|Sheriff's Log---Jan. 25 to Jan. 31|
On Jan. 24, at 3:43 p.m. motorist Candace Schrimsher of Old Town reported discovering a 21-month-old child on the side of Highway 267 near Old Nails Road without parental supervision. She collected the child and was joined a short time later by State Forester Ken Weber.
The child was wearing only a diaper when he was observed on the white line of the highway. Schrimsher and Weber were unable to locate a parent in the area. Sgt. Danny Harrell began an investigation and contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). Forestry Officer Weber continued to search the area and was able to locate a 24-year-old male parent walking on Old Nails Road. The parent told Sgt. Harrell that he had fallen asleep inside his home and the child made it outside through a back door. The child appeared to be in good health at the time of the incident and the investigation was turned over to an investigator from DCF.
On Jan. 24, Deputy Rachel Wheeler responded to a two vehicle traffic crash at Shadeville Highway and Cajer Posey Road. A 16-year-old female juvenile driver stopped at the Cajer Posey Road stop sign facing south as Edward J. Vigil, 39, of Crawfordville was approaching the intersection on Shadeville Highway traveling west. The juvenile continued into the intersection before Vigil cleared the intersection and the crash occurred. The juvenile’s vehicle suffered $1,500 worth of damage and the Vigil vehicle suffered $3,000 worth of damage. A second 16-year-old female juvenile was a passenger in the first juvenile’s vehicle. There were no injuries although the Vigil vehicle had disabling damage.
On Jan. 24, Cauley Fountain of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim discovered unauthorized bank accounts that were opened using his personal information. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Rachel Wheeler investigated.
On Jan. 24, Riversprings Middle School Assistant Principal Michele Baggett reported a fire in the girl’s bathroom in the RMS gym. A 14-year-old juvenile set some paper on fire and attempted to share it with another student. The suspect eventually tossed the burning paper into a sink. The burning paper created enough smoke in the bathroom that maintenance staff had to clear the smoke out before students could enter again. The suspect had three cigarette lighters in her possession which were collected by A.P. Baggett. The juvenile was suspended from school for three days for having the lighters and starting a fire. She will also be issued a civil citation by Sgt. Ray Johnson for disruption of a school function.
On Jan. 24, Kasi Waltermon of Crawfordville reported a grand theft of jewelry. The jewelry was taken from the victim’s home. Suspects have been identified and the jewelry is valued at $3,100. Evidence was collected at the scene. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.
On Jan. 24, Justin Keith Junior, 26, of Crawfordville was charged with smuggling/introduction of contraband for possessing cigarettes while working as a trustee on the WCSO litter crew. Deputy Katie Deal discovered the cigarettes on Junior at Hudson Park. Deputy Vicki Mitchell made the smuggling arrest due to Florida Statute noting that a “county detention facility” also includes the work camp where the litter crew trustees begin their work.
On Jan. 24, Mark Janinda of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. The entry point was determined to be a window and $5,277 worth of sterling silver and currency was stolen. Evidence was collected at the scene. Deputy Marshall Taylor, Deputy Clint Beam and Detective Rob Giddens investigated.
On Jan. 25, David Funderburke of Crawfordville reported a grand theft of medications. The medications were taken from the victim’s vehicle. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.
On Jan. 25, Joyce Millender of Crawfordville reported a possible identity theft. The victim has been receiving calls from someone attempting to collect money on a fraudulent debt. The bank involved told the victim that it may have been a “phishing” scam where someone attempts to gain personal information from the victim. She was advised by Deputy Mike Crum to check her credit report to determine if any unusual activity has taken place.
On Jan. 25, Eric Johnston of Crawfordville reported a structure fire at his home. Wakulla firefighters put out the blaze which was thought to have been electrical in nature. The exact cause of the fire is still to be determined by the state Fire Marshal. The fire created substantial damage to the interior. Lt. Sherrell Morrison and Detective Rob Giddens investigated.
