” the woman wrote. “I will be keeping you in my prayers and doing what I can. Locally.” A third friend named Petra Carden wrote that Bannister and her children have a place in her home “any time, day or night, no questions asked” if Bannister has to return to Virginia. Others who read her story offered her help in other locations throughout the country, including Alabama, where she and the children were last seen. Many people who believe Bannister’s allegations of abuse urged caution in reporting the family’s whereabouts. “If the news articles released regarding Melody Bannister’s children being in danger is all people know, they will report them when they see them and put them back in danger,” one woman wrote on Twitter. A cult? Bannister’s Facebook profile lists her as manager of a website called Recovering Daughters. The description of the site on its corresponding Facebook page states it is about “healing from Vision Forum, authoritarianism and the Quiverfull Movement.” The Recovering Daughters website is no longer available because the domain has recently expired. Vision Forum was a Texas-based ministry that promoted a patriarchal lifestyle, in which the husband rules the family, and home-schooling its children. The ministry was shut down by its board in 2013 after leader Doug Phillips admitted to an extramarital affair, the Huffington Post reported. Phillips has been a friend of and influence on Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, whose TLC show “19 Kids and Counting” focused on their beliefs against birth control and that large families are a gift from God, the news site said. The Duggars, who lost their show after their eldest son, Josh Duggar, was publicly accused of sexually molesting multiple young girls, including some of his sisters, have also been associated with the Quiverfull movement, though the Huffington Post reported in 2015 that the couple does not formally consider themselves members of the movement. The Quiverfull movement gets its name from a Bible passage: “Children are a heritage from the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” Hännah Ettinger, a young woman raised in the movement who had left that world behind, told Cosmopolitan in 2015 that her first big break from the religion came when her father told her she “didn’t have the spiritual discernment” to choose her own boyfriend, a man she met at her Christian college. “Later, I got utterly fed up with the churches I’d grown up in because I kept finding out that they’d protected child abusers, rapists, and men who’d beaten their wives, all in the name of redemption stories, ‘biblical’ male headship and complementarian theology,” Ettinger told the magazine. Vyckie Garrison, another former Quiverfull member, told Vice in 2016 that, with no central leader, the movement isn’t a cult, per se. It’s more of a mindset “in which each family becomes a cult unto itself with Daddy enshrined as the supreme patriarch,” Vice reported. Garrison founded a website called No Longer Quivering, which is designed to help other women in her situation escape the movement. In April 2015, the American Atheists Convention named her its 2014 Atheist of the Year. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Bannister and her children is asked to call the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-658-4400, the U.S. Marshals Service at 877-WANTED2 or the NCMEC at 800-THE-LOST.
  • Money is helping put local veterans in Northeast Florida back to work. Hundreds of people filled the inside of a warehouse at a former Navy base to celebrate a milestone.  It was 20 years ago when the U.S. Navy handed over ownership of Cecil Field Naval Air Station to the city of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.  The air station is now being operated by Boeing Global Services.  Friday, Boeing made a $55,000 check presentation to Veterans Florida to help put local veterans back to work.  Samuel Leeca is a Navy veteran and was one of the first people hired by Boeing back in 1999.  “We first only had one aircraft. Then they started filtering in. It was rough at first, but then we started to get it rolling,” said Samuel Leeca.  “When I see the Blue Angels, I don’t even bother anymore because I was sharing with someone that all 6 of them, I’ve physically touched them. I’ve physically put the cell in and taken it out,” Leeca explained.  Boeing Cecil Field site leader Warren Helm says the site is one of the most successful closed bases in the country.  “We have a great mix about 70% veterans on this site. It’s a great mix between people who have been here since day one,” Helm said.  Leeca says after working here for over 20 years, he heads a team of mostly young people who disassemble and repair aircraft.  “I just look at it as, not so much someone has to do it, but someone always did it. We live in a world now where it is so dangerous, I said, ‘I can’t leave them, I have to keep going to help the newer guys keep the jets flying,’” said Leeca.

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