Another tragic crash has officers urging safety before holidays


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The latest car vs. pedestrian case in St. Johns County happened on US 1 South, just in front of the southern entrance to the St. Augustine Shores neighborhood. Meanwhile, law enforcement is urging safety on the roads, just before the busy holiday weekend.

It was dark outside Monday night just after 9:30, along the stretch of US 1 South with few streetlights. That's when the Florida Highway Patrol says Matthew Chrest, 19, walked across the highway.

Troopers say he did not use the cross walk.

According to a FHP report, two drivers – who both had the green light – drove through the intersection, and both cars hit the young man.

Chrest was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

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Meth lab discovered in waterfront condos surprises neighbors


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Deputies discovered a suspected meth lab Monday night in St. Johns County.

The search warrant was served at the Conquistador Condominiums. It's typically a quiet community in the St. Augustine Shores neighborhood, so the discovery has many neighbors surprised.

"I'm shocked because it's a block away literally and it's in the beautiful area of the Shores and on the intra-coastal," Jeanmarie Gallagher said. She lives in the St. Augustine Shores neighborhood.

"It's an active community. People out running, walking. So you don't think about hidden things here," she said.

The news of a possible meth lab inside the Conquistadors rattles her and other neighbors. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office worked off intelligence which led investigators to discover the meth lab in one of the condos.

Hit and run victim was well-liked waiter


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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Three hit and run cases happened in St. Augustine over the weekend.

Two of them were fatal.

Related: Hit and run victim found dead on side of road

One of the victims, Madison Meyer, 26, was left for dead while after he and his bicycle were hit.

Meyer worked at Café Solo on Aviles Street in St. Augustine.

Owner and chef Angelo Moneta has trouble believing his recent hire is gone.

Man buys one city block full of historic homes


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- One man just bought a city block of historic homes in St. Augustine.

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The complex is the former Dow Museum of Historic Places.

Earlier this month, David Corneal purchased the property for $1.7 million. It has 9 historic houses on it.

"Why not? As you get older, the risk becomes less and less," Corneal grinned.

Crews are already working on the site at the corner of Bridge Street and Cordova in downtown St. Augustine. The homes and beautiful gardens are in need of some TLC.

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Beekeeping in FL increases, but a bee die-off continues


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Beekeeping has become popular in Florida.

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According to Master Beekeeper Bo Sterk in St. Augustine, there were about 400 – 500 beekeepers in the state when he started 20 years ago, and now there are about 3,500 beekeepers in the Sunshine State.

"A lot of people are getting involved with beekeeping. It's a great hobby," Sterk said.

However, the surge in beekeeping hasn't stopped the epidemic bee die-off across the country. Every year, about a third of honey bees die in the U.S.

Parts of downtown St. Augustine construction nears completion


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Some local businesses are ready to recover after a street and utility construction projection walloped their bottom lines in the last six months.

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Hypolita Street in St. Augustine appears to be nearly complete. It's just off of popular St. George Street, and it will be completely open to pedestrians this weekend, according to Reuben Franklin, an engineer with the city.

This comes just as the Nights of Lights are turned on and the holiday visitors start packing the city streets this weekend.

VA considers sites for temporary clinic in St. Johns County


ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The future of the VA clinic in St. Johns County is still uncertain. Meanwhile the Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced major restructuring of the department this week.

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At the Veterans Day event in St. Augustine, the future of the VA clinic in the county was on people's minds.

Just ask veteran Ronald Covato.

"Who knows where they're going to put it! I don't think anybody knows," Covato said.