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Extreme flooding for Ortega residents

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Residents in Ortega saw extreme flooding Monday afternoon, with several streets underwater.

At least one vehicle got stuck and had to be towed out.

Some Ortega residents said they couldn't get home, and some added a recent drainage project seemed to have made things worse instead of better.

"This is the worst flooding in 28 years, since I've been living here," said Rick Myers. "The drainage was just done in the last year so I'm not sure what happened."

"Since the drainage project it has totally flooded our yard several times," Susan Aman said. "It has definitely gotten worse instead of getting better."

Ortega residents say Monday's flooding was even worse than flooding from recent tropical storms.

Murray Hill Theatre celebrates 17th anniversary with two-day music festival

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a packed house at Murray Hill Theatre Saturday night, where they kicked off day two of their 17th Anniversary music festival.

The venue hosts musical acts every weekend showcasing positive, faith-based music. The venue is drug and alcohol-free and provides a safe haven for young adults.

The owner of Murray Hill Theatre, Tony Nasrallah, says the theatre gives the local youth somewhere positive to gather.

Accused domestic abuser arrested

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Thursday, Woodruff Avenue in the Murray Hill area turned into a crime scene.

"There were police cars everywhere," said George Atchley.

Atchley said the silence of his quiet community was broken by the sound of gunfire and the sirens of fire engines.

"It was foggy," he said, "Toxic smoke coming off the house."

Police went to a house to question Mykhail Abordi, a.k.a. Michael Walker about charges of domestic battery and sexual abuse. It turned into a SWAT standoff, police say, until he set the house on fire.

Wanted: Olympic portraits by kids

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We're counting down to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

As we get closer to the games, we want your kids to get involved. Have your child draw and color his or her favorite Olympic Portrait. Portraits can include the rings, the torch, a favorite athlete or even the new Olympic Stadium in London.

Beginning July 23, 102, we will feature a different portrait each day on Good Morning Jacksonville though the closing ceremony on August 12th.

Simply email your child's photo to olympicportraits@firstcoastnews.com and be sure to watch Good Morning Jacksonville at 5:20 a.m. and 6:20 a.m.

Last day to register to vote for primary election

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Today is the last day to register vote if you want to participate in Florida's August 14 primary election.

Monday is also the last day you can change your party affiliation.  Since Florida is a closed primary state, voters may only vote for candidates from the political party in which they are registered.

All registered voters are eligible to vote in nonpartisan and primary offices.

Although today is the final day to register and be able to participate in the primary election, registered voters can update his or her signature, change the address of his or her legal residence or submit a name change up until and including primary election day on August 14.

To check your voter status, view a sample ballot, check early voting locations or request an absentee ballot click on your supervisor of elections office.

Choosing the right limo will maximize the ride

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Whether it's prom night, a wedding or just a trip to the airport, your limousine experience can be one you remember or one you would like to forget. During the prom season, ten teenagers hired a limo service for prom night and now say it was horrible.  

"I could have ridden in my mom's van if I wanted to do that," said Victoria Canady.

Canady said each of her friends paid fifty dollars for a 10-passenger limo and that was the first problem. 

"When it came up to the house, it did not look like it would seat ten," she said.

The driver was on time, but Canady said the limo was smaller than expected and it was hot.

"The air conditioning didn't blow out cool air. It only blew out hot air," she said.

Is there a glitch in the child support system?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Trucking is Donnie Connolly's livelihood; losing his driver license will put him in the unemployment line.

He said the thought of it happening terrifies him.

"It started last year. They said they would fix it at the end of the year and it is still going on," said Connolly.

Connolly at one point got behind on his child support payments, but said that was in the past.

"I have been paying," he said, "I have the receipts. It comes out the second of every month."

So why did the Florida DMV suspend his driver's license on June 20, then reinstate it, only to threaten to suspend it again?

"They have a pending on my license that they're going to suspend it the 23rd of this month," said Connolly.

Connolly has received notices from the Florida Department of Revenue and the DMV and they have left him puzzled.

"The only thing they would tell me is there's a glitch in the system," he said.