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Sheriff's Log--Nov. 15 to Nov. 21

On Nov. 14, Nicholas Reed of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. The victim observed an unauthorized transaction on his bank account for $50. Deputy Scott Rojas investigated.

On Nov. 14, Alison Williams of Crawfordville reported a fraud. An unauthorized withdrawal was observed on her bank account. The fraud was for $200. It was later determined to be a bank error. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Nov. 14, Brittany Harrell of Crawfordville reported a fraud as her family attempted to connect to cable service. The victim was informed that her family had an outstanding bill with the cable company from 1999. It was determined that a member of the victim’s family had his name and Social Security information used to open the account. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Nov. 14, Mary Goddard of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim’s jewelry and a gift card were stolen from her home. The stolen property is valued at $530. Suspects have been identified. Deputy Scott Powell investigated.

On Nov. 14, Lonnie Lee of Crawfordville reported a fraud. Four unauthorized purchases were observed on the victim’s bank account. All of the charges were created at a Wal-Mart in Cordova, Tenn. The charges totaled $229. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Nov. 14, WCSO deputies assisted an elderly female who needed an escort to her daughter’s home after getting lost on her travels from Gainesville. The woman stopped at Mack’s Meats and owner Tim Rose called the sheriff’s office for her. A WCSO deputy escorted her to her daughter’s home on Royal Oaks Court.

On Nov. 14, Carolyn Castillo of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. An unauthorized charge of $159 was observed by the victim on her bank account. The charge was created over the Internet. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Nov. 15, Ronald Brown of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. The victim observed fraudulent activity on his bank account. Ten unauthorized charges were observed for a total of $3,349. The charges were created at Tallahassee stores. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.

On Nov. 15, James Hurley of Panacea reported a grand theft. Two stainless steel boat propellers were stolen from his residence. The property is valued at $1,000. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Richard Moon investigated.

On Nov. 15, a 14-year-old Wakulla High School juvenile was found to be in possession of two pills that were concealed in his head gear. Both pills were listed as a Schedule 2 controlled substance. The juvenile also had unknown powder in his possession which will be analyzed to determine if it is a controlled substance or not. The juvenile was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Deputy Scott Rojas investigated.

On Nov. 15, Dennis Brandt of AutoZone in Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. The store delivery vehicle was damaged from an attempted entry. Damage is estimated at $100. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.

On Nov. 15, David Hutchinson of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim responded to an Internet service list advertisement for job training program in Tallahassee. The advertisement told the victim to purchase a prepaid credit card to pay for the class. A call to the Leon County Civic Center where the class was allegedly to have taken place revealed that several individuals in the area were victims of the same scam. Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

On Nov. 15, WCSO deputies made a DUI and drug arrest while investigating a report of a hit and run. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks was dispatched to Wakulla Springs Highway and Old Shell Point Road. The suspect driver struck another motorist in the rear but when the victim pulled over the driver continued southbound. Deputy Middlebrooks observed the suspect at another location. The deputy conducted a traffic stop and observed an open container of alcoholic beverage and smelled the odor of marijuana. Marijuana was observed inside the vehicle and in the suspect’s clothing.
Brian Lewis Charles, 34, of Crawfordville was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell and DUI with property damage. Three bags of marijuana weighed a total of nine grams. The victim whose vehicle was struck by the suspect was identified as Kristen R. Herron of Crawfordville. Sgt. Jeremy Johnston, Deputy Richard Moon and FHP Trooper Greene also assisted at the scene.

On Nov. 15, Deputy Ashley McAlister responded to a medical call where a Crawfordville woman was in distress. Deputy McAlister discovered crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia at the home. In addition, marijuana was observed in the home. The narcotics and paraphernalia were seized by the deputy and Wakulla EMS transported the woman to the hospital for treatment. No charges were filed at the time of the incident.

On Nov. 16, Richard Peter Kowalczyk, 20, of Marianna was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked. Deputy Will Hudson and Deputy Ashley McAlister responded to a disturbance call at Dux Liquors. Deputy Hudson contacted Deputy Vicki Mitchell about a vehicle passing him at 92 miles per hour. Deputy Mitchell conducted a traffic stop. The driver did not have a valid license and his tag was also expired. Kowalczyk was instructed to contact another driver for transport back to Tallahassee while Deputy Mitchell assisted two other deputies with the disturbance call.
Later, Deputy Mitchell observed Kowalczyk driving past her again. The deputy conducted a second traffic stop and arrested her subject and transported him to the Wakulla County Jail. The vehicle keys were turned over to a friend.

