Wakulla County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Wakulla County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 15 Oak St, Crawfordville, 32327 FL
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Phone: (850) 745-7100
Fax: (850) 926-0896
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Wakulla County Sheriff's Office is located at 15 Oak St, Crawfordville, 32327 FL. The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office phone number is (850) 745-7100.

Wakulla County Sheriff's Office News

Survivors whose homes suffered damage from Hurricane Michael and are uninsured or underinsured, may be eligible for help from FEMA to restore their homes to a safe, sanitary and functional condition. • FEMA assistance is not the same as insurance nor can it make the survivor whole. Federal assistance from FEMA only provides the basic needs for a home to be habitable—including toilets, a roof, critical utilities, windows and doors. Examples of ineligible items may include non-essential cabinets and garage doors. • Home damage must be disaster-caused. A home inspection is required in order to calculate and verify the loss. Calculations are based on the general depreciation amount for items of average quality, size and capacity. • Safe, sanitary and functional homes meet the following conditions: o The exterior is structurally sound, including the doors, roof and windows. o The electricity, gas, heat, plumbing, and sewer and septic systems function properly. o The interior’s habitable areas are structurally sound, including ceiling and floors. o The home is capable of operating for its intended purpose. o There is safe access to and from the home. Examples • Appliances: FEMA may assist in the replacement or repair of disaster-damaged furnaces and hot-water heaters. Non-essential items like dishwashers and home entertainment equipment will not be considered. • Ceiling and Roof Damage: FEMA may assist to repair disaster-caused leaks in a roof that damage ceilings and threaten electrical components like overhead lights. The cost to fix minor stains from roof leaks is not reimbursable. Safe, Sanitary, and Functional Homes • Floors: FEMA may assist to repair subfloors in occupied parts of the home that were damaged due to the disaster. • Windows: FEMA may assist with disaster-related broken windows, but not blinds and drapes. Determining Livability • FEMA calculations to verify loss vary because every applicant’s situation is different. Expenses for repairs that exceed the conditions to make a home safe, sanitary and functional are ineligible. • FEMA uses multiple methods to verify habitability, including on-site inspections and the use of technology—such as satellite imagery combined with applicant assessments. The most common type of verification is an on-site inspection. On-Site Inspections • FEMA provides specific guidelines that inspectors must follow during the on-site inspection to assess a home’s habitability. FEMA inspectors record the damage viewed, along with information provided by the applicant, but they do not determine the applicant’s eligibility for disaster assistance. • A FEMA inspector will visit the home to assess disaster damage to the applicant’s residence and personal property—such as furniture, appliances, vehicles and essential equipment for daily household needs. • The FEMA inspector also may photograph damage to help document disaster-caused losses that render the applicant’s residence uninhabitable, unsafe or inaccessible. But FEMA inspectors will not physically inspect areas that are unsafe for them to access. • For homeowners, habitability is based on all recorded disaster-caused damage. • For renters, the habitability determination is based on the disaster-caused damage that has not yet been repaired at the time of the inspection. Renters are not responsible for repairs to the damaged dwelling, so if repairs have been made or are being made, the inspector will note the condition at the time of the inspection. • For additional information, please see the FEMA’s Individuals & Households Program Unified Guidance page.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the pictured subjects. The subjects depicted in the photographs are wanted for questioning regarding an armed robbery which occurred at the Extract Shak, 66 Martin Luther King Memorial Highway, Crawfordville, Florida. On November 5, 2018, at approximately 7:10 p.m., two African American males entered the Extract Shak business, which was occupied at the time by only the female owner. One male was wearing a dark grey hoodie with a blue and white bandana covering most of his face. The other male was wearing jeans and a light grey hoodie sweatshirt with a character on the back, which was cinched around his head so that only his face was visible. The male in the light grey sweatshirt had a silver in color semi-automatic pistol in his hand and demanded money from the owner. The males stole the cash drawer containing an undetermined amount of U.S. currency and some of the “buds” which are sold at the business. After the robbery, at approximately 7:12 p.m., the males fled the scene in a northwesterly direction on foot. On November 5, 2018, at approximately 7:12 p.m., the theft was reported to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies quickly responded and canvassed the area, but the subjects had already left the area. Anyone with information pertaining to the identity of the pictured subjects or any other information regarding this robbery, please contact the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office or Detective Brett Surace at 850-745-7100. The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office thanks you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

