Deputy terminated, she speaks about the case

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A St. Johns County Sheriff's deputy and spokesperson has been fired from the force.


Sergeant Catherine Payne was arrested last week following an Amber Alert for her son.

Related: St. Johns County sergeant arrested on kidnapping charge

Payne was arrested when her 6 year old child was reported missing and she was with him.

Deputy showed 'bizarre behavior' before losing custody

ID=17745445ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The tension between Catherine Payne and her husband started -- at least legally – this past summer.

According to court documents, Catherine Payne started showing "bizarre behavior" in late August, which resulted in Mr. Payne getting sole custody of the child.

Catherine Payne, a deputy with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office who often addresses the media, and her husband – Philip Payne – a Florida State Trooper are going through a divorce.

Frontier discontinues St. Augustine to Washington D.C. flight

ID=17689279ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Frontier Airlines is discontinuing a flight out of St. Augustine that it just started last month.

The flight between St. Augustine and Washington D.C. will stop in January on a seasonal basis.

Frontier Airlines spokesman Todd Lehmacher calls the move "a seasonal adjustment" and said the "route met the company's expectations but did not show strength for year round service." He said no decision has been made to continue the flight.

This news is leaving many happy customers surprised and disappointed.

Top Chef Cook-Off puts local restaurants to the test

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- If you like food and competition, World Golf Village is the place to be Thursday evening.

The Flavors of Florida's Historic Coast Top Chef Cook-Off will take place October 23rd from 6-9 p.m. at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort.

It features tastings and culinary demonstrations from more than a dozen restaurants from around St. Johns County.

Chefs will prepare their signature dishes in front of you, and you get to taste all kinds of great food from around the county. Then you can cast your ballot for your favorite restaurant. The winner will a Flavors People's Choice Award.

Ebola fears affect cost of cocoa and chocolate

ID=17323399ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Ebola fears are affecting something you may not expect: chocolate.

Cocoa prices are going up because a main source of cocoa sits next to Ebola-stricken countries.

This is impacting local business owners, such as Virginia Whetstone, who owns Whetstone Chocolates in St. Augustine.

She just placed an order for cocoa and the price had risen by two percent in just one week she said.

"The cocoa market is escalating," Whetstone said.

Archaeological dig unearths some of St. Augustine's oldest artifacts

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Discoveries are coming out of the dirt in St. Augustine.

At an archaeological dig, pieces of history are seeing the light of day for the first time in more than 400 years.

Carl Halbirt is the city's Archaeologist in St. Augustine. "These are some of the oldest artifacts we've ever found here in St. Augustine."

In the old city, whenever a landowner needs to do something that disturbs the dirt, Halbirt is called in to dig first in order to see if there's anything historically significant there.

For several weeks, he and a team of volunteers have been digging at the St. Augustine Art Association gallery on Marine Street, – which wants to create a new garden out front.

With excitement in his voice, Halbirt said, "This is a 16th century jackpot!"

Neighbors opposed to castle becoming events venue

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- An unusual looking building is at the center of a neighborhood and zoning debate in St. Augustine. The building looks like a castle and now neighbors are declaring war against it being turned into an events venue.

The castle at 100 Flagler Boulevard is one block away from Anastasia Boulevard. It used to be someone's home in the Davis Shores community. Now the new owner, Jake Firth, wants to turn it into a place for special functions. But many of the people who live around it don't want that to happen.

Firth said he bought the building known as the castle about a year ago.

Inside, the space is actually on the smaller side.

Firth showed off the interior which is under renovation and said, "This is the main room that is the castle. As you can see, it is not a huge hall that could fit hundreds of people."