Ex-boyfriend arrested for aggravated stalking

STARKE— Anthony Joe Akin, 48, of Starke was arrested by Bradford deputies on Sept. 20 for the April 30 offense of aggravated stalking. According to court papers, the defendant’s ex-girlfriend told deputies she broke up with the 48-year-old after a two-year romantic relationship because of his anger and that she was afraid of him. After … Read more

Lawtey officer awarded for detaining carjacking suspect

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Lawtey Police Department honored a Lawtey police officer for apprehending a defendant in a carjacking incident. Cesar Rodriguez, an off-duty Lawtey officer, was riding a motorcycle in the Argyle Forest area of Jacksonville on Aug. 3 when he saw a traffic crash and was told by witnesses that one … Read more

Former sheriff not guilty on all charges

A jury acquitted former Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels of all charges Thursday night after a three-day trial in Green Cove Springs. Prosecutors claimed that while sheriff in 2019, Daniels ordered deputies to arrest his mistress: Cierra Smith, for stalking him. He was charged with lying to law enforcement about the circumstances surrounding Smith’s arrest … Read more