Hot wedding has Northside couple sweating

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A big day for Darrin and Latressa Hanna turned out to be more than they bargained for.

The newlyweds said their June 8 wedding at the Clarion Hotel at the Jacksonville International Airport left them and their guests sweating out the ceremony and reception.

"Everybody was wiping away sweat ... the groom had a towel the best man was using to wipe him off," said Kim Hardage, who helped plan the big day for her cousin.

Latressa Hanna said the staff did what they could to make them comfortable, but she said fans could not replace air conditioning.

"It just put us in position where we have to have waters, have fans out during the ceremony and reception and people more focused on being so hot than on ceremony," said Hanna.

The groom said he works outdoors and can handle the heat, but for his wedding, he expected the air conditioning to work.

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Dreams delayed because of homelessness

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When you're a teenager, there are some things that are expected: your own bedroom, close friends and big dreams. 

"It has just been absolutely insane and you're supposed to stay positive," said Tabitha, "but sometimes it is just not possible."

Tabitha is 15 and she's homeless. It has been awhile since she has had a permanent address.

"Your home is a homeless shelter and you feel like you can't tell anybody that," she said.

Tabitha, her mom, sister and dad now live at the Sulzbacher Center. For a teenager who has always dreamed of becoming a dancer, her dream is being delayed by her living conditions. 

"When I first got here, they showed us the room. When they closed the door, I fell on the bed and cried," she said.

Sherwood residents want repair warranty honored

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  It was a big project: rehab 54 homes in the Sherwood Forest subdivision. 

"Now the residents, most of them senior citizens are left holding the bag," said Eunice Barnum.

Barnum is one of those 54 residents selected for home improvement.

"They would come in and do roofing, plumbing, electrical, doors, windows," she said.

Barnum, 57, is also President of the Sherwood Forest Community Association and she said the homeowners are complaining about the work.

"It was shabby workmanship," she said.

The complaints are almost nine years after the project began. It started in 2004 and was led by Housing Partnership of Jacksonville, a nonprofit agency.

"A lot of the people are still having issues with their roofs," said Barnum, "The electrical in their home doesn't work and they're calling me concerning what they're going to do."

Consumer Alert: Be sure your trailer has a legal VIN

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Every trailer on the road, and there are many, must have a vehicle identification number, like your car would have. Otherwise, under Florida, law it's considered contraband and it will be confiscated.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is reporting a rash of trailer thefts like what happened to Willis Sly. His utility trailer was stolen on Memorial Day.

"They cut all the locks on the trailer and away it went," said Sly.

He purchased a new trailer, costing him about $2,000.

"The police say they recover some. I'm buying another one so I don't know," said Sly.

The police effort to cut down on trailer thefts and recover the stolen ones has been an eye-opening experience for Dan Mechelke

"I had no idea, I had no idea in regards to that trailer, none at all, none at all," said Mechelke.

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First for You: Fix my leaky roof!

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sylvia McQuay has been watching the weather forecast with a lot of anxiety.

"I'm afraid with all this rain coming up all this week," she said. 

McQuay is afraid of the damage the rains may cause to her Sherwood Forest home.

There are large containers in her dining room and her family room, she said since March the roof has had a leak around the ducts/vents.

"I think it is a very big problem," she said.

In 1992 Sears installed a new air conditioning system in her Sherwood Forest home and the exposed duct system, but after 21 years the ducts started leaking.

In March 2013 McQuay hired D& K duct systems to replace the leaky ducts, the company made her a promise, verbally and in writing.

"He said I would have no more problem with my leaks," said McQuay," he would replace it with all new parts."

Foreclosures directly affect 1 in 10 children

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Meri West loves her North Jacksonville home and would hate to lose it.

"I love it I love it," she said, "Homes are real important to me."

But the house she purchased in 2010 is now in foreclosure. West lost her job and got behind on the mortgage.

"I moved around a lot when I was a kid, I am trying desperately not to do the same with my kids," she said. 

There are several homes in her Panama Park community in foreclosure. She said the past two years have been stressful.

"You're always in the back of your mind wondering what you're gonna do," said West.

What you're going to do, how do you tell the kids.

"I've not actually told my kids," she said, "I don't want to scare them."

West, 52, is the parent of two elementary school age boys.

Financial help available to help feed your pet

JACKSONVILLE,Fla. -- Nika Williams, 24, earns less than $15,000 a year, and loves her pets.

Williams said given her small income, the decision of when to buy pet food for her four pets gets difficult.

"It does get expensive," she said.

So she buys the cheapest food she can find and the smallest bags; the tight economy has placed many pet owners in a similar position. 

"The need is great. Everyday, animals get turned in to our local shelters because people can't take care of their pets anymore, let alone their children," said Diane Wiles.

Wiles is with First Coast No More Homeless pets and said in 2010, they saw an increase in cases where pet owners gave up their pets.

"A lot of people were surrendering their pets because they couldn't feed them anymore," said Wiles.