Two Arrested on Drug Related Charges

Feb 10, 2016

Katherine Walker and Todd Martin Putnam County, FL: Separate operations have resulted in the arrests of two suspects on narcotics related charges. Katherine Walker has been charged with the sale of a controlled substance. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit Detectives were conducting investigations into the sale and distribution of narcotics in the Hoot Owl subdivision when Walker sold the controlled narcotic Hydromorphone to undercover detectives. As a result of the investigation, a warrant was issued for Walker’s arrest. Walker was arrested in Jacksonville, FL by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and then extradited back to Putnam County to answer the charges. Walker is currently being held in the Putnam County Jail with no bond.

Putnam County deputies were conducting crime suppression patrols in the Stokes Landing area of Palatka on February 10TH when they stopped Martin for a traffic infraction. During the traffic stop, K-9 “Tango”, handled by K-9 Deputy Emmett Merritt, alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from Martin’s vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located drug paraphernalia containing a white powdery substance which tested positive for Methamphetamine. Deputies also located a pipe used to smoke marijuana. Martin told deputies that he was smoking marijuana prior to the stop and had thrown the drug out of the vehicle when he saw the patrol vehicles approaching him. Martin was charged with possession of Methamphetamine, maintaining a drug vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. Martin remains in the Putnam County Jail on a bond of $2,012.00.

Palatka Woman Arrested for Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property

Feb 10, 2016

Rebecca Nelson Palatka, FL: On January 11TH, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a theft from a residence on Westover Drive. During the initial investigation, deputies determined that eighteen pieces of jewelry, narcotic medication and several other miscellaneous items had been stolen from the residence. The victim told deputies that he suspected that someone with access to the house was responsible for the theft. Detective Dwayne Foreman was assigned as the lead detective in the case. Detective Foreman was able to determine that the stolen jewelry had been pawned at Cash Daddy Pawn in Palatka. During further investigation, Foreman discovered that Rebecca Nelson was responsible for the theft and had pawned the items. Following the investigation, a warrant for the arrest of Nelson was issued, charging her with grand theft, four counts of dealing in stolen property and four counts of providing false information to a pawn broker. Nelson has been arrested and is currently incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail on a bond of $17,500.00

Out of County Fugitive Arrested

Feb 8, 2016

Timothy RutherfordPalatka, FL: Fifty-one years old Timothy Rutherford was arrested at the Budget Inn on Moseley Avenue by Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies and United States Marshals in a joint arrest operation. Rutherford was wanted in Washington County, Virginia on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Rutherford is being held in the Putnam County Jail without bond awaiting extradition back to Virginia.

Narcotics Related Search Warrant Executed

Feb 8, 2016

San Mateo, FL: The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Group executed a narcotics releated search warrant at 148 East End Road in San Mateo. The search warrant, which was executed at approximately 7:00 PM on Friday evening, is part of an ongoing six month investigation into the sale of cocaine in the San Mateo area. The investigation began after numerous citizen complaints regarding suspicious activity at the East End Road home and the search warrant was obtained after undercover Sheriff’s Drug and Vice Unit detectives determined that this residence was being used for the purposes of selling and using narcotics. Detectives recovered crack cocaine and marijuana inside the home. No arrests were made on Friday evening, but the investigation is ongoing and arrests are expected. The residence was also condemned by Putnam County Code Enforcement.

Information Sought about Palm Avenue Hit and Run Crash Vehicle

Feb 8, 2016

Palatka, FL: On February 6, 2016 Deputy Kagen Butts was escorting a funeral procession when he observed a hit and run crash at the intersection of Crill Avenue and Palm Avenue. Butts attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, but the driver refused to stop and a short vehicle pursuit ensued. Butts terminated the pursuit, with the concurrence of the patrol shift commander, when the suspect vehicle entered a residential area and began driving erratically. Deputies searched the area, but were unable to locate the vehicle described as an older model dark blue Ford Expedition with possible front end damage. Butts was not able to ascertain a description of the driver. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information about the suspect or vehicle that fled the scene to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 386-329-0801 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).

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