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{Watch} Fight At Jags Stadium Goes Viral. 

This Jags season has been a little rough... If feel like this Instagram post kind of sums it up perfectly. 

On Sunday against the Texans, things got a little too heated thought, and a fight happened resulting in many big Instagram posts reposting the video and talking about Jacksonville. 

According to our Friends over at Action News Jax the team has released a statement about the fight: 

The team's statement: 

"The Jacksonville Jaguars and our stadium partners are firmly committed to maintaining a safe and enjoyable experience for all who visit TIAA Bank Field, including fans of the visiting team. 

"We in no way condone the behavior during Sunday's Jaguars vs. Texans game, which included a physical altercation between fans in the east stands. 

"Per our Fan Code of Conduct, two individuals involved in the altercation were ejected from the stadium.

"Each party, whether a Jaguars season ticket member or a single game purchaser, has had their ticket purchasing privileges rescinded." 

"The Jaguars are grateful for the immediate response by stadium security personnel to the situation."

Top Halloween Costumes By City... Jacksonville Loves Fortnite.

I’ve already accepted the fact that i’ll probably see 10-15 people dressed as fortnite characters at our Gravedigger’s Ball Party this Friday.

------ See you there? 

Google knows pretty much everything about you, so it makes a lot of sense that "what yo

u're wearing for Halloween" is part of that.

 

Google analyzed searches for Halloween costumes and found the top 500 things that people are planning to dress up as this year.

Here's the top 10 . . 

1.  "Fortnite".

 

2. Spider-Man.

 

3. Unicorn.

 

4. Dinosaur.

 

5. Witch.

 

6. Harley Quinn.  (The character from "Suicide Squad" and "Batman".)

 

7. Superhero.

 

8. Pirate.

 

9. Rabbit.

 

10. Princess. 

Googles Site, frightgeist.withgoogle.com also lets you see the top searched costumes by city... Jacksonville’s #1 is just like the list above... FORTNITE.

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  1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED 

 

  1. Eligibility. Subject to the additional restrictions below, the “95.1 WAPE Secret Sound” Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to: (i) legal residents of the State of Florida; (ii) who are 18 years and older at the time of entry; and (iii) who possess a valid Florida state-issued ID or driver's license. Employees of Cox Radio, Inc. d/b/a Cox Media Group Orlando (“Sponsor”), Cox Enterprises, Inc., Orlando-area media companies, promotional sponsors, and all affiliated companies (and the immediate family members of all such employees, and all others with whom they are domiciled) are not eligible to enter or win. The term “immediate family members” include spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren and in-laws, regardless of where they live. Any employees from other radio stations shall be ineligible to participate in this contest. 

Limit: one (1) prize winner per household every 30 days. 

 

  1. How to Enter.The Contest will begin on October 22, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) and end on the earlier of: (i) the award of $15,000 in prizes; or (ii) December 7, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. EST (the “Contest Period”). Contest offered on weekdays only. Sponsor will be the official timekeeper for the Contest. 

To enter, tune in to 95.1 WAPE (the “Station”) weekdays during the Contest Period at 8:00 a.m. EST, 11:00 a.m. EST, 2:00 p.m. EST, and 5:00 p.m. and listen for the “Secret Sound” cue (each a “Cue to Call”). When you hear the Cue to Call, call Sponsor’s Sweepstakes Line at 833-685-9595 to try to be the 9th caller to play. The DJ will then play a “secret sound,” which will be a common noise or sound, and the 9th caller will have one chance to correctly identify the sound. All answers must be very specific; no general descriptions of the “secret sound” will be accepted. Each of the “secret sounds” played will only have ONE correct answer. If the 9th caller provides the correct answer, he or she will be declared a potential winner. 

Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may provide a clue after a certain amount of callers fail to identify the “secret sound.” Sponsor may post callers’ guesses on the 95.1 WAPE Big Ape mobile app. 

