|Sheriff's Log--July 5 to July 11|
On July 5, Wanda Kemp of Crawfordville reported excessive noise at 4 a.m. The music being played by a neighbor was rattling her windows at her home. The WCSO will attempt to make contact with the neighbor in an attempt to resolve the issue. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.
On July 5, Emory Collier of Tallahassee reported the theft of appliances from a home he is helping manage. A dishwasher and refrigerator were stolen from a Crawfordville home. The property is valued at $300. The victim is Altisource Management Company. Deputy Scott Powell investigated.
On July 5, Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff reported a grand theft. A female suspect left the store without paying for $544 worth of merchandise. The suspect attempted to pay for the items with a bad check. The suspect left the store with the 29 items and drove away near the Murphy Oil gas station. Deputy Scott Powell investigated.
On July 5, Kennecia Kelly and Harry Milligan, both of Crawfordville, were involved in a minor traffic crash at the Winn-Dixie parking lot. There were no injuries. Deputy Scott Powell investigated.
On July 6, a structure fire was reported at Shell Island Fish Camp. A gas water heater caught fire and created damage to 16 rental units in a structure owned by James Bevis of St. Marks. Wakulla County firefighters were called to the scene to put out the fire. The building was evacuated and guests were given other options for lodging. The state Fire Marshal was called to investigate. Damage was estimated at $75,000. Deputy Sean Wheeler, Deputy Roy Gunnarsson, Detective Josh Langston and Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On July 6, Charles Smith of Sopchoppy reported an illegal dumping. Someone dumped an old camper shell full of items on his property. The weight of the camper shell and debris was estimated between 500 and 700 pounds. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.
On July 6, Deputy Stephen Simmons was conducting stationary radar on U.S. Highway 98 near Newport when he observed a motorist operating a vehicle very closely behind a motorcycle. The vehicle was clocked at 45 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. The motorcycle left the road as Deputy Simmons followed the suspect and the motorist sped up to more than 60 miles per hour. A traffic stop was conducted and Dewey Ralph Smith, 43, of Clarksville, Fla. was suspected of driving under the influence. Smith’s driver license was also suspended. Smith failed field sobriety exercises and was charged with DUI. He was also charged with driving while license is suspended or revoked and refusal to submit to a breath test. Traffic citations for following too closely and failure to maintain a lane were also issued. Lt. Brent Sanders assisted at the scene.
On July 6, Sgt. Lorne Whaley responded to Shell Point Beach after numerous families complained about a woman harassing and touching their children. Sgt. Whaley made contact with the female and she began to loudly curse him. The woman refused to identify herself and began to spit at Sgt. Whaley. Paula Beatrice Kilgore, 46, of Crawfordville was identified at the Wakulla County Jail. She was charged with disorderly intoxication and battery on a law enforcement officer. She was also issued a trespass warning for all Wakulla County Parks and Recreation property.
On July 6, Deputy Mike Zimba observed Jeffrey Allyn Saba, 25, of Crawfordville operating a vehicle in Crawfordville. Deputy Zimba had previous knowledge that Saba did not have a valid driver license as well as having an active warrant for vehicle theft. Deputy Zimba conducted a traffic stop with assistance from Deputy Stephen Simmons. Saba was charged with driving while license is suspended or revoked, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. A passenger in the vehicle, Kyla Ann Nettles, 22, of Tallahassee, was charged with six counts of possession of a controlled substance. Deputies discovered three grams of marijuana as well as prescription pills and narcotic smoking pipes. The vehicle, owned by Nettles, was impounded and transported to the WCSO Evidence Yard. Deputy Scott Powell and Deputy Richard Moon also investigated.
On July 6, Deputy Scott Powell was dispatched to Spring Creek Highway and Jack Crum Road to investigate a report of two male juveniles playing unattended in a ditch near the highway. The WCSO was contacted by a concerned citizen who stayed with the children until law enforcement arrived. Deputy Powell could not determine how long the boys, ages 3 and 4, were left unattended by a relative. The mother was contacted to pick up the children. The Florida Department of Children and Families was contacted. The boys were uninjured.
On July 6, Patrick Arnez Harvey, 43, of Sopchoppy was involved in a traffic stop on the Sopchoppy Highway. The motorist was observed driving on the wrong side of the road. Harvey was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked as a habitual offender. Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.
On July 7, Edmond Baker of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. A forced entry was discovered at the home and $2,200 worth of jewelry, coins, firearms, firearm related items, books and other items were stolen. Damage to the home was estimated at $200. Evidence was collected at the scene. Detective Josh Langston and Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On July 7, Deputy Sean Wheeler arrested a 17-year-old male juvenile and a 16-year-old male juvenile in connection with a felony narcotics case. Deputy Wheeler was investigating a noise complaint at a party. Two individuals were observed inside a vehicle outside the home. The juveniles were observed crushing Xanax pills in the vehicle. The juveniles were arrested for possession of a Schedule III or IV narcotic. The juveniles were transported to the Wakulla County Jail by Deputy Wheeler and Lt. Mike Kemp and were later released to their parents.
