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City proposes plan for St. Johns River cleanup

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cleanup will soon begin on the St. Johns River thanks to a plan proposed by the city. It comes two years after it was supposed to be released.

Earlier this month tests showed toxins were below the harmful level for recreational exposure but about the threshold for drinking water.

According to the Florida Times Union, it's still unclear how the city will fund the work.  There are construction projects that will cost at least $300 million dollars.

Public Works Director Jim Robinson wrote a letter to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in September. He said the city is committed to making improvements to the health of the St. Johns river and its tributaries and will meet state-imposed water pollution reduction goals for 2015 and 2023.

Hole in roof reveals hole in insurance coverage

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida is number two when it comes to mortgage foreclosures, mortgage fraud probably ranks as high. 

Rosemary Toliver completed a mortgage modification in 2010 and was convinced she had crossed every 'T' and dotted every 'I.'  But a hole in her roof revealed that there's a hole in her loan modification plan.

"I don't have any insurance on the house," said Toliver.

The loan modification is with Walkhampton Capital Corporation, a Canadian investment company. And her documents show that she was paying for 'forced place hazard insurance.'

"I've been paying in my mortgage this insurance coverage," Toliver said.

Every month Toliver's paid $53 for insurance to cover damage to the building, but not her personal items.

"It is crazy, it is really crazy and I'm getting nowhere," said Toliver.

On Your Side: Checking an Officer's identification

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- First Coast News got an email from Joyce who said someone disguised as a police officer came to her door, demanding $6,000. She was afraid and eventually gave it to the man.

Captain Joe Bucci, with the Clay County Sheriff's Office, gave tangible information on how you can confirm whether or not someone that comes to your door is an Official Law Enforcement Officer.

According to Bucci:

1) Ask to see a badge and department identification. It'll have a photo with it.

2) Call the dispatch center when the person gives you a badge number to confirm who they are.

3) Ask for a supervisor with dispatch to triple check.

4) When in doubt, if you're not sure, take their information and confirm it inside your home while they wait outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hit-and-run victim makes plea from hospital bed

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A hit and run victim made a plea from his hospital bed two weeks after he was reportedly struck by a car while walking across his own street.

Scott Pierce, 29, says he was almost to his driveway on Fruit Cove Road South off State Road 13 when a car hit him and kept going.

Florida Highway Patrol says the hit and run occurred around 1:30 a.m. on August 18.

Pierce says he suffered a broken collar bone, fractured ribs, broken left wrist and left ankle and tore his ACL and all ligaments on his right knee.

"They took off. They hit me, and run over me and essentially left me for dead," said Pierce during a Skype interview.

Pierce is immobile and in a rehabilitation center while waiting for his fourth surgery. The facility he is being treated at could not approve media clearance Tuesday, so Pierce described the accident through an online video chat.

Russell Sampson Road re-opens, traffic lights still not operational

ST. JOHNS, Fla. -- Russell Sampson Road and St. Johns Parkway re-opened a little after 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Traffic lights are not working and power lines are damaged.

A dump truck crashed into a utility pole causing the closure of the intersection, which is located north of County Road 210. 

The SJSO is encouraging motorists to avoid this intersection, as well as Russell Sampson Road down to Liberty Pines Academy.

Attorney calls Jacksonville 'Potholeville' and files suit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wilson Boulevard is heavily traveled. Its age is showing in some areas and now it is named in a lawsuit.

On March 4, 2013, Lori Lloyd was traveling west on Wilson. She was the passenger on a motorcycle.

"We were just driving along about 30 miles an hour," said Lloyd, "and he hit this dip and it was a big dip."

Lloyd said what happened next would change her life forever.

"It ejected me off the motorcycle and I landed in the center lane on my head and my shoulder," she said.

She's convinced if she wasn't wearing her helmet, she would be in a grave somewhere. Now, she's in court fighting the city over a road hazard that has left her injured. 

"I'm in pain everyday," she said, "I wake up and I have work my hands to get my fingers moving. These two are not going to move anymore, both of my shoulders hurt."

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.