St. Johns County Deputies Issue Warning After Victim Pays $5,000 to Alleged Defense Attorney

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has issued a warning about a scam after a resident was tricked into giving thousands of dollars to a man claiming to be a defense attorney. The victim was contacted by a stranger who claimed her daughter was in jail and needed $5,000 for bail. The scammer, posing as a defense attorney named Matt Arnold, collected the money from the victim at her home. Arnold is described as a white man in his 50s with facial hair, wearing a T-shirt and Bermuda shorts, and driving a gray Ford sedan. The Sheriff’s Office…

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St. Johns County Approves Attendance Zones for 2 New Schools; Location of New Nocatee K-8 Picked

The St. Johns County School Board in Florida has unanimously approved attendance zone changes for two new schools set to open next fall. The first school, known as “NN,” is a K-8 school in the Shearwater area, which will accommodate over 1,000 students from eight neighborhoods. The second school, “OO,” is located in the Beacon Lakes area and will serve nearly 1,200 students from six neighborhoods. The board also approved the location for another K-8 school, “RR,” in Nocatee, expected to open for the 2026-27 school year, along with “QQ” in SilverLeaf. The district plans to open five new K-8…

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School Bus Drivers, Other St. Johns County Support Staff to Receive Pay Increase

The St. Johns County School District has agreed to increase pay for school bus drivers, custodians, teacher aides, and other support staff. The collective bargaining agreement, approved by the school board, amounts to a $1.2 million compensation package. This means a minimum pay increase of $450 for staff with 13 years of experience or less, and about $500 more for those with 14 years of experience. Starting from the 2023-2024 school year, bus operators and mechanics will see an increase in their starting pay. The sign-on bonus for bus operators will remain the same. The contract also includes the creation…

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St. Johns County Parks & Recreation Secures Grant Funding for Veteran Programs

St. Johns County Parks & Recreation has been awarded a $54,785 grant to fund its Adaptive Sports Programs for veterans. More… Read Full story: Action News Jax