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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.

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.


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.