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    Calling it a simple but effective scam, Consumer Warrior Clark Howard is warning online shoppers especially those who have been knocking out their holiday shopping about a new scam.  Clark says criminals are sending e-mails to inboxes confirming that their package has been shipped and attaches a link to track their order. It’s a special warning from our Consumer Warrior as we move toward the end of the holiday shopping season.  “The problem right now during the Christmas season is that there is so much online ordering, that a lot of us are like ‘where did we order that from? Is that from there or what?” Clark says these e-mails could be from anybody including places a person would shop at such as Walmart or Amazon. If a person clicks on the link in the e-mail it possible it will start downloading malware to their device or computer.  LISTEN: Clark Howard’s latest podcast  Clark suggests ignoring the e-mail whether a person thinks its legitimate or not. Instead, he says visiting the actual store’s website or going through its app to check on an order.  READ: Everything you need to know about Free Shipping Day 2018
  • Florida Highway Patrol says a driver could be facing charges, after hitting a crossing guard with his car in Orange Park Thursday morning.  According to the crash report, just before 7:00 a.m. the driver was going West on Kingsley Avenue near Orange Park High School.  The crossing guard was walking in the marked crosswalk when the Grand Marquis collided with him.  Troopers say the guard had minor injuries and was taken to Orange Park Medical Center in stable condition.  The investigation is ongoing and FHP says charges against the driver are pending. 
  • An officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is on administrative leave after shooting and killing an armed robbery suspect in the Mandarin area. The Sheriff’s Office says it happened Wednesday night around 9 when a woman was approached by a man while making a food delivery to an apartment complex on Losco and Old St. Augustine Road. The man showed his gun and demanded the woman give him money. The victim handed over the money and got away. She was able to get to a nearby store to report the incident to an off-duty officer.  About 30 minutes later, an on-duty officer was in a marked patrol car and noticed a man matching the same description of the suspect in the St. Augustine apartments. The officer confronted the suspect, but the suspect turned to run while he raised a silver handgun at the officer. JSO says the officer fired two shots at the suspect who ultimately got away.  The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says about five minutes after shots were fired, residents at the complex called 911 reporting a man lying in the breezeway with a gun. The silver handgun matched the description the suspect waved at the officer before he was shot. An officer and a trained nurse who lived in the area performed CPR until Jacksonville Fire and Rescue arrived, but the suspect died on scene.  As part of the policy, the officer was placed on administrative leave. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the officer was not wearing a body camera. Police are still searching for surveillance at both locations. They said during the holiday season, they see an increase in crimes of opportunities as they encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings.  Earlier on Wednesday, The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says two officers have been placed on administrative leave, following a fatal shooting on the Northside.
  • Update: Jacksonville Police say the missing 15-year-old  Tylia Hayes who was last seen on Riverside Avenue has been located. JSO says they are interviewing the individuals involved at this time and the investigation is ongoing.  Original story: The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has activated a missing child alert for 15-year-old Tylia Hayes. Police believe Tylia Asante Hayes was last seen on Riverside Avenue around 7:30 Sunday evening. She was wearing a dark blue jacket, gray flip-flops, and glasses.  According to JSO, Hayes was leaving the YMCA and had reported the possibility of being followed.  Anyone with information is asked – to call JSO 904.630.0500.
  • The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will be celebrating the holidays with holidays with the wildest holiday event in North Florida – ZOOlights.  ZOOlights lights up the Zoo from December 7th-9th and 14th – January 5th (they will be closed on Christmas Day.)  JZG will be teaming up with Feeding Northeast Florida to give back to the community this holiday season. They will be hosting a food drive during the first weekend of ZOOlights. For every three perishable food items brought to the Zoo, a $5 off coupon will be issued for a ZOOLights ticket. This year ZOOlights is debuting the Jingle Bell Jukebox Revue to help celebrate the holiday spirit. The group consists of local artists who will be a performing festive during nightly shows on the Great Lawn.  Performances are not the only thing to keep guests entertained, there will be hot chocolate, and even themed nights.  ZOOLights is presented by Community First Credit Union. The Zoo will continue to have regular park hours each day, closing at 5 p.m. and reopening at 6 p.m. Admission starts at $8 for members, $10 for non-members.
