The Voice of the Gem City

News February 28, 2022

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

A four-year-old girl was killed Sunday afternoon when a pickup truck backed up, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The truck was backing out of a driveway in the Walker Drive and Hugh Street area around 12:48 p.m. and the girl was standing just outside of the truck when she was struck. FHP said she died at the scene. Driver of the truck was a 45-year-old man. A 7-year-old passenger was in the truck also.

Four people died within seven hours on Flagler County roads Friday. Florida Highway Patrol responded to all the accidents with the first taking place at 5:45 a.m. on State Road 100 where one person was killed. The second happened at 6:45 a.m. also on SR 100. Two people died in that accident with heavy fog noted. The third accident was on U.S. 1 in Bunnell around noon when the driver of a sedan apparently lost control, went onto the east shoulder and into a ditch where she died. The driver was identified as Lynor Cecile Camp, 74, of Bunnell. On the FlaglerLive website several people responded with one man saying he had just seen her at the “7 eleven on Old Dixie. We always talk while she feeds trooper the cat. She was always so sweet and caring.” Another recalled how she would come by Bank of America and let her know “how her new house was coming and that she just received her occupancy papers so she could move in.” A third called her a dear friend who she had seen the night before. She described her a “great woman a beautiful human being always helping others.”

Today special city workshops have been called by St. Augustine and Palatka city commissioners to discuss American Rescue Plan Act priorities. It’s a chance for the public to have a say in where the money should go. St. Augustine meets at 4 p.m. at The Alcazar Room at City Hall to discuss their $7.7 million. Palatka commissioners meet at 6 p.m. at Price-Martin Center off Reid Street. They will be looking at how to spend $5.23 million.

A memorial service was held Saturday for Riley Tixeira, the 16-year-old who died Feb. 20 when his canoe flipped over in the St. Johns River sending he and two other boys into the water. The memorial service for the St. Johns County resident was at the dock at Alpine Grove Park.

Two suspects have been arrested following a drug deal that led to a home invasion and a fatal shooting in December, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Kwentel Moultrie, 23, and Taylor Manjarres, 20, are in Flagler jail on a $400,000 bond after being arrested Friday on charges of second degree felony murder and burglary of a dwelling while armed. Zaire Roberts, 23, of Palm Coast was killed after a shootout on Regent Lane Dec 29, 2021. Detectives say the three planned a narcotics purchase but then tried to commit a drug rip-off that ended in a shootout that left Roberts dead.

Thursday is turning into a busy day in Putnam County. Sean Dietrick, author of The Incredible Winston Brown — this year’s One Book One Putnam choice, will be speaking at 6 p.m. at the Florida School of the Arts auditorium. It’s free but you need to get a ticket for the event by going online to Also Thursday at 6 p.m. is the 2022 Palatka American Values Dinner to benefit the Boy Scouts of America. The dinner honors Sheriff Gator DeLoach and will be at Ravine Gardens State Park.

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