Florida has money for first-time home buyers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that money is available to first-time home buyers for help with down payments.

Another $25 million will go toward housing counseling, legal aid programs and the state court system to help with a backlog of foreclosure cases.

On top of that $60 million, Florida has another $200 million from the settlement that state lawmakers will decide how to spend.

House Speaker Will Weatherford promises the cash will be set aside for housing-related needs and not for special member projects.

Florida has already received $3.6 billion in mortgage relief, mainly for principal reductions.

Jacksonville man says approved VISA revoked for 'approval in error'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Alfredo Trajano and his wife Anne applied for a Visa for their daughter in 2002. Their daughter, Jacqueline, lives in Scotland.

"She became my daughter when I married my wife twenty plus years ago," said Trajano.

He said the process has been a bureaucratic nightmare; the application was sent to Texas and stayed there for almost four years, then it was sent to the California Service Center.

"It double the time they allotted," said Trajano,"they found out the petition was supposed to go to California, it was a mistake."

Three years later, 2009 the application for a Visa was approved, however a year earlier, 2008, his wife passed away.

"When my wife passed away I thought all this would come to nothing," said Trajano.

Trajano said he informed the Department of Homeland Security his wife died, since her name was the only name on the petition.

A New Year means new laws for Florida drivers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- It is a new year in the Sunshine State and on Florida's roadways there are some new laws in effect.

To start, say you want to flash your headlights to warn other drivers about nearby police.

"Just to alert," said Kim Rolfe, of Jacksonville. "It's just a courtesy to let other driver's know 'Hey, you're about to pass a cop.'"

Before the new year, that was illegal in Florida.

"I did not know that that was illegal!" Rolfe shouted with a laugh. "I thought I was just doing something nice for my fellow drivers!"

As of January 1, 2013, it's now legal, after the state legislature cleared up the law.

"So, it could be a good law to aide in safety," William Lee, of St. Augustine, said Tuesday morning. "So, I think it's good."

If you're ever in an accident, there's another law you should know about. It's about the personal injury protection (PIP) portion of your Florida policy.

11-year-old accused of being pregnant had massive tumor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Janet Roberts said she has lived by a rule learned from her mother.

"Our mom always told us never judge a book by its cover," said Roberts, "and see what she meant with this situation that happened with my daughter."

Roberts said her 11-year-old was the target of a wicked rumor in school.

"I did not know. I was the last one to find out," she said.

She said she found out when the school called her in for a meeting and told her the rumor around the school is her 11-year-old is pregnant.

"I was shock," she said, "To me it was a joke at first.

Roberts said she tried to squash it because her daughter felt she was being bullied or harassed, but she noticed the child had an extended stomach and wanted to be sure.

"The tests were negative," said Roberts.

But the mother of four noticed her daughters stomach continued to grow.

Business owner claims 'bad decision' cost company $19,000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Douglas Myers has been in the manufacturing business for 20 years. He said he still regrets a decision he made a three years ago.

"My wife constantly reminds me of a bad business decision," said Myers.

Myers paid a contractor nearly $19,000 to buy an infinity wrap plasma cutting machine for his business and nothing happened.

"You work with a guy," said Myers. "You have him come and work on your machine. You just assume."

Three years later, he claims he is still trying to recover his money.

"I contacted the manufacturer and the company did not receive any money from him," said Myers.

Myers filed a lawsuit against the contractor Herb Cochley. The case is still in court.

"We want to get him into court," said Myers. "If we get him in, we will win."

Local business robbed on Thanksgiving Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As many stores looked for sales on Black Friday, one store was looking for suspects. Jimmy and Diane Tait own Hawgs and Horses on Blanding Boulevard. While they were at home, celebrating the holiday with family, their store was being robbed.

"They stole several four wheelers, motorcycles, some were customers bikes that had repairs done to them," Jimmy Tait said. "They made quite a mess back here."

The Taits' store has only been in business for a little more than twelve months; and what they thought would the most lucrative weekend of the year, ended up being the costliest.

"We added it up. It's almost $15,000 worth of product got stolen. That's a lot of money. Especially for a small business that just started" explains Jimmy.

He says the robbers broke into his locked gate, dragged the equipment behind the building, through the brush to the parking lot next door, where they loaded it all into a trailer and drove away.