Madison County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Madison County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 2364 US-90, Madison, 32340 FL
  • Chief:
Phone: 850-973-4151

Madison County Sheriff's Office is located at 2364 US-90, Madison, 32340 FL. The Madison County Sheriff's Office phone number is 850-973-4151.

Madison County Sheriff's Office News

****UPDATE**** John Anthony Russell has surrendered himself to Madison County Sheriff’s Office Investigators at a location in Taylor County without further incident. Russell did not have a gunshot wound and was found to be without any injuries. Russell will be turned over to Taylor County deputies and transported to the Taylor County Jail were he will be booked on Madison County Arrest Warrants. “I personally thank Taylor County Sheriff Wayne Padgett and his deputies for their assistance during this incident. I am extremely proud of the partnership between the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office in our shared efforts to keep both our communities safe and secure. “ Major David Harper

****UPDATE**** ****ATTENTION**** Deputies with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with deputies of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching locations in Taylor County for John Anthony Russell who is wanted for his involvement in an Attempted Burglary committed earlier this date at a residence located near the Madison / Taylor County line on US 19/27. The homeowner who is known by Russell fired multiple shots at him. It is unclear if Russell was hit by any of the shots. Russell fled into the woods behind the residence. K-9 deputies tracked Russell to a location where a vehicle had been recently parked. It is believed Russell then returned to Taylor County. Russell is described as a 48 year old white male approximately 5 foot, 4 inches tall weighing 165 pounds with “salt and pepper” hair. Russell was last seen wearing blue jeans and no shirt. Russell has since made threats to kill law enforcement when he is located. Russell is considered Armed and Dangerous. If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Russell you are asked to call 911 immediately. Do not approach Russell. This update is current and being provided from the field with no access to a photograph however a photograph will be made available later as the investigation is active and ongoing. Thank you for your attention. Major David Harper

****ATTENTION**** Multiple deputies have responded to a residence near the Madison / Taylor county line located on US 19/27. A homeowner called 911 reporting that a male subject attempted to force entry into the residence. The homeowner fired multiple shots at the suspect. The suspect fled into the woods behind the residence along with another male. . It is believed the suspect was hit at least once. Deputies deployed k-9 and tracked the suspect to a location where a vehicle was recently parked. The scene and investigation is active and ongoing. An update will be provided when additional information is available. Thank you for your attention. Major David Harper

****Attention**** The building has been thoroughly search by multiple deputies. No suspicious items have been identified or located. The building has been cleared allowing residents and staff to return. MCSO investigators are aggressively working to identify the person(s) responsible. If anyone has information regarding the phone threats received yesterday or today please call the Madison County Sheriff’s office at (850) 973-4001 ext 1 and ask to speak to an investigator. Thank you for you attention. Lake Park of Madison has received another Bomb Threat this morning. Deputies are on scene and the building has again been evacuated while multiple deputies search the premises. Major David Harper

****Attention**** The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is currently responding to a Bomb Threat received by phone at the Lake Park of Madison nursing home. All residents and employees were evacuated while the building was searched by multiple deputies. Nothing suspicious was identified or located and the building has been cleared for residents and employees to return. There are no injuries reported during this incident. The investigation to identify and locate the person(s) responsible for making the threat is ongoing. Again the scene has been determined safe and all residents and employees have been allowed to return. Thank you for your attention Major David Harper

