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County is awaiting Oldcastle proposal

By Thanksgiving, county officials should have the latest proposal from Oldcastle Southern Group for its request to mine sand in southeastern Baker County, following a 30-day adjournment of a mediation hearing that had been scheduled in an attempt to resolve an ongoing dispute over the issue and avoid litigation.
So far, the county and Oldcastle remain far apart on any agreement that would permit sand mining for decades. But the mediation process, which was initiated after the county commission denied the company a mining permit in July, has not run its course. Read More »

Additional counts for suspect in fair fraud

The sheriff’s department filed three more fraud charges against a Macclenny woman for operating a Facebook-based scheme to bilk cash from people registering for a craft fair that never took place. Read More »

Steals ring during moving

A Macclenny woman was named in a criminal complaint in the early morning of November 3 for third-degree felony grand theft for stealing a wedding ring while helping friends move.

Dennis Haskew of Macclenny told sheriff’s investigator Tracie Benton the previous day when he discovered the $1,000 ring missing from a storage box used when he and his wife moved into their residence in Owens Acres several days earlier.

After realizing the ring was missing, the victim’s wife told Deputy Trey McCullough she remembered friend Amanda Duncan, 35, of Macclenny carrying the box containing the ring. The Haskews called Mrs. Duncan’s husband Jeremy Johnson, who told them she had brandished a gold ring with diamonds on top on November 30.

Deputy McCullough went to Mrs. Duncan’s residence, and said she admitted taking the ring, which she surrendered. It was returned to Mr. Haskew.

The officer said he was made aware that Ms. Duncan is mentally impaired, and the state attorney’s office will decided whether she is charged in the theft.

In another burglary-related incident, Deputy Jeremiah Combs requested for a 18” 12 gauge semi-automatic wood grain Winchester shotgun be entered as a stolen weapon on the morning of November 3 after Lloyd Raines told the officer that his ex-girlfriend stole the weapon earlier in the week following an argument.

He told the deputy that his ex-girlfriend was the only other person at his residence. He said she left his residence on CR 124  in the north county the evening of October 31 and he realized the gun was missing November 2.

The deputy unsuccessfully attempted to contact the ex-girlfriend.

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