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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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  • A Florida woman and her grown son were indicted Wednesday in the killings of her husband and sister that took place 25 years ago in New Jersey, according to authorities. Dolores Mejia Connors Morgan, 66, and Ted Connors, 47, both of Del Ray Beach, are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the 1994 slaying of Ana F. Mejia, 24, and the 1995 killing of 51-year-old Nicholas William Connors, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in a news release. Both killings took place in the victims’ homes in Long Branch, a beachside city about an hour east of Trenton. A third person, Jose Carrero, 48, of Jackson Township, New Jersey, was also charged with murder in both homicides, Gramiccioni said. Carrero, who, like Morgan and Ted Connors, was arrested Jan. 10, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of second-degree conspiracy to commit murder in a plea deal with prosecutors. Media reports at the time of the killings indicated that Mejia considered her sister and brother-in-law her parents. An obituary that ran in the Asbury Park Press under the name Ana Mejia-Jimenez listed them as her mother and father, and Ted Connors as her brother. Mejia was found dead Dec. 8, 1994, in the bedroom of the apartment she shared with her boyfriend and her two young children, Gramiccioni said. “Mejia was stabbed multiple times and had a white powdery substance rubbed on her face when she was found. Her children were found safe within the residence,” the prosecutor said in a news release. Investigators initially believed it was cocaine that had been smeared on Mejia’s face, including inside her nose. According to NJ.com, however, the white powder found around Mejia’s nose and mouth was determined to be baby formula. Mejia had been stabbed 23 times and news reports at the time indicated her body was mutilated. Raw HTML blockedit “Six months later, on May 14, 1995, Long Branch police officers were dispatched to the Van Dyke Place home of Nicholas Connors, 51,” the news release said. “There, authorities found Nicholas Connors on a sofa, deceased after multiple gunshot wounds to the head.” Morgan, then 42, was the person who found him dead, NJ.com said. Two of the couple’s children, ages 13 and 12, were home but slept through the shooting. “By habit, he would wait for her to come home before going to bed,” then-Monmouth County Prosecutor John Kaye told the Asbury Park Press in 1995. “She found him on the couch, and there was blood all about.” Gramiccioni said last week that Carrero admitted conspiring with Morgan and Ted Connors “to kill Mejia in retaliation for what they believed were her actions to tip off law enforcement officers about the illegal activities of her boyfriend.” An Asbury Park Press article published in 1994 indicated that Mejia was slain a week after her boyfriend was arrested on drug charges. Raw HTML blockedit NJ.com reported Carrero said in court that Morgan feared her sister, who was allegedly working as a confidential police informant, would also tip detectives off about her illegal activities. She determined Mejia had to die, he indicated. Carrero told the court that he met with Morgan, who said she would pay him to help with the killing, and Ted Connors in the kitchen of the Connors home in 1994 to plan the hit on Mejia. He said he and Ted Connors planned to go to a party together the night of the crime to establish an alibi, NJ.com reported. He said he and Ted Connors left the party and parked down the street from Mejia’s house so no one would see Connors’ vehicle, the news site reported. They went to the house and Mejia opened the door for him and her nephew before returning to her bedroom. Carrero said he covered Mejia’s face with a pillow while Ted Connors stabbed her because he “didn’t want to see her” as she died, NJ.com said. After the murder, the pair returned to the party to maintain their alibi, Carrero said. “Carrero also admitted to conspiring with Ted Connors and Connors’ mother, Delores Morgan (then known as Delores Connors) to kill Nicholas Connors. Nicholas Connors was the adopted father of Ted and then-husband of Delores,” Gramiccioni said last week. Nicholas Connors “was killed in a successful effort to collect on a life insurance policy,” Gramiccioni’s news release indicated. NJ.com reported that Carrero said in court that he, Morgan and Ted Connors again sat at the kitchen table of the family’s home to plot out the husband and father’s killing. He said Ted Connors obtained a gun and Morgan went to work that night so she would not be home when her husband was slain. Carrero said he and Ted Connors again parked down the street from the house before walking to a side door and slicing the screen to make it look like a break-in. When they went inside, Carrero said he could hear a