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Sheriff's Log--March 14 to March 20

On March 13, Lee Larisay of the Coastal Corner in Ochlockonee Bay reported a grand theft. The victim reported the possible theft of Lottery tickets from the store. The tickets are valued at $300 but the victim is not sure if the tickets were lost or stolen. Deputy Ashley McAlister investigated.

On March 13, Janet Swanson of Crawfordville reported the theft of a vehicle decal. The decal was discovered missing when the victim was washing her vehicle. The decal was entered into the NCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.

On March 13, Deputy Adam Pendris investigated a felony criminal mischief at the Wakulla County Jail. Lameka Delores Harris, 30, of Crestview pushed a laminator off the counter in the booking room as she walked out. The laminator was damaged and is valued at $575. Detention Deputy Lisa Crum also investigated.

On March 13, Tommy Sammons of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. An unauthorized charge was observed on the victim’s bank account. The charge of $99 was created at a gas station in Pembroke Pines. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.

On March 14, Jimmy Beck of Crawfordville reported a vehicle fire. Deputy Adam Pendris observed a recreational vehicle under a shed/carport that was completely engulfed in flames. Wakulla firefighters arrived on scene and put out the blaze. The fire was ruled an accident and possibly caused by an electrical problem. The RV is valued at $200,000 and the shed/carport is valued at $8,000.

On March 14, Deputy Stephen Simmons initiated a traffic stop after observing an expired tag on a vehicle on Wakulla Arran Road. Amanda Suzanne Davis, 24, of Crawfordville did not have a valid driver license. She was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked second or subsequent conviction. She was given a verbal warning for her expired registration and for being unable to provide proof of insurance. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On March 14, Jim Calhoun of Crawfordville reported the theft of mail from his mailbox. A package delivered to the victim’s address on March 5 is missing. The missing package is valued at $45. Lt. Mike Kemp investigated.

On March 14, Deputy Ross Hasty investigated a two vehicle traffic crash at the Express Lane in the St. Marks area. The first vehicle contained Kimberly Carroll and Norma Carroll, both of Bremen, Ga. and the second vehicle contained Thomas Schmokel of Tallahassee. There were no injuries and minor damage was reported.

On March 14, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks observed a motorist fail to stop at a stop sign at Arran Road and Wakulla Arran Road and conducted a traffic stop. Deputy Middlebrooks detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Caleb Dayne Vernon, 22, of Crawfordville was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana after marijuana was observed inside a pizza box. The marijuana weighed 8.3 grams. Deputy Matthew Hedges also investigated.

On March 15, Detective Clint Beam investigated the theft of yard signs in the Hammocks subdivision. Detective Beam observed a white male jump out of a vehicle and grab a yard sign from the intersection of Songbird Avenue and Wakulla Arran Road. A traffic stop was conducted and two 19-year-old Crawfordville teenagers were questioned. Detective Derek Lawhon observed 18 stolen lawn care signs belonging to Vito Knowles and Affordable Lawn Care and Ryan Edmondson and Summers Lawn Care. The signs were valued at $180. The case was closed after Edmondson and Knowles declined to pursue charges.

On March 15, Tracy Reese of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. The victim’s bank card was used in Pembroke Pines, Hialeah, Sunrise, Landerhill Lakes and Lauderhill. The charges totaled $448 and were created at grocery stores, an automotive shop and dress shop. Deputy Ross Hasty investigated.

On March 15, Patricia Jacobs of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. The victim reported several window screens removed and damaged from the windows at her home. Juvenile suspects were identified. The parent of the juveniles agreed to pay for the damage and the victim did not pursue charges. Sgt. Danny Harrell brought the juveniles back to the victim so they could apologize.

On March 15, Timothy Liburd of Tallahassee was involved in a single vehicle traffic crash on Spring Creek Highway. The crash involved a deer and damage to the vehicle was minor. Deputy Scott Powell investigated.

On March 16, an off-duty Leon County Sheriff’s Office correctional officer reported a reckless driver at Wakulla Arran Road and Oak Street. Lt. Mike Kemp conducted a traffic stop of Markey Valdez Cruse, 40, of Tallahassee. Lt. Kemp discovered 14 small bags of cocaine on the driver. Cruse was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. The cocaine weighed 6.5 grams. Sgt. Ryan Muse and Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On March 16, an anonymous complainant reported recovering marijuana inside a bathroom of a Crawfordville fast food establishment. A small baggie was discovered in the restroom that weighed 2.6 grams. Deputy Ross Hasty investigated.

On March 17, Deputy Roy Gunnersson conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 319 due to a motorist failing to dim high beams. Brent Edward Phillips, 41, of Tampa was stopped and failed to present a valid driver license. The driver license was determined to be suspended and had been suspended previously. Phillips was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked with knowledge. He was also issued a Uniform Traffic Citation for failure to dim headlights.

