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  • Jacksonville is one of five cities in the United States launching a new partnership between Crime Stoppers International and Uber. Uber drivers in the Jacksonville area received a message announcing the new plan, giving them details about how to report potential crime to the First Coast Crime Stoppers hotline or online portal, according to Crime Stoppers.  'There's just a multitude of things that you could see when you are out driving around all the time,' says Wyllie Hodges, the executive director of First Coast Crime Stoppers.  Hodges says he's not sure how or why Jacksonville was selected for the partnership, but he's glad to have the help. He says he envisions the number of tips will go up significantly once the drivers understand exactly what they're supposed to do.  The drivers will be trained in what to look for and how to use the P3 platform to submit tips at www.p3tips.com. They can also call in a tip, like anyone else in the community, by dialing 1-866-845-8477. The other U.S. cities participating with Uber are Atlanta, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Indianapolis. But Hodges says he's been told other countries have already had success with the new concept.  'I think it's already been going for some time in Guatemala, Panama City, Panama, San Salvador,' Hodges says.  So far this year, Uber’s global team that works with police on investigations has doubled, according to the company. They have about a dozen former law enforcement professionals on their team.  “They could be seeing getaway cars from whatever, they could see suspicious activity going on such as drug trades,” Hodges says. He says there’s no way to tell on his end whether a tip is coming from an Uber driver or someone else, because it’s all anonymous. But the online submissions are sure to soar, Hodges says.
  • The University of North Florida says it’s new Downtown campus in the Barnett building will officially open in the new year, and it’s just one of many projects now rolling out, as the massive renovation and rehabilitation of the building starts to come to an end. WOKV has been following this project for close to two years, which is when the developers- The Molasky Group and SouthEast Development Group- revealed their $90 million plans for the Laura Street Trio and Barnett Building in Downtown. The overall vision will include more parking, a signature hotel, dining, retail, residential and commercial space, and much more. Redevelopment of the Barnett Building- which is the first phase of the project- formally kicked off in October 2017. Earlier this year, WOKV confirmed UNF was planning a satellite campus in that building, for close to 200 students and staff of the Coggin College of Business. UNF now confirms Masters of Science in Management courses will be offered at their new Downtown Center For Entrepreneurship, starting January 7, 2019. SouthEast Development Group tells WOKV they also plan to have 107 residential apartments available to start leasing in January, with delivery in February or March. January will also feature announcements of additional commercial tenants to join JPMorgan Chase & Co., according to the developers. In all, we’re told interior renovations should be done in the next 60 days, and exterior renovations are already underway. They’re planning for a “Grand Opening” in early Spring 2019. The developers are getting nearly $10 million in incentives from the City to complete this project. It’s one of many moving parts currently in Downtown Jacksonville. While the City recently decided to abandon plans for a new Convention Center at this time, they say they are doing that to allow other supporting development projects to take hold. The final funding for removing the Hart Bridge ramps in Downtown was recently approved by the US Department of Transportation, and JTA got a federal boost for their Bay Street Innovation Corridor transportation project. The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently planning a redevelopment of Lot J at TIAA Bank Field in to a mixed-use entertainment space, as Jags owner Shad Khan continues to negotiate the redevelopment of the Shipyards property. The Berkman II property is also undergoing a redevelopment, with the end goal of making it a hotel and amusement center. And there are plenty of smaller projects as well, including a planned dog park.
  • Four days after officials sealed off an entire floor of a federal courthouse in Washington, D.C. for secret arguments in a mystery case about a grand jury subpoena, a three judge panel unanimously agreed that an unknown company – owned by an unknown foreign country – had to abide by a lower court order enforcing a subpoena in a mystery case which some believe is related to the Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. “The Grand Jury seeks information from a corporation (“the Corporation”) owned by Country A,” the judges wrote in their three page opinion, the first public document in a case known only as “In Re Grand Jury Subpoena.” Without giving any details on the identity of the company, or the country, the ruling rejected the efforts of both to avoid the grand jury subpoena for unknown information, leaving the subpoena in place. The decision revealed that the company refusing to comply with the subpoena was being fined by the courts. “When the Corporation failed to produce the requested information, the court held the Corporation in contempt, imposing a fixed monetary penalty to increase each day the Corporation fails to comply,” the decision read. In their ruling, the judges said that sovereign immunity could not insulate foreign countries from criminal liability, meaning in this case that the U.S. legal system could have ‘subject-matter jurisdiction over criminal offenses’ involving this foreign company, owned by a foreign government. “Consequently, we are unconvinced that Country A’s law truly prohibits the Corporation from complying with the subpoena,” the judges concluded. The new bits of information spurred all kinds of speculation from legal and political circles – but the bottom line is that no one has confirmed what kind of company, which country, or even who is investigating the matter. Company owned by a country…I have some guesses https://t.co/CfFOyQBsXG — Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) December 18, 2018 Some legal experts believe the company is a state-owned bank, which might have done business with the Trump Organization – but those type of details remain unknown at this time. The court’s decision could still be appealed to the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, or directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • A federal judge agreed to delay sentencing for President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI. >> Read more trending news Flynn resigned from his post in the Trump administration in February 2017 after serving just 24 days in office. He pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials and agreed to fully cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.  >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: FBI 302 shows Flynn misled FBI agents about 2016 Russian contacts Update 7:45 p.m. EST Dec. 18: Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order restricting the travel of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Sullivan ordered Flynn to turn over his passport and stay within 50 miles of Washington, D.C., beginning on Jan. 4, 2019, according to reports from CNN and Axios. Flynn has remained out of jail while awaiting his sentencing for lying to Congress. Update 2:20 p.m. EST Dec. 18: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press briefing Tuesday afternoon that Flynn’s criminal case had nothing to do with Trump. “The activities that he is said to ... have engaged in don’t have anything to do with the president,” Huckabee Sanders said. “We wish Gen. Flynn well and we'll continue to focus on doing what we do here everyday.” Update 1 p.m. EST Dec. 18: Attorneys for Flynn asked U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to delay his sentencing Tuesday after the judge asked whether Flynn wanted to wait until after his cooperation with Mueller’s team was completed before being handed his sentence, CNN reported. Authorities said in court records filed earlier this month that Flynn has met with investigators 19 times since pleading guilty in December 2017. He’s provided information in three separate investigations, including the probe into Russian election meddling, officials said. >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: After stern criticism, federal judge delays Flynn sentencing Sullivan paused court proceedings for about half an hour Tuesday to allow Flynn time to confer with his attorneys about whether to postpone the sentencing hearing until after he’s completed his cooperation with authorities, Vox.com reported. Flynn’s attorney suggested in court that most of Flynn’s cooperation with Mueller had been completed, the news site reported, although the attorney added that it was possible Flynn could cooperate further in a case brought against his former business associates in a federal court in Virginia.  >> Michael Flynn's former business associates accused of illegally lobbying for Turkey An indictment unsealed Monday showed authorities charged Flynn’s former business partner, Bijan Kian, 66, and Turkish businessman Kamil Ekim Alptekin, 41, with conspiracy, acting in the U.S. as illegal agents of the government of Turkey and making false statements to the FBI. Update 12:50 p.m. EST Dec. 18: Court proceedings resumed just after 12:40 p.m. Tuesday after U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan called a recess to the proceedings. Sullivan cautioned people not to 'read too much into the questions' asked before the break, including a question about whether Flynn could have been charged with treason, The Huffington Post reported. 'I wasn't suggesting he had committed treason,' Sullivan said, according to Vox.com. 'I was just curious.' Update 12:05 p.m. EST Dec. 18: Court proceedings were paused Tuesday morning for a recess to allow Flynn time to confer with his attorneys after U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan asked whether Flynn could have been charged with treason, The Huffington Post reported. Court is expected resume at 12:30 p.m. Sullivan asked Flynn several questions earlier Tuesday to make sure he wanted to proceed with his sentencing hearing. Sullivan asked Flynn to consider whether to push the hearing back until after he’s completed his cooperation with Mueller’s team, Vox.com reported. Update 11:40 a.m. EST Dec. 18: Flynn told U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Tuesday that he knew it was a crime to lie to the FBI, CNN reported. Sullivan asked Flynn a series of questions Tuesday to make sure he wanted to move forward with his sentencing hearing after Flynn said in a defense memo that the FBI never warned him that it was against the law to lie to federal agents. Update 10 a.m. EST Dec. 18: Flynn has arrived at the courthouse ahead of his scheduled sentencing hearing. Original report: President Donald Trump on Tuesday wished Flynn luck ahead of his scheduled sentencing for lying to FBI investigators probing Russian election meddling and its possible ties to Trump and his presidential campaign. “Good luck today in court to General Michael Flynn,” Trump wrote Tuesday morning in a tweet. “Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion in our great and, obviously, highly successful political campaign. There was no Collusion!” >> Michael Flynn's former business associates accused of illegally lobbying for Turkey Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced at an 11 a.m. hearing before U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, according to court records. Prosecutors asked a judge earlier this month to sentence Flynn to little or no jail time in connection to the case, citing his cooperation with investigators. >> More on Robert Mueller's investigation  In a memo filed last week, Flynn’s attorneys asked he be spared jail time and suggested that FBI agents played to his desire to keep the situation quiet and, as a result, kept him from involving a lawyer when investigators approached him just days after Trump’s inauguration. Mueller’s team has sharply pushed back at any suggestion that Flynn was duped, with prosecutors responding that as a high-ranking military officer steeped in national security issues, Flynn “knows he should not lie to federal agents.” >> Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison, Trump responds on Twitter Flynn is, so far, the only member of Trump’s administration to plead guilty to charges in the Mueller investigation, according to Reuters. Last week, a federal judge in New York sentenced Trump’s former long-time attorney Michael Cohen to 36 months in prison for charges that included one count of lying to Congress that had been levied against Trump’s former fixer by Mueller’s office. Trump has frequently railed against the investigation, which he has called a witch hunt, and denied any collusion with Russia. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • A 15-year-old has been arrested after allegedly stealing a skateboard from a vehicle parked at the Tinseltown movie theater on Jacksonville’s Southside.  According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, several witnesses approached the movie theater manager about a group of suspicious young people rummaging through vehicles in the parking lot Monday night.    JSO says an off-duty officer began driving through the parking lot and made contact with two people from the group. The officer said they began walking towards a black Toyota which was parked on the far west end of the parking lot. When the officer approached the vehicle and group of at least four people, they all fled, except for a woman sitting inside the vehicle.  JSO says the officer noticed a skateboard on the ground next to the vehicle, and confirmed it was stolen out of a vehicle in the parking lot.  JSO says a second officer was called to help locate the suspect. While the backup officer was driving on Southside Boulevard, he spotted the suspect running through a Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot. JSO says the officer caught up to the 15-year-old suspect and arrested him on scene. According to the arrest report, the suspect denied any involvement.   JSO says the stolen skateboard was returned to its owner. 

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