Veteran and son receive gift of a new home


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- One national organization is paying it forward, and granting a deserving Jacksonville mother, the gift of a new home. Jessica Blow served 11 years in the Army. She was discharged in December and she came home to find herself struggling to make ends meet. That is until, HomeStrong USA and Bank Of America granted Jessica and her son, Camron, the gift of a new home in Arlington.

More than 30 volunteers worked 800 hours to renovate the 1950s New Haven home into a modern place for the family to stay, mortgage-free.

Blow call this, "a blessing."

Camron, 8, could not be more excited about his new home and his room with a race-car bed frame. He says the greatest gift is the happiness the home will bring for him and his mother.

"I give her five stars. Out of one to five," said Camron.

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10-year-old girl shot in Arlington


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police responded to a shooting in Arlington that sent a child to the hospital Monday night.

A 10-year-old girl was shot in the 2300 block of Rogero Road. Police are not sure if the incident occurred inside or outside of a home on the block, according to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sgt. Bobby Lyle.

The child was taken to an area hospital for treatment after being shot in the lower half of her body shortly after 8 p.m., Sgt. Lyle detailed.

The circumstances around the shooting are unknown at this point in the investigation.

Anyone who has any information about this shooting is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000 contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.


Police searching for red sedan in connection with shooting


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police responded to reports of shots fired at a an Arlington gas station Friday evening.

A call came into the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office reporting shots fired at the BP gas station at the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Live Oak Drive around 6:30 p.m., according to JSO Sgt. Craig Waldrup.

When police arrived on scene they found a man dead in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds, Waldrup detailed.

Body found inside Arlington home.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- An investigation is underway after authorities found a body inside a home at 10100 Jackson Terrace. Authorities said they will be collecting evidence at the home throughout the morning.

Sergeant Craig Waldrup, with the Homicide Unit of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, said they received several reports of shots fired around 10 p.m.

Investigators found a man dead inside the home when they arrived, he said. The victim's identity is unknown at this time. Investigators are also unsure if he is from the area or lived at the home, Waldrup said.

Authorities are canvassing the area, talking to witnesses and piecing together information. Police said they had no suspects or suspect information.

Police said foul play is suspected. Stay with firstcoastnews.com for more information as we get it.


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Viewer concerned about lock on the back of school bus


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mike the landscaper was driving on Rogero Road at Fort Caroline Road on Wednesday afternoon when he snapped a picture of a school bus with a padlock on the back emergency door.

"Something needs to be done, or looked into," he said.

He sent the photos to his friend Deborah, a mother of a 10-year-old daughter. She forwarded them to First Coast News.

"As a parent, I am very upset. I want something done about it. What if something happened and those children needed to get off that bus?"

Turns out the bus belongs to Arlington Kindergarten and had picked up kids at Fort Caroline Elementary.

Sandy Carroll has been driving the bus there for 31 years. She has always let children in the back door to go open the front door and then she would put the lock on the dash while driving the bus.

Huge tree falls in Arlington, causing power outage


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A huge tree in an Arlington neighborhood fell during the early morning hours, causing power to go out in more than 40 homes and causing the street to blocked for hours.

Residents living along Domas Drive say it was only a matter of time before the tree on city right of way came crashing down in their neighborhood.

"It came down at three in the morning and the transformer started sparking and everything," said Al Quinney who lives just down the street. "It made a real splatter noise."

It knocked out power to 46 homes for about four hours. One lady who lived across the street from the tree but did not want to be identified, said her neighbor next door had complained to the city about the tree and it was obviously a sick tree.

Osprey Cafe evacuated for gas leak

Osprey Cafe evacuated for gas leak

UNFPD evacuated students and employees from Osprey Cafe at about 10 p.m. the night of March 31.

Sgt. Shawn Faulkner, UNFPD, said there was a gas leak. Employees were escorted to the parking lot while police put up caution tape.  Police sent the remaining students away, telling them not to go near the door.

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue units arrived in Lot 10 at 10:20 p.m.

Associate Director of Dining Services, Bryan Schachter, said he was not at liberty to talk right then.

Sharif McQueen, Chartwells employee, said they were closing down when the police talked to Bryan and asked everyone to get out.

McQueen said he thought it was closing time and the last students were leaving the cafe, but then police asked him to leave, too.

It is not yet clear if this will affect the Cafe’s operations the next day.