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Sheriff's Log--Feb. 7 to Feb. 13

On Feb. 6, Harvey Leimbach of Amhurt, OH reported a felony criminal mischief. His Crawfordville rental property suffered damage to an air conditioning unit. The unit was torn open and coils were cut along with wiring. Damage was estimated at $2,500. A forced entry was observed at the home which created $100 worth of damage. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Feb. 6, Christopher Alward of Crawfordville reported the theft of a chain saw. The saw was taken from the victim’s yard. It is valued at $300. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Feb. 6, John C. Sanders of Tallahassee was involved in a single vehicle traffic crash in the Wal-Mart parking lot. There were no injuries and only minor damage. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Feb. 7, Jamie Crum of Ben Withers Construction reported a grand theft in Crawfordville. An auger was stolen from an excavator at a construction site. The equipment is valued at $6,000 and weighed approximately 600 pounds. Evidence was collected at the scene. Deputy Anthony Paul, Sgt. Jeremy Johnston and Detective Clint Beam investigated.

On Feb. 7, Arthur Harris of Ochlockonee Bay reported the theft of an aluminum boat trailer from his front yard. The trailer is valued at $6,200 and was entered in the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Anthony Paul and Detective Derek Lawhon investigated.

On Feb. 7, Deputy Scott Powell conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with a broken tail lamp on Coastal Highway in Panacea. Siefe Joseph Awad, 63, of Panacea did not have a valid driver license and was listed as a habitual traffic offender. He was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked. He was transported to the Wakulla County Jail.

On Feb. 8, Siefe Joseph Awad of Panacea reported a grand theft and burglary. A flat screen television, valued at $300, was reported stolen from his home. Deputy Ashley McAlister investigated.

On Feb. 8, Heidi Guhrt of Crawfordville Animal Hospital reported a grand theft. The victim stated that a suspect, who has been identified, stole currency from the business over a period of time. The amount of money allegedly taken is more than $700. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

On Feb. 8, Cori Revell of Crawfordville reported finding lost property. Revell discovered a bicycle on her driveway. It is valued at $50. The bike was taken to the Property and Evidence Division. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.

On Feb. 8, two Tallahassee teenagers were stopped by Deputy Alan Middlebrooks. Deputy Middlebrooks conducted a traffic stop due to a non-functioning tail light on a trailer on Coastal Highway 98 near St. Marks. The deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Dillon Thomas Simpson, 19, of Tallahassee admitted to having marijuana inside the vehicle. The deputy recovered a large bag of marijuana and a partially burnt marijuana cigarette along with drug paraphernalia, a second bag of marijuana and 13 marijuana cookies. Simpson was charged with possession of marijuana more than 20 grams and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. He was also issued a written warning for the non-functioning tail light. A passenger in the vehicle, Christopher William Bousquet, 18, of Tallahassee was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Simpson’s marijuana weighed 30.6 grams and the marijuana cookies weighed 236 grams. Bousquet’s marijuana weighed one gram. The vehicle and trailer being pulled by Simpson was seized by the sheriff’s office.

On Feb. 9, Russ Freeman, caretaker of Mashes Sands Beach Park in Ochlockonee Bay, reported a felony criminal mischief. Someone set fire to the dumpster and stole a trash bin from the beach area. The dumpster is valued at $2,000 and the trash bin is valued at $300. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

On Feb. 9, Billy Rathel of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. Someone entered his vehicle and removed a stereo system. The vehicle was left unsecured and the equipment is valued at $710. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

On Feb. 9, Kelli Osborn of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim attempted to file her tax return when she was alerted that someone had already used her Social Security number. Detective Matt Helms and Communications Deputy Charlie Odom investigated.

On Feb. 10, Deputy Joe Page investigated a disturbance on a school bus involving a 17-year-old male student and another student. The two students were removed from the bus by Sgt. Jeremy Johnston. The bus driver was pushed by the 17-year-old in the incident but she declined to press charges. Discipline will be handled at the school level. Sgt. Billy Jones also investigated.

On Feb. 10, Lt. Mike Kemp investigated a disturbance at a youth basketball game at Riversprings Middle School. Two youths began fighting on the floor and parents came out of the stands to join in the disturbance. The incident was terminated by the referees and a coach. The incident will be forwarded to School Resource Officer Deputy Nick Boutwell for additional investigation.

