Girls makes Valentine's Day cards for military members

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Military serving overseas will likely be separated from their loved ones on Valentine's Day. But a group of Jacksonville girls is making sure they're loved and appreciated on that special day.

More than a dozen third grade girls from Arlington Heights Elementary put on their "creative hats" in the school cafeteria. They broke out the crayons, stickers and construction paper to make Valentine's Day cards for troops overseas. "I'm going to draw them saving the seas," said third grader Gabriela Cutrone.

The girls are also members Girls Inc. The group's mission is to be strong, smart and bold just like troops overseas. This is the first year they've done this project and they say there's a lesson to be learned.

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Attempted robber tries to go in Merrill Road bank's exit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office apprehended an attempted robbery suspect Monday after he tried to get into the bank through an exit door.

The robbery attempt happened at Fifth Third Bank, 9125 Merrill Road, around 4:30 p.m., according to JSO Officer Ron Scott.

A man wearing a bandana and a mask and apparently armed with a gun tried to get into the bank by going through a door that was locked.

After trying to get into the bank through a door that only an employee could open, he fled on a bicycle, Scott said.

A description of the suspect was released and police apprehended the man a short time later while he was traveling east down Merrill Road.

Police can't release the the name of the man yet, Scott said.

Fire destroys Arlington Olive Garden

Crews were dispatched a the fire at the Olive Garden in the 9400 block of Atlantic Boulevard at 2:58 a.m. Monday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol website.

The massive fire cause a road closure and knocked out power to just over 200 JEA customers in the area according to their website.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office closed the Eastbound and Westbound lanes of Atlantic Boulevard while crews fought back flames.

$12K roof turns into frustration drip by drip

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Gaines family has lived in their Arlington home for decades, but what they're now experiencing is a first and they're not happy.

"It is not a tremendous problem for them," said Henry Gaines, "but it is for us."

Gaines, 71, said three years ago they hired Home Improvement Services to replace the roof on their home. They were relatively content until now.

"My wife is more upset than I am and when she's upset, I am upset," said Gaines.

They're upset because the roof, which was installed January 30, 2010, has a leak and the water is dripping down the walls in their bedroom.

"If the water keeps accumulating," said Gaines," I'm afraid the ceiling will sink in."

Since the holidays, they have made several attempts to reach Home Improvement Services.

"We've called at least ten times now," he said.

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Get a free, sober ride home tonight

JACKSONVILLE, FLA-- We want you to get the new year started off safely so put this number in your phone, 885-286-9246.

855-286-9246 is the phone number to AAA's Tow-To-Go program.  You don't have to be a AAA member to use the service, it just gets you a safe, free ride home and saves you from driving intoxicated.

"New Year's Eve is the busiest night of the year for the Tow to Go program because so many motorists seem to be more inclined to use a designated driver but don't always have someone willing to be one in their own party during the biggest celebration of the year," said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, AAA–The Auto Club Group. "We prepare our call center teams and tow truck service providers for weeks in advance, so we can manage the increased call volume that's typical of this time of year."

Mathews Bridge back open after vehicle fire

Updated 5:11 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Mathews Bridge is open after a Friday afternoon vehicle fire.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the bridge was closed in both directions earlier.

Police investigating Arlington bank robbery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to a bank robbery mid-morning Monday.

The incident occurred at the Alive Credit Union in the 6100 block of Atlantic Boulevard in Arlington.

The robbery is under investigation. Stay with First Coast News for the latest on this developing story.