Jury trials suspended for COVID-19 until Feb. 22CLAY TODAY – The continued rise in positive COVID-19 cases prompted Chief Judge Mark Mahon of the Fourth Judicial Circuit to remain in Phase II …
Jury trials suspended for
COVID-19 until Feb. 22
CLAY TODAY – The continued rise in positive COVID-19 cases prompted Chief Judge Mark Mahon of the Fourth Judicial Circuit to remain in Phase II of protocols and to suspend all jury trials until at least Feb. 22.
All jurors summoned in Clay County through Jan. 15 have been excused, and no further jury summons will be sent in the next six weeks.
The Fourth Judicial Circuit includes Clay, Duval and Nassau counties,
Bright light warning leads to arrest for weapon, drugs
MIDDLEBURG – A man was seconds away from driving away from a traffic stop with a warning wound up the Clay County Jail on an assortment of drug and weapon charges.
Gino Nick Rocca II, 30, of Hampton, was charged with possession of a stolen firearm and ammo by a convicted felon, as well as possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine and marijuana with the intent to sell, manufacture or deliver after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office stopped him on Jan. 8 on Southlake Drive at County Road 220 for not dimming his bright lights for oncoming traffic.
As the deputy came back to the car with the warning, he found a plastic bag with later tested positive for methamphetamine on the ground by Rocca’s door. The arrest report said the baggie was dry although it had just rained.
A search uncovered cocaine and marijuana packaged for sale and a handgun on Rocca or in his backpack, according to CCSO.
Orange Park man indicted for wire fraud
JACKSONVILLE – U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announced the return of an indictment charging Brian Roy Lozito, 51, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 12 counts of wire fraud. If convicted, Lozito faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count and payment of restitution to the victims he defrauded. Lozito was arraigned on the charges on Jan. 11. His trial is set for March 1.