Scot Ackerman, M.D., Announces Winners of “Good Deed” Contest

For the second year in a row, Scot Ackerman, M.D., sent the message that good deeds should be acknowledged and rewarded. His “Students Who Care” contest sponsored by First Coast Oncology (FCO) honored two local students for going above and beyond and giving back to their local community.

“Every day, good deeds go unnoticed and often unrewarded,” said Dr. Ackerman, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director of First Coast Oncology. “I believe complimenting a job well done often prompts even more positive action. That’s why we began the contest in 2009.” Olivia Musselwhite of Jacksonville and Grant Randa of Fernandina Beach, FL were honored in 2009. Musselwhite was a Bolles student and Randa is home-schooled.

The response has been overwhelming and FCO would like to congratulate all entrants on their wonderful good deeds.  “We are fortunate to have such a large community of students who care,” said Dr. Ackerman.

Jacksonville Man to Run From Jax Beach to Miami Beach

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A Jacksonville man begins a 360-mile journey Sunday from Jacksonville Beach to Miami Beach to create awareness for a disease that is very personal to him.

45-year-old Tony Mixon has Neurofibromatosis (NF). He has undergone five surgeries to remove tumors growing in his brain and along his spinal cord.

"I had a large brain tumor removed. It took two surgeries, over 36 hours of surgery. Had another surgery to remove the same tumor that grew back ten years later," said Mixon.

Mixon's first surgery was at age 22.  Years later, the tumors are still problematic.

"I have a lot more tumors on my spine that are being monitored every year," said Mixon.

He is running to raise awareness of NF and also to raise research funds for the Children's Tumor Foundation. His goal is $100,000.

135 Arrested in Prescription Drug Trafficking Investigation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Forty-two people from the First Coast are among the 135 arrested in a multi-agency operation to eliminate drug trafficking.

For 14 weeks, agents throughout north Florida investigated prescription drug trafficking as part of Operation Growing Pains.

Phase one of the operation resulted in the 135 arrests and the dismantling of large-scale organizations.

The initial intent was to identify, disrupt and dismantle any such criminal enterprises.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), another phase is in the works to continue fighting the prescription drug problem.

"Clearly the increase in illegal use of pharmaceutical drugs is attacking many Florida communities," said FDLE Jacksonville Special Agent in Charge Dominick Pape.  "Only by a coordinated team approach like this can law enforcement continue to combat this ever increasing threat."

Florida Holiday Travel to Increase 3.1% from 2009

Holiday travel in the state of Florida is projected to increase 3.1 percent this year from 2009, with more than 4.8 million Florida residents taking a trip of 50 miles or more away from home between Tuesday, Dec. 23 and Sunday, Jan. 2. Overall, travel in the U.S. is projected to increase 3.1 percent from last year, with more than 92.3 million projected travelers.

Wanted by Jacksonville Beach Police Department

Wanted by Jacksonville Beach Police Department

On 11/24/2010, officers responded to a shooting at Snappers, 314 North 1st Street parking lot in Jacksonville Beach. The victim was shot in the buttocks area and was transported to the hospital with none life-threaten injuries. The victim and witness made a positive ID on the listed suspect, Michael Jordan Cohen as the shooter. Cohen should be in possession of a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

Get to Know the “Five P’s” of Cold Weather Safety

Florida Division of Emergency Management officials are again urging all residents and visitors throughout Florida to prepare for temperatures near or below the freezing mark tonight through Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for all of North and Central Florida, and also for Glades, Hendry and Palm Beach counties.  A Freeze Warning has also been issued for the rest of South Florida. The entire state is under either a Wind Chill Advisory or Warning, depending on the location.
According to Division of Emergency Management Director David Halstead. “It is vital that all residents and visitors remember the “Five P’s” of cold weather safety: Protect People, Protect Plants, Protect Pets, Protect Exposed Pipes, and Practice Fire Safety.”

DCF Launches Mobile Application to Aid Children’s Legal Services

In an effort to use technology to streamline our business process, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has custom built a mobile application for BlackBerries that allows Children’s Legal Services’ attorneys to update and access files from the courtroom.