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USF searches for unmarked graves at Dozier School for Boys

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Roger Kiser, a Brunswick, Ga. resident, describes himself as a survivor of the Dozier School for Boys.

"It has taken me 19 years to get anybody to believe the conditions there," he said.

Kiser was in the reform school in 1959, 1960 and 1961 and described the conditions as horrific.

"We saw many boys brought out of the white house, we know were dead, black and white, hauled out by wheelbarrow," said Kiser, "so we know there is bodies scattered all over the facility."

Kiser wrote the book the 'White House Boys - An American Tragedy' to reveal his experience. 

"If you stepped off the sidewalk, you got beat, if you ate too much you got beat, if you smiled you got beat, if you smiled too much you got beat. It was total terror," he said.

A terror he tried to recreate in a film. 

Name released in triathlon death

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. -- Authorities have released the name of the man who died in the Turtle Crawl Triathlon on Jekyll Island Saturday morning.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Christopher Petty, 44  has died.

A Georgia State Patrol operator said the initial call was for a cardiac problem and that Petty may have drowned, but an official cause has not been determined.

An operator with Georgia State Patrol said an autopsy will be performed Monday.

Eric Garvey of the Jekyll Island Authority confirmed a 44-year-odl man was rescued from the water by lifeguards. He says they started CPR but the man died at Southeast Georgia Health Systems Hospital in Brunswick.

Garvey said four to six people were pulled out of the water, but that is an average number during the triathlon, which is in its tenth year.

Garvey said there were 700 people involved in this year's event.

Clean Out Those Cabinets: Stamp Out Hunger is Saturday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Check your mailbox!  The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is Saturday and letter carriers have been dropping off donation bags at homes all over the First Coast this week.  

This is the 20th year of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive.  

The donation drive is designed to make giving easy.  All people have to do is put some non-perishable food in a bag and leave it by their mailboxes Saturday.  Postal workers will take the donations and transport them to Second Harvest of North Florida.  

School Board Members Want To Know Why Coach Misconduct Was Not Reported

PALATKA, Fla. -- A former Putnam County School District employee was arrested in 2010 on DUI charges. Now, that incident is raising questions in 2012.

Putnam County School Board members say they just learned that the district did not report the incident to the state's Office of Professional Practices.

Board member Nikki Cummings wants to know why the misconduct was never reported to the state until now.

"I feel it is important as a department and district we don't have to speculate," she said, "and we don't try to be a judge of the law and what needs to go to the state. That's the state's job."

The ex-employee is Kyle Rice, who was the Palatka high school football coach when the incident happened.

Cummings said state law requires the misconduct of a certified educator be reported with in 30 days to Department of Education's Office of Professional Practices.

Kitchen Remodel Company Leaves First Coast Home Undone

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Sandra Lott had to pay a second company to remodel her kitchen because the first company took her money and did nothing and she doesn't know where the company is located. 

"They go back from Miami to South Carolina to Jacksonville," said Lott.

In 2009, the Army Reserves nurse used money earned while serving in Iraq to pay a company called Extreme Kitchen Exclusive for a makeover.

"A family member recommended them," said Lott.

She paid them $8,609 up front, but it did nothing. She went to her credit card and recovered $5,000 for the cabinets. Lott said the company still owes her $3,609, which was paid by check, for granite countertops that were never delivered.

"We just want a refund," said Lott, "because nothing has ever been done."

Calls to the company's Miami and South Carolina locations were unnecessary. The president of Extreme Kitchen Exclusive is Scott Schneidermesser.

Four Arrested In Brunswick For Breaking Into Unlocked Cars

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The Glynn County Police Department has arrested four people after receiving reports that they were walking around an apartment complex parking lot looking for unlocked vehicles.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, police were alerted to people walking around the parking lot of the Fox Run Apartment Complex located at 100 Walden Shores Drive in Brunswick, according to a news release from Captain Marissa Tindale with the Glynn County Police Department.

Tindale said a resident called 911 to report a "suspicous" white Cutlass that several people had gotten out of and were checking for unlocked vehicles in the parking lot of the complex.

A little bit after 1:30 a.m., police officers stopped the car near the apartments.

FCATs Begin Today

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT, will be held this week for students across the state.

Kathryn LeRoy, Chief Academic Officer with Duval County Public Schools said there are some simple steps that parents can take to make sure their children are at their best.

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat a healthy, filling breakfast
  • Take time to relax outside of school
  • Don't try to "cram" for the test
  • Do not go to school or take the test when feeling under the weather

"There are makeup days," explained LeRoy. 

She said parents should also try to give their children positive reinforcement throughout testing.