Crime

JEA Warns Customers to Beware of Scams

JEA is warning its customers to beware of scams involving utility bill payments.

Recently, some JEA customers have been called, texted or visited in person, requesting a payment be made on a credit card number to avoid disconnection of services. JEA does not call its customers to make such requests.  Additionally, some JEA customers are being offered payment of their utility bill for up to half off the total amount due. The scam works like this – a customer is approached and told their bill will be paid in full if the customer gives an amount in cash. Unfortunately, the account is then paid with a stolen credit card or check. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Trial Begins for Man Accused of Strangling, Burying Wheelchair-Bound Girlfriend

Trial Begins for Man Accused of Strangling, Burying Wheelchair-Bound Girlfriend

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The murder trial for a man accused of strangling a disabled woman is now underway.

A jury was selected and sworn in Monday, and Kenneth McBride's trial started Tuesday.

The Clay County Circuit Clerk's Website shows that both sides made opening statement. The state then called nine witnesses and entered 76 items into evidence.

The defense followed, and presented two items as evidence.  Court begins again Wednesday morning.

Deputies arrested McBride in April 2009, after they discovered the body of wheelchair-bound Roberta Laws, 46, in a shallow grave behind the home she shared with McBride in Middleburg.  Laws had cerebral palsy.

This isn't McBride's first arrest.  He's already a registered sex offender after being convicted of committing sexual battery against a child in 1996, according to the National Sex Offender Registry Website.

UPDATE: Green Cove Springs Death Investigation

Clay County Sheriff Office Detectives have identified the victim in the overnight homicide mentioned. He is Joshua W. Perdue (W/M), a resident of Middleburg. 

Green Cove Springs Death Investigation

The Clay County Sheriff's Office received a call at 5:30am today regarding a man's body on the ground near a property in Green Cove Springs. 

Recovery of Stolen Sporting Goods and Arrests in Clay County

Recovery of Stolen Sporting Goods and Arrests in Clay County

Three men arrested yesterday in Clay County, caught attempting to sell stolen sporting goods from a burglary that occurred in Jacksonville. (JSO case # 11-49662). Two additional suspects remain at large.

The owner of the store in Jacksonville (victim of burglary) and the owner of the store in Clay (where items were brought by suspects) did a great job communicating with each other and with law enforcement officials, which led to our agency's quick response and capture of three of the five suspects.

Stolen Cemetery Vases Clay County

Stolen Cemetery Vases Clay County

Detectives from the Clay County Sheriff's Office General Investigations Unit obtained a warrant today for the man suspected of stealing copper vases from Jax Memory Gardens in Orange Park.  This same suspect is in custody in Duval County, along with two other suspects, in connection to additional/similar cases there.

Clay County obtained an arrest warrant for Nicholas Dennison and his JSO booking photo.  He will be held on a detainer on this charge in addition to the charges he is facing in Jacksonville (see JSO's release).

State of Florida v. Misty Croslin Cummings Sentencing Hearing

State of Florida v. Misty Croslin Cummings

Charges: Trafficking in Hydrocodone and/or Oxydcodone

Sentencing Hearing, Monday, January 10, 2011 at 1:30 p.m., Putnam County Courthouse