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'This is Home' spotlight is on St. Augustine


St. Augustine, Fla. -- This week's spotlight is on what is known as the "Nation's Oldest City", the historical landmark of St. Augustine.

St. Augustine was founded in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles of Spain.

It's rich heritage has become a 'must see' city in Florida.

Trolley Tours will take you around the city to see places such as the Fountain of Youth, the Old Jail, Castillo de San Marcos, the Lightner Museum, Ripleys Believe it or not, Flager College, the Oldest House, San Sabastian Winery and more.

St. Augustine is also surrounded by several beaches and parks, including, Anastasia State Park (St. Augustine Beach), Vilano Beach, Crescent Beach, Washington Oaks State Park and much much more.

We want you to see for yourself what makes St. Augustine so amazing.

War memorial is overshadowed by electrical boxes

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A First Coast monument that is dedicated to war dead is easy to overlook because of its location near electrical boxes.

It will be moved, but the question is … to where?

Hubert Naumann served in World War II in the Navy. He now lives in St. Augustine and he didn't know until recently the city even had a monument which honors St. Augustine residents who died in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

"I usually walk through there every once in a while and look at stuff," Naumann said, "and I never saw the monument!"

And when he did see it, he was disgusted.

"It looks to be in bad shape. It's a disgrace to our boys that served and put their lives on the line," Naumann said.

The monument has been in the St. Augustine Plaza de la Constitution across from the Bridge of Lions since 1946. However, electrical boxes from Florida Power and Light are right next to it, so the monument is often overlooked.

Crash takes out power poles, starts brush fire

ST. JOHNS, Fla. -- Two escaped a fiery crash Sunday, with one passenger suffering only minor injuries.

The single car crash occurred on County Road 210 at St. John's Parkway at 4:05 p.m., according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

A preliminary investigation stated a 2007 Toyota Tundra being driven by 71-year-old Larry Evans was traveling Westbound on County Road 210 at St. Johns Parkway when he lost control of his truck causing it to leave the roadway to the right shoulder, striking two JEA power poles.

The crash caused a power line to break, which started a brush fire in nearby trees. The Tundra also caught fire following the crash, luckily no one was inside the truck.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue was able to extinguish the fire once power to the downed line was disconnected.

A seven year-old passenger in the truck was transported to Baptist South in Jacksonville with minor injuries.

St. Augustine man dies in firey crash

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- A St. Augustine man died early Sunday morning after a crash caused his truck to catch fire. 

Scott Alan Stinson, 32, died around 5:25 a.m on SR 207 just west of Stone road near Palatka. 

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Stinson was driving a Dodge Ram 1500 south on SR 207 in the early hours of Sunday. 

A log truck ahead of Stinson had just made right hand turn onto SR 207 from Stone Road and Stinson rear-ended the truck. Stinson was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed, according to FHP. 

The impact of the crash sent the Stinson's truck spinning into the median and it caught on fire. 

According to FHP, Stinson was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. Alcohol results and charges are pending. 

Fatal St. Augustine crash claims life of 22-year-old

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. John's County Sheriff's Office responded to a deadly crash Friday morning.

A crash at County Road 208 and Joe Ashton Road claimed the life of a 22-year-old Natalie Lynn Starratt and closed the roadway for several hours, according to the SJCSO.

Starratt was driving a Kia Sorento SUV southbound on Joe Ashton Rd. when the crash occurred. According to the preliminary investigation Starratt's SUV left the roadway after traveling through a curve and struck a tree.

The investigation is ongoing.

Teen arrested for robberies in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Adam Robert Bridges,18, was arrested  and charged with nine counts of burglary, two counts of grand theft, five counts of petit theft, four counts of criminal mischief, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count each of possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis and possession of alcohol under 21.

According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the investigation began January 9 when a resident in the 200 block of Honeysuckle Way reported a burglary to his residence and two vehicles.

Police say at the same time another resident in the 200 block of Honeysuckle Way reported a separate auto burglary.

Deputies were able to locate Bridges passed out in a 2005 Hyundai Accent. When questioned by police, he admitted to several burglaries in the area.

A search warrant was obtained for Bridges' car and detectives found drug paraphernalia, multiple items of alcohol and a small amount of cannabis.

Thermal imaging chopper helps catch St. Johns County thief

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office was able to catch an alleged car thief using a helicopter and some infrared technology Friday.

A search began after deputies responded to a car crash in Flagler Estates, but found no driver, according to to SJCSO. 

Deputies found evidence the driver of the vehicle was injured so officers and K-9 units searched the nearby area and requested assistance from its helicopter, SJCSO's Air 1.

Air 1 arrived on scene and began a search using FLIR, a thermal imaging system. 

Within minutes, Air 1 was able to locate the male suspect, according to SJCSO. 

He was treated for injuries and has been charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle.