Police Briefs 7/9/20

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Former Clay County deputy arrested with child pornography

ORANGE PARK – A former Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested July 1 after investigators found child pornography on his home computer.

Calvin Tyler Williams was charged with eight counts of possessing and viewing depictions of children performing sexual conduct.

According to the arrest report, CCSO received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that child pornography was being uploaded at Williams’ house.

Deputies took Williams’ computer and found at least eight photos of children between “10 and 12” in various poses.

According to records at the Sheriff’s Office, Williams served as a deputy for 11 months, starting in December 1989.

CCSO deputy charged with DUI in Middleburg

MIDDLEBURG – A Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy was in jail Sunday for DUI following a single-car crash at Blanding Boulevard and Howard Road.

Myron White, a 12-year veteran of the agency, was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol after CCSO requested its assistance.

White has been placed on administrative leave, CCSO said.

Man jailed after ramming CCSO cruiser, high speed chase

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A Ponte Vedra Beach man was arrested following a high-speed chase after ramming a Clay County Sheriff’s Office patrol car.

Jeffrey Luke Crane, 40, also was charged with DUI, refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test, aggravated battery on a police officer and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage.

The sheriff’s office responded to a call about a reckless driver on State Road 21 on July 3. Crane’s car side-swiped the deputy’s car in the rear and along the driver’s side when he tried to flee the scene while the deputy directed traffic.

The chase went south on S.R. 21 into Putnam County before he crashed in a drainage ditch on Kueka Road.

Crane refused to submit to a blood alcohol test.

3 at Clay County Jail test positive for COVID-19

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Two Clay County Sheriff’s Office members and one inmate in the Clay County Jail tested positive for COVID-19.

The CCSO members combating the virus are located at the same building. One is a sworn deputy, the other is a civilian. Appropriate measures were immediately taken to ensure the safety of the individuals who worked in close contact with those members.

In addition, one inmate in the Clay County Jail also tested positive for COVID-19. The inmate is asymptomatic. That inmate is in and will remain in a negative air flow isolation cell.

Members of the detention facility who have had direct contact with that inmate have been notified and they are seeking testing. CCSO is working with the health department to increase inmate testing in the jail facility. A mask mandate was in effect in the jail prior to this inmate testing positive for the virus. CCSO said it’s been proactive in intake screening and in-house procedures over the last several months, as a jail environment is highly vulnerable for infectious diseases.

The jail staff has been diligent in sanitization efforts and followed state protocols.

Appropriate safety measures have been in place for the last several months in all of the agency’s buildings. That includes temperature checks, members working from home, daily disinfecting and hand sanitizer stations throughout the hallways in the buildings.

In addition, a mask mandate for all members while in common areas of all of the facilities is in effect this week until further notice. This mandate also extends to detention members, anyone entering the jail, civilians working with inmates or jail staff and any inmate outside their cell.

Fire quickly extinguished at Clay County Jail

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – An electrical fire started in the Clay County Jail early morning on July 2 and was quickly extinguished.

Jail staff responded and located the fire on the second floor in a pipe alley. The fire was in a light fixture attached to a wall. Deputies called Clay County Fire Rescue, responded with fire extinguishers and air packs, and jail staff evacuated a dorm due to the smoke and chemicals in the air.

Deputies were able to put the fire out quickly using the fire extinguisher and by disconnecting the power. CCFR responded to the jail and used a thermal scanner to check for hot spots and found none. Deputies used fans to clear the smoke and chemicals from the area and once the area was deemed safe, they returned the inmates to their cells. No one was hurt during the incident.

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