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    A local nurse was arrested Wednesday after allegedly taking a number of narcotics from the hospital where she worked. The nurse has since been terminated from that hospital, the arrest report said. Brittany Nicole Norman, 32, of Saint Johns was arrested Wednesday for 'obtaining controlled substances by fraud,' according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. The director of risk management at Memorial Hospital contacted a JSO detective about an investigation of 'nurse diversion,' the report said. According to the report, the director said a service line administrator received a number of complaints about Norman. An initial audit of medications pulled by Norman was conducted by a nurse manager, officials said. The narcotics audit revealed the following, having been taken between Aug. 15 and Sept. 1: Morphine 2 mg 1024(9) Morphine 2 mg 1102(9) reassess 1119(3) B.N reassess by MM Morphine 2 mg B.N. Morphine 4 mg B.N. Morphine 4 mg given at 1432 (9) reassess 1520(3) B.N Morphine 2 mg given 1719(9) reassess 1737(3) B.N Morphine 4 mg IV (verbal order) 1258(9) reassess 1336(3) BN Morphine 4 mg iv 1631(9) BN (Verbal Order) Morphine 4mg 1816(8) BN The report said one of the doctors was interviewed about one of the verbal orders for morphine that Norman charted as ordered and administered. The doctor denied giving that order, the report said. A detective interviewed Norman Wednesday and questioned her about the incidents of questionable narcotics pulls, the report said. He then arrested her. Norman has since been released from custody.
  • The Clay County Sheriff's Office says Joseph Lee Woodall, 67, is missing. Woodall is a white male with green eyes and brown hair. He is approximately 6-foot-3 and weighs 170 pounds. Deputies say he was last seen in the Middleburg area Monday evening and is possibly driving a beige, 2004 Ford F-150 with a Tennessee license plate. Woodall is considered endangered due to serious health concerns. The Sheriff's Office says to call (904) 264-6512 if you see him or know his whereabouts. MISSING ENDANGERED PERSON 9.19.2018, 11 AM: 67-year-old, Joseph Lee Woodall is missing and we need the community’s help. Joseph is a white male with green eyes and brown hair. He is approximately 6’3”, weighing around 170 lbs. He was last seen in the Middleburg area. #CCSOFL pic.twitter.com/r6qrpbqNl3 — Clay County Sheriff's Office, FL (@ccsofl) September 19, 2018
  • Right now, there’s a bill making its way through Washington, D.C. that could end up helping doctors on the front lines who treat babies who are born addicted to opioids. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio helped pass the bill in the Senate and it’s now awaiting approval in the house before it heads to the president’s desk. Inside the neonatal unit of UF Health Jacksonville, babies born with a drug dependency problem is not uncommon.  .@SenBillNelson just wrapped up visit to @UFHealthJax’s neonatal unit. Next at 5, how a bipartisan bill may secure funding to help babies who are born addicted to #opioids @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/VJjNAP6vPF — Lorena Inclán (@LorenaANjax) September 19, 2018 Dr. Padma Nandula said it takes weeks to wean them off opioids. “Some are between 17 to 19 days is what we have in our unit over the last three years, so we hope to get it down by at least 1 to 2 days maybe,” said Nandula. Doctors at UF Health Jacksonville hope that potential funding from a bipartisan bill will help them. Nelson toured the neonatal intensive care unit Wednesday. “These children that are born dependent on opioids because the mother is addicted then the children, you can’t just not treat them,” said Nelson. While those on the front lines await more funding, Nelson said some strides are already being made to combat opioid addiction. “The medical community is now not sending you home with a bottle of 30 Percocet. They’re sending you home with maybe 3 to 4 pills in the bottle,” said Nelson. If the bill passes the house and gets signed into law, Nelson said it would mean more dollars for research. Nandula said research a crucial component to combat this crisis. “We also want to know that whether the steps that we have taken, whether they’re the right steps or not,” said Nandula. Another potential use for the funding is to create a separate environment for the babies who are being weaned off the drugs to help them recover more quickly. More than $50 million of the @HHSGov award will go to help increase access to medication-assisted treatment & the rest will go to federally funded community health centers to expand access to #mentalhealth services. #opioidcrisis #Florida @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews — Lorena Inclán (@LorenaANjax) September 19, 2018 STORY: Marijuana packages wash ashore on St. Augustine Beach  
