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    Nearly two years after a murder in the Normandy area of Jacksonville’s westside, a suspect has been arrested.  In October of 2016, Desmond Jacobs was found dead along Greek Road, off Normandy Blvd. near the Normandy Athletic Association.  The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Kevin Parker was identified as a suspect and, in July, an arrest warrant was obtained.  Parker turned himself in to JSO on August 9th on charges of murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  According to jail records, Parker has a court date scheduled for August 30th. 
  • An 18-year-old man from Julington Creek is accused of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 18 at a neighborhood pool in St. Johns County.  The incident occurred between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Wednesday, in the Switzerland area. The victim told St. Johns Deputies that she contacted Tyler Tillman through social media and asked him to meet up and to bring alcohol.  She told Deputies that the two drank a large amount of vodka before she decided to take a swim.  The report states that the suspect began to kiss the victim and became aggressive.  Video of the incident showed the suspect striking the victim in the head repeatedly throughout the encounter, according to the arrest report.  After the sexual attack, the video shows the victim stumbling to a patio area, repeatedly falling down.  According to the report, one witness heard a female yelling in pain, which caused him to respond to the scene.  That witness says the victim wouldn’t identify the suspect because he claimed he would murder her family if she did.  Deputies arrested Tillman late Thursday on charges of sexual battery with force and sale of alcohol to a minor.   He was being held with no bond.  
  • A school bus transporting students was involved in a crash this morning on CR 220 near College Drive near Doctors Lake.  Florida Highway Patrol says no students on board the school bus were injured. We’ve confirmed eight students were on the bus, along with the driver.  The bus was enroute to St. Johns Country Day School, off Doctors Lake Road.  FHP says the driver of a car, Jonathan Cercy, rear-ended the bus on CR 220 as the bus had stopped at a railroad tracks.  Cercy was treated and released from Orange Park Medical Center.  According to the crash report, Cercy was charged with careless driving. 
  • Drain your property of standing water.  The Nassau County Health Department is seeing an increase in West Nile Virus activity in chickens that are used to test for mosquito-borne illness.   There's also been an outbreak of Eastern Equine Encephalitis reported in emus.  According to the Health Department, human infections with EEEV and WNV are asymptomatic or may result in a nonspecific flu-like syndrome with fever and headache.   So far in 2018, there have been four cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis infection in horses in Nassau, and one outbreak of EEEV reported in emus. Ten sentinel chickens have tested positive for EEEV, and 17 have tested positive for WNV.  Nassau County health officials urge you to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take precautions to help limit your exposure:  -Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected. -Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used. -Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week. -Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water. -Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.  You are also encouraged to cover your skin with repellent and/or clothing.  Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective.
  • St. Johns County continues to be one of the fastest growing school districts in the state of Florida.  The student count on day two was 38,995, an increase of 1,656 students or 4.43% over last year’s second day number.  “The hard work and dedication from administration, teachers and support staff to make opening day and the days that follow the very best resulted in happy students eager to learn and greeting their friends,” said Superintendent Tim Forson. “I am so proud of our students and staff and it is wonderful to be out in the schools to share in welcoming our students this year.”  The high school student count was 12,102. Middle school attendance totaled 7,468.  The district’s K-8 schools totaled 7,282. And elementary school population totaled 11,449.  “Transportation, food service, custodial and maintenance staff did are doing an excellent job handling their responsibilities and taking care of students. The St. Johns Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Securities personnel, Public Service Assistants and Crossing Guards are incredible in supporting our operations and adding another layer of safety and security to our campuses and surrounding areas. Lastly, I want to say a huge thank you to our parents and families as we manage the beginning of the school year”, said Forson.  St. Johns County School District staff will continue to monitor attendance numbers, balance classrooms and refine bus routes throughout the coming weeks.
