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Interlachen Woman Charged in Golf Club Attack

Feb 16, 2017

Ana Rodriguez Putnam County FL: On Wednesday February 15, 2014 at approximately 3:30 pm deputies responded to 101 East Oakside Drive in Interlachen in reference to the report of a battery. At the residence they made contact with a 24-year-old male victim who said his neighbor, later identified as 54-year-old Ana Julia Rodriguez, attacked him with a golf club. The victim said he was walking on Poplar Drive in Interlachen when Rodriguez stopped her car and confronted him about a dirt bike she apparently believed he had stolen from her. They argued and Rodriguez was alleged to have pulled out a golf club and began swinging it at him. The victim said he initially pulled out a knife to defend himself but then ran away. Rodriguez was alleged to have chased him down in her vehicle and to have attacked him with the golf club again.

Deputies made contact with Rodriguez, at her residence, and spoke with her about the incident. After being interviewed, Rodriguez was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where she was booked on one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Rodriguez was later released on a $5,000 bond.

Rodriguez is currently employed as a Putnam County Sheriff’s Office School Crossing Guard. It has been determined she was wearing her uniform at the time of the incident. Consequently, Rodriguez has been placed on administrative leave by the Sheriff’s Office and an administrative investigation of the incident has been initiated.

Potentially Threatening Message Prank Spreads

Feb 16, 2017

Putnam County FL: Beginning on Friday February 10, 2017, three potentially threatening messages were discovered to have been written upon walls of three separate Putnam County Schools. The first message was discovered on a bathroom wall at Palatka High on Friday February 10, 2017. A similar message was found at Interlachen High School on Monday February 13, 2017.

On Tuesday February 14, 2017, a third message was discovered on a wall at C. H. Price Middle School in Interlachen. That message was very similar to the ones found at Palatka and Interlachen High Schools. An investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and Putnam County School District identified a 12-year-old male student as being responsible for the C. H. Price message and the suspect was arrested and charged with making written threats to do bodily harm. The student was booked into the Putnam County Jail and later released to a guardian by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

On Wednesday February 15, 2017, another (fourth) message was discovered at C. H. Price Middle School in Interlachen. An investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and Putnam County School District identified a 14-year-old male student as being responsible for that message and the suspect was also arrested and charged with making written threats to do bodily harm. He was booked into the Putnam County Jail and later released to a parent by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

As previously reported, there has been no indication to suggest any of these messages have been anything more than pranks which mirror similar hoaxes taking place in several jurisdictions across the State of Florida. However, for the time being, Sheriff’s Office and School District officials will continue to operate under heightened school safety protocols out of an abundance of caution.

Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives are still actively pursuing leads in the cases at Palatka and Interlachen High Schools.

Interlachen Student Arrested, Charged with Writing Prank Threat on Wall

Feb 14, 2017

Putnam County FL: Previous public information releases by both the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Putnam County School District contained information on messages written on the walls of Palatka High School and Interlachen High School. The messages contained wording that could be construed as threats to both schools. The message written on a bathroom wall at Palatka High was discovered on February 10TH and a similar message was found at Interlachen High School on February 13TH. While there was no evidence to suggest that either message was anything more than a prank, Sheriff’s Office and School District officials enacted heightened school safety protocols out of an abundance of caution. PCSO Major Crimes Detectives are actively pursuing leads in the cases at Palatka and Interlachen High Schools.

Today, a third message was discovered written on a wall at C. H. Price Middle School in Interlachen. The threatening message was very similar to the ones located at Palatka and Interlachen High Schools. A joint investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and Putnam County School District identified a 12-year-old male student as being responsible for the message at C. H. Price Middle School. The investigation also revealed that the student wrote the message as a prank and had no means to carry out the threat. At the conclusion of the investigation, deputies arrested the student and charged him making written threats to do bodily harm, which is a second degree felony. The student was booked into the Putnam County Jail and later released to a guardian by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

Although the messages located at Putnam County Schools mirror pranks taking place in several jurisdictions across Florida, Sheriff’s Office and School District officials will continue to operate under heightened security procedures for the time being.

Sheriff Gator DeLoach said, “It is extremely disappointing that this series of events has resulted in the arrest of a 12-year-old student, but the Sheriff’s Office will continue to exercise zero tolerance when it comes to threatening the safety of our children and the disruption of school functions. The Sheriff’s Office will work closely with the Department of Juvenile Justice to see that the arrested student received the services needed to prevent future acts of this nature.”

Note Found at Palatka High School Insinuates Threat

Feb 11, 2017

Palatka, FL: On Friday, February 10TH an inappropriate written comment was found at Palatka High School. The message could be interpreted as a threat of violence to occur on Monday. The Sheriff’s Office and Putnam County School District are treating the message as such out of an abundance of caution. No specific manner of carrying out the possible threat was mentioned. Sheriff DeLoach and Superintendent Surrency are in communication over the weekend and are working to coordinate efforts to ensure the safety of the students and staff of Palatka High School. Sheriff’s DeLoach has ordered PCSO personnel to adhere to established protocols for such circumstances. Parents, students and staff will notice an enhanced law enforcement presence at PHS on Monday.

Three Arrested after Methamphetamine Making Operation Discovered

Jan 26, 2017

Justin Nipper - Teresa Andreas - Kaitlyn Nipper On January 25, 2017 at approximately 2:00 pm, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office patrol Deputy Kyle Simmons and Sergeant Daniel Taylor went to 311 Poinsettia Avenue Lot 1, Palatka Florida in response to the report of someone actively manufacturing methamphetamine. Upon approaching the home, deputies immediately noticed a strong chemical odor in the air. At the residence Sergeant Taylor spoke with 26-year-old Teresa Diane Andreas who said she was the owner of the property and gave him permission to enter. Inside the residence, the deputies found 26-year-old Justin Daniel Nipper, 24-year-old Kaitlyn Nicole Norris, 20-year-old Richard Dallas Norris and 24-year-old Macie Ann Saucerman. Further investigation revealed an active one-pot methamphetamine lab on a dresser in one of the bedrooms, approximately 8 grams of packaged methamphetamine, approximately 40 grams of methamphetamine oil (extracted from the one pot), three blister packs of Pseudoephedrine tablets and numerous items of paraphernalia associated with the production and consumption of methamphetamine. Members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit responded to assist with the investigation. As a result of the investigation, Nipper, Andreas and Norris were placed under arrest, transported to the Putnam County Jail and booked on the following charges:

Nipper - two counts of the production of drugs, one count of trafficking amphetamines. He is currently being held on a $70,000 bond.

Norris - one count of possessing amphetamines, one count of the possession of drug equipment. She is currently being held on a $3,000 bond.

Andreas - two counts of producing drugs and one count of child neglect. The child neglect charge was a result of her knowingly having her child in a residence where methamphetamine was actively being produced. She is currently being held on a $25,000 bond.

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