  • A local man is teaching young men and teens how to channel their energy into boxing and martial arts. Dr. Anthony Mitchell teaches Shen-Ku boxing and martial arts to teens and young men from urban parts of Jacksonville. “We need things that are going to stop the violence, stop the aggression, get them to become productive citizens,” said Mitchell. The working-class neighborhoods surrounding his makeshift gym where the young men train can be tough. It’s not far from where teen Jovan Mills was shot near a school bus stop this week. STORY: Bus driver takes high school student with gunshot wound to fire station “I just cut his hair Saturday,” said Darrell Brown. “Sometimes it’s unfortunate the environment they live in.” That’s why Mitchell is recruiting teens and young men one by one, to put the guns down and gloves up. “This is our way of pulling the trigger,” said Frank Norman. “If you don’t want to put on the gloves, but you want to pick up a gun, tell me what kind of man you are,” Gerald Sanders said. If you know anyone who would want to get involved in training with Mitchell, you can email him at dr.ahenrimitchell@gmail.com. STORY: Local parents concerned over violence in schools
  • The storm is located about 500 miles east of the Windward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is forecast to dissipate over the weekend. Tropical Depression Eleven has formed in the Atlantic. Forecast to dissipate over the weekend. #FirstAlertWX #TD11 @actionnewsjax @wokvnews pic.twitter.com/6u1NdEZ0vH — Garrett Bedenbaugh (@wxgarrett) September 22, 2018 NHC is monitoring 4 systems with a chance to develop over the next 5 days. The latest full outlook is available here: https://t.co/NERCKLZFZm pic.twitter.com/nhqA6wd5lk — National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 22, 2018
  • Multiple Action News Jax sources said Jabar Gaffney surrendered to police outside a Southside home Friday. Gaffney went to Raines High School and played wide receiver for the University of Florida and multiple NFL teams. Multiple @ActionNewsJax sources say Jabar Gaffney was the suicidal person taken into custody by #JSO on #Jacksonville's Southside today. Gaffney played WR for Raines, UF, & multiple NFL teams. Court records show yesterday, he pleaded not guilty to felony criminal mischief charge. pic.twitter.com/S2R9SAaRk2 — Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) September 22, 2018 Court records show that Gaffney pleaded not guilty to a felony criminal mischief charge on Thursday. Neighbors in Highland Glen on Beach Boulevard say police told them to stay in their homes. They described officers with rifles walking around their neighborhood. RELATED: NFL suspends Dante Fowler for Week 1 against New York Giants “[The officers said] hands up! Hands in the air!” said neighbor Greg Wilkes. “Then it seemed like at that point, we looked out and saw a policeman kind of hunched down behind our car, guns drawn, ready for anything to happen,” Wilkes said. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said officers were called for an armed suicidal person.  They said SWAT had to intervene, and the person exited the home minutes later. LOCAL: 15-month-old dies after incident at a local day care Police said he was taken to a mental health facility under the Baker Act. In July Gaffney and his girlfriend are accused of doing more than $1,000 worth of damage to a former teammate's vehicle at Jacksonville Beach. Court records show Gaffney has three other misdemeanor arrests dating back to 2017 and a domestic violence injunction. #JSO says Gaffney was armed. They say he was taken to a Mental Health Resource Center under the provisions of a Baker Act. WATCH @ActionNewsJax at 10. https://t.co/cJmAsf5dfK — Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) September 22, 2018
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office robbery unit responded to an incident on the 2600 block of University Blvd. JSO said a young adult male was shot during a robbery attempt. The officer said the young man told them four men came up to him and tried to steal his money. JSO said the man is in the hospital with not life-threatening injuries.   

