Gulf County Sheriff’s Office, Law Enforcement Summary

Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 09:15 AM.

On Monday, Aug. 4, the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) received a call regarding damage to a mailbox. Sgt. J. Williams responded to the 2500 block of Indian Pass Road. Based on Sgt. Williams’ observation it appeared someone pushed the mailbox over. While at the scene he located two other mailboxes which suffered the same damage.

On Aug. 4, the GCSO received a criminal mischief complaint at the Highland View Boat Landing. Sgt. J. Williams investigated the complaint. A kiosk, operated by the Gulf County Tourist Development Council, was damaged by someone who used a permanent marker to write on it. The public bathroom was also spray-painted inside. This was the third time this had occurred. The GCSO also had an open case regarding damage to the kiosk from July 30. A suspect was developed in the damage regarding the kiosk. Warrants for Criminal Mischief (two counts) were sought and later served on Eugene A. Dykes (62). Dykes turned himself in on Aug. 8. He was released on his own recognizance.

On Aug. 4, Deputy J. Brock arrested Fabian G. Islas (30) in the 200 block of Abby Drive in Wewahitchka. Islas was charged with Unauthorized Possession of a Driver’s License after he presented Deputy Brock with a fictitious North Carolina identification card. He was transported to the GCDF where he was later first appeared and released on a $1,000 bond.

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, while on patrol in the area of Stonemill Creek Road and Diana Street, Deputy G. Desrosier observed an ATV being operated on the roadway. Contact was made with the driver, Jason A. Harmon (38), who was determined to be wanted by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. Harmon was arrested and transported to the GCDF. He was wanted for Violation of Probation on his original charges of two counts of Grand Theft and two counts of Petit Theft.

On Aug. 5, Deputy G. Desrosier arrested Selina R. Culpan (23) on an arrest order for Contempt of Court. Cuplan failed to pay fines in her case of Disorderly Conduct. She was transported to the GCDF. Cuplan was released after paying a $200 purge.

On Wednesday, Aug. 6, Deputy S. Ferrell conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for running a stop sign. The incident occurred at 2nd Street and Lake Grove Road in Wewahitchka. The driver of the vehicle, Jonathan C. Gates (30), was unable to produce his driver’s license for Deputy Ferrell. It was determined Gates was operating the vehicle on a suspended license. He was arrested and charged with Driving While License Suspended/Revoked (DWLS/R) and transported to the GCDF where he was released on a $500 bond.

On Aug. 6, the GCSO extradited Brian D. Traylor (37) from the Bay County Jail. Traylor was arrested in Bay County and held for the GCSO on a warrant for Violation of Probation. He is on probation for DWLS/R. Traylor was first appeared and released on his own recognizance.

On Aug. 6, Deputy M. Layfield responded to the 200 block of West River Road in Wewahitchka. The GCSO had received a complaint in reference to shoplifting. The business captured video footage of a suspect taking approximately $80.00 worth of merchandise. Deputy Layfield continues to investigate. Criminal charges are forthcoming.

On Thursday, Aug. 7, Deputy S. Willis responded to the 1000 block of County Road (CR) 386 in reference to the theft of a firearm. The complainant reported the theft occurred sometime between September 2013 and July 2014. The firearm stolen was reported to be a Winchester .22 Cal rifle.

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