NE Florida’s Boater Skip Day is underwayJami LynnNewsBreak Contributor
Clay County man sentenced in federal court to 16 yearsDon JohnsonNewsBreak Contributor
Clay County Commission votes to rezone rural residential land for commercial useLauren FoxNewsBreak Contributor
Shark teeth: Some of Northeast Florida’s oldest little treasuresJami LynnNewsBreak Contributor
Clay County man indicted on firearm, drug charges, U.S. attorney announcesDon JohnsonNewsBreak Contributor
St. Johns County school bus aide caught inappropriately touching student with special needs: report
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A 67-year-old St. Johns County School bus aide is accused of inappropriately touching a student with special needs, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. Dean Heaton is facing 22 counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and one count of sexual assault.
Deputies catch suspected car thief within an hour of reported theft
Flagler and St. Johns County Sheriff's Office deputies worked together to catch a suspected car thief less than an hour after the theft was reported on May 31. “Due to the quick actions by deputies to identify a possible suspect and collaboration with SJSO and both Real Time Crime Centers, the victim was able to quickly get their car back,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said, according to an FCSO news release.
Possible charges underway in case of elderly woman who lost leg to dog mauling
HAWTHORNE, Fla. (WCJB) - There is an update in the case of Gertrude Bishop, 86, an elderly woman who was attacked by two dogs in Hawthorne. Her son reports she has given her official statement with the Putnam County Sheriffs Office. He believes charges could be on the way. Gertrude...
Hundreds pack the river on Boater Skip Day
The 2023 Boater Skip Day was one for the books as hundreds of boats hit the St. Johns River on Friday for the unofficial annual holiday where people play hooky for a day on the water. By 9:30 a.m. Friday, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office sent an alert that Governors...
Breaking: Middleburg man arrested on murder charges, deputies say
A Middleburg man was arrested Thursday and faces murder charges after shooting a male victim in the arm and abdomen, deputies say. Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 2400 block of Zagato Court at approximately 12:29 a.m. Thursday, June 1, in reference to a person shot. Upon arrival, deputies located the victim in the front yard of the residence, according to the arrest report.
Boaters still hit the water despite toxic blue green algae warning
FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. — Could toxic algae in the water ruin one of the unofficial summer holidays in Northeast Florida? Friday was Boater Skip Day, a day when thousands of people skip work and enjoy the day on the water. On Thursday the Florida Department of Health in Clay...
Clay County School Board passes new bathroom policy
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Clay County School Board passed a policy requiring students to use the bathroom of their gender at birth. It bans transgender students from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity. The policy would also includes locker and dressing rooms. The board voted during Thursday's...
$270 million factories set for construction in Clay County this year
The roofing and insulation company IKO confirmed Thursday its plans to build a $270 million manufacturing campus in Clay County. Construction on the new site is set to begin later this year near Florida Highway 301 and County Road 218, IKO wrote in a press release. The new facility will consist of three factories and is expected to be complete by 2026.
Florida woman loses leg in dog attack
An 86-year-old woman in Alachua County is recovering from a dog attack that cost her a leg. Putnam County deputies say two pit bulls attacked the woman Friday morning.
Clay County homeowner accused of arson to collect insurance money
Two Clay Hill house fires were thought to be arson brought by hate crimes. Turns out, it was a scheme to hide the real reason - an attempt for the owner to get some extra cash in his pocket.
FHP: Man dead after crash on State Road 206 in St. Johns County
FHP is investigating a deadly crash on State Road 206 at South Walk Place Tuesday night.
Predictions for major storms as hurricane season begins; Clay County residents advised to prepare
June 1 marks the start of hurricane season, and NOAA is predicting a range of 12 to 17 named storms this season, with up to four of them becoming major hurricanes. This year should see a ‘near-normal’ season of storms, which should be less intense than in recent years, according to NOAA predictions. Still, Clay County residents are advised to prepare because NOAA says there is a 30% chance this season could be above-normal and storm predictions are subject to change.
Putnam County dog attack leaves 86-year-old veteran hospitalized
A vicious dog attack left an 86-year-old Putnam County woman in the hospital. According to a GoFundMe, Gertrude Bishop’s ear was bitten off and doctors had to amputate her leg as a result.
Two teens arrested after multiple reports of an explosion in Epic Theatre
St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office responded to Epic Theatres in St. Augustine for multiple reports of an explosion inside an occupied movie theatre.
Crescent City holds recall election for commissioner accused of "malfeasance" by group
CRESCENT CITY, Fla. — Crescent City held a recall election Tuesday for a sitting commissioner accused of malfeasance. The “Recall Cynthia Burton” group said Group 3 Commissioner Cynthia Burton violated Florida’s Sunshine Law, which provides the public with “right of access” to public boards’ and commissions’ proceedings, in 2021.
Algae bloom warning issued for Clay County
A health alert has been issued in Clay County after tests showed the presence of harmful blue-green algal toxins in Doctors Lake. The alert, issued by the Florida Department of Health in Clay County, is in response to a water sample taken on May 24, meaning the public should exercise caution in and around that waterway.
The top 10 places people in Clay County are looking to buy homes
Stacker compiled statistics about where people in Clay County are looking to buy homes using cross-market demand and monthly inventory data from Realtor.com.
Clay County Sheriff’s Office helps boaters prepare for Boater Skip Day
Friday, June 2 is Boater Skip Day and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office created a video with tips for boaters to enjoy the unofficial holiday as safely as possible. Boater Skip Day is the largest boating event in Northeast Florida. Each year, hundreds of boaters take a once-a-year opportunity to trade a day of work for a day making memories on the waters, according to the North Florida Marine Association.
Q.I. grads celebrate ‘escape’
Graduation season concluded Saturday evening as Q.I. Roberts Junior-Senior High School hosted its commencement ceremony in Palatka. The 69 graduates of the Florahome school had their graduation at Veterans Memorial Stadium, where their classmates and principal encouraged them to take what they’ve learned to make the best of their futures.
New tower is near completion at HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital
HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital’s new patient tower is moving toward completion. Four of its five floors are open, and the second floor will open in June, the hospital announced May 31. The third floor is the most recent to open, adding 24 private rooms for medical and surgical...
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