On Jan. 25, Seth Lee Coleman, 24, of Crawfordville was arrested for DUI after Deputy Cole Wells observed Coleman driving at a high rate of speed and failing to maintain a single lane. During the course of stopping the motorist, Deputy Wells observed Coleman nearly strike a cement bridge guard rail. Deputy Nick Gray also investigated.
On Jan. 25, Jerry Tucker of Panacea reported a grand theft and trespassing at his business. A suspect cut a hole in the victim’s business fence and stole approximately $920 worth of plywood. Evidence was collected at the scene and Detective Lorne Whaley and Detective Derek Lawhon interviewed a suspect. The suspect, David Earl Moss, 18, of Panacea, admitted to detectives that he entering the fenced yard of Jerry’s Marine Repair and stole the plywood. Moss was charged with grand theft and trespassing.
On Jan. 26, Ira Whaley of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. Someone tampered with the victim’s vehicle and created a scratch and dent. Deputy Cole Wells investigated.
On Jan. 26, Dwayne Nell Clark, 24, of Crawfordville was arrested for possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to sell. Deputy Cole Wells observed Clark on Jack Crum Road and had prior knowledge that Clark had outstanding narcotics warrants.
On Jan. 27, Shawn Edward Smith, 36, of Dalton, PA was arrested for DUI after Deputy Nick Gray observed the motorist traveling at a high rate of speed and failing to maintain a single lane. Deputy Gray was operating stationary radar when he was nearly struck by the motorist. Deputy Gray and Deputy Elisee Colin observed their suspect drive into the Dux parking lot where he proceeded to run inside the Dux restroom. Smith was arrested when he was found to be in possession of the key for the suspect vehicle.
On Jan. 27, Dale Grayson of Dade City reported a vehicle fire on Piney Creek Road in Sopchoppy. The RV motor home was at a campground when it caught fire. Firefighters put out the flames but the RV and contents were a total loss. The fire originated near the stove and coffee maker. The RV was valued at $32,000. There were no signs of foul play and the fire was ruled accidental. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.
On Jan. 27, a 54-year-old Crawfordville man reported harassing telephone calls over the past several months. Someone is calling the victim on a consistent basis but hangs up without revealing an identity. Deputy Ian Dohme investigated.
On Jan. 28, Linda Harris of the Panacea Area Water System reported the theft of wooden rocking chairs from the business. The chairs are valued at $200. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.
On Jan. 28, Deborah Diane Padgett of Crawfordville was observed driving on Shadeville Highway with an expired tag. She was issued two Uniform Traffic Citations for having an expired tag of more than six months and driving while license suspended or revoked. Deputy Ian Dohme investigated.
On Jan. 28, Kelly Corrigan of Crawfordville reported the theft of mail from her mailbox. A package that was delivered to the victim’s mailbox was reported missing. The value of the missing item was $30. Deputy Sean Wheeler investigated.
On Jan. 28, Jerry L. Hoover, 21, of Crawfordville was arrested for introduction of contraband into a detention facility. Inmate Hoover was working the recreation park detail. During the routine search of the inmate, tobacco was found inside a lip balm container. Deputy Jerry Morgan investigated.
On Jan. 28, Patricia Revell of Crawfordville reported finding a boat near a power line off Arran Road in Crawfordville. The fiberglass oyster boat did not have any identifying markings to determine if it was stolen or just abandoned. Deputy Richard Moon investigated.
On Jan. 29, Melissa Tully of Crawfordville reported the theft of a bicycle. The bicycle is valued at $135. Deputy Rachel Wheeler investigated.
On Jan. 29, Anthony Hertz of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim discovered that someone used his personal information to open an account with a financial company. There was a past due amount of $110 on the account. The victim has never banked at the financial company where the fraud occurred. Deputy Rachel Wheeler investigated.
