The Voice of the Gem City

JUNE 17, 2019

SHERIFF H.D. “GATOR” DELOACH IS HOSTING A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE PUTNAM COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING ROOM TODAY IN REFERENCE TO A MORE THAN TWO-MONTH LONG, MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL INVESTIGATION INTO A ROMANIAN SKIMMING RING THAT AFFECTED MORE THAN 80 PUTNAM COUNTY RESIDENTS AND MORE THAN 300 RESIDENTS IN OTHER COMMUNITIES INCLUDING JACKSONVILLE, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, NEWBERRY AND INTO SOUTHEAST GEORGIA. TWO SUSPECTS WERE ARRESTED BY THE JACKSONVILLE SHERIFF’S OFFICE.  INCLUDING JACKSONVILLE SHERIFF’S OFFICE, AGENCIES WHO WORKED ON THIS CASE INCLUDED THE NORTH FLORIDA FINANCIAL CRIMES TASK FORCE, UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE, FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL, CLAY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.  THROUGH THE TASK FORCE’S INTENSIVE INVESTIGATION, AND THE COOPERATION BETWEEN THE MULTIPLE AGENCIES INVOLVED, THE IDENTITIES OF TWO INDIVIDUALS WERE LEARNED AND THE INVESTIGATION ZEROED IN ON THEIR ACTIVITIES.  AS A RESULT, MULTIPLE SEARCH WARRANTS WERE OBTAINED AND EXECUTED IN WHICH FURTHER EVIDENCE WAS GARNERED.  THIS WAS INVALUABLE INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARRESTS AND FUTURE PROSECUTION OF THESE TWO INDIVIDUALS. SKIMMING IS WHERE A DEVICE IS INSTALLED IN A GAS PUMP THAT STEALS YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER.

 

A VEHICLE INVOLVED IN A FATAL HIT AD RUN ACCIDENT OVER THE WEEKEND IN ST AUGUSTINE HAS BEEN LOCATED.   TWO CYCLISTS WERE STRUCK AND KILLED SATURDAY ALONG RACETRACK ROAD IN ST AUGUSTINE JUST BEFORE 10AM.  THE CYCLISTS AND THE DRIVES IDENTITIES HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE ACCIDENT IS ASKED TO CALL THE ST JOHNS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE.

 

A PICTURE OF A MAN SQUATTING DOWN WITH HIS INFANT SON ON HIS LAP IN A MENS RESTROOM TRYING TO CHANGE HIS DIAPER HAS PROMPTED PAMPERS AND THE KOALA CARE TO PLEDGE TO INSTALL FIVE THOUSAND CHANGING TABLES IN PLACES LIKE RECREATION COMMUNITY CENTERS AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES BY 2021.  DONTE PALMER SAID HE WAS TIRED OF TRYING TO CHANGE HIS SONS DIAPER WHEN MOST OF THE TIME THERE IS NOT A CHANGING TABLE IN THE MENS BATHROOMS.  PALMER IS FROM ST AUGUSTINE AND THE FATHER OF THREE BOYS. JACKSONVILLE WILL BE THE FIRST CITY TO SEE THE ADDITIONAL CHANGING TABLES.

THE WOMENS CLUB OF PALATKA IS HOPING TO HAVE A BBQ AND COUNTRY ROCK CONCERT, PORK BUTT SALE AND A CREPE MYRTLE SALE ALL ON SATURAY JUNE 22ND AT THE CLUBHOUSE.  WOMENS CLUB PRESIDENT ELEIZABETH VAN RENSBURG WAS MAKING A PLEA FOR HELP FROM THE PUBLIC TO SUPPORT THIS CONCERT.  THE CLUB IS TRYING TO RAISE MONEY TO PUT A NEW ROOF ON THE WOMENS CLUB BUILDING.TICKETS FOR THE CONCERT CALL FOR DETAILS AND TICKETS AT 904-377-5044

 

THE ST AUGUSTINE MUSIC BY THE SEA SERIES PRESENTS ITS 17TH SEASON IN 2019, WITH CONCERTS EACH WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 11, THIS ANNUAL SUMMER MUSIC AND FOOD CELEBRATION FEATURES LOCAL BANDS AND PERFORMERS PAIRED WITH LOCAL RESTAURANTS

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