2-Year-Old Stable after Near Drowning

Jul 20, 2016

Putnam County, FL: This afternoon at approximately 4:20 PM, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Putnam County Fire / Rescue responded to a report of a pediatric drowning on Dunn Avenue in San Mateo. The Investigating deputies determined that the mother of the victim was preparing to depart the home with her four children when she remembered that she left something inside the house. The mother returned to the house, leaving the children in the yard for a very brief period. When the mother came back out of the house, she discovered that her two-year-old son was not in the location she left him. She immediately began searching for the child and located him in the above-ground pool unresponsive. The mother was able to quickly remove the child from the water and called 911. Upon hearing the commotion, a neighbor ran to assist. The mother remained on the phone with dispatchers while the neighbor performed CPR until deputies and paramedics arrived. The child was flown to University of Florida Health in Gainesville where he is reported to be in stable condition.

The investigation failed to uncover any evidence of neglect and no charges will be filed.

4 Arrested after Canine Alerts to Narcotics During Traffic Stop

Jun 13, 2016

Christopher White, James Rivers, Jessica Allen, Harold Williams East Palatka, FL: On Saturday evening at approximately 7:30PM, PCSO Sgt. Daniel Taylor stopped a vehicle for unlawful speed on East River Road. Taylor also discovered that the wrong tag was displayed on the vehicle and identified Christopher White as the driver. During the course of the traffic stop, Deputy Emmett Merritt and his K-9 Partner “Tango” conducted a sniff of the exterior of the vehicle. Deputies searched the vehicle after “Tango” alerted to the presence of narcotics. The search revealed a back-pack containing a “one pot” Methamphetamine cook, along with multiple items of paraphernalia associated with the production of methamphetamine. The Meth Lab Response Unit responded to the traffic stop to render the mobile meth cook safe for collection. Detectives assigned to the Drug and Vice Unit also responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. White was charged with production of Methamphetamine, trafficking in Methamphetamine, possession of listed chemicals used in the production of Methamphetamine and possession, three counts of possession of Methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. White remains in the Putnam County Jail on a bond of $43,000.00.

The continuing investigation into the traffic stop revealed that Methamphetamine manufacture and use were taking place at the residence located at 112 Orange Avenue in East Palatka. Detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for that home and at approximately 3:00AM the PCSO SWAT and Rifle Security Teams executed the warrant. The subsequent search revealed an additional Methamphetamine cook, approximately ten grams of processed Methamphetamine and numerous items of paraphernalia associated with the production of Methamphetamine. Detectives identified James Rivers, Jessica Allen and Harold Williams as the occupants of the home. Rivers was charged with possession of Methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant for contempt of court. Rivers remains incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail on a bond of $3,835.00. Allen was charged with conspiracy to manufacture Methamphetamine and possession of Methamphetamine. She is being held on a bond of $5,000.00. Williams was charged with production of Methamphetamine. His bond is also $5,000.00.

The Sheriff’s Drug and Vice Unit continues to investigate this case and additional arrests are expected.

Death of Couple on Silver Lake Drive Under Investigation

Jun 3, 2016

Palatka, FL: The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the deaths of two individuals at 2701 Silver Lake Drive.

On 6/02/2016 at approximately 9:30 AM, the Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding the possible stabbing of two victims. Deputies arrived and verified that Nicole Moats (31 YOA) and James Dykes Sr. (60 YOA) were deceased inside the residence. A four-year-old child and another adult with developmental disabilities were inside the home when deputies arrived, but were unharmed.

The District 23 Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on both victims this morning. The medical examiner confirmed that there were no signs of violence or physical assault on either victim. The cause of death is pending toxicology lab results. Those results may take several months.

The investigation has confirmed that there was no forced entry into the home. Investigators have also determined that the victims, who were located together in a separate and isolated portion of the residence, had been deceased for approximately twenty-four hours prior to their discovery.

