News http://putnamsheriff.org/news News releases from PCSO en-us Jail Inmate Suffocates Himself in Cell http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-72-jail-inmate-suffocates-himself-in-cell Palatka, FL: At approximately 1:05 am on Thursday September 18, 2014, corrections deputies discovered 39 year old inmate Timothy Lawrence Walrath unresponsive in his cell at the Putnam County Jail. They immediately initiated lifesaving efforts and called rescue which responded and transported Walrath to the Putnam Community Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. The ensuing investigation revealed that Walrath became upset upon learning from his attorney that he was potentially facing a prison term for his charges of aggravated battery with a weapon. Walrath waited until after lights out at approximately 11:00 pm and then fashioned a length of bed sheet into a makeshift rope and used it to quietly asphyxiate himself while his cellmate was sleeping. Interviews of the cellmate and inmates from surrounding cells indicate that no one heard or knew anything about the incident prior to it occurring. Corrections personnel had no prior indications that Walrath had intentions of harming himself.

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:17:47 -0700 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-72-jail-inmate-suffocates-himself-in-cell
Child Abuse Hotline Tip Results in Arrest http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-71-child-abuse-hotline-tip-results-in-arrest Michael CrumptonPalatka, FL: On September 4, 2014 the Department of Children and Families (DCF) contacted the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a hotline tip that a minor child had been sexually molested in Putnam County. The minor was initially interviewed on that date by DCF in the presence of a Sheriff’s Office School Resource deputy. The ensuing investigation, which occurred over the course of several days, identified the suspect as 37 year old Michael Tremanine Crumpton of Palatka and revealed there were four separate incidents of sexual abuse with the first child and that Crumpton had also exposed himself to a second minor child. Both children were under the age of twelve.

On September 12, 2014 Crumpton was interviewed by detectives with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Persons Crimes Unit. After being interviewed, Crumpton was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the charges of sexual battery on a person less than twelve years of age and lewd and lascivious behavior. Crumpton is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.

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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:33:33 -0700 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-71-child-abuse-hotline-tip-results-in-arrest
Reward Offered for Information in Satsuma Convenience Store Robbery http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-70-reward-offered-for-information-in-satsuma-convenience-store-robbery Satsuma, FL: On September 12, 2014 at approximately 6:42 am a lone male entered the Bi-Lo Convenience Store located at 788 South Highway 17 in Satsuma, brandished a handgun and demanded money from the cashier. The suspect left the store on foot headed in a southerly direction. 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 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 $5,000.00.


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Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:55:03 -0700 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-70-reward-offered-for-information-in-satsuma-convenience-store-robbery
Driver and Passenger of Reported Stolen Truck Arrested http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-69-driver-and-passenger-of-reported-stolen-truck-arrested Brown & DrawdyHawthorne, FL: On September 10, 2014 at approximately 3:30 pm Deputy Nicholas Vieira was patrolling near the 1500 block of State Road 20 when he saw a gray Ford F-150 which matched the description of a truck reported as stolen from Bradford County. When Deputy Vieira got behind the vehicle, the driver immediately activated the left turn signal as if to turn into the driveway of 1574 State Road 20. Believing the vehicle was attempting to elude him, Deputy Vieira initiated a traffic stop and removed the occupants from the truck. Further investigation confirmed the truck to be the one stolen from Bradford. The driver, Walter Zachary Brown, was arrested and charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and driving on a suspended license. The front passenger, Sarah Jane Marjorye Drawdy, was arrested and charged with the possession of marijuana and the possession of drug equipment. A male rear seat passenger was determined to be uninvolved in a crime and was released from the scene. Both Brown and Drawdy were transported and booked into the Putnam County Jail. Brown has since been released on a bond of $3,008.00 and Drawdy is currently being held on a bond of $1,008.00.