As a result of investigative tenacity and collaboration between citizens, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office (SO), and law enforcement agencies in Indiana, Florida and Tennessee, the robbery of the Crawfordville Pharmacy has been solved and Shelby Lynn Higdon has been charged, arrested and booked into jail. All within 72 hours of the crime being committed. On November 1, 2018, a female entered the Crawfordville Pharmacy, showed the clerk a note which threatened she had a firearm, and demanded a particular prescription opiate and an over-the-counter substance. The clerk complied and the female fled in a westerly direction on foot away through a breezeway toward a parking lot. At 5:43 p.m., the robbery was reported to the Wakulla County SO. Patrol Deputies, as well as Detectives and a Crime Scene Technician from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded to the pharmacy. Even though Deputies arrived within one minute, the female had already departed the area. The investigation was assigned to CID Detectives. On November 1, 2018, the Wakulla County SO issued a Facebook post with photographs of the female that had been taken by surveillance cameras during the robbery and citizens responded. By the afternoon of November 2, 2018, CID Detectives had positively identified Shelby Lynn Higdon as the robber; determined that three months earlier, she and her boyfriend, Zachary W. Babcock, had travelled together from Indiana to Wakulla County; and established probable cause with which to charge Ms. Higdon with the pharmacy robbery. CID Detectives also received intelligence information that Ms. Higdon and Mr. Babcock were in Leon County during the evening of November 2, 2018. CID Detectives from the Wakulla County SO and Leon County SO collaboratively endeavored to locate her, and checked five Leon County motels and other locations where Ms. Higdon and Mr. Babcock were possibly staying; however, upon learning of the mass shooting in Tallahassee, the search was postponed. CID Detectives continued their investigation throughout the weekend. During the morning of Sunday, November 4, 2018, CID Detectives received intelligence information that Ms. Higdon was in Blount County, Tennessee. That afternoon, at approximately 5:00 p.m., CID Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Ms. Higdon from a Circuit Judge in Leon County. The arrest warrant charged Ms. Higdon with robbery and grand larceny and was issued with no bond. At approximately 6:00 p.m., Wakulla County SO Communications Division personnel entered Ms. Higdon into law enforcement databases as a wanted subject and Sheriff Jared F. Miller authorized nationwide extradition. CID Detectives provided Blount County Consolidated Dispatch, which handles communications for the Blount County SO, Maryville Police Department (PD) and Alcoa PD with intelligence information on Ms. Higdon and informed them of the active arrest warrant. Exactly one hour later, CID Detectives received a telephone call from an Alcoa PD Sergeant advising that Ms. Higdon had been arrested. Ms. Higdon had already dyed her hair color from red to blonde. Shelby Lynn Higdon was booked into the Blount County SO Jail. Mr. Babcock is also in the Blount County Jail for unrelated charges.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the pictured subject. The subject is wanted for questioning regarding a prescription drug theft which occurred at the Crawfordville Pharmacy, 2650 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville, Florida. On November 1, 2018, the female depicted in the photograph showed a note to the pharmacy clerk which indicated she had a firearm and demanded prescription drugs and an over-the-counter substance. After being provided the prescription drugs and over-the-counter substance, the female fled in a westerly direction on foot away from the pharmacy. On November 1, 2018, at 5:43 p.m., the theft was reported to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies quickly responded and canvassed the area, but the subject had already left the area. Anyone with information pertaining to the identity of the pictured subject or any other information regarding this theft, please contact the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office or Detective Mark Sauls at 850-745-7100. The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office thanks you in advance for your assistance in this matter. The suspect is pictured.....we are working on obtaining a better photograph but this is the best we have at this time.

