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Armed robbery suspects wanted in St. Johns County


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The St. John's County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help tracking down two armed robbery suspects.

Deputies responded to the area of Shores Boulevard and Santa Maria Boulevard at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and met with a 55-year-old victim, according to a release from the St. John's County Sheriff's Office.

The victim claimed he drove to his home in the St. Augustine Shores neighborhood, but before he got out two men in a white sedan drove by, turned around and stopped in front of his house, according to the release.

One of the men asked for directions, then pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the victim. The suspects allegedly took the victim's wallet and drove off.

Fire closes Ned's in St. Augustine until further notice


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A fire at a St. Augustine restaurant injured a firefighter responding to the blaze.

The fire broke out at Ned's Southside Kitchen in the 2400 block of U.S. 1 South at 5 a.m., according to St. Johns County Fire Rescue.

The first engine company arrived on scene and reported flames coming from the kitchen exhaust system, heavy smoke was also pouring out the eaves.

Fire crews knocked down the fire in 15 minutes and one firefighter suffered a minor injury battling the blaze.

Gas stations to see tougher regulations in St. Augustine


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Gas stations may be prohibited from one street in St. Augustine.

On Monday, St. Augustine City Commissioners are considering a proposed law that would ban new gas stations on San Marco Avenue.

The issues started more than a year ago when 7-11 wanted to bring a store and sizable gas station to the corner of San Marco and May Street, right across from the carousel in St. Augustine.

Neighbors were opposed to it, saying it would bring too much traffic and it would be too big for the spot, which is an entry corridor to downtown.

Don't touch anything, deputies tell potential burglary victims


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. John's County Sheriff's Office is asking possible burglary victims in St. Augustine Beach not to touch anything in their homes or cars after a suspect was arrested early Wednesday morning.

Just before 3:30 a.m. deputies responded to a car burglary in the 2400 block of A1A South, according to a release from the St. John's County Sheriff's Office. The victim allegedly found both of his car doors opened and the inside of his car ransacked. Officers with the St. Augustine Beach Police Department, along with SJCSO deputies, searched the area and noticed a car in the 900 block of Saltwater Circle with the light on inside. According to the release, a man was inside the car, but fled on foot when law enforcement gave commands.

St. Johns County declares local emergency to deal with beach erosion


ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The St. Johns County commission voted unanimously to declare a local state of emergency to speed up the process for permits to protect homes from beach erosion.

2 in custody, 1 on the run after manhunt


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The search for a wanted fraud suspect in St. John's County was called off Wednesday after a five hour manhunt.

The investigation began just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, when personnel at the Dollar General on Murbella Parkway called the St. John's County Sheriff's Office to report three suspects who allegedly used a credit card fraudulently.

A female suspect identified as 32-year-old Shelita Sutton was arrested and charged with fraud, however two male suspect fled on foot. K-9 units were used to pursue the suspects and one of the men was later captured. A helicopter from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was also used in the search.

The St. John's County Sheriff's Office, along with Florida Highway Patrol, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continued to search for the third suspect involved in the incident until about 3:15 p.m.

Investigation underway at St. Augustine home


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- An investigation is underway at a St. Augustine home.

The St. John's County Sheriff's Office is on scene of a home on Kerri Lynn Road and confirmed to First Coast News an investigation is in progress.

Details on the nature of the investigation are limited at this time.

Stay with First Coast News for the latest on this developing story.