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    A crash involving an overturned truck hauling debris closed all southbound lanes of I-95 for hours today.  All lanes have since reopened. The Florida Department of Transportation says a bridge inspection team has found there was minor damage to the overpass, and it is safe for travel.   Florida Highway Patrol says a portion of the scrap metal inside the truck hit the underside of the overpass, causing debris to fall on the road. At least one car hit the debris.  FHP says the driver of the truck failed to safely negotiate a curve onto the on ramp to SB I-95, causing the truck to overturn and spill debris all over southbound lanes of the highway.  Two additional vehicles were unable to avoid hitting the debris.  The drivers of those vehicles were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.  The truck driver, who is from Lake City was cited for careless driving.  
  • Friday - The Jacksonville Icemen have a home-stand against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Fridays attendees will be treated to a performance by American Idol Finalist Colton Dixson after the game. - Jeff Dye, from the ‘Better Late than Never’ show, performing two stand up shows at Comedy Zone. 7:30pm and 9:45pm. SATURDAY - Meet some adorable and very adoptable dogs from Swamp Haven Rescue between 1-4pm at Engine 15 Brewing Downtown. There will be free coffee and live music from Black Martini. - Learn to make your own gummies at Sweet Petes at 4pm! Participants will make a wide variety of fun shapes and, if you’re inclined, even make sower gummies. Ages 4+ and tickets are $16. - Miss basketball? The Jacksonville Giants take on the Columbus Blackhawks at 7pm at Edward Waters College. The Giants are 11-1 on the season. Tickets are $10.   SUNDAY  - Hang out at the Landing on Saturday from 4-8pm and enjoy live music by Stevie “Fingers” and Dusty Trio. It’s a free show too! - Pickup curling games at the Jacksonville Ice and Sports Complex! It’s aimed for curlers to practice and get a bit of coaching too along the way. The fun starts at 3:15pm. All skill levels are welcome to join. Tickets are $25
  • Friday- Marvel Universe LIVE- This is perfect for the family! Over 25 Marvel Super Heroes and Villains performing high-energy stunts, tricks and manuevers. Multiple showings starting on Friday and running through Sunday! Jake Owen at The Florida Theatre- Doors open at 8pm and tickets start at $87. Saturday- Jax Health and Wellness Expo- free event at Morocco Shrine Auditorium between 10am and 2pm keeping those resolutions going strong! Mac and Cheese cook off at Bartram park Brewz- from 2-5pm, you can’t go wrong with craft beer and Mac and Cheese. Everyone’s a winner! Jacksonville Giants vs Fayetteville Flight- Miss basketball? The Giants play at UNF arena at 7pm. This family friendly game starts at 7pm. Morning Fatty at Surfer Bar- In the mood for some dub/reggae? 21+ and it’s FREE Sunday- Women’s Day of Action at the Landing between and 11am and 3pm- Marking the one year-anniversary of the largest political protest in rcent history, Women’s March Florida is leading a statewide day of action to bring awareness and support to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and the Florida Keys. Jags Watch Party at Mellow Mushroom in Avondale starting at 3pm- CBS 47 Action News Jax will be there filming “Jags All Access” show too!
  • Painting with a Twist- Studio #86 in San Marco is hosting Painting with a Twist at 7pm where you’ll paint a midnight moon! The class lasts roughly two hours. Tickets and information found at www.PaintingWithATwist.com   SATURDAY Harry Potter Yule Ball at the Jax Beach Public Library- Ring in the New Year Harry Potter Style at the Yule Ball with crafts, butterbeer, dancing, music and even a costume contest for the kids. This is a free event starting at 2:30pm. The Jacksonville Icemen take on their division rivals the Orlando Solar Bears at 7:30pm at Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets start around $10.  Below Zero- a free theathrical production for the entire family with over 60,000 watts of sound, lighting and choreography. This must see event is free at 7:30pm at The Arena on Normandy Blvd.    SUNDAY The Jacksonville Jaguars host the Buffalo Bills for our first playoff game of the season. If you can’t make the game at 1pm at Everbank Field, tune into CBS 47 to watch it and listen to FM 104.5 WOKV News for extended traffic reports before and after the game.  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Jackson Browne returns to the Florida Theatre at 7:30pm. You know him from such hits as ‘Running on Empty’
  • Friday- The Jacksonville Symphony presents the classic film, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with the entire score perfectly performed by the Symphony. 7pm at the Times Union Center.  Spanky Brown peforms at the Comedy Zone at 8:30pm. You’ve seen him on Comedy Central and the former host of Barbershop Critics.  Saturday- Candy Cain making class where you will watch the age-old tradition of creating hand-made candy canes. All the guests will shape their own candy canes and take them home. Children must be 4+ and the class is $15 Looking for the some of the best Christmas lights in town? Check out the Morocco Shrine Center starting at 6pm because they have over a half million lights that dance to the music. The 1 mile drive also offers free hot chocolate and candy canes. The Christmas lights on Girvin Rd and Deck the Chairs by the Beaches are both great options too.  Sunday- The 7th Annual Winterfest at Adventure Landing features an outdoor Ice Skating Rink, Ice Slide and a transformed water-park into a cozy alpine experience with a Blizzard Bluff Village, Crystal Creek Lodge and Mistletoe Marketplace. 
