LAW & ORDER: Hastings woman arrested for grand theft auto, drug charges

Posted April 4, 2017 05:09 am – Updated April 4, 2017 05:58 am


Deputies from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Hastings woman Saturday afternoon on several charges after an off-duty deputy called in to report seeing a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Sumter County.

Kayla Marie Hunter, 32, was booked into the St. Johns County jail on charges of grand theft auto and carrying a concealed weapon, as well as three counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, two counts of possession of drug equipment and single counts each of possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine, according to a report of her arrest.

The deputy who filled out the report said that he initiated the stop on the white Ford Expedition that Hunter was driving just after 3 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, just south of State Road 16.

Hunter, the report says, “admitted to having the stolen Ford Expedition in her possession but later said her father rented the vehicle for her in Sumter County.”

A subsequent inventory of the vehicle turned up substances that tests suggested were marijuana and methamphetamine as well as three types of prescription drugs. Deputies also found two “glass smoking pipes” and a loaded .38 revolver, the report says. As of Monday afternoon, Hunter remained in jail on bonds totaling $16,500.

Sheriff’s Office: TV fight leads to killing

A Putnam County man has been charged with shooting and killing his wife during an argument over the television.

Eddie Henry Steele, 68, was originally arrested on a charge of attempted murder after his wife was found shot in the abdomen in their Melrose home on Saturday.

The charge was changed to “first degree homicide” once authorities confirmed that 70-year-old Barbara Brown Steele died after she was taken to UF Health in Gainesville, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said in a Monday news release.

Deputies originally responded to the couple’s home on Saturday afternoon and found the wife suffering from the gunshot wound. Steele was arrested after an
investigation “revealed the incident was domestic in nature and escalated from an argument between the two over watching television,” the release said.

Woman accused of prescription fraud

A St. Augustine woman turned herself in Saturday after the Sheriff’s Office secured a warrant for her arrest on charges that she illegally obtained prescription painkillers. A report of her arrest indicates that Skyler Jeanne Perkins, 36, turned herself in at the St. Johns County jail on Saturday morning after the warrant for four counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud was issued for her arrest. According to jail records, she was released two hours later after posting a $10,000 bond.

A copy of the warrant says that Perkins, on four occasions, passed fraudulent prescriptions in order to obtain hydrocodone-acetaminophen tablets between the dates of Oct. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2016.

According to the document, Perkins was employed at a doctor’s office at the time the prescriptions were said to have been passed and had access to the doctor’s prescription pad and his signature stamp.

Sleeping driver arrested on DUI

A St. Johns County Sheriff’s deputy arrested a St. Augustine man Saturday morning after receiving a report that a white Ford F-150 was blocking traffic on southbound U.S. 1 at the State Road 312 intersection.

Michael Thomas Alexander, 28, was booked into the St. Johns County jail on a single count of DUI after he was found asleep behind the wheel of the truck just before 7 a.m., according to a report of the incident.

The responding deputy said that, upon his arrival, Alexander was asleep behind the wheel of the truck which was running and in drive.

Alexander, the deputy noted, had his foot on the brake but he feared that if he woke him, Alexander would remove his foot. The deputy said that he reached into the truck through an open window and placed the truck in park, shut it off and removed the keys from the ignition.

Alexander, the deputy noted, smelled of alcohol and “appeared disoriented.”

He was arrested after performing “field sobriety tasks” but later refused to provide a breath sample, the report says.

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