This week in history 8/10/17

Eric Cravey
Posted 8/9/17

5 years ago, 2012The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jacquilla Morgan Bullard for allegedly killing her husband, Jerry Ray Bullard Jr., 35, and driving his body to Jacksonville’s …

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This week in history 8/10/17


5 years ago, 2012
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jacquilla Morgan Bullard for allegedly killing her husband, Jerry Ray Bullard Jr., 35, and driving his body to Jacksonville’s Normandy Boulevard where, police said, she abandoned the car, bought cleaning supplies and walked back to her home on Horseshoe Trail Drive in Oakleaf.

The State Attorney’s Office declared the Feb. 16 fatal shooting of Ted Arthur Tilley of Middleburg by a Clay County detective was justifiable homicide. Tilley was shot during the raid of a house on Alligator Boulevard where he and others were squatting and making methamphetamine. Clay Detective David White was killed in the drug raid.

Orange Park Town Council read a proclamation honoring retiring Police Chief Jim Boivin for his 35 years of service to the Orange Park Police Department. He would be replaced by 19-year OPPD veteran Gary Goble.

10 years ago, 2007
Orange Park Town Council voted 4-1 to allow a poker room to set up at Orange Park Kennel Club, but after the Board of County Commissioners shot it down 5-0.

The Florida Department of Transportation labeled the Black Creek Bridge on County Road 209 deficient and said it needed to be replaced. The project was estimated to cost $17 million, with $2.5 million coming from Clay County coffers.

Constitutional officers, Property Appraiser Wayne Weeks and Sheriff Rick Beseler, publicly praised County Manager Fritz Behring for facilitating what could have been an onerous ordeal – cutting their budgets and the county’s by 20 percent for the new fiscal year.

20 years ago, 1997
Animal Rights Foundation organizer Laura Strickland said she and fellow activists were planning an Aug. 16 protest at Orange Park Kennel Club to raise awareness of “unjust exploits” of greyhound racing.

Clay County School Superintendent David Owens challenged school principals to raise student performance and “bring back our pride” at the annual principal’s luncheon at the J.P. Hall ranch.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team was called to a home on Paso Fino Road in Penney Farms where they captured escapee Jeremiah Williams, then-21, who had been holed up there.

30 years ago, 1987
Clay County Sheriff’s deputies confiscated one gallon of homemade moonshine from a home on Floyd Road in Middleburg and arrested Vernon Monroe Eastman for possession of illegal liquor.

Green Cove Springs’ assistant electric department supervisor, Jimmy Knight, blamed a buzzard that had flown into power lines at the main substation for a power outage.
Magnolia Point Country Club purchased 1,000 Jacksonville Expos baseball tickets that would be given away for free.

40 years ago, 1977
Orange Park Town Council protested to the Florida Public Service Commission Kingsley Service Company’s bid to provide water and sewer to The Springs development on Doctors Lake Drive, which straddled town and county property.

Orange Park cab driver Bob Thomas had his taxi commandeered at the Orange Park Mall by Charles Manning Deloach and Mark Wilson John, two escapees from Raiford State Prison. The two men were later captured in Jacksonville.

The Clay County Planning and Zoning Board unanimously denied a request from Miami Beach Reader Spiritualist Church Inc. to locate on Fleming Island.


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