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    The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said they responded to a crash involving three cars in the drive-through of a McDonalds on McCormick and Monument roads. JFRD received the call at 6:23 p.m. and said there was a medical transport after the crash. CONTENT CONTINUES BELOW:  TRENDING:   PHOTOS: Alligator seen climbing fence at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Family identifies woman whose body was found 8 miles from hit-and-run site Coast Guard, other agencies searching for two missing firefighters off coast of Port Canaveral Bradford County: Fruit stand catches fire on US-301 north of Lawtey Former Longhorns, Bears, Bengals player Cedric Benson dead at 36 The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Tweeted that Traffic Homicide was at the scene investigating. #JSO Traffic Homicide is working a traffic crash near Monument and McCormick.#DuvalTrafficTruths — Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) August 19, 2019 The general manager at the McDonalds location told Action News Jax  the restaurant is still open, but the drive-through closed because the speakers and menu display were damaged. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office told Action News Jax that a man is on the run, possibly in Jacksonville, after a crime spree that included shoplifting, carjacking, and driving on the wrong side of the road. He is suspected to be driving a silver Chevrolet Cruze. Around 5 p.m., SJSO received a call about a shoplifter at a Walmart in St. Augustine who stole several food items. When a deputy arrived, the shoplifter was gone, but the officer was able to identify the suspect through surveillance footage because of past run-ins with the man. CONTENT CONTINUES BELOW:  TRENDING:   PHOTOS: Alligator seen climbing fence at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Family identifies woman whose body was found 8 miles from hit-and-run site Coast Guard, other agencies searching for two missing firefighters off coast of Port Canaveral Bradford County: Fruit stand catches fire on US-301 north of Lawtey Former Longhorns, Bears, Bengals player Cedric Benson dead at 36 Police later found the suspect's vehicle at a car dealership that appeared to have been burglarized. Police believe the man stole a car from the dealership. Around the time when they found the suspect's car, SJSO received reports of a car driving recklessly, over 100 miles per hour, presumably the suspect. He later crashed on US1 near International Golf Parkway, but didn't stop. At this point, an officer finally caught up with the suspect and observed him driving north, head-on to traffic in the southbound lane of US1. SJSO then received a call from a gas station near Racetrack Road and State Road 13 regarding a man who allegedly threatened a person and stole their car. The suspect may be driving a silver Chevrolet Cruze. Police believe there may be another person with him. Though police have identified the suspect, they are not releasing his name. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • Scattered showers and storms mainly along and north of I-10 are rotating up into southeast Ga. ahead of a large moisture swath along the big bend. Rain and some lightning that will continue through the evening and overnight, but those are expected to fade away early Monday morning. CONTENT CONTINUES BELOW:  TRENDING:   PHOTOS: Alligator seen climbing fence at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Family identifies woman whose body was found 8 miles from hit-and-run site Coast Guard, other agencies searching for two missing firefighters off coast of Port Canaveral Bradford County: Fruit stand catches fire on US-301 north of Lawtey Former Longhorns, Bears, Bengals player Cedric Benson dead at 36 There might be an isolated shower for the morning commute, but most spots are dry. Partly cloudy and hot Monday with temperatures back into the low 90s. Moisture near the big bend continues to rotate northeastward into the local area, mainly inland. MORE: Buresh Blog, Talking the Tropics with Mike, Download the free First Alert Weather app The Atlantic sea breeze also makes a move inland tomorrow, sparking off isolated storms near I-95. Some of those may drift toward the beaches through Monday evening. Here is the hour by hour forecast for Jacksonville. #FirstAlertWX https://t.co/ZDQFQdVHzv pic.twitter.com/K3biWJ7lhs — Garrett Bedenbaugh (@wxgarrett) August 18, 2019 4:58 PM - heavy storm over southern and central Camden County, tracking toward Cumberland/Jekyll Island #FirstAlertWX pic.twitter.com/FhDi30IKpG — Corey Simma (@CSimmaWX) August 18, 2019  
