The Voice of the Gem City

April 18, 2019

A 77-year-old Ponte Vedra Beach resident fought back when he and his wife woke to find an armed home invasion suspect in their Sea Winds Lane home Tuesday morning. St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office says the man’s wife woke first and saw the suspect going through their closet. The suspect had a knife and flashlight in his hands. Her husband responded, pulling a knife of his own and confronting the suspect who fled out the front door.

Rep. Bobby Payne is getting kudos for his role in setting up Rural Counties Day in the Florida Legislature Wednesday. Putnam, Bradford, Union and part of Clay county makes up his District 19 and officials from the counties were on hand. Rotary Club of Crescent City drew some raves of their own fixing catfish dinners for about 1,000 at the event to help familiarize legislators with needs and concerns of some of the smaller counties.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office detective Fiona Ebrill has been named law enforcement officer of the year for 2019 by the Victim’s Service Coalition of the 7th Judicial Circuit and Halifax Health-Hospice. In 2018 Ebrill carried a caseload of nearly 200 cases as she investigated domestic violence.

Weather’s turning warmer and that means thieves are spending time at the beach, breaking into cars. St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office reported six reported car break-ins at the Guana Beach access off A1A in Ponte Vedra over the weekend. In one case nearly $4,000 was run up on a victim’s credit card. Deputies warn not to leave items on car seats since thieves are breaking windows to get in. If you put something in the trunk, do it before you park say officers. Don’t forget, thieves are watching.

On Saturday people in St. Johns County will have a chance to recycle documents as part of a free shredding event. Locations are Republic Services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Anastasia Square Shopping Center from 8 a.m. to non. Items generated by commercial activity, three-ring binders and cardboard won’t be accepted. Call 904-827-6980.

In Putnam County Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plants will be sold at the Putnam County Fairgrounds in East Palatka.

Also Saturday in East Palatka the Putnam County Shrine Club holds a benefit for the Hastings Masonic Lodge. It’s an all-you-can-eat fest including boiled shrimp, French fries and hushpuppies. The band Deux-Oh will perform. The event is from noon to 4 p.m.
Today is Maundy Thursday with a variety of churches holding foot washing and stripping of the altar ceremonies. This the day Christians remember the Last Supper when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and established the ceremony known as the Lord’s Supper. Maundy Thursday is the night on which Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the garden of Gethsemane.

Tomorrow is Good Friday and schools in St. Johns, Putnam and Flagler counties will be closed. Country and city governments in those counties also are scheduled to be closed for a long weekend

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