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    A man has been arrested for causing a crash that killed a local father in September 2018.  Florida Highway Patrol and Nassau County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 32-year-old Brian Holtkamp on Friday.  Troopers posted a photo of Holtkamp as he was put into a the back of a patrol car.  He’s charged with DUI manslaughter. FHP says Holtkamp was driving north on U.S. 17 north of Bruney Road in Yulee, when he drove into the other lane and collided head-on with another vehicle.The passenger in that car, 37-year-old Justin Cribb, died. He left behind a 13-year-old son.  Cribb’s mother told Action News Jax his family misses him terribly.  The driver was seriously hurt in the crash.   According to FHP, Holtkamp tested positive for drugs, including meth. Action News Jax confirmed that he has prior arrests for charges including driving under the influence, burglary and grand theft.
  • With chilly temperatures this morning in the 30’s, inland communities are under a freeze warning until 10 am.   Action News Jax Meteorologist Corey Simma says temperatures this afternoon only climb to the upper 40's to near 50 degrees. And it will be breezy so it feels colder. Expect a widespread freeze on Wednesday morning, and a hard freeze well inland, with another day in the 50's. Then a gradual warming trend will arrive to end the week.  Friday’s high temperature will be in the low 70’s but with widely scattered afternoon showers.
  • As many as six people were shot in a violent weekend across Jacksonville. And the common thing in all these cases, no arrests. Two of the shootings happened within a block of each other on Justina Road in Arlington.  A man was sitting at a bus stop by when he was shot by someone in a red SUV on Saturday afternoon.  Hours later a person was shot nearby and hospitalized with injuries.  Late Sunday night a man was shot in the leg on Old Kings near Edgewood. The man was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  On Friday night two men in their 20's were injured in a shooting off Kings Road on the northwest side.  One man was hit in the lower leg and the other was struck in the upper torso. Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment.  JSO says the shooting happened in a Shot Spotter area, and the technology system captured three gunshots.  On Friday around 8pm, a man in his 30’s was shot and killed on Brooklyn Road in the Moncrief area. JSO detectives were trying to locate any witnesses or video surveillance. 
  • Coming off a weekend in the 70's, a strong cold front brought drenching rain on Sunday afternoon, followed by a chill. Action News Jax Meteorologist Corey Simma is tracking temps well below average.  “Mostly sunny and cold with temperatures in the 50’s all day. And then clear and cold Monday night and Tuesday morning with some patchy inland frost”, said Simma.   Tuesday looks to be the coldest day this week, as we’ll struggle to reach 50 degrees. A breeze will keep it feeling even colder. We stay below average on Wednesday, with temperatures only in the 50’s.  The mid-60’s return on Thursday, and on Friday we’ll be near 70 but with scattered showers. 
  • Two months after a young mother was found shot to death in a southside apartment off Gate Parkway, Jacksonville Police have announced an arrest.  Police obtained an arrest warrant on Thursday for 23-year-old Keeshawn Glover for charges of second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 24-year-old Felisia Williams was found dead in her home at the Gardens of Bridge Hampton Apartments near Belfort Road.  Family and friends say Williams had a 4-year-old daughter.  According to JSO, Williams and Glover knew each other, but they did not elaborate on their relationship.  
  • A big change is coming to THE PLAYERS in March 2020, as tournament officials have announced a mobile-only ticket experience.  The change is being made in order to ensure the most seamless experience for all fans, according to THE PLAYERS Executive Director Jared Rice.  “Our move to mobile-only and day-specific tickets is part of a strategic effort to ensure a best-in-class experience for our fans, better anticipate attendance for each day and ultimately increase our impact on the Northeast Florida community”, Rice said.  Another change for 2020 will be with parking, as THE PLAYERS will now require parking passes every day of tournament week, Tuesday - Saturday. One thing that won’t change with parking is the free passes if you have four or more people in your vehicle. As a reminder, you will need to download a parking pass in advance at theplayers.com/parking. 
  • The weather finally feels just about right for January. It’s breezy and cooler overall.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says the brisk winds and drier air will have us feeling some-20 degrees cooler than the record-setting warm days this week.  “Gusty wind off the Atlantic so it’ll be especially cool at the beaches with rough seas and surf and a high rip current risk. Looking for temperatures that should be in the mid-60’s this time of year, so really not that terribly far from where we should be. Dropping into the low 50’s tonight, a cool but decent Friday evening.  It turns warmer again Saturday but nothing record-breaking and it won’t last as long, either. Mike says a cold front comes through on Sunday, which will bring some rain at times and temps that will top out at 70 but gradually cool through the evening.  Next week will start out windy and much colder. Some neighborhoods may see a frost or freeze early on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. 
  • We have one more very warm day before this remarkable run of record temperatures comes to an end. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says fog this morning will give way to partly sunny skies and afternoon temps near 80 degrees. Today’s record is 84, set in 1947.  Wednesday was the fourth consecutive record tying or breaking warm day.  “We’ll see the clouds increase this afternoon and a couple of showers will develop as a cool front moves southward into the area. Not expecting much rain, the amounts will be sparse”, said Buresh.  It'll be noticeably cooler by Friday morning and we’ll only be in the low 60’s with brisk winds off the Atlantic. Mike says another, shorter, warming trend begins on Saturday.  Winter-time temps, including morning frost, returns early next week. 
  • A 30-year-old man from Jacksonville died in a crash on I-10 near Cassat Ave.  Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 1:45 am today.  The motorcyclist was traveling west on I-10 when it rear-ended a Chevy Suburban. Two people in the SUV were not hurt.  The driver of the motorcycle was ejected and pronounced dead on scene. He has not been publicly identified pending notification of family.  Westbound lanes of I-10 were closed until just before 6 am. 
  • Update:  Jacksonville Police are looking for two suspects connected to a deadly shooting in Arlington Wednesday. JSO says a man was shot and killed in front of a business on Merrill Road near Townsend Boulevard. Police say, after the shooting, the two suspects drove off in a stolen car and were chased. JSO says eventually the two suspects broke into a home on Townsend Boulevard and held the homeowner hostage and changed clothes. The Homeowner was not injured. Police say the two suspects were then picked up in possibly an orange or red Dodge Challenger or Charger.  JSO says one suspect is described as a black man 5’5, short hair with twists with tattoos on his left and right arms. He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt with “Perminti Brothers” on the back, brown pants and white New Balance shoes. The other suspect is described as a black man who’s 5’5 seen wearing a black hood, white muscle shirt and black pajama pants with “Mountain Dew” on them. If you see the car police are looking for you’re asked to stay away from it and call police immediately at 904-630-0500.  Original Story: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is warning people living in the Arlington area not to approach a felony suspect who is possibly armed.  Just before Noon, JSO tweeted a description of a black male, about 5’8’’ and 175 lbs., wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with black sleeves and black pants.  The specific area of focus is Carlotta Drive in the Arlingwood neighborhood.  Police did not say what the felony suspect is accused of, but there were reports of a shooting in the area late this morning and a reporter saw what appeared to be a body under a sheet at a strip mall parking off Merrill and Rogero.  Witnesses told Action News Jax Elizabeth Pace that a person was shot at Express Employment Professionals.   Police urged the community to stay aware of their surroundings and call 904-630-0500 if you observe the suspect.  
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    Rich Jones has been News Director of WOKV AM/FM since October 2006. Since joining the team, WOKV News has been recognized by the Associated Press as the most awarded radio news team in the state of Florida including awards for Best Newscast, Best Reporting, Best Public Affairs Coverage, and Best News Series, among others.