  • Police are searching for the person who opened fire at a Jacksonville apartment complex, killing a father of four. Family identified the victim as 30-year-old Ray Dukes, a former football player for Raines High School and Edward Waters College. CONTENT CONTINUES BELOW:  TRENDING:   PHOTOS: Alligator seen climbing fence at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Family identifies woman whose body was found 8 miles from hit-and-run site Coast Guard, other agencies searching for two missing firefighters off coast of Port Canaveral Bradford County: Fruit stand catches fire on US-301 north of Lawtey Former Longhorns, Bears, Bengals player Cedric Benson dead at 36 On Sunday, his family members laid flowers and a cross, marking the spot where he collapsed after being shot. His sister, Kanisha Dukes, said he was a father to four girls, the oldest in her early teens. ”It breaks them. They need their father,” she said. Police said they were called to reports of a shooting at Normandy Apartments on Helen Terrance Drive at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Related: Man dies in shooting at Normandy Apartments in Jacksonville They found Dukes with multiple gunshot wounds. Neighbors tried to give him CPR, but he died at the hospital. More than 50 evidence markers were left in the apartment complex, in the parking lot in front of an apartment building and in two grassy areas. The leasing office was hit by at least one bullet. Family told Action News Jax that Duke’s body was found more than 30 yards away, next to a shed. They believe he was running away from the shooter. “He has children. They just didn’t have to take him like that,” his sister said. Family members gave me these photos of Ray Dukes, a former Raines and EWC football player and father to four girls. He died after he was shot at a Jacksonville apartment complex last night. @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/Ugv3HuJQnp — Brittney Donovan (@brittneyANjax) August 18, 2019 Other family members were too afraid to go on camera with Dukes’ killer still out there. They said they want the shooter caught. “He had a lot going on for himself and a lot that he wanted to do with his kids and I don’t know who would want to take his life like this,” a family member said. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the JSO nonemergency number at 904-630-0500 or First Coast Crime Stoppers. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on this breaking story
  • The military guards and fortified gates that keep intruders out of Naval Air Station Jacksonville didn't stop an alligator from scaling a roadside fence Saturday morning. Christina Stewart stopped to film the gator claw its way up a fence before belly-flopping onto the grass and continuing on its way. Officials with NAS Jacksonville said they don't plan on removing the alligator from the base unless he poses a danger to residents. Related: PHOTOS: Alligator seen climbing fence at Naval Air Station Jacksonville CONTENT CONTINUES BELOW:  TRENDING:   PHOTOS: Alligator seen climbing fence at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Family identifies woman whose body was found 8 miles from hit-and-run site Coast Guard, other agencies searching for two missing firefighters off coast of Port Canaveral Bradford County: Fruit stand catches fire on US-301 north of Lawtey Former Longhorns, Bears, Bengals player Cedric Benson dead at 36   STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • The Jacksonville Humane Society and Animal Care and Protective Services said they are at full capacity and can't accept any other animals in need. They are participating in the national Clear the Shelters event in hopes of creating space for other abandoned or neglected pets. 'August is always a challenging month for shelters, which is why Clear the Shelters takes place in August,' Lindsay Layendecker, with JHS, said. CONTENT CONTINUES BELOW:  TRENDING:   PHOTOS: Alligator seen climbing fence at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Family identifies woman whose body was found 8 miles from hit-and-run site Coast Guard, other agencies searching for two missing firefighters off coast of Port Canaveral Bradford County: Fruit stand catches fire on US-301 north of Lawtey Former Longhorns, Bears, Bengals player Cedric Benson dead at 36 In July, JHS reported 647 animals at its shelter. Layendecker told Action News Jax JHS has experienced its highest numbers yet this year. 'Right now, we're definitely seeing an increase at the Jacksonville Humane Society, especially for kittens. We've been talking about it all year. It's kittens, kittens, kittens, kitten crisis.' In April, Action News Jax reported about the kitten crisis at JHS. Layendecker said the shelter received more than 7,600 cats in 2018. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on this breaking story 'When we're getting kittens in record-breaking numbers, we really do reach out to the community and need their help for spay and neutering cats,' Layendecker said. 'Additionally, helping us foster, making donations and taking these little guys home.' PetSmart partnered with JHS and ACPS for the Clear the Shelter event. They brought in dozens of animals for free adoptions at the store off of Monument Road. Each day, the event is scheduled from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.​​​​​​ Aug. 17-18.
