Law Enforcement Summary for Feb. 3-9

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 01:38 PM.

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.

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