Overgrown tree raises questions about liability

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dorothy Muller has lived in her Northwest Jacksonville home 57 years and watched the tree behind her property line become a major concern.

"I'm afraid it is going to fall on my home," said Muller, "but I don't know who owns it."

Muller said she contacted the business next door, the owner said it is not his tree. She even contacted the city but was told it is not the city's property.

"No one seem to own it, and I know it is not mine," said Muller.

This is a very common problem and there are some common guidelines to follow.

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Fire damages eight units at Mandarin Apartment complex

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The two-alarm fire at Woods of Mandarin Apartments Sunday Afternoon damaged eight units.

Kimberly Pabon, 19, and Toujan Stringfield, 21, rented the apartment with the most damage. Pabon was at work when the fire happened, however Stringfield was at home at the time.

Before the fire Stringfield was walking their dog, Blaze. Pabon said Blaze didn't want to go inside the apartment after the walk.  The dog was barking at the door. Pabon said he was warning her boyfriend of the fire.

When Springfield walked inside he saw smoke coming from behind the coach. Stringfield attempted to put the fire out before firefighters arrived, Pabon said.  He could not , and he got of the apartment.

Pabon said Stringfield began having chest pains and was transported to a hospital for treatment.

East Arlington sinkhole questions answered

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In the Sterling Ridge subdivision residents are concerned about holes, several holes. 

"You don't know how deep some of them do," said David Norris. 

Several are near Norris backyard. The city Municipal Code  Enforcement recently cordoned off the area and condemned it, citing the holes are related to a failed septic tank system. Norris said that can't be.

"There is no septic system here," said Norris, "these homes were built in 1999."

The city has since back pedal on the condemnation sign saying there is a need for more investigation. So what's causing the holes?

The On Your Side asked a team from Foundation Professionals and Cal Tech testing to investigate the area; to give residents peace of mind

"We see a lot of this in Jacksonville," said David Brown of Foundation Professionals.

Pet owner discovers her puppy is a hermaphrodite

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Donna Ciomcia owns several pets, but her latest has left her speechless.

In December of 2012 Ciomcia purchased Kennedy, a Cock-a-poo for about $1,000.  

"All the paperwork said she was a female," said Ciomcia. "The vet I brought her to said she was a female."

Ciomcia said she was concerned about a kennel cough until she discovered another problem.

"I shaved her down for the summer and I noticed something that looked a little odd in her private parts," she said. 

Ciomcia took Kennedy to the vet and was told that her female puppy was a Hermaphrodite.

"She had testicle where her ovaries should have been," she said.

Stunned and overwhelmed she began asking, what are my rights? Who is responsible?

"It was overlooked by the pet store, it was overlooked by the breeder it was overlooked by me," she said.

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Baker's Sports High School Football Media Day: Mandarin Preview

It's a new day at Mandarin High School because the Mustangs football program has a new head coach, Brian Braddock.

Braddock comes to Mandarin after several years as an assistant coach at St. Augustine High School.  His challenge is to turn around a program that has won just three games combined in the last two seasons.

Watch the video clip above to see interviews with QB Chase Little, LB J.J. Shimko, and OT Tommy Boynton.

Retro collectibles on display in Mandarin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Vintage collectible junkies will be able to get their fix in Mandarin on Sunday.

The Retr-O-Rama Pop Culture Collectibles Show will have items such as comic books, movie posters, toys and dolls to buy, sell or trade from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ramada Inn Conference Center, 3130 Hartley Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Memorabilia will be available from The Beatles, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, Hot Wheels and more, according to a release. Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

The vintage 1966 Batmobile will also be on display, and one fan will even get a chance to ride in the car for 30 minutes as part of a charity raffle for Ronald McDonald House.

Rabies alert in effect for Mandarin until October

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A rabies alert has been issued for the Mandarin area by the Duval County Health Department after it was determined a human was exposed to a rabid bat.

The area affected by the alert is bordered by Julington Creek Road at Aladdin Road on the east, Orange Picker Road at Mandarin Road on the west, Loretto Road at San Jose Boulevard to the north and by Julington Creek and the Duval/St. Johns county line to the south, according to a release from Charles Griggs at the health department.

The alert is in effect until October 25.

For more information or to report animal bites, contact Rabies Control at (904) 253-1280.