Purple Heart Homes delivers first home to local veteran

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The events of September 11, 2001 motivated Jeff Taylor to join the army. He was in combat in Iraq when he was injured.

"It was 22:50. I remember and we were taking mortars from behind us," said Taylor

Two years later, he returned to his hometown Palatka a wounded warrior

"I have nightmares every single night," said Taylor, "I've got medicine to go to sleep, medicine to wake up, medicine for everything."

On Friday, Army PFC Taylor became a first-time homeowner. It may not sound like a big deal, but to Taylor, his wife and three children, it is a big deal.

"I have never owned a home and never thought I could own a home," he said. 

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Help needed for homeless students in Duval county

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In June we introduced you to two Duval county students who were homeless. 

Since we last spoke with them things have changed, but remained the same.

Tabitha,15, and her family recently moved from the Sulzbacher Homeless Shelter into transitional housing.

"Things are going a lot better," she said.

Tabitha said now there's less stress within her family and her favorite part is that the kitchen is always open.

"I can wake up eleven or twelve at night and be hungry and get some food," said Tabitha. "Here, at the homeless shelter, we weren't allow to do that."

Tabitha is keeping a video diary of this season in her life. The eleventh grader who dreams of college and a dancing career believes the issue of homeless students needs more attention.

"Even though I am one of those people that need help," she said,"I want to be one of the people who can help other people as well,"

Bad hair day at the salon

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Linda Pagurra, 67, is sensitive about her hair. On July 3rd she said a trip to her hair stylist for a body wave turned into a mess.

"I came home... looked in the mirror and my hair was total mess," she said.

The Salon, Cuts by Us, responded and gave her a refund and promised to deliver conditioning treatments until her hair was restored.

"The manager said 'oh my God' your hair has been completely fried," said Pagurra.

Pagurra said everything was going well, she was getting treatments twice a week, until  this week when the stylist told her that it was costing her money.

"She said this costing me money, this is the last time!" said Pagurra.

Domestic dispute leads to manhunt in Mandarin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A domestic dispute between a father and son in a Mandarin neighborhood led to a massive manhunt on Wednesday.

The search for the 30-year-old son ended without injures to anyone involved, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. 

The dispute began around 6:20 at the 10400 block of Ilah Road near Hood Road.

During the dispute between father and son, the son threatened harm to the father, according to JSO.

When the father called JSO, the son ran out of the back door and into a nearby wooded area. 

According to JSO, the man has a history of mental health issues and officers believed he may have been armed, but couldn't cofirm if he did have a gun. 

In response, a helicopter and K9 units were used to try and locate the man. 

After an over two hour search and numerous tips from neighbors, the 30-year-old man called his father and asked to speak to police.

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Your guide to First Coast 4th of July celebrations

Firework displays and events scheduled to celebrate the 4th of July holiday across the First Coast. Here's a list of the festivities:

Columbia County celebrates 4th of July

Clay County celebrates the 4th of July

Fernandina Beach celebrates 4th of July

Flagler County celebrates 4th of July

Neighborhood networking site taking off in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The first of its kind private social networking site for neighborhoods only is starting to take off in Jacksonville.

It is called nextdoor.com, and it started last year in San Francisco.

Co-founder and CEO Nirav Tolia thought there should be an easier way for neighbors to connect.

He said, "Services like Facebook have shown us the value of connecting online with our friends and family. Why isn't there a service that helps us connect with people right out our front door?"

The idea behind nextdoor.com is that neighbors can first connect online, then face to face.

Some neighborhoods have planned parties. Others help each other find lost pets, share contact information and even find a babysitter or orthodontist.

"We know that when neighbors start talking, good things happen," Tolia said.

Dreams delayed because of homelessness

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When you're a teenager, there are some things that are expected: your own bedroom, close friends and big dreams. 

"It has just been absolutely insane and you're supposed to stay positive," said Tabitha, "but sometimes it is just not possible."

Tabitha is 15 and she's homeless. It has been awhile since she has had a permanent address.

"Your home is a homeless shelter and you feel like you can't tell anybody that," she said.

Tabitha, her mom, sister and dad now live at the Sulzbacher Center. For a teenager who has always dreamed of becoming a dancer, her dream is being delayed by her living conditions. 

"When I first got here, they showed us the room. When they closed the door, I fell on the bed and cried," she said.