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Permanent memorial for fallen Nassau deputy Eric Oliver moving forward

A permanent memorial will now be erected in the spot where the death of a Nassau County deputy killed in the line of duty took place.

On Friday, Deputy Eric Oliver’s father was given permission to move forward with the memorial.

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Right now, there’s a temporary memorial set up on the side of State Road 200, but this will be a more permanent tribute.

Oliver was hit by a car and killed while helping Border Patrol in November 2016.

Agents were checking a vehicle with six people inside at the Gate gas station when one of the men ran away.

Oliver chased after Francisco Portillo Fuentes and was hit by a vehicle.

The gas station and Oliver’s father will honor his sacrifice with a statue depicting his love for the job.

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A GoFundMe account has been set up to pay for the memorial.

Last week, we told you Oliver was honored in Tallahassee.

His name will be added to the memorial at the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office on May 10.

It will also be added to the National Police Memorial in Washington, D.C., on May 15.

Police: Store clerk killed in shooting, robbery at north Tulsa store

Quick Facts:

  • Police are investigating a shooting an armed robbery in north Tulsa.
  • It reportedly happened at the S&K Food Mart near E. Virgin St. and N. Sheridan.
  • Police told FOX23 that a store clerk was shot and killed.
  • Sgt. Dave Walker told FOX23 they are investigating a second robbery near 11th and Delaware. They believe the two are related.
  • Police are still searching for the shooter.
  • Officer later located a car suspected to be involved at the Meadows Apartments near 31st and Garnett.
  • Police believe three people ran from the car and are still in the complex. Investigators barricaded the complex during the investigation.
  • This is a developing story. DOWNLOAD the FOX23 News app and watch FOX23 News at 9 for updates.


FOX23's Sara Whaley had updates on Facebook Live from the scene:

Watch an update in the investigation from Tulsa Police Sgt. Dave Walker:

After talking with Sgt. Walker, FOX23's Sara Whaley went to the Meadows Apartments near 31st and Garnett where officers believe the suspect may be:

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Jax 5 supporters call on State Attorney Melissa Nelson to drop charges

Members of the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition took their concerns straight to the State Attorney’s Office on Friday.

Only Action News Jax was in Hemming Park when violence erupted on April 7.

Organizers say it was supposed to be a peaceful protest of the Syrian airstrike.

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Activist Fernando Figueroa explains, “This is about the Jax 5, but it goes beyond the Jax 5. This is about justice, civil rights and a new era for Jacksonville, Florida.”

Six people were charged at the protest. Five, now known as the Jax 5, are facing felony charges.

Activists say the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office brutally beat the protesters.

They’re asking State Attorney Melissa Nelson to drop the charges against the five.

Activist Dustin Ponder tells Action News Jax, “I think what this issue is all about, it’s the right of free speech, free assembly and about our constitutional rights.”

When Action News Jax reached out to Sheriff Mike Williams, he sent a statement saying the office is re-evaluating protest management and creating new protocols.

Activists say it’s not enough; they want action.

“This is Melissa Nelson’s golden opportunity to take a stand with the people, which she ran on,” Michael Sampson said.

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Jax 5 supporters created a petition on They say it has nearly 100,000 signatures from people across the country.

The State Attorney’s Office sent Action News Jax a statement saying it's looking into the cases and has been in contact with defendants’ representatives.

“If these charges aren’t dropped, this isn’t something that will just go away. People across the nation are watching this case very closely,” Sampson said.

Members of the coalition will be rallying outside the Duval County Courthouse Monday afternoon at 5:30.

Jacksonville Hamburger Mary's forced to shut down kitchen due to pest control issues

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This week three Jacksonville-area restaurants were temporarily shut down for pest control issues. Hamburger Mary’s is widely known for its entertainment, but a health inspector was recently forced to shut down the kitchen after finding several high priority violations.

The inspector said 12 live roaches, 16 dead roaches and 25 live flies were found in the kitchen. A stop sale was issued on seven items, including deli meats and burgers because of temperature issues.

Hamburger Mary’s kitchen was allowed to reopen after a follow-up inspection. At Dick’s Wings & Grill on Blanding Blvd., a health inspector noted 11 live roaches, 40 dead roaches, and four cold items including chicken and beef that were being held too warm. It was temporarily shut down, but allowed to reopen after a follow up inspection. At China Café in Middleburg, an inspector found 8 live roaches, 8 dead roaches, and noticed a bottle of chemical cleaner on the kitchen prep table which could contaminate food surfaces. China Café was temporarily shut down and met inspection standards during the follow up inspection. CLEAN PLATE AWARDS: DAYS INN OF LAKE CITY 3144 W 90 US HWY, LAKE CITY ZAXBY'S 9569 N REGENCY SQUARE BLVD, JACKSONVILLE LOWES #169 LENOX AVE 5155 LENOX AVE, JACKSONVILLE

Fleet Farming launches in Jacksonville: Grow a garden in your yard without lifting a finger

A local group is working bring sustainable food to Jacksonville in a creative, community-based way.

