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Local law enforcement agencies are asking residents to be careful of people posing as officers and pulling unsuspecting victims over.

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All three inmates who escaped the Wakulla County Jail In November have been captured.  The last two were found in Arizona and New Mexico.

Wakulla County Deputies Receive Medals Of Heroism

Jan 18, 2018
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Florida Governor Rick Scott honored two sheriff’s deputies Thursday with a Medal of Heroism.

Deputies Matt Hedges and Brandon Sheffield were responding to a house fire last February when they heard a man’s cries for help. The deputies protected him from the fire until it was safe for him to be moved. Though the victim suffered severe burns, he survived. Governor Rick Scott honored the deputies at a Florida Cabinet meeting Thursday. 

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New details are emerging into Tuesday’s capture of Casey Martina, one of three Wakulla County inmates who escaped the local jail last week. He was caught in North Carolina.

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Three inmates who escaped the Wakulla County Jail last week are still at large.  Local authorities believe they may no longer be in the area.

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Law enforcement agencies in the Florida Panhandle are helping Wakulla County Sheriff’s deputies as they continue to search for three inmates who escaped around midnight this morning. 

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A memorial service to honor Keith Blackmar is set for next month. He’s the former member of the Wakulla County Sheriff’s office who recently passed away due to cancer.

KKK Fliers Found In Wakulla County

Nov 25, 2015
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Homeowners in one Crawfordville community found sixty plus Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers in their neighborhood Sunday. 

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Thanks to a couple more donations, the reward to help catch who’s responsible for the KKK Graffiti in Wakulla County has increased to more than $6,000.

So far, a number of predominately black churches, some signs, and a box truck outside a country club have been defaced in Wakulla County. And, positive responses from the community include several donations to the reward for help in catching the culprit.

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The sponsor of a bill requiring law enforcement across the state to wear police body cameras calls his bill a win-win for everyone. But, at least one group representing thousands of Florida police officers disagrees with the proposed mandate.

Rep. Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) filed the bill. Former Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith is set to file the Senate companion.

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The FBI is now investigating the vandalism of another predominately black Wakulla County church and some signs on Wednesday.  It comes after a number of the “KKK graffiti” incidents have struck the rural community.

Since the weekend, the KKK graffiti has shown up on three churches—most recently Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church—a box truck, and some road signs. And, Wakulla NAACP Chair Anginita Rosier says if the culprit isn’t caught, they’ll strike again.

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Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel has increased the reward to help get answers into a possible hate crime in Crawfordville.

On Monday, Creel announced his department is offering a $1,000 reward for any information the public can provide to make an arrest in the “KKK” graffiti that was sprayed at two predominately black churches and a box truck outside a country club over the weekend.

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The Wakulla County Sheriff’s office is offering a $1,000 reward for any information regarding possible hate crimes at two predominately black churches and a box truck outside a country club in Crawfordville over the weekend.

“And, I’ve had people calling in to want to donate to the award, which does my heart good, thinking that people are civic-minded enough to want to do like I want to do, which is to bring out community together and everyone get along, which is my major goal,” said Creel.

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Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel has now suspended five deputies following what he calls “insensitive” comments posted on Facebook about Ferguson, Missouri protestors.

Including his own number two—Undersheriff Trey Morrison—Creel has suspended Sergeant Eddie Wester, Detective Rick Buckley, and Detention Deputy Jeff Carroll.

The investigation into a suspended sheriff’s deputy for comments he made regarding the Ferguson, Missouri protestors has extended to others within the Wakulla County Sheriff’s department.

The grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of black teen, Michael Brown set off a series of protests and violent rioting around the nation. It also led many people to take to social media to vent their frustration either by empathizing with Brown’s family or Officer Wilson.

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The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Department is considering purchasing body cameras for its deputies.

Wakulla Sheriff Charlie Creel discussed the issue Friday during a meeting with the local NAACP.

The department is talking with vendors and has been loaned a few cameras to try out, but it’s all still in a testing phase, says a Sheriff’s spokesman.

Wakulla County Sheriff’s deputies are warning residents about a “vehicle advertising” scam that’s been plaguing the Florida Panhandle and parts of Georgia.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Keith Blackmar says the scam was advertised in the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper, and he called it a variation of an old scam.

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Three men face charges of fraud and grand theft for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of lawn equipment in Wakulla County—one of the men is a Wakulla County correctional officer.

Authorities say 27-year-old Joshua Martin of Crawfordville was part of a team that stole lawn and tractor equipment. Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Keith Blackmar says Martin then stored most of the stolen goods at his home.

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Big Bend-area residents should be on the lookout for counterfeit bills that have been circulating at local businesses throughout the region—Dollar General stores have been particularly hard-hit.

Counterfeit bills have been passed in Leon, Liberty, and Franklin counties. Wakulla County Sheriff’s office spokesman Keith Blackmar says since August, the counterfeit currency has also been in his area, too.

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Wakulla County Sheriff’s deputies are warning residents to be on the alert for a new kind of phone scam. Older residents are common fraud targets, with scammers regularly asking for bank information, help in setting up a loan or money for doing odd jobs that never get done.

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Wakulla County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two more people they say are involved in a recent string of car burglaries. A third was apprehended earlier this month. Spokesman Keith Blackmar says one 18-year-old and two 19-year-olds were caught after using a stolen credit card at businesses with surveillance cameras.

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A recent string of both residential and car burglaries is prompting Wakulla County Sheriff’s deputies to hold a meeting Tuesday offering residents tips to help combat the problem.

Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Keith Blackmar says living in a rural community where people know and trust each other, it’s easy for residents to get complacent about their own safety. So, he says the meeting is partly about changing that culture and teaching residents to be proactive.

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Authorities are investigating a string of vehicle burglaries earlier this week in Wakulla County. Sheriff’s deputies say most were preventable.

On Tuesday, law enforcement fielded at least 10 complaints of vehicle burglaries in a pair of residential neighborhoods in Crawfordville.

“People lost some possessions that varied from things and wallets to GPSs to things of that nature,” said Keith Blackmar, Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

But, Blackmar says it’s an avoidable situation.