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Exploding dye pack slipped in bag of cash during robbery


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is seeking a man who is suspected of robbing Compass Bank at 536 Blanding Boulevard on Tuesday morning.

The suspect entered the bank just after 11:30 a.m. and got in line to make a transaction with a teller, according to CCSO spokesperson Mary Justino.

The teller told deputies the suspect passed her a note demanding money, pointing an object at her that was concealed by his pants pocket.

The suspect is described as weighing 250-275 pounds, is 6'2" and was wearing a white baseball cap, black tennis shoes, gray pants and a black and blue plaid shirt. The man also had a deep sounding voice.

Justino said the suspect was given money with a dye pack, so he may sustain burns to his legs or hands if he was holding the money or had it in his pockets when the dye exploded.

Strapped In: Local teen dies in police custody


ID=8767949CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Born just 11 months apart, Merissa and Daniel Linsinbigler were more than just brother and sister. They were roommates, partners in crime, and best friends.

Standing in the middle of the fields at the Murray Hill Playground, 19-year-old Merissa Linsinbigler recalls coming here with her big brother. "We used to play soccer here football here. We would come out here. We'd play ball. One time we had a little picnic over here."

Governor Scott kicks off reelection swing on First Coast


ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Governor Rick Scott kicked off his reelection big on the First Coast with the first of eight stops planned across the state to get his "Lets Keep Working" theme out in front of voters.

Scott was hosted by Orange Park Volkswagen and a packed showroom while he outlined what his campaign is all about.

"In 2010 it was 'Lets Get To Work' now it is "Lets Keep Working.' We got to keep working to lower taxes, improve education and make sure keep a low crime rate," said Scott.

The Governor said slashing $500 million in taxes this year combined with creating 500,000 jobs and trimming the size of government should be attractive to voters.

Scott won his first bid at statewide office with a slim margin as 70,000 votes separated him from Alex Sink. This time his challenger is former Governor Charlie Crist.

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.