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Sheriff's Log--Feb. 14 to Feb. 20

On Feb. 13, John Graham of Panacea reported a credit card offense. The victim discovered unauthorized charges on his bank card. The charges were created over the Internet and totaled $1,345. Deputy Scott Rojas investigated.

On Feb. 13, Melissa Trice of Crawfordville reported the theft of a trash barrel. The victim put her Waste Pro trash barrel out for collection and when she returned it was missing. The barrel is valued at $100. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.

On Feb. 14, a 14-year-old Wakulla Middle School student reported her cell phone as missing. Deputy Evelyn Brown determined two possible locations for the phone but it was not located. It is valued at $100.

On Feb. 14, Helen Vaughn of Panacea reported the theft of a utility trailer tag. The tag was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. The tag is valued at $36. Lt. Jimmy Sessor investigated.

On Feb. 14, Raymond Hines of Crawfordville reported a structure fire. Deputy Stephen Simmons arrived on scene to observe smoke coming from the front and rear doors. Wakulla Firefighters also arrived on the scene. The victim’s wife put food on the stove and left the residence for a short period of time. The kitchen was on fire when she returned. The flames damaged the kitchen and there was significant smoke and water damage to other parts of the home. The fire was ruled accidental and damage was estimated at more than $10,000. Sgt. Ryan Muse also investigated.

On Feb. 14, Deputy Gibby Gibson was called out on a welfare check and spoke to a 21-year-old mother of a one-year-old child. Deputy Gibson was granted permission to check on the child and when he did he observed marijuana in plain view. The mother was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Her marijuana weighed 1.9 grams. The incident was reported to the Department of Children of Families due to the presence of narcotics and the juvenile.

On Feb. 15, Cora Hines of Sopchoppy reported the theft of motor vehicle keys from a vehicle at the Express Lane in Sopchoppy. It has not been determined who removed the keys from the vehicle. The vehicle was removed from the scene by a family member of the victim. Deputy Stephen Simmons and Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated. During the investigation it was determined that Gillis Lee White, 53, of Sopchoppy entered the Express Lane despite having an active trespass warning at the location. He was transported to the Wakulla County Jail. Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

On Feb. 15, Sgt. Ryan Muse conducted a traffic stop on Highway 363 due to a vehicle tag expiration date not matching the tag sticker. During the investigation, the passenger in the vehicle would not follow the commands of Sgt. Muse. The passenger attempted to leave the vehicle and had to be brought back to the vehicle by Sgt. Muse. Aaron Michael Wiggens, 19, of Crawfordville was found to be in possession of beer. Wiggens was charged with possession of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age and disorderly intoxication.

On Feb. 15, Patricia Carmichael of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim reported the theft of items from her rental property. The stolen property included electronics, DVDs, propane gas, doors, furniture, silverware, tools and more. The property is valued at $930. Suspects have been identified. Deputy Billy Metcalf investigated.

On Feb. 15, Hellen Forehand of Tallahassee reported the theft of property from a relative’s home in Crawfordville. A generator and sword, valued at $250, were removed from a shed. A person of interest was identified. Sgt. Danny Harrell and Deputy Jeff Yarbrough investigated.

On Feb. 15, Deputy Stephen Simmons conducted a traffic stop on Coastal Highway in Medart due to faulty equipment. Deputy Simmons smelled the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Sherril Devaston Tomes, 64, of Pinetta handed over a marijuana cigarette. The marijuana weighed .3 of a gram. He was issued a notice to appear in court. Detective Clint Beam also investigated.

On Feb. 16, Irene Largent of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim reported an unauthorized withdrawal from her bank account. A Western Union transaction to Washington State for $145 was observed on the account. Deputy Billy Metcalf investigated.

On Feb. 16, Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff reported the theft of a KaZoo Stylus, valued at $15. The suspect, Robert Sean Vierkadt, 28, of Dothan, AL and the Florida Rainbow Tribe, was arrested for retail theft after being observed passing the last point of sale. Deputy Jeff Yarbrough and Deputy Scott Powell investigated.

On Feb. 16, Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff reported a grand theft. Deputy Scott Powell observed a suspect in a retail theft case running south from the front of the store. An off duty Tallahassee Police Department Officer, Travis Hartsfield, observed Deputy Powell running and helped secure the suspect. A pipe used for smoking methamphetamine was discovered on the suspect and $313 worth of merchandise was recovered in the parking lot including clothing, electronics and a Blue Ray player. Shawn D. Kimmel, 34, of Boulder. CO and a member of the Rainbow Tribe was arrested and charged with retail theft, resisting an officer without violence and possession of narcotics equipment. Deputy Jeff Yarbrough also investigated.

