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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.

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.

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.

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.

Your guide to First Coast 4th of July celebrations

Firework displays and events scheduled to celebrate the 4th of July holiday across the First Coast. Here's a list of the festivities:

Columbia County celebrates 4th of July

Clay County celebrates the 4th of July

Fernandina Beach celebrates 4th of July

Flagler County celebrates 4th of July

Sixth HND scholarship winner wants to be a nurse

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- In a field of five brothers, Mary Kate Truss has grown up knowing how to stand out.

"It's really fun. I mean, at first when I was like seven, I was like I would love a sister anytime," she joked.

The 18-year-old senior at Bishop Kenny High School is as devoted to her studies as she is volunteering.

She maintains a high grade point average while also holding down a job and babysitting.

But all of her volunteer work did not really get started for her until after a back surgery when she was younger.

Truss said, "All the nurses there were so great, and I was like if I can get through this surgery, I can give back to others."

From then on, she did just that.

Truss volunteers at the Mandarin Food Bank. She traveled to Haiti on a mission trip to help an orphanage after the earthquake. That trip is also when she made a big life decision.

Fourth Hero Next Door student scholarship winner revealed

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Another superb student on the First Coast is $1,000 richer.

On Monday morning during Good Morning Jacksonville, First Coast News handed out another Hero Next Door student scholarship.

It was the fourth of 11 total scholarships that are being handed out to a field of finalists that were narrowed down from more than 500 applicants.

The final scholarship of $5,000 and will be handed out May 22 during Good Morning Jacksonville.

The rest will be handed out during the morning show every weekday until the big finale.

Monday's winner is 18-year-old Alexa Parsons, a senior from Creekside High School.

Her dad, Mike, nominated her for her academic success and work with at-risk youth.

"I think that it seems to be something that comes naturally to her to reach out and try to help people that don't have the good fortunate she has," he said.