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Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:17:35 -0700 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-69-driver-and-passenger-of-reported-stolen-truck-arrested
Long Foot Chase Ends with Capture and Drug Arrest http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-68-long-foot-chase-ends-with-capture-and-drug-arrest Vandell FultonCrescent City, FL: On September 10, 2014 at approximately 1:30 pm Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Douglas Patterson was patrolling the area of S. Highway 17 near Ewers Road when he saw a white Crown Victoria being driven by Vandell Fulton whom Deputy Patterson knew to have an active warrant for the sale of narcotics. Deputy Patterson attempted to get behind Fulton to conduct a traffic stop but Fulton pulled behind the NAPA Auto Parts store on South Prospect Street, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Fulton was pursued on foot by Deputy Patterson, Deputy Will Gill and Sergeant Robert Nelson between houses, through yards, under a house and across open fields before being cornered after he ran into a house at 417 South Main Street. When Sergeant Nelson entered the house in hot pursuit, Fulton continued to resist and to ignore lawful commands until Sergeant Nelson deployed his Taser and Fulton became compliant and was taken into custody. A search of Fulton’s person revealed 1 gram of crack cocaine, 4 grams of marijuana, six (6) Tramadol pills, two (2) Hydromorphone pills and three Oxycodone pills.

Fulton was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the following charges. Fulton is currently being held on a bond of $37,0280.00.

  1. One count of the sale of synthetic narcotics.
  2. Three counts of the possession of drugs.
  3. One count of the possession of cocaine.
  4. One count of the possession of marijuana.
  5. One count of resisting an officer.
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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:31:39 -0700 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-68-long-foot-chase-ends-with-capture-and-drug-arrest
St Johns Avenue Undercover Operation Narcotics Arrest http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-67-st-johns-avenue-undercover-operation-narcotics-arrest Lonnie JohnsonPalatka, FL: On September 4, 2014 The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug / Vice Unit conducted an operation targeting suspected drug dealing on St Johns Avenue in Palatka. During the operation, two undercover detectives were approached by Lonnie Johnson. Johnson met with the undercover detectives at the Blue Lagoon Carwash located at 4000 St. Johns Avenue. Johnson offered to sell Oxycodone pills to the detectives for $120.00. When the undercover detectives completed the purchase of the narcotics, The Street Crimes Unit moved in and arrested Johnson. Johnson was charged with the sale of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Johnson is being held in the Putnam County Jail on a bond of $20,000.00.

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Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:34:18 -0700 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-67-st-johns-avenue-undercover-operation-narcotics-arrest
Hermits Drive in Satsuma is Location of Armed Standoff http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-66-hermits-drive-in-satsuma-is-location-of-armed-standoff Satsuma, FL: On Friday September 5, 2014 at approximately 11:15 pm, deputies responded to 222 Hermit Drive in Satsuma in reference to a report of multiple shots being fired from that residence. As they approached the house to make contact with the occupants, a white male opened fire on them and barricaded himself in the house. One deputy returned fire but neither the deputy nor the suspect were hit. In addition to firing at the deputies, it was determined the suspect had already fired shots into a neighboring home, a vehicle and a boat as well as firing multiple shots into the residence he was occupying at 222 Hermit Drive. It is believed that he fired shots from at least three different calibers of weapons to include a .22, a 30.06 and a shotgun. The Putnam County SWAT Team and Rifle Security Team responded and began evacuating citizens from neighboring homes and transporting them to safety in a Sheriff’s Office wheeled armored vehicle. Two adult males, one adult female, and one male child were moved to a safe location out of the line of fire from the residence. Sheriff’s Office hostage negotiators attempted to make contact with the suspect but he did not initially respond or comply with commands to come out of the house.

After a standoff lasting approximately four hours and as the SWAT Team was making preparations to deploy tear gas, the man finally came out of the house unarmed and surrendered without further incident. The 42 year old white male and a female companion, who was also in the residence, are currently being interviewed by Sheriff’s Office detectives. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Scene Unit has been requested and will assist with processing evidence at the scene. Charges are anticipated. However, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation no further details are available at this time. Additional information will be provided when it becomes available for release.

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Sat, 06 Sep 2014 06:26:28 -0700 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-66-hermits-drive-in-satsuma-is-location-of-armed-standoff
Crescent City Bank Robbery Update http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-65-crescent-city-bank-robbery-update Crescent City, FL: On Tuesday September 2, 2014, at approximately 1555 hours, two males entered the Bank of America located at 913 N. Summit St in Crescent City, brandished handguns and took an unknown amount of money. The suspects were described as being around 5’8 – 5’10 tall. The following photographs are being released in hopes that someone may be able to identify the pair. 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 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.

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Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:34:57 -0700 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-65-crescent-city-bank-robbery-update
Crescent City Bank Robbery Information Sought http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-64-crescent-city-bank-robbery-information-sought Crescent City – This afternoon, at approximately 4:00 PM, deputies responded to the Bank of America, located at 913 North Summit Street in Crescent City, to assist the Crescent City Police Department with a reported bank robbery. It has been determined that two black males entered the bank wearing masks and armed with handguns and demanded cash from tellers. The individuals then fled from the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. No shots were fired, and no one was injured during the robbery.

