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Sheriff's Log--Dec. 6 to Dec. 12

On Dec. 5, off-duty Deputy Will Hudson reported observing a suspicious vehicle in the Flower subdivision in Crawfordville. Detective Clint Beam investigated and discovered a vehicle registered to a male subject who was incarcerated in the Wakulla County Jail. A female subject was interviewed at the scene and it was determined that she gave Detective Beam an incorrect name. The subject, Tedesa G. Longver, 34, of Crawfordville was charged with providing false information to law enforcement. Detective Beam determined that Longver also had an outstanding warrant out of Leon County.

On Dec. 5, Philip Pruitt of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim was attempting to file taxes when he was informed by the IRS that his Social Security number had already been used to file taxes. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On Dec. 5, Bunny Langridge of Sopchoppy reported a motor home fire at her home. The RV and contents were valued at $18,000 and were a total loss. Detective Matt Helms and the state Fire Marshal were contacted along with Wakulla Fire Chief Mike Morgan. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated. The investigation continues.

On Dec. 5, David Edward George, 46, of Tallahassee was stopped by Deputy Alan Middlebrooks after being observed crossing the center line on Wakulla Arran Road which caused oncoming motorists to veer out of his way. Deputy Middlebrooks conducted a traffic stop and determined that George’s driver license was suspended. George also had an outstanding warrant out of Leon County. George was issued a notice to appear in court for knowingly driving while license is suspended or revoked. He was transported to the Leon County line where he was turned over to law enforcement in Leon.

On Dec. 5, Sheleishia House of Tallahassee reported the theft of a tablet. The tablet was turned in by a concerned citizen after it was discovered on Crawfordville Highway. The victim identified a suspect in the theft which occurred two days earlier. The tablet is valued at $160. Deputy Scott Rojas investigated.

On Dec. 6, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Deputy Matthew Hedges were conducting stationary radar east of Newport on U.S. Highway 98 when they observed a motorist driving 68 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. A traffic stop was conducted and when the driver, Andre Ricardo Greene, 45, of Perry, rolled down the window smoke poured out from the interior of the vehicle.  A strong odor of marijuana was detected. The deputies discovered plastic grocery bags containing 23 individually packaged bags of marijuana. Greene was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell. A passenger in the vehicle, Adrian Renard Nelson, 21, of Perry, was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Greene’s marijuana weighed 203.1 grams while Nelson’s marijuana weighed .1 of a gram. Burned marijuana cigarettes were also found inside the vehicle. Both men were transported to the Wakulla County Jail and their vehicle was towed from the scene.

On Dec. 6, Kreana Evanshine of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. A purse was removed from the vehicle. A second vehicle at the home was entered and medical devices were stolen. Both vehicles were left unsecured. The total value of the stolen items was $10,965. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Dec. 6, Lee Rutledge of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. The victim discovered that someone entered the vehicle and removed $1,082 worth of sunglasses, knives and other items. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Dec. 6, Melissa Brown of Boynton Beach reported a vehicle theft. The vehicle was left at a home the victim was vacating. She also reported observing the vehicle for sale on Craigslist. The victim checked on the vehicle later and discovered it was sold. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Dec. 6, Mattie Latil of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim was seeking a job when she discovered that her Social Security number was already being used in Miami. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Scott Powell investigated.

On Dec. 6, Sherry Parks of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. Two unauthorized charges were observed on the victim’s bank card. The charges are valued at $149 at a Publix in Lake Worth. Deputy Scott Powell investigated.

On Dec. 6, Christopher Crum of Sopchoppy reported a vehicle fire. The victim observed smoke under the vehicle hood and contacted 911. Wakulla Firefighters arrived on scene and put out the fire which originated in the engine compartment. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $3,000 to $5,000 and was caused by a mechanical problem. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.

