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Teen killed for his shoes, cellphone, family says

The family of a slain 16-year-old said he was killed for his shoes and cellphone in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Police got a call about a shooting just before 3:15 p.m. Sunday.

Officers found Marquette Clark dead in the roadway at Ken Knight Drive and Moncrief Road. 

His great aunt Daisy Wise said she believes he was killed in a robbery. She said his shoes and cellphone were missing.

"That’s petty for someone to lose their life over something like that," Wise said. "Whatever it may be, nobody has a right to take nobody’s life.”

Clark went to Raines High School, according to a Facebook page his family said belonged to him.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office crime map, there have been 11 assaults and one robbery within a half-mile radius of Ken Knight Drive and Moncrief Road in the past four weeks.

The Sheriff’s Office said officers have no information about a suspect at this time.

Officers are asking anyone with information about Clark's death to call 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@JaxSheriff.org.

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Kitten rescued from under the Fuller Warren Bridge

Jacksonville firefighters have rescued a kitten from under the Fuller Warren Bridge.

Jacksonville Association of Firefighters Local 122 President Randy Wyse says the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and Animal Care teamed up for the rescue. Wyse says someone saw the cat, but it would run away when firefighters tried to get it, so they set a trap last night. They took the trap down this morning, with the kitten inside, he says.

Fallen Jacksonville officer to be escorted to funeral home

The remains of fallen Jacksonville officer Lance Whitaker will be transported to a funeral home Thursday, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is encouraging their members and the public to pay their respects by lining the route.

Whitaker- who was on the force 17 years- died during a single-vehicle crash on 295 at Alta Tuesday morning. He was responding to another crash as the time, and investigators believe weather was likely a factor, although the investigation is still ongoing.

JSO says he will be moved from the Medical Examiner to the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home Thursday at 11AM. The route will be on Jefferson Street, from 8th Street down through Riverside Avenue. The escort will then turn right on Edison Avenue, left on Oak Street, and in to the back of the Funeral Home, which is on Park Street.

JSO motorcycle units will be providing an escort, and personnel have been asked to line the route with their patrol cars with lights on, to show respect. JSO says the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department also plans to have engines along the route, and officers from other local law enforcement agencies are welcome to participate.

Members of the public  who want to line the route are being asked to stand in the sidewalks along either side of Riverside Avenue, between Jackson Street and Forest Street.

If you’re unable to attend, the Fraternal Order of Police 530 is also encouraging donations to Whitaker’s family.

PHOTOS: Hole opens up along Beach Boulevard on the Southside

From lane closures to slow traffic, a hole that opened up along Beach Boulevard, eastbound, just before Hodges Boulevard, Wednesday afternoon caused all sorts of issues for Southside drivers. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has closed down the right turn lane into the Wolf Creek Condos, the right lane, and the sidewalk through at least midnight, due to crews on scene working to make repairs.

The hole has been described by witnesses as a ‘small swimming pool’ and is said to be at least 10 feet deep.

WOKV has reached out to the Florida Department of Transportation for information on what may have caused the hole to open up and whether all the recent rain may have played a role, but we’re told that’s something that’s still being looked into.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) say due to the hole, the eastbound Route 9 and any Paratransit service are being detoured from the area.

PGA Tour star Lucas Glover’s wife arrested after violent argument over poor performance

The wife of PGA Tour star Lucas Glover was arrested Saturday in Florida on domestic violence charges, which allegedly occurred after she became upset over Glover’s poor performance in a tournament, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

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Police said Krista Glover, 36, intentionally attacked and injured another person in a home in Ponte Vedra Beach. Glover tweeted Tuesday that an incident did occur after an argument between his wife and his mother.

According to a St. Johns County sheriff's report, Krista Glover told deputies, "When the [PGA] Tour hears about this, you will lose your job. Wait til I talk to the judge ... you will be (bleeping) fired."

Glover told deputies his wife gets angry when he plays poorly in a tournament, according to the sheriff’s report. Krista Glover called him a "loser," officials said, after drinking all day. The argument happened in front of the couple's two children. 

