Shopping center evacuated after threat called in


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A threat was called in to an Orange Park store Friday afternoon.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, a phone threat was called in to the Save-A-Lot in the 300 block of Blanding Blvd.

The CCSO found no signs of a legitimate threat, but brought in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office bomb squad and a K9 unit as a precaution.


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Major sewer line breaks in Orange Park


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A major sewer line broke in a residential Orange Park neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

The break happened on Gano Avenue, according to a Town of Orange Park Facebook post. The town is blaming the break on old clay pipes between DeBarry Avenue and Grove Park Drive.

"This is a complicated, very deep repair that will take up to two weeks to fix," according to the Town of Orange Park Facebook page.

First Coast News contacted Orange Park public works Wednesday. A spokesperson said there is a bypass system in place and no sewage was spilled. The main concern, according to spokesperson, was traffic.

Traffic has been diverted from the area.


Clay county girls under investigation for animal cruelty


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The decision of whether or not to prosecute two teenage girls accused of torturing a state-protected tortoise is now in the hands of the State Attorney. But some outraged locals are taking a plea for maximum punishment to the internet.

Two petitions both asking the underage teens be prosecuted for allegedly burning and stomping a gopher turtle to death are circulating on change.org.

Bank robbery suspect caught in 4 minutes


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A bank robbery suspect was arrested four minutes after he allegedly took money from an Orange Park bank Thursday.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office responded to the Compass Bank at in the 500 block of Blanding Blvd. in Orange Park after receiving a call about a robbery at 4:50 p.m.Thursday. By 4:54 p.m. the unidentified suspect was in custody.

According to CCSO, the suspect entered the bank and told the teller he was armed. He left the bank with an undetermined amount of money and was seen leaving the area on a bicycle that witnesses then saw placed into the bed of a truck.

The truck was spotted by CCSO on Blanding Blvd. not far from the bank. Deputies conducted a traffic stop in a parking lot and the suspect was arrested without incident, according to CCSO.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Suspect in custody after claiming to have grenade


CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A portion of College Drive in Orange Park was closed Friday afternoon.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office responded to the 300 block of College Drive after 39-year-old James King claimed to have a grenade, according to a release from the CCSO.

King was later taken into custody.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office bomb squad also responded to examine the device King had in his possession.

Beach driving victim recalls devastating accident


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The case of a woman badly injured when she was run by a truck over on Daytona Beach is being heard by a Volusia County jury this week.

Truck crashes into home again


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Jennifer Beaudry and her family love their home but they fear living in their home.

"My biggest fear is that we get a drive that comes down in the afternoon and I'm in the yard with my children and one of us get hurt," said Beaudry.

Beaudry lives in the Doctor's Lake Estate community; near Bay Street and Cedar Road.

"it is terrifying," she said.

Last Friday night a truck lost control in the turn near Doctors Lake Drive and Bay street and flew through the wooded area and landed in the Beaudrys backyard.

"I was sitting on the couch watching the news and all of a sudden I heard a loud bang,' said Beaudry.

The Ford ranger hit one of the columns holding up the back porch ceiling.

"I came to the door and I noticed the vehicle was backing up and he was driving toward the house again," she said.