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$1500 in rings taken

A number of thefts from residences were reported to the sheriff’s department the past week, including one on Clete Harvey Rd. in the south county during which two rings valued at $1500 were taken.

Trina Harvey told Deputy Clements Leo on June 3 she discovered the rings missing from a safe in her bedroom on May 31, and gave him the name of a female who stayed at her home in early May as a possible suspect.

She claimed the guest during that time saw her open the safe to retrieve medicine.

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Battery on wife, mother

The sheriff’s department arrested a Macclenny man early on June 8 and charged him with domestic battery on his wife and his mother.

Kevin Crawford, 26, admitted in an interview with Deputy Marc Heath that he came home to the residence on CR 23A north intoxicated about 6:30 am and argued with his wife Amanda, 26, who was readying for work.

Mr. Crawford is accused of scratching his wife when he grabbed her by the shirt and striking his mother Mary Denicola, 55, several times on the head when she attempted to intervene. All three reside at the residence.

Deputy Heath noted that one of the couple’s two children was present.

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Drug possession arrests

County deputies and investigators made three arrests and filed one criminal complaint for drug possession the past week, all the result of traffic stops.

Investigators Matt Hauge and Matt Yarborough said they stopped a suspicious vehicle on Geitgey Ave. at Lincoln in Glen St. Mary about 10 pm on June 5 after earlier seeing the 1997 Toyota parked in the middle of the roadway.

Passenger Justin Pearce, 29, of Macclenny appeared to be shuffling his feet on the floorboard, said Investigator Yarborough, and when he was asked to exit the vehicle the officer found loose marijuana, a hypodermic needle and rolling papers.

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Employed will have edge in Section 8 funding

Late last month the Baker County Commission  amended the county’s housing assistance plan to accomplish two ends — reduce the number of unemployed people in the Section 8 housing assistance program and ensure the federal government will fund it through the end of the year.

For the Baker County Housing Authority to continue supplying Section 8 housing vouchers to some 100 beneficiaries, about 20 of whom have little or no monthly income, the commission needed to revise the plan to include a policy regarding the termination of assistance should funding fall short, explained Lynne Walker, executive director of the program.

The Section 8  program supplements the rent of low-income individuals living in privately-owned housing. For instance, a single mother of two earning $10,400 annually could pay about $136 in monthly rent while the program paid the remaining portion of her rent, which must be within 10 percent of the fair market rent for the area.

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