UPDATE: Palm Bay police have reported that Victoria Stites, missing since Sunday, has been found safe. She was located in Jamaica, New York. No further details were immediately released. ORIGINAL STORY: Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a Florida teen who is missing and considered to be in danger. >> Watch the news report here Victoria Stites, of Palm Bay, is 19, but her mental capacity is lower than her age, Palm Bay police say. She is possibly traveling to Jamaica, New York, with a man she met on Facebook. >> Read more trending news She was last seen Saturday leaving her Palm Bay home, north of Vero Beach, wearing a green shirt and black jeans, and carrying a purple duffel bag. She has blonde/brown hair and brown eyes. She is about 5-foot-7 and weighs 135 to 140 pounds. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-423-TIPS.
A 2-year-old child who was critically injured after being backed over by his mom’s vehicle around Midnight, has died. According to JSO, Christopher Jackson Jr.’s mom was visiting a relative at the Mathews Crossing Apartments on Century 21 Drive near Atlantic Blvd. The mother asked a relative to watch the boy so that she could go to the store. He was able to leave the apartment without the relative’s knowledge, and was struck by his mother as she was backing out of a parking spot. Family members drove the boy to Memorial Hospital where he later died. Police say the mother did not exhibit any indications of impairment. JSO is now calling the case an accidental death.
After a reported bank robbery in Mandarin, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is now tying the same suspect to at least three other crimes. Between May 18, 2017, and June 16, 2017, JSO says there are four bank robberies in the Jacksonville-area that appear to be related: 06/16/2017 – BB&T Bank located at 11331 San Jose Boulevard 06/07/2017 – Bank of America located at 13170 Atlantic Boulevard 05/25/2017 – First Florida Credit Union located at 4530 St Johns Avenue 05/18/2017 – Atlantic Coast Federal Bank located at 8048 Normandy Boulevard In each robbery, police say the suspect enters the bank wearing a hat and sunglasses and then approaches the teller, pulls out a black semi-automatic handgun, and demands money. Once the suspect receives the money, he flees the area on foot. If you have any information about where this suspect is, or even who he is, you're urged to contact the Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who held up a Mandarin bank. Police responded to the Suntrust Bank on San Jose Blvd. Monday after a suspect walked in, slipped the teller a note demanding money, and fled with cash. JSO says the suspect went to a wagon-type vehicle parked nearby and then drove off. This incident has been classified as an armed bank robbery, although JSO says a weapon wasn’t shown and nobody was hurt. The suspect is described as a white man who’s around 6’3” and was last seen wearing a Gators cap, dark jacket, and black shorts. This robbery is not believed to be related to any other recent bank robberies which have occurred in the area, including one just to the north of this bank ten days ago. We will update this story as more information is available and if JSO provides surveillance footage from the bank. If you have any information, you’re asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500.
A day after GOP lawmakers were stunned by the withdrawal of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy from the race for Speaker, Republicans made no swift moves to fill that post, as members will go home for a ten day break no closer to a replacement for outgoing Speaker John Boehner.
“I don’t think there’s any date for an election, there’s nothing going on right now,” said Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) as he emerged from a closed door GOP meeting.
For many Republicans, the biggest question was whether Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) would enter the race; Ryan continued to downplay the idea, but was reportedly considering it.
“Right now it’s all revolving around Paul Ryan,” said Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA). “He may be one of the very few who can unite the Republican caucus.”
“If Paul Ryan gets in, I will support him; I will get out of the race,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who is one of two announced candidates in the race.
The other candidate, Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL), said he thought Republicans would take a little time to figure out what’s next.
“It’s stalled right now,” Webster said as he was trailed by a mob of TV cameras and reporters. “So, we’ll see what happens.”
“I think there’s a lot of people who are in agreement, that we need to take some time and work through some issues,” said Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), a critic of Speaker Boehner’s time in power.
“I endorsed Webster and until Webster tells me he’s not running, I’m sticking with him,” Bridenstine said, not getting drawn into the debate of a possible candidacy by Paul Ryan.
The signals from Ryan remained negative about the idea of running for Speaker.
“Chairman Ryan appreciates the support he’s getting from his colleagues but is still not running for Speaker,” a spokesman emailed to reporters.
The drama leaves John Boehner in the job as Speaker for the time being; he told GOP lawmakers he would stay until a replacement has been elected.
“It looks like he’ll be here for a while, but I don’t think anybody knows for how long,” said his neighbor, Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio.
“We would like to get it wrapped up this month, but only time will tell,” Chabot told me.
GOP lawmakers say they fully expect a weekend of phone calls and texts from those looking to run for Speaker; they will return to Washington the week of October 19.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.