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Sheriff's Log--Feb. 22 to Feb. 28

On Feb. 21, Melody Cooley of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. The victim reported the theft of her purse, personal items and medications. Her vehicle was ransacked as papers were tossed around inside. The value of the stolen items is $326. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Feb. 21, Gregory Rosier of Crawfordville reported a vehicle fire. Lt. Mike Kemp arrived on scene on U.S. Highway 319 and Donaldson-Williams Road and observed everyone outside the vehicle and flames spreading to the front seats. Lt. Kemp extinguished the fire with the agency issued fire extinguisher. Damage was estimated at $3,000 and the vehicle was not operable. There were no injuries. Deputy Gibby Gibson also investigated.

On Feb. 21, Amy Marcelja of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. The victim observed $1,491 worth of unauthorized charges on her bank card. The charges were created in Lantana and Lake Worth at Dollar General stores. Deputy Clint Beam investigated.

On Feb. 21, Criminal Investigations Analyst Angie Gardner discovered an overdue sexual offender/predator registration date of a Wakulla County man. A sexual offender, Eric J. White, failed to register his home address in August 2012 as required by Florida Statute. Detective Josh Langston contacted a relative of White’s and determined that the offender moved to New York. Detective Rachel Wheeler contacted law enforcement in New York to inform them of the lapse in registration. A warrant was requested for White for failure to register and failure to update his address.

On Feb. 21, Analyst Gardner discovered that sexual offender Michael Lee Dempsey failed to register his home address in January. Dempsey was contacted by the WCSO and arrested for failure to register his home address. Detective Rachel Wheeler investigated.

On Feb. 21, a 16-year-old Wakulla High School student was found to be in possession of marijuana at school by Assistant Principal Simeon Nelson. A custodian noticed the smell of burned marijuana in a restroom. The female student was in possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and a smoking pipe. She was given a civil citation for misdemeanor marijuana possession. The marijuana weighed .3 of a gram. Deputy Scott Rojas investigated.

On Feb. 21, a 17-year-old juvenile was issued a civil citation for misdemeanor possession of marijuana at Wakulla High School. Assistant Principal Sunny Chancy and Deputy Scott Rojas approached the student who turned his marijuana over to Deputy Rojas. He was in possession of 1.1 grams.

On Feb. 22, Haley Buchanan and Pamela Pilkinton, both of Crawfordville, were involved in a two vehicle traffic crash near Hardee’s. Both vehicles suffered damage that required them to be towed from the scene. There were no injuries. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.

On Feb. 23, Jerahme Ryan of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. A laptop computer was stolen from the victim’s vehicle while at his home or perhaps a business establishment. The victim did not secure the vehicle and the missing property is valued at $700. Deputy Elisee Colin investigated.

On Feb. 23, a Gretna Police officer conducted a traffic stop in Gadsden County and during the course of the stop discovered and seized a WCSO laminated identification card inside the vehicle. The card was issued during Sheriff Donnie Crum’s time in office. The card is being held at the Gretna Police Department as evidence.

On Feb. 23, two teenagers, ages 17 and 16 from Crawfordville, were involved in a single vehicle traffic crash on Mose Strickland Road at Revadee Spears Road. The 16-year-old lost control of his vehicle while braking. Neither individual was injured as a result of the crash but the vehicle had to be towed from the scene. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.

On Feb. 23, James Lowe of Crawfordville reported a business burglary at Hamaknockers in Medart. Cash and several jars of barbecue sauce were stolen. A forced entry was observed. Damage to the building was estimated at $300 and the lost property was valued at $342. Deputy Will Hudson and Detective Lorne Whaley investigated.

On Feb. 24, Ethan Fletcher of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief at the Wakulla County Park in Newport. A soft drink vending machine was vandalized and damage was estimated at $600. The suspects attempted to unsuccessfully gain money from the machine through a forced entry. Deputy Cole Wells investigated.

