|Sheriff's Log--Aug. 9 to Aug. 15|
On Aug. 8, Jackie Mounts of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. A yard angel statue was damaged when a suspect threw it to the ground. Lawn furniture was thrown into a garden and a trash receptacle was damaged. Damage is estimated at $50 and suspects have been identified. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On Aug. 8, John Gerhardt of the Wakulla County Parks and Recreation Department reported a residential burglary at the Panacea Woman’s Club pavilion. While WCSO Officer Roy Crum and his work crew were cutting the grass in Panacea, Officer Crum observed a window that was tampered with. A fire extinguisher was discharged on some chairs in the kitchen. Damage to the facility is estimated at $500. Deputy Billy Metcalf investigated.
On Aug. 8, Brenda Bush of Crawfordville reported a recreational vehicle fire. The vehicle was being used as a home for the victim and was a total loss in the blaze. The older RV was valued at $3,500, but there were no injuries. Due to evidence collected at the scene the fire was ruled suspicious and a person of interest has been identified. The state Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate. The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the victim. Sgt. Lorne Whaley, Detective Randy Phillips and Detective Matt Helms investigated. Wakulla EMS and Wakulla Firefighters also responded to the blaze.
On Aug. 8, Travis Everett Randerson, 21, of Panacea was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked with knowledge for failure to pay traffic fines. Deputy Mike Zimba observed a vehicle in Panacea that did not have a rear bumper or vehicle tag and conducted a traffic stop.
On Aug. 8, Mike Strickland of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim reported an unauthorized charge on his bank card at a retail store in California. The charge was valued at $332. Deputy Richard Moon investigated.
On Aug. 9, Sonya Renee Miller of Crawfordville reported the loss of her son’s cell phone at Sopchoppy City Park. The victim received a call from a Sopchoppy man who recovered the phone and wanted to return it to her. In the time the phone was in the possession of the Sopchoppy man a $350 data usage fee was accrued. The Sopchoppy man refused to pay the usage fee. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.
On Aug. 9, Amanda Weeks of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim observed an unauthorized withdrawal from her bank account. The $227 withdrawal was used to pay utilities in Tallahassee. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.
On Aug. 9, Siefe Awad of Panacea was arrested for driving a motor vehicle while license was suspended or revoked. Deputy Vicki Mitchell observed Awad driving at a slow rate of speed on U.S. Highway 98 and he was unable to keep the vehicle in a single lane. A traffic stop was conducted by the deputy. Deputy Mitchell discovered that Awad was arrested and convicted for DWLSR in 2004 and twice more in 2013.
On Aug. 9, Terrence Everett Seyboth of Crawfordville was issued a notice to appear in court for attached tag not assigned. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks was checking to determine if the tag was expired and discovered that it belonged to another vehicle. The tag was seized by the deputy.
On Aug. 9, Katrice Austreng of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. A Chevrolet truck grill emblem/logo was removed from the victim’s truck. The victim is attempting to establish a possible location for the theft. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.
On Aug. 10, a 17-year-old Crawfordville juvenile was given a civil citation for being in possession of two marijuana pipes during a traffic stop. The male driver was unable to maintain a single lane and the traffic stop was conducted. The juvenile was returned to his home at the request of his father. Deputies Richard Moon and Alan Middlebrooks investigated.
On Aug. 10, Deputy Anthony Paul, Sgt. Ryan Muse and Deputy Alan Middlebrooks observed several subjects drinking alcohol at an open house party in Crawfordville. Deputies investigated and discovered that the underage drinkers were age 14, 19, 19, 18, 16, 20, 17, 18, 19, 19, 18, 17 and 18. Deborah A. Collins, 47, of Crawfordville was issued a notice to appear in court for allowing underage possession of alcohol at an open house party.
On Aug. 10, David Fletcher of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. A forced entry was discovered and $2,912 worth of property was stolen from the home. Damage to the home was estimated at $310. During the investigation a shed was determined to have been entered as well following another forced entry. The suspect or suspects defecated in the shed and DNA evidence was collected. Deputy Vicki Mitchell and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.
On Aug. 10, Priscilla Roberts of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. Clothing and a television, valued at $350, were reported missing from the home. Deputy Will Hudson and Deputy David Pienta investigated.
On Aug. 11, Jack Aaron of Panacea reported finding a bicycle on a vacant lot near his home. The WCSO did not have any reports of a stolen bicycle in the area and the bike was turned in to the Property and Evidence Division. Deputy Will Hudson and Deputy David Pienta investigated.
On Aug. 11, Jack Aaron of Panacea reported a freshly planted marijuana plant while deputies were investigating the recovery of a bicycle. The plant was seized for destruction. Deputy Will Hudson and Deputy David Pienta investigated.
On Aug. 11, Dana Clevenger of Crawfordville reported recovering personal property in a plastic bag on the side of Shadeville Highway. Attempts to contact the property owner, Fredrick E. Strain, were unsuccessful and the contents were turned into the Property and Evidence Division. The items included bank cards, identification cards and business cards. Deputy Elisee Colin investigated.
On Aug. 11, Greg Seidel of the Wildwood Country Club reported the grand theft of a range picker. The range picker is used to collect golf balls from the driving range and contains a cage and flatbed. The picker was discovered missing after lunch. Evidence was collected at the scene. The cart is valued at $5,000. Deputy Will Hudson and Deputy David Pienta investigated.
On Aug. 11, James Harvey of the Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church in Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. Someone used a vehicle to create “donuts” in the church parking area. Damage was estimated at $300 and a similar incident was reported in July. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.
On Aug. 11, Jason Creech of Crawfordville reported the theft of a car battery. The battery is valued at $120 and was removed from the victim’s vehicle on his property. Deputy Elisee Colin investigated.
