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Sheriff's Log--April 4 to April 10

On April 3, James Hodges of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim observed $510 worth of unauthorized charges on his bank card. Two of three charges were created online with a company in Poland and the third charge originated in Ohio. Deputy Stephen Simmons and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.

On April 3, Virgil Homan of Panacea reported the loss of a vehicle tag. The victim said the tag was stolen off of his truck. It had been stolen while the vehicle was waiting for repairs at a local business. The tag was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On April 3, Robyn Scott of Crawfordville reported the theft of DVDs and coins from her home. The stolen property is valued at $145 and a suspect has been identified. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.

On April 4, John Brown of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary in Sopchoppy. Fishing equipment and tools, valued at $1,225, were reported stolen from the victim’s shed. Sgt. Mike Helms investigated.

On April 4, Jeana Brandt and Nancy Ellenburg of Crawfordville were involved in a minor traffic crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 319 and Mimosa Street. There were no injuries. Deputy Matt Helms and Sgt. Mike Helms investigated.

On April 4, Gerri Nazworth Armstrong of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief to her home. A rock was thrown through the victim’s glass back door. Damage was estimated at $250. Deputy Matt Helms investigated.

On April 4, Eddie Wilson of Tallahassee reported a vehicle fire. Deputy Ashley McAlister responded to Old Woodville Highway and observed a vehicle fully engulfed in flames. Tallahassee Fire Department responded as mutual aid and put out the fire. The victim reported that the vehicle began to act strangely as he was pulling over the bike trail. The vehicle was a total loss as damage was estimated at $4,000. Property in the vehicle was also damaged as $500 worth of appliances and miscellaneous items were destroyed.

On April 4, Fred Rowe of Crawfordville reported a structure fire caused by a garage door opener. The victim turned off the power and used a garden hose to extinguish the door opener. Smoke damage was observed to the ceiling of the garage and other miscellaneous items were damaged under the door opener. Damage was estimated at $13,000 and Wakulla Firefighters investigated. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks also investigated.

On April 4, Louise Prance of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. A grass fire was threatening a residence on Rochelsie Road in Crawfordville. The complainant stopped at the unoccupied home and found a hose to fight the fire. Wakulla Firefighters arrived at the scene and took over the firefighting duties. The origin of the fire has not been determined but it did not damage the home of Joseph Torie. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On April 4, Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff reported a retail theft. Two male suspects stole beer and energy drinks and left the store without paying for them. The men got into a Chevrolet Tahoe and fled south on U.S. Highway 319. The stolen items are valued at $30. Sgt. Lorne Whaley investigated.

On April 4, Melissa Marie Turnbow, 40, of Crawfordville was charged with knowingly operating a motor vehicle while license is suspended or revoked with knowledge and possession of a controlled substance. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Deputy Matt Hedges turned onto Skipper Bay Road in Panacea and Turnbow turned on the same road in front of the deputies. Approximately 100 yards down the road, Turnbow stopped her vehicle in the middle of the road. Deputy Middlebrooks checked on her welfare and discovered that her driver license was suspended. Five controlled substance pills were discovered in the vehicle and in a bottle without a label. She was transported to the Wakulla County Jail without incident and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

On April 4, Stacey Larman of Crawfordville reported the theft of a garbage bin. The bin was removed from the home by a pickup truck and is valued at $100. The subject removed the victim’s trash from the can before stealing it. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.

On April 5, Anthony Lariscy of Coastal Corner in Ochlockonee Bay reported a retail theft. Two male juveniles left the store with two pair of swim goggles valued at $10. Road Patrol deputies discovered the vehicles on Crawfordville Highway and arrangements were made to pay for the stolen items. Deputy Matt Helms and Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On April 6, Deputy Anthony Paul responded to the 400 block of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Road and recovered a bicycle. The bike was found in the ditch. The bicycle was taken to the Property and Evidence Division since nobody had reported it missing.

On April 6, Debra Sparks of Tallahassee reported a trespass after warning at her Riversink property. Randy Kevin Basore, 54, of Crawfordville was observed on the victim’s posted property. Basore was asked to leave the property. Deputy Ashley McAlister observed Basore on the property and he was arrested for trespassing-failure to leave upon the owner’s request.

