Five Teens Hospitalized for Suspected 'Bath Salt' Ingestion

Five Teens Hospitalized for Suspected 'Bath Salt' Ingestion

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Five teenagers have been hospitalized for ingesting what deputies believe to be a type of bath salts banned in Florida earlier this year.

According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the incident began Saturday at a home on North Lake Cunningham Avenue in Fruit Cove.

Neighbors said Monday they were stunned by the incident.

"It's just a very unfortunate incident that happened to some pretty decent kids," said Clyde Ewing who lives across the street from one of the teens.  "[It's] just really upsetting."

The father of a 17-year-old reported that his son was out of control; the teen fought his father and several deputies as they tried to secure him.

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?

Have You Been E-Pickpocketed - Without Even Knowing it?


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It can happen anywhere. In an urban shopping center like the Jacksonville Landing or a sporting event like a baseball game.

"Is this a good thing or a bad thing? " ask one cardholder.

Bad - it can happen right under your nose.

New technology used in smart cards, speed passes and newly issued passports make it easier for a pickpocket to steal your card information.

It is called electronic pick pocketing. Walt Augustinowicz, a former insurance executive, has the ability to walk through a crowd and pickpocket credit card information.

"The biggest vulnerability is the fact that they don't know," said Augustinowicz.

Update: READ FBI AFFIDAVIT | FBI: St. Johns Man Bombed Mosque

Update: READ FBI AFFIDAVIT | FBI: St. Johns Man Bombed Mosque

MORE: 18-page affidavit on Sandlin Smith

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A St. Johns County man, shot to death today by agents trying to serve a search warrant, is responsible for the 2010 bombing of an Islamic center in Jacksonville, according to the FBI.

The Islamic Center of Northeast Florida was bombed in May 2010 after someone planted a pipe bomb during evening prayers. FBI officials said at the time it caused about $500 worth of damage to the Islamic center building, but was still a  powerful bomb. No one was injured.

St. Johns County Offers Law Handbook for Teens

St. Johns County Offers Law Handbook for Teens

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A year-long project aimed at helping youngsters stay out of trouble has culminated with a new handbook.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the State Attorney's Office, St. Johns County School Board and the PACT Prevention Coalition worked together to create the "Know the Law" Handbook for middle and high school students in the county.

The four agencies contributed experts who spent the past year researching and writing to come up with relevant, important information.

They want students to take the handbook home and discuss it with their parents.

Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, parties, weapons, cyber crimes, gangs and even driving are covered in the handbook, which explores the consequences of poor choices and actions.

Spotting an Impostor: Scammers Pose as Friends, Family and Government Agencies

It’s easy to think “It couldn’t happen to me.” But scammers know how to get around our better judgment. They play on our emotions or promise big payoffs to get us to act. And many use the names of government agencies like the FTC, trusted companies, or friends and family to get us to buy into their schemes. We may not be able to spot the impostor until it’s too late.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, wants you to know that scammers are posing as people, agencies and companies you know and trust. They may use phone calls, emails, letters, faxes or even text messages in their deceptions. To see past the disguise, you need to be alert to signs of an impostor scam:

DCF Calls Out Fake Food Stamp Website

DCF Calls Out Fake Food Stamp Website

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Division of Children and Families is calling a website that purports to help people apply for food stamps online a scam.

According to spokesperson John Harrell, is not a place for people to turn to online as a means to get food stamps.

In fact, Harrell said the DCF website,, is the only legitimate way for those who need assistance to get it.

"The problem and the danger is that they could be giving their personal information to people who could be scamming them out of money. This is of great concern to us at DCF because there's a lot of people who are suffering at this time economically. And there are websites that are taking money from people who don't have much to begin with," Harrell said.

New: Yard Man Caught Burglarizing Home

New: Yard Man Caught Burglarizing Home

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A man who reportedly told the people who hired him for yard work that he couldn't work Tuesday was arrested in that couple's home Tuesday.

According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the alarm sounded at a home on Moses Creek Boulevard shortly before 5 p.m.

The first deputy on the scene saw a landscaping truck parked by the house and began searching the property.

The deputy reported no obvious signs of forced entry, but then saw a man wearing no shirt running inside the house.

The deputy waited until the man left the house, then ordered him to the ground until backup could arrive to complete the arrest.

Upon further investigation, deputies learned that 35-year-old Kevin Wayne Fralix had been hired by the residents for yard work, but said he hurt his foot and couldn't work that day.

He forced his way in through a patio window.