Due to the limited resources of the Crescent City Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was asked to take 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).

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:28:35 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-64-crescent-city-bank-robbery-information-sought
Four Arrested in SWAT Raid on Drug House http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-63-four-arrested-in-swat-raid-on-drug-house Wood, Wise, Biddle, Beasle Palatka, FL: On Friday August 29, 2014, Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a narcotics related search warrant at 173 Lettie Lane in Palatka. The search warrant was obtained after Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug & Vice Unit detectives conducted an undercover investigation which confirmed that methamphetamine was being manufactured and sold from the residence. Sheriff Jeff Hardy assigned the SWAT and Rifle Security teams to execute the search warrant after it was learned that at least one of the subjects expected to be in the residence has a criminal history of carrying concealed firearms and violence against law enforcement officers.

Deputies moved in at about 8:30 A.M. to execute the warrant after a surveillance team confirmed all children waiting at area bus stops had boarded their busses and were no longer in the area. Members of the Special Operations Group did not immediately enter the home due to the extreme combustibility and poison vapors associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine. They first surrounded the residence and began making announcements ordering the occupants to come out. During this potentially dangerous period of time, deputies took shelter in a defensive position behind a wheeled Sheriff’s Office vehicle which is outfitted with heavy bullet proof armor.

Once all occupants were believed to be out of the home, the Sheriff’s Office robot was remotely deployed to search the home. Finally members of the Sheriff’s Office Methamphetamine Lab Response Unit entered the home to search for evidence. The search revealed a small amount of processed methamphetamine and several paraphernalia items associated with the use and manufacture of the drug.

Although no child was present at the time the search warrant was served, it was apparent to deputies that a child resides in the home. The Florida Department of Children and Family Services were notified. Putnam County Code Enforcement Officers also responded to the scene and the home was condemned.

Sheriff Hardy said, “This case is an excellent example of the results of citizens reporting suspected drug activity to the Sheriff’s Office. This investigation began after members of the community reported apparent drug activity taking place in the home.”

As a result of this investigation, four subjects were arrested and charged as indicated below.

Kenneth Wood (34 YOA)
Bond: None
1.Possession of Methamphetamine
2.Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
3.Warrant for Violation of Probation (Possession of controlled substance)

Bobby P. Wise (31 YOA)
Bond: $1,508.00
1.Possession of Methamphetamine
2.Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Karen Biddle (29 YOA)
Bond: $1,508.00
1.Possession of Methamphetamine
2.Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Christy Beasley (34 YOA)
Bond: $1,508.00
1.Possession of Methamphetamine
2.Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:58:28 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-63-four-arrested-in-swat-raid-on-drug-house
Trespasser Caught Hiding Under Blanket http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-62-trespasser-caught-hiding-under-blanket Ryan HorneEast Palatka, FL: On August 22, 2014 at approximately 2:40 pm Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 259 River Drive in East Palatka in reference to 26 year old Ryan Lee Horne trespassing at that location after he was issued a trespass warning on July 3, 2014. On arrival contact was made with the property owner who said he believed Horne to be inside the residence. The owner unlocked the door and allowed deputies to enter and search for Horne who was found hiding under a blanket in the corner of a bedroom. Horne was searched after being placed under arrest for trespassing and was found to have marijuana, drug paraphernalia and 29 counterfeit United States currency ten dollar bills in his possession.

Horne was charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams, possession of counterfeit currency, possession of drug equipment and trespassing. Horne is being held in the Putnam County Jail on a bond of $2,516.00

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:57:07 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-62-trespasser-caught-hiding-under-blanket
Family Argument Turns Violent http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-61-family-argument-turns-violent Edward CorimerInterlachen, FL: At approximately 3:30 pm on Sunday August 24, 2014, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Major Crimes detectives responded to 284 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Interlachen, in reference to a domestic dispute involving a stabbing. On arrival contact was made with 52 year old Ronald Allen Cormier who said he had been stabbed in the arm by his 54 year old brother Edward Paul Cormier. In a sworn statement, Ronald said his brother stabbed him when their argument over his taking a cigarette from Edward’s cigarette pack turned physical. Both men and an independent witness were interviewed during the investigation. After interviewing all parties it was determined that Ronald had been the one who actually wielded the knife during the fight and had ended up accidentally cutting himself in the process.

