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Investigation Ongoing into Incident at JSO Officer's Home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There are still few answers after a man was transported with life-threatening injuries from an Arlington home Thursday morning, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

Property records show the home in the 12000 block of Lazy Meadow Drive South is owned by Kevin Meyer, who, according to our city of Jacksonville salary database, is employed by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

But on Friday, JSO offered no additional information.

Scott Littler who lives two doors down from Meyer home was shocked to see police at the officer's home Thursday.

"He was tremendous, wanted to help everybody," said Littler Friday.

Court records show that Meyer is currently going through a divorce. Neighbors said Meyer, 38, doted on his two small children.

Foul play is not suspected, according to JSO.

Jacksonville Weekly Gas Price Update

Jacksonville, November 29- Average retail gasoline prices in Jacksonville have fallen 2.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.78/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.85/g, according to gasoline price website JacksonvilleGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Jacksonville during the past week, prices yesterday were 19.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 5.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 5.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 22.6 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

Jacksonville Councilmen Clean Up Project Because City Hasn't Done It

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -  More than a half million dollars went into the Rogero Town Center landscaping project.

The money paid for trees, plants and now weeds.

"It's in a pretty bad state of affairs," said Hilton Meadows, who has called this part of Arlington home for 40 years.

Meadows said the project lifted the spirits of this community, at least until about six months ago when the weeds took over.

But on the day after Thanksgiving, those weeds were finally being dug up and thrown away.

Meadows said he had to drive by a couple of times to make sure it was really happening.

"I thought it was just two people from the community, then when I came back by I saw that it was Jim and Clay," said Meadows.

Councilmen Clay Yarborough and John Crescimbeni were the ones with the gloves on pulling up a couple trash cans worth of weeds.

Jaguars Announce 2011 Ticket Prices

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The season is not nearly over, and the Jaguars are in the thick of the playoff race, but ticket prices for the 2011 season have been announced,

The prices show the first increase in three years for some parts of the stadium, and discounts for other seats.

For higher-end seats, season ticket prices remain flat in the West Touchdown Club, the MPS Group Terrace Suites and parts of the East Touchdown Club, and six of the sections on the east side are reduced.

Prices in the general bowl are going up slightly -- between $1.50 and $4 per game, but the Jaguars are offering the opportunity to avoid the increase by getting in on the 30/30 plan, which keeps the 2010 prices in place for two additional years.

JAGUARS 2011 PRICING MAP

Jacksonville's Rusty Smith First Jax Native To Start As NFL Quarterback

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rusty Smith graduated from Sandalwood High in 2005 and just five years later he finds himself starting as an NFL quarterback for the Tennessee Titans.

Smith will take over for the injured Vince Young when the Titans take on Houston Sunday on the road.

He is the first Jacksonville native to start in the NFL as a quarterback. Sandalwood High athletic staff members said he is the first Sandalwood football player ever to be drafted into the NFL.

The move has the school excited about his good fortune, said athletic director Carlyce Cononie. "A lot of the kids have heard of him; some of them didn't know who he was. But we always talk about Rusty because our team went far with him as our quarterback, but he was also a great kid."

She said Smith was always a hard worker and never boasted about his ability. "He just did what he was supposed to do. "

Girl Collects $5,400 for Leukemia Research

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Nine-year-old Sydney Feagle is on a mission to collect money for leukemia research, but she has a unique way of doing it.

Feagle is collecting pennies for leukemia. In a year, she's raised $5,400, but she said her goal is to reach $1 million.

The young girl's effort began after her best friend passed away from leukemia. Feagle's mom says her daughter's selfless act doesn't surprise her.

"She is the most giving child I have ever met and [I'm] not just saying that being her parent, but she's first to want to help everybody," she says. 

To help Feagle reach her goal contact The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  When you call let them know you'd like to make the contribution under the name Sydney Feagle.

Nearly $50,000 Ring Stolen from Jacksonville Jewelry Store

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- New pictures have been released that police hope will help them find the suspect behind the theft of a $50,000 ring in early November.

The theft happened at Levy Jewelers in the St. Johns Town Center on the evening of Nov. 8.

The suspect went to the jeweler, asked to look at several items, and then ran off with one of them, a three-and-a-half carat round diamond ring, according to owner Lowell Kronowitz.

"It's disappointing to see that that's what young people turn to for anything they need or want. It's not the way I was raised or the way most people are raised," Lowell said in response to the theft.

Levy Jewelers has been a staple in Savannah, Ga. and recently opened its Jacksonville location.