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Police Briefs 9/15/22

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 9/14/22

Keystone man charged with punching, choking, poking eyes of CCSO deputiesKEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A 31-year-old man who was wanted in Bradford County now is in the Clay County Jail after he fought …

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Police Briefs 9/15/22


Keystone man charged with punching, choking, poking
eyes of CCSO deputies

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A 31-year-old man who was wanted in Bradford County now is in the Clay County Jail after he fought with deputies who were trying to arrest him.
James Kyle Carney, of Keystone Heights, was charged with three counts of battery of a law enforcement officer and depriving law enforcement the means of communicating, as well as domestic battery and child abuse after deputies went to serve a warrant.
According to the arrest report, deputies saw Carney on State Road 100 on Sept. 11 and when they approached him, he got into a car. When he didn’t find the keys, he started running along the power lines along the road.
As a deputy was catching Carney, the suspect turned and assume a fighting position, according to CCSO. Carney was hit with a taser, but the leads broke when he fell. When the deputies tried to detain him, he tried to choke and gouge the left eye on one deputy and he grabbed the other deputy and hit him with a closed fist. He then ripped the radio microphone from the first deputy’s vest. A third deputy arrived and Carney scratched his arms in an attempt to flee. Carney eventually was subdued. He also is a suspect in a domestic and child abuse case from Sept. 1 in Clay County.
The Bradford County warrant was for possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a place of worship with intent to sell and the use of a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.
Carney’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 11. Until then, he will remain in the Clay County Jail with a $105,017 bond.

CCSO: Jacksonville man arrested for selling meth to undercover deputy
ORANGE PARK – A Jacksonville man was busted by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office after the agency said he sold methamphetamine to an undercover deputy on July 20 and July 29.
Jose Enrique Soto, 26, was charged on Sept. 6 with two counts of sale and delivery of methamphetamine and selling a fentanyl patch after the CCSO narcotics unit set up a controlled purchases at the Orange Park Mall and a convenience store on Wells Road. Soto delivered an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine to the undercover deputy at the mall and methamphetamine to a deputy on July 29. The crystal-like substance tested positive for methamphetamine and Soto was arrested at Chili’s on Wells Road. Soto’s bond was set at $300,012.

Passed out couple arrested after drugs found in their car
ORANGE PARK – A couple found passed out in a car at a convenience store on Blanding Boulevard were arrested for possession cocaine, fentanyl, Xanax and drug paraphernalia on Sept. 10.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for a suspicious car and they found two unresponsive people inside. After not responding to loud commands to wake up, Allison Hull Smith, 38, and Daniel Lee Sturgis, 53, both of Jacksonville, finally were awakened when deputies reached inside the car. Smith was tapped on her shoulder; while deputies had to “shake him awake.”
According to the arrest report, a clear glass pipe was visible in “the mess of items” inside the car, so both were place in custody.
A subsequent search uncovered fentanyl, Xanax and cocaine – most found stuffed inside a cigarette package on the back seat.
Smith and Sturgis were charged with possession of cocaine, Xanax, fentanyl and drug paraphernalia. Smith also was charged with driving with a suspended license. Smith’s bond was set at $21,013, while Sturgis’s bond was set at $18,511.