Illegal narcotics, dozen firearms confiscated amid crime crackdown in Putnam County
A dozen illegal firearms, lots of cash and more than a kilo of illegal narcotics have been confiscated amid a crackdown following a spike in violent crime in and around Palatka, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
One weak cold front equals a “10″ on the Gaughan Gauge
Friday, moisture from our south may fire off a few afternoon showers for folks living between Gainesville to Palatka to St. Augustine. Jacksonville should stay dry. Skies will be sunny and our temperatures will be warmer. Morning temperatures will start in the low to mid 60s and see a high around 85°.
Woman hit, killed while lying in parking lot in front of warehouse in Palatka
PALATKA, Fla. – Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly accident that occurred in the parking lot of Beck Wholesale Parts in Palatka. The crash report shows a man driving a van through the parking lot ran over a woman who was lying in the lot around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Investigators wrote that they don’t know why the woman was there. There was no age or city listed for the woman who was killed. News4Jax requested the full crash report, which usually becomes available in several weeks.
Remains found in shallow grave identified as missing Putnam County mother
PALATKA, Fla. – Human remains found over the weekend in a shallow grave outside Crescent City were identified as those of a missing 20-year-old Putnam County mother, authorities said Tuesday. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Col. Joseph Wells announced at a news conference Tuesday afternoon that the medical examiner ruled Nyeisha Nelson’s death a homicide, but he did not say how she was killed. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Nelson, a self-employed hairdresser, was reported missing by her family on Wednesday after she had not been seen or heard from for several days. Nelson’s car was found Thursday abandoned in a wooded area off Old U.S. 17 not far from Crescent City. “But the exact motive is not known.”Wells said the investigation suggests that someone may have used Nelson’s car after she disappeared.
Palatka woman charged with second degree homicide
Draneisha Bellamy of Palatka was booked into the Putnam County Jail on one count of second-degree murder Sunday morning. PALATKA, Fla. – A weekend shooting at home in Palatka leaves one person and another in jail without bond. At around 1:43 Sunday morning, Draneisha Bellamy of Palatka was booked into the Putnam County Jail on one count of second-degree murder. According to Palatka police detectives, officers were called to a home on 11th Street North in reference to a disturbance and a shooting. When officers arrived at the home, they discovered a man in his 40′s who was later identified as Samuel Mayes, of Palatka.
Rodents and roaches: Mexican grill in Palatka temporarily shutdown by health inspectors
Mariachiles Mexican Grill in PalatkaThe Mariachiles Mexican Grill in Palatka was shut down February 1 after the inspector recorded 18 violations during a routine inspection. The restaurant remained closed even after the inspector returned twice because more live roaches were found each time. When the inspector returned February 3, no violations were found and Mariachiles reopened with a perfect score. We thank our regulars who have stuck by us during these difficult times and the pandemic.”AdRestaurant Reports: Failing routine inspection | Failing follow-up inspection | Failing follow-up inspection | Perfect-score inspectionJBR Finest in JacksonvilleA watermelon stand at 5676 University Boulevard was given emergency shutdown orders February 5 after it was found to be operating without a license. AdRestaurant Reports: Failing inspectionAll restaurant reports are provided by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations.
5 giveaways in 4 days: Farm Share hands out food for families needing hand up
PALATKA, Fla. – Farm Share will hold a handful of food distributions in Northeast Florida this week. Since March 2020, Farm Share said it has held thousands of food distribution statewide and distributed nearly 90 million meals related to its Covid-19 relief efforts. “It’s scary how consistent this has all been,” said Matthew Gallen, Facility Manager of Farm Share of Jacksonville. “We’ve waited for it to slow up and it’s just not happening.”At each food distribution, people receive fresh produce and non-perishables to get them through several days. The food distributions are drive-thru only to reduce contact amid the pandemic.
Authorities: 3 rob convenience stores, steal clerk’s Jeep in ‘crime spree’
PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – Three teenagers are facing charges in what the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office described as a “crime spree” involving two convenience store thefts and a stolen Jeep Gladiator. According to the Sheriff’s office, the teens on Wednesday crashed a stolen Ford Explorer into an Interlachen convenience store where they stolen vape pens, cigarettes and $300 in lottery tickets. Once they got the cash, asked for the keys to his vehicle, which was a 2020 Jeep Gladiator,” Rose said. According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies found the stolen Jeep in Hawthorne after they tracked it using its radio’s GPS system. The 18-year-old was taken to the Putnam County Jail, while the two minors were released to a juvenile detention center.