On Feb. 24, George Williams of Crawfordville reported two vehicle burglaries. One unsecured vehicle had papers tossed about the vehicle and the glove box was left open. The unsecured second vehicle burglary resulted in the theft of headphones and a carry bag, valued at $30. Deputy Cole Wells investigated.

On Feb. 24, Miguel Morales of Crawfordville reported three vehicle burglaries. Cigarettes, credit cards, a purse and miscellaneous papers were taken. The total value of all of the stolen items is $300. Deputy Nick Gray investigated.

On Feb. 24, a Crawfordville victim reported harassing telephone calls received by herself, husband and church pastor. Deputy Vicki Mitchell advised that the telephone provider may have the identification of the incoming calls which were listed as blocked numbers.

On Feb. 26, Ronald Price of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. Someone damaged the entrance sign and fence at the Merida Blanca subdivision. Damage to the sign and fence is estimated at $40. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Feb. 26, Heide Clifton of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim observed an unauthorized charge of $1,687 on her bank account. A person of interest was identified. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On Feb. 26, Mary Ward of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim reported the theft of $800 worth of jewelry from her home. Two individuals of interest have been identified. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On Feb. 26, Mark Harrelson of Smart Styles in Crawfordville reported the theft of a bank deposit. The victim reported the loss at $170 which was never deposited into the bank. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Clint Beam investigated.

On Feb. 26, Gerald Lucking of Crawfordville reported finding a set of keys while on Revell Road. The keys may belong to someone in The Farm subdivision. The keys have been placed in the WCSO Evidence/Property Division until the owner can be located. Deputy Marshall Taylor investigated.

On Feb. 26, John Coulliette of Crawfordville reported a theft. A curl bar and weights were stolen from the victim’s property. The weightlifting equipment is valued at $100. Deputy Scott Powell investigated.

On Feb. 26, Arthur Gene Hollis, 63, of Crawfordville was operating a motor vehicle on the Old Woodville Highway when he was observed by Sgt. Mike Helms. Sgt. Helms had knowledge that Hollis was a habitual traffic offender and was out of jail on bond for the offense of driving while license is suspended. Sgt. Helms conducted a traffic stop and Hollis was transported to the Wakulla County Jail. 

On Feb. 27, Robert Keith Krueger, 45, of Crawfordville was arrested for knowingly operating a motor vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked. Deputy Scott Powell observed Krueger driving 50 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone on Crawfordville Highway. Deputy Powell conducted a traffic stop. A passenger in the vehicle, Theodore Eldon Hicks, was determined to have active warrants for failure to appear out of Wakulla County. He was also placed under arrest. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

On Feb. 27, Charles Friz of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. Five unauthorized charges were observed on the victim’s bank card for a total of $71. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.

On Feb. 27, Jeffrey Paul Deas, 27, of Crawfordville was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while license is suspended or revoked with knowledge. Deputy Elisee Colin conducted a traffic stop and determined that the tag displayed on the vehicle came back to a different vehicle. Deas was also cited for attaching a tag not assigned to the proper vehicle.

On Feb. 27, Kathleen Newton of Sopchoppy reported a fraud. The victim discovered her bank account had an unauthorized withdrawal from Georgia. Two people of interest were identified. Deputy Richard Moon investigated.

On Feb. 27, David Yarbrough of Crawfordville reported a theft of his vehicle. A wrist watch was taken from the vehicle. It is valued at $262. The vehicle was left unsecured. Deputy Randy Phillips investigated.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1,227 calls for service during the past week including: 15 residential and business alarms; 74 citizen contacts; 13 disturbances; 22 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 13 E-911 abandoned regular calls; 12 E-911 regular calls; 57 investigations; 11 power lines down; 47 medical emergencies; 28 school security checks; 188 security checks; 222 business security checks; 28 residential security checks; 30 special details; 31 subpoena services; 12 suspicious people; 18 suspicious vehicles; 11 thefts; 32 traffic enforcements; 93 traffic stops; 23 trees down; 11 abandoned vehicles; 13 reckless vehicles; and 38 wanted people.

 

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