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Cars Stolen While Warming up in Owners' Driveways

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The cold weather is creating easy targets for car thieves.

Several cars left in driveways to warm up have been stolen in the last week.

Reed Lucas, one of the victims, left his car running in the driveway for less than a minute, he said. He ran inside to grab his coat and say goodbye to his wife.

When he came back out the Buick Le Sabre was gone.

"It was shock," Lucas said. "Your heart drops down to your feet and you say, 'I can't believe it's actually happening.'"

It happened to at least five different families in the last week.

Two teens, 13 and 14 years old according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrest reports, were arrested for stealing the cars.  JSO detectives should be able to clear at least eight cases with these arrests.

First Coast News is not releasing their identities because they are minors.

Companies Giving More Holiday Parties and Perks This Year

Companies Giving More Holiday Parties and Perks This Year

The economic scrooge may be loosening its grip on holiday cheer in the office as employers indicate their intent to offer more holiday perks (bonuses, parties, gifts) than last year. The nationwide CareerBuilder survey was conducted between August 17 and September 2, 2010 and included more than 3,600 workers and more than 2,600 employers.

Two Middleburg Men Dead After Crash in Georgia

GEORGIA- Two men are dead after crashing into a tree in suburban Atlanta.

Cherokee County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jay Baker says 42-year-old Roger Vance of Canton and 42-year-old Steve Dupuy of Middleburg, Fla., died Saturday night after their car swerved from the roadway and hit a tree in the yard of a Canton home just a few doors down from Vance's house. Baker said the men were speeding and not wearing seat belts.

Baker said authorities are unsure which man was driving the car. Television news footage of the wreck showed a mangled car severed in half by the impact of the wreck.

Vance's wife told WSB-TV that the men were returning to his home after a trip to the store for beer and cigarettes.

 

Jaguars Announce 2011 Ticket Prices

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The season is not nearly over, and the Jaguars are in the thick of the playoff race, but ticket prices for the 2011 season have been announced,

The prices show the first increase in three years for some parts of the stadium, and discounts for other seats.

For higher-end seats, season ticket prices remain flat in the West Touchdown Club, the MPS Group Terrace Suites and parts of the East Touchdown Club, and six of the sections on the east side are reduced.

Prices in the general bowl are going up slightly -- between $1.50 and $4 per game, but the Jaguars are offering the opportunity to avoid the increase by getting in on the 30/30 plan, which keeps the 2010 prices in place for two additional years.

JAGUARS 2011 PRICING MAP

Clay County Says Inmate Tested Positive for TB

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. --  An male inmate in the Clay County Jail has tested positive for tuberculosis.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office along with the county health department are working to contain the disease, and identify inmates and jail employees who may have been exposed.

"Our agency's current estimate of how many people may have had direct exposure (potentially) is 30 persons," said a statement released this evening from the CCSO. 

According to the sheriff's office, the affected inmate was arrested and booked into jail Nov. 3, and at the time showed no symptoms of the disease.

TB skin test results came back positive Nov. 15 during standard health testing and the inmate was placed in a medical cell. The results were confirmed today.

According to the CCSO, although the inmate's skin test was positive, he does not necessarily have the active TB disease nor is he contagious. 

High School Art Contest to Benefit Manatees

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The state is always concerned about the safety of the gentle giants of local waterways, and it is inviting school children across the state to join the effort.

During November's Manatee Awareness Month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is inviting high school students to compete for the artwork that will adorn the 2011-2012 manatee decal.

Only five entries will be allowed per school, so teachers will have to be involved to coordinate each school's best artwork.

Home-schooled students are eligible to enter as well.

Decal sales help fund the state's manatee protection program, and they are available for a donation of at least $5 to the Save the Manatee Trust Fund.

All entries must be postmarked no later than Jan. 28, 2011. Complete rules and requirements are available online.

Stuck Truck

This was sent to us by a community member. Around noon today Tom spotted a truck stuck on the railroad tracks on Lakeside Villa Rd. at Doctors Inlet RD.