On March 18, Charles Richards of Crawfordville reported the theft of a political sign. Someone removed a Jared Miller campaign sign from the victim’s driveway. The sign is valued at $5. Deputy Ethan Ard investigated.
On March 18, Melinda Mayfield of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. The victim reported the theft of medications and cash from her vehicle. The vehicle was left unsecured. The stolen property is valued at $192 and suspects have been identified. Deputy Kyle Hanks and Detective Scott Powell investigated.
On March 19, Deputy Kyle Hanks conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in Panacea with only one operating taillight. The odor of marijuana was detected and marijuana seeds were discovered in the vehicle. However, Deputy Hanks was unable to link the seeds to any of the three occupants inside the vehicle. The marijuana weighed one gram and was seized for destruction.
On March 19, Randall Joseph Crum, 40, of Panacea was arrested on an out of county warrant, a local warrant and resisting an officer without violence as Deputy Alan Middlebrooks and Deputy Matt Hedges attempted to serve him the warrants in Panacea. Crum ran to a wooded area when he observed road patrol vehicles approaching his home. Crum ran 200 yards and jumped into a swamp and spent 15 minutes in the water before giving himself up to the deputies. Deputy Steven Miller also investigated.
On March 20, Deputy Alan Middlebrooks conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle traveling in the wrong lane from Coastal Highway to Crawfordville Highway. Jimmy Dewayne Sprowes, 29, of Tallahassee could not produce a valid driver license. Sprowes was charged with driving while license is suspended or revoked habitual offender. Deputy Brandon Sheffield also investigated.
On March 20, Willie V. Hunter of Tallahassee reported a structure fire at her Crawfordville home. A fire originated in the kitchen and Deputy Matt Hedges retrieved his agency fire extinguisher and put out the fire. Wakulla Fire Rescue arrived on scene and opened the house to air out the smoke. Damage was contained to the kitchen area. The stove was a total loss at $500 and the rest of the home suffered $2,000 worth of damage.
On March 20, Deputy Ashton Lesane conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle with only one taillight. The odor of marijuana was detected from inside the vehicle. Two open bottles of alcohol, a marijuana grinder and a small amount of marijuana were seized for destruction. The alcohol was poured out. The marijuana was not linked to any one of the three vehicle occupants, ages 18, 17 and 17, and no charges were filed.
On March 21, Leharve Skip Young of Crawfordville reported a credit card offense involving his business. The victim observed nine fraudulent transactions on his bank card. The purchases totaled $4,982 with transactions at Lowe’s in Gainesville and Wal-Mart stores in Crawfordville and Tallahassee. Major Trey Morrison and Detective Randy Phillips investigated.
On March 21, a 15-year-old juvenile from Crawfordville reported the theft of a bicycle from his home. The bike was taken off the front porch. The bike is valued at $1,000. A search of the area neighborhoods failed to reveal the location of the bike. Deputy Jeff Yarbrough investigated.
On March 21, Lt. Mike Kemp was given a purse from an area businessman who was mowing the ditch when he found the lost property. Identification inside the purse revealed the owner from Mount Airy, Ga. The purse was turned over to the Property and Evidence Division.
On March 21, Marsha Robbins of Panacea reported observing a bicycle near her home. The bike was in poor condition and was seized and placed in the WCSO Impound Yard. Deputy Taylor Saladin investigated.
On March 21, a 76-year-old Crawfordville man with Alzheimer’s was reported missing from his home. Deputy Jeff Yarbrough and Deputy Ward Kromer began searching the area around the missing man’s home. Lt. Mike Kemp and the members of the Criminal Investigations Division joined the search and a K-9 Unit from Wakulla Correctional Institution responded to the scene. While the search was underway, WCSO Dispatch received a call that their subject was at Sanders Hill Road in Sopchoppy. It was discovered that the 76-year-old had walked down his road and secured a ride from a passing motorist. The motorist dropped off the male at the Sopchoppy location after getting some food. The elderly male was driven back to Crawfordville and turned over to his relatives. The WCSO discussed the Project Lifesaver program with family members. The program uses a wrist band worn by elderly citizens that can be tracked by a signal.
On March 21, Christopher Bradford of Crawfordville reported a fraud. Someone opened a Verizon telephone account in his name without authorization. The account was opened using his personal information in Georgia and $221 was owed on the account. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On March 21, James Harvey of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary. The vehicle was left unsecured and the victim’s CDL driver license was stolen. A wallet was also in the vehicle but was not taken. Deputy Anthony Ammons investigated.
On March 21, Deputy Taylor Saladin investigated a suspicious vehicle at Klamath Street and Solomon Drive. The deputy smelled the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and asked the motorist and a passenger to get out of the vehicle. The male driver gave Deputy Saladin a false name and ran from the scene. The female juvenile passenger gave the deputy the suspect’s real name. A search of the area for the suspect was unsuccessful. A search of the vehicle discovered 19 grams of marijuana. The 23-year-old driver faces a warrant for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer.
On March 22, Mendy Johnson of Crawfordville reported a structure fire. The victim was heating up oil in the kitchen when the oil ignited and created flames and smoke. Wakulla Fire Rescue put out the fire and damage was observed to the stove and microwave. The fire was ruled accidental. Deputy Taylor Saladin investigated.
On March 22, Burgess Thaxton of Crawfordville reported a grand theft at Mack Landing Campground. Someone stole the victim’s generator. A chain was cut into two pieces and left at the scene. The generator was chained to a camper. The chain is valued at $25 and the generator is valued at $500. Deputy Gibby Gibson investigated.
On March 22, Crystal Forest of Sopchoppy reported a criminal mischief. A suspect, who was identified, broke the living room window by banging on it. The same subject may have removed a cable box from the victim’s home. Damage to the home is estimated at $100 and the cable box is valued at $125. Deputies have not located the suspect for questioning. Deputy Gibby Gibson and Detective Scott Powell investigated.
On March 23, Deputy Anthony Paul conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle traveling 68 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone on Crawfordville Highway. Christopher Michael Weaver, 25, of Tallahassee did not possess a driver license. A search of the vehicle discovered plastic bags with crystal methamphetamine residue and drug paraphernalia. Weaver was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license. He was also issued a traffic citation for speeding.
On March 23, Vera Harvey of Crawfordville reported a grand theft. The victim discovered her laptop computer at a Tallahassee pawn shop. The computer was stolen from the victim’s son. The laptop is valued at $300. Deputy Brand Sheffield investigated.
On March 23, Jeannie Munger of Barney, Ga. and Luxury Property Preservation reported items missing from a Crawfordville home that was being cleaned following foreclosure. A stove, refrigerator and patch of carpet was missing from the home. Deputy Ethan Ard investigated.
On March 23, Rosetta Wilson of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. Someone removed $20 from a piggy bank. The bank was discovered in the home but the coins were missing. Deputy Ashton Lesane investigated.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 1,019 calls for service during the past week including: 21 business and residential alarms; 87 citizen contacts; 40 E-911 abandoned cell calls; 3 E-911 abandoned calls; 24 E-911 calls; 44 investigations; 48 medical emergencies; 366 business and residential security checks; 21 special details; 68 subpoena services; 10 thefts; 13 traffic enforcements; 73 traffic stops; 13 reckless vehicles; and 20 watch orders.