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    An American alligator that's become known as 'Chance the Snapper' has arrived at his new home in St. Augustine.  After being rescued from a lagoon in Humboldt Park in Chicago, 'Chance the Snapper' will live out the rest of his days at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.  As part of his introduction to his new home, 'Chance the Snapper' was weighed and measured. The park says he's exactly 4-feet long and weighs 18 pounds.  While he appears to be pretty health, we're told 'Chance the Snapper' will be quarantined in his own pool for 90 days as they learn more about his history and whether he carries any diseases. If everything checks out, the plan is to eventually introduce him to other alligators.  St. Augustine Alligator Farm staff believe based on his health and light coloring, he was likely released by someone who may have been keeping him as a pet or he somehow escaped on his own.  It's not believed that 'Chance the Snapper' would have been able to survive a Chicago winter. WATCH: ‘Chance the Snapper’ arrives at his new home at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for your help identifying two fraud suspects. Police say two suspects have been connected to the fraudulent use of a credit card that had been stolen during a home burglary.  Investigators say after that burglary, the stolen credit card was used at various businesses shortly after by these pictured suspects.  If you have any information on these suspects, you're urged to contact the sheriff's office at (904) 630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • Months after a woman was fatally stabbed in her Westside home in an alleged murder-for-hire plot, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is now announcing a third arrest in connection.  Jacksonville police say 37-year-old Stephen Hand has been arrested for murder. According to police, a witness saw him stab the victim and then destroy evidence. Police say forensic evidence also places Hand at the victim's home. Investigators say Hand did not know the victim.  WOKV told you last month, when police announced the arrests of the original two suspects, Amanda Love and Jerry Burns. Police believe the two were having an affair and conspired together to murder Burns' wife, Velvet Burns. JSO says Jerry Burns offered Love $5,000 to transport other suspects to the scene and commit the murder.  We're told Hand has been in JSO custody on unrelated charges since May 29th. Court records show he was taken into custody for violating probation for an October 2018 domestic battery on Love. The initial arrest report from that incident shows Hand identified as Love’s fiancé at that time and that the two share children. Love pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder on Tuesday. Burns has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces.  Police say this continues to be an active investigation, so they're asking anyone with information to contact the sheriff's office at (904) 630-0500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • One of the suspects tied to what the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office believes was a murder-for-hire conspiracy has pleaded guilty. Court records show Amanda Love pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.  WOKV told you last month, when Love and another suspect were arrested in connection to the murder of a woman in the Marietta area of Jacksonville’s Westside. Police believe Love was having an affair with that other suspect, Jerry Burns, and that the two conspired to murder his wife, Velvet Burns.  JSO says Jerry Burns offered Love $5,000 to transport other suspects to the scene and commit the murder and promised more money after the fact from the victim's life insurance policy.  Jerry Burns pleaded not guilty on June 26 for the three charges he faces, which include second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and solicitation to commit capital felony.  At the time of the pair's arrest, Jacksonville police said more arrests in this case were 'imminent.'  Love's sentencing has now been set for September 10th.
  • It's something to keep in mind whenever you travel or are just on-the-go. Our Consumer Warrior Clark Howard is warning against using any public USB charging stations that you may see at places like airports, hotels, and coffee shops.  That's as Howard says hackers have figured out how to load malware onto these USB charging stations.  'Then, when you plug in to charge your phone or device, you are, in fact, plugging into malware that corrupts your device and gives access to other prying eyes you don't want to have,' explains Howard.  But he says there's an easy fix.  Instead of using these public charging station, Howard recommends just plugging into a standard electrical outlet or bringing your own back-up battery with you.
