Police Investigating Deadly Home Invasion Robbery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is still investigating a reported home invasion that turned deadly.

According to Chief Tom Hackney, police went to a home on Clark Street near Springfield responding to a call of a home invasion robbery in progress.

When they arrived, they found a man dead.

Police said that man was not the homeowner.

Investigators plan to release more information as they gather it.

Employers Concern For Safety During Terminations

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Al Aragona owns three Bojangles restaurants with 75 employees and says when he has to fire an employee safety is paramount.

"You try to put yourself in a position where nothing can happen," said Aragona . 

He said he's always concerned about a potential backlash.

"You don't what their reaction is going to be," he said.

At Giddens Security Corporation Charlie Jenny, director of operations, said in this economy there's a growing concern among employers.

"We get calls from employers big and small who tell us about impending layoffs," he said, "they're concern about security."

Jenny said his officers have been hired for just job terminations.

"If an employer feels a perceived threat or something that is not right they will call us just to have us there as an extra security measure," said Jenny.

JEA Investigates Accusations of Internal Fraud

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 14-year employee at JEA is accused of setting up fraudulent transactions on customers' accounts, according to the utility.


The employee has been placed on administrative leave.  JEA, jointily with JSO, is reviewing customer accounts for potential improper transactions.

"If true, this employee not only violated the trust JEA placed in him, but the trust of the community we serve," said JEA CEO and Managing Director Jim Dickenson. "To say we are disappointed would be an understatement."

The employee's name hasn't been released and there's no word yet whether official charges will be filed.

JEA provides electric, water and sewer service to more than 875,000 customers in Northeast Florida.

City Wants Delinquents To Pay Local Business Tax

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Every business from the landscaper to the hairstylist is required to pay a local business tax.
"It is a tax for the privilege of doing business in Duval County," said Sherry Hall.

But as we found out, many are not paying it. Hall is Chief Administrative Officer with the tax collector's office.  "There are some who let their accounts go into delinquent status and we do stay after those accounts to try to collect them," she said.

We wanted to know who the worst offender is. Hall said that was not possible because of the way the data is collected. She did say that this year there is $1.7 million dollars in unpaid business taxes.

The unpaid amount is approximately 28 percent of the local business taxes owed to the city this year.

First for You: Carpooling Could Help Pre-empt the Pump

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We've seen it before, the last time gas prices went up to around $4.00 a gallon, drivers started looking for alternatives.  Now, transportation planners think carpooling could see a surge as gas prices go up again.

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IHOP Offers Free Pancakes Today

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If a cereal bar just won't cut it this morning, you can get a free short stack of pancakes from any IHOP restaurant instead.

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The International House of Pancakes is offering the free breakfast in an effort to raise money for Children's Miracle Network hospitals. They will ask pancake lovers to make a voluntary donation instead of paying for their short stack. 

In Jacksonville, the proceeds will go to Wolfson's Children's Hospital and Shands Children's Hospital at the University of Florida, according to a news release from IHOP. 

The "National Pancake Day" offer runs from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. today.