  • PODCAST- LISTEN FRIDAY Synchronized light show at the Jacksonville Landing. The 56 foot Christmas tree boasts over 75,000 lights that go to the sounds of the Holiday favorites.  On your way to the landing tune into the New Easy 102.9 for all your Holiday Favorites through Christmas day.  4X ABA Champions the Jacksonville Giants home opener against Mobile Bay Tornadoes at Veterans Memorial Arena. Championship banner hanging and ring ceremony. Giants are 6-0 on the season, all road wins. Information on JacksonvilleGiants.com   SATURDAY Florida Ballet’s ‘Nut Cracker’ with a world of snowflakes, waltzing flowers and dancing bontons. Tickets start around $23. Can’t make the Saturday show at 2pm? Not to worry, it also runs on Friday and Sunday. Star Wars night for the Jacksonville Icemen as they take on Greenville Swamp Rabbits with a Star Wars night theme. Tickets start at $10 bucks. More details on JacksonvilleIcemen.com SUNDAY Your weekend ‘nightcap’- The Jags take on the Texans. Kick off at 1:05pm. The Jags are 9-4 with the number one rated defense, 1st in the AFC South. There’s also a 4-hour tailgate in Lot X of Everbank beforehand with an all you can eat buffet. Just make sure to schedule a ride home! If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it on Fox 30. I’d be remiss to not mention Star Wars the Last Jeddi opening up this week. It’s playing literally every where. 
  • PODCAST- LISTEN! FRIDAY 7:30pm- Hourglass Pub- Mad Cowford Improv Comedy Shows. $5 bucks at the door. 21+ 7:30pm- Nathan Wilson Center for the Arts- FSCJ Jazz Concert. toe-tapping musical selections that will please jazz enthusiasts and those that are not that jazzy.   SATURDAY 10am- Riverside Arts Market on Riverside Avenue- Enjoy Arts and crafts, live music and food vendors with fresh produce! This is perfect for the family or a fun solo trip. Plus, the weekend weather is looking great! 7pm- Veterans Memorial Arena- The Jacksonville Icemen vs Norfolk Admirels. Before their Thursday game, the Icemen are 4 and 11 on the season, last in their division. Tickets start at 15 bucks SUNDAY 1pm- Everbank Field- The Jags take on the Colts at home. The Jags are 7-4 on the season and tied for first in the AFC south. If the Jags season were to end today, they’d be seeded 5th in the playoffs. 
  •  PODCAST: Listen FRIDAY -The Jacksonville Icemen vs Florida Everblades at the Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $15 bucks -Carlos Menzia at Comedy Zone at 9:45pm. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, or nationwide sold-out tours, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a diverse audience. Mind of Mencia on Comedy Central $25   SATURDAY -The Florida Tiny House Festival at the St. Johns Fairgrounds at 9am. Many dozens of tiny houses and micro homes, TV Celebs, national leaders from the tiny house community, fire performers and free movie showings. There are dozens of workshops and presentations. Tickets start at $20, kids are free.  -Candy Cain making class at Sweet Petes at 4pm. Watch the age-old tradition of creating hand-made candy canes. You’ll shape canes to take home. $15 per person and ages 4+ recommended. - Mad Cowford Improv Comedy Show at Hourglass Pub. 21 and up! Comedy and arcade games. The show is entirely improvised and based on your suggestions. Only $5 at the door.   SUNDAY -5th Annual Fall Craft & Vendor Event at Renaissance Resort World Golf Village at 10am featuring ~139 vendors. Kid friendly. Star Wars Characters will be onsite all day with fun games! Completely free! -Load up the family and listen to your favorite holiday tunes as you drive through over a half million lights that twinkle and dance to the music at the Morocco Shine Center at 6pm. The one mile drive has two Mega Trees, a 300 Foot tunnel of lights and custom Holiday scenes. Free hot chocolate and candy canes for all!
