Alert issued for missing 13-year-old Florida girl
Aleysha Hicks, 13, was last seen Jan. 18, 2021. CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – UPDATE: The missing 13-year-old has been found safe, according to Orange Park police. EARLIER REPORT:The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a missing child alert for 13-year-old Aleysha Hicks, of Clay County. According to authorities, she was last seen Monday in the 900 block of Kingsley Avenue in Orange Park. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call Port Orange police or the missing child hotline at 1-888-FL MISSING.
Florida senior citizens camp out in frigid temperatures for COVID-19 vaccine
By 7:30 p.m. on Monday, senior citizens in 200 vehicles were on the property, set to brave overnight temperatures in the low 40s. A couple of hours north, in Clay County, a small, north Florida region, people booked appointments online and walked in for their scheduled vaccination. About 83% of those who have died from the disease in Florida have been older than 65. According to state health department statistics, nearly 1.4 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and more than 22,000 people have died since the pandemic began. ___Associated Press journalists Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Brendan Farrington in Tallahassee, Florida, contributed to this report.
Governor suspends Florida sheriff amid sex scandal investigation
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – A day after Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels surrendered to law enforcement to face criminal charges stemming from a sex scandal investigation, Gov. He is prohibited from receiving any pay or allowance and from any privileges of public office during the suspension. While deputies placed Smith in handcuffs, no criminal charges were filed against her. King noted in his letter: “I do not know Sheriff Daniels, his politics, his opponents, nor for that matter any citizen in Clay County. “Typically what will happen on a suspension is that you are entitled to a hearing in the Senate, but before you have that hearing in the Senate, the criminal charges have to be addressed, so those criminal charges will be front and center after Tuesday.”
Florida sheriff: I’ll deputize gun owners if violent protests erupt
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – A Florida sheriff says he will deputize every gun owner in his county to put down any violent protests his deputies can't handle alone. Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels gave no indication in a three-minute video released Wednesday that any demonstrations are planned in his suburban Jacksonville county. Daniels, a Republican finishing his first term, is being challenged by six opponents in the upcoming election. Daniels, who is married, was accused of later having the woman falsely arrested. He issued an apology, but said he wouldn’t discuss specifics.