Interlachen, FL: On Saturday October 25, 2014, at approximately 11:15 pm Putnam County Sheriff's Office Deputy Christina Woods responded to 107 Lime Trail, Interlachen, in reference to a trespass call. On arrival Deputy Woods made contact with a female homeowner who said her adult son, Matthew S. Muniz, did not live at the residence and was refusing her request for him to leave. The woman also said she believed Muniz to be under the influence of drugs and requested that rescue be called to evaluate him. Rescue 82 responded and advised that Muniz did not show signs of a drug overdose but clearly appeared to be under the influence of some type of narcotic. Throughout the process, Muniz was uncooperative with rescue and then became increasingly belligerent with Deputy Woods who was forced to subdue and handcuffed him after a physical struggle. Due to his much larger size, Deputy Woods was not able to carry the still uncooperative Muniz to her patrol car until she had backup.
Sergeant Chris Bohannon arrived on scene and assisted Deputy Woods in carrying Muniz to her patrol car as he continued to resist. Once at the vehicle, Muniz violently head butted Sergeant Bohannon in the face as they struggled to get him into the vehicle. Sergeant Bohannon was later evaluated at the Hospital where it was determined he had sustained a broken nose as a result of the blow.
Muniz was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the charges of trespass after warning, resisting arrest with violence and aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. He is currently being held on a bond of $12,008.00.
Georgetown – On October 25, 2014, two South Putnam residents were arrested for breaking into and stealing change from coin operated newspaper machines in Georgetown, Florida. It was initially reported that two newspaper Machines were damaged and the currency removed from machines located at 1426 County Road 309, in Georgetown. It was later determined that a third machine broken into at the Georgetown Post Office.
While responding to investigate the initial report at 1426 County Road 309, Sergeant Josh Lee observed a suspicious red truck parked in the grass next to the Georgetown Post Office. As soon as the driver witnessed Sergeant Lee he began to drive away from the business. Due to the driver acting in a suspicious manner, a traffic stop was initiated. The driver of the truck was identified as Joseph David Ronsani and the passenger was identified as Krist Lee Davis.
After speaking with both individuals, it was determined that they were responsible for breaking into the newspaper machines at both locations. A subsequent search of the truck revealed a pair of bolt cutters and a small amount of cannabis. Both individuals were placed under arrest and booked into the Putnam County Jail on the following charges:
Joseph David Ronsani, (45 YOA)
1. (2) Counts of Petit Theft
2. Molesting a coin operated Machine
3. Possession of Marijuana under 20 grams
Kristy Lee Davis, (37 YOA)
1. (2) Counts of Petit Theft
2. Molesting a Coin Operated Machine
Welaka – On October 23, 2014, at approximately 1:15 AM, deputies responded to a residence located on Old Welaka Road within the city limits of Welaka, to assist the Welaka Police Department with a reported burglary of an occupied residence. It was reported that an unidentified male unlawfully forced his way inside the residence and was caught by the 79 year-old homeowner in a guest bathroom. The individual fled from the residence as the homeowner armed herself with a handgun. The homeowner exited her home and fired her handgun at the individual as he fled into a wooded area behind the residence. The victim told deputies that she fired in the general direction of the fleeing individual but did not believe the subject had been struck. She identified the individual as being tall and slender. The victim reported that she believed he was a white male, but never actually saw his face.
K9 units responded and tracked the individual's scent, but the track ended at a set of fresh tire impressions a few blocks from the scene.
Due to the limited resources of the Welaka Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office took over the investigation. Sheriff Jeff Hardy has assigned members of the Major Crimes Unit the case.
This is still an ongoing investigation and additional information cannot be released at this time. Future releases will be provided when information becomes available.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call Northeast Crime Stoppers at (888) 277-TIPS (8477).
Palatka, FL: The Putnam County Ten-24 Foundation announces the Play it Forward Putnam Cornhole tournament and concert featuring Middleground and 309C at the Putnam County Fairgrounds.
The Cornhole tournament will be held October 25th from 2pm-6pm. The concert will begin at 7 pm. Team registration for the Cornhole tournament continues through 1 pm Saturday, October, 25. For additional tournament information or to register teams, please contact Cody Hacker at 386-972-5572.
The event will feature face painting, bounce houses for children and plenty of food. Proceeds from food sales will benefit the Billy Dunning fundraiser. Admission tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the gate. Cash or credit/debit cards are accepted.
The Ten-24 Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that focuses on providing a support network for all Putnam County law enforcement agencies, their employees, and families in time of need.
Palatka, FL: On October 19, 2014, at approximately 8:50 a.m., the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fight in progress at the Hi-Level Bar, located at 3821 Reid Street.
Deputies interviewed security staff from the bar and learned the suspects fled the area in a white Chevrolet Tahoe, moments prior to the deputies’ arrival. Justin Jones, who is employed by the Hi-Level as security staff told deputies that he was struck in the face multiple times by an unknown male, who refused to leave after causing a disturbance at the bar. Gary Odom who is also employed by the Hi-Level bar said the same subject also attempted to hit him in the head with a beer bottle but missed, striking the wall instead. Jones said the subject was restrained in the bar, but was able to break free. He then ran outside and struck another man whose identity was unknown, for no apparent reason.
Deputies at the bar quickly relayed the vehicle description to other law enforcement in the vicinity of the bar. An officer from the Palatka Police Department intercepted the vehicle on Zeagler Drive. The driver refused to stop and a short chase ensued. Deputies apprehended the vehicle on St. John’s Avenue with the assistance of the Palatka Police Department.
The driver, Thomas Arico, complied with the deputies commands and was taken into custody without incident. The passenger, Christopher Crooms, was initially compliant with deputies, then became belligerent and physically resisted deputies’ attempts to restrain him. Crooms complied after a brief struggle.
Deputies located a small amount of cannabis and cannabis grinder where Crooms was seated during an inventory search of the vehicle.
Arico was later identified as the aggressor in the incident at the bar. Arico was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of battery and refusing to accept a criminal traffic citation. He is currently held in the Putnam County Jail. His bond is $5520.00.
Crooms was charged with resisting a law enforcement officer, possession of cannabis under 20 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He posted bond and was subsequently released.