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    Earlier this week the First Alert Weather team alerted you to the hottest Memorial Day weekend in more than a decade, with temperatures reaching as high as 96 today. TRENDING:  Officials working to contain Yellow Bluff wildfire that closed I-95, investigating cause of fire Restaurant Report: Customers ask for refund after hearing latest inspection at local eatery Here's your traffic information regarding the Yellow Bluff fire Florida governor signs bill allowing military teens to wear uniforms at graduation St. Augustine student says she was suspended indefinitely over gun photo The First Alert Weather team says temperatures are forecast to reach 96 Sunday and 99 on Monday. Many braved the heat to head to the beaches and the annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival. “Definitely paying attention to the forecast and scheduling my day around the temperatures,” said festival attendee Liz Peña. Packed floor for The Wobble. #AARPDanceParty #JaxJazzFest pic.twitter.com/xDjGJGvZnP — AARP Jacksonville (@aarpjax) May 25, 2019 The Jacksonville Transportation Authority took to Twitter to let people know about their buses that turned into downtown cooling stations. It's hot out here at the 2019 @JaxJazzFest!@JTAFLA has provided cooling buses in several areas of the venue. Thank you JTA! 1: Clay & Adams 2: Julia & Adams 3: Monroe South of Hemming Park#Heat #stayhydrated #JaxReady #COJ #Jazz #JaxJazzFest @CityofJax @JSOPIO @JTAFLA pic.twitter.com/ozYEDXWsBJ — JaxReady (@JaxReady) May 25, 2019 “Actually it’s pretty good because I just walked down to the courthouse, and then back, and then back to the courthouse,” festival attendee Charlene West said. “And then on the way back I decided it was time to cool off. It’s a good thing to have.” At last word from JSO, there were eight calls for medical service at the festival on Saturday. But no one was taken to the hospital and there were no obvious heat-related illnesses. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • UPDATE 6:10 P.M.:  Police have cleared a vehicle that flipped on the Mathews bridge and reported that lanes are open and traffic is moving in both directions. #JSO has been able to clear overturned vehicle on the Matthews Bridge. Lanes are open and traffic is flowing again. https://t.co/7EMHAFqkDZ — Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) May 25, 2019 TRENDING:  Officials working to contain Yellow Bluff wildfire that closed I-95, investigating cause of fire Restaurant Report: Customers ask for refund after hearing latest inspection at local eatery Here's your traffic information regarding the Yellow Bluff fire Florida governor signs bill allowing military teens to wear uniforms at graduation St. Augustine student says she was suspended indefinitely over gun photo A crash on the Mathews Bridge is causing serious traffic delays in both directions, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. JSO said that both eastbound lanes of the Arlington Expressway on the bridge are closed. #JSO working crash on the Matthews Bridge. Both eastbound lanes are blocked at this time. Find alternate routes out of downtown. @JFRDJAX — Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) May 25, 2019 Heavy congestion is visible on the Department of Transportation traffic cameras and the westbound lanes also appear to be experiencing heavy traffic STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • According to a tweet from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, crews are responded Saturday afternoon to a vehicle submerged in a retention pond off Interstate 95 at exit 333. The most professional police and fire agencies ive ever had the pleasure to provide pt care with. S/O to @JSOPIO @JFRDJAX @SJCFireRescue pic.twitter.com/9uUNoS9BRM — Junior Rios (@jrbxallday76) May 26, 2019 #BREAKING per @JFRDJAX: NB I95 at exit 333, vehicle in the water. One person has been pulled from the submerged car and is en route to the hospital with critical injuries. Wrecker driver on scene told me car still in the water. #ANJaxBreaking pic.twitter.com/fFDi3AV6FY — Ryan Nelson (@RyanANJax) May 25, 2019 Crews are responding to a traffic accident northbound on i95 at exit 333 to a vehicle in the water .....crews on scene along with St John’s County Fire Rescue — MyJFRD (@JFRDJAX) May 25, 2019 One person was seen being rescued from the water on the Department of Transportation traffic cam before they were given CPR and brought into an ambulance. TRENDING:  Officials working to contain Yellow Bluff wildfire that closed I-95, investigating cause of fire Restaurant Report: Customers ask for refund after hearing latest inspection at local eatery Here's your traffic information regarding the Yellow Bluff fire Florida governor signs bill allowing military teens to wear uniforms at graduation St. Augustine student says she was suspended indefinitely over gun photo JFRD said the person was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories  
