Police Briefs 6/20/19


Man arrested after girlfriend beaten, hospitalized in trauma unit

ORANGE PARK – Police charged a man for the brutal beating of his girlfriend early Monday, June 17, after deputies found blood splattered on the floor and walls throughout a house on Wells Road.

Matthew Lyndle Waggoner, 38, was in the Clay County Jail after being booked for felony battery, domestic battery by strangulation and aggravated domestic battery. On Tuesday, CCSO added violation of probation charges.

Clay County Sheriff deputies were called by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office after a woman was taken by ambulance to UF Health’s Trauma Unit with bruises and swelling to her face. JSO said her injuries were so severe she couldn’t write because her eyes were swollen shut, according to the arrest report.

After the beating, the woman went to her ex-boyfriend’s house in Jacksonville before being transported to the hospital.

Clay County deputes went to where the beating reportedly occurred and found signs of a struggle. They also found Waggoner, who was arrested on Jan. 1 for aggravated domestic battery, with bruised knuckles and a swollen left hand.

GCSPD K9 takes down man who sped through crash scene

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A man speeding through a roadblock at a crash scene late Wednesday, June 13, nearly struck officers with the Florida Highway Patrol and Clay County Sheriff’s Office before finally being caught less than five miles away.

Oda Charles Carter, 44, of Orange Park was booked in the county jail after being charged with attempting to elude and flee during a high-speed chase, driving under the influence, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and failing to submit to a DUI test.

Carter drove through a crash scene on U.S. 17 near Town Center Boulevard on Fleming Island. All southbound lanes on U.S. 17 were closed while FHP investigated a head-on collision that resulted in serious injuries to three people.

Carter was clocked by radar at 107 mph, CCSO said. He pulled into the VyStar Credit Union parking lot and was seen materials later identified as marijuana into the bushes.

Deputies also found a cup that appeared to contain alcohol, according to the arrest report.

He was detained by a K9 officer from the Green Cove Springs Police Department.

The accident on Fleming Island happened more than two hours earlier. According to FHP, Larry W. Tode, 65, and Connie Sims Hensley Tode, 66, both of Green Cove Springs, were sent to Orange Park Medical Center with critical injuries after their pick-up truck was struck head-on by a pickup driven by David Frederick Pulliam, 49, of Jacksonville.

Pulliam was driving north on U.S. 17 when he apparently lost control and crossed into the southbound median, striking the Todes. Pulliam was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Charges are pending.

Expired tag leads to bust for pot, LSD, heroin, fentanyl

MAXVILLE – A man ticketed for an expired tag wound up in the Clay County Jail on a multitude of drug charges.

Larry Paul Lassiter Jr., 26, of Starke, was charged with possession of marijuana and LSD after getting the ticket, then with possession of heroin and fentanyl found during the booking process at the Clay County Jail.

Deputies got permission to search Lassiter’s car after issuing a citation for the expired tag, CCSO said. They found a box in the back seat with a large bag of marijuana and 15 individual hits of LSD that appeared to be packaged to sell.

Man finally arrested following high-speed chase into Bradford County

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A man who tried to outrun the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Bradford County Saturday, June 15, was caught and eventually arrested.

Bobby Duane Bates III, 24, was charged with attempting to elude a police office who was chasing while his flashing lights and siren were engaged. He also was charged with not having proper registration and resisting arrest.

Bates left a local convenience store with his license tag dangling by a single bolt. A quick check by a deputy showed the tag belonged to another car. Bates tried to escape when the deputy tried to pull him over. Bates jumped from the car and ran as the car rolled toward a house, but the deputy couldn’t arrest him because he now was in Bradford County. The deputy returned with an arrest warrant and placed Bates under arrest.

Jacksonville man jailed after losing foot chase with CCSO

ORANGE PARK – A deputy chased down a Jacksonville man after he tried to escape by pushing the officer to the ground.

Nicholas Jackson McCauley, 37, was charged with battery on a police officer and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

According to the arrest report, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a suspicious man. When CCSO arrived, McCauley pushed an officer down. He was caught following a short chase, where deputies found eight Naproxen in a plastic bag.

He was being held on a $20,006 bond.

Shoplifting charge escalates when deputies find meth on woman

ORANGE PARK – A woman originally suspected of shoplifting wound up with more-serious charges – possession of methamphetamine and tampering with evidence.

Lisa Thi Deal, 26, of Jacksonville, was caught by Walmart security on Blanding Boulevard trying to return stolen items to customer service for a refund. When deputies arrived, they also found methamphetamine in her purse. The additional charge of tampering was the result of her trying to crush the meth crystals, CCSO said.

Man charged with having sex with 15-year-old girl

MIDDLEBURG – A 26-year-old man was arrested early Friday for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Zachary O’Neil Dalzell was booked on a charge of lewd and lascivious battery with a victim between the ages of 12-16, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

In the arrest report, the victim admitted to originally telling Dalzell she was 18 years old, but he later said she was 17. A check, however, revealed she was 15.

Charges mount for man caught with drugs while being booked

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Deputies responding to a suspicious person call found a local man reportedly carrying methamphetamine and several pills in the case class as Suboxone without a prescription.

Jason Paul Poland, 32, was booked into the Clay County Jail.

Deputies added another charge – introducing or removing contraband in a detention center – while he was being booked into the Clay County Jail after officers found more drugs in his wallet.

Local man busted for using fake $100 bill at Waffle House

ORANGE PARK – A local man was arrested for trying to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at a Waffle House.

Jerry Melvin Pifer, 34, of Orange Park, was booked into the Clay County Jail after restaurant employees discovered the fake money and traced it back to the same waitress who took the bill, but left with him after work.


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