Here’s how it works: A homeowner donates their lawn and some cash for startup costs. Then a group of volunteers tend to the garden—you don’t have to lift a finger. You keep a share of the crop—the rest goes to local farmer’s markets or restaurants.

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If you’re struggling to afford fresh, healthy food Regional Manager Melissa Beaudry said volunteering is a creative solution. Volunteers get 50 percent off the harvest and you don’t have to have any gardening experience. “We are very interested in finding ways that this can support low income families,” said Beaudry. The organization is well aware that Jacksonville has 29 designated food deserts—neighborhoods where there is a lack of farmers’ markets and fresh food. More than 55,000 households don’t have easy access to fresh food in Duval County. Fleet Farming thinks putting gardens front and center in local neighborhoods is a creative way to empower people to grow their own food and build a community around it.

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“Part of our mission is to remind folks that our food doesn’t come from the rain forest mist that happens at Publix. It doesn’t come off the shelf, it comes from the ground,” Beaudry said. If you’re interested in donating your lawn or volunteering click here:

Parents charged in 15-month-old boy's death in Jacksonville

PHOTOS: Two charged after baby dies in Jacksonville 

A Jacksonville woman and her boyfriend were arrested in the death of her 15-month-old son.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Lori Hopper, 29, and her boyfriend Andre Keller were arrested on Thursday in the death of Isaiah Keller.

#JSO has made two arrests in the murder of one year old Isaiah Keller that occurred on 01/22/17 at 5929 Ramona Blvd in #JAX.— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) April 28, 2017

Officers said Isaiah, who was not Andre's biological son, was taken to the hospital Jan. 22 after Keller and Hopper said they found him unresponsive.

They said they laid Isaiah down on the bed with a bottle and later found him unresponsive.

This is baby Issah, the 15 month old who police say was killed by his parents @ActionNewsJax— Bridgette Matter (@bridgetteANjax) April 28, 2017

Medical professionals were not able to revive him at the hospital.

Officers said there were no obvious signs of foul play on Isaiah's body. A medical examiner later determined his death was caused by asphyxia.

Murder of one year old Isaiah Keller - Cause of death is asphyxiation, possibly something was put in baby's mouth.— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) April 28, 2017

Isaiah was living in a hotel room with a 4-, 8-, and 9-year-old, who were Keller's biological children.

Two of the children told officers that they saw their dad tie up Isaiah when he cried.

Hopper told officers that Keller tied up Isaiah earlier that day.

Officers believe Isaiah had something tied to his face or in his mouth to make him stop crying.

Keller was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated child abuse

Hopper is charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.

Officers said drugs were found in the hotel room and video showed Keller and Hopper waited to call fire rescue for some time after finding Isaiah unresponsive.

The Department of Children and Families took custody of Keller's other children.

Murder of one year old Isaiah Keller - Andre Keller (not father), mother's boyfriend, has been charged with Murder.— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) April 28, 2017 Murder of one year old Isaiah Keller - Lori Hopper, 29 years old, mother of Isaiah Keller has been charged with Manslaughter.— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) April 28, 2017 Murder of one year old Isaiah Keller - No obvious signs of foul play originally. ME ruled the death a murder.— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) April 28, 2017

Baby revived with naloxone, mom facing charges

A Pittsburgh-area mother is facing charges after police said her 10-month-old ingested heroin and fentanyl.

Laurel Hopta, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Police said when they and paramedics arrived at the Aleppo Township home, they saw Hopta standing outside fully dressed in warm clothing, clutching her baby, who was wearing only a diaper.

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The baby was showing all the signs of having ingested heroin, according to police.

Paramedics had to administer naloxone twice before the baby responded, police said.

WPXI asked Chief Norbert Micklos what Hopta said happened. He said, “she had gone to draw a bath for the baby and when she came back into the room, the baby was unresponsive.”

Police said that the child must have allegedly ingested the heroin when Hopta's ex-boyfriend left it in the house before moving out, according to Hopta.

Two weeks prior to the incident, Hopta was arrested in the parking lot of a grocery store in Bellevue for using heroin, police said. She did not have her daughter with her at the time.

The 10-month-old is now being cared for by family members.

'The IKEA effect:' Will new Jacksonville location hurt small businesses?

It's perhaps the world’s most popular furniture store -- and it's coming to Jacksonville. 

