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    UPDATE: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says Nathan Garmany has been found safe. They’re thanking everyone for their help. ORIGINAL STORY: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the community's help finding 17-year-old Nathan Garmany.  Police say he was reported missing by family members after walking off during Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in downtown Jacksonville. We're told that he was last seen near the intersection of Church and Pearl Streets.  Police say Garmany has Autism and due to the circumstances involved, they're asking you to come forward if you've seen him.  He's described as a black male, 5'5'' tall and weighing 90 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a brown leather jacket, dark jeans, a tan hat, and red/black shoes.  If you've seen him or know where he is, you're asked to call the sheriff's office at (904) 630-0500.
  • Jacksonville City Council President Scott Wilson is announcing the creation of a new special council committee to investigate JEA and the attempted sale.  'There are still many questions to be asked, information that must be learned. The public has a right to know exactly what happened, why it happened, how it happened, and who was involved. That is why I am forming a special council committee to investigate every aspect, turn over every rock, look behind every curtain, and bring all that we do not know and what we deserve to know into daylight for everyone to see,' says Wilson.  The special council committee will be made up of three council members: Rory Diamond, Priestly Jackson, and Randy DeFoor. Wilson says Diamond will chair this committee.  'Let me make something else very clear, we will uncover and hold accountable anybody who had anything to do with trying to take advantage of our city and the JEA ratepayers, whether it's lobbyists, investment bankers, lawyers, bankers, or employees. We will fight to recover the loss of wasted money and repair the damage this has done to our reputation and the community's trust. For any senior executive found to have been involved in wrongdoing, we will urge immediate termination, for cause,' says Wilson.  He says the mission of this committee is a public report.  Wilson is hopeful the committee will be able to put together a report within 90 to 120 days, but committee chair Diamond is already expressing concerns with the timeline.  The first meeting will come in the next two weeks. Following Wilson’s announcement, JEA released the following statement: We appreciate City Council President Wilson’s decision to move forward with the investigation and JEA looks forward to working side-by-side with him and his colleagues to provide any and all information pertinent to their review. Additionally, Interim CEO Melissa Dykes will be adding a discussion item to the JEA Board meeting agenda next Tuesday, January 28th that will seek to ensure that any future conversation concerning structural changes in the operations of JEA which require legislative consideration, are done in cooperation with the City Council and community. We are looking to set a course where JEA leaders work collaboratively with the City Council and Administration. CEO Dykes has already said there will not be any privatization effort during her tenure but requiring future JEA leaders to work step-by-step with the City Council, Administration and community stakeholders will be another measure to increase transparency. Additionally, CEO Dykes will be holding town hall meetings in every City Council district in the coming weeks to seek community input and rebuild community trust through open public meetings. WATCH: Jacksonville City Council President Scott Wilson announces creation of special council committee to investigate JEA and the attempted sale
  • If you're looking for a new job, you may want to focus on applying at smaller companies. 'We are moving into... in the work world... into a bit of a feast-famine cycle,' says WOKV’s Consumer Warrior Clark Howard.  Howard explains that he's seeing a new job trend, where big corporations are cutting jobs, while smaller companies are hiring.  'The general trend around the country, is that the bigger a company is, the less likely they want you as an employee and the more likely it is, that they are, in fact, reducing headcount,' says Howard.  Howard says the smaller the company, the better off they tend to be doing right now. He says that could mean big perks for job seekers.  'They need you here and you're there, and so they offer to pay for you to move. They may offer a guarantee that if your house doesn't sell in a certain period of time, they'll pay you for it. The kind of stuff that used to be common,' says Howard.  Get more job and money advice from Clark Howard in his latest on-demand podcasts by clicking HERE.
  • By the next holiday shopping season, we could see a number of retailers change their return policies. That's as WOKV's Consumer Warrior Clark Howard says people are returning items at a rate that's never been seen before, with online purchases leading the way.  'Online purchases are being returned at 3x the rate of in-store purchases,' says Howard.  Howard says it's reached such a level, there's nowhere to store all the stuff, so they're renting trailers and warehouse space to hold the returns.  He says this could very well change return policies going forward.  'Next Christmas season, will have to be different, because retailers cannot afford what they're facing,' explains Howard.  Howard says this massive influx of returns could lead to some stores going out of business. Get more consumer news and money-saving advice from Clark Howard in his on-demand podcasts, by clicking HERE.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for your help tracking down a burglary suspect. According to police, they've identified Ronald D. Pugh as a suspect in a December 25th burglary on the Southside.  Police say a warrant for Pugh has been issued, but at this time, attempts to find him have been unsuccessful.  If you have seen Pugh or know where he is, you're urged to contact the sheriff's office at (904) 630-0500.
  • The Clay County District School Police Department is asking for the community's help identifying two suspects they say vandalized Paterson Elementary School in the Fleming Island area. Police say students and facility returned to school Tuesday to find vulgar and private human anatomy parts spray painted upon walls, doors, and other things on campus.  The two individuals are described as being possibly male and were wearing pants and 'hoodie' type sweatshirts in that area at around 11:00 PM on January 6th.  The police department says they will be working with the Clay County Sheriff's Office on this case, as cars in the neighboring community were also vandalized in a similar way.  If you have any information, you're urged to call CCDSPD at (904) 336-0100.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the community's help tracking down two auto burglary suspects. Police say they're currently investigating a series of auto burglaries in the San Marco area over the last 24 hours. Investigators do have a photo of one of the suspects:  However, police say the second suspect is described only as a slender black man.  The two were said to be in a small SUV-type vehicle, possibly a Dodge Journey.  If you have any information on the suspects, you're urged to call JSO at (904) 630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is turning to the community for help keeping the area safe. Police say there's been an increase in vehicle burglaries over the past month. In most of the cases, police say the vehicle's windows were smashed in and center consoles were rummaged through.  Police say valuable items were not actually taken during these burglaries. Instead, they believe the suspects are specifically looking for firearms stored in the cars.  Police are again reminding you to keep your firearms and other valuable items secure.
  • The Nassau County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help finding a 47-year-old woman last seen in late December. According to the sheriff's office, Katherine Bodden Gelaro, also known as “Melissa Bodden,” was last seen in Northwest Jacksonville on December 23, 2019, near Sycamore Street, which is off of Old Kings Road.  Bodden/Gelaro is described as being 5’04’’ tall, weighing 115 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.  Deputies say she drives a silver 2013 Hyundai Elantra with the Florida tag JLLW71.  If you know where she is, you're urged to contact the sheriff's office at (904) 225-5174 or Detective Maldonado at (904) 548-4073.
  • It was quite the find! Customs and Border Protection says a Jacksonville-based crew intercepted a vessel in the eastern Pacific Ocean loaded with cocaine worth an estimated $48 million.  CBP says the P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker crew assigned to the National Air Security Operations Center-Jacksonville located and tracked the vessel over the course of two days.  Three Colombian nationals were arrested and 3,670 lbs of cocaine was seized.
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  • The Lake City Police Department in Florida is asking for the public’s help in locating Kellie Woofe, 13. Kellie was last seen running west on Faith Road near the Bascom Norris intersection on Monday. Police said her grandfather reported her missing. After an argument that happened in his car, he told police Kellie got out of the car while they were in the Interface parking lot and ran off. LCPD said she was wearing a black jacket and ripped blue jeans. If you see her, you are asked to call police at 386-752-4343 or call 911. Kellie is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has red hair and blue eyes.
  • 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.

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