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Sheriff's Log--July 4 to July 10

On July 3, Charles Seeley of Crawfordville reported a business burglary. Damage was observed to Riverside by the Bay’s front exterior. A forced entry was discovered with additional damage to the back of the building. Windows were shattered along with glass plates. The number of damaged plates was estimated at 100. Damage to the building and property was estimated at $2,000. Evidence was collected from the scene. Deputy Ashley McAlister and Detective Richard Moon investigated.

On July 3, Deputy Matt Hedges investigated a one vehicle traffic crash at the Wakulla County Tax Collector’s Office. Leonard Tabor of Crawfordville drove over a parking curb and struck a sign. There were no injuries.

On July 3, Charles Mathis of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. The victim returned to his home and discovered a door open. Items from inside the victim’s wallet were scattered around and cash was stolen. Coins were also taken from a jar. The cash and coins are valued at $230. Deputy Matt Helms investigated.

On July 3, FWC Officer Adam Bunker conducted a welfare check on a pedestrian on Coastal Highway in Panacea. Siefe Joseph Awad, 64, of Panacea was walking on the fog line in the westbound lane. Officer Bunker and Deputy Ashley McAlister discovered that Awad had outstanding warrants and a marijuana cigarette in his pants pocket. Awad was transported to the Wakulla County Jail for his active warrants and arrested for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

On July 3, Marvin McKenzie of Glenda’s Country Store reported an attempted robbery at his store at 9:31 p.m. An African American male subject entered the store to purchase beer. The male returned to the store a short time later and demanded money from the cash register. The subject attempted to grab the register but could not remove it due to it being plugged in. The subject began to strike the victim with the equipment.
Randy Merritt approached the front of the store and the suspect went to the front door and attempted to grab Merritt. Merritt escaped from the suspect and called 911. The suspect fled in a red Dodge northbound on U.S. Highway 319. He is described as between 40 and 50 years old and six feet to six feet- two inches tall. His hair was short and he wore a dark blue shirt and blue jeans.
Evidence was collected at the scene and a BOLO was issued for the suspect vehicle. McKenzie was transported to the hospital for treatment for cuts and injuries to his nose and ribs. The investigation continues. Deputy Vicki Mitchell, Deputy Will Hudson, Deputy Ward Kromer, Detective Clint Beam, Deputy Ashley McAlister, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks, Lt. Sherrell  Morrison and Deputy Richard Moon investigated.

On July 3, the WCSO received calls for a total of 22 trees down as a result of bad weather in the area. An undetermined number of power lines were also reported down.

On July 4, Dewayne Reynolds of Sopchoppy reported a criminal mischief. A female suspect allegedly threw an unknown object at the victim’s vehicle as he was delivering newspapers. Deputies were unable to determine what was thrown or observe any major damage to the vehicle. Sgt. Ryan Muse and Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On July 4, Daniel Morgan of Crawfordville reported a structure fire on Centipede Road in Crawfordville. The home was engulfed in flames when Deputy Ross Hasty arrived on scene. Wakulla County Firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished the fire. Nobody was inside the home at the time of the fire. The home, owned by Leslie Tointigh of Crawfordville, was a total loss. The state Fire Marshal was called to the scene and the cause of the fire has not been determined. The owner reported electrical problems with the breaker box. A lightning strike also remains as a possible cause. Lt. Mike Kemp and Detective Richard Moon also investigated.

On July 4, Shatavia Nicole Williams, 18, of Tallahassee was given a notice to appear in court for retail theft. Wal-Mart Asset Protection staff observed the subject placing merchandise in her purse prior to leaving the last point of sale without paying for the merchandise. The clothing and personal items were valued at $92. Deputy Ross Hasty investigated.

On July 4, Deputy Evelyn Brown reported the theft of two bicycles from her home. The bikes were stolen from her porch. One of the bikes was recovered in the Crawfordville area. The two bikes were valued at $500. The recovered bike was returned to the victim. Sgt. Ryan Muse and Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated.

On July 4, Beverly Blocker of Crawfordville reported a fraud. Several credit card accounts were opened in the victim’s name without her authorization. Suspects have been identified. Four accounts were opened. The victim contacted the three credit bureaus. Deputy Jeff Yarbrough and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.

