|Sheriff's Log--June 6 to June 12|
On June 5, Christopher Lane of Crawfordville reported a fraud. Someone attempted to use the victim’s personal information to file an unemployment claim. The victim is employed and did not make the claim. Deputy Vicki Mitchell and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.
On June 5, Sgt. Danny Harrell received information about three marijuana plants that were growing near a wooded area and a Crawfordville residence. The WCSO Narcotics Unit and Detectives Cole Wells and Clint Beam went to the residential location and observed healthy marijuana plants that were approximately 12 inches tall. The plants were seized for destruction. No criminal charges were filed.
On June 5, Jennifer Allen of Crawfordville reported the theft of cellular telephones from her home. Two juveniles left their phones at the home and they were missing when they returned to the home. Persons of interest were identified in the theft. The phones are valued at $700 each. Deputy Ashley McAlister investigated.
On June 5, Tasandra Barwick of Panacea reported the theft of medications from her buggy at Wal-Mart. The medications were left in the unattended buggy in the parking lot by mistake. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.
On June 6, Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated a complaint of a potentially impaired driver. He conducted a traffic stop in Medart and discovered that Brian Keith Alday, 29, of Crawfordville did not possess a valid driver license. The license was suspended indefinitely in 2009. Alday was charged with driving while license is suspended or revoked with knowledge. His vehicle was turned over to a relative when he was transported to the Wakulla County Jail. Deputy Anthony Paul also investigated.
On June 6, Deputy Will Hudson investigated a criminal mischief to the public bathrooms at Shell Point Beach. A toilet, two sinks, a towel holder and two urinals in the men’s restroom were damaged. Damage was estimated at $1,250 as broken pieces were observed throughout the restroom. Multiple broken beer bottles were also discovered.
On June 6, Bonnie Brinson of the Wakulla County Animal Control Unit reported the theft of a kitten. A subject was interested in adopting a kitten but failed to fill out the proper paperwork and pay the fee. A laborer at the shelter did not realize the paperwork had not been filled out and turned over the kitten. Deputy Adam Pendris investigated.
On June 6, a structure fire was reported at 818 Shadeville Highway in Crawfordville. A Florida Forest Service helicopter spotted the fire from the air. A mobile home owned by Harvest Fellowship Church was fully engulfed. WCFR fire personnel put out the blaze. There was nobody at the mobile home at the time of the fire. The state Fire Marshall was called to the scene along with Detective Randy Phillips, Sgt. Danny Harrell, Deputy Mike Zimba and Deputy Will Hudson.
On June 6, Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff turned over found property to Deputy Adam Pendris per store policy. Some of the items recovered in the store and turned over to Deputy Pendris included: 24 sets of keys, jewelry, checkbooks, 30 credit cards, glasses, telephones, driver licenses and a Florida identification card. The items were turned into the WCSO Property and Evidence Division.
On June 6, Linda Strickland of Crawfordville reported a fraud. Two unauthorized charges were observed on the victim’s bank account. The charges are valued at $315. Deputy Adam Pendris investigated.
On June 6, Andrew Moody of Coral Springs reported a grand theft in Crawfordville. A boat motor was taken off the victim’s boat. The motor is valued at $1,000 and a suspect has been identified. The motor was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Jeff Yarbrough investigated.
On June 6, Gerald Dicks of Crawfordville reported the loss of a vehicle tag. The tag was removed from his trailer. The tag was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.
On June 6, Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff reported a retail theft. A subject was observed at the self check-out placing un-scanned items in bags with scanned items. Kristina Lynn Harris, 29, of Crawfordville took the items past the last point of sale where she was approached by store staff. The value of the stolen items was $56. Harris was issued a notice to appear in court for retail theft. Deputy Roy Gunnarsson investigated.
On June 6, Sgt. Ryan Muse conducted a traffic stop on Lance Gregory Snyder, 24, of Tallahassee for an inoperable tail light. When Sgt. Muse approached the driver he smelled cannabis emitting from the vehicle. Snyder turned a baggie of marijuana over to Deputy Stephen Simmons. Snyder was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. The marijuana weighed 1.5 grams.
