The Voice of the Gem City

February 5, 2019

A head-on collision Monday evening in the Bardin area of Putnam County sent three people to area hospitals, reports the Florida Highway Patrol. Carrie Lynn Snipes, 29, was driving north on Bardin Road near State Road 100 around 7:30 p.m. when her van veered into the path of Trevor Carl Bishop, who was headed south in his truck. The two tried to avoid each other, but crashed head-on, say troopers. Snipes was airlifted with critical injuries to University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Her passenger, John Michael Sturdivant, 29, was taken to Orange Park Medical Center with serious injuries. Bishop, who also had serious injuries, was taken to Shands. The wreck is under investigation and charges are pending.
This morning in St. Johns County one person with serious injuries was airlifted to Orange Park Medical Center following a crash, says the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident, involving a motorcycle, happened in the area of Wards Creek and Shands Bridge. FHP is investigating.
On Monday evening one person was killed in a two-vehicle crash in St. Johns County, according to Florida Highway Patrol. The accident happened in the northbound lanes on U.S. 1 near Stokes Landing Road. Name of the victim has not been released.
The future of Palatka’s Blue Crab Festival is up for discussion tonight at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall during a workshop. It’s open to the public. City commissioners have said they want to find some way to hold the Memorial Day event this year. Most recent organizer Buddy Thompson last year didn’t hold the festival and has announced it wouldn’t be held last year. The festival, an all-volunteer event, was begun some 30 years ago by downtown Palatka businesses and citizens.
Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death in Palm Coast after being called to a home on Coral Reef Court Monday evening. Deputies found the body of Bobbie Boyd Jones, 74, and at first the death was thought to be a suicide. She and her husband, Gary Jones, 70, had been arguing earlier. Investigation is continuing into the shooting.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of an individual found dead by gunshot in an apartment complex at World Golf Village in St. Johns County. The son of Ellie Marie Washtock, 38, found the body last Thursday morning. Because Washtock was known as a man by some and a woman by others, the identification was delayed until an autopsy. Washtock had been looking into the death of Michelle O’Connell in 2010. O’Connell’s death was ruled a suicide. She used a service revolver belonging to her boyfriend, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeremy Banks. The family has never accepted the suicide ruling. St. Johns turned the investigation of Washtock’s death over to Putnam County. Florida Department of Law Enforcement also will not get involved because of lawsuits against one of their investigators in the death.
Opening at the Larimer Arts Center in Palatka tonight is an exhibit featuring photography students at Palatka High School. The Arts Council of Greater Palatka is hosting the event at 5:30 p.m. that features 100 works by more than 60 students in Kimberly Walther’s class. The reception is open to the public.

This is Marcia Lane, your Roving Reporter.

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