“Operation Gator Bait” Nets Arrests Across the County

May 3, 2017

Putnam County, FL: The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit took to the streets before dawn today to serve arrest warrants on sixteen drug dealers. The warrants were issued following a four month undercover investigation by the Sheriff’s Drug and Vice Unit. During the investigation, undercover detectives purchased cocaine, opiates, methamphetamine or heroin from the suspects. The investigation spanned the entire county, from Crescent City to Melrose, with a focus on the Pomona Park area. Eleven of the suspects have been arrested and deputies are continuing to search for the remaining five. One of the remaining suspects, Blake Jackson, is the same suspect currently wanted by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office as a person of interest in a homicide investigation. The 7TH Circuit State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tri-County Drug Task Force participated in the investigation. Sheriff Gator DeLoach said, “These sixteen drug dealers are the part of the scourge of Putnam County. If you sell drugs, learn from their lesson or we are coming to get you!”

As a result the following subjects have been charged / arrested:

1.Kaitlyn Norris (White / Female, 24)

  • Warrant for Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Warrant for Possession of Ammo By Convicted Felon
  • Warrant for Possession of Listed Chemicals
  • Warrant for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

2.Christopher Currie (White / Male, 45)

  • Warrant for Cultivation of Cannabis

3.Priscilla Parker (White / Female, 52)

  • Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance

4.Michael Wheaton (White / Male, 52)

  • Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance

5.Willie Simmons (Black / Male, 40)

  • Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

6.Carlos Simmons (Black / Male, 32)

  • Warrant for Sale of Cocaine
  • Warrant for Sale of Cocaine
  • Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Substance

7.Daniel Arlon Holder (White / Male, 29)

  • Warrant for Sale of Methamphetamine

8.Pervis Golden (Black / Male,

  • Warrant for Sale of Cocaine
  • Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance

9.Stephen Charles Sobotta (White / Male, 32)

  • Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

10.Amber Clymer (White / Female, 27)

  • Warrant for Sale of Methamphetamine

11.Clifton Williams III (Black / Male, 30)

  • Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

Five Still have Outstanding Warrants

1.Vincent Mitchell (Black / Male, 47)

2.Andre Hill (Black / Male, 35)

3.Blake Jackson (Black / Male, 21)

4.John Pollock (Black / Male, 27)

5.Edward Williams (Black / Male, 25)

Suspected Shooter in Flagler County Incident Turns Himself in at the Jail

May 3, 2017

Phillip HairePalatka FL: On Tuesday May 2, 2017, at approximately 9:30 PM, 19-year-old Phillip Joseph William Haire Jr. turned himself in to deputies at the Putnam County Jail on an active warrant out of Flagler County. Haire is the suspected shooter who fired multiple shots at a Flagler County deputy on Monday May 1, 2017. Haire was arrested on the warrant and booked without incident. He is currently being held without the benefit of a bond while he is awaiting extradition to Flagler County.

In response to the arrest of Haire, Sheriff Gator DeLoach said “This type of behavior is reprehensible. Thankfully, our community members recognized how dangerous Haire is and worked together with us to ensure he is behind bars where he belongs”.

Palatka Man Arrested for Possession of Stolen Rifle

May 2, 2017

Derek HallPalatka FL: On Monday May 1, 2017 at approximately 9:30 pm, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to 116 Cherry Street Palatka, Florida in an attempt to locate 19-year-old Phillip Joseph William Haire. Phillip Harie is the suspect who is believed to have fired numerous shots at a Flagler County deputy yesterday, May 1, 2017. The contact attempt was made at the request of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office who had reason to believe Haire might be acquainted with persons at the residence. Deputies received permission to search for Haire and found that he was not present at the home. However, while searching the property, deputies discovered a short barreled semi-automatic rifle. The rifle was recognized as being similar to one that was stolen during the burglary of a locked Putnam County Sheriff’s Office vehicle on July 29, 2016. A search warrant was obtained allowing the deputies to seize the stolen rifle which was confirmed to be the one stolen during the 2016 burglary. After further investigation, 24-year-old Derek Edwin Hall was arrested and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one count of the possession of a short barreled rifle. Hall has since been released on a bond of $5,000.

Although the discovery of the rifle happened as a result of the search for Haire, there is no apparent connection between the arrest and the shooting incident involving Haire in Flagler County.

East Palatka Woman Arrested after Filing False Report

Apr 27, 2017

Kristen ComerPalatka FL: On Wednesday April 26, 2017 at approximately 6:15 pm, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to 233 San Juan Road in East Palatka in reference to the report of a car-jacking. When they arrived, 27-year-old Kristen Kayla Comer said an unknown black male had jumped into the driver’s seat of her Ford F-150 and drove away holding her in the vehicle against her will. Comer said the man drove her around East Palatka for the next several hours while threatening to rape her. After additional questioning Comer’s story began to fall apart as the occurrence of events kept changing and the timeline failed to hold up. After being interviewed by detectives, Comer she fabricated the car-jacking story to conceal that she spent the previous night at an unknown location in Palatka and had discovered the truck missing upon awakening in the afternoon.

Comer was consequently placed under arrest for filing a false police report. While being searched incident to that arrest, a syringe filled with methamphetamine was discovered inside her bra. Comer was transported to the Putnam County Jail where she was booked on one felony count of the possession of methamphetamine, one felony count of perjury and one misdemeanor count of the possession of drug equipment. Comer is currently being held on a $5,500 bond.

In response to the incident, Sheriff Gator DeLoach said “Comer made a weak attempt to conceal her midnight tryst from friends and family. Comer wasted taxpayer dollars and valuable resources that should have been directed toward proactively arresting drug dealers and violent felons. I hope she goes to prison. That’s where she belongs”.

Man Arrested for Arson in West Putnam Woods Fire

Apr 21, 2017

Daniel Robinson Interlachen FL: On Friday April 21, 2017 at approximately 3:30 pm Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Detective Donny Ray Jordan arrested 27-year-old Daniel Scott Robinson Jr. for intentionally starting a fire in a wooded area near the intersection of Palm and Twin Lakes Road in Interlachen. The fire, which covered approximately five acres, was able to be contained before any structures were damaged. Robinson was located in the immediate area of the fire when first responders initially arrived on scene where he was found to be suffering from very minor superficial burns on his lower body. Robinson was evaluated, treated and released by medical personnel before being interviewed by Detective Jordan.

After being interviewed, Robinson was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one count of arson and is currently being held on a $2,500 bond.

This arrest comes one day after Putnam County Commissioners held an emergency meeting to institute a County wide burn ban in response to the dangers presented by the extremely dry conditions which are present throughout the State. Sheriff Gator DeLoach said “Given the magnitude of wild fires currently raging within the State of Florida, I find this to be a particularly heinous and unconscionable crime. Anyone who would be so irresponsible and callus to intentionally set a fire under these conditions should expect to be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I will not tolerate anything less”.

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