|Sheriff's Log--May 23 to May 29|
On May 22, a Wakulla High School teacher reported smelling marijuana in the classroom. A 16-year-old juvenile was found to be in possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana along with five prescription pills. The marijuana weighed 2.8 grams and the pills were placed into evidence. The male student was issued a juvenile civil citation. Deputy Scott Rojas investigated.
On May 22, Frederick Matuschak of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. His fence line was damaged by a vehicle which broke a fence post. Damage was estimated at $10. Deputy Matt Helms investigated.
On May 22, Shellen Scott of Panacea reported a grass fire in Panacea. A brush fire was observed burning near the victim’s shed. The fire was suspicious in nature but did not damage any structures. Deputy Ashley McAlister and Detective Derek Lawhon investigated.
On May 22, Kathleen Newton of Sopchoppy reported a structure fire. A faulty air conditioning unit caused fire to break out in a room. Three females and a baby escaped the home without incident. No foul play was detected. The American Red Cross was notified to assist the family members as the residence was a total loss. Damage was estimated at $60,000. Deputy Ward Kromer, Sgt. Lorne Whaley and the Wakulla Fire Department investigated.
On May 23, Paul English of Crawfordville reported a vehicle theft. The victim was attempting to sell a motorcycle to a man he did not know. The man asked to take the motorcycle for a test drive but failed to return with the bike. The bike is valued at $1,500 and was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.
On May 23, Jude Burk of Crawfordville and a 17-year-old juvenile were involved in a traffic crash at U.S. Highway 98 and Jack Crum Road. There were no injuries and minor damage. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On May 23, Lindsey Case of Crawfordville reported the theft of firearms from her home. Three firearms and cash, valued at $3,500, were reported missing. A suspect has been identified. The firearms were entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.
On May 23, Dana Wilson of Crawfordville reported the theft of a bicycle. The bike was taken from the victim’s home and is valued at $189. Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated.
On May 24, Sara Ewing of Crawfordville reported a structure fire to a Santa-Emma Lane home in Crawfordville. Deputy Mike Zimba and Deputy David Pienta responded to the scene and observed an air conditioning unit on fire. The deputies used water and fire extinguishers to put out the fire. Wakulla Firefighters arrived on scene and finished putting out the fire to the window unit. Renters at the residence got out of the home although one resident was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire was determined to be faulty wiring. Damage was estimated at $5,000. The Red Cross was summoned to the scene to assist the family. Deputy Richard Moon also investigated.
On May 24, Sgt Ryan Muse assisted FWC Officer Casey Anderson with an apparent intoxicated boater at the St. Marks Boat Ramp area. A 55-year-old Crawfordville man was arrested for Boating Under the Influence (BUI) and transported to the Wakulla County Jail.
On May 25, Deputy Adam Pendris conducted a traffic stop on Shadeville Highway after observing a vehicle swerving over the shoulder. The vehicle tag information came back from dispatch as stolen out of Tallahassee. During the arrest process, Antwon Davontrez Griffin, 19, of Tallahassee gave Deputy Pendris a false name. He did not possess a driver license and had active warrants out of Leon County. Griffin was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked, resisting an officer by a disguised person, possession of stolen property and an out of county warrant. Leon County agreed to extradite. Deputy Mike Zimba, FHP Trooper Tallman and Lt. Julie Martin investigated.
On May 25, Deputy Stephen Simmons conducted a traffic stop for faulty equipment. Christian Robert Payne, 20, of Crawfordville admitted that he had drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. The items were seized and the driver was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputy Ross Hasty also investigated.
On May 25, Theresa Mills of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. The victim’s purse was stolen from her unsecured vehicle. The purse and the contents are valued at $835. Deputy Ross Hasty investigated.
On May 25, WCSO deputies responded to a 2 p.m. structure fire in Ochlockonee Bay. Emergency personnel arrived on scene to observe a Wilderness Way home on pilings completely engulfed in flames. A small area of the woods on the north side of the residence was on fire as well.
On May 25, Alan Saylor of Lexington, KY reported the theft of a backpack while fishing off Mashes Sands Road. The backpack was left unattended when it was stolen and contained $2,195 worth of property. Lt. Brent Sanders investigated.
On May 25, Reginald Feagin of Cotton, Ga. reported a vehicle burglary. The victim’s wallet was stolen from his vehicle while in Panacea. The vehicle was left unsecured. The stolen property is valued at $50. The victim contacted the WCSO on May 26 to inform law enforcement that two of his bank cards were used to create fraudulent charges. The charges totaled $650. Deputy Adam Pendris investigated.