  • Downtown drivers- the I-95 SB ramp to Stockton Street has closed and will remain so for at least a year as part of the I-10/95 Improvement project. This is part of a larger $126 million project intended to improve the I-10, I-95 interchange and a install new dedicated Stockton ramp is being constructed.  Odette Struys, FDOT Spokesperson, tells us the ramp could remain closed even longer if there are unforeseen weather incidents.  As an alternate to Stockton Street for Riverside drivers- you can take the Forest Street exit to Margaret Street to access Stockton on continue on I-10 Westbound over to McDuff. 
  • PODCAST- Listen Here FRIDAY 4pm- Sweet Petes Downtown- Fall Apple Classes. Great for the kiddos. You’ll dip the apples in their selection of chocolate, and toppings and customize the apples. Ages 4+. $16. About an hour long.  8pm- Veterans Memorial Arena- The blues is alright tour- ft Sir Charles Jones, Tucka, Pokey Bear, T.K. Soul, Jeff Floyd and Bishop Bullwinkle. 10pm- Paint Studio 86 in San Marco- Sip, paint, relax. Painting a star gazing set. $30 each. They suggest arriving 15-30 minutes early to get situated. More at Painting with a twist dot com SATURDAY 11am- Downtown- Veterans Day parade- The parade route starts at EverBank Field and continues down Bay Street and ends at the Prime Osborn Center. Free! 1:30pm- Park & King St in Riverside- JaxbyJax Literary Arts Fesitival- 28 local writers will feature their work across 14 venues featuring everything from poetry to novel excerpts. A new writer takes the stage every half hour and after party at Jacksonville’s CoRK Arts District. 7pm- Veterans Arena- Chris Stapleton   SUNDAY 2pm- Anheuser-Busch Brewery – Plant Nite- Drink, Plant and Party! Build a terrarium, herb garden or flower arrangement. They provide all the supplies: a solid container, soil, plants, rocks, decorative elements, smock, music, and a good time. So come out and have an evening of relaxation, fun and gardening! Gather your family and friends and create your very own mini garden. More info at Plant NITE dot com 1pm- Everbank field- Jags take on the LA Chargers. Jags are tied for first in the division and look to improve upon their 5 and 3 record. Special Salute to Service and they’re giving out 6,000 tickets to active and retired military. Extended traffic reports on News 104-5 WOKV from 11am through 5pm  
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  • The final suspect wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Heidy Rivas-Villanueva has now been caught. Abrion Price was wanted for felony murder in connection to the girl’s death. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says Price was caught in Jacksonville, after he was pulled over in a vehicle with a broken tail light. JSO says Price ran, but was tracked down by a K9 unit. JSO says Price and another man, Trevonte Phoenix, planned a robbery disguised as a gun sale, to take place in a parking lot off 103rd Street Saturday night. JSO says the intended victim had a friend nearby in another car, and after the robbery, that friend- Stanley Harris III- got out of his vehicle and started shooting. JSO says Phoenix then fired back, but the only person hit was Heidy, who was sitting in a car in the parking lot with her father. GALLERY: Emotional vigil honors 7-year-old killed in Westside shooting JSO believes a bullet from Harris’ gun was the one that killed Heidy. In all, about 13 shots are believed to have been fired. Phoenix and Price each face a charge of felony murder. Harris is being held on a weapons charge, but JSO says more charges could be coming. This is a developing story that will be updated in to the evening.
