Police Briefs 4/5/18

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 4/4/18

Critical injury crash on TuesdayGREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Florida Highway Patrol reports that an 18-year-old Green Cove Springs woman is in critical condition after a one-vehicle crash on County …

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Police Briefs 4/5/18


Critical injury crash on Tuesday

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Florida Highway Patrol reports that an 18-year-old Green Cove Springs woman is in critical condition after a one-vehicle crash on County Road 315.

Police said Jessica Noel Land was driving a white Ford Explorer Sport Trac on April 3 at 1:55 p.m. when the crash occurred. Land was traveling northbound on County Road 315 approaching the intersection of County Road 315A.

For reasons still under investigation, the Explorer exited the roadway onto the right grass shoulder. The driver attempted to steer back onto the roadway and overcorrected. The Explorer then overturned and came to final rest on its roof.

Clay County Fire and Rescue transported Land to Orange Park Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

Child jumps out of car window

ORANGE PARK – A 10-year-old boy who jumped out of the window of a moving vehicle is in critical condition, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Police said Hansel Burgos, 10, of Jacksonville, was one of four passengers in a 2006 Kia Sedona on April 1 at 9:50 p.m. when the vehicle was at the intersection of Centura and Mercury Drives near Orange Park when the incident took place.

The driver, Perla Julissa Torres Berr, 18, also of Jacksonville, was driving westbound when Burgos struck the ground and sustained a critical head trauma. Police said she picked up the child and drove him to Orange Park Medical Center for treatment.

Man charged with assaulting pregnant girlfriend

ORANGE PARK – A 24-year-old Orange Park area man remains in custody following his arrest for aggravated assault on a pregnant woman and other charges.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sheridan Landell J. Veney on March 31 at 4:16 p.m. after conducting a brief investigation.

According to the police report, Veney and his pregnant girlfriend got into a verbal argument when she asked him to leave her apartment on Lombard Street. Police said he became irate and began punching holes in the walls, snatched her cell phone from her and smashed it on the apartment floor.

Police said Veney then allegedly pushed the victim’s face causing her to go to the floor and grabbed her by the left arm while her two children ages four and two looked on screaming.

Veney then fled the apartment and ran north on Lombard Street before police captured him. Veney is also charged with criminal mischief, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is set at $5,005.

Mother leaves children alone, gets arrested

CLAY HILL – A Clay Hill woman faces one count of child neglect without great harm after leaving a child under age four and a child under age two alone, locked in her home without any adult supervision.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested A Lana Marie Aaron, 28, on March 29 at 8:34 p.m. and booked her on the charge.

According to the police report, an unidentified man heard the children crying, became concerned and called the sheriff’s office.

Police used forced entry to go into the home and search for the children who were found locked in a bedroom with a latch from the outside.

According to police, Aaron left the children alone so she could drive to the Walmart in Macclenny.

She has since been released from jail.

Arrest made for insurance fraud

ORANGE PARK – An Orange Park area woman faces various charges of fraud following a lengthy investigation from the State of Florida Department of Financial Services.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gwen Villagomez Soto, 43, on March 29 using a warrant the state obtained shortly after interviewing Soto on March 14.

According to the warrant, the case began on November 6, 2015 when Soto – who is also known as Gwen Mixner – filed a disability claim with Metlife. Soto, who was employed by Citi at the time, requested special accommodations due to her condition. However, according to the warrant, “Mixner failed to respond with the required Accommodation Request Form…paperwork and the claim was closed on 9/7/2017.”

The investigation found that, six days later, Mixner sent the accommodation form to Metlife, who then reopened her disability claim. In the midst of processing the claim, Metlife contacted Mixner’s physician only to find she had forged his name. By the end of September 2017, the case was turned over to the state’s fraud unit at the Department of Financial Services.

“This investigation revealed that Gwen Mixner committed insurance fraud when she knowingly provided false and misleading information that was material to a claim,” states the warrant.

Soto faces one count each of forgery of a doctor’s certificate and filing false and fraudulent insurance claims. She has since been released from the Clay County Jail on $10,006 bond.

Police nab burglar in the act

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Clay County Sheriff’s deputy nabbed a burglar in action on March 28.

The officer responded to the EZ Stop Food Store at 1318 N. Orange Ave. in Green Cove Springs at 11:28 p.m. on March 28 where he found a ceiling tile, an air duct and a fluorescent light on the floor of the store.

The officer called back to CCSO headquarters requesting that the store owner send out someone who had a key to the building so they could go in and conduct a safety check.

According to the police report, a search of the building found another ceiling tile on the floor, this time in the rear storage room. The officer also found a revolver sitting atop the building’s electric breaker box.

The next check involved the ceiling of the storage room where they found Nicholas James Hollifield, 38, of Green Cove Springs.

Hollifield was taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Jail on one count of armed burglary. At press time, he remained in the jail where his bond is set at $75,003.


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