On June 6, Sgt. Charles Porter and Sgt. Lorne Whaley were working a Party Patrol detail and were running a security check at Mashes Sands Beach. They observed four subjects who identified themselves as being under 21-years-old. Beer and alcohol was observed in their cooler along with soda. Tamera Marie Nichols, 20, of Crawfordville and Joseph Dewayne Story, 18, of Monticello were issued notices to appear in court for possession of alcohol under 21 years of age. The alcohol was poured out and the empty containers were placed in a garbage can. The subjects were picked up by family members. Two other members of the party were not charged.
On June 7, Debra Sparks of Crawfordville reported a trespassing. Four Florida State University students were charged with trespassing on the victim’s property as they gained access to a Riversink swimming hole using the victim’s property as access. Andrew Tanner Galluzzo, 20, of Tallahassee, Molly Clare Macek 21, of Tallahassee, Daniel Stephen Owens, 22, of Tallahassee and Jessica Lauren Vella, 21, of Tallahassee were all issued notices to appear in court for trespassing. The victim’s property is marked with no trespassing signs. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On June 7, Sgt. Ryan Muse conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle that displayed the wrong tag. Richard Clayton O’Connor, 31, of Crawfordville was issued two notices to appear in court for unassigned tag attached and driving while license is suspended or revoked with knowledge-second or more convictions. The tag was seized as evidence.
On June 7, Lt. Jimmy Sessor, Sgt. Lorne Whaley and Deputy Alan Middlebrooks were assigned to the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 319 in a WCSO DUI checkpoint. The three law enforcement officers observed a vehicle approaching the checkpoint at a high rate of speed with high beams illuminated. The motorist stopped 15 yards past the deputies after braking and swerving toward the WCSO staff. Law enforcement officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol and asked Kenneth Darin Sullivan, 46, of Tampa to step out of his vehicle. Sullivan did not possess a valid driver license. He took part in and failed field sobriety exercises. Law enforcement discovered that his license was suspended and he had two previous driving while license suspended or revoked arrests. Sullivan was charged with DUI, DWLSR and failure to provide a lawful sample of his breath. Sgt. Mike Helms and Deputy Vicki Mitchell assisted at the scene.
On June 7, Karen Peters of Crawfordville reported the theft of her purse from her home. The purse and contents are valued at $147 and suspects have been identified. The purse was returned later in the same shift but the cash inside the purse was missing. Deputy Jeff Yarbrough investigated.
On June 8, Deputies Jeff Yarbrough and Stephen Simmons observed a motorist run a stop sign at Wakulla Arran Road and Spring Creek Highway. A traffic stop was conducted and Deputy Simmons was granted consent to search the vehicle. A baggie of marijuana was observed on the floor of the vehicle. Zachary Brandon Gillis, 25, of Tallahassee admitted the marijuana belonged to him. The marijuana weighed 3.5 grams and Gillis was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. A verbal warning was given for failing to stop at a stop sign. Deputies David Pienta and Jeff Yarbrough and Sgt. Ryan Muse also investigated.
On June 8, David King of Panacea reported a grand theft. The victim was in the process of changing business locations when he discovered the theft of ladders, vacuum, push mower, marquee sign, and tools, valued at $1,134. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.
On June 8, Sheila Griner of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. The victim reported the theft of $950 from a bank account. A person of interest was identified. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On June 8, staff at Eden Springs Nursing Home reported a physical altercation between patients. The elderly men got into a dispute over cigarettes and money. Staff members separated the two men and no charges were filed. Lt. Jimmy Sessor investigated.
On June 8, a Crawfordville woman reported a criminal mischief to her vehicle. The victim was discussing an issue with a male juvenile when he struck and damaged the vehicle door. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $145. The juvenile was issued a notice to appear in court for criminal mischief. Deputy David Pienta investigated.
On June 8, Sgt. Ryan Muse conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle going the wrong direction on the one-way Bream Fountain Road in Crawfordville. Antonio Detron Green, 30, of Crawfordville did not possess a valid driver license. Green was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked third or subsequent arrest or conviction and a Uniform Traffic Citation for driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Green was transported to jail and the vehicle was turned over to the registered owner.
On June 8, a severe storm rolled through the county and caused several power lines and trees to fall blocking roadways. There were no injuries. Included in the 55 calls for service during the two hour storm were eight lines down and 17 trees down. Reserve Captain Terry Meek assigned four reserve deputies to assist the Alpha Shift.
