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Credit repair: A broken promise for some customers

UPDATE, July 9, 2013: David Sonnier,owner of Florida School of Credit, said the Collins are his clients. Sonnier said they agreed to use his company to find a mortgage and changed their mind. He said he has a contract with them.

"The reason they did not get a refund is there were rude to me," said Sonnier, "They still owe me $500 and we are going to civil court."

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We've all seen the commercials for the companies that promise to remove bankruptcies, judgments, and liens from your credit files. The Federal Trade Commission position on these companies is simple: "Do yourself a favor and save your money."

Baker County resident Katrina Collins now regrets her recent decision. Collins was shopping for a used car and found a credit repair deal that has left her upset.

Your guide to First Coast 4th of July celebrations

Firework displays and events scheduled to celebrate the 4th of July holiday across the First Coast. Here's a list of the festivities:

Columbia County celebrates 4th of July

Clay County celebrates the 4th of July

Fernandina Beach celebrates 4th of July

Flagler County celebrates 4th of July

Five injured in Black Creek boating accident

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Five people were injured after trying to get their boat out of bad weather on Black Creek on Tuesday afternoon.

Three adults and two children were among the injured, according to Karen Parker of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The injured individuals were taken UF Health at Jacksonville with non-life-threatening injuries. Three other children were on board the boat but were not injured.

The 21-foot open deck boat was headed to the Knights Boat Ramp when it veered to the right and hit trees along the creek's shoreline, coming to rest 25-30 feet in the woods.

The investigation into the crash is continuing, Parker said.

Country singer Slim Whitman dies at age 90

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Florida native and famed country singer Slim Whitman has died at the age of 90.

A family member confirmed Whitman passed away peacefully surrounded by family overnight Wednesday at Orange Park Medical Center. He had heart and kidney failure.

Witman sold more than 120 million records and he's known around the world for songs like Rose Marie, I Remember You, and Indian Love Call. People in Middleburg say he was just a humble, down to earth guy.

Guilty plea in gun case in detective's death

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A Middleburg man pleaded guilty Tuesday in a gun case relating to the death of a Clay County detective.

Baker, Clay to host National Night Out events

Northeast Florida -- Baker and Clay counties have announced that they have begun planning for "America's Night out Against Crime."

The events are part of the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs, which culminates annually on the first Tuesday of August.  

National Night Out was first introduced in 1984 and began as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Residents still dealing with Debby damage

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Almost a year after Tropical Storm Debby made landfall in North Florida, about 75 families are still seeking help to fix their homes.

"[Water] is coming through the wall, down underneath the floor, some day my refrigerator will probably end up on the ground," said Middleburg resident Nikki Celso.

The Celso family in Middleburg continues to deal with leftover damage from the storm.

"It worries me that my beams are going to come through the roof and they're going to end up on my floor," said Celso.

Tropical Storm Debby flooded hundreds of homes near Black Creek in Clay County, but even those living in non-flood zones had water enter their homes.

The storm dumped so much rain, Nikki Celso said her ceiling cracked in several rooms. The roof is caving in her son's room and mold is spreading throughout the home.