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.
As Hillary Clinton took aim at Donald Trump during a speech on Thursday in Nevada, there was yet another reminder for her supporters about the continuing legal battles over what was on her private email server from her time as Secretary of State, as a federal judge ordered the release of emails related to the Benghazi attacks.
BREAKING: Judge orders State Department to begin releasing additional Clinton emails found by FBI on Sept. 13
Earlier in the week, a federal judge here in Washington, D.C. had ordered the State Department to swiftly review nearly 15,000 emails that had been unearthed by the FBI during its investigation of Clinton’s private email server.
This is a separate case from Florida that will also delve into those documents found by the FBI, yet another lawsuit over the Freedom of Information Act; in this case, it deals with documents about the Benghazi attacks.
“It is astonishing that Hillary Clinton tried to delete and hide Benghazi emails and documents,” said Tom Fitton, the head of Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that has helped sponsor this lawsuit.
“No wonder federal courts in Florida and DC are ordering the State Department to stop stalling and begin releasing the 14,900 new Clinton emails,” Fitton added.
Those emails, as you can see from the federal judge’s order, must be released starting on September 13 – other cases in federal courts here in D.C. will force the State Department to release materials in the weeks after that.
These items are part of a group of almost 15,000 emails that were found by the FBI during its investigation of Clinton’s email server; it’s not clear how much new information is included, and/or why these materials were not turned over by Clinton in the first place.
This case has not attracted as much attention as other Freedom of Information Act requests which turned into lawsuits against the State Department – the person requesting the information in this matter is Dr. Larry Kawa, an orthodontist from Florida.
A few years ago, Kawa filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration over the Obama health law, challenging the employer mandate that required certain businesses to provide health insurance coverage for their workers.
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.