On July 7, Elise Barwick of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary at a relative’s home. Someone entered the home and used the shower while the owner was away. Jewelry and cleaning supplies were reported missing and are valued at $7,550. A suspect has been identified. Lt. Mike Kemp and Deputy Billy Metcalf investigated.
On July 8, a 22-year-old Crawfordville man reported being the victim of a strong armed robbery. The victim picked up three male subjects along the road in Crawfordville. The subjects asked for a ride but when they arrived at the specified location they struck the victim in the face and stole the victim’s wallet and cell phone. Some individuals of interest were identified as the case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. The stolen items are valued at $130. The victim was treated by Wakulla EMS. Deputy Gibby Gibson and Detective Josh Lawhon investigated.
On July 8, Heath Blackburn of Tallahassee reported a credit card offense. The victim lost his wallet at a Wakulla County convenience store and his bank card was compromised. The wallet and contents are valued at $51. Four fraudulent charges were discovered in Crawfordville, Jasper and Lake City and were valued at $524. Detective Matt Helms investigated.
On July 8, Steven Everett Cmehil, 34, of Panacea was observed in Panacea with cannabis in his pocket. Due to the cooperative nature of the discussion with Detective Nick Boutwell, Cmehil was issued a notice to appear in court for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The cannabis weighed 5.3 grams.
On July 8, Kevin Marie Matthews of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim reported the theft of jewelry from her residence. The total loss of property was $3,650. Investigation determined that the jewelry was pawned at a Tallahassee shop by a suspect who has been identified. Additional charges are expected in Leon County. Deputy Marshall Taylor and Detective Josh Langston investigated.
On July 8, Krystle Zanco of Dollar General in Panacea reported a retail theft. The store manager reported observing a female subject taking items without paying for them. Deputy Elisee Colin was investigating the crime when he observed the suspect come back into the store. The suspect, Cawanna M. Messer, 30, of Panacea was taken into custody. Messer was in possession of prescription pills without a prescription when she was detained. Messer removed $31 worth of merchandise from the store without paying for it the first time and $71 worth of merchandise the second time. She was arrested for two counts of retail theft and one count of possession of a controlled substance. The suspect had an active warrant out of Franklin County for possession of amphetamines with intent to sell. Lt. Mike Kemp also investigated.
On July 8, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Charles Malloy reported discovering vehicle keys at the St. Marks Boat Ramp. A citizen left the keys on his patrol vehicle with a note that they were found in the restroom. The keys were placed in the WCSO Property and Evidence Division until the owner can be found. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.
On July 9, Brad Harvey of the Wakulla County Property Appraiser’s Office reported the theft of a toolbox from a county owned vehicle. The box and tools inside are valued at $300. Pry marks were discovered on the vehicle. Deputy Evelyn Brown investigated.
On July 9, a Bay Pine Drive resident in Crawfordville reported a trespassing on her back porch. The victim caught a 13-year-old juvenile ransacking items on the porch. Once contact was made with the juvenile, he ran back to his home. Deputy Elisee Colin spoke to the juvenile and issued a trespass warning for the victim’s home. The juvenile’s mother was contacted. Deputy Marshall Taylor also investigated.
On July 9, deputies investigated a report of a stolen four wheeler and intoxicated operator at Wal-Mart. Christopher Lee Rodgers, 27, of Crawfordville became hostile and aggressive toward deputies as they questioned him. Rodgers eventually ran from deputies into traffic on U.S. Highway 319 forcing vehicles to stop to keep from striking him. Rodgers continued to resist deputies when they caught up to him and he was charged with disorderly intoxication. The owner of the four-wheeler declined to press charges. Deputy Elisee Colin, Deputy Vicki Mitchell and Deputy Marshall Taylor investigated.
On July 10, Deputy Scott Rojas investigated a complaint of a juvenile in possession of marijuana. A 14-year-old Crawfordville male juvenile was in possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana at his home. The juvenile received a verbal warning about receiving a civil citation for community service if he is caught with marijuana again. The marijuana weighed 1.5 grams and was placed into evidence along with the smoking pipe.
On July 10, Lamar Anthony Dukes, 27, of Tallahassee was arrested for knowingly operating a motor vehicle while license is suspended or revoked. Deputy Gibby Gibson conducted a traffic stop after observing the motorist passing in a turn lane. It was determined that Dukes received a notice to appear in court in Leon County last month for not possessing a valid driver license. He was transported to the Wakulla County Jail.
On July 10, Deputy Billy Metcalf and Deputy Sean Wheeler responded to the Lighthouse Motel in reference to subjects in smoking marijuana. The deputies entered the room and observed marijuana, drug paraphernalia and pills in plain view. Colby Sheldon Damon, 21, of Panacea was arrested for two counts of possession of a Schedule IV narcotic without a prescription, one count of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. The marijuana weighed 2.8 grams. A 16-year-old juvenile in the room was not charged.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 806 calls for service during the past week including: 13 business and residential alarms; 79 citizen contacts; 12 disturbances; 28 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 11 regular E-911 abandoned calls; 18 regular E-911 calls; 10 flag downs; 44 investigations; 33 medical emergencies; 211 business and residential security checks; 26 special details; 23 subpoena services; 13 suspicious people 25 traffic enforcements; 58 traffic stops; 14 trees down; and 10 reckless vehicles.