Edward was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the charge of battery. As the battery is domestic related, he is currently being held without the benefit of a bond. Ronald will have the charge of filing a false police report (by lying on his sworn statement) forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office.

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:47:24 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-61-family-argument-turns-violent
Street Crimes Unit Weekend Report http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-60-street-crimes-unit-weekend-report Putnam County, FL: On Friday, August 22, 2014, The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit and Probation Officers with the Florida Department of Corrections teamed up in an operation aimed at reducing crime across Putnam County. The primary focus of the operation was to ensure persons on felony probation were abiding by the conditions of their probation and to incarcerate those found to be in violation. A sex offender was one of eight arrested for violation of probation in the Friday evening operation. The persons arrested are listed below with their booking photos above their information.



Richard Lee Brown (66 YOA)
Violation of Sex Offender Probation (Lewd/lascivious conduct victim under 16)


Reginald Barlow (50 YOA)
Violation of Probation (Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon)


Jamal Wright (18 YOA)
Violation of Probation (Burglary and Criminal Mischief)


Diana Hollingsworth (47 YOA)
Violation of Probation (Habitual DWLSR)


Emmanuel Ocasio (28 YOA)
Violation of Probation (Organized Scheme to Defraud)


Clyde Dias (29 YOA)
Violation of Probation (Resisting Officer with Violence and DUI)


Shayn Wright (19 YOA)
Violation of Probation (No Valid Driver's License)


Timothy Lucas Bonham (21 YOA)
Violation of Probation (Felony Battery)
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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:32:48 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-60-street-crimes-unit-weekend-report
Suspect Arrested for Vehicle Burglaries http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-59-suspect-arrested-for-vehicle-burglaries 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.”

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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:26:57 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-59-suspect-arrested-for-vehicle-burglaries
Trio Arrested For Theft and Drug Charges http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-58-trio-arrested-for-theft-and-drug-charges Brubaker, Miles, and PhillipsInterlachen, 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.

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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:12:34 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-58-trio-arrested-for-theft-and-drug-charges
Information Sought Related to Shooting http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-57-information-sought-related-to-shooting 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.

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:37:07 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-57-information-sought-related-to-shooting
Traffic Stop for Expired Plate Reveals Active Mobile Meth Lab http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-56-traffic-stop-for-expired-plate-reveals-active-mobile-meth-lab Johnny TiltonBostwick, 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

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​School will be back in session on Tuesday, August 19th http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-55-​school-will-be-back-in-session-on-tuesday-august-19th 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”.

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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:30:23 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-55-​school-will-be-back-in-session-on-tuesday-august-19th
Over Five Thousand Dollars of Drugs Recovered after Foot Chase http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-54-over-five-thousand-dollars-of-drugs-recovered-after-foot-chase D'Juan FosterEast Palatka, FL: On August 12, 2014 at approximately 3:00 pm Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies were conducting narcotics enforcement patrols in the area of Putnam County Boulevard. Deputies noticed a suspicious white Ford Explorer in front of a residence known for past drug activity. As they approched the area the vehicle suddenly drove off. The vehicle then ran a stop sign causing the deputies to attempt a traffic stop. The driver, later identified as D’Juan Antonio Foster, drove into a yard on Youngs Lane, jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot carrying 2 large bags. As deputies engaged in a spirited foot chase through yards and over fences, they observed Foster throw the bags into the brush in two different areas. The foot pursuit ended when deputies Josue Garriga and Cole Glaser caught up to Foster and took him into custody.

When the deputies recovered the bags thrown by Foster and walked the path of the pursuit, they discovered that Foster had discarded 28 small bags containing a total of 23 grams of powder cocaine, a large bag containing 326 grams of marijuana, scales used for weighing narcotics and other paraphernalia associated with the sale and distribution of drugs . The recovered narcotics have a street value of between five and six thousand dollars. Sheriff Jeff Hardy said “This type of enforcement and intervention by our patrol deputies is effective in taking drugs and criminals off the streets of our County and is one of the reasons the County crime rate continues to decline”.