  • At last check, the Yellow Bluff fire has burned a little over 650 acres and is 55% contained. Crews have spent the last few days battling the flames, but there’s still plenty of work left to do to contain the fire and prevent any flare ups. I’m told by @JFRDJAX they are standing by monitoring any flareups and making sure the wildfire doesn’t spread onto I-95 @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/7RvL2BUx7F — Alicia Tarancon (@AliciaANJax) May 25, 2019 Jeremy Olson works with the St. Johns River Water Management District. On Saturday he was called in by the Florida Forest Service because of his access to a very specialized piece of equipment, the Marsh Master. “The Florida Forest Service works closely with us and so they knew we had this machine and they were giving us a heads up starting today this would be a good day to move this onto the fire,” Olson said.   TRENDING:  Officials working to contain Yellow Bluff wildfire that closed I-95, investigating cause of fire Restaurant Report: Customers ask for refund after hearing latest inspection at local eatery Here's your traffic information regarding the Yellow Bluff fire Florida governor signs bill allowing military teens to wear uniforms at graduation St. Augustine student says she was suspended indefinitely over gun photo St. Johns River Water Management District tells Action News Jax that this machine is a mix between a pontoon boat and a bulldozer. It is able to go into these marshy areas where bull dozers can’t go. “It can go on mud and into vegetation that regular fire control equipment would get stuck in,” Olson said. The Marsh Master has the ability to put out fires too. Using the machine’s tracks and it’s sharp roller chopper, it’s able to push down these thick shrubs. It’s hard to see from this picture but the flames are still active and we can see them from SR 17 @ActionNewsJax @ActionTraffic @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/sWktj0L0HA — Alicia Tarancon (@AliciaANJax) May 23, 2019 “It’s wet underneath the vegetation and so once we mash it down it’ll kind of make a fire control line that way,” Olson said. The Marsh Master is establishing those fire lines along the northern marsh areas where the Florida Forest Service couldn’t get to earlier in the week. Once Olson finishes with an area, fire crews come in and spray the smoldering pieces of wood with water preventing any flare ups from happening. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories

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  • It's underway all summer. The Blue Star Museums 2019 program has kicked off, allowing the nation's active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, to visit participating museums free of charge.  The 2019 program officially started on Saturday, May 18th, which is Armed Forces Day, and will run through Labor Day on Monday, September, 2nd.  Locally, military families will be able to visit the following museums free of charge:  Jacksonville  -Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens  -Mandarin Museum & Historical Society  -MOCA Jacksonville  -Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum  Jacksonville Beach  -Beaches Museum  St. Augustine  -Lightner Museum  -St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum  To find museums outside of Northeast Florida, click HERE. The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums.
  • A judge sentenced the man who admitted to killing a Wisconsin couple last year before holding their 13-year-old daughter captive for three months to life in prison without the possibility of supervised release. >> Read more trending news Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, appeared before a Barron County judge for sentencing in the killing of James and Denise Closs and the kidnapping of their daughter, Jayme, according to the Duluth News Tribune. He pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide for gunning down James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, in the early morning hours of Oct. 15. He also pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping for abducting Jayme. >> Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs, killing her parents Update 4:30 p.m. EDT May 24: A judge sentenced Patterson to life in prison without the possibility of parole for each of the intentional homicide charges to which Patterson pleaded guilty. The judge also gave Patterson the maximum sentence -- 40 years -- for kidnapping Jayme. Update 4:20 p.m. EDT May 24: In a brief, tearful statement in court, Patterson said he “would do like, absolutely anything to take back what I did.” “I would die,” he said. “I would.” Patterson’s attorneys asked a judge to sentence him to life in prison without the possibility of parole until 2072 for the killings of James and Denise Closs. The sentencing hearing is ongoing. Update 3:30 p.m. EDT May 24: In a statement read by an attorney Friday in court, Jayme said Patterson took many things from her but that, “He can never take my spirit away.” “He thought he could make me like him, but he was wrong,” she said. “He can’t stop me from being happy and moving forward with my life. I will go on to do great things in my life, and he will not. Jake Patterson will never have any power over me.” Chris Gramstrup, an attorney representing Jayme, read the victim impact statement in court. “He stole my parents from me,” Jayme said in the statement. “He stole almost everything I loved from me. For 88 days, he tried to steal me, and he didn’t care who he hurt or who he killed to do that. He should stay locked up forever.” Prosecutors said Jayme and her mother heard Patterson shoot and kill James Closs as they huddled together in a bathtub. Denise Closs called 911 as Patterson tried to batter down the bathroom door. Once he broke down the door, he wrestled the phone from Denise Closs and ordered her to tape Jayme’s mouth, hands and feet, prosecutors said. He told authorities that he thought she was doing a bad job, so he put down his shotgun to do it himself. Once Jayme was restrained, authorities said he picked up his shotgun again and, with Jayme feet from her mother, shot Denise Closs in the head. He then dragged Jayme to his car, threw her in the trunk and drove her to his home, where she was held captive for 88 days. Through Gramstrup, Jayme said her parents “did all they could to make me happy and protect me.” “He took them away from me forever,” Jayme said. “I felt safe in my home and I love my room and all of my belongings. He took all of that too. I don’t want to even see my home or my stuff because of the memory of that night. My parents and my home were the most