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Sheriff's Log--Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

On Nov. 29, Sharon McGuire of Crawfordville reported a fraud. An unknown subject called the victim stating that he was her grandson. The caller stated that he had been in a traffic crash in Mexico and needed $1,500. The victim wired the money and the caller contacted the victim again and requested another $1,500. The victim became suspicious and contacted a family member who informed the victim that her grandson was fine and had not been to Mexico. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

On Nov. 29, a boater in the St. Marks area reported overturning his vessel. The boat sunk and the caller and his son got out of the boat and attempted to walk to shore. They both became stuck in the mud and needed assistance. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials were contacted and responded. FWC reported that both men were safe and uninjured.

On Nov. 29, Alison Bussey of Crawfordville reported a fraud. An unauthorized charge was observed on the victim’s bank card. The fraud totaled $148. The transaction ended up in Peru. Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

On Nov. 29, Ronald Murray of Crawfordville reported being stuck on a log in the Apalachicola National Forest. The victim was unable to dislodge his ATV from the log and law enforcement was able to use his general cell phone location to narrow down the search area. After two hours, the victim was located unharmed. The FWC and Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) assisted with the search. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks, Lt. Sherrell Morrison, Deputy Ward Kromer and Deputy Ashley McAlister assisted with the search.

On Nov. 30, Leah R. Vickerman of Tallahassee was involved in a traffic crash with a deer at Springhill Road and Guy Strickland Road in Crawfordville. The vehicle sustained minor damage, but the deer was euthanized due to the severity of the injuries. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On Nov. 30, Krista Shanell Smith, 29, of Crawfordville died in a single vehicle traffic crash. The victim was traveling southbound on Lonnie Raker Lane when she failed to negotiate a left hand curve in the 1100 block. She overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a tree on the driver side of the vehicle. Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene. The traffic crash investigation was turned over to a Florida Highway Patrol Homicide Investigator. Sgt. Jeremy Johnston assisted FHP with the death notification.

On Nov. 30, Heidi Franklin of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. A window was broken out and a purse was stolen from her vehicle. The value of the stolen purse and the damage to the vehicle was estimated at $150. Lt. Sherrell Morrison investigated.

On Nov. 30, Willie Joseph Williams, 65, of Crawfordville was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill after threatening a female victim with a screwdriver. The victim struck Williams in the head with a beer bottle. Williams was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for treatment of a laceration to his head and was arrested after his return. Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

On Nov. 30, Lachrisha Wells of Panacea reported a vehicle burglary. The victim’s wallet was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked at her home. The wallet and contents are valued at $150. Lt. Sherrell Morrison investigated.

On Dec. 1, Dustin Benjamin Boatenreiter, 19, of Crawfordville was arrested for fraud following a traffic stop. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks conducted the traffic stop due to Boatenreiter crossing the center line several times. Deputy Middlebrooks observed an open alcoholic container. The deputy was granted consent to search the vehicle and discovered a New Jersey driver license that was issued to another individual but contained Boatenreiter’s picture. The license was fictitious and was purchased in Las Vegas. Boatenreiter was arrested for possession of a fraudulent driver license. He was also given a traffic citation for possession of an open container.

On Dec. 1, Kallie Redding of Crawfordville reported the theft of a child’s motorcycle and car toys from her residence. A neighboring residence was being cleaned up by a property manager when the victim’s property was taken. The property is valued at $200. A person of interest has been identified. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.

On Dec. 1, Scott Thomas of Jacksonville reported finding his stolen property at a yard sale in Ochlockonee Bay. He reported his lawn mower stolen in 2011 and the serial number of the mower up for sale matched his missing mower. The mower was seized by Detective Derek Lawhon. Some individuals of interest have been identified in the theft of the mower. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.

On Dec. 1, Scott Thomas of Jacksonville reported a burglary and criminal mischief to his vacation home in Panacea. A forced entry was discovered at the home and a shed was burglarized. Damage is estimated at $225. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Detective Clint Beam investigated.

On Dec. 2, Genaro Mendez of Tallahassee reported a burglary to a work trailer in Crawfordville. South Pointe Builders is building a home in Crawfordville. A work trailer was entered and several pieces of equipment were missing. The missing tools and materials are valued at $1,000. The trailer padlock was missing. Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated.

