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Man fought off intruder during home invasion


JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A homeowner is in the hospital after being attacked during a home invasion. Sgt. CB Shivers with The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the incident occurred around 2 a.m. Thursday morning in the 2500 block of Post Street in Riverside.

First Coast News talked to the neighbor who called 911. Willie Johnson said he just got home from work when he heard a man knocking on his neighbor's door. Johnson identified his neighbor as 63-year-old Henry Scott. He said the suspect asked Scott to use his restroom and Scott let him in. Johnson said he then heard screaming coming from next door and he called 911.

King Street Farmers Market on "indefinite hiatus"

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What many say brought the community together, has been shut down.

The King Street Farmers Market used to be held every Wednesday in the parking lot of Intuition Ale Works. It's a chance for local vendors to meet clients and hopefully make money.

An inspector with the City of Jacksonville's Historic Preservation gave the market a Warning Notice of Violation. It read vendors did "have outside sales in a IL zoning district or use not included under permitted or permissible uses ... ." That means, selling goods outside without a permit.

The message behind San Marco, Riverside street art

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Street art has become quite the talk around town, and if you drive through San Marco and Riverside it's hard to miss.

"In Jacksonville a lot of people do things and ask for forgiveness later. So I gave the city a bunch of beautiful art and now I'm kind of asking for forgiveness," explains a local artist who calls himself "Keith Haring's Ghost".

He's speaking out about why he has painted city-owned property without asking for permission.

"This is the way they looked just absolutely destroyed gray box, gray spray paint all over it...I live not far from here and I pull through this area all the time and I'm like those are perfect canvasses," said the artist.

With a bandana covering his face, and wearing a hat and glasses in hopes of concealing his identity, "Keith Haring's Ghost" because he says he doesn't want this to be about him.

'This is Home' recognizes Riverside and Avondale

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Riverside and Avondale are routinely recognized as among the great neighborhoods in Jacksonville and Florida.

It was even named one of the top ten neighborhoods in the country for 2010 by the American Planning Association.

Join us Friday at 6 a.m. on Good Morning Jacksonville to see why so many people love to call Riverside and Avondale home.

Resident not happy about JEA pole location

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For decades, Stockton Street residents have enjoyed sidewalks that are at least four feet wide and made of special cut stones.

Last month things changed, much to their chagrin.

"I don't like it," said Freddie Demmons.

Demmons said in December, he received a knock from a JEA representative.

"They said 'the lights will be off about an hour.' That was it," he said.

When they left the neighborhood, he was stunned by what he saw.

"They placed the new electric poles in the middle of the sidewalk," said Demmons, "I don't like it."

The affected area is in Councilman Warren Jones' district.

"I was surprised," said Jones.

The JEA, improving its infrastructure, moved the electric poles from the curb to what is almost the center of the sidewalk.

"It is disruptive to the neighborhood and it is certainly unattractive," said Jones.

Get a free, sober ride home tonight

JACKSONVILLE, FLA-- We want you to get the new year started off safely so put this number in your phone, 885-286-9246.

855-286-9246 is the phone number to AAA's Tow-To-Go program.  You don't have to be a AAA member to use the service, it just gets you a safe, free ride home and saves you from driving intoxicated.

"New Year's Eve is the busiest night of the year for the Tow to Go program because so many motorists seem to be more inclined to use a designated driver but don't always have someone willing to be one in their own party during the biggest celebration of the year," said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, AAA–The Auto Club Group. "We prepare our call center teams and tow truck service providers for weeks in advance, so we can manage the increased call volume that's typical of this time of year."

Fuller Warren expansion may affect RAM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Some are concerned that the proposed lane expansion of the Fuller Warren Bridge could affect the Riverside Arts Market in the future.

The expansion is slated to begin in 2016 and will be paid for with $136 million in funding FDOT secured for the project.

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Additional lanes coming to the Fuller Warren

The project is expected to take three years to complete and will include changes to the flyover to I-10 West to Roosevelt Boulevard. The project will tie into to the ongoing Overland construction which is in the process of adding eight lanes.