Jan 17, 2017
On January 16, 2017 at approximately 10:00 am, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies responded to 117 Fred Street, Interlachen Florida in reference to the report of an unattended child. At the residence, they made contact with a neighbor who said she had discovered a one year old male child wandering in the yard at 117 Fred Street while unattended. The neighbor said it was the second time within an hour and a half that she had found the child outside by himself. She said the first time she had knocked on the door and was able to wake up the child’s father, later identified as 23-year-old Brandon Overton, who told her the child had wandered off while he (the father) was inside sleeping. The second time the neighbor saw the child alone in the yard she said she was unable to get anyone to come to the door and had then called the Sheriff’s Office. After speaking with Overton, Deputy Darren Riley placed him under arrest and transported him to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one count of child neglect. Overton is currently being held on a $10,000 bond.
Overton was also arrested and charged with child neglect on October 1, 2016 for allowing another child (a three year old male) to wander off from the same residence while he (the father) was inside sleeping.
Jan 13, 2017
On January 12, 2017 at approximately 10:15 am, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies Justin Rich, Kyle Simmons, Josh Lewis and Sean Anderson went to 1601 High Street, Palatka Florida looking for a person with an active arrest warrant. At the residence they spoke with 27-year-old Christopher White who gave them permission to search the house for the subject. Inside the residence the deputies found 28-year-old Amanda Hale and 36-year-old Chad Parrotte along with a baggie of methamphetamine and numerous other items associated with the production of methamphetamine all located within plain view. These items included, old or used one pot methamphetamine labs, multiple packets of pseudoephedrine tables, lithium strips from batteries and numerous hypodermic needles. Christopher White was also found to be concealing an active one pot meth lab in his pants. The weight of the pseudoephedrine tables totaled 38 grams and the weight of the methamphetamine totaled 6 grams. Members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit responded to assist with the investigation.
Hale, White and Parrotte were placed under arrest, transported to the Putnam County Jail and booked on the following charges:
Hale - one count of the production of drugs, one count of the possession of drugs, one count of trafficking amphetamines, one count of the possession of drug equipment, and a failure to appear. She is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.
White - one count of producing drugs, two counts of trafficking amphetamines, one count of the possession of drug equipment. He is currently being held on a $55,500 bond.
Parrotte - one count of producing drugs. He is currently being held on a $5,000 bond.
Sheriff Gator DeLoach said “These fine young deputies have placed three criminals who were heavily involved in the use, manufacture and sale of dangerous drugs behind bars. The streets of our County are undoubtedly safer today because of their actions”.
Jan 10, 2017
On January 8, 2017 at approximately 11:45 pm, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies and Major Crime Unit detectives responded to 159 West Strickland Road, Interlachen Florida in reference to a domestic related disturbance. At the residence, they discovered 54-year-old Mark Joseph Horner to have been stabbed two times in the back. The ensuing investigation led to the arrest of Horner’s daughter, 32-year-old Katie Elaine Horner.
Katie Horner was transported to the Putnam County Jail where she was booked on one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Horner is currently being held on a $25,000 bond.
Jan 9, 2017
Palatka, FL: The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has submitted our 2016 crime statistics to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Overall crime in the Sheriff’s Office’s reporting area is down 13.34% with violent crime dropping just over 17% and non-violent crime down more than 12%. The Sheriff’s Office reported three homicides in 2016 compared to seven in 2015 resulting in a 57% decrease this year. Two crime categories increased in 2016. Robbery and sex offenses increased while all other categories including homicide, burglary, theft and aggravated assault were down. The increase in reported sex offenses may be attributed to a change in the method in which these crimes are reported. In previous years, sex offenses were reported per incident, but beginning in 2016 these cases are reported on a per victim basis. Meaning if one case involved multiple victims, it is now considered multiple separate crime occurrences. One area we are especially happy to report is a nearly 8% reduction in domestic violence crimes.
FDLE is the responsible for collecting the data from all Florida agencies for reporting to the FBI. The municipal police departments in Putnam County are responsible for reporting crime data from within their respective jurisdictions. The Sheriff’s Office collects and reports crime data from the unincorporated areas. The information contained within this release reflects the data from the unincorporated areas for which the Sheriff’s Office is the sole law enforcement agency. Because data from other agencies is not yet available, we do not yet know how the reductions experienced by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office compare to state-wide data.
Because a number of social and economic factors affect crime rates, the rates are intended to provide a specific jurisdiction with a measure of improvement or decline over a specific time period.
Sheriff DeLoach said, “Following years of steady crime reduction in Putnam County, I am pleased to see another year with continued improvement, but we are not where we want to be. We will continue to be tough on crime and we feel we have a strong plan in place towards ensuring that Putnam County is even safer for our citizens in 2017”.
Jan 6, 2017
Deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit obtained and served a warrant for the arrest of 44-year-old Ruth Renae Bryant of Hawthorne, Florida. The charges against Bryant result from an ongoing investigation into a dog fighting event which occurred in a wooded area near Azalea Lane in West Putnam County on December 19, 2015. On that date Putnam deputies discovered a large group of people at what appeared to be an active, organized dog fight. Numerous individuals fled the location when law enforcement arrived. The incident initiated what became a large multi-jurisdictional investigation involving both State and Federal agencies.
Bryant is considered to be the primary facilitator of that initial fighting event. Bryant was present at the fight, owned the property upon which the fight was staged, and also appears to have been instrumental in providing other items at the location which facilitated the fight. Her arrest is considered to be an important step in what continues to be an ongoing investigation. The FBI has also indicted an individual, in the Sarasota area, associated with the investigation on Federal firearms charges. In addition, charges of attending a dog fight have been forwarded to The State Attorney’s Office against 37-year-old Andrew Lee Ray of Jacksonville by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office investigators. This investigation is still considered to be ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated.
Bryant was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Putnam County Jail where she was booked on the following three felony charges:
One count of causing an animal to engage in a fight with other animals.
One count of facilitating an animal fight.
One count of attending an animal fight.