The Voice of the Gem City

May 14, 2019

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

An eight-hour standoff in the Hawthorne area ended Monday with no injuries, say Putnam County Sheriff’s Office officials. No charges have been filed pending a mental health evaluation of Matthew Perryman, the man who barricaded himself inside a Floradandy Road residence. The incident began around 4;30 a.m. when Perryman called 9-1-1 and requested a law enforcement officer. When deputies arrived his mother was outside telling them her son entered her house and threatened her and her husband with a firearm. While Perryman came out at first, he then went back inside and the incident turned into a standoff. That ended after Perryman fired two shots inside the residence with one bullet going out a window and hitting a tree. Deputies then fired two rounds of non-lethal gas and Perryman peacefully surrendered.

A Waycross, Ga.-based company will be the jail health provider for Flagler County. Sheriff Rick Staly’s office chose Southern Correctional Medicine to take over running of the health facility at the jail. Armor Correctional Health was fired by Staly in late February after an inmate died and problems with communications between the two groups developed. Southern Correctional is a faith-based organization serving jails in Florida and Georgia.

More details are emerging in the murder-suicide of two people found in a residence in Nocatee Saturday afternoon. Autopsy results led the medical examiner to rule Lynn Bender’s death a homicide and Simon Hanley’s death a suicide. Realtor Lynn Bender, 53, had taken out an injunction against Hanley, 60, who was to have no contact with her. Bender first told Hanley their relationship was over on Sept. 4, 2018 and the day after he began harassing her.

St. Augustine city commissioners say they want to see more study done on  a proposed development on the northwest corner of U.S. 1 and West King Street. The proposal by Barry Broudy, owner of Broudy’s Liquors, and city officials would be a public-private partnership and include a five-story parking garage, 170 workforce housing units, 37,000 square foot commercial and the city’s police station.

St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board meets today in Brevard County. Committee meetings will be followed by the full board meeting at the Canaveral Port Authority in Cape Canaveral.

Northeast Florida Regional Airport was the site of a simulated aircraft crash this morning that brought out first responders from St. Johns County and St. Augustine. The made-up scenario involved an emergency crash landing of a commercial aircraft carrying 20-30 passengers.

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