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Jacksonville Suns Announce 2011 Manager and Field Staff

Coming off Back-2-Back Southern League Championships in 2009 and 2010, the Jacksonville Suns have announced that Andrew Barkett will join the Florida Marlins organization to manage the Suns in 2011. Returning to the Suns are Hitting Coach Corey Hart and Pitching Coach John Duffy along with Athletic Trainer Dustin Luepker.

TurboTax Unveils Mobile App to File Taxes on Smartphone

You can make a restaurant reservation, check your bank balance, and shop online with your smartphone, and now you may be able to do your taxes, too.

Today, Intuit's TurboTax will release SnapTax, a new mobile application that allows taxpayers who file a 1040EZ to prepare and file their federal and state income taxes on their smartphones. Customers can download the app for free, but will have to pay $14.99 to file their tax returns.

The app uses optical character recognition technology to fill out users' tax returns. Once users take a picture of their W-2s with their smartphones, the app will automatically transfer information to the relevant lines on Form 1040EZ. After customers answer a few questions, they'll have an opportunity to check the return for accuracy before they file.

Like traditional tax preparation software, the app will display the amount of the refund. The process should take 15 to 30 minutes, says Bob Meighan, vice president of TurboTax.

Reunited: Service Dog Lost and Found on Southside

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A 10-year-old autistic boy depends on his service dog for much-needed therapy.  This morning he woke up and his dog was gone.

"She is a highly-trained service dog, trained specifically for Bobby," said his father Robert Perry, Jr.

The family placed flyers all over the East Hampton neighborhood asking for anyone with information to call them. 

"It's devastating.  It feels like we lost one of our family members," said Perry.

Sometime overnight, their 2-year-old Golden Retriever named Galley managed to make a quick getaway through the garage and was nowhere to be found.  Perry feared someone picked Galley up and planned to keep her as a pet.

"Galley is an extraordinarily friendly dog.  She'd lick the hand of a burglar and she's a friend of mankind," said Perry.

Record Cold Lands Family with Thousand Dollar Electric Bill

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The frigid winter is driving up electric bills on the First Coast.

"I dread when that JEA bill comes," Aluoch Moody said. "I don't even want to open it because I don't know what I'm going to see this month."

Aluoch and her husband Sterling Moody's monthly electric bill is always high, they said. A good month for them is between $200 and $300.

But their bill for the month of December was through the roof.

"When I got it this month there was like no words." Aluoch said she was shocked.

Their charges for electricity alone for the month of December totaled $993.70.

Gerri Boyce, JEA spokesperson, said although the Moody's energy consumption for in December was higher than the average of 60-80 kilowatt-hours, they aren't alone. Boyce said many customers saw their usage double between November and December because of record cold.

Man Shot, Carjacked at Southside Apartment Complex

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One man is in the hospital after being carjacked at a Southside apartment complex.

The man was shot in the leg while in the parking lot of the Pine Meadows Apartment complex in the 3400 block of Saland Way near Beach Boulevard, police said.

The suspects, whom police haven't released details about, got away in his vehicle.

An ambulance took the victim to Shands Jacksonville for treatment of what police called non-life-threatening injuries.

Thursday morning, the victim was still at the hospital, but doing better, accoding to a friend who did not want to be identified.

Police were spotted driving through the apartment complex.

Investigators are still searching for the victim's car and the suspects.

Man Arrested 17 Times for Panhandling

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A Jacksonville man arrested 17 times for panhandling is behind bars once again.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Steven Morgan, 51,  was arrested Wednesday after he was found holding a sign in traffic on Atlantic Boulevard near the 9A overpass. When the officer stopped the suspect, Morgan dropped a cup full of money.

The officer said he has seen Morgan panhandling before and has arrested him for it. According to the report, Morgan told police he needed money for lunch.

The officer also noted he has seen Morgan drive to an intersection with his car to panhandle.

Think Twice Before Starting Your Car and Heading Back Inside

Think Twice Before Starting Your Car and Heading Back Inside

According to JSO, "per Florida State Statute it is ILLEGAL to leave your vehicle unattended without stopping the engine and removing the key.  It is against the law."

316.1975 - Unattended motor vehicle.

A person driving or in charge of any motor vehicle may not permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, and removing the key. A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a nonmoving violation as provided in chapter 318.