  • The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is asking the community to be on alert, as they search for a bank robbery suspect. According to deputies, they were called about a robbery at the Ameris Bank on US 1 South, just after 12:30 PM, Friday afternoon.  Deputies say the suspect is accused of showing the teller a black hand gun and then demanding money. After getting cash, we're told he then fled on foot.  The suspect is described as a white man with gray hair. Deputies say he was last seen wearing an aqua blue fishing shirt, blue jeans, sunglasses, and a white hat with 'Gators' on it.  If you know who this suspect is or you see him somewhere, deputies say do not approach him. Instead, call 911 immediately.  Deputies say he made some despondent comments while in the bank, but did not elaborate further.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating after a hit-and-run crash on the Westside left a man with life-threatening injuries.  JSO says this happened just before 5:00 PM Thursday afternoon.  Police say their investigation so far, has revealed that a driver heading westbound on Goldilocks Lane hit another vehicle and briefly interacted with that individual.  Police say from there, the original driver fled the scene and hit a man about a block away in the area of Miss Muffet Lane West. Police say the driver then hit a fence and took off on foot.  The man's injuries are described as life-threatening. We’re told he’s a lawn worker and had been standing by his truck when he was hit. The driver of the vehicle that was originally hit is OK.  At this time, police are not releasing any description of the driver. If anyone has information on what happened, JSO is asking you to call them at (904) 630-0500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • By about this time next year, families living in Nocatee will have access to a new health and wellness center. Baptist Health has announced plans to open a new, two-story health and wellness center on a 12-acre site west of the Nocatee Town Center, facing Nocatee Parkway.  'Our vision is to create a convenient place for health and wellness that helps people get well and stay healthy,' says Brett McClung, president and CEO of Baptist Health, in a statement.  We're told the new Baptist HealthPlace at Nocatee will house multiple specialities, including primary care, behavioral health, orthopedics, cardiology, ENT, OB/GYN care, and pediatric rehab services by Wolfson Children's Rehabilitation. Brooks Rehabilitation will also relocate its existing Nocatee clinic to this new center.  In addition to the healthcare services, this new center will feature a YMCA will workout facilities, an 'airnasium', and family-oriented programming. There will also be an on-site cafe, featuring healthy food choices.  Baptist HealthPlace at Nocatee is poised to open in summer 2020.
  • A St. Johns County-area congressman is leading a new, bipartisan effort to require government officials and some voters be notified if there is an election system breach. US Representatives Michael Waltz (R) and Stephanie Murphy (D) have formally unveiled the Achieving Lasting Electoral Reforms on Transparency and Security, also known as the ALERTS Act.  Under the ALERTS Act, the Department of Homeland Security would be required to notify state and local officials, certain members of Congress, and potentially affected voters when a breach of elections systems is identified. However, it does create an exception for notifying the public, if it's determined that it would compromise intelligence sources or cause issues for an ongoing investigation.  'The FBI's notification protocol is inadequate and unacceptable. Voters and state and local officials have the right to know when personal information has been compromised,' says Waltz.  This bill's introduction comes following reports that two Florida counties had their computer networks breached by Russia ahead of the 2016 election. Those two counties still haven't been disclosed publicly.  'It has now been nearly two months since Florida delegation members were briefed by the FBI on the two hacked counties in Florida-- and the voters in these counties still don't know if Russians have accessed their personal data,' says Waltz.  This bill has the following 18 co-sponsors: Florida Reps. Vern Buchanan, Charlie Crist, Ted Deutch, Mario Diaz-Balart, Matt Gaetz, Brian Mast, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Donna Shalala, Darren Soto, Ross Spano, John Rutherford, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Ted Yoho, along with Reps. Jodey Arrington (Texas), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania) and Kendra Horn (Oklahoma).
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for your help identifying an individual they believe may have been a witness to a crime. JSO says as part of an investigation that they’re currently conducting, this person is thought to have critical information. At this time, police aren't saying what investigation this is related to and are releasing very little information.  If you know who this person is, you're urged to contact JSO at (904) 630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org
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    Sarah Thompson is the Afternoon Producer and Evening Anchor for WOKV and has been with the team since October 2013. She's a University of Florida graduate and a Jacksonville-native.

