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Police Briefs 6/23/22

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 6/22/22

CCSO: Man arrested after woman was assaulted, chokedORANGE PARK – A Kissimmee man was arrested on June 14 after a woman said he claimed to be a maintenance man before he choked and sexually …

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Police Briefs 6/23/22


CCSO: Man arrested after woman was assaulted, choked
ORANGE PARK – A Kissimmee man was arrested on June 14 after a woman said he claimed to be a maintenance man before he choked and sexually assaulted her.
Zacakary Jordan Range, 26, was charged with sexual battery and felony battery by strangulation after the woman said Range came to her home after they argued on the phone.
She said she eventually escaped after he followed her to her bedroom and attacked her, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
Deputies said the woman had “finger marks” on her neck, a red mark on the left side of her face and bruises and red marks on her buttocks and thighs.
Range’s bond was set at $175,006.

Jacksonville man returned to jail after failing drug test

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man on probation for forcing a 4-year-old girl to watch a pornographic movie with him was arrested on June 16 after he failed a drug test, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said.
James Paul Michel, 44, of Jacksonville, is being held at the Clay County Jail without bond after the Florida Department of Corrections said it detected cocaine in his urine during a mandatory drug test on June 2.

Traffic stop leads to drug, weapons bust

ORANGE PARK – Proactive police work by Orange Park Police Department nighshift patrol officers led to the confiscation of approximately 365 grams of marijuana, 2.6 grams of powder cocaine, 4.7 grams of fentanyl in pressed pill form, 18 tablets of amphetamine pills, eight small jars of THC resin, one large jar of THC resin, two handguns and approximately $1,728 in assorted U.S. currency on a traffic stop.

Deputies said Michel admitted to using the drug, telling investigators, “It was a one-time deal and won’t happen again.”
Michel was sentenced to five years after he pleaded guilty in 2017 to watching a video with the child. He also was sentenced to be on Sex Offender Probation for 10 years.

Sleeping man in Blanding Boulevard turn lane busted for DUI
ORANGE PARK – A man who sat in the turn lane on Blanding Boulevard for several light changes was arrested on June 19 after Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies found fentanyl, drug paraphernalia and a concealed weapon in his SUV.
According to the arrest report, Darren Eugene Smith, 42, of Jacksonville, was unresponsive when deputies approached him at the intersection of Blanding and Foxridge Road. As Smith reached for his driver’s license, a small bag containing fentanyl fell from his pocket.
Smith refused to submit to a field sobriety test, as well as an alcohol or urine test at the Clay County Jail.
Smith also was charged with driving with a suspended license and driving under the influence. His bond was set at $80,012.

Couple arrested for
trespassing at Clay High

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A couple was arrested for having methamphetamine after they were spotted in the empty parking lot of Clay High.
Brandon Glen Pittman, 30, of Green Cove Springs, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and trespassing on school grounds. Geneva Kay Kersey, 31, also from Green Cove Springs, pled no contest but was adjudicated guilty and fined $425.50.
A Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw the couple in the parking lot and pulled in to question them since the school was closed and there weren’t any activities. They were arrested for trespassing on school property and during a search of their bags. Inside, they found methamphetamine and a glass pipe. Pittman told deputies the bag and the methamphetamine belonged to him, so Kersey was only charged with trespassing.