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A former Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy has pleaded guilty to producing and possessing child pornography.

Photo of Michelle Cook being sworn in
Clay County Sheriff's Office

Clay County has its third Sheriff in the past three weeks, after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Republican Michelle Cook to take on the role, beginning immediately.

Darryl Daniels, a Navy veteran who served 24 years with the JSO, is the first African-American to be sworn in as Clay County’s new Sheriff. He replaces the retiring Rick Beesler.

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The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is looking to find a home for a wayward pony named Tom Boy.

The dappled, brown Welsh pony was spotted running free, and no owner could be located, sheriff's office spokeswoman Mary Justino says.

Tom Boy will be put up for auction on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. at the animal control building at 3984 W. State Road 16 in Green Cove Springs.

The pony is of unknown age and is in good health, in addition to being "cute as a button," Justino says.  

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Clay County police are asking for help in their investigation of a body found in a burning car Tuesday morning in Middleburg.

In a written statement, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office says the body was discovered around 8:15 a.m. on a one-lane dirt road in Jennings State Forest.

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Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler announced Tuesday that he won’t be seeking a fourth term in office. After 42 years in public service — the last twelve as Clay County’s top law enforcement official — Beseler says he’s ready to retire. Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler will be 62 when he leaves office in January 2017.

Clay County Sheriff's Office Warns About Rash Of Break-Ins

Sep 2, 2015

People living in Clay County are being told to lock the doors of their homes and cars after nearly a dozen crimes were reported over the past two weeks.

Investigators with the Clay County Sheriff's Office said homes were ransacked, and stolen items included guns, electronics and jewelry.

One homeowner even stopped a burglary in progress by honking a car horn when a burglar was caught trying to damage the front door of a home on Cattail Street in Middleburg, deputies said. The person ran away.

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For people who find themselves needing help but unable to call 9-1-1, Clay County now allows text messages to emergency personnel.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office launched the service Thursday.

CCSO Col. Craig Aldrich says talking on the phone may not be an option during some emergencies.

Hurricane Arthur, Duval County Public Schools, and Sheriff Rick Beseler are in the headlines today.

Marissa Alexander, Jacksonville Jaguars, medical marijuana, and Ashley Nicole Chiasson are in the headlines today.

The Mathews Bridge, food trucks, and public funding for sports stadiums are in the headlines today.

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Clay County authorities announced today they had broken up a marijuana grow-house operation spread out among four houses in the residential areas of Candlewood Court, Valor Court, Fireweed Court and Guava Court.

According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the marijuana bust resulted in 5 arrests and the confiscation of more than 200 pot plants with a street value estimated at $864,000.

Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler says this wasn’t your run of the mill grow-house operation, however. 

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The Clay County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit continues its investigation into a rash of financial fraud cases that involve possible “skimming” devices used by thieves to steal victims' credit card information without actually stealing the cards.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying three men photographed using fictitious credit cards created with stolen credit card information to buy cartons of cigarettes, gift cards, gas and other items at various locations.