News Release (October 10, 2018) Major David Harper of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at approximately 9:17 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a residence located on South SR. 53 in response to a 911 call reporting a burglary in progress. Upon arrival deputies located a white male (later identified as Anthony Lee Martin) on the ground near the back-sliding glass door of the residence. Martin was suffering from a single gunshot wound to his chest. The residence was occupied by the homeowner, two additional adult females and a small child. Deputies secured the scene and immediately requested assistance from Madison County EMS. Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrived to conduct the investigation. The investigation determined that one of the females began receiving threating text messages from Martin implying that he was on his way to the residence from Clyattville, Georgia. A short time later Martin arrived parking his vehicle in the driveway of a vacant house located next door to the residence. Martin approached the residence on foot and forced entry through a sliding glass door. The homeowner attempted to push Martin back out the door when Martin reportedly raised a large kitchen style knife in a stabbing motion. The homeowner was armed with a handgun and fired one round at close range striking Martin in the chest ending the attack. Martin was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The homeowner has not been charged with any crime and there were no other injuries reported to anyone else inside the residence. This case remains under investigation. Deceased: Anthony Lee Martin 10/08/1986 Valdosta, Georgia

From the Madison County Emergency Management Office... **Update** TS Michael is predicted to make landfall as a Category 2 Hurricane. You should begin making preparations immediately and have them wrapped up by Tuesday evening. Please expect and plan for widespread and lengthy power outages throughout the Big Bend area. We will open Madison County Central School tomorrow at 2:00 PM as a risk shelter and special needs shelter. We encourage all residents to seek shelter in a safe structure throughout the event. You MUST BRING pillows, blankets and comfort items with you to the shelter. For those who plan to bring pets, you MUST provide copies of vaccinations, all pet supplies and understand that pets are housed AWAY from the general shelter. Please note that Madison County Solid Waste sites will be closing tomorrow at 1:00 PM and will remain closed Wednesday. Due to sheltering operations and weather conditions...Madison County schools will be closed Tuesday October 9th and Wednesday October 10th with future dates to be determined by need. The Madison County Sheriff's Office will continue to provide updates pending further information from the National Weather Service and/or the Emergency Management Office. *Update* Per the Madison County School Board Office, schools will be closed Tuesday through Thursday and possibly Friday.

News Release (October 4, 2018) Major David Harper of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 9:28 p.m., Deputy Roy Miller observed the driver of a blue Chevrolet sedan commit two separate traffic violations in the area of CR 255 and Magnolia Drive. The driver of the sedan (later identified as Joslyn Rena Richards) turned west onto US 90 and accelerated to 60 miles per hour. Deputy Miller attempted to conduct a traffic stop but Richards ignored his attempt and increased her speed to 85 miles per hour in attempt to flee and elude. Deputy Miller initiated pursuit with his emergency lights and siren activated and requested assistance from other units. Richards continued to actively flee west on US 90 at a high rate of speed for several miles before turning south onto Rollercoaster Hill Road and then west onto Old County Camp Road. Richards abruptly stopped her vehicle in front of 1215 SW Old County Camp Road also known as “The Valley” and exited her car. Deputy Miller immediately took Richards into custody and placed her in the back of his patrol vehicle. While in the back of the patrol vehicle, Richards began to forcefully kick the windows. Deputy Miller and Deputy Anthony Land removed Richards from the patrol vehicle in attempt to apply additional restraints. Richards began to actively resist the deputies by attempting to bite them and then spitting on both Deputy Miller and Deputy Land. The deputies maintained control over Richards and were able to transport her to the Madison County Jail without further incident. Arrested: Joslyn Rena Richards 06/09/1982 Lee, FL 32059 1. Flee / Attempt to Elude 2. Resist Officer with Violence 3. Assault / Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer 4. Resist Officer without Violence – Continued 5. Expired Driver License more than 6 Months

****Update**** After further investigation the homeowner is unclear of what they actually observed reporting a shadow entering the woods from the edge of the yard. No one actually observed exiting the residence. Canine searched the entire perimeter of the yard and did not pick up any scent trail. This incident is no longer active. ****Attention**** Multiple deputies have responded to the area of Kountry Kitchen, Nixon way and Nixon Loop. A home owner has reported that upon entering their residence an unknown subject ran out the back door and into the woods. Deputies have established a perimeter and MCSO canine is on scene. Please avoid this area if possible as this incident is active. At this time a description of the suspect is unknown. Thank you for you attention. Major David Harper

