Putnam County Sheriff’s Office arrests five on drug charges

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, along with Palatka police, made five drug arrests Friday.

The first arrest happened on Kennedy Street. The sheriff’s office says detectives witnessed Chavarro Thomas, 32, sell narcotics to Suzanne Johnson, a kindergarten teacher in Putnam County.

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Police made a traffic stop on Thomas. He tried to run on foot from the officer and K-9 Halo. Thomas suffered minor injuries to the buttocks during the arrest; he received treatment at Putnam County Medical Center before being booked into the jail.

Thomas was charged with sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a convenience store, escape, and violation of probation. Thomas is on probation for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

In another case, Jeffery Fletcher, 29, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop.

In a separate traffic stop, police arrested James Stanley, 39, for possession of marijuana and two instruments used to smoke methamphetamine.

Finally, deputies charged Ibra Ward, 25, with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after K-9 Zeke alerted his handler during a traffic stop on Reid Street.

All have bonded out of jail except for Thomas.

Atlanta airport power outage delays flights

A power outage at the Atlanta International Airport is affecting flights into and out of the airport.

“A power outage has impacted several areas in the airport,” A tweet posted to the official Atlanta Airport Twitter account read. “Officials are working to remedy the situation. Additional updates to come.”

The outage began around 1:15 p.m., reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

According to flight tracking website FlightAware.com, all inbound flights are being held at their origins until at least 4 p.m. “due to an equipment outage.”

More than 200 flights were delayed in Atlanta, according to FlightAware.com.

The power has been out in major parts of the airport, affecting people movers, escalators and other equipment, according to passengers in the airport.

Georgia Power said in a tweet from the company’s official account that crews were at the airport working to determine the cause of the outage.

FHP: Putnam County man killed in crash on SR 100

A 55-year-old Melrose man died Sunday morning in a single-car crash in Putnam County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said Bruce Wolf was driving west on State Road 100 in a Ford Escape when his car traveled across the eastbound lanes for unknown reasons.

According to the FHP report, the Escape veered off onto the shoulder and hit a tree near Paran Church Road about 8:30 a.m.

Wolf died at the scene.

Alcohol was not a factor and Wolf was wearing a seat belt, troopers said.

FHP is still investigating the cause of the crash.

Business boom creates traffic nightmare on Collins Road

As businesses continue to open along the Clay-Duval County border, drivers are facing more and more headaches on Collins Road.

West of I-295, the road narrows to two lanes and gridlock is becoming common.

A Walmart has recently opened and a Costco is set to open in the Spring. The two big-box stores are across the street from one another, not far from where a multi-lane highway becomes more like a small city street.

Driver Pam Clark called the road “hell” to navigate. She’s lived in the area for 40 years and said the two-lane section of Collins Road is ripe for accidents.

“That’s where everyone tries to cut over,” she explained. “You take your life in your hands once you cross Rampart (Road).”

JTA began a project in September that will widen the road, but it won’t be finished until 2020.

“Sometimes that little two-lane, one way this way, one way that, it gets congested, especially when church is letting out,” resident Will McKenzie said.

The widening of Collins Road isn’t the only road project in the area. Another road is being built that will allow shoppers to access Costco from Argyle Forest Boulevard.