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    Jacksonville Fire and Rescue says 32 residents are accounted for after a fire started at a nursing home in Mandarin.  Firefighters say the fire started in one of the wings and residents had to be evacuated. They were later moved into a different wing of the facility and the fire is now under control.  It’s not clear what sparked the fire and if there were any injuries. 
  • With the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners starting to deliberate the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is asking for a slightly bigger slice. Documents submitted to the Board show SJSO is asking for a roughly 9% increase over last year, to bring their budget up to a little more than $82 million. A good chunk of that money would be earmarked for new hires. SJSO wants to add 22 law enforcement deputies and five corrections deputies, as well as part-time school crossing guards and crime scene technicians.  SJSO says they need to expand the force, in order to keep pace with the consistently growing population of the county. “If we go too many more years without growth in that patrol arena, eventually, the citizens are going to see a delay in response,” says SJSO Spokesman Chuck Mulligan. Not only could a delay in adding these positions trickle down to you, but Mulligan says it’s also important to factor in the time it takes to recruit and train the new hires. He says it would be about a year before these new positions would be filled and in the field, so it’s important to act now. This request is not the only thing the Sheriff’s Office has been doing to deal with growth in St. Johns County. We told you earlier this year that SJSO updated their patrol map, in an effort to prevent any escalation in response times, especially for priority calls. Now, it is up to the County to determine if they want to fund the additional hires. Commissioners will spend the next few months  putting together the County budget, which must be approved by the end of September, before the start of the next fiscal year.
  • Months after an armed home invasion robbery in Fernandina Beach that injured two people, investigators say they've now arrested a third suspect in connection. The Fernandina Beach Police Department has announced the arrest of 24-year-old Cedrice Brown. They say he was taken into custody early Wednesday morning, not far from the University of North Carolina.  Police tell us when he was arrested he was in possession of two stolen guns and booked on various North Carolina charges. A hold has been placed on Brown to have him extradited to Florida, where he faces armed robbery and armed burglary charges.  Police say since the December 22, 2018, incident at a home on Manatee Avenue, they've determined that the robbery was pre-planned due to one of the suspects involved having knowledge of where certain items were.  At the time of the robbery, police 15 people were inside. The victims reported seeing several suspects wearing masks and carrying various weapons, rifles, handguns and knives.  Two people were injured during the robbery, after being hit in the head with guns.  WOKV told you that one suspect was arrested while attempting to flee. A second suspect was arrested at a later time.  Police say they're continuing to work on identifying the remaining suspects, who they believe are from outside the Nassau County-area.
  • Banning beach driving and parking in Fernandina Beach, it’s what Vice Mayor and city commissioner Len Kreger says he wants done. Kreger says safety is the main reason for wanting no driving on the beach  after two women were ran over earlier this year.   TRENDING:  Southeast Georgia woman dies after being bitten by rattlesnake Police: Motorcyclist killed after crashing into power pole in Arlington St. Johns County deputies release picture, name of suspected driver in fatal hit-and-run 15 internet cafes in Jacksonville forced to close Monday “We had a woman run over at Peters Point,  we had a woman run over at Seaside Park, beach parking isn’t an environmentally sound thing.” Kreger said. Kreger knows it might not be a popular idea for many beach goers, but Kreger says believes something needs to change. “I’m not going to get a kid run over on my watch without saying anything,' Kreger said. Tuesday, the potential ban was discussed at the City Commission meeting. No decisions were made, but Kreger says it will be discussed again in August. ​ STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • Families living in south Jacksonville and in northern St. Johns County are poised to get more convenient access to specialized pediatric emergency care.  That's as a new 8,100-square-foot Wolfson Children's Hospital ER will be coming to Baptist Medical Center South, with construction expected to be complete in the fall of 2019.  The ER will be its own separate facility, with its own entrance, check-in and triage area, family restrooms, parking area, and more.  'Everything about our new Wolfson Children's Emergency Center at Baptist South will be designed to provide world-class pediatric emergency care close to home,' says Michael D. Aubin, FACHE, president of Wolfson Children's Hospital.  We're told this project is the culmination of listening to parents and years of planning.  'Parents told us they wanted the specialized emergency care from Wolfson Children's to be close by. They asked for a dedicated space with its own parking, and most of all, a kid-friendly environment to take the fear out of going to the ER. We listened, and we are thrilled to bring all this and more to the Baptist South campus,' says Darin Roark, BSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, and vice president of ambulatory campuses and Baptist Health system emergency departments.  During construction, the parking lot on the south side of Baptist South will need to be closed. But, patients and visitors can continue to park in Lot A, directly in front of the ER entrance. The visitor garage will also remain open.
  • The man sought in connection to a hit-and-run crash on Racetrack Road that killed two bicyclists is now in jail. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office identified Henry Haigler III as their suspect in this case on Tuesday. Jail records show he has now been booked in to the St. Johns County Jail. SJSO says Haigler contacted them this morning over the phone and agreed to turn himself in. Haigler was allegedly involved in the weekend crash on Racetrack Road. Investigators say debris from his car matched debris found on scene, and his vehicle was found to have damage that aligns with the crash. No witnesses reported seeing the actual collision, but several provided information that helped lead to Haigler, according to SJSO. Several witnesses say he allegedly got out of his car and then got back in and fled the scene.
  • Upgrades on San Jose Boulevard traffic signals will be starting next week from Julington Creek Road to Mandarin Road. Construction will be active during off-peak hours between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. with single lane closures seven days a week.  The upgrades to the signals will be new mast-arms, as well as new signals on San Jose Blvd at Julington Creek Rd, Mandarin Rd, Marbon Rd, Orange Picker Rd, Loretto Rd, Ricky Dr, and again at the other end of Mandarin Rd.  Other construction included in the project are pedestrian signals, crosswalk striping, highway striping, highway signage, and concrete sidewalk.  This $2.6 million dollar project is expected to be completed by Florida Safety Contractors in the summer of 2020.
