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FHP Launches Halloween Drunken Driving Crackdown

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol is trying to make Halloween less scary.

State troopers are cracking down on drunken driving and offering safety tips to parents of young ghouls and goblins. The Highway Patrol is participating in a national drunken driving campaign that began Monday and will continue through Oct. 31. It's called "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest."

The FHP web site offers Halloween safety tips for parents. They include using light colored costumes and putting reflective tape on costumes and goody bags so they'll be more visible to motorists.

 

One Arrested in Stray-Bullet Murder of Mom on Westside

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One person has been arrested for the shooting that left an innocent mother of three dead Friday morning, and police said they expect more arrests.

Analiza Gobaton, 41, was on her way to her children's school when she was struck in the head by a stray bullet near the intersection of Blanding Boulevard and 103rd Street about 8 Friday morning.

She died Sunday.

Police thought at least two people had been shooting at each other a block away on Transylvania Avenue, and today announced the first arrest.

Taurice Leonard Brown, 23, faces charges of murder and attempted murder.

A witness told investigators Brown had been in an altercation with another man who was trying to drive away, and that Brown and another man began shooting at the man driving away.

Woman Killed by Stray Bullet was Wife, Mother of Three

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The children of the woman killed Friday by a stray bullet are wondering why it happened.

Analiza Gobaton, 41, was on her way to watch two of her children receive awards at school for making the honor roll Friday morning when gunfire erupted a block away.

One bullet that missed its intended target hit Gobaton in the head, and the nurse, wife and mother of three died Sunday.

"A very senseless act, very tragic," said close friend Annabelle Ramirez.

Ramirez leafed through a photo album of Gobaton's work.

"She would record everything," she said of Gobaton, also a photographer.

For all of the titles Gobaton earned, none made her more proud than mother, her friend said.

"Her kids...that was everything to her."

The shooting happened a block from the intersection of Blanding Boulevard and 103rd Street shortly after 8 a.m. 

Some Comcast Customers Can't Watch TV

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Some Comcast cable customers on the Westside are sitting in black.

According to Comcast spokesperson Bill Ferry, several thousand customers can't watch tv.

Although he was not sure what caused the outage, Ferry explained that workers are trying to splice cable lines back together, and indicated that its a time-consuming process.

Word reached Ferry about the outage just before 5:30 Friday afternoon, but Ferry did not have a definitive answer as to when services would be restored.

Comcast Internet and telephone services are still up and running in that area, Ferry said.

Mel Calvert, who lives in Orange Park, said Comcast customer service representatives told him they were having power issues in their call center.  He also said they told him the problem was also affecting customers in Fleming Island.

 

Stray Bullet Strikes Westside Driver; Shooter Not Caught

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A driver is fighting for her life after a stray bullet hit her while she was driving on the Westside, and one neighbor nearby said the shooting could have been drug-related.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, at least two people were shooting at each other on Transylvania Avenue, a block from the intersection of Blanding Boulevard and 103rd Street.

One of the bullets missed its target and hit the woman, who then crashed her SUV into two other vehicles at the intersection.

"I just thought it was a regular accident," said James Dodgen, who the victim's SUV hit. "She just didn't stop in time or something she hit him and he hit me," Dodgen said. "I didn't put it together until one of the rescue guys said she got shot in the head."

The victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. She was put on life support, according to a family friend.

Traffic Moving Again on I-10 Westbound Following Crash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The vehicles involved in the crash that left at least one person injured and traffic backed up to I-295 have been moved off the roadway and traffic is moving west again in both lanes of Interstate 10.

The crash happened shortly after 11 a.m. near the Marietta exit and appears to have involved a semi truck.

According to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper, the injuries from the crash are not life-threatening.

There is no word yet on the cause of the crash or the extent of injuries.

Oakleaf Junior High To Make Haiti Documentary

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Oakleaf Junior High students and teachers saw one photo and decided they had to jump into action.

The photo shows a young man, a victim of Haiti's earthquake, who lost both legs.

But the look on his face and the story behind his guts and determination motivated the students to begin a documentary on how prosthetic legs are made.

The project spins off of Jeannie Blaylock's special report, "The First Coast Stands Up For Haiti." When the students are finished, First Coast News will post their work on firstcoastnews.com.

Teacher Sundae Stubbs said she sees it as a terrific opportunity for her media students to challenge themselves and learn compassion for people in another country.

In fact, she's asking all her classes to watch our special TV report at 8 p.m. tonight on NBC-12  right after "Jeopardy."