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Father finds porn on tablet bought as Christmas gift

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A Middleburg father got more than he bargained for when buying a tablet for his daughter for Christmas. After opening the gift, George Sanchez found pornographic material already on the tablet. He said it was supposed to be a Christmas gift for his teenage daughter.

"I was like 'Oh my gosh!'" Sanchez said.

Sanchez said he and his wife bought the tablet from a Jacksonville pawn shop on Oct. 25. The family put it away, then gave it as a Christmas gift. But their grandson noticed something.

"When he was going through it, he found some dirty pictures on there," said Sanchez.

Pornographic pictures and videos apparently downloaded by a previous user.

"I was not very happy when I saw that," Sanchez explained. "I was really frustrated when I saw that."

He tried several tech avenues to erase it, but to no avail.

Suspected Clay Co. Walmart TV thief behind bars

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A suspected TV thief is behind bars this evening.
    
William "Billy" Mixon, 34, is being held in the Duval County Jail on Duval County charges such as violation of probation and will now be held on on a Clay County warrant for Grand Theft, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office Facebook.

Mixon is suspected of stealing two televisions from a Walmart on Brannan Field Road on Oct. 21. In addition to sharing suspect information with the media, the CCSO also posted the information on its Facebook.

"I received several calls from citizens with information advising they saw the post on Facebook. When someone shares the post, it spreads like wildfire," said CCSO Det. Maertz.

Suspects sought in Middleburg Walmart video game theft

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office is seeking three suspects who allegedly took $360 worth of video games from Walmart on Brannan Field Road on Tuesday.

Around 3:20 p.m., two individuals entered the store, a male wearing a red T-shirt and black basketball shorts and a female wearing a red Raines High School basketball sweatshirt and black pants.

According to a CCSO incident report, they went to the electronics section and put six video games into a gym bag, which they then put into a cart.

They then pushed the cart to the produce section and walked out of the store.

The third suspect then entered the store, a male wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts. He pushed the cart from the produce section to the deli section, took the bag out of the cart and left the store around 3:52 p.m.

Surveillance footage showed the suspects were driving a newer model four-door sedan, according to the incident report.

Police searching for female car burglar

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Detectives with the Clay County Sheriff's Office are searching for a woman suspected of stealing items from multiple vehicles.

Detectives believe the woman may be traveling back and forth between Clay County and the Florida panhandle, according to a news release from Mary Justino, Public Information Officer for the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Justino said in November the suspected thief stole a purse containing credit cards and a phone from a car in Keystone Heights.  The stolen credit cards were used in Middleburg, Justin said, and then in Destin, Florida.

Police are hoping a surveillance video taken at a Regions Bank drive-through ATM in Destin will lead to her arrest.

Justino said the woman is also seen in surveillance video using one of the stolen credit cards at a GameStop in Middleburg.

Clay County homeowner wants out of foreclosure nightmare

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. --  Four years ago, Casi Bronson bought her home in Middleburg, then she lost her job during the economic downturn and she eventually lost her home.

"I have a small child. This is the only home he's known it was a very emotional day for us," she said.

Bronson said for 18 months, she tried to get a loan modification and finally the bank denied her, forcing her into foreclosure. It turned her dream of home ownership into a nightmare.

"I usually come by once a week just to check up to make sure everything is okay," she said. 

In November, she moved out before the property was scheduled for sale, and then the sale was canceled without notice.

"I was not notified of that until a week and a half after the fact," said Bronson.

Tow truck driver pinned under truck dies

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A tow truck driver has died after being pinned under the front tire of a vehicle.

Napoleon Ballard III of Keystone Heights was killed just after 7pm Monday night after he became trapped under the tire of a pick-up truck he towed to a Middleburg home. 

A Clay County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said Ballard was unloading a 1997 Chevrolet Silverado from the flatbed tow truck when he tried to stop the pick-up truck from  rolling down and into a shed. Authorities said Ballard tried to stop the truck by opening the driver's  side door and reaching for the break. As Ballard did that, he was knocked to the ground and trapped under the driver's side front tire.

SLIDESHOW: Clay detectives arrest 39 in drug sweep

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office located and took into custody on Tuesday 30 in a drug sweep, seven more on Wednesday and two on Thursday.

A total of 35 suspects out of 48 that were being sought have been apprehended. Four additional suspects that were not on the original list were arrested on probable cause on Tuesday afternoon. Seven more that remained of the original 48 were arrested Wednesday, and two on Thursday making for a total of 39 arrested so far, according to CCSO spokesperson Mary Justino.

Undercover detectives were investigating at a home in the 3200 block of County Road 215 in Middleburg, according to Justino.

While there to arrest a wanted suspect, they found meth lab components and five other adults in the home. The Clay County Fire Rescue responded to the area as well to help secure the meth lab materials.