Gulf County Sheriff’s Office, Law Enforcement Summary

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:51 AM.

On Friday, July 4, Deputy P. Williams stopped a vehicle on SR 71 near Lake Grove Road in Wewahitchka after the GCSO received complaints of the vehicle driving recklessly. Deputy Williams observed the vehicle failing maintain its lane. The driver, Charles K. Dawson (45), was contacted and Deputy Williams developed reason to believe he was operating the vehicle while under the influence. After an investigation, Dawson was arrested for Driving while Under the Influence (DUI). Two small baggies were located in the vehicles which contained a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine. Dawson was transported to the GCDF and charged with DUI and Possession of Cocaine. He was first appeared and later released on a $3,500 bond.

On July 4, Deputy M. Layfield responded to the 400 block of Duval Street in Oak Grove after the GCSO received a call regarding a residential burglary. The complainant reported that on June 29, while he was sleeping, someone busted a window pane out of his back door. He stated someone between June 29and July 4, had stolen several items of the residence while he was asleep. The items reported stolen were: a Bercer .22 caliber handgun with a 10-round magazine, a set of keys, a powered nail gun, and a wallet.

On Saturday, July 5, deputies responded to a traffic accident on SR 71 near Lands Landing after the GCSO received a 911 call. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) responded and investigated the crash. The FHP charged Dennis E. Shiver, Jr. (20) with DUI and Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage.

On July 5, Deputy J. Oquendo responded to an area on the beach near South Oak Street regarding an intoxicated subject. The complainants reported that David E. Miller (62) was intoxicated and approached them in a vehicle. They said he drove around them in circles near children and yelling obscenities. Deputy Oquendo made contact with Miller and after the investigation arrested him for Disorderly Intoxication. Miller was transported to the GCDF where he was later first appeared and given a conditional release.

On Sunday, July 6, Deputy S. Willis responded to the 100 block of Abby Drive in Wewahitchka in reference to a theft. The complainant said that two females entered the front porch of her residence and took a partial pack of cigarettes. Deputy Willis located the two females who still had the cigarettes in their possession. The complainant did not wish to pursue criminal charges.

On July 6, Deputy P. Williams responded to the 100 block of Honeyhill Road in reference to a domestic disturbance. The GCSO was contacted by a third party who reported the offense. Deputy Williams investigated the case and criminal charges are forthcoming.

From June 30-July 6the Communications Division at the GCSO logged a total of 79 calls for the Port St. Joe Police Department, 37 calls for EMS, 26 calls for other departments/agencies and 12 calls for Gulf County Animal Control.

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