Police briefs 9/5/19

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 9/3/19

Man jailed for selling heroin ‘8-ball’ to informantORANGE PARK – An unemployed man was arrested for selling a $300 “eight-ball” of heroin to a confidential informant …

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Police briefs 9/5/19


Man jailed for selling heroin ‘8-ball’ to informant

ORANGE PARK – An unemployed man was arrested for selling a $300 “eight-ball” of heroin to a confidential informant working with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Since the drug buy was initiated by phone, Alan Paul Verde, 50, of Orange Park, also was charged with using a two-way communication device to felicitate a felony, as well as possession of methamphetamine, CCSO said.

He was jailed with a $100,009 bond.

Woman busted for selling meth near SJR State

ORANGE PARK – A woman who sold methamphetamine to a confidential source working with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office also was charged with doing the transaction within 1,000 feet of St. Johns River State College.

Although CCSO said the drug sale occurred on April 1, Rebecca Lynn Sasser, 47, was arrested on Aug. 28. Her bond was set at $75,003.

Man gets into more trouble for pawning stolen tools

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office connected a man already in jail for burglary to stolen tools that were pawned on Aug. 2.

Ethan Lavern Stone, 29, of Citra, was charged with three counts of dealing in stolen property and providing false information to a pawn broker after he pawned tools for a total of $156, according to the arrest report.

Stone, who was being held on a $50,003 bond for the burglary charge, signed a statement the tools weren’t stolen.

CCSO: Brothers punch elderly man into Doctors Inlet

FLEMING ISLAND – Twins were arrested for punching an elderly man into the water at Doctors Lake Marina.

Michael James Pollack, 38, of Fort White and Matthew Allen Pollack, 38, both of Callahan were charged with battery on a person 65 years or older.

According to the arrest report, the victim was walking his dog when he got into an argument with Matthew Pollack. The brothers then punched and kicked the man until he fell into the inlet.

The victim’s left eye was swollen.

Woman caught trying to run away with custody of child

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A woman was caught trying to flee sheriff’s deputies when they arrived to take custody of two children.

Rachel Michelle Martinez, 34, was charged with interference of custody and attempting to elude police.

According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Judge Don Lester signed an order to remove two children from Martinez’s home. When they arrived, she was holding a 2-year-old that was to be taken. She tried to run with the child, but she was caught in a neighboring yard after she forced a hole into a wooden privacy fence. The child wasn’t injured, according to CCSO.

Deputies also took custody of a 10-year-old child.

Pair killed in fiery crash near Camp Blanding

CAMP BLANDING – Two people were killed early last Saturday when their car erupted into flames after it collided with another car at the corner of State Roads 16 and 21.

Both died at the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The burns were so extensive, the medical examiner’s office hadn’t identified the victims by Tuesday.

According to the accident report, the two were driving northbound on S.R. 21 at 4:55 a.m. Their Dodge Stratus and a Chevrolet pickup being driven by Ollis D. McLendon, 23, of Middleburg, collided when McLendon attempted to make a left-hand turn onto S.R. 21.

McLendon suffered minor injuries, the FHP said.

The investigation is on-going.


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