News

Missing Tow Boat U.S. captain rescued one-mile off St. Augustine, Fla., following joint interagency

A missing operator of a Tow Boat U.S. vessel was rescued Monday approximately one-mile east of St. Augustine, Fla., near Anastasia State Park following a joint search and rescue by the Coast Guard, Jacksonville Sherriff's Office, St. John's Fire and Rescue, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Rescue Crews Transport Toddler Found in Pool

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Rescue crews have responded to a possible drowning in Jacksonville Beach.

At about 6:15 p. m. Jacksonville Beach Fire and Rescue responded to a home on Sanctuary Way, according to Captain Dave Whitmill.

They found a two-year-old girl in a pool there.

Whitmill said first responders were performing CPR on the child when they took her to the emergency room. 

Stay tuned to firstcoastnews.com and First Coast News at 11 for updates.

 

Jacksonville Beach-Miami Run Planned by First Coast Man on a Mission

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tony Mixon is on a mission to raise awareness and money about a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis.

A veteran of marathon runs, Mixon is planning over the Christmas holidays to run from Jacksonville Beach to Miami over a span of a week.

Mixon, 45, knows all too well the effects of the disorder since he has had three brain surgeries to remove tumors, plus two spinal cord operations.

Neurofibromatosis causes tumors to grow along nerves and can impact the development of bones and skin.

"I like to say I'm doing what others cannot. So I'm going to use that to raise money and awareness for doing things that other people cannot do," said Mixon.

Mixon says he was diagnosed with NF 22 years ago when suffering from extreme headaches and dizziness.  The operations to remove a large brain tumor left Mixon with the loss of hearing in one ear and facial paralysis.

Deputies Save Loggerhead Turtle

CRESCENT BEACH, Fla. -- Is that a turtle?

That's what one family wondered when they spotted something stuck in an oyster bed behind their home.

The family called Tara Dodson, with St. Johns County Habitat Conservation, to report the trapped animal, and Dodson called the sheriff's office, according to Sgt. Stephen Briggs.

Natural resource deputies responded, and found a nearly 100-pound loggerhead turtle lying in the muck.

Closer examination revealed that a rather large oyster shell had gotten lodged between the turtle's neck and flipper, and if he tried to move it would cut him.

The deputies removed the shell and when they started to move the muck around the loggerhead it seemed to be revived.

Using a wood plank, the deputies were able to haul the turtle out of the oyster bed and into a boat that the homeowners' loaned to the deputies.

They moved the turtle to dry land and used a hose to clean off the rest of the mud.

Jaguars Announce 2011 Ticket Prices

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The season is not nearly over, and the Jaguars are in the thick of the playoff race, but ticket prices for the 2011 season have been announced,

The prices show the first increase in three years for some parts of the stadium, and discounts for other seats.

For higher-end seats, season ticket prices remain flat in the West Touchdown Club, the MPS Group Terrace Suites and parts of the East Touchdown Club, and six of the sections on the east side are reduced.

Prices in the general bowl are going up slightly -- between $1.50 and $4 per game, but the Jaguars are offering the opportunity to avoid the increase by getting in on the 30/30 plan, which keeps the 2010 prices in place for two additional years.

JAGUARS 2011 PRICING MAP

Girl Collects $5,400 for Leukemia Research

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Nine-year-old Sydney Feagle is on a mission to collect money for leukemia research, but she has a unique way of doing it.

Feagle is collecting pennies for leukemia. In a year, she's raised $5,400, but she said her goal is to reach $1 million.

The young girl's effort began after her best friend passed away from leukemia. Feagle's mom says her daughter's selfless act doesn't surprise her.

"She is the most giving child I have ever met and [I'm] not just saying that being her parent, but she's first to want to help everybody," she says. 

To help Feagle reach her goal contact The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  When you call let them know you'd like to make the contribution under the name Sydney Feagle.

DUI Patrol in Atlantic Beach

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- With the holidays frequently comes over-indulgence, including alcohol, so local police are stepping up efforts to keep the roads safe.

Several weeks of "Over the Limit: Under Arrest" begin Sunday with a DUI saturation patrol.

Police will be out in force along Atlantic Boulevard from 9 p.m. Sunday to 3 a.m. Monday.

From Sunday through Dec. 11, increased police presence will be targeted toward impaired drivers, as it will be again from Dec. 16 through Jan. 1.

Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate more than 11,000 deaths attributable to over-the-limit drivers in 2008 alone.