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    Sears has filed for bankruptcy and has announced it will be closing stores nationwide. Consumer Warrior Clark Howard says the build-up to this was the worst-kept secret, following the news of K-Mart. If you are an avid shopper at Sears, Clark is suggesting you pay off your layaway now and use all of your gift cards.  “You need to look at it as companies that will not be able to survive no matter what you’re told moving forward.”  Clark says when it comes to your extended warranties and service contracts it will be up to the courts, but odds are, those will not be honored. Clark stands by his stance against those types of contracts anyways but urges all shoppers to skip from this moment forward.  LISTEN: Clark’s latest podcast Shoppers will soon start to see liquidation sales as stores begin to close. Clark is warning shoppers to be cautious of any deals they find.  “They are generally less than what they appear, the bargains that are supposed that are present are fake sales”  Clark says nobody ever both them at what the supposed retail was. He says these sales could trick shoppers into something on a “non-sale sale.”
  • The popular restaurant, Blackfinn Ameripub has reportedly permanently closed the doors of it's Jacksonville location. A handwritten sign reading, 'BlackFinn is Permanently Closed' was posted at the Markets at Town Center restaurant.  This sign is posted at Blackfinn Ameripub restaurant at the Markets at Town Center. Many employees say they weren't given any notice of the restaurant closing and say they are left without a job. STORY: https://t.co/QkaERyqMyL pic.twitter.com/3IBKRFL31E — ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) October 16, 2018 Many employees say they weren't given any notice of the restaurant closing and say they are left without a job. STORY: Man found dead at Blackfinn in Jacksonville leaves behind newborn son The chain has since deleted social media pages relating to the Jacksonville location, and the Jacksonville section on its website no longer shows anything. In Aug. 2016, a 34-year-old man was found dead in a bathroom stall at the restaurant.  A Blackfinn employee found David Davoli's body in a locked bathroom stall after closing time, officials said. Family said Davoli was a new father. His girlfriend gave birth to their son Santo a few weeks prior to the incident.
  • Jacksonville-area animal rescue groups have mobilized to help dogs and cats affected by Hurricane Michael. The Jacksonville Humane Society stopped taking in strays and owner surrenders leading up to the storm, in anticipation of needing to mobilize a response. On Monday, 100 cats and kittens from JHS and the Alachua County Humane Society were loaded on a Wings of Rescue flight, destined for Brandywine Valley SPCA in Delaware. The flight was funded by Malik’s Gifts, a foundation set up by Malik Jackson, of the Jacksonville Jaguars. ACHS was among the first to respond after Michael, and they have already received cats both evacuated ahead of the storm and after. For JHS, flying out the cats will free up space to allow them to continue to take in rescues. “We believe partnerships and collaboration save lives, and this is the perfect example of that. By leveraging relationships in a cooperative manner, we make greater impact. We are better together,” says JHS CEO Denise Deisler. First Coast No More Homeless Pets ventured to Brainbridge, Georgia this weekend, where they helped evacuate 145 dogs and cats from a shelter that has no power or running water and is dealing with other storm-related issues. They traveled with three trucks and a support van, which was carrying supplies.  “So many of our partners across the Panhandle and Southern Georgia were there to support our local relief efforts during Hurricanes Irma and Matthew, so this is just one more example of our collective commitment to saving lives,” says FCNMHP Founder and CEO Rick DuCharme.  Prior to this, they transported pet food and supplies to Shipley, Florida. They anticipate further relief efforts in the future.  Florida Urgent Rescue, Inc. has conducted several hurricane transports. They have pulled 19 dogs from rural shelters affected by the storm. They say they plan to continue going, as long as they can find places to take in the animals.  This group is just coming off Hurricane Florence rescue missions, which involved transporting 66 dogs and 58 cats to shelters and rescue groups in Minnesota, Michigan, Virginia, Georgia, New Jersey, and New York. They work in partnership with Delta Air Lines, Paws Humane Society, and other partners. As all of these organizations continue their rescue efforts, they’re asking for your donations and support. You can find links to donate on their respective websites.