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Lucas Glover did not want his wife arrested, according to investigators, and he also told them she often threatens to leave him and take the kids when he does not play well. 

Krista Glover caused multiple lacerations to a single victim, according to the arrest report. She starts an altercation every time Lucas Glover plays poorly, the report added.

After she was arrested, St. Johns County deputies said Glover forcefully tried to separate herself from the arresting deputy and refused to be placed into a patrol car.

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Once she was inside the car, deputies said she screamed and kicked the rear driver's side door, causing it to separate from the cell of the door frame. Later, she complained that the handcuffs were too tight, deputies said. 

Glover spent the night in the St. Johns County Jail and was released on $2,500 bond on Sunday.



End of Watch: JSO Officer Lance Whitaker killed in Northside crash

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has identified the officer who died in a crash off 295 and Alta as 48-year-old Officer Lance Whitaker.

“We will miss your kind heart and contagious smile. You are gone but will not be forgotten,” JSO said in a tweet.

Police say Whitaker was responding to a crash, when he was involved in a single-vehicle crash. Weather is likely a factor, according to Sheriff Mike Williams, but the investigation is still ongoing.

JSO says Whitaker has been on the force for 17 years, and was working the midnight shift on Jacksonville’s Northside.

“His tragic passing in the line of duty highlights the grave dangers our men and women in blue face every day when they put on their uniforms to keep us safe. Officer Whitaker’s oath was to serve and protect those in his community, and he died in pursuit of that mission,” says a statement from Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.

A memorial has been set up at the Fallen Officers Memorial in front of the Veterans Memorial Arena in Downtown Jacksonville, for anyone who wants to leave flowers or notes.

‪‪Wiz Khalifa‬, ‪Rae Sremmurd‬‬ announce joint summer tour

Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd are embarking on a 27-city summer tour.

Billboard reported that the “Dazed & Blazed Summer 2018 Amphitheater Tour” was announced Tuesday.

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The tour starts July 21 in Detroit and has two dates in New York, as well as some stops in Cleveland; Atlanta; Oklahoma City; Jacksonville, Florida; West Palm Beach, Florida and Raleigh, North Carolina.

According to a news release, Lil Skies and O.T. Genesis will open most tour dates.

The tour is in support of rap duo Rae Sremmurd’s new album “SR3MM” and Khalifa’s upcoming album, “Rolling Papers 2,” which has a July 13 release date.

General population tickets go on sale Friday at LiveNation.com. Tour dates are below.

July 21: Detroit at DTE Energy Music Theatre

July 22: Cleveland at Blossom Music Center

July 24: Toronto at Budweiser Stage

July 25: Saratoga Springs, New York, at Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 26: Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, at KeyBank Pavilion

July 28: Cincinnati at Riverbend Music Center

July 29: Chicago at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

July 31: Noblesville, Indiana, at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

Aug. 2: Coney Island, New York, at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island

Aug. 4: Holmdel, New Jersey, at NC Bank Arts Center

Aug. 5: Hartford, Connecticut at XFINITY Theatre

Aug. 7: Mansfield, Massachusetts, at Xfinity Center

Aug. 9: Bristow, Virginia, at Jiffy Lube Live

Aug. 10: Camden, New Jersey, at BB&T Pavilion

Aug. 11: Virginia Beach, Virginia, at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

Aug. 12: Raleigh, North Carolina, at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Aug. 14: Pelham, Alabama, at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Aug. 15: Jacksonville, Florida, at Daily’s Place

Aug. 16: Tampa, Florida, at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Aug. 17: West Palm Beach, Florida, at Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Aug. 21: Atlanta at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Aug. 23: Houston at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Aug. 24: Oklahoma City at Zoo Amphitheatre

Aug. 25: Austin, Texas, at  Austin360 Amphitheater

Aug. 26: Dallas at Dos Equis Pavilion

Aug. 29: Albuquerque, New Mexico, at Isleta Amphitheater

Aug. 30: Phoenix at Ak-Chin Pavilion

Police officer killed when patrol car crashes on slick highway

A deadly morning on a Florida highway claimed the life of a police officer who was responding to a separate crash.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the person killed in a deadly single-car crash Tuesday, is a Jacksonville police officer. 

