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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.

Another push to expand a runway at Craig Airport


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Another push to expand the runway at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport is underway.

Those in favor say the expansion is overdue because of business and job opportunities it would bring. Meanwhile, those opposed say it will negatively impact hundreds of families close by, and could lower property values.

Marshall Wood, marketing director of a charter company at Craig, is for the expansion. He's also the Director of CrossOverJacksonville, a Christian organization that promotes faith, family and free enterprise.

Teen drowns off Charter Pointe


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to a drowning off Charter Pointe Wednesday morning.

Two young adults jumped into the water near the Reddie Pointe Preserve Park, according to JSO spokesperson Shannon Hartley. The JSO dive team responded to reports of a possible drowning just before 11:30 a.m.

JSO was able to pull one of the swimmers from the water safely, however the second swimmer was found around 4 p.m. deceased.

The deceased swimmer has been identified as 18-year-old Ruben Dachote.

Suspect belived to have made meth at Grandma's house


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The grandmother of a woman suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine called police after her granddaughter was arrested in St. Augustine Monday morning.

The 74-old-year grandmother of Amanda Paige Albert had allowed her to stay in her home since Feb. 28, according to a police report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Albert was arrested in St. Augustine Monday and charged with drug possession, drug equipment possession, drug production and methamphetamine possession after investigators allegedly found her inside a car suspected of being a mobile meth lab.

Morning fire on Southside


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded to a fire in the 3200 block of of Abbeyfield Road in Arlington.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the house is rental property and is currently unoccupied, however, the electricity is still on.

JSO said the fire started in a small space in the attic and at this time they believe it was an electrical fire but are still investigating the cause of the fire.


JSO searching for man who exposed himself in an Arlington neighborhood


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The search for a suspect who approached two Arlington women allegedly wanting more than just directions is underway.

Walking her dog, Yoshi, is something you'll find Renee Hunter doing daily along Gable Lane. However, a recent encounter now has her hesitant to take a stroll alone in her own neighborhood.

"I don't know what would have happened had I not called her out," said Renee Hunter of her cousin. "He probably could have snatched me."

Hunter says a man in a bright blue Mazda Protégé stopped her Thursday morning asking for directions. She noticed he had a GPS on his dashboard and kept his hands where she couldn't see them. Unsure of how to direct him, Hunter called her cousin, Amber Otero outside.

"I guess it kind of startled him because he didn't see me walking up," said Otero.

New owners take over Regency Square Mall


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Regency Square Mall has a new owner and possibly new hope.

The 47-year-old mall located on Arlington Expressway has seen a decline in popularity over the years with growing competition. The property recently sold to Namdar Realty Group and Mason Asset Management for $13 million.