Middleburg man wanted on burglary charges

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - Detectives with the Clay County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's help locating a man on their "most wanted" list.

Samual David Chapman, 33, is wanted for violation of probation, burglary of a dwelling or structure and resisting officers, according to a Facebook post by the CCSO.

Chapman is described by the CCSO as 5-feet-8 inches tall, weighing about 190 pounds. Chapman's last known address was on Knightboxx Road in Middleburg.

Anyone with any information about Chapman is asked to please call the Sheriff's Office at 904-264-6512 or email them at rpunsky@claysheriff.com.

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Resident worries about 'dangerous' Mallard Road

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- James Gill, 70, a retired railroad worker and longtime resident of Clay County, is concerned about the condition of Mallard Road.

"You can see where the erosion is washing the bank on the side of the road," said Gill.

It is a two-lane road used by all types of vehicles, including school buses and the road shoulders, in some areas, are extremely narrow.

"There's no side rails there, no banks, no shoulders," said Gill.

Gill said his concern are the buses and their precious cargo.

"I don't want to see a bus load of kids dead in that creek. It is just waiting to happen," said Gill. "It is just an accident waiting to happen."

Gill has lived in the community 35 years. He said he's not trying to be an alarmist. He said he's looking out for the other guy.

"I just don't want to see something happen," he said.

Don't get burned buying a used car

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Buying a used car can save you money, but it can also cost you money. Last October, Stoonie Powell bought a used car. He paid $4,000.

"It was a very good car," said Powell. "That's basically what I was told, it was a good car."

It is a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. It looked like a cream puff on the outside, but under the hood it was a lemon.

"Everything started happening," said Powell. "Quite a few things started happening."

Powell, 91, said this is not his first time buying a vehicle, but this time it cost him.

"I did not go and have it examined. That's where I made my mistake," said Powell.

Less than 30 days after owning the vehicle, Powell's employer paid to replace all four tires.

Then they took it to Dennis Cascante for an inspection and he told him to take it back to the used car dealer.

VA wants veteran to pay back his benefits

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Heather Levesque has been Jamie Levesque's wife, friend and companion for years and now she is fighting for his military benefits.

"We got a letter on January 22 that said in a month we are going to lose our benefits," she said.

Jamie Levesque receives $1,000 a month in disability income. 

Veterans Affairs is threatening to withhold it for a year to reimburse Uncle Sam for what was given to Levesque in 2008.

"We will lose our home because this is the only income that Jamie has," said Heather. "He has been unemployed for approximately two years."

In 2008, Levesque was given an honorable discharge and was paid $19,000, before taxes, as a separation benefit.

"Now the military says you owe us the money," said his wife.

The VA said the separation benefit was an over payment and Levesque's mental disorder is not service connected.

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Florida has money for first-time home buyers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that money is available to first-time home buyers for help with down payments.

Another $25 million will go toward housing counseling, legal aid programs and the state court system to help with a backlog of foreclosure cases.

On top of that $60 million, Florida has another $200 million from the settlement that state lawmakers will decide how to spend.

House Speaker Will Weatherford promises the cash will be set aside for housing-related needs and not for special member projects.

Florida has already received $3.6 billion in mortgage relief, mainly for principal reductions.

Duval teacher among 3 arrested on Clay drug charges

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A search warrant served on a home in the 1900 block of Calusa Trail on Wednesday resulted in three people being arrested on drug charges, including a Duval County Public Schools teacher.

The resident of the home, Robert Alan Davis, 25, was arrested after the Clay County Sheriff's Office Strategic Response Division served the warrant. Davis was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription, possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis and possession/use of drug paraphernalia.

Church and A/C company disagree over repair bill

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Larry Varnom owns a small heating and air company, a company he said he started in 1966.

"I've been fortunate over the years," said Varnom," I have lost very little money since I have been in business."

Varnom said last May he serviced the air conditioning system at Greater Israel United church and has yet to be paid for his service.

"One time they told me the check was in the mail," said Varnom,"  from the Northside to the Westside doesn't take three or four months."

Varnom, frustrated, filed a claim of lien against the church for $1,018.

"I can't go around passing out thousand dollar bills, I'd like to have my money," he said.

Dr. Eugene White is the pastor of the church.

"The church said that they would pay him, but they would pay him payments on it," said White.

Dr. White said the lien comes as surprise.