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    Residents of Jacksonville will honor iconic civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday morning with the annual MLK Day parade. It will take place Monday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The parade will start near the Daily’s Place Amphitheater on Bay Street and will end at Johnson Street near the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Attendees can expect to see floats and decorated vehicles representing local businesses and organizations while also exhibiting a theme related to Dr. King’s message. Food and giveaways will also be taking place along the parade route as well as live entertainment from various local bands and performers. -- Action News Jax Beth Rousseau is reporting live in downtown Jacksonville as hundreds prepare for today’s parade on FOX30 at 8 a.m. RELATED: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Junior honored at 33rd annual breakfast | MLK Day of Service: What is it and how to get involved Drivers should expect road closures during the event. There will be other parades on Monday to honor King. The parade in Waycross will meet at 12 p.m. on McDonald Street and MLK Drive. In Fernandina Beach, people will also meet at noon for the parade at Peck Center on South 10th Street. In Lake City, the parade will begin at 10 a.m. on South 10th Street. Banks and the stock market are also closed today. https://t.co/IOpVIHV2VY — Phil Amato (@PhilAmatoANjax) January 20, 2020 MLK DAY LIVE STREAM: The MLK Day Parade in Jacksonville will be streamed live on the Action News Jax website, Facebook and on our all of our apps. Click here to download the free Action News Jax app on your streaming devices. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories TRENDING STORIES:  Massage therapist gives up license for allegedly offering sex act to undercover officer St. Johns deputies searching for man who followed woman holding child around Publix Witness calls Putnam Sheriff’s Office after man in truck follows girl outside school School’s failure to stop racist, sexist bullying led to 9-year-old girl’s suicide, lawsuit states
  • A fire on board the overturned Golden Ray cargo ship was quickly put out this morning. According to the Altamaha Coastkeeper, the fire happened around 11 a.m. Sunday and just days after a new company took over the effortto remove the ship from the water. Action News Jax obtained video of smoke pouring out of the overturned cargo ship off St. Simons Island. It’s the latest drama to happen on the Golden Ray as crews work to remove the 656-foot ship from the water. Danielle Woodard worries about what it’s doing to the environment. TRENDING STORIES:  Massage therapist gives up license for allegedly offering sex act to undercover officer St. Johns deputies searching for man who followed woman holding child around Publix Witness calls Putnam Sheriff’s Office after man in truck follows girl outside school School’s failure to stop racist, sexist bullying led to 9-year-old girl’s suicide, lawsuit states “I heard about it on the news today, and I am just wondering what is going to be the next thing that is going to happen,” Woodard said. The plan is for the ship to be disassembled in place. Action News Jax first told you last September when the ship carrying 4,200 cars flipped on its side. Our cameras captured the breathtaking moment when four crew members were rescued from it. Action News Jax reporter Jamarlo Phillips met Altamaha Coastkeeper Susan Inman at the pier Sunday. “When you have a fire, you have to really be concerned about your air quality, but also your workers on the ship and around the ship. Also, there is so much contaminants still on the ship that could catch fire,” Inman explained. Inman told Action News Jax workers were welding inside the ship when the fire started. She said a piece of metal dropped inside the ship and at least one car caught fire. VIDEO: Overturned cargo ship, #GoldenRay reignites, fire quickly put out, according to a local environmentalist. At least one car caught fire on the ship. @ActionNewsJax first reported back in September when the ship carrying 4,200 cars overturned, 24 people were recused. pic.twitter.com/ElojhKkW5S — Jamarlo Phillips (@JamarloANjax) January 19, 2020 Action News Jax found out last week a new company called T & T Salvage took over operations to remove the ship. “They’re bringing in their own equipment while the other company took their equipment out,” Inman added. Inman said the new company used its own fireboat inside the ship to put out the fire. She says after that happened, the Unified Commandwas brought in to help clean up. “There is so much contaminants still inside besides the cars.We still have close to 50,000 gallons of fuel on board that we couldn’t get to, so this is still a very big concern for the community,” Inman said. Neighbors told Phillips they’re not getting straight answers when they ask exactly how long it’s going to take to remove the ship. 'What’s the next step, what they’re going to do with the boat and what about a projected date?” Woodard said. “When you ask Gallagher the insurance that’s involved, they say within 2020, that’s all we know,” Inman explained. According to the Unified Command, 320,000 gallons of fuel have been removed so far from the Golden Ray. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • With frigid temperatures on the way to Jacksonville, several organizations helped Sunday to make sure some of the area’s most vulnerable residents stay warm this week. Four different ministry groups loaded up their cars and trailers with more than 1,000 blankets and coats for the homeless, and they plan to continue those efforts through the week. Volunteers from 4 different ministry organizations are getting ready to hand out 1,000 blankets and coats to the homeless in downtown #Jacksonville. Details on how you can help and how this effort got started on @ActionNewsJax CBS47 at 6:30 pic.twitter.com/LGw3RZdzKK — Meghan Moriarty (@MeghanANjax) January 19, 2020 Most of the donated blankets are left over from FEMA disaster relief. Mike Linkenauger, the organizer of the drive, said local churches have been collecting coats for the last month in anticipation of cold weather. TRENDING STORIES:  Massage therapist gives up license for allegedly offering sex act to undercover officer St. Johns deputies searching for man who followed woman holding child around Publix Witness calls Putnam Sheriff’s Office after man in truck follows girl outside school School’s failure to stop racist, sexist bullying led to 9-year-old girl’s suicide, lawsuit states As the group hit the streets Downtown, they handed out two blankets and one coat to each person in need they ran into. Linkenauger said this all started because the groups believe everyone deserves to have dignity during difficult times. “The motive behind what we’re doing is really just to love on the homeless population and community,” Linkenauger said. “The blankets, the Bible, the food is just an icebreaker to get to know them and then hopefully help them off the streets and into a better situation.” He said the blankets only last two to three days because of the weather, which is why they plan to continue distributing them through the season. Anyone interested in contributing can contact Quarter Crusade to find out how they can help. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • Action News Jax is working to learn details about a crash on I-295 South near Wilson Boulevard in Westside Jacksonville that trapped one person in a vehicle. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue said the person who was trapped has been freed from the car but is on the way to the hospital with serious injuries. Command has advised that the patient has been extricated and is en route to the hospital with serious injuries.— MyJFRD (@JFRDJAX) January 20, 2020 Driver should expect delays in the area. Check the Action News Jax Traffic Map to see if your drive could be affected. TRENDING STORIES:  Massage therapist gives up license for allegedly offering sex act to undercover officer St. Johns deputies searching for man who followed woman holding child around Publix Witness calls Putnam Sheriff’s Office after man in truck follows girl outside school School’s failure to stop racist, sexist bullying led to 9-year-old girl’s suicide, lawsuit states STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department rescued a man that was stuck in a tree in Atlantic Beach Sunday afternoon. Exclusive video taken from the scene shows a ladder truck ascending into a large oak tree. JFRD tweeted that the man was rescued from the tree safely and was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The person has been removed to the tree and is on the ground safely....the patient will be transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.— MyJFRD (@JFRDJAX) January 19, 2020 TRENDING STORIES:  Massage therapist gives up license for allegedly offering sex act to undercover officer St. Johns deputies searching for man who followed woman holding child around Publix Witness calls Putnam Sheriff’s Office after man in truck follows girl outside school School’s failure to stop racist, sexist bullying led to 9-year-old girl’s suicide, lawsuit states STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • A woman was killed Saturday night in a head-on crash in Lake City, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash happened just before 10 p.m. on U.S. 90 near Northwest Noegel Road, FHP said in a news release. TRENDING STORIES:  Massage therapist gives up license for allegedly offering sex act to undercover officer St. Johns deputies searching for man who followed woman holding child around Publix Witness calls Putnam Sheriff’s Office after man in truck follows girl outside school School’s failure to stop racist, sexist bullying led to 9-year-old girl’s suicide, lawsuit states A 2009 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by 27-year-old John Hinrichs of Lake City was traveling westbound on U.S. 90, the release said. The Mercury crossed over the center line and traveled into the eastbound lane, striking the front of a 2004 Toyota Rav4 driven by 64-year-old Jane Kaufman of Lake City. Kaufman was pronounced dead at the scene, FHP said. Hinrichs had minor injuries as a result of the crash, but refused treatment. There were no passengers in either vehicle and both drivers were wearing seat belts, FHP said. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • The story of a Jacksonville girl kidnapped from her family debuted as a movie Saturday night. Action News Jax reporter Meghan Moriarty spoke with Kamiyah Mobley’s family about their thoughts after seeing the movie for the first time. Mobley’s father, Craig Aiken, said family members didn’t get to play a big role in how it was produced. TRENDING STORIES:  Massage therapist gives up license for allegedly offering sex act to undercover officer St. Johns deputies searching for man who followed woman holding child around Publix Witness calls Putnam Sheriff’s Office after man in truck follows girl outside school School’s failure to stop racist, sexist bullying led to 9-year-old girl’s suicide, lawsuit states Aiken said neither he or Kamiyah’s mother Shanara Mobley were consulted when it came to this movie. He believes their point of view was missing from the film and greatly needed to show the entire story from their perspective. Kamiyah Mobley was kidnapped from a Jacksonville hospital in 1998 and then reunited with her parents in 2017 when she was 18 . Now, her story is being told in a Lifetime movie, “Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story” “I don’t approve of the name or the angle that came with it,” Aiken said. Aiken felt that the movie didn’t show the full story. “The truth that I wanted people to see from beginning to end was also not of the kidnapper or the child that had been kidnapped but the struggle of the parents and the situation what they had to go through,” Aiken said. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories Aiken said he was a little nervous to watch the film with his daughter, but he was also proud of her for sharing her story and decided to host a viewing party at Onyx Sports Bar on the Northside, “to share some of the experience that my daughter went through,” Aiken said. Kamiyah Mobley didn’t want to share her feelings on the movie, but gathered with her family at a showing in Brentwood. It appeared she didn’t show a lot of emotion as she watched the movie. Aiken said he applauds the movie itself, but wants people to keep in mind that it is just a film. “This is not us. This is not our life. This is not coming from us. This is coming from Lifetime,” he said. Gloria Williams was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 2018 for the kidnapping of Kamiyah Mobley. Aiken said that he doesn’t dislike the movie, but it just isn’t their story. He said he and his daughter are catching up for the time they lost all those years and he looks forward to creating new memories with her. SEE ORIGINAL COVERAGE FROM ACTION NEWS JAX ON THE 1998 SEARCH FOR KAMIYAH MOBLEY - Video from 1998: Kamiyah Mobley’s mother says “I just want my baby back” -Video from 1998: Sheriff Nat Glover canvasses community looking for tips on missing Kamiyah Mobley -Video from 1998: Grandmother of Kamiyah Mobley, Jacksonville newborn taken just hours after birth -Video from 1998: Police search for missing Jacksonville newborn Kamiyah Mobley

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  • Police in Fayetteville, North Carolina, said a man broke into a home and forced a woman and a 1-month-old boy into a car at gunpoint, according to WTVD. The home invasion and kidnapping happened Monday at 1:12 a.m. Wani Thomas broke into a home on Tangerine Drive and forced Jasmine Livermore and the baby boy, Nathaniel Thomas, into a vehicle, police said. Authorities are currently searching for all three. Thomas is considered armed and dangerous and last seen wearing a brown jacket with blue jeans. Livermore, 20, was last seen wearing gray pants, a brown shirt and a camouflage jacket. Anyone with information should call Fayetteville police at (910) 676-2597 or Cumberland County Crimestoppers at (910) 483-8477.
  • The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department rescued a man that was stuck in a tree in Atlantic Beach Sunday afternoon.  Video taken from the scene shows a ladder truck ascending into a large oak tree.   JFRD tweeted that the man was rescued from the tree safely and was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
  • As many as six people were shot in a violent weekend across Jacksonville. And the common thing in all these cases, no arrests. Two of the shootings happened within a block of each other on Justina Road in Arlington.  A man was sitting at a bus stop by when he was shot by someone in a red SUV on Saturday afternoon.  Hours later a person was shot nearby and hospitalized with injuries.  Late Sunday night a man was shot in the leg on Old Kings near Edgewood. The man was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  On Friday night two men in their 20's were injured in a shooting off Kings Road on the northwest side.  One man was hit in the lower leg and the other was struck in the upper torso. Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment.  JSO says the shooting happened in a Shot Spotter area, and the technology system captured three gunshots.  On Friday around 8pm, a man in his 30’s was shot and killed on Brooklyn Road in the Moncrief area. JSO detectives were trying to locate any witnesses or video surveillance. 
  • Coming off a weekend in the 70's, a strong cold front brought drenching rain on Sunday afternoon, followed by a chill. Action News Jax Meteorologist Corey Simma is tracking temps well below average.  “Mostly sunny and cold with temperatures in the 50’s all day. And then clear and cold Monday night and Tuesday morning with some patchy inland frost”, said Simma.   Tuesday looks to be the coldest day this week, as we’ll struggle to reach 50 degrees. A breeze will keep it feeling even colder. We stay below average on Wednesday, with temperatures only in the 50’s.  The mid-60’s return on Thursday, and on Friday we’ll be near 70 but with scattered showers. 
  • The Jacksonville Humane Society and Animal Care and Protective Services announced the city of Jacksonville, once again, earned the no-kill designation for the year of 2019. According to Best Friends Animal Society, “A no-kill community is a city or town in which every brick-and-mortar shelter serving and/or located within that community has reached a 90% save rate or higher and adheres to the no-kill philosophy, saving every animal who can be saved.'  According to a release put out by the JHS, the save rate for APCS was 90 percent and for JHS it was 95 percent, making a citywide save rate of 93 percent.  In total, 16,874 animals entered the JHS shelters in 2019, which is a significant decrease from 19,366 animals in 2018, according to the JHS.  According to JHS, Jacksonville earned the distinction of being the largest city in the United States to earn a no-kill status. The city has maintained that status until last year when ACPS save rate fell to 86 percent.  “Examining the data and trends in 2017 and 2018 resulted in our renewed focus on cats and kittens in 2019,” said Deisler. “As a community, we had to take a look at ourselves ask – what can we do to save those lives? We knew that with the help of our community, a return to no-kill was possible. We are excited about the results from 2019 and even more excited for 2020. Thank you, Jacksonville!”

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