St. Augustine man convicted of burglarizing home, grand theft


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A St. Augustine man was convicted Wednesday of burglarizing a home and stealing electronics and jewelry, authorities say.

Chase Todd Cameron, 33, was caught on a surveillance camera during the burglary and later confessed to taking some of the items, according to the State Attorney's Office for Florida's Seventh Judicial Circuit.

Camera was previously released from prison in May 2014 after serving two years for several prior grand theft convictions.

Cameron faces a maximum possible penalty of 20 years.


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St. Johns County Commissioners mulling Charlotte's Web


ID=30490419ST. JOHN'S COUNTY, Fla. -- A St. Johns County mother is one of many parents on the First Coast hoping to treat their children with a form of medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web.

On Tuesday afternoon, county commissioners discussed ways to move forward with possibly growing the low-potency marijuana there. Parents enduring sleepless nights waiting for access to Charlotte's Web say they're tired and frustrated, and that immediate action needs to be taken.

Michelle Vinzant repairs and creates jewelry for a living. But she can't seem to fix what her 15-year-old daughter, Marley, struggles with daily.

Half-cent sales tax on November ballot for St. Johns County


ID=30493283ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Johns County voters will decide whether to raise their sales tax by a half-cent. Tuesday, county commissioners approved a measure to put the increase on a special elections ballot in November.

School leaders say they need the extra income to keep up with the growth in county schools.

"We are two schools behind and we have not even absorbed the growth coming in to us this summer, so about the middle of the year we'll be maybe four schools behind," said Bev Slough, chairman for the St. John's County School Board.

Man found dead in home in St. Augustine after SWAT call out


ST. AUGUSTINE — A man has been found dead inside a home on Cabbage Hammock Road in St. Augustine Tuesday morning after St. Johns County SWAT replied to a home there, authorities said.

SJCSO deputies were first called to respond to a sick person in a ditch near the home, but when they arrived they said they heard gunshots from a nearby home.

Deputies then called SWAT and established a perimeter.

SJCSO said that evidence at the scene made it appear that the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and that the man was home alone. Deputies stress the investigation is ongoing and say that the exact cause of the death is still being determined.

The neighborhood was evacuated as a precaution, SJCSO said.

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Nation's Oldest City sees increase in younger tourists


ID=30441451ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Businesses in the nation's oldest city are realizing they need to lure in younger tourists.

According to a recent tourism survey, tourists don't want the same old things they used to on vacation.

That means places like St. Johns County – which thrives on tourism – are having to take shake things up in order to keep seeing the money-spending guests.

A St. Johns County survey from the first half of 2015 shows a slight increase in the guests who are labeled Millennials and Generations X'er's. It also shows a decline in the number of baby boomers, according to Glenn Hastings with the county's tourist development council.

SJCSO investigating EZ Money pawn shop in St. Augustine


ID=30162631ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office has served a search warrant at EZ Money pawn shop after a lengthy investigation.

The raid started Tuesday morning at the pawn shop on U.S. 1 in St. Augustine.

Deputies are looking for alleged stolen property and are going through every single item in the pawn shop. According to SJCSO, deputies could be there for two days and the mobile command center is on site.

Deputies will load whatever is seen as necessary as part of the investigation into a trailer that was brought to the store.

Charlotte's Web marijuana could be grown in St. Johns County


ST. AUGUSTINE — The official variety of Charlotte's Web, a strain of marijuana that's used to help treat seizures in children with epilepsy and patients with severe muscle spasms or cancer, is expected to be grown in St. Johns County if a local nursery is awarded one of a limited number of licenses by the Florida Department of Health.

Loop's Nursery & Greenhouses has its headquarters off Old Middleburg Road in Jacksonville, but its main production facility is off Race Track Road in St. Johns County.

"And that's where we'll be producing Charlotte's Web," said David Loop, president of Loop's Nursery, which has been around for about 66 years.