On Aug. 11, Jimmy Roger Rosier, 34, of Crawfordville was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked with knowledge following a traffic stop. Deputy Ian Dohme observed a vehicle without a tag and conducted the traffic stop. Rosier was issued a notice to appear in court.
On Aug. 12, Thomas James Allen, 30, of Crawfordville was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and resisting a law enforcement officer with violence. Deputies were called to a complaint by a 53-year-old Crawfordville man that Allen was threatening him with bodily harm. The victim stated that Allen reached down to the roadway and picked up what he thought was a rock. Witnesses corroborated the victim’s story. During the arrest process, Allen refused to follow commands to put his hands behind his back. Deputies were forced to take Allen to the ground to comply with the handcuff orders. The suspect also refused to get out of the patrol vehicle at the Wakulla County Jail and jail staff was forced to remove him. Nobody was injured. Deputy Ian Dohme, Deputy Anthony Paul, Sgt. Ryan Muse and Lt. Sherrell Morrison investigated.
On Aug. 12, Robert Cochran of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. An all terrain vehicle was stolen from the victim’s home. During the course of attempting to find the ATV, the victim located a bicycle that did not belong to his family. Deputy Sean Wheeler and Sgt. Danny Harrell followed evidence tracks for several miles in the severe August heat before finally losing them in the Apalachicola National Forest. They followed the tracks through Wakulla County and into Leon County before heading back into Wakulla County. The ATV is valued at $6,000. The bike was turned in to the Property and Evidence Division.
On Aug. 12, Kathryn Roberts of Crawfordville reported the theft of a firearm from her vehicle. The firearm was removed from an unlocked vehicle and is valued at $320. The firearm will be entered in the NCIC/FCIC data base once a serial number is obtained. Deputy Richard Moon investigated.
On Aug. 12, Deputies Alan Middlebrooks and Richard Moon investigated a fleeing and eluding incident from Aug. 9 involving a 20-year-old Sopchoppy man that occurred in Crawfordville. The motorist took the two deputies on a late night chase through Crawfordville as deputies attempted to investigate the aggressive driver on Wakulla Arran Road. The chase continued through Crawfordville until the deputies were called off on Arran Road for safety reasons. Deputies Moon and Middlebrooks were assisted by Deputy Anthony Paul and Sgt. Ryan Muse in locating the suspect through witnesses in Crawfordville. A warrant has been requested for the motorist for high speed fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer with lights and siren activated.
On Aug. 13, Wanda Murray of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. The victim’s bank card was used to make a $20 purchase in California. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.
On Aug. 13, Edward Jones of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. Two firearms were reported missing from the victim’s home. They are valued at $700. Deputy Billy Metcalf and Detective Rachel Wheeler investigated.
On Aug. 13, Bradley Newkirk of Dollar General in Crawfordville and Panacea reported frauds. Someone was attempting to pass counterfeit $50 bills. Subjects entered the stores and purchased some merchandise using the bogus bills and received change. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.
On Aug. 14, Sgt. Lorne Whaley was on patrol on U.S. Highway 319 after dark when he spotted a pedestrian in the roadway. Sgt. Whaley stopped his vehicle to check on the subject for safety reasons. The pedestrian refused to comply with the commands of the sergeant to stop and the subject put his hand in his pocket. Sgt. Whaley observed what appeared to be a knife and deployed force to gain compliance. A knife was recovered on Aldon Robert Milhon, 32, of Crawfordville. Milhon was charged with resisting arrest without violence. Lt. Brent Sanders also investigated.
On Aug. 14, Deputy Mike Zimba was assisting the Florida Highway Patrol with a hit and run investigation from Aug. 8 when contact was made with Patrick Lynn Steele, 47, of Woodville Highway. FHP Trooper Danny Quiles received information about the suspect vehicle and it was determined that Steele had an active warrant out of Leon County for driving while license is suspended or revoked. Steele was taken into custody without incident. Approximately $50 worth of damage was created to a house door during the arrest process. Lt. Brent Sanders also investigated.
On Aug. 14, Marie Gilbert of Sopchoppy reported a fraud. The victim observed a fraudulent charge on her bank card for $97. The charge was created through an online transaction. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.
On Aug. 14, Maria Hinkle of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. Johnny M. Slocum, 41, no known address, kicked a hole in the victim’s aquarium. Damage was estimated at $300. A trespass warning was also issued for Slocum. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.
On Aug. 14, Amanda Allen of Crawfordville reported the theft of personal items, electronics and miscellaneous food and clothing items from her home. The items are valued at approximately $650 and individuals of interest have been identified. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.
On Aug. 15, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks conducted a traffic stop as a result of an improper taillight on Highway 267. Deputy Middlebrooks discovered that Eva Audrey Colona, 19, of Crawfordville did not have a valid driver license. Reserve Deputy Matthew Hedges observed marijuana in the ash tray. The marijuana was collected and weighed 1.8 grams. Colona was issued a notice to appear in court for driving while license is suspended or revoked and a NTA for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Joshua David Stone, 23, of Crawfordville was in possession of a smoking pipe. He was issued a notice to appear for possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Aug. 15, James Jones of Crawfordville reported the theft of a cell phone. The victim placed his phone down at the register at Wal-Mart while paying for merchandise and left it there. The phone was traced to Tallahassee and is valued at $300. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1,064 calls for service during the past week including: 19 business and residential alarms; 109 citizen contacts; 13 disturbances; 20 E-911 abandoned cell calls; seven E-911 regular abandoned calls; 21 E-911 calls; 75 investigations; 55 medical emergencies; 264 business and residential security checks; 32 special details; 33 subpoena services; 16 suspicious people; 17 suspicious vehicles; 40 traffic enforcements; 97 traffic stops; 11 trespassing complaints; 19 wanted people; and 21 watch orders.