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Update to Jax Beach Hit and Run Fatality January 22

Alan Shepard was arrested today.  Mr. Shepard was wanted in connection with the hit and run fatality on January 22.  Mr. Shepard was arrested in the Chicago area by the U.S. Marshals.  He will be extradited back to Duval County.

First Coast Business Owner Donates Prom Dresses

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A local business owner is extending her generosity to high school students.  She's giving away free prom dresses to area teens.

Angie Sparks said it was always her dream to open up a boutique.  Now, she has two shops: Rosie True in Riverside and in Jacksonville Beach.

"It doesn't get any better," she said. 

Sparks said she's so grateful for all that she has and for the people around her, she felt the need to help others. 

She's done countless makeovers for deserving people in the community.  She coordinates with salons and donates clothes from her store. 

"A little pick-me up," is how she describes the makeovers.

Now, Sparks is donating 10 prom dresses ranging from $100 to $200.  The winners will be selected Feb. 20.

Sparks said she's got a lot of good entries so far.

"They're lovely," she said, describing some of the nominations.

Bath Salts Containing MDPV

Bath Salts Containing MDPV

Attorney General Pam Bondi passed an emergency measure on January 25, 2011, banning the sale or use of “bath salts” in the State of Florida. The new ruling labels MDPV a Schedule I controlled substance. This allows law enforcement to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate individuals who manufacture, distribute, sell or possess this dangerous drug. The emergency ruling is set to last for 90 days, during which Florida legislators will be working to pass a bill making the ban permanent.

Fatal Jacksonville Beach Hit and Run Victim Identified

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- The pedestrian killed in Jacksonville Beach last Tuesday has now been identified after his mother called police once the man's description was released.

According to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, 48-year-old Vincente T. Go Jr. was hit at about 6 p.m. Tuesday as he crossed Beach Boulevard at Beach Plaza.

Go was taken to Shands Jacksonville, where he subsequently died.

Police said he had no identification with him and nobody initially came forward to help identify him.

To help find out who he was, police released his description Thursday, and said his mother called to identify him.

She said Go, whose last known address is in Arlington, had a history of walking away from home.

While the investigation continues, police believe so far there will not be charges filed against the driver.

Police: Jax Beach Hit and Run Car Found in Kansas

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Police say the vehicle belonging to a man police believed to have killed a man in a hit and run crash turned up in Kansas.

Adam Lloyd Shepard's car, a 2005 Acura with Florida tag 925IRG like the one pictured, turned up just north of Topeka, according to police there, but officers are still looking for Shepard.

Shepard is accused of hitting 35-year-old Spencer Schott behind the Salvation Army on Beach Boulevard two weekends ago. 

There's a warrant for leaving the scene of a traffic crash causing death.

Schott went to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

Casino Boat in Mayport has a Losing Night after Safe Broken into

MAYPORT, Fla. -- The Jacks or Better Casino boat has the advantage of the house, but early Wednesday morning the boat was a definite loser.

And it had nothing to do with slot machines or card games.

When Capt. William Andrew arrived Wednesday morning at the boat, the night security guard was missing. He had locked himself in the night before, but was nowhere to be found.

Andrew called police, then showed them the money cage on board where a wall cabinet and a drawer had been forced open. Coins were taken and there was a crowbar and hammer nearby.

According to the police report, a surveillance video shows the security guard arrived at 11:55 p.m. Tuesday, boarding for his midnight security shift. By 12:15 a.m., the video shows him leaving the boat with $562 in quarters and nickels.

Police are looking for 22-year-old Jeremy Welch, who had worked as a night security guard for about two months.

St. Johns River Channel Reopens after Right Whale Heads Back to Sea

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Commercial traffic can once again travel through a section of the St. Johns River after a right whale that arrived there Monday morning swam away.

The U.S. Coast Guard would not allow boats through the important artery of the St. Johns River near the USCG station because of the whale earlier in the evening. 

The visit was an anomaly, officials said, because the whales do not normally venture into the river.

The whales do have a migratory pattern that brings them near the First Coast. They can be from 14- to 24-feet-long, but officials had no exact measurement on this whale. 

A USCG boat observed the whale for precautionary reasons during the afternoon, monitoring its progress in leaving the channel.