|Sheriff's Log--May 30 to June 5|
On May 29, Colby Johnson of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. The vehicle was ransacked but nothing was reported missing. The victim thought the vehicle was secured. Evidence was collected at the scene. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On May 29, Rosalind Besson of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim reported the theft of items from her yard and porch. Some of the items included wooden furniture, a swing, dog kennel, dog house and ammunition boxes, valued at $1,300. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On May 29, Raydi Bergholz of Crawfordville reported the theft of a telephone. The phone is valued at $200 and a suspect has been identified. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On May 29, Deputy Stephen Simmons observed a disabled vehicle at Trumpet Road and U.S. Highway 319 and stopped to render assistance. Deputy Jeff Yarbrough arrived on scene and observed a marijuana cigarette in plain view inside the vehicle. During the subsequent search of the vehicle marijuana was discovered inside a bag, pills and cocaine and drug paraphernalia was also discovered during the search. The marijuana weighed 1.5 grams and 22 Ecstasy pills were found. Christian Robert Payne, 20, of Crawfordville and Steven Tyler Warren, 22, of Crawfordville were both charged with possession of a Schedule 1 narcotic; possession of cocaine; possession of a controlled substance without a prescription; possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana; and possession of narcotics equipment. They were transported to the Wakulla County Jail without incident. Sgt. Ryan Muse also investigated.
On May 29, Linda Collins of Sopchoppy reported a fraud. Someone attempted to use the personal information of the victim and her husband to steal an income tax refund. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On May 29, a clerk at the Wakulla Station Kangaroo reported a retail theft. A 19-year-old Crawfordville suspect was identified. An energy drink and lighter, valued at $6.28, were stolen. The suspect returned to the store several times during the evening to attempt to steal more items. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.
On May 30, John Looper of Crawfordville reported the theft of a vehicle tag. The tag was stolen from a trailer in his yard. The tag is valued at $30. Deputy Mike Crum investigated.
On May 30, Joseph Vernon of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. Tools, radios, medications and U.S. currency, valued at $1,000, were taken. Damage to the inside of the vehicle was valued at $200. Two other subjects came up to Deputy Anthony Paul while he was investigating the Vernon theft and reported that they had lost some items as well. Elisha Jerime Tilley, 19, of Crawfordville was developed as a suspect in the case due to information received from another investigation. Tilley was charged with burglary of a conveyance and grand theft. Much of the stolen property was recovered. Sgt. Jeremy Johnston and Sgt. Lorne Whaley investigated.
On May 30, Stephanie Hanks of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary and vehicle burglary. The unsecured vehicle was rummaged through but nothing was taken. Cigarettes and a lighter were stolen from her enclosed patio. Elisha Jerime Tilley, 19, of Crawfordville was charged with burglary of a structure and petit theft in the case. Deputy Anthony Paul, Sgt. Jeremy Johnston, Detective Cole Wells and Sgt. Lorne Whaley investigated.
On May 30, Sommer Patterson of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary and residential burglary. The victim reported the theft of headphones, dirt bike and a skateboard valued at $500. Elisha Jerime Tilley, 19, of Crawfordville was charged with burglary of a conveyance and grand theft. Deputy Anthony Paul, Detective Cole Wells, Sgt. Lorne Whaley and Sgt. Jeremy Johnston investigated.
On May 30, Beatrice Motsinger of Panacea reported a fraud. A suspect, who has been identified, reopened a closed credit card account. The victim received a letter for a past due bill worth $215. Sgt. Ray Johnson and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.
On May 30, Deputy Matt Hedges conducted a traffic stop on Crawfordville Highway. Deputy Hedges was conducting an active warrant search for Micah Joe Metcalf, 39, of Crawfordville when he observed Metcalf driving on the highway. The deputy confirmed that Metcalf’s driver license was suspended. Metcalf was charged with driving while license is suspended or revoked with knowledge and a violation of probation warrant.
