A 31-year-old Fernandina Beach man is in police custody after two girls said they were repeatedly molested several times over the past few years.


Jeremiah Donald Potter of North 14th Street was charged last week with four counts of capital sexual battery on a child younger than 12 and one of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child younger than 12.

The investigation began when a 13-year-old girl said she was molested when she was 11 and left in the care of the man, sometimes up to three times a day, police said. Many of the assaults occurred on a boat at the Fernandina Harbor Marina.

The second victim, now 11, told detectives she had been repeatedly molested by the man since she was 4.

Dan Scanlan

2 Kings Bay sailors facing several charges

Two Kings Bay sailors have been arrested in last month’s break-in at a Fernandina Beach art gallery after one was overheard bragging about how the artwork was hanging on his wall.

Jonathan Ibrahim, 27, and Nathan Mendoza, 23, told police they were drunk and walking back to their vehicle when the Island Art Association’s back door was kicked in May 6, Police Chief Jim Hurley said. Police recovered all five pieces in an apartment where one of the suspects lives, Hurley said.

They are charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief and will face disciplinary action by the U.S. Navy, according to the Police Department.

Hurley said the artwork, which included some scenic beach paintings by city residents, totaled about $1,200 to $2,000.

Derek Gilliam


Motorcyclist killed in Southside accident

A motorcyclist killed in an early Saturday accident in the 8000 block of South Old Kings Road has been identified as Donald W. Privette, 57, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Privette, whose last known address was a nearby apartment complex at 7400 Powers Ave., was riding a motorcycle north just before 1 a.m. He failed to negotiate a right-hand curve and drove across the southbound lanes, striking a wooden utility pole, police said.

He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene by city paramedics, police said.

Police said the investigation into the accident is continuing.

Dan Scanlan


Discovery of meth lab leads to 3 arrests

Two men and two women were arrested Sunday night in the discovery of methamphetamine and meth lab equipment in the Rodeway Inn in Orange Park, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Anthony St. Angelo, 46, and Jessica Lynn Carpenter, 33, were both charged with conspiracy to traffic in methamphetamine, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Simon Pierce Delane Abel, 20, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, sale or delivery of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Ashley Nicole Lord, 30, was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Orange Park Police responded to an anonymous complaint about 8:30 p.m. of a chemical smell coming from the rear of the hotel, then called in the Sheriff’s Office canine unit.

Investigators found lighter fluid, pipes and coffee filters in the room and a jar of an unknown liquid wrapped in a towel and hidden in an air-conditioning vent, the arrest report said. A bag with other evidence also was found in a trash bin, and a soda bottle with methamphetamine inside was found nearby.

Dan Scanlan

Road rage incident leads to arrest

A Florida Department of Corrections officer is facing charges related to road rage Sunday on Blanding Boulevard in Orange Park.

Deputies responded to the 300 block of Blanding after an assault was reported, according to the Clay Sheriff’s Office.

Sean Hayes is accused of getting out of his car, going up to the driver’s side of the victim’s car and punching the victim in the facet.

The victim’s wife witnessed the assault and said a Jacksonville sheriff’s officer in a marked vehicle was behind Hayes when it happened.

The victim did not have any visible signs of injury but told officers his chin hurt after the punch. He declined medical treatment.

Hayes was transported to the Clay County jail and charged with battery.

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