On May 25, Deputy Mike Zimba was in route to assist another deputy with a complaint when he observed Eldon Theodore Hicks, Jr., 32, of Panacea walking on a Crawfordville road. Deputy Zimba knew Hicks had active arrest warrants. Hicks attempted to convince the deputy that he was someone else. Hicks was arrested for the outstanding warrants and for resisting an officer by a disguised person. Lt. Brent Sanders also investigated.
On May 26, Quinton Owens of Yulee reported the theft of his wallet while visiting relatives in Crawfordville. The wallet and contents are valued at $105. Sgt. Lorne Whaley investigated.
On May 26, Travis Walker of Crawfordville reported the loss of a firearm. The victim rented a vehicle and returned the vehicle only to forget leaving his firearm inside it. The firearm is valued at $200. Deputy Ward Kromer investigated.
On May 27, Leland Bell of Crawfordville reported the theft of his wallet. The victim went swimming in the Wakulla River and returned to discover that his wallet had been removed from his shoe. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.
On May 27, Geoffrey Grove of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim’s bank informed him that a new account was opened in his name. Someone deposited $1,000 in the account and made numerous withdrawals from the account. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.
On May 27, Charles McShane of Sopchoppy reported a structure fire. A mobile home on the property was engulfed in flames and Wakulla Firefighters came to the scene to fight the blaze. The fire originated at a window air conditioning unit. The fire was not suspicious. The loss was estimated at $25,000. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated.
On May 28, Katherine Gray of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. The victim’s purse was stolen from her vehicle while at the beach in Ochlockonee Bay. Two fraudulent charges were observed on her bank cards totaling $263 at Wal-Mart and a gas station in Tallahassee. Deputy Nick Boutwell investigated.
On May 28, Michael Bray of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. A vehicle key and cigarettes were reported stolen after someone ransacked the vehicle. The stolen items are valued at $355. Deputy Gibby Gibson and Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.
On May 28, Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated a stolen vessel left unattended on Forest Road 369 and Forest Road 309. The vessel was missing a motor. The boat was processed at the scene and taken to the WCSO Impound Yard. Stephen Wilson of Tallahassee reported the vessel stolen from Entrepot Blvd. in Tallahassee. Leon County Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified and will be working the case. The vessel was turned over to the victim. Lt. Mike Kemp also investigated.
On May 28, David Mitchell of Sopchoppy reported a fraud. The victim’s bank card was illegally used at Wal-Mart and a charge of $104 was created. Sgt. Ryan Muse and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.
On May 28, Lora L. Shepherd of Crawfordville and Jean M. Crawford of Crawfordville were involved in a minor traffic crash at 2481 Crawfordville Highway in Crawfordville. There were no injuries and minor damage to both vehicles. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On May 28, Beatrice Motsinger of Panacea reported a fraud. The victim received a past due letter from a loan that she did not secure. A suspect has been identified. The fraud was created over $255. Sgt. Ray Johnson and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.
On May 28, Deputy Stephen Simmons conducted a traffic stop in Crawfordville due to an expired tag. Deputy Simmons determined that Justin Keith Drasher, 24, of Crawfordville did not have a valid driver license. He was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked. Drug paraphernalia was found on the suspect and he was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Sgt. Ryan Muse also investigated.
On May 28, Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated a case of animal neglect after Animal Control Officer Mark Carter contacted him about two dogs needing medical treatment. The dogs had matted hair, long unclipped nails and mange. The dog owner was required to address the animal issues within five days. The dog owner was contacted in North Carolina while on vacation and she had not addressed the animal issues. The case is being turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division for possible neglect charges.
On May 28, Dolores Moody of Panacea reported a grand theft. The victim reported the loss of an iPad while she was at Wal-Mart. The property is valued at $600. Deputy Adam Pendris investigated.
On May 28, Marisa Davidson of Crawfordville reported locating a bicycle in a wooded area near her home. The bike had not been reported stolen. It is valued at $150 and was turned into the Property and Evidence Division. Deputy Adam Pendris investigated.
On May 29, Danny Colvin of Crawfordville reported a vehicle fire on Donaldson-Williams Road in Crawfordville. Wakulla Firefighters put out the blaze which is believed to be caused by a mechanical issue. Damage to the truck and contents is estimated at $11,300. Deputy Adam Pendris and Detective Cole Wells investigated.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1,320 calls for service during the past week including: 14 business and residential alarms; 12 assists to other agencies; 69 citizen contacts; 22 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 9 E-911 abandoned calls; 20 E-911 calls; 54 investigations; 51 medical emergencies; 23 school security checks; 349 business and residential security checks; 22 special details; 13 suspicious people; 28 suspicious vehicles; 11 thefts; 36 traffic enforcements; 206 traffic stops; and 12 reckless vehicles.