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Power out for hours after car crashes into poles

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Power was out for several hours after a car took out two power poles on State Road 16 early Tuesday morning.

The crash took place near El Rey Avenue, according to a Facebook post from the St. Johns Fire Rescue. SJFR responded to the crash.

The two people in the car were taken to Flagler Hospital with minor injuries.

According to the Florida Power & Light outage map, power in the area has been restored.

Missing St. Augustine man found safe

UPDATE: Robert Michael Kozlowski has been located safely. (Dec. 23, 2014 12:10 p.m.)

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. John's County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing elderly man.

Robert Michael Kozlowski, 87, was last seen in the area of 900 block of Alcala Drive in St. Augustine Sunday night. According to the SJCSO, neighbors said Kozlowski appeared to be disoriented and confused when he drove away from the area.

Kozlowski is described as an elderly male, with grey hair who is 5-foot-11 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He was driving a 2011 four-door Jeep Patriot with Florida tag Z5BLY.

A Silver Alert has been issued and anyone with information about Kozlowski's whereabouts is asked to contact local law enforcement or Crime Stoppers 888-277-8477.

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.