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Community Empowerment Series hosts Michele Borba

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Johns County is hosting celebrity parenting experts to speak on topics designd to empower St. Johns County to be one of the best in Florida.

Rep. DeSantis' Federal Pay Freeze Bill Passes House

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has voted to extend a pay freeze for federal workers.

The freeze has been in effect for more than two years, and Republicans say adding an additional nine months will save $11 billion.

Democrats and the White House accuse Republicans of singling out government workers for sacrifices.

The president issued an executive order in December that would give the nation's 2 million civilian federal workers a 0.5 percent cost-of-living raise next month.

Maker of world-class guitars calls St. Augustine home

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- That old-timey music is Country Music Hall of Fame duo The Louvin Brothers. And it's coming from inside the home of the very man who built Louvin's guitar.          
         
This is Paul Berger, member of an elite fraternity of luthiers, or guitar builders, who build world-class acoustic guitars.

And he does it all from the front half of his tiny, nondescript St. Augustine home.

Shannon Ogden: "Tell me some of the guitars that came across your workshop."

Berger: "So many of them. New Christie Minstrels, Beach Boys, Charlie Pride, Merle Haggard."

He left out Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, Waylon Jennings, Hank Junior, Roy Clark, Porter Wagner, Ricky Nelson, Peter, Paul and Mary, even Elvis.

Toxicology reports: Drugs, alcohol found in the systems of crash victims

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The Medical Examiner's Office has completed its reports on two fatal crashes that happened in late 2012.

Christian Gerard Schroom, 49, was fatally hit by two cars early in the morning on Nov. 18, 2012 and police are still looking for those drivers, according to a release Public Information Officer Mark Samson of the St. Augustine Police Department.

Schroom was originally thought to be riding his bicycle when he was hit, but it is now believed that was not the case. According to toxicology reports, his blood alcohol concentration was 0.198, more than twice Florida's legal limit of 0.08.

Anyone with any information about the fatal accident where Schroom was killed is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-277-TIPS (8477).

St. Johns County stabbing suspect arrested

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A woman accused in a recent stabbing is behind bars in St. Johns County.

Jennifer M. George, 44, allegedly stabbed the victim during a recent domestic-related incident, according to a release from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

George is accused of cutting and stabbing the victim during an argument, the release detailed.

George is charged with aggravated battery. The victim was airlifted to an area hospital and is listed in serious, but stable condition.

St. Augustine man wins new car from The Blood Alliance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Blood Alliance presented a St. Augustine man with a new car Wednesday.

Steve Carr, 43, is a regular Blood Alliance donor who has donated nearly 5 gallons of blood, said Odette Struys, Blood Alliance communications manager. Carr beat out more than 42,000 other donors who participated in the promotion that ran from August to January.

Carr lives in St. Augustine with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children, ages seven, three and one.

Carr drives 45-minutes one-way to Jacksonville everyday for work, as an accountant with The Doctors Company in Riverside, and was delighted at his win - so that he can retire his 1999 car which has been giving him endless trouble, said Struys.

Carr plans to donate the old car to Wounded Warrior Project to pay it forward, Sturys added.

The new 2013 sedan was donated to The Blood Alliance by Nimnicht Buick GMC.

SJCFR mourns loss of one of its own

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Fire Rescue department is in mourning following the unexpected death of a member of the department.

Captain Kenneth Joseph Krulish Jr. passed away early Tuesday afternoon.

Krulish started his career with SJCFR in 1988 when he began working on an ambulance. Krulish also served in both the administrative and operations sections of the St. Johns Fire Department.

A release from SJCFR stated, "If you have ever spoken at length with Kenny then you know that he dreamed of being a fireman since he was a small child. Looking back at his career it is clear to see that he lived that dream and excelled as a Fire Officer with St. Johns County Fire Rescue...Captain Kenny, Squad 51 would be proud."

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