Hawthorne, FL: On July 22, 2014 detectives with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit responded to 127 Beulah Drive, Hawthorne in reference to an anonymous tip that marijuana was being grown in large quantities at that location. Upon arrival deputies were able to view numerous marijuana plants growing in plain sight in the backyard. Contact was made with the occupant of the residence, Christopher Demot Griffin, who consented to a search of the home and property. The search revealed 96 marijuana plants, several pounds of marijuana that had already been harvested and a variety of drug related paraphernalia. Griffin, who is a convicted felon, was also found to be in the possession of a .410 gauge shotgun.
Griffin was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the below listed charges and later released on a bond of $4,012.00.
- 1.One count of producing marijuana
- 2.One count of the possession of drug equipment
- 3.One count of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon
Palatka, FL: On Tuesday July 22, 2014 at approximately 12:45 am Putnam County K-9 Deputy Mike Cooley conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle when he witnessed it run a red light at Husson Avenue and Silver Lake Drive in Palatka. During the course of the traffic stop Deputy Cooley’s K-9 partner Aries was walked around the vehicle and alerted to the driver’s door. Further investigation revealed Rodriguez to be in the possession of a trafficking amount of Oxycodone pills and to have a concealed loaded semi-automatic pistol without a permit.
Rodriguez was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the following charges. He is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.
- One count of possession of drugs
- One count of drug trafficking
- One count of carrying a concealed weapon
- One count of violation of probation
Interlachen, FL: On Sunday July 20, 2014 at approximately 6:30 pm Putnam County deputies responded to a hit and run traffic crash that occurred near the entrance to Hitchcock’s parking lot at 1114 State Road 20 in Interlachen. Callers to the communications center indicated two Hispanic males fled the scene on foot after their yellow Ford F-150 sideswiped a white Kia. Deputies located two men matching their description running from the area and detained them pending the outcome of their investigation. The three occupants of the Kia told deputies the driver of the truck, later identified as 29 year old Claudio G. Ruiz, intentionally swerved his truck into the side of their vehicle after driving very close and making several obscene hand gestures toward them.
After speaking with Ruiz and the truck passenger, Ruiz was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on three counts of aggravated assault with a weapon (the truck). He is currently being held on a $15,012.00 bond.
Smiles, laughter and the happy shrieks of children at play have been the order of the day at two summer camps hosted this year by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Police Athletic League and the Putnam County School District. The Interlachen camp was held at Price Middle School from Monday June 30 to Friday July 11 and averaged 69 children per day. The Crescent City camp, held at Miller Intermediate School, began Monday July 14 and will run through Friday July 25, 2014 and is averaging 103 children per day. The age range of the majority of participants has been from six to twelve years old.
The camps are being run by School Resource supervisor, Sergeant Jon Kinney, seven additional School Resource deputies and eight PAL counselors. Organized activities include volleyball, basketball, football, dodge ball, kickball and relay races. Educational programs are also taught each day by the Resource deputies. Topics have included water safety, fire safety, CPR, music and citizenship. Free breakfast and lunch is being provided by the School District. Sheriff Jeff Hardy said “I am very pleased with the overall success of the PAL camps this year. The kids have played hard, had fun and had some interesting educational experiences as well. I would like to thank Superintendent Criswell and the School District for providing the food, facilities and athletic equipment. Their support and cooperation have made our PAL Summer camps possible”.
School Resource deputies play kickball with youngsters at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office
Police Athletic League Summer camp in Interlachen.
Crescent City, FL: At approximately 11:56 am on Saturday July 12, 2014, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 106 Furse Lane, Crescent City in reference to an incident that occurred at 114 Michael Drive also in Crescent City. On arrival contact was made with an 18 year old female victim who advised her 19 year old boyfriend, Justin Gomez, had thrown a brick through the windshield of her vehicle when she tried to leave after a heated argument. The victim advised both she and her two year old daughter were showered by glass from the broken windshield. Gomez had left the scene and was not located until the following morning at which time deputies spoke with him concerning the incident.
After speaking with deputies, Gomez was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on a charge of throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle. He is currently being held on a $10,004.00 bond.