Police Briefs

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 3/28/18

Firearm discharge ends in arrestKEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A man with a felony conviction in Iowa now faces new felony charges here in Clay County.The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested …

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Police Briefs


Firearm discharge ends in arrest

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A man with a felony conviction in Iowa now faces new felony charges here in Clay County.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Michael Darnell, 36, of Keystone Heights, on March 24 at 11:36 a.m. after an investigation into gunshots being fired.

According to the police report, the investigation began at 7:30 that morning at a home in the 4000 block of Station Farmway in Keystone Heights after police received a call about gunfire in the neighborhood.

The victim told officers that she and Darnell had broken up about a month prior, but she had invited him over for dinner the previous night. She said, when Darnell finally showed up for dinner at 4 a.m., he began arguing with her and was verbally abusive. She told police it appeared Darnell had a pistol holster on his left hip, which made her uncomfortable and told him to leave.

Police said Darnell went to his truck and then the victim heard a gunshot coming from the truck.

She said Darnell drove off yelling at her from the truck.

Police later located Darnell at a home in the 4000 block of Sunnyside Drive where they conducted a search. A search of a couch in the home led police to a revolver underneath a camouflage jacket, a bong containing marijuana residue and 3.8 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

Darnell is charged with discharging a firearm from a vehicle within 1,000 feet of another person, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and drug equipment possession.

At press time, Darnell remained in the Clay County Jail where his bond is set at $127,816.

Boyfriend spat ends in splattered blood

MIDDLEBURG – Authorities report that a Lake Asbury woman is charged with armed burglary and aggravated battery after a fight with her boyfriend.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeanna Nicole Wiggs, 33, on March 25 at 9:25 a.m. after an investigation.

According to the police report, at 5:25 a.m., Wiggs allegedly broke into a home in the 1000 block of Summer Springs Drive in Middleburg where her boyfriend was sleeping “in the same bed” with another woman.

Police said when Wiggs saw the woman, Wiggs struck her in the head with a wrench. Police said Wiggs’ boyfriend grabbed her off of the victim and “carried her outside through the front door” but Wiggs continued to argue with him “outside in the driveway.”

Police said they “observed blood on the floor of the bedroom,” living room floor and walls and driver’s side of Wiggs’ car.

At press time, Wiggs remained in the Clay County Jail without bond.

Cocaine seized in pre-arranged drug buy

ORANGE PARK – Clay County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives seized 57.4 grams of powder cocaine last week in a drug arrest arranged with the help of a confidential informant.

Police arrested two people in the sting on March 21 at 3:52 p.m. after the drug sale took place in the Walmart parking lot at 899 Blanding Blvd. near Orange Park.

Police arrested Marquita Green, 33, and Clemie Lee Roberson, 31, both of Jacksonville and charged them both with trafficking cocaine. Roberson faces additional charges of possession of not more than 20 g. cannabis, cocaine distribution and sale and delivery of marijuana.

The drug sting began when officers met with the confidential informant and searched the informant’s car and body to make sure they had no additional cash or drugs other than what police were going to supply in order to make the staged transaction.

The drug buy was set up after the informant told officers he had assurances from Roberson that Roberson could sell him $2,500 worth of cocaine and, together, they made arrangements to meet in the parking lot, which was under surveillance.

According to the police report, Roberson pulled up in a 2009 Mercedes and Green was a passenger in the front. The informant got out of his vehicle and got into the Mercedes where he stayed approximately one minute, police stated in the report.

The informant went on to tell the narcotics officer he was working with that he “saw cocaine in the mercedes[sic],” states the report.

Officers who were nearby pulled up to the Roberson vehicle to ensure he did not flee the area. Minutes later, they brought in drug-sniffing dogs that alerted officers to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, verifying what the informant saw.

Both Green and Roberson were booked into the Clay County Jail, where Green has since posted bond and been released. However, Roberson remained in jail at press time with bond set at $480,013.


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