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    Officials believe someone or a group of people may have taken shelter at a vacant home, started a fire to stay warm, causing a big fire early Tuesday morning. The fire happened off East 63rd Street in Panama Park. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue were called out twice to the area. Video that neighbor, Kelly Frye, took shows flames engulfing the home. She called 911 and watched as firefighters put out the fire. Action News Jax reporter Brittney Donovan has been outside the area since 4:15 am. and at that time it was only the fire marshal investigators there. We've been showing you damage from a big fire overnight in the Panama Park neighborhood. We're live at 8 with video of the flames firefighters found when they got here and our questions about how the fire started. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/8R3SUFaRpq — Brittney Donovan (@brittneyANjax) January 21, 2020 They looked around the home where there was a lot of damage on the back half of it. They also had a K9 with them searching for what started the fire, when they had to call JFRD back out here. Frye told Action News Jax she was reading a book on her porch when she realized something was happening across the street. “Ran inside to grab something, came back out and there was some kind of crackling noise. I look up and it’s just huge. I freaked out, ran inside and grabbed my cellphone,” she said. A firefighter told Donovan no one was inside when his crew got out there. TRENDING STORIES:  Pedal Pub launching in Jacksonville next month Tim Tebow marries Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in South Africa Watch: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Jacksonville San Antonio club shooting: 2 persons killed identified; suspect arrested STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • The Lake City Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Kelcie Woolf ,13. Kelcie was last seen west on Faith Road near the Bascom Norris intersection on Monday. Police said she was involved in a disturbance with her guardian and ran away. TRENDING STORIES:  Pedal Pub launching in Jacksonville next month Tim Tebow marries Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in South Africa Watch: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Jacksonville San Antonio club shooting: 2 persons killed identified; suspect arrested LCPD said she was wearing a black jacket and ripped blue jeans. If you see her, you are asked to call police at (386) 752-4343 or call 911. Kelcie is 5 feet and 3 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has red hair and blue eyes. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • Beth Warren and Alyssa Rose of the Abaco Rescue Fund tell Action News Jax they’ve worked tirelessly in the Bahamas recovery effort after Hurricane Dorian. They tell Action News Jax the nonprofits have raised about $1 million to help in the recovery effort, which has helped cover supplies, evacuations, home renovations, deposits for people who are renting apartments, and more. “We’re not stopping, we’re not stopping, we’re fighting for the Bahamas, for the Abaconians,” said Warren. Warren says she’s visited almost every week since the Hurricane made landfall, and Rose tell us she’s been several times. They tell us many nonprofits have left the Bahamas in the months after hurricane Dorian. As a result, they say their efforts are more important than ever. Rose explained the ongoing struggles in some parts of the Bahamas. “These people don’t have bottled water, they don’t have shoes, I mean you go there and you see a child with his toes poking out of his shoes, because they’re too small but that’s all the distribution center had,” said Rose. TRENDING STORIES:  Pedal Pub launching in Jacksonville next month Tim Tebow marries Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in South Africa Watch: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Jacksonville San Antonio club shooting: 2 persons killed identified; suspect arrested In some respects, they tell us conditions have worsened for people living amid the destruction in the Bahamas. “In a lot of ways, it’s worse,” said Warren. “Mold grows, mildew encompasses everything, a lot of the nonprofits have pulled out, they’ve run out of funding.” They say the nonprofits have been able to do a lot of good with the money they’re raised so far. However, they tell us there’s still a lot of work to do considering damages in the Bahamas amounted to about $3.4 billion. “The situation there in Abaco is still as dire as it was on Sept.1 when the hurricane hit,” said Rose. “People are living in mold infested houses, they’re walking 40 minutes to the only school that’s reopened within five towns in their area.” If you’re interested in assisting in their effort, you can find more information on how to do so by visiting their website . STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • As temperatures plummet, people are cranking up the heat inside their homes. Snyder Heating & Air Condition reported an uptick in service calls Monday. The company said it received 348 calls as of 6 p.m. That’s double the call volume on an average day. Action News Jax tagged along with a crew as they responded to a house call on the Southside. Susan Moore said her granddaughter woke her up this morning because the unit smelled like it was burning. She said the air and heat didn’t work, so they had to improvise. “We bundled up inside the house,” Moore said. “Lot of extra blankets. I even put a heating pad because I get so cold.” TRENDING STORIES:  Pedal Pub launching in Jacksonville next month Tim Tebow marries Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in South Africa Watch: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Jacksonville San Antonio club shooting: 2 persons killed identified; suspect arrested It didn’t take Dan Brown, a field supervisor technician, long to figure out the problem. After changing out a blown fuse and replacing a weak capacitor, the system was up and running again. Brown said there are things you can do to keep your system from breaking down. He recommends changing your air filter monthly and getting maintenance twice a year. Brown said it’s a good idea to check your system before it gets too cold or hot outside. He said they are working as quickly as they can to restore heat to people, so no one is stuck inside a cold home. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • In the next two weeks, the Jacksonville City Council committee to investigate the failed sale of JEA is expected to meet for the first time. Council president Scott Wilson announced the new committee Monday, vowing to leave no stone unturned. JEA ratepayers like Daryl Gottlieb are pleased to see an investigation led by the City Council. “As long as it gets done, and there’s true accountability for those folks who were involved,” Gottlieb said. “I am forming a special council committee to investigate every aspect, turn over every rock, look behind every curtain, and bring all that we do not know and what we deserve to know, into daylight for everyone to see,” Wilson said. Wilson will serve as needed on this four-person committee, chaired by Rory Diamond, a former federal prosecutor. Randy DeFoor and Brenda Priestly Jackson, both also lawyers, are also members. TRENDING STORIES:  Pedal Pub launching in Jacksonville next month Tim Tebow marries Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in South Africa Watch: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Jacksonville San Antonio club shooting: 2 persons killed identified; suspect arrested “Our job is to see if anything unethical happened, bad policy, bad choices, bad leadership, and it’s our job to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” Diamond said. A tumultuous month at JEA has seen its then-CEO Aaron Zahn fired over a controversial bonus program that could’ve cost taxpayers $300 million. JEA was also ordered to stop seeking bidders in a sale, and the utility is the subject of a federal investigation. City Council has no charging power, but Wilson said the committee’s goal will be to produce a public report about what happened and who may have been responsible within the next 90 to 120 days. Wilson said this committee will have subpoena power for witnesses and documents through the rules committee. “Jacksonville sort of has a reputation of kind of old school, local politics, so any extra degree or oversight would, I think, be welcome,” Gottlieb said. JEA released this statement Monday in response to the announcement of the committee. ‘We appreciate City Council President Wilson’s decision to move forward with the investigation and JEA looks forward to working side-by-side with him and his colleagues to provide any and all information pertinent to their review. Additionally, Interim CEO Melissa Dykes will be adding a discussion item to the JEA Board meeting agenda next Tuesday, January 28th that will seek to ensure that any future conversation concerning structural changes in the operations of JEA which require legislative consideration, are done in cooperation with the City Council and community. We are looking to set a course where JEA leaders work collaboratively with the City Council and Administration. CEO Dykes has already said there will not be any privatization effort during her tenure but requiring future JEA leaders to work step-by-step with the City Council, Administration and community stakeholders will be another measure to increase transparency. Additionally, CEO Dykes will be holding town hall meetings in every City Council district in the coming weeks to seek community input and rebuild community trust through open public meetings.’ STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • In January 2015, Christopher Tur was found drowned in the waters off Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. To this day, mystery surrounds his death. No one knows the circumstances, though he was found with multiple broken ribs and cuts on his face. Tur’s death set off an investigation that uncovered lies by the base commander, Capt. John Nettleton, who had a brief affair with Tur’s wife. Less than 48 hours before Tur’s death, he and Nettleton got into a fight -- something Nettleton tried to hide. Testimony revealed while at a party at a club on base, Tur confronted Nettleton about being close with his wife. The two argued, but Nettleton went home. Tur then went to the home, where they fought, The next morning, Tur was reported missing and a basewide search was ordered by Nettleton. The affair and the fight are somethings Nettleton was never forthcoming about to Navy investigators, who said he lied to Navy prosecutors in an effort to cover up his affair with Tur’s wife. Tur’s sister, Aline Byrnes, said Nettleton failed her brother. “He failed, as a person. He failed as a husband, as a father, as a friend and failed most importantly as a commander on base. Commander on base is supposed to protect everyone on that base and he failed to do that,” Byrnes said. TRENDING STORIES:  Pedal Pub launching in Jacksonville next month Tim Tebow marries Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in South Africa Watch: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Jacksonville San Antonio club shooting: 2 persons killed identified; suspect arrested Nettleton was found guilty on six charges in the obstruction of justice case that played out against him in federal court. Still questions surrounding Tur’s death remain. His family doesn’t believe his death was an accident or suicide. “Our opinion, and it’s just an opinion, is Christopher was killed by Nettleton,” Mike Tur, Tur’s brother, said. No one has been charged in Turs murder as of Monday. The Tur family attorney John Phillips has drafted a civil suit against the Navy and Department of Defense. “The basis here is it took five years for this family to get any information. Sadly, they had to learn about conspiracy and coverup at trial.” Phillips said. For the Turs, the conviction is a step in the right direction, now they are working to restore their brother’s name. “No one won that day.” Byrnes said. Nettleton is scheduled to be sentenced in the next 90 days. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • A man was arrested for crashing into a car and killing a local dad more than a year after the collision. Troopers said there was a warrant out for Brian Holtkamp, 32. Florida Highway Patrol troopers and Nassau County deputies worked together to stop him from getting away. Troopers tweeted Friday night pictures from where they arrested Holtkamp, including a picture of him in the back of a patrol car. He was arrested for DUI manslaughter and other charges. Great teamwork between @FHPJacksonville & @NCSO_FL in bringing Brian Holtkamp to justice last night. Holtkamp was arrested for DUI Manslaughter, DUI w/ Serious Bodily Injury, DUI w/ Property Damage, and other drug charges. He fought the law, and the law won. pic.twitter.com/nMT0yq4kH1 — FHPJacksonville (@FHPJacksonville) January 17, 2020 TRENDING STORIES:  Pedal Pub launching in Jacksonville next month Tim Tebow marries Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in South Africa Watch: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Jacksonville San Antonio club shooting: 2 persons killed identified; suspect arrested In September 2018, troopers said, Holtkamp was driving northbound on U.S. 17 north of Bruney Road in Yulee, when for some reason he moved into the other lane and collided head-on with another car. Investigators said the passenger in that car, Justin Cribb, 37, known to many as Kyle, died. His family gave us pictures of the father who leaves behind a 13-year-old boy. Kyle’s mother told Action News Jax his family misses him terribly. The driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. According to troopers, Holtkamp tested positive for drugs, including meth. Action News Jax found out he’s been arrested several times, including driving under the influence, burglary and grand theft. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • Action News Jax obtained exclusive video of what started off a violent weekend in Arlington. “Boys and girls wake up, it’s a war zone out here,” said a neighbor who asked not to be identified. JSO says after 3 p.m. Saturday, officers were called to Justina Road after a man in his 30’s was shot in the leg while sitting at a bus stop. In surveillance video you can see what appears to be a red GMC drive through a parking lot before approaching a group of men waiting at a bus stop. EXCLUSIVE: This is video of what started off a violent weekend in Arlington. In it you can see a man falling down after getting shot at a bus stop, then hours later a woman was shot outside of her apartment just a few feet away from bus stop #Jacksonville @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/xo1DhRkY9s — Jamarlo Phillips (@JamarloANjax) January 20, 2020 Moments later two of them can be seen running away after shots were fired while another ended up falling to the ground after getting shot. But that’s not all JSO says five hours later officers had to circle back around to Justina Road after a woman was shot. One neighbor told Action News Jax reporter Jamarlo Phillips the woman was her best friend. “She is doing OK, she is surviving, she’s got Jesus in her, God is with her,” she explained. TRENDING STORIES:  Pedal Pub launching in Jacksonville next month Tim Tebow marries Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in South Africa Watch: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Jacksonville San Antonio club shooting: 2 persons killed identified; suspect arrested She says her neighborhood is a war zone and feels it is no longer a safe place for children. “It has just come to where people are scared to let their children outside anymore, people are scared to sit on their porches anymore,” she added. A shopping center and the Grasp Academy sits near where both shootings happened. JSO crime mapping data base show since Jan. 1, 2020, there have been 81 reports of crime in the area. Some of those crimes range from assault, burglary and vandalism. Neighbors are trying to understand what can be done to keep their neighborhood safe. “I don’t understand it, maybe they need to get some Jesus in them I don’t know,” she said. JSO says both shootings are being investigated. The victims are expected to be OK. Action News Jax is working to learn if the shootings are connected. STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • For Kirk, living on the streets of Jacksonville has been his way of life since November 2018. But Monday will be a long, rough night as Jacksonville approaches freezing temperatures for the first time this year. “Keep yourself busy, try and stay warm,” Kirk said. “I got my blanket right here. Yeah I got insulation, gloves and my thick hat.” Kirk is one of dozens of people Action News Jax found living on the streets in Downtown Jacksonville. Several prepared to embrace the cold night ahead. On Wednesday, the Changing Homelessness organization will hold their annual point-in-time count event, where volunteers find how many people are considered homeless in Northeast Florida. The 2018 report gave a total of 1,654 homeless people in Northeast Florida, which is better than previous years. Changing Homeless will be holding the next point-in-time count Wednesday Jan. 22. They are currently asking for more volunteers. Throughout the year, local organizations have offered shelter, food and other resources to help those without a home. As the freezing temperatures approach, Hotdogs for Hope Ministry volunteers have prepared warm meals, blankets and Bibles to pass out to those in Jacksonville. “We’re near 8th and Pearl. Behind these doors are volunteers preparing dozens of meals for the homeless. It’s through another local organization who actively works to feed and shelter those living on the streets. “At times like this, people are most receptive to doing something different with their lives and receiving hope,” Mike Linkenauger said. “That’s really what we want to bring people is some hope. TRENDING STORIES:  Pedal Pub launching in Jacksonville next month Tim Tebow marries Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in South Africa Watch: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Jacksonville San Antonio club shooting: 2 persons killed identified; suspect arrested STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories
  • Relistening to the 911 call that saved her family’s home brought tears to Nakita Foreman’s eyes during a sit-down interview on Monday. She thought back to the December fire that consumed her bedroom, engulfing Christmas presents and memorabilia. “Just the memories -- something that we have together,” Foreman said. “It was just kind of heartbreaking to think that I was the cause of potentially kind of having this all [her home] taken away.“ This GA family got a big surprise today. Right before Christmas, their home caught fire. It was salvaged thanks to a quick response from Glynn County Fire Dept. and the ADT 911 dispatcher who put in the call. Today, she got to meet the men and women who saved her home pic.twitter.com/qlj9Aq1NeA — Meghan Moriarty (@MeghanANjax) January 20, 2020 Foreman was home with her 3-year-old daughter the day of the fire. The pregnant mom decided to light a candle to relax. Instead, it started a fire. “Those flames were higher, taller than me.