On July 4, Sgt. Ryan Muse conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle that had a tag attached that wasn’t registered to any vehicle. Sgt. Muse detected the smell of marijuana from the vehicle and he discovered the driver did not possess a valid driver license. Consent was granted to search the vehicle and Sgt. Muse and Deputies Stephen Simmons and Ross Hasty discovered 17.3 grams of marijuana inside.
Tripp Edward Painter, 21, of Tallahassee was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis and driving while license is suspended or revoked with knowledge second offense. Dylan Kent Arnold, 20, of Tallahassee was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Madison Nicole Byington, 21, of Tallahassee was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of drug paraphernalia. Charles Cullen Ragans, 23, of Tallahassee was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis and attached tag not assigned. A 16-year-old female juvenile was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis. Drug paraphernalia and the vehicle tag were seized as evidence along with the marijuana.

On July 4, Gregory McInnis of Crawfordville reported finding a Florida driver license, credit cards, a passport and membership cards owned by a female from Crawfordville. The property was found on the side of Bloxham Cutoff Road. The items were turned into the Property and Evidence Division. The 21-year-old female has not been contacted despite attempts by Deputy Adam Pendris to do so.

On July 4, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation at U.S. Highway 98 and Jack Crum Road. He detected the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Torie Morgan Olah, 24, of Crawfordville was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Deputy Middlebrooks observed Olah throw a marijuana cigarette out the window during the traffic stop. The marijuana weighed .5 of a gram.

On July 5, Deputy Mike Zimba conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle that failed to dim headlights in Panacea. During the traffic stop, Deputy Zimba detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Keith Allen Trusow, 22, of Panacea was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana after marijuana was discovered on the suspect and inside the vehicle. The marijuana weighed nine grams. Deputy Alan Middlebrooks also investigated.

On July 5, Patricia Carmichael of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. A push mower and ladder, valued at $825, were stolen from the victim’s property. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.

On July 5, Charles Beach of Crawfordville reported a burglary of a vehicle. Three amplifiers were stolen from the vehicle. They are valued at $2,650. Suspects have been identified. Deputy Mike Zimba investigated.

On July 5, Allan Antill of Panacea reported recovering property. A wallet was found on Coastal Highway in Panacea. A driver license, Social Security card, bank cards, and other cards were recovered. They were owned by a Havana resident but WCSO deputies were unable to locate the owner. The wallet was placed in the Property and Evidence Division. Deputy Roy Gunnarsson and Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

On July 5, Barbara Smith of Glenda’s Country Store reported a retail theft. A witness observed the female suspect place an alcoholic beverage in her bag and run out of the store without paying for it. The beverage is valued at $3 and a description of the woman and her vehicle was given to Deputy Adam Pendris.

On July 6, Lt. Jimmy Sessor investigated a report of a possible traffic crash on Forest Highway 13. Deputies Ward Kromer and Charles Porter arrived on scene with Wakulla EMS to check on the condition of the driver. The driver was suspected of being under the influence and refused to perform field sobriety exercises. She had in her possession a prescription bottle that did not belong to her and she drank from a bottle of wine while law enforcement officers attempted to help her. Lt. Sessor arrested Susan Sloan Zanco, 48, of Crawfordville and charged her with DUI and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

On July 6, Robert Young of Panacea reported a structure fire at Woolley Park in Panacea. The fire was reported at the end of the park pier and created minor damage to the decking boards. Panacea firefighters put out the fire and damage was estimated at $100 in an eight by eight foot area. The cause of the fire has not been determined. The pier was blocked off for safety reasons until repairs can be made. Deputy Gibby Gibson and Sgt. Ryan Muse investigated.

On July 6, Deputy Stephen Simmons conducted a traffic stop on Feli Way and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Road of a vehicle with an expired tag. Kayla Arlean Davis, 26, of Crawfordville did not possess a valid driver license. Davis was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked third or subsequent conviction. Deputy Ross Hasty also investigated.

On July 6, Tommy Barton of Sopchoppy reported a criminal mischief at Bad Bob’s in Sopchoppy. A concerned citizen reported broken glass at the establishment. A glass door was broken and damage was estimated at $500. Deputy Mike Zimba and Detective Richard Moon investigated.

On July 6, Carressa Warren of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. A suspect, who has been identified, broke the front window of the residence. A trespass warning was issued for the suspect at the home. The suspect agreed to pay for the window repair in lieu of being criminally charged. Sgt. Danny Harrell investigated.

On July 6, Stanley West of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. The victim reported the theft of a chain saw from his shed. The chain saw is valued at $350 and was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.

On July 6, Stanley West of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. Three weed eaters, tools and a chain saw were reported missing from two sheds on the victim’s property. The stolen property is valued at $1,190. The items were entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.