  • Jacksonville’s Sheriff and Mayor have increasingly been promoting “intelligence-led” police policies, and the proposed new Real-Time Crime Center is being offered as a platform to bring that strategy to the next level.  We first told you when Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry put forward his $1.2 billion City budget proposal, that it included funding for a Real-Time Crime Center. Details were initially scarce on what exactly that program would look like, though.  A preliminary investigation by WOKV started to shed some light, but we’ve now obtained the full proposal for this pilot program, to paint a clearer picture.  Program goals  The proposal shows the heart of this project is bringing together existing public safety systems- like the gunshot detection system ShotSpotter and JSO’s Computer Aided Dispatch- and feeding them in to a single system, which can be efficiently viewed and filtered. That system is called CommandCentral Aware.  Motorola Solutions first proposed this program in April, and the letter they sent to the City shows the pilot is built around four key concepts- breaking down data silos by aggregating data in to a single platform, deriving intelligence in real time by providing first responders with situational information, maximizing technology investments by leveraging City investments, and streamlining workflows through an adaptable platform.  With data aggregation, the unified CommandCentral Aware platform- which is the cornerstone of the RTCC- is fed by any number of streams of information. That data can then be mapped around the event taking place, giving a comprehensive look at what is known about the history of crime at a scene, available resources near the area, information from emergency dispatches, and more.  This plays in to the second goal, of providing real time intelligence to first responders. The analysts using this system would be able to feed all of the unified data they get to the emergency responders heading to a scene, giving them a more comprehensive idea of what type of situation they are walking in to. This could increase their safety, and that of people in the area of a crime, according to the proposal.  Some of the data comes from sources the City has already invested in, which speaks to the third goal. The City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office already have the ShotSpotter system, which alerts police when gunshots are detected. JSO has previously indicated this could also work in coordination with their use of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, although there is no direct mention of that in the pilot program proposal.  Finally, on streamlining workflow, the system has the ability to add more features and adapt to workflows already in effect, according to the proposal letter.  The pilot proposal pitches this as a “next generation public safety solution” for an intelligence-driven police approach. That approach is something that Curry and Sheriff Mike Williams have promoted, as they have brought more of these intelligence-driven systems online.  CommandCentral Aware is also envisioned as a force multiplier, by integrating systems and, therefore, more effectively using existing staff and resources. Additionally, it’s believed this would let police continue to shift from reactionary responses to a more proactive position, by tracking trends.  Features  To feed CommandCentral Aware, a specialized video surveillance system is being provided at 15 sites for the duration of this pilot. The program proposal says these sites were prioritized by the City. While WOKV has obtained a list of the sites, we are withholding naming the locations, at the request of JSO.  “The goal of this center is to provide a safe environment for our community by adding some technology in helping us reduce crime,” says a statement from JSO.  The video system specifically runs a program that lets analysts filter by time, object size, color, and similar criteria to find relevant video. Video is analyzed and sorted as it’s ingested, so that when the analyst searches for something, relevant objects and backgrounds are pulled up. The analyst can then select their object of interest, and the system will call back to the original video. The search function allows you to look for a specific object, or search by general traits or similar descriptions. This can be used to potentially isolate people or vehicles matching suspect descriptions, and can search hours of video in just minutes, as an example.  