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  • An American alligator that's become known as 'Chance the Snapper' has arrived at his new home in St. Augustine.  After being rescued from a lagoon in Humboldt Park in Chicago, 'Chance the Snapper' will live out the rest of his days at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.  As part of his introduction to his new home, 'Chance the Snapper' was weighed and measured. The park says he's exactly 4-feet long and weighs 18 pounds.  While he appears to be pretty health, we're told 'Chance the Snapper' will be quarantined in his own pool for 90 days as they learn more about his history and whether he carries any diseases. If everything checks out, the plan is to eventually introduce him to other alligators.  St. Augustine Alligator Farm staff believe based on his health and light coloring, he was likely released by someone who may have been keeping him as a pet or he somehow escaped on his own.  It's not believed that 'Chance the Snapper' would have been able to survive a Chicago winter. WATCH: ‘Chance the Snapper’ arrives at his new home at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm
  • If you are one of the average Americans who eat 23 pounds of ice cream a year, then Sunday will be a good day for you. It’s National Ice Cream Day, and restaurants across the country are offering deals on cones, cups and shakes. >> Read more trending news  If any food deserves its own day, ice cream would be it. The creamy treat is an $11 billion industry that generates $1.6 billion in wages, according to the International Dairy Foods Association's economic report. According to ice cream makers and retailers, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin are the country’s most successful ice cream markets.  Below are some deals you can snag on ice cream treats this weekend. Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local ice cream shops to confirm which deals are available before you go. Baskin-Robbins: On Sunday, guests can purchase two prepacked quarts of any ice cream for just $7.99. On Wednesday, July 31, fans can “Celebrate 31” with $1.70 scoops. The deal is valid on 4-ounce single scoops only. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. The deal cannot be combined with other offers and is valid at participating U.S. stores. Carvel: Buy one cup or cone of soft ice cream and get a free cup or cone free all day Sunday. Cold Stone Creamery: Cold Stone Creamery has a buy one, get one free offer when you sign up by Thursday for the Cold Stone rewards program on the company's website.  Dairy Queen: Dairy Queen has a buy one Cupfection treat for 99 cents, get one free offer through Sunday at participating locations. Limit one per customer. Dippin' Dots: Participating Dippin’ Dots locations will be giving away a free mini cup of Dippin’ Dots during a two-hour window on Sunday. Customers should check their local store for the hours. GODIVA Boutiques: Godiva Boutiques will offer 50% off soft serve and parfaits at participating locations.  Johnny Rockets: Get a free milkshake when you purchase an entree on National Ice Cream Day. McDonald’s: At participating locations, McDonald’s is offering a summer deal in which you can get a vanilla cone for $1. Monkey Joe's: On Sunday, kids can get a free ice cream cup with a paid admission while supplies last. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.  PetSmart: PetsHotel at participating PetSmart locations is offering a free doggie ice cream topped with dog biscuit treats on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Get a large hand-dipped milkshake free on Sunday when you purchase an entree. Mention National Ice Cream Day at the register to claim the deal. Your Pie: Get a free scoop of Italian gelato with any purchase Sunday. Yogurtland: Buy one ice cream, get one free when you visit Yogurtland on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Kentucky police officials have charged a Louisville attorney with assault after he allegedly attacked a colleague with a Lysol can during a fight in the courthouse. Lindsey Scott, 63, is charged with second-degree assault in the incident, according to WDRB in Louisville. He was booked into and released from the metro jail. >> Read more trending news  Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office officials said another defense attorney, James “J.R.” Moore, was working on some of his cases around 8 a.m. Wednesday in an attorney workroom next to a district courtroom. At some point, Scott entered the room. “Some sort of altercation developed,” Lt. Col. Carl Yates, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, told the news station. Scott is accused of hitting Moore with the aerosol can, causing cuts to his head. When deputies got to the room, Moore was restraining Scott and both were covered with blood, Yates said. The workroom had to be shut down and cleaned of the blood. Surveillance footage released to local news stations by the Sheriff's Office shows the bloody scene, as well as a handcuffed Scott sitting on a bench with blood covering his white suit. Moore was sent to the hospital, where he told WAVE 3 News in Louisville he received about a dozen staples to his head. Scott, who told deputies he was suffering chest pains, was taken to the hospital as well, but was