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Published: Friday, August 04, 2017 @ 8:36 PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Friends and family passed out flyers Friday night, more than 48 hours after their 21-year-old loved one disappeared in Jacksonville, Florida.
Savannah Gold was reported missing Wednesday after she didn’t show up for her shift at Bonefish Grill on San Jose Boulevard.
Friends said missing a shift was out of character for Gold. Her parents said they have a feeling their daughter is in danger.
“Somebody’s terrorizing her. I don’t know if that’s true, but I feel like something is going on,” her mother, Sharon Gold, said.
About 30 minutes after Gold was supposed to be at work, her father Daniel said he got a text from Gold’s phone. It had misspelled words and said she was running away with a great guy she met and would call them later.
That was the moment Gold’s parents said they knew something was wrong.
“He showed it to me and I immediately knew that it wasn’t her," Sharon Gold said. "We text each other all day and every day,and this was not from my daughter. It was from someone else."
Gold’s car was left in the Bonefish Grill parking lot, parked behind an ATM and under some trees.
The doors were unlocked and her purse, which contained cash and her ID, was inside the car. Her father said her brand-new tire was slashed.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating Gold’s disappearance as a missing person case. Officers tried to ping her phone but it appeared to be turned off, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
Officers said they are following leads.
A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office sent this statement:
The case is currently being worked as a missing person case. We are presently following up leads and actively investigating the circumstances surrounding Ms. Gold’s disappearance. As soon as we have further information to disseminate, it will be distributed.”
Gold's parents said they just want their daughter safe at home.
“I just want to know where she is. I just want her to come home,” said Sharon Gold.
Anyone with information about Gold's location is asked to call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500.
NEW: A friend told JSO he got the impression she was changing a tire before she went into work Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/3l8FEkaUVh— Letisha Bereola (@LetishaANjax) August 4, 2017
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:33 AM
MORRIS, Okla. — An entire Oklahoma school district canceled classes Wednesday through Friday after schools reported excessive flu absences among much of the staff.
Morris Public Schools said Monday's absences were at 20 percent, and Tuesday's were at more than 30 percent.
Basketball teams will continue competition in the county tournament.
Wrestlers will need to contact the coach about scheduled meets.
The district asks that ill students stay home when school resumes.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 12:06 AM
PULLMAN, Wash. — Police in Pullman, Washington, say officers have found Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinkski dead Tuesday in an apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
At about 4:30 p.m., officers responded to an apartment to check on the welfare of a football player who did not show up for practice earlier in the day.
When officers arrived, they found Hilinkski, 21, deceased with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Police said a rifle was recovered next to Hilinski and a note was found.
Washington State president Kirk Schulz tweeted, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hilinski family.”
Former Washington State linebackers coach Roy Manning, who recently left for a position at UCLA, tweeted , “Words can’t describe what I’m feeling right now. My heart is beyond saddened. Please pray for the family and all of us affected!”
Hilinski, from Claremont, Calif., recently finished his redshirt sophomore season for the Cougars.
He started in place of Senior Luke Falk in the Cougars loss to Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl.
Hilinski played 11 games in his Cougars career, passing for 1,149 yards and seven touchdowns.
Hilinski was the presumptive starting quarterback going into next season.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:47 PM
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Thousands of Haitians living in Central Florida said they're just days away from being forced out of their jobs.
Many of those worried are workers at Disney World.
They were granted Temporary Protected Status after an earthquake devastated their country in 2010.
They’re now finding out their jobs are in limbo, because their work authorizations are about to expire and new applications aren't being processed.
The change affects more than 500 workers at Disney, many of whom have families and homes in Central Florida.
Many were facing the possibility of being forced to leave the country before the administration extended TPS until July of 2019 for more than 50,000 Haitians living and working in the U.S.
But now, they're facing another dilemma.
Wilna Destin has lived in Orlando 18 years.
She's married with two children and she has no idea what will happen next week when her and her husband's work authorization permits expire.
"That hurts, you know. It hurts your family,” she said.
TPS workers in Central Florida said they've learned the administration is not even processing their work authorization applications, which they need to stay employed.
Sano Leger, a union representative, said it affects workers all through the tourist corridor.
"Most of those big hotels, they have people who have TPS working in there,” he said.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:56 PM
WEBSTER, Mass. — A Massachusetts man has been accused of taking manhole covers from roads across the town.
Police in Webster said he was kind enough, however, to cover the empty holes -- which measure from 4 to 12 feet deep -- with traffic cones so no one would run over them in their cars, The Worcester, Massachusetts, Telegram reported.
Darrin Lavallee now faces larceny charges, the paper reported.
Police were called by several eyewitnesses, who said they saw a man in a PT Cruiser taking the manhole covers. Eventually police found a car that matched the vehicle’s description and found orange cones inside. Police told The Telegram that the covers had been in the car recently.
Lavallee apparently told police that the manhole covers ended up at a local salvage yard, where police said he sold them, The Telegram reported. Police were able to recover the pilfered covers.