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Veteran's Day We Thank You!

Happy Veteran's Day to all our active duty military and our veterans, we recognize that freedom isn't free and we will forever appreciate the sacrifices you have made for our country. We appreciate the sacrifices that you have made to keep us safe you have endured battles, wars and lifted us up after our recent storms. Restaurants and businesses are offering free meals and special deals to active duty military and veterans. We are grateful to all of the local restaurants and businesses that are participating. A special thanks to the businesses that have continued this tradition year after year. Please remember to have your military ID or proof of service with you. Deals listed are available for active duty military and Veteran's. Please call or visit the web site first to make sure that your favorite location is participating and to verify dates and times. If you don't see your favorite restaurant listed give them a call. Some restaurants are only offering an appetizer or a dessert we have attempted to list the best deals we found. Applebee's, BJ's, California Pizza Kitchen, free car washes and store discounts. We have links and offers below. 

Texas Church Tragic Shooting

We are shaken this morning as we reflect on the tragedy of 26 people being killed in a Texas church. The photo above shows first a happier time at the Fall festival before the church was attacked and a later photo of the church members pulling together to remember and pray for the church and the members who have lost so much. Devin Kelley opened fire with a rifle at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He began firing even before he entered the church killing 26 and wounding at least 20 others outside and inside the church. The shooter, Kelley had received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force in 2012 after assaulting his spouse and their child. He served a year in confinement for the assault. His anger, bitterness and mental illness led him to the church where his In-Laws worshiped, but they were not in attendance that fateful day. An armed neighbor stepped in and chased Kelley while in touch with local authorities until Kelley apparently shot himself and wrecked after a high -speed chase. The church members and visitors that became victims that day range in age from 5 to 72 and an unborn baby. A pregnant woman along with three of her children were killed. Church members report the pastor's 14-year- old daughter was among the victims. One family lost eight family members. Everyone in this small town lost a friend, a neighbor or a family member. Many businesses and organizations are rethinking security. Our nation is in mourning as we reflect on the recent tragedies in our nation that place all of us at risk and rip at the peace and security we all cherish in this nation.

Halloween and Fall Festivals

Little ghost and goblins, pumpkins and candy, scary moments and zombie tours. We have put together a list of a few highlights going on around our town over the next few weeks. While most of the events are family friendly fun times for all check out the website links and details.

Tragic Accident Kills Toddler

Child Dies in a tragic accident, is it due to negligence. A typical Saturday afternoon trip to Bruster's Ice Cream Shop in Auburn, Alabama turned tragic for one family as their three year old child fell into a grease trap. Sadie Grace Andrews was playing outside the ice cream shop with her 5 siblings after she finished her ice cream. In a moments time her parents realized the toddler was missing. A quick glance around the area where Sadie and her siblings were playing their first thought was the missing toddler must have been abduct...ed. Police were called as Sadie's family continued to search the area. Her father noticed pipes sticking out of the ground and the lid on the grease trap was unsecured. As he lifted the lid he immediately noticed what looked like the Alabama Crimson Tide T-shirt Sadie was wearing that day. They pulled her out and started CPR until paramedics arrived. Sadie was transported to a hospital but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. The grease trap was 6 feet underground located in a grassy area near picnic tables where children often eat ice cream and play. The grease pit that claimed the life of Sadie Grace Andrews was not locked or secured, located underground it was 6 feet deep and around 2 feet wide. Surveillance video from the ice cream shop showed Sadie stepped on the lid it flipped open, she slid in and the lid flipped upside down covering the grease pit, trapping Sadie and covering the grease she was drowning in from her parents view. Business owners are responsible for keeping premises free of hazards that could cause you harm. You have a right to expect you and your family will be safe from reasonable harm when you are on business property. Business owners should inspect their establishment throughout the day or have a trusted responsible employee inspect areas for danger. Obviously, the business owner never meant for this to happen but we only hope this tragic accident will be a reminder to every business owner to make sure they have safe guards in place and responsible employees that will double check hazards of this magnitude. 

Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Orange Park, Fl- A fatal pedestrian accident was a tragic scene this morning for residents along Capella Road in Orange Park. Around 9 this morning residents along Capella Road between Uranus Lane and Centura Drive went outside their homes and discovered a body in the road. Neighbors have been concerned about speeding in the area. The shock set in as police investigators gathered. The victim apparently hit by a vehicle and left to die alone another deadly hit-and-run accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol the accident occurred Tuesday morning before 9 a.m. The victim was an adult male. Investigators have not released the victims name.