On Feb. 16, Cynthia Goodwin of Crawfordville reported a brush fire. The victim was attempting to burn cardboard boxes when the fire spread to a field adjacent to her home. The fire burned approximately 400 square feet of grass. There was no damage to a trailer or the residence. Wakulla Firefighters put out the blaze. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Feb. 16, John Harvey of Crawfordville reported a vehicle fire. Deputy Gibby Gibson arrived on scene and observed a male subject attempting to put out a fire in the engine compartment with water. Deputy Gibson extinguished the blaze with his agency fire extinguisher. Wakulla Firefighters also arrived on scene and put out a fire under the vehicle. The victim poured gasoline in the carburetor in an effort to start the vehicle and it caught fire. The vehicle suffered approximately $1,500 worth of damage.

On Feb. 16, Melvin Harrell of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. The victim observed an unauthorized charge on his bank account. The charge was a $100 ATM withdrawal. Later, the victim notified Deputy Gibby Gibson that the withdrawal was a bank error and had been corrected.

On Feb. 16, Robin Mispel of Crawfordville reported a burglary and theft. The victim noted the theft of a boat motor from his home. It was determined that someone also removed gasoline from the victim’s vehicle. The loss of the gasoline and boat motor was estimated at $125. Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated.

On Feb. 17, Darrell Land of Crawfordville and Splash and Dash Car Wash reported a felony criminal mischief. The victim discovered parts of his car wash damaged. Some of the cleaning equipment caught on a vehicle rope inside the back of the vehicle as it was using the car wash. The motorist rapidly accelerated with the equipment stuck on the rope and damaged the cleaning machinery. Evidence was collected at the scene. Damage was estimated at $3,000. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.

On Feb. 17, Valerie Cathrine Bradford, 31, of Panacea was charged with disorderly conduct. A concerned citizen called law enforcement and stated that Bradford was cursing and being vulgar in public on Tully Avenue. Bradford cursed investigating deputies when they arrived and refused to calm down. Deputy Will Hudson and Deputy Adam Pendris investigated.

On Feb. 17, Joey Hodges of Crawfordville reported the theft of a bicycle from his Crawfordville business. The bike was located behind Renegades of the Gulf Vape Shop and was valued at $35. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

On Feb. 18, a 17-year-old Wakulla High School juvenile was issued a notice to appear in court after Assistant Principal Simeon Nelson received information about illegal narcotics on campus. A smoking pipe was found in the student’s book bag and the student will be required to appear in court for possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputy Scott Rojas investigated.

On Feb. 19, James Card of Crawfordville reported the theft of a vehicle decal. Someone attempted to pull the decal off the tag while the victim was at Wal-Mart. Part of the decal remained on the tag. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Feb. 19, Betty Johnson of Panacea reported finding an abandoned bicycle while walking in her community. The bicycle belongs to a child and is valued at $100. The bike was turned in to the Property and Evidence Division. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.

On Feb. 19, Sherry Waites of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim reported that someone used her Social Security number to apply for unemployment benefits. The victim filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Sgt. Ray Johnson recommended she contact the three credit bureaus to see if any other fraud activity has occurred.

On Feb. 19, Norman Barwick of Panacea reported the theft of gasoline and two gas cans from his boat. The gas cans and gasoline taken has been valued at $110. A person of interest was identified. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.

On Feb. 19, Billy Whitfield of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. An unauthorized charge was observed on the victim’s bank account. The charge was valued at $180 from an establishment in San Benito, Texas. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On Feb. 19, a 17-year-old Wakulla High School juvenile received a civil citation after WHS Dean Susan Tillman received information that he possessed narcotics.  A marijuana pipe and partially burned marijuana cigarette were found in the student’s pocket. The civil citation was issued for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The marijuana weighed .1 of a gram. Deputy Scott Rojas investigated.

On Feb. 19, Shelbi Davis of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim reported that someone was using her Social Security number. The victim also reported the incident to the Social Security office. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On Feb. 20, William Smith of Ben Withers Construction in Panacea reported a business burglary. The victim observed storage sheds that were open and $10,775 worth of tools missing. A forced entry was observed. Deputy Mike Zimba, Lt. Brent Sanders and Detective Clint Beam investigated.

On Feb. 20, Cliffton Bass of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. A firearm and holster were removed from the vehicle. The vehicle was left unsecured and the stolen property is valued at $400. The firearm was entered in the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Scott Powell and Detective Derek Lawhon investigated.

On Feb. 20, Tammy Hornbaker of Crawfordville reported the theft of mail from her mailbox. The victim contacted the Crawfordville Post office. Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1,067 calls for service during the past week including: 13 business and residential alarms; 12 assists to other agencies; 62 citizen contacts; 18 E-911 abandoned cells calls; seven E-911 abandoned calls; 21 E-911 calls; 40 investigations; 41 medical emergencies; 29 school security checks; 375 business and residential security checks; 12 sex offender address verification checks; 28 special details; 14 suspicious vehicles; 51 traffic enforcements; 107 traffic stops; and 20 wanted people.

 

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