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  • A Florida Uber driver allegedly refused to let her fare out of the car Wednesday, forcing the female passenger to jump from the window of the moving vehicle, police said.  Destiny Racquel Green, 30, is charged with kidnapping to commit or facilitate a felony and false imprisonment. Leon County Jail records showed Green remained in jail Friday afternoon.  Tallahassee police officers were called early Wednesday morning to a Walgreens parking lot following a 911 call in which the victim -- who identified herself on social media as Brooke Adkins, 19, a college student from St. Petersburg -- could be heard screaming for help in the background, according to WTXL in Midway. When the officers arrived, they found Adkins with torn jeans, soaked through with blood, and scrapes on her hands.  Adkins told officers she had been hanging out with friends at a Tallahassee club when she called for an Uber to take her home, the news station reported. She showed officers the app on her cellphone, which showed Green as the driver assigned to her.  Police officials said that, on the way to Adkins’ home, Adkins asked Green to instead drop her off at The Edge, an apartment complex near Florida State University. Things started getting weird at that point, Adkins said in Twitter posts.  “I was already at my destination and she asked me if I could ride around more with her,” Adkins wrote. “I told her she could take me around the block but to keep the meter on (just in case), and after that she would not let me get out of the car.” Adkins, who was seated in the back seat of the vehicle, wrote that the child lock was on the doors of Green’s car.  As the two women drove around, Green was pulled over near Florida State University by a state trooper. WTXL reported that, during the stop, Green asked Adkins to put her hands on the center console and hold it down.  Adkins found the request odd, but did as Green asked.  >> Read more trending news The Tampa Bay Times reported that Green told her passenger she was taking her to the hospital. Adkins told her she did not need to go to a hospital, but Green refused to stop. “Adkins said she asked Green to let her out of the vehicle at almost every stoplight, and Green continuously said ‘no’ and nothing else,” police officials said, according to the Times.  Adkins called 911. About 25 minutes after Green passed Adkins’ drop-off spot, Adkins made her move. She rolled down the window, holding the button down so Green couldn’t roll it back up, and jumped, police said.  Investigators caught up with Green at her home later that day, WTXL reported. Before they could say anything, Green told them she’d quit working for Uber because of “the girl” to whom she had given a ride, the news station said.  Green said Adkins had wanted to go to the hospital, but did not say why, police said. She told them Adkins jumped from the car on the way to Capital Regional Medical Center, WTXL reported. Investigators wrote in police reports that Green made several comments that were non sequiturs and seemed paranoid during questioning, the news station said.  An Uber spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that what Adkins reported to police is “troubling.” “We have removed the driver from the app and stand ready to support the police investigation,” the spokesperson said.  Adkins took to social media Wednesday to warn other young women of the dangers surrounding them. The initial tweet, which included photos of her torn jeans and battered legs, has since been retweeted more than 91,000 times.  “Tonight, I realized that being kidnapped from an Uber driver is 100 (percent) real,” Adkins wrote. “I’m so thankful that I got out OK, but jumping out a moving car window and running for help has to be the scariest thing I’ve ever gone thru (sic).” She wrote that she wanted girls to be aware and to always remain safe.  “Kidnapping has been happening more recently than ever and I want to raise awareness that everyone just needs to be safe and aware of your surroundings, and also who you are with,” Adkins wrote. 
