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Oldcastle on firm ground, Jahna not so much

The Baker County Commission will now turn its attention back to whether it should approve a special exception to allow sand mining southeast of Macclenny on a 437-acre tract off SR 228.

The proposal to permit Oldcastle Southern Group of Tampa was tabled last year pending issuance of permits by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, a process now complete. The state says it’s okay and the question now rebounds back to two local boards: the Land Planning Agency and the commission.

Thanks to some creative problem solving, the matter of drawing out water from the aquifer for the mining process is now mute. Oldcastle and the City of Macclenny last week entered into a half-century pact to pipe treated wastewater to the mining site.

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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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