  • There’s a new scam targeting people who use Google Calendar.  Google Calendar is the latest tool thieves are using to hack people’s account. Scammers are sending out calendar invites that look real, but those invites are connected to fake websites. Those websites try to persuade users to put in their credit card or banking account information giving scammers the opportunity to wipe the victims of their money.  LISTEN: Clark’s latest podcast  Consumer Warrior Clark Howard is sending out a warning to people using any kind of these calendar apps. He says if someone clicks on a link attached the invite it could make that person more vulnerable to getting a virus downloaded onto their device.  “You can change the settings so that you cannot have something appear on your calendar unless you have accepted that as an item to go on your calendar.”  CLICK HERE: 4 steps you must take to protect yourself 
  • First the Internet…now Jacksonville’s City Hall, the cats have taken over.  Animal Care and Protective Services hosted “Kitty Hall” adoptions at Jacksonville’s City Hall on Wednesday, June 19th, and seven cats found homes as a result. If you were not able to make it, there are plenty of animals still available for adoption or fostering at ACPS, on Forest Street. Adopters must be at last 18 years old and have a picture ID.  Click here for a list of adoptable cats. 
  • A new non-stop flight is coming to our area, according to ⁣Jacksonville International Airport. The airline, Allegiant will offer flights to Grand Rapids, Michigan starting Oct. 4. To book a flight, click here .  New nonstop service is coming to Jacksonville! @Allegiant will offer flights to Grand Rapids, Michigan (@FlyGRFord) beginning October 4. Book now at https://t.co/RlslFm3o8B . https://t.co/DlIIqt8OWk — JAXairport (@JAXairport) June 18, 2019⁣ TRENDING:  Southeast Georgia woman dies after being bitten by rattlesnake Police: Motorcyclist killed after crashing into power pole in Arlington St. Johns County deputies release picture, name of suspected driver in fatal hit-and-run 15 internet cafes in Jacksonville forced to close Monday STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories

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  • A California police officer has died after a shooting in Sacramento, multiple news outlets reported late Wednesday. >> Read more trending news Check back for updates to this developing story.
  • Jacksonville Fire and Rescue says 32 residents are accounted for after a fire started at a nursing home in Mandarin.  Firefighters say the fire started in one of the wings and residents had to be evacuated. They were later moved into a different wing of the facility and the fire is now under control.  It’s not clear what sparked the fire and if there were any injuries. 
  • Months after an armed home invasion robbery in Fernandina Beach that injured two people, investigators say they've now arrested a third suspect in connection. The Fernandina Beach Police Department has announced the arrest of 24-year-old Cedrice Brown. They say he was taken into custody early Wednesday morning, not far from the University of North Carolina.  Police tell us when he was arrested he was in possession of two stolen guns and booked on various North Carolina charges. A hold has been placed on Brown to have him extradited to Florida, where he faces armed robbery and armed burglary charges.  Police say since the December 22, 2018, incident at a home on Manatee Avenue, they've determined that the robbery was pre-planned due to one of the suspects involved having knowledge of where certain items were.  At the time of the robbery, police 15 people were inside. The victims reported seeing several suspects wearing masks and carrying various weapons, rifles, handguns and knives.  Two people were injured during the robbery, after being hit in the head with guns.  WOKV told you that one suspect was arrested while attempting to flee. A second suspect was arrested at a later time.  Police say they're continuing to work on identifying the remaining suspects, who they believe are from outside the Nassau County-area.
  • Authorities arrested an 11th person Tuesday in connection with the ambush shooting last week of former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. >> Read more trending news  In a press briefing Wednesday evening, the Dominican Republic’s lead prosecutor said that Ortiz was not the target of a shooting.  Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez said the target was another man, dressed similarly to Ortiz, who was seated next to him the night of June 9. Rodríguez said the shooting was orchestrated by a member of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel, who remains on the run. He did not immediately describe a motive. An unidentified official told The Associated Press that Franklin Junior Merán was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of renting one of the cars used in the June 9 shooting in Santo Domingo. Ten other suspects have already been ordered to spend a year in preventive detention as the investigation continues, including the accused shooter. Authorities say they are looking for at least three other suspects, including the man they believe paid the hit men. Ortiz continued recovering Wednesday in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said doctors upgraded Ortiz’s condition to good Tuesday. “We remain grateful to everyone who has helped David through this ordeal, both in the Dominican Republic and here in Boston,” Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement released by the Red Sox. “David’s journey to good health has been bolstered by the many expressions of love that have come to us from across the globe. Your support has lifted his spirits tremendously during this challenging time.” Authorities continue to investigate. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • A man said his fiancee put eye drops into his soft drink Saturday at their Rowan County home. >> Read more trending news  The man told authorities he confronted his fiancee, Jaymee Cruz, after he said he watched her put the drops in his Coca-Cola. He then locked himself and their baby in the bathroom and called 911. Deputies said when they arrived at the scene, Cruz at first denied putting eye drops in the drink, but later said she did it to make the man sick. Cruz said she got the idea from the movie 'Wedding Crashers' and did it because she wanted to move out of the home with their daughter, authorities said. Consuming eye drops is extremely dangerous and can be deadly. The main ingredient reduces redness in the eyes, but when ingested it can rapidly reach the blood and central nervous systems. It's not the first time a person has been accused of using eye drops to poison their significant other. Last year, York County investigators charged Lana Clayton in her husband’s death after she said she put eye drops in his water, WSOC-TV reported. Stephen Clayton’s toxicology report showed he had poisonous levels of the key ingredient in eye drops.

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