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Suspect shot on crowded road by Orange Park police


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A car chase following an attempted robbery ended Monday morning when police shot a robbery suspect four times on a busy Orange Park highway.

The shooting and a car crash occurred around 10 a.m. Monday morning in the 600 block of Park Avenue.

It started when Jarvis Tyrone Lee, 27, allegedly robbed the Check Casher at 644 Park Avenue. Officers with OPPD responded, saw Lee's vehicle fleeing the scene and tracked him down.

According to OPPD, Lee fired at the pursuing officer several times, hitting his patrol vehicle in the process. Lee then took off down Plainfield Avenue to Blake Avenue then to Highway 17. The suspect eventually crashed his vehicle into two OPPD vehicles in the 800 block of Park Avenue.

Stand-off with police ends in Orange Park


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A stand-off between police and a man barricaded in his home for hours ended in Orange Park Thursday night.

The man was in stand-off with police on Grove Park Drive off Kingsley Avenue. Authorities declined to give any more information. Tonight, neighbors have been allowed to return home after having to be evacuated.

Police were called to a home on Grove Park Drive around 5:30 this evening, where a man was barricaded inside. The standoff ended without shots fired around 9:30 p.m. this evening.

No word on whether the suspect was arrested.


Missing 11-year-old found


CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- An 11-year-old, who was reported missing by his mother Thursday morning, has been found.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office reports Ethan Rainey was spotted inside the WalMart on Blanding Boulevard Thursday afternoon.

He is in custody and will go home with his family after questioning.

Rainey's mother reported him missing around 8 a.m. Thursday. According to deputies, Rainey did not go to school and did not return home during the day.

Deputies say Rainey's mother believed her son may have run away. Because of his age, CCSO assigned a large team of deputies to the search, which centered in the Doctor's Lake area.


Children's Place shoplifters wanted


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help identifying and locating two shoplifting suspects.

According to a police report from the Clay County Sheriff's Office, a man and woman went into the Children's Store in the Orange Park Mall May 15 and started picking up merchandise and shoved it into a large bag they were carrying. The couple was caught on surveillance video, but left the store before mall security could catch them in the act. The value of the items stolen from the store totals almost $800.

The same store was hit by three females shoplifting suspects in January who were able to get away with a little over $600 of merchandise.

Anyone who has any information about the identity of the shoplifting suspects is asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 904-264-6512.

Body of missing Orange Park canoeist found


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Officials found the man who went missing following a canoe accident early Saturday morning.

According to Karen Park with Florida Fish and Wildlife, the body of 26-year-old Richmond Gard-Chambers was found Monday morning around 6:30.

Gard-Chambers was canoeing in Wells Lake in Orange Park with two other people when the canoe capsized.

Two males and a female went in the water. The female made it out safely. The two men were wearing heavy boots. One of the men was able to get his boots off and held on to a cooler until he was rescued.

Gard-Chambers allegedly panicked. FWC said hydrilla on the lake hindered search efforts. There is only 6 foot visibility in the lake.

Three burglaries investigated at one elementary school


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is investigating three different break-ins, at two Oakleaf area schools, in the past ten days.

Plantation Oaks Elementary was burglarized overnight Sunday. Police reports estimate
broken windows, discharged fire extinguishers and other vandalism at $6,000.

Students were allowed into their classrooms Monday after staff cleaned up broken glass and debris.

One week earlier May 12, Plantation Oaks Elementary was burglarized, resulting in approximately $3,000 in damage, according to the incident report.

During that same weekend, Oakleaf Junior High was vandalized somewhere between Friday, May 10 and Sunday, May 12.

CCSO is asking anyone with information about potential suspects to call 904-264-6512.


Kitten without a paw gets treatment help (Graphic images)


UPDATE, 5/8/13: Peggy's surgery lasted 40 minutes and the surgeon had to amputate at her wrist, according to the Clay County Humane Society. She is already up and meowing. After two to three weeks of recovery, she will be adopted to a permanent home. Clay Humane said she will be able to acclimate very quickly and have a normal happy life.

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UPDATE: As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, the clinic tells FCN that they have reached their fundraising goal. According to Clair, the clinic coordinator at the Clay Humane Society, FCN's reports were able to help raise $1,700 for Peggy's surgery.

The goal was between $1,000 and $1,200. According to Clair, $800 in donations came from online and another $400 came from people who walked into the clinic to donate in person Tuesday morning.