LAW & ORDER: North Carolina man killed Sunday in crash on U.S. 1

A North Carolina man was killed Sunday afternoon when his truck overturned in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 1.

 

Steven Anthony Vitale, 47, of Cary, North Carolina, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the 1 p.m. crash, according to a report from Florida Highway Patrol.

Vitale, the report said, was travelling on U.S. 1 just south of Datil Pepper Road when, for unknown reasons, his 2001 GMC Jimmy left the roadway and overturned.

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office investigating double shooting

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a person of interest believed to have been involved in a double shooting that occurred in the early hours of Monday morning in Palm Coast.

Deputies initially responded to multiple calls of shots fired at 28 Seamanship Trail in Palm Coast shortly after midnight on Monday. One man, Tristan George, 18, was found at the scene suffering from two gunshot wounds and was transported Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

At about the same time as deputies were arriving at that scene, Florida Hospital Flagler notified the Sheriff’s Office that a gunshot victim had been dropped off at their emergency room.

That man initially gave the hospital staff a false name, which delayed the beginning stages of the investigation, the release said. He, too, was transported by air to Halifax and was later identified as 21-year-old Michael McRoberts.

He, the Sheriff’s Office said, was wanted in Flagler County and had a warrant out for his arrest for violation of probation and a grand theft charge.

McRoberts, the Sheriff’s Office said, was dropped off by a woman driving a Honda Accord who left without giving her information to hospital staff.

She has since been identified as Brooklynn Marino and the vehicle she was driving has been located and towed to the Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Deputies are searching for Marino as a person of interest in the case and officials are asking for help locating her to see if she can provide more information.

She is believed to be driving a silver 2013 Nissan Altima with Florida tag IISS74.

In a video interview posted to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Sheriff Rick Staly said it was his understanding that both men were suffering from critical, but non-life threatening, injuries.

After serving a search warrant at the Seamanship Trail home, detectives recovered guns believed to have been used in the shooting as well as a half-pound of marijuana, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, scales, and packaging materials typically used for the sale of drugs, the release said.

Anyone with information about the location of Marino is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 386-313-4911. Those who wish to remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward can call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-8477.

Jury duty scam ongoing, Sheriff’s Office says

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of an ongoing scam in which a caller is telling people they owe money after missing jury duty.

On Friday, at least four residents received a call from a man claiming to be a Lt. Vance Berry with the Sheriff’s Office who advised the people that there was an outstanding warrant for them because they missed jury duty, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Three of the people who took the calls were in the St. Augustine Beach area and one of them was a resident of St. Augustine South. One of them, a 73-year old St. Augustine Beach man, complied with the request and purchased $3,000 in gift cards as requested and then activated those cards by identifying the hidden numbers.

The man who called would tell the people that they had missed jury duty and would have to pay money via the gift cards in order to clear the bench warrants and avoid being arrested.

The Sheriff’s Office release said residents should be aware that phone scammers often attempt to find easy ways to steal money or identities from their victims. Such scams may vary in form and the targets can be anyone, although many times the elderly are singled out, the release said.

Residents should be “wary of any contact that requires you to purchase a ‘pay card’ or ‘wire’ money to the individual” and should not give out personal information over the phone, the Sheriff’s Office said.

For more information about avoiding scams visit the Sheriff’s Office website at www.sjso.org, or the FBI website at www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams.

 

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