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    The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for your help identifying a robbery suspect accused of targeting a Westside business. Police say the suspect walked into a business on Wilson Boulevard near Lane Avenue, displayed a gun, and demanded money from an employee. After that, police say he then fled the area.  Investigators say the suspect has a distinctive limp show in the video below that could help identify him.  If you have any information about who this individual is, you're urged to contact the sheriff's office at (904) 630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the community's help solving a robbery that happened back in August. Police have released surveillance photos of two suspects they believe are connected to the August 5th robbery at a business on Edgewood Avenue.  During that robbery, investigators say one of the suspects went inside and took money from a cashier's hand. The other suspect is accused of then picking him up in the area of Edgewood Avenue and Broadway Avenue and then fleeing the area in a gray vehicle.  Police are asking anyone with information to contact the sheriff's office at (904) 630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • Protests are underway after a City of Jacksonville spokesperson confirms that Mayor Lenny Curry has signed a bill that would effectively shut down Internet cafes in the area.  WOKV told you earlier this week, when the Jacksonville City Council voted in favor of a bill that would shut the businesses down immediately. The council had previously voted back in May to close the businesses, but decided at that time to give the operators until February 2020 to close their doors.  The city has said internet cafes are a nuisance and draw crime into the city. Data collected in September 2018 showed that the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office received more than 28,000 calls to addresses tied to nearly 100 Internet cafes during a 5-year period.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying two potential witnesses to a murder. JSO says these two individuals may have information related to a shooting that happened in broad daylight in Durkeeville on Wednesday. A man was killed during a shooting near W. 5th Street and Whitner Street. Investigators say a separate shooting happened in that exact same area the previous night and could be related.  Police believe the suspect(s) were in a blue Volkswagen Jetta during the crime, which was later located on W. 45th Street.  If you have any information about these possible witnesses or the murder itself, you're urged to contact JSO at (904) 630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • Almost two years to the day after a 26-year-old man was gunned down in Orange Park, the Clay County Sheriff's Office now believes the two suspects responsible are off the streets.  Investigators say Henry Williams and Ja'Cari Anderson, both of Jacksonville, are charged in connection to the carjacking on October 17, 2017, that went wrong, resulting in the shooting death of Dorrien Mann on Capella Road.  Williams was arrested on May 7, 2019, with carjacking, while Anderson was arrested on October 7, 2019, with carjacking and second-degree murder.  'This moment is only possible due to the relentless pursuit of the truth by our detectives,' said Sgt. Mike Calhoun, as he announced the arrests.  Mann's parents attended Thursday's announcement by the sheriff's office. They did not wish to speak publicly, but told our partner Action News Jax, 'God bless and thank the work of the detectives.' WATCH: Clay County Sheriff’s Office announces two arrests in 2017 homicide
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has arrested a now-former JTA bus driver in connection to a fatal incident in Mayport Village.  WOKV first told you back in June, when a woman, identified as Jeanie Rozar (pictured below), became entangled in a JTA bus and was run over on Ocean Street. Now, police say the man who was behind the wheel has been arrested.  Police say their investigation has revealed that the driver, 53-year-old Jean Silney, and Rozar had an argument on the bus about the bus schedule. When Rozar went to get off the bus, police say Silney immediately closed the glass door, trapping the victim's arm, and drove off at a higher speed than JTA policy.  Police say video shows that Rozar tried to free herself and screamed for the driver to stop and open the door. She was run over by the bus, shortly after.  JSO says after the incident, Silney returned to the scene and made comments, like 'Why did I do that?'.  Police issued a warrant for Silney's arrest on Tuesday for manslaughter and vehicular homicide. We're told that Silney turned himself in Wednesday and was booked into the Duval County jail.  WOKV dug into Silney’s personnel file after the crash, which revealed that he had been fired from JTA before for ‘conduct unbecoming.’ That included Silney’s supervisor claiming that Silney had tried to run her foot over.  JTA has released the following statement about the arrest:  “Since this accident occurred, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has fully cooperated with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and its investigation. The JTA will continue to do so as this criminal matter proceeds.” WATCH: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announces arrest in deadly Mayport Village pedestrian incident 
  • A man is dead and two masked gunmen are on the run after a shooting in Durkeeville in broad daylight. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says they were first notified about the shooting by ShotSpotter, which sent an alert about multiple gunshots in the area of W. 5th Street and Whitner Street at around 12:50 PM on Wednesday. Shortly after, police say they also got two 911 calls about someone being shot.  When officers arrived, a black man in his 30's or 40's was found lying in the street with a gunshot wound. Police say Jacksonville Fire Rescue declared him dead.  Police say a witness reported seeing two masked gunmen, possibly in a blue, four-door sedan, shooting at this man. We're told some 15 to 20 shots were fired.  Investigators say this happened in the exact area where two people were shot Tuesday night, so the two incidents are believed to be related. Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to call either JSO or First Coast CrimeStoppers.
