|Sheriff's Log--Oct. 4 to Oct. 10|
On Oct. 3, Charlotte Stanley of Shields Marina in St. Marks reported a theft. A female subject was observed taking a pair of sunglasses from the store without paying for them. The glasses are valued at $25. The suspect has been identified. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On Oct. 3, the Asset Protection staff at Wal-Mart reported a retail theft. A suspect removed items from the shelves and concealed them in her purse. The suspect left the store without paying for the items. Amy Elizabeth Easterwood, 31, of Tallahassee was charged with larceny. Three bottles of shampoo were recovered and are valued of $35. Sgt. Lorne Whaley investigated.
On Oct. 3, Dawn Knighton of Crawfordville reported a vehicle theft from Panacea. Two suspects, who have been identified, took the victim’s vehicle without permission. The vehicle was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.
On Oct. 4, Deputy Anthony Paul conducted a traffic stop at U.S. Highway 319 and U.S. Highway 98 for failure to stop at a stop sign. The driver gave consent to search the vehicle and marijuana was discovered in the vehicle. A total of 1.75 grams of marijuana was found and Gordon John Solomon, 53, of Tallahassee was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.
On Oct. 4, Wakulla High School Assistant Principal Simeon Nelson received information that a 15-year-old male student may be in possession of marijuana at school. The student voluntarily produced the marijuana while being questioned and was issued a juvenile civil citation. The marijuana weighed .5 of a gram. Deputy Scott Rojas investigated.
On Oct. 4, Robert Busch of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim reported the loss of currency from his home. A person of interest has been identified. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.
On Oct. 4, Jessica Bowen of Panacea reported the theft of a cell phone from the Lighthouse Motel. The phone is valued at $200. The phone was entered in the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.
On Oct. 4, Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff reported a retail theft. Angela Nicole O’Neal, 37, of Crawfordville was observed checking out but not ringing up all the items in her shopping cart. The merchandise was valued at $95 and was recovered. O’Neal was issued a notice to appear in court for retail theft. Deputy Richard Moon investigated.
On Oct. 4, Melissa Letoy Polcha, 21, of Loxahatchee was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks was conducting stationary radar and observed the motorist driving 59 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone in Newport. The driver admitted having marijuana in the vehicle and turned it over to Deputy Middlebrooks. She was given a verbal warning for excessive speed.
On Oct. 5, Deputy Richard Moon and Deputy Alan Middlebrooks were conducting stationary radar on Crawfordville Highway when they observed a motorist driving 48 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. The motorist failed to stop for emergency lights and siren for one-quarter mile. Deputy Middlebrooks suspected that the driver was under the influence and conducted field sobriety exercises. It was also determined that Zachary Dillon McDonald, 20, of Greenville had a suspended license for a prior DUI. The subject did not complete field sobriety exercises and was arrested for DUI. Marijuana was seized from his pocket and McDonald was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and driving while license is suspended or revoked. Sgt. Ryan Muse also investigated.
On Oct. 6, Ralph Rumph of Albany, Ga. reported a residential burglary in Panacea. The victim reported the loss of fishing equipment from his shed. A rod and reel was stolen. Deputy Marshall Taylor investigated.
On Oct. 6, Ralph Rumph of Albany, Ga. reported a boat burglary in Panacea that occurred in September. Fishing equipment was reported stolen from the victim’s boat. The property is valued at $200. Deputy Marshall Taylor investigated.
On Oct. 6, Ian Gallagher of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim left some cash in his home and left for several hours. The cash was gone when he returned home. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.
On Oct. 7, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office contacted WCSO in regards to recovery of stolen heavy equipment from Wakulla County. Franklin County detained a suspect in an investigation of thefts in their jurisdiction. The subject told Franklin County where the stolen property could be located. Sgt. Danny Harrell and Lt. Mike Kemp investigated and discovered $30,000 worth of equipment including leaf blowers, a tractor, bush hog, weed eaters, a generator and an air compressor. Franklin County advised that additional suspects have been identified. The stolen equipment was removed from the scene and placed in the WCSO Impound Yard. Additional investigation is underway in Wakulla County to determine if other property found at the suspect’s home is stolen as well. Deputy Billy Metcalf, Detective Cole Wells, Lt. Mike Kemp, Sgt. Danny Harrell and Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On Oct. 7, an off-duty law enforcement officer detained a suspicious motorist within his Crawfordville subdivision. The law enforcement officer observed Douglas Christopher Lawhorn, 22, of Crawfordville in the vehicle with a 14-year-old male juvenile. The law enforcement officer asked Lawhorn to return the juvenile to his home but the juvenile took off running. Lawhorn drove off to Wal-Mart with the law enforcement officer following. Lt. Sherrell Morrison located the juvenile while Deputy Alan Middlebrooks stayed with Lawhorn in the parking lot. Lt. Morrison reunited the juvenile with his mother who told her that Lawhorn did not have permission to take her child anywhere. Lawhorn was charged with interfering with the custody of a minor and taken to the Wakulla County Jail.
