Divers Searching for Missing Boater in Grandin Lake

Jan 18, 2017

Interlachen, FL: On Wednesday January 18, 2017 at approximately 5:30 am, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to Grandin Lake in Western Putnam County in reference to reports of someone calling for help. When they arrived in the area they realized the cries were coming from the waters of the lake. Deputy Aaron Holland and Sergeant Shannon Depew knocked on doors of nearby houses until they found a property owner with a boat who was willing to take them out to the person in the water. After rescuing a 33-year-old male they learned another man was still in the water as a result of their small fishing boat capsizing. The missing boater has been identified as 56 –year-old Kenneth Edward McCann Jr.

The search for Mr. McCann continued until well after sunup when it was determined there was little chance he had survived. At that time divers from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Recovery Unit began recovery efforts. Divers form the Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist with the search.

The recovery efforts continued until diving was temporarily suspended at sun down. Divers from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, The Clay County Sheriff’s Office and The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office are expected to resume the search shortly after first light tomorrow morning. Marine Officers from The Florida Wildlife Commission will continue searching and maintain security at the scene throughout the night.

Father Arrested for Leaving Toddler Unattended

Jan 17, 2017

Brandon Overton On January 16, 2017 at approximately 10:00 am, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies responded to 117 Fred Street, Interlachen Florida in reference to the report of an unattended child. At the residence, they made contact with a neighbor who said she had discovered a one year old male child wandering in the yard at 117 Fred Street while unattended. The neighbor said it was the second time within an hour and a half that she had found the child outside by himself. She said the first time she had knocked on the door and was able to wake up the child’s father, later identified as 23-year-old Brandon Overton, who told her the child had wandered off while he (the father) was inside sleeping. The second time the neighbor saw the child alone in the yard she said she was unable to get anyone to come to the door and had then called the Sheriff’s Office. After speaking with Overton, Deputy Darren Riley placed him under arrest and transported him to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one count of child neglect. Overton is currently being held on a $10,000 bond.

Overton was also arrested and charged with child neglect on October 1, 2016 for allowing another child (a three year old male) to wander off from the same residence while he (the father) was inside sleeping.

Trio Arrested for Production of Methamphetamine

Jan 13, 2017

Amanda Hall, Christopher White, Chad Parrotte On January 12, 2017 at approximately 10:15 am, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies Justin Rich, Kyle Simmons, Josh Lewis and Sean Anderson went to 1601 High Street, Palatka Florida looking for a person with an active arrest warrant. At the residence they spoke with 27-year-old Christopher White who gave them permission to search the house for the subject. Inside the residence the deputies found 28-year-old Amanda Hale and 36-year-old Chad Parrotte along with a baggie of methamphetamine and numerous other items associated with the production of methamphetamine all located within plain view. These items included, old or used one pot methamphetamine labs, multiple packets of pseudoephedrine tables, lithium strips from batteries and numerous hypodermic needles. Christopher White was also found to be concealing an active one pot meth lab in his pants. The weight of the pseudoephedrine tables totaled 38 grams and the weight of the methamphetamine totaled 6 grams. Members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit responded to assist with the investigation.

Hale, White and Parrotte were placed under arrest, transported to the Putnam County Jail and booked on the following charges:

Hale - one count of the production of drugs, one count of the possession of drugs, one count of trafficking amphetamines, one count of the possession of drug equipment, and a failure to appear. She is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.

White - one count of producing drugs, two counts of trafficking amphetamines, one count of the possession of drug equipment. He is currently being held on a $55,500 bond.

Parrotte - one count of producing drugs. He is currently being held on a $5,000 bond.

Sheriff Gator DeLoach said “These fine young deputies have placed three criminals who were heavily involved in the use, manufacture and sale of dangerous drugs behind bars. The streets of our County are undoubtedly safer today because of their actions”.

Interlachen Woman Arrested for Aggravated Assault

Jan 10, 2017

Katie Horner On January 8, 2017 at approximately 11:45 pm, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies and Major Crime Unit detectives responded to 159 West Strickland Road, Interlachen Florida in reference to a domestic related disturbance. At the residence, they discovered 54-year-old Mark Joseph Horner to have been stabbed two times in the back. The ensuing investigation led to the arrest of Horner’s daughter, 32-year-old Katie Elaine Horner.

Katie Horner was transported to the Putnam County Jail where she was booked on one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Horner is currently being held on a $25,000 bond.

2016 Crime Statistics Released for Sheriff's Office

Jan 9, 2017

Palatka, FL: The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has submitted our 2016 crime statistics to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Overall crime in the Sheriff’s Office’s reporting area is down 13.34% with violent crime dropping just over 17% and non-violent crime down more than 12%. The Sheriff’s Office reported three homicides in 2016 compared to seven in 2015 resulting in a 57% decrease this year. Two crime categories increased in 2016. Robbery and sex offenses increased while all other categories including homicide, burglary, theft and aggravated assault were down. The increase in reported sex offenses may be attributed to a change in the method in which these crimes are reported. In previous years, sex offenses were reported per incident, but beginning in 2016 these cases are reported on a per victim basis. Meaning if one case involved multiple victims, it is now considered multiple separate crime occurrences. One area we are especially happy to report is a nearly 8% reduction in domestic violence crimes.

FDLE is the responsible for collecting the data from all Florida agencies for reporting to the FBI. The municipal police departments in Putnam County are responsible for reporting crime data from within their respective jurisdictions. The Sheriff’s Office collects and reports crime data from the unincorporated areas. The information contained within this release reflects the data from the unincorporated areas for which the Sheriff’s Office is the sole law enforcement agency. Because data from other agencies is not yet available, we do not yet know how the reductions experienced by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office compare to state-wide data.

Because a number of social and economic factors affect crime rates, the rates are intended to provide a specific jurisdiction with a measure of improvement or decline over a specific time period.

Sheriff DeLoach said, “Following years of steady crime reduction in Putnam County, I am pleased to see another year with continued improvement, but we are not where we want to be. We will continue to be tough on crime and we feel we have a strong plan in place towards ensuring that Putnam County is even safer for our citizens in 2017”.

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