GCSO Law Enforcement summary

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:41 AM.

Feb. 17-23

On Monday, Feb. 17, Deputy K. Starnes received a complaint at the Wewahitchka Substation regarding a burglary. The offense occurred in the 300 block of West Lakeview Drive in Wewahitchka between April and December of 2013. Approximately $2,260 of construction tools were taken, including a welder and torch cutting equipment. The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) continues to investigate.

On Feb. 17, Lt. Tim Wood served Timothy R. Stein (43) with a warrant for Burglary. The warrant was sought by the Port St. Joe Police Department. Stein was served at the Gulf County Detention Facility where he was already in custody.

On Feb. 17, Deputy K. Starnes conducted a traffic stop on State Road 22 and County Road 22A in Wewahitchka. The driver of the vehicle, Dustin H. Pratt (21), failed to maintain his lane and was driving a vehicle with a cracked windshield. After making contact with Pratt, Deputy Starnes obtained consent to search the vehicle. Probable cause was developed and Pratt was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Pratt was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.

On Wednesday, February 19th, the GCSO received a 911 call regarding a domestic disturbance in the area of U.S. Highway 98 and Westview Blvd in St. Joe Beach. Upon completing the investigation Deputy J. Brock charged Cory A. Staten (23) with Felony Domestic Battery and Tampering with Victim. Staten who had fled the scene was later arrested on Feb. 22.

On Thursday, Feb. 20, Investigator G. Skipper arrested Michael A. Emanuel (39) and Candice L. Hall (35) in the 100 block of Griffin Road in Stone Mill Creek. Both Hall and Emanuel were arrested on a warrant for Trafficking in Hydrocodone and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.

On February 20th, at 10:16 PM Deputy S. Ferrell was on patrol in the area of Georgia Avenue and Sea Haven Drive in St. Joe Beach when he observed a vehicle parked in the roadway with the lights off. Once Deputy Ferrell approached the vehicle, its lights came on and began to drive off. Deputy Ferrell stopped the vehicle to investigate the suspicious activity. During the stop it was determined the driver, Samantha L. Smith (27), was driving on a suspended license. She was arrested and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.

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