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Man charged with sexual assault and battery

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A man has been charged with sexual assault after he allegedly took advantage of an acquaintance while she was intoxicated.

Curtis Leroy Williams, 43, was arrested on charges of sexual assault and battery Tuesday afternoon stemming from an incident that occurred early Monday morning.

Williams' victim allegedly flagged down another woman while walking on West King Street early Monday morning. The victim claimed she had been sexually assaulted and was given a ride to the fire station and the St. John's Sheriff's Office was notified.

An investigation revealed that the alleged sexual assault occurred in the early morning hours of Monday at a residence near the suspect's home after the two were hanging out with another friend. The third person left and the victim continued to party and that's when Williams allegedly sexually assaulted the victim.

The victim was transported to Flagler Hospital for treatment.

Two injured in early morning motorcycle crash

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Two people were transported to the hospital Wednesday morning following a motorcycle accident in the 500 block of Anastasia Boulevard.

According to a St. Johns County Fire and Rescue Facebook post, an unidentified man and woman were sent to Flagler Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Paramedics and firefighters arrived at the scene around 2:00 a.m. and reported that the victims suffered severe head injuries, the post detailed.

The victims were not immediately transported by air ambulance to UF Health Jacksonville trauma center because of poor flying weather.

No other information about the crash is provided at this time. 

 

 

Sexual predator arrested for failure to register

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. --  St. Johns County Sheriff's Office arrested a man for failing to register as a sexual predator.

On Tuesday, police responded to a disturbance at American Inn motel located on S.R. 16. The deputies were able to confirm that Kirby Donnell Miller Jr., 28, was the victim of the disturbance and he had declined to press charges.

Afterwards, the deputies conducted a computer check and found that Miller was a Sexual Predator with an address in Duval County.

Miller was arrested and charged with failure to register as a sexual predator and for failing to change/renew the information on his ID card within 48 hours.

Miller had been living at the motel since the middle of September and he did not register his new address.

Police also found that Miller was employed at Hilton Bay Front hotel in St. Augustine as a housekeeper.

 

St. Augustine wants more Latino tourists

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Isabela Alanso has had her store, Isabella's, in downtown St. Augustine for decades.

"I sell cigars, the best cigars," she proclaimed.

In her shop are Cuban cigars, soap from Spain, Hispanic food and Spanish wine.

She also proudly flies her Cuban flag next to her U.S. flag outside, and she says it's like a magnet for Latino tourists.

"They like to see that. They are proud of me being here because there aren't many Spanish people here," Alanso said.

The City of St. Augustine and the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau are targeting Latinos and Hispanic American tourists.

"It's largely an untapped market right now," said Dana Ste. Claire with the City of St. Augustine.

Pedro Menendez supports students fighting cancer

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- On Monday, we showed you the huge pink rally at Pedro Menendez High School in St. Augustine. But you haven't met all the guests of honor.

A special guest named is Makinley Rain because it was raining when she was born. But now, Makinley is facing the biggest storm of her life as she faces leukemia. PMHS decided it's a good time to focus on everyone fighting any type of cancer.

Also during the rally, the high school students were cheering on another 12-year-old named Charlotte. Her dad is on the school board and she is dealing with a tough medical struggle but she is staying positive and  going to school when she can.

If you want to show your support for Charlotte or Makinley, just contact PMHS in St. Augustine.

2 bike crashes in 2 days near same intersection

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Two bicycle crashes took place in two days, near the same intersection in St. Augustine.

Katie Kendall was working at a dry cleaners on the corner of U.S. 1 and Wildwood Drive last week. She could see emergency vehicles at the intersection, and then a customer told her what was happening.

"They said 'it looked like there's a bike crumpled up in the middle of the road, and I was just like, 'awful!' That's because I ride my bike here every day," Katie noted.

Thursday, a Florida Highway Patrol report said a cyclist tried to cross at the intersection but he had a red light. A car, which had a green light, hit the cyclist, the report stated.

One day later, just about 200 feet north of the same intersection at Deltona Boulevard, a trooper's report indicated a cyclist tried to cross U.S. 1 in the path of cars, and a car hit the cyclist.

Heart of the Game: Motivating from the sidelines

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Sam Williar suits up for every practice and game at St. Joseph's in St. Augustine.

"Being on the football team is great," he said.

Williar has Asperger Syndrome. It's a high functioning form of autism.  That's not something that's stopping Williar.

Though he doesn't get much time on the field, Williar spends his time on the sidelines cheering on his teammates, and motivating them.

"He does contribute a lot with his character and his demeanor," said Thompson Hinman, who's the starting quarterback at St. Joseph's and Williar's best friend on the team.

"I will say the team is better because of Sam Williar. He makes everyone around him better," said Hinman.

Williar, along with his parents, said being part of the football team, and being so accepted, is helping him in every other part of his life.

"I feel like I made some progress," Williar said.