On Nov. 16, Rhonda Kay Johnson, 54, of Crawfordville was issued a notice to appear in court after a traffic stop. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks conducted a traffic stop after determining that the tag was not on the vehicle to which it was assigned. Johnson told the deputy she removed the tag from another vehicle and placed it on the one she was driving. The tag was seized and the subject received a notice to appear in court for tag not assigned.

On Nov. 16, Katherine Carraway of Sopchoppy reported the possible theft of her wallet from Dollar General in Crawfordville. The victim left the store without knowing the whereabouts of her purse. The wallet and contents are valued at $62. Deputy Richard Moon investigated.

On Nov. 16, Caroline Miller of Panacea reported a fraud. Someone used the victim’s personal information to apply for credit. The credit attempt was through Sears. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.

On Nov. 16, Jodee Bolieu of Crawfordville reported a grand theft of wiring from a rental property in Panacea. Copper wire was cut from beneath a trailer. Replacement cost is estimated at $400. Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

On Nov. 16, Sgt. Ryan Muse conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle with an expired tag. The tag check came back as stolen.  Shenica Lasha Gilbert, 31, of Tallahassee could not produce a valid driver license and admitted that she had knowledge of the tag being stolen. Gilbert was transported to the Wakulla County Jail where she attempted to dispose of narcotics on the floor. The marijuana weighed 1.3 grams and the vehicle tag was seized. Gilbert was charged with driving while license is suspended or revoked-habitual offender, attached tag not assigned, possession of stolen property, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and introduction of contraband into a detention facility. Detention Deputy Vicky Hughes also investigated.

On Nov. 16, James Arthur Farmer of Crawfordville was observed driving westbound on the one-way east bound Bream Fountain Road in Crawfordville. A traffic stop was conducted and it was determined there was a seize tag order on the vehicle due to an expired tag. Farmer did not possess a valid driver license. He received a criminal traffic citation for traveling the wrong direction on a one way roadway, operating a motor vehicle with an expired tag of six months or less and knowingly operating a motor vehicle while license is suspended. Deputy Ward Kromer and Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

On Nov. 16, Joseph Dean Hicks, 31, of Crawfordville was arrested for vehicle theft on Wakulla Beach Road. Jennifer L. Whittinghill of Panacea reported her vehicle as stolen earlier in the road patrol shift and identified Hicks as a possible suspect. The vehicle was observed as wrecked and earlier the suspect was seeking assistance from a resident in the area. During the arrest process, Hicks attempted to flee from Deputy Vicki Mitchell and FHP Trooper Stone. The suspect ran approximately 100 yards before being apprehended by Trooper Stone who deployed an electronic discharge device to gain compliance. Hicks was charged with resisting arrest without violence and he faces additional charges from FHP Trooper Stone. Deputy Will Hudson, Deputy Ashley McAlister and Sgt. Jeremy Johnston also investigated.

On Nov. 17, Adam Piotrowski of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. Someone entered the victim’s portable building and stole a firearm. The rifle and scope are valued at $375. Persons of interest were identified. Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

On Nov. 17, Tully Taff of Crawfordville reported the theft of a portable DVD player. The victim allowed a female subject to stay at his home and she removed property from the home without permission. The player is valued at $189. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On Nov. 17, Ronald Edmondson of Panacea reported a criminal mischief. The victim reported a juvenile shooting out a vehicle window with a BB gun. Damage was estimated at $275. The juvenile’s father agreed to pay for the damage to the victim’s vehicle and the 13-year-old juvenile was issued a Juvenile Civil Citation. Lt. Jimmy Sessor investigated.

On Nov. 17, Ricky A. Dyke of Crawfordville and Saeedeh P. Posey of Crawfordville were involved in a minor traffic crash at the Wal-Mart parking lot. There were no injuries reported. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On Nov. 17, Reca Kay Hiers, 47, of Tallahassee was arrested for introduction of contraband into a detention facility. Detention deputies received information that Hiers smuggled tobacco products and a lighter into the jail. The lighter and rolling papers were recovered. The tobacco was already smoked. Lt. Jimmy Sessor, Lt. Cliff Carroll and Sgt. Charles Porter investigated.

On Nov. 18, Barry Broering of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. Four unauthorized charges were observed on the victim’s bank account. The charges totaled $2,095 with the majority coming from Internet sites. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Nov. 18, Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff reported a retail theft. Two female teenagers were observed attempting to steal $48 worth of merchandise from the store. The investigation determined that the teenagers were from North Carolina and Tennessee and the girls were transported to the Wakulla County Jail.

