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Fire tears through pricey Ponte Vedra home

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. - A home in a pricey area of Ponte Vedra sustained significant fire damage late Thursday night.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue responded to a residential fire in the 200 block of Oak Hammock Drive at approximately 11:30 p.m.

When crews arrived on scene, heavy fire was showing from the roof of the home. According to SJCFR, the fire was initially isolated to the attic space of the home and rapidly spread throughout the home.

Both adult occupants of the home were able to get out of the home safely and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation and an official damage estimate is unavailable at this time.

Suspect sought in $30,000 worth of electronics

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A suspect is being sought by the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office in connection to a burglary early Thursday morning.

The incident happened at Verizon Wireless located at 2 Fairfield Boulevard at about 4 a.m.

The suspect entered the store by smashing the front glass door with a sledgehammer. The suspect took more than $30,000 worth of iPhones and iPads before he ran from the area.

The suspect is between 5-feet 9-inches and 6-feet 2-inches tall. He was wearing long red shorts and white T-shirt. In an attempt to cover his face, the suspect used either a hoodie or sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to 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 N.E. Florida at 1-888-277-TIPS.

Chris Porter's FCN Cribs: Ponte Vedra Beach

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- The mansion at 120 Stadium Court in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, is located at where they call the TPC hangout.

The Moment Luxury Specialist Missy DeKay opened the front doors to this spectacular mansion.

"The setting is one of the things that separate this property from many of the other fine properties in the area," DeKay said.

This house is nestled on a cul de sac right in the heart of the Players Championship valley course.

"So, front row seats to the 4th green," DeKay says. "That's really a hot spot a hot point."

And you've got walking access to the clubhouse and parking for all of your friends. The special property was designed for entertaining with family in mind.

The living room is open to the dining room, which flows beautifully into the family gathering room.

"So, gorgeous views," she says.

Collecting hundreds of socks for the homeless

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Most of us have plenty of socks, but one woman is collecting socks for those who really need them.

"It's just socks," April Campbell of St. Johns County said.  She is known as the Sock Lady.

"I start collecting in September," she admitted.

Her living room corner is full of bags and boxes of new socks.

This all started a few years ago when she went with some churches to serve dinner on Thanksgiving to the homeless in St. Augustine.

"The churches bring clothes and put the clothes on bleachers for the homeless to pick through," she remembered. One homeless man asked Campbell if there were any socks.

"I said, 'You know what, we don't. But I will have them next year.'"

And she did. She brought more than 500 pairs with her to Thanksgiving dinner in 2011.

UPDATE: All dogs adopted at Pet Center after outbreak

UPDATE, 11/22/13: All dogs at the St. Johns County Pet Center have been adopted, according to the Friends of St. Johns County Pet Center Facebook page. No adoptable dogs were euthanized.

Original story from 11/19 below:

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Pet Center is always looking for families to adopt dogs, but this time, there's a deadline.

The center is experiencing an outbreak of a Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease, and the dogs must go.

Tuesday, Pam and Matthew Fiddler of Nassau County saw a Facebook post and headed straight to the St. Johns County Pet Center.

St. Johns superintendent removes self from Lt. Gov consideration

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The Superintendent for the St. Johns County School District has removed himself for consideration as Florida's next Lieutenant Governor.

"While I am humbled and honored to have been considered," Joseph Joyner wrote in a letter to colleagues, "this decision would reverse the priorities in my life and ultimately render me ineffective. It is very clear to me that I am a grateful man with many blessings. I have blessings of faith, family and the opportunities to live and work in a wonderful place with amazing students and people."

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Ponte Vedra man wins big lottery prize, gives back

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Michael Tracey and his girlfriend Missy Starkey spent the day Wednesday car shopping.

They started at Lexus, but weren't totally sold on anything when we met up there.

It's a decision they probably wouldn't be making today, if not for some wild circumstances Sunday.

"Well, we went to the Jaguars game and then had dinner with her parents," Tracey said. 

For many that would be just a minor detail in a Sunday evening's plans. 

But each piece of the night was integral to the win that was about to come for him.

After dinner, Michael and Missy hit the road back to their Ponte Vedra home.

"We were almost home and she's like, I want some beer," he remembered.

So, after putting up a bit of resistance, he stopped at the Kangaroo Station at A1A and Marlin in Ponte Vedra. It was the best decision he made in a while.