  • Clay County Deputies are working to identify everyone involved in weekend dispute and shooting at Island Life Grill in Fleming Island.   Deputies say two people were wounded in the shooting early Sunday, neither had life-threatening injuries.   “We have about 15 to 20 witnesses that have come forward”, said Sgt. Keith Smith.  Two people were approached by a group of individuals inside the restaurant. They left, and were confronted by the same group of men outside the restaurant, where the shooting occurred.  “Not sure of what their relationship is or how far back it goes”, Smith said as he described the suspects as acquaintances of the victims.  The suspects fled the Fleming Island Town Center on motorcycles.  Clay Deputies received reports of multiple people riding motorcycles on U.S. 17 in Orange Park shortly after the shooting.  “Kind of fit the description of who we may be looking for, so any businesses in that area as well if they have any surveillance that were pointed to the street they can reach out to us as well”, Smith said.  Deputies stopped short of saying whether this shooting was tied to any gang activity.  Both shooting victims from the restaurant were driving motorcycles, however.  “There’s many groups that ride together on motorcycles, so we don’t want to just say that because three or four individuals approached three or four more individuals and they were on motorcycles that it’s quote ‘gang related’ or anything like that”, Smith said.  Businesses that may have surveillance video or photos from around 1am-2am Sunday is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (904) 264-6512. 
  • A man has died after a stolen car crashed on Kings Estate Road in St. Johns County this morning. St. Johns Deputies say a woman who was in the car was partially ejected, and was rushed to a hospital with injuries.  The crash impacted traffic from St. Augustine Blvd. to San Juan Drive.  Deputies were directing traffic for students and parents early in the investigation.
  • An Orange Park man is facing multiple charges of possession of child pornography.  26-year-old Jeremy James Connor was arrested Wednesday morning at his home.  Clay County Sheriff’s Deputies say Connor was in possession of multiple images of pornographic images.  According to the arrest report, Connor works at NAS Jax. We've confirmed he is a sales clerk at the Commissary, and they are currently determining his job status since he has not reported to work due to his arrest.
  • Jacksonville Beach Police Chief Patrick Dooley calls the shooting of a veteran officer gut-wrenching and inexcusable.   “It’s as bad as it gets for me right now”, said Chief Dooley.  16-year officer William Eierman was shot in the leg and pelvic region during a shootout with an armed man outside the Waffle House on Beach Blvd. near 3rd Street last night.  MORE:  Outpouring of support for Jacksonville Beach Police 27-year-old Jovan Sisljagic was charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder after being treated for gunshot wounds.  According to Chief Dooley, the incident started just before 10pm when a K9 Officer on Shetter Avenue heard a loud noise and realized someone was shooting at him.  The officer returned fire and the suspect started to run from the scene.  The suspect was confronted by several other officers nearby and a small gun battle ensued.  Two additional police vehicles were struck by gunfire.   The suspect ran to the Waffle House parking lot where he encountered Officer Eierman and two exchanged gunfire.   Officer Eierman was taken to Memorial Hospital and is now in stable condition.   The suspect was hit three times and was treated at a hospital.   According to Chief Dooley, it’s too early to say if this was an ambush. He called it a very complex investigation. What’s clear, Dooley said, is that the suspect clearly shot at a marked police vehicle.  FDLE is the lead investigative agency since the shooting involved an officer.  Chief Dooley cited another police shooting from the late 1960’s when Officer John English walked in to a robbery of a taxi cab. He lived with the injury for the rest of his life. 
  • A pedestrian who stepped into oncoming traffic on San Jose Blvd. near Orange Picker Road in Manadarin has died.  According to Jacksonville Police, 34 year old Jason Boone exited a vehicle around 10pm Wednesday and stepped into the northbound lanes when the a northbound vehicle hit the pedestrian.  The driver stopped at the scene and was cooperating in the investigation. JSO Traffic Homicide was handling the investigation.
