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Woman threatened for not cashing fake checks

JACKSONVILLE,Fla. -- Alice Barrett has a full time job, but was looking for some extra income.

"Just part time I have so much time on my hand I just wanted something part time," Barrett said.

She found a part time job in a community where it is often difficult to separate the good from the bad, Craigslist.

"They wanted me to be a mystery shopper," said Barrett. 

Barrett said the company hired her, there was no interview, no background check, and sent her a check for $2,800. She decided to check out the check.

"I called the name of the company on it and was told that it is not their check," said Barrett.

Her due diligence confirmed what she feared, the check is a fake.

"I emailed them and let them know your check is not legit it is a fraud I just want a part time job so don't contact me again," said Barrett. 

Organizer of Washington march has Jacksonville ties

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Asa Philip Randolph is credited with being the organizer of the famous March on Washington, but very few are familiar with his name.

"I have never of A. Philip Randolph," said Essenx Morris. Morris is a tenth grader at Frank H. Peterson Academy. 

And she is not the only one. But the same history that recorded his contribution is now giving Randolph well-deserved attention.

"I bet you didn't know about the things that occurred," said teacher Karen Chester.

On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Chester gathered a number of Frank H. Peterson Academy students to test their knowledge of what happened that hot August day.

"I didn't know there were that many guest speakers and that he would be the last to speak," said Brennan Wolfe.

It gave them a better understanding of the day that changed America and those behind the famous march for jobs and freedom.

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.

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.

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.