On Dec. 6, Thomas Dunlap of Crawfordville reported a vehicle theft. The victim had a vehicle and a boat stolen from a friend’s home. A suspect has been identified and the truck and boat were entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. The vehicle and boat are valued at $1,500. Deputy Scott Powell investigated.

On Dec. 7, William Riley of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. The victim reported the theft of a firearm, keys and remotes. The firearm was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. The value of the stolen items is $1,215. Deputy Gibby Gibson and Deputy David Pienta investigated.

On Dec. 7, Phoebe Fillis of Crawfordville reported an environmental offense. Household garbage was dumped on her property. Names of the owners of the trash were identified and agreed to pick up the trash. It was determined that the trash was moved to the victim’s property by bears. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) were notified of the nuisance bears. No charges were filed. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Dec. 7, Gary Germanton of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. An unauthorized charge was observed on the victim’s bank account. The charge was for $218 at an office supply store in Deerfield Beach. Deputy David Pienta investigated.

On Dec. 7, a 17-year-old Pace High School wrestler from Santa Rosa County reported the theft of his iPhone during a high school wrestling match. The Pace team was near the Valdosta High School team on the bleachers and the two teams exchanged information in case the phone is recovered. The phone is valued at $400. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.

On Dec. 7, Deputy Mike Zimba investigated a disturbance involving two adults and a child in Crawfordville. During the investigation, Ronald Corey Swanson, 28, of Crawfordville became aggressive and shoved Deputy Zimba. During the arrest process Swanson head butted Cody Ray Sherrod, 38, of Crawfordville who approached the patrol vehicle and Deputy Zimba. Later, Sherrod became agitated at Deputy Zimba and Sgt. Lorne Whaley who arrived on scene to assist with the investigation and he threw two coolers that landed near Sgt. Whaley and a witness. Sherrod was arrested by Sgt. Whaley. Swanson was charged with battery, battery on a law enforcement officer and burglary with assault. Sherrod was charged with disorderly conduct. Both men were transported to the Wakulla County Jail.

On Dec. 9, Deputy Anthony Paul responded to a fire at the Crawfordville Highway Shell Station. Store employees turned on the cooking station and a fire started in the gas griddle area. Deputy Paul used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire and there were no injuries or structural damage. A Wakulla Firefighter arrived on scene and determined that the fire was out and he set up an exhaust fan due to the smoke. The fire started as a result of grease buildup.

On Dec. 9, Edward Kimberlin of Crawfordville reported a fraud. A credit card company informed the victim that someone was attempting to open an account in his name. Someone charged the victim’s bank account $386 at Victoria’s Secret and attempted to access a community college account in Arizona. An account was also opened in Miami. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Dec. 9, Gary Hames of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. Three unauthorized charges were observed on the victim’s bank card. The three charges totaled $707 in New York City. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Dec. 9, Harold Holland of Winn-Dixie in Crawfordville reported a retail theft. The Assistant Manager witnessed a male subject put cheese in his pocket. He proceeded to the self checkout where he failed to pay for the merchandise before leaving the store. Joseph Blake Collins, 29, of Crawfordville was charged with retail theft. The cheese is valued at $4.19. Deputy Ashley McAlister investigated.

On Dec. 9, Curtis Henker of Tallahassee reported the theft of a firearm from a hunting trip to Piney Island. A shotgun was reported missing. The shotgun and case is valued at $740. There were other hunters on the island at the time the weapon was lost. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.

On Dec. 10, Amy Lyn Coomer, 39, of Tallahassee was observed driving at Spring Creek Highway and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Road. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks had previous knowledge that Coomer has a suspended driver license. A traffic stop was conducted and Coomer was issued a notice to appear in court for driving while license is suspended or revoked with knowledge. The license tag was seized by the deputy. Deputy Ward Kromer and Deputy Ashley McAlister also investigated.

On Dec. 10, Deidre Walker of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. The victim observed nine unauthorized charges on her bank card that were valued at $978. All of the charges were accrued in Memphis, Tenn. The information was sent to the Memphis Police Department. Sgt. Ray Johnson and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.

