Starke man charged with molesting Green Cove girl
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A 73-year-old Starke man was being held at the Clay County Jail without bond after a girl who was “6 or 7” said he molested her.
Jerry More, who also is known as Jerry Moore, was charged with lewd and molestation to a victim younger than 12 and capital sexual battery.
According to the Green Cove Springs Police Department, More lived in a spare bedroom of the victim’s family for three months in 2018.
The girl, now 9, told her mother in July about More’s actions. The victim’s parents said their children went to More’s bedroom to listen to music. The girl said she was molested about four times a week during the three-month period More lived in the house.
GCSPD brought the Department of Children and Families into the investigation.
More denied the charges and said he always left his door open when the girl was in his bedroom.
More’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 16.
Green Cove man charged with killing wife in Hastings
HASTINGS – A Green Cove Springs man was charged with murder after the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said he stabbed his wife to death a day after she obtained an order of protection against him.
Derrek Wayne Perkins, 41, was being held at the St. Johns County Jail without bond after deputies said Brandi Nicole Brooker was stabbed several times on her front porch shortly after 10 p.m. on Oct. 13. Perkins also was charged with aggravated stalking with a weapon and burglary with assault.
Brooker won the order after she claimed Perkins tried to run her over with his car on Oct. 9.
A witness said she brought Brooker home from work Tuesday night. Brooker and the witness drove around the block to see if she saw Perkins car. As they left the car, Perkins emerged and stabbed Brooker on the porch.
Perkins was arrested nearly six miles away near State Road 207 and Morrison Road.
The injunction for protection was issued on Monday, but hadn’t been served, according the SJCSO.
Women who are threatened can find help at Quigley House in Green Cove Springs. The shelter can be reached by calling (904) 284-0061 or by visiting quigleyhouse.org.
CCSO: Man, 74, jailed for molesting child for three years
MIDDLEBURG – A 74-year-old man was charged with sexually assaulting a child for nearly three years.
Alberto De Calupcupan, of Middleburg, was arrested on Oct. 19 on an outstanding warrant for capital sexual assault on a child younger than 12. He remains in the Clay County Jail without bond.
An investigator with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office’s Special Victims Section was called after the victim reported the encounters with “Uncle Albert” following an after-school lesson on private body parts. Calupcupan first was interviewed by detectives on Feb. 14, 2019.
The assaults started when the girl was in kindergarten and first grade and continued from around Jan. 1, 2014 and continued to Dec. 1, 2016.
Tip leads to arrest for possession of handgun, cache of drugs
ORANGE PARK – A tip from a “reliable source” led to the arrest of a man and the recovery of several illegal drugs and a handgun in the Orange Park Mall parking lot.
Elijah Lane Carson, 19, of Middleburg, was charged on Oct. 14 with committing a first-degree felony with a weapon, three counts of possession of cocaine, possession of MDMA (Molly and Ecstasy) and armed trafficking of MDMA after deputies approached his car near Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Carson was quickly arrested when deputies saw a handgun between his legs in the car.
His car was taken to the CCSP Substation in Orange Park before it was searched. That’s when four grams of cocaine, 50 Ecstasy pills, 3.3 grams of Molly, a 9 mm pistol with a full magazine of seven rounds and three other bullets.
Seatbelt violation turns into drug bust on Wells Road
ORANGE PARK – A woman was arrested after a Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy found crack cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana during a traffic stop.
Billie Jean Crittendon, 35, of Jacksonville, was charged with the drug possession on Oct. 26, as well as possessing an unlicensed handgun following a routine stop on Wells Road.
According to the arrest report, a deputy noticed a man not wearing his seatbelt while he was driving a car. After the deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana, he found the drugs in the passenger’s purse.
Orange Park man among those prosecuted for illegal firearms
TAMPA – U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announced the results of firearms prosecutions for fiscal year 2020. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida has charged more than 200 individuals with violations of federal firearms laws, including Joshua Sams, 20, of Orange Park.
Charges arose from armed robberies, possession of firearms and ammunition by convicted felons, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking and violent crimes and false statements in relation to gun purchases.
“Fighting violent crime and keeping our citizens safe continues to be a paramount priority for the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida,” said United States Attorney Chapa Lopez. “Despite some recent changes in priorities in some of our local law enforcement agencies, we hope to continue to work together with our dedicated and courageous law enforcement partners to remain laser-focused on holding violent criminals accountable, reducing gun violence, and protecting our communities.”
Several firearms cases have resulted in significant sentences in FY20, throughout all five divisions of the MDFL.
Sams was 19 when he was charged with violation of the Hobbs Act for robbery and possession of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. Sams was charged following an armed robbery of a gas station on Nov. 19, 2019.
Community mourns Middleburg teens killed in crash
MIDDLEBURG – Community members and classmates held a vigil last week for two teens who were killed Oct. 9 in a crash in St. Augustine.
Luke Kennedy, 16, and Parker Rowley, 17, both died after their car struck another vehicle after the driver pulled onto State Road 16 a mile west of the Premium Outlet Mall.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 42-year-old woman driving the car that pulled away from Francis Road wasn’t injured. FHP also said both boys were wearing their seatbelts.
Rowley attended St. Johns Classical Academy on Fleming Island; Kennedy was a student at Ridgeview High.
The Clay County School District dispatched grief counselors to Ridgeview.