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.


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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.

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.

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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.

More firefighters on the job in Clay County


CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Thanks to a federal grant for more than $2 million, 21 more firefighters are on the job at several station in Clay County.

Deputy Chief David Motes said it's a big step forward.

"It gives us our 4 firefighter minimum in the station, and helps us with our response to our citizens," he said.

The jump in staff has happened at fire stations in Middleburg, Green Cove Springs, Orange Park, Keystone Heights, and Fleming Island.

"It's the largest group of firefighters Clay County has ever hired in our history," Motes said.

Dogs at Clay County Animal Care and Control in need of homes


CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Clay County's Animal Care and Control just west of Green Cove Springs on State Road 16 is packed with dogs.

So much so, that a high school student reached out to First Coast News for help spreading the word so more people will adopt a dog and avoid possible euthanization.

Fifteen-year-old Clay High sophomore Alyssa Fischer volunteers at Clay County Animal Control and is sad to see so many dogs needing a home outside these cages.

"So many dogs are in the kennels, even five dogs in one cage if they are not that big so we really need people to come out and adopt, foster, rescue, anything you can do," said Fischer.

Volunteers put up a sign saying "ADOPT," using red and white cups along the fence for people to see while driving by.