television in the next room. He said he remained in the kitchen while Ted Connors went in and shot his father, the news site reported. When he heard a second shot, he fled and ran to the car, with Ted Connors a couple of steps behind him, NJ.com said. News reports at the time indicated investigators almost immediately suspected the killings of Mejia and Nicholas Connors were related. Carrero said he was never paid outright for the crimes but Morgan loaned him cash at one point and he didn’t pay it back. He also lived at the family’s house for a while, rent-free, until Morgan kicked him out, the news site reported. As part of his plea deal, Carrero has agreed to testify against both of his codefendants. Gramiccioni said in exchange for his testimony, prosecutors would recommend consecutive sentences of five to 10 years in state prison for each of the two charges to which he pleaded guilty. The prosecutor said investigations into the Mejia and Nicholas Connors killings were launched back in 1994 and 1995 but the cases went cold. “Additional evidence recently uncovered by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Cold Case Unit and Long Branch Police Department resulted in charges being signed against the three defendants on Jan. 10, 2020,” Gramiccioni said. NJ.com reported last month that proof of the insurance payout Morgan received following her husband’s killing was part of the new evidence. An affidavit obtained by the site did not give the amount of the insurance payment she received. Cold case detectives also found that both the men accused in the crimes had confessed their alleged involvement to multiple friends. “The information given to (the friends) by Ted Connors and Jose Carrero is supported and proven to be true based on additional information discovered and confirmed in the current review of the file and additional investigation conducted over the last two years,” the affidavit read, according to NJ.com. The investigators also recently uncovered a transcript of a recorded conversation Ted Connors had with a friend about the crimes in 1995. Police re-interviewed one of the witnesses and obtained a new statement from him a couple of months ago, the affidavit said. Carrero’s sentencing was scheduled for June 5, but prosecutors told NJ.com it would not take place until he had testified against Morgan and Ted Connors. Both mother and son remain jailed without bond in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.
  • A local man linked to the death of a woman has been sentenced for another crime. Action News Jax has been digging into Corey Binderim’s since he was named a person of interest in Susan Mauldin’s disappearance in November.  Corey Binderim pleaded guilty to uttering charges, a third-degree felony, for a counterfeit check.  Binderim was told he needed to pay Vystar Credit Union $5,000 in restitution.  Action News Jax has been following this story for months.  In October, 65-year-old Susan Mauldin disappeared from her home in Clay County Binderim had been hired to do some work for her at her house, but when he didn’t complete the job she asked for her money back.  Binderim was charged with her murder after her remains were found earlier this month by the FBI in a Georgia landfill after sifting through 7,000 tons of trash.  Judge Adrian Soud sentenced Binderim to 86 days in jail in Duval County on uttering charges.  He was given credit for that much time served already.  Now he’s waiting to be moved to Clay County to face more serious charges.  “You will be transported from the Duval County jail to the sheriff’s office in custody in Clay County to answer for the charges in Clay County. You will be held in the Clay County jail until further order of the court in clay county, do you understand that?” Judge Adrian Soud said.  We’ve reached out to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the state attorney’s office to find out when Binderim is expected to leave Duval County.
  • Charles ‘Corky’ Rogers, a former football coach for The Bolles School, has died, Action News Jax has learned. He was a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, where he was a three-sport star playing on the 1960 state champion football team and 1961 state baseball championship team.  He played for Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech and briefly for Don Shula with the Baltimore Colts. He coached at Lee and won 10 straight district titles from 1977-1986. He took over as coach at The Bolles School in 1989 and won seven state titles with two runner-up finishes. Among Florida coaches with more than 300 wins, Rogers is the only coach with fewer than 100 losses.  He amassed more high school football victories than any other coach in Florida.  “As legendary as they come, and was always very gracious to me and my family ... prayers up for the Rogers family ... RIP to a High School Icon,” Action Sports Jax’s Dan Hicken said in a tweet.  Rogers was 76.
