Governor Scott honors St. Johns County veterans


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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- It was a packed house in St. Augustine as Governor Rick Scott made a special presentation to recognize the contributions to country made by veterans.

Scott presented the Governor's Veterans Service Award to 342 veterans by individually presenting each veteran their medal.

"We are clearly the most military veteran friendly state in the nation," said Scott following the 90 minute ceremony.

Tony McIntyre was among the vets who made the trip..

"I am overwhelmed right now," said McIntyre who served two tours in Vietnam. " I have not been overwhelmed since I left the military," said McIntyre.

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Driver 'stable,' deputy unhurt after patrol car crash


ID=29144507ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A St. Johns County Sheriff's deputy escaped unscathed after a speeding car flipped over his patrol car Monday night, authorities said.

About 8:50 p.m., St. Augustine Police reported a driver that appeared to be speeding and driving recklessly in St. Augustine, putting deputies on the lookout, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office told First Coast News.

At some point near the intersection of West King Street and King Street, the driver was speeding. lost control and apparently flipped over a patrol car, spokesperson Chuck Mulligan said.

The driver, who has not been identified, was taken to Flagler Hospital in stable condition.

No injuries reported in St. Augustine plane incident


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- No one was hurt after a flight school plane had some kind of mishap and wound up on its nose at Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

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It happened about 2 p.m., according to St. Johns County Fire Rescue. There was one person on board at the time, firefighters said.

First Coast News has reached out to the Federal Aviation Administration for more information. We'll update this developing story when we hear back.


Foresters: Three wildfires burning in St. Johns


ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Two wildfires merged into one as firefighters tried to gain the upper hand battling the blazes in the RiverTown area of St. Johns County.

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What's now being called the RiverTown Fire has burned 84 acres and is 80% contained, Florida Forest Service spokesman Greg Dunn told First Coast News.

Dunn said flames crept as close as 400 yards to the nearest home.

A second fire in the Bombing Range area burned about 40 acres.

Monday night smoke continued to fill neighborhoods.

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Reggae Sunday's at Conch House resumes after free-for-all brawl


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Some described it as a disappointment, saying the Reggae Sundays event at the Conch House in St Augustine isn't quite the same now.

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"I love the atmosphere. I love the water and everything. There's nobody there. It's just really sad that it's come to this point," said Lisa Hart, a customer.

Hart said she goes to Reggae Sunday every weekend.

"There's like 80 people in there when it used to be 500-600 people," Hart complained.

Two weeks ago, a fight that reportedly started between two women, turned into a free-for-all.

Cellphone video captured the chaotic scene, and what appeared to be security guards fighting customers.

Owner: Conch House to resume Reggae Sunday


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Reggae Sundays will resume this weekend at the Conch House Marina Resort in St. Augustine.

Two weeks ago, the Conch House owner chose to stop the weekly event after a brawl took place during Reggae Sunday. The fight sent two people to the hospital and simple battery charges are pending against four people.

Now, the restaurant's owner plans to bring back the popular event on Sunday.

Jessica Clark spoke with the business's owner, David Ponce, who confirmed the news, on Monday. He said, "People will like the changes."

St. Augustine City Manager John Regan said he met with Ponce Monday. Regan said the changes include limiting the number of guests at 1,075. "I don't know how big Reggae Sunday was that last Sunday, but that's about half or a third of what it had been."

Stolen antique Ford Shelby Cobra found abandoned; suspect sought


ST. AUGUSTINE — The antique 1965 Ford Shelby Cobra stolen at gunpoint from a salesman was discovered abandoned less than a mile down the road on Monday.

The car was noticed by a passer-by around 7:30 a.m. at the end of Stokes Landing Road, near where it was originally taken.

The car was not damaged and the keys were left in the front seat.

While on a dealer test drive Saturday, a potential customer allegedly turned to an armed carjacker after pulling a gun on the salesman and forcing him from the vehicle.

The suspect then reportedly drove off toward US-1 North. Police went looking for the car with several deputies as well as a helicopter, but couldn't find the missing Ford.

The Ford belongs to Bozard Ford and is valued at $96,000.