6,000 without power in Clay County


CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — At one time, over 14,000 customers are without power in Clay County, according to Clay Eletric Co-op.

As crews worked, they were able to bring the majority of those without power back on the grid.

The Co-op said they were customers served by the Black Creek substation, although they did not say the exact nature of the problem there.

Crews are en route to investigate the cause and make repairs, the Co-op said.

The areas most heavily affected appear to be the Orange Park area and Middleburg.

Check the outage map at this link.

This is a developing story. Stay with First Coast News for updates.


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Clay Co. Sheriff's office sued after another wrongful arrest


ORANGE PARK, Fla. — The Clay County Sheriff's Office is getting sued for arresting the wrong man – and it's not the first time this has happened.

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This is the fourth wrongful arrest in the last two years. This time, a Jacksonville man says he was wrongfully arrested for stealing cologne from the Sears at the Orange Park Mall.

A federal lawsuit filed against the CCSO details how a deputy saw a man steal $213 worth of cologne from the Orange Park Mall Sears.

Orange Park woman loses everything in fire except $800 cable bill


ORANGE PARK, Fla. —
Janey Ortega lived in her Orange Park home for just a few months before a fire destroyed everything on New Year's Eve.

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Ortega said everything was charred, including a cable box and router she was renting from AT&T. She says she called the cable company, and was told not to worry about returning or paying for the equipment.

"They said we wouldn't have to pay and sorry for what happened," she said.

But the bills kept coming. Eventually, she started getting calls and letters from a collection agency, demanding she pay $802.50 for the equipment.

1 stabbed in Orange Park after argument in apartment


ORANGE PARK, Fla. — A stabbing in an Orange Park apartment complex Thursday evening sent one man to the hospital and another into custody, according to a watch commander with the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Charges have yet to be filed against the suspect, and he is expected to be released from custody shortly, officials said.

The victim was taken to UF Health in Jacksonville with non-life-threatening injuries and will be released soon as well, according to authorities.

The incident occurred after a boyfriend came home to the apartment and found his girlfriend there with another man. An argument broke out between the men, according to CCSO, and at some point, the boyfriend stabbed the other man.

The State Attorney's Office will review the case and decide if any charges need to be filed, officials said.


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One hospitalized after 'serious' crash in Orange Park


Update: Northbound lanes of Highway 17 at Park Avenue in Orange Park have reopened, CCSO says. Southbound lanes (OP over bridge into Fleming Island ) are heavily congested due to lanes blocked by crash debris.

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- At least one person was flown to the emergency room Wednesday afternoon following a "serious" two-vehicle crash in Orange Park near the Doctors Lake Bridge, authorities said.

Authorities set up a roadblock in the northbound lanes of U.S. 17 near Holly Point Road East after the crash was reported about 4:10 p.m., a spokesperson for Clay County Fire Rescue told First Coast News. One victim was flown to UF Health via helicopter, Capt. Bernita Bush said.

We'll update this developing story as we learn more.

No charges filed in Orange Park shooting, standoff


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A SWAT standoff with a shooting suspect in an Orange Park neighborhood came to a peaceful end Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

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According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, one suspect has been taken into custody after barricading himself inside a home on Debbie Lane following a domestic dispute that ended in gunfire just before 11 a.m.

The victim, identified as 29-year-old Jonathan Nelson, was taken to Orange Park Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, agency spokesperson Mary Justino said. He remains hospitalized in very serious condition.

Threatening note sparks search of Oakleaf HS


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Authorities are trying to find out who left a threatening note found at Oakleaf High School in Orange Park Thursday morning that triggered a scare and subsequent search of the premises.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the anonymous threat was found at some point and school officials along with deputies stepped in to clear the school of any potential threat. "The school is being searched and the school day schedule will proceed as normal and without further interruption," CCSO spokesperson Mary Justino said.

"We will not divulge at this time the specific information contained in the threat/note," she added.

If you know anything about this case, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.