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    Jacksonville Fire and Rescue says 32 residents are accounted for after a fire started at a nursing home in Mandarin.  Firefighters say the fire started in one of the wings and residents had to be evacuated. They were later moved into a different wing of the facility and the fire is now under control.  It’s not clear what sparked the fire and if there were any injuries. 
  • There’s a new scam targeting people who use Google Calendar.  Google Calendar is the latest tool thieves are using to hack people’s account. Scammers are sending out calendar invites that look real, but those invites are connected to fake websites. Those websites try to persuade users to put in their credit card or banking account information giving scammers the opportunity to wipe the victims of their money.  LISTEN: Clark’s latest podcast  Consumer Warrior Clark Howard is sending out a warning to people using any kind of these calendar apps. He says if someone clicks on a link attached the invite it could make that person more vulnerable to getting a virus downloaded onto their device.  “You can change the settings so that you cannot have something appear on your calendar unless you have accepted that as an item to go on your calendar.”  CLICK HERE: 4 steps you must take to protect yourself 
  • First the Internet…now Jacksonville’s City Hall, the cats have taken over.  Animal Care and Protective Services hosted “Kitty Hall” adoptions at Jacksonville’s City Hall on Wednesday, June 19th, and seven cats found homes as a result. If you were not able to make it, there are plenty of animals still available for adoption or fostering at ACPS, on Forest Street. Adopters must be at last 18 years old and have a picture ID.  Click here for a list of adoptable cats. 
  • There’s a chance that nights in the Whitehouse neighborhood of Jacksonville could get a little noisy for the next ten days. According to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, a new training schedule shows there could be an increase in aircraft activity. It will be happening at Outlying Field (OLF) Whitehouse, Florida.  The base says OLF Whitehouse is a satellite airfield of NAS Jax and is located just north of U.S. 90 near Whitehouse, Florida. The airfield is created for day and night carrier landing practice and is a key component for naval aviation readiness.  Residents can email their noise complaints to NASJAX_NOISE_COMPLAINTS@NAVY.MIL.
  • The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is pushing forward with its investigation into a deadly hit and run that took the lives of two bicyclists on Saturday.  The crash happened Saturday on Racetrack Road. Witnesses in the area tell Action News Jax more than a dozen people jumped stopped to help the two people who were hurt.  “You never know what they can hear, so we were just like, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s going to be okay.” Witnesses in the area were able to call deputies for help and provide them with information about the crash along with the suspect vehicle. Thanks to that information, the Sheriff’s Office along with JSO was able to find the car after serving a search warrant but there was nobody home at the time.  The two victims have been identified but their identities will not be released according to the Sheriff’s Office.  The second hit and run happened during the overnight hours Sunday around 2:25 AM on Butler Boulevard near Gate Parkway. The crash report from the Florida Highway Patrol says a man was on a mini-bike when he was hit by a car. Troopers say several cars in the area hit the debris in the roadway.  FHP has not released any type of description of the suspect car – troopers are asking anyone who has information or was a witness to the crash to give them a call. The man’s identity has not been released.
  • UPDATE: The Clay County Sheriff's Office says they've found Daniel Westbrook in Orange Park and are now speaking with him. ORIGINAL STORY: Deputies in Clay County are searching for a man they believe has information about a crash in the Fleming Island area.  The Sheriff’s Office says it started as a DUI investigation and the driver of the car refused to stop. The driver who is believed to be Daniel Westbrook crashed his car and then took off. Two people were inside the car and were detained by deputies. The Sheriff’s Office says they were ultimately arrested for separate charges. Their names and charges have not been released.  Deputies are now currently searching for Westbrook. They say he does not have a license and possibly has a warrant from Marion County. He is not believed to be armed or dangerous and may be looking for a place to hide in the Green Cove Springs area. 
  • Investigators with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office are trying to piece together what led to the death of a woman on the Westside. Around midnight, police responded to a call about someone possibly being shot at home on Beaverbrook which is just off McDuff Avenue. When JSO arrived, they found the woman with multiple injuries. She was pronounced dead on scene by Jacksonville Fire and Rescue.  JSO did not release much information about the woman during the overnight hours. They only said she is black and is between 50-60 years old.  The Sheriff’s Office also did not release any type of suspect description or say if they are even looking for a suspect. JSO is asking with anyone with information to give them a call at 904.630.0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1.866.845.TIPS. WOKV is reaching out to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to get a copy of the incident report.
  • Quest Diagnostics says more than 11 million of its patients’ personal and medical information may have been exposed in a breach of one the billing collection firms. According to the company, it’s billing collections service provider American Medical Collection Agency has not yet provided Quest Diagnostics or its contractor Optum360 detailed or complete information about the breach including which information of which patients may have been affected.  READ: Why you need to check your credit report every year  Consumer Warrior Clark Howard says this kind of data breach is not unusual. “Medical breaches account for roughly half of all identity theft problems in the United States.” Clark says this is because medical establishments are not focused on personal data and personal security, explaining they are more about providing medical services. Clark says this is why crooks see places like these as a gold mine.  “Medical providers tend to have payment information, date of birth, addresses, and so much information on us - that it’s like handing them full-born identity theft right on a platter.” Clark says he has one rule when it comes to visiting any kind of medical establishment, do not put down your social security number when filling out forms. According to Clark, medical providers want social security numbers because its easier for them to turn people over to a collection agency if they do not pay their bill. “When these data breaches happen, there’s no simple recipe that any of us can start using that will keep us out of harm’s way.” Clark says the only thing people can do is to freeze their credit.  “It’s so important to freeze your credit files because that’s the only effective tool we’re offered in the United States to shut down identity thieves, and it’s free.”  MORE: Credit lock vs Credit Freeze: What’s the difference?
