Arrest made two years after man carjacked, murdered
JACKSONVILLE – a 24-year-old woman was arrested in Jacksonville and returned to Clay County on Monday to face second-degree murder and armed …
Arrest made two years after man carjacked, murdered
JACKSONVILLE – a 24-year-old woman was arrested in Jacksonville and returned to Clay County on Monday to face second-degree murder and armed carjacking charges.
Ja’Cari Dany’l Anderson, of Jacksonville, was arrested without incident by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in connection with an Oct. 17, 2017, carjacking and shooting of Dorrien Mann on Capella Road in Orange Park. Deputies found Dorrien Mann, 26, of Jacksonville laying in the middle of the road.
Clay deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol originally though Mann was the victim of a hit-and-run, but an autopsy revealed the cause of death as a “gunshot wound of head.”
Mann’s godmother, Jerry Harper, said Mann used her cellphone to call a friend at the London Town Apartments. Deputies later confirmed the calls were made to Anderson.
Henry Williams was arrested on an unrelated charge on Feb. 27, 2018, in Jacksonville. Clay County deputies interviewed him on May 7 and charged him with armed carjacking.
Fleming Island man gets four years for child porn
JACKSONVILLE – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan sentenced Joseph Dominic Konegan, 56, of Fleming Island, on Monday to four years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. Konegan was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervised release and pay restitution to the victims. He has been detained since his arrest on April 2.
Konegan pleaded guilty on May 21.
According to court documents, in August 2018, detectives from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office received two cyber-tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reporting the uploading of child sexual abuse material on the internet. On Oct. 24, 2018, CCSO detectives and Homeland Security Investigation agents executed a warrant at Konegan’s residence. A forensic review of two computers used by Konegan yielded more than 1,650 images of child pornography. Konegan admitted to agents that he had viewed images of child pornography, including files depicting infants.
The case was investigated by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Asst. U.S. Attorney Kelly S. Karase.
This is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
Middleburg man guilty of impregnating 11-year-old
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – State Attorney Melissa Nelson announced last week Jason Steven Evans, of Middleburg, was found guilty by a jury of sexual battery on a child younger than 12 years old, tampering with a victim in a capital proceeding and lewd or lascivious conduct. Evans now faces a mandatory life sentence in Florida State Prison.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled before Judge Don Lester on Nov. 6.
In January 2017, Evans had sex with and impregnated an 11-year-old child. A DNA test confirmed paternity and Evans was arrested. He claimed that the sex was consensual. While incarcerated, Evans contacted the minor victim, attempted to get her to change her statement to get him released from jail and engaged in sexual conversations with her.
The case was investigated by the Clay County Sheriff's Office and is being prosecuted by Asst. State Attorneys Elizabeth White and Ashley Terry.
The girl’s, caregiver, Danielle Marie Mayhorn, 36, of Middleburg, remained in the Clay County Jail since being arrested and charged on March 21 for child abuse and witness tampering.
According to the arrest report, Mayhorn and Evans lived in the same home as the victim, who has since given birth to a child.
Deputies have records showing Evans made approximately 700 phone calls to the victim and Mayhorn.
Palatka man killed in GCS head-on collision
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A 36-year-old Palatka man was killed Monday night in a head-on collision on State Road 16 (Idlewild Avenue) at Sunset Avenue.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Jeep driven by Wilson Michael Patrick, 47, of Jacksonville was driving in the westbound lane when it crossed the centerline and collided with a Mazda being driven by Joshua Daniel Broadway.
Patrick wasn’t injured, but Broadway died at Orange Park Medical Center.
The case is still under investigation.
Homeowner walks in on soda-drinking burglar
MIDDLEBURG – A burglar was arrested after a homeowner walked in on him after treated himself to a cream soda.
Cody Jason Frisbee, 33, of Jacksonville, was charged Oct. 6 with armed burglary, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of burglary tools after Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies caught him walking away from the scene along Horsetail Avenue.
The homeowner said Frisbee tried to escape through a broken window. Frisbee apparently dropped his backpack while running, deputies said. They recovered $60 in cash, two knives, two flashlights and a watch. The value of items taken were reported at $670.
Deputies also found a syringe with methamphetamine residue on Frisbee as he was being arrested.
Once in custody, deputies enforced an outstanding warrant for grand theft auto, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Frisbee remained in the Clay County Jail without bond.
Walmart theft ends after 65-mile chase to Flagler
FLEMING ISLAND – Two Orlando men were arrested in Palm Coast following a 65-mile police chase that started when they were caught stealing from the Walmart on State Road 220.
Antrell Demetris Bryant, 27, and Michael DeWayne Ellis, 35, were caught off Interstate 95 after drove 12 miles after running over Stop Sticks. Ellis was still in the car, while deputies used K9s to corral Bryant in nearby woods.
A third suspect remained at large.
According to deputies, DVDs, kitchen appliances and Lego playsets were among items reportedly stolen from Walmarts in Jacksonville and on Fleming Island.
Man found hiding in attic during drug raid
MIDDLEBURG – Deputies with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT, Street Crimes and Narcotics units arrested a man who was trying to evade capture by hiding in an attic.
Edwin James Browning Jr., 42, of Lake City, was charged with battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, non-support and escape.
According to the arrest report, Browning tried to hide while officers served a warrant on Oct. 4 on Rideout Lane.
Man jailed for bomb threat against Orange Park Mall
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A fast-food worker was arrested after sending a text message to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office that said the man had threatened to use a bomb at the Orange Park Mall.
Charles Gene Waxler Jr., 25, of Green Cove Springs, was charged Oct. 4 with threating to discharge a destructive device.
Although the AMC Theaters were open, the mall was closed at the time of the bomb threat, CCSO said.
Son goes to jail for punching elderly man over rent
MAXVILLE – An argument over rent ended with a 39-year-old man being arrested for battery against a 70-year-old man, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said.
Ricky Allen Vinton Clere was in the Clay County jail, charged with battery on a person 65 years or older on Oct. 2 after sheriff’s office deputies said he punched the elderly man with a closed fist during the argument.
Erratic-driving teams busted for DUI, marijuana
ORANGE PARK – A pair of teens were arrested after they were stopped for swerving along Boulevard.
Robert James Anderson, 19, of Orange Park was charged with driving under the influence, while Hunter Aubrey Ryan Cornett, 19, of Middleburg was charged with possession of more than 20 grams of THC oil.
The pair were stopped on Oct. 4 after Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies saw them swerve left and right from the right fog lane to the center divider at least four times. They smelled a strong odor of alcohol when the approached the car.
Anderson failed is field sobriety test. His blood alcohol level was measured at .144 and .139 at the Clay County Jail. The maximum level allowed in Florida is .08.
A drug-sniffing K9 alerted deputies of marijuana in the car. They found 13 THC oil containers – each containing 1,000 milligrams of the oil – in a bag in the back seat.
Man arrested for being within 500 feet of a previous victim
ORANGE PARK – A Green Cove Springs man was sent back to jail Oct. 2 after deputies said he violated an injunction that restricted him from being within 500 feet of his victim.
Worthen Thomas Amerson II, 35, was arrested for violation of an injunction.
According to the arrest report, Amerson has lived periodically with the victim since January, but she called police because she wanted him to “stop being mean to her.”
The original injunction was signed on Feb. 9, and it limited Amerson from being within 500 feet of the victim or her house. It also restricted him from any communication with her.
According to the arrest report, Amerson was arrested at the victim’s house.