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    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
  • Investigators for Jacksonville Beach Police are trying to figure out what led to a deadly shooting on 17th Avenue North, late Thursday night. Jacksonville Beach Police say they found the man in the street. Officers performed CPR on him until rescue arrived, but he was pronounced dead. As of last night, police did not have anybody detained but they do not believe there is a current threat to the public. A suspect has not been identified and suspect information has not been released. Investigators are working with witnesses to get more information. An update on the investigation is expected around noon.
  • 6:33 AM UPDATE:  JSO says the child has been found safe.  ====ORIGINAL STORY:  The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is turning to the community for help with finding a missing toddler. Police say 1-year-old Ryan William Lebel was last seen with 30-year-old Andria Fischer around 10:30 pm. JSO did not say where in Jacksonville they were last seen, but they could be anywhere. Fischer is believed to be driving a 2011 black Kia Sorrento with Florida tag “JTG-X12.” Anyone with information is asked to call JSO immediately at 904.630.0500. This is a developing story, check back throughout the morning for updates.
  • Equifax is agreeing to a $700 million data breach settlement for the events in 2017. As part of the settlement, the nearly 147 million victims were given the choice between getting money or credit monitoring services.  With the national attention surrounding the settlement money, Equifax has already said it could no longer afford to pay the victim $125 each due to the overwhelming response.  Victims of the massive breach can still put in a claim for a monetary settlement and that’s where Consumer Warrior Clark Howard is expressing some concern.  This time Equifax isn’t the bad guy. He says with the national attention surrounding the settlement, crooks are trying to take advantage of victims looking for money. The criminals are making it seem like victims are at the actual site to make a claim but, it’s not real. You think you’re at the real Equifax – you’re not. Clark says these websites will ask you for personal information which is why victims seeking to make a claim need to pay close attention to the URL at the top of the page.  The correct site is www.ftc.gov/Equifax LISTEN: Clark Howard’s latest podcast https://clark.com/podcasts/#podcasts 
  • UPDATE 3:33 AM: JSO says the child has returned home safe.  ==ORIGINAL STORY: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is asking people to keep an extra eye open for a missing child from the Westside.  Police say 11-year-old Jayla Foster is missing from the McDuff/Commonwealth Area. JSO says the child reportedly walked away from her home at some point on Monday night. She was last seen wearing a multi-colored shirt with black/gray sweats. JSO says due to the circumstances surrounding her disappearance, they are asking the community for help to try to ascertain her safety. Anybody with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 904.630.0500.     
  • UPDATE: The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says Alexis Suttle has been found safe and is currently speaking with detectives. ORIGINAL STORY: Deputies with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office is asking the community to be the lookout for a missing girl. They are searching Alexis Cheynee Suttle, who is missing from the Keystone Heights area. She was last seen on Reed Drive; the Sheriff’s Office did not release an approximate time when someone last spotted her. 
  • Capital One is apologizing after a hacker was able to get a hold of the personal information for more than 100 million Capital One credit applications.  The hacker exposed information such as credit scores, balances, and the social security numbers of about 140,000 customers, according to Capital One. The bank said it is notifying customers affected by the breach and will offer free credit monitoring and identity protection.  MORE: Credit lock vs credit freeze? What’s the difference?  Consumer Warrior Clark Howard says breaches happen all too often and people are starting to become numb to the idea of data breaches happening and that’s not the mentality to have.  You need to put defenses in place that would provide some level of protection for you from what are inevitable breaches that can happen so many different ways and places in your life. Clark says whether someone is a customer with Capital One or not – they need to start taking action.  Because your turn is coming up, it's just when.  Clark says the first thing people need to do is set up a dashboard with Credit Karma or Credit Sesame to keep an eye on their credit and to get a sense of which direction their credit score is going. The second step will be to set up a credit freeze.  Credit freeze is the most effective weapon we have against an identity thief because it prevents an identity thief even who has all kinds of information on us from opening accounts as if they are us. According to Clark, the barriers that surround our personal information is too weak. He says this means credit and banking industries will have to come up with new procedures to verify identities. He warned about a potential “creep out” factor that could involve voice patterns, facial scans, on top of fingerprints at ATMs.  LISTEN: Clark Howard’s latest podcast. 