  • The World Health Organization is officially recognizing gaming addiction as a medical condition. The organization is adding “Gaming Disorder” to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, effective January 2022.  Gaming Disorder is defined as gaming that takes precedence over other interests in one's life like one's health and daily activities to the point where there are significant impacts on one's life. Dr. Tracy Alloway, a psychology professor with the University of North Florida is weighing on the behaviors parents should look for especially with kids starting to stay home for the summer.  “The main thing about gaming disorder – or any kind of disorder is that actually has to have a significant impact on everyday functioning.”  Alloway says it’s not just about playing games excessively but someone choosing to play games over carrying out their everyday activities, talking to people around them, or constantly thinking about playing games.  “Early questions individuals can ask themselves is on a scale of one to ten, where do you find yourself lying to cover up your game time and so on.”  She says if you found yourself answering on the high-side, you might not be aware of how frequently you are engaging with video games. For loved ones she says try agreeing on setting time limits when it comes to gaming.  READ: Dr. Tracy Alloway’s research  
  • The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a scam popping up in the area.  They’re calling it the “Survey Agent Job Scam.” Deputies say it starts with someone getting an envelope or package from either USPS or Fed-Ex with a cashier’s check inside, along with a letter saying they have been selected to evaluate retail stores and get paid.  The first step involves cashing the checks, going to a store, and buying gift cards. After the victims buy the cards – they are asked to send pictures of the number of the back to the fake survey job phone number.  The Sheriff’s Office says scammers just want the numbers on the gift card, so they can spend them before the victim even realizes they have been scammed. 
  • 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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  • A California police officer has died after a shooting in Sacramento, multiple news outlets reported late Wednesday. >> Read more trending news Check back for updates to this developing story.
  • Jacksonville Fire and Rescue says 32 residents are accounted for after a fire started at a nursing home in Mandarin.  Firefighters say the fire started in one of the wings and residents had to be evacuated. They were later moved into a different wing of the facility and the fire is now under control.  It’s not clear what sparked the fire and if there were any injuries. 
  • Months after an armed home invasion robbery in Fernandina Beach that injured two people, investigators say they've now arrested a third suspect in connection. The Fernandina Beach Police Department has announced the arrest of 24-year-old Cedrice Brown. They say he was taken into custody early Wednesday morning, not far from the University of North Carolina.  Police tell us when he was arrested he was in possession of two stolen guns and booked on various North Carolina charges. A hold has been placed on Brown to have him extradited to Florida, where he faces armed robbery and armed burglary charges.  Police say since the December 22, 2018, incident at a home on Manatee Avenue, they've determined that the robbery was pre-planned due to one of the suspects involved having knowledge of where certain items were.  At the time of the robbery, police 15 people were inside. The victims reported seeing several suspects wearing masks and carrying various weapons, rifles, handguns and knives.  Two people were injured during the robbery, after being hit in the head with guns.  WOKV told you that one suspect was arrested while attempting to flee. A second suspect was arrested at a later time.  Police say they're continuing to work on identifying the remaining suspects, who they believe are from outside the Nassau County-area.
  • Authorities arrested an 11th person Tuesday in connection with the ambush shooting last week of former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. >> Read more trending news  In a press briefing Wednesday evening, the Dominican Republic’s lead prosecutor said that Ortiz was not the target of a shooting.  Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez said the target was another man, dressed similarly to Ortiz, who was seated next to him the night of June 9. Rodríguez said the shooting was orchestrated by a member of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel, who remains on the run. He did not immediately describe a motive. An unidentified official told The Associated Press that Franklin Junior Merán was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of renting one of the cars used in the June 9 shooting in Santo Domingo. Ten other suspects have already been ordered to spend a year in preventive detention as the investigation continues, including the accused shooter. Authorities say they are looking for at least three other suspects, including the man they believe paid the hit men. Ortiz continued recovering Wednesday in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said doctors upgraded Ortiz’s condition to good Tuesday. “We remain grateful to everyone who has helped David through this ordeal, both in the Dominican Republic and here in Boston,” Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement released by the Red Sox. “David’s journey to good health has been bolstered by the many expressions of love that have come to us from across the globe. Your support has lifted his spirits tremendously during this challenging time.” Authorities continue to investigate. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • A man said his fiancee put eye drops into his soft drink Saturday at their Rowan County home. >> Read more trending news  The man told authorities he confronted his fiancee, Jaymee Cruz, after he said he watched her put the drops in his Coca-Cola. He then locked himself and their baby in the bathroom and called 911. Deputies said when they arrived at the scene, Cruz at first denied putting eye drops in the drink, but later said she did it to make the man sick. Cruz said she got the idea from the movie 'Wedding Crashers' and did it because she wanted to move out of the home with their daughter, authorities said. Consuming eye drops is extremely dangerous and can be deadly. The main ingredient reduces redness in the eyes, but when ingested it can rapidly reach the blood and central nervous systems. It's not the first time a person has been accused of using eye drops to poison their significant other. Last year, York County investigators charged Lana Clayton in her husband’s death after she said she put eye drops in his water, WSOC-TV reported. Stephen Clayton’s toxicology report showed he had poisonous levels of the key ingredient in eye drops.

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