Social media tip yields arrest for ATM tampering


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A woman was arrested after allegedly tampering with an ATM thanks to a tip from social media.

Emily Rosati Gravitt, 33, is charged with criminal mischief and attempted burglary to a business after she allegedly tried to force an automatic teller machine open at Regions Bank on Ponte Vedra Park Drive on Saturday.

According to a release from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, a citizen was able to identify Gravitt after SJSO posted surveillance footage on its social media channels.

The citizen reported the tip to Northeast Florida Crime Stoppers and Gravitt was later arrested without incident.


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Suspect leaves receipt with his name at crime scene


PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office has recovered several stolen items from a Ponte Vedra rental home.

Thomas Dousharm, III, 23, Santos Osorio, 26, and an 18-year-old Nicholas Aaron Kniat were arrested in connection with the burglary, according to a report from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called to the rental home on Coastal Highway after the property manager noticed the home had been burglarized. A second floor window was unlocked, which is likely how the men allegedly got in.

According to the police report, a balled up piece of paper was found in the home. It was a Time Clock Report receipt with the name "Santos Osorio."

State: Ponte Vedra Beach is 'critically eroded'


SOUTH PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The nor'easters pounded the First Coast last week, causing severe erosion along Ponte Vedra Beach.

Chuck Herklotz, his dog and his wife live in a small home on South Ponte Vedra Beach. He said, "We retired there 21 years ago."

Their back yard took a beating with last week's storms, washing away about 30 feet of back yard in a short period of time. "I'd say in about 5-6 days," Herklotz noted.

About nine other lots near his experienced erosion as well, although some not as severe.

The erosion has crumpled beach staircases, exposed pipes and left gates dangling.

Handyman Mark Ayers just extended a set of beach stairs in the fall when another round of nor'easters washed sand from under them.

Husband of hit and run victim: 'I thought she was dead'


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A Ponte Vedra man is asking the public for help in finding the driver he said injured his wife in a hit and run incident.

Sunday evening, Brian Anderson and his wife went out for a bike ride on Palm Valley Road, near Payasada Oaks Trail in Ponte Vedra Beach.

It is the same area where the Florida Highway Patrol's website said an incident happened around 7 p.m. that evening.

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Police looking for alleged lewd act perpetrator

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is seeking a 30 to 40 year old male who allegedly committed a lewd act in the presence of an 11-year-old girl.

According to a release from SJSO Media Relations Officer Kevin Kelshaw, a PVPV/Rawlings Elementary School told her friend the alleged act occurred after she missed the bus and flagged down a ride to school on Ponte Vedra Lakes Boulevard.

The girl was reportedly not harmed during the alleged incident.

The man police are looking for is said to be driving a silver SUV, has medium-brown hair and was wearing green pants and a dark colored shirt.

Also, Kelshaw said, the man may visit a gym in Ponte Vedra or Jacksonville Beach and there is a possibility he works in the medical field.

SJSO is asking for help identifying the vehicle or

Fire station coming to Nocatee

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- The Nocatee community will now have a fire station. It's the the 5th fastest growing community in the county, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

In an unusual move, a private entity presented St. Johns County with a check to help build the fire station

Rick van Brederode welcomes it.  He and his wife have lived in Nocatee for more than 4 years.

He likes Nocatee, but he didn't like his home owners insurance bill.

"I got the bill for the next year which is this year, and it tripled," van Brederode said.

That's because the closest fire station is more than 5 miles away from his home. It's actually 8.8 miles away in Palm Valley.

van Brederode helped get the ball rolling to bring a new fire station to the master plan community, which now has 2,300 homes.

Cold nights and only 1 homeless shelter in St. Johns

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Matt Dimon is homeless. Right now, he lives and works at the St. Francis House homeless shelter in St. Augustine.

He knows what it's like to be cold on the streets.

"The elements are the worst ... the cold, even the heat in the summer time. Most people don't have a clue what it's like," Dimon noted.

The St. Francis House is the only emergency homeless shelter in St. Johns County.

And the past two nights, "We had more people than we had beds, even in our overflow," Executive Director Judy Dembowski explained.

She told her staff Tuesday night not to turn away anyone. "I said, 'If people have to sit up, have people sit up. Squeeze them in. It's going to be cold out there and there aren't any other indoor options tonight."