Strangled Child Dies

Jul 28, 2015

The four years old victim who was reportedly strangled early Monday morning (07/27/15 at about 4:00 a.m.) at Westover Trailer Park, in Palatka, has passed away at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. According to hospital personnel, Braydan Anthony Trahern died at about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. The Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct a post mortem examination to determine the exact cause of death.

Eleven years old Ethan Grant Jones has been charged in the incident with aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm. He was arrested Monday afternoon (07/27/15) and is presently being held in the juvenile detention facility in Gainesville. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office detectives will be conferring with the State Attorney’s Office regarding the charges against Ethan Jones once the post mortem examination has been completed.

Arrest Made in Pizza Delivery Driver Robbery

Jul 28, 2015

An arrest has been made following the armed robbery of a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver late Sunday night (07/26/15 at about 11:00 p.m.) on Magnolia Street, north of Palatka. According to the original report by Deputy Caleb French, three males approached the delivery driver, and ordered him out of his car at gunpoint. The robbers then took his car keys, money and cell phone and forced the driver to walk away.

A follow up investigation by Detective Lynn Nicely identified one of the robbers as 16 years old Ronald Todd Dyess Jr. of Palatka. Officers searched for Dyess throughout the day Monday, and finally located him at the East Palatka McDonalds restaurant Monday evening. Rumors had spread that Dyess intended to have a shootout with law enforcement. Once he was located, Captain Joseph Wells assembled the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, but was ultimately able to take Dyess into custody without further incident. After being interviewed at the Sheriff’s Office, Dyess was charged with armed robbery, and transported to the juvenile detention center in Gainesville. The other two suspects are still being sought.

Bar Patron Assaulted in Reported Unprovoked Attack

Jul 27, 2015

Alexander Gonzales 24 years old Alexander David Gonzalez, of Interlachen, was arrested early Sunday morning (07/26/15) after he reportedly hit another man over the head with a beer bottle at the Hi Level Bar in Palatka. Gonzalez has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Witnesses at the bar told Deputy Caleb French that 23 years old Dalton Driggers was standing at the bar when Gonzalez struck him over the head with the bottle. The attack was reportedly unprovoked. According to Deputy French, Driggers had scratches and abrasions on his head and arms.

Gonzalez was taken into custody without incident further incident. However, on the way to the jail, Gonzalez began yelling “hands up don’t shoot.” He also reportedly used extremely abusive language towards Deputy French and jail personnel. He is being held in the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $20,004.00 bond.

Pizza Delivery Man Asking for Directions is Robbed at Gunpoint

Jul 27, 2015

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office detectives are following up this morning on an armed robbery of a pizza delivery man late Sunday night (07/26/15 at about 11:00 p.m.). Deputy Caleb French initially reported that 22 years old Christopher Watson was delivering an ordered Domino’s pizza to an address on Magnolia Street north of Palatka. According to the victim, he was unable to locate the address, and stopped to ask directions from threemen standing at the corner of Oak Street. Instead of giving directions, the three suspects (one white male and two black males) pulled a handgun and forced Watson out of his car. The suspects took Watson’s keys, money and cell phone and forced him to walk away. The victim was able to get to another phone and notify the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy French found the victim’s car at the scene of the robbery.

Canine Deputy Emmitt Merritt, with his partner “Tango” located a discarded handgun and shirt nearby. Sheriff’s Office detectives are continuing the investigation.

Home Condemned, Dozens of Animals Removed, Residents Sheltered

Jul 24, 2015

A requested welfare check Thursday afternoon (07/23/15) resulted in a San Mateo home being condemned and multiple animals being removed from the residence.

Deputy Matthew Keith responded to 232 Kyte Road when the Department of Children and Families requested an escort to check on the welfare of two developmentally challenged adults at the residence. When Deputy Keith arrived at the house, he found that the two adults were safe, but that the two people in charge of the residence (not the two developmentally challenged being checked on), 71 years old George Murwin and 56 years old Laura Murwin were housing, in addition to the two challenged adults, approximately 50 dogs, four birds, one horse and 15 cats at the home. When Deputy Keith checked the inside of the residence he found it covered in animal urine, dog and bird feces and bird seed. He also noticed one of the birds devoid of feathers except on its neck and head. The house was not air conditioned with all of the windows open. A horse was in the back yard with very little water and its hooves had not been trimmed causing them to split and turn under. He also found one dead puppy inside the house with its head caught in a wire panel of a dog cage. All of the live animals inside of the house appeared to be fed and watered.

Deputy Keith notified Putnam County Codes Enforcement and Animal Control. Both agencies responded to the scene. Because of the deplorable and poor structural condition of the house, it was condemned by Codes Enforcement and everyone required to move out. The animal control officer was able to capture all of the animals with the exception of a few cats that were roaming outside.

This case is still pending, and awaiting the conclusion of Putnam County Animal Control’s investigation. The Stewart Marchman Center is providing shelter for the two developmentally challenged adults.

Animals Crowd Interior of House

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