    Rich has been involved in many organizations and causes on the First Coast. He has twice been captain of WOKV's team at the Heart Walk, and has raised funds for the American Heart Association. 

    Rich is “the face” of WOKV in the community and is the Master of Ceremonies for many philanthropic causes such as the Annual WOKV Careathon, a day-long benefit for the Child Cancer Fund of NE Florida, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

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  • Search crews have found the body of a Montana teen who vanished on New Year’s Day, deputies said. According to USA Today, 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid was found dead near an Interstate 90 rest area Monday morning, weeks after she disappeared while traveling from Billings to Hardin after a New Year’s Eve party. Investigators do not suspect foul play, the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office said. In an FBI notice, authorities said the girl “left a disabled vehicle and walked into a field adjacent to the rest area” about 2 p.m. Jan. 1. She was “not dressed for the weather conditions,” authorities said. Not Afraid’s disappearance sparked a multiagency search involving hundreds of people, the Billings Gazette reported. Read more here or here.
  • Officials have euthanized a mountain lion that attacked a toddler on a trail at a California park, Orange County officials said. According to CNN and the Desert Sun, the attack happened after 4 p.m. local time Monday as a family visited Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. “The mountain lion came out of somewhere and grabbed the 3-year-old by the neck and dragged him a short distance,” Capt. Tony Bommarito of the Orange County Fire Authority told the Desert Sun. The child’s father then sprang into action, hurling a backpack at the mountain lion, Bommarito said. The animal set the boy free and went for the backpack before climbing a tree, the outlets reported. After the family fled to safety, the boy was treated at a hospital, authorities said. Orange County deputies said the boy is “OK,” the Desert Sun reported. Officials euthanized the cougar with permission from the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, the outlets reported. Read more here or here.
  • A man has been arrested for causing a crash that killed a local father in September 2018.  Florida Highway Patrol and Nassau County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 32-year-old Brian Holtkamp on Friday.  Troopers posted a photo of Holtkamp as he was put into a the back of a patrol car.  He’s charged with DUI manslaughter. FHP says Holtkamp was driving north on U.S. 17 north of Bruney Road in Yulee, when he drove into the other lane and collided head-on with another vehicle.The passenger in that car, 37-year-old Justin Cribb, died. He left behind a 13-year-old son.  Cribb’s mother told Action News Jax his family misses him terribly.  The driver was seriously hurt in the crash.   According to FHP, Holtkamp tested positive for drugs, including meth. Action News Jax confirmed that he has prior arrests for charges including driving under the influence, burglary and grand theft.
  • With chilly temperatures this morning in the 30’s, inland communities are under a freeze warning until 10 am.   Action News Jax Meteorologist Corey Simma says temperatures this afternoon only climb to the upper 40's to near 50 degrees. And it will be breezy so it feels colder. Expect a widespread freeze on Wednesday morning, and a hard freeze well inland, with another day in the 50's. Then a gradual warming trend will arrive to end the week.  Friday’s high temperature will be in the low 70’s but with widely scattered afternoon showers.
  • A suspect is still on the loose after shooting at a house and killing a 10-year-old Memphis, Tennessee, boy playing outside Sunday. That 10-year-old was identified as Jadon Knox. WHBQ spoke to Jadon’s aunt, Twanda, who said the family wants justice. “Jadon was the life of our family. Very, very funny. He loves to keep everyone laughing,” Twanda said. A friend of Jadon’s said they were sitting on a front porch when someone pulled in front of the house and began firing. “This is murder. You killed him. You took his life. He was only 10. His life had not even started,” said Twanda. This investigation is still ongoing. If you have any information about this shooting, call Memphis police at 528-CASH. A GoFundMe has been started to help the family with Jadon’s funeral arrangements, according to the GoFundMe page. If you would like to donate, click here. A candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Josephine and Carnes.

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