  • UPDATE:  Jacksonville Police has found the missing girls who were the center of a Missing Child Alert activated late Thursday night. Police say the two girls were found safe together in Clay County. According to JSO, the case is being worked as a recovery of runaways. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says both girls are being spoken with.    ===ORIGINAL STORY:  The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a Missing Child Alert 11-year-old  Addison Terry.  JSO had reported the young girl was missing on Thursday after she ran away from the Youth Crisis Center on Parental Road on the Southside Wednesday night. YCC is not commenting on the specifics on how the child ran off or why she was with them, to begin with. According to the FDLE, Terry maybe with 16-year-old Jade Seidel. JSO says Seidel is another missing teen. The two were last seen in the area of Argyle Forest Boulevard but added they could be headed to Clay County. Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call the FDLE, JSO, or dial 911.
  • Investigators with Jacksonville Police are trying to find the suspects who shot at two women on the Westside while they were in a car.  It happened Wednesday night on Woodcrest Road. JSO says they believe the suspects were in another car behind the women and started shooting at them once they pulled into a driveway. Neighbors in the area reported hearing between 30 to 40 shots. Police believe a white four-door car was involved and there were multiple people in the car based on the reported amount of shots.  The two women were taken to the hospital. JSO says one is in critical condition while the other is in fair but stable condition. Police did not give any details about the identity of the victims.  The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says there are plenty of witnesses and there were security cameras in the area. They are asking anyone with information to give them or Crime Stoppers a call. 
  • The FaceApp challenge taking social media by storm as people download the app, upload a picture, and then the person in the picture is aged dozens of years. There are new warnings about what might be happening to those pictures after they are uploaded and how they are used in the future. The security concerns are catching Consumer Warrior Clark Howard's attention as he urges people to read the print.  I want you to understand that when you download an app that wants you to take your picture, you have no idea what they are going to do with that image. In the fine print, the app says it collects users' content such as pictures and other materials posted through FaceApp. In a statement from the app’s developers, it says it performs most of the photo processing in the cloud. The app does not touch any other picture outside of the one the user has picked. The picture that is selected is then stored in the cloud for 48 hours, but the company says it is deleted after that. LISTEN: Clark’s latest podcast The company behind FaceApp is located in Russia – which has sparked calls from lawmakers to have the FBI and Federal Trade Commission investigate. In the statement, FaceApp says while the core R&D team is located in Russia; user data is not transferred to Russia.  Clark says if someone is uncomfortable with an app having their pictures then they need to remove the pictures from FaceApp’s storage. 1. Open the app on your device 2. Click ‘Settings’ 3. Click ‘Support’ 4. Click ‘Report a bug’ 5. In the subject line of the report, write: privacy 6. Submit it MORE: Take these steps to protect your privacy on FaceApp
  • Danielle Leigh

    Morning News Producer

    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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  • Just a month after City of St. Augustine Beach leaders passed bans on the sale and distribution of plastic straws, plastic bags, and Styrofoam, it all may need to be rolled back. That's as a Florida appeals court has struck down a similar ordinance in Coral Gables. The court found that their ban violated a state law that stops local governments from regulating Styrofoam.  Attorney Jane West, who pushed for the St. Augustine Beach bans, tells our partner Action News Jax, that after the city passed the measures, they received a letter from the Florida Retail Federation threatening to sue.  'Now that they're armed with this very strong opinion in their favor, the city can't take the legal risk of getting sued and then having to pay all the attorney's fees in defending what is probably going to be a losing case,' says West.  She and other residents believe it'll likely be up to families and local businesses to cut down on their use of these materials on their own. The ban was set to take effect on January 1st, 2020. St. Augustine Beach Mayor Undine George released the following statement about this court decision: “I don’t believe the appellate decision reflects the majority opinion of Fl communities. Even our governor has expressed strong support for local communities’ right to regulate Styrofoam and single use plastics; we are the ones who see and feel their impact. Hopefully, local businesses will listen to the voice of the people and transition away from Styrofoam and single use plastics. Consumers want to patronize businesses who share their desire to protect our environment from harmful pollutants.”
  • The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is turning to the community for any information after a man was fatally shot outside his home. Police have now identified the victim as 28-year-old Jake Hall. Neighbors tell us he was a father of three kids.  Investigators say at this time, there's no clear motive or any information on a possible suspect. That's why they're asking neighbors within a 6 block radius of 17th Avenue North and 2nd Street North to check their doorbell cameras and security cameras for anything that might be of interest to police. They say the shooting happened around 9:40 PM, Thursday evening.  The police department says shootings for the community are rare. According to their stats, the last shooting was in August 2018.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has released an extremely clear surveillance photo of two armed robbery suspects that they're working to identify. Police say they're accused of robbing the Circle K on St. Johns Bluff Road, Thursday night, just before 11:00 PM. Police are asking anyone with information about either suspect to contact the sheriff's office at (904) 630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-8477.
