On September 16th Deputy Ashton Lesane responded to Walmart in regards to a retail theft. Upon meeting with Asset Protection it was learned that Austin Victor had been watched by an employee as he pushed a cart with items out of the store without purchasing them. In all $123.37 worth of merchandise was recovered from the cart and from Austin Victor’s pockets. Victor was arrested and transported to the county jail without incident.
On September 16th while working the Wakulla High School football game at Reynold’s Field, Reserve Deputy Kirby Matheus found a debit card belonging to Torie Kendall. The card was turned in at the Sheriff’s Office and will be held until the owner claims it.
On September 17th Deputy Alan Middlebrooks met with Griffin Willis at the Sheriff’s Office in regards to the theft of a handgun. The theft occurred at Mr. Willis’s residence. A person of interest was named and the investigation has been forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division. The Glock handgun is valued at approximately $550.00.
On September 17th Deputy Ashton Lesane responded to a residence on Timberwood Court in regards to a disturbance. Upon arrival he found Ryan Brantly and a female companion arguing in the driveway of the home. It was learned that the female had been at home asleep when Brantly arrived intoxicated. They started arguing when Brantly wanted the keys to a vehicle to leave and the female would not provide them since he was impaired. The female decided to leave the home to get away from Brantly while the deputy was on scene and the male stated he was staying home for the remainder of the night. Later in the early morning hours deputies responded to a home on Basswood Drive in regards to a physical disturbance. Upon arrival deputies learned that the female form the earlier call on Timberwood Court had come to this home to stay with a female friend. Through phone conversations, Brantly had learned where she was and got another couple to take him to the home. Upon arrival Brantly yelled threats from outside the home and when the homeowner made contact with him he tried to enter the home uninvited. There was a struggle at the door and Brantly was turned away. Ryan Brantly was arrested for misdemeanor battery and disorderly intoxication. He was transported to the county jail without further incident.
On September 19th at approximately 3 am, Deputy Matt Hedges made a traffic stop on a vehicle on Highway 98 near the intersection with Casora Drive in regards to an expired tag. Upon making contact with the driver and sole occupant, Theus Yowell, he told Deputy Hedges that his driver’s license was suspended. A check found that Yowell had four previous suspensions on his license and also had an active warrant for driving while license suspended or revoked. Yowell was arrested on the outstanding warrant and an additional charge of driving while license suspended or revoked. He was transported to the county jail and his vehicle was towed from the scene.
On September 19th Richard Smith reported a criminal mischief and grand theft. Upon meeting with Deputy Ward Kromer, Smith explained that he had parked a flatbed semi-trailer behind Winn Dixie on September 15th. It was later found that someone had cut a tie down strap on the trailer that secured several tarps which are now missing. The strap is valued at $50.00 and the tarps at approximately $1,200.00. The investigation is being forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division.
On September 21st Deputies responded to a residence on Maxson Road in regards to a physical disturbance between Skylar McBratney and Robert Lindsey. Upon deputies arrival Lindsey had already fled the scene. McBratney stated that as she left the residence to go to work she was met in the yard by Lindsey. Lindsey doesn’t live at the home but the couple have a child in common. McBratney stated that Lindsey attacked her, choked her and threw her to the ground. She had injuries consistent with her account. Deputies went to another home in an effort to locate Lindsey but a search of that residence was unsuccessful in finding him. On September 26th Lindsey was arrested when Deputy Alan Middlebrooks made a traffic stop on a motorcycle being operated by Lindsey. Lindsey was charged with two counts of felony battery and one count of trespass.
On September 21st Sgt. Danny Harrell responded to the residence of Cheryl McDearmid on Finner Road in regards to a structure fire. Upon arrival Fire/Rescue was already in the process of extinguishing the fire. Mrs. McDearmid stated that she heard a loud pop and went outside to investigate. She found her hot tub and carport that covers the hot tub on fire. The fire was deemed not suspicious in nature with damage estimate approximately $7,000.00.
On September 22nd Deputy Brandon Sheffield attempted to stop a motorcycle on County Line Road in regards to the vehicle having no operational tail lights. Upon stopping the motorcycle continued into the wood line where the driver bailed off and ran. Deputy Sheffield located the driver lying on the ground behind a tree and he was taken into custody. The driver, James Galloway admitted that his license was suspended. A check found that he has three previous suspensions on his driver’s license. Galloway was arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license and resisting arrest without violence. He was transported to the county jail and the motorcycle was towed from the scene.
On September 22nd a seventeen year old student at Wakulla High School reported a vandalism to their vehicle while it was parked at the baseball field. Deputy Mike Crum found that persons unknown had used a point object to scrape the paint down the entire passenger’s side of the vehicle. The student stated that they had no issues or disagreements with anyone recently and could think of no reason someone would have done this. Repair of the damage is estimated at $300.00.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 851 calls for service including: 08 residential and business alarms; 05 assists to other agencies; 01 vehicle burglaries; 80 citizen contacts; 13 disturbances; 13 E-911 abandoned calls; 23 E-911 calls; 57 investigations; 136 medical emergencies; 194 business and residential security checks; 21 special details; 38 subpoena services; 09 suspicious vehicles; 11 traffic enforcements; 43 traffic stops; and 16 reckless vehicles.