Sheriff Mike Williams said the officer was responding to a crash on I-295 at 4:30 a.m., when the officer hit a tree.

The officer was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

"It's a tough day for JSO and the city," Williams said.

JSO said the officer worked the midnight shift. Police said next of kin has not been notified yet. 

Williams believes weather may have played a factor in the crash.

MORE: Photos from the deadly crash scene

The director of JSO patrol and law enforcement, Mike Bruno, said the community's heart is saddened and describes the officer as a hero.

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"Heroes are the individuals that, every day, pin on the badge or put on the uniform, knowing they might not come back, but go out anyways," Bruno said.

JSO said the officer was killed on Police Memorial Day. 

"It's another reminder of the risks that men and women of JSO take on everyday when they come on this job,'' Williams said.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Click here to watch full statement from Sheriff Mike Williams.

Leaders, Law Enforcement extend support to JSO following officers death

The Tuesday morning death of a JSO officer in a crash on the Northside coincides with the National Police Memorial Day. 

The death brings the total to 61 officers killed in the line of duty in the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The last death in March 2014. 

Across the state, support is pouring in from Florida leaders and law enforcement agencies as the department mourns the loss. 

Florida man arrested during The Players Championship after drunkenly slapping kid, police say

A Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, man was jailed on Friday after he drunkenly slapped a child near the ninth hole at TPC Sawgrass during the second round of The Players Championship, a St. Johns County Sheriff's Office report said. 

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Connor Austgen, 25, is charged with two counts of child neglect (battery)

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According to deputies, Austgen was drunk next to the "Wine and Dine on 9" area next to the ninth hole. 

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Austgen approached a pair of 13-year-old kids and insulted them, the police report said. Austgen reportedly pushed one of the kids and slapped another. 

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Austgen walked away when adults approached, the report said, but deputies quickly located him. 

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According to jail records, Austgen bonded out Saturday after spending the night at the St. Johns County Jail.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer dies responding to crash on northside

A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer has died in a morning crash on the I-295 East Beltway and Alta Drive. 

The officer was responding to a vehicle crash around 4:30 a.m. when the officer crashed into a tree line. 

“Weather was probably a factor but that is under investigation”, said Sheriff Mike Williams. 

The officer’s name has not been released by the Sheriff’s Office until family members are contacted.  The officer worked a Midnight shift.   

“It’s a tough day for JSO and for the city”, Sheriff Williams said.  “It doesn’t get any more real than this”. 

A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper had already been on scene investigating a crash and witnessed the crash involving the Officer.  FHP Sgt. Dylan Bryan tells WOKV News that rain was heavy in the area and likely played a role in the crash. 

Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day, first established in 1962, to pay special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  

Sheriff Williams said there is a JSO Honor Guard in Washington D.C. for Police Memorial Day observances.  

Florida 7-Eleven blasts opera music to ward off loiterers

A 7-Eleven in Jacksonville, Florida, is blasting classical music and opera around its gas pumps in an effort to stop loitering and cut down on crime. 

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This music is part of a 7-Eleven initiative that encourages non-confrontational methods to reduce loitering. It’s been underway for three weeks. 

The store owner says that homeless people like to hang around the store. They bother customers and leave trash behind. 

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office crime map, there have been a total of 27 incidents of thefts, burglaries, assaults, robberies and disturbing the peace within a 1,000-foot radius of the store in the past month. 

Not everyone thinks it will accomplish anything. 

“Do they think the music will drive them away like the birds? That’s what they think,” one customer said. “We’ll see. I don’t think it will work.”

Megan Young comes here to pump gas and says she is often confronted by panhandlers. 

“Every time I come here I’m asked for money, so I would feel safer if it works,” Young said. 

The corporate office at 7-Eleven sent this statement: 

“We have received very positive feedback from our customers about the atmosphere created by the music devices piloted in several 7-Eleven stores across the U.S.”

