Police Briefs 9/8/22

Posted 9/7/22

CCSO: Man threatens to kill woman in a text messageMIDDLEBURG – A 43-year-old man was arrested on Sept. 1 after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said he sent a text message to a woman …

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Police Briefs 9/8/22

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CCSO: Man threatens to kill woman in a text message

MIDDLEBURG – A 43-year-old man was arrested on Sept. 1 after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said he sent a text message to a woman threatening to kill her.
Steven Andrew Border, of Middleburg, was charged with making a written or electronic threat to kill or do bodily harm after the woman showed deputies the message after they were called to Morningside Drive for a disturbance.
Deputies were about to leave the scene when the woman returned from getting medicine for her child. That’s when she showed them the message.

Sheriff’s Office closes Orange Park Mall, AMC movie theater following massive brawl
ORANGE PARK – What was supposed to be a celebration honoring National Cinema Day turned into a massive brawl among juveniles that forced the Clay County Sheriff’s Office to close the Orange Park Mall and AMC movie theater on Saturday, Sept. 3.
More than 100 teenagers ran from the mall during the melee, some believing one of the assaultants had a gun. CCSO later confirmed no shots were fired.
AMC offered $3 movies for the holiday. Instead of enjoying a night of cheap entertainment, juveniles eventually were banned from the mall at 10:30 p.m. unless they were accompanied by an adult. Several minors then were arrested for trespassing after they tried to re-enter the theater.
“The Clay County Sheriff’s Office continues to partner with the county and local businesses in the Gateway to Clay initiative. Since its inception, we have seen a decrease in overall crime in the area,” Sheriff Michelle Cook said.
“Unfortunately, a large group of young people took advantage of what should’ve been a family friendly movie theater initiative at the AMC. Upon notification of the large crowd causing issues, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office immediately sent additional resources to the mall to assist with dispersing the crowd.
“We are committed to keeping Clay County safe, and we will not allow incidents like this to define who we are as a community.”

County officials said such incidents puts a greater focus on its Gateway to Clay inititative. That program is designed to reduce crime and plight along the Wells Road corridor.
The county issued the following statement on Gateway to Clay: “The goal is to collaborate among law enforcement, local government, and the community to revitalize the area through beautification, safety and other enhancements. Community involvement is critical to the success of this project that will positively impact not only Wells Road, but all of Clay County.”
To join the Gateway to Clay initiative, visit Clayinitiatives@claycountygov.com.