  • Local comic book stores are warning others about two men stealing from their stores.  Store owner Kathy Dellaire with Mythical Mountain in the Mandarin area tells WOKV two men walked into their store on Wednesday. One started a conversation with her husband while the other man looked around the store.  “Wednesday is new comic book day, so it is a busy day for all the local comic shops.” Dellaire says it seems like the two men knew what they were doing, as she says they were able to distract while other swiped. They pulled the surveillance video from the store and noticed the younger man using his black hoodie as a bag. Dellaire says the two men stole several hundred dollars worth of merchandise and comics.  The two are also accused of hitting Gotham City Limit on Southside Boulevard. According to its social media page, the two men stole $200 dollars of comics and books. Dellaire tells WOKV she reached out to Altered Egos Comics & Games in Orange Park after reviewing the surveillance video and the two men were inside the store at the time.  Altered Egos Comics & Games says the two men left after getting confronted and hit a parked car while trying to get away.  The comic book shops are asking anyone with information to contact police.
  • CSX is urging drivers to take an alternative route in Murray Hill after one of its trains experienced some mechanical issues early Thursday morning.  A spokesperson for CSX tells WOKV that the issue was between two rail cars. The crew working the incident had reached their federally mandated work hours and were forced to take a break.  CSX says they are sending another crew to work on the train to fix the issue. 
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says one man is in serious condition after getting shot while trying to rob the Cyber Spot game room on 103rd Street. Police say they arrived at the scene shortly after midnight. They say the armed security guard shot the suspect in the stomach. Before the shooting, the suspect pepper-sprayed the guard in an attempt to rob the game room.  According to JSO, a second suspect was identified by witnesses. During the overnight hours, police say she was getting questioned by detectives. 
  • Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol are investigating after a man from Ocala was hit and killed by a CSX train late Wednesday night in Clay County.  The crash report says the train was heading southbound while 27-year-old Shawn Cutrer was on the tracks at the Birtchwood Drive crossing near Doctor’s Lake Drive.  Cutrer was pronounced dead on the scene. Troopers say it’s unclear if alcohol played a role.  A spokesperson for CSX tells WOKV everybody on board the train is okay and there was no damage. 
  •  Hundreds of jobs are up for grabs on the First Coast as Job News USA partners with Gate for a community job fair at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.  The event takes place on December 5th and starts at 10 am and will end at 2 pm. Job News USA General Manager Andy Lemister says job seekers should use this opportunity to their advantage because the odds are in their favor.  “There are definitely companies that need to hire and hire now for not just seasonal jobs, but more importantly just trying to hit their recruiting goals for the year.”  Lemister says job seekers should dress professionally and with several copies of their resume. He suggests treating this job fair as a job interview. Lemister tells WOKV one of the reasons why so many companies take advantage of job fairs is because they get to have that face-to-face interaction.  “Questions I can guarantee that you’re probably going to get are going to be along the lines are tell me about yourself, what kind of work are you looking to do going forward and why….and that and why part is absolutely critical.” Lemister says there have been job fair events such as this one where people are hired on the spot or begins the interviewing process for their potential career. 
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    Danielle joined the WOKV team in 2014 after graduating from Piedmont College in Northeast Georgia. Today, she is the Morning News Producer for Jacksonville’s Morning News. She used to be a military brat until her dad retired in Camden County, Georgia. Since high school, Danielle had dreams to work in the radio industry in Jacksonville and is excited to be finally living out her dream. One of Danielle’s life goals is to get a book published.