From FEMA & the IRS: The President has declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Florida. Following the recent major declaration issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the IRS announced today that affected taxpayers in certain counties will receive tax relief. Individuals who reside or have a business in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington counties may qualify for tax relief. For more information please visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-for-victims-of-hurricane-michael-in-florida

Sheriff Miller had a chance to meet with the FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance, CREW 11 this morning in the EOC room before they head out to the field here in Wakulla. The FEMA team has 8 people working in Wakulla County to get everyone registered. They are going door to door to assist our citizens in getting the help they need. “I want to take a minute and thank you all for helping our citizens here in Wakulla and all the other counties here in the Panhandle” Sheriff Miller told the team before they left to do their work. The FEMA officials will be out in the county for the foreseeable future to help out citizens and will be easily recognizable by wearing clothing and carrying identification showing that they are with FEMA.

Sheriff Jared Miller would like to remind everybody about driving safety around School Bus and Schools Bus Stops. Please be aware of buses stopping to pick up children in the morning and afternoon hours. SLOW DOWN and when in question STOP. We have all seen the recent stories on the news about children being struck by vehicles who fail to slow down or stop around school buses picking up the children. Sheriff Miller asks that you please BE AWARE OF THE SCHOOL BUSES AND THE CHILDREN BOARDING THEM!!!

Happy Halloween Wakulla!!!! We had some trick or treaters here at the Sheriff’s Office just a few minutes ago.....ADORABLE!! Keep an eye out for Deputy Sheriff’s tonight while trick or treating....they have bags of candy for the little ones!!!

Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division has a limited supply of roof size (40’X60’) tarps for those who need to cover their roofs prior to the weather moving in tomorrow. These tarps will be available at Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office. We ask that if you do not need to cover your whole roof you allow those in need access to the limited number of tarps. All others will need to cover exposed areas and valuables prior to the rain arriving. Pictured is a briefing from the National Weather Service in reference to tomorrows weather

The Department of Children and Families, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has initiated the federal Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program D-SNAP in Wakulla County due to the impact from Hurricane Michael. This program is meant to assist survivors in replenishing perishable food. The start Date for D-SNAP will be October 31, 2018 at the Medart Recreation Park, 79 Recreation Drive Crawfordville. Survivors are highly encouraged preregister at http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/dsnap/. This program is meant for all survivors that lost food due to the hurricane, this is not the standard Food stamp program for the under privileged. This program is set up to assist all who lost food in Hurricane Michael. Those who register at the Recreation Park will receive a card that they can use to replenish their refrigerators.

More Safety Info available for Halloween!! FDLE has recently announced a new mobile app for citizens to see where Sexual Offenders and Predators have registered a residential address in Florida. Please share the announcement below. http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/News/2018/October/FDLE-launches-public-safety-app

Sheriff Jared Miller & The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office encourages parents and guardians to plan a safe route for those who will be “trick-or-treating” this Halloween. That “safe route” should include knowledge of where registered sexual offenders and sexual predators reside in proximity to where you intend to “trick-or-treat.” There are 91 registered Sexual Offenders/Sexual Predators living in Wakulla County (actually 106, but 15 are incarcerated). Wakulla County citizens are invited to visit the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office website at www.wcso.org, click on the “Sex Offender Database Search” icon, click on “Search for Offenders in your area”, and then click on “search for offenders within a radius of your home” or click on “Other Search Options,” and click to see a list of all published offenders who have been registered by Detectives of the Criminal Investigations Division at the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office.

