Fugitive wanted on sexual battery charges captured in Ohio

Fugitive wanted on sexual battery charges captured in Ohio

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A 37-year-old fugitive wanted on a warrant for sexual battery captured Thursday in Ohio after fleeing from St. Johns County in July, authorities said.

Michael Owen Hutchison, 37, of Elkton, is being held without bond in Marion County, Ohio following his arrest on two warrants for sexual battery, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Hutchison was initially booked on a sexual battery charge June 9 and released after posting $25,000 bond, deputies said.

While free on bond, Hutchison sexually battered an unconscious man in July, the victim told investigators. Afterward, the Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for Hutchison's arrest.

When the warrant was issued, deputies discovered Hutchison had fled the county. Then a second warrant -- this one with a $250,000 bond -- was issued for Hutchison's arrest, followed by another for the violation of his bond conditions.

Arrest made in deadly crash that killed elderly couple


CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — A local man was arrested Thursday in connection to a traffic crash that left an elderly couple dead in May of this year.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Sherman Calvin Braswell, 26, of Middleburg, is charged with running a red light, driving while his license was suspended/revoked, and driving a motor vehicle without insurance.

On May 19, a pickup truck driven by Braswell ran a red light going southbound on US-17 in Fleming Island and collided with a Toyota Camry trying to cross the street, according to Sgt. Bryan with FHP.

Both victims who died were in the car that was hit by the truck, according to FHP.

The victims in the Camry were identified as Louise Lyford Nee, 73, and Martin G. Nee, 74, of Orange Park.

Braswell has been booked into Clay County jail.

He is being held on $5,002 bond.


Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

Ebron charged in plot to escape from jail

Ebron charged in plot to escape from jail

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The chief suspect in the disappearance of 21-month-old Lonzie Barton faces new charges following his arrest for an alleged plot to escape from the Duval County Pretrial Detention Facility.

William “Ruben” Ebron, 32, is accused of concocting a plot to stash keys in his sock and mouth and then use them to slip out of his handcuffs, jump out of a jail van and escape in a getaway car, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Investigators found out about the plan Monday when another inmate came forward with multiple recorded conversations detailing how Ebron allegedly planned to escape from custody. “Ebron directed the inmate to have the getaway car placed east of the jail,” the report said.

Ebron was arrested Thursday on charges of attempted escape from a jail, criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of a concealed handcuff key, and smuggling contraband into a detention facility, all felonies, jail records show.

FWC: Boater missing in Black Creek found, identified


ID=30657929MIDDLEBURG, Fla. — The body of a missing boater that was originally called in as a drowning in Black Creek was found Friday afternoon, according to Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesperson Karen Parker.

The missing boater was identified Friday as Vincent Testa, 27, of Jacksonville, Parker told First Coast News.

Testa and friends had gone out boating when at some point, Testa, who was hanging onto the side of the boat, fell into the water, witnesses said. He was not wearing a life jacket and never surfaced, FWC reports.

Multiple victims flown to UF Health after Middleburg crash


Update, 2:43 p.m.: County Road 218 is now open to traffic in both directions.

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A two-vehicle crash in the Lake Asbury area Friday morning sent at least four people to the hospital and halted traffic on County Road 218, authorities said.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash was reported about 11:15 a.m. on CR 218 near Henley Road between Middleburg and Green Cove Springs.

FHP says there are injuries. Scanner traffic suggests multiple victims were flown via Life Flight to UF Health Jacksonville.

Initial reports suggest one of the victims had to be cut out of a pickup truck after striking another vehicle head-on.

We'll update this developing story as we learn more.

91-year-old woman, three pets dead after Middleburg fire


MIDDLEBURG, Fla -- A fire that broke out at a Middleburg mobile home Wednesday has claimed the lives of a 91-year-old woman and three pets, and put another person in the hospital.

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Clay County Sheriff's spokesperson Mary Justino toldFirst Coast News the fire started on Nighthawk Lane in a rural part of Middleburg.

On Thursday morning, Catherine Johnson succumbed to her injuries in the hospital, Justino said. Johnson had initially escaped the fire but went back inside to retrieve her belongings and was injured in the process, according to CCSO.

Pair arrested in Middleburg auto burglary spree


MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Deputies in Clay County put an end to an auto burglary spree, clearing 26 cases from last fall, with the arrest of two suspects Friday, authorities said.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Aaron Jason Driver, 18, and Chase Daniel Bennett, 19, both of Middleburg, each face a list of charges stemming from dozens of break-ins over a one-month stretch last fall.

Jail records show Bennett faces 14 counts of auto burglary along with four counts of grand theft. Driver, meanwhile, faces 10 counts of auto burglary along with two grand theft counts and a misdemeanor count of petty theft.

Power restored to thousands of Middleburg residents


MIDDLEBURG- Thousands of customers of Clay Electric woke up in the dark Tuesday morning.

About 4,000 customers were without power following a power surge, overloading their circuits Monday night, according to Clay Electric's Communications Manager Wayne Mattox.

The company took a substation offline for maintenance on Monday, Mattox said. Colder than expected temperatures, along with reduced capacity, caused the overload and outage.

The power was restored around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.