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  • Police in the Czech Republic are searching for a shooter who opened fire at an Ostrava hospital, killing six people, officials said. >> Read more trending news  According to The Associated Press, the deadly shooting occurred shortly after 7 a.m. local time Tuesday in a University Hospital waiting room, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said in a TV interview. Czech police later tweeted that they were looking for “a dangerous, armed offender” in a gray or silver Renault Laguna with license plate 9T57401. No further information about the suspects or victims was immediately available. Read more here. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • The next time you're in downtown Jacksonville, you may notice some changes. Not-for-profit organization Downtown Vision has installed approximately 40,000 new programmable LED lights on Laura Street in downtown, from Duval Street to Water Street.  Downtown Vision says the 'Lights on Laura' spans 40 trees and will remain up throughout the year to help keep downtown festive, with plans to program the lights by season, holiday, or for major events in the area.  'Creating a sense of place is critical to a vibrant Downtown experience. We've gotten so much positive feedback on the holiday 'Lights on Laura' in years past, so we're pleased to double down with these new lights to keep Downtown shining year round,' says Terry Durand-Stuebben, Immediate Past Chair of Downtown Vision.  The organization says the trees will be re-wrapped on a yearly basis to keep the trees healthy and growing.  Downtown Vision says the light installation is part of its 'Lively and Beautiful Sidewalks' program to turn passive spaces into active public spaces.
  • As one of the largest human trafficking cities in Florida, the City of Jacksonville is working towards a zero-tolerance policy. Tommy Hazouri, Jacksonville city council member at-large, group 3, held a public meeting on Monday to discuss the city’s role with ending human trafficking in Jacksonville. In attendance were the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition and several related community leaders who help survivors.  However, one voice in particular made a lasting impression at the meeting. Jamie Rosseland is a survivor of human trafficking and now mentors others with the Delores Barr Weaver Police Center in Jacksonville.  “I think something that’s really important and something that’s been on the rise in Jacksonville is survivor voice, and making policies and including it on what service provisions are going to look like,” Rosseland said.  She works with other women who were rescued from human trafficking. In her role, she meets them within the first few critical hours to help them with resources. She said public awareness and community helped in her recovery.  “That was the most encouraging thing, was to know I wasn’t alone, that this wasn’t an isolated incident, that there had been people who’d been through this,” Rosseland said. “And there were people who went through this who had PhDs, who had law degrees.”  Jacksonville is the third largest city in Florida for human trafficking. A JSO lieutenant in the meeting said the city’s major highway created a hub, expected to grow. In 2019, 19 victims were rescued, four were minors.  Organization leaders asked the city for funding to provide more emergency services, transitional housing, and healthcare to keep survivors out of human trafficking.  “I think what we’ll see out of this is a list of things we can commit to,” Hazouri said. “If it requires legislation on the part of the city council, we will do it.”
  • Neighbor’s backyards are now becoming a new parking spot for cars, after they continue to crash into family’s fences. The intersection of San Pablo and Port Arthur roads has seen 15 crashes in the last four years. In 2019 alone, there have been six total, including a crash from Saturday night. The crashes have happened as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 7 p.m.  2016: 2 crashes 9/25 and 7/27 between 3 and 6 p.m.  2017: 6 crashes 7/5, 5/24, 3/31, 2/8, 1/30 and 1/20. Three were early in the morning between 7 and 8 a.m. Others were between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.  2018: 1 crash 5/18 at 12:45 p.m.  2019: 5 crashes 11/24, 8/21, 2/1, 3/2 and 1/15 between the times of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.  “I saw their friends and relatives boarding up the house for them.” Margot Radzimski said. “The young couple was away at that point.”  Their dog did pass away, according to a family member.  Just last month, a car lost control and plowed through the intersection into a family’s living room, barely missing a woman sitting on her couch.  “I can’t believe how dangerous the intersection is.” Radzimski said. “You can go straight through a light and except for one arrow, there’s no indication that you can’t keep going.”  Action News Jax reached out to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the City of Jacksonville. FDOT said it is a city road and therefore out of its control. The City’s Public Affairs Assistant Director said he forwarded our questions to the Traffic and Engineering Division, and we’re waiting for a response.  As for Radzimski, she had some suggestion of her own.  “A guard rail number one, trees number two, better lighting, and a better indication that this is a hard right hand turn.” Radzimski said. “You can’t go straight ahead there.”
  • A golf cart crashed into the front of Mango’s Beach Bar Sunday night. Some patrons caught the aftermath of the crash on video:  Police say 3 people were hit and expected to be okay. The driver was arrested for a DUI. Jacksonville Beach Police arrested an alleged drunk driver after he admitted to crashing a golf cart into the front of Mango’s Beach Bar in Jacksonville Beach Sunday evening.  According to the arrest report, the crash happened around 10:45 p.m. on Sunday. Witnesses told Action News Jax they observed the driver, William Halford, drinking for several hours at the bar prior. Halford voluntarily told police, “I drove it. I was trying to back it out for them.” He said the owner of the golf cart was sitting in the passenger seat. “I noticed a guy getting in a golf cart,” witness Richard Dressell said. “When he got in the golf cart, I guess he was moving it for somebody else, but he thought it was in reverse, apparently it was in drive.”  He was arrested for a DUI, careless driving, and property damage.  The golf cart crashed through a front wall made of glass. Police said three people were hit by the golf cart and suffered minor injuries. The driver was not hurt. Dressell said his friend helped the victims while he kept track of the driver.  “The guy that actually drove through tried to get out of the golf cart and walk off. That’s when I told the bouncers here at Mango’s, I said, ‘Hey that’s the guy that was driving the truck. You got to get him.’”  The arresting officer said he found Halford with “bloodshot and watery” eyes. As he continued talking to him, he said, “The odor of alcoholic beverages grew stronger.”  The officer conducted a field sobriety test and said Halford failed. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, careless driving, disregard of attendant circumstances and property damages, personal injury.  Jacksonville Beach Police said the same traffic laws apply to golf carts. To operate this vehicle on a pubic roadway, the driver must be 16 years or older with a valid driver’s license, must be insured with personal injury protection (PIP) and property damage liability (PDL), and can only operate low speed vehicles on roadways where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less.

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