Concealed Weapons Class The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to be offering the Florida Concealed Weapons Class. We will only accept up to 12 people per class and will run the class with a minimum of 10. This course will include Florida Law and basic knowledge as well as hands on training on the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Range. If you wish to sign up for the class please stop by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 2364 West US Hwy 90 Madison, FL 32340 between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm Mon-Fri to pay and sign up for the class. The cost of the class will be $60.00 per attendee and will be due when you sign up for the class. The class will be from 8:00am-12:00pm at the Madison County Range located at 1243 NE Palmetto St. Pinetta, FL. There will be a continuous list and classes will be scheduled as the roster fills. You will be notified as soon as a date is scheduled. If you need to withdraw from a particular class or cannot attend you will put on the list for the next class when it is scheduled. If you would like a refund, you will need to make a request to get a refund at least 72 hours before your scheduled class day or you will not be refunded. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 850-973-4151. It is recommended for this course that you have your own weapon and ammunition so that you will gain the knowledge and training on your personal specific weapon.

News Release (September 20, 2018) Major David Harper of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 10:17 a. m. deputies were dispatched to Jimmie’s Auto Port located at 6375 South State Road 53 in Madison regarding a possible credit card skimming device being installed on one of the fuel pumps. Upon arrival an employee reported that while checking the fuel pumps he noticed that one of the applied pump security seals on pump number 16 appeared to be altered. During further inspection the employee located a possible credit card skimming device installed on pump number 15. The employee had already removed the device prior to the deputy arriving and turned the device over to the deputy. Surveillance video has been requested from management to assist with the investigation. At this time, it believed that this is an isolated event as no other reports of similar incidents have been received by the Sheriff’s Office. Consumers are warned to be aware of their surroundings and closely inspect fuel pumps for signs of tampering prior to inserting any credit or debit cards into a fuel pump when purchasing fuel especially at stations along any major highway or Interstate. If a fuel pump is suspected to be altered or tampered with notify an employee immediately.

News Release (September 19, 2018) Major David Harper of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 11:02 A. M. deputies were dispatched to a residence located on Osteen Avenue in response to a verbal altercation resulting in property damage. Prior to arrival the deputies were informed that the person who had caused the damage was Dale Ray Evans Jr and he had fled the residence into the woods behind the home. Upon arrival the complainant informed deputies that Evans and herself were siblings and were sitting in their father’s vehicle. A verbal dispute ensued and Evans reportedly struck the dash area of the vehicle breaking it. Evans then exited the vehicle and fled into the woods. Deputies were able to confirm that Evans is currently on probation for narcotic related offenses and as a condition of his probation is required to wear an ankle monitor. Evans cut the ankle monitor off his leg prior to running into the woods. It was also further confirmed that Evans had active felony Violation of Probation arrest warrants for additional narcotic offenses issued from Taylor County. Additional deputies responded to the area and established a perimeter to contain Evans. Corporal Marcus Holbrook deployed his canine partner Axel and began to track Evans. Canine Axel was able to track Evans for more than a mile and a half before becoming affected by the heat. Additional canine teams were requested from Madison Correctional Institution to assist with continuing the track. A short time later canine teams from Madison Correctional Institution and Hamilton Institution arrived on scene. A deputy working the perimeter spotted Evans crossing a large field on the West side of U.S. 221 South but lost sight of him. M.C.I. and H.C.I. canine teams were able to quickly reestablish the track from the area of the last sighting of Evans. Approximately 30 minutes later, the canine teams along with deputies located and arrested Evans without incident. “I am extremely proud of our relationship with the Department of Corrections, especially the Madison Correctional Institution. The men and women of M.C.I. are always willing and eager to assist the Sheriff’s Office with the common goal of keeping our community safe.” Major David Harper Arrested: Dale Ray Evans Jr 04/15/1997 Perry, FL 32327 1. Arrest Warrant – Felony VOP (Out of County) 2. Criminal Mischief - $201 to $999.00 3. Resist Officer Without Violence

