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Florida Foreclosures on the Rise Again

After a year-long reprieve from rising foreclosures, the numbers are going up again.

One in every 624 U.S. households received a foreclosure filing in January, up 3 percent from the previous month, according to a new report from RealtyTrac.  Foreclosure activity froze in many states in 2011, due to processing delays after fraud, or so-called "Robo-signing," were uncovered in the fall of 2010.  The thaw is now on.

Search Warrant Leads to Drug Arrest

KINGSLAND, Ga. -- A woman's efforts to flush drugs down a toilet were not enough to prevent her from being arrested.

February 8th members of the Camden County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a home on Wren Road in Kingsland.

As they were searching the house they heard the toilet flushing in the bathroom.

Inside the bathroom police found 32-year-old Jennifer Rae Emahiser attempting to flush "a variety of illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia down the toilet," according to a release.

Emahiser's efforts to flush away the drugs did not prove effective.  Not only did police find marijuana floating in the toilet bowl but the suspect's attempts to dispose of the drugs clogged the toilet.

According to police in the toilet reservoir and scattered on the bathroom floor they found crystal methamphetamine, syringes and "other tools used to introduce illegal narcotics into the human body."

Ga. Students Perform Well on AP Exams

ATLANTA -- More Georgia students than ever before are taking Advanced Placement exams and getting the scores necessary to recieve college credit while still in high school.
 
The College Board, which administers the exams, released its annual report Wednesday showing that Georgia ranks 13th in the country for the percentage of students scoring 3 or higher on the tests. Nearly 20 percent of students in the state passed muster on the tests, compared to the national average of 18 percent.
 
And more than 38 percent of seniors in the state's public high schools took an exam, compared to 20 percent in 2001. Georgia ranks second in the nation for the number of black students scoring a 3 or higher on the exams with 12 percent, compared to 4 percent for the nation.

LoveTown USA Comes to Kingsland!

KINGSLAND, Ga. -- Are you ready? It is finally here. The official start of the filming of the TV series LoveTown USA.  It's being called  Love Rally. It is scheduled for this Sunday, Feb. 12th at the waterfront in St. Marys from 2pm until 5pm. The whole community is invited to come out for a festive kick-off to the TV series LOVETOWN USA. It's being filmed in Camden County. And, the filming this Sunday will lead off the show's first episode on the Opray Winfrey Network.

Over Half a Million Dollars Returned to Sheriff's Office

WOODBINE, Ga. -- A Department of Justice audit of the Camden County Sheriff's Office Federal Seized Asset Program has resulted in $527,000 being returned to the sheriff's office.

The DOJ audited 18 months out of the 24 years Bill Smith was sheriff of Camden County.  During their audit they found he had misspent $662,000.  As a result of this finding the Camden County Sheriff's Office and Smith were barred from participating in the federal seized asset program.

The funds returned to the sheriff's office were seized in traffic stops during 2011.  Under the Equitable Sharing Program of the DOJ, the federal government processes seized assets and returns them to local and state agencies once a clearly defined purpose is listed.  These purposes may include training and/or purchasing new equipment.

FCN Presents a National Signing Day Special, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

First Coast News will be airing a live half-hour special on National Signing Day on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on ABC-25.

We'll be showing video from more than 20 local high schools as dozens of student-athletes will be signing letters of intent to accept athletic scholarships to the colleges of their choice.

We'll also break down the recruiting classes for the Gators, Noles, Bulldogs, Hurricanes, and more. 

We'll hear from Will Muschamp and Jimbo Fisher, plus we'll be joined live in studio by one of the top recruits in the Class of 2013, Bishop Kenny wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood.

To stay up to date with all of the developments surrounding National Signing Day, visit http://jacksonville.highschoolsports.net.

5 Things You Need to Know Today: Jan. 31

1. Eat a Banana to Honor Ham!: On this day in 1961 Ham the Chimp became the first hominid launched into outer space.

2. There’s An App for That, but You Won't Use It: Consumers ignore most apps on their smartphones. Of smartphone owners, 68% open only five or fewer apps at least once a week, finds a survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

3. Contacts Lenses Don’t Discriminate: An elephant in Amsterdam's zoo has made history after being fitted with a jumbo-sized contact lens following an eye injury, a statement said Monday.