On Monday, Feb. 3, Deputy George Desrosier served a warrant on Derek Anthony Laurimore (21) in the 1900 block of State Road 22 in Wewahitchka. Laurimore was wanted for Failure to Pay Fines. He was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.
On Feb. 3, the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) responded to the 100 block of Ponce De Leon Street, in St. Joe Beach, regarding a case of identity theft. Deputy Jordan Brock took the report. The victim reported that bills had been received from several credit card companies and other unknown retail stores. Approximately $1,200 was reportedly taken from the victim’s account. The Criminal Investigations Division continues to investigate the case.
On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the GCSO transported Anita J. Bernardez (52) from the Bay County Jail to the Gulf County Detention Facility. Bernardez was arrested in Bay County on a Gulf County warrant for Violation of Probation – Petit Theft.
On Feb. 4, Deputy Ken Starnes was on patrol in the area of County Road 381 when he was flagged down by a citizen. Deputy Starnes was informed of a subject standing on the side of the road trying to flag down traffic. Contact was made with the subject who identified himself as Alex C. Caster (35). Caster informed the deputy he had an active warrant for his arrest. Deputy Starnes confirmed the information and arrested Caster for Violation of Parole – Resisting an Officer with Violence.
On Wednesday, Feb. 5, Deputy Brian Smith served a warrant on Timothy R Stein (43) at the Gulf County Detention Facility. Stein was arrested for Violation of Probation – Leaving the Scene of an Accident.
On Thursday, Feb. 6, Investigator Greg Skipper observed a vehicle run a stop sign. A traffic stop was conducted at 2nd Street and Chipola Avenue in Wewahitchka. The driver, Randy A. Veasey (20) was found to be driving on a suspended license for failure to pay fines. Veasey was arrested and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.
On Feb. 6, Deputy Joel Oquendo conducted a traffic stop in the area of East Church Avenue and 4th Street in Wewahithcka for an expired tag. It was determined the driver, Michael F. Avitia (35), was driving on a suspended license and also wanted out of Holmes County for a probation violation. Avitia was arrested and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility and charged with Driving While License Suspended/Revoked. He is held for the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office.
On Friday, Feb. 7, Deputy Joel Oquendo arrested and charged Michael A. Frazier (43) for Driving While License Suspended/Revoked. Frazier was observed driving a vehicle in the area of Stone Mill Creek. He was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.
On Feb. 7, Sgt. John Murnan took a report of the theft of a tiller from the 200 block of North Diana Street, in Stone Mill Creek. It described as a red and black Troy-Bilt gas tiller and was stolen sometime over the past two weeks. The total loss is estimated at $400. The GCSO continues to look into the case.
On Feb. 7, Sgt. Matt Herring and Investigator Greg Skipper conducted a traffic stop in the area of Lake Grove Road and 7th Street in Wewahitchka. The driver, Jesse L. Johnson (34), was operating the vehicle on a suspended license. After obtaining consent to search, investigators found Johnson in possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. He was arrested and charged with Possession of Meth and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On Saturday, Feb. 8, at approximately 2:01 a.m. Sgt. Jerome Williams conducted a traffic stop in the area of Long Avenue and 6th Street in Port St. Joe. The vehicle failed to yield to northbound traffic on State Road 71, as it entered the highway from Williams Avenue, nearly causing a traffic crash with Sgt. Williams. The driver of the vehicle, Arthur T. Addison, III, (37) was determined to be driving on a suspended license. After being placed under arrest, Sgt. Williams searched Addison and found him in possession of a plastic baggie with a white powdery substance in the bottom of it which field tested positive for cocaine. He was placed in the back of Sgt. Williams patrol vehicle. When Sgt. Williams returned to contact Addison in his back seat, he found a white powdery substance smeared on the seat and on Addison’s hands which tested positive for cocaine. Addison was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility and charged with Possession of Cocaine and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.
On Feb. 8, the GCSO received a report of a burglary in the 500 block of Cox Landing Road in Wewahitchka. Deputy Ken Starnes took the report, which reflected an estimated $1,080 in tools was stolen from a shed. The burglary occurred between Jan. 25and Feb. 7.
On Feb. 8, the GCSO received a 911 call regarding a domestic disturbance. As a result of the investigation, Deputy Ken Starnes arrested Shannon J. Martin (35) for Domestic Battery and transported her to the Gulf County Detention Facility.
From Jan. 27through Feb. 2, the GCSO logged the following department activity: Civil Processes, 48; Traffic Stops, 47; Field Contacts, 13; Information Reports, 10; Sexual Offender/Predator Re-registrations, 8; Suspicious Person, 8; Warrant Arrests, 8; Reckless Driver, 4; Domestic Disturbance, 3; Trespass, 3; Request for Security Check, 3; Theft, 3; Abandoned Vehicle, 2; Alarm, 2; Animal Attach/Bite, 2; Residential Burglary, 2; Citizens Assist, 2; Death Investigations, 2; Shooting Incident, 2; Suspicious Activity, 2; Suspcious Vehicle, 2; Traffic Accident with Injury, 1; Animal Call, 1; Agency Assist, 1; Verbal Disturbance, 1; Disturbance, 1; Structure Fire, 1; Identity Theft, 1; Traffic Accident, 1; and Welfare Check, 1.