On Monday, March 24, Deputy P. Williams arrested Valerie L. Loranger (24) in the 100 block of McGlon Drive in Wewahitchka. Deputy Williams came into contact with Loranger while following up on a case. During that time, Loranger provided a false name and date of birth to Deputy Williams. Once the true identity was established, Deputy Williams learned Loranger was wanted out of Calhoun County. She was arrested on the outstanding warrant and resisting a law enforcement officer without violence. After the arrest Loranger’s person was searched and as a result Deputy Williams discovered she was in possession of brass knuckles, a small plastic baggie of pills, a small plastic baggie of methamphetamine, and items used to ingest methamphetamine. Loranger also possessed a bag that contained items used to package narcotics for sell or distribution, four individual baggies of meth packaged in a manner consistent with the sale of narcotics, a set of scales, and drug paraphernalia. Loranger was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility where she was arrested and charged with Resisting a Law Enforcement Officer without Violence, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Meth with the Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On Tuesday, March 25, Andrea D. Wimberly (26) was arrested by Deputy S. Ferrell and Deputy P. Beuligmann. An anonymous complaint was received by Sgt. M. Herring which started an investigation of online prostitution activities. Investigators learned Wimberly posted an advertisement on the internet to exchange sexual acts for money. She was contacted at the number posted online and agreed to meet an undercover officer for the purpose of having sex in exchange for $200. Deputies S. Ferrell and P. Beuligmann assisted in the case by arresting Wimberly when she arrived at a location she drove to and agreed to meet the undercover officer at. She was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility and charged with Prostitution. She was first appeared by the judge and conditionally released.
On March 25, the GCSO received a complaint regarding the theft of utilities in the 100 block of North 2nd Street in Wewahitchka. Sgt. C. Dixon responded and investigated the call. The complainant had left their residence for a few days and returned to discover the resident next door used an extension cord to gain electricity from their home. The act was done without permission. Sgt. Dixon filed criminal charges for Petit Theft and requested a warrant.
On March 25, Alexander K. Morgan (25) was arrested in Peach County, Georgia, on a Gulf County warrant for Failure to Appear on Bail. Morgan failed to appear in court on a charge of No Valid Driver’s License in 2013. He posted a $2,000 bond and was released.
On Wednesday, March 26, Sgt. J. Williams arrested David W. Gilmore (24) in the 200 block of Desoto Street in St. Joe Beach. Sgt. Williams was at the residence assisting an officer with the state’s probation office. Gilmore was wanted out of Bay County for Violation of Probation. His original charge was Trafficking in Stolen Property. He was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility where he was later picked up by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.
On March 26, Sgt. J. Williams was contacted regarding the theft of a vehicle. The offense occurred in the 4100 block of County Road 386 in the Overstreet area. The vehicle stolen was a 2011 camouflage Tomberlin ATV. It, along with a black 2011 Pace American utility trailer, was stolen. The stolen property was parked and secured near the roadway and advertised for sale. Investigator L. Dickey continues to investigate the case. If you have any information please contact Investigator L. Dickey at the GCSO (227-1115) or you may remain anonymous by calling CrimeStoppers at 785-TIPS (8477).
On Friday, March 28, the GCSO traveled to the Bay County Jail to pick up Anita J. Bernardez. Bernardez was held in the Bay County Jail for two warrants in Gulf County for Violation of Probation. Her original charge was two counts of Petit Theft. She was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.
On March 28, the GCSO received a complaint of a prowler in the 7400 block of State Road 71 in White City. Sgt. C. Dixon responded to the call. The complainant stated around midnight on March 27 someone attempted to steal his ATV. The complainant informed Sgt. Dixon the subject was ran off and later a vehicle pulled up a short time later near the residence and picked someone up. The GCSO strongly encourages residents to call immediately when any incidents of such nature occur.
On March 28, Deputy P. Williams stopped a vehicle in the Stone Mill Creek area for a traffic violation. The driver, Joe Anthony Purswell (47), was determined to be driving on a suspended license. K-9 Deputy J. Oquendo and K-9 Marco arrived to assist. K-9 Marco was deployed to sniff the free air around the vehicle. He alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics. A search of the vehicle yielded two plastic baggies that contained residual amounts of a substance which tested positive for cocaine. Purswell was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked. He was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility where he was released the following day after first appearance on a $1,500 bond.
On Saturday, March 29, the GCSO received an anonymous call regarding subjects in the 200 block of Marvin Pitts Road actively smoking meth. Another tip was received by the GCSO Narcotics Unit regarding activity. Sgt. M. Herring and Investigator G. Skipper, along with members of the patrol division arrived at the location. When investigators exited their vehicles they could smell the odor of a meth lab. The odor came from the location described by the tips. As a result of the investigation Christopher A. Nelson (30) was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Listed Chemicals, Attempted Manufacture of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; John M. Guffey (37) was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Listed Chemicals, Attempted Manufacture of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Brandi E. Brogdon (35) was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Listed Chemicals, Attempted Manufacture of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. All subjects were arrested and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility (GCDF) and later first appeared. Nelson and Brogdon remains in the custody of the GCDF. Guffey was released on a $35,500 bond.
On March 29, Deputy S. Ferrell arrested Bobbi Jo K. Duke (23) on a warrant for Violation of Probation. Duke’s original charge was Possession of Cocaine. She was arrested in the 300 block of Byrd Parker Drive and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility where she remains in custody.
On Sunday, March 30, the GCSO received a call regarding the theft of a boat. Deputy S. Ferrell responded to the call. The 2002 Scout, model 177SF, along with its 2002 Yamaha 115hp outboard were stolen from the 2100 block of State Road 30-A in Simmons Bayou. The vessel was transported on a Wesco aluminum single axle trailer. The theft occurred during the night of March 29and early morning hours of March 30. The property is valued at $27,300. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at the GCSO (227-1115) or you may remain anonymous by calling CrimeStoppers at 785-TIPS (8477).
From March 24-30the Communications Division at the GCSO logged a total of 43 calls for the Port St. Joe Police Department, 35 calls for EMS, 25 calls for other departments/agencies and 11 calls for Animal Control.
From March 24-30the GCSO logged the following department activity: Traffic Stop, 37; Civil Paper Service, 34; Field Contact, 17; Information, 10; Request for Security Check, 7; Welfare Check, 7; Disturbance, 6; Verbal Disturbance, 5; Reckless Driver, 5; Suspicious Activity, 5; Alarm, 4; Animal Call, 4; Agency Assist, 4; Noise Disturbance, 4; Sexual Offender Address Verifications, 4; Special Detail, 3; Abandoned Vehicle, 2; Citizens Assist, 2; Disabled Motor Vehicle, 2; Funeral Escort, 2; Escorts, 2; Fire, 2; Sexual Offender Reregistration, 2; Stolen Vehicle, 2; Suicide Attempt, 2; Suspicious Vehicle, 2; Traffic Accident, 2; Warrant Arrest, 2; Contact Message, 1; Domestic Disturbance, 1; Physical Disturbance, 1; Drunk Driver, 1; Structure Fire, 1; Identity Theft, 1; Obscene/Harassing Phone Calls, 1; Possession of Controlled Substance, 1; Prisoner Transport, 1; Shooting Incident, 1; Suspicious Person, 1; and Theft, 1.