Police Briefs 12/12/19


Jacksonville man caught selling heroin to CCSO informant

ORANGE PARK – A Jacksonville man was arrested after selling seven grams of heroin for $700 to a confidential informant for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Willie Charles Holt Jr., 38, was charged Dec. 3 with trafficking in heroin and using his cellphone to facilitate a felony. He was in the Clay County Jail on $475,018 bond.

The informant set up the drug buy at the Wawa convenience store at 300 Park Ave. in Orange Park. According to CCSO, it was the third time the informant purchased drugs from Holt.

The sheriff’s office added the two other trafficking charges on Dec. 6.

When deputies converged on Holt’s car in the parking lot, he took objects from his left pocket and put it between his legs on the floorboard. A search of the car led to the discovery of eight grams of heroin on the floorboard.

Agents also found two cellphones and $2,365 in his pockets.

Man selling crack cocaine, heroin caught in drug sting

ORANGE PARK – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office continued to round up drug dealers by arresting a Jacksonville man who the agency said sold crack cocaine and heroin on Dec. 4 to a confidential informant.

Christopher Jerome Hansley, 37, was the second person caught in a drug sting in as many days when he met with the informant at the Orange Park Mall. CCSO said they recovered 4.5 grams of heroin and 2.45 grams of crack. The total purchase was $700.

He was in the Clay County Jail on at $275,009 bond.

Man jailed following wild chase along Blanding Boulevard

ORANGE PARK – A Jacksonville man who led Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase along Blanding Boulevard now faces a litany of charges.

Chad Aaron Stallard, 32, started the wild chase by stealing a car and reportedly firing a gun at the Circle K convenience store at 1091 Blanding Blvd. at 5:23 a.m. on Dec. 9, CCSO said.

According to the arrest report, Stallard drove southbound in the northbound lanes on Blanding until he turned onto Professional Circle Drive. He eventually crashed into a fence when Professional Circle dead-ended.

Stallard was wrestled to the ground after deputies twice fired their tasers unsuccessfully.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, resisting a police officer with violence, grand theft auto, attempting to flee a police officer with disregard to the safety of others and driving with a suspended license.

Deputies found a bullet hole in the “B” post of the car behind the front doors.

Stallard remained in the Clay County Jail on a $162,517 bond.

Local couple busted with methamphetamine during raid

ORANGE PARK – A local couple were caught with drugs during a Friday morning SWAT raid on their Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace home.

Clifford Ryan Stoberl, 40, and Melody Marie York, 31, both of Orange Park, were charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Stoberl also was charged with using his home to conduct drug business.

According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, agents found the drugs while conducting a search warrant.

Strobel’s bond was set at $80,760, while York’s bond was $80,008.

Local preacher pleads guilty to affair with girl in Maryland

ORANGE PARK – Former Baptist preacher Cameron Giovanelli pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree sex offense and a second-degree assault last week in connection to his months-long affair with a 17-year-old student at his church in Dundalk, Maryland.

Giovanelli, who now lives in Orange Park, will serve 90 days in a Baltimore jail and spend five years on probation as part of a plea deal, and he won’t have to register as a sex offender.

The woman came forward 10 years after the alleged affair. Giovanelli originally was charged in a 12-count indictment.



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