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Sheriff's Log--April 25 to May 1

On April 24, Roger Andrews of Crawfordville reported the theft of a boat trailer tag. The victim is unsure when the tag was stolen. The tag is valued at $32 and was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.

On April 24, Deputy Nick Boutwell investigated a student who possessed marijuana on the Riversprings Middle School campus. A male teenager was issued a juvenile civil citation for possessing a small amount of marijuana. A second student was questioned about selling the marijuana and will be disciplined by the school district. Deputy Richard Moon also investigated.

On April 24, Faye Wingate of Tallahassee reported the theft of a vehicle tag. The tag was stolen from a recreational vehicle while it was in a storage area. The tag is valued at $32. The missing tag was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.

On April 24, Parker Rutland of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. Someone kicked the door of the victim’s vehicle while it was parked at Wakulla High School. Damage was estimated at $500. Deputy Scott Rojas investigated.

On April 25, Kathy Barkley of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim reported the theft of a firearm from her home. A 16-year-old juvenile admitted to taking the firearm but added that he gave it to another subject. The gun is valued at $339 and was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. The juvenile was arrested for grand theft of a firearm and transported to the Wakulla County Jail. Deputy Jeff Yarbrough and Detective Cole Wells investigated.

On April 25, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Deputy Ward Kromer were patrolling an area near Government Road and Arran Road in Crawfordville. They observed a vehicle stuck and spinning wheels in the Apalachicola National Forest. While assisting the motorist, Deputy Middlebrooks smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Richard Alvin Collins, 22, of Crawfordville handed the deputy a plastic bag of marijuana. During a search of the vehicle the deputies located drug paraphernalia and cocaine. Collins was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The vehicle was confiscated and a juvenile in the vehicle was turned over to his mother.

On April 26, Michael Meaney of Tallahassee reported finding a wallet in Sopchoppy. The wallet contained a Ducks Unlimited membership card, cash and a baggie of marijuana. Deputies were unable to locate the owner of the wallet and it was turned over to the Property and Evidence Division. The marijuana weighed 6.5 grams. Deputy Adam Pendris investigated.

On April 26, Brenda Hitchner of Panacea reported the theft of a firearm, valued at $50. The firearm was taken from the victim’s home and a person of interest was identified. Deputy Adam Pendris investigated.

On April 26, Kenneth McCoy of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. A battery and cell phone were removed from the victim’s vehicle. The property is valued at $200. The vehicle was left unsecured. Deputy Ross Hasty investigated.

On April 26, Deputy Ross Hasty and Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated a suspicious vehicle at Harvey-Pitman Road and Mimosa Street in Crawfordville. They observed marijuana and drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the vehicle and smelled the strong odor of marijuana inside the vehicle. Two male subjects were patted down and smoking pipes were found on their persons. Inside the vehicle deputies found more smoking pipes and a Hookah that appeared to be used for smoking marijuana. Two grams of marijuana was recovered along with 14 unknown pills and a grinder. Whitley Nicole Todd, 20, of Crawfordville was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was transported to the Wakulla County Jail without incident. Christopher Ryan Reagan, 18, of Crawfordville and a 17-year-old juvenile were issued notices to appear in court for possession of drug paraphernalia. The pills were sent to FDLE for analysis. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Sgt. Ryan Muse also investigated.

On April 26, Tambra Elaine Kirschner of Crawfordville was stopped by Deputy Alan Middlebrooks in Panacea for failure to maintain a single lane. WCSO Dispatch informed the deputy that the DHSMV had a seize order on the tag. The driver was issued a written warning for having a license that was suspended without knowledge. The tag was seized and a licensed driver came and picked up the vehicle and Kirschner.

On April 26, John Isensee, Jr. of Sopchoppy reported a vehicle theft. The victim loaned the vehicle to a friend who failed to return it. The vehicle was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Later the victim reported recovering the vehicle in Tallahassee and it was removed from the data base. Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

On April 26, Detective Derek Lawhon was on Party Patrol detail when he located a meth lab in the Apalachicola National Forest. The clandestine methamphetamine lab was not active and was in the middle of the intersection of two forest roads. The meth lab was properly packaged for storage at the WCSO. The WCSO Narcotics Unit also investigated.

