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Sheriff's Log--Oct. 25 to Oct. 31

On Oct. 23, Deputy Evelyn Brown was contacted to investigate two students being left at Wakulla Middle School by their mother. The students were scheduled to be picked up at 4:30 p.m. after a sports practice. After two hours, the coach contacted School Resource Officer Brown and she began making contact with the mother. The mother declined to pick up the children stating that the coach could drive them home. Deputy Brown was forced to transport the students to Wakulla High School where she was assigned to a football game. When the mother refused to pick up her children the Department of Children and Families was contacted and an investigator with DCF took the children from Deputy Brown and transported them home.

On Oct. 24, Louis Hernandez of Riversprings Middle School reported suspicious activity related to fundraising. A female subject contacted a Crawfordville bank about supporting a school fundraiser that does not exist. The complaint was passed along to the Criminal Investigations Division and a suspect has been identified. Deputy Nick Boutwell investigated.

On Oct. 24, Annie Boyd of Panacea reported a grand theft. Household appliances and children’s toys, valued at $400, were reported missing from her home. Other items were also stolen from the house including a kitchen sink, dishwasher, copper wiring and light fixtures. Suspects have been identified. Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

On Oct. 24, Anthony Michael Courtney, 20, of Crawfordville and David Eli Ingram, 35, of Sopchoppy were involved in a two vehicle traffic crash at Wakulla Arran Road and U.S. Highway 319. Courtney was traveling north on Crawfordville Highway and turned right onto Wakulla Arran Road and struck the driver side rear fender of Ingram’s vehicle as Ingram was traveling through the intersection turning south on U.S. Highway 319. Ingram’s vehicle received an estimated $1,000 worth of damage and Courtney’s vehicle suffered an estimated $800 worth of damage. Courtney failed to stop for approximately two miles and didn’t stop until he was overtaken by Ingram at Wakulla Arran Road and Midnight Pass. Courtney was issued a Uniform Traffic Citation for leaving the scene of a traffic crash with property damage of more than $50. There were no injuries. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.

On Oct. 24, a 17-year-old male juvenile was stopped for speeding on Casora Drive. He was traveling 51 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. Lt. Sherrell Morrison smelled burned marijuana and asked the teenager if he had narcotics in the vehicle. The juvenile handed Lt. Morrison a marijuana cigarette. The juvenile was issued a Juvenile Civil Citation. Deputy Evelyn Brown also investigated.

On Oct. 24, Jessica Fruggiero of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. Someone used her card and created a $131 expense. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.

On Oct. 24, Myrles Shook of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. An unauthorized transaction was observed on the victim’s checking account. The charge was for $52. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.

On Oct. 24, Edward Roberts of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. Part of the victim’s air conditioning unit was stolen. The property is valued at $5,000 and a suspect has been identified. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.

On Oct. 24, a Dempsey Drive property owner reported a prowler at his home. The victim took a video of the subject and it was collected and passed along to the Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation. Sgt. Jeremy Johnson investigated.

On Oct. 25, Sheila Marie Holder, 19, of Sopchoppy was observed driving 35 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone on Emmett Whaley Road. Deputy Scott Powell initiated a traffic stop and Holder did not possess a valid driver license. The motorist’s license was suspended in August for failure to pay traffic fines. She was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked with knowledge.

On Oct. 25, Sgt. Steve Smith observed a subject dropping off property on the Wakulla County Courthouse lawn. A purse and suitcase was inspected to determine an owner. When the owner was unable to be determined, the property was placed into the Property and Evidence Division for storage. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.

