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Teen accidentally shoots himself, in life-threatening condition

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 16-year-old is in life-threatening, serious condition after Jacksonville Sheriff's Officers says he accidentally shot himself Friday evening.

Police say the incident took place while the teen had a couple of friends over to his house while his parents were gone.

JSO believes it was a handgun that was used in the accident.

The victim has been transported to a local hospital. His identity has not been released.

Gov. Scott visits First Coast to talk education

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott will be on the First Coast Monday to talk to teachers and parents about education.

Governor Scott is touring across the state to listen to teachers, students and parents voice their ideas on how to improve Florida's education system.

Monday afternoon from 3:45 - 5 p.m. Governor Scott will meet with teachers at Pinedale Elementary School.

He will then meet with parents for a roundtable discussion from 5:30 to 6:30.

The school is located at 4229 Edison Avenue.

For more information, visit the Governor's Education Listening Tour website.

 

 

Woman fatally stabs roommate on Westside

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A woman is dead after JSO believes her roommate stabbed her with a beer bottle.

The incident happened in the 1400 block of State Street late Thursday evening.

Police believe the victim and her roommate may have been romantically involved.

The roommate is in custody, but JSO has not charged her with a crime.

Family burial of loved one delayed three weeks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cynthia Roberts was married 43 years. On August 10, her husband died unexpectedly, turning her world upside down.

"He was different, he was very quiet, and he loved to read," she said.

Arthur Roberts was a retired educator, a civil war buff, an avid Civil War re-enactor. Despite his health problems, she said he was very active.

"He had a pacemaker," she said, "He had bypass surgery, all of that appeared to be working fine. He had been a diabetic all of his life, but doing fine."

Roberts said it wasn't unusual for her husband to take a walk in the  park near Whitehouse Elementary. When he was overdue, she asked a neighbor to check on him. When the neighbor found him, he was sitting in the park deceased.

"That was three weeks ago," said Roberts.

FEMA supplies arrive at staging area in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Eighteen-wheelers full of supplies to help those hit hard by Isaac rolled in to the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Saturday afternoon.  They are full of bottled water, meals ready to eat, and cots.

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FEMA says it chose the base as a federal staging area because from there supplies can be distributed to disaster areas within hours.

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The trucks were loaded at FEMA's warehouse near Atlanta and will be parked on the base ready to roll out at a moment's notice.

After The Storm: Dos and Don'ts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rick Warming's tree service is cleaning up a mess at Bob Maloney's Southside home.

Warming has a warning about 'Storm Chasers' -- that's what they're called by the Better Business Bureau. They are the guys who show up at your front door right after a storm.

"These guys are coming out in cars and trucks with no signs on them will do a little bit of the job and grab a check and leave," said Warming.

The storm chasers wanted to remove the tree from Maloney's home, even though Warming had already done most of the work.

His first rule in hiring someone that is not out for a quick buck is very simple: Find a business that is bonded, licensed and insured.

"You want a company that is reputable that does what it says it is going to do," he said. Other tips include:

- Don't be rushed into signing a contract with any company.

Ortega residents: Drainage project failed

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More rain is the last thing Venetia Terrace residents want. The water is not only going in the storm drains, it is going into their homes

"This is the second time in two months we've had water in our home," said Amanda Boswell.

Boswell spent most of Tuesday placing sandbags around perimeter of her home.

"We' re still pretty damp in there, " she said, "so I don't want to get any more in."

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Boswell said on Monday, the water came into the family's computer room before it started receding. It was a grim reminder of the flooding from Tropical Storm Debby.