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Tree falls, blocks roadway in Ponte Vedra

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Ladder 1 with St. Johns County Fire Rescue is on scene in a Ponte Vedra neighborhood removing a tree blocking a roadway.

The tree fell across Egrets Walk Lane in the Fairfield Subdivision and is also against a house, according to a Facebook post from SJCFR.

No injuries were reported.

Real ways to help you find a job and other resources

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shawntray from the Westside asked the On Your Side team a question.

He said he recently lost his job as a security guard because he was sick and can't find work. Shawntray said he lost his home and he's afraid he'll lose his car. He wants help.

Shawntray, here is what you do:

1) Get your hands on a phone in the area of Northeast Florida and dial the United Way's 211. It is a referral source that will refer you to places for emergency financial assistance, food, shelter and clothing and a lot of other service.

2) Call the company that you make car payments and explain your situation. Ask if some payments can be deferred.

3) Go to a place like WorkSource Florida. They have offices across the region They will help you or anyone looking for work Find a job. Call 904-356-JOBS for more information.

Police: Man threatens pastor with a chainsaw

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- A man who allegedly threatened a church pastor with a chainsaw has been charged with aggravated stalking.

Andrew Warren Hahn, 29, of Jacksonville Beach was arrested Tuesday and is being held on a $25,000 bond, according to St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Media Relations Officer Kevin Kelshaw.

Hahn allegedly made the threat to the pastor on Sept. 6. He used to attend the Ponte Vedra church but had a trespass warning issued against him a few years ago.

The trespass warning was issued against Hahn after he continually kept coming to the church and allegedly watched children through the church's windows, Kelshaw said in the release.

In 2008, Hahn was charged with video voyeurism after he allegedly taped children showering on his cell phone at a Ponte Vedra hotel. In 2010, Hahn was also arrested for trespassing at the same hotel.

First Coast connection to D.C. shipyard shooting

PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- A Ponte Vedra couple was watching First Coast News this morning when they first heard about the events unfolding at the Navy Yard in Washington. 

Moments later they found out their son was on lock down in the same building where shots were being fired.

Precautionary boil water notice issued for Ponte Vedra

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Due to a water main break, a recautionary Boil Water Notice has been issued in Ponte Vedra Beach for an area serviced by the St. Johns County Utility Department.

The boil notice will impact an estimated 500 residences for a minimum of two days. 

The areas affected include the Condominiums of: Rough Creek Villas, Section E 9749-9797, Quail Point 1 and 2, Sawgrass Racquet Club, Windemere, Hallmark, Surf Villas and Beach Club Villas.  Roads include: Tifton Cove Road North and South, Deer Run Drive, Deer Run Lane, Deer Run Drive South, Ponte Vedra Boulevard Even #s 894-1106, Ponte Vedra Boulevard Odd #s 1109-891, Isle Way Drive, Monte Diego Drive, Spinnakers Reach Drive, Summer Place, and Ocean Ridge Court.

Areas may be added as the repairs unfold.

Crews are on-site repairing the lines. Signs will be posted at the entrance of the subdivisions affected by the Boil Water Notice.

Nease's Karen Xiang wins Mustangs Cross Country Invitational

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Nease High School senior Karen Xiang dominated the competition in the girls varsity cross country meet at the Mandarin Mustangs Invitational on Saturday morning.

The meet, held at the FSCJ North Campus, drew 27 teams from all over Florida and Georgia.  Xiang finished with a personal record time of 18:30.  That time was nearly 50 seconds faster than the runner who finished in second place.

Xiang says her time would've been a little faster if she hadn't taken a few wrong turns along the course.

On Your Side: Checking an Officer's identification

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- First Coast News got an email from Joyce who said someone disguised as a police officer came to her door, demanding $6,000. She was afraid and eventually gave it to the man.

Captain Joe Bucci, with the Clay County Sheriff's Office, gave tangible information on how you can confirm whether or not someone that comes to your door is an Official Law Enforcement Officer.

According to Bucci:

1) Ask to see a badge and department identification. It'll have a photo with it.

2) Call the dispatch center when the person gives you a badge number to confirm who they are.

3) Ask for a supervisor with dispatch to triple check.

4) When in doubt, if you're not sure, take their information and confirm it inside your home while they wait outside.