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  • What better way of the starting the new year than with a laugh?  Tickets for the Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m.  The lineup includes comedians Mike Epps, Sommore, Gary Owen, Michael Blackson and HaHa Davis. It will be held at the VyStar Veterans Arena in Jacksonville on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. To purchase tickets, click here.
  • Over a hundred employers are looking to fill positions this Halloween. Job seekers from all over are invited to attend the free event and are encouraged to dress appropriately and bring copies of their resumes.  The career fair will be held Thursday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at FSCJ's downtown campus located at 401 West State Street. Employers such as Baptist Health, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, JEA, Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer, Omni Hotels and more will be in attendance. Click here for full list of employers and information on workshops. 
  • Every week, Action News Jax investigates local child care centers to show you how they measure up to state guidelines. In this week's Kid Care report, Letisha Bereola shows you the violations at one local after-school program and another clean inspection. The Biltmore Elementary After School learning program is operated by the Wayman Community Development Corporation. The state inspector said they found 16 violations. It received three class 2 violations, which according to the state, could pose a threat to the health and safety of a child. They were for the fire drill log not being completed, no staff member knew CPR and an employee background screening wasn't on file.    The after-school program also received 13 class 3 violations, which pose a low threat of harm to children. Those include employee history verifications not on file, emergency phone numbers not posted near the phone and 10 employees missing the child abuse and neglect forms signed and dated.  Bereola called and emailed Wayman Community Development for a comment on the violations. When she hears back, she'll update this story with their response. The second day care in this week's Kid Care report is Kidspark off Touchton Road. It's an hourly center that parents use with no commitment. It's very latest DCF inspection was 100% in compliance—no violations. Clean Inspections: Dayspring Christian Academy and Preschool Inc. AC Center Inc. Future Leaders Academy & Preschool LLC Strive for Excellence Learning Academy Inc Country Bumpkins Child Care Inc. ​
  • Clay County deputies said a Jacksonville couple was using the mail service to bring meth across the country and into local neighborhoods. The Sheriff's Office shared a picture of a priority mail express box deputies said Marty Povilitzi used to bring meth into Jacksonville. They said it originated in Arizona, and Povlitzki shipped it about 17-hundred miles through the mail to his home a couple miles from Argyle Forest Self-Storage, where they said he stored drugs. 'I have a toddler,' said neighbor Rachel Neeld.  'That's just blowing my mind right now. That is pretty unsettling news.' Neeld lives in that neighborhood near Andes Drive. 'It's very shocking to know that's in our neighborhood, that's pretty scary to know,' Neeld said. Deputies said multiple agencies were watching Povlitzki as he brought in the packages to his home and storage unit, then delivered the drugs into Clay County neighborhoods. He's charged with three drug-related felonies, while his girlfriend, Jessica Henke, faces one. The Sheriff's Office said in all, one pound of meth was seized from the operation, along with other drugs and items. 'They caught the people so hopefully that's the end of it,' Neeld said.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said two men were shot in the Hillcrest neighborhood Tuesday night.  Both men were taken a hospital and should survive, according to JSO. Police have not released any information about a possible suspect or motive at this time.  Police: two men shot on Orton Street - less than a mile away they were found on Ellis Trace Drive. No suspect info. pic.twitter.com/oZdl9khngl — Amber Krycka (@AmberANjax) October 15, 2019 Other shootings Tuesday evening: JSO: Reported shooting on Miss Muffet Lane | JSO officers on Timmerman Lane for reported shooting   TRENDING:   Joleen Cummings case: Murder suspect Kimberly Kessler is competent, treatment staff says Jacksonville star high school basketball player shot on walk home, source says Submit your photos: Action Sports Jax Gardner Minshew Lookalike Contest Changes are coming to this year's Sea and Sky Air Show at Jax Beach Florida Department of Health confirms measles case in Duval County Florida toddler dies after being left in hot Jeep outside Tampa home, police say LIST: Halloween events in the Jacksonville area STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories

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  • In a shocking video that may be difficult for some to watch, a WSOC-TV viewer captured footage of hundreds of birds scattered across the ground near the entrance of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, after flying into the side of the building. >> Read more trending news  Hollie Cameron's disturbing cellphone video shows dozens of birds lying on the ground outside the building and captures other birds crashing into the large windows. WSOC reporter Gina Esposito spoke with the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, who said their rehab team responded to the NASCAR Hall of Fame around 11 p.m. and treated hundreds of birds. They said a total of 310 birds hit the windows of the building. Roughly one-third of those birds were dead when they arrived, and another third was seriously injured. The rest appeared to be stunned but will be OK, the organization said. >> Watch the clip here (WARNING: Some viewers may find the video below disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.) In the video, Cameron watched as a bird crashed into the window and then fell to the ground, joining dozens of others. Cameron told WSOC that she was working in the area when she started recording on her phone around 9 p.m. You can hear her talking with a security guard who claims the phenomenon had been going on for about an hour. 'Oh my God, look at them all,' Cameron says in the video. 'There's something wrong with them. This is not OK.' Carolina Waterfowl Rescue posted more video on Facebook of the birds at their facility. About 100 of the surviving birds are being treated for broken wings and fractures. The rescue group said the birds are chimney swifts and that the colony lives in a roost. They think something disturbed the colony Tuesday night, causing the birds to fly into the windows at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue officials told WSOC that this was not a naturally occurring event and the birds' migration could not have been a factor because the swifts only migrate during the day. They plan to investigate more on Wednesday. CMPD reportedly responded to the scene to begin cleaning up the birds. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue said rehabbing the injured birds is expensive, and they desperately need volunteers since the birds will need to be hand-fed. Visit their Facebook page for more details on how you can help.
