Hundreds receive free groceries in Arlington


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hundreds of people lined the streets in front of the Five Star Veterans Center on Thursday for the group's first free food pantry.

The nonprofit center estimated that thousands of pounds of meat, dairy, vegetables and canned goods were handed out to hungry people during the three-hour event.

The center worked with Feeding Northeast Florida group to provide groceries to veterans, active-duty military and Woodland Acres residents.

The Five Star Veterans group estimates the center gave away more than 16,000 meals last year.


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Victims identified in fatal Arlington crash


ID=18989867JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The victims of a fatal crash in the Arlington area Thursday have been identified.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, their names are Stephanie Gray, 34, and Steven Gray, 33.

The crash happened in the 10500 block of Ft. Caroline Rd. about 2 a.m.

The Grays were traveling eastbound in a white, full-sized pickup truck when it went missed a slight left turn, went off the road and slammed into a concrete utility pole owned by JEA.

Sgt. Rickie Valentine with the JSO told First Coast News on scene that it appears the victims were driving too fast and lost control.

Credit card scam targeting small business


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mohammed Youssef said when he was laid off from his job it was time to go into business for himself and three years ago he did just that.

"I work hard for my money," he said. "I want to protect my kids."

The Lebanese national is pursuing the American dream of having his own business, but with it comes some painful lessons.

"I work hard 18 hours a day," said Youssef, "and one lady came in here and robbed me $1700."

On Sept. 15, a customer came to his store, AFG Appliance and Furniture and purchased appliances and televisions using a credit card.

He said he swiped the customer's card and it was declined. That's when the scam went into action.

"She said it was declined because it was a big number," he said. "She told me I needed to enter a code."

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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.

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.