DUI Manslaughter arrest made in 2016 crashGREEN COVE SPRINGS – Authorities have charged a Green Cove Springs woman with DUI manslaughter and DUI with property damage in a two-year-old crash …
DUI Manslaughter arrest made in 2016 crash
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Authorities have charged a Green Cove Springs woman with DUI manslaughter and DUI with property damage in a two-year-old crash that killed her 4-year-old son.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jennifer Elizabeth King, 31, on June 19 at 10:50 p.m. using an arrest warrant that was issued on June 14. She is charged with killing her 4-year-old son in a head-on collision on State Road 16 that occurred on November 18, 2016 at 3:19 p.m. approximately 80 feet from the intersection of County Road 315A, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
According to the arrest warrant, King’s son, Jason Martin Gallion, was restrained in a booster seat in the back-passenger side seat prior to the collision. The impact of King’s 2003 Pontiac Vibe was so strong when it struck a Ford Ranger XLT pickup, that the child’s car seat “was located lying on the ground outside,” after the crash.
During the investigation, FHP found King was traveling eastbound on SR 16 approaching CR 315A at approximately 49-miles per hour in a 45-mph zone when the vehicle exited the SR 16 travel lane where it “traveled onto the south grass shoulder for 118 feet,” states the warrant.
King’s vehicle re-entered the travel lane from the south shoulder, rotated counter clockwise and traveled approximately 76 feet where she collided with the truck that was westbound on SR 16.
FHP said there were no skid marks on the roadway to indicate “pre-crash braking” before King struck the truck, which was driven by Carlton Davies Silcox Jr., who received “non-capacitating injuries.”
Investigators said King’s vehicle came to final rest on the north grass shoulder of SR 16 facing northwest, while Silcox’s truck was forced to rotate counter clockwise and travel approximately 37 feet before coming to final rest facing southwest, partially obstructing the westbound lane and a right-only turn lane.
Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge John Skinner issued a search warrant to allow FHP to obtain King’s blood and urine specimens that were collected after she was treated at Orange Park Medical Center the night of the crash. A drug toxicology test released on August 28, 2017 showed King tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.
At press time, King remained in the Clay County Jail with bond set at $100,006.
Drunk driver gets slap on the wrist
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – After being out of jail free for two years, a 32-year-old Callahan man is in the Clay County Jail where he will serve a 10-month sentence for a May 2016 drunk-driving accident that killed a Middleburg man.
On June 18, Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Judge John Skinner sentenced Patrick Shawn Stone after a jury found him guilty on May 23. Stone also faces 10 years of probation when he is released from serving the 10-month jail sentence.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Stone’s blood-alcohol content was .29, more than three times the legal limit of .08 percent the night of May 24, 2016 during the crash that killed 54-year-old Robert L. Hanson of Middleburg. Under Florida law, vehicular homicide is a second-degree felony.
According to FHP, Stone crashed his 2011 Toyota Tundra into Hanson’s 2007 Honda Civic while Stone was intoxicated and driving approximately 78 miles per hour in a 40-mile-per-hour no-passing zone when the crash occurred near the corner of Nolan and Brangus Roads in Middleburg at 6:36 p.m.
Troopers said Hanson was driving north on Nolan Road and when he attempted to make a left turn onto Brangus, his vehicle was struck by Stone’s Tundra. A passenger in Stone’s truck told FHP that Stone was trying to pass Hanson in a non-passing zone. The Honda was pushed into a ditch where Clay County Fire-Rescue found Hanson dead.
Stone and his passenger were taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County where he was treated for minor injuries.
After the crash, FHP continued its investigation, which led to detectives obtaining a warrant for Stone’s arrest. That warrant was issued on April 13, 2017, almost a year after the crash. The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office arrested Stone at his home in Callahan on May 24, 2017. He was transported to Green Cove Springs and booked into the Clay County Jail where he was released after posting a $75,003 bond.
Child abuse charge for OP man
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Green Cove Springs man faces one count of child abuse following an investigation by the Orange Park Police Department.
Using an outstanding warrant, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Josue Alfonso Santos, 27, of Orange Park, on June 15 at 11:46 a.m. He was located in the Duval County Pre-Trial Detention Center and brought to Green Cove Springs to face the charge.
According to the arrest warrant, on August 24, 2017, the Department of Children and Families began looking into a potential child abuse case. A DCF officer was contacted by another undisclosed agency about a victim who had a hand mark on their face. At this point, the DCF officer became directly involved with the investigation. The victim reportedly not only had a hand mark on their face, but two small bruises on their cheek as well. Police said it also appeared that someone had been using their thumb and fingers to pinch the victim around their mouth. On the victim’s stomach, a bite mark was visible as were marks on both the victim’s ears and nose.
According to the report, these injuries are indicative of abusive head trauma, blunt trauma from a fist, forceful grabbing, asphyxia trauma and human bites.
A few months later, on October 2, 2017, a warrant was issued for Santos who was arrested on June 15 and transported to the Clay County Jail where he was held at press time. He was charged with child abuse and currently sits in jail with a bond amount set at $75,003.
Seatbelt traffic stop ends in drug seizure, arrests
ORANGE PARK – A June 18 traffic stop on Wells Road led the Clay County Sheriff’s Office to arrest three men on similar drug possession charges.
Police arrested Lonnie Eugene Robinson, 38, of Starke, Paton John Pinette, 21, of Jacksonville, and Jonathon Paul Mehaffey, 26, of Middleburg, on June 17 at 10:08 p.m. at 1871 Wells Rd. near Plaza Circle.
According to the police report, officers uncovered 2.76 grams of methamphetamine, 9 grams of cocaine, and 9 grams of marijuana from a Biege Buick LeSabre driven by Robinson, who was not wearing a seatbelt.
Robinson is charged with possession of methamphetamine, cocaine possession, possession of not more than 20 g. cannabis, drug equipment possession, driving without a valid license. Pinette is charged with possession of methamphetamine, cocaine possession, possession of not more than 20 g. cannabis, while Mehaffey is charged with possession of methamphetamine.
At press time, all three men remain in the Clay County Jail. Bond for Robinson is set at $26,512 and, for Pinette, bond is set at $10,258, while Mehaffey’s bond is set at $7,503.
Broom handle whack ends in arrest
ORANGE PARK – An Orange Park area woman faces child abuse charges after allegedly striking a child with a broom handle.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tobie Lea-Ann Stann, 27, on June 13 after an investigation by a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office officer and a Child Protective Investigator who interviewed the victim.
According to the report, the victim received injuries from Stann in the past including Stann’s 2011 arrest for child abuse. This case involved Stann striking the victim three times with a broom handle, including one strike to the left knee and one to the right eye that caused a cut and bruising. According to the report, the victim has been staying with her paternal grandmother following the incident.
Stann faces a felony child abuse charge and is now out of the Clay County Jail after posting $25,003 bond.