The pilot program proposal says private, business surveillance can also be integrated in to the system, if police are given access. WOKV has previously reported that Curry is also aiming to revamp the City’s security camera network, and that could potentially feed in to this platform in the future, as well. During a Thursday budget hearing by the City Council Finance Committee, Williams said they hope to add more camera coverage in the future, with an emphasis on parks, entertainment areas, and locations that have ShotSpotter. Additionally, the program details say this pilot serves as a framework for future growth, which could mean additional cameras, more video integration, enhanced data analytics, and community engagement tools.  Budget and next steps  The “Proof of Concept” agreement for this program, obtained by WOKV, shows Motorola Solutions first proposed the use of this “Intelligence-Led Public Safety solution” to the City in early April. At the time, it was pitched as a six-month pilot program. Instead, the City has committed to a three-month pilot. JSO says they determined that would be enough time to decide whether they wanted to pursue this program full time.  “JSO has done an extensive search and explored many systems from different cities and the Motorola platform is the best fit for our city,” says a statement from JSO to WOKV.  Once the CommandCentral Aware program is up and running, the countdown on the pilot begins. The “Proof of Concept” agreement was signed on July 23rd, and the proposal estimates six to eight weeks to implement the pilot.  The pilot program is no cost to the City, specifically for the equipment. There are a range of IT costs to support the system, though, as well as some desk space and minor furniture needs. JSO says the initial year budget is $1.625 million, plus $283,523 in salaries for four safety analysts. The Mayor’s budget proposal shows those costs are spread across several IT subfunds, as well as in JSO’s budget.  If the City decides to continue past the pilot phase, they would have to buy the equipment from Motorola Solutions. JSO says their budget request for this upcoming fiscal year already includes the assumed purchase of that equipment.  JSO is already working on standing up the no-cost pilot, and- if Curry’s budget is approved- could move to what they consider “phase one”, which is adding workstations and cameras after the pilot. If that is successful, “phase two” would follow, which would be an additional cameras expansion and software support. Phase two would start next fiscal year and last two to five years, according to a statement from JSO to WOKV.  Jacksonville’s City Council Finance Committee reviewed JSO’s portion of the Mayor’s budget proposal on Thursday, during which Williams briefly addressed the RTCC, among other things. This is part of several weeks of budget hearings, which leads to the full City Council approving a budget before the start of the next fiscal year, October 1st.  WOKV will continue to work through the proposed City budget, to determine how your tax dollars are being spent.
  • Nearly two months after a young father was fatally shot in Jacksonville Beach, after what police described as an apparent fight, we're getting our first, detailed look at what a witness says happened that night.  WOKV has now obtained new arrest reports and affidavits for arrests warrants from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, for the two suspects tied to the June 24th death of 23-year-old Leon Bennett.  Shaquille Walker, 25, and Jose Emanuel Lebron, 29, were recently extradited to Duval County, after turning themselves into police in Honolulu, Hawaii.  In Walker's and Lebron's arrest reports, it's revealed the two are actually brothers, which is something Jacksonville Beach police have not previously disclosed.  The reports say Walker and Lebron were out at Jax Beach that night for a friend's birthday. That friend, who spoke to investigators and witnessed what happened, said they were gathered near First Street, when they came into contact with another group of individuals, one of whom was Bennett.  During that interaction, the reports say Walker's and Lebron's friend tried to talk to a girl, who turned out to be Bennett's girlfriend. In the reports, the friend told police he apologized for talking to her, but that someone with Bennett slapped Lebron, knocking him to the ground, initiating a fight.  A larger fight broke out, but the friend told investigators, that he, Walker, and Lebron tried to leave the area and go to their cars. During this time, he told police Bennett continued 'talking trash.'  Eventually the group got into a car, where they then re-engaged Bennett and the other group, according to the reports.  The reports say at some point during that interaction, the friend told police Bennett walked over, opened the car door, and tried to punch Walker and even tried to pull Walker out of the car. As that was happening, the friend says Walker allegedly pulled out a pistol and fired twice toward Bennett.  Walker is charged with carrying a concealed firearm and tampering with evidence, while Lebron is only charged with tampering with evidence.  At this time, neither are charged directly with Bennett's death.