On Oct. 25, Jerry Johnson of Crawfordville reported a theft of property belonging to a relative at Riversprings Middle School. Clothing, a cellular telephone and iPod were stolen from the locker room at school. The property is valued at $670. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Oct. 25, Diane Marquis of Crawfordville reported the theft of medications. It has not been determined at what location the medication was tampered with. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Oct. 25, Davis Mordecai of Panacea reported a credit card offense. The victim observed a suspicious charge on his bank card. The charge was created at a Publix in Hialeah and was valued at $215. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Oct. 25, Marsha Billhimer of Tallahassee reported the theft of insulation from a Crawfordville residence. The roll is valued at $50 and a suspect has been identified. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Oct. 26, Thomas Earl Starling, 62, of Crawfordville was charged with aggravated assault after an altercation with hunters at a northeastern Wakulla County hunting property. Starling allegedly threatened a hunter and discharged his weapon near the hunter while threatening to shoot the man. The firearm used in the alleged felony was recovered. Deputy Stephen Simmons, Sgt. Lorne Whaley and Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.

On Oct. 26, Deputy Mike Zimba, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated a loud noise complaint on Windsong Circle in Crawfordville. Loud music was coming from a truck which was near a fire pit. Numerous open beer bottles were observed along with mixed liquor drinks and several bottles of liquor. Two individuals on scene were identified as legal drinking age while five other individuals were underage and two were juveniles. The juveniles were picked up by their guardians and verbal warnings were given to the other individuals on scene. Deputy Middlebrooks and Sgt. Johnson were working a Party Patrol detail.

On Oct. 27, Darryl Redmond of Crawfordville reported a structure fire. An individual in the home turned on the stove top to provide some warmth in the house. However, grease on the stove top was not observed and ignited a short time later. The victim attempted to throw the pot of burning grease outside the home, but it spilled and created a fire on the floor. The victim put out the fire but suffered injuries to his arm and foot. Damage to the home was estimated at $300. The fire was ruled accidental and Redmond was transported to the hospital for medical attention. Sgt. Lorne Whaley investigated.

On Oct. 27, Charlene Green of Tallahassee reported the loss of her purse while at Wal-Mart. The wallet and contents are valued at $39. Deputy David Pienta investigated.

On Oct. 27, Joey Wimberly of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. The victim observed his vehicle door open at his home. The inside of the vehicle was tampered with and medications, a store gift card and change were stolen. The vehicle was left unsecured and the value of the missing property was $105. Deputy Scott Powell investigated.

On Oct. 27, Timothy Averill of Panacea reported a residential burglary. A weed eater was removed from the residence while the owner was moving property from the scene. The property is valued at $190. Deputy David Pienta investigated.

On Oct. 27, Anna Whittig of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. A forced entry was observed. A box of canned goods was reported missing. It is valued at $160. Some individuals of interest have been identified. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Oct. 27, Chad Aaron Gessel, 48, of Atlantic Beach and Michael James Anderson, 34, of Apalachicola were involved in a traffic stop in Crawfordville. Deputy Gibby Gibson was running radar when he observed the vehicle containing the two men traveling 48 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. Deputy Gibson conducted a traffic stop and smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. The two men told the deputy that they had smoked a marijuana cigarette but did not have any more narcotics. Permission to search the vehicle was granted and marijuana was found. Both men were arrested for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated.

On Oct. 28, a vehicle fire was reported at Eden Springs Nursing Home. Deputy Mike Zimba observed a Ford truck fully engulfed in flames. There was nobody inside the vehicle and Wakulla Firefighters arrived a short time later and extinguished the fire. The truck was a total loss. The fire originated in the engine area. The fire was ruled an engine malfunction. The owner of the vehicle is Gary Jenks of Crawfordville. The vehicle was being used by a friend at the time of the fire. Deputy Billy Metcalf investigated.

On Oct. 28, Keith Campbell of Panacea reported the theft of bank checks. A person of interest was identified. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.

On Oct. 28, Selena Vinzant of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim reported the theft of two cameras, medications and cash, valued at $491, from her home. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Richard Moon investigated.

On Oct. 28, Nathaniel Holder of Crawfordville reported a structure fire on Harper Street in Crawfordville. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks arrived on scene and observed heavy smoke coming from the residence. Deputy Middlebrooks used his agency issued fire extinguisher to put out a skillet that caught fire on the stove top. Minor damage was observed in the kitchen and there were no injuries. Wakulla Firefighters used a utility fan to blow smoke out of the home.

On Oct. 28, Mariah Knowles of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. The victim reported the theft of a dirt bike and change jar valued at $1,150. Suspects have been identified. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.

