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.
Thursday was sort of a different day to be a political reporter in Iowa, mainly because the campaign trail led directly to the dueling events in Des Moines involving Donald Trump and the rest of the Republican field, as it was almost a day off from the grind of the campaign trail travel that will dominate the final weekend of campaigning in the Hawkeye State.
So here’s another peek behind the scenes in Iowa.
+ With a few hours to burn before the start of both the debate and the Trump event, I spent most of my time trying to figure out where all the candidates in both parties would be this weekend, so I could maximize my time on the road.
+ My colleagues gave me a hard time as I scribbled away, trying to figure out the best way to point my oddball rental vehicle. Then they asked me to email them my work. This was just part of the manual spreadsheet for Friday:
+ Radio Row was somewhat compressed at this debate, as Gerry Bodlander (AP Radio) joined me, Steven Portnoy (CBS Radio) and Aaron Katersky (ABC Radio). We still managed to have a lot of fun.
+ The news media filing center was a bit smaller than in past debates; here’s a shot of what it looked like from our Radio Row.
+ Why was there a space issue with this debate? Because we were sharing the convention space with the 2016 Iowa Pork Congress. I’m not kidding.
+ As for the Donald Trump event, the venue was so small at Drake University – for about 700 people – that most reporters were not even allowed in the room.
+ While Donald Trump didn’t want to make nice with Megyn Kelly, Ted Cruz did not have that problem.
+ As I left around 1 am ET, Hannity was still doing live interviews, some of it being shot by my cameraman friend Eddie, who I’ve known for probably 25 years. “How do you know him?” Hannity asked with a bit of shock in his voice. “Capitol Hill,” Eddie said with a big smile.
+ Back at the hotel, after finishing up my work for the morning, at 2:30 am ET I received an email telling me that my credential had been approved for a Bernie Sanders event this weekend.
Time to figure out my schedule – which will include many miles through the state of Iowa.
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.