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Adorable baby owl rescued in St John's County

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A motorist scooped up a baby owl in need of someone who gave a hoot.

According to St. Johns County Fire Rescue, a motorist flagged down firefighters to pass off an injured, baby owl found on the side of the road early Friday morning.

The injured owl was given to firefighters, carefully wrapped in a warm, red shirt and was swiftly transported back to Station 7.

Firefighters made contact with the Humane Association of Wildlife Care and Education (HAWKE) animal rescue in St. Johns County and advised them of the injured animal, according to SJCFR.

The baby owl was transported to the HAWKE facility and turned over for medical care.

Family of 3 loses home in early morning fire

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Johns County Fire Rescue and the St. Augustine Fire Department responded to a residential fire early Thursday morning.

Fire crews arrived on scene around 7 a.m. at a home in the 100 block of Stewart Street and heavy smoke and flames were showing, according to St. Johns County Fire Rescue Lt. Bob Snell. The fire was under control by 7:20 a.m.

All residents of the home were evacuated and no injuries have been reported. A family of three, two adults and a teen, were displaced by the fire and the American Red Cross responded to provide assistance.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Bill Murray's brother arrested for DUI in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The brother of actor and comedian Bill Murray was arrested for driving under the influence after he was seen driving though front yards in World Golf Village early Wednesday morning. 

According to a St. Johns County Sheriff's Office police report, John Collins Murray, 55, was spotted by a security officer driving his 2000 Oldsmobile Aurora though yards in the St. Andrews neighborhood of the World Golf Village around 1 a.m.

Fearing for the safety of the residents, the security officer followed the car and called police. 

When deputies arrived Murray's car was stopped in the middle of Island Green Drive and he was slumped over the steering wheel with the engine running, according to the offense report. 

Once a deputy yelled through the window to wake Murray, he made a staggering exit from the vehicle with blood-shot eyes and smelling of alcohol, according to SJCSO. 

Family calls for independent investigation in police shooting

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The family of a man shot by a St. Johns County
police officer December 11 is requesting an independent investigation.

The
cause of 64-year-old Rodney Wayne Stevens' death has been determined by
the District Medical Examiner to be a gunshot wound to the head. The
deputy who shot Stevens is 29-year-old Thomas C. Coward, according to a
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Catherine Payne release.

RELATED: 911 calls released in fatal officer-involved shooting

Coward, who has been with the Sheriff's Office since July 2004, is currently on paid administrative leave.

Deputies say Stevens had three warrants out for his arrest: felony battery, tampering with a witness and grand theft.

Officers
were called to the home in the 300 block of Katnack Road after reports
of a person being armed and threatening others in the home.

Man sues St. Augustine over anchoring rights

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- "You can't argue with the constitution," Michael 'Wolfy' MacDougall said Monday.

He's been on the water 50 of his 62 years. MacDougall lives on a sailboat currently anchored in the San Sebastian River in St. Augustine.

MacDougall has filed a federal lawsuit against individual St. Augustine city officials and the state regarding the city's mooring system.

The mooring program was put in place with a city ordinance a few years ago. It allows boaters to connect to buoys strategically placed in St. Augustine's waterways. It's a way to regulating where boats can stay on the water. The city of St. Augustine's website promotes the mooring fields provide security, safety and environmental benefits.

"This is totally unconstitutional. The constitution states anchoring is an act of navigation," MacDougall said.

Suspect cut hole in roof, robbed gas station

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The search is on for a gas station robbery suspect in St. Augustine.

Detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office responded to the Kangaroo Express in the 2800 block of US 1 early Monday morning.

The business was robbed by a male suspect who allegedly cut a hole in the roof of the gas station and hid inside the manager's office until the business opened.

When the manager arrived for work around 5:30 a.m., preparing to open the store, she saw the suspect in the office area.

The suspect explained to the victim that he had lost his job and demanded cash for his children's Christmas.

SJCSO said the victim when to the front of the store and gave the suspect an undetermined amount of money.

The suspect then escorted the victim back to the rear office and then he fled from the store.

According to police, no weapon was displayed during the robbery and no one was injured.

Crash on St. Augustine bridge kills one

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man died after crashing head-on with another car just off of the SR 312 bridge in St. Augustine Saturday. 

The incident happened around 5 p.m. on the east side of the bridge, according to the St. Augustine Police Department. 

The driver was heading westbound down the SR 312 bridge and lost control of his vehicle.

He crossed the median struck a vehicle in the eastbound lane. 

The driver died at the scene and his passenger is in the hospital in critical condition, according to police.

The driver and passenger of the second vehicle were taken to Flagler Hospital, treated and released.

Traffic Homicide Investigators are continuing their investigation.