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.

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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.


Orange Park man chased by Argentine tegu lizard


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Bradley Arington, 24, has seen a lot of things in his lifetime but this was a first and one he will never forget.

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"I was scared, man," he said.

Arington was taking his trash to the curb for pickup when he came face to face with an Argentine tegu.

What's a tegu? A very big lizard.

"I heard this very loud hissing sound and I boogied back inside," said Arington, "and it kept coming at me so I ran."

While it was hiding in his garage, Arington called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commission. FWC contacted Rod Smith of House of Reptiles who captured the lizard.

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Train crushes McLaren stuck on Orange Park tracks


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- No one was hurt after a train hit a semi truck hauling some expensive cargo stranded on the tracks in Orange Park Friday morning, authorities said.

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According to a spokesperson for the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the semi's driver, Ryan Fung, called the Sheriff's Office about 7:50 a.m. and told dispatchers he had gotten stuck on the tracks near Doctors Lake Drive and Greenridge Road and was about to get hit by the train.

The train, which was moving slowly, struck the semi and pushed it down the tracks, but never derailed, Sheriff's spokesperson Mary Justino told First Coast News. The train wound up going straight through the truck, separating the cab and trailer.

Lot where Somer Thompson killed to become garden


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The Orange Park lot that used to be home to the house where 7-year-old Somer Thompson was killed won't remain empty for long. In fact, the lot at 1152 Gano Avenue will soon be home to a memorial garden.

It's all thanks to a partnership between the Somer Thompson Foundation and Bring Food Forests to Northeast Florida, a grass roots group devoted to preserving public lands and supporting home schooled students with educational opportunities.

Next month, stakeholders will break ground on the project, which will become a self-sustaining organic garden and memorial to the young life cut short at the address.

Teens charged with attempted murder in botched drug deal


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Two Clay County teens face attempted murder charges after an alleged drug deal turned armed robbery ended in gunfire late Tuesday night, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Maurice Mururi Muniu, 17, and Elvis Sijamhodzic, 18, both of Orange Park, each are charged with attempted second-degree murder and armed robbery after allegedly trying to rip off their classmate at gunpoint.

According to arrest reports, Muniu had arranged over the phone and on Instagram to buy about 10 grams of marijuana from the victim. The pair had agreed to meet at the intersection of Hanging Moss Drive and Savannah Glenn Boulevard near the victim's home after 10 p.m. Tuesday.