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Westside Woman Grateful to Survive Crash With JSO Officer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As her truck was airborne, Linda Horne said she remembers still trying to pump the brakes.

But the only thing that would stop her was the brick and glass front of an empty building.

"I knew I was dead, I knew I was dead, but I looked, my airbag had deployed and it popped my seatbelt loose somehow," said Horne.

Horne survived but she wouldn't be walking away from the crash, she couldn't move her leg and later found out she had a fractured knee.

And she said she also started to realize it was a JSO officer's patrol car that had knocked her off the road.

"It was probably the most terrifying thing I've been through in a long, long time."

Horne said she was driving Eastbound on 103rd Street Saturday morning when the officer pulled out from California Avenue to also go East on 103rd.

JSO Discusses Traffic Management, Parking Options, for Georgia-Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Saturday will bring a mass of people to EverBank Field, in cars and on foot, and the sheriff's office said the best way to make sure you don't miss anything is to get there early.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, all of the marked lots around the stadium are sold out for the Georgia-Florida game, which starts at 3:30 p.m.

There are still some options for parking within easy walking distance, but not nearly as many as there are people looking for parking spaces.

There are two garages on A. Philip Randolph that will open for business Saturday morning, but JSO Sgt. Leonard Propper said they will most likely be full by five hours before kickoff.

Two other options involve either a longer walk or a trolley ride on game day.

Two JSO Deputies Involved in Wendy's Shooting Resign

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sheriff John Rutherford didn't mince words when talking about why the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has two fewer officers today.

"They violated our rules," he said of officers Ryan Black and Darries Griffith, the two officers who fired 30 shots at bank robbery suspect Jeremiah Mathis on March 26.

Mathis was running from police after he robbed a Wachovia Bank on Baymeadows Road.  He went to a Wendy's drive-through and tried to carjack Joann Cooper's car.

While Mathis and Cooper fought for control of the car, which had Cooper's two young children inside, the car rolled toward Baymeadows Road.

Five officers fired 42 shots, killing Mathis.

Two-year-old Daniel Crichton was also shot.  He was seriously wounded, but has recovered. Cooper was hit by a ricochet and had a longer recovery than Crichton.

Southside Man Believes He Was the Target of a Flat Screen TV Scam

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville man thought he was getting a good deal on a television. However, he said he almost got scammed when two men offered to sell him what "looked like" a flat screen television that was still in the shrink wrap.

The "TV" even came with a remote control in bubble wrap. That turned out to be cardboard wrapped in black tape and bubble wrap. It was a fake, just like the 50-inch television.

"It looked like it was brand new, coming out of the box," said "James."

The Southside man didn't want to show his face or use his real name, but did he wanted to tell First Coast News all about two men who he said tried to sell him what looked like a television set late Sunday night.

"I asked him how much it was, he said $500." 

The man, who we'll call "James," acknowledges this was pretty much a "street deal."

He said he was approached by two men in a parking lot off University Boulevard.

FHP Launches Halloween Drunken Driving Crackdown

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol is trying to make Halloween less scary.

State troopers are cracking down on drunken driving and offering safety tips to parents of young ghouls and goblins. The Highway Patrol is participating in a national drunken driving campaign that began Monday and will continue through Oct. 31. It's called "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest."

The FHP web site offers Halloween safety tips for parents. They include using light colored costumes and putting reflective tape on costumes and goody bags so they'll be more visible to motorists.

 

Bank Robber Cuts into Safe, Leaves through Attic

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A thief cut into a bank safe and escaped with what was inside over the weekend; now police are trying to figure out how it happened and who was behind it.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, a Bank of America on Baymeadows Road at Interstate 95 was robbed sometime between Saturday afternoon and early Monday.

An employee told police the bank was secured at 2 p.m. Saturday, and he noticed the robbery when he came in to open the drive-through island Monday morning before 8.

The employee said all surveillance equipment was activated as well.

After investigating, police believe the suspect(s) went into the island building through the "attic," disabled the alarm and somehow cut into the safe.

If you know anything that can help police, call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).  You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.

How Young is Too Young to Wear Thong Underwear?

I was recently in a major department store shopping for clothes for a little girl.  When passing by the underwear section, I couldn't help but notice there were thong underwear for sale.  I honestly stopped walking and took a second look to make sure my eyes weren't deceiving me.  I was kind of shocked to see thong underwear being sold in the girls department for girls wearing sizes 7-14.

Am I alone in thinking that girls between 7 and 14 years old probably shouldn't be wearing thong?  I just think that's too young for thong underwear.  I know that some women wear thong for comfort or to hide underwear lines under their clothing.  I also know some women wear them strictly for sex appeal.  Either way, what age do you think is appropriate for a woman and/or a girl to start wearing thong underwear?