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Clean up continues in Orange Park


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Cleanup from Thursday afternoon's storms continued Friday in Orange Park. The high winds and heavy rains toppled a tree in Steven Pearson's front yard.

"I looked at the window and I was like -- the tree's gone," he said.

Many people in Orange Park were dealing with the same situation Friday. Several tree removal companies lined the streets in parts of the city. Kevin Breslin is part-owner of Above and Beyond Tree Service.

"Pretty good sized job," he said.

As the rain continued, Breslin and his team worked to remove several trees. He said the wet weather makes his job even more challenging.

Trees down on a home, vehicle in Orange Park


Orange Park, Fla. -- residents In one Orange Park neighborhood continued to clean up damage from early afternoon storms Thursday night. Roughly 200 people lost power as huge trees fell onto power lines and into three homes.

Clay County electric crews were able to restore power to all affected residents.

For 20 years Rose Indicott has called a house that sits on Gano Court in Orange Park home. Within that time she's seen storms come and go with minimal damage, but says she's never had to deal with a tree inside of her home, until now.

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Man pushing stroller wanted for shoplifting


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who took a pair of Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses from Sunglass Hut at Orange Park Mall while pushing a child in a stroller.

According to a CCSO Incident Report, the theft happened on the afternoon of April 3. The store manager told police while reviewing surveillance footage, he saw the man on take the sunglasses from the display case and put them in his pocket.

The sunglasses are valued at $200.

The manager told police he had several customers in the store and was not able to pay much attention to the man, who was pushing a 2- to 3-year-old girl in a stroller, the report detailed.

The suspect appeared to be 30 to 40 years old and was wearing a dark blue shirt and dark blue jeans.

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.