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.
It wasn’t just a win. It was a blowout for Hillary Clinton in South Carolina, as she defeated Bernie Sanders much like a big football school would dispatch a small college on a Homecoming Weekend in the South.
With almost all precincts reporting, Clinton had over 73 percent of the vote, to just 26 percent for Bernie Sanders – a 47 point win.
“Tomorrow, this campaign goes national!” Clinton said to cheers at her campaign celebration.
But there were more signs of a less than enthused base of Democratic voters, as turnout in South Carolina was down again for Democrats, as it has been in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.
Eight years ago, over 530,000 votes were cast in the Democratic Primary, when Barack Obama trounced Clinton by an over 2-to-1 margin.
In 2016, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, there were 363,000 votes tallied, a drop of 167,000 – down 31 percent.
Still for Clinton, it was the first step in what might be a series of southern victories on Super Tuesday, where the African-American vote is key.
In South Carolina, Clinton won the black vote by a huge margin of 87-13 percent according to exit polls.
In her victory speech, Clinton took one swipe at Donald Trump and his ‘Make America Great Again’ mantra.
“Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again,” Clinton said, riffing on Trump’s own campaign refrain.
“America has never stopped being great,” Clinton added. “But we do need to make America whole again, instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers.”
As for Sanders, the numbers in South Carolina were a bigger win than what he had doled out to Clinton earlier this month in February.
And it certainly adds to the pressure against him to find some way to hold Clinton back on March 1.
“I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her very strong victory,” Sanders said after landing in Minnesota. “Tuesday, over 800 delegates are at stake and we intend to win many, many of them.”
“This campaign is just beginning,” Sanders added in an email to supporters, as he vowed to keep going past Super Tuesday.
Clinton will stump for votes in Tennessee and Arkansas on Sunday, and campaign in Virginia on Monday.
Sanders is in Minnesota, Colorado and Oklahoma City on Saturday and Sunday.
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.