The Voice of the Gem City

LOCAL NEWS 12/7/2021


The Palatka man facing kidnapping charges after a hostage situation in Green Cove Springs Saturday night was awaiting trial in Putnam County for holding a gun to the same woman. That incident involving Lancy Keenon, 44, happened in August of last year. The woman’s teenage son was able to call authorities who came to the woman’s house and tried to talk Keenon into surrendering. He refused to comply and told Palatka police he wanted officers to shoot him, Eventually an officer was able to use a Taser to subdue Keenon. Keenon, who is in jail after being shot by a Clay County Sheriff’s SWAT team member Saturday, has a history of arrests including domestic battery, grand theft and traffic offenses dating back to the 1990s. He’s being held on $1 million bond for the latest incident that took place at the Speedway gas station where Keenon accosted his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. He cut the woman’s seatbelt, followed the two when they ran into the station and, with a knife, held the ex-girlfriend hostage for four hours in a bathroom before being taken into custody. Keenon was out on bond for the first case; his bond for the latest case is set at $1 million. 

A woman reported her boyfriend threatened her with a gun and beat her up.  The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office arrested 50 year old Douglas wells and charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  Five guns were also removed from the house and confiscated.  The woman reported Wells had been drinking, they got into a fight and he got on top of her and punched her and then when she fled the house and called 911. He grabbed a gun and pointed it at her to come back in.  Deputies saw multiple bruises on the victims face.

If you catch the movie “Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher” on Netflix, you’ll recognize part of the scenery — the Old Fort in St. Augustine. The film is about a Native American in Oklahoma who becomes a rancher in the late 1800s. Based on a true story, part of the movie takes part at the Castillo de San Marcos. At the time it was named Fort Marion and housed Plains Indian prisoners. Producer Paul Sirmons is the former Florida state film commissioner. He and his wife now live in St. Augustine. The scenes were filmed in 2017, and the movie is scheduled for release on Amazon Prime.

A proposal for voluntary annexation of a 30-acre parcel goes before the Palm Coast City Council at tonight’s meeting. The Planning Division will present an ordinance detailing the voluntary annexation of the property at the terminus of Whiteview Parkway on the west side of U.S. 1 by the WAM Group. 

Jessica Stallings, the coordinator for Pre-K instruction in the Putnam County School District, will be guest speaker at the Parent Involvement District Advisory Council Wednesday. The 10 a.m. meeting at C.L. Overturf Jr. District Center is open to the public.

Not only can you get the COVID vaccines for those age 5 and older, you can also get the booster shot for COVID and you can also get the flu shot and yes you can get the vaccines on the same day at the Putnam County Health Department at 2801  Kennedy Street in Palatka Monday thru Friday 9 to 3  No charge and no appointments needed, And, yes, American Cruise Lines is back in Palatka today. Their four-deck boat is again running their Great Rivers of Florida cruise and Palatka is on the itinerary with passengers scheduled to spend the night in the Gem City of the St. Johns.

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