To qualify as a winner, (a) you must be listening to the Show at the time the announcement is broadcast; (b) you must be declared by Sponsor to be the 9th person to call the Contest Line at 833-685-9595, or for mobile **951; (c) you must correctly identify the “secret sound”; and (d) you must comply with all other terms and conditions of these Official Rules. The determinations of Sponsor and Contest operators will be final and binding in all respects. 

Listeners accessing Sponsor’s radio station audio via IP connections like website-based streaming or mobile devices are welcome to enter. However, Sponsor cannot be responsible for delays in electronic transmission of station audio to IP devices. By entering the Sweepstakes, listeners acknowledge and agree to this specific provision of these Sweepstakes Rules. In addition, Sponsor will not be responsible for loss of service to a Sweepstakes Line or for a participant’s failure to reach a Sweepstakes Line due to malfunction of any network or system, congestion, any technical or human error, failures or malfunctions of any kind, including the congestion, overload, busy signals, or any other factor that may prevent an individual from completing his/her phone call. In the event of interruption of power or telephone service to Sponsor during a call-in period of a Sweepstakes prior to accepting the correct caller, or a change in programming that results in Sponsor’s inability to air a call-in opportunity, Sponsor will not replay the affected call-in opportunity and the number of prizes awarded in the Sweepstakes will be reduced accordingly. If the correct caller is ineligible, or fails to comply with any term of condition of these Official Rules, that caller will be disqualified, and Sponsor will resume the call-in opportunity and declare the next caller a winner, pending verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. 

Any winning contestant must be the same person who originally dialed the phone to the radio station to participate in a Sweepstakes. No family members, friends, office associates, or any other person will be allowed to participate in a Sweepstakes on another person's behalf. A contestant must provide his or her own name as listed on his or her valid Florida driver’s license or Florida state-issued ID (or other proof of Florida residency, such as a copy of a utility bill). If a participant uses a false name on any ID submitted as proof of identification, he or she will be immediately disqualified from the Sweepstakes and be ineligible to win any prize. 

Telephone calls will be taken by Sweepstakes operators in the order they are received, and the operators will count the number of calls received after each on-air Sweepstakes cue to call to determine the correct caller. The determinations of Sponsor and Sweepstakes operators will be final and binding in all respects. 

In the event a caller gets disconnected for any reason before being declared a winner, Sponsor may resume the call-in opportunity affected and declare the next caller a winner, pending verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. Sponsor will not be responsible for dropped calls from mobile devices or land lines and dropped calls may result in a potential winner’s disqualification and forfeiture of all interest in any prize. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons who submit false or misleading entry information or who Sponsor determines to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Sweepstakes. 

By participating in the Sweepstakes, participant agrees to all of the terms and conditions of Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, available at www.k923orlando.com/privacy_policy. In the event of any discrepancy between the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy and these Official Rules, these Official Rules will control. 

  1. Winner Selection and Odds.A maximum of four (4) winners will be selected each weekday during the Contest Period. Odds of becoming a Winner depend on the number of eligible participants who call to participate during a particular call-in period and the order in which calls are received. 
  2. Prize Description.A maximum of four (4) Grand Prizes per weekday during the Contest Period. The amount of the Grand Prize will be determined by the following process: 

Starting October 22, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. EST, the prize amount will start at $1,000, except for Mondays, where the jackpot is double ($2,000). Once the “secret sound” has been correctly identified, the Contest will reset with a different “secret sound” for the next Cue to Call and the cash prize will begin at $1,000 ($2,000 on Mondays). 

Limit: One (1) prize per person and per household. 

  1. Winner Notification and Acceptance.Potential winners will be notified at the time of the correct identification of the “secret sound.” In order to claim a prize, each winner must personally visit the WAPE studios at 8000 Belfort Pkwy Jacksonville, FL 32256, during regular business hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays) within five (5) days after the date of being declared a potential winner. Any contestant who has correctly guessed WAPE’s “Secret Sound” must provide a valid Florida-issued photo ID and give their correct information in order to receive payment. Listeners must fill out all appropriate paperwork (affidavit of eligibility, a liability and publicity release, winner release and a W-9 form), which must be signed at the time the winner claims his/her prize at the WAPE Studios prior to receiving their prize. Once all paperwork is complete the prize will be mailed to the winner within 45–60 days in the form for a check. 

