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Clay County EMA says Black Creek flood waters receding

MIDDLEBURG, Fla -- Clay County remains in a local state of emergency as a result of continued flooding of homes and roadways, but emergency personnel say the flood waters are receding. 

"You're just in awe. You've seen it once, you've seen it 100 times, but even 100 times you're like wow," says Middleburg resident Rhiannon Harloff. 

Over 24 homes have been affected, over half a dozen roads have been declared completely flooded, and the rain continues.

"I just wish it would stop but it doesn't look like its ever going to," said Afton Knagge, a Middleburg resident.

As of 9:30 p.m. log readings show the North prong is down to 18.45 feet compared to 19.08 from this morning. 

The south prong is down to 17 feet from 19.71. 

The flood stage is 16 feet, but Clay County Emergency management personnel say the water is receding.

Residents were warned early Saturday morning and were asked to take precautions. 

Soil test reveals toxic substance near Clay County school

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Dayna Yamin, a Middleburg mom, said she's concerned about the findings of the environmental group Earth Justice.

"It is just concerning that people don't know and their kids are playing in this stuff," said Yamin.

Her son is too young for elementary school, but Yamin said her concern is for every child in her Clay County community.

"Since children are walking on those paths, parents need to be notified," she said.

Yamin is reacting to a report from Earth Justice and Clean Water Action Florida, two environmental groups.

In March, the groups tested the soil near the paths around J.L. Wilkinson Elementary. Lisa Evans, attorney and former EPA employee, is with Earth Justice.

"We know that EZbase is sometimes not covered and it can contain toxic metals," said Evans, "We wanted to make sure that was not the situation around this school."

Woman wanted for battery, burglary charges

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - The Clay County Sheriff's Office hopes to locate a suspect on their most wanted list.

Jessica Morissa Morre-Wells, 21, is wanted for battery charges that allegedly occurred during a robbery, according to a Facebook post by the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Moore-Wells is described as 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighs 124 pounds, according to the CCSO.

Moore-Wells last known address is on the 2200 block of County Road 220 in Middleburg.

Anyone who has any information in regards to the location of Moore-Wells is asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 904-264-6512.

Middleburg Police Blotter - May 2013

No police reports at this time.

 

Jogger reported attempted kidnapping

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Cadezsha Campbell, 19, escaped from an attempted kidnapping that occurred on Tuesday afternoon. 

JSO reported that Campbell went for an afternoon run down Old Middleburg Road on Tuesday around 4 p.m. Campbell told police that a man pulled up next to her in a dark blue Chevrolet Suburban and yelled "get in the car". 

Campbell ignored the suspect's request and continued running. The suspect allegedly stopped, exited from the vehicle and approached Campbell. According to the victim, the suspect grabbed her by the arms and attempted to force her in the Surburban. 

At one point during the alleged kidnapping, Campbell was able to free herself from the suspect and attempt to run away but then the suspect punched her in the right eye and get away.

Company sells man an electric bike with dead battery

LAKE CITY, Fla. -- Richard Cox, 71, wanted a vehicle to get around. He has a disability and can't drive.

"I have eye problems and can't get a driver's license, so I have to have something to get around," said Cox. 

Cox found the cozy bike electric bicycle sold by Omegastores, a Connecticut company and purchased it.

"February 16 is when I put my order in," said Cox, "It got here on March 3rd."

Since March, the $1,200 electric bike has been in Cox's garage because of a dead battery. Pedaling the bike to charge the battery is no help. 

"I have not been able to use it, not once," said Cox. 

Cox has made several attempts to reach the Wallingford Connecticut company, but has had little response.

"They don't answer the phone," he said, "they don't have no service department."

Cox said he has lost his spark of excitement over his electric bicycle

Man wanted for lewd and lascivious molestation charges

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is seeking a man on their most wanted list.

Joe Delgado III is wanted for lewd and lascivious molestation charges, according to a Facebook post by the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

The 23-year-old's last known address is on Timberwood Trail in Middleburg, according to the CCSO.

Delgado is described as a white male, 6-feet-2-inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds.

Anyone who has any information in regards to the location of Delgado asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 904-264-6512. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.