Armed carjacker nabs a 1965 Ford Shelby Cobra during test drive

ST. AUGUSTINE — While on a dealer test drive in a red 1965 Ford Shelby Cobra Saturday afternoon, 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 Cobra.

The suspect is described by police as being in his 50s, 6-foot, 240 lbs., with blue eyes and a bald head. In the surveillance photo of him, he can be seen wearing a dark shirt, dark basketball shorts, with reading glasses.

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American Pharoah has relatives to First Coast horses

ST AUGUSTINE — The Belmont Stakes is here and the latest "super horse" American Pharaoh has just won the coveted Triple Crown.


It's been called the one of the hardest titles to win in sports.

But what you might not know is that we have descendants of that famous horse right here on the First Coast at the Diamonds in the Rough Horse Farm.

Man flown to hospital after striking palm tree in St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE — A man was flown to UF-Health in Jacksonville after striking a palm tree with his car in St. Augustine Saturday afternoon.

The single-car crash occurred around 2:15 p.m. John Wesley Heath III was going Southbound on US-1 when, for unknown reasons, he lost control of his car and struck a palm tree in the median of the road.

The tree he struck ripped the left-front tire and door off of his car. It ejected Heath from his car.

The driver's condition is currently unknown, but because of the extent of his injuries he was flown by helicopter to UF-Health in Jacksonville.

The crash shut down the Southbound lanes of US-1 at San Carlos Avenue for two hours on Saturday.

The investigation is ongoing, but at this time police said it was unclear if speeding or alcohol contributed to this crash in any way.

No road closures planned as repairs begin on Vilano Bridge

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Construction is scheduled to begin on the Vilano Bridge in St. Augustine next Monday, June 8. No lane closures are currently planned, but some shoulders may be used to allow equipment access.

The Florida Department of Transportation's project to repair and replace portions of the fender system beneath Vilano Bridge is expected to be completed by Fall 2015.

The fender system assists in guiding boats through the channel and protects the bridge's piers. Boaters are encouraged to use caution while moving through the area.

The majority of the work is supposed to be done from barges beneath the bridge.

According to the FDOT, repairs will only take place during weekdays.

Hal Jones Contractor Inc. is the hired crew on this project. It is projected to coast $1.4 million.

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Deputies: Man found dead after missing work

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A man who didn't show up for work Friday was found dead in a home in St. Johns County, where investigators also found a small-scale marijuana grow operation, authorities said.


On Saturday, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office identified the man as William Carey, 43, of St. Augustine.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office and a St. Johns County Fire Rescue Hazmat team were called to the scene, located in the 500 block of Deerfield Road, at some point, deputies said.

Foul play is not suspected at this time, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Brawl at St. Augustine bar goes viral

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- Video of a brawl that happened Sunday night at the Conch House in St. Augustine has gone viral on social media.


Police were called to the bar around 8 p.m. Video shows patrons and several employees involved in the melee, including some patrons who were pretty bloodied up.

An estimated 500 people were at the event though police don't know exactly how many people were involved in the fight.

St. Augustine Police tell First Coast News that they are looking into reports that people were thrown into the water during the brawl.

One person was taken to the hospital and several other received minor injuries in the brawl.

The "Thank You" lady takes time at every single gravesite

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- There was a touching scene at the National Cemetery in St. Augustine on Monday.

Long after the crowd had dispersed from the Memorial Day Ceremony, a lone woman was walking in the cemetery.

She was walking slowly down every row.

She was looking at every single grave site.

First Coast News reporter Jessica Clark spotted the woman walking. She asked the woman what she was doing.

Her answer... looking at every single name and saying "thank you."

She said, "that's what we're supposed to do."

She made the names on the tombstones personal, by thanking each person individually who is buried in the cemetery.

When asked to do an interview, she politely declined and pointed to the sky, saying "this is his work."