Police Briefs 5/10/18

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 5/9/18

Burglary call ends in drug charges for 4ORANGE PARK – What began as a regular police call about a burglary, ended in the arrests of four people on multiple drug charges.Deputies from the Clay …

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Police Briefs 5/10/18


Burglary call ends in drug charges for 4

ORANGE PARK – What began as a regular police call about a burglary, ended in the arrests of four people on multiple drug charges.

Deputies from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Maverick Trails apartments shortly after midnight on May 6.

According to the police report, officers smelled what they described as a strong odor of marijuana coming from the apartment even before the door was opened.

When the officer went in the apartment, he stated the smell became stronger and, within minutes, he heard “the sound of glass hitting the floor coming from the bathroom.”

A search of the house resulted in police finding various amounts of fentanyl, MDMA, crack cocaine, Xanax, Zolpidem, Adderall and prescription Codeine Cough Syrup. No details were provided on the amounts of drugs seized in the arrest.

Bond is set at $156,020 for Cale Jeffery Nolan, 19, who remains in the Clay County Jail at press time. Connor James Gallagher, 19, Ryan Fletcher Grab, 18, and Gabrielle Niomi Smith, 20, all of Orange Park, are free from jail on bond.

Charges range from possession of fentanyl with intent to sell to possession of Xanax without a prescription, possession of MDMA with intent to sell and possession of codeine cough syrup without a prescription.

Lost wallet believed to have led to credit card fraud case

ORANGE PARK – Two people face credit card fraud and other charges after an investigation by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Police arrested Jesse Lynn Hars, 21, and Jonathan Corey Touchton, 29, on May 7 after an investigation that began April 16 when the victim contacted police.

According to the police report, the victim said his bank card was used to make several fraudulent check deposits from his account without his knowledge or authorization. The victim also said Hars and Touchton deposited worthless checks into his bank account and then fraudulently withdrew $740 from his account.

The victim told police he believes the duo gained access to his bank card after he lost his wallet at a bar on Blanding Boulevard.

“The victim admitted that he had the PIN number for the bank card written on another card in his wallet,” states the report.

Both Touchton and Hars are charged with four counts each of cashing or depositing a worthless check with intent to defraud and two counts each of fraudulent use of a credit card. Hars’ bond is set at $10,006 and Touchton’s bond is set at $30,006. At press time, both remained in the Clay County Jail.

Sheriff’s Office asking for community’s help

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help identify a man suspected of robbing a local convenience store on May 6.

Officers report that this white male who was captured on surveillance video robbed the Circle K gas station at 804 Blanding Blvd.

Police described the man as middle aged, around 5-feet, 8-inches tall, with a medium build. He also has a large cross or dagger style tattoo on the back of his right calf, possibly with other tattoos on his legs and arms. His last known clothing description is that shown here, along with a hat that appears to be a faded version of the one pictured, as well. After the robbery, he left on foot and walked toward Camp Francis Johnson Road.

Police are seeking any and all information about this incident, or the identity of this suspect. Contact the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Robbery/Homicide Unit at (904)213-6652 or the agency’s non-emergency line at (904) 264-6512.

Person of interest sought in shooting

ORANGE PARK – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a person of interest who is believed to have been involved in a May 5 shooting at the Cedar Bend apartments off Wells Road near Orange Park.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Kraig Dontell Long Jr., 29, in connection with the shooting. While CCSO officials gave few details about the shooting other than to state that two men were arguing when one pulled out a gun and shot the other man in the stomach.

Anyone with information about Long is asked to call the CCSO at (904) 264-6512.

Mother’s slap to child’s face ends in arrest

ORANGE PARK – An Orange Park area mother faces one count of child abuse without great bodily harm after an investigation by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Police arrested Teaira Samone Trice, 26, on May 4 at 6:08 p.m. following an investigation that began in January when the child victim was interviewed by a Child Protection Team investigator.

According to the police report, the victim – whose age was not disclosed – was “physically abused” by Trice on Jan. 28.

A day after the alleged assault, the child was examined by a pediatrician who found internal bruising and dried blood in the child’s nostrils that was deemed “consistent with inflicted trauma.”

The child was again interviewed by the Child Protection Team on Feb. 2 and again on April 19 to further verify the consistency in her account of the assault. The child said she was struck once in the nose and mouth with an open palm, which caused her to have pain in her nose and head “for several days.”

At press time, Trice remained in the Clay County Jail where her bond is set at $10,003.


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