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Changes Could Be Rolling Into OP Skateboard Park

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A new not-for-profit skateboard group could take some of the responsibility and cost away from Orange Park, and get some pro-skateboarders on the concrete.

The park is public, with no admission fee, and is the responsibility of the town.

"We (have) an opportunity to bring in a concession here, and also a pro shop," said Scott Green, a parent who is with Orange Park Patrons, the not-for-profit group trying to help. 

While the potential plans sound small scale, the Orange Park Patrons said money raised from concessions and a skate store could save the city from spending more funds on the park.

Town officials said just last year $400,000 was spent on renovations and maintenance. That money came from town funds and a grant.

"It is more than we want to take on right now," said Town Councilman JB Renninger. 

14-year-old Arrested for Truck Theft Was Arrested One Month Ago for the Same Thing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The 14-year-old who police said stole a pickup truck that crashed at a gas station, critically injuring a bystander, faces four felony charges.

Just before 7 a.m., the suspect stole a pickup truck, then drove to the intersection of Wilson Boulevard and Old Middleburg Road. He lost control of the truck and pinned a bystander to a gas pump at a Kangaroo station at the intersection.

The suspect escaped from the truck and ran, but was arrested after about four hours.

Police said the suspect had stolen another vehicle earlier this morning. Though the teen, whose identity we are not releasing because is a juvenile, fled the truck, police found school supplies and his ID from Grand Park school in the stolen truck.

Police went to the school and found the teen, who confessed.

Clay County Fire Rescue Responds to a Residential Structure Fire

Clay County Fire Rescue Responds to a Residential Structure  Fire

Clay County Fire Rescue personnel responded to a residential structure fire on Tuesday, January 18 2011 at approximately 7:36 p.m. An emergency call placed to CCFR dispatchers alerted them to the fire in the 400 Block of Hayton Avenue, Orange Park.

Five Dogs Dead Following Orange Park Fire

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- It took 20 firefighters just under a half an hour to put out a fire, but they weren't fast enough to save the five dogs inside.

Clay County Fire Rescue crews responded to the residence just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and they got the fire out just before 8 p.m.  No residents or firefighters were injured in the fire.

Now the fire marshal is trying to determine what started the blaze.

Residents told the fire department they first noticed the fire near the home's back deck, according to Deputy Chief D. E. Motes.

Units from the Town of Orange Park helped fight the fire.

Middleburg Resident Killed in Buckman Bridge Crash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One person has died following a single-car crash on the Buckman Bridge this morning.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 21-year-old Brandon R. Pratt, from Middleburg, was northbound near the center of the bridge before 7 this morning when he lost control.

The FHP said he had been traveling in the right middle lane, but veered into the retaining wall on the right side of the road.

That caused his car to overturn several times.

Pratt, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash led to the blockage of two of the bridge's four northbound lanes through the rush hour this morning before all lanes were reopened just before 10.

The FHP is investigating to determine what caused the car to lose control.

Clay County Deputy Arrested for Grand Theft

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- For the second straight day, a law enforcement officer on the First Coast has been arrested.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Chris Robbins was terminated from his employment following his arrest for grand theft.

Robbins, a 15-year veteran, is accused of being paid for off-duty work he did not provide.

Investigators began looking into Robbins' off-duty work in September and concluded there were eight days for which Oakleaf Amenities paid Robbins for security work, though he did not work, between then and December.

The report indicates he earned $1,104 over that time.

Additionally, the investigation revealed Robbins was paid for nine more days between December 2009 and September 2010, yet again did not work. He was paid $1,242 for those days.

TurboTax Unveils Mobile App to File Taxes on Smartphone

You can make a restaurant reservation, check your bank balance, and shop online with your smartphone, and now you may be able to do your taxes, too.

Today, Intuit's TurboTax will release SnapTax, a new mobile application that allows taxpayers who file a 1040EZ to prepare and file their federal and state income taxes on their smartphones. Customers can download the app for free, but will have to pay $14.99 to file their tax returns.

The app uses optical character recognition technology to fill out users' tax returns. Once users take a picture of their W-2s with their smartphones, the app will automatically transfer information to the relevant lines on Form 1040EZ. After customers answer a few questions, they'll have an opportunity to check the return for accuracy before they file.

Like traditional tax preparation software, the app will display the amount of the refund. The process should take 15 to 30 minutes, says Bob Meighan, vice president of TurboTax.