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News Release (December 7, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that On Sunday afternoon the 3rd day of December 2011 at approximately 4:00 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a 2008 Buick sport utility vehicle for a traffic infraction on interstate 10. The vehicle was traveling 90 miles per hours in a posted 70 mile per hour speed zone.
Deputies noted several discrepancies provided between the two occupants of the Buick and other suspicious activity regarding the driver not able to identify the passenger or from whom they had borrowed the vehicle from.
A Canine search of the exterior of the vehicle gave a positive alert by k-9 “Dare” which resulted in a “Probable cause” detailed search of the vehicle. The detailed search discovered a large sum of currency located in back pack. The currency was commonly packaged in a manner indicative of a drug couriers fashion for transporting currency. A count of the currency revealed the amount to be $40,000.00. The occupants of the vehicle denied ownership of the currency or having any knowledge of the currency or mysteriously how it appeared with their belongings. A receipt for the seized currency was provided and the investigation continues. The occupants were from Huntington California and Tampa Florida.
News Release (December 7, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that it is with great pleasure to announce the newest member of the Madison County Sheriff's Office, Shelia Combs. Mrs. Combs started her new position on December 5, 2011 as the Madison County Sheriff's Office Victims Advocate. Shelia Combs was one of 35 applicants for the position and was evaluated by a five (5) member board before being offered the position.
The Sheriff's Office Victims Advocate of Crime became reality after several years of pursuing the position and being awarded a grant from the Bureau of Advocacy & Grants Management, Office of the Attorney General.
Sheriff Stewart explains that even during a difficult budgetary climate it is his goal to continue to move forward with the services the Sheriff's Office provides. This new position is not only a great asset for the Sheriff's Office but a tremendous opportunity to provide a much needed service to the citizens of the community. Mrs. Combs comes aboard with a history of experience and will be reviewing incidents of persons that become victims of crime and assisting these victims with the many different types of victim's compensation, counseling, crisis intervention to include injunctions against repeat violence and referrals to outside agencies for additional services.
Mrs. Combs will not be limited to the Sheriff's Office but also assist the City of Madison Police Department with their victims of crime in accordance with the grant award. Mrs. Combs may be reached by contacting the Sheriff's Office at 850-973-4001 Extension 236 during normal business hours of Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. If services are of need and require immediate attention please contact the Madison County Sheriff's Office Communication Center at 850-973-4001 Extension 2.
Oct. 10, 2011
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that it is with great pleasure to present Deputy Kevin Odom with a formal letter of commendation for his bravery and heroism he so demonstrated back during the early morning hours of Sunday, October 2, 2011.
Deputy Kevin Odom was dispatched to a structure fire at approximately 1:12 AM, located at 115 N.W. Reedbuck Loop Greenville, Florida (16 Quarters Area). Deputy Odom being assigned to the area of incident arrived on scene at approximately 1:13 AM. Being the 1st Responder to arrive on scene, Deputy Odom advised the Communications center that the structure fire was fully
involved and that there were 2 large residential propane tanks near the structure fire. Deputy Odom identified the residents of 115 N.W. Reedbuck Loop and questioned them concerning everyone being out of the residence. The owners indicated that everyone was out of the home. Deputy Odom relocated the owners and family to a safe distance away and ensured they were all okay.
Deputy Odom noted a neighboring residence (129 N.W. Reedbuck Loop) approximately 15 feet to the north of the structure fire and there being a residential propane tank between the two residences. Deputy Odom feared that the fire may spread igniting the neighboring structure and/or the propane tank exploding.
Deputy Odom questioned everyone being out of the neighboring residence and was advised by a juvenile that one subject remained in the neighboring residence and was in a bedroom that had not caught on fire yet. Deputy Odom suddenly heard the pressure relief valve on the residential propane tank begin releasing pressure. Deputy Odom, being the only first responder on scene, ran into the residence and located the subject which appeared passed out on the bed. The subject appeared intoxicated and was very resistant to exit the residence. Deputy Odom extricated the subject from the residence and relocated him to the safe location
News Release (October 10, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Thursday the 6th day of October 2011 at 1:30 AM investigators of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force stopped a vehicle on Interstate 10 for a traffic infraction that resulted in the seizure of $55,000 in US currency, a 357 Magnum hand gun and 2004 Lincoln Navigator that is now pending forfeiture proceedings.
The Drug Task Force investigators detected signs of possible criminal activity and conducted a consent search. During the search investigators located a concealed false compartment in the rear floor area of the 2004 Lincoln Navigator. The compartment contained the $55,000.00 and a 357 magnum hand gun.
The currency was packaged in a manner that is indicative of a drug courier’s fashion of transporting currency used for drug transactions. Both of the vehicle occupants denied having any knowledge of the currency and 357 magnum and voluntarily signed a disclaimer of ownership form for the currency and weapon.
The vehicle was driven by Jorge S. Arrendondo, DOB: 09/18/1976 of Miami Florida and occupied by one passenger, Walfrido Rodriguez Lopez, DOB: 10/07/1974, of Mission Texas.