  • An Action News Jax Investigation is exposing multiple complaints about a fired deputy’s supervision of inmates. We first told you last week that the Clay County Sheriff’s Office fired Deputy David A. Barnes after an investigation found inmates under his supervision got drunk and high while they were out working. REPORT: Clay County deputy fired after inmates under his supervision got drunk, high Internal affairs records say Barnes has been caught on video in the past staying in the van while inmates were out working. Those Clay County Sheriff’s Office records say Barnes was seen on surveillance videos sitting “inside the van for 60 out of 70 minutes” while inmates he was supposed to be supervising did landscaping at the courthouse. “When you’re not closely supervising these inmates when they’re out on work detail, for instance, they’re in one place and you’re in another place and you can’t really monitor their actions closely, again, that’s another public safety issue,” said Action News Jax Crime and Safety Expert Ken Jefferson. Barnes was informally counseled for that about a month before five inmates out working under his watch tested positive for alcohol or marijuana. We first told you @ccsofl Deputy David Barnes was fired last month after investigation found inmates under his supervision got drunk & high. All new at 6 on @ActionNewsJax, we're exposing multiple complaints about Deputy Barnes' supervision of inmates. pic.twitter.com/ChMVfsQK0P — Jenna Bourne (@jennaANjax) October 15, 2018 Investigators said they found two Mello Yello bottles filled with an altered form of hand sanitizer to make it drinkable, two empty cans of tobacco and more, in Barnes’ inmate road crew van that day. An evaluation of Barnes in June said “poor inmate supervision.” A July evaluation said he was spoken to “several times on inmate supervision.” Barnes still has a pending internal investigation that began in September for “acting outside the scope of authority in Bradford County.” “Well, he has no jurisdiction in Bradford County. His jurisdiction, if any, is only in Clay County,” Jefferson said. “Has no jurisdiction, has no power. Can’t do it.” The Sheriff’s Office would not release any details of what Barnes is accused of doing in Bradford County until the investigation is complete. In an interview described in the internal affairs records, former deputy Barnes said he felt he was being treated unfairly because his father is a director at the Sheriff’s Office.
  • The United Arab Emirates is donating nearly $3 million to Jacksonville neighborhoods hit hard by Hurricane Irma. It’s part of the $10 million the United Arab Emirates is donating statewide. The city of Jacksonville is funneling more than half of that $2,775,000 grant to projects in the Ken Knight Drive area. Some of the money will go toward getting new playground equipment, repaving the basketball court and making other improvements in Charles Reese Park. PHOTOS: Aftermath of Hurricane Michael: photos, video I asked United Arab Emirates ambassador whether multi-million donation to #Jacksonville is related to any future business ambitions here. “I think it opens the door for potential investment, and collaboration and trade,' he tells me. More at 6 on @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/Z7uud1qe2F — Jenna Bourne (@jennaANjax) October 15, 2018 The equipment appears to be in good condition but the city told Action News Jax most of it was installed 10 years ago. Action News Jax asked United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba if the UAE expects anything from Jacksonville in return for the grant money. “Friendship,” Al Otaiba said. “In terms of diplomacy, it means that we get to build relationships and friendships in a community that we have not been introduced to before.” Our interview did not come easy. RELATED STORY: Neighbors come together to donate supplies for hurricane victims The press conference did not go as Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration had planned. After a local professional blogger started asking the ambassador questions about the UAE’s human rights record, both the ambassador and the mayor went into a back room to conduct an exclusive interview with a student journalist. All promises of interviews with the local media were called off. Action News Jax instead asked Curry and the ambassador questions while they took a tour of A. Philip Randolph Career Academies, which will receive grant money for its Construction and Architecture Career Academy. RELATED STORY: President Trump visits storm-damaged areas after Hurricane Michael “We’re accepting money to invest in our children, to invest in vulnerable populations and invest in neighborhoods that were damaged by the hurricane,” Curry said. According to the donation agreement between the UAE and the city of Jacksonville, the grant is part of a pattern of the UAE helping the U.S. after natural disasters. Press conference on multi-million dollar United Arab Emirates donation to #Jacksonville did not go as planned. After @AGGancarski started asking questions about human rights in UAE, @lennycurry & ambassador called off interviews. I got answers anyway. I'm live at 6 @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/UrPbio2cCD — Jenna Bourne (@jennaANjax) October 15, 2018 The agreement said the UAE has also given grants to affected states after hurricanes Harvey, Katrina and Sandy, as well as after the tornado in Joplin. “I think it opens the door for potential investment and collaboration and trade, absolutely. But is that why we’re doing this? Absolutely not,” said Al Otaiba. The Sulzbacher Center for Mobile Medical Clinics will receive $900,000 of the grant. Action News Jax asked Sulzbacher Center CEO Cindy Funkhouser how the mobile clinics are related to Hurricane Irma recovery. Funkhouser said they’re not directly related to hurricane recovery but instead are more of a broad approach to addressing the needs of homeless people year-round.  
