4 cars and a school bus crash in Clay Co.

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A four car pile up in Clay County, including one school bus, snarled traffic Wednesday morning.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash that occurred on the 2200 block of State Road 16 West in Green Cove Springs around 8:30 a.m., according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

No injuries have been reported at this time, but the crash is causing major delays.

Darlene Mahla with Clay County Schools says 22 children were on the bus headed to Charles E. Bennett Elementary school and none were hurt.  The damage to the bus was also minor.  The school is callling parents of the children just as a precaution.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office requests that drivers avoid the area if possible.

 

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Grandmother charged for bogus check

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. -- Margaret Beck, 74, has heard of phony check scams, but never imagined she would be a victim.

"I had nothing to do with nothing," said Beck, "but I am the victim on this scam."

It started last summer. Beck said a friend of William Henry, her grandson, was paid with a bogus check to work for Monster Energy Drink.

"She was supposed to do so much work and ads and wrap her car," said Beck, "Monster drinks said they know nothing about it."

Beck said her grandson, William, deposited the phony check into his account; after four days his friend used the money to pay bills. Then the check returned as bogus and the bank sent William a letter.

"In the letter to my grandson they wanted their money," she said.

William's account did not have the money, but Beck said because his mother's name was on his account the bank tried to get the money from her.

Man found safe after Silver Alert

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office has located a man after a Silver Alert was issued for him late Tuesday night.

Harland Vincent was last seen 9 p.m. Tuesday driving a 1998 white Nissan four-door vehicle with the tag number J155LR, according to CCSO. He was located in Georgia.

Clay seal to include 'In God We Trust'

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- In a unanimous vote, the Clay County Board of Commissioners voted yes to include the words 'In God We Trust' on the county seal.

Former Keystone Heights Mayor Lyndel Hale was the one who made the proposal two weeks ago. He also worked with another citizen of Clay to include it in the county school board seal and it also passed.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office has had the motto on their seal for decades, but the county was the last one to include it.

"I believe that's a problem what's wrong with America, our foundation is not God anymore," said Hale.

Some residents are against including God on the county seal and prefer a separation between church and state.

"I think references to God are civil matters they don't belong in county government or state government for that matter," said local resident David Johnson.

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Credit card thieves find a new way to steal your card number

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Federal Trade Commission is warning about companies adding bogus charges to your credit card account. It's called cramming. It has been a common scam companies have used for years on phone bills. But that is not the only threat to your credit cards.

There is also a practice called skimming. Any time you use your card, even at an ATM, you could become a victim.

Clay County's free wedding filled with love

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The cold weather on Valentine's Day didn't cause any cold feet in Green Cove Springs. Ten brides walked step-in-step with the 10 grooms, all ready to take the next step in life.

Arrests announced in the killing of Det. David White

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced four arrests in the shooting death of Clay County Detective David White.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced in a release to the media that 22-year-old Robert Apple II, 21-year-old Christopher Henderson, 19-year-old Curtis "Ping" Dingler and 36-year-old Jack Lemond have been arrested Thursday in connection with the theft and transfer of the gun allegedly used to kill Det. David White in February 2012.