Sheriff: Autistic man targeted in St. Augustine deadly shooting

ID=32148285ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — An autistic man fatally shot Tuesday at a St. Augustine condominium complex was targeted, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Carl Starke, 36, of St. Augustine, was at Wal-Mart Tuesday when the suspects spotted him in the parking lot, decided he was a "soft" target and followed him home with the intention of stealing his car, said St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar at a news conference Friday afternoon.

The sheriff said the suspects did not steal his car, but instead "murdered Carl in cold blood in our county."

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St. Johns Sheriff: Duval teens responsible for crime spree

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Many people move from Duval to St. Johns County for what they believe are better schools and safer neighborhoods.

However some of that crime may be crossing county lines now, according to some of the top law enforcement officials in the county. They are blaming a recent crime wave, including the murder of Carl Starke, 36, on suspects coming down from Jacksonville/Duval County.

The statements came from both the county's sheriff, David Shoar, and St. Augustine Police Chief Loren Luders.

"Our county has changed, unfortunately it's not for the better," Luders said at a press conference Friday afternoon.

Shoar says there have been 4-5 incidents in the past week alone of car burglaries and thefts where the suspects arrested came from Duval County.

Transformer explosion temporarily closes St. Augustine Walmart

ST. AUGUSTINE — A transformer explosion early Sunday morning forced an evacuation of the Walmart on U.S. 1 in St. Augustine, according to a spokesperson with St. Johns County Fire Rescue.

The explosion occurred at 7:30 a.m. and the store did not reopen until 10:30 a.m. that same morning. The store was evacuated after it lost power.

'Hustler Hollywood' coming to St. Augustine Outlets

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Hustler Hollywood, part of Larry Flynt's Hustler empire, is coming to St. Augustine.

The store, which calls itself "an upscale, modern erotic boutique dedicated to providing a sophisticated shopping experience for the sexually curious," will open Aug. 24 in St. Augustine outlets, at Florida 16 and I-95. A grand opening celebration will be held Sep. 5.

Among the items featured on its website are Gummie Panties, Fatty Patty The Jumbo Love Doll and an entire section devoted to BDSM, which apparently can involve whips, chains and some devices whose purposes aren't quite clear.

But the website also says it has a knowledgeable staff.

The chain has 14 stores around the country. The only other one in Florida is in Fort Lauderdale.

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Shoppers line up for H&M Opening at St. Augustine Outlets

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla.- It's the news some shoppers have been waiting months for. The new H&M at St. Augustine Outlets opens for business Thursday at Noon.


The new store will carry H&M's line of mens and womens clothing, young ladies and young mens sections, plus "store within a store" sections for accessories, lingerie, cosmetics, maternity sports appparel, and their plus-sized line H&M+.

St. Augustine residents split over proposed inn

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A proposed inn or hotel in St. Augustine appears to be dividing a neighborhood.

The St. Augustine City Commission is meeting Monday evening with plans to discuss the rezoning of the property where a man wants to create the inn.

It sits on the corner of Bridge and Cordova streets.

If you look around the neighborhood just south of downtown St. Augustine, the yards signs show the division. Some neighbors support something called a planned unit development (PUD), and others do not.

"The community gets along so well and all of a sudden it's contentious as to different viewpoints," said St. George Street resident Donna King-O'Loughlin said.

This PUD pertains to the former Dow Museum property.