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'Superhero Logan' passes away

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Logan Channel, the brave little five-year-old who was battling stage four neuroblastoma, lost that battle on Tuesday night.

The Superhero LOGAN Facebook page, created in his honor, posted this statement Tuesday night:

Gov. honors 3 local veterans turned teachers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Three local teachers were honored Tuesday by Gov. Rick Scott during the Florida Cabinet meeting.

Scott gave the following three First Coast teachers the Shine Award:

-Kenneth McAllister, U.S. Air Force veteran and social studies and special education teacher at Clay County High School

-David Silverman, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Adult Education teacher at Clay County Center for Adult & Community Education

-Jacqueline Williams, U.S. Navy veteran and government, economics and psychology teacher at A. Philip Randolph High School Academies of Technology in Jacksonville

On Your Side: Getting results for an entire Jacksonville neighborhood


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Teresa told First Coast News she wants a traffic light with a turn arrow at Firestone Road at 103rd Street out of safety concerns for area students.

FCN called the Florida Department of Transportation and a spokesperson said a light with an arrow would be too heavy for the current pole structure. 

There is a plan to rebuild the signal with an arrow at that intersection and several blocks up the road. But, it will take about four years to start because FDOT has to buy land to be able to widen the lanes before the multi-million dollar project can begin.

Christmas coming early for Logan

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The love for Logan keeps coming in.

This little guy lives in Orange Park. He's only 5 years old but doctors say he's just not going to pull through. He has stage 4 cancer, a  rare childhood cancer called neuroblastoma.
 

We've asked if you can help with gift cards or groceries, that would be great because his grandmother is raising him and she's lost her job. Logan's mom died two days after she gave birth to Logan.

It's just sad, but look at all the good happening. These bags are full of food and paper products for Logan's family. Debbie White emailed us and said she just wanted to help, so she came to First Coast News on Tuesday with her car packed.

RELATED: 3 ways you can help Logan

Army Master Sergeant accused of sexual battery with a minor

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- An Army Master Sergeant has been arrested and charged with sexual battery with a juvenile, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Reginald Laverne Richardson, 39, who works in the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion in Jacksonville, allegedly had sex with a local high school student three to four times since the family moved to Florida, the report says.

The victim reported the incidents to the School Resource Officer who informed the school's Assistant Principal that the victim would tell Richardson no, but he would allegedly "continue to ask, so she would have sex with him so he would leave her alone."

According to the victim, she moved to Florida with her family and Richardson continued to have sex with the victim.

Thanks to you, Logan gets drums -- lots of them

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Thank you to everyone reaching out to help Logan and his family. What a response we're getting.

Five-year-old Logan is fighting stage four neuroblastoma. His lives in Orange Park and his skin is very yellow from liver damage.
 
Doctors are telling his family Logan will probably pass away before Christmas.
  
Logan is on morphine. He's in a lot of pain but all of the sudden, he piped up about Santa coming down the chimney.

He doesn't understand how sick he is and so he's asking Santa for drums for Christmas.

Logan's cousin Jason and his company Heart Utilities gave Logan a set of drums. He was thrilled and it turns out, his big dream is to be in a room surrounded by lots of drums.

Medical malpractice nightmare

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you are seriously hurt during surgery, who is responsible?

One First Coast woman says she's been fighting for three years for someone to take responsibility.

"The last thing I heard was 'do you know how to work this?' and then I was out," said Patricia Lancaster.

Lancaster says she barely made it home from the hospital before she called 911.

"The pain was just terrible, and I come to find out, he had ruptured my colon," she said.

Before the operation, Lancaster's intestines were almost completely blocked with scar tissue, unable to use the bathroom. It was a life threatening condition.

Doctors at Orange Park Medical Center flushed out her blocked colon three times, but they recommended a more permanent procedure.