Francis, FL: On Thursday December 11, 2014 at approximately 8:30 pm deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to 134 East Ranch Trail in Francis in reference to the report of a fire in a wooded area behind the residence. Upon arrival a makeshift campsite was located along with several items normally associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine. A trail from the campsite led directly to 134 East Ranch Trail where deputies observed a one pot methamphetamine lab in plain sight within an open shed. The property owner gave consent to further search the property. The search revealed the active "one pot" lab and 172 grams of meth oil. Further investigation led to the arrest of Sheryl Bishop, Mitchell Mills and Reginald Fennell.
All three were transported to the Putnam County Jail where they were each booked on charges of Producing Drugs, Trafficking in Amphetamines, Possessing Drug Equipment and Delivering / Distributing Drugs. Bishop and Mills are currently being held on a bond of $16,016.00 each. Fennell faced an additional charge of the Violation of Probation and is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.
East Palatka, FL: On Wednesday December 10, 2014, at approximately 5:30 pm, Deputies conducted a traffic stop on State Road 207 on a vehicle that did not have functioning brake lights. The driver of the vehicle was Marvin Cooper and Jeffrey Manucy was a passenger. During the course of the traffic stop K-9 "Bach" alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. During the search of the vehicle, deputies became aware of an active "one pot" methamphetamine cook hidden under some clothing. Due to the dangers associated with an active meth cook, the search was immediately halted and the Putnam County Sheriff's Office Meth Lab Response Team was called in. Members of this specially trained and equipped team rendered the active one pot lab safe and collected the evidence associated with it. In addition to the meth cook, the search revealed approximately fourteen grams of processed Methamphetamine and over $500.00 in counterfeit fifty-dollar bills. The seized methamphetamine has a street value of approximately $1,400.00. The Sheriff's Drug and Vice Unit assisted in this investigation and it was determined that Cooper and Manucy, both of St. Augustine, had likely transported the drugs to Putnam County for distribution.
Cooper and Manucy were arrested and booked into the Putnam County Jail. Cooper was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug vehicle. He remains in the county jail on a bond of $62,020.00. Manucy was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia and remains incarcerated on a $55,512.00 bond.
Putnam County detectives contacted the United States Secret Service, which is responsible for investigating counterfeit currency cases. Additional charges pertaining to the counterfeit currency are pending a joint investigation by Putnam detectives and the Secret Service.
Bobby J. Waters
Height 5'9", Weight 237 lbs.
Blue Eyes, Brown Hair
Putnam County, FL: Bobby Joe Waters, a registered sexual predator, has absconded from the location where he was last known to be living in Putnam County. Waters is also wanted on open warrants for the sale of stolen property. Waters was last seen by an acquaintance near Keystone Heights at approximately 9:30 pm on Friday December 5, 2014.
If anyone has any information regarding Water's whereabouts, please contact the Putnam County Sheriff's Office or Detective King at 386-329-0801.
Georgetown, FL: On December 10, 2014 at approximately 6:00 pm Putnam County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 181 Whispering Pines Road in response to a call from a male complainant who said he was being chased by people who were trying to kill him. The caller, later identified as 60 year old John Donald Rice, advised the communications center that he had broken into an unoccupied house to get away and the suspects were outside trying to get in. As deputies were responding Rice told dispatch that he had locked himself into a bathroom, armed with a knife, and the suspects were outside shooting at him. When deputies arrived they quickly determined no one else was at the residence and attempted to get Rice to come out and speak with them. Rice continued to call 911 multiple times and ask for help while refusing to believe the deputies trying to make contact with him were law enforcement. At one point, a deputy actually slid his badge under the bathroom door but Rice said he did not believe it was real. Rice then advised dispatch he had a gun and that he was not coming out.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team, Rifle Security Team and Crisis Negotiators were then dispatched to the scene. Rice continued to refuse to come out and advised he set a fire " to make a smoke screen." He continued to be uncooperative with negotiators and then threw his cell phone out the window refusing further communications. Eventually it was determined that Rice was only armed with a knife at which time he was extracted from the bathroom by SWAT Team members who made entry into the house. In addition to setting a fire, Rice broke several windows, destroyed a television, flooded sinks, and punched multiple holes in the walls of the residence.
Rice was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on charges of arson, burglary, criminal mischief and resisting arrest. He is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.
On Thursday, December 4, Latrell Owens was arrested after Sgt. Daniel Taylor conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle he was driving on SR 100, in the area of Bardin Road. During the traffic stop, K-9 "Tango" alerted to the presence of narcotics within the vehicle. The subsequent search of the vehicle revealed approximately three grams of crack cocaine hidden under the seat and inside a "Mountain Dew" can that was observed between Owens' legs at the time of the stop. Owens was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and destruction of evidence. Owens was released from the Putnam County Jail on a bond of $4,012.00
On Saturday Afternoon, Elbert Grant, who was wanted on three warrants for the sale of cocaine, was captured by Putnam County Deputies. The warrants stemmed from a long term undercover investigation by the Sheriff's Drug and Vice Unit into the sale of cocaine in the Palatka area. Grant was booked into the county jail and later released on a bong of $45,012.00.
At approximately 8:00 PM Sunday night, deputies were patrolling the Pico Road Boat Ramp in East Palatka when they observed a suspicious vehicle. As deputies approached the vehicle, the driver, Henry Dale Ellis, appeared to be engaged in suspicious activity. When asked to exit the vehicle, Ellis tossed a rag toward the river, but it fell short. When deputies retrieved the rag, they discovered that it contained a glass pipe, and two small bags of Methamphetamine. Two additional drug pipes were discovered in the vehicle. Ellis was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia and booked into the county Jail. Ellis has since been released on bond.