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Man falls 12 feet at Castillo de San Marcos

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A 71-year-old man was injured Friday afternoon after he fell at the Castillo de San Marcos.

The fall happened just before noon, when the man was walking along a wall that abuts the historic fort. According to National Park Service Ranger Kim Mayo, he fell 12 feet to the ground. The man was intially taken to Flagler Hospital, and then airlifted to UF Health at Jacksonville.

No update on his condition was immediately available.

Intruders broke bongs during robbery

St. Augustine, Fla. -- Police are attempting to identify suspects who broke into a Smokers Depot and damaged several bongs inside the display case.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Department responded to the Smokers Depot located on 525 SR-16 for a reported robbery early Thursday morning.

When the deputies arrived they noticed the front glass window had been smashed.

The business owner informed police that an empty box that once contained a humidifier had been stolen.

Surveillance video showed two male suspects enter Smokers Depot through the front window, grab the box and leave.

The owner told police the damages as a result of the robbery were approximately $835.

St. Johns home invasion may be drug-related

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is investigating a Monday night attempted home invasion robbery that may be narcotics-related.

Two armed suspects forced their way into a home in the 700 block of Duval Street after banging on the door and yelling "Police, Police," according to a release from SJSO Media Relations Officer Kevin Kelshaw.

A friend visiting the home, 32-year-old Jamar Hamilton, exchanged gunfire with the suspects and was hit in the abdomen. Hamilton was taken to UF Health at Jacksonville and is in serious, yet stable, condition.

Anyone with any information concerning this investigation is asked to contact SJSO Detective Eugene Tolbert at (904) 209-3985. You can also remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-(888) 277-TIPS (8477).

Get a free, sober ride home tonight

JACKSONVILLE, FLA-- We want you to get the new year started off safely so put this number in your phone, 885-286-9246.

855-286-9246 is the phone number to AAA's Tow-To-Go program.  You don't have to be a AAA member to use the service, it just gets you a safe, free ride home and saves you from driving intoxicated.

"New Year's Eve is the busiest night of the year for the Tow to Go program because so many motorists seem to be more inclined to use a designated driver but don't always have someone willing to be one in their own party during the biggest celebration of the year," said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, AAA–The Auto Club Group. "We prepare our call center teams and tow truck service providers for weeks in advance, so we can manage the increased call volume that's typical of this time of year."

New Year's Eve in St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. -- St. Augustine Beach started its New Year's celebration early.

The St. Augustine Beach Blast Off started Monday and will continue Tuesday at the St. Augustine Beach Pier.

A chili cook-off at the Blast Off is a qualifier for the World Chili Championship.

There are live bands Monday and Tuesday, plenty of games for the family and lots of food.

Vendors come from across the southeast to the Beach Blast Off.

The event runs Monday and Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fireworks will be at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Two thousand people were expected Monday. Fifteen thousand people are expected Tuesday, according to event organizers.

St. Augustine Beach considers new golf cart law

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. -- St. Augustine Beach city commissioners are considering an ordinance to regulate golf carts on streets within city limits.

Resident Patrick Shartran supports the ordinance. In fact, he has put new features on his golf cart just in case the ordinance passes.

"Brake lights and a turn signal. I'm just waiting to see what happens with everything," Shartran said.

Golf carts can already travel on some streets in Florida if they are street legal, according to golf cart dealer Larry Koscoe. The carts must have certain features.

"Headlights, taillights, brake lights, horn, turn signals, windshield, wipers, seatbelts," Koscoe explained.  

The owner has to also have the vehicle weighed and must take it to the DMV in Jacksonville for a license plate.

Police looking for 3 alleged robbery suspects

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Augustine Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying three subjects who allegedly used the credit/debit cards of a robbery victim.

The victim was robbed on Dec. 15 and the cards were used at Race Track, Hardee's and Walmart on Normandy Boulevard in Jacksonville, according to a release from the St. Augustine Police Department.

The two male subjects bought two gun holsters, black gloves and two-way radios.

If you have any information about this crime you are asked to call SAPD Det. Kevin Carroll at (904) 209-3485 or Northeast Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-8477 (TIPS). You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.