The Florida Department of Children and Family Services was notified and placed the child in the custody of the paternal grand-father.

The Sheriff’s Office intends to keep the public informed on this case to the extent that the investigation allows. This remains an active investigation and no additional information is available at this time.

Warrant Served at Southside Palatka House

Jun 2, 2016

Holderfield'sPalatka, FL: The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit completed a month long investigation into the sale of cocaine at a Palatka residence. During the undercover investigation, detectives learned that cocaine was being sold from the residence located at 116 Dellwood Avenue. Brandon Holderfield sold crack and powder cocaine to undercover deputies at the Dellwood Avenue residence twice during the investigation. As part of the investigation, the Sheriff’s SWAT and Rifle Security Teams executed a search warrant at the home on May 13, 2016. When detectives searched the home, in accordance with the search warrant, they discovered additional crack cocaine, Roxycodone and marijuana. The investigation revealed the Courtney Holderfield and Amanda Holderfield were also residing in the home and associating with Brandon Holderfield, who is a known gang member, which is a violation of their probation. Courtney Holderfield is on probation for previous drug and retail theft violations and Amanda Holderfield is on probation for previous drug violations.

Brandon was charged with two counts of sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of marijuana. He is being held on a bond of $202,500.00. Courtney Holderfield and Amanda Holderfield were charged with violation of probation and is being held without bond.

Operation Last Rodeo Cumulates with 12 Arrests

May 27, 2016

Putnam County, FL: The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit took to the streets during the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning to serve multiple arrest warrants as part of “Operation Last Rodeo”. The warrants were the result of multiple undercover drug investigations conducted by the Sheriff’s Drug and Vice Unit. The investigations which targeted drug dealers in the Palatka, East Palatka and San Mateo areas began in January of this year. During the operation, thirteen suspects were charged with the sale of various narcotics after they sold drugs to undercover detectives. All of the suspects, with the exception of Alvin Perry, were arrested on warrants resulting from the previous investigations. Perry was charged with possession of Hydromorphone with intent to sell and possession of cocaine with intent to sell in addition to his warrants. The new charges were the result of narcotics found in his possession when he was taken into custody for his active warrants. Ten of the suspects have been arrested and the search for the remaining three suspects is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the wanted suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-247-8477. Callers can remain anonymous. Persons providing information leading the arrest of the three remaining suspects may be eligible for a cash reward.

“Operation Last Rodeo” was named in honor of PCSO Lieutenant James Edgar, who is the commander of the Drug and Vice Unit. Lt. Edgar will be leaving the Sheriff’s Office in July after 14 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Putnam County to attend law school at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.

Suspects Charges as in “Operation Last Rodeo”

1. Amanda Leigh Harvey (White / Female, 35)
• Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Morphine)
• Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Oxycodone)

2. Natavis Donell Baynard (Black / Male, 33)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

3. Denzill Lebron Deering (Black / Male, 52)
• Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Hydromorphone)
• Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Hydromorphone)

4. Keyonta Tanell Smith (Black / Male, 24)
• Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Hydromorphone)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

5. Ira Rasheed Robertson (Black / Male, 23)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine within 1000’ of Public Housing

6. Lonnie Jerome Brinson, Jr. (Black / Male, 23)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

7. Timothy Bernard Colson, Jr. (Black / Male, 22)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

8. Alvin Levon Perry (Black / Male, 38)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine
• Possession of Hydromorphone with Intent to Sell
• Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell

9. Paul Adams Durden (Black / Male, 53)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

10. Bobbie Lee Mosley (White / Female, 28)
• Warrant for VOP Trespassing
• Warrant for VOP Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
• Warrant for VOP Possession of Controlled Substance (Hydromorphone)

11. Elvin Rollins (WANTED)
• Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

12. Kyle Knever (WANTED)
• Warrant for Sale of Hydromorphone

13. Christopher Sapp (White male, 28 YOA) (WANTED)
• Warrant for Sale of Methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a church

Operation Last Rodeo

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