Pete's Bar prepares for massive Thanksgiving party

ID=76406298NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- On Thanksgiving morning, 1st Street in Neptune Beach will be packed for a local tradition that's grown to attract thousands of people from all over.

It's the annual Pete's Bar Thanksgiving gathering.

"It's a friend and family oriented event. I think last year we got close to 20,000 people out here," customer Joseph Landry, who's been going to the bar for six years.

Landry said he couldn't think of a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than at the bar's annual street party.

"You see a lot of diversity and crazy hats," said Landry.

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15-year-old missing out of Jax Beach found safe in Georgia

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — A 15-year-old girl reported missing out of Jacksonville Beach Saturday evening was later found to be with her father in Georgia, police said.

Ciara Nichole Mullins was staying with her grandmother, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police, when she climbed out the window and ran away.

She later called her grandmother to say that she was OK, and not long after the police department received a call from Mullins' father.

He said that the girl was with him in Georgia in his Winnebago, police said.

The father wasn't supposed to have any contact with the 15-year-old, but had trouble getting police to where he was because he was in a parking lot.

Georgia police were working to find the spot so they could retrieve Mullins.

'Darth Vader' arrested after Jacksonville Beach attempted robbery

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla — The Jacksonville Beach Police Department says they've arrested a man who they say tried to rob a Jacksonville Beach convenience store wearing a Darth Vader mask Sunday.

Police say Jacob Jeremy Mercer, 32, entered the 8 til Late store, located a 1375 3rd Street South, with a gun.


Surveillance photos caught the masked man tape.

"We looked at each other for a couple of seconds it was a little scary," said a man who only wanted to go by the name Ricardo.

Ricardo did not want his face shown on camera. He says the suspect had a bloody face as he was leaving the 8 til Late store.

Beaches report 12 inches of rain in some places

ID=75484134ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The Beaches are use to heavy rain, but nothing like what happened on Sunday and the wee hours of Monday -- reports of 12 inches in some places.

A measuring marker at City Hall showed the water line, one that easily topped Tropical Storms Debby and Faye.

"Have you ever seen anything like this? Never in my life," said Atlantic Beach Mayor Mitch Reeves on his first day on the job as mayor.

Jim McCue who has lived in Atlantic Beach for 24 years hasn't either.

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Lillie's Coffee Bar closing its doors Oct. 31

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- Lillie's Coffee Bar, a beloved Neptune Beach coffee shop, is shutting its doors for good on Halloween.

Atlantic Beach man arrested after police find cornucopia of drugs

ID=73907762ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. — An Atlantic Beach man was arrested after a traffic stop unearthed a large amount of various drugs in his vehicle Oct. 6, authorities said.

An Atlantic Beach police officer witnessed a man run a red light on Mayport Road just after 9:30 p.m. and pulled David Haddad, 33, over. During the traffic stop, the officer reported Haddad stared at him blankly and sweating heavily.

Police: Missing man located by family out of state

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A Jacksonville Beach man reported missing Monday has been located out of state, authorities said.

His family believes David Edward Diehl, 26, is not in any danger, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

He was reported missing after he never showed up to a doctor's appointment, police said.