U.S. Marshals arrested a Tennessee man after a Gulf County investigation into child molestation charges.
Dennis J. Weaver, 66, of Marysville, TN and formerly of Gulf County, was arrested last week on one count of lewd or lascivious molestation of a child under 16 and three counts of lewd or lascivious battery on a child under 16.
Both charges are second degree felonies. Weaver faces up to 15 years in prison on each count.
The investigation began in early August after allegations were made against Weaver. Gulf County Sheriff’s Office investigators conducted several undercover operations and determined there was evidence against Weaver.
Weaver was arrested in Knoxville last week. He is custody in Tennessee awaiting extradition to Gulf County.
Patron at local business nabs burglar
A Wewahitchka man was arrested last week after he was caught stealing items from several vehicles at a local tavern.
Simon Samuel Hathaway, 41, was arrested on charges of burglary, grand theft and providing a false ID to a law enforcement officer. His bond on those charges was set at $10,000.
He is also being held without bond for violation of probation and on a warrant out of Bay County.
According to the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office, Hathaway was observed inside a vehicle outside the Tukedaways Tavern in Wewahitchka on the evening of Aug. 8.
The patron pursued Hathaway and brought him back to the parking lot to wait for deputies. Property from two other vehicles was found in Hathaway’s vehicle.
Hathaway had active warrants out of Bay County for burglary of a structure, grand theft and uttering forged instruments.
Gulf County also had a warrant for Hathaway for violation of probation for burglary.
Two days later, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office notified GCSO investigators that the vehicle driven by Hathaway and used during the vehicle burglaries in Wewahitchka was stolen from the PCSO Aug. 7.
Port St. Joe man arrested on drug charges
A Port St. Joe man was arrested last week on several charges including the sale of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Paul Ohara, 27, was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his 509 Hodrick Street residence.
The search warrant was the culmination of a lengthy investigation by the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.
GCSO deputies and officers from the Port St. Joe Police Department executed the warrant.
Ohara was served with two arrest warrants for sale of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church. A search of his residence yielded evidence of illegal drug activity and charges.
Ohara was also charged possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with living in Gulf County without registering as a convicted felon.
Ohara was also served on a warrant out of Taylor County for failure to appear in court on charges of driving with a suspended driver’s license.
Ohara is in the Gulf County Jail on $70,000 bond for the two sale of crack cocaine counts, $10,000 for possession of crack cocaine, $2.500 for possession of drug paraphernalia and $2,500 for failure to register as a convicted felon.