later booked into the jail. Moore later posted a message on Facebook about the skirmish. “Today, I was totally blindsided while peacefully eating my breakfast,” Moore wrote, according to WAVE 3 News. “First thing I felt was a thud. Just a scalp wound. “My friends need not be concerned. All concerns should be for my perpetrator. Something is apparently very wrong in his life. He is a good man.” Other attorneys also expressed shock over the incident, saying both Moore and Scott are well-known and well-liked. Wednesday’s incident is not the first time Scott has been behind bars. According to the Courier-Journal, the attorney was at the center of a sensational court case in the 1980s when, as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, he was convicted of raping and attempting to kill a fellow Marine’s wife at the Quantico military base in Virginia. Scott, a Louisville native, was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but the verdict was later overturned on the grounds he received ineffective counsel from his civilian lawyer, the Courier-Journal reported. The Washington Post in 1988 covered his second military trial, at the end of which he was exonerated by the military jury of charges of attempted murder, rape, sodomy and abduction. Scott, who had spent four years in Fort Leavenworth, wept silently, the Post reported. “In the tiny spectators’ gallery, Scott’s ailing mother, Mildred, began to shout in a gravelly voice, ‘Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Lord Jesus! Thank the Lord for giving me back my innocent child!’ before she was pulled from the courtroom by four or five supporters,” the Post story read. The Post reported there was one significant difference in evidence between the first and second trials: the recollection of a former security officer at a Zayre department store in Woodbridge, about 12 miles from Quantico, who testified she saw Scott shopping in the store at the time the victim was being attacked on the base. Her testimony backed up Scott’s claim that he had spent the evening of the attack shopping for his pregnant wife’s birthday, which was the following day, the Post said. The victim also had trouble identifying Scott in the days after the attack, saying each time that other men in the photos and lineup resembled him. The Post reported she said she picked Scott out of the lineup because, “He scares me the most.” No physical evidence linked Scott to the crime, the newspaper said. The case relied on circumstantial evidence, including the determination that the woman's throat was slashed with a serrated knife. Scott had borrowed a serrated knife from his apartment manager that day and never returned it, the Post reported. He told investigators he inadvertently threw it away after using it to clean his stove. Scott also lived in the same apartment complex as the 23-year-old woman and her husband and, because he was a military policeman training as a criminal investigator, would have had knowledge of police procedures regarding evidence gathering. The woman's attacker knew her address, her husband's name and his job, as well as the 'jargon' used by military police, the Post said. According to investigators, the assailant lured the woman from her home by calling and saying her husband had been in an accident, then offering to drive her to the hospital. He instead took her to a wooded area and assaulted her, leaving her for dead, authorities said. The victim picked Scott's car out of a lineup, telling authorities it was the one in which she had been sexually assaulted, the Post reported. Scott's supporters argued that race was a factor in his conviction because he is black and his alleged victim was white. “I maintained my innocence from the beginning,” Scott told reporters after the not guilty verdict. “It was proven today by a jury of my peers that I was innocent. I’m innocent. I’m free.” Gary R. Myers, one of Scott's defense attorneys, told the Post after the verdict: 'I think (jurors) just came to the conclusion that it was a tossup, and a tossup is not a guilty verdict.' Scott’s case was the basis of a 1999 movie, “Dangerous Evidence: The Lori Jackson Story,” which focused on the civil rights activist who fought to have the courts take a second look at Scott’s conviction. WAVE 3 News reported that those who know Scott said his experiences motivated him to go into law. The Courier-Journal reported that, at age 43 in 1999, he began law school at the University of Louisville. According to the Kentucky Bar Association, Scott was admitted in October 2002. He is in good standing and has no record of public discipline.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office is asking for your help finding a missing 11-year-old. Addison Terry is described as 5’2”, 107 lbs., with blue eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt. Terry ran away from the Youth Crisis Center on Parental Home Road on the Southside last night, according to JSO. YCC’s website shows they provide short term crisis care, mental health counseling, skills-based group training, and transitional living services for children and families. JSO says Terry may be in the Orange Park area, or other parts of Clay County or Jacksonville. If you have any information about her location, you’re asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org.