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  • Police in New Hampshire are investigating the death of an elderly woman whose body was discovered when the woman’s adult son had a pizza delivered to their home. The New Hampshire Union Leader reported that the woman, identified by neighbors as Florence Cotter, of Salem, was found dead around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Her son, Gary Cotter, had to be removed from the home through a hole that first responders busted through an exterior wall.  Salem police Capt. Joel Dolan told the Union Leader that a pizza delivery man called police for a welfare check after he attempted to deliver a pizza and Gary Cotter asked him to slide the pizza in through a window instead of approaching the door. Dolan told the newspaper that the delivery man could see hoarding conditions inside the home -- and Florence Cotter’s body lying on the floor. The odor of decay could also be detected near the home Wednesday, the Union Leader said.  A neighbor, Pam Avallone, told the newspaper her daughter had been home when police arrived and had watched as officers with a megaphone tried for two hours to get Gary Cotter to leave the house.  First responders ultimately busted through the wall below a window. “They had a really hard time getting him out,” Avallone told the newspaper.  Avallone said she had not seen Florence Cotter for a couple of years. Other neighbors told the Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Massachusetts, that they has seen her outside the home earlier this year. “We thought we saw her earlier this summer on our way to the beach,” Tony Difruscia told the Eagle-Tribune. “It was a hot day and we remember questioning why an older woman like that was outside weeding.” >> Read more trending news Another neighbor, Joe Bolis, told the Union Leader that he had been delivering the Cotters’ mail and mowing their lawn for a while. He said he had also been bringing groceries to Gary Cotter through a window for about a year because Cotter had an infection in his legs.  “He’s been sick for a while,” Bolis, 80, said. He said Florence Cotter, who was in her 80s, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.  The death investigation is being conducted by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office in conjunction with the state police’s Major Crime Unit and the Salem Police Department, a statement on the attorney general’s website said.
  • A 22-year-old North Carolina driver has been charged with street racing and reckless driving after authorities say he reached speeds of 198 mph. William Jefferson was speeding on U.S. 1 near the Triangle Expressway in Wake County last month, WTVD reported. >> Read more trending news  According to the Highway Patrol, somebody sent a seven-minute YouTube clip shared on Facebook as part of a complaint, The News & Observer reported. “It’s one reason why I don't want my kids on the roads late at night,” Maryanne McAdams told WTVD. “I don't have a driver yet -- we're about a year away, but it's that kind of stuff that makes me really nervous.” The video shows Jefferson in his Dodge Challenger “Hellcat,” allegedly driving nearly 130 mph over the speed limit on U.S. 1, WTVD found. The video also shows Jefferson take the car over 100 mph in a 40 mph zone, police said. “I don't think that road is particularly dangerous but anybody going 198 mph and it's going to be particularly dangerous,' McAdams told WTVD. “It's really a miracle that nobody was hurt or killed in that.” Prosecutors have asked for permission to examine Jefferson’s cellphone. A search warrant was returned to the Wake County clerk’s office Wednesday, The News & Observer reported. Jefferson is expected back in court in September.
  • A McDonald’s employee in West Monroe, Louisiana is facing identity theft charges after being accused of taking photos of customer credit cards while she worked behind the front counter of the restaurant, police said. >> Read more trending news  Zynique Mitchell, 18, told officers that she took photographs of the credit cards during work and attempted to use them to purchase items online later, the Monroe News Star reported. Officers reported that photos of credit cards were found on her phone, according to court documents.  Mitchell told police she tried to use one of the cards but couldn’t complete the purchase, according to police. During the interview, officers searched Mitchell’s purse and found two unmarked pill bottles, according to court papers. Mitchell was arrested Thursday on three counts of identity theft and two counts of sale, distribution or possession of a legend drug without a prescription. She is currently in jail in lieu of a $6,500 bond.
  • Jacksonville police are working to find whoever is responsible for a deadly shooting Sunday night at an extended stay hotel near the St. Johns Town Center.   Police were called around 8pm to Extended Stay America on Skinner Lake Drive regarding a shooting.  36-year-old Cedric DeVonne Walker was found dead inside a room.  Walker’s last known address was in Brandon, near Tampa.   The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is now calling this a murder investigation.  Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is releasing a new composite image of an individual they believe has information about a murder that happened back on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Police say Cedric Devonne Walker, who was also known as Celine Walker, was found dead at the Extended Stay hotel located at 10020 Skinner Lake Drive, near the St. Johns Town Center.  According to JSO, a witness provided information about a person they say at the hotel that day, leading to the development of this composite image.  If you recognize who this person is, you're urged to contact the Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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