Top Notch Lawyer Brings 2.9 Million Jury Verdict

Top Notch Barnes & Cohen lawyer brings $2.9 Million Jury Verdiict on behalf of a client seriously injured in an Auto Accident. Over the years, we have provided top notch legal services to the citizens of Southeast Georgia. Now we have hired Patrick Sullivan a Georgia Trial Lawyer to manage our Kingsland/St Marys office. We want to welcome Patrick Sullivan, his wife Jessica and his son Patrick Brian Sullivan ll. When you are defending the rights of the injured; experience, dedication, determination and expert legal knowledge make a difference. Patrick Sullivan is a great example of the character and integrity it takes to bring the results our injured clients deserve. We are pleased with the results Patrick has achieved for our clients since he has joined Barnes & Cohen. Patrick Sullivan's first jury trial for Barnes & Cohen, Patrick won $2.9 million on behalf of an Auto Accident victim that had suffered serious injuries. If you are hurt, call Patrick and his staff of experienced paralegals 729- HELP (912-729-4357). At Barnes & Cohen the tradition of excellence continues. 

Motorcylist Critically Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident

A hit-and run driver left a critically injured motorcyclist Saturday morning on Old Middleburg Road. The accident occurred on the Westside of Jacksonville. The motorcyclist was heading North on Old Middleburg Road when the driver of an SUV attempted to make a turn from Memorial Park Road onto Old Middleburg. The SUV struck the motorcycle critically injuring the rider. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office the driver of the SUV left the scene but now the driver has been located. The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. The motorcyclist suffered a serious head injury. This was unfortunately not the only serious motorcycle accident in our area this weekend. According to the Governors Highway Traffic Association Florida ranked #1 in the number of motorcyclist fatalities. Please "Don't drive Distracted" "Look Twice Save A Life."

Tragic Las Vegas Shooting

Tragedy hit Las Vegas Sunday evening but true to the heart of America, heroes emerged protecting their loved ones and helping the wounded. During the last performance of the "Harvest Music Festival" over 500 people were wounded and 59 people were killed as 22,000 fans ran for cover while a sick evil gunman fired at the crowd from above in his hotel room. The tragedy leaves us in tears the loss of life is overwhelming. While shots rang out and the crowd ran for cover brave men and women tried to save others. Heather Melton a surgeon from Tennessee survived the ordeal her husband was shot and died while he protected his wife from the gunfire. Krystal Goddard and Amy McAslin were protected as bullets continued to fly by a wounded stranger shielding them with his body telling them "I don't think I am going to make it." Amy and Krystal are not sure if he made it paramedics took him away for treatment. A nurse attending the concert felt compelled to risk her life running back into the line of fire along with other off duty police officers and medically trained concert goers just trying to help victims survive. Addison Short was running trying to escape when her knee gave out. "I just got shot, I can't run." A stranger picked her up and threw her over his shoulder. He wrapped a tourniquet around her leg to stop the gushing blood. He placed her in a taxi that delivered the wounded 18 year-old Addison Short, to Sunrise hospital where she is being treated for the gunshot wound. Mark Jay and fiancée Lindsay Padgett used their truck to transport the wounded to ambulances. After the tragedy Americans continue to step up long lines formed in Vegas as folks waited to give blood to help the victims. Companies and individuals are stepping up to help victims and their families giving transportation, supplies and monetary gifts to the victims and their families trying to cope and recover. Country music star John Rich led the crowd in "God Bless America" a salute to our police officers, Fire Fighters and military veterans an hour before the shooting. The crowd held up cell phones and sang along in what would be a final tribute for some. May we focus on the unity of that moment and the heroes that came forward as we attempt to recover from this tragic event.
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July 4th Celebrations Jacksonville, South Georgia and St Augustine

July 4th celebrations abound in Jacksonville and the surrounding area. Fireworks, Backyard Barbecue, Arts and Craft Festivals, Kids Activities with Face Painting and Bounce Houses. As we celebrate America's Independence we honor our courageous men and women in our military dedicated to preserving our freedom. It is to these men and women in uniform that we salute. We will not forget your sacrifice. Happy July 4th! July 4th activities, festivals, Fireworks and more for more information on activities in our area click on the links below.

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