Police Briefs 7/5/18

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 7/4/18

Man charged with torturing 3 dogsORANGE PARK – An Orange Park area man faces charges he repeatedly tortured his neighbor’s dogs in the Blairmore Boulevard area.The Clay County …

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Police Briefs 7/5/18


Man charged with torturing 3 dogs

ORANGE PARK – An Orange Park area man faces charges he repeatedly tortured his neighbor’s dogs in the Blairmore Boulevard area.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Timothy Joseph Costello, 54, on July 2 at 4:39 pm. And charged him with torturing an animal with intent to inflict intense pain after an investigation.

According to the police report, a CCSO went to a home in the 300 block of Aries Drive where one of Costello’s neighbors told the officer that Costello has been seen numerous times spraying another neighbor’s three dogs with an unknown fluid from a pump sprayer.

The responding officer stated in his report that he witnessed Costello “agitating 3 dogs, but never saw him spray the animals.”

The officer went to Costello’s home on Blairmore and told Costello that he needed to cease spraying them. Within minutes, after the officer went back to the witness’ home, he heard the dogs barking again, looked up and saw Costello “through the bushes agitating, and tormenting 3 dogs through the fence line after being told not to do so,” states the report.

At press time, Costello remained in the Clay County Jail where he was awaiting a bond hearing.

Couple faces drug charges

ORANGE PARK – Two Orange Park area residents face drug charges after deputies seized heroin and fentanyl from their home.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Keith Edward Fiorentino, 33, and Amy Renee Carr, 33, on June 28 after receiving a tip that Fiorentino was selling drugs from his home in the 500 block of Edward Rutledge Strret.

Deputies served a search warrant just before 6 a.m. on June 28, and found Carr and Fiorentino in a bedroom that contained drugs and firearms. The officers found 39 capsules containing a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, 7.6 grams of marijuana, firearms and ammunition, as well as various drug paraphernalia. One additional capsule of heroin and fentanyl was found in Carr’s purse.

The two were arrested and transported to the Clay County Jail. Fiorentino faces felonies for heroin trafficking, and committing a second-degree felony while in possession of a firearm, as well as misdemeanors for drug equipment and marijuana possession and is being held on a $135,010 bond. Carr faces one felony for heroin possession and was not given the option for bond.

Pedestrian killed on Kingsley Avenue

ORANGE PARK – The Florida Highway Patrol said charges are pending in a vehicle accident that claimed the life of a pedestrian on July 1 at 10:05 p.m.

According to an FHP press release, Mathew D. Gibbs, 25, of Orange Park, was driving westbound on Kingsley Avenue near Fox Valley Drive when his car struck Virginia Moss, 62, also of Orange Park.

FHP said Moss was walking northbound across Kingsley Avenue, but was not in a cross walk.

Fire and rescue transported Moss to Orange Park Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.

Florida man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on bomb charge

JACKSONVILLE – U.S. District Judge Brian Davis sentenced an Orange Park man to 10 years in federal prison, to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for attempted malicious damage and destruction by an explosive of a building.

Officials sentenced Joshua Ryne Goldberg, 23, of Orange Park, on June 25 in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville after entering a plea of guilty on December 20, 2017.

According to evidence uncovered in the investigation, Goldberg used the online moniker “AusWitness” and posted a map of the location for a Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, Texas and then encouraged anyone nearby to attack the event. On May 5, 2015, two gunmen attacked the contest.

One of the attackers – gunman Elton Simpson – was one of two individuals killed during the May 3, 2015. The evidence found that Simpson had copied Goldberg’s posting. The FBI later found online posting in which Goldberg took responsibility for inspiring the Garland attack, as well as two other planned attacks.

In late July 2015, an FBI confidential source began exchanging messages with Goldberg as he posed as “AusWitness” on social media. Between July and mid-August 2015, Goldberg discussed getting an individual in Melbourne, Australia to carry out a terrorist attack and to have the confidential source commit a bombing in the U.S. During portions of those conversations, Goldberg sent the confidential source five website links containing instructions for making an explosive device, including pipe bombs and other incendiary devices. On Aug. 20, 2015, Goldberg stated that he was thinking of pipe bombs at a large public event and later said that a pressure cooker bomb may be better. Later that month, Goldberg told the confidential source that he had found the “perfect place” to target on September 13, 2015, and sent the confidential source a link to a Kansas City, Missouri firefighter’s event that memorialized first responders that had been killed in the September 11th attacks. On August 27, 2015, Goldberg instructed the confidential source to place the bomb near the crowd at the memorial event and to ensure it was very well hidden.

The following day, Goldberg provided the confidential source with a list of items to use in the pressure cooker bomb, including shards of metal, nails and broken glass. He then instructed the confidential source to dip screws and other shrapnel in rat poison before putting them in the pressure cooker bomb in order to inflict more casualties. Goldberg stated he would post a video of the bombing. A forensic analysis of the bomb making information determined that it could have been used to make explosives that would cause property damage, personal injury and death.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Goldberg in September 2015.


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