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Abandoned puppies rescued from I-10


ID=30552265ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Two abandoned puppies were rescued from Interstate 10 near Macclenny Wednesday morning.

A Clay Humane staff member found the hound mixes on the side of the road and stopped to rescue them. Clay Humane says the two male dogs are between 15 and 16 weeks old. The staff named one of the dogs Dodger and the other one Scout when they arrived at the clinic.

WATCH: USPS driver hits Oakleaf mailbox, drives away


ID=30449205ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A U.S. Postal Service worker covering a route in Orange Park is giving new meaning to the phrase "going postal" after a resident reports the driver struck her mailbox over the weekend and then just took off.

Viewer Tricia reached out to First Coast News with video of the incident on Sunday, saying the unidentified driver drove by her home, located in the 800 block of Stallion Way, and clipped her mailbox, knocking it clean off its post. Then, Tricia reports, the driver simply drove away.

"Today in oakleaf... The mail delivery person hit and broke our mailbox and just kept going," she said in a Facebook post. "Hoping USPS will make it right!"

Neighbors reeling after mother's death


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A deadly accident that Florida Highway Patrol troopers say could have been prevented left a Jacksonville mother dead.

The 911 calls in to police following that tragedy Monday in Orange Park, were released by the Clay County Sheriff's Office Tuesday afternoon.

Clay youth football team looking for field to call home


ID=29998705ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Many of the kids who play with the Clay Bears live near Walter Odom Park, but it is not available to the team.

"They're close to it and they can't even use it and it sits over here dark in the evenings," said Derek Neal.

Neal is president of the Clay Bears and would like to use the park, but he can't. While the park is owned by taxpayers, it already has a tenant and it is not the Clay Bears.

"They do not hold the lease agreement for those fields for their program," said Karen Thomas, director of contract services for Clay County.

Mother of hit-and-run victim praying for a miracle


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mathew Maloney, the teen who was hit by the driver of a stolen vehicle, had his fourth surgery Wednesday.

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"I'd rather being the one laying in that hospital bed than my son," said Mathew's mother, Kellie. "I'd give anything to be that person over him."

On Monday night, her son went for a run near his Orange Park home. He never returned.

"I went all night long not knowing where my son was and then to find him, not looking like my son, having to know that people are pretty much putting his body parts back together, it angers me," she said.

Police say during his run, Mathew was hit by Eric Roenisch, who was driving a stolen car.

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.


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.