Sponsor’s inability to reach a potential winner after a reasonable (as solely determined by Sponsor) effort has been made, the failure of a potential winner to timely respond to a prize notification, the return of any prize notification as undeliverable, the inability of winner and his/her guest to travel within the time period specified by Sponsor, and/or a potential winner’s failure to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, result in the potential winner’s disqualification and the selection of a substitute winner by a random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries received during the Contest Period. Sponsor will conduct up to one (1) alternate drawing, after which the prize will remain unawarded. 

A PARTICIPANT IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY PRIZE UNLESS AND UNTIL SPONSOR HAS COMPLETED ITS VERIFICATION OF PARTICIPANT’S ELIGIBILITY. 

A winner may waive the right to receive a prize. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. No substitutions allowed by winner. Prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes or components of prize packages with a prize or component of equal or greater value. Winner is solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on a prize. Winner may be required to provide his/her valid Social Security Number to Sponsor for tax purposes and/or complete an IRS W-9 form in order to claim a prize. Winners are solely responsible for all federal, state and local taxes on prize value and, as applicable, will be issued an IRS Form 1099 based on the prize value determined by Sponsor. Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of Sponsor. 

  1. Technical Issues.In the event that there is a technical problem with the telephones or equipment beyond Station’s control during the Contest, the Contest will cease at that moment and all parties on the line will be disconnected. The Contest will resume after the telephone problem has been corrected. Sponsor reserves the right to suspend the Contest at any time due to weather emergencies, acts of terrorism or war, technical difficulties, or any other circumstances beyond the control of Station. If such suspension takes place, Station will broadcast the date and time of the resumption of the Contest, and information regarding the resumption of the Contest will be available at WAPE.com and at the Station studios at 8000 Belfort Pkwy Jacksonville, FL 32256, during regular business hours (Monday through Friday (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) 
  2. Publicity.EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED, BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU AGREE THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES (AS DEFINED BELOW) HAVE THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT AND PERMISSION TO PUBLISH YOUR ENTRY ON ANY SPONSOR OR STATION WEBSITE(S) AND TO BROADCAST, PUBLISH, OR OTHERWISE USE YOUR ENTRY AND/OR YOUR NAME, BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION, AND LIKENESS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST OR FOR ANY COMMERCIAL, PUBLICITY, OR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSE WITHOUT LIMITATION, REVIEW OR APPROVAL, OR COMPENSATION TO YOU. BY ENTERING, YOU GRANT THE RELEASED PARTIES AN EXCLUSIVE, ROYALTY-FREE AND IRREVOCABLE LICENSE AND RIGHT (BUT NOT THE OBLIGATION) TO TELECAST, BROADCAST, COPY, EDIT, ADAPT, MODIFY, REPRODUCE, PUBLISH, CREATE DERIVATIVE WORKS OF, DISTRIBUTE, USE, OR OTHERWISE PUBLICLY DISPLAY ANY OR ALL OF YOUR ENTRIES, OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, IN ANY MANNER OR MEDIUM THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IN PERPETUITY, FOR COMMERCIAL, PUBLICITY, OR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES, AND TO LICENSE OTHERS TO DO SO, WITHOUT LIMITATION, REVIEW OR APPROVAL, OR COMPENSATION TO YOU. 
  3. Participation.By participating, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and any Contest judges or administrators selected by Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Contest as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the Contest is compromised by [tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest. Should the Contest be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date. Proof of sending or submission of an entry will not be deemed proof of receipt by Sponsor. 
  4. Release.BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, EACH PARTICIPANT AGREES TO FULLY RELEASE, FOREVER DISCHARGE AND HOLD HARMLESS SPONSOR, COX ENTERPRISES, INC., COX MEDIA GROUP, LLC, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS, DISTRIBUTORS, ADVERTISING/PROMOTION AGENCIES, AND PRIZE SUPPLIERS AND EACH SUCH COMPANY’S OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) FROM AND AGAINST ANY CLAIMS, COSTS, LIABILITIES, LOSSES, INJURIES, AND DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE CONTEST, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY CLAIMS FOR PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, OR DAMAGE TO OR LOSS OF PROPERTY, LOSS OF ENJOYMENT, OR ANY OTHER HARM WHATSOEVER ARISING OUT OF: (1) PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST; (2) THE QUALITY, RECEIPT, POSSESSION, USE, OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE; OR (3) ANY TRAVEL OR ACTIVITY THAT IS RELATED TO THE CONTEST OR ANY PRIZE. 
  5. Limitations of Liability.BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, PARTICIPANTS ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT EVERYTHING REGARDING THIS CONTEST, INCLUDING THE PRIZE(S), ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND THAT SPONSOR MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ABOUT THE PRIZE(S) AND SPONSOR HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. (BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN IMPLIED WARRANTIES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, THE LIABILITY OF THE RELEASED PARTIES IS LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY SUCH STATE LAW.) 

THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR: (1) ANY INCORRECT OR INACCURATE INFORMATION, WHETHER CAUSED BY PARTICIPANTS, PRINTING OR PRODUCTION ERRORS, OR BY ANY OF THE EQUIPMENT OR PROGRAMMING ASSOCIATED WITH OR EMPLOYED IN THE CONTEST; (2) TECHNICAL FAILURES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO MALFUNCTIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, OR DISCONNECTIONS IN PHONE LINES OR NETWORK HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE; (3) UNAUTHORIZED HUMAN INTERVENTION IN ANY PART OF THE ENTRY PROCESS OR THE CONTEST; (4) TECHNICAL OR HUMAN ERROR WHICH MAY OCCUR IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE CONTEST, THE PROCESSING OF ENTRIES, OR THE NOTIFICATION OF ANY WINNER; OR (5) ANY INJURY OR DAMAGE TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY WHICH MAY BE CAUSED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, FROM A PARTICIPANT’S PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST OR RECEIPT OR USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE. 

Only the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules is available to be won in the Contest. In the event that production, technical, seeding, programming, or any other reasons cause more than the stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate eligible prize claims. 

  1. Construction.The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these Official Rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein. 

 13. Sponsor. The 95.1 WAPE “Secret Sound” Contest is sponsored by Cox Radio, Inc. d/b/a Cox Media Group Jacksonville. The decisions of Sponsor regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials or announcements relating to the Contest. For a list of winners (available after November 21, 2018) or a copy of these Official Rules, visit www.WAPE.com or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to “Winners List/Official Rules” (as applicable), 95.1 WAPE “Secret Sound” Contest, 8000 Belfort Pkwy Jacksonville, FL 32256. If you have any questions regarding this Contest, please contact WAPE’s Promotion Department, 8000 Belfort Pkwy Jacksonville, FL 32256 or Julie.Bergman@coxinc.com

 

Police: 6 people shot, 3 critically, near Jacksonville Jaguars stadium

Six people were shot -- three critically -- near the football stadium where the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars play, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

>> Read more trending news 

The shooting happened “outside the stadium footprint” while a game was underway, but did not impact the game, authorities said

Update 5:40 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: Jacksonville police released a photo of the vehicle used in the drive-by shooting Sunday that injured six people, three of them critically.

Investigators believe the suspects were driving a silver grey four-door sedan, and that the victims were intentionally targeted.

Update 3:31 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: The shooting occurred on a sidewalk at 12:35 p.m at A. Philip Randolph Boulevard and Pippin Street, a spokesman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference Sunday. The victims -- five men, one woman -- ranged in ages from “their 20s to 70s,” the spokesman said. The vehicle carrying the suspect or suspects was a silver gray sedan and possibly a Nissan Altima or Maxima, the Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

Authorities said the shots appeared to come from the passenger’s side of the vehicle. The spokesman said the shooting could be gang-related.

