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.
With 17 days left until Election Day, Donald Trump makes stops in three different swing states on this Saturday, reaching out to voters in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio, as he looks to slow Hillary Clinton in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign
It’s the second day of three rallies for Trump, who started his Friday in North Carolina, then held two rallies in Pennsylvania, a state where Trump has not led Clinton in the polls since one in June.
“Believe me, this is Brexit times five, you watch, Trump said to cheers, referring to the upset vote in England several months ago to leave the European Community, as Trump supporters said the polls in the U.S. will be wrong as well.
While Trump was in Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton was stumping for votes in Ohio, one swing state where Trump has held stubbornly held on to a lead in the polls.
Clinton is off the campaign trail all weekend; she used an event in Cleveland to urge Democrats to get out and vote early, as she declared victory in their final debate earlier this week.
“I have now spent four and a half hours on stage with Donald, proving once again that I have the stamina to be President and Commander in Chief,” she said with a laugh as the crowd cheered.
Clinton will be back on the trail next week for two days in Florida; Trump has three days in the Sunshine State, as early voting begins there on Monday.
Clinton will be relying on star power and a host of surrogates as well – singers Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Lopez will be doing concerts for her in coming days.
President Obama will be back out on the trail as well – he stumps for Clinton in Nevada on Sunday, and in Florida next Friday.
That hasn’t set well with Trump.
“Every time I look he’s campaigning,” Trump said in North Carolina on Friday. “Give me a break.”
Trump also on Friday suggested that Clinton had been given the questions before at least one of their three debates, which allowed her to be better prepared.
“I want to know, was she given the questions to my debate?” Trump said. “But it doesn’t matter, because we won,” though most polls have shown Trump did not come out of this week’s debate with an edge.
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.