March 31- April 6
On Monday, March 31, Investigator L. Greenwood arrested Stephen J. Heathcock (19) after conducting an investigation into the transmission of harmful material to a minor. A complaint regarding pornographic images sent to a minor was received by Sgt. S. Strickland at Port St. Joe High School. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. The images were sent and received on an interactive smartphone application. Heathcock was arrested and charged with the Transmission of Harmful Material to a Minor. He was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility (GCDF) where he was later first appeared and released on a conditional release.
On March 31, the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) traveled to the Leon County Jail to pick up Mark D. Tennison (54). Tennison was arrested in Leon County on a Gulf County warrant for Failure to Appear on his original charge of Giving False Name to a Law Enforcement Officer. He was transported to the GCDF where he remains in custody.
On Tuesday, April 1, Deputy J. Brock arrested Gary L. Hudson (44) in the 7300 block of West Highway 98. Hudson was arrested on an active warrant for Harassing Phone Calls. He was transported to the GCDF where he remains in custody.
On April 1, the GCSO transported Londel A. Smith (29) to the GCDF. Smith was arrested in Calhoun County on a Gulf County warrant for Failure to Appear. He remains in custody at the GCDF.
On April 1, Deputy J. Brock took a report regarding the burglary of a vehicle in the 5900 block of Ganley Road in the Five Acre Farm area. The victim reported that approximately $400 in cash, an iPod Touch and medication were stolen out of the vehicle. The vehicle was not locked at the time of the offense.
On April 1, Deputy K. Starnes served a warrant on Robert J. Price, Jr. (35) in the 100 block of North 2nd Street in Wewahitchka. On March 25, Sgt. Dixon conducted an investigation into the theft of electricity in which Price began a suspect in. Sgt. Dixon obtained a warrant for Price in that case which resulted in the arrest. Price was transported to the GCDF where he was later first appeared and released on a $500 bond.
On Wednesday, April 2, the GCSO transported Crystal M. Ratliff (50) to the GCDF. Ratliff was arrested in Franklin County on a warrant from Gulf County for Violation of Probation. Her original charge was Possession of a Controlled Substance. She was first appeared and released on a $3,000 bond.
On Thursday, April 3, Deputy J. Oquendo stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of State Road 22 and Past Time Drive in Wewahitchka. The driver, Cody L. Curti (20), was wanted out of Bay County. Curti was arrested, transported to the GCDF, and held for the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.
On April 3, Jamie D. Fenn (33) turned himself in on a Writ of Bodily Attachment for Child Support. He was arrested and booked into the GCDF where he posted a $1,000 purge and was released.
On April 3, the GCSO received a complaint regarding the theft of electronics from two vessels in the 2800 block of State Road 30A in Simmons Bayou. Deputy B. Smith responded to the call and learned that two GPS units were stolen. If you have any information regarding this case please contact Investigator L. Dickey at the GCSO (850-227-1115), or you may remain anonymous by calling CrimeStoppers at 850-785-TIPS (8477).
On Friday, April 4, the GCSO received a report of a scam. The complainant reported they posted two items for sale on Craigslist valued at approximately $60. Contact was made with the seller via text message stating a check would be sent in the mail to purchase the items. The check was received the following day by priority mail, but the check was written for a total of $2,250. After contacting the potential buyer the seller was told via text message that it must have been a mistake by their secretary. The seller was told to cash the check, keep an additional $50 for the trouble and information would be sent as to where to forward the remaining balance. Thankfully the complainant was aware of scams such as this and did not cash the check. If the complainant would have cashed the check, which was fraudulent, and wired the cash to the provided destination they would have been responsible for paying the cash back to their financial institution. Always use caution when purchasing, or attempting to sell items online.
On Saturday, April 5, Deputy J. Oquendo conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by a driver suspected of DUI in the area of 7th Street and Lake Grove Road in Wewahitchka. After conducting the investigation, Deputy Oquendo arrested Morey J. Yon (46) for Driving Under the Influence. He was transported to the GCDF where he was first appeared and conditionally released.
From March 31-April 6the Communications Division at the GCSO logged a total of 42 calls for the Port St. Joe Police Department, 43 calls for EMS, 21 calls for other departments/agencies and 8 calls for Gulf County Animal Control.
From March 31-April 6the GCSO logged the following department activity: Traffic Stop, 46; Civil Paper Service, 21; Information, 11; Field Contact, 8; Reckless Driver, 7; Abandoned Vehicle, 6; Special Detail, 6; Suspicious Person, 6; Noise Disturbance, 5; Warrant Arrest, 4; Disturbance, 3; Request for Security Check, 3; Suspicious Activity, 3; Suspicious Vehicle, 3; Theft, 3; Traffic Accident, 3; Welfare Check, 3; Alarm, 2; Animal Call, 2; Disabled Vehicle, 2; Field/Grass Fire, 2; Trespass, 2; Agency Assist, 1; Commercial Burglary, 1; Computer Crime, 1; Contact Message, 1; DUI, 1; Domestic Disturbance, 1; Funeral Escort, 1; Escort, 1; Fraud, 1; Hit and Run Accident, 1; Lost Items, 1; Obscene/Harassing Phone Calls, 1; Prisoner Transport, 1; Sexual Offender Reregistration, 1; and Shooting Incident, 1.