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Father ticketed for son's red light violation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Gabriel Alexander lives in Baker County and drives a Cadillac. Gabriel Alexander II, his son, lives in Duval County and drives an Acura.

"I don't even drive the vehicle," said Alexander. 

So imagine his reaction when he received a notice of violation for the Acura running red light cameras. The notice was sent to his Baker County home.

"I barely know where that street is that the alleged citation occurred," he said. 

It happened May 28, 2013, 7:14 am. According to the Notice of Violation, the Acura ran the lights at the intersection of Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road.

"I tried to show the court that I was at work," said Alexander, "It wasn't me."

But because both father and son name's are on the vehicle registration, the elder Alexander's name is first, the father received the ticket.

"Physically, I was 50 or more miles away," he said. 

Man recovering after gunshot to torso

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An argument that led to gunfire on the Westside sent one man to the hospital late Sunday night.

Patrol officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to the 3000 block of

Dellwood Avenue in the Murray Hill area in response to reports of a person shot.

A victim was found with non-life threatening injuries to his lower torso and transported to an area hospital.

Officers determined some sort of a disagreement between two men had occurred. The men are possibly family members, according to JSO.

The suspect fled the scene and a description is not available at this time.

Anyone who has any information about this shooting is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

Westside man found dead by roommate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a death late Sunday night.

A man was found dead in his room by a roommate around 11 p.m.

The roommate told police he had not seen or heard from his roommate all day and went to check on him.

Police said there was nothing suspicious about the death and at this point no foul play is suspected.

The cause of death is still under investigation.

The men lived in a home in the 1800 block of Van Wert Avenue in the Murray Hill area.

Security guard shot inside local night club

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A shooting inside a nightclub sent a security guard to the hospital.

A private security officer working at Fat Katz nightclub in the 1100 Edgewood Avenue Southwas shot while working early Saturday morning.

Off duty officers also working at Fat Katz reported that the victim was shot in the thigh while inside the club.

A .22 casing was later found in the area where the security guard was standing at the time of the incident.

An investigation is underway.

Anyone who has any information about the identity of this unknown suspect is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

Scammers target JEA customers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A phishing scam targeting JEA customers on the First Coast is on the rise this week.

According to JEA, scammers are calling people to say their service will be disconnected unless they purchase a Moneypak card. 

The phone caller then asks for the number for the card. 

There has been an increase in the last week in the scam calls, according to JEA. 

In an email to First Coast News a JEA spokesperson wrote:

JEA will notify customers should their service be at risk for disconnect for non pay via their bill, letter and automated call. JEA will take payments via website, phone, at the main office, tax collector office, Winn-Dixie or any of the JEA-approved stores found on jea.com.


Anyone who receives a call is asked to report the incident to JEA. 

Drop box thefts leave renters worried about eviction

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a string of drop box thefts in rental communities, more than 30 cases, and is now warning landlords and tenants to stop using their drop boxes.

The advice comes too late for Derrall Wilcox. She lives in Casa Del Rio apartment community.

"In August, I paid my rent using the drop box so it wouldn't be late," said Wilcox.

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Wilcox said she's never been late and wanted to avoid the $65 fee, but now she has a bigger problem. The two money orders used to pay her August rent were stolen from the apartment drop box.

"This is not my responsibility. I did what I was supposed to do," she said.

Nonprofit's mission is 'Enroll America' in Obamacare

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare is the law. If you're now uninsured, you must have health insurance by 2014. That said, the program's deadlines, the various plans and who is eligible have left many confused.

"There is a lot of people who don't understand what their options are," said Tony Penna.

Penna, a former insurance executive is with Enroll America, a privately funded nonprofit that is trying to spread the word about the Affordable Care Act.

"The biggest challenge is how many people in Duval, Clay Nassau and St. Johns who don't have insurance," said Penna, "There about 300,000 people."

Enroll America staffers are now knocking on doors, making calls to spread the word out.

"About 39 percent of the people in Florida who are eligible for insurance think that the law has been repealed," he said, "It has not been repealed."