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Law Enforcement/Courts

  • Sheriff’s Report: May 11th

    Activity reported by the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office for the week of April 28 to May 4.

    FRIDAY, APRIL 28
    • Janice Nazworth of Crawfordville reported a burglary of her son’s residence and theft of items from inside the residence. The complainant discovered that the padlock securing the door of the residence had been pried off and the door was open.

  • Appeals court reverses decision in suit against county

    By WILLIAM SNOWDEN
    editor@thewakullanews.net

    The 1st District Court of Appeal reversed a decision in a lawsuit filed against Wakulla County by John and Brenda Mathers over whether the road they live on, Kristin Lane, is a county or private road.
    Wakulla Circuit Judge Dawn Coloca-Johnson granted summary judgment to Wakulla County last year, finding that the road had never been formally accepted by the county and so was a private road.

  • Sheriff’s Report: May 18th

    Activity reported by the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office for the week of May 4 to May 11.

    THURSDAY, MAY 4

    • Larrison Schroll of Tallahassee was arrested following a traffic stop at Spring Creek Highway and Jack Crum Road. The suspect was reportedly observed driving erratically, which led to the traffic stop.

  • Law Day honors those who serve

    Staff Report

    Hundreds of law enforcement officers, judges, county officials and supporters turned out for the annual Law Day celebration May 4 at the TCC Wakulla Environmental Institute.
    Although rain forced the events inside at the last minute and off the Prime Meridian Bank Pavillion, all gathered enjoyed fellowship and tasty food from Posey’s Up The Creek.
    Wakulla Sheriff Jared Miller recognized several people with awards.
    Detective Ross Hasty was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

  • Sheriff’s Report: May 4th

    Activity reported by the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office for the week of April 20 to April 27.

    THURSDAY,
    APRIL 20

    • Cary Newton of Crawfordville reported a vehicle burglary.  Newton said his son parked the vehicle near Lost Creek to go swimming. When he returned he discovered the passenger side window was busted out.

  • Guilty of manslaughter

    After listening to testimony for four days last week, it took a 12-person jury only two hours to return a guilty verdict against Walt McCoy “Coy” Porter on Friday.
    Porter had been charged with first degree murder for the January 2016 shooting death of Michael Scott Lawrence. The jury found Porter guilty of the lesser included charge of manslaughter.
    Porter was also found guilty of two felony counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • FHP investigates hit-and-run

    Staff Report

    The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a hit-and-run accident reported on Friday, April 21, on Woodville Hwy.
    According to the FHP report, Margaret Jeanine Wales, 46, was stopped in traffic to turn left onto T.W. Wood Lane in her 1997 Dodge Dakota when a truck came up behind her and failed to stop, with the left front of the truck striking the right rear of Wales’ Dakota.
    The truck was described as a white, lifted truck, possibly a Ford, with a white male driver.

  • Sheriff’s Report: April 27th

    Activity reported by the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office for the week of April 13 to April 20.

    THURSDAY, APRIL 13

    • Joshua Triplett of Crawfordville reported the burglary of his vehicle and theft of property from inside the vehicle. The victim stated that he discovered the interior of his vehicle was ransacked when he went to leave for work.

  • Citizens Academy graduates

    Special to The News

    Sheriff Miller and the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office were proud to graduate and present certificates to the attendees of Sheriff Miller’s first Civilian’s Academy this past Tuesday April 11th, 2017.

  • Sheriff’s Report: April 20th

    Activity reported by the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office for the week of April 6 to April 13.

    THURSDAY, APRIL 6

    • Leonard Sapp of Crawfordville was arrested following a traffic stop on Highway 319. During the traffic stop it was discovered that the suspect was driving while his license was suspended for failure to pay traffic fines. The suspect reportedly admitted that he knew that his license was suspended. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Wakulla County Jail. Deputy Brandon Sheffield investigated.