Classes resume at Orange Park High School after bomb threat


ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Classes will resume at Orange Park High School Wednesday after a "direct" bomb threat was sent the previous day, School District of Clay County spokesperson Gavin Rollins told First Coast News.ID=77027808

Classes were canceled for OPHS students on Tuesday after a school administrator received the threat in an email that morning, Rollins said.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, investigators conducted a security sweep of the school campus located at 2300 Kingsley Avenue. Deputies said they finished the sweep of all buildings, rooms and fields just before 12:30 p.m. and nothing suspicious or "bomb-related" was found.

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1 dies after shootout between rival biker clubs


ORANGE PARK, Fla. — A motorcycle club fight left one man dead and another injured Saturday morning after someone started shooting, authorities said.

At midnight, several members of the 'Outcasts' and 'Soul Brothers' were arguing at Park Avenue Billiards, which are allegedly rival motorcycle clubs, according to the Orange Park Police Department.

Michael Dion Rogers, 43, was shot multiple times and taken to Orange Park Medical Center where he later died.

Another man was shot, but his injuries were not life-threatening and was taken to UF Health Jacksonville where he was soon released.

Police detectives said they spoke to the shooter, and that the investigation is active and ongoing. The identity of the other victim and the shooter are being withheld until the conclusion of the investigation.

Bail bond money scam troubles Clay County


CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — Over the past two weeks, six scams were attempted on people recently released from Clay County Jail, according to deputies.

None of these scam calls were successful, as each recipient recognized the call as a scam.

However, two others were contacted after being recently released by an unknown caller and were told they still owed money to the bonds office due to an 'employee clerical error.'

They'd face additional charges, they were told, and even arrest, if they didn't pay up, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Both paid this scam artist – one by Western Union money transfer and the other by money-gram.

Clay County deputies urge: do not fall for this. Bail bondsmen do not conduct business in this manner. They usually only meet in their offices.

Here's some advice direct from the Sheriff's Office:

CSX train hits car stuck on tracks in Orange Park


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A crash involving a CSX train and a vehicle shut down traffic for hours near Doctors Lake Drive and Moody Avenue in Orange Park Monday night, authorities said.ID=73857622

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 73-year-old Pennsylvania man was lost and driving on Moody Avenue just after 10:30 p.m. when he tried to turn left onto the railroad tracks. This caused the left front tire of the Nissan Altima to become stuck between the tracks. The driver then got out to assess the situation and that's when he heard the horn blow from the train. At that point, troopers said he determined he couldn't move his car back in time and so he backed away but left the car on the tracks.

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Snake knocks out power to thousands in Orange Park


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- For the second time this month, a snake is to blame for a massive power outage in Clay County.ID=73088310

Power was knocked out to about 3,000 homes and businesses in Orange Park Tuesday evening about 9 p.m., according to Clay Electric.

That's after a snake apparently got inside the Double Branch substation.

If that story sounds familiar, it's because on Sept. 15, a snake knocked out power to more than 5,000 customers -- particularly those in Oakleaf and Argyle.

Note: This picture is from the Sept. 15 outage.

Orange Park leaves troubled motel open, imposes sanctions


ID=72603080ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- After a three-hour long meeting, the Town of Orange Park decided Monday evening to let Rodeway Inn remain open.

According to officials, police have responded to more than 400 calls to 911 over a six-month period.

Last year, they fielded close to 800 911 calls, ranging from prostitution to drug arrests.

Orange Park Police Chief Gary Goble says the hotel is a haven for crime in the community.

The public nuisance and abatement board voted to impose these sanctions, the hotel must hire a 24-hour security staff, make upgrades to the building, no longer accept cash payments, and remain compliant with any health and building codes for the city.

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.