Update 3:28 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said that six adults were shot, with three people in critical condition. The Sheriff’s Office said the suspect was driving a gray-silver four-door vehicle.

This is a developing story.

6 People Shot Near Jacksonville Jaguars Stadium, Police Say

6 People Shot Near Jacksonville Jaguars Stadium, Police Say

Badly beaten 5-year-old dies in Florida, officials say; mom, boyfriend arrested

The Florida Department of Children and Families has confirmed the death of a 5-year-old girl who was badly beaten in a Jacksonville home.

>> Watch the news report here

ActionNewsJax reported Friday that sources said the girl was on life support after an extreme case of abuse in a home at the Oak Tree Apartments.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Child dies following incident at Oak Tree Apartments, DCF says

The child’s grandmother told ActionNewsJax reporter Ryan Nelson that the child’s mother, Michelle Cannimore, is behind bars, and so is her current boyfriend, Jonte Harris.

Cannimore is charged with child neglect and child abuse with intentional infliction of physical or mental injury. Harris is charged with aggravated battery on a child using a deadly weapon.

Neighbors said they feared abuse may have been present in the home. They said they could hear screams coming from the home.

“I told [detectives] the same thing I'm telling you,” said one neighbor. "That I would hear that, and I was like, ‘What's going on?’”

>> Read more news stories 

ActionNewsJax obtained a statement from DCF Interim Secretary Rebecca Kapusta:

“I am absolutely horrified and disgusted at the abuse this child endured in her short life. That anyone would hurt an innocent child is shameful and DCF will work closely with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to hold anyone responsible for her abuse fully accountable under the law.

"There are not sufficient words to describe the pain those who loved her are feeling right now, but the department will continue to ensure her sibling is in a safe home and that she receives the highest quality care as she recovers from this loss.”

DCF also said the family has a history with the welfare system.

“We’d try to go ask if she's alright,” said the neighbor. “She would just open the door for a second. She wouldn't open the door all the way.”

Another woman, who asked that her identity be concealed for her protection, claimed that Cannimore’s personality seemed to change after she began dating Harris.

“She will have her head down,” she said. “And that’s how she would be.”

So far, no murder charges have been filed in the case. ActionNewsJax requested the arrest report from the Sheriff’s Office on Friday but has not yet received it.

Florida teacher arrested on child porn distribution charge, police say

Federal officials said Friday that they arrested a Florida teacher on allegations of distributing child pornography

>> Watch the news report here

Jordan Frederic Schemmel, 37, is a teacher at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville, authorities said. 

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Read the entire criminal complaint against Jordan Schemmel (WARNING: Graphic content.)

Duval County Public Schools confirmed the arrest and said Schemmel will not teach until the case is resolved. 

"Should he be released from custody, he will be immediately removed from the classroom and not have further contact with students pending the outcome of an internal investigation," a voicemail sent to parents said. 

According to a biography on the Duval County Public Schools site, Schemmel previously worked as a teacher at Ponte Vedra High in St. Johns County and Ed White High in Jacksonville. 

Schemmel faces up to 20 years in federal prison. He is scheduled for a hearing on Oct. 25. 

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: First Coast High teacher charged with distributing child porn

According to a the criminal complaint, an individual using the screen name “JS” and the user name “Profsunrise15” responded to a message in September on an internet bulletin board frequented by individuals with a sexual interest in children. 

This message had been posted by an undercover FBI agent. 

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: First Coast teacher arrested: 5 things to know about the case

The user under the name “Profsunrise15” sent the agent a video depicting a prepubescent child being sexually assaulted by an adult male, and later sent a photo depicting similar criminal conduct with a child, authorities said. 

>> Read more news stories 

Authorities said the IP address used by Profsunrise15 was traced back to Schemmel’s residence in Jacksonville. 

