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Online date leads to Orange Park businessman being shot and pistol whipped


ORANGE PARK, Fla.-- Roger Waldman, 43, is counting his lucky stars. Last Sunday, he was shot and beaten by two armed men outside the doors of his Orange Park business.

"Yes I am very lucky," he said, "I have a newborn baby who is counting on me."

Waldman owns Tree Life Service and said it was not unusual for him to be at his business late.

"I'm a workaholic and I'm usually here at late in the night. I can't do that anymore," he said.

But on Sunday, it wasn't work that took him back to his business. It was a female acquaintance.

Local teen racer witnesses fatal Ocala raceway crash


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A local teenage race car driver witnessed the horrific raceway accident in Ocala that claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl.

James Owen Burnell, 13, briefly met Niokoa Johnson Saturday at the Bubba Raceway Park. He said what happened on the track was a freak accident and it's something he tries to never think about while he's on the track.

His race car number is 91.

"That's the whole family's number," said Burnell. "It's in my blood. My grandpa, to my dad, to my family; everybody in my family basically races."

Burnell said he started racing go-karts when he was four.

Woman wanted on drug trafficking charges


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is seeking a drug trafficking suspect.

Pamela Denise Fleming, 45, is currently being sought by the Clay County Sheriff's Office for charges of trafficking in hydrocodon, according to the CCSO.

Fleming is described as 5-feet-8 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. Her last known address in on Sunrise Village Drive in Orange Park.

When arrested, Fleming will be held on a $75,003 bond.

Anyone who has any information about this suspect is asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 904-264-6512.


Small fire reported at Orange Park Medical Center


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The Clay County Fire Department responded to an incident at the Orange Park Medical Center Friday morning.

An electrical short to a computed tomography machine (CT) was put out with a fire extinguisher, according to Chief Gilbert with CCFD.

No additional damage was reported.


Man wanted for parole violation


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is seeking a man wanted for allegedly violating his parole.

Kristofer August Pace, 22, is being sought by deputies for allegedly violating his parole on charges of corruption by threat against public servant, battery and resisting law enforcement officer, according to the CCSO.

Pace is described at 6-feet-tall and weighs 150 pounds. His last known address is on Doctors Lake Drive in Orange Park.

Anyone who has any information about Kristofer August Pace whereabouts is asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 904-264-6512.


Navy Commander's death ruled a homicide


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The death of a Navy Commander found in a room at the Astoria Hotel on Feb. 12 was ruled a homicide, the Orange Park Police Department announced Wednesday.

The Jacksonville Medical Examiner's Office made the ruling on Feb. 13 in the death of Alphonso Doss, 44, of Pensacola, according to the release from the OPPD.

Doss' manner of death is not being released at this time while the OPPD and the Clay County Sheriff's Office investigate.

Doss reported to Naval Education and Training Command in Nov. 2011, according to the Navy.

While in Jacksonville, he was on Temporary Additional Duty orders at the Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit.


Stolen Ray-Bans, 3 subjects wanted


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying three subjects wanted in connection with a Feb. 4 theft of two pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses worth $379 from Sunglass Hut at Orange Park Mall.

The three males, believed to be in their late teens to early 20s, told the Sunglass Hut employee they were on a senior "skip day" from a Jacksonville school.

Two of the males attempted to distract the sales associate while the third male was looking at the Ray-Ban sunglasses, according to a CCSO police report.

Of the two males talking to the sales associate, one was wearing a black and white jacket vest with a lavender long-sleeved shirt and khaki pants. The other was wearing a pink button-down shirt, khaki pants and brown tennis shoes.