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Man shot trying to remove live round

A Jacksonville man accidentally shot himself the evening of June 11 while attempting to eject a live round from the chamber of a handgun at his girlfriend’s residence in Glen St. Mary.

George Allen Washington, 27, was flown to the hospital by helicopter shortly after the 6:30 pm shooting.

The victim sustained a single gunshot wound from a 9mm pistol that went through the palm of his hand and into his upper thigh, according to Deputy Koty Crews’ report of the incident.

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Arrest for vehicle burglary at Steel Bridge boat ramp

Police arrested a Macclenny man for entering a vehicle parked at the Boy Scout Landing on the St. Mary’s River the afternoon of June 12 and taking cash and prescription medication.

Jimmy Morgan, 59, was stopped on Steel Bridge Rd. shortly after the 4:15 pm incident based on a description of his Ford pickup given by Robert Force of Glen St. Mary, an acquaintance of victim Tiffany Barton of Macclenny.

Mr. Force told Deputy Earl Lord he and Ms. Barton were swimming in the river when he saw the suspect rummaging through her 1999 Ford. He confronted Mr. Morgan, who tossed $85 in cash at him saying, “Just take it” before driving off.

Sgt. Shawn Bishara took the suspect into custody and brought him back to the scene where Mr. Force identified him.
Mr. Morgan was arrested for burglary and petty theft.

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Driver going 124 mph jailed

A Jacksonville woman whose vehicle was stopped on Interstate 10 late on June 13 going 125 mph had several credit cards in her purse that did not match her name.

Deputy Matt Riegel said he was alerted to the eastbound 2013 Dodge Challenger and clocked it about 11:40 pm after noting it made two lane changes, one of them in close proximity to a tractor-trailer.

The driver, Mallorie Surrency, 23, was taken to jail for reckless driving and speeding, and the cards were turned over to investigations, which determined they were not related to criminal activity.

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Father abandons young son asleep, surrounded by mosquitos

The sheriff’s department arrested a Macclenny man for abandoning his sleeping young child in the early morning hours of June 11 following a fight with his live-in girlfriend.

Timothy Leighton Jr., 30, was charged later that day with domestic battery on Rachel Crawford, 26, who he allegedly threw to the ground and choked, and neglect of the unnamed child found by deputies in a bedroom of the couple’s squalid residence that morning about 1 o’clock.

Deputy Robert Simpkins said a neighbor reported the couple arguing loudly outside the residence, and when he and other officers arrived the only person on the property was the child sleeping in a mosquito-infested room with broken windows.

A canvas of the property turned up a four-foot marijuana plant allegedly belonging to Mr. Leighton, who later said he returned to the area but fled on foot when he saw patrol cars. He was located about 10 that morning sleeping at a residence on Hollie Lane.

The boyfriend and girlfriend each claimed they assumed the other returned to watch the child.

Mr. Leighton was also booked for growing the pot, a felony.

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