  • A federal judge in New York declined Thursday to grant bail to wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein as he awaits trial on allegations of sex trafficking. >> Read more trending news  Update 12 p.m. EDT July 18: Lisa Bloom, the attorney for three of Epstein's accusers, issued a statement after a judge denied Epstein bail. 'We are pleased that the judge denied bail,' Bloom said on Twitter. 'It gives us hope that justice may truly be possible against this sex offender who has hurt so many for so long.' Update 11:35 a.m. EDT July 18: U.S. District Judge Richard Berman has rejected Epstein's bail application, citing danger to others and the community. Prosecutors had asked Berman to hold Epstein, 66, without bail, arguing in court on Monday that Epstein is a flight risk and danger to the community who has shown no remorse for victimizing dozens of girls as young as 14 between 2002 and 2005. Attorneys for Epstein had argued he poses no flight risk, as evidenced by his conduct since pleading guilty in 2008 to two counts of soliciting a minor for prostitution after he was accused of molesting girls in Palm Beach County, Florida. Update 9:50 a.m. EDT July 18: An Austrian passport found by authorities during a search of Epstein's Manhattan mansion included several stamps inside, 'including stamps that reflect use of the passport to enter France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s,' prosecutors said in a letter filed Thursday in court. Authorities said the passport, issued in the 1980s and bearing Epstein's image but not his name, was found July 6 in a safe. Attorneys for Epstein claimed in court filings that the Austrian passport had never been used. 'Epstein -- an affluent member of the Jewish faith -- acquired the passport in the 1980s, when hijackings were prevalent, in connection to Middle East travel,' Epstein's attorneys said. 'The passport was for personal protection in the event of travel to dangerous areas, only to be presented to potential (kidnappers), hijackers or terrorists should violent episodes occur.' It was not immediately clear how Epstein obtained the passport. Update 12:40 p.m. EDT July 15: Two of Epstein's alleged victims on Monday asked Berman not to allow the 66-year-old to be released on bail pending his trial. Both spoke at his bail hearing in New York. Courtney Wild said she was 14 years old when Epstein started sexually abusing her in Palm Beach, Florida, according to Courthouse News. She told the court that if Epstein were to be granted bail, he would be 'a scary person to have walking the streets,' CNN reported. Annie Farmer said she met Epstein when she was 16 years old and that he behaved inappropriately, though she declined to give details, according to Courthouse News. She also asked Berman not to grant bail to Epstein. Prosecutors said Monday that during a search of Epstein's home safe, authorities found a bogus passport that listed a Saudi Arabia residence, 'piles of cash' and 'dozens of diamonds.' The passport, issued in the 1980s, had Epstein's photo on it but a different name. Prosecutors said previously that federal agents found a trove of nude photos during the raid on Epstein's mansion following his arrest on sex trafficking charges. Update 10:30 a.m. EDT July 15: Epstein will remain incarcerated until at least Thursday, when a judge said he'll likely rule on whether to grant bail to the 66-year-old, CNN reported. Several of Epstein's alleged victims were in court Monday, according to Courthouse News. Prosecutors said Friday in a court filing that multiple victims have told government officials that they want Epstein detained until his trial because they fear his release will give him the opportunity to harass them. Original report: Epstein's attorneys have asked a judge to allow their client to be detained at his Manhattan mansion until trial and offered to put up a 'substantial' bond to ensure his compliance with the proposed terms of his release. Among other things, Epstein's attorneys proposed he be fitted with a GPS device and said their client would agree to ground his private jet. In a response filed Friday, prosecutors argued Epstein should be held without bond due the severity of his charges and his financial means. Prosecutors said they believe Epstein might have tried to influence witnesses after discovering that he had paid a total of $350,000 to two individuals, including a former employee, in the last year. Authorities said that several more women have come forward to accuse Epstein of sexually abusing them since charges against the New York hedge fund manager were made public last week. Officials have said authorities found 'hundreds or thousands of nude and seminude photographs of young females in his Manhattan mansion on the night of his arrest,' evidence which they say eliminates 'any doubt that the defendant is unrepentant and unreformed.' Epstein is accused of sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of girls at his homes in New York and Florida, heading a sex trafficking scheme that saw his victims recruiting other girls to be abused. He pleaded not guilty last week to sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy charges. Epstein avoided significant jail time and federal prosecution in 2008 as part of a deal overseen by then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta. As part of the non-prosecution agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to a pair of lesser charges and agreed to register as a sex offender. He served 13 months in jail as part of the deal. Acosta said his office 'proceeded appropriately, based on the evidence' in 2008, but scrutiny of the once-secret deal, detailed in a series of in-depth reports published last year by The Miami Herald, prompted him to resign last week from his role as President Donald Trump's secretary of labor. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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