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.
After briefing President Obama on the attack at an Orlando, Florida nightclub that killed 49 people, FBI Director James Comey told reporters that his agents conducted interviews with the shooter in 2013 and 2014, but ultimately found no links to any possible terrorist activity, nothing that would have foreshadowed this weekend’s bloody attack.
“I don’t see anything in our work that our agents should have done differently,” Comey said, as he acknowledged that gunman Omar Mateen first came on the FBI’s radar in 2013, and again in 2014.
“We are highly confident that this killer was radicalized,” though the FBI Director said there was no evidence that Mateen was being directed by outside groups, despite the shooter’s pledge that he support the Islamic State.
That declaration, the FBI Director said, was made in one of three phone calls to 911 that were made by Mateen during the attack.
In his statement to reporters, the FBI chief repeatedly refused to use the name of the shooter – telling reporters he was doing that on purpose.
“Part of what motivates sick people to do this kind of thing, is some twisted notion of fame or glory,” Comey said.
“I don’t want to be part of that, for the sake of the victims and their families,” he added.
Earlier, President Obama had hit some of the FBI’s points, telling reporters after a briefing in the Oval Office that there was so far no direct link to any outside terror group.
“The one thing we can say is that this is being treated as a terrorist investigation,” the President said.
For a second straight day, Mr. Obama also worked in a call for new gun controls on “very powerful firearms.”
But once again, this President faces a Congress that is overwhelmingly pro-gun rights, as there seems to be little chance right now of any gun measure getting approved by lawmakers.
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.