Gulf County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Summary

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 08:59 AM.

On Saturday, May 31st, Deputy J. Oquendo stopped a vehicle on Stone Mill Creek Road and SR 71 regarding a moving violation. It was determined the driver, David M. Hewitt, Jr. (18), was wanted out of Holmes County and operated the vehicle without a driver’s license. He was arrested and charged with Driving Without a License and an out of county warrant. Hewitt was transported to the GCDF where he was later first appeared and given a $2,500 bond for Driving Without a License. He remains in custody awaiting extradition to Holmes County.

On May 31, the GCSO received a complaint regarding the theft of construction materials from the 100 block of East Seascape Drive. Deputy M. Layfield responded to the call. The complainant stated that two incidents of theft had occurred at the residence. The first was reported to have occurred around September 15, 2013. The incident involved the theft of a shipment of thin set which is material used to hold down floor tile. The second incident was reported to have occurred around the first two weeks of April 2014. The complaint said it involved the shipment of approximately eight boxes of tile. The total value of the items taken was approximately $2,605. The complainant stated a report was not filed earlier, because they felt the property would not be able to be traced. Citizens are strongly encouraged to file reports as soon as they become aware of a possible crime.

On May 31, Sgt. J. Williams stopped a vehicle for traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of County Road 22-A and Parker Farm Road. When Sgt. Williams contacted the driver, Eddy Adorno (20), he could smell a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from within the vehicle. K9 Marco was deployed and alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics inside of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a plastic bag of less than twenty grams of marijuana and a pipe used to smoke marijuana. Adorno was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Less than Twenty Grams of Marijuana. He was transported to the GCDF where he was later first appeared and released on a $500 bond.

On Sunday, June 1, Deputy K. Starnes responded to the 8000 block of US Highway 98 on St. Joe Beach regarding the theft of several reel and rods. The complainant reported the theft occurred during the early morning hours of June 1st. The reel and rods were stolen from a boat parked near the complainant’s home. The total value of the reel and rods was $440.

On June 1, Henry H. Watford, Jr. (29) turned himself in on a warrant for Violation of Probation. The warrant was issued out of Bay County. He bonded out on a $2,500 bond.

On June 1, Deputy J. Oquendo and Sgt. J. Murnan arrested Rodney D. Adkison (33) on an active warrant for Violation of Probation. At the time of his arrest he was determined to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Adkison was transported to the GCDF where has charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Violation of Probation. He is on probation for Possession of Listed Chemicals, Manufacturing Controlled Substance, and Felony DWLS/R. He remains in custody at the GCDF.

On June 1, the GCSO received a call regarding a verbal disturbance in the 6900 block of Doc Whitfield Road in Howard Creek. Deputy J. Brock responded to the call. After investigating the incident, William T. Knox (63), was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery. He was transported to the GCDF where he was later first appeared and given a conditional release.



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