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Possible suspect in tire slash outside bar

A Glen St. Mary woman called police in the early morning of November 5 after leaving a downtown Macclenny bar and finding a tire on her 1994 Jeep had been slashed.
April Mayne, 38,  told Deputy John Minkel she found the driver’s side rear back tire punctured as she entered it to give a friend a ride home from Mac’s Liquors.
She left the bar with Melissa Pope, 27, of Macclenny, who was involved in a verbal altercation with a man earlier in the night after refusing to go home with him. Ms. Pope told the deputy she saw the man circling Mac’s in a Chevrolet Tahoe and fled in an unknown direction as she was leaving. Read More »

Arrested after set-up firearm buy

Two Baker County men, one of them a repeat convicted felon, face multiple charges after two previously unreported arrests in late October.
• Enoch Nathaniel Fraser III, 25, of Macclenny was taken into custody following a set-up purchase by a confidential source working for the sheriff’s department the evening of October 28.
The source arranged to purchase from Mr. Fraser three shotguns the suspect allegedly stole earlier. Officers then converged on his Milton St. address in the east city where they recovered three shotguns, 14 knives and a .22 caliber rifle. Read More »

‘Choose Baker’ is launched

A county-wide economic development initiative known as Choose Baker and touted as the path to more than 1300 new jobs and millions of dollars of growth locally kicked off last month following a year of planning and research.Shane-Adams
The effort — led by the Baker County Chamber of Commerce, Baker County Development Commission and Choose Baker campaign director Shane Adams — is still raising capital from business and government agencies in the community, partly by presenting the details of its plan to enrich the county’s economy.
The plan entails creating a full-time position dedicated to wooing businesses to locate here and helping existing businesses expand. Beyond that, the plan calls for establishing a “new” Chamber of Commerce to serve as the hub of economic activity and tourism in Baker County. Read More »

Got bogus AT&T phone calls

A Macclenny man called the sheriff’s department after receiving two suspicious telephone calls on successive days last week, ostensively from a phone company.
Kevin Shell told Deputy John Minkel the first call came about 3 pm on November 7 and the person indicated she was from AT&T with questions about his level of service.
Mr. Shell described her as speaking with a pronounced accent, possibly Filipino or Indian, and when he asked her if she was from the fictitious “Asian Tech and Telephone” she replied in the affirmative. He asked for her supervisor and she hung up.
The next evening about 3:30, Mr. Shell said he received a second call from a female who said his AT&T service would be cancelled if he failed to reveal the routing and account numbers of his checking account. Read More »

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