Black Creek rising waters

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Residents living on Black Creek in Clay County are getting more concerned each hour the rain continues. 


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Clay County officials monitoring weather conditions

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - Officials in Clay County monitored weather conditions Friday, as rain falls across the county.

Officials in Clay County released a statement Friday detailing plans to continue monitoring rainfall and changing weather conditions throughout the weekend.

According to Clay County Fire Rescue roadways might be blocked, ground saturation levels could cause trees to fall, debris could be on roadways and power lines could be down. Additionally low-lying areas may experience additional flooding tonight and over the next 48-hours.

Roadways which may be closed or impassable:

Penney Farms area:
• Morton St.
• Caroline St.
• Clark St.
• Wilbanks St.
• Hoffman St.

Green Cove Springs:
• 209N/739B

Fleming Island:
• Floyd St.

Keystone/McRae area:
• Sharron Road
• Blanding Blvd. near Dade Road

Detective remembers partner slain in the line of duty

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- In Clay County, Detective David White was killed just over a year ago when he was shot in Middleburg while investigating a suspected meth lab.

He will be honored next week during Clay County's annual police memorial.

First Coast News Consumer reporter David Williams, spoke to White's former partner Matthew Hanlin.

He vividly remembers that night in February 2012. Clay County Sheriff's Office detectives Hanlin and White were investigating a suspected meth lab when they saw a suspect.

Then, five shots forever changed Hanlin's life.

Green Cove Springs Police Blotter - May 2013

No police reports at this time.


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Jacksonville man convicted in double murder

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A Clay County jury convicted Cornelius Walston on two counts of murder on Tuesday.

Walston was convicted for the stabbing deaths of two men according to a Florida State Attorney news release.

In October 2009, Walston, 30, was involved in a fight with the two victims at Club Myth in Clay County. 

The fight started inside the bar and then carried over into the club's parking lot. 

During the fight Walston stabbed David Smith, 24, in the chest. 

Walston also stabbed Kevin Martin, 24, in the left arm.

Smith died at the scene, and Martin died at the hospital.

"This defendant took everything from these two young men, their pasts, their presents and their futures, when he took their lives. The defendant now faces life in prison for this double murder," said Assistant State Attorney James Colaw.

Walston will be sentenced May 31. 

Riding in memory of fallen Policemen

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The daughter of Detective David and Jennifer White leads a group of bicyclists Monday in honor of fallen officers.

The group of bike riders includes family members and 10 Officers from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, who are a member of the Law Enforcement United.

The cyclists volunteered to ride in memory of Detective White and other fallen policemen around the U.S.

Their 5-year-old daughter led the group on her pink bike, which is complete with training wheels, through the CCSO's parking lot. The volunteers continued to ride on Highway 17.

The bike ride continues for the group of Officers in Washington, DC, where they will meet up with other members of the L.E.U. to ride during the Police Memorial Week on May 13th. 

Removing derelict boats in Clay to cost $53K

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A picturesque piece of the St. Johns River known locally as Muddy Cove is turning into a boat graveyard.

First Coast News was taken out to the area to see the abandoned eyesores close up.