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Thousands of dollars raised for heroic homeless men rushed to aid children during Manchester bombing

Two homeless men are being called a heroes after running to help victims when a bomb went off at the Manchester Arena in England as concert goers left an Ariana Grande concert.

According the Press Association, Chris Parker, 33, regularly begs for money in the area as concert goers leave the venue. The New York Times reported that Stephen Jones, 35, was in the area since he found a space to sleep. 

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Parker said he was pushed off his feet when the bomb went off, but got up and ran to victims to help them.

"My gut instinct was to run back and try and help,” Parker said, according to the Press Association.

Parker recalled tending to a young girl who lost her legs, as well as a 60-year-old woman who was badly burned and had serious head and leg injuries.

“She passed away in my arms. She was in her 60s and said she had been with her family,” Parker said. “I haven’t stopped crying. The most shocking part of it is that it was a kids’ concert.”

RELATED: Ariana Grande’s mom rushed to help fans after deadly explosion at concert 

In an interview with ITV, Jones said he did what anyone else would have done.

“Just because I’m homeless doesn’t mean I haven’t got a heart and am human still,” Jones said. “They needed the help. I’d like to think someone would come and help me if I needed the help. It’s just instinct to go and help.”

“If I didn’t help, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that. ”

GoFundMe page was set up for Parker to raise money for him. Since it was posted one day ago, the page has raised more than £40,000, which is more than $50,000.

CBS News reported that West Ham United Football Club co-chairman David Sullivan has offered to pay for six months of housing for Jones, plus pay for food and new clothes. Another person offered to get him a job with his company.

One man, Graeme Seddon, created a JustGiving fundraising page for Jones and has raised more than  £40,000, after setting a £300 goal.

Kelcie Willis with the Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this story.

Bradford deputies: Man accused of sex misconduct on juvenile cut off ankle monitor, is on the run

The Bradford County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man accused of sexual misconduct on a juvenile who cut off his ankle monitor and fled.

Deputies said Michael Case already made his first appearance, bonded out and had to wear an ankle monitor and remain on house arrest while awaiting trial.

#ANjaxBREAKING: #BradfordCounty deputies say Michael Case is on the run after cutting off his ankle monitoring device. @ActionNewsJax— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) May 24, 2017

On Tuesday, he was supposed to enter a plea and did not show up to court.

#ANjaxBREAKING: Case is accused of sexual misconduct on a juvenile over 12. Was supposed to enter plea Tuesday, but cut off monitor & fled.— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) May 24, 2017

Action News Jax's Russell Colburn saw social media posts about Case cutting his ankle monitor and informed BCSO and a rep said they "didn't know" and had to check. Deputies determined he had cut the monitor off and they went looking for him.

#ANjaxBREAKING: @ActionNewsJax saw posts about the case on social media & informed #BradfordCounty SO. Rep "didn't know" & had to confirm.— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) May 24, 2017

BCSO is now asking for the public's help in locating Case, who could be out of state.

Now, the #BradfordCounty Sheriff's Office is asking for help turning Michael Case in. They say he could be out of state. #ANjaxBREAKING— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) May 24, 2017

This is a developing story. Refresh this page, follow @ActionNewsJax on Twitter and watch FOX30 Action News Jax at 10 for updates.

Unbelievable Raw Video - Couple Drive 14 Miles on Interstate with Drunk Man on Trunk

Unbelievable Raw Video - Couple Drive 14 Miles on Interstate with Drunk Man on Trunk

Police dog wins legal battle after burglary suspect sues over bite

Dog bites man. Man sues dog. Dog wins.

The dog was Draco, a prized member of the Gwinnett County Police Department’s K-9 unit. But on July 6, 2013, Draco bit the arm of burglary suspect Randall Kevin Jones, who later claimed the dog clamped down for what “seemed like a lifetime.”

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Jones was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center and given stitches for the dog bite before being jailed and charged with burglary and obstruction. Two years later, he filed a highly unusual lawsuit, in that he not only sued the officers involved but also “Officer K-9 Draco of the Gwinnett County Police Department in his individual capacity.”

The lawsuit, alleging excessive use of force, said Draco “viciously mauled” Jones, “tearing his flesh and permanently injuring and disfiguring him, while … officers stood by and failed to intervene.”

