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Couple arrested, accused of letting 9-year-old smoke marijuana, making him shoplift 

A couple in Rogers County is has been arrested Wednesday after being accused of allowing their 9-year-old son to smoke pot and making him shoplift. According to an affidavit, Kimberly Broyles, 45, and Michael Whitaker, 40, allowed their son to smoke marijuana in their presence. 

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The affidavit was prompted by a child abuse complaint from a self-proclaimed addict that lived with the couple. According to the woman, the couple forced the boy to steal from Dollar General. The woman also told deputies that Whitaker kicked the boy in his back, neck and head as the boy was curled up in a fetal position screaming for him to stop.

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said deputies raided the house and arrested the couple. According to Walton, Whitaker told the boy to run. The boy was taken into DHS custody.

Whitaker and Broyles are in the Rogers County Jail and each are held on $150,000 bond.

Cat weighing over 30 pounds big hit at North Carolina animal shelter

A fat cat is living the sweet life at the Chatham County Animal Shelter in Pittsboro, North Carolina, and getting attention from the public because of his size.

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The stray weighs 31.4 pounds and is too large to fit in a kennel like other cats at the shelter, so he received special accommodations from the staff.

“He loves sleeping in our cabinet in the break room,” Alan Canady, the shelter’s director, told WNCN. “And he can barely fit in there.”

After the shelter posted a picture of a staff member holding the cat, people became fascinated with the chubby feline from the Siler City, North Carolina, area and started coming to see him.

“Everybody wants to see him, because they think the picture is fake,” said Tiffany Foushee, a shelter attendant. “And then they seem him and they’re amazed at how big he is.”

The cat’s owners have until next Monday to pick him up, and if he isn’t claimed by then, the shelter will put him up for adoption at the $20 adoption special it’s having next week.

Rodents fell from ceiling of Dallas Chipotle, customers say

Chipotle faced a public relations meltdown early this week when customers fell ill after eating at a location in Sterling, Virginia. In what is only the latest in a string of incidents, Chipotle was forced to close that branch. The grills in Sterling were barely cold, when a Chipotle in Dallas caught public attention when a video surfaced of rodents falling from the ceiling.

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Diners captured video of the animals dropping out of the ceiling Tuesday. One patron told NBC DFW, “If we had been sitting at the next table, it definitely would have fell on top of our food, because it was literally right there. […] I kept wondering what it was, until I looked at the floor, and I saw three rats, and I ran.”

In a statement to the NBC Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate, Chipotle said that there was a “small structural gap in the building as a likely access point.” The company added, “This is an extremely isolated and rare incident.” The customer who spoke to NBC DFW said she isn’t likely to return to that location.

Chipotle’s stock has been plagued with drops associated with food poisoning in it’s restaurants. In 2015, an E. coli outbreak caused the restaurant chain’s shares to plummet. On Tuesday, after news of the Virginia food poisoning went viral, the stock dipped more than 6 percent, CNN Money reports.

At least 2 cars involved in crash on Edgewood Avenue in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash that happened Thursday night in the 3500 block of North Edgewood Avenue.

On scene of a Traffic Homicide on Edgewood Ave. Gathering more information from JSO. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/DDoGZAM2JV— Brandon Lee Bryant (@brandonbryant87) July 21, 2017

Action News Jax photographer Brandon Bryant observed that at least two vehicles were involved in the crash, with one of the cars flipped upside down.

2 cars involved in accident, traffic homicide. Awaiting to hear from JSO shortly @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/DQxMtV7UEw— Brandon Lee Bryant (@brandonbryant87) July 21, 2017

Viewers tell us that part of the road was shut down while police responded to the crash. Action News Jax is working to learn the extent of the injuries of those involved in the crash.

This is a developing story. Refresh this page, follow @ActionNewsJax on Twitter and watch FOX30 Action News Jax at 10 for updates.

New Atlantic Beach police chief shares her vision for the community

Atlantic Beach police have finished a decade's worth of work and re-opened their public safety building.

At the ceremony marking the occasion on Thursday was the woman set to be the city's next police chief.

Action News Jax sat down with Michelle Cook, who shared her vision and what it means to be the Duval County area's first female police chief.

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“Don’t really come to work every day thinking, 'Oh, I’m the first female chief.' I’m just excited to be the chief and for this opportunity,” Cook said.

Cook started as a downtown beat cop with JSO in 1992. Throughout her career, she rose through the ranks and left as the No. 3 in charge under Sheriff Mike Williams.

“Although I’m a goal-oriented person, I never looked too far into the future. I was a more of 'What can I get out of today?'” Cook said.

Cook said the department is already in a good place but her experience leading emergency preparedness with JSO has given her some ideas for improvement.

