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Teenagers rob delivery driver


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- David Naumann says he's still very shaken by what he says happened Sunday night. He can't sleep. The thoughts keep running through his mind. He says he wants the suspects caught.

"I thought that was it. My life was over," Naumann said. "I was just thinking about my family."

He said it was a terrifying 10 seconds for him on Sunday night. He is a delivery driver for the Hop Shing restaurant on Old St. Augustine Road in Mandarin. He said he parked close to the store and went to get his next delivery when he said two teenage males jumped him, pointed a gun to the back of his head and said:

"'Give up your s**t,'" Naumann said. "And I reached into my left pocket where my money was and then he reached in one of then and grabbed the money. It was very scary. It's something I've never been through before."

Man wanted for scamming elderly woman

A 69-year-old woman was allegedly scammed in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in the 10900 block of San Jose Boulevard, according to a release from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. The victim told JSO she was approached by an unknown male who struck up a conversation with her.

During the conversation, the suspect told the victim that he had found a large amount of money and if she paid a collateral payment she would be entitled to some of the money.

Duval County School bus rear-ended Thursday morning

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A school bus full of children was involved in a traffic crash Thursday morning.

A white Ford Econovan rear-ended a Duval County School bus heading Northbound on San Jose Boulevard near the intersection of Beauclerc Road at 9:15 a.m., according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The school bus was carrying 25 students all under the age of 15 when the crash occurred.

No injuries were reported and a traffic citation was issued as a result of the crash investigation.

Mandarin strip mall approved by City Council

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A controversial battle over rezoning in Mandarin comes
to a head.

For nearly four hours at the Jacksonville City Council meeting Tuesday
night, council and community members went back and forth about allowing retail
shops where some neighbors argue they don't belong.

The corner of Oak Bluff Lane and San Jose Boulevard was at the center of the
debate. Restaurants, including Chick-fil-A, are proposed to be a part of a new
development at the site.

Neighbors are worry about traffic, saying the area will become too congested. In the end, the council voted 18-to-1 in favor of rezoning the area; with a few conditions that include only allowing the Chick-fil-A's drive-thru to be located on the Southside and the restaurants can open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Get a free, sober ride home tonight

JACKSONVILLE, FLA-- We want you to get the new year started off safely so put this number in your phone, 885-286-9246.

855-286-9246 is the phone number to AAA's Tow-To-Go program.  You don't have to be a AAA member to use the service, it just gets you a safe, free ride home and saves you from driving intoxicated.

"New Year's Eve is the busiest night of the year for the Tow to Go program because so many motorists seem to be more inclined to use a designated driver but don't always have someone willing to be one in their own party during the biggest celebration of the year," said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, AAA–The Auto Club Group. "We prepare our call center teams and tow truck service providers for weeks in advance, so we can manage the increased call volume that's typical of this time of year."

Local high schools receive their new grades

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Nearly half of Florida's high schools are getting an A grade for the 2012-13 school year.

The grades released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Education show a slight increase in the number of A graded schools.

But the number of D and F rated schools also went up. There were eight high schools that received F grades as opposed to just three in 2012.

Duval Schools fall short in meeting class size

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County schools made progress this year, but once again fell short of complying with mandated class size limits.

According to a head count conducted in October and analyzed by the Florida Department of Education, nearly 900 Duval County students are impacted by overcrowding.

The Florida Department of Education reported in Duval 1,075 classrooms, out of 21,000, exceed the class limit size.

In Florida, voters approved a class size amendment which states a maximum of 18 kids per pre-k classroom through the third grade, 22 students per class in grades four through eight and 25 students in grades nine through 12.

Duval County School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says a year ago the district had 20% of classrooms out of compliance and now it is down to 5%.