Police Briefs 12/10/20

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 12/9/20

Man jailed for violating wife’s injunction for protectionORANGE PARK – A Jacksonville man was arrested for violating an injunction against domestic violence after he sent a photo of …

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Police Briefs 12/10/20


Man jailed for violating wife’s injunction for protection

ORANGE PARK – A Jacksonville man was arrested for violating an injunction against domestic violence after he sent a photo of himself to his wife while he was on her front porch, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Raymond Curry Leathers, 45, also was charged on Dec. 5 for being within 1,000 feet of his wife’s residence, resisting arrest, contempt of court for violation of domestic violence with a rifle and ammunition and violation of repeated sexual dating violence.
CCSO found Leathers on Blanding Boulevard shortly after the wife reported the incident. She also said he was endangered with a small caliber rifle. Leathers reportedly refused orders by the deputies to show his hands, but he finally responded when a deputy drew his weapon.
Part of the injunction included him not possessing a firearm or ammunition.
Leathers remained in the Clay County Jail without bond.

Unruly man arrested for scuffling with CCSO at mall food court

ORANGE PARK – A man who appeared to be intoxicated outside the food court at the Orange Park Mall was arrested after he fought with Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Joseph Gene Barber, 27, of Jacksonville, was charged on Dec. 5 with resisting an officer with violence, battery on a police officer, disorderly intoxication and trespassing.
According to the arrest report, deputies were called about a “suspicious” man in the mall courtyard. They found Barber, who was “swaying” while he was standing. Deputies also said they smelled alcohol on his breath.

Barber then became disorderly. He yelled and curses at deputies, which forced some shoppers to “grab their kids and immediately leave the area.” When Barber tried to poke a deputy in the chest, another deputy grabbed his arm to place him under arrest. Barber then spit in the face of the arresting deputy and tried to punch him in the face.
Barber was taken to the Clay County Jail and ordered held without bond.

Man busted for selling Xanax, Alprazolam near Middleburg preschool

MIDDLEBURG – A local man was arrested for trafficking more than 10 grams of Xanax and selling Alprazolam less than 500 feet from a preschool.
Joe Nathan Benjamin Jr., 21, of Middleburg, was arrested on Dec. 4 following an investigation that started on Sept. 1. The sale was conducted 497 feet from a preschool on County Road 220.
Benjamin’s bond was set at $100,006. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 4.

Keystone man charged with attempting to choke woman

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A 20-year-old man was arrested after Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies found a woman with red marks on her neck and bruising on the right side of her head and a scratch under her left eye.
Jason Aaron Kagey, of Keystone Heights, was charged on Dec. 6 with felony domestic battery by strangulation and preventing communication to law enforcement.
His bond was set at $20,006.


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