Gulf County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Summary

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 09:33 AM.

On Feb. 28at about 11:58 p.m. Sgt. R. Burkett clocked a black motorcycle on radar traveling north on State Road 71 near the Honeyville Methodist Church. The driver of the motorcycle was traveling 127 mph in a posted 55 mph zone. The driver attempted to elude Sgt. Burkett and Deputy S. Ferrell by abruptly turning onto a side street in Wewahithcka. He driver stopped after approximately 3.1 miles. Jared C. Sasnett (22) was placed under arrest at the corner of 2nd Street and Magnolia Street in Wewahitcka. He was charged with Fleeing and Attempting to Elude and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility. Sgt. Burkett issued a speeding citation which requires a mandatory court appearance.

On Saturday, March 1, Deputy J. Oquendo conducted a traffic stop on US Highway 98 and 4th Street in Port St. Joe. The vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. Consent to search the vehicle was obtained. As a result of the search, Deputy Oquendo located approximately four grams of crack cocaine, several empty bags containing residual amounts of marijuana, a bag of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. The driver, John G. Hermsdorfer (44), and the passenger, Walter F. Bowers (21), were both placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Less than Twenty Grams of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Hermsdorfer and Bowers were transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.

On March 1, Deputy S. Ferrell responded to the 7000 block of Doc Whitfield Road in Howard Creek regarding an unknown disturbance. The 911 caller stated that a female was walking in the area screaming, cursing, and talking strange. Once Deputy Ferrell arrived he observed a female lying in the middle of Doc Whitfield Road. After investigating the complaint, Carrie K. Strain (27) was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct. She was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.

On March 1, the GCSO received a 911 call regarding a domestic disturbance in the 6900 block of Blossom Hill Road in Howard Creek. Sgt. R. Burkett responded to the call. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Charles G. Dean (37). Dean was charged with Domestic Battery and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.

On Sunday, March 2, Deputy J. Oquendo stopped a vehicle in the area of US Highway 98 and Porpoise Avenue in Highland View. The tag displayed on the vehicle was not registered to it. The driver, Melvin L. Brown, Jr. (30), was operating the vehicle on a suspended license. Brown, a habitual traffic offender, was arrested and charged with one felony count of Driving While License Suspended or Revoked. The owner of the vehicle was cited and issued a court date for attaching a tag not assigned to the vehicle.

From Feb. 24-March 2 the Communications Division at the GCSO logged a total of 58 calls for the Port St. Joe Police Department, 44 calls for EMS, 18 calls for other departments/agencies and 13 calls for Animal Control.

From Feb. 24-March 2the GCSO logged the following department activity: Traffic Stop, 48; Civil Paper Service, 38; Field Contact, 21; Domestic Disturbance, 7; Abandoned Vehicle, 6; Reckless Driver, 7; Suspicious Vehicle, 5; Information, 4; Sexual Offender Reregistration, 4; Warrant Arrest, 4; Animal Call, 3; Noise Disturbance, 3; Disturbance, 3; Prisoner Transport, 3; Security Check Request, 3; Suspicious Activity, 3; Welfare Check, 4; Alarm, 2; Animal Bite, 2; Agency Assist, 2; Residential Burglary, 2; Criminal Mischief, 2; Traffic Accident, 2; Aggravated Battery, 1; Contact Message, 1; Physical Disturbance, 1; Verbal Disturbance, 1; Drunk Pedestrian, 1; Funeral Escort, 1; Lost Items, 1; Prowler/Trespass, 1; Recovered Property, 1; Sexual Offender Address Verification, 1; Stolen Tag, 1; Stolen Vehicle, 1; Suspicious Person, 1; and Theft/Shoplifting, 1.

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