On Feb. 10, Deputy Gibby Gibson was sent to investigate an impaired driver on Spring Creek Highway. The deputy found a subject without tail lights and one headlight out. The subject did not stop for the deputy despite his activation of overhead emergency lights and siren. The motorist was observed traveling 67 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. Deputy Billy Metcalf came from the opposite direction and a short time after passing Deputy Metcalf, the motorist stopped. Field sobriety exercises were given and the subject was unable to perform the tasks. Subscription pills that did not belong to the suspect and beer were discovered inside the vehicle. Walt McCoy Porter, 47, of Crawfordville was charged with driving under the influence, resisting an officer by attempting to flee and possession of a controlled substance. Sgt. Ryan Muse also investigated.

On Feb. 11, deputies investigated a reckless vehicle reported at Arran Road and Government Road in Crawfordville. The driver was first observed near Murphy Oil on U.S. Highway 319. The motorist was driving at a high rate of speed and cut off a second motorist who followed the reckless driver. The caller followed the reckless motorist to Crawfordville Elementary School where the motorist shot at and struck the caller’s vehicle. The suspect drove down Government Road. Lt. Mike Kemp was forced into the ditch to avoid a collision with the motorist on Government Road. Deputies followed the suspect onto Bostic Pelt Road where contact was lost with the suspect. Evidence was collected on the white four door Ford F-150 4 X 4. Sgt. Ryan Muse, Deputy Gibby Gibson, Deputy Billy Metcalf, Captain Chris Savary, Lt. Mike Kemp and Detective Clint Beam investigated.

On Feb. 11, Carrie Walters of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. The victim reported the theft of $24 from her vehicle. Juvenile suspects have been identified. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.

On Feb. 11, Rex Lytle of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. The victim lost a GPS unit, sun visor and $20 from the vehicle. The vehicle was left unsecured and the value of the property was $195. Two male juveniles were observed along the road by Deputy Mike Zimba and they were in possession of a bag used to hold a liquor bottle. Deputy Zimba asked what was inside the liquor bottle bag and discovered stolen items on the juveniles. The juveniles admitted taking items from multiple vehicles in the area. The two juveniles, ages 14 and 17, were charged with burglary of a vehicle and petit theft. Detectives Matt Helms and Derek Lawhon also investigated the vehicle burglary case.

On Feb. 11, William Humphries of Tallahassee reported a shed burglary in Crawfordville. A leaf blower, valued at $40, was reported missing. Several other smaller items of limited value were also stolen. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.

On Feb. 11, Belinda Fries of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim discovered an unauthorized charge of $2,397 on her bank account. Deputy Mike Zimba and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.

On Feb. 11, Jack Wiegand of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. Sunglasses were taken from inside the victim’s vehicle. The sunglasses are valued at $10 and two juvenile suspects were identified. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Feb. 11, Randall Pelt of Crawfordville reported a felony criminal mischief. Someone damaged an air conditioning unit. Damage to the outside unit was estimated at $1,500 and a person of interest has been identified. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Feb. 12, William Miller of Crawfordville reported a fraud. Someone used the victim’s Social Security number to open a bank account with a $20,000 credit line. Deputy Richard Moon and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.

On Feb. 12, Christopher Roskowski of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim attempted to file his taxes and discovered that someone had already used his Social Security number to file taxes. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Feb. 12, Annie Autry of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. The victim discovered items inside the home in disarray. Medications that are valued at $50 were removed from the home. The home was left unsecured. Sgt. Lorne Whaley investigated.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 891 calls for service during the past week including: 17 business and residential alarms; 91 citizen contacts; 18 disturbances; 13 E-911 abandoned cell calls; two abandoned E-911 calls; 15 E-911 calls; 10 informational reports; 34 investigations; 35 medical emergencies; 17 school security checks; 285 business and residential security checks; 32 special details; 10 suspicious people; 38 traffic enforcements; 60 traffic stops; 12 disabled vehicles; 14 reckless vehicles; 10 wanted people; and 19 watch orders.

 

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