  • After posting a schedule for a Monday morning vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, unable to work out an agreement for testimony from a woman who accused the judge of sexual misconduct back when they were teenagers, Republicans gave extra time to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to consider testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It’s not my normal approach to b indecisive,” Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) tweeted late Friday night from his home state of Iowa, as he tried to both press ahead with a vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, and hold open the possibility of testimony from Ford. The late night change of heart created an odd mixture of reaction, as even after Grassley said he was giving more time to Ford’s legal team, Democrats were still churning out news releases after midnight criticizing Republicans for their treatment of the allegations against Kavanaugh. “By blocking both an FBI investigation and a hearing where all three witnesses present during the assault could answer questions under oath, the Senate will fail in its duty to the American people,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Judge Kavanaugh I just granted another extension to Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed w the statement she made last week to testify to the senate She shld decide so we can move on I want to hear her. I hope u understand. It’s not my normal approach to b indecisive — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 22, 2018 With all the extensions we give Dr Ford to decide if she still wants to testify to the Senate I feel like I’m playing 2nd trombone in the judiciary orchestra and Schumer is the conductor — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 22, 2018 As the sun rose on Saturday morning, it still wasn’t clear whether Ford would testify. “Dr. Blasey Ford has been clear in her desire to testify following an independent, thorough investigation by the FBI,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). But Republicans were still suspicious of the allegations brought by Ford, who says she was sexually attacked by Kavanaugh at a high school party in the 1980’s. “Their decision to reveal this allegation at the most politically damaging moment reeks of opportunism,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Under the timeline originally unveiled by the Judiciary Committee on Friday night, Republicans scheduled a vote for Monday morning on a list of judges, with one prominent name at the top of the list: “Brett M. Kavanaugh, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States,” it read. The recalcitrance, stubbornness and lack of cooperation we’ve seen from Republicans is unprecedented. And candidly, the dismissive treatment of Dr. Ford is insulting to all sexual assault survivors. — Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 22, 2018 Ford’s lawyers wanted her to testify next Thursday – Grassley and Republicans were offering Wednesday. There was also talk of Ford talking directly to investigators in California, instead of traveling to Washington, D.C.
  • The East Coast is no stranger to hurricanes and the destruction that follows. The Saffir-Simpson scale was developed to help determine damage and flooding before it strikes.   What is a hurricane?  A hurricane is a rotating low-pressure weather system that converts the energy of warm air into winds and waves. Hurricanes have “warm core” centers, meaning the center of the storm is warmer than the surrounding air. Warm ocean temperatures and wind patterns that spiral air inward are necessary for a hurricane to form.>>How to use the internet during the storm when your internet is down The “eye” of the storm is produced as the warm air rises in the storm’s center and a center of low pressure is created. When the pressure in that area drops, more air is pulled in, creating a sort of heat-pump effect that causes the storm to repeat the process and grow in intensity. The storm will continue to do so until it’s supply of warm water is interrupted. Thunderstorms spiral out from the eye and the water is pushed ahead of the storm, building what is called a 'storm surge.' The storm surge forms to the east of the eye. >>What is a storm surge and why is it dangerous? When a system has sustained winds of 39 mph, it is classified as a tropical depression. When the winds reach 39 mph or higher, the depression becomes a tropical storm and is given a name.  At 74 mph, the system is a hurricane.  What is the Saffir-Simpson scale and what does it have to do with hurricanes?  The tropical system is assigned a category depending on its wind speed. Here are the categories, the wind speeds and what those winds will likely do once the system makes landfall: >>What is the Saffir-Simpson scale; how does it work; is there a Category 6?  Category 1 -- 74 to 95 mph: Very dangerous winds will produce some damage. Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to the roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.  Category 2 -- 96 to 110 mph: Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly-rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.  Category 3 -- 111-129 mph: Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes. Category 3 storms and above are considered major hurricanes.  Category 4 -- 130-156 mph: Catastrophic damage will occur. Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.  Category 5 -- 157 mph or higher: Catastrophic damage will occur. A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and walls collapsing. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.   Here is a video that shows the increasing level of damage in each category.  
