Mandarin track coach returns to work after running in Boston Marathon

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mandarin High School assistant track & field coach Hope Treece was glad to be a part of the district championship meet on Wednesday afternoon, not just because her girls team was looking to win a 4th district title in a row, but also because it allowed her focus on something else besides her traumatic experience at Monday's Boston Marathon.

The bombs went off not too long after she finished the race.  When the explosions happened, Hope was a couple blocks away.  She and her family were close enough to the chaos that they are still shaken up by it.

Monday marked the third time that Treece has finished the Boston Marathon, but when asked if she'd consider running it again, she said, "I don't know."

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Pet store owner hopes stolen puppies will be turned in

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Mandarin pet store owner and her employees are hoping they can recover two stolen puppies.
Burglars smashed in the front door Friday night, and ran off with two valuable animals.    

"When I got here this door was busted out," said Lynn Lamereaux, owner of Pet World on San Jose Boulevard.

Lamereaux has owned Pet World for 25 years. Friday night, shortly before 11 p.m. a burglar alarm went off. She was contacted and police responded to her business.
Inside, she found that two of her puppies were missing.

"It makes me angry, it makes me wonder what people are thinking," she said.

Pet store seeking its stolen puppies

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Mandarin pet store is asking for the public's help in finding two puppies that were stolen from the store on Friday night.

A nearly three-month-old male "Morkie" (a cross between a Maltese and a Yorkshire Terrier) and a two-month-old female English Bulldog were taken from Pet World on San Jose Boulevard just before 11 p.m. Friday, according to store manager Kathleen Easterling.

Surveillance video from the neighboring Verizon Wireless store is being examined by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and a police report has been filed, Easterling said.

The male "Morkie" has black and light tan coloring and the English Bulldog is white and light brown. Additionally, the English Bulldog has a mole on the outside of her upper left ear and a hernia scar on her stomach.

Paxon student is Miss St. Augustine Outstanding Teen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Claire Washburn's cello talent alone is enough to be considered outstanding. 

It was a skill the 17-year-old Paxon student used to win her crown: Miss St. Augustine Outstanding Teen.

"I had to choose an instrument in 3rd grade. I chose the cello and have stuck with it for 9 years," she said.

Coupled with her talent, she also had to nail an interview during the process.

She focused on how she would use her musical ability to help in life.

"I'll go to hospitals and retirement homes and I'll help the elderly, the sick, the disabled with music, which I feel like really heals."

Next up for Washburn is the Miss Florida pageant in July.

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What is that smell?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Monday if you wanted to find the seniors who use the Moncrief Senior Center, you would have went to the Clanzel Brown Community Center to find them.

Man arrested, charged with girlfriend's murder

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville man is in police custody for the stabbing death of his girlfriend Sunday night.

57-year-old Thomas Webster is facing murder charges for allegedly using what police believe was a kitchen knife to stab his girlfriend in the back at their Mandarin home.

It happened in the 3800 block of Millpoint Drive. An exact time is unknown, but the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office believes it was within a two hour time frame of around 7 p.m.

The victim is 54-year-old Patricia Burner.

Lt. Rob Schoonover said she and Webster had been living together for three years, but that Burner was in the process of moving out and relocating.

He said it is unclear at this time if Webster was going with her.

He reportedly went to a nearby Kangaroo gas station on Old St. Augustine Road and told the clerk on duty to call 911.

JSO officers responded and received what Schoonover likens to a confession from Webster.

Woman found dead at home

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Detectives with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office are investigating how a woman died in her home Sunday night.

The woman was found in the 3800 block of Millpoint Drive after a man went to a convenience store and had the clerk call 911, according to Sgt. Jay Farhat with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. That man has now been taken in for questioning.

No other details about the woman's identity or how she died have been disclosed by the Sheriff's Office.