Suspects sought in St. Augustine home invasion


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Johns County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a pair of men and a black Volkswagen following a home invasion turned armed robbery at a St. Augustine home over the weekend.

The victim, who was joined by his wife and her 12-year-old son, had just returned home before 10 p.m. Saturday when a pair of men barged into his garage and robbed him at gunpoint, according to the Sheriff's Office. Now investigators are searching for two men and a vehicle seen leaving the home.

The victim had just gotten out of his car and was in his garage, located on Paradise Pond Road, when the suspects jumped him and threw him to the ground, deputies said. One of them struck him with a handgun and demanded money, the victim told investigators.

The pair left with some cash, jewelry and a woman's purse.

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Building St. Augustine's Great Cross


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — There is one thing in St. Augustine that literally stands above the rest: The Great Cross.

Most people see it when they drive through St. Augustine, but few know the story behind it.

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The Great Cross is as tall as a 20 story building. It stands above the tree tops and can be seen for miles.

"It is the exclamation point to the skyline in St. Augustine," Warren Clark said. He's my father. He and I enjoy visiting The Mission of Nombre de Dios where the cross stands.

We both agree that when we visit The Great Cross we have a feeling of connection there.

Skeletal remains found by fishermen near San Sebastian River


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Skeletal remains were discovered by two fishermen in the San Sebastian River on Sunday, officials said.

The St. Augustine Police Department is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with information that could lead to the identification of the remains.

In an official report from the St. Augustine Police Department, two men fishing near the northern end of the San Sebastian River by the new US 1 bridge discovered human remains at the shoreline at 9:30 a.m.

The skeletal remains could not help in any way identify who the person found was, according to SAPD. The medical examiner on scene estimated that the body had been there for a year.

The report also lists the area they found the body as an old transient camp.

If you have information relating to this case, the St. Augustine Police Department can be reached at 904-825-1070.


St. Augustine Mayor calls for audit of 450th contracts


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The mayor of St. Augustine is asking for something that the rest of the city commission is not so sure about: an audit.

Newly elected Mayor Nancy Shaver is calling for all city contracts dealing with the 450th celebration be audited.

Shaver raised the issue at the tail end of the last city commission meeting and the other four commissioners did not support it. Some were concerned about how much time and money it would cost.

Shaver placed the issue on Monday's city commission agenda.

She said she wanted to ask the city manager about "how to proceed" and about "options" in order to review the 450th contracts.

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Shoring up the St. Augustine seawall


ID=25222431ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine wants to strengthen a weak link in its seawall.

A portion of the seawall in downtown St. Augustine is lower than the rest.

It's the area between the Bridge of Lions and the Santa Maria Restaurant.

City officials say it's anywhere from 1.5 to 2 feet lower than the elevated and newly reconstructed seawall further that runs from the Santa Maria Restaurant south to the Florida National Guard Headquarters.

Sam Adukiewicz is the harbormaster at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina on the bayfront. The marina sits right in the middle of the area of the seawall that is lower than the newly reconstructed seawall.

Police nab purse snatching suspects in St. Augusstine


ST. AUGUSTINE- St. Augustine Police say they caught two purse snatching suspects just minutes after the crime took place.

Police were called to the intersection of Riberia Street and Carrera Street just after 7 p.m. Tuesday night. Police say that's where the victim, 25, was knocked over by two men on bicycles and her purse stolen.

While an officer was relaying suspect description information, another officer spotted the suspects crossing U.S. 1. Officers gave chase and were able to track down the two suspects, one of whom had the victim's purse.

Police have arrested Marlon Jermaine Lewis, 19, of St. Augustine and a 15-year-old male. Lewis is charged with robbery, battery, trespassing ,and resisting officers. The juvenile faces three counts.


Deputies: Small arsenal stolen from St. Johns Co. home


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Deputies in St. Johns County are trying to find out who broke into a couple's home Monday and stole a small arsenal.

Seven guns 10,000 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition were reported stolen after someone ransacked a home in the 1900 block of County Road 13A in unincorporated St. Johns County, according to an incident report.

The weapons along with two TVs, an iPad and a drill are valued at about $4,400.

According to the report, one of victims arrived home from work Monday evening and opened the garage door only to be greeted by her dog. That's when she noticed the interior door was open and called 911, the victim told investigators.