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party, whether a Jaguars season ticket member or a single game purchaser, has had their ticket purchasing privileges rescinded."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."
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.
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 . .
6. Harley Quinn. (The character from "Suicide Squad" and "Batman".)
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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Six people were shot -- three critically -- near the football stadium where the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars play, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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?’”
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.
Federal officials said Friday that they arrested a Florida teacher on allegations of distributing child pornography.
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.
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.
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.
Authorities said the IP address used by Profsunrise15 was traced back to Schemmel’s residence in Jacksonville.
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:
Toys/activities for children
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting an increase in cases of a rare polio-like illness affecting kids.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Reads Moving Systems
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.
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."
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Jet skis, boats and a helicopter were used by emergency crews searching the water.
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.
Lepoleon Spikes is accused of claiming damage to different homes in Jacksonville for three separate storms.
A grand jury indictment claims he provided FEMA with fraudulent lease agreements as proof of damage.
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.
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 people walking along beaches in Jacksonville, Florida, have come across baby sea turtles.
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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