The Voice of the Gem City

News September 27, 2021

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

Jury selection begins today in Flagler County in the trial of a Putnam County man who faces a first-degree felony hit-and-run charge in the 2020 death of a Flagler man. Joshua Charles Carver, 34, was charged in the Feb. 27, 2020, accident where his van allegedly struck Jonathan Raymond Rogers who was walking on the right shoulder of State Road 100 just west of County Road 302. A witness to the accident put law enforcement on the lookout for Carver’s white van which was found by Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies who arrested Carver. Circuit Judge Terence Perkins will preside at the trial. If found guilty, Carver faces a  minimum mandatory prison sentence of four years and a maximum of 30 years.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team deputies were among those hunting Sunday for a 35-year-old suspect in the shooting death of a Nassau County deputy. More than 300 people were covering a 5-square-mile area looking for Patrick McDowell who allegedly shot Deputy Joshua Moyers Friday during a traffic stop near U.S. 301. Moyers died Sunday. Putnam detectives were on the scene today as the search continued. Reward for information leading to McDowell’s arrest is at $50,500.

St. Augustine City Commission holds two meetings today, the first at 3 p.m. is a special workshop including a presentation and discussion of solid waste services. The regular City Commission meeting is at 6 p.m. and includes a new fee schedule for the Planning and Building department and discussion over the future use of the Waterworks Building which was recently renovated. Both meetings are in The Alcazar Room at City Hall, 75 King St.

On Friday Putnam County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 13-year-old Interlachen Jr.-Sr. High School student for spreading rumors of a school shooting. The Hawthorne youth was arrested outside of his home and turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the youth was repeating an earlier rumors of a school shooting in an attempt to get reactions from other students. Although warned by youth resources deputies about spreading false information, the 13-year-old continued to repeat rumors Wednesday while riding the school bus. The rumors apparently track back to concerns about a potential threat that led to an increased law enforcement presence at the school last Monday. No problems developed. In a separate incident, Kelley Smith Elementary School went on lockdown for about half-an-hour Friday morning after an employee reported hearing a gunshot in the area. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputies canvassed the area but were not able to determine where the shot came from. 

Good news for Palm Coast with the announcement that an e-commerce company is shifting its offices, warehouse and call center from Connecticut to Palm Coast and the former home of Palm Coast Data. That’s the same building on Commerce Parkway that once housed Palm Coast’s City Hall. Ground Up SS396 sells parts for muscle cars such as Chevelles, Camaros and El Caminos. 

Beginning today the City of St. Augustine will be moving several derelict vessels from Intracoastal Waterway. The contractor will be using the Doug Crane Boat Ramp and Lighthouse Boat Ramp but the ramps will remain open and accessible to the public, say officials.

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