Police Briefs 4/4/19

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 4/2/19

Two-hour Oakleaf standoff with SWAT ends peacefullyOAKLEAF – A military veteran was arrested after a domestic dispute turned into a two-hour standoff with the Clay County Sheriff’s …

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Police Briefs 4/4/19


Clay man wanted for sex crimes against children caught in Texas

ORANGE PARK – The man wanted in Clay County for sexual battery against a child and other child sexual abuse charges was arrested in Texas early Wednesday, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said.

Michael Glenn Chope, 55, had been the target of an intense manhunt since he was spotted last week near the Clay-Duval county line.

CCSO reached out to its media partners on March 29 to ask for help finding Chope.

The sheriff’s office issued the following statement on Wednesday:

“Michael Glenn Chope was located and arrested in Texas today. He has been arrested for sexual battery against a child and numerous other crimes related to child sexual abuse.

“Huge thanks to not only our Internet Crimes Against Children’s Unit, but also to all of our federal partners, like the US Marshals Service, Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Patrol, along with Texas law enforcement agencies, and the citizens who helped us in this successful capture.

“Our list of thanks goes on, but to everyone involved, we appreciate you.”

Two-hour Oakleaf standoff with SWAT ends peacefully

OAKLEAF – A military veteran was arrested after a domestic dispute turned into a two-hour standoff with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT team.

Joshua J. Ransford, 35, was arrested March 31 for false imprisonment and simple battery.

Deputies were called to the Forest Hammock subdivision after a woman ran to neighbors asking them to protect her from her husband. According to CCSO, Ransford broke into the neighbor’s home and carried her back to their house.

According to the neighbor, the wife repeated yelled, “Don’t let him take me.” The woman also curled on the floor in the fetal position until Ransford grabbed her by her arms and threw her over his shoulder.

When deputies arrived, they heard a loud argument from the back of the home. After they refused to open the door, SWAT and Negotiations teams arrived. A partial evacuation of the neighborhood followed by Ransford continued to ignore demands to come outside.

He finally surrendered two hours later.

Speeding ticket leads to host of drug charges

MIDDLEBURG – A man caught speeding wound up in the Clay County Jail March 30 after being caught with amphetamine or methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana, according to CCSO.

Christopher Dale Terry, 35, of Middleburg was charged with trafficking in amphetamine or methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, and use of drug paraphernalia, possession of heroin, driving on suspended license and provide a false identification.

He was being held in the county jail in leu of $160,015 bond.

According to the arrest report, Terry originally was stopped for speeding on Sesame Street. Terry gave the name Billy Terry, but a subsequent check revealed Billy Terry having brown eyes and red hair. The man pulled over had brown eyes, CCSO said.

When he got out of the car, the deputy noticed a pipe on the floor. That led to a search that resulted in the drug arrest.

Terry also had an outstanding warrant in Duval County for driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in property damage.

Pair busted with bags of pot after no stopping at red light

MIDDLEBURG – When Eugene E. Kennedy turned right from Jefferson Boulevard onto Blanding Boulevard, he had no idea he was about to get more than a traffic ticket.

When a Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy approached the car, he noticed the strong odor of “raw cannabis,” which led to a search of the car and the arrest of Kennedy, 30, and Terry A. Goins, 35, for possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell, manufacture or deliver and possession and use of drug equipment. Goins also was charged with possession of cocaine.

According to the arrest report, Goins tried to eat the cocaine, but deputies were able to make him spit it out.

A search led to the recovery of four bags of marijuana totaling 114.10 grams and jar with another 30.46 grams.

Kennedy was being held at the Clay County Jail with a $50,003 bond, while Goins’ bond was set at $77,508.


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