  • Family says they're shocked and heartbroken to learn their loved one was killed in a hit-and-run in Clay County. JUST IN: Family identifies woman killed in Clay hit and run https://t.co/yIWsNJbJUr pic.twitter.com/5TFngPwVCd — ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) August 18, 2019 Family members identified the woman found on US 17 and Village Square Parkway as 45-year-old Dayna Kane Cogliser. FHP found her moped on Sandridge Road at 2:20 a.m. Saturday. They believe it was rear ended. Troopers are trying to piece together how her body ended up more than eight miles away.  TRENDING:   FHP: Woman on moped killed in hit-and-run in Clay County TV reporter killed when stunt plane crashes in Louisiana Treasure hunter finds memory card from GoPro containing man's last moments; returns to parents Father of 3 killed in Jacksonville Beach shooting near 17th Avenue North and 2nd Street St. Augustine Beach plastic ban in jeopardy Family says she moved to Clay County from Scranton, Pennsylvania two months ago with her boyfriend. Her family and son are still in Pennsylvania. They say they are searching for answers about what happened to her.  FHP believes the car involved may be a small black vehicle with front end damage. Troopers are asking anyone who was in the area of US 17 and Village Square Parkway or Sandridge Road Saturday to call them immediately. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories FHP: Hit & Run Fatality last night in Clay County. Crash occurred on Sandridge Rd, vehicle vs. moped. The remains of the rider were located at US 17 & Village Sq. Blvd. Info is limited. The victim was possibly struck by a black vehicle. Any info please call *FHP or Crimestoppers. pic.twitter.com/quQIulEkzy — FHPJacksonville (@FHPJacksonville) August 17, 2019

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  • Just a month after City of St. Augustine Beach leaders passed bans on the sale and distribution of plastic straws, plastic bags, and Styrofoam, it all may need to be rolled back. That's as a Florida appeals court has struck down a similar ordinance in Coral Gables. The court found that their ban violated a state law that stops local governments from regulating Styrofoam.  Attorney Jane West, who pushed for the St. Augustine Beach bans, tells our partner Action News Jax, that after the city passed the measures, they received a letter from the Florida Retail Federation threatening to sue.  'Now that they're armed with this very strong opinion in their favor, the city can't take the legal risk of getting sued and then having to pay all the attorney's fees in defending what is probably going to be a losing case,' says West.  She and other residents believe it'll likely be up to families and local businesses to cut down on their use of these materials on their own. The ban was set to take effect on January 1st, 2020. St. Augustine Beach Mayor Undine George released the following statement about this court decision: “I don’t believe the appellate decision reflects the majority opinion of Fl communities. Even our governor has expressed strong support for local communities’ right to regulate Styrofoam and single use plastics; we are the ones who see and feel their impact. Hopefully, local businesses will listen to the voice of the people and transition away from Styrofoam and single use plastics. Consumers want to patronize businesses who share their desire to protect our environment from harmful pollutants.”
  • The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is turning to the community for any information after a man was fatally shot outside his home. Police have now identified the victim as 28-year-old Jake Hall. Neighbors tell us he was a father of three kids.  Investigators say at this time, there's no clear motive or any information on a possible suspect. That's why they're asking neighbors within a 6 block radius of 17th Avenue North and 2nd Street North to check their doorbell cameras and security cameras for anything that might be of interest to police. They say the shooting happened around 9:40 PM, Thursday evening.  The police department says shootings for the community are rare. According to their stats, the last shooting was in August 2018.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has released an extremely clear surveillance photo of two armed robbery suspects that they're working to identify. Police say they're accused of robbing the Circle K on St. Johns Bluff Road, Thursday night, just before 11:00 PM. Police are asking anyone with information about either suspect to contact the sheriff's office at (904) 630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-8477.
