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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.

Girls makes Valentine's Day cards for military members

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Military serving overseas will likely be separated from their loved ones on Valentine's Day. But a group of Jacksonville girls is making sure they're loved and appreciated on that special day.

More than a dozen third grade girls from Arlington Heights Elementary put on their "creative hats" in the school cafeteria. They broke out the crayons, stickers and construction paper to make Valentine's Day cards for troops overseas. "I'm going to draw them saving the seas," said third grader Gabriela Cutrone.

The girls are also members Girls Inc. The group's mission is to be strong, smart and bold just like troops overseas. This is the first year they've done this project and they say there's a lesson to be learned.

Attempted robber tries to go in Merrill Road bank's exit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office apprehended an attempted robbery suspect Monday after he tried to get into the bank through an exit door.

The robbery attempt happened at Fifth Third Bank, 9125 Merrill Road, around 4:30 p.m., according to JSO Officer Ron Scott.

A man wearing a bandana and a mask and apparently armed with a gun tried to get into the bank by going through a door that was locked.

After trying to get into the bank through a door that only an employee could open, he fled on a bicycle, Scott said.

A description of the suspect was released and police apprehended the man a short time later while he was traveling east down Merrill Road.

Police can't release the the name of the man yet, Scott said.

Fire destroys Arlington Olive Garden

Crews were dispatched a the fire at the Olive Garden in the 9400 block of Atlantic Boulevard at 2:58 a.m. Monday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol website.

The massive fire cause a road closure and knocked out power to just over 200 JEA customers in the area according to their website.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office closed the Eastbound and Westbound lanes of Atlantic Boulevard while crews fought back flames.

$12K roof turns into frustration drip by drip

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Gaines family has lived in their Arlington home for decades, but what they're now experiencing is a first and they're not happy.

"It is not a tremendous problem for them," said Henry Gaines, "but it is for us."

Gaines, 71, said three years ago they hired Home Improvement Services to replace the roof on their home. They were relatively content until now.

"My wife is more upset than I am and when she's upset, I am upset," said Gaines.

They're upset because the roof, which was installed January 30, 2010, has a leak and the water is dripping down the walls in their bedroom.

"If the water keeps accumulating," said Gaines," I'm afraid the ceiling will sink in."

Since the holidays, they have made several attempts to reach Home Improvement Services.

"We've called at least ten times now," he said.