On April 6, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Stone turned a wallet over to Deputy Anthony Paul. The wallet was located in the Wakulla County Courthouse parking lot. Deputy Paul attempted to contact the owner of the wallet, Roger D. Ward of Crawfordville, without success. The wallet and contents was turned into the Property and Evidence Division.

On April 6, Samuel Crawford Runyan, 56, of Panacea was arrested for disorderly intoxication after driving up and down his street yelling obscenities at his neighbors and making threats. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Deputy David Pienta investigated.

On April 6, Jessica Bennett of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. The victim left her vehicle at the Southern Spirits Lounge and discovered items missing when she left. The vehicle was left unsecured. A wallet, books and a computer were stolen. The items are valued at $696. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On April 6, James Edward Winfield, 20, of Apalachicola was given a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Winfield was observed failing to obey a traffic light at Crawfordville Highway and Arran Road. The strong smell of marijuana was detected from inside the vehicle and 1.8 grams of marijuana was discovered. He was also issued a traffic citation for failing to obey a traffic signal. Deputy Ward Kromer and Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On April 6, Nathan Joseph Metzler, 34, of Crawfordville was arrested for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of narcotics equipment following a traffic stop. Metzler was observed with a non-functioning tail light. The strong odor of marijuana was emitting from within the vehicle. The marijuana weighed 3.7 grams. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Deputy Matt Hedges investigated.

On April 7, April Hollis of Midway reported the theft of medications and a back pack from the St. Marks Lighthouse boat ramp area. The back pack contained the victim’s medications. The value of the stolen property was estimated at $40. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On April 8, Wayne Barrow of Crawfordville reported the theft of a bicycle. Detective Clint Beam investigated a suspicious person call and discovered a bicycle on the side of East Ivan Road. The bike had a flat tire and is valued at $75. The bike was determined to be owned by the victim. Sgt. Billy Jones observed a male suspect walking down a driveway in the area. When the subject observed Sgt. Jones he ran into the woods and attempted to conceal himself. Kenneth E. Heirs, 46, of Crawfordville was charged with trespassing and petit theft of the bicycle. Deputy Billy Metcalf also investigated.

On April 8, Edward Jones of Crawfordville reported the theft of a safe from his home. The safe is valued at $450. Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated.

On April 8, Danette Freeman of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. Five unauthorized charges were observed on the victim’s bank card. The charges totaled $95 in San Francisco and West Virginia. Deputy Ross Hasty and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.

On April 8, Raymond Spohn of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. A wallet was taken from the unsecured vehicle. The victim reported the loss of $410 from his wallet. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.

On April 8, a 33-year-old Crawfordville woman reported a trespass and criminal mischief at her home. The victim discovered that someone wrote on her bathroom mirror with lipstick. The victim left her home unsecured at the time of the incident. Deputy Jeff Yarbrough investigated.

On April 9, Deputy Nick Boutwell investigated a report of a 13-year-old male juvenile possessing a knife while at Riversprings Middle School. The knife was discovered in the student’s backpack by a teacher and Principal Michele Baggett. The nine inch long knife contained a five inch blade. Deputy Boutwell issued the student a Juvenile Civil Citation and school administrators suspended the student from school.

On April 9, Detective Clint Beam was driving on High Drive toward Fulton Harvey Road when he observed a vehicle approaching his unmarked agency vehicle at an unsafe speed. The vehicle drove past the detective at more than 65 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. Detective Beam conducted a traffic stop and observed the strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed two grams of marijuana inside a pill container as well as drug paraphernalia. Two 17-year-old juveniles were issued notices to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of narcotics equipment. The driver was also issued a traffic citation for careless driving. Detective Derek Lawhon also investigated.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1,223 calls for service during the past week including: 16 residential and business alarms; 101 citizen contacts; 21 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 3 E-911 abandoned calls; 29 E-911 calls; 74 investigations; 36 medical emergencies; 29 school security checks; 380 business and residential security checks; 23 special details; 13 suspicious people; 14 suspicious vehicles; 50 traffic enforcements; 185 traffic stops; 14 reckless vehicles; 12 wanted people; and 10 watch orders. 

 

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