The Voice of the Gem City

LOCAL NEWS 7/19/2021

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death at the Putnam County main
landfill off U.S. 17 North. A man’s body was found, a possible suicide. Foul play is
not suspected. He did not work at the facility, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The
District 23 medical examiner’s office has been at the scene. Traffic is backed up with
people who had come to use the dump site.
People are still talking about a rescue in St. Johns County where two St. Johns
Sheriff’s officers saved a man trapped in a car sinking in seven feet of water. The car
went into a retention pond at Sawgrass Village Drive and A1A after the man had a
medical episode. He was unconscious. Capt. Res Edenfield and Deputy David Little
attempted to get the man out but were unable to smash a window or to get in
through the trunk. The man did not respond when they told him to unlock the
vehicle. The deputies were trying to get the car closer to shore when the doors
suddenly unlocked and they could get the victim out. Some say a short in the
vehicle’s electric system caused the doors to unlock. Others look on it as a miracle.
The driver is reported in good condition.
Two 18-year-olds have been arrested in Palatka for a series of burglaries in a
Palatka neighborhood, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Bradley
Green and Gregory Napier were reportedly caught on both a security camera and a
cell phone while committing thefts along Oak Grove Drive, They each face four
counts of burglary, one count of larceny and one count of trespassing for a string of
crimes starting last Tuesday evening. After deputies found them, they also
recovered a gun reported stolen in St. Johns County. Putnam Sheriff’s Office say at
this time the two are not believed to be connected to a string of robberies in the
Horse Landing area. The Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to lock doors of
vehicles and buildings and not to leave valuables in vehicles overnight.
A tourist trolley in St. Augustine tipped over Saturday morning sending 12 people to
area hospitals with one flown by helicopter to an Orange Park hospital. None of the
injuries were life-threatening, according to the City of St. Augustine spokeswoman.
Seven of the injuries were minor and three moderate, according to that report. The
Old Town Trolley is one of two trolley companies in St. Augustine and the accident
happened as the driver was making a turn at Charlotte and St. Francis streets in the
oldest part of town where streets are very narrow. Old Town runs trolleys and
attractions in seven cities and said they had never had an accident like the one
Saturday. Officials were seeking to discover the cause of the accident.
Palm Coast Little League got a visit from Gov. Ron DeSantis as they hosted their first
Florida State Tournament Friday. Athletes ages 10-12 were competing in the event.
For the governor it was a chance to reminisce about his time in Little League and to
promise winners an invitation to visit the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee. He
made two ceremonial pitches to begin the games . Catching were local softball
players Emily Warren and Sadie Schnell, both 14, who were called the most

celebrated athletes to come out of the Palm Coast Little League. Although no Palm
Coast team played, those in the know say having the tournament is a sign of how far
Little League has come in the town.
On Tuesday Palm Coast’s Food Truck Tuesday also features a Chalk Art Festival.
Coronavirus scaled down the initial one last year but this time the city Parks and
Recreation Department is going all out. The festival is open to all ages and the $15
registration fee includes a 2 foot by 4 foot chalkboard and box of 24-count Crayola
chalk. Other mediums will be allowed. The event is from 4 to 9 p.m. at Central Park
in Town Center.
Tonight Pilot Club of Palatka once again hosts an evening of Bunco. Doors at the
Putnam County Shrine Club in East Palatka open at 5:15 p.m. and Bunco rolls at 6
p.m. A $25 donation includes appetizers and cash prizes for play. Money raised goes
to help sponsor the civic club’s charity causes.

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