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Northside armed carjacking leads JSO to JAX

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - An armed carjacking at Soutel Food Store Wednesday evening lead the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to the Jacksonville International Airport.

The victim's car was taken at gunpoint at about 4 p.m. Police learned that the vehicle had a GPS tracker on it, and officers and the air unit used it to track the vehicle to the airport.

Airport police located three suspects from the car, including the alleged carjacker. According to JSO there was no danger to the public or the airport.

There are no injuries or property damage reported.

JSO is continuing to investigate the incident.

Community leaders address Christmas Day melee

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Community leaders united at the Regal River City Marketplace Stadium 14 on Friday morning to address a 600-person strong brawl Christmas Day that took place outside the theater.

Residents, young people, religious leaders, educators, organizational leaders and elected officials joined forces to address the Christmas Day "melee" at the Regal River City Marketplace Stadium 14, which was rushed by a group of juveniles and young adults allegedly trying to force their way into a movie. The group quickly moved outside, and grew in size to a massive 600.

Five people were arrested and several hundred young people were involved.

Community advocate Commissioner Cheryl A. Williams said in a press release, "what was reported to have occurred at Hollywood Theaters is not representative of our young people, our culture, nor our community."

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%. 

Andrew Jackson student speaks about her attack

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shantricia, 18, was attacked by two men on her way to school, Andrew Jackson High Tuesday.

"My purse was wrapped around me, my phone was in my pocket," she said. "He asked me what was in my purse."

Shantricia said what happened next was scary. 

"Having a gun to your head is like is the worst feeling you can ever have because you don't know what's going to happen," she said.

The high school student was attacked at the intersection of 27th and Main streets, a block from the school.

"I caught chills, I didn't know what to do," said Shantricia.

She said they forced her into the back seat of a Chevrolet Impala and she began tussling with the person in the back seat.

"How am I going to get away," she said. "That's what I was thinking about."

Shantricia said she's a good student, A/B/C, who dreams of going into the military.

Jacksonville woman questions costly prescription

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tonight the On Your Side team has a cautionary tale for anyone who gets prescriptions filled.

She said her insurer was billed more than $10,000 and she wants to know why. She turned to the On Your Side team to get answers.

Annie Walton said she lives with pain, so she uses a prescription cream.

"It eases the pain some," Walton said. "But not that much."

Walton was prescribed a compound cream. The prescription included twelve bottles for a 90-day supply. She then saw the cost breakdown of the prescription on her explanation of benefits.

The form shows that Wellhealth Pharmacy, which made her prescription to order, submitted $15,924.57 to Tricare, her government healthcare plan.

Tricare paid $12,827.07.

"I couldn't believe it," she said

Annie's copay? Just $17.