East Palatka Woman Arrested after Filing False Report

Apr 27, 2017

Kristen ComerPalatka FL: On Wednesday April 26, 2017 at approximately 6:15 pm, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 233 San Juan Road in East Palatka in reference to the report of a car-jacking. When they arrived, 27-year-old Kristen Kayla Comer said an unknown black male had jumped into the driver’s seat of her Ford F-150 and drove away holding her in the vehicle against her will. Comer said the man drove her around East Palatka for the next several hours while threatening to rape her. After additional questioning Comer’s story began to fall apart as the occurrence of events kept changing and the timeline failed to hold up. After being interviewed by detectives, Comer she fabricated the car-jacking story to conceal that she spent the previous night at an unknown location in Palatka and had discovered the truck missing upon awakening in the afternoon.

Comer was consequently placed under arrest for filing a false police report. While being searched incident to that arrest, a syringe filled with methamphetamine was discovered inside her bra. Comer was transported to the Putnam County Jail where she was booked on one felony count of the possession of methamphetamine, one felony count of perjury and one misdemeanor count of the possession of drug equipment. Comer is currently being held on a $5,500 bond.

In response to the incident, Sheriff Gator DeLoach said “Comer made a weak attempt to conceal her midnight tryst from friends and family. Comer wasted taxpayer dollars and valuable resources that should have been directed toward proactively arresting drug dealers and violent felons. I hope she goes to prison. That’s where she belongs”.

Man Arrested for Arson in West Putnam Woods Fire

Apr 21, 2017

Daniel Robinson Interlachen FL: On Friday April 21, 2017 at approximately 3:30 pm Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Detective Donny Ray Jordan arrested 27-year-old Daniel Scott Robinson Jr. for intentionally starting a fire in a wooded area near the intersection of Palm and Twin Lakes Road in Interlachen. The fire, which covered approximately five acres, was able to be contained before any structures were damaged. Robinson was located in the immediate area of the fire when first responders initially arrived on scene where he was found to be suffering from very minor superficial burns on his lower body. Robinson was evaluated, treated and released by medical personnel before being interviewed by Detective Jordan.

After being interviewed, Robinson was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one count of arson and is currently being held on a $2,500 bond.

This arrest comes one day after Putnam County Commissioners held an emergency meeting to institute a County wide burn ban in response to the dangers presented by the extremely dry conditions which are present throughout the State. Sheriff Gator DeLoach said “Given the magnitude of wild fires currently raging within the State of Florida, I find this to be a particularly heinous and unconscionable crime. Anyone who would be so irresponsible and callus to intentionally set a fire under these conditions should expect to be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I will not tolerate anything less”.

One Arrested for Drug Related Offenses, Sister is Sought on Warrants

Apr 20, 2017

Kaitlyn and Richard Norris Palatka FL: On Wednesday April 19, 2017 at approximately 7:00 pm, members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and Drug and Vice Unit executed a search warrant at 140 State Road 20 in Palatka, Florida. The search of the residence resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine and numerous items associated with the production of methamphetamine. At the completion of the search and the ensuing investigation, 20-year-old Richard Dallas Norris was arrested for the possession of methamphetamine and the possession of drug equipment. Detectives also currently have active warrants for Richard’s sister, 24-year-old Kaitlyn Nicole Norris. Her warrants are for the sale of methamphetamine, the possession of drug equipment and the possession of listed chemicals.

Richard Norris was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one felony count of the possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of the possession of drug equipment. Richard has since been released on a $3,000 bond.

Sheriff’s Office detectives are actively seeking Kaitlyn Norris. Anyone who has any information concerning her whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 386-329-0801. Anyone with information leading to her arrest may be eligible for a reward.

Jacksonville Woman Arrested for Travel Fraud Scheme

Apr 19, 2017

Maria ShultsPutnam County, FL— On March 20, 2017 Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) announced the arrest of Maria Constanza Shults in connection with an organized travel fraud scheme operating in north and central Florida. According to the FDLE led investigation, Shults, 62, of Jacksonville¸ operated an organized scheme defrauding a total of 27 known victims of more than $100,000.

The scheme targeted Catholic parishioners wishing to travel to the Holy Land. Shults collected payments for trips that never materialized and no money was refunded. Six of the victims were located in Putnam County and they originally reported the loss of their money to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in December of 2014. That investigation led to other victims and the cases were eventually combined into one organized scheme to defraud investigation by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and FDLE. Shults is currently being held in the Putnam County Jail where she is booked on one count of organized scheme to defraud in excess of $50,000 and is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Four-Corners Mutual Aid Agreement

Apr 18, 2017

Left to Right: Sheriff H.D. “Gator” DeLoach, Sheriff Darryl Daniels, Sheriff Gordon Smith,
Sheriff Sadie Darnell meet to sign mutual aid agreement.

Melrose FL: On Monday April 10, 2017 at approximately 10:00 am Putnam County hosted the signing of a mutual aid agreement between Alachua, Bradford, Clay, and Putnam counties. The ceremony, held in the historic George Lansing Taylor Jr. building in Melrose, was attended by Sheriff DeLoach of Putnam, Sheriff Daniels of Clay, Sheriff Smith of Bradford and Sheriff Darnell of Alachua. The signing signaled the renewal of an agreement between the four counties which was originally signed on March 24, 2008.

The “four corners” of the counties (and thus the name of the agreement) come together in the town of Melrose. Unfortunately, they do not come together along neat and easily discernable lines. The agreement enhances the ability of the four primary law enforcement agencies operating in that area to render and receive aid and enforce laws across normal jurisdictional borders.

Sheriff Gator Deloach said “I have worked in the Melrose area for many years and I know first-hand how quickly taking law enforcement action can require you to move from one county to the next. A deputy jumping fences and running between houses could easily end up two jurisdictions removed from where he started in a matter of minutes. This agreement allows law enforcement to move more freely across jurisdictional boundaries to provide for the safety and preservation of lives and property of all citizens of the region”.

Captain Hancel Woods
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office

back to top