St. Johns County Sheriff's Office


Seventeen men have been arrested for child-exploitation crimes, St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar announced Friday.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with New York Times reporter Walt Bogdanich (01:07) about his recent update on the investigation into the death of Michelle O’Connell. Seaside Community Charter School Principal and University of North Florida Associate Professor of Literacy & Early Childhood Literacy Department of Childhood Education; Literacy and TESOL Katrina Hall (28:03) talked about charter schools. Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Bob Adelhelm (42:29) told us about the upcoming Vets4Vets meeting, and Frank Denton (46:39) from the Florida Times-Union told about its new J Magazine.    

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A Ponte Vedra Beach woman is asking for help finding an SUV driver who struck her while she was riding her bike two weeks ago.

After a five-day hospital stay, 58-year-old Gretchen Seth is home recovering from a broken leg.

Seth’s is not a simple case of hit-and-run.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is using a new way to put public safety information in front of residents.

Federal dollars are funding six safety kiosks in busy areas around the county.


PBS Frontline

A new prosecutor will be investigating the 2010 death of St. Augustine resident Michelle O'Connell.

The New York Times

The family of Michelle O'Connell, who was found dead in the home she shared with a St. Johns deputy in 2010, wants an expanded probe into her shooting.

Ben Freid / WJCT

Four years after the death of Michelle O’Connell, friends and family are asking for a new look at the case.


The death this weekend of 15-year-old Haley Smith on Kenton Morrison Road is the second fatal hit-and-run accident in St. Johns County in as many weeks.

43-year-old Randy Miller was struck and killed Nov. 8 as he rode his bicycle on State Road 16.

Hit-and-run accidents often leave victims’ friends and family yearning for closure, including an answer to the question of why the offending driver didn’t stay at the scene or report their actions.

Kevin Meerschaert

The St. Johns County Sheriff's office has arrested 32 suspects and are seeking 11 more in connection to a major methamphetamine investigation.

Named "Operation Ancient City Brewers," the investigation began in 2011. Detectives used pharmaceutical logs to track suspects purchasing a large amount of Pseudoephedrine, which is a key ingredient in meth production.

During the sweep that took place Monday and Tuesday, three potential meth labs were identified in S. Johns County. They were on the 5000 block of Avenue B, 1400 block of San Juline Circle and 2500 block of A1A South.

An estimated $7.5 million worth of pure cocaine was found on St. Johns County beaches after heavy storms on Friday. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office says the cocaine came from South America, and was wrapped in brick form for delivery to buyers.