|Sheriff's Log--June 27 to July 3|
On June 27, Lt. Sherrell Morrison investigated an abandoned vehicle that appeared to be crashed in a ditch and partially blocking part of Centerline Road. The vehicle was owned by a motorist in Jefferson County but Lt. Morrison was unable to contact him. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
On June 27, Patricia Terebelski of Crawfordville reported a fraud. A subject added themselves to the victim’s bank account as an authorized user. The subject used the victim’s personal information in Miami. Sgt. Ray Johnson and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.
On June 27, Shanon Harvey of the U.S. Forest Service reported the theft of burn danger signs in Crawfordville. The signs alert residents to the danger of burning through Smokey the Bear. The stolen signs are valued at $240. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.
On June 27, Bettye Trites of Crawfordville reported the theft of medications from her home. The medications are valued at $300. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.
On June 27, Kym Ryals of Crawfordville reported the theft of medications from a relative. Someone called in a prescription on behalf of her relative and picked up the medication from the pharmacy. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.
On June 27, Sylvia Green Austin, 53, of Crawfordville was issued a notice to appear in court for unassigned tag attached. Sgt. Ryan Muse observed the motorist stop in the roadway after observing the deputy. Sgt. Muse conducted a traffic stop and discovered that the tag on her vehicle was not assigned to it. The tag was seized as evidence.
On June 28, Deputy Matt Helms and Deputy Ashley McAlister were investigating a case in St. Marks when they observed a four wheeler in the ditch off Yacht Lane. The vehicle was not reported stolen but the Tallahassee owner could not be contacted. The four-wheeler was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as abandoned.
On June 28, Sgt. Ryan Muse observed a motorist driving with an expired vehicle tag at a Wakulla Station convenience store. The tag was not registered to any vehicle. Tommie Lee Webster, 51, of Crawfordville was issued two notices to appear in court for attached tag not assigned and driving while license is suspended or revoked second or subsequent conviction. The tag was seized as evidence.
On June 28, a concerned citizen contacted 911 when she observed what appeared to be a handgun being waved outside the McDonald’s restaurant by a 16-year-old juvenile. The juvenile ran inside the establishment as law enforcement arrived and he was apprehended by Deputy David Pienta and FHP Troopers Josh Greene and Andy Stone. During a search of the juvenile ammunition for a BB gun was found. The BB gun was found inside the restroom. The gun, bag of steel BBs and CO2 cartridges were seized as evidence. The juvenile was arrested for disorderly conduct and transported to the Wakulla County Jail. He was accepted into juvenile detention in Tallahassee. Deputy Anthony Paul and Sgt. Jeremy Johnston also investigated.
On June 28, Tommy Tennison of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. A forced entry was observed at the home and the home was in disarray. A box of food was stolen and was valued at $70. Deputy Ashley McAlister and Deputy David Pienta investigated.
On June 28, a 40-year-old Crawfordville victim reported that he was the victim of a battery following a road rage incident. The victim was driving on U.S. Highway 319 when he was cut off by another motorist who nearly caused a traffic crash. The victim stopped his vehicle and an African American male subject and a Hispanic female subject began screaming at him. The victim was kicked and punched by the suspects. Wakulla EMS checked the victim’s injuries and the victim refused transportation to the hospital. WCSO deputies and Florida Highway Patrol troopers searched unsuccessfully for the suspect vehicle. Deputy Ashley McAlister and Deputy David Pienta investigated.
On June 28, Mattie Dandridge of Dollar General in Panacea reported finding a backpack next to the store. Nobody claimed the backpack and it was turned over to the WCSO Property and Evidence Division. The items inside the backpack were inventoried and included accessories for smoking illegal narcotics. Deputy Ashley McAlister investigated.
On June 28, Sarah Timmons of Crawfordville reported a structure fire. The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen and was electrical in nature. Damage to the home was estimated at $5,000. No foul play was observed. Wakulla Firefighters also responded to the scene. Deputy Matt Helms investigated.
On June 28, Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff reported a retail theft. Wal-Mart officials observed a 16-year-old juvenile place merchandise into a bag and leave the last point of sale without paying. Five clothing items were stolen by the female juvenile with a value of $60. The juvenile was given a notice to appear in court for retail theft. She was released to the custody of a relative. Deputy Matt Helms investigated.
On June 29, Deputy Matt Helms observed a vehicle parked at a closed Crawfordville business. Deputy Helms detected the odor of marijuana on a male subject who got out of the vehicle. Consent to search the vehicle was granted and marijuana was discovered inside the vehicle along with drug paraphernalia. Jayme Allen Aldridge, 25, of Griffin, Ga. was given a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. The marijuana weighed 2.4 grams.
On June 29, Samuel Geiger of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim received three credit cards in the mail from various stores. He did not make the requests. He also received two notices from stores who declined credit applications that he did not file. One of the cards had $500 charged on it. The victim was given information about identity theft. Deputy Ward Kromer and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.
