The Voice of the Gem City

Local News 5- 11, 2021

13 year old Tristyn Bailey is being remembered foundly by her friends and family.

Bailey, was reported missing Sunday and found dead hours later in her St. Johns County neighborhood.

A schoolmate at Patriot Oaks Academy, 14-year-old Aiden Fucci, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with her death.

Bailey was in seventh grade, an athlete and well-known in the cheer sport community, which is remembering her for her bright smile and big personality.

The question remains as to why.

Governor Ron Desantis broke bread with a few local business leaders yesterday morning at CP Deli.  What was notable was who was not at the table.  No one was invited from the Palatka City Commission or the media.  According to Desantis’ office they did not publicize the meeting.  It is part of Desantis rural county tour. Those who did attend said the Governor asked about if we were getting vaccines, if our representatives were doing their job and what our priorities were.  Representative Bobby Payne noted there was a lot of conversation about the need for broadband expansion countywide.

The Putnam County Department of Health will be hosting no appointment needed vaccinations on today, Wednesday, and Thursday 10 am to 2 pm at the 1101 Husson Ave location in Palatka.  This is for the Moderna Vaccine and is for individuals who are 18 years and older.   

Johnson and Johnson vaccines are available at the Department of Health in Putnam County upon request. Please call if interested 386-326-3200

On Friday, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a call about an armed male laying on the ground at Ocean Shore Blvd in Palm Coast. Upon arriving on scene, deputies located a male on the ground

holding the firearm to his head.

The male told deputies he was having one last cigarette and was then going to end his life.

When he put the handgun down to light the cigarette, deputies used a non-life-threatening weapon to disorient the individual, allowing deputies to secure the male and take him into custody under the Baker


The week before, deputies received a similar call about an armed male who was threatening to end his life after an argument with his partner.

After deputies arrived on scene, several attempts were made to contact the male with no response. Eventually, the male exited his home to make contact with law enforcement and was secured

He was Baker Acted and transported to Halifax Health for a mental evaluation.

Sheriff Rick Staly said. “No bad day is worth taking your life. Suicide is a

permanent solution to what is usually a temporary problem and impacts many people. I am thankful our deputies were able to disarm both of them and no one was injured. Hopefully, they can now get

the help they need.”

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and the FCSO wants to remind residents that if they are dealing with a mental health crisis or have suicidal thoughts, they are not alone! There are numerous resources for help with mental health struggles

At the Palatka City Commission meeting Thursday

the Commission will be adopting a resolution supporting the Palatka Young Professionals and their efforts to have a Palatka Wine Mixer event May 29th Memorial Day Weekend. The event will have a farmers market live music and of course alcohol in downtown Palatka.  The American Legion is planning a Memorial Day parade from the Palatka post office down St Johns Ave to the Riverfront. It is not the return of the Blue Crab Festival but it is a little bit of normalcy returning.  Cheers to all who are involved in planning this event

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