|Sheriff's Log--Feb. 15 to Feb. 21|
On Feb. 14, Joel Chatham of St. Marks reported discovering a marijuana plant growing on his property. The plant was seized by Deputy Will Hudson for destruction.
On Feb. 14, Bonnie Messimer of Crawfordville reported the theft of a vehicle tag decal. The victim was stopped by Deputy Clint Beam when he observed an expired decal. The victim was able to prove that she had a valid tag. It appeared that someone attempted to tear the decal off the tag. Deputy Nick Gray investigated.
On Feb. 14, James Godwin of Panacea reported fire damage to a shed in Crawfordville. The complainant provides lawn maintenance for a bank that owns the Crawfordville property. Burned items and damage was observed in the shed. Household items, paint and clothing was observed inside the shed. Damage to the shed was estimated at $1,500. Deputy Nick Gray investigated.
On Feb. 14, a 52-year-old Crawfordville resident reported that he was walking trail roads on the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge near Wakulla Beach Road when he became separated from a 50-year-old Perry friend who became lost. The WCSO set up a command post and entered trails in a patrol truck along with a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) truck. The Perry man did not have a cell phone but had extra clothing, a light and water. The search began at 7:16 p.m. and at 8:08 p.m. using the trucks and thermal imaging equipment, the Perry man was located safe and uninjured. Lt. Sherrell Morrison, Deputy Stephen Simmons, Deputy Randy Phillips and FWC Officer Blake Hoelscher investigated.
On Feb. 15, Deputy Ward Kromer responded to a reckless vehicle complaint on Chinook Trail. Evidence at the intersection of Chinook Trail and Arapaho Trail indicated that a vehicle traveled through the area in an aggressive and reckless manner. Damage was observed to a stop sign, a parked vehicle and telephone box. A witness observed Alfredo Rodolfo Del Castillo, 43, of Lake City at the scene and deputies discovered Del Castillo in a ditch near Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Road and Jasper Thomas Road. The Del Castillo vehicle damage was consistent with the information received from Chinook Trail. Del Castillo was arrested for leaving the scene of a traffic crash with property damage over $50. He was also charged with DUI after failing field sobriety exercises and resisting arrest without violence for failing to follow the commands of the detention deputies. Lt. Sherrell Morrison, Lt. Cliff Carroll, Deputy Stephen Simmons, Deputy Richard Moon and Deputy Scott DelBeato investigated.
On Feb. 15, Henry H. Schreiber, 83, of Crawfordville was involved in a one vehicle traffic crash at Trice Lane and U.S. Highway 319. The driver was attempting to turn onto Trice Lane from the highway but hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes. The motorist ran off the roadway and struck a tree. There were no injuries. Deputy Sean Wheeler investigated.
On Feb. 15, Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff observed Daniel Alexander Faircloth, 19, of Crawfordville stealing ink cartridges. The suspect was observed putting the cartridges in his clothing and leaving the store without paying. The items are valued at $42. Faircloth was charged with retail theft and transported to the Wakulla County Jail. Deputy Sean Wheeler investigated.
On Feb. 15, Lynn Gene Love of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim was unable to locate his bank card and contacted his bank to determine if it had been used by someone. The card was used in an attempt to acquire $300 through an ATM. Persons of interest were identified. Deputy Brad Taylor investigated.
On Feb. 16, Herman Jones III, 26, of Tallahassee was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked following a traffic stop near Springhill Road and New Light Church Road. Deputy Mike Zimba observed the motorist crossing the fog line on the road multiple times. Jones’ driver license was determined to be suspended as a habitual traffic offender. The suspect was arrested without incident.
On Feb. 16, James Arthur Farmer, Jr., 42, of Crawfordville was arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of cocaine and possession of narcotics equipment. Deputies discovered Farmer sleeping in a vehicle that was running on Dogwood Drive. A search of the vehicle turned up $1,993 in U.S. currency, one gram of crack cocaine and 7.5 grams of powder cocaine along with plastic baggies and a scale. The narcotics tested positive as cocaine once tested at the WCSO. Farmer was transported to the Wakulla County Jail where he remains with no bond. The cocaine was valued at approximately $900. Deputy Gibby Gibson, Deputy Clint Beam, Deputy Sean Wheeler and Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated.
On Feb. 16, Jessie Davis of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. A four wheeler was removed from the victim’s back yard. The vehicle is valued at $7,000 and was entered into the FCIC/NCIC data base. Deputy Clint Beam investigated.
On Feb. 16, Vito Knowles of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. Someone broke a window in the victim’s truck camper shell in his yard. Damage was estimated at $150. Deputy Sean Wheeler investigated.
On Feb. 16, David Fletcher of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. A motorist struck and damaged his privacy fence and mailbox and left the scene. Damage to the fence and mailbox is estimated at $25. Some individuals of interest were identified. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On Feb. 17, Jason Strickland of Sopchoppy reported a fraud. Someone acquired the account number of his bank card and used it in Hollywood, Fla. The charges totaled $231; however a $212 charge was declined. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On Feb. 17, Anthony Robinson of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. The victim’s bank card was used fraudulently overseas. A total fraud amount of $213 was reported in Italy. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.
On Feb. 17, Woody Morgan of Crawfordville reported a structure fire on Harbour Point Drive. The deck/balcony of the structure suffered fire damage that was extinguished by Wakulla Firefighters. The cause of the fire has not been determined but was not suspicious in nature. The state Fire Marshal was contacted to investigate. Damage was estimated at $5,000. The property is owned by Bernard Pavlovich of Ridgedale, Mo. Deputy Marshall Taylor investigated.
On Feb. 18, Kokina Rosier of Crawfordville reported a structure fire. The victim suffered a fire in her kitchen that was deemed cooking related and an accident. Fire engulfed the kitchen and filled the home with smoke. The cause of the fire was hot oil on the stove. Damage was estimated at $3,500. Wakulla Firefighters put out the blaze and Wakulla EMS treated the family on the scene. Deputy Elisee Colin investigated.
On Feb. 18, Connie Green of Crawfordville reported the theft of medications from his home. A person of interest was identified. Deputy Cole Wells investigated.
On Feb. 18, Brooks Van Camerik of Tallahassee and Bryan Honhart of Tallahassee were involved in a minor traffic crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 319 and U.S. Highway 98 near Wakulla High School. There were no injuries. Deputy Nick Gray investigated.
On Feb. 18, Monica Spears of Crawfordville reported a fraud. Someone used the victim’s Social Security number to file a tax return. Deputy Cole Wells investigated.
On Feb. 18, Gerald Middleton of Panacea reported nearly being struck by a vehicle while he rode his bicycle in Panacea. The victim was riding along U.S. Highway 98. The victim fell into a ditch after avoiding contact with the speeding vehicle. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.
On Feb. 18, Kathryn Bridges of Tallahassee and Wyomi Creel of Crawfordville reported a minor traffic crash at Walgreens in Crawfordville. There were no injuries. Lt. Jimmy Sessor investigated.
On Feb. 19, Lucy Johnson of Crawfordville reported a vehicle theft. The vehicle was loaned to someone known by the victim but never returned. Deputy Ward Kromer learned that the missing vehicle was parked at a pizza establishment in Crawfordville. The victim made arrangements to collect the vehicle and a grand theft warrant was requested for the suspect.
On Feb. 19, Paul J. Pelletier of Canada and Cheryl Lee Cipponeri of Lanark Village were involved in a traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 267 and Highway 363. The injuries and damage was minor. Deputy Cole Wells investigated.
On Feb. 19, Deputy Stephen Simmons responded to a traffic crash at Anytime Fitness where a 16-year-old juvenile reported his vehicle being struck by another motorist. The victim went outside the establishment and attempted to make contact with the driver of the other vehicle. The suspect refused to exchange insurance information with the victim and drove away from the scene. A witness observed the female suspect strike the victim’s truck, exit her vehicle to examine the damage and get back into her vehicle and attempt to leave. Evidence was collected at the scene and the suspect has been identified. Damage to the victim’s vehicle is estimated at $500 and damage to the suspect’s vehicle was estimated at $1,000. The case was sent to the WCSO Criminal Investigations Division.
On Feb. 19, Deputy Ward Kromer was investigating a motor vehicle theft case when he was asked to investigate a related neglect case involving the same suspect and a 10-year-old juvenile. The suspect dropped the child at a friend’s home and failed to return. The suspect did not provide the friend with clothing or provisions to take care of the child. The Department of Children and Families was notified along with the juvenile’s father. The suspect could not be located and a warrant for child neglect was requested.
On Feb. 20, Patricia Tyner of Crawfordville reported the theft of medication from her residence. The medication is valued at $200. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On Feb. 20, Siefe Joseph Awad, 62, of Crawfordville was arrested for criminal mischief and resisting an officer without violence after the suspect was observed destroying a bank drive through money tube. Ameris Bank reported that the suspect became angry about not being able to cash a check without a fingerprint. Awad threw down the tube and destroyed it. Bank officials asked Awad to pay for the tube container and he declined. Deputy Clint Beam and Deputy Gibby Gibson discovered their suspect at a Crawfordville business hiding in a bathroom.
On Feb. 20, Kenneth W. Glover of Crawfordville reported a traffic crash involving his truck and a deer on Steve Moore Road and U.S. Highway 319. The victim suffered minor damage to his vehicle. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On Feb. 20, Jeanine Gray Dalton, 61, of Panacea was issued a notice to appear in court and a trespass warning for the Panacea Dollar General store after being observed removing food from the store without paying for it. The suspect paid for some of the items at the checkout but not several food items that are valued at $8.50. The food items were returned to the store by another individual. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.
On Feb. 20, Calvin Nelson of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief to his home. A suspect, who has been identified, damaged the victim’s door and the area around the door. Damage was estimated at $250. Deputy Vicki Mitchell and Deputy Ian Dohme investigated.
On Feb. 20, Edward Evans of Crawfordville reported being the victim of a telephone scam. A caller informed the victim that he was calling from the Guatemala City Jail and that one of his relatives was incarcerated inside the jail. The caller asked the victim for $1,000 to help the alleged relative in jail. After receiving the wired money, the caller requested an additional $900 for attorney fees, but the victim refused. The victim learned his relative is actually in Georgia. Deputy Billy Metcalf investigated.
On Feb. 21, Sharilyn Ryals of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. The victim discovered four unauthorized charges on her bank account. A total of $680 worth of charges was created in Lake Worth at a Dollar General store. Deputy Sean Wheeler investigated.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1,004 calls for service during the past week including: 20 residential and business alarms; 11 assists to other agencies; 46 citizen contacts; 21 E-911 abandoned cell calls; six regular E-911 abandoned calls; 14 regular E-911 calls; 48 investigations; 55 medical emergencies; 25 school security checks; 183 security checks; 165 business and residential security checks; 15 special details; 34 subpoena services; 11 suspicious vehicles; 10 traffic crashes; 46 traffic enforcements; 112 traffic stops; and 15 reckless vehicles.