  • The plane that crashed in Tennessee on Thursday while carrying retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., his family and two pilots bounced at least twice before stopping and catching fire, according to investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board. >> Read more trending news  Officials said the incident happened as the Cessna Citation was landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport at 3:40 p.m. An NBC Sports spokesperson said in a statement that Earnhardt, his wife Amy, his 15-month-old daughter Isla and two pilots were safe after the crash.  Update 2:35 p.m. EDT Aug. 16: Investigators will spend at least two days collecting evidence from the scene of the crash, Ralph Hicks, a senior investigator with NTSB, told reporters Friday. Authorities have reviewed surveillance footage from near the crash site which showed the plane bounced at least twice before coming down hard on one of the landing gears, Hicks said. 'You can actually see the right main landing gear collapsing in the video,' he said. 'The airplane continued down the runway off to the end, through a fence, and it came to stop ... on Highway 91.' Hicks said the crash site was about 1,000 feet past the end of the runway. The plane had taken off about 20 minutes before the crash from Statesville, North Carolina, Hicks said. The aircraft was not equipped with a data recorder, though Hicks said other instruments recorded some data. Officials are also analyzing a cockpit voice recorder. Authorities continue to investigate the cause of the crash. Update 2 p.m. EDT Aug. 16: Authorities are providing an update Friday on the investigation into Thursday's plane crash. Update 1:50 p.m. EDT Aug. 16: Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said no injuries were reported as a result of the crash, although the Cessna 680A aircraft was destroyed. The Earnhardt family and the pilots were the only passengers listed on board when the crash happened. Authorities are expected to provide more updates on the incident at 2 p.m. news conference Friday. Update 11:50 a.m. EDT Aug. 16: Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board are scheduled to hold news conference Friday afternoon to update the public on the investigation into Thursday's crash.  Update 9:25 a.m. EDT Aug. 16: Earnhardt's sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, thanked God, supporters and medical staff early Friday in a Twitter post after Earnhardt and his family survived a fiery plane crash in Tennessee. 'Finally laying down for the night and want to say thank you to God, the angels among us, our pilots, first responders, medical staff, our NASCAR family and everyone that has reached out in whatever way to support us all,' Earnhardt Miller wrote in a post around 12:30 a.m. Friday. A nurse who witnessed the crash told WSOC-TV her instincts kicked in Thursday when she saw the jet skid off the runway. '(The) first thing that went through my mind was, 'Lord, I hope there was nobody in the plane that's still in the plane,' because it was completely engulfed,' she told WSOC-TV. She added that as she tried to help, the plane, it was smoking out the back and then, all of a sudden, it caught on fire.' An NBC Sports spokesperson said Thursday that Earnhardt was taken to a hospital but released a short while later. Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident. Update 9 a.m. Aug. 16: Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were in Elizabethton on Friday morning, WJHL reported. Agency officials said Thursday that two NTSB officials were being sent to investigate the incident. Federal Aviation Administration officials were also expected to be on the scene Friday, WJHL reported. Original report: Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy Reimann were aboard a private jet when it crashed at the Elizabethton Airport, in Tennessee.  Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford told WJHL that Dale Earnhardt Jr. was taken to an area hospital and his injuries are described as cuts and abrasions.  Lunceford also said that his wife and child were onboard as well as the family dog. The pilot and one other passenger was also onboard. Earnhardt Jr. sister, Kelley, tweeted that everyone involved survived the crash. 'We're incredibly grateful that Dale, his wife Amy, daughter Isla, and the two pilots are safe following today's accident,' NBC Sports said in a statement. 'After being discharged from the hospital, we communicated with Dale and his team, and we're all in agreement that he should take this weekend off to be with his family. 'We look forward to having him back in the booth next month at Darlington.' According to WJHL, emergency crews responded to the crash involving the Cessna Citation Latitude business jet that ran off the end of the runway Thursday afternoon. It's not clear if the plane was departing or arriving. Earnhardt retired as a full-time racer in 2017 and has been working as an analyst for NBC. He is part of the scheduled broadcast team for Saturday night's Cup Series event in Bristol, Tennessee.The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • It's an exciting day for the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park! The zoo held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new sloth exhibit. WOKV told you back in July, when the zoo brought in two Hoffman’s two-toed sloths named Teddy and Grizzly.  The zoo says the exhibit is part of the rainforest habitat as guests walk into the ‘Land of the Crocodiles.’ Despite sloths typically being solitary, the zoo has said Teddy and Grizzly share a strong bond.

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