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  • Facing investigations by the Justice Department, his own Inspector General, and Democrats in the U.S. House, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will leave his post by the end of this year, President Donald Trump announced on Saturday, continuing the high profile staff changes since the elections in his administration. “Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation,” the President tweeted, not mentioning the investigations Zinke faced, covering excessive travel costs, improper political activities, and potential conflicts of interest. Zinke – like others in the Trump Cabinet – also faced the prospect of actual aggressive oversight in the Congress, with Democrats taking over the House of Representatives in January. The lawmaker who would lead most of those questions is Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), whom Zinke said a few weeks ago was nothing but a drunk. “It’s hard for him to think straight from the bottom of the bottle,” Zinke tweeted from his official account. My thoughts on Rep. Grijalva’s opinion piece. #TuneInnForMore pic.twitter.com/VMGxdtHwvU — Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) November 30, 2018 “This is no kind of victory, but I’m hopeful that it is a genuine turning of the page,” Grijalva said on Saturday. Among the investigations into Zinke, the internal watchdog at the Interior Department found that he had taken a security detail with him for a vacation with his wife to Turkey and Greece, costing taxpayers $25,000. Zinke also spent $12,375 on a chartered flight to take him from Las Vegas back to his home of Kalispell, Montana. During some of the Inspector General investigations of Zinke, the Trump Administration tried to move an appointed from the Department of Housing and Urban Development into the IG office at Interior; after complaints and questions about the legitimacy of the move, the change did not occur. Democrats in Congress, who often compared Zinke’s ethics questions to those of former Trump EPA chief Scott Pruitt, had nothing good to say about Zinke, who arrived at the Interior Department for his first day of work in Washington, on his horse. “Glad to see that Interior Secretary Zinke is being forced out,” tweeted Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ). “Tired of Trump Administration officials who use their office for personal gain.” “Ryan Zinke kept zero of his promises and used our public lands as handouts to his fossil fuel cronies,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). “Ryan Zinke’s tenure at Interior was a never-ending stream of terrible management decisions,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA). “I will not miss him.” Good riddance to Ryan Zinke and the horse he literally rode in on. pic.twitter.com/triFovIXPZ — Chellie Pingree (@chelliepingree) December 15, 2018 The President’s announcement about Zinke’s future came a day after the President announced that his budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, would be Acting White House Chief of Staff starting in 2019. Other Trump Cabinet officials also could be on their way out in coming weeks, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “Thank u, next,” tweeted Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV).
  • Insuring that North Carolina’s Ninth District seat will be vacant when the 116th Congress convenes in January, the North Carolina state elections board on Friday set a hearing for January 11, 2019, where officials will receive evidence on election irregularities focused on absentee ballot fraud which seemingly benefited Republican Mark Harris. “State investigators are awaiting additional documents from parties subpoenaed in this matter and finalizing the investigation prior to the hearing,” the State Board of Elections and Ethics said in a statement. Originally, the board had planned a hearing before December 21. In an interview with WBTV on Friday, Harris denied knowing that McRae Dowless – hired to run an absentee ballot operation in Bladen County – was doing anything which was illegal. “No, absolutely not,” Harris said in his first interview since allegations of election fraud began to surface after the November elections. This means Mark Harris will not be sworn in on January 3. #NC09 #ncpol — Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) December 14, 2018 “In the Marines, I learned what it means to fight for our democracy,” tweeted Democrat Dan McCready, who lost to Harris by 905 votes. “I never imagined I would watch our democracy come under attack right here at home,” McCready added. It’s not clear if the U.S. House of Representatives will also investigate the possible fraud in the Ninth District race, which possibly involved ballot fraud and discarded ballots. The North Carolina board could still order a new election, which may involve a new primary as well, as some Republicans would like to get Harris out of the race for the seat in Congress, worried that he will be too tainted by the charges of election fraud. . @NCSBE will hold public hearing into 9th CD irregularities on Jan. 11. Notice below. #ncpol #ncga pic.twitter.com/5TYZOFhJYC — NCSBE (@NCSBE) December 14, 2018 The decision to extend the investigation of any election fraud into 2019 means that the U.S. House will start the 116th Congress with Democrats holding a 235-199 edge in the House – with the one vacancy from North Carolina.
  • Eleven Nigerian nationals have been federally indicted for duping a Jacksonville business- and many others across the country- into handing over personal information of employees, so they could use that information to defraud millions from the IRS. The indictment says multiple US businesses were targeted in the email phishing scam, where the suspects would spoof the email address of a high-level manager in the company and ask for the IRS Form W-2 for employees. That form contains personal identifying information for the employees, information that was then used to file false federal income tax returns. Using tens of thousands of W-2 Forms, the suspects falsely claimed millions of dollars in refunds, according to the US Attorney’s Office. In order to get the refunds, the defendants allegedly developed online relationships with Americans, and then used them to accept the money, to then send to Lagos, Nigeria. Specifically in Jacksonville, prosecutors say a transportation services and logistics company with headquarters in Jacksonville was targeted, which resulted in the information of more than 1,300 employees being compromised. The charges stem from actions in early 2016, but the joint indictment was returned this month. The suspects are all charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud- 29-year-old Badmus Yusuff Abayomi, 30-year-old Omo Oba Adekunle Abayomi, 27-year-old Yusuf Adesoji Adris, 25-year-old Abayomi Habeeb Ojo, 23-year-old Olaymei Afolabi Ojo, 28-year-old Akanni Fatai Olaiya, 28-year-old Seriki Abdulramon Oluwaseun, 29-year-old Adetayo Adekunle Oyemade, 34-year-old Edgar Ramos Ozil, 26-year-old Emmanuel Pius Osebomen, and 40-year-ols Olaide Fatai Tijani. Ojo has also been indicted for wire fraud. None of the 11 suspects are in custody. Each could face up to 20 years in prison is captured and ultimately convicted. The IRS says phishing has increased up to 400% in recent years, and this business email compromise scam specifically has become more prevalent.
