Human remains unearthed at Clay County home


GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Investigators unearthed human remains Wednesday morning after receiving a tip that someone was buried behind a Green Cove Springs home, authorities said.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office started investigating after an outside agency contacted deputies with information that a former resident, identified as Janell Adams, had been buried in a backyard on Creekfront Drive, investigators said.

Investigators have not yet confirmed whether the remains belong to Adams, a Sheriff's Office spokesperson said. They're being examined by the Medical Examiner's office.

Adams' son, Brian Adams, remains in police custody in Columbus County, North Carolina on unrelated charges, deputies said. He's being held on $150,000 bond for being a fugitive from another state. His involvement in the case is not yet clear.

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FHP: 5 killed, 2 injured in Clay County crash


CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — A head-on crash near Keystone Heights on Tuesday afternoon killed five adults, injured two children and shut down traffic on State Road 21, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Two vehicles collided on SR 21 near State Road 16 about 3 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said it happened when a northbound Toyota carrying four adults and two children on SR 21 veered across the center line and struck a southbound Nissan.

The four adults in the Toyota died, Capt. Keith Gaston told First Coast News.

The children in the Toyota, ages 2 and 4, are in critical but stable condition and are expected to recover, troopers said.

The lone driver of the Nissan, Chelsea L. Johnson, 22, of Melrose, did not survive the wreck.

Missing boy, 14, found safe, police say


UPDATE: Chase Godwin has been found, police tell First Coast News.

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Police in Green Cove Springs are calling for your help to locate a teenage runaway who went missing Sunday evening.

Chase Godwin, 14, was last seen on Melrose Avenue about 5 or 6 p.m., according to the Green Cove Springs Police Department. Still, another person reported seeing him at Spring Park around the same time.

Godwin was wearing tan shorts, a black button-down shirt, a black cap and black shoes at the time, police said. He has short light brown hair, green eyes and is approximately 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds.

If you've seen him, please call police at (904) 297-7300.


3 boats lost in dock fire


GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. — A dock fire destroyed three boats in Clay County early Sunday morning. No injuries were reported in the fire.

The boats lost included a 47-foot Boatel yacht, a 19-foot Ski Nantique and a 16-foot Carolina Skif. The dock was also lost in the blaze.

The fire occurred at 2130 Treasure Point Road in Green Cove Springs.

Twenty-one fire rescue units reportedly responded to the fire. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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Green Cove Springs baby dies after Wednesday fall when TV lands on her


GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A 6-month-old Green Cove Springs baby has died after falling from a bed in a camper Wednesday morning, then having a television land on top of her, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Brylee Houghton and her family had been living in the camper in a pickup truck bed in the 1300 block of Lost Acres Road, according to the Sheriff's Office. The family of four had been living in it for the past week on property owned by relatives, the Sheriff's Office said.

Woman arrested for toy donations calls it a misunderstanding


GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL -- When you type in Wanda Lopez name on ripoffreport.com, you will find two anonymous postings.

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"I feel really hurt," said Lopez.

The postings describe her as a fraud, a pageant scammer and a liar. The latest posting was December 4, the same day Lopez was arrested by Green Cove Springs police at Fred's grocery store. She is charged with petit theft.

"It is all because of what's going on with this website," she said.

A wheelchair for places wheelchairs can't go


CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Hand-cranked carts, made on the First Coast, are changing peoples' lives around the world.

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Volunteers make carts for people in third world countries who have lost the use of their legs.

Seun Oke is from Nigeria. The 26-year-old took the grand tour of The P.E.T. Place in Penney Farms, a workshop, this week. Volunteers at The P.E.T. Place make the kind of cart she relies on. P.E.T. stands for personal energy transportation.

When Seun was 8-years-old, she was diagnosed with polio and she lost the use of her legs.