Many of you in the Panacea area may have noticed a very large presence of our Deputies in the Bottoms Road Area earlier today. We received a report that a Ultralight plane had possibly crashed in the water or marsh area off of Bottoms Road. After an extensive search and investigation it was discovered that there was NOT a crash, rather a pilot was practicing touch and go takeoffs in that area. We had units from our agency, FWC, and LCSO's helicopter in the area and we are sure that caused concern to many people as to what was going on. We are obviously happy that there was NOT a crash but we wanted to offer an explanation for the activity in the area to help with any concerns people may have had.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office & Emergency Management were very happy to meet with General Carrasco from the Dominican Republic this morning at the Sheriff’s Office. General Carrasco came to visit the EOC and see how hurricane recovery operations are going.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has initiated the federal Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) in Wakulla to assist communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. Registration Windows dates are Oct. 26 – Nov. 4. Impacted families are strongly encouraged to pre-register. Visit the http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/dsnap/ for more information on pre-registration, site locations, and hours of operation.

REMINDER!!!!! Dispose of Old Prescription Drugs on October 27, 2018 On October 27, 2018, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is being sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. In furtherance of this initiative, the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) will man a collection site from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for persons to dispose of unused or expired prescription medications at the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Annex – 16 Oak Street, Crawfordville, Florida 32327 In October 2017, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office participated in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and 46.2 pounds of expired or excess prescription drugs were turned over to CID for destruction. During the last National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in April 2018, 14.2 pounds of expired or excess prescription drugs were turned over to CID for destruction. Disposing of prescription medications is important. The United States and Florida have been experiencing an opioid epidemic with many people dying from overdose deaths. Opioids are a class of highly addictive drugs that include heroin and prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. In Wakulla County, there have been a few recent overdose deaths and there is concern for the potential of a future heroin problem because of the number of people encountered who abuse prescription opioids. Unlike other types of drug abuse, many who become addicted to opioids do so accidentally after developing a dependence during treatment for an injury. Later, after being cut off from legally prescribed opiates, they graduate to abusing diverted prescription opiates and eventually to heroin, since it is cheaper. Heroin is sometimes adulterated or “cut” with fentanyl and its analogues, which are synthetic opioids that are significantly stronger than heroin and are major contributors to overdose fatalities. After opioid addicts exhaust their personal resources, they often begin stealing prescription drugs or committing crimes such as robbery, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft to obtain the funds to purchase drugs. Please do your part to combat drug abuse in Wakulla County by disposing of your unused or expired prescription medications on October 27, 2018. The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office thanks you in advance for your assistance

NOTICE OF BRIDGE CLOSURE The following bridge will be closed until further notice for storm damage repairs: § Otter Creek Rise Bridge on Surf Road (Bayside Marina) will be closed until further notice; (Alternate Route is Sopchoppy Hwy. to Surf Rd.

FROM THE COUNTY OFFICES: Wakulla County Announces Debris Pickup Resulting from Hurricane Michael from Private Roads Crawfordville, Florida – The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners held an Emergency Special Meeting on October 25, 2018 and approved a Resolution authorizing the County Administrator to provide for the removal of debris resulting from Hurricane Michael from private roads. “This is another method the County is taking to help our community recover,” said David Edwards, County Administrator. The County does not ordinarily provide debris removal or monitoring related to disasters on private property, as the County does not have legal access to such property and may be exposed to liability. Hurricane Michael created widespread accumulations of debris including on private property. Therefore, the Board adopted a Resolution authorizing the removal of debris from private roads if the debris presents an immediate threat to life, public health, or safety, or to the economic recovery of the County, and once the property owner executes a Right of Entry Agreement authorizing the County to enter such property to perform the debris removal. The County debris contractor is currently in the process of picking up debris resulting from Hurricane Michael, curbside on County roads; however, private property owners will be required to complete a Right of Entry Agreement. For those who have an HOA, the HOA president or other authorized agent can complete the Right of Entry Agreement; and for those who do not have an HOA, each property owner will need to complete the Agreement. Additionally, there is no specific timeline in which the debris crews will be in certain areas, so we recommend getting your debris curbside ASAP and to make sure the debris is separated (vegetative debris, construction & demolition debris, appliances/white goods, and electronics). The Right of Entry Agreement can be obtained at the Public Works Administration Office, 340 Trice Lane, Crawfordville, FL., or on the County website at www.mywakulla.com. For additional information, please contact the Public Works Administration Office at (850) 926-7616.