You can't miss the massive IKEA building under construction off I-295 and Gate Parkway. From I-295, motorists can already see a massive blue wall facing Gate Parkway. 

IKEA has already created 500 construction jobs. When it opens later this fall, the retailer will employ 250 people.

The closet IKEA to Jacksonville is in Orlando. 

Ryan Rickman, who frequently travels from Jacksonville to the Orlando IKEA, said he's glad IKEA will soon be in his backyard.

"We're really`excited about it. It's actually going to be right around the corner from our home," Rickman said.

The 74-year-old Swedish retailer, known for inexpensive do-it-yourself furniture, claims it will also create the "IKEA Effect" by inspiring local interest in decorating and furniture.

We investigated if that "effect" be good for local business.  

IKEA's decision to build in Jacksonville was strategic. The store could attract 2 million people in a 200-mile radius.

But IKEA is already having an effect on low-cost furniture companies like Atlantic Bedding and Furniture on Southside Boulevard.

Heavy competition and online shopping has stores like Atlantic Bedding and Furniture out of business. Justin Brown, whose company helps sell products left behind struggling companies, said he has seen how IKEA can disrupt a market. 

"What we see nationwide is that when they come into a town, they're not adding to the marketplace," Brown said. "They're not adding to the pie. They're taking away from it."

IKEA says Jacksonville is large enough to support many home furnishing retailers. Furniture Mart on Southside Boulevard welcomes IKEA's presence -- but not its product.

"We do consider it kind of the dental floss of the furniture. You use it once and you throw it away," said Seth Gavronosky, Furniture Mart's general manager.

Furniture Mart has been in business for 60 years. Its employees said they're not worried that the "IKEA effect" will impact their bottom line.

"I don't really think it's going to affect us because it's a different market," said Furniture Mart designer Blair Dorsey.

Millions love IKEA's concept. Its customers logged 750 million store visits in 43 countries last year and the company produced $38 billion in sales.

"The average customer spends two to three hours shopping here," Monica Bogstad, the manager of the Orlando IKEA store, said.

The stores are so large that maps are required to help customers guide their way around. Arrows on the floor suggest a recommended route.

Each store stocks about 10,000 items. You can fit smaller products in a big blue bag. The larger items come in flat boxes from a warehouse shelf for you to put together at home.

There's even free child care and an on-site restaurant that serves its famous Swedish meatballs. 

"We said that the meatballs [are] the best sofa seller that we have," said Bogstad.

Jacksonville's IKEA will be its 44th store in the U.S. and the 393rd worldwide.

You can bet local competitors will be watching to see if the "IKEA effect" will help or hurt business.

Egan's Creek Park, designed to accommodate people with disabilities, set to open in Fernandina Beach

The organization 8 Flags Playscapes made it their mission to create a park right on Egans Creek that people with and without disabilities can enjoy.

The organization partnered with the city of Fernandina Beach and broke ground on the project last year.

“We would raise over 50 percent of the value of the park if the city would do the other remaining 50 percent,” said Trey Warren, vice president of the organization.

New ADA compliant park opening in Fernandina Beach tmrw! It's so awesome! Opens tmrw at 4!!!— Deanna Bettineschi (@DeannaANjax) April 28, 2017

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The ADA compliant park is right off Egans Creek! They also have a kayak launch for people who are wheelchair bound. Such an amazing idea!— Deanna Bettineschi (@DeannaANjax) April 28, 2017

The park cost over $400,000 and organizers applied for grants and collected donations.

Action News Jax followed the progress of the park for the last year, when it was nothing but dirt. Since then, they’ve added a fitness trail around the park, and an area for meditation.

“You enter in to the meditation garden and the plants kind of define the way you move through it,” said project architect Benjamin Morrison.

There’s an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant bird watching station, and even a kayak launch.

You guys 😍 the park even has a water fountain for your furry friends 🐶🐕🐩🐈— Deanna Bettineschi (@DeannaANjax) April 28, 2017

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The grand opening is tomorrow at 4 at Egans creek park in fernandina beach! There will be a ribbon cutting 🎀 ✂️— Deanna Bettineschi (@DeannaANjax) April 28, 2017

“It offers mechanisms that an individual with disabilities can transfer onto, out of the wheelchair and get in and out of kayaks,” Morrison said.

They’ve also added exercise equipment that people who are wheelchair-bound can use.

“We’ll have demonstrations of all fitness equipment so people can learn one on one,” board member Lynn Tennille said.

The park will also be open 24/7.

“Florida Power and Utilities partnered with us and purchased about $30,000 of state of the art LED lighting around the park,” Morrison said.

There’s also a pet station, where they can get fresh water.

The park opens tomorrow at 4 p.m.

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