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Fatal fire in St. Augustine under investigation


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A St. Augustine mobile home fire is under investigation after a body was found inside the home.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue responded to a fire at home on 4th Avenue, just South of the airport around 7 p.m. Sunday.

A neighbor alerted fire crews that a person may been inside. Once the blaze was extinguished a body was found inside the home. It is not clear if the person died as a result of the fire.

The State Fire Marshal and SJFR are investigating. The identity of the victim has not been released at this time.


Fort on list of landmarks at risk


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine made another list.

It's a list of landmarks that are at risk of damage from sea water rise, based on climate change.

The Union of Concerned Scientists created the list of National Landmarks at Risk.

The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine shares the list with downtown St. Augustine and with Fort Mose.

The Florida landmarks on the list are all close to the water.

Fort Superintendent Gordie Wilson said while they can't move the fort to protect it, he hopes the listing prompts people to look at the big picture concerning sea level rise.

"The fort was constructed to guard against attacks by water, but not attacks "by water," if you know what I mean," Wilson said.

Landmarks around the country are on this list, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Johnson Space Center in Texas, and the historic district of Charleston.

Oppostion to a proposed road through conservation land


ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- When Sarah Owen Gledhill of the Florida Wildlife Federation heard there may be a road running through 12 Mile Swamp, she was concerned.

"I'm concerned because it could go through publicly owned conservation lands," she said.

12 Mile Swamp is more than 21,000 acres of swamp and forest that the state and the St. Johns River Water Management District bought in 2001 for with $21 million worth of tax payer money.

The goal was to protect wildlife and to help protect the communities sprouting up around the conservation area.

"That provides flood control for the community that live down stream and it also provides a cleanings mechanism for the St. Johns River and the Matanzas River," Owen Gledhill explained.

Jack Johnson concert in St. Augustine


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- When Jack Johnson tickets for the St. Augustine Amphitheater were up for sale, the concert sold out in 5 minutes. It was a record for the St. Augustine Amphitheater.

And when Jack Johnson comes to town, more than a stage is set.

An area called the Village Green is set up too.

Jack Johnson -- a mega-hit folk rock singer and surfer – promotes environmental awareness at his concerts. So staff on his tour, such as road manager Max Tischler, sets up booths for local non-profits to connect with concert goers.

The area surrounding the amphitheater is full of non-profits such as Keepers of the Coast and The St. Johns Riverkeeper. Concertgoers are encouraged to stop at the booths and pledge to take action, such as cleaning up beaches or the rivers.

St. Augustine: home to mass arrest of rabbis


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A little known part of the civil rights movement happened on the First Coast.

It was the largest mass arrest of rabbis in U.S. history, and it happened 50 years ago this summer in St. Augustine.

Carol Rovinsky of St. Augustine is working on one of the most meaningful projects of her life. She is planning a reunion of rabbis from across the country who were arrested in St. Augustine in 1964.

"For most of the rabbis, it was the defining moment of their lives," Rovinsky said.

She has been interviewing those rabbis who are still alive.

In 1964, "Martin Luther King had asked one of the rabbis to gather up rabbis and come down and help with the non-violent civil rights movement in St. Augustine," she explained.

Sheriff's Office seeks help finding missing woman


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Authorities are seeking the public's help locating a woman missing in St. Augustine.

Anna Nykytyuk, 30, was last seen earlier in the week in downtown St. Augustine, according to a release from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. Her husband reported her missing Friday.

Nykytyuk is described as a white female, 5-feet-3 inches tall and weighs 100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing what is described as a dark brown colored sun dress, beige shoes and was carrying a beige purse with brown stripes.

At this time there is no evidence of foul play. Nykytyuk may provide the last name of Jackson.

Anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of Anna Nykytyuk is asked to contact the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at 904-824-8304. To remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers 1-888-277- TIPS (8477).


St. Francis House shooting suspect identified


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A 52-year-old man is in custody after allegedly shooting another man in the neck Thursday night.

The suspect, Darrell Tyrone Jones, was allegedly involved in an argument at the St. Francis House on Washington Street just before 7:30 p.m., according to Mark Samson with the St. Augustine Police Department.

The victim was initially transported to Flagler Hospital in critical condition, but was later taken to UF Health Jacksonville.

Officers caught up with Jones a short time later riding a bike in the area. Jones was arrested and taken into custody and is facing charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and attempted murder.