Bond set at $750,030 for man charged with child pornographyMIDDLEBURG – Bond was set at $750,030 for a Middleburg man accused of having 10 images of children having sex.Michael Ralph Peiffer, …
Bond set at $750,030 for man charged with child pornography
MIDDLEBURG – Bond was set at $750,030 for a Middleburg man accused of having 10 images of children having sex.
Michael Ralph Peiffer, 49, was arrested on Feb. 5 after a detective assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on Jan. 12 for one of his electronic devices. They found images or video of children, including one who was described as 5 or younger.
According to the arrest report, the images were obtained between Nov. 6 and Dec. 15, 2020.
Man arrested for drugs while sitting in car at convenience store
MIDDLEBURG – A man was arrested three weeks after Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies found him sitting in his car at a convenience store on County Road 218.
When they approached the car on Jan. 18, deputies said they saw two syringes in the door. After a search of the car, Michael Eugene Haun, 39, of Middleburg, was charged with possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. A warrant was issued on Feb. 5 and he was arrested on the same day.
His bond was set at $62,511.
Couple linked to Clay charged with killing witness
OCALA – U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an 11-count superseding indictment charging David Chappell Fey, 56, of Belleview, and Shari Lynn Gunter, 57, of Ocklawaha, with the murder of a government witness and conspiracy to murder a government witness. Fey and Gunter are also charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl causing the death of their victim. Fey faces an additional eight counts of distributing methamphetamine and Gunter faces one count of distributing methamphetamine.
The statutory penalties for these offenses include up to life imprisonment and death.
According to the superseding indictment and other court records, Fey and Gunter conspired together and murdered “K.B.” to prevent her from communicating information to law enforcement regarding the distribution of methamphetamine by Gunter and Fey. On April 6, 2016, K.B. was found deceased in her parked vehicle near a cemetery in Oxford, Florida, the victim of an apparent drug overdose. Upon further investigation by local, state, and federal agencies, it was determined that K.B.’s death was not accidental, but that she died from homicide caused by the intentional injection of fentanyl and methamphetamine. K.B. was 31 years old at the time of her death.
In addition to intentionally murdering and conspiring to kill K.B., the superseding indictment alleges that Fey and Gunter conspired to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl, the use of which resulted in the death of K.B. Fey is separately charged with distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine on eight different occasions between Jan. 19, 2016, and Oct. 17, 2019. Gunter is charged jointly with Fey in one of the distribution counts, occurring on Jan. 19, 2016.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
Fey was arrested in Middleburg on Oct. 17, 2019, for selling, manufacturing, delivering and trafficking methamphetamine after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office stopped him for having illegally-tinted windows. They recovered 114.5 grams – a quarter-pound – of methamphetamine in his car after K9 Konan with the Florida Highway Patrol alerted deputies of the presence of the drugs. They found four bags of meth on the front passenger seat.
Those charges were dismissed Tuesday, Feb. 9.
This case was being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, with support from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and CCSO. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael P. Felicetta and Tyrie K. Boyer.
Car crashes into apartment complex bedroom
FLEMING ISLAND – Tenants from three apartment units were forced to find alternative housing after a car crashed into a downstair bedroom wall on
Friday, Feb. 5, at the Lighthouse at Fleming Island.
According to Clay County Fire Rescue, a woman said she hit the accelerator instead of the brakes. She drove her Toyota over a curb, through bushes, over an air conditioning unit and into the bedroom.
Nobody was injured.
The accident happened at Building 15.
The units must be inspected by a structural engineer before it’s allowed to be occupied.