  • The plane that crashed in Tennessee on Thursday while carrying retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., his family and two pilots bounced at least twice before stopping and catching fire, according to investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board. >> Read more trending news  Officials said the incident happened as the Cessna Citation was landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport at 3:40 p.m. An NBC Sports spokesperson said in a statement that Earnhardt, his wife Amy, his 15-month-old daughter Isla and two pilots were safe after the crash.  Update 2:35 p.m. EDT Aug. 16: Investigators will spend at least two days collecting evidence from the scene of the crash, Ralph Hicks, a senior investigator with NTSB, told reporters Friday. Authorities have reviewed surveillance footage from near the crash site which showed the plane bounced at least twice before coming down hard on one of the landing gears, Hicks said. 'You can actually see the right main landing gear collapsing in the video,' he said. 'The airplane continued down the runway off to the end, through a fence, and it came to stop ... on Highway 91.' Hicks said the crash site was about 1,000 feet past the end of the runway. The plane had taken off about 20 minutes before the crash from Statesville, North Carolina, Hicks said. The aircraft was not equipped with a data recorder, though Hicks said other instruments recorded some data. Officials are also analyzing a cockpit voice recorder. Authorities continue to investigate the cause of the crash. Update 2 p.m. EDT Aug. 16: Authorities are providing an update Friday on the investigation into Thursday's plane crash. Update 1:50 p.m. EDT Aug. 16: Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said no injuries were reported as a result of the crash, although the Cessna 680A aircraft was destroyed. The Earnhardt family and the pilots were the only passengers listed on board when the crash happened. Authorities are expected to provide more updates on the incident at 2 p.m. news conference Friday. Update 11:50 a.m. EDT Aug. 16: Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board are scheduled to hold news conference Friday afternoon to update the public on the investigation into Thursday's crash.  Update 9:25 a.m. EDT Aug. 16: Earnhardt's sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, thanked God, supporters and medical staff early Friday in a Twitter post after Earnhardt and his family survived a fiery plane crash in Tennessee. 'Finally laying down for the night and want to say thank you to God, the angels among us, our pilots, first responders, medical staff, our NASCAR family and everyone that has reached out in whatever way to support us all,' Earnhardt Miller wrote in a post around 12:30 a.m. Friday. A nurse who witnessed the crash told WSOC-TV her instincts kicked in Thursday when she saw the jet skid off the runway. '(The) first thing that went through my mind was, 'Lord, I hope there was nobody in the plane that's still in the plane,' because it was completely engulfed,' she told WSOC-TV. She added that as she tried to help, the plane, it was smoking out the back and then, all of a sudden, it caught on fire.' An NBC Sports spokesperson said Thursday that Earnhardt was taken to a hospital but released a short while later. Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident. Update 9 a.m. Aug. 16: Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were in Elizabethton on Friday morning, WJHL reported. Agency officials said Thursday that two NTSB officials were being sent to investigate the incident. Federal Aviation Administration officials were also expected to be on the scene Friday, WJHL reported. Original report: Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy Reimann were aboard a private jet when it crashed at the Elizabethton Airport, in Tennessee.  Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford told WJHL that Dale Earnhardt Jr. was taken to an area hospital and his injuries are described as cuts and abrasions.  Lunceford also said that his wife and child were onboard as well as the family dog. The pilot and one other passenger was also onboard. Earnhardt Jr. sister, Kelley, tweeted that everyone involved survived the crash. 'We're incredibly grateful that Dale, his wife Amy, daughter Isla, and the two pilots are safe following today's accident,' NBC Sports said in a statement. 'After being discharged from the hospital, we communicated with Dale and his team, and we're all in agreement that he should take this weekend off to be with his family. 'We look forward to having him back in the booth next month at Darlington.' According to WJHL, emergency crews responded to the crash involving the Cessna Citation Latitude business jet that ran off the end of the runway Thursday afternoon. It's not clear if the plane was departing or arriving. Earnhardt retired as a full-time racer in 2017 and has been working as an analyst for NBC. He is part of the scheduled broadcast team for Saturday night's Cup Series event in Bristol, Tennessee.The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • It's an exciting day for the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park! The zoo held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new sloth exhibit. WOKV told you back in July, when the zoo brought in two Hoffman’s two-toed sloths named Teddy and Grizzly.  The zoo says the exhibit is part of the rainforest habitat as guests walk into the ‘Land of the Crocodiles.’ Despite sloths typically being solitary, the zoo has said Teddy and Grizzly share a strong bond.

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