Soldier returns home after months of recovery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- US Army 1st Lt. Ryan Timoney is back in Jacksonville after dozens of surgeries, months in a coma and a leg amputation.

Timoney got the hero's welcome Timoney has had coming for a year. 

"It's really nice, it's really sweet, to see that people care," he said.

For the past year, he's been in hospitals and rehabilitation centers after a suicide bomber hit his unit just before Memorial Day, 2012.
Now that he's on the mend, his friends and family wanted to make sure he got the welcome home he deserved when he flew in to Jacksonville Friday.

The community came together to escort Ryan home, with children from his former school waving flags and giving their thanks.

"I grew up here, I love coming here. And seeing people that I don't even know appreciating what you've done. I really do appreciate it. It's really wonderful, and it feels really good," he said.

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Baker's Sports High School Football Media Day: Bartram Trail Preview

Coach Darrell Sutherland and his staff have built the Bartram Trail High School football program into a perennial playoff team.

This year shouldn't be any different as the Bears are expected to make it to the postseason.  The Bears are anchored by senior QB P.J. Blazejowski, senior LB Will Tillo, and Senior OL Jesse Burkett.  All three players are featured in the video clip within this story.

12 cars for sale booted in front of dealership

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's not something you see everyday. Parking boots on cars waiting to be sold right in front of a dealership.

Anthony Williams lives nearby in Ortega Park. His morning walk takes him on a part of Blanding Boulevard that passes in front of a trio of dealerships.

"It's surprising," he said. "It was shocking to me walking this morning. I'm like 'OK...why the boots?'"

These boots weren't made for walking. First Coast News saw them on about 12 cars parked in front of a trio of dealerships Thursday morning along Blanding Bvld.

From a Mercedes to a Lexus... trucks and an SUV. Parking enforcement was standing close.

"I think as long as they're not vandalizing or making it look obscure," Anthony Williams said. "I think they should be allowed to park the vehicles on that property."

Man dies from injuries in Julington Creek crash

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A man involved in a two-vehicle crash off of Race Track Road on July 16 died Tuesday as a result of his injuries.

Herbert Stafford, 78, of Julington Creek was trying to cross Race Track Road traveling south on Bartram Oaks Walk in a 1998 Nissan Frontier around 10:15 a.m. July 16, according to a release from St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Media Relations Officer Kevin Kelshaw.

Stafford's vehicle struck a 2013 Hyundai Elantra traveling eastbound on Race Track Road, which was driven by 28-year-old Victoria Hartwell of Middleburg. 

Hartwell and Stafford were initially transported to Julington Creek Memorial Hospital. Later, Stafford was airlifted to UF Health at Jacksonville. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the release.

The crash had closed the intersection for several hours.

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Drug deal ends in alleged attempted robbery and shooting

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A drug deal ends in alleged attempted armed robbery and shooting.

According to a St. Johns County press release, a 19-year-old Duval County man reported the incident Monday night. The incident occurred at Moe's Restaurant in Julington Creek.

The victim drove himself to Baptist South Hospital after the alleged shooting. The report said the victim was then taken by air ambulance to UF Health Hospital for additional treatment.

At the hospital, the victim told a JSO officer that while waiting for the drug deal a man jumped into the backseat of his car with a gun.

The victim said that he attempted to grab the gun and during the struggle it went off. According to the release, the victim was shot in the chest and the suspect then fled from the scene.

After receiving surgery, the victim is in stable condition.

No more cruise-ins at local shopping centers

UPDATE, 7/19/13: The owners of the Julington Square and Merrill Station shopping centers have agreed to allow upcoming Sunshine State Chevelle Club cruise-ins to go on as scheduled.

The event at Julington Square on July 20 and the cruise-in scheduled for Aug. 3 at Merrill Station can go on to allow the club to find new cruise-in locations, according to property manager and leasing agent Kristen Nimnicht.

JULINGTON CREEK, Fla. -- Chris Conover loves his muscle cars and is president of the Sunshine State Chevelle Club.

"We are a nonprofit," he said.

Conover believes in traditions and is trying to save his club's tradition of cruise-ins at Julington Square shopping center.

"We are trying to keep this going," he said, "We've been here for so long."

A few days ago the club was told they can no longer use the shopping center. It puts an end to a decade-old tradition.

Credit repair: A broken promise for some customers

UPDATE, July 9, 2013: David Sonnier,owner of Florida School of Credit, said the Collins are his clients. Sonnier said they agreed to use his company to find a mortgage and changed their mind. He said he has a contract with them.

"The reason they did not get a refund is there were rude to me," said Sonnier, "They still owe me $500 and we are going to civil court."

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We've all seen the commercials for the companies that promise to remove bankruptcies, judgments, and liens from your credit files. The Federal Trade Commission position on these companies is simple: "Do yourself a favor and save your money."

Baker County resident Katrina Collins now regrets her recent decision. Collins was shopping for a used car and found a credit repair deal that has left her upset.