Florida boy might not walk again after being shot, family says

A 10-year-old boy is slowly recovering while Jacksonville police continue to search for the person who shot him.

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Elijah Williams, 10, is still hospitalized at UF Health days after he was hit by a stray bullet while playing video games inside his room.

On Friday night, police said someone opened fire in front of the family’s house. The report lists no suspect description in the drive-by shooting.

Action News Jax spoke with the boy’s aunt outside of UF Health Tuesday.

Eddrina Walker said the boy is in good spirits, but has a long road to recovery after undergoing two major surgeries. And it is unknown if he will walk again.

“His legs are not functioning properly to the ability they were before. He's had to have a bone removed out of his spine,” Walker said.

She said her nephew is a fighter.

“He's dealing with it as best as possible,” Walker said. “He's trying to process and cope.”

With no arrests in the case, Walker is begging for people to speak up.

“Just imagine if it was your loved one. You would want somebody to come forth,” Walker said.

A GoFundMe account was set up to help the family pay medical costs.

Fight breaks out at Florida high school, firearm confiscated, police say

School police confiscated a firearm after a fight broke out at Ribault High School Wednesday morning, according to Duval County Public Schools.

DCPS said two students planned a fight outside the school and a group of trespassers came onto the campus and joined the altercation.

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The mother of a Ribault student who didn't want to be identified told Action News Jax her daughter and nephew were playing basketball with the targeted student when the brawl broke out.

The fight involved teens from another school and parents, the mother said.

Snapchat video shows the brawl inside the school's gym, where someone is seen pinned to the floor and getting hit. 

"My nephew said they came to fight another kid and since they were playing basketball, they started fighting," the mother said.

The mother described the fight as deliberate and a calculated incident.

"They was let inside the gym by one of the students kin to them when they started the fight," the mother said.

The mother also said some of the adults let in had guns.

"She was in the gym. All the sudden, these grown folks come jumping. If the gun hadn’t fell, someone would have got shot."

There were about six DCPS police cars swarming the school and Action News Jax saw one man in the back of one. 

DCPS said the gun was found on one of the trespassers on campus.Sharon Kelly was seen walking away from the Ribault High School gym with a black gun in her right hand, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. 

When an officer told Kelly to put down the gun and get on the ground, she yelled, "It's my gun, it's registered to me!" and tried to put the gun in a black case. 

According to investigators, Kelly was arrested after the officer asked her a second time to put the gun down and she complied. 

Assistant principal Ronnie Williams said all students and staff were safe. 

"An incident occurred this morning in which both school and security teams were able to intervene to insure the safety of our campus," Williams said in a message sent to parents. "Just after school began, two students engaged in a planned fight outside the building. As staff worked to separate the students, a group of trespassers joined the altercation. Duval County School Police and administrators were able to intervene and immediately detain all participants. While the individuals were in custody and being searched, school police confiscated a firearm from one of the trespassers." Duval County Public Schools released the following statement:"Violence on our campuses is unacceptable. We are incredibly thankful that students and staff remained safe and Duval County School Police and staff were able to intervene, stop the fight, detain the individuals and confiscate a firearm from one of the trespassers. As a result of this incident, one individual was arrested. Please know that we take all threats to the security of our campuses seriously, and there will be an increased security presence at the school on Thursday. Additionally, the school is working with district operations and security teams to conduct a safety review of the campus and determine if any further action needs to be taken." 

Boyhood home of Lynyrd Skynyrd brothers is now historic site

The house where rockers Ronnie, Donnie and Johnny Van Zant grew up is officially one of Florida's historic sites.

A marker noting the home as a Florida heritage site will be unveiled during a ceremony in Jacksonville on Saturday. The plaque notes Ronnie Van Zant's role in forming Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Van Zant's role as singer in the reborn Skynyrd group and Donnie Van Zant's role as a founding member of .38 Special. It recognizes their "prodigious contribution to the world of rock music."

Jacksonville entrepreneur Todd Smith bought the house while looking for homes in the area. He learned of its history and worked with state officials to get the designation.

