National Transportation Safety Board will take over the investigation into a plane crash Saturday near the Putnam County landfill. A Ponte Vedra Beach couple was taken to Orange Park Medical Center with what were described as minor injuries. Phillip Bailey, 68, and Dianne Bailey, 69, told responders their aircraft unexpectedly lost power and the plane crashed around 5 p.m. in the woods west of U.S. 17 North. Florida Highway Patrol initially worked the accident.
St. Johns County Commissioners will look at a proposal to charge for off-beach parking along the coast at their meeting Tuesday. Twenty-five locations are targeted in the plan to be presented by Republic Parking System LLC, the company chosen to manage the program if it becomes a reality. Republic estimates a yearly return of $2.3 million with the company getting about a quarter of that. While the county charges to go on the beaches, charging for parking in off-beach lots is something new. Proposed cost would be $5 for daily use, $50 for a seasonal pass.
In St. Augustine a pedestrian suffered critical injuries after being struck by a car Saturday evening The accident happened on Woodhaven Road around 8:45p.m. That’s in the area near Lewis Speedway.
Florida Department of Health in Flagler County reports an emu kept as a pet has tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis virus. Borne by mosquitoes, the virus can affect humans and animals. The health department urges people who own livestock in western Flagler, particularly those with horses, emus, ostriches, llamas or alpacas, to talk with their vet about vaccinations. There’s no human vaccine or preventative drugs for EEE so officials urge people to “Drain and Cover.” That means draining standing water and covering skin with clothing or repellant.
The investigation is continuing into the shooting of two teens in an apparent drug deal gone bad on Thursday evening in Palatka, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. A 17-year-old and an 18-year-old were in serious condition following surgery after the shootings on Skeet Club Road. Persons of interest have been identified by Putnam deputies who are working the case.
A 40-year-old Putnam County man remains in jail after allegedly breaking into a San Mateo home and fighting with the homeowner and another individual Friday. William Bradley Mulroy reportedly was disruptive in the Oasis bar earlier in the evening and was told to leave by the San Mateo resident. Later Mulroy allegedly showed up at the residence, forced his way in and got in a fight. The homeowner armed himself and shot Mulroy who fled ending up at the Cheyenne Saloon bar. Deputies took Mulroy to Orange Park Medical Center to be treated for his shoulder wound and brought him back to the Putnam jail where he was charged with two counts of burglary with battery, one count of criminal mischief and one count of trespassing. No bond was issued.
Congrats to San Mateo Presbyterian Church in Putnam County. On Sunday they celebrated 137 years.
About 200 people were on hand for the dedication of Stanton Landing at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Federal Point Saturday. Named in honor of longtime member C. Charles Stanton, the site is now part of the Bartram Trail water route, which highlights places the nation’s first native born naturalist visited during his trips to the south before the Revolutionary War.
SAFE, the animal rescue people in Putnam and St. Johns counties, is asking for some compassionate people. They have pulled 17 puppies and nine female dogs from a house in Putnam and are still trying to rescue eight males. Dogs are described as friendly and good with kids. Text Robin Kantner-Nordan at 904-325-0196 if you are a rescue and can help one dog.