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Car vs. garbage truck leaves one person dead

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- One person was killed in a car crash Tuesday afternoon.

Florida Highway Patrol reports that 40-year-old Janell Ann Hutchinson was traveling southbound on Blanding Blvd. in the left lane when her vehicle came in contact with a garbage truck owned by Advanced Disposal. 

Deputies seek Middleburg man

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Deputies are asking for assistance in finding a Middleburg man who violated his parole, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

In a media release, the Sheriff's Office described Levi Zachery Parrish, 24, as being 6-foot, 205 pounds. His last known address was Half Moon Circle in Middleburg.

Parrish's warrant is for Violation of Parole- Aggravated Battery/ Tampering with Evidence.

Anyone with information about Parrish is asked to call First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-886-845-TIPS (8477).

Former cop says he is psychic

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Middleburg, Florida is a pretty calm town. Aside from the humming of a power boat in the distance, this town has a certain restful peace to it.

"It's just quiet here, it's dead quiet."

A fitting choice of words for Chuck Bergman, since he says he spends his days talking to the dead.  Bergman is a professional psychic.

"I make a good living doing this," he said. "It can take a toll because everyday you're dealing with death."

He gives readings by phone for $200 an hour, or in person for $300 an hour.

Bergman has been on national documentaries, and was featured on A&E.

He is also a regular guest on a Jacksonville based radio show called "Earth" that airs Saturday nights.

He will do on-air readings for free on the show.

"You don't want to mess up doing that in front of all those people," he said. "So you get nervous."

Domestic driveway death details released

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Details have been released in the death of a woman who died Saturday after her husband hit her while backing out of their driveway.

Brooks Collier, 52, has been charged with failure to stop at a crash involving the death of his wife Nola Collier, 58.

According to a Clay County Sheriff's Office arrest report, Brooks Collier was attempting to leave his home in a pick up truck in the 3400 block of Alec Drive on Saturday night during a domestic disturbance with Nola Collier.

He initially drove forward toward a person who was in his open garage. Nola Collier then tried to keep Brooks Collier from leaving and was standing between the open driver door and the body of the truck.

Brooks Collier then continued backing out of the driveway before Nola Collier could move, knocking her to the ground and then striking her with his front left tire, according to the report.

Caregivers of wounded warriors carry the burden

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Caregivers say it is hard to explain what they experience from day to day.

"You don't really know what everyday is gonna be like," said Kristle Helmuth.

Helmuth fits the profile of a 'Hidden Hero.' She is a caregiver.

"It is not a husband/wife relationship anymore," she said, "We're almost like a mother and child, making sure he is eating because he will forget to do that."

For the past few years, Helmuth has been caring for her wounded husband.

"We have to make sure that he is getting the medications," she said, "but there also has to be a husband/wife relationship there."

She said when her husband Nate returned from Iraq, he was not the same person she married, the father of her children.

"We want to have a normal life. I don't want my kids to say we can't do this because my dad is injured," said Helmuth.

Living on rocky ground

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Middleberg woman has a sinking feeling the groove in her backyard is a sinkhole.

Pam Coates noticed the dip that she says extends about 20-feet long back in January, but didn't think anything of it until a few days ago when she noticed another hole.

"I don't want to sink in the hole I don't want to be in the house as it sinks because the whole main water line is exposed," said Coates.

She's referring to the water line of the pump house which she said is now damaged after more than a month of continued growth.

So, we looked into it and had Rob Martin, a geology professor at Florida State College take a look at the video, which in his opinion doesn't have all the circular hallmarks of a sinkhole but something is changing the landscape.

Gov. Scott, Cabinet to discuss land purchase near Camp Blanding

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet will meet Thursday in Tallahassee.

They are expected to discuss and approve a number of land purchases. They include nearly 2,000 acres near Camp Blanding in Clay County and hundreds of acres around Wakulla Springs in Wakulla County.

The Cabinet includes Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.