Crime

CCSO Detention Deputy Arrested on Drug Charges, Fired

CCSO Detention Deputy Arrested on Drug Charges, Fired

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office has arrested one of its own.
 
According to a release from the sheriff's office, 30-year-old Larry Allen Labay Jr., a Detention Bureau deputy, was fired after being arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Labay had already been on administrative leave since last month, the release said, when allegations of narcotics activity first surfaced.

After investigating, his fellow deputies obtained a warrant and arrested him.  Labay's bond was set at $752 on the drug possession charge and the judge released him on his own recognizance for the paraphernalia charge.

There's no word on when Labay will be in court, but the sheriff's office said it would release more information about his arrest on Tuesday.
 

Three Agencies Seek Same Armed Robbery Suspect

Three Agencies Seek Same Armed Robbery Suspect

Three local law enforcement agencies believe the same suspect committed armed robberies in their various jurisdictions: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Orange Park Police Department.

Taking a Weekend Trip to Orlando? Don't Order Pizza

Taking a Weekend Trip to Orlando? Don't Order Pizza

Remember the pizza-flyer scam talked about in January?

Police were concerned that the flimsy pieces of paper advertising $9.99 pizza pies and a 1-800 number were really scams to get hungry tourists to fork over their credit card information. Florida legislators ultimately passed a law - with Walt Disney World's backing - to crack down on flyer distribution.

Father Charged in Connection with Crash that Killed Son, Friend

Father Charged in Connection with Crash that Killed Son, Friend

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- The father of a teen killed in a boat crash last February is now charged with reckless operation in connection with the incident.

Ted Hanner was arrested Tuesday in Middleburg. He faces a first degree misdemeanor charge of reckless operation. He also violated two boating rules, failure to maintain proper lookout and safe speed, according to the investigative report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission obtained by First Coast News.

Hanner declined to talk on camera Thursday, but told our reporter he will forever be in misery.

Hanner's son, Travis, and his friend Halee Mickey were killed when the boat crashed into a tree branch that was horizontal above the water in February. They were both students at Middleburg High.

The report states the boat's motor started to lose power and bog down. It states Ted Hanner left the controls to pump the fuel bulb almost seven feet away from the controls.

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a terrifying five minutes for one First Coast family after being carjacked in a Krystal drive-thru.

"I thought 'he's going to kill me. This is really happening. He's going to kill me,'" said Kelli Broadfoot.

Just after placing her order at the drive-thru, police said James Johnson forced his way into Kelli Broadfoot's truck- and she didn't waste any time fighting back.

"I'm hitting him and kicking him, and he's hitting and kicking and pushing," she said.

Johnson said Broadfoot hit her in the face several times, before forcing her out of the car, and speeding off with 13-month-old Lindsey still in the truck.

"When she hit the ground, she bounced right back up (and screamed) 'My baby!' It was not good," said witness Ben Kelly.

He was in the drive-thru line right behind Broadfoot and witnessed the whole thing.

DUI Suspect Crashes Through Clay County Businesses

DUI Suspect Crashes Through Clay County Businesses

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Nobody was injured, though many people were reportedly shaken up, after a man drove his vehicle into two businesses at a Lake Asbury shopping center.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the driver crashed at the shopping center at the corner of Henley and Sandridge roads at about 6 p.m. Saturday.

Jose Ferrera III, 50, failed a field sobriety exam and was arrested for DUI.  Once at the jail, Ferrera took two breath tests, one of which indicated a blood alcohol content of .189 and the other .187.  The legal limit in Florida is .08.

The car went into a nail salon and also damaged an ice cream shop.

Workers and shoppers were in the area, though no one was injured.

Clay Sheriff's Office: Sexual Predator Drove Church Bus

Clay Sheriff's Office: Sexual Predator Drove Church Bus

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- We are learning more about a convicted sexual predator who's accused of driving a church bus full of kids. 

Michael Cercy, 34, is out on bond from the Clay County jail, charged with a sexual predator violation.

According to sheriff's office records, he has a past with crimes against children and adults dating back to 1997. 

A number of these crimes reportedly involve Cercy exposing himself to children.

The unanswered question in this case has been, how many times and for how long Cercy has driven these school buses full of kids at Calvary Baptist Church in Middleburg. 

Lieutenant Jim Morgan of the Clay County Sheriff's Office said it has happened more than once.  "From what we understand, several months.  Off and on for a several-month period of time."

Lt. Morgan said this felon should have never been this close to kids.