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Oct. 2 – Roving reporter

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A 31-year-old Flagler County man faces multiple charges after allegedly running up $2,900 in charges on his older neighbor’s bank card while the man was on vacation. Flagler County Sheriff’s Office detectives got a break in the case after a package containing Chevrolet truck parts was delivered to the victim but with the neighbor’s address. The neighbor, Kyle George, drives a Chevy truck. That led detectives to check surveillance tapes at various locations where the card was used and George’s truck was spotted. Video was also found with George inside the Bunnell Department of Motor Vehicles, using his neighbor’s credit card to register a vehicle. George was arrested, posted $15,000 bond and was released. Since then the neighbor has found more fraudulent charges totaling more than $11,000 on a separate credit card. The case is ongoing and more charges may be filed.

A special called Palatka City Commission meeting Friday at 3:45 p.m. to interview candidates for the city manager post may be inconvenient for residents. If you can’t make that the city has now announced a Meet and Greet of the five candidates on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the River Center downtown.

The body found in a Port-A-Potty in St. Johns County has been identified as Denise McQuaid, who lived in the neighborhood on Horseshoe Road. A neighbor called 911 Saturday to report the portable at a construction site was on fire and the body was found after the fire was extinguished. St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office says foul play isn’t suspected but detectives are looking into all possibilities. One possibility – McQuaid may have lit a cigarette while in the portable. Toxicology results are pending.

Today is the Funeral Mass for Bishop John J. Snyder in St. Augustine’s Basilica. Snyder, 94, who died Friday is remember as the People’s Bishop and for more than 20 years headed the Diocese of St. Augustine.

Georgia-Pacific has donated another $50,000 to help increase the technological savvy of Putnam County students. The presentation made at the Putnam County School Board meeting Tuesday brings GP’s contributions to $122,000 over the past three years. The high school program teaches students to use state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment increasing their chances of getting a job after graduation and helping manufacturers gain an educated work force.

Putnam County School Board got encouraging news Tuesday at their meeting. The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation has announced Putnam is a silver 2019-2020 Florida Healthy School District recipient. That means a high level of commitment to meeting health needs of students and staff.

An East Palatka man remains in serious condition after an accident Monday on State Road 207. Florida Highway Patrol says a 2017 Chevy Suburban, driven by Lauren Hull, 30, of East Palatka was headed south on 207 near Waldon Road when she failed to observe a 2014 John Deere tractor, driven by Joel Smith 41, of East Palatka. The front of the Suburban hit the rear left tire and undercarriage of the tractor causing the tractor to overturn. The vehicle was carrying pesticides that spilled onto the roadway and shoulder, and Florida Department of Environmental Protection was called to the scene. Hull was taken to Flagler Hospital with minor injuries. Smith was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with serious injuries.

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

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