The Voice of the Gem City

News January 1, 2022

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle crash Sunday that seriously injured four of the six people in the pick-up truck in the wreck on Yelvington Road. FHP reported only one person was wearing a seatbelt when the pick-up went off the pavement on Yelvington Road near Turner Road in Putnam County around 2:30 a.m. The 36-year-old Hastings man driving overcorrected and the truck overturned. The driver, a 35-year-old Hasting woman, 22-year-old Georgia woman and 34-year-old Loxahatchee man were seriously injured. A 21-year-old Satsuma man and a 25-year-old Texas man had minor injuries.

An individual was struck by a train on U.S. 1 near State Road 16 on Saturday evening, reports the St. Augustine Police Department. The incident is under investigation. For a time State Road 16 between U.S. 1 and Lewis Speedway was closed.

City of Palatka has cancelled two meetings today. One was a special called workshop between the City Commission and the Airport Advisory Board. The other was the Community Redevelopment Agency meet. A note from the city “due to COVID-related issues and unavailability of staff and board members, and in the interest of safety of staff, board members and the public” the meetings had been cancelled. They will be rescheduled for the first available meeting time.

Mickler Boulevard in St. Augustine Beach will be closed to vehicular traffic at 16th Street during today and Tuesday. The road will reopen in the evenings, according to the City of St. Augustine Beach. Roadway repairs by G&H Underground are underway. Residents along Mickler between 11th and 16th streets can access their property from 11th Street during the closure.

A 71-year-old Flagler County man has pled guilt to lewd and lascivious molestation in a case that began in 2019. The victim was living in the man’s house during a five-month period. On Jan. 6, James Lee McIntire was sentenced to two years in state prison, following by 10 years of sex offender program. He becomes a registered sex offender.

TV star and stand-up comedian Bob Saget died Sunday at a hotel in Orlando. On Saturday night the 65-year-old star of Full House and Fuller House performed at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in St. Johns County. In a message on Twitter posted early Sunday he said he loved the show and “the appreciative audience. I had no idea I did a 2 hr. Set tonight. I’m happily addicted again to this,” he wrote.

Don’t forget One Book: One Putnam kicks off the 2022 Read Tuesday night at the clubhouse at the Palatka Municipal Golf Course. Sean Dietrich’s The Incredible Winston Browne is this year’s read and is set against the background of a small town and baseball. The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

And finally, a bravo to Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Bravo East. Deputies responded Saturday to an early morning single vehicle crash in Crescent City. The older woman driver’s car was disabled and deputies stayed with her as she tried to reach family members. They treated her to breakfast at Mercado Palmeras in Crescent City and then when she couldn’t get anyone who could pick her up the deputies took her to her home and plan a follow-up.

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