Police responding to a reported death

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office received reports of a death in Bartram Park Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators responded to a home in the 12700 block of Bartram Park Boulevard in the Williams Walk condominiums.

JSO is scheduled to provide new details on scene at 2 p.m.

First Coast News has a crew on scene and will update as we learn more.

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Mayor, officials' London trip costs taxpayers nearly $20,000 so far

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A First Coast News investigation shows the City of Jacksonville has spent nearly $20,000 on a week-long trip to Europe.

The investigation has also revealed that the cost will go up even higher once receipts from the trip are processed.

Right now, Mayor Alvin Brown, City Council President Bill Gulliford and Economic Development Chief Ted Carter are in London, England.

They are spending the week attending business meetings set up in part by Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

The game plan is to try and bring new, international business to the River City.

First Coast News has confirmed there are more than 20 different companies the city is meeting with. One of them is Deutsche Bank.

Leaders will also be attending the Jaguars game in London against the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

First Coast News obtained multiple pages of travel documents from the city to conduct its investigation.

Scammers target JEA customers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A phishing scam targeting JEA customers on the First Coast is on the rise this week.

According to JEA, scammers are calling people to say their service will be disconnected unless they purchase a Moneypak card. 

The phone caller then asks for the number for the card. 

There has been an increase in the last week in the scam calls, according to JEA. 

In an email to First Coast News a JEA spokesperson wrote:

JEA will notify customers should their service be at risk for disconnect for non pay via their bill, letter and automated call. JEA will take payments via website, phone, at the main office, tax collector office, Winn-Dixie or any of the JEA-approved stores found on jea.com.


Anyone who receives a call is asked to report the incident to JEA. 

Motorcyclist dies following single vehicle crash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A motorcyclist died after losing control and sliding through a busy intersection.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, along with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, responded to a single vehicle crash in the intersection of San Jose Boulevard and Kori Road shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday.

The victim, identified as 44-year-old Vance D. Peterson, sustained life threatening injuries after allegedly losing control, according to a release from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Peterson was taken to UF Health Jacksonville and later died.

An investigation is underway, but police believe alcohol may be a factor in the crash.

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Inflatable amusement ride center of several lawsuits

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission found that inflatable amusement rides resulted in 31,000 emergency room visits between 2003 and 2007.

On August 29, 2012, Dominque Thomas, 25, was rushed to a Jacksonville emergency room after being injured on an inflatable amusement ride.

"There was an opening in the bottom of it," said Thomas.

The mother of two said she took her children to Big Air Entertainment fun center for a play date. She said they rode the Ninjasaur Double Slide, she and her son. On the way down the slide, Thomas said her foot got caught in an opening.

"With the speed and my weight, my ankle got crushed," she said. 

She said it changed her life. Due to the injury, her wedding was put on hold and she lost her job.

Local truckers unaware of rolling protest in D.C.

JACKSONVILLE,Fla. -- At the truck stops near Baldwin and U.S. 301 it was exceptionally busy. Truckers leaving Interstate 10 to buy much needed fuel or to take a break from the road.

Trey Hervey, a six year veteran, was on the way to North Carolina and needed a break.

"I'm not an Independent," said Hervey. "But I want to be."

Hervey loves to talk about the industry and its challenges, but when it came to the rolling protest in the nation's capital he had no knowledge.

"I don't know anything about it," he said.

And at this truck stop, a microcosm of a tight knit community, few trucks knew what was taking place near Washington D.C.

The rolling protest was to challenge the Obama administration and Congressional leaders over the government shutdown. It was to be a strong statement about America's frustration with its government.

'Yarntober' is a real thing, celebrated in Mandarin store

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A tightly knit group of friends come together at a Mandarin store called KnitWitz each day with one common thread: They all love knitting.

"I've been knitting for 24 years," said owner Kathe Loeffler. She's been in the business for nine of those years.

She educates beginners and the advanced, she also sells the knitting supplies.

"People ask me all the time, 'Do you think I can do this?' and yes, you can do it if you want to," she said.

The bright and colorful store is a kind of sanctuary for the women, and even a few men, who come here.

They say knitting is therapeutic.

"It's soothing," Loeffler said. "It like doing yoga without the sweat."

She does have completed work hanging on the walls of the store, including several sweaters, shawls, scarves and socks.

But, she said, they aren't really for sale.