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Kitten without a paw gets treatment help (Graphic images)


UPDATE, 5/8/13: Peggy's surgery lasted 40 minutes and the surgeon had to amputate at her wrist, according to the Clay County Humane Society. She is already up and meowing. After two to three weeks of recovery, she will be adopted to a permanent home. Clay Humane said she will be able to acclimate very quickly and have a normal happy life.

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UPDATE: As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, the clinic tells FCN that they have reached their fundraising goal. According to Clair, the clinic coordinator at the Clay Humane Society, FCN's reports were able to help raise $1,700 for Peggy's surgery.

The goal was between $1,000 and $1,200. According to Clair, $800 in donations came from online and another $400 came from people who walked into the clinic to donate in person Tuesday morning.

Number of students being involuntarily committed spikes


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Psychiatric lockup. It sounds like a grownup problem, but increasingly, it's an issue at schools on the First Coast. The number of involuntary commitments, or those committed under the Baker Act, is skyrocketing.

"I didn't feel like want to be alive anymore…so they had to Baker Act me. The first time I remember I had a pitch fork to my neck," said 17-year-old Aerial Snider of Clay County.

"I have had a knife against myself, and it's an awful thing to think about, but there have been times when I've wanted to harm myself, very badly," said 16-year-old Christian Bryan of Clay County.

Exploding dye pack slipped in bag of cash during robbery


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is seeking a man who is suspected of robbing Compass Bank at 536 Blanding Boulevard on Tuesday morning.

The suspect entered the bank just after 11:30 a.m. and got in line to make a transaction with a teller, according to CCSO spokesperson Mary Justino.

The teller told deputies the suspect passed her a note demanding money, pointing an object at her that was concealed by his pants pocket.

The suspect is described as weighing 250-275 pounds, is 6'2" and was wearing a white baseball cap, black tennis shoes, gray pants and a black and blue plaid shirt. The man also had a deep sounding voice.

Justino said the suspect was given money with a dye pack, so he may sustain burns to his legs or hands if he was holding the money or had it in his pockets when the dye exploded.

Strapped In: Local teen dies in police custody


ID=8767949CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Born just 11 months apart, Merissa and Daniel Linsinbigler were more than just brother and sister. They were roommates, partners in crime, and best friends.

Standing in the middle of the fields at the Murray Hill Playground, 19-year-old Merissa Linsinbigler recalls coming here with her big brother. "We used to play soccer here football here. We would come out here. We'd play ball. One time we had a little picnic over here."

Governor Scott kicks off reelection swing on First Coast


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott kicked off his reelection big on the First Coast with the first of eight stops planned across the state to get his "Lets Keep Working" theme out in front of voters.

Scott was hosted by Orange Park Volkswagen and a packed showroom while he outlined what his campaign is all about.

"In 2010 it was 'Lets Get To Work' now it is "Lets Keep Working.' We got to keep working to lower taxes, improve education and make sure keep a low crime rate," said Scott.

The Governor said slashing $500 million in taxes this year combined with creating 500,000 jobs and trimming the size of government should be attractive to voters.

Scott won his first bid at statewide office with a slim margin as 70,000 votes separated him from Alex Sink. This time his challenger is former Governor Charlie Crist.

Clean up continues in Orange Park


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Cleanup from Thursday afternoon's storms continued Friday in Orange Park. The high winds and heavy rains toppled a tree in Steven Pearson's front yard.

"I looked at the window and I was like -- the tree's gone," he said.

Many people in Orange Park were dealing with the same situation Friday. Several tree removal companies lined the streets in parts of the city. Kevin Breslin is part-owner of Above and Beyond Tree Service.

"Pretty good sized job," he said.

As the rain continued, Breslin and his team worked to remove several trees. He said the wet weather makes his job even more challenging.

Trees down on a home, vehicle in Orange Park


Orange Park, Fla. -- residents In one Orange Park neighborhood continued to clean up damage from early afternoon storms Thursday night. Roughly 200 people lost power as huge trees fell onto power lines and into three homes.

Clay County electric crews were able to restore power to all affected residents.

For 20 years Rose Indicott has called a house that sits on Gano Court in Orange Park home. Within that time she's seen storms come and go with minimal damage, but says she's never had to deal with a tree inside of her home, until now.

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