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SJSO: Paddle board thief caught on video

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in finding a man who was caught on video taking a $2,500 paddle board from a home in the 500 block of Ponte Vedra Boulevard.

According to a release from SJSO Media Relations Officer Kevin Kelshaw, the theft happened about two weeks ago.

The suspect can be seen on surveillance taking the paddle board from behind a cabinet. He is described as 18-22 years old, wears glasses and has tattoos on his right leg and right arm.

Anyone who has any information on the incident is asked to contact SJSO Detective Jeremy Bouchard at (904) 209-3989. You can also remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling CrimeStoppers of N.E. Florida at 1-(888) 277-TIPS (8477).

Woman charged in fatal dog attack

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A woman whose two pitbull mixes were involved in a fatal July 2013 attack on a Pomeranian has a warrant out for her arrest.

According to St. Johns County Sheriff's Office warrant records, Julie Shumer faces charges of Crimes Against Person Attack By Known Dangerous Dog and Crimes Against Person Injury Or Death By Dangerous Dog

Kathy Doolittle told First Coast News in July that she and her Pomeranian Cassidy walked from her
South Ponte Vedra Beach home to the beach, and she saw a man walking her
neighbor's two dogs on the beach.  

They were pit-bull mixes, according to St. Johns Animal Control.

The Players Championship gives back to the Ronald McDonald House

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- November is Giving Back Month for the The Players Championship.

A golf champion and several tournament volunteers known as the Red Coats surprised the Ronald McDonald House with a $10,000 check.

They also held a Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday night with the families and their children.

Since the beginning of The Players Championship, the tournament has raised more than 52-million dollars.  

FCN Investigates: What exactly are you paying for at the pump?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We are just weeks from the busy Thanksgiving travel season.

But, before you fill up for your trip the On Your Side team has three things you'll want to know before you hit the road. It's part of a First Coast News investigation.

At the gas station, every cent counts.

"I get pretty much what my car gives me," said Michael Bryce, as he filled up the car. "I get around $20 half a tank, $40 for a full tank, $5 for an eighth of a tank."

If you feel like something just isn't right, you might be on to something.

It is Anthony Davis' job to find out

He's one of the petroleum inspectors with the Florida Department of Agriculture.

"We want to make sure that consumers are getting what they're paying for," Davis said.

FCN's David Williams joined him at the Chevron station on New Kings Road for an inspection. Inspections are done at least every 12-14 months, says Davis.

St. Johns libraries doing more with less

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.  -- When it comes to population growth and funding for libraries, the two issues don't seem to be on the same page in St. Johns County.

Lyle Gastineau was at the southeast branch library in St. Augustine Wednesday afternoon. He moved to St. Augustine 2 ½ years ago.

"I picked a retirement place that was warm. I wanted to get out of the cold weather," he said.

He is part of the steady rise in population in St. Johns County over the last few years.

He also goes to the library about three times a week. It's a library system -- like many others -- which has seen a recent drop in county, state and federal funding.

St. Johns County Library Director Debra Rhodes Gibson said the library has been asked to do more with less.

Hidden shipwreck discovered at Ponte Vedra Beach

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A trip to the beach resulted in an exciting discovery. On Wednesday, Peggy Friedmann, a volunteer turtle patroller at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, spotted a piece of an old shipwreck at Ponte Vedra Beach. 

"I saw a part of the ribs of the boat sticking out of the sand," said Friedmann.

Her discovery lead to a team of archeologists from the St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program working to help unveil the story of the old wooden vessel.

"What we're really looking at is the way the timbers were put together," said Chuck Meide, Director of Archaeology. "The size of the timbers will give us some indication of the size of the vessel. The style of construction."

Shrimp boat previously in distress being towed to Mayport

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. - Jacksonville Fire and Rescue and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) responded to a shrimp boat taking on water off the coast of Ponte Vedra.

The 88-foot shrimp boat was two miles east of Ponte Vedra when it began taking on water, according to the USCG.

A USCG boat and helicopter crews responded as rescue for four people aboard the Sea King shrimp boat.

A Coast Guard boatcrew aboard a 45-foot response boat - medium from Station Mayport in Atlantic Beach, Fla., is continuing to escort the Sea King in to a Mayport port.

The Sea King crew alerted the USCG of the incident at 6:12 a.m., reporting their boat was taking on water and in danger of sinking.

A USCG boatcrew from Station Mayport in Atlantic Beach, Fla., and a helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah, Ga. responded.

The Sea King is expected to arrive in Mayport Tuesday afternoon. The identities of the fishermen are currently unknown.