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Get to Know the “Five P’s” of Cold Weather Safety

Florida Division of Emergency Management officials are again urging all residents and visitors throughout Florida to prepare for temperatures near or below the freezing mark tonight through Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for all of North and Central Florida, and also for Glades, Hendry and Palm Beach counties.  A Freeze Warning has also been issued for the rest of South Florida. The entire state is under either a Wind Chill Advisory or Warning, depending on the location.
 
According to Division of Emergency Management Director David Halstead. “It is vital that all residents and visitors remember the “Five P’s” of cold weather safety: Protect People, Protect Plants, Protect Pets, Protect Exposed Pipes, and Practice Fire Safety.”

OPMC to Make $10,000 Gift to "Healthy Living" on the First Coast

Officials from the Orange Park Medical Center will present a $10,000 check to the YMCA’s annual campaign in support of the Y’s “Healthy Living” programs and initiatives.

DCF Launches Mobile Application to Aid Children’s Legal Services

In an effort to use technology to streamline our business process, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has custom built a mobile application for BlackBerries that allows Children’s Legal Services’ attorneys to update and access files from the courtroom.

High School Basketball Roundup

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The ladies took center stage on Monday night. The Ribault Trojans defeated the Sandalwood Saints, 65-15 in girls varsity basketball.

In other hoops action, the Orange Park Raiders defeated the Jackson Tigers, 52-37.

Click on the link below to watch highlights from both games.

Man Arrested for Orange Park Mall Purse Snatching

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office has arrested the man deputies said stole a woman's purse after getting off the bus at the Orange Park Mall.

Deputies arrested 18-year-old Anthony Washington Monday. He lives on Blanding Boulevard on Jacksonville's Westside.

The Sheriff's Office said it questioned Washington after getting an anonymous tip from someone who watched surveillance video of the suspect on the news.

On Dec. 8, deputies released that surveillance video from a camera onboard the bus to First Coast News. It showed the suspect get off the bus and follow the woman.

The woman told deputies she got to her car, and the man asked to use her cell phone.
    
He appeared to be dialing but then the woman claimed the man reached into her car, where she was waiting, and grabbed her purse.
    
He then ran from the scene.

First Coast Economy Up Slightly

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tiffany's is the newest store at the St. Johns Town Center. The manager of the high-end shop said it opened the new location due to demand, but shoppers say they are still watching their wallets.

Carlos Perez, a shopper at the St. Johns Town Center, said he's better off financially this year compared to last.  Although he said he plans to spend more money on Christmas gifts this year, he's still conscious of his spending.

"By the look of the shopping center, it looks like people have plenty of money," said Perez.

Locally, economists say the latest numbers show the economic indicator is up compared to last year, but only slightly.  It is up under one percent.

At the St. Johns Town Center, businesses have continued to open.  Three restaurants -- Zaxby's, Pollo Tropical and Libretto's Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen -- have opened in the past few weeks.

Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit Arrests Two Clay County Men for Possession of Child Pornography

Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that two  Clay County men have been taken into custody and will each be charged with  multiple counts of possession of child pornography. Derek A. Lee and his  stepson, Jeffrey D. McMillan, were both arrested this morning by law  enforcement with the Attorney General’s CyberCrime Unit after  investigators discovered the two men had numerous images of child  pornography in his possession. The FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs  Enforcement, and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the arrest.