On May 31, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Sgt. Ryan Muse conducted a traffic stop for a non-functioning headlight in Crawfordville. Jessica Leigh Reeves, 31, of Crawfordville was issued a warning citation for the faulty equipment. Deputies smelled the strong odor of alcohol during the stop and conducted field sobriety exercises. Reeves was arrested for DUI and a search of her vehicle was conducted. During the search the deputies discovered drug paraphernalia and cocaine as well as $113. Her vehicle was driven to the WCSO Impound yard. The narcotics were seized as evidence and turned into the Property and Evidence Division. She was also charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputy David Pienta also investigated.
On May 31, the WCSO received two complaints in reference to a white male lying in the vehicle lane of Woodville Highway. Deputy Roy Gunnarsson observed Daniel Levi Hodge, 29, of Crawfordville traveling on a bicycle. Deputy Gunnarsson observed Hodge travel from the ditch to the bike lane to the travel lane on several occasions. Deputy Matt Helms joined the investigation and observed as Hodge failed field sobriety exercises. He was transported to the Wakulla County Jail and the bike was turned over to a relative. Sgt. Jeremy Johnston investigated.
On May 31, Charles Brown of Greenville, SC reported a grand theft at the Panacea Motel. Two steel shelves were taken from outside the motel. A suspect has been identified. The shelves are valued at $500. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.
On May 31, Jeffrey Pippin of Crawfordville reported the theft of a gas tank from his property. The gas tank is valued at $100. Deputy Ashley McAlister investigated.
On May 31, Steven Fults of Panacea reported the theft of political signs. The five political signs were taken from three locations on Rock Landing Road and Clark Drive. The signs are valued at $5 each and advertise Fults for county commissioner. Deputy Matt Helms investigated.
On May 31, Sgt. Jeremy Johnston responded to Wal-Mart when a 28-year-old Crawfordville woman locked her 11-month-old child inside her vehicle. The child was locked inside the vehicle for 10 minutes when Sgt. Johnston arrived and the estimated time of arrival for a locksmith was another 30 minutes. Sgt. Johnston told the mother that the wait time was too long and he was granted permission to break a window and safely get the child out of the vehicle.
On May 31, Richard Travis Hurley, 34, of Crawfordville was issued a notice to appear in court after he was stopped for operating his ATV on Jack Crum Road with a female juvenile. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks conducted a traffic stop and Hurley opened a cloth bag to retrieve his driver license and Deputy Middlebrooks observed a clear bag containing marijuana inside. He was issued the NTA for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. The marijuana weighed two grams.
On May 31, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks conducted a traffic stop for a non-functioning headlight. Deputy Middlebrooks smelled the strong odor of marijuana and conducted a vehicle search. Whitley Nicole Todd, 20, of Crawfordville and Christopher Ryan Reagan, 18, of Crawfordville were both charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of narcotics equipment. Marijuana and three smoking pipes were discovered inside the vehicle. Reagan’s marijuana weighed three grams. Todd’s marijuana weighed .1 of a gram. Todd was issued a traffic citation for faulty equipment. Blood was drawn from the driver to determine if she was DUI when stopped. The DUI investigation is pending the results of the blood draw. Sgt. Ryan Muse and Lt. Sherrell Morrison investigated.
On June 1, Deputy Anthony Paul and Sgt. Jeremy Johnston conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with an expired tag and for following another motorist too closely. The 19-year-old motorist from Warren, Pa. admitted possessing marijuana inside his vehicle. The motorist produced a baggy of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Due to the subject having no record and being truthful and cooperative the deputies did not file any charges. The marijuana and paraphernalia was seized for destruction. The driver was issued verbal warning for the narcotics charges and traffic violations.
On June 1, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks investigated an aggravated assault. Richard Ray Man, 27, of Crawfordville was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and improper exhibition of a firearm. The victim was helping a friend move furniture and Man was in the yard consuming alcoholic beverages. Man became belligerent after being told to stop cursing around children and he stuck the weapon to the victim’s chin and threatened him. Man also fired the weapon into the ground. The weapon was located in Man’s vehicle. The weapon was seized and submitted into evidence. Sgt. Lorne Whaley and Lt. Sherrell Morrison also investigated.