  • Hurricanes can leave behind tons of damage, including flooding. But did you know that treading through the wrong kind of water can cause illnesses or even death? Floodwaters and standing water are often contaminated, posing several risks, such as infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries. Here are six sicknesses you should beware of in the aftermath: Diarrheal diseases Drinking or eating anything that has come in contact with floodwaters can lead to cryptosporidiosis, E. coli or giardiasis. While cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis are brought on by parasites, E. coli is caused by bacteria. Symptoms from each include diarrhea, gas, nausea and vomiting. Cryptosporidiosis, however, can even be fatal for those with weakened immune systems, such as AIDS or cancer.  Wound infections Open wounds and rashes that are exposed to floodwater can cause tetanus or Vibrio vulnificus. Tetanus is a bacterial infection, and it can enter the body through breaks in the skin like a cut. >> 10 tips to stay safe when returning home after a natural disaster Vibrio vulnificus, another bacteria, can be contracted the same way. Many people become infected by consuming undercooked shellfish or exposing an injury to brackish or salt water. Other illnesses  People affected by flooded areas can also get trench foot. It occurs when your feet are wet for long periods of time. It can cause pain, swelling and numbness. >> Read more trending news  You should also be aware of chemical hazards from materials that may have spilled into the water. And be cautious of electrical hazards, since there are puddles that may be electrified due to fallen power lines. Curious about other diseases you can catch? Take a look at the full list at CDC’s official website. 
  • A hurricane leaves a path of destruction and many are left trying to figure out how to begin the chore of cleaning up and repairing their property.  >> Read more trending news  Insurance companies will send claims teams to the affected areas after the event so that customers can get the process of filing a claim started and get the money to repair their property in a timely manner.  Here is a step-by-step guide on how to file an insurance claim following a hurricane or flood:  1. It is important to file the claim with your insurer as soon as possible. Thousands of people will be filing claims, and you want to get yours as high as you can on the list.  2. The Insurance Information Institute, an organization that provides information on insurance issues, suggests you make temporary repairs to your home if they are needed to protect it from further damage. Save the receipts for supplies so you can turn them in for reimbursement.  3. Once you are able to speak to an insurer, you will need to ask these questions: Is the damage you described covered under the terms of your policy? How long do you have to file a claim? How long will it take to process the claim? Do you need estimates for repairs? 4. This step is very important: Once you make the claim, be sure to write down the claim number. Again, insurers will be dealing with thousands of people -- make it easy for them to communicate with you about your claim by having the claim number written down where you can find it. 5. When you speak to your insurer, record the day and time of the conversation and with whom you spoke. Take notes about what is said and if any monetary amounts are mentioned. 6. You need to be ready to provide an accurate description of damages to your insurer. If you can safely do it, walk around your home and make notes on what was damaged.  7. After you contact them, your insurance company with send you a “proof of loss” form to complete or will send an adjuster – a person trained to assess the damage to property – to your home to get the information on your losses. To speed this process along, start gathering information about your property and the items that were lost or destroyed. A proof of loss form will ask you to describe the items damaged or destroyed, provide the approximate date of purchase and estimate the cost to repair it or replace it. If you happen to be able to produce receipts for items, that would be a help as well. 8. Another step you can take to document what was damaged is to photograph or videotape the damage. Be sure to point out structural damage in the photos or video. 9. Do not throw out damaged items. You want an adjuster to see them first. 10. If you are unable to live in your home and must stay elsewhere, keep all receipts for any living expenses – hotel rooms, food, and other costs of evacuation. Most homeowner policies that cover windstorm damage will cover those costs. 11. Be wary of anyone who comes to your door offering to do repairs or claiming to be insurance adjusters.  12. If you have no insurance, you can register for federal disaster relief at DisasterAssistance.gov. You do that by downloading the FEMA mobile app or by calling 1-800-621-3362.  Disaster assistance can help with temporary housing, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses, including crisis counseling and legal assistance. Click here for more information on FEMA aid. Water vs. wind: What is covered? Hurricanes cause wind and water damage. Homeowners insurance covers these hazards in a different way.  >>Does insurance cover hail damage to your car, house? Homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage – including flooding that is caused by storm surge. You would have needed to have flood insurance to pay for damages caused by water beforehand. Structures or belongings that were damaged by flooding are covered only by flood insurance. Wind damage is not covered in some coastal states. You would have had to purchase a separate windstorm policy in advance, which is a common thing in those coastal states. Both North Carolina and South Carolina are states where insurance companies can charge special deductibles for wind damage. Damage to your car is generally covered by your automobile insurance. Finally, be patient. It may take a while for someone to get to you and assess your damages.    

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