• Palatka detective arrested in prostitution sting

    By: Romney Smith


    ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - The Palatka Police Department says Detective Reno Fells was arrested during a prostitution sting in St. Johns County.

    Fells was arrested Friday around 10 p.m. and charged with solicitation for prostitution, according to the PPD.  It was part of Operation Summer Lovin.

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    Palatka Assistant Police Chief James Griffith says when the department found out, Fells was placed on administrative leave with pay depending on the results of the investigation.  Sunday Fells turned in all of his equipment and resigned in person.

    Fells was a PPD employee from 1997 to 2011, and returned in December of 2013 as a detective in the investigative division. He had also previously run for Putnam County sheriff. 

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