On April 26, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had property fly out of the back and nearly strike the deputy. Cannabis was located inside the vehicle and notices to appear for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana were issued to John Antony Michael Yusi-Wagner, 26, of Crawfordville and Jeremy James McSweeney, 25, of Crawfordville.

On April 27, Deputy Stephen Simmons conducted a traffic stop for faulty equipment. A strong odor of marijuana was discovered inside the vehicle. Drug paraphernalia and drug residue were observed in plain view. Additional drug paraphernalia was discovered inside the vehicle following a search. Christian Robert Payne, 20, of Crawfordville was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of drug paraphernalia. The items were seized and a verbal warning was given regarding the faulty equipment. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Deputy Ross Hasty also investigated.

On April 27, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle that he observed crossing the center line and fog line several times in Crawfordville. The suspect drove at slower speeds for a period of time before finally stopping on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Road. The motorist failed to shut the vehicle off when he stopped. As the deputy approached the vehicle, it accelerated away from the deputy heading west. Due to the speed, the suspect vehicle crashed into a fence at 176 Ochlockonee Street and Deputy Middlebrooks attempted to stop the vehicle a second time. The vehicle was able to get out of the ditch and continued on Ochlockonee Street when it crashed into a fence at 10 Cedar Avenue. The driver and a passenger attempted to exit the vehicle but were apprehended by Deputy Middlebrooks and Sgt. Ryan Muse. The driver, Joshua Brandon Bradford, 32, of Crawfordville was charged with high speed fleeing and eluding law enforcement with lights and siren activated, driving while license is suspended or revoked third or subsequent conviction and reckless driving with property damage. He was also issued a traffic citation for failure to maintain a single lane. The 32-year-old Crawfordville passenger was not charged. Deputy Jeff Yarbrough also investigated. Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Tallman investigated the two crash sites.

On April 27, Hunter Strickland of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. The victim’s vehicle suffered scratch marks down both sides and damage was estimated at $100. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.

On April 27, Gregory Aiken of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. A purse owned by Cynthia Murray of Crawfordville was taken from a vehicle. The vehicle was left unsecured at a convenience store. The purse and personal belongings are valued at $296. Deputy Adam Pendris investigated. Later during the same shift, the victim reported that a friend who provided transportation from the convenience store found the purse in his vehicle and all the missing property was recovered.

On April 27, Deputy Stephen Simmons conducted a traffic stop on Crawfordville Highway for a vehicle that did not display a tag. A strong odor of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and one gram of marijuana and two smoking pipes were discovered. A notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia was issued to Patrick Michael Boddie, 21, of Crawfordville. A female passenger in the vehicle was not charged. A verbal warning was given for operating the vehicle without a registration and tag.

On April 27, Deputy Gibby Gibson conducted a traffic stop on Spring Creek Highway for a faulty headlight. The smell of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle and one of the individuals pulled a bag of marijuana from his shorts pocket and presented it to Deputy Gibson. The marijuana weighed 3.5 grams. Edward Eugene Spence, 35, of Crawfordville was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. The driver, Nancy K. Davis, 60, of Crawfordville was issued a traffic citation for faulty equipment.

On April 28, Christopher Hodges of Renegades of the Gulf Vape Shop reported the theft of advertising signs. The signs were taken from the victim’s Crawfordville business. The four signs are valued at $120. Lt. Sherrell Morrison investigated.

On April 28, Robert Hancock of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. The victim brought several items to a home he is repairing including auto accessories, wood flooring, a four wheeler, tools and a mini bike. The missing items are valued at$1,079. The home was not secured. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.

On April 28, Melinda Howell of Crawfordville reported a fraud. Someone set up a cellular telephone account over the Internet using the victim’s personal information. She was contacted about a past due phone bill which is valued at $152. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On April 28, Susan Avant of Crawfordville reported a fraud. Someone attempted to use the victim’s Social Security number to make an unemployment claim. The Human Resources section of her employer contacted the victim and stopped the claim. Deputy Ross Hasty investigated.

