Water leak from manhole damaging church's property


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was another week of making repairs to the driveway of Cedar Creek Baptist church. The Lane Avenue church has had a problem with a manhole leaking water from the roadway to its property.

"We tried to resolve it with AT&T and they claim it is not theirs," said Earl Mckee.

It hasn't rained in a week, even so the water runs continuously from the manhole; identified by the label as Bell System property.

"I contacted JEA and they said that belongs to Bell South," he said.

McKee does the maintenance at Cedar Creek Baptist. He also makes repairs caused by erosion from the running water.

"It seeps down and it gets in this area over here, as the school traffic comes in and out, it keeps breaking up the driveway," said McKee.

This week he repaired six areas and there's still a large area that needs to be filled with asphalt.

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Some say their car was towed from their own driveway.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- Not happy at all. Residents reached out to First Coast News in total frustration after more than a dozen cars were towed from their Ortega Village trailer park.

Some said their cars were taken from their own driveways.

Walter Wood didn't want to show his face, but he was happy to show FCN his bills after his car was towed twice from near home.

"Not very well. I'm telling you," he said when he described how he was feeling. "This is $278. Then they're going to want the lot rent."

He is not alone. Several others, like Hector Duran, told FCN his friend's car was also towed.

Murray Hill business bans customers in saggy pants


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You have probably heard the phrase "No shoes, no shirt, no service" before.

But now, a longtime Jacksonville business is adding saggy pants to that list.

Dreamette in the 3600 block of Post Street now has a sign by its service window that says customers won't be served if they are wearing saggy pants.

The owner did not want to appear on camera with First Coast News for personal and professional reasons.

But, he said the sign went up this year after his frustration hit a breaking point.

He said in his six years of owning Dreamette, this past year was the worst for customers showing up with their underwear clearly visible.

So, he decided to put them all on notice. They can either pull up their pants or go home without ice cream.

After fatal shooting, Fat Kat nightclub closing?


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After a fatal shooting in February, an illegal drug raid on Saturday, shrinking crowds and a disconnected phone - it looks like Fat Kat nightclub in Murray Hill may be closing.

Len Burroughs, vice president of the Murray Hill Preservation Association, tells First Coast News the crowds have thinned out since the shooting in the early morning hours of February 16. Several hundred people were at the club on the morning of February 16, when one person was killed and four others were shot.

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Sheriff: Murray Hill violent crime up 1%; officer cuts partly to blame


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Westside residents are speaking up about violence in their community. Monday night the residents gathered to hear from Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford.

"I lay in the bed every night and I hear gunshots," said Pamela Miller, a long-time resident on Remington Street.

Miller says in the last few years she's seen an increase in violence crime.

"I do not go outside after dark," said Miller.

That's the same case for Keely Kopp. She moved back to the Murray Hill area after going to college in Tallahassee and it's nothing like what she remembers.

"I remember when I was little I never really felt unsafe, but the house in our neighborhood got broken into around 11 in the day," said Kopp.

Broken hearts remain: Legal clinic doesn't file divorces


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When Sandra Simpson was looking for help filing a divorce, she turned to a legal clinic she found advertising on the side of the road.

"I tried to do it myself and couldn't reapply for my divorce by myself," she said, "I needed help."

Simpson wants to divorce her husband. She said it is an abusive relationship and she wants out. She paid CD Legal Clinic $350 to file the papers.

"Nicest people in the world the first time you meet them," she said.

Simpson she paid extra, but when nothing happened, she began calling the company.

"Still to this day, they will not return my calls," she said.

She is not alone. Roger Wood of Green Cove Springs has a similar complaint.

"They agreed to help me for a fee of $350, which I paid them," said Wood, "I feel as if I have been scammed."

Murray Hill neighbors want the violence to stop


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Several people who call the Murray Hill area home say they are tired of crime in the neighborhood and want something done about it.

First Coast News spoke to a woman who said her car in Murray Hill was shot up by a drive-by shooter early Saturday morning. She did not want to appear on camera, but she and several neighbors said they are concerned about crime.

"I was getting ready to go to bed and I hear a 'pop pop pop pop pop,'" she said.

That's what AJ Andruszkiewicz and several other neighbors also said they heard early Saturday morning in what is described as a drive-by shooting.

"I knew it was gunshots right away," Andruszkiewicz said.

That incident appears to be the latest in a string of violence that neighbors in the quiet, sleepy area said they're tired of.

"It kind of shakes you up," he said.