On March 17, Dennis Burns of Crawfordville was involved in a single vehicle traffic crash on Crawfordville Highway. A vehicle approaching the highway from Dolly Drive entered the roadway without stopping at a stop sign. Two vehicles in front of Burns hit their brakes suddenly which caused Burns to exit the roadway to avoid a crash. The victim drove into a ditch and struck a tree. His vehicle suffered $1,500 worth of damage to the front end. Deputy Mike Crum investigated.

On March 17, Diana Jones of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. The victim observed three unauthorized charges on her bank card at a Racetrac in Homestead. The charges totaled $295. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On March 17, Henry Ostola of Crawfordville reported the theft of coins and miscellaneous items from his home. The coins and missing property is valued at $5,000. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On March 17, Vernon Prine of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. Jewelry, several firearms, coins, computer equipment and a dog were stolen. The stolen property is valued at $3,720. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks, Sgt. Lorne Whaley and Detective Derek Lawhon investigated.

On March 18, Robert Cochran of Crawfordville reported the theft of a vehicle tag. Someone stole the tag off the victim’s utility trailer. The tag is valued at $45. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On March 18, a Crawfordville woman came to the sheriff’s office to turn over a firearm. The woman no longer wanted to keep the firearm and turned over ownership of the weapon to the sheriff’s office. Sgt. Ray Johnson handled the citizen walk-in.

On March 18, John Schrader of Tallahassee reported the theft of aluminum from his Crawfordville home. The aluminum beams were valued at $600 and were part of a boat lift. Two suspects were observed on the property. Deputy Matt Helms investigated.

On March 18, Robin Shuler of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. An unauthorized charge was observed on the victim’s bank account. Someone purchased computer software from New York. It was valued of $235. The software was shipped to Pinellas County. Detective Randy Phillips determined that the case was a scam involving an outfit in Australia that uses stolen bank information to ship goods to different parties. The U.S. Postal Service has been contacted as well as the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Nick Boutwell investigated.

On March 18, Tracy Burkett of Panacea reported a grand theft. A generator, guitar, BB gun, tools, Chihuahua, firearm and other items, valued at $11,315 were taken. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Ashley McAlister investigated.

On March 18, Natalia Moody of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. Tools and firearms were taken from the victim’s property. The property is valued at $1,405 and a suspect has been identified. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On March 18, Jackson Jenkins of Crawfordville reported a grand theft and burglary to a shed. Fishing equipment, a firearm and ammunition, trolling motors and tools, valued at $2,910, were reported missing. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.

On March 18, a 21-year-old Crawfordville woman suffered moderate burns when she lit a fire pit using gasoline. The gas container ignited and burned the victim’s arms, legs and face. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment. Sgt. Lorne Whaley, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On March 19, Detective Derek Lawhon initiated a traffic stop on Woodville Highway after observing a vehicle with a cracked windshield, no rear view mirror and four individuals who were not wearing seat belts. The driver of the vehicle admitted to having a controlled substance without a prescription. Three pills were located in addition to drug paraphernalia. Additional drug paraphernalia was found inside the vehicle belonging to a passenger. Aaron Michael Halliman, 20, of Tallahassee was arrested for one count of possession of a Schedule 2 narcotic and one count of possession of a Schedule 3 narcotic. David Alexander Harris, 19, of Tallahassee was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of drug paraphernalia. Two other passengers inside the vehicle were not charged. Detective Clint Beam and Deputy Richard Moon investigated.

On March 19, Brandy Price of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. A forced entry was discovered as a window was broken out. The victim reported the loss of $10 worth of medications and damage to the home was estimated at $250. Deputy Gibby Gibson and Detective Clint Beam investigated.

On March 19, Deputy Mike Zimba investigated a disturbance. A 24-year-old Crawfordville victim reported that Jalessa Leann Hicks, 25, of Crawfordville poured bleach over his clothing and scratched the victim in several places during a dispute. Hicks was arrested for battery and criminal mischief. Damage to the victim’s clothing was estimated at $100. The Department of Children and Families was contacted due to the presence of four children all under age nine. Deputy Jeff Yarbrough, Sgt. Danny Harrell, Deputy Mike Zimba and Deputy Ross Hasty investigated.

On March 19, Clifford Ryan McMath, 32, of Panacea was involved in a traffic stop for not having a valid tag or decal. Sgt. Lorne Whaley discovered that McMath did not have a valid driver license either. McMath was arrested for knowingly operating a motor vehicle while license is suspended or revoked. He also received a Uniform Traffic Citation for having an expired vehicle registration of more than six months.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1,210 calls for service during the past week including: 20 residential and business alarms; 79 citizen contacts; 12 disturbances; 21 E-911 abandoned cell calls; eight E-911 abandoned calls; 27 E-911 calls; 40 investigations; 11 loud music/noise complaints; 44 medical emergencies; 13 school security checks; 501 business and residential security checks; 25 special details; 41 subpoena services; 15 suspicious people; 39 traffic enforcements; 111 traffic stops; and 19 reckless vehicles.

 

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