A man who was shot early Friday outside SUITE Club near the St. Johns Town Center has died. The man was shot and rushed to the hospital to be treated. According to JSO, a fight started just after 2am Friday in the parking lot following an 18 and over party. Off-duty police officers in the area were able to make a quick arrest. Detectives were speaking with witnesses in the hours after the shooting. Through the day we’ll be working to update charges the suspect will be facing.
A Texas teen who went missing last week while visiting Colorado with her family was found about 300 miles away after she hopped on a coal train bound for the Lone Star State, Colorado Springs police said Wednesday. >> Read more trending news Adalie Rivera, of Lubbock, Texas, vanished on the morning of March 17 after leaving the Quality Inn Colorado Springs Airport hotel room that she was sharing with her family. Police said she got onto a coal train in the Colorado Springs metropolitan area and traveled to a farm community near Dumas, Texas, about two hours north of Lubbock. “She actually got out of the coal car because she ran out of Skittles and she was hungry, so bless her heart,” Colorado Springs police Lt. Howard Black told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. A farmer on Tuesday found Adalie covered in coal dust and notified the Moore County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies took custody of Adalie until her family could get her. She was found safe, despite being missing for about four days, police said. Authorities don’t expect to file any charges in the disappearance.
The man accused of killing a woman whose body was found at his Southside home waived his right to a speedy trial. Russell Tillis is charged with the murder of 31-year-old Joni Gunter. Police found her dismembered body on his property, known as a 'house of horrors.' The property has been sold, but neighbors say there are still problems there. “We got people that come by just to pick some things for souvenirs because it’s the 'house of horrors,'” David Eichenlaub said. >> Read more trending news Eichenlaub said neighbors called the mayor’s office and Gov. Rick Scott. On Wednesday, they finally started to see some action taken. “We’re just glad it’s getting cleaned up. It needs to be cleaned up,” Eichenlaub said. He said the worst part was that people would party in a trailer on the property at night and it smells like chemicals. We reached out to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, where a spokesperson said there have been six calls for service to the address since the first of this year, four calls for property checks and two for suspicious people. “I have to run them off all the time,” Eichenlaub said. We also reached out to the city, which said the current owner was cited by code enforcement on Feb. 8 for garbage and debris on the property. The city said since the owner didn’t follow through with the cleanup, the city stepped in to clean it, and the owner is responsible for the cost. We called the owner of the property, who said she did hire someone to clean up the property but they didn’t realize just how big a project this was. She said she has been in contact with the city and agreed to them cleaning it up.
Burger King officials said Tuesday that the company plans to stop buying chickens from farms that grossly mistreat the animals,CNN reported. >> Read more trending news By 2024, the fast-food chain said it plans to buy only chickens raised according to welfare standards established by the animal advocacy group Global Animal Partnership. 'Chickens raised for meat, also known as 'broilers,' are among the most abused animals on the planet,' GAP said in a joint statement. 'They are bred to grow so unnaturally fast that they are often crippled under their own weight. Many suffer from constant leg pain so severe they cannot stand, and so spend nearly all their time sitting in their own waste.' Burger King’s action follows similar commitments made in recent years by companies including Chipotle, Red Robin, Quiznos, Panera Bread and Starbucks, CNN reported. According to the organization's website, GAP-certified farmers must provide birds with access to light and keep their barn living conditions cleaner. The chickens also must be rendered unconscious before they are slaughtered to minimize pain.
A 696-acre wildfire in Nassau County is 65 percent contained, according to the Florida Forest Service on Thursday. >> Read more trending news Firefighters have been working since Wednesday on a wildfire in Bryceville, Florida, that was accidentally started by someone illegally burning paperback books, officials said. Officials said two homes were destroyed as well as sheds and vehicles. Ten homes were reported as having some damage. The Florida Forest Service said they identified the person who started the fire and that person will be financially responsible for damages. There might be some challenges in extinguishing the fire since strong winds are expected Thursday afternoon, officials said. Firefighters said that 150 people are displaced and an evacuation order is still in place. A shelter is open at Bryceville Baptist Church for anyone who was displaced by the fire. The Florida Forest Service said this is the worst massive wildfire for the county since 1998. Firefighters were working early Thursday morning to contain the fire along the eastern edges of the fire line. The fire department has been putting out hot spots around houses. Officials said the area is not safe for residents since a lot of power lines have been damaged during the fire. Road closures are in effect at several locations. Crews from Georgia arrived to assist local firefighters on Thursday. The fairgrounds are open for residents who need to shelter livestock and animals.
Adding to his momentum in the Republican race for President, Donald Trump won an easy victory in the Palmetto State, while Marco Rubio edged his way past Ted Cruz into second place.
The GOP field also shrank, as Jeb Bush announced he would drop out of the Republican race. He finished far back in fourth.
Here is how did the South Carolina results impact each Republican candidate:
DONALD TRUMP – For Trump, the outcome could not have been much better. He won by 10 percent. His attacks neutered Ted Cruz in a state where Cruz backers thought they could win. Trump is now in a very strong position, with lots of momentum going into Nevada next week and the Super Tuesday states on March 1.
TED CRUZ – This was not a good result for Cruz. Yes, he barely was edged for second by Marco Rubio, but Cruz was not supposed to be in this position. He was the candidate who would win large numbers of evangelical voters and put together a direct challenge to Donald Trump. But it didn’t happen. Instead, the outcome raises all sorts of red flags about Cruz. Maybe there is not room in this race for both Trump and Cruz.
MARCO RUBIO – The endorsement of Rubio by Gov. Nikki Haley may have been what put Rubio over the top and into second place. Rubio not only got to celebrate a better finish than Ted Cruz, but the finish also knocked Jeb Bush out of the GOP race, which may mean a rush of donors and support to Rubio. While New Hampshire was a very bad night for the Florida Senator, South Carolina was very good, though he still must figure out how to stop Trump in March. This race may soon morph into one that involves only Rubio and Trump.
JEB BUSH – This past week was like a slow motion car wreck for Jeb Bush. I saw it with my own eyes in South Carolina. In a state that his father won in 1992 and his brother won in 2000, there was no magic for the former Governor of Florida. Now with Bush out of the race, that should give Marco Rubio the chance to consolidate support against Trump and Cruz.
JOHN KASICH – In the wake of his second place finish in New Hampshire, Kasich had hoped to do better than a distant fifth. His poll numbers bumped up quickly in South Carolina, but then sank back down in recent days, as he barely avoided finishing behind Ben Carson. Kasich is skipping Nevada and will focus on the Super Tuesday states, but in reality, he faces a difficult road forward.
BEN CARSON – After almost taking the week off in New Hampshire, Carson ran a regular campaign in South Carolina. His ads were everywhere on the radio, and it paid off with 7 percent of the vote. But that was still only good for sixth place. Carson says he’s not getting out of the race, as he immediately issued a schedule for campaign events in Nevada. But few see a future.
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.