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Sheriff's Log--Feb. 8 to Feb. 14

On Feb. 7, Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated a report of a student at Riversprings Middle School in possession of a knife on campus. Sgt. Johnson questioned the student about the knife and he led law enforcement to his locker where the knife was located. The knife and blade was approximately six inches long and was observed by another student who told Sgt. Johnson that he was in fear when the suspect pulled the knife out toward him. The 13-year-old juvenile was charged with aggravated assault and was transported to the Wakulla County Jail. He was released to the custody of his mother after failing to meet the qualifications for the Juvenile Detention Center.

On Feb. 7, Clayton Lewis of Sopchoppy reported a criminal mischief to his business. A marble table top in the victim’s business was damaged. A sledgehammer was used to strike the table. A suspect has been identified. Damage was estimated at $500. Deputy Ian Dohme investigated.

On Feb. 7, Kimberly Dutton of the Wakulla Education Center reported the theft of boxes of prizes for the school festival. The boxes were stolen out of a storage closet. The missing items are valued at $256. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Feb. 8, Walter Steven Brown of Panacea reported a fraud. A check written by the victim to a landlord never reached the intended individual. The check, valued at more than $1,200, was deposited in a Columbus, Ga. bank. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.

On Feb. 8, Madeline Naslund of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim discovered that items from her shed were missing. Tools, space heaters, crab traps and a mower, valued at $900, were reported missing. Deputy Richard Moon investigated.

On Feb. 8, Kokina Rosier of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. An electronic game console, games and a bicycle were taken from the victim’s residence. The items are valued at $497. Deputy Randy Phillips investigated.

On Feb. 8, Gregory David Brengauz, 76, of Tallahassee aggressively grabbed a Wal-Mart manager over a dispute involving an EBT card. While probable cause existed to arrest the suspect for battery, the manager declined to press charges. Instead, a trespass warning was issued for the suspect at the request of the manager.
The suspect signed and stated that he understood the trespassing warning for Wal-Mart at 7:37 p.m. But the suspect became upset with the trespass warning and refused to leave the store. The suspect was given multiple opportunities to leave the store and refused and was eventually arrested for trespass after warning. He was transported to the Wakulla County Jail and released at 11:51 p.m.

On Feb. 9, Wal-Mart officials contacted the WCSO regarding Brengauz coming back to the store again and refusing to leave. He was released from the Wakulla County Jail and at 12:56 a.m. returned to the store. Deputies assisted the suspect get his groceries from several hours earlier and asked him to leave the premises. The suspect loaded his groceries in his vehicle and appeared ready to leave the area. Deputies returned to find their suspect inside the store again asking Wal-Mart officials to drive him home and take his groceries out of the vehicle for him. He was escorted outside again and continued to dispute the trespass warning. He turned away from deputies and began walking back toward the store. After several attempts to allow the suspect to drive away, he was arrested a second time for trespassing after warning. Brengauz was transported to the Wakulla County Jail a second time. He was released from jail at 5:41 a.m. Deputy Nick Gray, Deputy Will Hudson and Lt. Jimmie Sessor investigated.

On Feb. 9, Norman Sheffield of Crawfordville reported a vehicle fire. The victim attempted to start his vehicle when he discovered it was smoking from the interior. The victim used a garden hose to stop the fire from spreading from the upper console area. The fire appeared to have started in the area of the accessory outlets and fuse area. Deputy Randy Phillips investigated.

On Feb. 9, an eight-year-old Crawfordville juvenile boy was injured while walking in the Rotary Valentines Parade. The juvenile got too close to a utility trailer which was being used as a float. He was knocked to the pavement by the trailer which injured his foot. The injury occurred at 2938 Crawfordville Highway. Wakulla EMS transported the juvenile to a Tallahassee hospital with a broken foot. Deputy Randy Phillips investigated.

On Feb. 9, Lameka Delores Harris, 29, of Crestview was found in contempt of court by Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford. The suspect was at first appearance when she repeatedly talked out of turn, was disrespectful and disobeyed the judge’s order to be quiet. Deputy Lindsay Jacques investigated.

On Feb. 10, Lameka Harris appeared before Judge Fulford again and was verbally abusive toward the judge. Over the two day period, Harris accumulated six counts of contempt of court. Lt. Cliff Carroll investigated.

On Feb. 9, Charles Heydenreich of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. The plastic guard on his vehicle windshield and hood was damaged. The damage was estimated at $100. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.

On Feb. 9, Rebecca Kuba of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. Tools, animal traps and a welder, valued at $1,150, were taken from the victim’s shed. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.

On Feb. 9, John Davis of Crawfordville reported an animal incident. Someone poisoned his dog. The victim paid $2,000 in medical bills for the dog which subsequently died. The victim believes poison was put out where the dog would ingest it. Wakulla Animal Control was notified. Lt. Jimmie Sessor investigated.