Later, it was determined that one of the females was only age 14. The 14-year-old was determined to be a runaway from Tennessee and the 18-year-old was identified as Kathrine Jane Laughter of Etowah, NC, who had outstanding warrants out of Kingsport, Tennessee with full extradition. No charges were filed for retail theft as the property was recovered. The 14-year-old was transported to juvenile detention in Leon County to be held until she can be extradited. Laughter is being held in the Wakulla County Jail until she can be extradited. The vehicle used by the teenagers was held for pickup by the parents of the older teenager. Deputy Gibby Gibson, Deputy Mike Crum and Lt. Mike Kemp investigated.

On Nov. 18, Beverly Keister of Panacea reported a credit card offense. The victim observed an unauthorized charge on her credit card account. The charge was for $160 for flowers. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.

On Nov. 19, Joseph Perdue of Crawfordville reported two vehicle burglaries. Both of his family vehicles were rummaged through and a GPS unit and $2.50 in cash and change was stolen. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Nov. 19, Ashley Taylor of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. The victim observed 10 unauthorized charges on her bank account. The charges totaled $750 at the same Wal-Mart in Atlanta, Ga. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Nov. 19, Robert D. Heide of St. George Island and David T. Rickards of Carrabelle were involved in a two vehicle minor traffic crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 319 and U.S. Highway 98. There were no injuries and minor damage to the vehicles. Deputy Mike Crum investigated.

On Nov. 19 Stacie Phillips of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief to The Wakulla News building. Several holes in the vinyl siding were observed that appear to have been caused by rocks. It has not been determined if the damage was caused by lawn care equipment or criminal activity. Lt. Mike Kemp investigated.

On Nov. 19, David A. Koppenaal of Crawfordville and Susan M. Schatzman of Crawfordville were involved in a two vehicle traffic crash at Wal-Mart. There were no injuries and minor damage to the vehicles. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Nov. 19, Warren Wollschlager of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. A bank card was used without the victim’s permission. The charge was for $26. Lt. Mike Kemp investigated.

On Nov. 19, Deputy Billy Metcalf and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Officer Jason Godwin investigated teenagers smoking marijuana on Purify Bay Road at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge property. When Officer Godwin determined the teenagers were smoking marijuana he was granted permission to search the vehicle. Law enforcement discovered 1.1 grams of marijuana inside the vehicle. Two 17-year-old males and an 18-year-old male were given a Juvenile Civil Citation or notices to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. A female juvenile was released to her father and was not charged.

On Nov. 19, Eddie Oliver of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. Someone stole the victim’s camcorder from inside an unsecured vehicle at his home. The camera and case are valued at $770. Deputy Ross Hasty and Sgt. Lorne Whaley investigated.

On Nov. 20, Kellie Talbot of Crawfordville reported a noise complaint in Crawfordville. The victim told Deputy Ross Hasty and Sgt. Lorne Whaley that her family could not sleep due to loud music coming from the home of Henry Malcolm Bramblett, 24, of Crawfordville. Deputies spoke to the subject on more than one occasion about turning down loud music. Due to the previous warnings, Bramblett was arrested for disorderly conduct and transported to the Wakulla County Jail.

On Nov. 20, Elouise Washington of Crawfordville reported the theft of a lawn mower. A push mower, a shovel and hanging plants were taken from her property. The mower is valued at $80. Sgt. Jeremy Johnston investigated.

On Nov. 20, Essie Long of Big Top Grocery in Panacea reported a retail theft. Kellie Ann Michal, 29, of Panacea was observed taking cough medicine, cigarettes and beef sticks out of the store without paying for them. The suspect gave Long some of the items back when confronted in the parking lot. Michal attempted to pull away from the store but went over the curb and struck an ice machine with her vehicle. Long removed the keys from the vehicle. Michal left the scene but was observed by Deputy Mike Crum nearby and detained. Michal was charged with retail theft and a juvenile child and the vehicle were turned over to a family member. The stolen items are valued at $30 and have been recovered. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks also investigated.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 860 calls for service during the past week including: 16 business and residential alarms; 102 citizen contacts; 12 disturbances; 18 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 8 E-911 abandoned calls; 22 E-911 calls; 11 frauds; 43 investigations; 55 medical emergencies; 243 business and security checks; 24 special details; 12 subpoena services; 31 traffic enforcements; 63 traffic stops; 11 reckless vehicles; 12 wanted people; and 12 watch orders.

 

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