Feb. 24-March 2

Feb. 24-March 2


On Monday, Feb. 24, the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) executed an Order of Transport by traveling to Walton County Correctional Institution to pick up Johntavious M. Tiller. Tiller was due to appear in Circuit Court in Gulf County on Tuesday, Feb. 25. He was returned to Walton County on Wednesday.

On Feb. 24, School Resource Deputy D. Huggins reported vandalism at Wewahitchka Elementary School. School staff discovered damage and marks on the sidewalks caused by a four-wheeler. Walls were scuffed by tires and some major damage was caused to a set of gates. The four-wheeler was located on school grounds abandoned. If you have any information regarding this offense, please contact Deputy D. Huggins at the Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School or contact the GCSO.

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Sgt. C. Dixon received a report of a stolen tag at the Wewahitchka Substation. The tag was taken from a vehicle in the 100 block of Our Town Road, north of Wewahitchka. The report indicated the offense occurred back on Jan. 15.

On Feb. 25, the GCSO received a call regarding a domestic disturbance which occurred at the Honeyville Park. Deputy P. Williams investigated the complaint. The case was prepared and forwarded to the State’s Attorney Office to be reviewed for possible criminal charges.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Sgt. M. Herring arrested Brandon L. Burkett (27) in the 200 block of West Creekview Drive, in Stone Mill Creek. Burkett was wanted for Violation of Probation – Grand Theft. He was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.

On Feb. 26, a warrant for Violation of Probation was served to Courtney N. Ward (24). Ward turned herself into the Gulf County Detention Facility. Wards original charges were Possession of Cocaine, Resisting an LEO without Violence, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.

On Feb. 26, the GCSO received a call regarding residential burglary in the 1700 block of Grouper Avenue in Highland View. Deputy J. Brock responded to the call. Approximately $500 in jewelry was reported stolen. Deputy Brock continues to investigate.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, a 911 call was received regarding a subject possibly stealing items out of a neighbor’s yard. The call was from the 500 block of Byrd Parker Drive in Wewahitchka. The caller was able to provide the operator with a vehicle description the subject drove away in. Deputy G. Desrosier responded to the call and was able to locate the described vehicle traveling on Lake Grove Road. The vehicle was stopped for investigative purposes. At the conclusion of the investigation, it was determined that a fuel tank for an outboard motor was stolen from the residence. The tank was recovered as a result of the traffic stop. Anthony Bryan McDaniel (30) was arrested and charged with Burglary. He was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.

On Feb. 27, Deputy K. Starnes arrested Mandy D. Vickery (31) in the 200 block of Our Town Road in the Wewahitchka area. Vickery had an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation – Filing a False Police Report. She was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.

On Feb. 27, Deputy K. Starnes responded to Rich’s IGA in Wewahitchka in reference to shoplifting. Approximately $60 in plants were stolen from the business. Deputy Starnes continues to investigate.

On Friday, Feb. 28, Sgt. J. Williams received a tip on the whereabouts of Cresta D. Morrison (36). Morrison was arrested in the 300 block of Jeffery Drive in Port St. Joe. The GCSO held two active warrants for Morrison’s arrest. She was placed under arrest for Theft and Violation of Probation – Trespass.

On Feb. 28, Deputy S. Ferrell was dispatched to the 300 block of Michael Street in the Stone Mill Creek area in reference to a stolen vehicle. Prior the GCSO receiving the call, Deputy Ferrell attempted to stop the vehicle at the intersection of South Diana Street and Creekview Drive for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot. The vehicle was recovered, processed and returned to the owner.

On Feb. 28at about 11:58 p.m. Sgt. R. Burkett clocked a black motorcycle on radar traveling north on State Road 71 near the Honeyville Methodist Church. The driver of the motorcycle was traveling 127 mph in a posted 55 mph zone. The driver attempted to elude Sgt. Burkett and Deputy S. Ferrell by abruptly turning onto a side street in Wewahithcka. He driver stopped after approximately 3.1 miles. Jared C. Sasnett (22) was placed under arrest at the corner of 2nd Street and Magnolia Street in Wewahitcka. He was charged with Fleeing and Attempting to Elude and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility. Sgt. Burkett issued a speeding citation which requires a mandatory court appearance.

On Saturday, March 1, Deputy J. Oquendo conducted a traffic stop on US Highway 98 and 4th Street in Port St. Joe. The vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. Consent to search the vehicle was obtained. As a result of the search, Deputy Oquendo located approximately four grams of crack cocaine, several empty bags containing residual amounts of marijuana, a bag of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. The driver, John G. Hermsdorfer (44), and the passenger, Walter F. Bowers (21), were both placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Less than Twenty Grams of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Hermsdorfer and Bowers were transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.

On March 1, Deputy S. Ferrell responded to the 7000 block of Doc Whitfield Road in Howard Creek regarding an unknown disturbance. The 911 caller stated that a female was walking in the area screaming, cursing, and talking strange. Once Deputy Ferrell arrived he observed a female lying in the middle of Doc Whitfield Road. After investigating the complaint, Carrie K. Strain (27) was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct. She was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.

On March 1, the GCSO received a 911 call regarding a domestic disturbance in the 6900 block of Blossom Hill Road in Howard Creek. Sgt. R. Burkett responded to the call. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Charles G. Dean (37). Dean was charged with Domestic Battery and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility.

On Sunday, March 2, Deputy J. Oquendo stopped a vehicle in the area of US Highway 98 and Porpoise Avenue in Highland View. The tag displayed on the vehicle was not registered to it. The driver, Melvin L. Brown, Jr. (30), was operating the vehicle on a suspended license. Brown, a habitual traffic offender, was arrested and charged with one felony count of Driving While License Suspended or Revoked. The owner of the vehicle was cited and issued a court date for attaching a tag not assigned to the vehicle.

From Feb. 24-March 2 the Communications Division at the GCSO logged a total of 58 calls for the Port St. Joe Police Department, 44 calls for EMS, 18 calls for other departments/agencies and 13 calls for Animal Control.

From Feb. 24-March 2the GCSO logged the following department activity: Traffic Stop, 48; Civil Paper Service, 38; Field Contact, 21; Domestic Disturbance, 7; Abandoned Vehicle, 6; Reckless Driver, 7; Suspicious Vehicle, 5; Information, 4; Sexual Offender Reregistration, 4; Warrant Arrest, 4; Animal Call, 3; Noise Disturbance, 3; Disturbance, 3; Prisoner Transport, 3; Security Check Request, 3; Suspicious Activity, 3; Welfare Check, 4; Alarm, 2; Animal Bite, 2; Agency Assist, 2; Residential Burglary, 2; Criminal Mischief, 2; Traffic Accident, 2; Aggravated Battery, 1; Contact Message, 1; Physical Disturbance, 1; Verbal Disturbance, 1; Drunk Pedestrian, 1; Funeral Escort, 1; Lost Items, 1; Prowler/Trespass, 1; Recovered Property, 1; Sexual Offender Address Verification, 1; Stolen Tag, 1; Stolen Vehicle, 1; Suspicious Person, 1; and Theft/Shoplifting, 1.