Mar 2, 2015
Satsuma, FL: On Sunday, March 1, 2015 at approximately 9:30 pm, Putnam County Sheriff's Office Deputy Bradley Waldron advised dispatch that a white Pontiac Grand Am had almost struck him at a very high rate of speed while he was out of his vehicle on a traffic stop at Highway 17 and State Road 100 East in San Mateo. A short time later, Deputy Anthony Yeomans, observed a vehicle matching that description traveling at 90 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone and swerving in and out of its lane on Highway 17 South near the Dunns Creek bridge.
Deputy Yeomans stopped the vehicle and observed the front seat passenger, later identified as Angelene Jamros, putting on her clothes as he approached the car. Deputy Yeomans spoke with the driver, David Adams Dettmann, and Jamros concerning the situation and was advised that Dettmann was giving the lady a ride home due to her being highly intoxicated. While conversing with Jamros, Deputy Yeomans, noticed a strong odor of marijuana and asked for permission to search the vehicle and Jamros's purse. Deputies located marijuana in the purse and two Hydrocodone pills in a plastic baggie under the front passenger seat of the car.
Jamros was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where she was booked on one count of the possession of drugs, one count of the possession of marijuana and one count of the possession of drug equipment. She has since been released on a bond of $2,012.00.
Dettmann was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one count of reckless driving. Dettmann has since been released on a bond of $504.00.
Feb 27, 2015
East Palatka, FL: On Wednesday February 25, 2015, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit arrested Cornelius Beckton on two active warrants for the sale of crack cocaine within 1000 feet of a church. Drug and Vice Unit Detectives obtained the warrants at the conclusion of an extensive, month's long, undercover investigation into the sale of cocaine in the area of Cross Road and 4th Street in East Palatka. Arresting deputies also found additional crack cocaine in Beckton's pocket during the arrest. Beckton has an extensive history of drug dealing dating back to the mid-1980s.
After his arrest, Beckton was transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on two counts of the sale of cocaine. He is currently being held on a bond of $150,000.00
Feb 26, 2015
Crescent City - On February 26, 2015, at approximately 2:41 a.m., a Crescent City man was arrested on drug and weapons charges. The investigation was initiated after deputies checked out with an individual who was walking alongside Highway 17 South near Union Avenue in Crescent City. The individual, who was identified as Richard Alexander Hardy (32 YOA), informed deputies that he had just thrown cannabis onto the ground prior to their consensual contact. Deputies located a small plastic bag containing 3 individual baggies of cannabis on the ground next to Hardy. While speaking with Hardy, it was also determined that he was in possession of a concealed .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun with a partially removed serial number.
Richard Alexander Hardy was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, and possession of cannabis with intent to sell. He was transported to the Putnam County Jail where he is being held with a bond of $4,102.00
Feb 25, 2015
The Putnam County Sheriff's Office wants to warn the public about a reoccurring scam wherein individuals claiming to be court officials or deputy sheriffs are calling people and claiming they owe hundreds or even thousands of dollars for situations like failing to appear for jury duty.
In one case, a scam artist posed as a sergeant with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office when calling a woman telling her that she had failed to appear for jury duty and there was a warrant for her arrest. He told her that in lieu of arrest she could pay a fine of $3498.00. The scam artist instructed the individual to purchase a prepaid “Green Dot” credit card for the amount of the fine. The victim in this case did not fall for the scam, but Sheriff Hardy wants to warn the public to be on alert. “People need to know that the Clerk of Court or Putnam County Sheriff's Office will not call someone on the telephone to remedy a court issue or fine.”
Feb 25, 2015
Crescent City, FL: On Tuesday February 24, 2015, at approximately 10:00 am, Putnam County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to Middleton Burney Elementary School in reference to a child abuse complaint. Upon arrival it was discovered that a seven year old male victim had come to school with an abrasion/bruise on his face. When questioned by teachers concerning the cause of the bruise, the victim's eight year old brother said their father had slapped each of them three to four times in the face for arguing. The children also indicated that one of them had been made to sleep on the back porch and the other had been made to sleep on the front porch of the family home the previous night because of the incident.
The father, Jose Dolores Rodriguez, was contacted and questioned about the allegations by detectives from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office Major Crime Unit. After being interviewed, Rodriguez was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one count of cruelty towards a child. Rodriguez is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.