****UPDATE**** K-9 has located the suspect and he is now in custody. Thank you for your attention. Major David Harper

****ATTENTION**** ****UPDATE**** K-9 has located the suspect and he is now in custody. ******************************* Deputies have responded to a residence located on Osteen Ave in reference to a domestic violence situation. The suspect is currently on probation for narcotic related charges and has active felony arrest warrants from Taylor County. The suspect was wearing an ankle monitor but cut the monitor off his leg and fled on foot into the woods prior to the deputies arriving. MCSO K-9 and MCI K-9 have been activated to attempt to establish a track. The suspect is described as a white male in his early twenties last seen wearing short (possibly khaki in color) and a t-shirt. Please use caution when traveling on U.S. 221 South as there will be multiple deputies in the area. If you see anyone matching the provided description please call 911 immediately. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Major David Harper

News Release (September 18, 2018) Major David Harper of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 5:23 p. m., the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a burglary alarm activation at the Madison County Sheriff’s Administrative Office located at 2364 West U.S. Hwy 90. Responding deputies were informed that Communications also received a call from a passing motorist who reported observing a black male wearing jeans and a black shirt striking the windows of the Sheriff’s Office with what appeared to be a shovel. A short time later Communications advised responding deputies that a call was received reporting a male fitting the same description was now at the Courthouse busting windows. Deputies and Officers from the Madison Police Department immediately responded to the Courthouse. Upon arrival the officers observed a male subject walking toward a parked silver sedan holding a shovel. The officers ordered the suspect (identified as Charles Wesley Evans II) to the ground and was able to take him into custody without further incident. Investigation including video evidence showed that Evans arrived at the Madison County Sheriff’s Administrative Office at approximately 5:15 p. m. The Administrative Office had just closed and was unoccupied. Evans parked his vehicle in front of the office and retrieved a set of post hole diggers from the trunk of the car and walked around to the West side of the building to a parked Sheriff’s Office Tahoe. Evans used the post hole diggers to bust out the front and rear passenger side windows of the Tahoe and attempted to bust the driver side windows but was unsuccessful. Evans then walked to the front of the Office and busted out two separate internal office windows. Evans reached into one of the office windows removing a personal photo of a deputy from a desk but never fully entered the Sheriff’s Office. The photo was later recovered in the trunk of the car Evans was driving. Evans then drove to the Courthouse Annex and busted the glass out of the entrance door utilizing a shovel. Evans then walked across the street to the Courthouse and busted a window out of the Clerk of Courts Office just prior to being arrested. Both the Annex and Courthouse was also closed however there was a court employee still inside the Courthouse. The employee was able to secure herself inside the vault and was unharmed. Total damages are initially estimated at nearly $7,000.00. Evans currently remains in the Madison County Jail with no bond. Evans had been previously arrested in July of 2016 for Corruption By Threat Against A Public Official for making threats directed to the Madison Police Department and to “kill the first two cops” he saw. This case resulted in No Information Filed because at the time the law required a specific officer to be named in the threat. Arrested: Charles Wesley Evans II 12/08/1986 Greenville, FL 32331 1. Burglary – Damage Dwelling / Structure / Property over $1000.00 2. Criminal Mischief - $1000.00 or greater 3. Criminal Mischief - $201.00 to $999.00 4. Possession of Burglary Tools 5. Petit Theft

****ATTENTION**** Deputies are currently working a burglary and vandalism that took place at the Sheriff’s Office located on hwy 90. The suspect also busted a window out at the Courthouse along with both front doors of the Courthouse Annex. The suspect is in custody at this time. Further information will be made available at a later time. There is no other suspect and no one is at large. Major David Harper