On Oct. 29, a 16-year-old juvenile at Sopchoppy Second Chance School was given a notice to appear in court for disturbing the peace. The student refused to follow the directions of his teacher and Principal Dod Walker. The student was transported to Wakulla High School where he was picked up by a parent. Deputy Joe Page investigated.

On Oct. 29, William Parker of Crawfordville reported the theft of a portable stereo from his porch. A subject was observed with the stereo which is valued at $50. Deputy Will Hudson and Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.

On Oct. 29, Jehu Westmark of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. The victim observed 13 unauthorized charges on his bank account. The charges totaled $1,359 through online transactions. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Oct. 29, Robert Busch of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim arranged for an individual to work on a home improvement project for him. The suspect, who has been identified, charged materials to the victim’s lumber yard account without authorization. The charges totaled $580. Deputy Richard Moon investigated.

On Oct. 29, Kirstian Hemby of St. Marks reported a criminal mischief. Someone tampered with the victim’s boat. The estimate to repair the damage is $300. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.

On Oct. 29, Sonja Moseley of Crawfordville reported a felony criminal mischief to her rental property. A former tenant moved out and the victim discovered damage to the interior of the home. Multiple holes were observed in the dry wall along with damage to interior doors and a broken window. Talquin Electric Cooperative was notified regarding damage to a meter. Damage was estimated at $4,878 and suspects have been identified. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

On Oct. 29, Steven Baird of Crawfordville reported finding an envelope containing $335 in cash and checks from a local business while at a local bank night deposit box. Baird turned the envelope over to WCSO Deputy Anthony Paul who contacted the business owner who confirmed he had made a trip to the night deposit earlier in the evening. The envelope and contents were turned over to the business owner and the case was closed.

On Oct. 29, James Rudd of Crawfordville reported the theft of a bicycle. The bike was placed against the home when it was stolen. It is valued at $165. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

On Oct. 29, Sgt. Jeremy Johnston was running stationary radar on Highway 61 near the county line when he observed a vehicle traveling 72 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. A traffic stop was conducted. Sgt. Johnston smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and observed an open container. During the search crack cocaine was discovered along with some marijuana. Kimberly Mayesha Mathis, 22, of Tallahassee admitted the narcotics belonged to her. She was arrested for possession of cocaine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and a Leon County warrant. The driver of the vehicle was issued a verbal warning for speeding and for having an open container. The cocaine weighed three grams and the marijuana weighed 3.8 grams. Mathis was wanted in Leon for violation of probation for driving while license is suspended or revoked and petit theft.

On Oct. 30, Deputy Scott Powell and Detective Clint Beam responded to a structure fire at the Hudson Park pavilion in Crawfordville. Two fires were located inside the men’s restroom. The fires started in a paper towel dispenser and toilet paper dispenser. Damage was estimated at $5,000. The state Fire Marshal determined the fire to be arson. Wakulla Firefighters also assisted at the scene. Suspects have been identified as the investigation continues.

On Oct. 30, Harvey Mae Gavin of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. A window at the victim’s home was damaged. Damage was estimated at $75. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.

On Oct. 30, Stacy M. Hutton of Crawfordville was involved in a traffic crash on Jack Crum Road in Crawfordville. The victim struck a deer with her vehicle but only minor damage was created to the vehicle and no injuries were reported. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Oct. 30, David Wilson of Crawfordville reported the theft of an air conditioning unit. The unit was taken from the victim’s shed and is valued at $400. The unit was placed in the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Lt. Mike Kemp investigated.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1,001 calls for service during the past week including: 17 residential and business alarms; 99 citizen contacts; 14 disturbances; 25 E-911 abandoned cell calls; five E-911 abandoned calls; 22 E-911 regular calls; 36 investigations; 12 loud music/noise complaints; 44 medical emergencies; 241 business and residential security checks; 19 special details; 10 thefts; 10 suspicious vehicles; 11 suspicious people; 38 traffic enforcements; 80 traffic stops; and 15 wanted people.

 

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