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Feb. 18 – Roving reporter

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A woman is dead and a man in serious condition after an auto accident Monday on State Road A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach. David Sparrow, 74, was turning left onto L’Atrium Drive from southbound A1A shortly before 7 p.m. when a second vehicle struck the passenger side where Sarita May, 82, was seated, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Their vehicle flipped and the second vehicle, driver by Regan Lester, 38, spun out then hit a pole. Lester suffered minor injuries. A third car, driven by Paulina Rodriguez, 36, was hit by flying debris but she was not injured. The accident is under investigation.


A St. Augustine man is in jail, accused of burglarizing a multi-million dollar penthouse in St. Petersburg owned by the father of pop star Taylor Swift. Terrence Hoover allegedly got past security last month before entering the $4 million condo owned by Scott Swift. Tampa Bay Times reports he climbed 13 flights of stairs and went in the penthouse. Shortly after Scott Swift returned home and fund Hoover and an altercation began. Hoover fled, later calling police to tell them of the encounter but didn’t turn himself in. He was arrested in Marion County earlier this month and faces a burglary charge.

Today’s the last day to make party changes or new registrations for the Florida Presidential Preference Primary. In Florida the election is open only to registered Republican and Democratic voters to choose their party nominees for president. Contact the supervisor of elections office in your county for details. The presidential primary is March 17.

A 16-year-old high school co-ed was arrested Monday after reportedly sending threatening text messages in an Instagram group chat, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.  The comments by the Flagler Palm Coast High School student were spotted by a mother whose son was on Instagram and she reported the remarks to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Among the girl’s comments: “I feel like shooting up the school and then living in solitary confinement for the rest of my days,” and “I’m gonna murder someone.” The girl who allegedly wrote the comments is autistic. Flagler Sheriff Rick Staley said she had recently joined the Sheriff’s Office Explorer program but has now been removed from it. She’s facing charges of sending a written threat to conduct a mass shooting, a felony, and was taken to a juvenile facility in Daytona Beach.

Two men in Flagler County are facing felony charges after allegedly beating up a 70-year-old man in an incident possibly triggered by a road rage incident.  Alex Fregulia, 18, and Leonardo Silva, 20, allegedly cut off the victim who was driving with his wife to a restaurant Sunday. When the couple pulled into a parking lot near the restaurant the two allegedly rushed him and punched him with one using a golf club. Reportedly the two younger men were laughing the entire time and kept calling him an old man. When he attempted to bet back in his truck, they pulled him out again and continued the beating until driving off to a different part of the parking lot. When the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene, the younger men claimed the 70-year-old was the aggressor. The older man was treated by paramedics.

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

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