When a federal judge rejected Gwinnett’s initial attempt to dismiss the lawsuit, the county appealed. On Friday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta threw out the case against Draco.

>> Related: Dog saves family with 9 children from house fire

“We hold that a dog may not be sued individually for negligence since a dog is not a ‘person,’” Judge Robin Rosenbaum wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel. Georgia law, she noted, does not allow such claims to be litigated against dogs.

The mere notion of allowing a lawsuit against a dog raises abundant practical issues, Rosenbaum added. How would you formally serve the lawsuit on a dog? What about the dog’s retention of legal representation? How can a dog be expected to pay damages?

>> Related: Why is there a dog on the roof in a Texas neighborhood?

Draco, a Belgian Malinois, retired from the K-9 unit in mid-2014 after seven years on the force, helping officers track down suspects and find stashes of illegal drugs.

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Texas teen gives up scholarship to another teen who beat cancer

A Texas teenager and cancer survivor is thanking a new friend for giving him a college scholarship.

Chase Bradley, 17, of Hyde Park High School in Austin knows what a cancer battle is like. His older sister was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and beat it.

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The experience made him an advocate for cancer research.

“I remember being in her hospital room, trying to keep a straight face and not cry in front of her. It was a very heartbreaking setting. I gave my sister a hug and it was very overwhelming." Bradley told ABC News.

Bradley and earned a scholarship after raising $57,000 for cancer research. But instead of keeping the $2,500 prize for himself, he gave it to Sergio Garcia, a senior at nearby Anderson High School, who beat leukemia.

"It was something really nice that he did for me and I didn't even know him," Garcia said in an interview with ABC News.

"We've became really good friends after that. [I plan] to pay some of my tuition for college."

>> Related: 11-year-old cancer survivor commits suicide after relentless bullying, family says

Garcia, now cancer-free, says he’s grateful for friends like Bradley.

He plans on attending Austin Community College before transferring to a larger school.

Husband to start own search for wife presumed lost at sea

The newlywed husband of missing Delray Beach real estate broker Isabella Hellman, presumed lost after a four-day search by the U.S. Coast Guard, said Wednesday he’ll start his own effort, according to WPTV.

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Lewis Bennett told WPTV he planned to fly today to Cuba, then obtain a boat. He said his family was “distraught” and he felt he had to do something to help find Hellmann.

The Palm Beach Post has attempted to talk to both Bennett and relatives of Hellman for more than a week.

Hellmann, 41, was reported missing in the early morning of May 15 in the Atlantic about 70 miles southeast of Key West, according to the Coast Guard, which suspended its search for her late Thursday.

She was on a two-week vacation with Bennett, who told authorities he was sleeping below deck at about 1:30 a.m. Monday and awoke after the boat struck something, then went topside, but did not see his wife.

Bennett left the sinking boat in a life raft and was recovered at about 4:30 a.m. that morning, about 1,000 yards from the vessel and in water 4,800 feet deep, and flown to Marathon. Bennett told investigators Hellmann was wearing a life vest the last time he saw her, not long after the catamaran left Cuba at 8 p.m. Sunday.

School yearbook includes student’s service dog

A high school yearbook is going viral on social media because of a special pup included on a page inside.

Stafford High School student Andrew “A.J.” Schalk is getting attention for his service dog, Alpha, which is included among class photos of his owner’s 11th-grade classmates.

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BuzzFeed News reported that the photo caught the eye of Diana Bloom, a senior at the  Falmouth, Virginia, school, who took a photo of the page in the yearbook and posted it on Twitter.

“Seeing a picture of a dog caught my eye pretty quickly,” Bloom, 18, told BuzzFeed News. “I thought it was so cute, and I knew that some of my underclassmen friends hadn't seen it yet because they didn't have their yearbooks, so I took a picture and tweeted it.”

Schalk has Type 1 diabetes, so Alpha helps detect when his blood sugar gets too low or too high.

“The amazing thing about Alpha is that he knows 20 to 40 minutes before my blood sugar actually does go low or high, due to his amazing sense of smell,” he said.

Schalk told BuzzFeed News Alpha began accompanying him to school “to get him acclimated to the school environment so he would be prepared for this year.”

