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Second lawsuit against county in fatal wreck

A second lawsuit was filed recently against the county for a road condition the plaintiff contends led to the death of her daughter in December, 2012. Read More »

Complaint for drug theft, allegedly pilfered from new vet hospital

A criminal complaint was filed against a long-time employee of a newly opened veterinary clinic in Macclenny charging her with theft of a pain-killing drug from the hospital’s inventory.

Dr. Michal Harris of the Sixth Street Veterinary Hospital called police on April 27 when another employee, Kaja Hietala, 33, told her she observed Stephanie Fisher, 32, of Jacksonville fill a syringe with the drug Hydromorphone obtained from a medication locker just before closing time.

Ms. Hietala told Deputy Michael Antonini she then informed Dr. Harris, who soon after determined the inventory of the drug was 62 milliliters short. The doctor further said a milliliter cost about $65, and she believes Ms. Fisher may be responsible for the inventory shortfall.

Dr. Harris said the accused has worked in her clinic six years, and described her as “very proficient.” The clinic before its recent opening in Macclenny was based in Orange Park. She noted the clinic is equipped with surveillance cameras that may reveal what happened to the missing inventory.

Deputy Antonini said he attempted to contact Ms. Fisher by phone but it had been disconnected.

In other felony drug arrests, two occupants of an SUV stopped south of Glen St. Mary the evening of May 2 face multiple charges, including having baggies of methamphetamine ready for sale, a small amount of powder cocaine and a baggie of marijuana.

Deputy Christopher Clutter charged Leslie Nipper, 26, of Glen, the driver of the 2007 Nissan, and passenger Phillip Givens, 30, of Macclenny after an inventory of the vehicle  produced most of the contraband in a metal CD case.

The deputy initially responded about 9:15 to a report of sexual activity in the vehicle in the parking lot of the Econolodge motel off Woodlawn Rd., and followed it after Ms. Nipper exited a room with Mr. Givens and headed west.

Two females ages 13 and 15, along with a male, 15, were in the vehicle as well, as was Kyle McCullough, 20, of Macclenny. None were charged, but their presence resulted in Ms. Nipper and Mr. Givens collecting additional counts for contributing to the delinquency of minors.

• Deputy Jeremiah Johnson arrested Nolan Deford, 21, of Martinsville, IN early on May 2 in the Walmart parking lot after he found four Oxycodone pills in his pocket during a routine search.

The officer went to the scene about 2:30 responding to a complaint by Mr. Deford that 20 different vehicles followed his 2004 Dodge on I-75 through Georgia and I-10 in Florida.

• Driver Travis Peacock, 47, of St. George, GA and passenger David Abbott, 29, of Glen St. Mary were arrested the afternoon of April 28 after Deputy Patrick McGauley found a half-gram of cocaine in the glove box of a 1997 Suburban that was parked in the roadway on Glenview Dr. in west Glen.

The officer said Mr. Peacock claimed the vehicle overheated, though the dashboard gauge registered normal, and that the suspects acted in a nervous manner during questioning. A second passenger was ticketed for having an open beer.

• Deputy Jeremiah Johnson arrested Melissa O’Neail, 37, of Glen just after midnight on May 3 for possession of a pill without a prescription.

The officer said he stopped Ms. O’Neail on U.S. 90 in west Macclenny after observing her 2008 Chevrolet roll through a stop at Lowder. She was also charged with driving on a license with four suspensions.

Estranged spouse violates order

Police arrested an estranged husband the afternoon of April 29 for violating a protective order by parking close by as she moved into a new residence on Franklin St. in Glen St. Mary. Read More »

Tied up shepherd choked to death

A complaint for misdemeanor animal cruelty was filed on April 28 naming Berry Rhoden III, 30, of Macclenny as the person responsible for leaving a mixed-breed male shepherd tied up on his property off SR 121 where it died from strangulation. Read More »

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