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Convoy of Care: St. Augustine Supply Drive 

With hundreds of families still living in emergency shelters, and countless others with damaged homes following Hurricane Michael, Cox Media Group Jacksonville is collecting disaster relief items at another Convoy of Care. 

News 104.5 WOKV and our other CMG radio stations are once again partnering with Action News Jax to collect bottled water, non-perishable food and more on Tuesday, October 23rd at Bozard Ford Lincoln at the St. Augustine Outlets from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Cleaning supplies, children’s toys, pet food and hygiene products are also needed. 

If you would rather make a cash donation you can do so at any VyStar Credit Union branch. 

Our first Convoy of Care collected more than 43 tons of supplies.  We were there as five trucks arrived in the Panhandle and dropped off the supplies at emergency shelters.  

Here is our complete supply list: 

 Cleaning supplies 

 Toys/activities for children 

 Pet food 

 Nonperishable food 

 Hygiene products 

 Bug spray 

 Baby supplies 

 Snacks 

 Sanitary Napkins 

 Gift cards 

 Water  

Acute flaccid myelitis: CDC sees rise in cases, seasonal pattern to polio-like illness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting an increase in cases of a rare polio-like illness affecting kids.

>> Watch the news report here

So far this year, the CDC has confirmed 62 cases acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, in 22 states, and has received reports of 127 patients who are under investigation.

>> Read more trending news 

The CDC started detecting the increases in 2014. Since, then there have been 386 cases of the mysterious illness, including one death in 2017.

Despite the increase in cases, the disease remains rare, with fewer than an estimated one in a million people getting AFM each year, the CDC said. However, it’s not mandatory for health providers to report AFM, so it’s possible there could be more cases.

According to Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, most AFM cases occur in late summer and fall. The Associated Press reported that "similar waves of the same illness occurred in 2014 and 2016," appearing to follow "every-other-year pattern."

“As far as we know, it has only been detected in the United States. In terms of clustering in the United States, many states in the U.S. have been impacted by this disease, so we are not seeing geographic clustering in 2018, nor have we seen it in 2016 or 2014,” Messonnier said.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Florida toddler fighting polio-like disease in ICU, mom says

In Jacksonville, Florida, doctors believe Aamira Faircloth, 3, has AFM. She is in fair condition at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

Aamira's mother, Reba, told ActionNewsJax on Tuesday that her daughter suddenly couldn’t walk.

“It was just like how a baby learns to walk, and she collapsed and fell to the ground,” Reba said.

Dr. Mobeen Rathore, chief of infectious diseases at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, said this isn’t cause for panic, but parents should be aware.

“The good news is we know it’s not polio, but unfortunately it’s still happening, it almost looks like every other year, and still affecting children,” he said.

Rathore said the most frustrating thing about the illness is "not knowing what causes it and not knowing how to treat it."

ActionNewsJax's Facebook post about the illness received hundreds of comments, including one from Christina Strickland, who wrote that in 2012 she woke up one morning to find her son “crying laying on the floor screaming in pain that he couldn’t walk.”

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Jacksonville sees first case of polio-like illness affecting children in Florida

Other parents on the thread blamed vaccinations – a claim that Rathore disputed.

“Absolutely not. There is no evidence. There’s absolutely no evidence that vaccines have anything to do with this,” Rathore said.

According to Rathore, there’s also no evidence that AFM is caused by the flu shot. 

He said there is something parents can do right now.

“Good hand hygiene, good cough etiquette, stay away from people who are sick,” Rathore said.

Florida toddler fighting polio-like disease in Jacksonville ICU, mom says

3-year-old Florida girl is being treated at a Jacksonville children's hospital for a polio-like virus that's been spreading in states across the country.

>> Read more trending news 

Since Sunday, little Aamira has been in the Intensive Care Unit.

“It’s nerve-wracking. It’s stressful. She can’t understand. She can’t get out of bed and do things for herself,” said her mother, Reba Faircloth.

Faircloth said doctors believe her daughter has acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM.