On Feb. 10, Amanda Rena Kelly, 38, of Crawfordville gave a false name to a law enforcement officer following a traffic stop. Detective Ryan Muse stopped the vehicle due to having an expired tag. Kelly eventually gave Detective Muse her real name and date of birth and he discovered that she had a suspended driver license. She was issued a notice to appear in court for giving a false name. She also received two uniform traffic citations from Deputy Mike Zimba for driving with a suspended license and unassigned tag attached.

On Feb. 10, Niranjan Patel of Tallahassee reported a scam at Best Western in Medart. Three rooms were called by an unknown caller requesting credit card information from the guests. The thieves pretended to be part of the front desk staff when they called the guests in their rooms. None of the guests became victims of the scam. Deputy Randy Phillips investigated.

On Feb. 10, William Roberts of Crawfordville reported a traffic crash where his mailbox was run over. The victim observed the suspect run over his mailbox, exit his vehicle and look at the damage and flee the scene. Deputy Randy Phillips investigated.

On Feb. 10, Amanda Tucker of Crawfordville reported the theft of a vehicle tag. The victim last saw her tag in Panacea. It is valued at $50 and was entered into the FCIC/NCIC data base. Deputy Cole Wells investigated.

On Feb. 10, Nancy Watts of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. Her home was ransacked and a forced entry was discovered. Damage to the home was estimated at $50. It has still to be determined what items were taken. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.

On Feb. 11, Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff reported a retail theft. Jesse MacArthur Dedmon, 19, of Crawfordville was observed taking cosmetics and leaving the store without paying for them. The stolen items are valued at $76. Dedmon was charged with retail theft and transported to the Wakulla County Jail. Deputy Clint Beam investigated.

On Feb. 11, Amanda B. Chatham of Crawfordville reported an animal bite. The victim suffered a large wound to her leg when bitten by a dog. The victim was jogging in the neighborhood when the animal bit her. Wakulla Animal Control was contacted to speak to the dog owner and seize the animal for quarantine. The victim was taken to a Tallahassee hospital for treatment by a relative. Deputy Sean Wheeler investigated.

On Feb. 11, Robert Barnes of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim’s credit card was compromised with two fraudulent transactions. The fraud took place at a Dollar General store in Lake Worth and $272 worth of charges was created. Deputy Scott Powell investigated.

On Feb. 12, Rhonda Brawer of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief to property owned by a friend. Two locks were cut at the property and damage was estimated at $10. There didn’t appear to be anything missing from the home. Deputy Clint Beam investigated.

On Feb. 12, James McCord of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim acquired an automobile through a trade and later discovered that the odometer of the vehicle had been set back 50,000 miles. Deputy Sean Wheeler investigated.

On Feb. 12, Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated an altercation at a Riversprings Middle School dance. A 14-year-old student victim received minor injuries after being jumped by three other students. Sgt. Johnson issued the three students Civil Citations for battery and 40 hours of community service. The victim’s guardian agreed to the Civil Citations rather than the pursuit of criminal charges.

On Feb. 13, Kayla Norup of St. Marks reported a structure fire. A neighbor observed smoke emitting from the home and contacted law enforcement. Wakulla County firefighters arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire. The residence suffered a large amount of smoke and heat damage within the kitchen and living room. The State Fire Marshal was called to the scene and determined the blaze was accidental. The preliminary findings determined that the fire originated near the dryer. The American Red Cross was notified and responded to assist the victim. The home is owned by Bruce Duncan of Crawfordville. Nobody was at home at the time of the fire. Deputy Cole Wells investigated.

On Feb. 13, Jennifer McCollum of Tallahassee reported a criminal mischief in Crawfordville. The victim got into a dispute with a passenger in her vehicle and the passenger kicked and damaged her vehicle door when told to get out. Damage was estimated at $300. George James Wilkinson, Jr., 18, of Crawfordville was issued a notice to appear in court for criminal mischief. Deputy Randy Phillips investigated.

On Feb. 13, William Harrell of Sopchoppy reported the theft of two tree stands, valued at $379. The stands were located in the Apalachicola National Forest. Deputy Randy Phillips investigated.

On Feb. 14, the WCSO and Florida Highway Patrol investigated a traffic crash on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Road and C.L. Townsend Road in Crawfordville. Heather Suzanne Walker, 19, of Crawfordville was walking in the westbound lane when she was struck by motorist Jennifer Lynett Hicks, 28, of Crawfordville. The pedestrian was severely injured in the crash and was transported to a Tallahassee hospital by Wakulla EMS. Florida Highway Patrol’s homicide investigators were contacted and took over the investigation. Hicks was issued a uniform traffic citation for failure to provide proof of insurance. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received  1,110 calls for service during the past week including: 22 business and residential alarms; 68 citizen contacts; 11 disturbances; nine E-911 abandoned cell calls; 12 E-911 abandoned calls; 18 E-911 calls; 60 investigations; 13 loud music/noise complaints; 38 medical emergencies; 29 school security checks; 345 business and residential security checks; 20 special details; 40 subpoena services; 15 suspicious people; 47 traffic enforcements; 143 traffic stops; 12 reckless vehicles; and 31 wanted people.

 

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