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Mother says pre-school won't administer son's asthma medication

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tara, on the Northside, said her 4-year old son's preschool won't give him his medication for his asthma.

FCN called the preschool's director who told us Tara withdrew her child on Monday, but he is welcome back.

All she has to do, and this is something parents should know, is to make sure you bring written documentation from a doctor specifically detailing what the medication is, how and when to administer it and other important information.

 

 

 

How to find good deals on children's clothes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As summer winds to a close and the holidays approach, you may be thinking ahead about clothes for your children. There are still deals to be had and if you know how to shop, you can find them.

Here's how to save cash: First Coast News set out with $150 total to spend, with $50 in each of three stores.

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Our first stop is the Goodwill store on Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville. We enlist the help of the store's manager and clerks, Ms. Maricel and Ms. Tina and others. While in the store, we find a few outfits

At Goodwill, children's jeans are $3.50, shirts $2 and pants $2.50. Children's shorts are $2.00.

Save Our Sons turns attention to absentee fathers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ronald Clark, 31, is a barber and the proud father of four children. But Clark is concerned about his relationship with one of the children from a previous relationship.

"I feel there's a void because I have three in the house with me," said Clark, "and one not in the house with me and therefore, there's a lot of time lost."

Clark grew up in a single parent household and knows what it means to have a father MIA, missing in action.

"I only had my Mom and she was terrific," he said, "There were times I wish I had my father."

Clark is now lending his voice to the Save Our Sons' newest initiative: absentee fathers.

"I feel a father is needed in the household, a father is needed in his son's life," her said.

On Your Side: Checking an Officer's identification

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- First Coast News got an email from Joyce who said someone disguised as a police officer came to her door, demanding $6,000. She was afraid and eventually gave it to the man.

Captain Joe Bucci, with the Clay County Sheriff's Office, gave tangible information on how you can confirm whether or not someone that comes to your door is an Official Law Enforcement Officer.

According to Bucci:

1) Ask to see a badge and department identification. It'll have a photo with it.

2) Call the dispatch center when the person gives you a badge number to confirm who they are.

3) Ask for a supervisor with dispatch to triple check.

4) When in doubt, if you're not sure, take their information and confirm it inside your home while they wait outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother of slain Metro PCS worker fights for safety in workplace

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What happened at the Main Street Metro PCS on July 20, 2013 has changed Darlene Farah's life forever.

"I go to the bathroom and lock myself in the bathroom and cry or either I go outside and cry," said Farah.

Farah's daughter, Shelby, was working in the retail shop when one of the suspects captured on security camera video, robbed the store then shot and killed her.

"For $103, my daughter lost her life. No cell phones were taken," said Farah, "$103 in ten seconds."

Farah, 46, said the brutal murder of her child has been overwhelming. 

"My kids don't want to go back to the house," she said, "Shelby will always be in our hearts, but I have two other kids to focus on."

She said children are also concerned about her safety.

One in four Floridians without health insurance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In Duval County 145,000 people have no health insurance, Karen Hanna is one of them.

"I tried to blame my situation on the government or the place I retired from," said Hanna.

Hanna, a retired teacher, said even with a part time job, the cost of insurance is too much.

"When you're only getting one thousand dollars and 800 goes to insurance," she said. "I'm just living for Medicare."

Hanna, 63, is among the working and uninsured and turned to Volunteer in Medicine, a non profit, for her health care needs.

"If they weren't here I would be devastated," she said.

As long as you are working and meet VIM's income guidelines, the service is free. Mike Weinstein is CEO of Volunteer in Medicine.

"We see about 500 patients a month, 6000 a year," said Weinstein. "It has been like that for ten years." 

Dead city tree left to block homeowner's driveway

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In the Dinsmore community, it is natural to find a canopy of trees on every street.

"You see what I'm saying. They just threw stuff everywhere," said Sonya Crawford.

Crawford said in late August, a tree contractor cut big branches from a nearby oak because the limbs were leaning on the primary power lines.

In fact, Crawford's family notified the JEA of the potential danger, but when she came home, what she saw left her very upset.

"I was livid," said Crawford, "This is really unacceptable."

The JEA tree contractor hired to remove the limbs from the power line left the debris in her driveway. She has not been able to use it.

"There's nowhere to park," said Crawford, "All week. This  unacceptable isn't it?"

Crawford said her calls to (904) 630-CITY and JEA have ended with finger pointing as to who is responsible.

"They just scattered it all over the yard," she said.