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Sheriff's Report 12-2

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On Nov. 19, Donna Pope of Crawfordville reported an open door at her vacant residence. Deputy Nathan Taylor and Captain Tommy Martin investigated and discovered a deceased canine in the bedroom. It appeared the canine became trapped inside the bedroom due to damaged carpeting and window curtains. The home’s outside door was determined to not close properly.

• On Nov. 20, Lt. Dale Evans investigated an apparent accidental shooting. Michael Robert Cooper, 24, of Tallahassee discharged a firearm inside a vehicle and struck himself in the leg. Cooper and a friend were on their way to go fishing. EMS officials transported the victim to a Tallahassee hospital for treatment. Two subjects at the scene were questioned as the investigation continues.

• On Nov. 20, John L. Alday of Crawfordville reported a structure fire. A shed on the St. Marks River was a complete loss. The fire started in a fire pit inside the shed. A Jon boat and four wheeler that were next to the shed were also destroyed. The lost items include tools, the boat, four wheeler, washing machine and dryer and miscellaneous items which were valued at $40,000. Deputy Rachel Oliver investigated.

• On Nov. 18 a traffic accident occurred at 6:42 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 319 and U.S. Highway 98. There was air bag activation in both vehicles and complete road blockage in the westbound lane of U.S. Highway 98.Brian Joseph Zinser, 53, of Panacea, was driving a 2009 Dodge van when he struck a 2003 Saturn driving westbound on U.S. Highway 98. The Saturn was driven by Terry Lee Hill, 18, of Crawfordville and contained two passengers, Henry Ashley Barbee, 15, and Austin Hill, 15. Zinser attempted to make a left turn from U.S. Highway 98 to go northbound on U.S. Highway 319 and struck the front of the Saturn. Both vehicles suffered major damage and were towed from the scene.
The three students were wearing their seatbelts and none of the students were seriously injured. Austin Hill was transported to Tallahassee but was treated by medical professionals and released from the hospital. Zinser was issued a uniform traffic citation for careless driving.

• On Nov. 18, Larry C. Roberts of Sopchoppy reported a trespassing. Someone took a Howard Kessler campaign sign and placed it on its side on Roberts’ property.

• On Nov. 18, a Crawfordville restaurant was issued a verbal warning regarding the sale of alcohol to underage patrons. A 19-year-old female was observed consuming an alcoholic beverage in the establishment. The female said she lied about her age and did not produce false identification. She was also given a verbal warning.

• On Nov. 18, Joseph Perdue of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary and theft of $30. The money was taken from a purse inside the vehicle.

• On Nov. 18, Ben Lovel of Spring Creek Restaurant reported a fraudulent use of a credit card. A West Virginia victim reported being charged for a meal in October while she was out of Wakulla County.

• On Nov. 21, a retail theft was reported at Wal-Mart.
A female suspect allegedly left the store without paying for $438 worth of clothing and food items.
The suspect reportedly used the self-checkout lane and voided the transaction before she left. Evidence was collected at the scene.

• On Nov. 20, a retail theft was reported at Wal-Mart. Michael Daniel Bolduc, 21, of Crawfordville was charged with larceny after being observed taking razor blades from the store without paying for them. The value of the blades is $31.

• On Nov. 19, a 17-year-old female juvenile attempted to steal $125 worth of cosmetics from Wal-Mart. The store’s loss prevention specialist followed the juvenile outside after she allegedly failed to pay for the items.
The juvenile was issued a notice to appear in court and was turned over to a guardian.

• On Nov. 19, Joel David Matson, 19, of Crawfordville was observed smoking in the area of the Hickory Park restrooms. Deputy Ben Steinle investigated and smelled burning cannabis.
Burnt cannabis was allegedly found on Matson and he was issued a notice to appear in court for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• On Nov. 19, Elizabeth R. Hodge of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. A forced entry was discovered and $1,149 worth of jewelry was reported missing.

• On Nov. 20, Mike Hughes of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary. Knives and coins, valued at $1,000, were reported missing.

• On Nov. 20, Ernest McClelland of Thomasville, Ga., reported the theft of a boat motor, valued at $1,350. The motor was taken off a boat in a canal.

• On Nov. 20, Jesse Frank of Tallahassee reported a grand theft at Wilderness Way in Crawfordville. Two kayaks, valued at $1,150, were stolen from the front of the establishment. The property was secured to a company sign.

• On Nov. 19, a counterfeit $5 bill was reported at Wal-Mart. The bill was passed at one of the registers. The case was forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service.

• On Nov. 22, a criminal mischief was reported to have occured at a school bus parked at High Drive.

• On Nov. 22, Charles Olmstead of Panama City reported the theft of his ATV from a Tallahassee business. Sgt. Joe Page contacted the Criminal Investigations Division and Detectives Rob Giddens and Nick Boutwell recovered the ATV on Buck Miller Road. The ATV was transported to the WCSO impound yard pending the conclusion of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

• On Nov. 22, John McLean of Crawfordville reported a residential burglary as someone damaged a shed door at his home. Damage was estimated at $200, but nothing was reported missing.

• On Nov. 22, Francis Horvath of Crawfordville reported a credit card fraud. A suspect, who has been identified, used the victim’s personal information to open credit card accounts. More than $2,200 was spent on credit cards without the victim’s knowledge.

• On Nov. 22, Delayna Joy Benton, 22, of Crawfordville was issued two traffic citations after a wreck at 3016 Crawfordville Highway.
Benton struck the rear of another motorist who was stopped at a traffic light. Benton received two citations for driving with a suspended license, second offense, and careless driving. There were no injuries and minor damage was reported.

• On Nov. 23, Raven Willis of Crawfordville reported a criminal mischief as someone tampered with her vehicle’s steering column while she was shopping in Crawfordville.

• On Nov. 23, a 14-year-old male juvenile was charged with theft in connection with stealing an iPod Touch, valued at $250, from another student. The high school student allegedly admitted to School Resource Officer Lt. Ray Johnson that he took the electronic.

• On Nov. 23, Deputy Josh Langston responded to a Crawfordville medical call where a 21-month old male child possibly ingested brake fluid. The child was playing in the yard when nearby adults noticed that he had the brake fluid bottle up to his mouth. He was transported to a Tallahassee hospital where he was recovering.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office received 684 calls for service during the past week including 11 business and residential alarms; 69 citizen contacts; 11 disturbances; 46 investigations; 35 medical emergencies; 88 security checks; 78 business checks; 29 special details; 15 suspicious people; 17 suspicious vehicles; 10 thefts; and 54 traffic stops.