News Release (October 17, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Friday the 14th day of October 2011 at 3:00 AM investigators of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force stopped a 2011 Jeep on Interstate 10 for a traffic infraction. Investigators detected the odor of marijuana and canine ARKO was deployed and further alerted on the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle discovered 20 pounds of marijuana concealed in a black duffle bag and also a 38 caliber Smith and Wesson hand gun.
The investigation further revealed that on November 9, 2009 the Madison County Drug Task Force previously seized $26,420.00 from the same subject during a separate traffic stop.
The sole occupant and driver of the vehicle was Vaughn Raoul, B/M, DOB: 08/21/1986 of Tallahassee Florida. Vaughn was arrested and charged with possession marijuana with intent to sell and possession of firearm during commission of a felony.
News Release (August 24, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that continued investigation into the early morning shooting and multiple arrest of several suspects back on Sunday the 7th day of August 2011 has resulted in additional charges on at least one of the arrested suspects.
On Tuesday the 9th day of August 2011, Investigators obtained and executed a search warrant for the residence of Brian Hallman located at 269 SW Sumatra Avenue Madison Florida. The completed search discovered certain items of evidentiary value regarding his participation in the recent shooting incident. Investigator further discovered other numerous items linking Hallman to a previous reported burglary of a residence located at 634 NW Flowers Road Madison Florida back on July 6, 2011 where twenty two (22) separate firearms were stolen as well as other property.
Brain Hallman, B/M, DOB: 12-08-1982 of Madison Florida while incarcerated at the Madison County jail was additionally charged with the following:
· Burglary While Armed, 1 Counts
· Grand Larceny, 22 counts
· Grand Theft, 1 counts
· Burglary, 1 counts
News Release (August 24, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart announces that Friday the 19th day of August 2011 a narcotics search warrant was executed at 243 SE Thomas Way, Madison, Florida. Investigators located Russland D. Sanudo on the property which was found to contain a clandestine marijuana grow operation. The investigation disclosed that there was a diversion of electrical power from Tri-County Electric which was utilized to power equipment hidden inside of a tractor trailer housing the marijuana grow operation. Investigators seized approximately one hundred fifty-four live marijuana plants, evidence of prior cultivated marijuana plants, and two firearms.Sanudo has been booked into the Madison County Jail and is being held on a $25,000 bond. The charges are merely an accusation charging the defendant with violations of criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Sheriff Benjamin J. Stewart
News Release (July 6, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports the Madison County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force continued with phase two of a series of "Round-Up's" regarding several months of investigations and drug buy operations.
On Tuesday the 5th day of July 2011, The Madison County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant of a residence and curtiledge thereof located at 2063 NE Rocky Ford Road Madison Florida and in the possession of Emory "Doug" Smith. The Task Force further executed warrants for the arrest of Smith for the following Five (5) Felony charges and one (1) Misdemeanor without incident where he was transported to the Madison County Jail and being held on $50,000.00 bond:
Emory "Doug" Smith, W/M, DOB: 11/01/1961 of Madison Florida
1. Possession of methamphetamine
2. Possession Methamphetamine with intent to sell (2 counts)
3. Sell of Methamphetamine (2 counts)
4. Possession of Paraphernalia
July 1, 2011 News Release
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports the Madison County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force started phase one of a "Round-Up" consisting of numerous persons that warrants for their arrest being obtained. The warrants were obtained from several months of investigations and drug buy operations. The warrants include the arrest for charges ranging from possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell and sell, possession schedule IV (prescription drugs) with intent to sell and sell within 1000 foot of day care and possession intent to sell and sell of marijuana within 1000 foot of public housing and trespassing after warning. Sheriff Stewart further reports that this is only the first phase of the "Round-Up's" to be conducted and future arrest will be forthcoming. Arrested and charged are following:
1. James Ware: B/M, DOB: 02-13-1982, of Madison Florida. Possession with intent to sell and sell of controlled substance within 1000 foot of public housing.
2. David Williams: B/M, DOB: 09-10-1980, of Madison Florida. Possession intent to sell and sell of controlled substance within 1000 foot of day care.
3. Darrel James: B/M, DOB: 04-20-1983, of Madison Florida. Possession intent to sell and sell of controlled substance within 1000 foot of public housing, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
4. Joyce Barnes: B/F, DOB: 01-11-1974, of Madison Florida. Possession intent to sell and sell of schedule IV controlled substance (prescription drug).
5. Francine Robinson: B/F, DOB: 09-23-1968, of Madison Florida. Possession intent to sell and sell of schedule IV controlled substance (prescription drug)
6. Harry Frazier: B/M, DOB: 11-24-1976, of Madison Florida. Possession intent to sell and sell of crack cocaine (2 counts each).