  • Derrick Marks Jr.’s mother said he was hurting, mourning a best friend gunned down outside a central Alabama barbershop Tuesday. “I know you forever with me until we meet again,” Marks wrote on his Facebook page about three hours after Delquan McNeily, 21, was killed. Marks, 25, of Birmingham, decided to meet some friends to play video games and take his mind off his friend’s slaying. Minutes after leaving his home, Marks was also cut down by a bullet, AL.com reported. He died a short time later at St. Vincent’s East Hospital. “We never got a chance to see him,’’ Catrina Carey said of her son’s body. “I’m devastated. I haven’t eaten. I haven’t slept. I haven’t put my eyes on him.” The spate of violence began around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday when gunfire broke out outside Corey’s Barber Shop in Center Point, AL.com said. McNeily was found dead near the doorway of the business. David Agee, deputy chief of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, said the preliminary investigation indicated a group of men were arguing outside the barber shop, which AL.com reported is located in a heavily-populated commercial area. Witnesses from nearby businesses reported hearing at least five or six gunshots and seeing a vehicle speed away. “We don’t know what the argument was about, but weapons were drawn and a man was shot, and he is dead,” Agee said at the scene. AL.com reported that investigators determined McNeily and another man were arguing when a third person came out of the barber shop and opened fire, striking the victim. He was pronounced dead at 1:50 p.m. Marks was among the grief-stricken family and friends who gathered outside the barrier of police tape cordoning off the shop that afternoon, Carey told the news site. “They were best friends,’’ Carey said of McNeily and her son. “He used to be at my home all the time. They were very close. He was very sweet. He was the one in the bunch that never talked. He was on the timid side.” Carey said she saw her son when he came home from the crime scene in Center Point. Concerned about the violence and about how upset Marks was, she begged him to stay in that night. “I said, ‘Just don’t go back out. I don’t know what’s going on. Please just stay in the house,‘” Carey told AL.com. Marks got a phone call, however, and was soon packing up his gaming console to take with him to the Hunter Ridge Apartments in nearby Irondale, where he and friends planned to play for cash. He walked out the door around 6 p.m. and within 15 minutes, he had been fatally wounded. Carey told AL.com a bullet that struck Marks in the leg traveled internally to his heart, killing him. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 7:13 p.m., less than six hours after his best friend’s official time of death. The shootings took place about 6 miles apart. Irondale police officials told the news site Marks was found sitting in a vehicle in the apartment complex’s parking lot, which was littered with about three dozen shell casings. Investigators do not believe he was in the vehicle when he was shot. Carey said she believes her son may have been ambushed by someone who knew he was bringing cash to the apartment. She said she believes the two shootings in such a short time span are a coincidence. “In my heart, I don’t feel like one had anything to do with the other,” she told AL.com. Carey said she was still trying to comprehend both her son and his best friend being killed. “There’s so much violence in the neighborhood. We trying to talk to the kids, and the teens, and the young men, but the violence has just taken over,” she said. Carey said she will always remember the creative side of her son, who worked in refrigeration but dreamed of being a rapper. Marks had some success on the local rap scene under the stage name ABM Brazi. She urged the person who shot her son to surrender to police. “Whoever did it, especially if it was a friend, turn yourself in. You really hurt a lot of people,” Carey said, according to the news site. “I forgive you and I hope God blesses you, but I want justice served.”