  • A man detained in Daytona Beach has reportedly confessed to killing a woman in Bartram Park. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says the man called OnStar Monday morning, while driving on I-95 southbound, reporting some type of issue. JSO says the nature of the issue isn’t yet confirmed, but it led to OnStar contacting law enforcement. JSO says the Florida Highway Patrol pulled the man over, and he was transported to the hospital.  In the hospital, JSO says that man reported that a dead person was in his home.  That’s the point where Daytona Beach Police reached out to JSO, who did a welfare check on the man’s home on White Blossom Circle, which is off Bartram Park Boulevard. The victim was found dead inside.  JSO says foul play is suspected in the death, but they’re not confirming the manner of death, because of the ongoing investigation. The victim has not yet been identified, so JSO is not sure how she knew the man who’s detained and if she also lived in the residence.  JSO investigators are heading to Daytona Beach to speak with the man who has been detained.  Police are asking for any information you have about this incident or the people involved. You can call JSO at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • More than 30 vehicles were burglarized in one night on Amelia Island, and investigators say every single one of them was unlocked. The Fernandina Beach Police Department says the burglaries happened Sunday night in both the City and unincorporated areas of the Island. The focus was around Amelia Island Parkway and 200, and on South Fletcher Avenue.  FBPD says more than 30 unlocked cars were burglarized, and one car was stolen. That vehicle was later recovered in Jacksonville.  They’re asking for your help identifying the person pictured in surveillance video, but they’re also imploring you to lock your vehicles. FBPD says 95% of car burglaries in the area last year involved unlocked vehicles, so prevention is key. They further said seeing this many cars targeted in one night could mean that a group of thieves are involved.  If you have any information on this suspect’s identity, you’re asked to call 904-310-3215.
  • The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is hoping you can help them identify a suspect. According to deputies, a man was caught on surveillance video entering an open garage on Pine Arbor Circle in St. Augustine, a little ways off of Lewis Speedway.  Deputies say he then stole a Team Mongoose BMX bicycle, which is said to be valued at around $300. The bicycle is described as having a bluish/gray frame, brown seat, and bright orange tires.  As for the suspect, deputies say he's described as a white man, approximately 5’8”, has facial hair, a tattoo on his right calf, and a tattoo on the back of his neck.  If you have any information, you're urged to contact Deputy Grizzard at wgrizzard@sjso.org.
  • What appeared to start with a sexual encounter at a Motel 6 off Youngerman Circle early Friday escalated to a woman being shot in the face.  28-year-old Jacob Martinez of Orange Park was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after a woman was shot in the face, according to an arrest report.  The victim was bleeding from her mouth and crying, telling an officer ‘He shot me, he shot me’. The woman was taken to Orange Park Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.  According to the arrest report, a witness who was in the room at the time of the shooting took the suspects keys and held on to them so he couldn’t get away.  Another witness told police that the four of them had been partying together and having sex, and the gun went off, shooting the victim in the face.  One of the witnesses told police where they could find the firearm used in the shooting. A 9mm pistol was recovered by detectives.
  • Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating what they say is the 121st traffic fatality of the year. Police say Donna Foster Wood, 59, was walking when she was hit by a car that left the road on Jones Road Saturday night.  According to police, after she was hit, the vehicle crossed the opposing lane and hit a wooden post. Wood was pronounced deceased at the scene, police said.  JSO says the driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  No charges have been filed.

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  • Sears has filed for bankruptcy and has announced it will be closing stores nationwide. Consumer Warrior Clark Howard says the build-up to this was the worst-kept secret, following the news of K-Mart. If you are an avid shopper at Sears, Clark is suggesting you pay off your layaway now and use all of your gift cards.  “You need to look at it as companies that will not be able to survive no matter what you’re told moving forward.”  Clark says when it comes to your extended warranties and service contracts it will be up to the courts, but odds are, those will not be honored. Clark stands by his stance against those types of contracts anyways but urges all shoppers to skip from this moment forward.  LISTEN: Clark’s latest podcast Shoppers will soon start to see liquidation sales as stores begin to close. Clark is warning shoppers to be cautious of any deals they find.  “They are generally less than what they appear, the bargains that are supposed that are present are fake sales”  Clark says nobody ever both them at what the supposed retail was. He says these sales could trick shoppers into something on a “non-sale sale.”
