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.

Black (Thursday) Friday: Shopping hours

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As you plot your shopping for Thanksgiving night and Black Friday, here's a list of shopping hours at major retailers across the First Coast News.


Avenues Mall:
Closed Thanksgiving
Black Friday 12am - 9pm

Best Buy:
Closed Thanksgiving
Black Friday Open 12AM to 10PM

Closed Thanksgiving
Black Friday 12AM to 1PM

Orange Park Mall:
Closed Thanksgiving
Black Friday 12AM to 10PM

Police arrest man for leaving scene of fatal crash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrested a man after they say he left a fatal crash Wednesday night.

Shannon Hartley, Public Information Officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, said around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday evening police were called to the intersection of Edgewood Avenue South and Trask Street where an SUV had hit a man in his electric wheelchair.

Hartley said the victim, 80-year-old Emmitt Roberts, was crossing the intersection in his electric wheelchair when an SUV hit the man, ejecting him from his wheelchair.

Hartley said the driver of the SUV, 23-year-old Steven Bradsheet pulled his SUV over to the side of the road, got out and checked for any damage before getting back into his vehicle and leaving.

Emergency personnel pronounced Roberts deceased at the scene.

Man dies after being struck by SUV

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man has died after being struck by an SUV while crossing the street in his electric wheelchair.

According to Sgt. Donald Washington Jr. of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office traffic homicide unit, a white SUV was traveling southbound on Edgewood Avenue near Trask Street when the SUV struck the man.

Washington said it was getting dark at the time of the incident and the vehicle had a green light. The man did not cross the street at a crosswalk.

The man on the wheelchair was transported to Shands Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver has not yet been charged, as JSO is still investigating.The driver stopped to talk to police after the incident.

Will Florida face a recount? At what cost?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- About 11:30 p.m. election night, President Obama is declared the winner of the presidential election, even though Floridians were still voting.

Jacksonville Obama supporter Karen Akers said she had no doubts about the outcome

"Never felt he was going to lose?"

"No not at all," said Akers.

Jacksonville University political scientist Dr. Stephen Baker said the race was always close, in spite of the polls.

"It will be among the closest elections," said Baker, "I mean, 1976 was a very close election, so it is not that unusual."

Jerry Holland, Duval County Supervisor of Elections, like other county election officials, are still counting ballots.