Foster was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, maintaining a drug vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a revoked driver’s license. Foster is being held in the Putnam County Jail on a bond of $40,000.00

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:02:04 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-54-over-five-thousand-dollars-of-drugs-recovered-after-foot-chase
Interlachen Man Removed from Attic for Arrest http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-53-interlachen-man-removed-from-attic-for-arrest Jason ClymerInterlachen, FL: On Monday August 11, 2014 at approximately 4:30 pm Putnam County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 34 year old Jason William Clymer at 336 Winton Avenue in Interlachen on an active warrant. The warrant was issued in connection with the failure to appear for previous charges of the possession of drug equipment. Upon arrival at the home deputies were granted permission to search the premises for Clymer by the property owner. Clymer was located hiding in the attic and refused to comply with verbal commands to come down. Eventually Sergeant Tim Frill and Lieutenant Scott Surrency entered the attic to assist Clymer in coming down. Clymer continued to refuse to comply at which time pepper spray was deployed and Clymer was taken into custody.

During the search of the home numerous items of drug related paraphernalia were located in plain view which further investigation determined to belong to Clymer. Clymer was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one count of the possession of drug equipment, one count of resisting an officer without violence and one count of failure to appear. Clymer is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.

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Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:23:22 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-53-interlachen-man-removed-from-attic-for-arrest
Felony Traffic Stop Conducted to Serve Warrant in Bostwick Area http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-52-felony-traffic-stop-conducted-to-serve-warrant-in-bostwick-area Ray WilkinsonBostwick, FL: On Friday August 8, 2014 at approximately 9:30 am Putnam County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Ray Darrell Wilkinson on an active warrant for the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The arrest was made when deputies who were conducting surveillance of his activities watched him leave a residence in the Bostwick area and get into the passenger seat of a car. They followed Wilkinson until the car was safely away from residences and businesses and conducted a felony traffic stop on the vehicle on an unpopulated section of Hwy 17 North. Sheriff’s Office vehicles blocked southbound traffic on Hwy 17 for approximately 15 minutes while the stop was made and Wilkinson was secured. The warrant for his arrest was issued after Sheriff’s Office detectives obtained information linking Wilkinson to the sale of firearms believed to have been stolen during a recent home burglary.

After being interviewed by detectives Wilkinson was booked into the Putnam County Jail on one count of the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and is currently being held on a bond of $50,000.00

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Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:33:24 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-52-felony-traffic-stop-conducted-to-serve-warrant-in-bostwick-area
Domestic Violence Related Battery Charges Filed in Arrest http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-51-domestic-violence-related-battery-charges-filed-in-arrest Campos-ZuritaInterlachen, FL: On Thursday August 7, 2014, at approximately 7:30 pm Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 100 Arrowhead Drive, Interlachen, in reference to an assault in progress call. On arrival deputies made contact with a female victim who said she was arguing with her fiancé, Rafael Campos-Zurita, when he grabbed her around the throat, pushed her to the ground and forcibly dragged her throughout the house knocking over numerous pieces of furniture. An independent witness verified the victim’s statements. Contact was made with Campos-Zurita who advised deputies that he had been drinking and further stated he “had 15 beers all day”.

Campos-Zurita was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the charge of domestic battery by strangulation. He is currently being held on a bond of $5,004.00.

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Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:14:12 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-51-domestic-violence-related-battery-charges-filed-in-arrest
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-50-traffic-stop-leads-to-drug-arrest Victor ConcepcionInterlachen, FL: On August 5, 2014 at approximately 3:00 pm Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies observed 29 year old Victor Manuel Concepcion turning East on State Road 20 from County Road 315 in Interlachen. Knowing Concepcion to have a suspended driver’s license, they conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle. During the course of the stop, a canine was walked around the exterior of the vehicle and alerted on the driver’s side. A search of the vehicle revealed a hydrocodone pill, a white powder which field tested positive for cocaine and drug related paraphernalia.

Concepcion was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the below listed charges and is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.

1.One count of the possession of drugs
2.One count of the possession of cocaine
3.One moving traffic violation (driving on a suspended license)
4.One count of the violation of probation

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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:09:59 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-50-traffic-stop-leads-to-drug-arrest
Crescent City Man Charged in Credit Card Theft http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-49-crescent-city-man-charged-in-credit-card-theft Robert MillardCrescent City, FL: On August 4, 2014 at approximately 4:15 pm a female victim came to the Sheriff’s South District Office and reported her credit card being stolen a few days before. The victim identified Robert M. Millard, a relative, as a possible suspect as he had access to the home during the time frame the card was stolen and also has a history of theft. Further investigation revealed that Millard had used the stolen card at several locations in Crescent City, San Mateo and Palatka including some businesses with video surveillance.

