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Sheriff's Log--Jan. 24 to Jan. 30

On Jan. 20 and Jan. 21, Deputy Scott Rojas investigated a complaint from a 15-year-old male juvenile regarding an incident that occurred while the juvenile was hunting squirrel with relatives. The juvenile separated from his party and was approached by a man in Sopchoppy who berated the juvenile with a profanity laced tirade. The man was armed with a firearm while shouting at the juvenile. The deputy is working to identify the aggressive subject. The victim was not injured.

On Jan. 23, a 16-year-old juvenile reported the theft of her wallet. The victim went to a cheerleading competition in Orlando. The victim’s wallet was stolen from her duffle bag at a hotel. The wallet and contents were valued at $20. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Jan. 23, Siefe Awad of Panacea reported a theft at Wal-Mart. The victim left several bags of goods next to a relative’s vehicle. He returned inside the store for a period of time and came back out to find the bags missing. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Jan. 23, Willie Lindsey of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary and criminal mischief. The victim reported that someone damaged two vehicles on his property and entered his home. The damage to the vehicles including broken windows as well as damage to the interior and exterior. A forced entry was observed at the home. One vehicle suffered $500 worth of damage and the other vehicle suffered $7,000 worth of damage. Damage to the residence was estimated at $200. Deputy Scott Powell and Detective Matt Helms investigated.

On Jan. 23, Gerald Richards, Sr. of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. Five unauthorized charges were observed on the victim’s bank card. The transactions totaled $570 at an unknown Starbucks location. Deputy Scott Powell investigated.

On Jan 24, Henry Skipper of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. Three vehicles were damaged on the victim’s property. Tires were punctured. The tires are valued at $460. Deputy Ashley McAlister investigated.

On Jan. 24, Christopher Alward of Crawfordville reported the theft of a mailbox and post at a Crawfordville rental property. A second post was damaged after the victim replaced the original post. Damage was estimated at $35. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On Jan. 24, Kasi Waltermon of Crawfordville reported a vehicle theft. A suspect was identified in the vehicle theft and the vehicle was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base. The vehicle was recovered at a later time. Deputy Richard Moon, Deputy Adam Pendris and Deputy Ashley McAlister investigated.

On Jan. 25, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle with a non functioning brake light. The vehicle had also been called in as reckless to WCSO dispatch. During the traffic stop Deputy Middlebrooks detected a strong odor of alcohol. Charles Bradley Vaughn, 25, of Apalachicola failed field sobriety exercises. During the investigation marijuana was discovered inside the vehicle and David Ellis Barber, 31, of Eastpoint was arrested for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. The marijuana weighed 8.7 grams. Vaughn was given a verbal warning about the brake light. Lt. Sherrell Morrison and Deputy Matthew Hedges also investigated.

On Jan. 25, Jim Furey of Panacea reported a residential burglary. The victim reported the theft of six fishing rods and reels from the residence. The fishing equipment is valued at $1,650. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On Jan. 25, a 16-year-old male juvenile from Crawfordville struck his 51-year-old father in the head with a steel cooking vessel. The juvenile struck the victim in the head approximately 10 times following an argument. Wakulla EMS treated the victim at the scene and he refused hospital transportation. The victim suffered a laceration from the cooking vessel. The juvenile was arrested for aggravated battery and was transported to juvenile detention in Leon County. Deputy Vicki Mitchell and Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.

On Jan. 25, Julie Tanner of Sopchoppy reported a grand theft. Firewood was stolen from the victim’s property. The wood was valued at $500. Deputy Richard Moon investigated.

On Jan. 26, Deputy Richard Moon observed an expired vehicle tag on U.S. Highway 319. Prior to executing a traffic stop, Deputy Moon observed the motorist drive partially off the roadway onto the shoulder and cross the centerline. Detective Clint Beam joined the investigation as the deputies smelled the strong odor of alcohol. The driver, Toby Lee Sheats, 43, of Lanark Village, failed field sobriety exercises and open beer bottles were observed inside the vehicle. Sheats was arrested for DUI and knowingly operating a motor vehicle while license is suspended or revoked. The vehicle tag was seized. FHP Trooper Stone also assisted with the investigation.

On Jan. 26, Lyle Punausuia of Crawfordville reported a vehicle theft. The victim loaned his vehicle to a friend and the vehicle was not returned. The vehicle was entered in the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Later, Deputy Adam Pendris received information on the location of the vehicle in Crawfordville. He observed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Lori Susanne Strickland, 40, of Crawfordville was charged with motor vehicle theft and transported to the Wakulla County Jail. Deputy Vicki Mitchell and Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.

