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Five years: defendant fathered teen’s child

A former state corrections officer was sentenced in circuit court on January 3 to five years in prison for having sex with and impregnating a female relative who was but 15 at the time. Read More »

Crack seller is given two years



A circuit judge sentenced a Sanderson man on January 27 to two years in state prison for sale and possession of crack cocaine within 1000 feet of the community center off CR 127.

The transaction involving Bobby Ozell Blue, 25, took place in early May of last year and involved a purchaser working for sheriff’s investigators who furnished the $40 used to buy the drug. The sale had been arranged earlier via phone and was recorded as evidence.

Mr. Blue has a prior conviction for the same offense, plus sale a controlled drug as a juvenile and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

In other sentences handed down that day by Judge Mark Moseley:

•  Christopher Rodgers was given credit for 150 days already in county jail after pleading no contest to driving on a suspended license and possession of both marijuana and paraphernalia.

The state dropped three counts of resisting arrest with violence.

• Brandon Harrell admitted to violating probation on an earlier charge of possessing controlled drugs and was placed on drug offender house arrest for six months, followed by another 18 months on drug offender probation.

• The judge ordered Nancy Lafaso onto probation for 30 months in return for her pleas to burglary, aggravated assault, criminal mischief and petty theft.

In dispositions from the regular circuit court date on January 20, Richard Mills was ordered onto an 18-month drug offender probation for possession of drugs without a prescription. He must also submit to evaluation for drug addiction.

• Lori Strause was allowed to plead to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct and will be on probation six months. She was initially charged with domestic battery and violating terms of a pre-trial release.

• Deborah Burns admitted to violating an earlier probation for possessing chemicals needed to produce methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and will be on drug offender probation two years.

Judge Moseley also ordered her to enroll in school or get a job.

• The judge revoked probation in the case of Melissa Pope and counted the month she had been in county jail as her sentence.

• Harley Raulerson admitted to violating probation for possession of drugs without a prescription and will serve an eight-month jail term less 44 days.


Erratic driver had baggie of pot

Police arrested an Orlando man about midnight on January 29 following a report that he was driving erratically on Interstate 10, then in south and west Macclenny after he exited and continued weaving in traffic. Read More »

Drinking again tops list as area teens queried on drugs and booze

Recently released substance abuse surveys taken last year by middle and high school students show underage drinking is still the most common type of abuse here and statewide, but a new survey shows use of synthetic drugs is more prevalent in Baker County than many other places in the region. Read More »

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