Road reopened after house fire Tuesday morning

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An intersection closed due to a house fire Wednesday morning is back open.

Tom Francis, spokesperson for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said fire crews received a call around 8 a.m. that a carport in the 5300 block of Attleboro Avenue was on fire.

At the time of the fire, two women and two dogs were inside the home.  Francis said neighbors helped all of them escape without injury.

Francis said it took fire crews 30 minutes to extinguish the fire that was contained to the carport area.  The rest of the house received only smoke and water damage.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating after JFRD ruled the cause of the fire suspicious.

Francis said the fire serves as an excellent reminder to verify you have a working smoke detector in your home.  If you need a smoke detector, you may call 630-CITY.

Trailer home a total loss after fire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A home that was on fire in the 1300 block of Neva Street was put out in about five minutes.

The trailer home was heavily on fire, according to reports into First Coast News. The owner was out with friends when neighbors called her to say her house was on fire.

The trailer is a total loss and the fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

Man in serious condition following gunfire at gas station

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man is in life-threatening condition after a large dispute lead to a shooting at a Westside gas station.

Sgt. Michael Paul with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said many people were involved in an argument near Big Discount Beverage and Gas on Melvin Road and Ricker Road Thursday afternoon.

During the dispute, shots were fired and eye witnesses report seeing a large number of people fleeing the scene.

Two victims were hit.. One black male was transported to Shands to undergo emergency surgery.

Paul said he was in serious condition when the victim left the scene.

The other man was struck by a bullet.

JSO said they do not know the cause of the argument nor the cause of the gunfire.

They are asking anyone with information relating to the incident to contact the Sherrif's Office at (904) 633-0500 or call Crimestoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

Tuesday is final chance to register for November election

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tuesday is the final day to register to vote ahead of the November election.  Many Supervisor of Elections offices will have extended hours to help accommodate the last minute rush.

"We see this always in a Presidential cycle," explained Jerry Holland, Supervisor of Elections for Duval County.    "We'll probably have between 30 and 40,000 people that will have registered in the last 30 or 40 days and so, it's exciting to see this many people get involved in it."

Extended Hours:

Duval County-open until 7:30 p.m.

St. Johns County-open until 7:00 p.m.

Clay County-open until 5:00 p.m.

According to Holland, voters do not need to bring identification to register, but they will need a photo I.D. on Election Day.  As of Monday, the number of voters registered reflected a more conservative population than in the 2008 election cycle.

345th Combat Support Hospital unit to deploy

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The 345th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) will host a ceremony before they deploy to train the Afghan National Army.

The CSH will host a deployment before leaving for 71 Army Reserve Soldiers. The soldiers are deploying to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

During the deployment, soldiers will be responsible for training the Afghan National Army on detainee health care operations.

The 345th CSH is an Army Reserve unit headquartered at Naval Air Station Jacksonville with subordinate medical units located in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Prior to this deployment, the 345th CSH deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Desert Storm.

The deployment ceremony will be held October 5 at 8:30 a.m. at NAS Jacksonville's Armed Forces Reserve Center, Building 938.

Parents remove child from school due to teacher's behavior

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Christophers made a decision that seems extremely dramatic, but after observing how their child's special education teacher interacts with children, they say they had to do something. 

"We're not happy the way the teacher is handling the kids in the autistic classroom. We feel it is inappropriate," said Roderick Christopher. 

The Christophers have removed their nine-year-old from Pinedale Elementary and are reluctant to send him back to school.

"These children are our children. Other people may not care because they are quote unquote not normal. They still deserve the best," said Shaunita Christopher.

Their child has autism. It is a disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication and by restricted and repetitive behavior.

Homeowner stuck with JEA availability fee

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Walter Suslak is in the middle of a major home renovation, and he's in a fight with JEA over four years of billing for a service he has yet to receive.

"For the last four years, according to JEA records, I've paid $70 a month for water," said Suslak, "and $75 a month for sewer with a listed consumption of zero."

Suslak, who owns several properties, recently discovered he is paying for sewer service, even though the house under renovation is not connected to the JEA sewer system.

"They have verified that the sewer is not hooked up at all," he said.

Why is he paying a sewer charge of $75 month? Suslak was told that it is an availability charge, even if he never uses it.

"That's fraud," he said, "I guess you can euphemistic and call it chicanery, but I got nothing," said Suslak.