  • Five teens accused of gunning down a 16-year-old girl during a botched marijuana robbery were caught on a doorbell camera arriving at and leaving the girl’s home, police and the victim’s family said. The teens have been charged with capital murder in the death of Madison Harris, 16, of Biloxi. According to the Biloxi Sun Herald, the suspects have been identified as Yakeshia Blackmon, 17; Willow Blackmon, 15; Jarvis Jermaine Cook, 17; Jasmine Joy-Sade Kelley, 15; and Jaquez Devonte Porter, 17. All five teens are being charged as adults in the homicide. The Sun Herald reported that Cook, who was already free on bond in connection with an aggravated assault case out of Gulfport, was ordered held without bail. The remaining four suspects were initially being held in lieu of $1 million bond. A judge on Wednesday revoked their bail at the request of Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Herman Cox, the newspaper said. Biloxi police officers responded just before 2 p.m. Monday to a home on Rustwood Drive, where a caller told a 911 dispatcher a teen girl was having a “medical episode,” according to the Sun Herald. First responders found Harris, who had been shot in the hip area. Harris was taken to Merit Health Hospital, where authorities said she died during surgery. The caller, identified as Paultavius White, told detectives he was visiting Harris when the Blackmon sisters arrived with two teen boys and tried to rob Harris. According to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Sun Herald, White said he, Harris and Kelley were in a back bedroom when the two boys came to a window and pointed a gun at Harris, demanded she open it. White told investigators he recognized the boy with the gun as a teen nicknamed “Teflon,” the affidavit said. “Teflon” was later identified as Porter. The window was broken and would not open all the way, White told police. The Blackmon sisters entered the house, and then the bedroom, and Porter handed the gun to Yakeshia Blackmon, White said. White told detectives he grabbed Yakeshia Blackmon to take the gun from her and that it fired during the struggle. The bullet struck Harris in the hip. The affidavit said a Ring doorbell camera on the home caught footage of the Blackmon sisters, Cook and Porter entering the house. The footage showed them running out in separate directions after the shooting, with White chasing after them, the Sun Herald reported. James Waldeck, the fiancé of Harris’ grandmother, described the footage for WLOX in Biloxi. Waldeck told the news station Harris was at the home with White, who was a good friend of hers, while her father was in the backyard, raking leaves. She and her father, Stuart Harris, had lived there with her grandmother, Susan Richards, and Waldeck for about four years, following her parents’ divorce. “One girl came in, I saw on the Ring doorbell, about a half hour before,” Waldeck said. “And then, according to my Ring doorbell, four of them charged in an unlocked door here at the carport. And within a matter of 10 seconds, the shooting and screaming, and then them running out the door being chased by Paul, her friend, and then her dad.” White told authorities he believed Kelley, the youngest of the group, had set Harris up to be robbed by the sisters, the affidavit said. Detectives wrote that surveillance footage and neighbors indicated a red sedan with front-end damage had fled the scene just after the shooting, the newspaper said. Officers canvassing the neighborhood found a red Toyota Camry matching that description about 3 miles from the home, with Cook and another person inside. That person has not been charged in the case. The Blackmon sisters were arrested at their home across the street from the house where Harris was killed, the newspaper reported. A crew with WLOX was there covering the shooting when the girls were handcuffed and taken away. Detectives wrote in the affidavit that all five teens admitted to participating in the botched robbery, the Sun Herald reported. Their stories appeared to match what White told police. Waldeck told the news station Harris was friends with some of the teens accused of killing her. “They were in our house -- I thought as friends -- a number of different times, yes,” Waldeck said. “They just lived two or three houses down and across the street.” Waldeck said the friendly relationship changed after he and the other residents of his home suspected the teens broke in about two weeks before the shooting. “Of course, the police were called and we were pressing charges against that first crime, and we’re afraid this may have been retaliation against us reporting their crime,” Waldeck told WLOX. His interview with the news station may explain why the window didn’t open all the way when the teens were trying to get in to rob Harris. “We screwed the window shut so they couldn’t get in there,” Waldeck said. “We put deadbolts on the doors so that they had to be locked with a key to get in or out, but the carport door was unlocked and that’s where they made their way in.” Due to their ages, none of the teens are eligible for the death penalty if convicted of capital murder, the Sun Herald said. They would instead serve sentences of life in prison without parole. Waldeck said he believes the teens meant to kill Harris, who he described as “a beautiful young lady, completely innocent of all these things that have happened to her.” “She loved her music and she loved her friends,” Waldeck said. “She had a big laugh and always enjoyed herself, wherever she was.” Harris’ cousin, Peyton Harris, described the slain girl as being like an older sister. “She was always there for me and my cousins,” the teen said. “You know, she did nothing to deserve this, and I don’t know why this happened to her.” Waldeck said Harris loved her family, which included two brothers, a half sister and two stepbrothers. “She was a sweet girl who didn’t hurt anyone,” Waldeck told the news station.

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