important things in my life.” She said that since her escape in January, “It’s too hard for me to go out in public.” “I get scared and I get anxious,” she said. Prosecutors said Jayme escaped from Patterson’s home Jan. 10 after he left her alone. Original report: Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said members of Jayme’s family are expected to give statements at Friday’s hearing, MPR News reported. The court proceeding is expected to last several hours, according to CNN. Under Wisconsin law, Patterson will face a mandatory life sentence for each of the homicide convictions, the Duluth News Tribune reported. The main question for Friday will be whether Patterson will eventually be eligible for parole, according to the newspaper. >> Who is Jake Thomas Patterson? Suspect in Jayme Closs kidnapping identified Authorities said Patterson admitted to targeting Jayme after seeing her get on a school bus while he was driving home from work one day. He told investigators he did not know the Closses before the attack. Jayme told authorities she woke early on the morning of Oct. 15 when the family dog started barking. She woke her parents and then hid with her mother in a bathroom. Investigators said Patterson shot and killed James Closs before he found Jayme and Denise Closs in the bathroom. >> Jayme Closs kidnapping: Suspect charged in Closs murders, bail set at $5 million Jayme said Patterson killed her mother before dragging her to his car and driving her to what would turn out to be his home in Douglas County. He was arrested after Jayme escaped Jan. 10 from his home and flagged down a woman walking her dog. >> Jayme Closs to be given $25K reward after she saved herself from accused kidnapper Jayme told investigators Patterson made her hide under the bed in his bedroom for as many as 12 hours at a time without food, water or bathroom breaks. She escaped after Patterson left her alone in the home 88 days after he first abducted her. Jayme is living with her aunt and uncle, the Stevens Point Journal reported.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is actively investigating on the Westside, after a man called 911, claiming he had just shot someone attempting to break into his home. Police say this happened on North Dover Cliff Drive in the Pilgrims Trace neighborhood.  When officers arrived, they say they found a man dead in a nearby roadway. He has not yet been identified, but he's described by JSO as a black male between 30 and 40-years-old.  The investigation is still in its early states, but JSO says it does not appear that the two knew each other. We're told the homeowner is being cooperative with investigation.  Police are asking anyone with information on what happened to come forward.
  • House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said he was OK on Friday after he appeared to nearly faint during a news conference in New York City. >> Read more trending news Nadler, D-N.Y., was appearing Friday at a news conference about plans to expand the city’s use of speed cameras in school zones when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared to notice he looked pale, WABC-TV reported. Video from the news conference showed Nadler looking ill and weak as the mayor asked him if he wanted some water.  The New York Daily News reported that paramedics called a code blue emergency after Nadler appeared to suffer from a brief dizzy spell. He was given water and an orange and later taken by ambulance to Lenox Hill Hospital, according to the Daily News. “Appreciate everyone’s concern,” Nadler said in a statement posted later Friday on Twitter. “Was very warm in the room this morning, was obviously dehydrated and felt a bit ill. Glad to receive fluids and am feeling much better. Thank you for your thoughts.”
  • A Colorado man arrested in Utah earlier this year for threatening to “kill as many girls as (he saw)” has been sentenced to serve up to five years in prison, despite prosecutors’ recommendation that he serve probation.  Christopher Wayne Cleary, 27, of Denver, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempt to make a terroristic threat as part of a plea deal with Utah County prosecutors, according to The Deseret News. Cleary, who was arrested in Provo in January, was already on probation in Colorado on two previous convictions of stalking women, the newspaper reported.  Cleary expressed remorse over his words. “I’m just sorry for what happened,” Cleary told the court, according to the News.  Prosecutors in Utah negotiated a plea deal with Cleary for a third-degree felony charge instead of the second-degree felony with which he was initially charged, the News reported. In exchange for his plea -- which would let them secure a felony conviction -- they agreed to recommend no jail time. The plea bargain was aimed at helping Colorado authorities send Cleary to prison for violating his probation in the stalking cases, the News reported.  >> Related story: Man upset over not having girlfriend accused of mass shooting threat to girls Fourth District Judge Christine Johnson on Thursday declined to take the state up on its recommendation, citing her uncertainty of whether Cleary would serve any jail time for probation violation in Colorado, the newspaper said. “I don’t want to be in the position of guessing what Colorado is going to do,” Johnson said during Cleary’s sentencing hearing.  Cleary was arrested Jan. 19, the same day multiple women’s marches were being held in Utah and throughout the country, based on an alarming Facebook post he wrote the night before, the News said. In the post, he bemoaned his lack of romantic prospects and, like several mass shooters who have targeted women, blamed the opposite sex for his plight. “All I wanted was a girlfriend,” Cleary wrote, according to a police affidavit obtained by The Denver Post. “All I wanted was to be loved, yet no one cares about me. I’m 27 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend before, and I’m still a virgin. This is why I’m planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter ‘cause I’m ready to die and all the girls the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see.” Another post stated, “There’s nothing more dangerous than (a) man ready to die,” the Post reported.  