On July 6, Ronnie Raker of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. Tools, a telescope, air conditioning unit and a dolly, valued at $1,875, were reported missing from his home. A forced entry was observed. A suspect has been identified. Deputy Adam Pendris investigated.

On July 6, Candice Davis of Crawfordville reported the theft of a Bluetooth driver from her computer. The driver was stolen from the side of the computer. A suspect has been identified. The equipment is valued at $10. Deputy Will Hudson investigated.

On July 6, Matthew Hepner of Crawfordville reported a structure fire. The victim heard noises from his water heater and observed flames. The victim was able to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. Damage was limited to the hot water heater thermostat. The Wakulla County Fire Department responded and confirmed that the fire was accidental. Deputy David Pienta investigated.

On July 7, Christopher Dekle of Crawfordville reported a vehicle theft. The vehicle was taken from the victim’s home. The vehicle was entered into the NCIC/FCIC data base as stolen. Deputy Matt Hedges investigated. Later the same day, Sgt. Derek Lawhon was contacted by the Midway Police Department that the stolen vehicle was located in Gadsden County. John William Shaw, 26, of Perry was arrested for motor vehicle theft. Passenger Howard Matthew Gary, 40, of Crawfordville was arrested on drug related charges. Arrangements were being made to process the vehicle and return it to the owner.

On July 7, Jason Metcalf of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. The victim reported the theft of three pairs of sunglasses from the unsecured vehicle. The glasses are valued at $530. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On July 7, Vena Williams of Crawfordville reported the theft of a vehicle tag while it was parked at Eden Springs. The tag is valued at $80. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On July 7, Ruth Daly of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense. Six unauthorized charges were observed on the victim’s bank card. The unauthorized charges totaled $824 and were created through a European communications company. Sgt. Ray Johnson investigated.

On July 7, Johnny Scott of Crawfordville reported a vehicle fire. The victim noted that his RV caught fire as he was driving it. The victim worked on the vehicle’s mechanics and was attempting to drive it when the fire started. The RV was valued at $10,000 and was a total loss. The Wakulla Fire Department put out the fire. The Red Cross was called to assist the victim since the RV was his primary residence. Deputy Matt Helms, Deputy Matt Hedges and Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

On July 7, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks was conducting traffic enforcement on Wakulla Springs Road when he observed a vehicle pass him without a license plate. A traffic stop was conducted. Jeanyne Stokely, 52, of Crawfordville did not possess a valid driver license. A search of the vehicle turned up prescription pills and the driver was unable to provide a valid prescription. Stokely was charged with possession of a controlled substance and driving while license is suspended or revoked third or subsequent conviction. She also received a traffic citation for operating a motor vehicle with no tag displayed. Lt. Sherrell Morrison and Sgt. Derek Lawhon also investigated.

On July 8, John Janusz of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief. A screen and door were damaged at the victim’s home. Damage was also observed to a shed door. The total damage was estimated at $275. Deputy Joe Page investigated.

On July 8, Andrew Carr of Crawfordville reported a fraud. Someone used the victim’s Social Security number to obtain employment. A 90 day fraud alert was placed on his credit report. Deputy Scott Rojas and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.

On July 8, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks was on patrol on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Road when a motorist abruptly braked in front of the deputy nearly causing a traffic crash. Deputy Middlebrooks conducted a traffic stop and discovered that Ryan Sinclair Cooper, 24, of Crawfordville did not have a valid driver license. Cooper was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked third or subsequent conviction. He was also given a written warning for careless driving. A relative came to the scene and picked up the vehicle.

On July 9, Deborah Meyer of Crawfordville reported recovering a wallet at Shadeville Highway and U.S. Highway 319. The wallet was found when Meyer was riding a bike and items from the wallet were nearby. The owner of the wallet was identified, but Deputy Jeff Yarbrough was unsuccessful in reaching the owner. The wallet was turned into the Property and Evidence Division.

On July 9, Holly Largent of Crawfordville reported an attempted residential burglary. The victim noticed an attempted forced entry at her home. Damage was estimated at $50. No entry was made into the home. Deputy Adam Pendris investigated.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received  1,212 calls for service during the past week including: 26 residential and business alarms; 10 assists to other agencies; 103 citizen contacts; 15 disturbances; 28 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 6 E-911 abandoned calls; 25 E-911 calls; 70 investigations; 19 loud music/noise complaints; 42 medical emergencies; 345 business and residential security checks; 16 special details; 36 traffic enforcements; 217 traffic stops; 16 reckless vehicles; 11 wanted people; and 16 watch orders.

 

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