On Dec. 10, Patricia Rodriguez of Crawfordville and Glyndal Mispel of Crawfordville were involved in a minor traffic crash at Wal-Mart. There were no injuries reported. Deputy Mike Crum investigated.

On Dec. 10, Christopher Essman of Crawfordville reported the theft of a children’s bicycle. The bike was taken from the victim’s home and is valued at $90. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.

On Dec. 11, Willie Ray Leverett, 36, of Crawfordville and Ronald David Rueth, 32, of Crawfordville were stopped in a vehicle at Wal-Mart for a tag attached to a vehicle that was not assigned. Sgt. Ryan Muse discovered that both men had active warrants in Leon County and Rueth also had an active warrant in Wakulla. Rueth admitted that the attached tag on the vehicle he was driving was assigned to another vehicle. He was issued a notice to appear in court for attached tag not assigned and holds were placed on both men for Leon County. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks also investigated.

On Dec. 11, Sgt. Ryan Muse observed a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed in the Wal-Mart parking lot. The vehicle began to park and struck another parked vehicle. Sgt. Muse approached the vehicle and asked Andrew Pierre McClain, 34, of Crawfordville for his driver license. The motorist did not possess a valid driver license and also had difficulty walking as Sgt. Muse smelled a strong odor of alcohol. Sgt. Muse charged McClain with DUI and driving while license is suspended or revoked second or subsequent conviction. McClain was transported to the Wakulla County Jail and the vehicle was turned over to a relative. Neither vehicle suffered damage in the incident.

On Dec. 11, Charles Lloyd of Crawfordville reported a vehicle fire. The victim was inside his home when he heard noises coming from his vehicle and observed flames. The victim attempted to put the fire out with a hose and Wakulla Firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze. The truck was a total loss. The vehicle and contents of the truck were valued at $11,775. There were no signs of foul play. The fire is believed to have started as a result of batteries that were charging in the bed of the truck. A generator with gasoline in it, an air compressor and paint cans were also in the vehicle at the time of the fire. Deputy Billy Metcalf, Detective Clint Beam and Detective Derek Lawhon investigated.

On Dec. 11, Terry Kelsay of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim observed several unauthorized charges on his bank account. The charges were made in New Jersey and totaled $1,100. Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated.

On Dec. 11, Danny W. Harrell of Panacea reported a grand theft. The victim reported someone removed a boat trailer from his property. The trailer is valued at $400. Deputy Billy Metcalf investigated.

On Dec. 11, Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated a found cell phone. The phone had a damaged screen but still worked. The phone was placed in the Property and Evidence Division.

On Dec. 11, Deputy Scott Powell responded to the Best Western where a concerned citizen turned in a firearm that he found in the parking lot. The firearm was loaded and cased in a holster. The weapon is valued at $400 and was submitted into the Property and Evidence Division. A search of the NCIC/FCIC determined that the weapon was not stolen and had not been reported missing.

On Dec. 11, Deputy Scott Powell observed a vehicle driving on U.S. Highway 98 in Panacea completely off the highway in the ditch. He performed a traffic stop and detected the strong odor of alcohol on the driver.  Tracy Doan Burkett, 49, of Panacea agreed to perform field sobriety exercises and she was eventually arrested for DUI. During the search of Burkett’s property at the Wakulla County Jail, 52 pills were found and Burkett was unable to provide any proof that the pills were prescribed to her. She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, Schedule II and Schedule III narcotics.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 950 calls for service during the past week including: 12 business and residential alarms; 10 assists to other agencies; 75 citizen contacts; 13 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 8 E-911 abandoned calls; 16 E-911 regular calls; 12 frauds; 42 investigations; 45 medical emergencies; 19 school security checks; 354 business and residential security checks; 30 special details; 13 traffic crashes; 40 traffic enforcements; 72 traffic stops; and 11 wanted people.

 

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