Palatka, FL: On Wednesday July 30, 2014 at approximately 5:30 pm Putnam County deputies responded to 156 Lettie Lane in Palatka in reference to what was initially dispatched as a trespass in progress call. Upon arrival contact was made with a 50 year old white female who indicated a neighbor, 57 year old Kenneth Russell Westberry, had forced his way into her home. The victim said the highly intoxicated Westberry had come onto the porch of her residence earlier in the day and she had told him to leave or she would call law enforcement. Westberry left but returned a short time later and began to argue with a second female on the porch. When the victim opened the door so her friend could enter to get away from Westberry he forced his way inside. According to witnesses, Westberry grabbed a vertical blind rod off the wall and swung it at the victim knocking a plate of food from her hand. The victim then scuffled with Westberry, took the rod away from him and struck him in the head causing him to flee the residence. Westberry was located hiding in the woods a short distance away by Deputy Emmett Merritt and his K-9 partner Tango.
Westberry was arrested and transported to the Putnam Community Medical Center where he was treated for a small cut on his head before being medically cleared. He was then transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one count of burglary with assault or battery and is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.
Bostwick, FL: On Tuesday July 31, 2014 detectives with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes Unit interviewed 33 year old Kristin Leigh Smith in connection with the theft of multiple items from a residence located at 247 Tarpon Blvd. in Bostwick. The thefts were reported to the Sheriff’s Office by the property owner on July 23, 2014. Smith was listed as a possible suspect in the initial report as she is known to the property owner and had access to the home during the time frame the thefts occurred. The items stolen included a flat screen television, hand tools and a Nikon camera. A review of local pawn shop records revealed that Smith pawned items matching the description of the stolen property.
At the conclusion of the interview, Smith was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail. Smith was booked on the following charges and is currently being held on a bond of $8,020.00
1.One count of larceny
2.Two counts of fraud
3.Two counts of dealing in stolen property
Interlachen, FL: On Tuesday July 29, 2014 deputies arrested 26 year old Ganelle Tory Denning and 33 year old Shaun Anthony Donahue on outstanding warrants related to the burglary of a residence located at 124 Osborne Street in Interlachen. A Samsung computer tablet was taken during the burglary which occurred on June 19, 2014. A person later contacted Sheriff’s Office detectives and indicated they believed they may have purchased a stolen tablet. The ensuing investigation linked Denning and Donahue to the theft and warrants were issued for their arrest.
Denning and Donahue were each booked on the following charges and are both currently being held on a bond of $15,012.00
1.One count of burglary
2.One count of larceny
3.One count of dealing in stolen property
Melrose, FL: On July 29, 2014 at approximately 4:30 am Deputy Donny Jordan attempted to stop a Toyota Camry that he observed speeding on State Road 21 in the area of Price Road. When Deputy Jordan turned around to make the traffic stop the driver, later identified as 31 year old Kristopher James Wanton, accelerated rapidly in an attempt to flee. Deputy Jordan pursued Wanton for approximately 10 minutes along Baden Powell Road and the area around Cue Lake before Wanton spun out in soft sand and came to a stop while attempting to make a right turn onto Quail Way. After being taken into custody, a search of Wanton’s person revealed him to be in the possession of marijuana and an inventory search of the vehicle revealed Crack Cocaine, Hydrocodone, Methamphetamine, Xanax and drug paraphernalia. In addition, Wanton was also found to be driving on a suspended license.
Wanton was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the below listed charges and is currently being held on a bond of $9,032.00.
- Three counts of the possession of drugs
- One count of the possession of cocaine
- One count of the possession of marijuana
- One count of the possession of drug equipment
- One count of resisting an officer
- One moving traffic violation
Interlachen, FL: On July 27, 2014 at approximately 12:10 am Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies responded to 211 Evans Avenue in Interlachen in response to the report of gunfire. Upon arrival deputies made contact with the complainant, 44 year old Mark Len Currie. Currie told deputies someone was shooting toward his property and he had seen bullets striking the limbs of trees in his yard. Deputies asked Currie for permission to check the property and to show them where the limbs had been struck. No physical evidence of gunfire or damage caused by gunfire was located and neighbors indicated they had not heard any shots fired within the timeframe in question. However, when Currie walked deputies around the property they detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from a shed located behind the residence. Deputies were able to view marijuana plants through a crack in the shed door. After speaking to Currie concerning the shed he consented to a search of the shed and residence. The search revealed 42 marijuana plants, indoor grow lights and a variety of drug related paraphernalia. Currie, who is a convicted felon, was also found to be in the possession of a Marlin 30-30 lever action rifle.
Currie was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the below listed charges and later released on a bond of $15,016.00. The initial report of gunfire was later determined to most likely have been fireworks.
- One count of producing marijuana
- One count of the possession of drug equipment
- One count of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon
- One count of maintaining a drug dwelling