Former IT specialist accused of stealing $19K in computer equipment

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A former information technology specialist for the Clay County School District is accused of stealing thousands of dollars in computer equipment from the school district.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office believes Michael Francisco stole at least $19,000 in computer and AV equipment, and then sold the items online.

Francisco worked at multiple schools in the county over the course of eight years.

He is currently being held on $100,000 dollars bond.

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Clay County Fire Rescue gets FEMA grant

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The Clay County Fire Rescue Department is one of five Florida departments seeing part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. 

The grant is designed to make sure communities have enough protection from fire. Clay will get about $2 million.

The money will be used to hire 21 firefighters. They'll be spread through seven departments across the county.

However, it will be several months before they start work. The extra staff means, according to fire chief Lorin Mack, a quicker response time and less of a need to shuffle staff and equipment when there's an emergency.

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."

Local high schools receive their new grades

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Nearly half of Florida's high schools are getting an A grade for the 2012-13 school year.

The grades released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Education show a slight increase in the number of A graded schools.

But the number of D and F rated schools also went up. There were eight high schools that received F grades as opposed to just three in 2012.

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Clay County goats find a home

UPDATE, 12/12/13: The female goat was sold for $75 and the male goat sold for $30 at the auction. The goat "couple" went to separate homes, but they will now have good homes, according to Mary Justino of CCSO Public Affairs.

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Looking for furry friends to take home this holiday season?

Two goats, a male and a female who are a "couple," will be auctioned off Thursday morning by the Clay County Sheriff's Office Civil Section.

According to a release from Mary Justino of CCSO Public Affairs, the goats have been living at Clay County Animal Control since they were found wandering loose weeks ago.

The auction will be held at 10 a.m. at Clay County Animal Control, located at 3984 State Road 16 West in Green Cove Springs.

Sideline 2013 Playoffs: Clay & Charlton County advance, Bartram Trail loses

The wild ride in the postseason continues for the Clay High School football team.  The Blue Devils won another nail biter on Friday night as they defeated St. Pete Lakewood 40-38.

With the win, the Blue Devils advance to the Class 5A State Championship Game where they will play Plantation American Heritage on Saturday, December 14th at 7:30 p.m. at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Elsewhere in the FHSAA playoffs, Bartram Trail loses a heartbreaker as the Bears fall to Seffner Armwood 35-28 in triple overtime.

In Georgia, Charlton County squeaks by Irwin County 34-33.  The Indians will play Marion County for the Class A state championship on Saturday, December 14th in the Georgia Dome.

Chris Porter's FCN Cribs: Green Cove Springs

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- This edition of FCN Cribs is in Green Cove Springs. If you love trees inside of your home and a whole bunch of stone you will love this house.

Wayne Nichols has a home like no other we've been in before on FCN cribs. There are lions, zebras, bears, bobcats and deer -- oh my!

There are even Cypress Trees inside the living room.

"We used a crane," Nichols explained on how he got the trees in the home.

The one-of-a-kind countertops in the kitchen are made of stone.

Nichols says, "The wood is actually all poplar, reclaimed poplar out of a building that was tore down. The glass we have in here are actually all recycled bottles with grass weeds in between. We used deer antlers as our pulls everywhere."

Wayne's estate has an open concept, which is great for entertaining.

"This wet bar here," says Nichols, "that's actually a redwood stump turned into a wet bar."