It’s a rare paralyzing illness that health officials are investigating following a spike in cases mainly affecting children.

Doctors said the illness comes in clusters and more cases are expected in our area.“They told me it’s a polio-like strand, but it’s not per polio. It hit me hard,” Faircloth said.

Faircloth said her daughter started showing signs of some sort of illness Thursday and it only progressed.

By Sunday, Faircloth said, her once-energetic toddler couldn’t walk.

“It was just like how a baby learns to walk, and she collapsed and fell to the ground,” Faircloth said.

She said doctors have been running tests on the girl since then.

“They told me they have no per se cure or how to get rid of it, they are just going by books, and she had to get plasma infusions,” Faircloth said.

A doctor at the hospital said the illness affects the nervous system and can leave patients paralyzed.

“Some of the symptoms may slowly decrease, but often they are permanent or there is residual permanent damage,” said Jose Irazuzta, of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, who is also a professor of pediatrics at the University of Florida.

Faircloth now has a message for other parents: “If you start to see weakness and everything, go to the hospital,” she said.

Faircloth said her daughter could be in the hospital for up to three weeks.

Doctors said this disease usually affects young children and they are working with researchers to learn more about AFM to find a cure. 

Dead shark with hat wrapped around neck washes up on Florida shore

A parks and recreation program took to Facebook after a shark washed ashore in Florida with plastic debris wrapped around its neck.

The finetooth shark was found along the shore of Ponte Vedra Beach on Friday, according to St. Johns County Parks and Recreation.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Dozens of baby sea turtles washing ashore at Jacksonville area beaches

St. Johns County staff said the 6-foot shark had a plastic brim of an old hat wrapped around its neck and gills.

Staff said the cause of death is undetermined without a necropsy, but its death serves as an example of how plastic marine debris is a local and global issue.

>> Read more trending news 

The parks program said the species of shark is found from North Carolina to Brazil and migrates through our area, heading south in early fall.

The shark's death was reported to the FWC’s Fish Kill hotline.

>> See the Facebook post here

 

Convoy of Care: 43 tons of supplies arrive in Panhandle to help hurricane victims

43 tons of supplies, loaded on to five trucks and destined for our friends in the Panhandle. 

Thank you, NE Florida, for donating to the Convoy of Care on Tuesday.  Your generous donations left Jacksonville this morning and arrived in the Panhandle just after Noon.  

Bottled water and other supplies will make an immediate impact for countless families who lost so much in Hurricane Michael. 

The supplies will be distributed to people living in shelters at schools and churches in the Panhandle after arriving later today. 

We continue to collect cash donations at any VyStar Credit union branch through October 31.  Thanks to our partners for donating their services and their time: 

Maggiano’s Little Italy

St. Johns Town Center

Tom Nehl Truck Company 

Lighthouse Movers 

Reads Moving Systems

Grieving mom's heartwarming act of kindness at Florida Publix goes viral

A Publix employee in Jacksonville, Florida, took to Facebook after a kind gesture by a grieving mom.

Nick DeClemente said he was at work Oct. 10 when a woman walked up to the bakery counter and asked if there were any first birthday cakes on order.

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He said he asked for the customer name, thinking she wanted to pay for a specific person.

DeClemente said she replied no, that she wanted to anonymously pay for a cake.

"She then started to tear up and tell me that she had a stillborn child a year ago and in tribute to him she wanted to pay for someone else's cake," he wrote on Facebook. "I went to the cake order drawer and found this one. She told me thank you and appreciated that I let her do this."

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DeClemente said it was one of the most touching things he'd seen in all of his years working in retail.

"I hope that this lady finds peace through this tribute and that the customer receiving this gift will, if nothing else, pay it forward," he said.

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DeClemente said he hopes to see the mom again, so he can share with her all of the positive comments he's gotten since sharing the story.

Hurry The Icemen Need Help Naming Their Mascot. 

Jacksonville Hockey is back, and if you did not know we have a mascot with out a name! 