Cleary’s threats alarmed state and federal authorities in Colorado and neighboring Utah, where they traced his cellphone the following day. He was arrested at a McDonald’s in Provo and charged with making a terroristic threat.  Following his arrest, Cleary told investigators he was “upset and not thinking clearly” when he wrote the Facebook posts. According to the Post, he deleted the threats after other people called him and threatened him. Court records obtained by multiple newspapers paint a disturbing portrait of Cleary, who was accused of stalking and harassment by at least eight women and girls dating back at least seven years. The News reported that Cleary was also accused of threatening to bomb a grocery store in 2013 and threatened to commit a mass shooting at a mental health facility in 2016.  >> Read more trending news An 18-year-old Arvada woman called police on New Year’s Eve 2015 and reported that Cleary, with whom she’d been chatting on Facebook, began harassing her online and over the phone after she declined to go on a date with him. According to the Post, the woman told detectives he would use aliases, including one alias on Facebook named John Coleman. “I’ve been watching you,” the person claiming to be Coleman wrote to her on Facebook. “Soon here, you’ll be lying in your deathbed.” During that investigation, Arvada detectives found details of a previous criminal investigation in which Cleary told another woman who spurned his advances she should kill herself, the Post reported. He also posted her name and phone number in an online sex ad, offering her services for $20, court records show. In a prior misdemeanor harassment case from earlier in 2015, Cleary was convicted after talking a woman into posing naked for him and then posting the picture to a fake Facebook page in her name, the newspaper reported.  A harassment case from Denver found Cleary accused of writing threatening messages to a 17-year-old girl, including a message that said, “I own multipul (sic) guns. I can have u dead in a second. One day I’ma snap and kill everyone,” according to court documents. A second Denver case involved a 19-year-old woman who said she lived with Cleary in a hotel room for two weeks, during which time he choked her and urinated on her, the court documents said.  Cleary was convicted in October 2016 on two counts of stalking and harassment involving two of the three alleged victims in Arvada, the Post said. He was sentenced to two years of probation.  Cleary was arrested in yet another stalking case less than a year later. A 43-year-old Lakewood woman who had dated him called 911 Aug. 5, 2017, to report Cleary was stalking her. He was arrested outside the woman’s house. According to the Post, Cleary told investigators the woman was the only person who loved him and he was lonely without her. The woman told police she and Cleary had a sexual relationship -- contradicting Cleary’s claim earlier this year that he was a virgin. The victim told police Cleary, who began stalking her when she broke off the relationship, had called her 45 times that day, threatening her and telling her he hoped she would die.  “I am going to burn your house down,” Cleary told her, according to court records. “I am going to send people to your house to kill you.” Cleary also posted her phone number and address on Craigslist “soliciting sexual acts and rape,” according to a probable cause statement in the case. The woman said she’d received multiple phone calls from strangers due to the ad. The woman told police she lost 20 pounds and began having nightmares and anxiety attacks because of the stalking, the Post reported.  Cleary pleaded guilty to charges of felony stalking and making threats, the newspaper said. A judge in Jefferson County sentenced him last May to three years of probation.  Despite having violated his probation on the Arvada cases, he was not jailed following his guilty plea in the case involving the Lakewood woman, the Post reported. Pam Russell, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, said Cleary’s mental health played a part in his sentencing in that case, as well as in his 2016 stalking conviction, which was handled in Adult Mental Health Court.  “The courts decided to let his mental health issues be a big component of his treatment,” Russell told the Post.  Cleary’s defense attorney in the most recent case, Dustin Parmley, said this week that his client’s violent words are related to his mental illness, which he was reportedly diagnosed with at age 10. Cleary told investigators he takes medication for an impulse control disorder.  Parmley said Cleary’s words have never turned to action. Investigators found no evidence that Cleary had weapons or attempted to obtain any, the Post said.  The newspaper reported that four of the criminal investigations into Cleary ended without charges filed against him.  Cleary will serve his time in Utah before being transferred to Colorado to face probation violation charges there, the News reported. An official with the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole told the paper his earliest hearing could take place as soon as September. The News said the board could potentially set a release date at that time, or members could decide to keep him in prison. Cleary could serve the entire five years of his sentence before being returned to Colorado. 

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