Search Warrant Served at South Putnam Drug House

Oct 1, 2015

Satsuma, FL: On Wednesday afternoon, The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit and Special Operations Group executed a narcotics related search warrant at 120 Sportsman Road in southern Putnam County.

Approximately three months ago, the Drug and Vice Unit answered the concerns of multiple citizens who contacted Crime Stoppers and the Sheriff’s Office to report possible drug activity at Putnam County Sheriff's Office Jeff Hardy, Sheriff this home. During the investigation, detectives determined that this residence was a popular location for the sale and use of narcotics. Undercover detectives made multiple purchases of crack cocaine from 19 years old Steven Sawyer, who was already on probation for drug offenses, and 22 years old Lonnie Brinson at the home. As a result of the investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for the mobile home. As the teams were approaching the home to execute the warrant, Steven Sawyer was spotted leaving the area with 29 years old Kyle Knever. Steven Sawyer and Knever were taken into custody when members of the Street Crimes Unit condcuted a stop on the vehicle. Steven Sawyer was found to be in possession of two oxycodone pills and 79.5 grams of marijuana packaged for sale. As the vehicle was being stopped, the SWAT and Rifle Security teams continued to the residence and completed the execution of the search warrant. Detectives identified 43 years old Angela Sawyer and 52 years old Kevin Branson as occupants of the home. Inside the home,

investigators discovered approximately four grams of crack cocaine and multiple items of drug paraphernalia such a drug syringes and crack pipes. Putnam County Code Enforcement Officers also condemned the residence. Steven Sawyer was charged with the sale of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of Oxycodone and violation of drug offender probation. He remains in the Putnam County Jail without bond. Branson, who is charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia remains in the county jail on a bond of $6,500.00. Angela Sawyer remains in jail on a bond of $504.00 for possession of drug paraphernalia. Knever was charged with felony driving on a suspended license and remains incarcerated on a bond of $12,000.00. Brinson was not present at the time of the warrant service and he remains wanted on an active warrant for the sale of cocaine. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brinson may remain anonymous and be eligible for reward by calling Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-8477 or the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 386-329-0801.

Sportsman Rd Suspects

Palatka Man in Critical Condition with Gunshot Wound

Oct 1, 2015

Forty years old Michael Willett, of Palatka, was flown to UF Shands Hospital, in Jacksonville, after suffering a gunshot wound late Wednesday night (09/30/15 at about 11:30 p.m.). An initial investigation by Canine Deputy James Heath indicated that Willett and his wife were arguing at their home, and during the argument a handgun owned by Willett discharged striking him in the head. Willett was flown to UF Shands Hospital where he remains in critical condition. Major Crimes Detective Marcus Phillips has been assigned to the case, and is continuing the investigation to determine the circumstances involved in the shooting.

East Palatka Burglary Suspect Arrested

Sep 30, 2015

Dylan ThibaultA daytime East Palatka burglary was foiled yesterday (09/29/15) when a witness spotted 19 years old Dylan Thomas Thibault run from the burglarized house, on Old San Mateo Road, with a backpack full of stolen items.

The owner of the house, Roman Lopez, reported to Canine Deputy Emmett Merritt that during the day Tuesday, someone had made entry into his house through an unlocked window. The suspect had taken a XBOX 360 with controllers, as well as a game for the XBOX. Even though the victim spoke very little English, an interpreter was able to obtain a statement from the victim. Based on the statement and the witness’s description, Deputy Merritt was able to develop Thibault as a suspect.

Deputy Merritt was familiar with Thibault and knew that he had been staying in a travel trailer on McCormick Road in East Palatka. Deputy Merritt and Detective Spencer Reinert checked the travel trailer and found Thibault and the stolen items inside. Dylan Thibault was taken into custody and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was charged with burglary and Larceny. He is presently being held in lieu of $10,008.00 bond.

House Guest Threatens Host with Gun During Argument

Sep 29, 2015

Matthew BurneyThirty one years old Jared Matthew Burney was arrested Monday afternoon (09/28/15) after he reportedly threatened an Interlachen woman with a firearm. Burney is listed as homeless, but was temporarily allowed to stay at the Interlachen woman’s house. According to the homeowner, she had told Burney that he would have to leave, and he began arguing with her.

During the argument, which was witnessed by a friend of the homeowner, Burney reportedly pulled a handgun from his pocket and threatened to shoot the homeowner. Both the homeowner and the witness were able to eventually leave the residence and notify the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Thomas Appleby interviewed the homeowner and witness, and then contacted Burney still at the victim’s home. Burney was initially arrested by Deputy Appleby, without incident, on an outstanding warrant for child support. He was then additionally charged with aggravated assault for pointing a handgun at the head of the homeowner. During a search incident to arrest, Deputy Appleby found three small bags of cocaine in Burney’s pocket, as well as a straw used as drug paraphernalia. Jared Matthew Burney was transported to the Putnam County Jail without incident, and was booked in under $3.012.00 bond and a $1,000.00 purge of the outstanding warrant for child support – total $4,012.00.

Beware of Telephone Scam

Sep 29, 2015

Another scam warning is being issued by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office regarding telephone calls that are made to residents claiming that an arrest warrant will be issued if they do not repay a “Payday Advance Loan.”

Deputy D. Evey reported that she has received several calls regarding the scam in the last few weeks. However, a resident notified Deputy Evey that yesterday she received a similar scam call, but the caller told her that he was “Deputy Michael Black with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.” The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office does not make such calls, and anyone receiving one is asked to contact Deputy Evey at the front desk at the Sheriff’s Office Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or at (386) 329-0844 during those same hours. The investigation into these calls is continuing by Deputy Evey.

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