Sheriff’s deputies located Millard in the area of Summit Street and Central Avenue in Crescent City on August 5, 2014. He 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 $3,016.00 bond.

1.One count of larceny
2.One count of the fraudulent use of a credit card

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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:05:31 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-49-crescent-city-man-charged-in-credit-card-theft
Man Jailed for Domestic Violence Related Battery http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-48-man-jailed-for-domestic-violence-related-battery Gregory FitzsimmonsPomona Park, FL: At approximately 4:45 pm on Sunday August 3, 2014, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area of 391 Huntington Shortcut Road, Pomona Park, in reference to a disturbance. On arrival deputies observed a male, later identified as 24 year old Gregory David Fitzsimmons, arguing with a female victim and aggressively “poking” her in the chest. When he became aware of the presence of law enforcement, Fitzsimmons ran from the location disobeying repeated verbal commands for him to stop. Fitzsimmons was apprehended and detained by Sergeant Josh Lee after a short foot chase. The female victim indicated Fitzsimmons was a relative who was dropped off at the residence in a highly intoxicated state. The victim advised she and Fitzsimmons argued, he became enraged and began screaming, yelling, beating on the house and poking her in the chest.

Fitzsimmons was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the charges of battery and of resisting an officer without violence. As the battery is domestic related, he is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.

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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:00:45 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-48-man-jailed-for-domestic-violence-related-battery
Palatka Man Arrested after Indecent Exposure Incidents http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-47-palatka-man-arrested-after-indecent-exposure-incidents Devon BrownPalatka, FL: On August 1, 2014, Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 26 year old Devon Shermaine Brown for violation of probation after he allegedly exposed himself to multiple female victims over a period of several days. Brown has previous arrests in Putnam County for similar incidents in 2007, 2010 and 2011.

The alleged exposure incidents occurred in the area of Brown’s home at 3300 St. Johns Avenue. The first incident occurred on July 28TH. In this incident, the victim reported she was in her yard when she noticed Brown standing in a neighboring yard. The victim reported that Brown made a noise to get her attention and pulled down his pants when she looked in his direction. The victim stated she has witnessed Brown expose himself to her and other neighbors in the past and she decided to report the incident out of concern that neighborhood children may witness similar incidents.

The second reported incident occurred on August 1ST when the victim was walking her dog on the side walk in front of Brown’s residence. The victim told Deputies that Brown was inside the home, but standing in front of a large, street-facing window with no clothes on. This victim also reported having seen Brown expose himself several times in the past.

Deputies conducted a neighborhood canvas in search of other victims and witnesses and learned that Brown has a history in the neighborhood of this type of behavior. Deputies have not located any juvenile victims of Brown’s indecent exposure incidents at this time.

As a result of the recent offences, deputies obtained a warrant for violation of probation. Brown was arrested on the warrant and is currently being held in the Putnam County Jail without bond. Charges pertaining to the recent exposure of sexual organs cases have been forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office.

Sheriff Hardy is concerned there may be additional victims or witnesses that have yet to come forward. He is requesting that anyone with additional information concerning this case, to please contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at (386) 329-0801.

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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:45:22 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-47-palatka-man-arrested-after-indecent-exposure-incidents
Unwelcome Guest Arrested after Scuffle with Resident http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-46-unwelcome-guest-arrested-after-scuffle-with-resident Kenneth WestberryPalatka, 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.

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:30:37 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-46-unwelcome-guest-arrested-after-scuffle-with-resident
Bostwick Woman Charged in Property Thefts http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-45-bostwick-woman-charged-in-property-thefts Kristin SmithBostwick, 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

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:18:26 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-45-bostwick-woman-charged-in-property-thefts
Pair Arrested and Charged with Interlachen Burglary http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-44-pair-arrested-and-charged-with-interlachen-burglary Denning and DonahueInterlachen, 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

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:44:16 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-44-pair-arrested-and-charged-with-interlachen-burglary
Keystone Heights Man Arrested after Attempting to Flee from Deputy http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-43-keystone-heights-man-arrested-after-attempting-to-flee-from-deputy Kristopher WantonMelrose, 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
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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:15:59 -0400 http://putnamsheriff.org/blog-43-keystone-heights-man-arrested-after-attempting-to-flee-from-deputy