Woman dies in solo crash
CLAY HILL – A Saturday morning traffic accident claimed the life of a Green Cove Springs woman, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Investigators said Caitlin Marie Magliochett, 30, lost control of her 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe at 8:07 a.m. on Feb. 9 when she was heading southbound on County Road 217 near Memory Lane. FHP said drove off onto the grassy shoulder on the westside of the roadway. Apparently, while trying to gain control of the vehicle, Magliochett entered back onto the roadway and lost control by swerving to her right, which caused the Hyundai to rotate clockwise off onto the west shoulder.
The vehicle traveled sideways into a ditch filled with water and struck a concrete culvert on the north end of Memory Lane. The vehicle proceeded to roll over a number of times across Memory Lane and came to final rest on its roof facing north in a ditch south of Memory Lane.
She was dead at the scene.
Fatal shooting under
ORANGE PARK – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said an early-morning shooting Sunday was between two acquaintances who are not from Clay County.
Officers went to the Stay Suites of America at 1656 Wells Rd. on Feb. 10 to investigate the shooting that killed one man. The names of the shooter and the victim have not been released nor have there been any arrests made as of press time.
“The shooter was taken into custody that evening and is being cooperative with the investigation. No arrest has been made, thus far,” said Chris Padgett, CCSO public information officer.
According to Padgett, detectives collected witness statements and evidence.
Couples facing child neglect charges
MIDDLEBURG – A Middleburg man and woman face charges of child neglect without great bodily harm after not seeking medical attention for their 7-month-old for three days.
According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Jonathan Micah Witlatch, 29, and Barbara Nicole Barton, 27, brought the baby to the Clay County St. Vincent’s Hospital ER on Dec. 21, 2018.
Police said the child was “screaming to be held and had redness to the right knee, right elbow, and back, possibly a rash or flea bites, which had persisted for two days.”
According to the police report, an ER physician noticed swelling and redness on the child’s right leg and further examination found the child had an acute spiral fracture on the right femur. Officials described the trauma as “an injury which to a child of this age indicates child abuse due to the required forces involved.”
The child was transferred to Wolfson Children’s Hospital for further examination and treatment.
According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, officers interviewed Witlatch and Barton and both were arrested on Feb 8. Both are free from jail on bond.
Nude man arrested in
MIDDLEBURG – A Middleburg man faces a misdemeanor charge for allegedly exposing sexual organs while standing naked and yelling to draw attention on his front lawn.
According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Alvin Lee Letchworth, 42, stood in his front yard “yelling and throwing his hands in the air” on Dec. 30, 2018 where neighbors and passersby could see him.
CCSO entered Letchworth’s home and spoke with him while he was still naked, but was wrapped in a blanket during the interview.
Police obtained a warrant for Letchworth’s arrest, and he was taken into custody on Feb. 8 from his home on Joan Avenue and transported to the Clay County Jail.
At press time, he remained held with bond set at $2,503.
Middleburg dies in Buckman Bridge crash
JACKSONVILLE – A 27-year-old Middleburg woman died Feb. 7 in a crash atop the Buckman Bridge, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
FHP said Rashelle Shiloah Kirsch, of Middleburg, was driving a Chevy Tahoe southbound on Interstate 295 in the outside lane of the bridge when she lost control and traveled across all lanes and hit a barrier wall.
Rescue crews transported her to Orange Park Medical Center where she later died. The crash caused traffic delays in all directions while the scene was under investigation. FHP said Kirsch was not wearing a seatbelt.
Teen facing armed robbery
ORANGE PARK – What began as an agreement to purchase a cell phone using the app OfferUp, ended in felony charges for an Orange Park area teen.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jhatarrion Jakwan Sampson on Feb. 5 around 4 p.m. for the incident, which took place on Jan. 23 at a Wells Road apartment complex.
The victim, who was attempting to sell a cell phone on the app OfferUp, said a buyer who went only by the screen name “Trippy” wanted to buy the phone. When they met, the victim unlocked the phone and let Sampson inspect it, police said. Sampson then allegedly pulled a gun from his pants and pointed it at the victim and fled the scene.
Since his arrest, Sampson remains in the Clay County Jail with bond set at $100,003.