  • A Colorado man who for days pleaded publicly for the return of his pregnant wife and two young daughters has been arrested and charged with killing them, police said.  Christopher Lee Watts, 33, of Frederick, was arrested just after 11 p.m. Wednesday night in connection with the slayings of his wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. Shanann Watts, 34, was about 15 weeks pregnant. Bella Watts was days away from starting kindergarten.  John Camper, director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, said during a media briefing Thursday afternoon that investigators were “quite certain” the body of Shanann Watts has been recovered. “We have strong reason to believe we know where the bodies of the children are, and recovery efforts are in process on that,” Camper said.  “This is absolutely the worst possible outcome that any of us could imagine. I think our hearts are broken for the town of Fredrick as much as anybody’s.” Chris Watts is being held in the Weld County Jail pending formal charges, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said during the briefing. 9News in Denver reported earlier Thursday that Chris Watts faces three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with physical evidence. >> Related story: Report: Man with NC ties confesses to killing wife, 2 daughters in Colorado Fredrick police officials said they received a call just before 2 p.m. Monday reporting Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts missing. The report was made by a friend who went to the family’s home in the Wyndham Hill subdivision and found no sign of Shanann or the girls.  Chris Watts said in an interview Tuesday with 9News that he saw the woman at the front door, via the home’s doorbell camera, and realized his family was missing.  “I said, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ And she said, ‘I can’t get ahold of Shanann,’” Watts said. “That’s when I was just, like, ‘Okay, something’s not right.’” He said he, too, had been unable to reach his wife via phone or text message. See Chris Watts’ entire interview with 9News below. Shanann Watts’ vehicle, as well as her purse and medication for the children, were all still at the house, authorities said. Police on Tuesday upgraded the missing persons report to an “Endangered Missing Alert” because of the potential medical concerns with the children.   Investigators conducted multiple interviews and officers canvassed the family’s neighborhood for witnesses and clues. News of the missing mother and daughters soon went national, and Watts did his interview with 9News on Tuesday, in which he described his family’s disappearance as “earth-shattering.”  “I don’t feel like this is even real right now. It’s like a nightmare that I just can’t wake up from,” Watts told a reporter. Watts spoke in loving terms of his daughters.  “Celeste, she’s just a bottle of energy,” he said. “I call her ‘Rampage’ because she's got two speeds: go, or she’s sleeping. She’s always the troublemaker, she’s always the one, like, jumping off things. Bella, she’s the more calm, cautious, mothering type, and she’s more like me -- she’s more calm. Celeste has definitely got her mom’s personality, where she’s all gung-ho, ready to go.” The young father also addressed those who might think he had a hand in his family’s disappearance. “Everybody’s going to have their own opinion on anything like this,” Watts said. “I just want people to know that I want my family back. I want them safe and I want them here. This house is not the same.” Less than 24 hours later, Watts was in custody. A law enforcement source told 9News that Watts confessed to killing his wife and children.  No motive has been established, though The Denver Post reported the couple had serious financial problems over the years. They filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in July 2015, citing liabilities of more than $400,000.  The Wyndham Hill Master Association filed a civil claim against the couple last month, but details of that claim were not immediately available, according to the Post.  >> Read more trending news Shanann Watts wrote on social media about the trips and vacations she had earned for her family through Le-Vel, a health and wellness company that sells nutritional products. The Post reported that Watts’ position with the company appeared to have rejuvenated the family’s finances.  “We have qualified for so many amazing trips in two years that we never otherwise would have been able to visit,” she wrote about trips to New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Diego, Toronto, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.  Chris Watts worked for Anadarko Petroleum Co., according to bankruptcy records.  Le-Vel officials wrote on Facebook Thursday morning that their hearts were broken for Shanann Watts and her daughters.  “Shanann was an amazing woman, mother, friend, and overall person,” the statement read. “She lit up every room and was a joy to be around. Our love, prayers, and support go out during this devastating time to her family, friends, and to all Thrivers who had the great fortune of knowing Shanann and her two beautiful daughters.” Shanann Watts’ brother, Frankie Rzucek, wrote that he just wants to know why his sister and nieces died.  “My precious family, my one and only sibling, my sister Shanann, two adorable nieces, Bella and Celeste, and her soon-to-be-found-out unborn son, Niko,” Rzucek wrote. “I just want 30 seconds alone with that heartless psychopath. May Satan have mercy on his soul.” Some of the more poignant social media posts come from the Facebook page of Shanann Watts herself. In a post that included a photo of one of her girls playing at the beach, the young mother wrote of her fears of letting her daughter out into the world.  “The world is a scary place,” Shanann Watts wrote on Aug. 4, just over a week before their disappearances. “I will do everything in my power to teach her right and to protect her, advocate, stand up for her and defend her. I pray every day that she never feels any less than the rest of the world. I pray that she’s protected when I’m not around to protect her.  “Nothing or no one will stop me.”
  • Two suspects tied to the shooting death of a young father in Jacksonville Beach are now back in town after surrendering to police in Hawaii.  Jail records show Shaquille Walker and Jose Lebron were booked today in the Pre-Trial Detention Facility on charges of tampering with evidence. Walker is also charged with carrying a concealed firearm.   Neither man is charged directly in the late-June death of Leon Bennett, who was shot after what first started as an apparent fight outside the Pier Cantina restaurant.  Both suspects are due to have a first court appearance at 1pm today. 

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