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Man Arrested for Death of his Girlfriend

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Deputies responding to a home invasion report instead discovered they were at the scene of a domestic violence incident that ended with one woman dead and one man in jail.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, 22-year-old Kyle Ray Helms and 25-year-old Keisha Danielle Short argued late Thursday or early Friday in their home on Arthur Moore Drive in the Lake Asbury area.

The deputies who responded to a 911 call found Short dead in the home.

Helms' statement to police was not released, but he was there when deputies arrived on the scene. The sheriff's office reported that after the argument, Helms checked her body, realized she was probably dead, then went to a neighbor's house to have someone call 911.

The deputies noted that Helms had injuries to one of his hands and an eye.

After being interviewed by detectives, Helms was arrested on a second degree murder charge.

Clay County Detectives Combing for Home Invasion Suspect

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Deputies in Clay County are on a manhunt for a person involved in a home invasion robbery.

According to the shift supervisor, investigators responded to a burglary in progress call at the home on Alligator Boulevard just after 8 p.m.

The people who live there were home at the time of the incident, but were not hurt.

Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Arrested

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office has arrested one of its own.

According to a release from the department, officers charged 34-year-old Detective Ernest List, a 10-year veteran on the force with felony domestic battery by strangulation and attempted sexual battery charges. He has since been fired, the release said.

List is currently in the Clay County jail with bond set at $250,000.

The victim in this crime is an adult female, but because she is the victim of an alleged sex crime, the department is not releasing her name.

List's most recent stint with the CCSO was in the White Collar Crime Unit, which handles financial crimes.

"Domestic violence is a crime that affects all parts of our society including law enforcement officers," Sheriff Rick Beseler said.  "We must protect vulnerable members of our community, even if that means arresting one of our own officers. It's our duty."

'Extreme Makeover' Finally 'Moves that Bus!' Revealing New Home

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- The ABC show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" revealed the new home it built in seven days to a volleyball coach and the three girls she cares for.

The big reveal was scheduled to happen today sometime between 1 to 3 p.m. Production shots of the crowd and other elements began around 11 a.m. Finally, the bus blocking the view was moved around 5 p.m., revealing the home to Carrie Prewitt and her family.

There were already hundreds of people in the viewing area this morning, with dozens more coming via shuttle bus.

The public was invited to be a part of the show. Shuttles began at 8 a.m. with parking at South Middleburg Baptist Church on Blanding Boulevard.

Prewitt, a volleyball coach at Middleburg High, was surprised last week with news that she was selected for a home makeover for the hit ABC show.

Bath Salts Containing MDPV

Bath Salts Containing MDPV

Attorney General Pam Bondi passed an emergency measure on January 25, 2011, banning the sale or use of “bath salts” in the State of Florida. The new ruling labels MDPV a Schedule I controlled substance. This allows law enforcement to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate individuals who manufacture, distribute, sell or possess this dangerous drug. The emergency ruling is set to last for 90 days, during which Florida legislators will be working to pass a bill making the ban permanent.

Frozen Volleyballs Fired at Home; Demolition Has Begun

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Demolition is nearly complete as the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" show transforms one Clay County block into a real television set.

The family that won a new home through the show has been sent on vacation, but the work, to be featured in the ABC show, is just beginning at the Middleburg home on North Chicory Avenue. 

North Chicory has been converted as taping started this morning with host Ty Pennington taping the message that the family watches while they are vacationing.

Just after 2 p.m. today, demolition involving shooting frozen volleyballs at the home with a pumpkin launcher got underway.

Middleburg Volleyball Coach Surprised by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A family in Clay County got the surprise of a lifetime Wednesday morning when television host Ty Pennington tracked them down.

"Ty walked in and I went down to my knees.  I was so overwhelmed that I just couldn't even stand it," said Carrie Prewitt.

The Prewitt-Brewer family found out they'll get a new home. They will go on vacation in the Virgin Islands until they "move that bus" next week.

"It's such a humbling experience that they think we're worthy enough to do this.  I just can't get over it," said Prewitt.

"ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is in Clay County for the next seven days, building the local family a new home.

Carrie Prewitt is a volleyball coach at Middleburg High and took in one of her players, Ashley Brewer, and her two sisters when their mother and father died.

"Coach Prewitt told me, 'I'll take you', right away.  No questions,"  said 18-year-old Ashley Brewer.