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    Its gonna be a warm and dry start to the week here in Northeast Florida. Action News Jax Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh says it’s going to get up to the mid-80’s all the way to the coast. “Then our next cold front arrives by mid-week. We’ll see increasing cloud cover through the day on Wednesday and also some scattered showers arriving from northwest to south and east as that front pushes through the area.” Garrett says. Garrett says our temps will be held in check only getting into the low to mid 80’s, and once the front moves through dry air will move in by the middle of the week.
  • A deadly motorcycle crash on Jacksonville’s westside is under investigation. Before the crash, JSO says a man on a motorcycle was going east on Crystal Springs Road Thursday night when a guy in an SUV turned in front of him. Police say the man on the motorcycle was taken to a hospital where he died. The driver of the SUV was detained by police and later arrested for felony suspended license. When asked, Police said at this time it’s unclear if alcohol played a factor in the crash.
  • Its going to be a beautiful Friday overall in Northeast Florida.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says tonight it’s going to feel really nice with temps falling into the 50’s and 60’s. “Then Saturday, while it will be a little bit warmer, couple degrees higher, still the humidity very comfortable, Sunday we go up several more degrees.” Mike says. By Monday and Tuesday, Mike says the heat and humidity will be back. Temps those days will reach the upper 80’s to low 90’s. As far as our rain chances, Mike says Friday we’ll have a chance for an isolated shower to move in off the Atlantic, then our next best chance for rain will be Wednesday.
  • The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing runaway teenager who was last seen in the Orange Park area on June 10th, 2019. Deputies say 17-year-old Blaze Edwards is not believed to be in danger, but they are trying to make sure he can get home safely.  If you’ve seen him you’re asked to call deputies at 904-264-6512.
  • Hurricane Michael hit Florida’s panhandle one year ago Thursday as a Category five storm. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says Michael was the most intense hurricane to ever hit the panhandle.  “and the first category five U.S. landfalling hurricane since Andrew hit South Florida in 1992.” Mike says. The storm made landfall at Mexico Beach just outside Panama City and it changed the area forever. Mike says slowly there is some rebuilding going on mainly to the east and west of Mexico Beach. The name ‘Michael’ has been retired.
  • A years-long push by some Jacksonville lawmakers to close internet gaming facilities appears to finally have paid off. Tuesday evening the Jacksonville City Council voted in favor of shutting down all remaining internet cafes, immediately.  We reported in May when City Council voted to close the businesses, but gave operators until February of next year to shut them down.  Data collected last September showed Jacksonville Police had received more than 28,000 calls to addresses tied to nearly 100 internet cafes over a five-year period.  Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry will need to sign the bill into law, before the facilities are forced to close. We reached out to the city and they tell us the Mayor intends to sign the ordinance, sometime within the next week.
  • Jacksonville Police announced late Monday four people have been arrested in connection to a July murder investigation in the Woodstock neighborhood on the westside. Police say Roosevelt Johnson and Ladorne Parker are both charged with murder. Johnson is also charged with tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, while Parker is also charged with accessory after the fact.  We first reported in mid-July when JSO was called out to North McDuff Avenue near KIPP Jacksonville Elementary where a woman’s body was found. Police have never publicly identified the victim or said how she died.  Two other people are also charged in connection to the investigation. JSO says Ronald Gilbert and Kari Pope are both charged with accessory after the fact. JSO is still asking for information in the case, if you have anything you can call police at 904-630-0500 or email them at JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org.
  • Maggots, rotting food and trash were all found after a drug bust at a home where a child lived according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. We’re told the 10-year-old boy is being taken care of by his grandmother. Deputies say Keri Oliver and Charles McMillan were arrested after the bust on Johns Cemetery Road Thursday. According to their arrest reports both Oliver and McMillan are both charged with child neglect, while jail records show McMillan also has a drug related charge in addition to the first charge.  A woman who lives with her three children in the area, Michelle McCreary, says she’s not surprised the sheriff’s office was at the home Thursday. “There’s always people in and out of that house, like five minutes in the driveway and out. So, we had suspected something had gone down.” McCreary says. We’re told deputies were tipped off about the activity at the house because of a tip they received during one of the sheriff’s neighborhood walks.
  • Update: Joshua Stansberry the missing person from the Oakleaf area has been found safely.  Original story: The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing 19-year-old they consider to be in danger. Deputies say Joshua Stansberry is missing from the Plum Orchard Drive area in Oakleaf. Deputies tell us they believe Stansberry is a danger to himself because of a baker act. If you’ve seen Stansberry you can call deputies at 904-264-6512.
  • Your lawmakers are reacting to the announcement of an impeachment inquiry into President Trump Tuesday. We’ve reached out to all four Northeast Florida Representatives to get their reaction to the announcement. Congressman John Rutherford: Representative Rutherford says no amount of transparency will satisfy Democrats who have been searching for a mythical smoking gun to impeach the president. Congressman Ted Yoho: Representative Yoho says this inquiry is a waste of time. The full statement we received is below. “The Democrat left has been trying to nullify the 2016 Presidential election from day one. The Mueller report came up empty, so they have decided to waste the rest of the calendar year on a political witch hunt to shore-up Speaker Pelosi’s left flank.  “Right now, we have a shaky story that has gone from a whistleblower listening to a phone call between heads of state, then it was downgraded to the whistleblower just reading the transcript of the call. Then it was stated, ‘allegedly,’ the person didn’t hear or read anything related to the call.  “Americans have spoken, and they have instructed my colleagues and me in Washington to find ways to work together. Instead, Democratic leadership has decided they will go down the path of division. The transcript of the call-in question will be released today, and the American public will read for themselves. This is a complete waste of our time.”  Congressman Michael Waltz: Representative Waltz says he’s disappointed with the launch of the inquiry. WOKV has reached out to Democratic Representative Al Lawson for a statement and we are waiting to hear back. We’ll bring you an update once we hear from him.
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    Steven Ponson is the morning reporter for Jacksonville’s Morning News. He has been with Cox Media Group since the summer of 2015, and been living in Florida for over 20 years. Steven is an alumni of the University of Central Florida where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television and a minor in Sociology. It’s a dream come for him to work in the radio business and has a family legacy in Florida radio. When he is away from WOKV, he likes to spend time with family and friends and is an avid football and hockey fan.

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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 have not yet made any arrests in connection with the incident, the Tribune reported. Read more here or here.

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