On July 29th Deputy Ross Hasty responded to Walmart in regards to a retail theft. Upon meeting with Asset Protection members he interviewed Mark Hamilton Miller who had been detained by staff. Miller admitted to concealing and attempting to remove $44.47 worth of pharmacy items. Miller was arrested and transported to the county jail. Video surveillance of the events was turned in as evidence.
On July 29th Lisa Baroody reported the theft of her G3 boat, Yamaha motor, and trailer. The boat had been parked in her yard on Blue Crab Lane. All three were entered as stolen in the NCIC system. The total loss is estimated at $10,100.00
On July 30th Joseph Raker of Melody Lane reported a burglary to his truck. The vehicle tag, paperwork, and a nail gun were removed from the truck. Total estimated value of the items taken is $152.00. The tag was entered as stolen in the NCIC system. The complainant named a person of interest in the theft.
On July 30th deputies responded to a reported stabbing in a parking lot adjacent to Riverside Café. Upon deputies arriving the victim, Paul Keen was found to have been stabbed. Keen explained that as he and his wife were leaving the parking lot he was standing outside their vehicle on the passenger’s side talking with his wife through the door window. They were approached by William “Leroy” McCallum who accused them of moving his vehicle. The conversation turned into an argument and at one instance McCallum moved closer to the vehicle to approach the wife. The two men started struggling and the victim struck the suspect. The two men separated and McCallum started leaving the area. The victim states he did not realize he had been stabbed until he got into his vehicle. The suspect was located in the area by deputies and both men were transported to local hospitals for treatment. From statements taken on scene from the victim, his wife, and an independent witness, McCallum was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery. He was transported to the county jail after receiving treatment at the hospital.
On July 31st Sgt. Scott Delbeato had a purse turned over to him as found property. Items inside the purse identify Chrystal Wainwright as the owner. Contact could not be made with her so the purse was turned in at the Sheriff’s Office and will be held until the owner can be contacted to retrieve their property.
On July 31st Christie Spears reported a theft at a residence off of Bob Miller Road. Mrs. Spears stated that she is in the process of moving and upon returning this date to gather additional property to move she found that the home had been entered and found kitchen utensils and electronics taken. Additionally approximately $200.00 worth of damage was done to the home. The complainant has named a person of interest in this incident.
On July 31st a found wallet was turned over to Deputy Steven Parfitt. The wallet was identified as being owned by Dusti Strickland of Tallahassee, Florida. No contact could be made with Strickland so the wallet was turned in at the Sheriff’s Office to be held until contact can be made and he can retrieve his property.
On August 1st Deputy Vicki Mitchell responded to Tallahassee Avenue in St. Marks in regards to an abandoned vehicle. Upon inspection of the vehicle and running the tag, it was found that the car was reported stolen out of Escambia County, Florida on July 18th. The vehicle was removed by a wrecker and the entering agency was alerted to the recovery of the vehicle.
On August 1st Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Reserve Sgt. Jodie Quick made a traffic stop on a Nissian sedan travelling southbound on Crawfordville Highway in the Medart area. The reason for the stop was that the vehicle’s Texas tag was expired for more than one year. Upon contact with the driver Sherri Plinske she presented her driver’s license and stated that she and her passenger were traveling from Georgia to Franklin County, Florida. During Deputy Middlebrooks conversation with Plinske she was in possession of a valid registration but never provided a copy of the vehicle registration nor proof of insurance. Upon further conversation Plinske admitted to being in possession of marijuana and a smoking apparatus. As both the driver and passenger, Robert Rutland were removed from the vehicle for a search, a two liter soda bottle rolled from under the passenger seat and fell to the ground. When deputies looked at the bottle they realized that it had chemicals in it and suspected it was a methamphetamine cook. Both Plinske and Rutland were detained and detectives were called to the scene. During the search of the vehicle additional items used to manufacture and ingest methamphetamine were located as well as prescription medications. Once the methamphetamine cook was processed and neutralized it was packaged to be destroyed at a later date. The total weight of the methamphetamine liquid was 27.01 ounces. Additionally two firearms were located in the vehicle. Both Plinske and Rutland were charged with Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony. An additional charge of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon was made against Rutland. Both subjects were transported to the county jail without incident.
On August 3rd Paul Armstrong of Anna Drive reported the theft of a trailer tag valued at approximately $50.00. According to Mr. Armstrong he lent the trailer out and upon his friend returning the trailer the tag was missing. The tag was entered NCIC as stolen.
On August 3rd James Green reported the theft of his mailbox on Ashley Hall Road. According to Mr. Green the mailbox was in place in the morning and gone that same afternoon. The mailbox is a common black mailbox with the numbers 130 painted on the sides and “Green” painted on the lid.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 971 calls for service including: 13 residential and business alarms; 09 assists to other agencies; 04 vehicle burglaries; 81 citizen contacts; 25 disturbances; 31 E-911 abandoned calls; 19 E-911 calls; 44 investigations; 91 medical emergencies; 290 business and residential security checks; 23 special details; 53 subpoena services; 13 suspicious vehicles; 04 traffic enforcements; 65 traffic stops; and 15 reckless vehicles.