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3 Palm Beach Zoo tigers en route to Jacksonville

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Three tiger brothers from the Palm Beach Zoo are on their way to a new home in Jacksonville. 

Jaya, Bunga and Penari were safely transferred to a moving truck Monday. The tigers were anesthetized before being put in steel shipping crates with hay and other familiar smells.

Zoo workers say the trio woke up once they were inside and seemed calm.

The tigers are moving to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to take part in the March 2014 debut of a 2.5-acre exhibit called "Land of the Tiger."

The siblings will be kept in quarantine for 30 days and stay behind the scenes until their debut.

Palm Beach Zoo associated curator Nancy Nill said it was difficult to see the tigers leave after watching them grow up at the zoo.

Five holiday scams to avoid

JACKSONVILLE,Fla. -- It may seem difficult to talk about holiday scams during the month of October, but if you've been into the major stores they're ready for the Christmas holidays and so should you.

These are five holiday scams to avoid:

The Greatest online deal

Greatest is a read flag word. Examine who is making the claim. How long has the business been around? Is the product available elsewhere? Always check with www.bbb.org to see if there's a history.

Don't fall for the must have gadget/toy

Every holiday season there's a popular toy/gadget and the store sells out of it. Then it ends up on websites like Craigslist or eBay at a much higher price. If you must have buy from a local seller, someone you can meet in person to examine the product and make the deal.

Don't become the victim of Identity Theft

Mayor, officials' London trip costs taxpayers nearly $20,000 so far

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A First Coast News investigation shows the City of Jacksonville has spent nearly $20,000 on a week-long trip to Europe.

The investigation has also revealed that the cost will go up even higher once receipts from the trip are processed.

Right now, Mayor Alvin Brown, City Council President Bill Gulliford and Economic Development Chief Ted Carter are in London, England.

They are spending the week attending business meetings set up in part by Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

The game plan is to try and bring new, international business to the River City.

First Coast News has confirmed there are more than 20 different companies the city is meeting with. One of them is Deutsche Bank.

Leaders will also be attending the Jaguars game in London against the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

First Coast News obtained multiple pages of travel documents from the city to conduct its investigation.

Pet rescue dispute reveals many are zoned improperly

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Oceanway residents are upset because they heard that Pit Sisters wants to put a rescue on Denton Road.

Jennifer Coscia runs TARA, which stands for The Animal Rescue and Adoption Agency.

"My husband and I thirteen years," said Coscia, "We've placed 4,004 animals into homes."

Coscia just discovered that her rescue is not properly zoned for what she does.

"Until this all began, I did not know the zoning does not allow what I'm doing here," she said.

What happened is the dispute over a possible pit bull rescue on Denton Road. Which means the same zoning would not allow it either.

"Whether it was dachshunds, German shepherds, bunnies, it is against the law," said Coscia, "It is against zoning."

Scammers target JEA customers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A phishing scam targeting JEA customers on the First Coast is on the rise this week.

According to JEA, scammers are calling people to say their service will be disconnected unless they purchase a Moneypak card. 

The phone caller then asks for the number for the card. 

There has been an increase in the last week in the scam calls, according to JEA. 

In an email to First Coast News a JEA spokesperson wrote:

JEA will notify customers should their service be at risk for disconnect for non pay via their bill, letter and automated call. JEA will take payments via website, phone, at the main office, tax collector office, Winn-Dixie or any of the JEA-approved stores found on jea.com.


Anyone who receives a call is asked to report the incident to JEA. 

Drop box thefts leave renters worried about eviction

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a string of drop box thefts in rental communities, more than 30 cases, and is now warning landlords and tenants to stop using their drop boxes.

The advice comes too late for Derrall Wilcox. She lives in Casa Del Rio apartment community.

"In August, I paid my rent using the drop box so it wouldn't be late," said Wilcox.

MORE: Warning for renters making drop box payments

Wilcox said she's never been late and wanted to avoid the $65 fee, but now she has a bigger problem. The two money orders used to pay her August rent were stolen from the apartment drop box.

"This is not my responsibility. I did what I was supposed to do," she said.

JAX airport bomb hoax suspect indicted

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville International Airport bomb hoax suspect Zeljko Causevic has been indicted on a federal charge of conveying false or misleading information.

The indictment was announced by the office of Acting U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III in a news release on Tuesday.

Causevic, 39, was booked into the Duval County Jail at 1:30 a.m.
October 2
following an arrest by the JAX Airport Police. Authorities say
Causevic was arrested at JAX Airport after he allegedly told security
screeners he had a bomb in his backpack but they only found an
electronic scale and batteries.

The threat caused the airport to be shut down for hours on the evening of October 1.