On June 2, Felipe Korzenny of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief at Hunters Trace. Someone drove in circles and created “donut” ruts in the roadway in three locations. Damage was estimated at $300. Deputy Mike Crum investigated.
On June 2, Deanna Powell of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim’s mountain bike was stolen from her yard. It is valued at $315 and was left unsecured. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On June 2, Deputy Stephen Simmons conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle that was traveling on U.S. Highway 98 without its headlights on. Deputy Simmons smelled a strong odor of marijuana and was granted permission to search the vehicle. When Joshua David Sanders, 19, of Panacea, got out of the vehicle the deputy observed that he was walking strangely. A baggie of marijuana fell out of Sanders’ shorts when the deputy checked him for weapons. The marijuana weighed 4.1 grams. It was seized and placed in the Property and Evidence Division. Sanders was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Sgt. Ryan Muse also investigated.
On June 3, Breyonia Hough of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. The victim reported the theft of her wallet from her unsecured vehicle. The wallet and contents are valued at $234. Sgt. Ray Johnson and Deputy Richard Moon investigated.
On June 3, Deputy Gibby Gibson, Sgt. Ryan Muse and Deputy Will Hudson investigated a traffic stop with three male subjects. The strong odor of marijuana was present inside the vehicle. One 17-year-old juvenile was issued a civil citation for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and a second 17-year-old juvenile, who was not eligible for a civil citation, was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of drug paraphernalia. Riley Barton Jones, 18, of Crawfordville was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and transported to the Wakulla County Jail. Lt. Brent Sanders also investigated.
On June 3, Clifton Bass of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim attempted to purchase a vehicle through eBay and sent $1,500 to the seller in Kentucky to send the engine. The seller accepted the money and requested more money for shipping the engine. Advertisements to purchase the same alleged vehicle were observed on social media after the victim attempted to make the purchase. Deputy Jeff Yarbrough investigated.
On June 3, Rhonda Tucker of Crawfordville reported the possible theft of a vehicle tag. The tag is valued at $10 and it was entered in the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Jeff Yarbrough investigated.
On June 3, Josh Gavin, Jr. and Josephus Shingles were involved in a two vehicle traffic crash on Spring Creek Highway. There were no injuries and damage was estimated at less than $500. Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.
On June 3, Deputy Joe Page investigated a portable classroom at the Wakulla Education Center that had been shot by a bullet. The bullet was secured as evidence. Nobody was injured.
On June 4, William Murphy of Sopchoppy reported the theft of his driver license and bank card. The stolen items are valued at $36. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.
On June 4, Donald Burton of Panacea reported a grass fire on Francis Avenue in Panacea. Due to evidence at the scene the fire appears to have been deliberately set. An electric bicycle was damaged. It is valued at approximately $1,200. The state Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate. Wakulla Firefighters, Deputy Vicki Mitchell and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.
On June 4, Thomas Long of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim told Deputy Matt Helms that someone used his Social Security number to apply for unemployment through his place of employment. The victim has been employed by the employer for 10 years and did not file the claim. Detective Randy Phillips investigated.
On June 4, Franklyn Carey of Crawfordville reported the theft of a vehicle tag. A tag was removed from the victim’s trailer. The tag was entered into the NCIC/VFIC data base as missing/stolen. Sgt. Jeremy Johnston investigated.
On June 4, Andrew Jolly of Crawfordville reported the loss of a laptop computer. The computer is valued at $500 and may have been lost in St. Johns County. Deputy Matt Helms investigated.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1,194 calls for service during the past week including: 20 business and residential alarms; 88 citizen contacts; 12 disturbances; 27 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 7 E-911 abandoned calls; 37 E-911 calls; 78 investigations; 42 medical emergencies; 14 school security checks; 410 business and residential security checks; 34 special details; 20 suspicious vehicles; 46 traffic enforcements; and 161 traffic stops.