On Jan. 26, a 22-year-old Crawfordville victim reported that a male suspect, who has been identified, posted suggestive photographs of her on social media. The photographs also contained vulgar language about the victim. The victim stated that the photographs were taken while she was a juvenile. The investigation has been turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On Jan. 26, Raney Beson of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. Someone attempted to make entry into her home. The door frame suffered $150 worth of damage. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On Jan. 26, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle in the Park subdivision. The vehicle and two occupants pulled into a residential driveway but did not get out of the vehicle in an apparent attempt to elude Deputy Middlebrooks. Joey Eugene Guinn, 19, of Crawfordville and Jayvontae Deshay Schwartz, 20, of Evansville, IN were arrested for trespassing. Guinn had an outstanding warrant for possession of paraphernalia which was also served at the time of arrest. The vehicle was towed from the scene. Lt. Sherrell Morrison, Deputy Richard Moon and Deputy Adam Pendris also investigated.

On Jan. 27, Brenda Thomas of Coastal Corner in Ochlockonee Bay reported the theft of gasoline. An elderly couple failed to pay for their gasoline. The cost of the stolen gas is $23.41. Evidence was collected at the scene. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Jan. 27, Frances Cook of Crawfordville reported the theft of medications from her home. A suspect has been identified. A trespass warning was issued against the suspect. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Jan. 27, Jessica Herron of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim answered an employment advertisement on Craig’s List. A male subject sent a check to the victim for $2,300 with instructions to deposit the check in her personal bank account. The subject requested the victim send back a money order for $2,130. The victim mailed the money order to the Philippines as instructed, but her bank advised her that his check was not valid. Deputy Scott Powell investigated.

On Jan. 28, Billy K. Barton of Crawfordville was involved in a one vehicle traffic crash at Sanders Hill Road and Sopchoppy Highway. The driver lost control of his vehicle and totaled his Volkswagen. The driver did not report any injuries. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Jan. 28, Karlyn Langford of Panacea reported a credit card offense. The victim observed an unauthorized charge on her bank account. The charge was created through a telephone company in California in the amount of $75. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Jan. 28, Manuellena Smith of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. The victim’s mailbox was shot 10 times with a firearm. The holes were created over a three day period. The mailbox is valued at $60. Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

On Jan. 28, Janice Weldy of Elkhart, IN reported the theft of a wallet during or around the time she was at Wal-Mart. The license could not be found in Crawfordville. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Jan. 28, Clara Bottorf of Crawfordville reported the theft of a laptop from her home and currency from her bank account. The victim reported that a suspect, who has been identified, removed her bank card from her purse and made bank withdrawals. The monetary loss is $140 and the value of the computer is $250. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Jan. 28, Jan. 29 and Jan. 30, deputies kept on eye on Wakulla County roads and bridges for potential freezing conditions and ice. Sand was spread on several bridges as ice began to build up. No traffic crashes were reported. Road patrol, county public works, firefighters and Emergency Management continued monitoring as the winter storm moved through the area.

On Jan. 29, Niranjan Patel of Best Western reported a possible fraud. A subject contacted motel guests in an attempt to acquire financial and personal information. The subject claimed to be a bookkeeper for the franchise. It has not been determined if any of the guests revealed any personal information in the scam. One of the guests was offered a bogus free hotel stay if she would reveal her personal information. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

On Jan. 29, Irena Nichols of Sopchoppy reported the theft of seafood products. The victim reported purchasing oysters from two suspects who have been identified. The victim checked her cooler and determined that nine bushels of oysters were missing from the cooler. The missing oysters and currency used to purchase oysters is valued at $565. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

On Jan. 29, Emily Winston of the Inn at Wildwood reported a theft as a guest failed to pay for a night’s lodging. The credit card machine was not operating at the time the suspect, who has been identified, checked in. Later when the victim attempted to charge the subject for the room, the subject’s credit card was declined. The subject said she would pay the balance at check out but left the facility without paying. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.

On Jan. 29, Glen Browning of Crawfordville reported a burglary to his shed. A forced entry was observed and fishing equipment was stolen from inside. The stolen property is valued at $240 and damage to the shed is estimated at $150. Detective Derek Lawhon and Detective Clint Beam investigated.

On Jan. 29, Theodore Hoehn of Tallahassee reported a residential burglary in St. Marks. A forced entry was observed at the victim’s sheds. Two saws and a ladder were reported stolen. The value of the stolen property is $500. Detectives Clint Beam and Derek Lawhon investigated along with Deputy Vicki Mitchell.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’ Office received 1,036 calls for service during the past week including: 15 residential and business alarms; 10 assists to other agencies; 79 citizen contacts; 16 disturbances; 3 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 3 E-911 abandoned calls; 18 E-911 calls; 55 investigations; 47 medical emergencies; 14 school security checks; 389 business and residential security checks; 40 special details; 10 suspicious vehicles; 44 traffic enforcements; 99 traffic stops; 10 wanted people; and 22 watch orders.

 

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