On Dec. 3, Gordon Millender of Sopchoppy and AMS Marine Supply reported a criminal mischief to the store. A glass window was shattered but nothing was reported missing. Deputy Billy Metcalf investigated.

On Dec. 3, Paige Strickland reported a fraud. Unauthorized charges were observed on the victim’s bank card. Two charges were discovered that totaled $50 at a Crawfordville area convenience store. After receiving a new bank card, the victim observed a third unauthorized charge on it. Detective Matt Helms investigated.

On Dec. 3, Corry Stanley of Crawfordville reported a fraud. A suspect, who has been identified, used the victim’s EBay and PayPal accounts without authorization. The suspect transferred funds out of the victim’s account. He also contacted potential customers about items for sale that were purchased by clients without the suspect shipping any merchandise. Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated.

On Dec. 3, Stephanie Bennett of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. Five fraudulent charges were made on the victim’s bank card. The charges were created in New York City at retail merchandise stores and a gas station. The charges totaled $782. Deputy David Pienta investigated.

On Dec. 3, Wal-Mart Asset Protect staff reported a retail theft. A suspect was observed placing items in his vehicle outside the store. The Asset Protection staff member recognized the suspect as someone who stole merchandise from the store in November. The suspect’s vehicle tag was covered up as he drove toward Tallahassee. A Leon County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled over the suspect vehicle in Leon and detained Christopher Dennis, 31, of Tallahassee. The stolen property was found inside the vehicle. The recovered items included towels, pillows, gift bags, headphones, television, DVD player, speakers, stereo and a Christmas tree. The stolen items are valued at $1,056 and Dennis was charged with felony shoplifting. Deputy Mike Zimba, Deputy Ross Hasty and Sgt. Lorne Whaley investigated.

On Dec. 3, while investigating the Christopher Dennis retail theft from Dec. 3, Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff reported that Dennis was also a suspect in a Nov. 24 retail theft case. During the Nov. 24 incident, televisions, headphones, surge protectors, pillows and deep fryers, valued at $1,300, were reported stolen. As was the case on Dec. 3, the suspect passed the last point of sale without paying for the items. Dennis was charged with a second count of felony shoplifting. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.

On Dec. 3, Kathryn Willis of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. A relative’s bank card was used to purchase gasoline at a St. Marks convenience store. The unauthorized charge was $41. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Jerold Finney investigated.

On Dec. 3, Linda Musachio of Crawfordville reported a vehicle theft. Larry Jackson Strickland, 63, of Crawfordville took the victim’s vehicle from her property without authorization. Sgt. Lorne Whaley observed the vehicle at Epsie Strickland Road and Stokley Road. Strickland was charged with grand theft and transported to the Wakulla County Jail. The vehicle was turned over to the victim. Deputy Mike Zimba also investigated.

On Dec. 4, Steve Walker of Crawfordville and Joshua Ostojich of Crawfordville were involved in a minor traffic crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 319 and Lindsay Mill Road. There were no injuries reported. Deputy Mike Crum investigated.

On Dec. 4, Mercedes Williams of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief to her vehicle. Sugar was observed in the vehicle gas tank. A suspect has been identified. Damage was estimated at $500. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

On Dec. 4, Taylor Walker of Crawfordville and Sarah Nordlof of Crawfordville were involved in a two vehicle traffic crash at Songbird Avenue and U.S. Highway 319. There were no injuries reported and only minor damage to the vehicles. Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

On Dec. 4, Mose Hall of Tallahassee and Bharat Patel of Crawfordville were involved in a two vehicle traffic crash near U.S. Highway 319 and Highway 267. There were no injuries reported. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office reported 763 calls for service during the past week including: 17 business and residential alarms; 74 citizen contacts; 16 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 11 E-911 abandoned calls; 17 E-911 calls; 52 investigations; 44 medical emergencies; 17 school security checks; 196 business and residential security checks; 21 special details; 25 traffic enforcements; 52 traffic stops; 11 reckless vehicles; and 15 warrant services.

 

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