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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.

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."

Suspect sought in theft of 46-inch TV

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect who stole a 46-inch Samsung DLP television early Sunday morning.

The suspect entered a business in the 100 block of A1A North by smashing the glass front door. The TV is worth about $600. 

The SJCSO describe the man as 6-feet-tall and wearing a dark colored hoodie. The suspect was possibly driving a silver Toyota heading north on A1A North.

Anyone with any information concerning the identity of this suspect is asked to contact Detective David Garns at the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at 904-209-3982. 

You can also remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).

Shipwreck exposed on Ponte Vedra Beach

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Carol Caruso likes to walk on Ponte Vedra Beach, but she hadn't been out in a few weeks. When she walked along the shore Tuesday, she saw something big.

With her hands held out wide, she said, "This is what I found at low tide!"

It appears to be the skeleton of a ship, right where the waves hit the beach.

"I've been looking at it for two years," Caruso explained but she's never seen so much of it coming out of the sand.

"Generally it's just that point, literally that point sticking up and that's it. So I thought this had to be something special," she beamed.

The ribs of the ship appear to be jutting out from the beach above the waves.

Caruso estimates the shipwreck is about 75 feet long.

Get a free, sober ride home tonight

JACKSONVILLE, FLA-- We want you to get the new year started off safely so put this number in your phone, 885-286-9246.

855-286-9246 is the phone number to AAA's Tow-To-Go program.  You don't have to be a AAA member to use the service, it just gets you a safe, free ride home and saves you from driving intoxicated.

"New Year's Eve is the busiest night of the year for the Tow to Go program because so many motorists seem to be more inclined to use a designated driver but don't always have someone willing to be one in their own party during the biggest celebration of the year," said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, AAA–The Auto Club Group. "We prepare our call center teams and tow truck service providers for weeks in advance, so we can manage the increased call volume that's typical of this time of year."