Deputy involved crash on Phillips Hwy

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to a crash at Philips Hwy and Gran Bay Pkwy late Friday morning.

According to JSO detectives on scene, a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputy was stopped at a red light when another car rear ended his patrol vehicle.

The rear-end collision was allegedly caused by the driver being distracted by nearby construction, according to JSO. 

Only minor injuries have been reported. The driver, his passenger and the deputy were taken to Baptist South with non-life threatening injuries.

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Blessings in a Backpack feeds hungry children

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The number of hungry people in our community are real and their faces are everywhere, next door, even in our neighborhood schools.

"There are some that are hungry, not all," said K.K. Cherney. 

Cherney is a teacher at Chets Creek Elementary School, a suburban neighborhood school, but even there hunger has found a place.

"Maybe it is because of the economy," said Cherney, "because of certain situations."

Whatever the reason, when 300 children are in the free lunch or reduced lunch program, there is a sign of a need.

Lauren Skipper, also a teacher at Chets Creek, learned of a national program called Blessings in a Backpack and now Skipper and Cherney are the energy behind the program at Chets Creek.

Beware of online dating schemes or romance scams

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Studies support online dating; 20 percent of heterosexual couples meet online; 60 percent of same-sex couples meet on the internet.

Glamour magazine reports that fraud is sweeping online dating sites. Scammers are using fake profiles with pictures of real military personnel. The target is women who are looking for love.

But these scammers are not looking for love -- they want your money.

Jonette Burns, 60, is in the middle of a divorce and turned to the online dating for a companion.

"I stay at home a lot," said Burns. "That's why I decided to try the online dating.

And now the experience has left her bitter and angry. What looked like a hopeful relationship turned out to be a scam.

"Just heartbroken and devastated that someone can do that," said Burns.

Why I'm Running: Kristen Wiley

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What a difference a year makes for Kristen Wiley.

Last year while thousands of runners were competing in the 26.2 With Donna, Kristen was just beginning her treatment for breast cancer.  Now, one year later, she is nearing the end of her treatment.

When Kristen returned to work in March of 2012, one of her co-workers had left his medal from the 26.2 With Donna on her desk.  While Kristen was touched by the gesture, she told the co-worker that she couldn't keep his medal.  He then said that he'll take it back when she completes the marathon herself.  That's exactly what she plans to do this Sunday.

On Your Side: 5 must dos in choosing a child care facility

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There are some things you can buzz through in life, but when it comes to finding the right child care facility, it is a process.

"All day care is high, but you got to do it," said Anthony DeJesus.

DeJesus, a 27-year-old single parent, said it was "hard work" finding the right child care center for his 13-month-old son.

"I did research on things; I checked them out," he said.

DeJesus found what he was looking for at Island View Baptist.

"They're teaching my son a lot," he said.

Child care experts say too many parents choose a child care facility based on price and location

"For new parents, it is a scary decision," said Teresa Matheny.

Matheny is a senior vice president with Episcopal Children Services, a nonprofit agency.

"If you haven't chosen a child care before, how would you know what to look for," she said.

Child safety event offers biometric fingerprinting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As parents, you know the importance of having your child finger printed, but if you have the old ink prints, they're outdated. A child safety event this weekend is offering to update your records for free.

"This is so important for parents," said Central Florida firefighter Frank Martin. He's using an FBI-approved program called LifePrint at a child safety event today on the Southside. Martin says if your child goes missing, one of the greatest leads for investigators is trace evidence - any palm or finger print that provides evidence of your child's presence.

"The first thing we do is we put the child's name in," Martin said, walking us through the process. "Then we take a digital photograph and then we do all of their finger prints."

6 cars involved in Southside accident, 8 taken to hospital

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Six cars were involved in a Southside accident Thursday night.

FHP says a white Cadillac was traveling south on Southside Blvd when it crossed over the median into the northbound lanes.

The car then struck five other cars. Sgt. Dylan Bryan with FHP said it is not known at this time what caused the car to drive over the median.

Eight people were taken to Shands, but none had serious or life-threatening injuries, according to Sgt. Bryan.

Two children were involved in the crash but not injured.

All northbound lanes of Southside were closed for about two hours Thursday night.