South Putnam Man Charged in Sexual Assault Cases

May 22, 2017

Gerardo CarracedoPalatka FL: On Thursday May 18, 2017, at approximately 10:00 pm, 52-year-old Gerardo Ramirez Carracedo was booked into the Putnam County Jail on seven felony counts of sexual assault on a victim under 12 years of age and six felony counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim under 12 years of age. Ramirez Carracedo was arrested in St Johns County on a Putnam County warrant. The warrant was obtained by detectives with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit as the result of an ongoing investigation that began when the parents of the juvenile victims came forward to voice their concerns in early April of this year. At approximately the same time the sex investigation was initiated, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security who are investigating Ramirez Carracedo’s possible involvement in allegations of forced labor and human trafficking. The Sheriff’s Office will be cooperating with Homeland Security as that investigation proceeds.

The sex case investigation is ongoing as well. It is believed there may be additional victims. The warrant was obtained and Ramirez Carracedo was arrested when detectives received information leading them to believe Ramirez Carracedo was a threat to flee the Country.

The victim’s family became associated with Ramirez thru his affiliation with primarily Hispanic churches in the South Putnam and North Volusia region. It is believed Ramirez may have targeted other victims whose families were vulnerable to manipulation because of their fears of being deported. If anyone has any additional information concerning the activities of Ramirez Carracedo they are asked to contact Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Detective Threasa Owens at 386-329-0819. Detective Owens has asked that people be made aware that anyone who has information regarding this case or who knows of additional victims do not need to be fearful in regards to their current immigration status. Ramirez is currently being held without a bond.

Sheriff Gator DeLoach said “It takes a special kind of sick person to exploit relationships built through church to target victims for his perverted sexual pleasure. There is a special place for people like Ramirez Carracedo. Prison should be the least of his concerns”.

Animal Cruelty Charges Filed after Dog Found Dead in Cage Without Food or Water

May 22, 2017

Landon Waldock Palatka FL: On Thursday May 18, 2017, at approximately 2:00 pm, Putnam County deputies were dispatched to 106 Karen Drive, Palatka in response to a call for assistance from Animal Control. At the home, deputies were advised a dog in a small metal cage in the direct sun appeared to be in distress. Deputies made entry onto the property to check on the animal and found it to be deceased in the cage with no shade and no water. The dog’s owner, 21-year-old Landon Blaine Waldock, was contacted by telephone as he was out of the County. Waldock told deputies he didn’t check on the dog before he left but had given the dog water and food “a day or so ago”. A veterinarian came to the residence and determined the three-year-old dog’s death was due to dehydration from the heat and lack of water.

Waldock returned home later in the afternoon and was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one felony count of animal cruelty. Waldock has since been released on a $2,500 bond.

In response to the incident, Sheriff Gator Deloach said “Cruelty to animals in this case was particularly egregious because this poor dog was forced to suffer a slow, painful death by withholding water and food during extremely high temperatures. We have a responsibility to ensure those who abuse animals are held accountable. They have no voice and depend on us to keep them safe”.

Noise Complaint Leads to Drug Arrests in Interlachen

May 18, 2017

Interlachen FL: On Wednesday May 17, 2017 at approximately 5:30 am, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 220 Caribbean Street, Interlachen because of a noise complaint. At the residence deputies found several people milling around the house, a shed and cars in the yard. As they approached, deputies noticed a strong chemical odor coming from the immediate area of the house. Sergeant Shannon DePew then observed an active one pot methamphetamine lab lying in the grass on the East side of the residence with the liquid mixture bubbling inside. A search warrant was obtained for the residence. The warrant was executed by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit. As a result of the search, Victor Concepcion, Alucia Hill, Walling Beecher, Michael Bergeron and Timothy Wheeler were placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where they were booked on the following charges:

Concepcion – One count of the possession of Amphetamine, One count of trafficking Amphetamine and one count of the possession of drugs, No bond.

Hill – One count of producing drugs, one count of the possession of drug equipment - $5,500 bond.

Beecher - One count of producing drugs, one count of the possession of drug equipment - $5,500 bond.

Bergeron - One count of producing drugs, one count of the possession of drug equipment - $5,500 bond.

Wheeler - One count of producing drugs, one count of the possession of drug equipment, one count of the possession of a weapon - $15,500 bond.

Concepcion, Hill, Beecher, and Beregon

Arrest Made Related to Fire in Francis Area

May 17, 2017

Tina Barnard Palatka FL: On Tuesday May 16, 2017 at approximately 5:00 pm, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 207 State Road 20 Palatka in reference to the report of a large brush fire. When they arrived, they determined the fire was started by 51-year-old Tina Marie Barnard who resides at that address. The investigation revealed Barnard started a fire to burn beer boxes in her back yard and then went inside leaving it unattended. The fire quickly spread to a wooded area adjoining her property, ultimately burning approximately five acres. Multiple fire departments deployed numerous pieces of heavy equipment and fought the blaze for over five hours before achieving containment. This morning May 17, 2017 Sheriff’s Office detectives obtained a warrant for Barnard’s arrest.

This afternoon (5/17/2017) Barnard was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where she was booked on one misdemeanor count of illegal burning and one misdemeanor count of reckless burning. Barnard is currently being held on a $2,000 bond.

In reference to the arrest Sheriff Gator DeLoach said “Only a fool would burn beer boxes or any trash for that matter during a burn ban. Barnard’s actions were reckless and placed lives and property in danger. While the brush fire may have been unintentional, her carelessness could have killed someone”.

Putnam County Fire and Emergency Services Chief, Quinn Romay said “The cooperation between Fire Services and the Sheriff’s Office has been outstanding. This arrest shows the seriousness of this incident and our dedication to protecting lives and property in our community”.

Fake News Story Concerning Putnam School Circulating on Social Media

May 10, 2017

Palatka FL: There is a fake news story currently circulating on Facebook reporting a gun being found at Palatka High School yesterday, May 9, 2017. The bogus article indicates a student was discovered to have a Glock 22 pistol and then to have fled the scene in a stolen vehicle when approached by law enforcement. We repeat, this hoax is a complete fabrication. The news agency, channel 23 News, appears to be a fabrication produced by a fake news app. The original Facebook post also appears to be from a fake Facebook account.

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