The Department of Elder Affairs is positioned at the Wakulla County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located at the Wakulla Community Center on 318 Shadeville Rd, Crawfordville, FL 32327, from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Department staff are available to assist with referral to programs and services offered through the Aging and Disability Resource Centers. Additionally, Department staff are assisting with identifying and contacting locally available disaster relief related services (food pantries, SMALL debris removal not offered by the county but provided by local county volunteer organizations, emergency home energy assistance, and points of distribution) for those age 60 and older.

The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office held S.A.V.E graduation at the Riversink Elementary school....Proud home of the "Riversink Otters"!!! This was the final step in the program that is offered to all fifth graders here in Wakulla County teaching them about subtance abuse and violence education. Our School Resource Officers love teaching the program and the students love attending it to learn lessons that can be carried with them as they continue to grow. Sheriff Miller and the entire Wakulla County Sheriff's Office would like to congratulate the graduating S.A.V.E. class at Riversink Elementary!!!

Sheriff Miller and his staff were happy to meet with Congressman Neal Dunn yesterday evening at the Sheriff’s Office. Congressman Dunn stopped by to check on the Sheriff’s Office and see how the recovery from Hurricane Michael was going.

Hurricane Michael Recovery Update The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division is partnered with the Florida Department of Emergency Management and FEMA to assist survivors of Hurricane Michael. A Disaster Recovery Center has been opened at the One Stop Community Center, 318 Shadeville Road to assist residents, property owners and business owners with disaster claims and registration for FEMA. FEMA is encouraging everyone in Wakulla County to register by calling 1-800-621-3362 or online at www.disasterassistance.gov. Those that need assistance registering or filing a claim can do so at the One Stop Community Center, 318 Shadeville Road, Crawfordville FL. Electrical power has been restored to 100% of Wakulla County with a few exceptions to individual residences. If you are currently having issues with electrical power please call your provider to report the issue. There have been reports of rumors circulating in reference to water contamination. Wakulla County Emergency Management has not received any information from our utilities in reference to contaminated water supplies. At this time water supplies are safe and have been uninterrupted throughout the event. Please do not confuse other counties warnings for Wakulla. Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division will issue any warning if the need arises. Your closest location to safe drinking water remains a short walk to your faucet.

Sheriff Miller & the Wakulla Sheriff’s Office thank the Big Bend PBA for providing us with a delicious lunch today!!!

Dispose of Old Prescription Drugs on October 27, 2018 On October 27, 2018, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is being sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. In furtherance of this initiative, the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) will man a collection site from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for persons to dispose of unused or expired prescription medications at the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Annex – 16 Oak Street, Crawfordville, Florida 32327 In October 2017, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office participated in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and 46.2 pounds of expired or excess prescription drugs were turned over to CID for destruction. During the last National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in April 2018, 14.2 pounds of expired or excess prescription drugs were turned over to CID for destruction. Disposing of prescription medications is important. The United States and Florida have been experiencing an opioid epidemic with many people dying from overdose deaths. Opioids are a class of highly addictive drugs that include heroin and prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. In Wakulla County, there have been a few recent overdose deaths and there is concern for the potential of a future heroin problem because of the number of people encountered who abuse prescription opioids. Unlike other types of drug abuse, many who become addicted to opioids do so accidentally after developing a dependence during treatment for an injury. Later, after being cut off from legally prescribed opiates, they graduate to abusing diverted prescription opiates and eventually to heroin, since it is cheaper. Heroin is sometimes adulterated or “cut” with fentanyl and its analogues, which are synthetic opioids that are significantly stronger than heroin and are major contributors to overdose fatalities. After opioid addicts exhaust their personal resources, they often begin stealing prescription drugs or committing crimes such as robbery, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft to obtain the funds to purchase drugs. Please do your part to combat drug abuse in Wakulla County by disposing of your unused or expired prescription medications on October 27, 2018. The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office thanks you in advance for your assistance.