  • The suspected drunk driver in a St. Augustine crash that killed a bailiff with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has pleaded no contest to two DUI-related charges. Court documents show that Kim Johnston withdrew her not guilty plea on Tuesday and instead pleaded no contest to DUI causing death and DUI causing serious bodily injury. As part of that plea, Johnston has been adjudicated guilty.  WOKV first told you back in December 2018 about the fatal crash on I-95 north near State Road 16 in St. Augustine. The crash report from the Florida Highway Patrol says Cathy Adams, a JSO bailiff, was killed when a suspected drunk driver, later identified by investigators as Johnston, hit the Adams’ Chevy Tahoe causing them to lose control and flip. William ‘Jack’ Adams, a JSO officer, was also critically injured in that crash. The Adams’ two teenage children survived with only minor injuries.  The plea form shows that Johnston now faces 15 years for the charge of DUI causing death and 5 years for DUI causing seriously bodily injury, with the two sentences running concurrently.  Before the plea agreement, Johnston had been facing a maximum of 20 years and a minimum of 4 years.  Johnston's sentencing has been set for November 27.
  • UPDATE: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is thanking everyone for their help, as a missing 30-year-old man has been found safe. ORIGINAL STORY: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding a missing 30-year-old man.  Police say Khyrie Pryor was last seen Monday morning around 9:30 AM in the Lakeshore area on Cassat Avenue, not far from Park Street. We're told that Pryor cannot care for himself, receives 24-hour care, and is said to have the mental capacity of a 10 to 14-year-old.  Police say Pryor has brown eyes, black hair, weighs 270 pounds and is 6'2'' tall. He was wearing a red shirt and shorts, gray shoes, and black framed glasses.  If you have any information on his whereabouts, you're urged to call JSO at (904) 630-0500.
  • It's an exciting weekend for the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens!  The zoo says four endangered giant river otter pups will be making their public debut on Saturday. The three girls and one boy are the first of their species to be born at the zoo.  The pups were born to 7-year-old mother Sarave, who came to the Jacksonville Zoo in 2018 from Zoo Miami, and 11-year-old father Buddy, who arrived in 2011 from Guyana. The zoo says Buddy is blind, but is considered to be the most genetically-valuable giant river otter in the Species Survival Plan.  'Breeding Buddy and Sarave has been a complex process and I am so proud of the animal care team and all of their hard work. We are even more proud of the bond Buddy has formed with his pups and how he is caring for his family, even though he is unable to see them,' says Deputy Director Dan Maloney in a statement.  The zoo says guests will be able to see the pups in the Range of the Jaguar.
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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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  • In a shocking video that may be difficult for some to watch, a WSOC-TV viewer captured footage of hundreds of birds scattered across the ground near the entrance of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, after flying into the side of the building. >> Read more trending news  Hollie Cameron's disturbing cellphone video shows dozens of birds lying on the ground outside the building and captures other birds crashing into the large windows. WSOC reporter Gina Esposito spoke with the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, who said their rehab team responded to the NASCAR Hall of Fame around 11 p.m. and treated hundreds of birds. They said a total of 310 birds hit the windows of the building. Roughly one-third of those birds were dead when they arrived, and another third was seriously injured. The rest appeared to be stunned but will be OK, the organization said. >> Watch the clip here (WARNING: Some viewers may find the video below disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.) In the video, Cameron watched as a bird crashed into the window and then fell to the ground, joining dozens of others. Cameron told WSOC that she was working in the area when she started recording on her phone around 9 p.m. You can hear her talking with a security guard who claims the phenomenon had been going on for about an hour. 'Oh my God, look at them all,' Cameron says in the video. 'There's something wrong with them. This is not OK.' Carolina Waterfowl Rescue posted more video on Facebook of the birds at their facility. About 100 of the surviving birds are being treated for broken wings and fractures. The rescue group said the birds are chimney swifts and that the colony lives in a roost. They think something disturbed the colony Tuesday night, causing the birds to fly into the windows at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue officials told WSOC that this was not a naturally occurring event and the birds' migration could not have been a factor because the swifts only migrate during the day. They plan to investigate more on Wednesday. CMPD reportedly responded to the scene to begin cleaning up the birds. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue said rehabbing the injured birds is expensive, and they desperately need volunteers since the birds will need to be hand-fed. Visit their Facebook page for more details on how you can help.