On April 28, Steven G. Simmons of St. Marks reported a credit card offense. Unauthorized charges were created on the victim’s bank account through an Internet web site. The three charges were valued at $128. Deputy Ross Hasty investigated.

On April 28, Martin Carvallo of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. The victim was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 98 when his vehicle was struck by an object thrown from another vehicle. The victim confronted the suspect vehicle and the two motorists exchanged insurance information. Damage to Carvallo’s headlight assembly was estimated at $1,200. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

On April 28, Winn-Dixie Asset Management staff reported a retail theft. A store clerk observed a subject take a bottle of wine, open it and begin consuming it prior to placing it back on the shelf. Joseph Riles, 57, of Crawfordville was arrested for retail theft and transported to the Wakulla County Jail without incident. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

On April 28, Joseph Riles was also charged with retail theft at the Crawfordville Highway Shell Station after store officials reported the suspect stealing candy bars from the store. Riles was confronted at the store and threw several candy bars on the ground and fled the scene. The candy bars are valued at $9. The physical description from the Shell Station incident matched Riles in the Winn-Dixie case. Lt. Jimmy Sessor investigated.

On April 28, Willie Huggins of Crawfordville reported the theft of his vehicle. A suspect has been identified. The vehicle is valued at $5,000. The vehicle was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

On April 29, a 16-year-old Crawfordville victim reported a theft and criminal mischief that occurred at Wakulla High School. A trailer hitch was stolen from the victim’s truck and a speaker in the vehicle grill was damaged. Deputy Scott Rojas determined a suspect through the school surveillance system and the student admitted to damaging the speaker and stealing the hitch. The hitch was returned to the victim and the subject paid $40 for the damaged speaker. Deputy Rojas issued a juvenile civil citation to the teenager for theft and criminal mischief.

On April 30, Deputy Joe Page issued a notice to appear in court to a 14-year-old juvenile at the Sopchoppy Second Chance School. The student refused to follow the instructions of school personnel and refused to comply with instructions to go to in school suspension. The notice to appear was for interfering with a school function. Deputy Mike Zimba transported the child to his mother.

On April 30, Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff reported a retail theft. A female suspect was observed placing a comforter and slip cover in a shopping cart and attempting to return the items at the Customer Service desk. Employees refused to process the return and the suspect left the store with the goods. The items are valued at $120. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Adam Pendris investigated.

On April 30, Shirley Mowery of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. Three unauthorized charges were observed on the victim’s bank account. The charges are valued at $1,109. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.

On April 30, William Califf of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. Two televisions were stolen from the victim’s home following a forced entry. The property is valued at $1,800. Deputy Will Hudson, Sgt. Lorne Whaley, Detective Derek Lawhon and Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

On April 30, Julia Southerland of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. An unauthorized transaction was observed on her bank account in the amount of $50. The charge was created in Mexico. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On April 30, Teeah Grim of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. Jewelry was stolen from the victim’s home. It is valued at $3,200. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On April 30, Lee Hebenthal of Crawfordville reported a fraud. Someone attempted to file for unemployment benefits using her personal information. Several other employees at the victim’s workplace are also victims. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On April 30, Deputy Stephen Simmons was arresting Leland Boyd Bell, Jr., 26, of Crawfordville on an active warrant for possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell when he detected the strong odor of burnt marijuana emitting from within the house. The subject turned over a plastic bag containing 8.2 grams of marijuana. He was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana as well as being arrested for three active warrants. Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated along with the WCSO Narcotics Unit.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1,119 calls for service during the past week including: 22 business and residential alarms; 81 citizen contacts; 11 disturbances; 19 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 6 E-911 abandoned calls; 20 E-911 calls; 48 investigations; 51 medical emergencies; 20 school security checks; 301 business and residential security checks; 41 special details; 10 suspicious people; 16 suspicious vehicles; 39 traffic enforcements; 206 traffic stops; 17 disabled vehicles; 14 reckless vehicles; and 21 wanted people.

 

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