Domestic fights lead to final arrest of 2020, first arrest of 2021
MIDDLEBURG – A pair of domestic disputes in Middleburg led the final arrest in 2020 and the first arrest of 2021 in Clay County.
The final arrest came when Nichole Lynn McKellip, 39, was charged with simple domestic battery, two counts battery on law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and vandalism after she became enraged when CCSO arrived to break up the dispute.
The new year started with Angel Nicole Aylesbury, 48, being charged with simple domestic battery after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office determined she pulled her husband’s hair after he called her several derogatory names. David William Aylesbury, 51, also was charged with aggravated domestic battery after CCSO determined he punched her in the face, threw items at her and smacked her in the face with a board during the altercation.
According to the arrest report, McKellip got into an argument about her rocking too close to a book cabinet with a television on it. He tried to get her to leave his bedroom, but McKellip reportedly head-butted him in the face several times, according to the arrest report.
When deputies arrived, McKellip slammed the garage door while deputies were standing at the edge of the garage. Once inside, she fought with deputies before she was restrained. Once inside the patrol car, she started kicking the door and windows, CCSO said. When they opened the door to tell her to stop, she kicked one deputy in the midsection and spit in the face of another deputy.
Deputies found several items either damaged or destroy in the victim’s bedroom. McKellip was arrested at 7:32 p.m.
McKellip’s bond was set at $25,013.
Seven hours later, the new year started when a couple were arrested following a fight at their home.
David Aylesbury remained at the Clay County Jail without bond on an unrelated DUI charge from Dec. 20.
The incident occurred at approximately 1:22 a.m. on Jan. 1, according to the arrest report.
‘Hot’ fireworks spark fire that destroys Oakleaf home
OAKLEAF – Hot fireworks thrown in a garbage can ignited an early New Year’s Day fire that destroyed a home on Club Lake Drive.
Clay County Fire and Rescue were called to the house at 1:25 a.m. on Jan. 1. They found the home fully engulfed in flames.
Firefighters said the fire started with spent fireworks that were put in a garbage can in the garage. Although fireworks may have been used, they can remain hot for hours.
Four residents inside the home escaped without injury.
Car crash leads to woman’s arrest for animal cruelty
OAKLEAF – A woman involved in a traffic accident on Oakleaf Village Parkway was arrested Dec. 28 on an outstanding warrant for aggravated cruelty to animals.
Sara Christine Prewett, 43, of Orange Park, was arrested by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and sent to Duval County to face charges of abandoning four animals in filthy conditions and without food and water last September in Jacksonville.
Investigators found two cats and two dogs in her home. One dog reportedly was dead, and the other three were emaciated.
Man arrested for 2019 burglaries of homes under construction
MIDDLEBURG – An arrest was made 21 months after a Jacksonville man was caught cutting and taking wire from homes under construction in the Azalea Ridge subdivision.
Beau Robert Schipfer, 37, was charged with five counts each of burglary and grand theft after a security officer on patrol found Schipfer upstairs in a home at the building site with wires cut and removed in 2019 in the Azalea Ridge subdivision in Middleburg.
According to the arrest warrant, the guard flagged down an off-duty Florida Highway Patrol officer on March 26, 2019, after he found bundles of wire stacked in the dining room area. The FHP officer questioned Schipfer, who said he was working for a subcontractor to check newly installed windows. The FHP officer wasn’t able to verify Schipfer’s story at the scene. By the time he learned Schipfer’s former employer had fired him for theft, he was gone from the scene.
Schipfer eventually was found and arrested in Baker County. He was returned to Clay County and remained in the county jail with a $125,105 bond.
Missing boater found in St. Johns at Black Creek
MIDDLEBURG – A man reported missing from his boat at Governors Creek Boat Ramp on Dec. 26 was recovered three miles down river near the Knight’s Boat Ramp on Dec. 31.
James Edward Myers, 55, hadn’t been seen since he was on his boat on the St. Johns River before Christmas. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office issued a missing person’s alert for Myers on Dec. 26. The agency reported a person in the water at Black Creek on New Year’s Eve.
Cause of death wasn’t reported.