Nearly $50,000 Ring Stolen from Jacksonville Jewelry Store

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- New pictures have been released that police hope will help them find the suspect behind the theft of a $50,000 ring in early November.

The theft happened at Levy Jewelers in the St. Johns Town Center on the evening of Nov. 8.

The suspect went to the jeweler, asked to look at several items, and then ran off with one of them, a three-and-a-half carat round diamond ring, according to owner Lowell Kronowitz.

"It's disappointing to see that that's what young people turn to for anything they need or want. It's not the way I was raised or the way most people are raised," Lowell said in response to the theft.

Levy Jewelers has been a staple in Savannah, Ga. and recently opened its Jacksonville location.

$26,000 Raised as UNF Students Dance for the Children's Miracle Network

JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- The third annual Dance Marathon at UNF raised $26,616.08 for the Children's Miracle Network of Northeast Florida/Southeast Georgia.

"This is a huge accomplishment," said Katelyn Tierney, the club's co-chair. "We could not have done this without the dedication and hard work of our fellow students," added her fellow co-chair, Levi Porter.

Saturday at 6 p.m. students started filling the UNF Arena on a mission to dedicate their time and to exceed the amount of funds raised by last year's event. Students accomplished both by staying on their feet for 17 hours and three minutes, as well as raising $10,000 more than the previous year's event.

Fire Closes UNF Library

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A fire at the University of North Florida closed a vital campus building tonight.

University Police officers are investigating a small fire they said started in the second floor men's room of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library.

Crews extinguished the fire quickly, and no one was hurt, but the library is closed while workers clean up the water used to extinguish the fire.

If you know anything about the fire, UPD asks that you contact them at 904-620-2800.

Terrorism/Hazardous Materials Training Exercise

The City of Jacksonville Beach Fire and Police Departments will be conducting a Terrorism/Hazardous Materials Training exercise on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 9:30 A.M. at Baptist Medical Center Beaches, located at 1350 13th Avenue South.  This exercise will run for approximately one hour. There will be no interruption of service at the hospital.

Duval School Principal Pay Getting a Bump

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A pay plan for principals adopted four years ago in Duval County now has a source of funding: stimulus dollars.

The old pay schedule was based on years of service, but a revised formula would factor in grade level (elementary, middle or secondary), enrollment and the percentage of students on free or reduced lunch. Pay also would be based on years of experience with the district paying $600 for every year up to $12,000.

A high school principal would get $10,000, with elementary and middle school leaders getting $3,000. Each principal would be paid $2 for each student.

A dollar amount also has been attached to the percentage of students on free or reduced lunches. That varies from $125 to $250 for each percent.

The base pay for principals before the formula is $74,311.

High School Art Contest to Benefit Manatees

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The state is always concerned about the safety of the gentle giants of local waterways, and it is inviting school children across the state to join the effort.

During November's Manatee Awareness Month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is inviting high school students to compete for the artwork that will adorn the 2011-2012 manatee decal.

Only five entries will be allowed per school, so teachers will have to be involved to coordinate each school's best artwork.

Home-schooled students are eligible to enter as well.

Decal sales help fund the state's manatee protection program, and they are available for a donation of at least $5 to the Save the Manatee Trust Fund.

All entries must be postmarked no later than Jan. 28, 2011. Complete rules and requirements are available online.

First Lawsuit Filed in Mayo Clinic Hepatitis Case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The first litigation related to a fatality in the Mayo Clinic hepatitis case has been filed.

The widow of Dennis Wolford, a 62-year-old Stuart resident, is filing a medical malpractice suit against the hospital. The hospital was sent the intent sue letter on Tuesday. 

Wolford died in September 2008, after two liver transplants at the Mayo Clinic, in 2006 and February 2008.

According to a release from the law firm representing Wolford tested negative for hepatitis C prior to the transplants.

The release also states that Wolford was supposed to receive Fentanyl to help him with the pain associated with his surgeries.

"We know he got it from  the Mayo Clinic, we just did not know how.  They (the hospital) could not figure out how," said Peggy Wolford during an interview in Jacksonville Beach with her attorney at her side.