Forest Service: Brush fire briefly threatens Nocatee homes

ID=29132353PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- The Florida Forest Service and St. Johns County Fire Rescue were called to the scene of a brush fire threatening some homes in Nocatee Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The agencies were called to the fire, located near Palm Island Way, about 2 p.m., a spokesperson for the Forest Service told First Coast News. The fire has since been contained, but briefly threatened two homes nearby, spokesperson Greg Dunn said.

It burned about six acres, authorities said.

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SJCSO: 4-year-old boy shot in stomach in St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A 4-year-old boy was shot in the stomach on Sunday afternoon at a house on the 3800 block of Osprey Circle in St. Augustine.


Captain Andrew O'Quinn with St. John's County Fire Rescue said the boy had "critical wounds" but he was listed in "stable condition".

St. John's County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes detectives responded to the scene of the shooting around 4:30 p.m. SJCSO PIO Kevin Kelshaw called the shooting an accident. He said they are not releasing how the shooting happened or who pulled the trigger yet because they want to collect all the evidence to make sure the story they've been told lines up with their findings.

Smoke spotted at Ponte Vedra assisted living center

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Multiple fire crews are at the scene of a possible structure fire at an assisted living facility in Ponte Vedra Beach, authorities said.

According to St. Johns County Fire Rescue, crews were called to the facility in the 1000 block of Vicar's Landing Way at some point Tuesday afternoon after smoke was spotted coming from the roof. Firefighters are still trying to find the source of the smoke, Lt. Jeremy Robshaw told First Coast News.

Firefighters evacuated the facility, which is under construction, according to SJCFR. There were no injuries reported, but two workers were taken to Baptist Beaches for evaluation. No flames were found.

Smoke spotted coming from the roof was found in the attic and ventilated out.

Traffic delays are expected in the area.

Unsuspecting teens take fugitive for a ride

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Taylor Ryan was involved in a high speed chase with police, then ran an SUV into a house in Ponte Vedra. He managed to elude police and decided to ask for a ride at a nearby church. Two teens offered to help but little did they know what they were getting into.

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St. Johns County woman dies after car goes into canal

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) - A 72-year-old woman has died after north Florida deputies rescued her from a car that had crashed into a drainage canal.

The St. Augustine Recordreports the woman called 911 Sunday night after she was unable to get out of her car. She told dispatchers it was starting to fill up with water.

When rescue workers found the partially submerged car, the woman was unresponsive. They performed CPR and other lifesaving measures and the woman's pulse returned.

She was taken to a Jacksonville Beach hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Authorities are investigating.

St. Johns County continues to grow

ID=18609879ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- St. Johns County is seeing a steady increase in the number of new homes going up.

If you look at St. Johns County commission agendas recently, they are chock-full of new neighborhoods that need approval or existing neighborhoods that want to expand.

The sound of construction can be heard throughout many parts of St. Johns County.

Nocatee is one of those places.

Kelly Ray is the Marketing Director for The PARC Group which is developing the Nocatee area.

Hundreds paddle board to support HEAL


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Not everyone on the First Coast was at the beach working on their tan this Labor Day.

About 200 people participated in the third annual Great Ponte Vedra Paddle at Mickler's Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach.

It's a fundraiser for HEAL, Healing Every Autistic Life, which supports local children and individuals living with autism and their families.