Gulf County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Summary

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 10:59 AM.

On Monday June 9, Deputy Ken Starnes responded to the area of Evergreen Drive in Wewahitchka in reference to a theft of utilities complaint. Deputy Starnes conducted an investigation and determined a neighbor had connected a water hose to a vacant residence without permission and had been using their water for several days. The suspect in this investigation was issued a trespass warning and criminal charges are pending.

On Monday June 9, Sgt. John Murnan responded to the area of Sycamore Street in Wewahitchka in reference to a theft reported by the City of Wewahitchka. A stainless steel pump control panel valued at $9,000 was stolen from property owned by the City of Wewahitchka. This investigation is ongoing, anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to contact the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office at 850-227-1115 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477).

On Tuesday June 10, Deputy Ken Starnes began an investigation in reference to an individual attempting fill a drug prescription that had been altered/forged to obtain a controlled substance. Through further investigation an arrest warrant was obtained for Christy Renee Smith (34) of Port St. Joe for Acquire/Obtain or Attempt Possession of a Controlled Substance. She was arrested on June 12and released on a $2,500 bond.

On Tuesday June 10, Deputy Joel Oquendo responded to the area of Byrd Parker Drive in Wewahitchka in reference to a caller catching someone stealing from his parent’s residence. The investigation revealed Jason Thomas Carnine (32) of Kentucky had stolen a bank check from the victim’s residence while inside as a guest, but had not yet cashed it. The victim’s son inadvertently saw the bank check with his parent’s name when it fell on the ground while Carnine was taking something out of his pocket. He was subsequently arrested and charged with petit theft. He was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility. On June 13, the victim dropped the charges and Carnine was released.

On Wednesday June 11, Deputy Paul Williams responded to the Family Dollar Store in Wewahitchka in reference to a shoplifting investigation. On June 10, Family Dollar Store employees witnessed an individual shoplift, and as the suspect left the store obtained the vehicle registration. Through the vehicle registration and video from the store security cameras, Deputy Williams positively identified the suspect. The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office is awaiting an arrest warrant to be issued.

On Wednesday June 11, Lieutenant Tim Wood arrested James Anthony Turman (19) of St. Joe Beach on an active warrant for Violation of Probation. Investigator Larry Dickey had recently conducted an investigation involving Turman where he was arrested for burglary of a conveyance. At the time of that arrest, Turman was already on probation for a separate Burglary, Grand Theft and Giving False Information to a Pawn Broker. He is currently being held in the Gulf County Detention Facility without bond.

On Wednesday June 11, Deputy Shane Ferrell responded to the Highland View area in reference to a domestic disturbance. During Deputy Ferrell’s investigation, the parties involved were checked for outstanding warrants. It was discovered one party involved, Janel Nicole Barefoot (26) of Highland View was wanted by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office for Violation of Probation for an Escape Charge. Barefoot was arrested and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility. She has been extradited back to Bay County.



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