“ Foreman said. In the heat of the moment, Foreman forgot to call 911. “You never immediately think ‘I need to call 911’ because when you’re in that moment it’s a lot,” she said. “What’s definitely at stake is your family members -- my children, my wife, my unborn child.” Jeremy Foreman chimed in. Thankfully, the Foremans’ ADT security system called 911 for the family. It was because of that call that the Glynn County Fire Department was able to respond so quickly, ultimately saving the Foremans’ home. Little did the family know, a month later, they would get to meet the woman behind the call. Our cameras were rolling when Dejuanni Edwards, an ADT dispatcher, surprised the family at their home. Edwards is the reason the Foremans are able to still live in their house. Their bedroom is still under repair, but their home is still standing tall. “I’m just grateful and thankful for everybody that’s played a part in this.“ Nakita Foreman said. TRENDING STORIES:  Pedal Pub launching in Jacksonville next month Tim Tebow marries Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in South Africa Watch: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Jacksonville San Antonio club shooting: 2 persons killed identified; suspect arrested STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories

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  • The Lake City Police Department in Florida is asking for the public’s help in locating Kellie Woofe, 13. Kellie was last seen running west on Faith Road near the Bascom Norris intersection on Monday. Police said her grandfather reported her missing. After an argument that happened in his car, he told police Kellie got out of the car while they were in the Interface parking lot and ran off. LCPD said she was wearing a black jacket and ripped blue jeans. If you see her, you are asked to call police at 386-752-4343 or call 911. Kellie is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has red hair and blue eyes.
  • Search crews have found the body of a Montana teen who vanished on New Year’s Day, deputies said. According to USA Today, 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid was found dead near an Interstate 90 rest area Monday morning, weeks after she disappeared while traveling from Billings to Hardin after a New Year’s Eve party. Investigators do not suspect foul play, the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office said. In an FBI notice, authorities said the girl “left a disabled vehicle and walked into a field adjacent to the rest area” about 2 p.m. Jan. 1. She was “not dressed for the weather conditions,” authorities said. Not Afraid’s disappearance sparked a multiagency search involving hundreds of people, the Billings Gazette reported. Read more here or here.
  • Officials have euthanized a mountain lion that attacked a toddler on a trail at a California park, Orange County officials said. According to CNN and the Desert Sun, the attack happened after 4 p.m. local time Monday as a family visited Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. “The mountain lion came out of somewhere and grabbed the 3-year-old by the neck and dragged him a short distance,” Capt. Tony Bommarito of the Orange County Fire Authority told the Desert Sun. The child’s father then sprang into action, hurling a backpack at the mountain lion, Bommarito said. The animal set the boy free and went for the backpack before climbing a tree, the outlets reported. After the family fled to safety, the boy was treated at a hospital, authorities said. Orange County deputies said the boy is “OK,” the Desert Sun reported. Officials euthanized the cougar with permission from the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, the outlets reported. Read more here or here.
  • A man has been arrested for causing a crash that killed a local father in September 2018.  Florida Highway Patrol and Nassau County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 32-year-old Brian Holtkamp on Friday.  Troopers posted a photo of Holtkamp as he was put into a the back of a patrol car.  He’s charged with DUI manslaughter. FHP says Holtkamp was driving north on U.S. 17 north of Bruney Road in Yulee, when he drove into the other lane and collided head-on with another vehicle.The passenger in that car, 37-year-old Justin Cribb, died. He left behind a 13-year-old son.  Cribb’s mother told Action News Jax his family misses him terribly.  The driver was seriously hurt in the crash.   According to FHP, Holtkamp tested positive for drugs, including meth. Action News Jax confirmed that he has prior arrests for charges including driving under the influence, burglary and grand theft.
  • With chilly temperatures this morning in the 30’s, inland communities are under a freeze warning until 10 am.   Action News Jax Meteorologist Corey Simma says temperatures this afternoon only climb to the upper 40's to near 50 degrees. And it will be breezy so it feels colder. Expect a widespread freeze on Wednesday morning, and a hard freeze well inland, with another day in the 50's. Then a gradual warming trend will arrive to end the week.  Friday’s high temperature will be in the low 70’s but with widely scattered afternoon showers.

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