Because of Alpha’s popularity, Schalk decided to ask if his service dog could be included in the yearbook. 

“I just brought him with me when I got my yearbook picture taken,” Schalk said. "The only thing they changed was the camera height. They just had to lower it a little.”

Schalk said Alpha has been “a huge part of my school,” adding that “a lot of people know about him.”

“He has been a great companion and added a lot of happiness to my school's environment,” he said, “It brightens people’s days seeing him in the halls or in my class and I love being able to have that effect on people.”

Read more at BuzzFeed News.

Lake City 22-year-old killed in crash

A Lake City 22-year-old was killed in a crash in Suwannee County on Wednesday.

Troopers said it is unclear why Kelsey Johnson drove her 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer off the road and into a fence on U.S. 90 near SE Cooper Street at 10:20 a.m.

Troopers said the car flipped and Johnson was killed. 

She was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, troopers said.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol report.

West Mims fire: 2 days of rain will 'go a long way' toward helping firefighters

Though Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia are getting much-needed rain, there are still portions of the West Mims wildfire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge that crews are "pouring buckets" on.

The fire is 60 percent contained and has burned 152,478 acres, according to the latest update from officials.

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On the fire's east side, crews said they were "'pouring buckets' on areas that have flared up in recent days."

On Tuesday, there were more than 400 lightning strikes from thunderstorms in the Okefenokee swamp. On the fire's southside, lightning struck a tree and started a fire, which crews were able to put out.

Meanwhile, on the southeast side of the fire, large trees and peat in Whites Flat Bay "continue to hold significant heat."

"[This two-day rain event] is not fixing the swamp. It’s not fixing the drought," the fire behavior analyst told crews at the Wednesday morning operational briefing.

Updates: Strong storms hit Jacksonville

Officials said the rain is just providing crews with a short break to further suppress the existing fire before potential flare-ups and new starts require their attention later this week.

First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh echoed that sentiment during a Facebook Live broadcast on the Action News Jax Facebook page:

"It won't completely put out that fire 100 percent, but boy, it's going to go a long way toward helping those firefighters," Buresh said.


Nassau County Commissioners deny $50K request from tax collector's wife

The same day that the state legislature proposed cutting taxpayer funding to a Fernandina Beach mental health company’s program, the woman who runs it tried another way to get taxpayer money.

Action News Jax has been investigating Florida Psychological Associates since March.

It’s run by Dr. Catherine Drew, wife of Nassau County Tax Collector John Drew.

In April, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran called her program “a waste of taxpayer money.”

Less than a month later, Catherine Drew asked for $50,000 from the Nassau County Board of Commissioners to give mental health screenings to Nassau County inmates.

It’s something her last project was supposed to do, but didn’t deliver.

The board of commissioners has already turned down her request.

Catherine Drew is the CEO of for-profit Florida Psychological Associates and nonprofit Florida Psychological & Associated Healthcare, which has an identical staff.

The request to county commissioners was from her nonprofit.

Funding of for-profit Florida Psychological Associates’ CELPHIE mental health screening project was cut from the next state budget, which is awaiting the governor’s signature.

The company’s financials reveal it got $600,000 of its $1 million appropriation even though it had only screened about 7 percent of the students it was supposed to, and none of the inmates.

Sen. Aaron Bean helped get that $1 million appropriation for the program, after he failed to get it passed by the state legislature, by suggesting Florida State University’s president include it in the university’s budget.

Letters dated on May 23 said Bean and John Drew have probable cause hearings before the Florida Commission on Ethics in July.

Bean’s spokesperson Sarah Bascom sent Action News Jax the following statement:

Senator Bean has maintained from the very beginning that this issue was about helping a constituent with a program aimed at mental health.  These allegations, lodged by a person who has a political vendetta against the Senator and is known for these types of character attacks, are unfounded and completely without merit.  The Senator is confident these allegations will be dismissed and exposed for what they are - political jockeying void of all truth and merit."

County Commissioner George Spicer would not agree to an interview, but told Action News Jax the commission also rejected Catherine Drew’s request for $200,000 last year.

Action News Jax went to Catherine Drew’s home to get her side of the story, after her staff said she wasn’t in the office and her PR representative John Daigle refused to pass on our interview request.

No one came to the door.

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