|Sheriff's Log--Nov. 22 to Nov. 28|
On Nov. 21, Andrew Morris of Sopchoppy reported a vehicle fire. Wakulla Firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the flames. The victim parked on the shoulder of the road near his home while the vehicle was running. Smoke was observed in the grass. The victim moved the vehicle and extinguished the grass fire but noticed that smoke was now coming from under the hood. Smoke and flames were observed in the engine compartment. The cause of the fire is believed to be the heat of the exhaust system starting the grass fire which in turn caught the vehicle on fire. The fire was ruled an accident and the vehicle was a total loss. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.
On Nov. 21, Kurtis Jamar Zanders, 25, of Crawfordville was arrested for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of narcotics equipment after Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated multiple juveniles around the Hickory Park bathroom smoking. Three juveniles, ages 13, 14 and 15, two females and a male, came out of the women’s bathroom with Zanders. Zanders was in possession of marijuana and a smoking pipe. The parents of the juveniles were contacted. The juveniles and Zanders were issued trespass warnings for the park. The marijuana weighed 1.4 grams
On Nov. 21, Christopher Lee Rodgers, 27, of Crawfordville was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked. Sgt. Ryan Muse witnessed Rodgers operating a gas powered mini-bike after dark without lights on Whiddon Lake Road. It was determined that Rodgers had three prior convictions for operating a motor vehicle while his license was suspended. The motor bike was turned over to a friend.
On Nov. 22, Deputy Nick Boutwell investigated a weapons offense at Riversprings Middle School. Two 12-year-old female juveniles were caught attempting to flee from school. During the search of their back packs, two knives and a box cutter were found. Deputy Boutwell requested a warrant review for the students for possessing weapons on school property without permission.
On Nov. 22, Jerry Griffin of Griffin Auto Sales in Crawfordville reported a fraud. Someone used the victim’s business information to set up fraudulent accounts. The victim received information from a bank congratulating him on the new accounts. He did not apply for the bank accounts. Multiple checks were written from a newly created account totally approximately $1,700. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On Nov. 22, Warren C. Harden of Sopchoppy and Denise M. Boheler of Sopchoppy were involved in a minor traffic crash in the parking lot of Centennial Bank in Crawfordville. There were no injuries and minor damage to both vehicles. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On Nov. 23, James W. Langford of Crawfordville and Maria D. Linton of Crawfordville were involved in a traffic crash in the parking lot of Winn-Dixie. There were no injuries and minor damage to both vehicles. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On Nov. 23, Keli Jones of Winn-Dixie reported a retail theft. Christopher Lee Rogers, 27, of Crawfordville attempted to take $75 worth of food from the store without paying for it. Jones recovered the food items and Rogers fled the scene. Sgt. Danny Harrell conducted a traffic stop and the suspect was identified. A smoking pipe was discovered on the subject during the arrest process. Rogers was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and retail theft. Deputy Scott Powell also investigated.
On Nov. 23, Deputy Mike Zimba conducted a traffic stop at Highway 267 and Old Bethel Road after observing a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign. Deputy Zimba smelled the odor of marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle. Five baseball sized baggies of marijuana were discovered in the vehicle. One of the baggies contained 37 smaller individually packaged bags of marijuana and a digital scale and empty baggies were also found. The suspect, Christopher Jerrod Deshazier, 22, of Havana, also possessed $160 in cash. The suspect’s vehicle was impounded and the total weight of the marijuana was 152.1 grams. Deshazier was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of narcotics equipment. He was also given a traffic citation for failing to stop at the stop sign. Sgt. Lorne Whaley, Deputy Ross Hasty and Sgt. Ryan Muse also investigated.
On Nov. 23, Jeremy McCranie of Crawfordville reported the theft of a wallet. The victim has not been able to determine where the wallet was taken or lost. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On Nov. 24, Kayla Love of Crawfordville reported the theft of jewelry and coins from her home. The stolen property is valued at $75 and a suspect has been identified. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.
On Nov. 24, Paul Causseaux of Crawfordville reported the theft of three checks. Two of three stolen checks were cashed by a suspect who has been identified. The suspect also gained access to the victim’s bank account to cash an electronic check. The total value of the checks and withdrawal is $332. Deputy Scott Powell and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.
On Nov. 25, James Trowell of Sopchoppy reported a fraud. The victim’s business account was accessed in Miami. The victim reported 23 unauthorized charges worth $1,600 on the account since September 2013. Other charges are being questioned as well and the total potential loss to the victim is approximately $3,662. Sgt. Jeremy Johnston investigated.
On Nov. 25, Christian Langston of Crawfordville reported the theft of a vehicle. The vehicle was stolen from the victim’s home. The keys were left inside the vehicle at the time of the theft and a suspect has been identified. The vehicle was later recovered in Leon County. Deputy Vicki Mitchell and Lt. Jimmy Sessor investigated.
On Nov. 25, Less Harrison of Wacissa reported the theft of bee hives from the Wakulla Extension Office in Crawfordville. Two hives, valued at $300, were removed from the side of the building. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.
On Nov. 25, Deanne Bailey of Crawfordville reported the theft of household goods and appliances. The property is valued at $1,923 and was taken from the victim’s carport. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.
On Nov. 26, Wal-Mart Loss Prevention staff reported a possible retail theft. Three females placed items inside a trash can which was inside a shopping cart. When the females were confronted they ran out of the store and left the area in a vehicle. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Detective Cole Wells investigated.
On Nov. 26, Larry Hess of Crawfordville reported the theft of a yard statute. The value of the missing item is $500. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.
On Nov. 26, Christopher Langston of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. While at a party in the Apalachicola National Forest, the victim reported that someone broke his windshield. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $350. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.
On Nov. 26, Matthew Slavens of Panacea reported the theft of a WCSO issued radio. The radio was stolen in Panacea. The radio was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. The radio is valued at $300. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.
On Nov. 26, an 81-year-old Mississippi man got his vehicle stuck in the mud on U.S. Highway 98 near St. Marks Powder. Sgt. Ryan Muse and Deputy Ashley McAlister investigated and discovered that the man was reported missing from Quitman, Mississippi. He stated that he had been driving for 19 hours but thought he was still in Mississippi. The man was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for hunger and dehydration and a relative was contacted. A message was sent to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office in Mississippi informing them that the subject had been located.
On Nov. 27, Andrew Keel of Crawfordville reported an illegal dumping on Basswood Drive in Crawfordville. Tires were discovered on a vacant lot on the victim’s property. Approximately 70 tires were scattered on a portion of the property. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On Nov. 27, Tommy Barton of Sopchoppy reported being struck by an unknown object while operating a motor vehicle on Sopchoppy Highway. The object smashed the back window of the vehicle. Lt. Mike Kemp and Deputy Billy Metcalf investigated.
On Nov. 28, James Thompson of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. Someone removed a storage/toolbox from the victim’s barn. The storage box contained a trailer hitch. The missing property is valued at $400 and a suspect has been identified. Sgt. Danny Harrell and Detective Cole Wells investigated.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1,014 calls for service during the past week including: 22 business and residential alarms; 10 assists to other agencies; 70 citizen contacts; 11 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 10 E-911 abandoned calls; 13 E-911 calls; 51 investigations; 45 medical emergencies; 378 business and residential security checks; 23 special details; 32 traffic enforcements; 106 traffic stops; 12 trees down; and 16 watch orders.