On June 29, Judy Hurley of Panacea reported the theft of medication and cash from her home. The total value of the stolen property is $108. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.
On June 30, Woodrow Walker of Crawfordville and Woody’s Boiled Peanuts reported the theft of business signs. Six signs that were valued at $100 were reported stolen from the business. The wire stands were left where the victim placed them. Deputy Stephen Simmons investigated.
On June 30, Vernon Mark Carter of Crawfordville reported a structure fire. The victim was cooking in the kitchen when he left the home to work outside. A fire inside the kitchen created $3,000 worth of damage, but was not suspicious in nature. Wakulla County Firefighters and Chief Mike Morgan responded to the fire. Lt. Mike Kemp investigated.
On June 30, Wakulla Fire Chief Mike Morgan turned in a set of keys that were found in the county. The key chain contained vehicle keys and a security key. They were turned into the WCSO Property and Evidence Division. Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated.
On June 30, Deputy Adam Pendris responded to a disturbance complaint and offered to give one of the subjects in the disturbance a ride to another location. As Clarence Jeffery Dixon, 42, of Sopchoppy was loading his belongings in the road patrol vehicle, Deputy Pendris and Sgt. Danny Harrell observed a baggie of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia was also discovered following a search. Dixon was arrested for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The marijuana weighed 2.3 grams.
On July 1, Deputy Stephen Simmons conducted a traffic stop on Spring Creek Highway of a motorist who was not wearing a seat belt. During the stop Deputy Simmons observed that the male driver was wearing a hospital wrist band and medical equipment that was in use. The driver’s license was found to invalid as a habitual traffic offender. Due to the medical condition of the driver, a relative picked up the vehicle and the male subject. Following medical treatment, a warrant will be requested for the 34-year-old Crawfordville man for driving while license is suspended or revoked-habitual offender. Deputy Gibby Gibson also investigated.
On July 1, WCSO deputies conducted a search warrant on a Broken Bow Trail home in Crawfordville related to an ongoing narcotics investigation. During the two month investigation, the Narcotics Unit conducted controlled buys at the residence. Willie Lee Byrd, 21, of Crawfordville was detained during the search warrant as deputies located a felony amount of marijuana packaged for street sale, drug paraphernalia, $155 cash and two counterfeit $20 bills.
As the search continued, deputies also discovered eight marijuana plants sitting under an indoor grow lamp. The seedlings were approximately four inches tall. All of the evidence discovered during the search warrant was seized along with two firearms. Byrd was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell; two counts of sale of marijuana; possession of a counterfeit bank bill; cultivation of marijuana; and possession of narcotics equipment. He was transported to the Wakulla County Jail without incident where he is being held under a $152,500 bond.
On July 1, Sgt. Ryan Muse observed a motorist driving by his patrol vehicle that he had previous knowledge about the driver not possessing a valid driver license. Richard Clayton O’Connor, 31, of Crawfordville observed Sgt. Muse and accelerated away from him. A traffic stop was conducted and Deputy Stephen Simmons came to assist at the scene when consent to search the vehicle was granted. The search yielded drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. Two units of body armor were also seized due to the subject being a convicted felon. O’Connor was charged with driving while license is suspended or revoked third or subsequent conviction; possession of methamphetamine and possession of narcotics equipment.
On July 1, Crystal Pritchard of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim reported the theft of electronics, clothing and personal items from her home. The missing items are valued at $1,095 and a suspect has been identified. Deputy Adam Pendris investigated.
On July 2, Stephen Calhoun of Crawfordville reported the theft of a package from his mailbox. The Post Office confirmed that the package was delivered but the victim noted that it had been removed from the mailbox. The theft was reported to the Crawfordville Post Office for additional investigation. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.
On July 2, Deputy Ashley McAlister investigated a report of a stolen vehicle being recovered in Wakulla County. The vehicle was reported stolen in Leon County. The vehicle was returned to the owner through a Tallahassee Police Department investigation.
On July 2, James Edgar Metcalf of Crawfordville reported the theft of a vehicle tag. The tag was stolen from the victim’s boat trailer. The tag is valued at $61 and was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated.
On July 2, a Crawfordville parent reported finding marijuana that was in possession of her 13-year-old son. The mother turned the 2.2 grams of marijuana over to Deputy Ward Kromer for destruction.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1,181 calls for service during the past week including: 23 business and residential alarms; 12 assists to other agencies; 104 citizen contacts; 26 disturbances; 22 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 12 E-911 abandoned calls; 25 E-911 calls; 69 investigations; 48 medical emergencies; 365 business and residential security checks; 37 special details; 10 suspicious people; 10 suspicious vehicles; 10 thefts; 22 traffic enforcements; 171 traffic stops; 14 reckless vehicles; and 12 watch orders.