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Campground tenant gets seat belt ticket while in campground

YULEE, Fla. -- It is a fact that wearing a seat belt can save your life. That is why Florida requires you to buckle up if you are driving a car. But what if the car is in your campground and not on the roadway. Is that an exception? 

Charles Ross was getting ready to leave his campground in his Oldsmobile. He said had just left his driveway and was still in the campground.

"The cop standing right there (near the exit) and he stopped me," said Ross.

Ross said a Nassau County Sheriff's Office deputy was on the property for something else but noticed that he was not wearing his seat belt.

"He said 'I see you don't have your seat belt on, I said 'yes sir I will by the time I hit (Highway) 17.'"

U.S. Highway 17 is the main road to and from the privately operated campground where Ross lives.

Your guide to First Coast 4th of July celebrations

Firework displays and events scheduled to celebrate the 4th of July holiday across the First Coast. Here's a list of the festivities:

Columbia County celebrates 4th of July

Clay County celebrates the 4th of July

Fernandina Beach celebrates 4th of July

Flagler County celebrates 4th of July

Armed robbery suspect arrested in Glynn County

GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. -- Investigators with the Glynn County Police Department arrested Thomas Lavone Robinson for armed robbery early Wednesday morning. 

Robinson, 26, was allegedly involved in a robbery with another suspect on May 27 at the Friendly Express located at 3245 Cypress Mill Road in Brunswick, according to GCPD.

The clerk reported he was robbed by two males wearing bandannas over their faces.

According to the clerk, one of the males was armed with a handgun and threatened him.

The suspects fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to GCPD.

The clerk was uninjured.

If you have information on the identity of the second suspect, please contact Investigator Resden Talbert at 912-554-7813.

St. Marys man arrested for sexual exploitation of children

ST. MARYS, Ga. -- A St. Marys man was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of children after investigators found sexually explicit images of children on his computer. 

Marshall Nicolas Hitt, 29, began being investigated after Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) special agents notified the St. Marys Police Department of the case involving Hitt on Thursday, according to SMPD. 

Using information provided to them by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), NCIS interviewed Hitt. 

According to SMPD, once NCIS realized the crimes occurred in St. Marys, NCIS notified SMPD investigators for assistance and a search warrant was secured for Hitt's residence. 

Investigators found electronic devices belonging to Hitt which contained sexually explicit images of children, according to SMPD. 

Teacher arrested for child molestation

ST. MARYS, Ga. -- A Camden County teacher was arrested Monday on allegations of child molestation.

According to a release from Chief Tim Hatch of the St. Marys Police Department, Amy Lee Cassada, 34, reportedly electronically furnished obscene materials to minors.

In a statement, the Camden County Schools said Cassada has been terminated.

Police received a report of the allegation on May 28 after suspicious behavior was observed between Cassada and a 15-year-old Ombudsman Program student she was tutoring.

Investigators with the Armstrong Atlantic State University Police Department found through a search of digital media that Cassada sent the juvenile sexual images through text messages.

Ga. man sentenced to 15 years for child molestation

BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A St. Marys man was convicted of two counts of child molestation and reckless conduct Thursday.

Freddie Lewis, Jr., 52, was sentenced to prison due to charges from a July 2011 sexual assault of a 13-year-old child, according to a Camden County Sheriff's Office press release.

Tuesday Superior Court Judge Stephen D. Kelley accepted Lewis' plea of guilty and sentenced Lewis to serve 15 years in prison, followed by fifteen 15 years on probation.

Lewis will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Camden man charged with making meth, again

CAMDEN, Ga. -- A man waiting to go to court for allegedly being caught with methamphetamine near St. Marys Elementary School, was caught in the act again yesterday.

Camden County Sheriff's Office deputies went to the home of 40-year-old Mark Dewayne Adams to talk to him about a pending court appearance, according to a release from the CCSO.

While at Adams' home on the 220 block of Sweet Gum Street, law enforcement noticed meth cooking process in plain sight, the release detailed.

Adams was arrested and charged with manufacturing meth and possession of meth.