  • A Massachusetts school employee is under investigation by the Secret Service for allegedly threatening President Donald Trump on social media. >> Watch the news report here The employee, a Fitchburg Public Schools paraprofessional who works with special-needs students, has also been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation. Her husband, a principal at Fitchburg's Longsjo Middle School, spoke only to WFXT about his wife's alleged tweet, which was captured in screen shots and shared multiple times on social media. At first, the tweet caught the attention of the local police force and subsequently of federal agents. 'People have their preferences, but sometimes you should just keep your 2 cents to yourself, you know?' said Roger Valcourt, a parent. The tweet, posted Oct, 10 which read, 'No just kill Trump,' has been generating controversy around town. Parents were shocked to learn what happened, saying both the principal and his wife are star educators. After the tweet was reported to Ashburnham police, the Secret Service launched an investigation, telling WFXT that they are aware of the incident and investigate all threats made against the president. 'I don’t know what was going through her head, I guess, but it’s not a good thing to say you want to kill the president,' said Alex Clemente, a parent. Clemente, a veteran who fought in Iraq, says the tweet went too far. 'Even though you don’t like him, you can’t say that,' Clemente said. >> Read more trending news  The employee's husband told WFXT in an off-camera interview she meant no harm, saying, 'It was lapse in judgment, a mistake. It was a bad choice of words that were taken out of context. My wife is not a malicious person, and has an impeccable work record. She’s embarrassed by this situation.' While Craig Chalifoux spoke to WFXT on the record, his wife isn't being identified because she is not facing any charges. The superintendent told WFXT that the employee has been placed on paid administrative leave, saying, in a statement, this 'is being done to protect her interests as well as the interest of the district [and] it will allow the investigation to conclude and minimize any disruption and distraction and protects her safety and security.
  • A former college football standout who briefly signed with the Atlanta Falcons was arrested Saturday by police in Columbus, Georgia, for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported. Justin Crawford, 23, who played running back at Georgia's Hardaway High School and West Virginia University, faces charges of incest, sodomy and enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to Muscogee County Jail records. At a preliminary hearing on Monday, Columbus Detective Mark Scruggs said Crawford’s wife, Chakeya, woke up Saturday around 5 a.m. and walked into her living room to find her husband with an erection as he stood over the child, the newspaper reported. However, she told the Ledger-Enquirer she objected to Scruggs’ account, saying her husband’s penis was exposed but not erect. She said she confronted her husband about it, that he denied any wrongdoing and she decided to go back to bed. >> Read more news stories  She took the 12-year-old to the child’s mother later, and that’s when the girl said she had been asleep in the living room when Crawford came in and had her perform oral sex on him before they had intercourse, Scruggs said. The newspaper reported that Scruggs said Crawford initially denied any sexual contact with the girl to police, but he later admitted to having oral sex and intercourse with her but claimed it was her idea. Crawford remains in the Muscogee County Jail without bond, according to jail records. As a senior in high school, Crawford rushed for 825 yards and seven touchdowns, the Ledger-Enquirer reported. He spent two years at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he rushed for over 3,000 yards and six touchdowns, putting him in the national spotlight. He then transferred to West Virginia, where he rushed for 2,237 yards and 11 touchdowns over two seasons. Crawford signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent on May 1, but he was among 36 players released in September during the preseason. He was on the roster for the Atlanta Legends in the new Alliance of American Football league but was suspended by the team after being arrested, according to The Associated Press.
  • A Georgia man is in jail on assault and battery charges after he allegedly stabbed his father and punched his ex-girlfriend in the face, police said. Jonathan Allen Fain, 25, of Gwinnett County, has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, battery and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a felony. >> On AJC.com: Georgia man accused of taking, posting pictures of sleeping girls in underwear Fain got his ex-girlfriend to give him a ride to the Walmart on Rockbridge Road the morning of Oct. 11, according to a police report. He began yelling at her that she was taking too long shopping while they were inside, and the yelling continued while she was driving him home, the report said. She told him to get out of the car, but he wouldn’t, so she threw his wallet out the window, according to police. Fain punched the woman in the face and exited the car to get his wallet; the woman took that opportunity to drive away, the report said. Soon after, Fain arrived at his father’s house in Lilburn. They got into an argument, and at some point, Fain stabbed his father, according to the police report. When an officer arrived around 11 a.m., Fain had fled on foot into some nearby woods, the report said. Fain’s father was lying on the ground with a stab wound to his stomach. The officer found a kitchen knife with its blade missing; the blade had broken off and was still inside Fain’s father, the report said.  >> Read more trending news  Shortly after, Fain reportedly returned to the house, entering the basement. Fain surrendered when officers entered the basement and was arrested, the report said. The father was transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the report. Fain was taken to the Gwinnett County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond. 

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