Bosnian family thankful to be in America

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We first met Rijad Kobiljar during one of our Athlete of The Week segments.

He's a hardworking, soccer standout at Mandarin High School. 

And it was a response he gave Chad Cushnir during the story that stood out: 

"My parents are everything to me," he said in the story that aired a couple weeks back. "They came here for me."

They came to America from Bosnia in 2001. It was a country in conflict and ravaged by the war of the early to mid 90s. 

They came here for an opportunity.

"Freedom," Rijad said Thursday while eating Thanksgiving lunch. "We came here to live a better life."

It's now his family's 12th Thanksgiving here. 

Rijad's father Muzafer made the sacrifice to bring his family here.

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Pedestrian hit in Mandarin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police are responding to a pedestrian hit in Mandarin.

The victim was struck by a car on Old St. Augustine Road at West Princess Labeth Court, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

First Coast news has a crew heading to the scene and will update as we learn more.

New numbers show crime is down in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- New numbers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show crime is going down in Duval County.

The Uniform Crime Report looked at crime in the first 6 months of 2013, and compared to the first 6 months of 2012.

In Jacksonville, the report showed a 15 percent decrease in murders, and a little more than a 6 percent decrease in aggravated assaults. 

Overall, violent crimes are down 1 percent. The number of rape victims are up, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said that's in part because of a re-classification.

Business owners in Jacksonville are hoping the general downward trend in crime could change the way some think about the city when it comes to crime.

"Every little bit helps," said Pat Middleton. He's been selling houses in Jacksonville for more than 30 years.

Middleton said his clients ask him about being safe in Jacksonville.

Fire at Mandarin apartment complex

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire in Mandarin.

The fire broke out at the Fountain Gate apartment complex in the 9300 block of Craven Road around 2:30 a.m. and was contained to a clubhouse on the property, according to JFRD.

The fire appeared to be coming from the roof of the building and is believed to have been electrical, however a cause is still under investigation.

No one was inside the building and no one was injured

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Athlete of the Week: Mandarin's Rijad Kobiljar

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mandarin High School senior soccer player Rijad Kobiljar is our athlete of the week.

He was nominated by his teammate and long-time friend Aldin Coralic.  When asked why he thought Kobiljar deserves this award, Coralic cited his work ethic and willingness to help teammates on and off the field.

Kobiljar is a four-year starter for the Mustangs, and he's earned an athletic scholarship to play soccer at Jacksonville University.

If you'd like to nominate a local high school athlete for our athlete of the week award, please fill out the form located at this link:  http://www.firstcoastnews.com/sports/highschool/athleteoftheweek/default.aspx

FCN Investigates: What exactly are you paying for at the pump?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We are just weeks from the busy Thanksgiving travel season.

But, before you fill up for your trip the On Your Side team has three things you'll want to know before you hit the road. It's part of a First Coast News investigation.

At the gas station, every cent counts.

"I get pretty much what my car gives me," said Michael Bryce, as he filled up the car. "I get around $20 half a tank, $40 for a full tank, $5 for an eighth of a tank."

If you feel like something just isn't right, you might be on to something.

It is Anthony Davis' job to find out

He's one of the petroleum inspectors with the Florida Department of Agriculture.

"We want to make sure that consumers are getting what they're paying for," Davis said.

FCN's David Williams joined him at the Chevron station on New Kings Road for an inspection. Inspections are done at least every 12-14 months, says Davis.

Top 5 hottest jobs and how you can land one

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Are you looking for work? If you are, keep the following story handy.

Like many people, 37-year-old Ty Harris of Jacksonville, has been looking for work.

"Off an on for about a year," Harris explained.

He's been doing freelance work in client and project management, but is looking for something more permanent, which is why he came to a job fair Monday.

He said the job market is tough, which makes it harder to help his family of two children.

"I've gotten a lot of 'You're over qualified,'" Harris said of his year-long job search.

FCN's David Williams asked Harris "What if we told you, we know what the top 5 most in-demand jobs are in Jacksonville?"

To that, Harris responded "I would be impressed and I would inquire what would that be?"