Law Enforcement/Courts

  • Coy Porter sentenced to 20 years


    Walt McCoy “Coy” Porter was sentenced to 20 years in prison for manslaughter for the killing of a houseguest, Michael Scott Lawrence, in Porter’s home in January 2016.

  • Sheriff’s Report - August 10th

    Activity reported by the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office for the week of July 27 to Aug. 3.


  • Former teacher pleads to two misdemeanors


    Rhonda Shields, a former teacher at Riversprings Middle School, pleaded guilty to two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for giving two students alcohol, and was sentenced to two years probation, including 30 days in the Wakulla County Jail work camp.
    It was a negotiated plea before Wakulla County Judge Jill Walker on Tuesday, Aug. 8.
    Shields was adjudicated guilty by Judge Walker and ordered to serve one year for each count to run consecutively.

  • Fatal crash in Crawfordville

    Staff Report

    A Tallahassee man was killed when he lost control of his car while trying to pass another car on Crawfordville Highway. John Dylan Ballard, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Florida Highway Patrol in the crash on Thursday, Aug. 3.

  • Injuries in Medart

    Staff Report

    Two people were injured, one seriously, in an Aug. 5 accident at the intersection of Crawfordville Highway and U.S. 98. Carolyn Myler, 74, was heading north on 319 and entered the intersection when her 2012 Honda Civic veered into the southbound lane of 98. The Honda struck a 2005 Cadillac Escalade driven by Louann Clark, 31, of Crawfordville. The Honda hit the Escalade’s bumper, then came to a spin and a final rest in the southbound lane of 98. The Cadillac came to rest on the west shoulder. Clark was not injured, the FHP reported.

  • Sheriff’s Report - August 17th

    Activity reported by the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office for the week of Aug. 3 to Aug. 10.

    • James Hooker of Crawfordville was arrested following a traffic stop. The suspect was stopped at Shadeville and Rock Road due to an expired tag on the vehicle he was operating. The investigation conducted during the traffic stop revealed that the suspect was operating the vehicle while his license was suspended. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Wakulla County jail. Deputy Anthony Paul investigated.

  • Fatal motorcycle wreck near Wal-Mart


    A 52-year-old Tallahassee man was killed when a car pulled out into the path of his motorcyle on Sunday, Aug. 13, around 11 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
    Killed was Robert Goff, who was riding a 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on U.S. Highway 319 near Mike Stewart Drive.
    Driver Karlissa Williams, 27, of Tallahassee reportedly pulled out of Wal-Mart in front of the motorcycle. The front portion of the motorcyle collided with the front left portion of Williams’ 2017 Toyota four-door.

  • Head-on crash reported on Wednesday on 319


    A 1995 Kia Rio went off the road and overcorrected and crossed the center line striking a 1995 truck in the other lane, causing it to overturn, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
    The crash occured on Wednesday, Aug. 9, on U.S. Highway 319 just south of HR Linzy Lane.
    The Kia, driven by Glenda Jones, 61, of Tallahassee, was traveling south when the two right tires left the roadway. The driver overcorrected, steering left to re-enter the roadway, but cossed over the center line.

  • Scam with someone identifying as deputy

    Staff Report

    The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports about citizens receiving telephone calls from a man who identifies himself as Ryan Walker with the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, who says the person has some warrants but can avoid arrest by sending money.
    There is no Ryan Walker employed by the sheriff’s office, said WCSO Public Information Officer Chris Savary, who added that the office would never handle a warrant that way.

  • Sheriff’s Report - August 2nd

    Activity reported by the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office for the week of July 21 to July 27.


    • Marjorie Lasseter of Crawfordville reported a fraud. The victim stated that she was corresponding with a subject named “Greg Matias” online and he asked her to send $750 to someone  in Arkansas named “Etta Jean Opperman.” The victim was told she would receive a box with $50,000 if the transaction was completed.