  • Plan to drive through times of scattered showers today ahead of a cool front that will bring drier, more refreshing air to end the week.  Action News Jax Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh says some rain may be heavy at times with a few rumbles of thunder.  Overall rainfall totals are not expected to be great, but the rainfall is needed.  By Thursday morning you’ll begin to feel a change with drier air and high temperatures only in the upper 70’s.  Friday morning lows may fall into the upper 50’s in some neighborhoods, and high temperatures will only be in the upper 70’s.  The weekend is looking a little warmer and wetter at times with a few showers on Saturday and scattered showers on Sunday. 
  • Four separate shootings over a 24-hour period in Jacksonville has left at least six people wounded and, so far, no arrests have been announced by police.  Early this morning a man was shot on W. 17th Street, near RV Daniels Elementary School.  He was taken to a local hospital with a single gunshot wound to the leg. JSO had no suspect description and was asking for tips to Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.  Just after 10 pm on Tuesday, two young men between the ages of 17 and 20 were shot while sitting in a vehicle on Timmerman Lane. Both shooting victims had non-life-threatening injuries. JSO had no evidence to confirm if this was a drive-by shooting.  Around 5:20 pm on Tuesday, police were called to a shooting on Orton Street, where two men were treated and transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No suspect information was given at the scene by detectives.  On Miss Muffet Lane on the westside just after 6 pm on Tuesday, police responded to reports of shots fired. An off-duty officer was called about a gunshot wound victim at Park West ER. He was taken to Orange Park Medical Center in critical condition.  According to JSO, two groups of people in two separate cars that left the area were being questioned by detectives.  
  • A Pennsylvania mom is in critical condition after police said she killed her children and husband, then shot herself, Philadelphia police said. >> Read more trending news  Here are the latest updates: Update 5:49 a.m. EDT Oct. 16: Authorities have identified the woman accused of killing her children and husband late Monday in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood, multiple news outlets are reporting. According to WPVI-TV, Damyrra Jones Alcindor, 28, also shot herself, police said. As she was rushed to a nearby hospital, she reportedly told officials she did not want to be resuscitated. Philadelphia police Homicide Capt. Jason Smith said Alcindor admitted to fatally shooting her two daughters, ages 10 months and 4 years, as well as their father, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday afternoon. Although police did not release the victims' names, a family member identified them as Max Alcindor, 38; Maxilla, 4; and Damaya, 10 months, WCAU-TV reported. Investigators said Alcindor, who legally bought the handgun earlier Monday, is facing murder charges in the case, according to WCAU. Original report: According to KYW-TV and the Philadelphia Inquirer, the deadly shooting occurred just before 10 p.m. Monday at a home in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood. Police said the 29-year-old woman fatally shot her two daughters, ages 10 months and 4 years, as well as their 35-year-old father. All three victims suffered gunshot wounds to the head, authorities said. When police arrived at the Hegerman Street home, they discovered the woman outside 'lying on top of a gun,' the Inquirer reported. Authorities said the woman, who apparently shot herself, was taken to a nearby hospital. Philadelphia police have not released the names of the woman or the victims, the news outlets reported. Read more here or here.
  • Authorities in Indiana said a baby is alive and well after someone discovered the child inside a plastic bag near a fence in Seymour. >> Read more trending news  According to the Tribune and WAVE-TV, police responded to a call about the infant just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. A resident, who had been walking a dog off South Jackson Park Drive, found the child about 60 feet away from the street, investigators said. Crews rushed the baby to a nearby hospital, the news outlets reported. Doctors said the child is healthy, according to WAVE. Seymour police said they made contact Wednesday with a person of interest in the case. They emphasized the person was not a suspect in the investigation. Authorities have not yet made any arrests in connection with the incident, the Tribune reported. Read more here or here.

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