April 28 through May 5, 2016.
April 28, 2016 Jason Thompson turned over to the WCSO a wallet belonging to Kyla Nettles out of Tallahassee, Florida. Effort to reach her by phone were unsuccessful. The wallet and contents were submitted to the Sheriff’s Office to be held until the owner can be contacted.
April 28th Adam Enfinger reported a vehicle burglary on Wakulla Arran Road. Medication was reportedly taken from inside his unlocked vehicle. It is thought that the incident occurred on Monday or Tuesday night of last week.
April 28 a felony battery was reported in the Wakulla County Jail. Inmate Robert Sims was arrested for Aggravated Battery after he and inmate Frank Johnson were involved in a physical altercation. Johnson was taken to Capital Regional Medical Center for a laceration to the back of his head he sustained when he fell and struck a bed frame. He has since returned to the county jail.
On April 29 a school resource Deputy investigated a student who had given out credit card number and additional information to other students. According to the student he downloaded the credit card numbers off a website. The student is cooperating with Deputies to try and identify the website and the credit card owner’s names. The investigation is ongoing.
On April 30th, Deputies responded to a physical altercation at Dux’s Liquors. Upon arrival a bar patron was found unconscious after being punched in the face. He was checked and cleared by Emergency Medical Services. On May 1 the victim came to the Sheriff’s Office to request no further action be taken in the matter. Deputies attempted to meet with the victim but he left the office before the deputy working the incident could make contact with him. The investigation is being closed with no further action being taken at this time.
On April 30th, Deputy Ard observed Katie Caldwell driving southbound on Crawfordville Highway. Deputy Ard knew that Caldwell’s license was suspended for a previous DUI and refusal to submit to breath, urine, or blood test. The suspension was confirmed through the Communications Division and Deputy Ard subsequently stopped and arrested Caldwell for driving with a suspended license.
On April 30th, Deputy Kenneth Miller went to a home on Tully Avenue to attempt and serve a felony violation of probation warrant on Eldon “Teddy” Hicks Jr. While trying to secure Hicks in handcuffs he was able to break away from the deputy and run. The deputy deployed his Tazer but both probes did not make contact. They both ran around the block and through adjacent woods until Hicks was able to enter the home again. Deputies entered the home and found Hicks hiding under some clothes. He was arrested on the outstanding felony warrant and resisting officer without violence.
On May 1st, Judith Harriss of Greenough Road reported the theft of checks that had been ordered from her bank. It was confirmed that the checks were delivered. Since confirming the theft a stop payment has been ordered for all the checks missing.
On May 1st deputies responded to Linzy Mill Subdivision in regards to suspicious vehicle and persons. The complainant described to deputies that they had seen a vehicle drop people off several people that went into the wood line and then behind homes. Deputies found the suspect vehicle parked on the street, lights out. Upon making contact with the sole occupant of the vehicle the subject was hostile towards the deputies and initially refused to cooperate with them. As the investigation progressed the subject gave a false name and contact information for himself. Using the Rapid ID fingerprint scanning system the subject was identified as a seventeen year old from Tallahassee, Florida. The juvenile was placed under arrest and placed in a patrol vehicle. Deputies initiated a search of the vehicle and found a small amount of marijuana and that the tag was unassigned to any vehicle. When the vehicle identification number was ran it was learned that the Ford Explorer was reported stolen out of Orlando, Florida. The Wakulla Correctional Institute, Canine Team was requested and responded. A sweep of the neighborhood did not find any other suspects. The seventeen year old was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Auto, Obstruction without Violence, Possession of Less Than 20 grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Providing False Identity to Law Enforcement, and written traffic citations for Vehicle Tag Not Assigned, and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.
On May 1st deputies responded to a home off of Ridgeway Court in regards to a verbal disturbance. Upon making contact with the complainant it was learned that George Scott came to the complainant’s home uninvited and intoxicated. The homeowner attempted to get him to leave and Scott made threats towards the homeowner. Eventually Scott was escorted to another residence. Upon deputies arriving Scott returned outside and continued yelling profanities at the deputies and the neighbors. When it was decided that he was not going to return indoors to defuse the situation, Scott was arrested and transported to the county jail. He was charged with Disorderly Intoxication.
On May 2nd, a gas drive off was reported at the Triangle Petro convenience store in Medart for $47.00. The clerk stated that they believed the customer to be a regular and activated the pump before payment. The white male suspect drove off without paying. Video of the incident was reviewed. It is thought that the suspect will be identified once the video can be collected from the store.
On May 2rd, Jimmy Reed reported a burglary to his home on Celebrity Lane. He stated that he had went to church and upon returning he found his home in disarray. Suspects removed approximately $150 in coins from the home. An entry point was found in the rear of the home. The investigation continues.
On May 4th deputies responded to an alarm at the Stop and Save convenience store at Bloxham Cutoff and Crawfordville Highway. Upon arrival deputies found the glass to the front door broken but still intact. A review of the surveillance video did not reveal how the damage occurred. The repair is estimated to cost approximately $500.
On May 4th Nikki Barnes reported damage to a political sign located on Coastal Highway in Panacea. The sign was found to have been spray painted over. The cost to replace the sign is estimated at $53.
On May 4th Bonnie Brinson reported the theft of a trailer tag. Mrs. Brinson was having work done to the trailer at a location off of Shadeville Highway. Upon retrieving her trailer she found the tag missing. The tag has been entered in the NCIC system as stolen. No suspect has been identified.
May 4th Brenda Strickland, owner of Tangles Hair Salon, reported the theft of a five foot tall carved figurine from the driveway leading to the business. Mrs. Strickland states that the wooden carving of a hand holding a fish, cost her $500. Possible suspects have been identified and the investigation has been forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Unit.
On May 5th deputies responded to a residence on Spring Creek Highway after a concerned neighbor saw flashlights in the yard. Deputies made contact with three people at the home, one of which was the homeowner. During the incident a vehicle parked in the yard was found to be reported stolen from Tallahassee. The homeowner, a family member of the vehicle owner, stated that they had borrowed the vehicle days earlier from the reporting person. Contact was made with the reporting agency, the Tallahassee Police Department, who in turn contacted the owner and confirmed that he had recovered his stolen vehicle but failed to alert law enforcement. WCSO took no action and all information about this incident was forwarded to TPD. Sgt. Matt Helms and Deputy Ashton Lesane investigated.
On May 5th a concerned citizen turned a small baggie of marijuana over to Deputy Kenneth Miller. The marijuana was found in the parking lot of the store. The baggie was turned in to the evidence section of the Sheriff’s Office to be destroyed.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1,237 calls for service including: 38 residential and business alarms; 8 assists to other agencies. 2 vehicle burglaries; 90 citizen contacts; 18 disturbances; 28 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 33 E-911 calls; 56 investigations; 164 medical emergencies; 168 business and residential security checks; 40 special details; 38 subpoena services; 14 suspicious vehicles; 10 traffic enforcements; 91 traffic stops; and 19 reckless vehicles.