Your guide to First Coast 4th of July celebrations

Firework displays and events scheduled to celebrate the 4th of July holiday across the First Coast. Here's a list of the festivities:

Columbia County celebrates 4th of July

Clay County celebrates the 4th of July

Fernandina Beach celebrates 4th of July

Flagler County celebrates 4th of July

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Police: Several cars broken into, locks punched in

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- While friends and family were gathered at a wedding over the weekend, someone else was in the parking lot gathering up their belongings. Police said several cars were broken into in a Nocatee parking lot.

How did the thief or thieves get in? One of the victims told First Coast News that a revealing clue was out in the open for all to see on the door handle.

"Mostly angry," said Rick Wages of Jacksonville. I'm upset."

Wages and his wife, Pamela, were at a friend's wedding at Nocatee's Crosswater Hall late Saturday afternoon. Rick said he unlocked the truck with the remote.

According to Rick, his wife, Pamela, said "'Where's my purse?'" Rick asked. "My purse is gone.'"

Along with it, her driver's license, social security card, credit cards and more than $700 from her business. She said some of the money was going to her church as a tithe.

Ponte Vedra's Matt Deegan presented with Bragan Award

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The state championship baseball team from Ponte Vedra High School was recognized before Saturday's Suns game. 

Matt Deegan, one of the Sharks' star pitchers was presented with the Bragan Award which is given annually to a high school senior that exhibits outstanding skill on the baseball diamond and outstanding character and leadership off the field.

The Bragan Award is named in honor of the late Peter Bragan, Sr., who owned the Jacksonville Suns since 1984 until passing away in July of 2012.  Mr. Bragan and his family have made great contributions to the overall cultural and sports scene in Jacksonville, including high school and youth athletics. 

K9s for Warriors helps new class

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- One in every five military service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, according to the latest data. 

June is PTSD awareness month and K9s for Warriors continues to help veterans with the disorder.

David Ingram is still on active duty in the Navy and is on his 10th year serving his country. He's been on three deployments and six combat tours, a remarkable achievement, but it came with a price.

"I don't have any visible scars but the visible scars aren't what really affect people for their life, what it is, is their mental scars and nobody can see those," said Ingram.

When he returned from his last deployment in 2010 and was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"I started having real bad nightmares I had a lot of close friends of mine pass away," added Ingram.

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Beachgoers advised to be mindful of nesting birds

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Signs posted along the beaches in Volusia County warn beachgoers to avoid nesting areas for birds whose numbers are dwindling. 

The image of a Wilson plover is shown on a sign that reads 'Do Not Enter.' Other bird species can be found along the beaches of Flagler and southern St. Johns counties, the inlets and nearby islands.

Wildlife experts tell the Daytona Beach News Journal the number of nesting birds is down due to human disturbances, from playing football on the beach to allowing dogs to run off a leash. The nests are also vulnerable to predators.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is coordinating the Florida Shorebird Alliance to build a database to track nesting statewide. Some 60 species are included in the database.

St. Johns County Memorial Day weekend update

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- According to reports from the St. Johns County Fire and Rescue along with St. Augustine Police Department, St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, and SJC Beach Services - they all had a busy Memorial Day weekend.

SJCFR gave a breakdown of the emergency calls handled by SJCFR Marine Rescue during the 3-day holiday weekend.

340 total emergency responses dealing with various requests for assistance, of these 340 responses, here are a few of the significant call types:

30 Aquatic Rescues
15 Missing Persons (land or water)
29 Emergency Medical Calls requiring treatment or transport
3 Marine Rescue Assist Vessels
1 Marine Rescue Motor Vehicle Accident

Ponte Vedra's Dillon Bates voted top area recruit in Class of 2014

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Dillon Bates, a linebacker at Ponte Vedra High School, has been voted as the top recruit on the First Coast in the class of 2014.

Dillon is the youngest of five children in the Bates family.  His father Bill played for the Dallas Cowboys for 15 seasons, and he's considered one of the best special teams players ever in the NFL. 

Two of Dillon's older brothers, Hunter and Graham, played college football at Northwestern and Arkansas State respectively.  As for where Dillon will play college football, he plans to announce that decision this summer.  At last check, he has 36 offers including Alabama, Florida, Texas, South Carolina, and his parents' alma mater, Tennessee.