On Oct. 7, Lisa Barwick of Panacea reported a vehicle theft. The victim lost her driver license, insurance card and vehicle registration. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.
On Oct. 7, Deputy Scott Powell investigated a disturbance on Ridgeway Court in Crawfordville. A verbal altercation between two subjects became so intense that neighbors exited their residences to find out what was going on. Clifton Kent Marlow, 44, of Crawfordville was arrested for disorderly intoxication and transported to the Wakulla County Jail.
On Oct. 8, David Viens of Sopchoppy reported a vehicle theft. The victim left the keys in the vehicle and it was discovered missing from his home. The vehicle and contents inside are valued at $3,100. The vehicle was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Billy Metcalf investigated.
On Oct. 8, Frank Harrell of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. A wallet was reported missing from the victim’s vehicle. The wallet contained personal identification and was valued at $25. The vehicle was left unsecured. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.
On Oct. 8, Hollie Brantley of St. Marks reported a criminal mischief. Someone shot out an exterior light bulb on her porch while she was sitting near it. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Sean Wheeler investigated.
On Oct. 8, Tiffany Ann Hudson, 25, of Crawfordville was issued a uniform traffic citation after she was observed driving in the Wal-Mart parking lot with an expired tag. It was also determined that the driver had a suspended driver license. Deputy Gibby Gibson and Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated.
On Oct. 8, Angela Fienemann of Tallahassee reported the theft of a trailer tag. The trailer was used for food distribution in three counties and the victim is unsure where the tag was stolen. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.
On Oct. 8, Ben Arnett of Crawfordville reported a structure fire on Booth-Gavin Road in Sopchoppy. The residence was abandoned and was in the process of being dismantled. The home was being dismantled for owner Thomas Bruce Rosier and clothing which was piled up in one end of the mobile home ignited after being touched by a power line that was believed to be disconnected. The residence was valued at $2,000 and was a total loss. Firefighters put out the blaze. The fire was ruled accidental. Deputy Scott Powell investigated.
On Oct. 8, the clerk and manager of Murphy Oil in Crawfordville reported a retail theft. A white male subject came into the establishment and took five sodas out of a cooler and left without paying for them. The drinks are valued at $9. The subject fled northbound on foot. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.
On Oct. 8, a 41-year-old Panacea resident reported a home invasion. The victim observed a suspect enter his home and demand money. The victim was able to subdue the aggressor and push him back outside his home. The home sustained $200 worth of damage during the altercation. A description of the suspect vehicle was obtained and a BOLO was issued. Forty-five minutes after the BOLO was issued, the Florida Highway Patrol found the vehicle and suspect near River of Life Church. Dustin Kyle Cook, 29, of Tallahassee was detained and charged with home invasion and criminal mischief. Sgt. Lorne Whaley investigated.
On Oct. 9, Deputy Will Hudson observed a white male subject who matched the description of the Murphy Oil retail theft suspect from Oct. 3 and Oct. 8 near Wal-Mart. Michael Alan Kumor, 40, of Crawfordville was issued a notice to appear in court for retail theft. The items taken from the store were recovered. Detective Derek Lawhon also investigated.
On Oct. 9, Ronald Schawall of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. A firearm and coins were stolen out of the unsecured vehicle. Deputy Marshall Taylor investigated.
On Oct. 9, James Melvin of Crawfordville reported the possible poisoning of bee hives. Ten hives have been lost and state agriculture officials investigating believe there may be poison in the hives. The number of lost bees is estimated between 30,000 and 40,000. State tests will be conducted on the bees to determine if there is a presence of poison. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.
On Oct. 9, Deputy Mike Crum worked with Rod Revell of the county building department to place notices on three boats at Rock Landing Dock. The notices informed the boat owners that they have five days to remove the boats or rent slip space from the county. All three boat owners were contacted and stated they understood the notice.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 942 calls for service during the past week including: 12 residential and business alarms; 11 animal incidents; 10 assists to other agencies; 81 citizen contacts; eight E-911 abandoned cell calls; 11 E-911 abandoned calls; 14 E-911 calls; 43 investigations; 49 medical emergencies; 19 school security checks; 274 business and residential security checks; 34 special details; 14 suspicious people; 12 thefts; 31 traffic enforcements; 93 traffic stops; 12 wanted people and 10 watch orders.