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Sheriff's Office confirms no bad intentions made

JULINGTON CREEK, Fla. -- Detectives with the St. John's County Sheriff's Office were investigating reports of a suspicious incident involving a child, and confirmed no bad intentions were made.

Deputies responded to the Plantation Grove Subdivision Monday night to meet with the mother of a child, who told her a man allegedly asked him to get in his vehicle and guide him out of the neighborhood, according to a release from the SJCSO.

The man drove away in a red, Ford F150, with ladders in the bed of the truck. The driver of the truck is described as a white male, 50 to 60-years-old, balding, with facial hair.

SJCSO detectives received many tips Wednesday evening that helped identify the man and the vehicle tag number, according to a SJCSO media release. The media release says the unknown man also contacted the Sheriff's Office and was interviewed Thursday.

Red truck sought in two suspicious incidents

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and the St. John's County Sheriff's Office is investigating reports of suspicious incidents involving a red truck in the Arlington and Julington Creek areas.

In the past few days, similar incidents have occurred in the Arlington Hills/Arlingwoods neighborhoods and Julington Creek in St. John's County, however no connection has been confirmed between the incidents.

Detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a suspicious person near Merrill Road Elementary School, in the Hartsfield and Merrill Road area around 4 p.m. Wednesday. 

Witnesses told police a suspicious person in a red pick-up truck was spotted in the area, according to a release from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The pick-up truck was a red extended cab model with Florida tags, and was towing a black trailer loaded with lawn equipment. 

Web Extra: Creekside's coach discusses this week's game vs. Fletcher

ST. JOHNS, Fla. -- Coming off a big win on the road against Nease last week, the Creekside Knights will host the Fletcher Senators on Friday.

In the video clip above, Creekside head coach Greg Stanton discusses the challenges that Fletcher presents.

Athlete of the Week: Creekside's Nico Ditota

ST. JOHNS, Fla. -- Creekside High School senior linebacker Nico Ditota has overcome quite a bit of adversity in his 17 years.

A few years ago, one of Ditota's brothers passed away.  Not long after that, Nico suffered a broken leg during football practice, and he missed most of his sophomore season because of that injury.

Now that he's a senior, Nico is excelling on and off the field.  Despite his size (5'7", 160 pounds), he is a productive member of the Knights' defense.  His biggest source of motivation when he's on the field is his brother to whom he dedicates every game to by writing a pre-game message on his Facebook wall.

Another way that Ditota honors his brother is by volunteering at a summer camp for kids with special needs.  When he was alive, Nico's brother enjoyed attending that camp.

Real ways to help you find a job and other resources

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shawntray from the Westside asked the On Your Side team a question.

He said he recently lost his job as a security guard because he was sick and can't find work. Shawntray said he lost his home and he's afraid he'll lose his car. He wants help.

Shawntray, here is what you do:

1) Get your hands on a phone in the area of Northeast Florida and dial the United Way's 211. It is a referral source that will refer you to places for emergency financial assistance, food, shelter and clothing and a lot of other service.

2) Call the company that you make car payments and explain your situation. Ask if some payments can be deferred.

3) Go to a place like WorkSource Florida. They have offices across the region They will help you or anyone looking for work Find a job. Call 904-356-JOBS for more information.

Clay Electric customers' rates are going to rise

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. -- We are hearing from upset Clay Electric customers who's rates are set to rise.

Clay Electric's website says starting October 4 bills will go up 3.5 percent. This is in addition to an extra $3 in their 'customer charge.'

According to company spokesperson, Wayne Mattox, if customers use 850 kilowat hours a month they currently pay $94.75.

On October 4 the same amount of usage will be $99.03 a month.

Why the rate hike? 

Mattox points to the economy with declining sales and money in the last few years. Mattox said the rates are rising because more people are not moving to the area or starting businesses there.

Man sentenced to 10 years in traffic homicide

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- David R. Gallagher, 20, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for DUI Manslaughter in the death of Joseph Davidson.

Teen killed in Julington Creek crash identified

Gallagher pleaded guilty to the charge in June. Gallagher was also sentenced to four and a half years of probation and must complete 300 community service hours with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD.

In August 2012, Gallagher was driving down Julington Creek Road while intoxicated. He eventually lost control of the vehicle, drove across a grass shoulder and struck a parked F-250 truck head on, according to the State Attorney.