  • A Lieutenant at Naval Station Mayport has pleaded guilty to using the internet to try to entire a child for sexual activity. WOKV first reported in August about the arrest of 31-year-old Michael McNeil. He has now admitted to communicating online with someone he thought was a family member of a 12-year-old handicapped child, while expressing interest in having sex with that child. McNeil further asked for photos of the child, sent an explicit photo of himself, and asked specific questions about the child’s sexual experience and abilities, according to the US Attorney’s Office. The person he was communicating with was actually a detective with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. He ultimately traveled to a coffee shop in Orange Park to meet the child for sex, which is when he was arrested. The US Attorney’s Office says McNeil faces a mandatory minimum of ten years in prison, with a possibility of being sentenced to life.
  • Update 5:23 p.m. EDT Dec. 14: In a tweet Friday, President Donald Trump named Mick Mulvaney, the current Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as acting White House Chief of Staff. Trump deemed Mulvaney his “acting chief of staff” but it was not immediately clear what that meant for the length of his tenure. >> Read more trending news President Donald Trump said Saturday that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave his position by the end of the year. The president’s first choice was Nick Ayers, the vice president’s chief of staff, who bowed out after being unable to come to an agreement on how long he would serve in the post. Read the original report below. Trump announced last week that Kelly, who served in the post for more than a year, would soon be departing. Rumors have swirled off-and-on for months that Kelly, a retired four-star general, planned to leave his post. >> Related: Who is Gen. John Kelly, President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff?  Sources with knowledge of the inner workings of the West Wing told CNN that President Donald Trump and Kelly have recently stopped speaking. He reportedly clashed with several members of the administration, including national security adviser John Bolton, the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Politico reported. Tension between Bolton and Kelly spilled out into the public earlier this year when The Washington Post reported Kelly stormed out of the White House after getting into a shouting match with Bolton over immigration. The Wall Street Journal reported in June that Kelly expected to make his exit over the summer, but the newspaper later reported that he agreed to stay on through the 2020 election at the president’s request. Reports indicate that the relationship between Trump and Kelly has long been fraught with tension. Former FBI director James Comey said in his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” that Kelly was “sick about my firing” in May 2017 and that he intended to quit in protest of Trump’s decision. Comey said he urged Kelly not to quit. >> 'A Higher Loyalty:' Here’s some of what James Comey says about Trump NBC News reported in April that Kelly called Trump “an idiot” who he needed to “save from himself” during a tense meeting on immigration. Kelly later denied making such a statement and claimed he and the president had “an incredibly candid and strong relationship,” according to NBC News. Kelly faced criticism earlier this year after two of former staff secretary Rob Porter’s ex-wives went public with allegations of domestic abuse. Porter denied the allegations, but submitted his resignation Feb. 7 amid public outcry. >> White House ‘could have done better’ handling Rob Porter allegations, spokesman says In a statement released after the revelations first surfaced, Kelly stood behind Porter, who he called “a man of true integrity and honor.” He appeared to walk back his comments in a subsequent statement, amid criticism based on reports that the White House knew of the allegations long before Porter’s resignation. The allegations held up the security clearance process for Porter, who was only ever issued a temporary clearance. Amid the media furor, Kelly moved to end or downgrade temporary clearances for all staff members, including some, like Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who had regular access to top secret U.S. documents. Kelly joined the Trump Administration as the secretary of Homeland Security in January 2017. Six months later, he was appointed as chief of staff after Trump’s first chief of staff, Reince Preibus, submitted his resignation amid tension with Trump. >> Reince Priebus out: Trump names new chief of staff Reuters reported in February that Kelly and Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster were considering leaving their posts because of the way they were treated by Trump in public. Unidentified sources told Reuters that 'Kelly and McMaster have chafed at Trump’s treatment of them in public and in private, which both at times have considered insulting.' The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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