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“Relationships from that experience that I can bring out here to help Atlantic Beach better prepare for not only hurricanes but other emergencies that may arise,” Cook said.

A new adventure for Cook, who plans on doing what she’s always done.

“I think women bring a very new and unique perspective to law enforcement and fortunately there are a lot of women across the country that are moving up in the ranks,” Cook said.

Cook will officially start at the beginning of August. 

Jacksonville man from Bosnia suing over placement on 'no-fly list'

A Jacksonville man is suing the government in federal court because he said he was wrongfully placed on the no-fly list.

Zijad Bosnic, an American citizen from Bosnia, brought the complaint to the U.S. Courthouse with his attorneys Thursday afternoon.

Lena Masri, the national litigation director at CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is helping represent him.

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“[Bosnic] was added to the no-fly list after he left the country, and as a result, he was essentially stuck in Bosnia and unable to return home since March,” Masri said.

CAIR said Bosnic just returned Wednesday night on a one-time waiver.

CAIR said because of the designation, Bosnic can't see his family in Bosnia or do his job as a truck driver.

“His transportation worker identification credentials were suspended as a result of being on this no-fly list, so he's effectively unable to work because of this placement," Omar Saleh of CAIR said. “He's never been arrested, charged with, or convicted of any crime.”

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But CAIR isn’t just trying to get Bosnic off the no-fly list; they’re challenging the list itself.

They want it thrown out and deemed unconstitutional.

Action News Jax law and safety expert Dale Carson doesn’t believe either will happen.

Carson said Bosnic has exhausted all he can do by first challenging his designation with the Department of Homeland Security.

Action News Jax reached out to the federal agencies named in the complaint, but they will not comment on pending litigation.

FHP: At least 1 killed in crash on I-95 near 8th Street in Jacksonville

The Florida Highway Patrol is responding to a reported fatal crash on Interstate 95 southbound near 8th Street.

At one point, the crash had all of I-95 in the Hogans Creek area shut down.

All southbound lanes are blocked and 2 northbound inside lanes are blocked.

This is a developing story. Refresh this page, follow @ActionNewsJax on Twitter and watch FOX30 Action News Jax at 10 for updates.

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Jacksonville City Council member proposes extending term limits

A Jacksonville City Council member wants to extend the term limits for elected officials.

Right now, those people in power can only serve two four-year terms.

City Councilman Matt Schellenberg’s bill could allow a third term for the following positions: City Council member, sheriff, supervisor of elections, property appraiser, tax collector, clerk of courts and school board member.

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Schellenberg's reasoning is council members can’t get enough done in eight years. He said, in that amount of time, they're still learning the ropes in a complex job.

“It's not that you don't learn along the way, it’s institutional knowledge that you bring after six, seven, eight years,” Schellenberg said.

Schellenberg said if the bill passes the City Council and is signed by Mayor Lenny Curry, it would be up to voters in a referendum in August 2018.

The voters with whom Action News Jax spoke weren’t sold.

“That's garbage,” said Tony Walker. “I’d probably vote against that, for sure.”

Daniel Golan agreed.

“I believe in term limits, and I believe they should just keep them as tight as possible,” Golan said.

Schellenberg is one of eight council members in their second term, meaning their time on the council is over if this bill fails.

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Dr. Michael Binder, a political science associate professor at the University of North Florida, thinks that will be the case.

“Historically, across the country, whenever people put up term limits, voters support them, and whenever people try to repeal term limits, voters oppose them wildly,” Binder said.

Action News Jax asked Schellenberg what he would say to critics who may consider this an example of the people in power trying to stay in power.

“I think they're mistaken,” Schellenberg said.

He added that even if the bill passes, he likely wouldn’t run for a third term.

Voters will have a chance to weigh in on the bill on July 25.

Boil water advisory lifted for city of St. Marys

UPDATE, 7/20/17, 9:03 p.m.: The boil water advisory for the city of St. Marys has been lifted. 

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More than 17,000 customers are on a boil water advisory in St. Marys.

The entire city has to boil water before drinking, cooking or cleaning after two tests found coliform bacteria in the water.

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This is precautionary as city leaders think the samples got contaminated after being pulled from the water system.

Citizens should boil water until they are notified by the city that the water system is safe. The city anticipates this will be by noon Friday.

Anyone with any questions should contact St. Marys Public Works at 912-882-4415.

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Celebrities react to death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington

The death of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has shocked fans and celebrities, and many are reacting on social media.

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Bennington died of a suicide at age 41, according to the Los Angeles County coroner.

The musician was on tour with his group promoting its latest album, “One More Light.” 

“Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends,” Warner Bros. Records CEO and Chairman Cameron Stang said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.

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Bennington’s bandmates, past collaborators and other celebrities expressed thoughts and condolences about his death on social media.

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