News Release (September 14, 2018) Major David Harper of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday morning, September 14, 2018 at 1:03 a. m. Deputy Dan Smith was dispatched to a residence located on S.W. State Road 14 in reference to a complaint of a stolen vehicle. The victim reported to Deputy Smith that she woke up just after midnight and found that her 2006 Dodge Charger had been stolen from her yard. Deputy Smith provided communications with the vehicle information along with a description. At approximately 1:41 a. m., a patrol officer with the Madison Police Department spotted a vehicle matching the description of the stolen Dodge Charger traveling East on Ohio Street and was able to confirm that the vehicle was in-fact the reported stolen car. The MPD Officer continued to follow the stolen car until other officers and deputies could respond and assist with a felony traffic stop. Once the stolen car exited the residential area and turned South onto State Road 14 officers attempted to stop it by activating emergency lights and sirens. The driver of the stolen car (later identified as Morris Nyerone McCray) refused to stop and accelerated. Sergeant Jeff Rosenberg attempted to overtake McCray when McCray intentionally rammed the Charger into the passenger side of Sergeant Rosenberg’s patrol truck. McCray continued to flee South on State Road 14 at speeds more than 100 miles per hour with multiple units in pursuit. Once the pursuit neared the intersection of SR 14 and Sun Down Creek Road, McCray abruptly stopped, and a female exited the Charger. McCray accelerated and continued to flee at a high rate of speed. The female (identified as Deidre Latrice Reed) was apprehended by Sgt. Rosenberg while Deputy Scott Newman assumed the lead position in the pursuit. Deputy Newman was soon able to catch up to the Charger and utilizing his patrol vehicle was able to successfully force McCray to spin out into the ditch. McCray attempted to continue to flee by driving out of the ditch forcing Deputy Newman to ram the Charger in the passenger side door pinning it against the trees and ending the pursuit. McCray was taken into custody with the assistance of MPD officers without injury or further incident. Both Sergeant Rosenberg and Deputy Newman’s patrol vehicles received minor damage to the front push bumper areas while the Charger received significant damage to both the driver side, passenger side and rear bumper. “I would like to commend the efforts of the all the officers involved with this stressful and dangerous situation. I am extremely proud of the working relationship between the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Madison Police Department. Through the coordination and determination exhibited by officers from both agencies this high-speed pursuit was ended without injury to anyone including the suspect.” Major David Harper Arrested: Morris Nyerone McCray 05/08/1977 Madison, FL 32340 1. Grand Theft Motor Vehicle 2. Fleeing Attempt to Elude – High Speed 3. Resisting an Officer 4. DWLSR – Knowingly 5. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Deidre Latrice Reed 02/05/1977 Madison, FL 32340 1. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2cts)

****Crash Update**** Both lanes are now open. Please continue to exercise caution in this area. Deputies and Troopers are still on scene investigating the crash. This incident began on Base Street at the intersection of Duval Street. Deputies attempted to stop the driver of the sedan for unlawful speed and reckless driving. The driver of the sedan refused to stop and continued east on U.S. 90 at 60 miles per hour and ran multiple oncoming vehicles completely off the road. Deputies were able to deploy tire deflation devices however the driver still refused to stop. At short time later the sedan struck the side of a tractor trailer that was traveling east ending the pursuit with no reported injuries. The driver of the sedan was found to be an elderly man from Thomasville, Georgia suffering from dementia. It is not believe the driver had any criminal intent but was suffering from an altered mental state. The driver was transported to South Georgia Medical Center as a precautionary measure. It is also believed that the driver may have been attempting to travel to Lake City. It is fortunate that this driver was able to be stopped before the roadways became heavily traveled with school traffic. Major David Harper

****Attention**** Please use caution on U.S. 90 near the intersection of Gladioli Drive. Both east and west bound lanes of hwy 90 is currently blocked by a log truck tractor trailer and a small sedan that has been involved in a crash. No injuries have been reported but the vehicles are currently disabled. Deputies and Troopers are on scene and traffic is being directed around the crash in the north side ditch. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Major David Harper