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THOUSANDS PACK DAILY'S PLACE AMPHITHEATER FOR FIRST CONCERT

Thousands packed the new Daily's Place Amphitheater Saturday night for its first concert.Tedeschi Trucks Band performed, and fans told News4Jax that the concert and new venue exceeded expectation.The venue was packed Saturday for opening night. Although many doubted the amphitheater would open in time, one woman said she always had faith."Music survives all and I feel like it's always going to be the way it is," fan Rose Gilbert said.From Saturday night's opening number with John Clearly to the main act, Tedeschi Trucks, fans poured into the new amphitheater for great sounds in a state-of-the-art facility."What an amazing venue," fan Greg Rich said. "I'm very excited to check this out.""This is my first time hearing them play, but I have grown up on it and I'm super excited," Gilbert said.With a behind the scenes look, News4Jax took a peek at some of the upcoming events scheduled for this year, and also got an upper level view of the new stage.One of the main attractions, the Daily's Convenience Store, is modeled after the other 30-plus Daily's Convenience stores in Jacksonville.Although some had doubts the venue would be ready for Saturday's concert, they are satisfied with the results."I think they were ready for it, and I feel like they've done a good job and I'm super excited," Gilbert said.The amphitheater was created to host concerts on Saturday nights before home games. There are plans to have close to 40 events every year.

POLICE INVESTIGATING INCIDENT NEAR DIOCESE OF ST. AUGUSTINE'S CATHOLIC CENTER

A heavy police presence was seen Saturday near the Diocese of St. Augustine's Catholic Center.At least 10 police cruisers were staged behind the diocese near the intersection of Old St. Augustine and Loretto roads. Members of a News4Jax crew at the scene said they saw police focusing their efforts on a car in the diocese's parking lot. Police have not released any further details.

JSO: 12-YEAR-OLD BOY SHOT IN COLLEGE GARDENS NEIGHBORHOOD

A 12-year-old boy was shot and injured Friday evening in the College Gardens neighborhood in Northwest Jacksonville, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. At the same time, police were also investigating a shooting into a home on 5th Street.Officers were called at about 8 p.m. to McMillian Street, just off Kings Road.Darius Whatley, 12, initially told police he was walking with Antonio Tyler (his age was not released) near the intersection of 6th and McMillan streets when he heard a gunshot, then noticed he had been shot in the leg. He added that he didn't see who fired the shot and they continued walking along McMillan Street until someone stopped them and called police.Whatley then changed his story when investigators spoke to him at the hospital, saying that prior to the shooting Tyler was playing with a gun and it accidentally fired and shot Whatley, officials said.As the investigation continued, officers continued to investigate a shooting into a home on 5th Street.The woman who lived there told police she was in her home when her son came home. Immediately after he walked in, she told police that she heard a gunshot and ran to her window. Officers said she later discovered a bullet hole in the side of a bedroom window and a closet door.Authorities did not identify the woman in the home on 5th Street or her son.The sheriff's office continues to investigate.Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 904-650-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

HEAVY SMOKE SNARLS INTERSTATE 95 TRAFFIC

Heavy smoke from a homeless camp that caught fire on Harper Street under the Interstate 95 overpass caused traffic delays Saturday, the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department said.Thick black smoke billowed from underneath I-95 about 2 p.m. from the fire on Harper Street between Ernest Street and Myrtle Avenue North, officials said.Fire officials said they could not determine the cause of the fire but said it appeared to be accidental. The area underneath the interstate has a thick layer of shredded tires on the ground, which served as fuel for the fire. "There was heavy black smoke because there is tire product that was underneath the interstate -- shredded tire," Sgt. Charles Ray with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. "Temporarily, we did close parts of I-95 and traffic by itself was slowing down and stopping due to the quick smoke. However, that was quickly abated once JFRD arrived and was able to put most of the fire out quickly."Various other items like a cooler, mattresses and a tent were ablaze. WATCH: Uncut viewer video of fire on Harper StreetSouthbound traffic on the interstate was backed up for about 30 minutes as firefighters worked to put out the fire.The fire did not appear strong enough to cause structural damage to the overpass, but the Department of Transportation has been notified, police said. "Right now we are investigating those individuals that are on Department of Transportation Property," Ray said. "They will need to see whether or not they can trespass them from that property. And once that determination is made, then we can proceed from there."Authorities said there were no injuries in the fire. In a statement to News4JAX, the Florida Department of Transportation said it will be reaching out to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to discuss the homeless camp under the overpass.

WOMAN ACCUSED OF PAYING TEEN FOR SEX

Detectives are accusing Rebecca McGraw of paying a 15-year-old boy upwards of $300 for sexual encounters, WPLG reports.McGraw worked as an assistant manager at the apartment complex where the boy lived. Detectives said the 38-year-old woman also allowed him to use her credit card and let him drive her car. Zahadi Ortis, a resident at the apartment complex, said she couldn't believe the child sex abuse allegations."She's always so super kind and sweet," Ortis said.The boy's mother reported the alleged child sex abuse to police officers, after she found a text message in her son's phone.According St. Lucie County Detective Joe Norkus the message said the boy needed to seek out medical attention for a possible sexually transmitted disease.Local 10 News' partner ABC affiliate WPBF News contributed to this report.

DETROIT POLICE POST HILARIOUS VIDEO AFTER FACEBOOK PAGE REACHES 100K LIKES

The Detroit Police Department's Facebook page reached 100,000 likes and they posted a hilarious video to celebrate.The video shows staff getting excited about reaching their goal and celebrating when it hits 100K.Watch the video below:

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City Information & Statistics

St. Augustine (Spanish: San Agustín) is a city in the Southeastern United States, on the Atlantic coast in northeastern Florida. It is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement within the borders of the continental United States. The county seat of St. Johns County, it is part of Florida's First Coast region and the Jacksonville metropolitan area. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 12,975. The United States Census Bureau's 2013 estimate of the city's population was 13,679, while the urban area had a population of 69,173 in 2012. Saint Augustine was founded on September 8, 1565, by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Florida's first governor. He named the settlement "San Agustín", as his ships bearing settlers, troops, and supplies from Spain had first sighted land in Florida eleven days earlier on August 28, the... View More Information at Wikipedia

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