This is where you come in, help the icemen name the Mascot, that kinda looks like a husky. (Voting is only open until Wednesday though, so hurry!)

some of the name options include:

  • BISCUIT

  • BRUISER

  • CHILLY DOG

  • FANG

Angry Jaguar Fan Lists TIAA Bank’s JumboTron For Sale On Facebook.

Jaguar fans had a taste of a winning season last year, and it looks like they are not ready to give up on the season. One fan, Brandon Russell decided to try and sell the JumboTron to get some extra cash for the team. After their less than impressive game against the Cowboys. 

The Post Read: “Almost like brand new! Only four years old! Works like new with no issues. Never has been abused, but it’s seen a handful of beatings. We love this screen and really don’t want to sell it, but we are in dire need of a new quarterback with great experience! Willing to sell for $54M+ (just needing enough to buy out the current quarterback) or trade.”

Some other Jag fans took this as an oppertunity to jump on the teams slump as well:

Father and son swept away by high tide while fishing in Florida identified

The  bodies of a Florida father and son were identified by officials with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office after the pair were swept away by a high tide while fishing Saturday at Ft. George Inlet.

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Eric Smart, a member of the U.S. Navy,  was found close to 10 p.m. Saturday, and crews located the body of his son, Derrick Smart, 7, on Sunday morning.

The boy's grandmother said Derrick was a good swimmer who loved the water. She is asking the community for prayers for her family. She said that Derrick was her daughter's only child. 

Family members said emergency crews searched for about an hour Sunday before recovering the little boy’s body.

Police were first called to the Nassau Sound Bridge Saturday just before 4:30 p.m. Officials said a father and his son were fishing when the tide swept them into the water.

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Police said the two were last seen in the water by a witness and that the father was holding his son, trying to swim back to shore.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department initially confirmed that crews are searching for two people in the water.

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Jet skis, boats and a helicopter were used by emergency crews searching the water. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also assisted in search efforts.

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Florida man accused of defrauding FEMA of thousands of dollars after hurricanes, tropical storm

As people in Florida are struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, a Jacksonville man is wanted on allegations of defrauding FEMA of thousands of dollars.

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Lepoleon Spikes is accused of claiming damage to different homes in Jacksonville for three separate storms.

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A grand jury indictment claims he provided FEMA with fraudulent lease agreements as proof of damage.

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Documents say Spikes was awarded thousands of dollars after Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, as well as Tropical Storm Debby.

“You’re taking from people and families that really need the money,” said Scherlinda Bennett, who says her home was flooded during both Matthew and Irma.

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ActionNewsJax went to one of the homes where Spikes supposedly lived, but learned that was years ago. The home’s current owner claims it never had storm damage.

Dozens of baby sea turtles wash ashore at Florida-area beaches

Dozens of people walking along beaches in Jacksonville, Florida, have come across baby sea turtles. 

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Researchers said strong strong winds and tides in the ocean have brought close to 60 sea turtles back to shore between Amelia Island and St. Johns County.

“We get calls from these people who say, ‘What should I do? What should I do?’” Eleanor Maxwell said.

Maxwell, a Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol member, brought two turtles to the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience on Friday.

Known as washbacks, the babies are washing ashore on Sargasso seaweed pushed inland by strong storms, including hurricanes Florence and Michael.

When sea turtles hatch, they rely on energy stores from a yolk sack to make the multimile swim to floating masses of seaweed offshore.

If storms or currents push them to shore, the turtles are too weak to swim back out into ocean.

“They’re going to be picked up by a pelican or they’re going to get into the water and they’re just going to die. They don’t have a chance once they get to this beach,” Maxwell said.

If the babies are rescued, they’re brought to a sea turtle hospital, such as the Whitney Lab at the University of Florida in St. Augustine.

They’re cared for until they’re strong enough to be brought back out to the ocean by boat.

Researchers are asking people to keep an eye out for the post-hatchlings after the recent storms.If you find a baby sea turtle, call your sea turtle patrol group or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The FWC has a 24-hour sea turtle hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922). 

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