On Jan. 29, a 30-year-old parent on Brown Blvd. in Crawfordville reported his two-year-old son as missing. The father went to the bathroom and returned to find the back door of the home open and the child missing. When the parent was unsuccessful locating the boy he made a 911 call to the WCSO Dispatch.
During the time between several assisting units being contacted and arriving on scene, the WCSO received a call from a Shadeville Highway residence that the juvenile was located at that location. Sgt. Mike Helms retrieved the child and determined that the boy was in good health. Deputy Vicki Mitchell determined that the parent was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and the parent was drinking beer while deputies searched for the child. The Florida Department of Children and Families was contacted and told Deputy Mitchell that they would take a report of the incident. The case was reported at 8:48 p.m. and concluded at 9:23 p.m.
On Jan. 29, Deputy Marshall Taylor and Deputy Clint Beam investigated a three vehicle traffic crash at U.S. Highway 319 and Mike Stewart Drive. The three drivers were Ashley L. Duncan of Crawfordville, Richard P. Knowles of Crawfordville and Jessica L. Landolt of Tallahassee. They were operating a Toyota Corolla, Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the crash. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the three vehicles.
On Jan. 30, William H. Hopkins of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim observed a male subject on his property during nighttime hours. The suspect was in the process of stealing aluminum rims when he was spotted. The suspect fled the scene when confronted by the victim. The property is valued at $300. Deputy Sean Wheeler and Deputy Richard Moon investigated.
On Jan. 30, Allen Harvey of Crawfordville reported finding a child’s bicycle near his property. The bike was abandoned for approximately one week. It is valued at $25 and was placed in the WCSO Impound Yard by Deputy Mike Crum.
On Jan. 30, Wal-Mart Asset Protection reported a retail theft. A couple was observed taking a blender from the store without paying for the item. A short time later a male came back into the store and attempted to return the blender which was valued at $139. Maurice A. Hummel, 47, of Crawfordville was arrested for dealing in stolen property. One of the suspects has been identified in the theft of the blender. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.
On Jan. 30, a clerk at Murphy Oil in Crawfordville reported a retail gas drive-off. A motorist failed to pay for $5.72 worth of fuel. The suspect has been identified. Deputy Randy Phillips investigated.
On Jan. 30, Sue Cobb of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. The victim reported that her bank card was used for $1,189 worth of unauthorized charges. The transactions occurred in South Florida. Deputy Mike Crum investigated.
On Jan. 30, Steven Everette Kelly, 61, of Crawfordville was involved in a traffic crash at Hidden Valley Lane and Old Woodville Highway. The victim suffered a medical issue and veered off the roadway into a wood line. The vehicle suffered minor damage and the victim was transported to a Tallahassee hospital by Wakulla EMS. Deputy Randy Phillips investigated.
On Jan. 30, Anna Lopez of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. Someone attempted to make a $98 purchase in Bangladesh. The victim believes the card was compromised in Taylor County. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.
On Jan. 30, Brandi Williams of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. The side of the victim’s home was damaged by BB gun shots. A window was also damaged. Damage to the home was estimated at $500. Deputy Cole Wells investigated.
On Jan. 30, Shannon Meany of Crawfordville reported the theft of medications and jewelry from her home. The property is valued at $375. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.
On Jan. 30, Malcolm Rudd of Crawfordville reported a bank fraud. A suspicious charge was observed for $26 out of New York. Lt. Jimmy Sessor investigated.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 986 calls for service during the past week including: 23 residential and business alarms; 77 citizen contacts; 13 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 9 abandoned E-911 regular calls; 15 regular E-911 calls; 63 investigations; 11 loud noise/music complaints; 43 medical emergencies; 293 residential and commercial security checks; 27 special details; 29 subpoena services; 11 suspicious people; 10 thefts; 39 traffic enforcements; 125 traffic stops; 10 disabled vehicles; 13 reckless vehicles; and 20 wanted people.