Arrests made in 'Operation Wrong Destination'

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office, joined by the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, announced 16 arrests on Tuesday in "Operation 'Wrong Destination.'"

The arrested include 16 men ranging in ages 20 to 53 who were charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex Offense and Use of a 2-Way Communication Device to Facilitate a Felony.

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Athlete of the Week: Ridgeview's Rachel Castelli

Ridgeview High School junior Rachel Castelli has a lot on her plate.

This fall, she is a varsity cheerleader and team captain on the varsity volleyball team.  In her spare time away from these two sports, she serves a referee at junior high school volleyball games and coaches volleyball and basketball at the YMCA.

Despite all of her interests outside of school, she still manages to maintain a 3.6 weighted grade point average.

This spring, Rachel will be competing on the Panthers tennis team, and she'll be playing club volleyball.

If you'd like to nominate a local high school athlete for our athlete of the week award, please fill out the form located at this link:  http://www.firstcoastnews.com/sports/highschool/athleteoftheweek/default.aspx

CCSO urges awareness of counterfeit bills

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is trying to increase the public's awareness about counterfeit money being circulated in the community.

On Saturday, the Kangaroo Express at 4486 County Road 218W reported that it had in its possession a counterfeit $100 bill. The bill was ripped, did not have a ribbon or a hologram and did not change color when marked by a counterfeit detection pen, according to a CCSO incident report.

CCSO Detective Bill Roberts shows in a public service announcement tips that citizens and businesspeople should be aware of when handling money.

For example, on a $20 bill, Roberts says a hologram of President Andrew Jackson's face would be visible on the right lower portion of the bill. Also, on the left side of the bill, a strip that says "USA 20" would be visible.

Police need help identifying restaurant purse thief

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a gift from her sister, so it had sentimental value.

"The wallet inside was also a gift from my sister," said Vicky Danner.

Last month Vicky Danner's purse was stolen while she was at a restaurant.

"I was shocked that someone took it, that it was gone, that someone stole it," said Danner. 

Danner, 65, was having lunch at this Burger King on Fleming Island.

"I had my purse on the seat next to me, and my sunglasses and the keys were on the table," she said. 

She was apparently so involved in their conversation she left the restaurant without her purse. She turned around quickly but when she got there it was gone. 

Clay County Detective Michael Layne said say the person in a booth next to where Danner was sitting saw the purse and stole it.

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WWII flares found in Green Cove Springs trailer

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad successfully disposed of WWII era flares after contractors found boxes marked explosives in Green Cove Springs Sunday. 

Around 10:20 a.m., contractors working to clean up a foreclosed property discovered a semi trailer behind a vacant foreclosed home in the 4000 block of Rich Road near the fairgrounds, according to Sgt. Matt Williams, Clay County Sheriff's Office.

The contractors alerted CCSO, which in turn contacted JSO's Bomb Squad. The CCSO does not have a bomb squad unit. 

The boxes contained Kinepak, a chemical used to create explosives for mining purposes. The JSO Bomb Squad also found WWII era flares, but none of the items were active. 

Real ways to help you find a job and other resources

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shawntray from the Westside asked the On Your Side team a question.

He said he recently lost his job as a security guard because he was sick and can't find work. Shawntray said he lost his home and he's afraid he'll lose his car. He wants help.

Shawntray, here is what you do:

1) Get your hands on a phone in the area of Northeast Florida and dial the United Way's 211. It is a referral source that will refer you to places for emergency financial assistance, food, shelter and clothing and a lot of other service.

2) Call the company that you make car payments and explain your situation. Ask if some payments can be deferred.

3) Go to a place like WorkSource Florida. They have offices across the region They will help you or anyone looking for work Find a job. Call 904-356-JOBS for more information.

Clarification on Clay Electric Energy rate hikes

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- First Coast News wants to further clarify our story on Clay Electric's rates going up.

They are going up 3.5% percent for customers who use on average 1,171 kilowat hours of power per month. The 3.5% increase includes the slightly higher energy rates and a $3 customer charge.

Clay Electric's spokesperson tells FCN they are not the only power companies having to raise rates because of the economy.