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Police Briefs 1/12/23

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 1/11/23

Miami man arrested for murder following stabbing at Stay Suites

ORANGE PARK – One man was in jail early Sunday morning and another was dead following a stabbing in a breezeway at the Stay Suites …

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Police Briefs 1/12/23


Miami man arrested for murder following stabbing at Stay Suites
ORANGE PARK – One man was in jail early Sunday morning and another was dead following a stabbing in a breezeway at the Stay Suites on Wells Road.
Alvin Novell Jones, 30, was charged with second-degree murder while engaged in a felony offense after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was called to a convenience store across the street from the extended stay hotel. Deputies found Jones there with a “significant” laceration to his right palm and thumb area. They also recovered a bloody kitchen knife at the front door.
Deputies also responded to the hotel where they found “a bloddy and unresponsive” victim on the second floor near room 203. The dead man had at least five stab wounds to his front chest and torso area and two more wounds to his back, according to the heavily-redacted arrest report.
Jones will remain in the Clay County Jail without bond until his next hearing on Feb. 6.

Man stabs occupant “multiple” times after being evicted from home
MAXVILLE – A man who was being evicted from a home on Louie Carter Road lashed out at an occupant and attempted to stab him to death, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Eric Dwayne Eddy Jr., 26, of Maxville, was charged with attempted second-degree murder after he became inraged on Jan. 9 after finding an eviction notice on his bedroom door. Five days earlier, the homeowner, Angel Greathouse, filed an eviction notice for Eddy and his three dogs.
CCSO arrived to the home and found Eddy with a knife in his hand standing over James R. Greathouse. When he refused to drop the knife, deputies deployed an electronic control device, which had no affect on him. Eddy eventually dropped the knife and was taken into custody.
James Greathouse was stabbed “multiple” times in the chest and side, CCSO said. He was transported to HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital for treatment.
Although Eddy said he only wanted to hurt James Greathouse, a video taken on a cellphone showed Eddy chasing James Greathouse through the living room and kitchen and making “several stabbing motion” into the victim.
Eddy’s bond was set at $250,003.

Illegal license tag triggers police chase, drug charges for Starke man
MIDDLEBURG – A man driving with a license tag that belonged to another vehicle wound up in a lot more trouble after he tried to crash into a Clay County Sheriff’s Office vehicle on Jan. 6.
In addition to aggravated assault on law enforcement, Kaleb Blayne Crawford, 21, of Starke, also was charged with possession of marijuana, Percoset, attempting to flee or elude without regard for safety to others, driving with a suspended license and failure to register his van after CCSO attempted to make a traffic stop on County Road 218 near Nolan Road. As the deputy got out of his car, Crawford sped away through a front yard.
A resident flagged down another deputy on County Road 215 and said the same van almost hit him and ran him off the roadway. The resident also said the van was parked across the street. When the second deputy pulled up behind Crawford’s van, he went in reverse and tried to back into the deputy’s car, forcing him to accelerate out of his path to avoid a collision. The concerned citizen also had to jump into a tree line to avoid being struck.
CCSO deployed stop strips at Hibiscus Avenue and Alligator Boulevard, but Crawford steered around them and crashed into a tree.
During a search of the van, deputies found marijuana and the Percoset by the driver’s seat.
Crawford’s bond was set at $116,014.

Man charged with taking collector’s coins from girlfriend’s grandmother
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man on probation for domestic battery, child abuse and tampering with a witness, was back in jail after the victim’s grandmother said she had between $30,000-$50,000 of collector coins and antique currency was taken from her safe while he was visiting her last month.
Tyler Nathan Turner, 33, of Maxville, was charged with grand theft after the grandmother said Turner and his girlfriend stayed with her the first week of December. On Dec. 10, she noticed the safe was open and all of her collector coins were missing.
Turner was arrested on Dec. 8 for knocking his girlfriend and a 2-year-old child down and spitting on both. Some of the missing coins were collected at the Clay County Jail and listed as personal property, according to the arrest report.
The girlfriend said she found more of the coins in his pickup truck.
Turner’s new bond was set at $50,003.

Keystone Heights man charged with molesting 14-year-old girl
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A two-year investigation led to the arrest of a 30-year-old man on Jan. 5 for custodial sexual battery of a 14-year-old girl.
Scott Cameron Morris is being held at the Clay County Jail with a $250,000 bond.
According to the affidavit for arrest, the girl said Morris assaulted her between Nov. 1, 2021, and Nov. 15, 2021. Detectives with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit were called to Keystone Heights High on Nov. 15 after the girl told a school official she was assaulted. Investigators also interviewed one of the girl’s classmates.
Morris’ next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 31.

Woman facing new charges for kicking, spitting on detention deputies
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A woman already in jail for violating the terms of her probation, now faces new charges of kicking and spitting on detention officers.
Alyssa Nicole Wiseman, 27, of Starke, originally was arrested on for domestic battery on Sept. 12 while she was on probation. While in jail, she was accused of fighting on Sept. 26 and battery on an inmate on Oct. 17.
According to the arrest report, Wiseman fought with two detention deputies on Jan. 3 when she was being escorted to her cell. She refused to walk up the stairs to her bunk. She blocked them from closing the cell door with her foot, so two deputies physically put Wisemen in her bunk. As they did, she kicked one deputy in the face.
Then on n Jan. 4, a detention deputy said Wiseman spit on her face while she was being escorted from the medical ward to booking for the kicking charges.
Wiseman’s bond was set at $75,006. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 6.

CCSO: Man caught with drugs while being investigated for robbery
MIDDLEBURG – Deputies investigating missing items from a home on Plankton Avenue not only recovered the items, but it led to a myriad of other charges,
Robert Thomas Thompson, 36, of Middleburg, was taken to the Clay County Jail after being charged with possession of methamphetamine, Sub Oxen strips and drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and expired registration and burglary after he was stopped for the expired registration.
Deputies already talked with Thompson on Jan. 3 after another man said $1,270 worth of tools were taken from his house. Thompson told CCSO he was retrieving items that belonged to him that were left after he moved out six months earlier.
The victim called CCSO later that day after receiving a text message from Thompson saying he took the items as collateral for other items inside the house.
When deputies stopped Thompson again, they were able to detain him because he was driving with a suspended license. Deputies found drugs and a glass pipe during a pat-down.
Thompson’s bond was set at $53,010.

Driver charged with manslaughter following New Year’s Eve crash

MIDDLEBURG – A 40-year-old man was charged with manslaughter after the Florida Highway Patrol and Clay County Sheriff’s Office said he sped through a stoplight and collided with a car driven by a pizza delivery driver. Fabian Paul Urioste, of Middleburg, was in the Clay County Jail with a $500,003 bond, after FHP and CCSO said they smelled alcohol on him after he ran through a light on State Road 21 and County Road 220 West on New Year’s Eve. Christian Thomas Whitaker, 28, of Orange Park, made a left onto Blanding Boulevard after getting a green light. The FHP said physical evidence at the scene and witnesses showed Urioste run through a “steady red signal” and slammed into the driver’s door. Whitaker was pronounced dead less than 45 minutes later after being rushed to HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital. Investigators said Urioste appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. The arrest report also said Urioste was going at least 55 mph through the red light in a 35 zone. FHP said Urioste “and an odor of alcohol” and his eyes were watery and bloodshot. The report said Urioste said, “I made the wrong hand turn or I run through a yellow.” Urioste’s case is scheduled for a review on Feb. 6.