On Monday, Jan. 27, the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) received a call regarding a possible burglary. Deputy Brian Smith responded to the 5600 block of Smith Road, in the Five Acre Farms area. It was determined that someone had trespassed on the property and cut the locks off of a gate and storage shed. The GCSO continues to look into the case.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the GCSO stayed busy with preparations for the winter storm. Meetings were held at the Gulf County Emergency Operations Center and with the National Weather Service Office in Tallahassee. Deputies monitored bridge conditions in Highland View, White City and Overstreet. Bridges became icy, but remained open to travel thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Port St. Joe Police Department, Port St. Joe Fire Department, Highland View Fire Department and the road crews with Gulf County Public Works and Transfield.
On Jan. 28, Deputy Michael Layfield responded the Dollar General Store in Wewahitchka in reference to retail theft. The manager discovered video footage of a shoplifter taking items without paying for them. Deputy Layfield continues to investigate the case.
On Jan. 28, David Lloyd Watson (57) turned himself into the GCSO. Deputy Shane Ferrell served Watson with a Marion County, Florida, warrant for Violation of Probation – Lewd and Lascivious Assault (Six Counts). Watson was turned over to the Gulf County Detention Facility to await extradition to Marion County.
On Jan. 29, Sgt. John Murnan responded to the 200 block of Michael Street, in Stone Mill Creek, after the GCSO received a report of a stolen firearm. The victim stated a Browning A-Bolt 7 mm rifle with a scope was removed from his property. The rifle had a custom made stock. If anyone has any information that would lead to the recovery of the firearm, and/or arrest of the suspect please contact the GCSO at 639-5717. You may also remain anonymous by calling CrimeStoppers at 785-TIPS (8477).
On Thursday, Jan. 30, Deputy George Desrosier conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for careless driving on State Road 71 near the Stone Mill Creek Road. It was determined the passenger Rex Veasey, Jr. (22) was wanted for Violation of Probation – Assault. Veasey was arrested and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.
On Jan. 30, the GCSO assisted the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia by picking up Todd E. Bowman from Gulf Correctional Institution. Bowman was released after serving a criminal sentence in Florida. Rockingham County had a detainer placed on Bowman for a warrant for Possession of Meth. Due to weather conditions, officers were not able to pick up Bowman in time before he was released. Bowman awaits extradition at the Gulf County Detention Facility.
Friday, Jan. 31, a call was received from the 100 block of Crestwood Lane, north of Wewahitchka, regarding the theft of parts off of a vehicle. Deputy Brian Smith took the report and continues to investigate.
On Jan. 31, a report was filed with the GCSO regarding the theft of a six gallon gas tank used in a boat. The theft occurred in the 500 block of Byrd Parker Drive in Wewahitchka. Deputy Brian Smith continues to investigate.
On Jan. 31, the GCSO received a call regarding a domestic disturbance. Deputy Shane Ferrell responded to the 100 block of Sierra Drive in Stone Mill Creek. After completing the investigation, Deputy Ferrell arrested Charles E. Kinney (38) for Aggravated Assault (Domestic). Kinney was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.
On Jan. 31, Deputy Joel Oquendo conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 98 in the area of Highland View for a traffic violation. Deputy Oquendo developed reason to believe illegal narcotics may be in the vehicle and deployed K-9 Marco. After K-9 Marco alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics and an investigation was conducted, Lilla Dykes (21) was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Sell. Dykes was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.
On Jan. 31, the GCSO received a 911 call regarding a domestic disturbance. Deputy Shane Ferrell and Deputy Oquendo responded to the call. Timothy R. Stein (43) was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault (Domestic) with a Deadly Weapon and Resisting a Law Enforcement Officer. Stein was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.
From Jan. 27through Feb. 2, the GCSO logged the following department activity: Civil Processes, 33; Traffic Stops, 25; Requests for Security Checks, 8; Field Contacts, 7; Abandoned Vehicles, 6; Domestic Disturbances, 6; Suspicious Persons, 5; Funeral Escorts, 4; Obscene/Harassing Phone Calls, 4; Animal Calls, 3; Noise Disturbances, 3; Reckless Driver, 3; Warrant Arrests, 3; Welfare Checks, 3; Alarm, 2; Suspicious Vehicle, 2; Traffic Accidents, 2; Residential Burglary, 1; Death Investigation, 1; Physical Disturbance, 1; and Structure Fire, 1.