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Newly Formed Sex Offender Compliance Specialist is on the Road

Feb 24, 2017

Putnam County, FL: The monitoring of sex offenders is now more comprehensive in Putnam County through a reorganization of resources initiated by Sheriff Gator DeLoach. A newly formed Sex Offender Compliance Specialist position has been created in the PCSO Criminal Investigation Bureau. The position was created without an increase in the Sheriff’s Office budget by eliminating an existing executive assistant position.

Sexual Offender Compliance

The Sex Offender Compliance Specialist will work in conjunction with the current offender compliance program as a means of providing critical intelligence for investigators by assessing risk-related changes in offender’s behavior. The Sex Offender Compliance Specialist will also work closely with schools and child care facilities located near the homes of sex offenders and will be instrumental in providing additional community education. This will not be an end to the frequent visits to offender’s homes by deputies; this will be in addition to the monitoring efforts currently in place. It remains an important aspect of every deputy sheriff’s duties to closely monitor the offenders residing in their assigned zones. This ensures that deputies remain familiar with the offenders and provides for close scrutiny of offenders routines and actions. Florida Statute dictates how often sexual predators and offenders are checked for residency and other restriction compliance. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office currently doubles the state-mandated number of compliance verifications and the addition of the newly created Sex Offender Compliance Specialist will only serve to strengthen those efforts and place an additional level of security between the citizens of Putnam County and sex offenders.

Sheriff Gator DeLoach said, “We refuse to allow Putnam County to become a safe haven for sexual offenders and predators. While we can’t control in which county they choose to live, we can certainly make Putnam County as inhospitable as possible for them.”

School Police Officer Resigns after Being Charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance

Feb 23, 2017

Putnam County FL: On Wednesday February 15, 2017 at approximately 12:30 pm deputies responded to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office parking lot located at 130 Orie Griffin Blvd. Palatka, Florida in reference to a possible child abuse complaint. On their arrival they met with a 17-year-old female victim who advised her mother had burned her with a cigarette. Further investigation of this alleged incident proved it to be a false accusation made up by the juvenile so that she could go and live with her father. However, during the course of the investigation, allegations were also made that her mother’s live-in boyfriend, 51-year-old Raymond Dale Streets, had drugs in their home which he had collected as “evidence” through his job as a Putnam County School District Police Department Officer. The complainant presented photographic evidence of the drugs within the home. A search warrant was obtained for the residence located in Bardin and was executed by detectives from The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Drug and Vice Unit later that same afternoon.

During the execution of the search warrant drugs were discovered in the residence. Those drugs were later identified as medications which had been collected to be turned in by Streets for destruction at the end of the 2014 school year. Some of the found medications were narcotic controlled substances. After Streets was interviewed by detectives, the Sheriff’s Office forwarded a complaint affidavit, detailing the below charges, to the State Attorney’s Office for their review.

One count of grand theft
One count of possession of a controlled substance
One count of failure to perform a duty required by an Officer

Streets and has since resigned his position.

Sheriff Gator DeLoach and School Board Superintendent Rick Surrency worked together very closely during the course of this investigation. Both reiterated their belief that law enforcement officers, must and shall, be held to the highest possible standards and the misuse of authority is unconscionable and will not be tolerated.

Missing Boaters Found Safe after Their Boat Capsizes in the Ocklawaha River

Feb 21, 2017

Putnam County FL: On Monday February 20, 2017, at approximately 9:15 pm, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Welaka boat ramp in reference to the report of two boaters who were several hours over due in returning from an outing on the river. Family members became concerned and reported the men missing when the two approximately 70-year-old men had not returned from an excursion up the Ocklawaha River which is a tributary of the St Johns River. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded with a boat. A call for assistance also went out to the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) who provided a boat to assist the Sheriff’s Office with the search.

Shortly after midnight, the FWC boat operated by Wildlife Officer Matt Jones located the missing men where their small boat had capsized in the Ocklawaha River. Officer Jones found the men near where the river is by the State Road 19 Bridge. By that time the men had been in the water for approximately 3 hours while attempting to right their vessel. They were returned safely to the Welaka boat ramp were they were checked and released by rescue personnel.

One item of interest is the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit deputy involved in the search was Deputy Denis Jones, brother of FWC Officer Matt Jones. Sheriff Gator DeLoach said “The Jones Brothers certainly came through when the going was extremely tough last night. I know firsthand navigating the Ocklawaha is challenge even in broad daylight. Doing it at night when lives might be at stake was a nightmare scenario. On behalf of both agencies and the Citizens of our County, I would like to thank Matt and Denis for their dedication and professionalism in a very difficult situation”.

Interlachen Woman Charged in Golf Club Attack

Feb 16, 2017

Ana Rodriguez Putnam County FL: On Wednesday February 15, 2014 at approximately 3:30 pm deputies responded to 101 East Oakside Drive in Interlachen in reference to the report of a battery. At the residence they made contact with a 24-year-old male victim who said his neighbor, later identified as 54-year-old Ana Julia Rodriguez, attacked him with a golf club. The victim said he was walking on Poplar Drive in Interlachen when Rodriguez stopped her car and confronted him about a dirt bike she apparently believed he had stolen from her. They argued and Rodriguez was alleged to have pulled out a golf club and began swinging it at him. The victim said he initially pulled out a knife to defend himself but then ran away. Rodriguez was alleged to have chased him down in her vehicle and to have attacked him with the golf club again.

Deputies made contact with Rodriguez, at her residence, and spoke with her about the incident. After being interviewed, Rodriguez was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where she was booked on one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Rodriguez was later released on a $5,000 bond.

Rodriguez is currently employed as a Putnam County Sheriff’s Office School Crossing Guard. It has been determined she was wearing her uniform at the time of the incident. Consequently, Rodriguez has been placed on administrative leave by the Sheriff’s Office and an administrative investigation of the incident has been initiated.

Potentially Threatening Message Prank Spreads

Feb 16, 2017

Putnam County FL: Beginning on Friday February 10, 2017, three potentially threatening messages were discovered to have been written upon walls of three separate Putnam County Schools. The first message was discovered on a bathroom wall at Palatka High on Friday February 10, 2017. A similar message was found at Interlachen High School on Monday February 13, 2017.

On Tuesday February 14, 2017, a third message was discovered on a wall at C. H. Price Middle School in Interlachen. That message was very similar to the ones found at Palatka and Interlachen High Schools. An investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and Putnam County School District identified a 12-year-old male student as being responsible for the C. H. Price message and the suspect was arrested and charged with making written threats to do bodily harm. The student was booked into the Putnam County Jail and later released to a guardian by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

On Wednesday February 15, 2017, another (fourth) message was discovered at C. H. Price Middle School in Interlachen. An investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and Putnam County School District identified a 14-year-old male student as being responsible for that message and the suspect was also arrested and charged with making written threats to do bodily harm. He was booked into the Putnam County Jail and later released to a parent by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

As previously reported, there has been no indication to suggest any of these messages have been anything more than pranks which mirror similar hoaxes taking place in several jurisdictions across the State of Florida. However, for the time being, Sheriff’s Office and School District officials will continue to operate under heightened school safety protocols out of an abundance of caution.

Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives are still actively pursuing leads in the cases at Palatka and Interlachen High Schools.

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