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Jacksonville woman endures five surgeries in five days from flesh-eating bacteria.

Woman shares near-death experience with flesh-eating bacteria

A late-night swim in the St. Johns river seemed like a fun idea for Lauren Spaulding, who was celebrating her 18th birthday at Huguenot Park, but her camping trip was cut short.  "I started throwing up. I had a bad fever, low energy and didn't want to do anything. I ...

Campaign signs are being defaced in Clay County. Driving by, you may not notice the extra features on local campaign signs.

Clay candidates on sign vandalism: Need to focus on the issues

Campaign signs are being defaced in Clay County. Driving by, you may not notice the extra features on local campaign signs. Action News found several signs in Clay County defaced. Most of them belonged to people running for Clay County School Board. Candidate Janice Kerekes thinks it's taking away from ...

An off-duty officer took a robbery suspect into custody in Springfield on Monday night at Paradise Food Mart.

Off-duty officer takes robbery suspect into custody in Springfield

A robbery suspect was taken into custody Wednesday night after police said he attempted to rob the Paradise Food Mart in Springfield. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the suspect acted as if he had a gun under his shirt and robbed the store. An off-duty officer in uniform was nearby, ...

A veteran and single mom got the gift of a lifetime Wednesday -- a newly renovated home. Jessica Blow didn't know it when she showed up in an Arlington neighborhood, but she was about to be handed the keys to her new home.

Veteran, son receive gift of lifetime

A veteran and single mom got the gift of a lifetime Wednesday -- a newly renovated home. Jessica Blow didn't know it when she showed up in an Arlington neighborhood, but she was about to be handed the keys to her new home. The home was a gift to her from ...

Experts reveal risk factors for flesh-eating bacteria

A 7-year-old girl contracted a flesh-eating bacteria while in the water in Duval County. Department of Health Duval County officials confirmed the Vibrio Vulnificus case Thursday and said the girl came in contact with the bacteria in the St. Johns River. “She was exposed through a wound infection,” said Haley ...

Living on the edge: Homelessness hiding in Clay County

Blanding Boulevard is far from a road less traveled, with thousands traveling it every day.     There's bumper-to-bumper traffic and an endless maze of signals.     In fact, there are so many distractions around that most never stop to notice the dozens of families living life on the edge.  "I ...

Two chain-reaction crashes closed two lanes of Interstate 10 westbound at U.S. Highway 301 and injured six people on Wednesday night.

Two crashes close I-10 WB at U.S. 301

Two chain-reaction crashes closed two lanes of Interstate 10 westbound at U.S. Highway 301 and injured six people on Wednesday night. According to Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Dylan Bryan, troopers were dispatched to the crash at 5:47 p.m. The first crash happened near the I-10 WB entrance ramp, when a ...

Silver Alert canceled for missing woman at Hanna Park

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has canceled a Silver Alert for a missing 73-year-old woman. Glenda Broome Reeder is from Orlando but came to Jacksonville Tuesday to visit relatives. She went to Hanna Park but stayed in the car while everyone else went to the beach. Witnesses told police ...

Dr. Nikolai Vitti

Superintendent wishes extra hour of school came with more funding

Teachers, parents and students are preparing to accommodate the extra hour of school being added by the state at some Duval County elementary schools in an attempt to improve reading skills. There are 300 schools statewide that are required by the state to add an extra hour of instruction each ...

There's a nightly habit one local candidate for circuit court judge would rather not have: putting his campaign signs up after someone knocks them down.  Candidate Anthony Penoso tells Action News he believes his campaign is being targeted.

Local candidate's signs being knocked down over and over

There's a nightly habit one candidate for circuit court judge would rather not have: putting his campaign signs up after someone knocks them down.  Candidate Anthony Penoso tells Action News he believes his campaign is being targeted. One neighbor said a campaign sign supporting Penoso was knocked down within 24 ...

The original site of the lost fort may have been found in the same area of a major port expansion project. The fort was destroyed centuries ago. And while its original site was always believed to be in Jacksonville, no one has ever found it, until now.

Fort Caroline found?

The original site of the lost fort may have been found in the same area of a major port expansion project. State Rep. Lake Ray said the mystery of Fort Caroline is something that's fascinated him and his son for years. The fort was destroyed centuries ago. And while its original site ...

Deputies said Christopher Storm claimed he was on a mission from God.

Sheriff: Stalking suspect said God spoke to him

A man arrested and charged with stalking a woman told deputies God had spoken to him, and advised him to let a woman know he wanted to marry her.  The 51-year-old woman called 911 Monday morning after seeing a man standing outside her window. The man, identified as 28-year-old Christopher Storm, ...

With the 450th commemoration taking place next year in St. Augustine, the Birchalls created a nonprofit called Forward March, Inc. in order to raise money for the renovations of the American Legion building calling it a legacy project for St. Augustine's milestone birthday.

More money needed to renovate St. Augustine American Legion building

Longtime St. Augustine residents, Ron and Nancy Birchall, are spearheading an effort to make sure the American Legion Post 37 isn't forgotten. Built back in 1904 and handed over to the American Legion in the 40s, it is one of the most centric and iconic buildings in downtown St. Augustine. ...

The Baker County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a missing woman, 28-year-old Heather Leanne Padgett.

Woman reported missing in Baker County

The Baker County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating a missing woman who has not been seen by family since January. The circumstances regarding the disappearance of Heather Leanne Padgett, 28, are unknown, according to a BCSO Facebook post. Family members tell BCSO she has been missing ...

Glynn County

Man bitten by rabid fox, alert issued

A man from Glynn County is being treated for rabies. A rabid gray fox bit 74-year-old Billy King as he worked in his garden Monday morning. King's mother told Action News the fox calmly walked up to him and suddenly attacked.  King tried to kick the fox to get it ...

Man charged in missing teen's disappearance

Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of an Orange County teenager earlier this week. Deputies said 16-year-old Alexandria Fransa Chery was last seen at her home at the Hawthorne Grove apartment complex in Orlando early Monday morning. Channel 9 has learned Sanel Saintsimon was arrested in ...

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Third Chik-V case confirmed in Duval County

The third case of chikungunya fever, or Chik-V, has been confirmed in Duval County according to the Florida Department of Health in Duval County. The FDOH says a 15-year-old girl is infected and that she recently traveled out of the country. The disease spreads when infected mosquitoes bite a person ...

President Barack Obama picks up a souvenir cup while meeting with four Kansas City residents who wrote him letters, over dinner at Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque restaurant Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Clockwise from left are Victor Fugate, the president, Becky Forrest, Valerie McCaw, and Mark Turner. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class. "Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the ...

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Internet "fire challenge" burning teenagers across US

The “fire challenge” has shown up on several Internet sites, and many teenagers have acted, setting themselves on fire. One 15-year-old in Lexington, Kentucky found out the hard way exactly how devastating it can be. "I just poured alcohol on it, and lit it, and it just automatically went and ...

Less humid...Tracking the Tropics

A nice break from the typical midsummer humidity as lows tonight will dip into the 60s inland... the 70s from I-95 to the beaches. Isolated storms return late Thursday along with an uptick in humidity. Temperatures will top out in the low to mid 90s... upper 80s at the beaches. ...

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