On June 9, a Panacea woman reported that a 22-year-old Panacea man sent her 12-year-old daughter a photograph of his genitals through Snapchat. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Matt Helms investigated.
On June 9, Matthew Vearil of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim observed fraudulent charges on his bank card. Several unauthorized transactions were observed for a total of $1,400. Deputy Ashley McAlister investigated.
On June 10, a concerned citizen reported that the old Pigott’s Cash and Carry building was on fire in Medart. Lt. Jimmy Sessor responded to the scene and observed the building fully engulfed in flames. Wakulla County Firefighters and several volunteer fire departments were on scene fighting the fire. The fire was called in at 6:40 p.m. and the decision was made to close U.S. Highway 98 at 6:53 p.m. Traffic was diverted to Floyd Gray Road and Lawhon Mill Road due to the number of emergency vehicles on scene and downed power lines.
The state Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate. The building was empty and had not been used for hardware purposes for many years. By 10:49 p.m. the fire was extinguished and the road was reopened to traffic. The building was a total loss. Deputies Matt Helms, Ashley McAlister, Roy Gunnarsson, David Pienta and Detective Derek Lawhon investigated.
On June 11, Donald Edwards of Sopchoppy reported recovering a bicycle at Pullback Road and Railroad Avenue. The bike had not been reported missing. It is valued at $100. The bicycle was placed in the Property and Evidence Division. Deputy Adam Pendris and Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated.
On June 11, Harold D. Slayton of Crawfordville reported the theft of medications. The theft occurred at the victim’s business. The medication is valued at $25. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.
On June 11, Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff reported a retail theft. A subject was observed taking items from the store and concealing them in her purse. Sara Tillman Tyler, 36, of St. Marks was detained after she passed the last point of sale. The subject removed $145 worth of merchandise from the store. Tyler was arrested for retail theft and transported to the Wakulla County Jail. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.
On June 11, Lawanda Jackson of Crawfordville reported an attempted burglary at her home. Damage was observed to the doors and window screens of the home. Deputy Ross Hasty investigated.
On June 11, Benjamin William Powell, 23, of Crawfordville was given a notice to appear in court for possession of drug paraphernalia. Sgt. Ryan Muse was investigating another case when he conducted a traffic stop involving Powell. Sgt. Muse and Deputy Stephen Simmons were granted permission to search the vehicle and discovered drug paraphernalia in a box in the vehicle.
On June 11, Lt, Mike Kemp and Sgt. Ryan Muse responded to a medical call involving four juveniles. Wakulla EMS administered assistance to four juveniles who reported being sick after taking narcotics. Parents of the juveniles were contacted and WCSO deputies recommended the parents have the juveniles checked out at a Tallahassee hospital. Deputy Stephen Simmons and Deputy Ross Hasty also investigated.
On June 11, WCSO deputies conducted an investigation into four juveniles becoming ill after consuming narcotics. Deputy Stephen Simmons was granted permission to search a 17-year-old juvenile’s room. Deputy Simmons discovered narcotics equipment in the room. The juvenile was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of drug paraphernalia. The drug equipment was seized. Deputy Ross Hasty also investigated.
On June 11, Deputy Jeff Yarbrough investigated a report of a possible intoxicated driver driving a golf cart through the McDonald’s drive through lane. The golf cart did not have a tag displayed or proper lighting for operating on the roadway. Deputy Yarbrough conducted a traffic stop. Deputy Stephen Simmons joined the investigation and observed a marijuana joint inside the golf cart. Cheryl Horne Hardesty, 46, of Crawfordville was issued a notice to appear for possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and a verbal warning for operating a motor vehicle on public roadways without proper registration and equipment.
On June 12, Charles Dicus of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim’s bicycle was stolen from the back of his vehicle. The bike is valued at $1,290. The bike was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 995 calls for service during the past week including: 22 residential and business alarms; 78 citizen contacts; 16 disturbances; six E-911 abandoned cell calls; three E-911 abandoned calls; 19 E-911 calls; 68 investigations; 10 electrical lines down; 43 medical emergencies; 268 business and residential security checks; 31 special details; 11 subpoena services; 14 suspicious people; 13 traffic enforcements; 150 traffic stops; 19 trees down; 11 disabled vehicles; and 15 reckless vehicles.