Palatka, FL: Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes detectives have arrested 15 year old James Aryan Conley for armed burglary to one vehicle and burglary to two others.
Between August 8th and 15th Patrol deputies responded to three vehicle burglaries on Karen Place, Karen Court and Cricket Avenue all in Palatka. The burglaries occurred during the late night and early morning hours. The suspect made off with various items including a purse, sunglasses, a cellphone, 100 rounds of ammunition and a handgun which resulted in the armed burglary charge. It was determined that all three vehicles were unlocked at the time of occurrence. While following up on the patrol investigations, detectives were able to identify Conley as the primary suspect. During their investigation, the detectives recovered the sunglasses, a handgun and 100 rounds of ammunition. The investigation is ongoing and there may be additional suspects.
Conley was charged with one count of armed burglary to a vehicle, two counts of burglary to a vehicle, one count of grand theft and two counts of petit theft. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice was contacted and Conley has been placed in a juvenile detention facility.
Sheriff Jeff Hardy said, “I would like to take this opprotunity to ask members of our communty to partner with the Sheriff’s Office in helping to prevent crime by always locking your vehicles and homes. This case highlights the dangers of leaving firearms in unlocked vehicles.”
Interlachen, FL: On August 18, 2014 Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 113 Cypress Drive in Interlachen in reference to a theft call. The victim, 33 year old Daniel Wesley Dean, said his pants, his wallet, and his prescription medication had been stolen. Dean said his ex-wife, Kristin Brubaker had picked him up and taken him to her residence at 113 Cypress and they had proceeded to take a shower together. Dean said Brubaker finished showering before him and when he exited the shower, his pants, his wallet, his medication and his ex-wife were gone. Dean immediately suspected Brubaker and her new boyfriend, Shawn Eric Miles, of stealing his property. The following day, on August 19, 2014 Dean called the Sheriff’s Office to report that he believed Brubaker and Miles to be at 102 Tiny Avenue in Interlachen. Deputies responded to that address to conduct a follow-up investigation of the theft from the previous day. On arrival they made contact with Kristin Brubaker, Shawn Miles and Patrick Phillips as they were attempting to leave the residence in a white Isuzu SUV. During the course of the investigation, Dean’s wallet and pills of the type stolen from him were located in the vehicle along with 6.6 grams of liquid Oxycodone, three hypodermic needles and three spoons.
Kristin Brubaker was arrested and charged with larceny and the violation of probation. Shawn Miles was arrested and charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of the possession of drug paraphernalia. Patrick Phillips was arrested and charged with one count of selling a synthetic narcotic and one count of the possession of drug paraphernalia. All three were transported and booked into the Putnam County Jail. Brubaker is currently being held without the benefit of a bond. Phillips is currently being held without the benefit of a bond. Miles is currently being held on a bond of $1,508.00.
Palatka, FL – At approximately 10:15 pm on Monday August 18, 2014, Patrol deputies and detectives with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit responded to Alhambra mobile home park, 3801 St Johns Avenue, Lot 53 in Palatka in response to the report of a person being shot. A 27 year old male victim said that an unknown person or persons came to his door and shot him with an unknown type of weapon. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to his right shoulder and one to his right hip. He was transported to Putnam Community Medical Center and then airlifted to Shands with what are believed to be non life threatening injuries.
In order to maintain the integrity of this investigation, further details are not being released at this time. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
At this time, investigators are urging anyone with information related to this incident to call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at (386) 329-0801 or if they wish to remain anonymous, they may contact Northeast Florida Crime Stoppers at (888) 277-TIPS (8477). Anyone providing information that leads to an arrest and conviction may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.
Bostwick, FL: On August 16, 2014 at approximately 5:30 pm Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy James Heath conducted a traffic stop on a blue Ford Courier he observed traveling on State Road 17 with an expired license plate. It was determined the driver, 49 year old Johnny Whitaker Tilton, had a suspended drivers license and a driving history that included six previous suspensions and three prior convictions for driving with a suspended license. Further investigation revealed that Tilton also had an active warrant out of Clay County for manufacturing methamphetamine. Tilton was placed under arrest for the Clay County warrant. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, an active clandestine methamphetamine lab was located in the trunk. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Meth Lab Team responded to the scene to safely neutralize the one pot lab.
Tilton was transported to the Putnam County Jail and booked on the charges of the possession of drugs, the production of drugs, and a moving traffic violation for driving on a suspended license. Tilton is currently being held on a bond of $10,512.00
School will be back in session on Tuesday, August 19th and we would like to remind everyone to watch out for school buses, slowdown in school zones, and to obey the school crossing guards. The traffic safety laws related to school zones ...and school buses are on the books to protect our children. At the Sheriff’s Office we take them very seriously and there is no leeway in their enforcement. We can all help keep our children safe if we will just pay attention and obey the law.
With that said, we would like to specifically address one question related to school busses that we are frequently asked each year. That question is when do you have to stop for a school bus traveling in the opposite direction and when is it ok to keep going.
According to section 316.172, Florida Statutes:
"(1)(a) Any person using, operating, or driving a vehicle on or over the roads or highways of this state shall, upon approaching any school bus which displays a stop signal, bring such vehicle to a full stop while the bus is stopped, and the vehicle shall not pass the school bus until the signal has been withdrawn. A person who violates this section commits a moving violation, punishable as provided in chapter 318.
(b) Any person using, operating, or driving a vehicle that passes a school bus on the side that children enter and exit when the school bus displays a stop signal commits a moving violation, punishable as provided in chapter 318, and is subject to a mandatory hearing under the provisions of s. 318.19.
(2) The driver of a vehicle upon a divided highway with an unpaved space of at least 5 feet, a raised median, or a physical barrier is not required to stop when traveling in the opposite direction of a school bus which is stopped in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(3) Every school bus shall stop as far to the right of the street as possible and shall display warning lights and stop signals as required by rules of the State Board of Education before discharging or loading passengers. When possible, a school bus shall not stop where the visibility is obscured for a distance of 200 feet either way from the bus."
Ok, in plain language that means:
You must stop for a school bus that is going in the opposite direction and has flashing red lights and the stop arm extended – unless you are on a divided highway that has either a five-foot unpaved space such as a grass median or a physical barrier such as a concrete wall separating the roadways. If which case you should continue driving at a legal speed, but with an increased awareness that school-aged children are in the vicinity. If you are ever in doubt, the prudent thing to do is stop.
The current fines for speeding in a school zone are:
6-9 mph over - $153
10-14 mph over - $303
15-19 mph over - $403
20-29 mph over - $453
30+ mph over - Mandatory court appearance
The penalty for passing a stopped school bus is a mandatory court appearance, plus 4 points on your license.
Sheriff Jeff Hardy said “The really important thing to remember is that anywhere you see school buses, school zones, or school crossing guards then children will be in the area as well. We all know that children are unpredictable and are a danger to dart into traffic at any time. It’s your responsibility to slow down, watch out for them, and be prepared to stop with little or no warning if necessary. Please, just drive safely and help us keep the kids safe”.