  • Plan to drive through times of scattered showers today ahead of a cool front that will bring drier, more refreshing air to end the week.  Action News Jax Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh says some rain may be heavy at times with a few rumbles of thunder.  Overall rainfall totals are not expected to be great, but the rainfall is needed.  By Thursday morning you’ll begin to feel a change with drier air and high temperatures only in the upper 70’s.  Friday morning lows may fall into the upper 50’s in some neighborhoods, and high temperatures will only be in the upper 70’s.  The weekend is looking a little warmer and wetter at times with a few showers on Saturday and scattered showers on Sunday. 
  • Four separate shootings over a 24-hour period in Jacksonville has left at least six people wounded and, so far, no arrests have been announced by police.  Early this morning a man was shot on W. 17th Street, near RV Daniels Elementary School.  He was taken to a local hospital with a single gunshot wound to the leg. JSO had no suspect description and was asking for tips to Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.  Just after 10 pm on Tuesday, two young men between the ages of 17 and 20 were shot while sitting in a vehicle on Timmerman Lane. Both shooting victims had non-life-threatening injuries. JSO had no evidence to confirm if this was a drive-by shooting.  Around 5:20 pm on Tuesday, police were called to a shooting on Orton Street, where two men were treated and transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No suspect information was given at the scene by detectives.  On Miss Muffet Lane on the westside just after 6 pm on Tuesday, police responded to reports of shots fired. An off-duty officer was called about a gunshot wound victim at Park West ER. He was taken to Orange Park Medical Center in critical condition.  According to JSO, two groups of people in two separate cars that left the area were being questioned by detectives.  
  • A Pennsylvania mom is in critical condition after police said she killed her children and husband, then shot herself, Philadelphia police said. >> Read more trending news  Here are the latest updates: Update 5:49 a.m. EDT Oct. 16: Authorities have identified the woman accused of killing her children and husband late Monday in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood, multiple news outlets are reporting. According to WPVI-TV, Damyrra Jones Alcindor, 28, also shot herself, police said. As she was rushed to a nearby hospital, she reportedly told officials she did not want to be resuscitated. Philadelphia police Homicide Capt. Jason Smith said Alcindor admitted to fatally shooting her two daughters, ages 10 months and 4 years, as well as their father, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday afternoon. Although police did not release the victims' names, a family member identified them as Max Alcindor, 38; Maxilla, 4; and Damaya, 10 months, WCAU-TV reported. Investigators said Alcindor, who legally bought the handgun earlier Monday, is facing murder charges in the case, according to WCAU. Original report: According to KYW-TV and the Philadelphia Inquirer, the deadly shooting occurred just before 10 p.m. Monday at a home in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood. Police said the 29-year-old woman fatally shot her two daughters, ages 10 months and 4 years, as well as their 35-year-old father. All three victims suffered gunshot wounds to the head, authorities said. When police arrived at the Hegerman Street home, they discovered the woman outside 'lying on top of a gun,' the Inquirer reported. Authorities said the woman, who apparently shot herself, was taken to a nearby hospital. Philadelphia police have not released the names of the woman or the victims, the news outlets reported. Read more here or here.
  • Authorities in Indiana said a baby is alive and well after someone discovered the child inside a plastic bag near a fence in Seymour. >> Read more trending news  According to the Tribune and WAVE-TV, police responded to a call about the infant just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. A resident, who had been walking a dog off South Jackson Park Drive, found the child about 60 feet away from the street, investigators said. Crews rushed the baby to a nearby hospital, the news outlets reported. Doctors said the child is healthy, according to WAVE. Seymour police said they made contact Wednesday with a person of interest in the case. They emphasized the person was not a suspect in the investigation. Authorities have not yet made any arrests in connection with the incident, the Tribune reported. Read more here or here.

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