The Florida Times-Union reports Smith is restoring the house to look like a 1970s time capsule.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

Jacksonville's Top Mom Of 2018 is... Kelly Campanaro!

Kelly Campanaro is the mother of Ryan, who at the age of 13 is battling cancer for the second time. Kelly was nominated by her good friend and neighbor, Karen, who believes it is Kelly's turn to treat herself with the grand prize money. Watch the video to see Kelly's story and vote Kelly Campanaro for Jacksonville's Top Mom!

Thank you again to everyone who sent us a submition and all the Top Mom Finalists that came to the station to talk with us!

'Don't let my baby die,' mother to deputy who helps save 3-month-old boy

A deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office in Florida, saved the life of a 3-month-old baby boy Wednesday.

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Marion County Sheriff's Office K-9 Deputy Jeremie Nix was on his way home from his shift at 5:30 p.m. when a motorist flagged him down at a red light. 

The woman told Nix that her 3-month-old boy, Kingston, was unresponsive and that she needed help.

"She got out of the car with this baby wearing nothing but a diaper and she, you can just tell he was completely lifeless," Nix said. "She just hands him to me and the first words out of her mouth were, 'Just don't let my baby die.'"

The deputy turned his patrol car around and pulled over on the side of the road to help.

Dashcam video shows the deputy performing several life-saving measures on the baby. 

"I immediately went down to the ground, I listened. I didn't hear breathing, I couldn't hear a pulse. I started giving a couple of chest compressions and went back trying to check for a breath," Nix said.

The baby didn't appear to respond, so the deputy rushed the child to a nearby hospital in his patrol car.

"I can tell you in my 17 years of doing this job, that was the most scarier (sic), emotional and rewarding day ever," Nix said.

Due to the deputy's actions, the baby is alive.

"We are happy to report that Kingston is doing very well and doctors say he will make a full recovery," the Marion County Sheriff's Office said. 

Teen accused of trying to steal Blake Bortles’ truck, trespassing in Brandon Linder’s home

A Fletcher High School student has been arrested after rummaging through Jacksonville Jaguars’ Quarterback Blake Bortles’ truck and entering the home of offensive lineman Brandon Linder without invitation.

The arrest report for 18-year-old Joseph Horton says video surveillance at Linder’s home on Hopson Road shows Horton walking up the driveway and getting in to Bortles’ truck. Bortles told police the vehicle was unlocked and had the keys inside, according to the incident report. He also left his wallet inside, with the arrest report saying Horton looked through it, although he didn’t take anything. 

Police say Horton turned on the truck’s engine, moved it back and forth a little, and looked around- as if trying to figure out how to get the truck out of the crowded driveway. Eventually, he abandoned it, and went in to the home itself. 

The arrest report says at one point Linder asked Horton who he was, but didn’t think much about it because there was a “large number of people” in the home. Later on, Linder and another person found Horton walking upstairs, at which point they contacted police, according to the arrest report. 

When Jacksonville Beach Police arrived, they found Bortles, Linder, and offensive lineman Chris Reed all standing with Horton. 

The arrest report says Horton claimed he went in to the home to look for an ex-girlfriend, but he couldn’t say why he was looking for her or why he got in Bortles’ truck. Nobody in the home knew Horton or the name he gave as his ex-girlfriend. The arrest report lists Hortons’ home as a different location on the same street as Linder, Hopson Road. 

Horton is charged with burglary, motor vehicle theft, and trespassing.

THE PLAYERS parking sold out for Saturday

Parking continues to quickly sell out for THE PLAYERS Championship.

The tournament now says parking is at capacity Saturday. This comes a day after we were told parking was sold out for Friday as well.

FAN GUIDE: What to know for THE PLAYERS 2018

Tickets to the tournament are still available, and parking passes can still be purchased for Sunday and the remainder of Thursday. No parking passes are sold on site, instead you have to reserve it online.

If you don’t already have a pass, other options include the Downtown shuttle, Uber, and more. 

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