The Voice of the Gem City

JANUARY 22, 2019

Cold weather coming again Thursday. That means the Christian Service Center on Peters Street will be open. The Center can always use volunteers, food and donations to provide help. In Flagler County the Sheltering Tree, the county’s only cold weather shelter, is readying for its third annual fundraiser on March 10. Have a Heart for the Homeless dinner and dance raises money for the shelter which helps new, near or the chronically homeless. Tickets are $35.

The former Swisher International employee who is charged with embezzling more than $5 million says she did it in part because her husband wanted more than she could afford on her salary. Gretchen Camp now also says her husband Richard wanted to buy gold and silver because he was “preparing for the fall of the U.S. government.” They also bought a condo at Fernandina Beach, a farm in Georgia, farm equipment and built a cabin. The Camps are scheduled to appear in court this week.

On a tip from a citizen Putnam County Sheriff’s Office arrested a car theft suspect they’d been searching for throughout Monday. The discovery of a stolen vehicle led to a search in the Heidt Road and Grassy Lane area. Around 10 p.m. Jerry Atteberry, 23, of Lawtey was arrested in the Palatka area of Buffalo Bluff Road. Another suspect was arrested earlier. An earlier booking photo showed Atteberry with several tattoos on his face. He was recently released from the Bradford County jail on drug charges.

Palm Coast City Council holds a special meeting today to select semi-finalists as it searches for a new city manager. The public will get to hear the interviews of the short-listed candidates during open meetings on Feb. 28 and March 1.

Two men planning to open a fishing tackle shop have helped in the recovery of their inventory taken from their storage unit at 312 Self Storage off Lakeside Avenue in St. Augustine recently. According to reports the men searched other units in the storage facility and found some of the estimated $100,000 worth of merchandise that was taken. Other units also were hit. A man from Utah is in custody. He ran from police during the original investigation of the break-in, crashed into the building in his vehicle and was driving on a suspended license. Clay Jordan Neville remains in the county jail and is a person of interest in the burglaries as well as burglaries in some other jurisdictions, according to authorities.

The final three-mile stretch of a bike trail linking Southern St. Johns County to the Palatka section of the Bike-to-Trail route has finally opened. The grand opening ceremony was set for November but the path wasn’t finished. The ceremony was held late last week by the Department of Environmental Protection. Proponents say the trail system will provide safer paths for bicyclists and be an economic boost to the communities through which the paths run.

SAFE, the animal rescue facility in Putnam and St. Johns counties, wants you to meet Allie, an eight-week-old black Lab mix pup who needs some help repairing her heart. She has a leakage between the two cavities of her heart that must be closed in order for her to live. Operation and care are expected to cost around $3,000. If you can send a few dollars to help mend her heart, Allie and SAFE will appreciate it. Go to the SAFE rescue site on the Internet or drop off contributions at SAFE including their adoption facility at the Sears Plaza off SR 19 in Palatka or on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. Do not take a look at her picture on the site – Allie will steal your heart.

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

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