7. Travis Gillyard: B/M, DOB: 01-05-1992, of Madison Florida. Trespass after warning.
8. Meloise Boynton: B/F, DOB: 12-24-1992, of Madison Florida. Trespass after warning.
News Release (June 13, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Sunday morning the 12th day of June 2011, Madison County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Art Deno conducted a traffic stop on Ramon Rodriguez Jr. A consensual search of Rodriguez’s vehicle discovered 25.3 grams of powder cocaine.
Ramon Rodriguez Jr. W/M, DOB: 05/30/1982, of Ocala Florida was arrested without incident and charged with Possession Cocaine with intent to sell.
News Release ( June 13, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Sunday September 12, 2010 just after midnight, Madison County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a shooting in Greenville Florida. The shooting resulted in the death of James Michael Burnett that was apparently shot by Jasmine Hagan. Hagan was arrested and charged with homicide.
On Thursday the 9th day of June 2011, in lieu of her upcoming trial, Jasmine Hagan, W/F, DOB: 06/13/1978, of Greenville Florida pled guilty to 2nd degree Homicide and a 25 year prison sentence.
News Release (June 6, 2011)
|Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Friday night June 3, 2011, Investigators of the Madison County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force conducted an investigation that resulted in the arrest of two men for felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell and felony possession of marijuana over 20 grams. Robert Roy StClair Jr, DOB: 12/27/1990 of Branford, FL and Larry M Strickland, DOB: 07/05/1984 of Obrien, FL were stopped for a traffic violation on highway 90 in Madison County Florida. The Task Force canine was utilized and gave a positive indication for the presence of a narcotic odor. Investigators conducted a probable cause search and located more than 3/4 pounds of marijuana and a set of scales used to weigh the drugs for resale. The illegal drugs and paraphernalia were concealed within the vehicle. Both StClair and Strickland were arrested without incident.|
|Robert Roy StClair|
|Larry M. Strickland|
News Release ( June 6, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Wednesday the 1st day of June 2011, Madison County Sheriff's Office Investigator Sharon Shadrick was following up on a series of reported burglaries originating back in May of 2011 in Madison County. In doing so, Investigator Shadrick captured Raymond Perry during the commission of the act. Raymond Perry was forcefully removing any and all electrical wiring and components from mobile homes causing complete destruction of property.
Raymond Perry, W/M, DOB: 08/30/1961 of Lee Florida was arrested and charged with Burglary and grand theft. Additional charges are pending further investigations.
News Release (June 6, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Friday night June 3, 2011, Madison County Sheriff's Office Corporal Kevin Anderson conducted a traffic stop in Madison County Florida that resulted in the arrest of Brian Antonio Hallman for felony possession with intent to sell cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and paraphernalia. The illegal substances were located on the subject’s person and further concealed inside his 1992 Cadillac.
Brian Antonio, B/M, DOB: 12/08/1982 of Madison Florida was arrested without further incident and transported to the Madison County jail. Forfeiture proceedings are pending of the 1992 Cadillac.
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday morning May 24, 2011 at 5:15 am Investigators of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 10 that resulted in the arrest of Christopher Ben Guthrie, DOB: 02/05/1989 of Miami, FL.
During the stop Investigators observed signs of criminal activity and conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and the contents within. Investigators located over a half of pound of marijuana packaged for sell along with $1,411.00 in currency concealed in the same location and manor as the marijuana.
Guthrie was arrested without incident and charged with Possession of marijuana more than 20 grams with intent to sell and Possession of drug paraphernalia. The marijuana, currency and equipment used to package the marijuana was seized.
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Monday the 2nd day of May 2011, Cpl. Mike Maurice responded to a complaint of a stolen homemade trailer from Greenville Florida. Cpl. Mike Maurice located the stolen trailer on the same day at the residence of Ron Bishop’s.
The case was turned over to Inv. William Sircy and during the investigation it was further discovered that Bishop was using the trailer to transport other stolen property to a salvage yard in Perry Florida. Other items stolen in and around the Greenville area included large equipment implements, train axles and metal diesel tanks.
Ronald Bishop, W/M , DOB: 08/12/1991 of Greenville Florida was arrested on May 24, 2011 on three counts of Grand Theft Third Degree and two counts of Dealing In Stolen Property.
News Release (May 11, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Monday the 2nd day of May 2011 Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on US Hwy 221 South Greenville Florida in reference to an active Meth lab.
The First arriving Deputies observed a container containing an unknown substance bubbling and emitting vapors as well as several Subjects on scene denying any knowledge of the container. Deputies detained these persons and notified the Sheriff’s Drug Task Force.
Sheriff’s Office Task Force members confirmed the container to be an active meth cook and requested assistance from Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Perry Police Department and Summit Environmental. The “Meth-Cook” was made safe with samples taken for Crime Lab testing and analysis.
There were a total of (2) two persons arrested that were present and are as follows:
1. Phillip Henley, W/M, DOB: 08/02/1961 of Greenville Florida: charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of listed chemicals, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Tampering with Evidence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
2. Casey McGuire, W/F, DOB: 12/22/1978 of Greenville Florida: charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of listed Chemicals and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. This case remains under investigation.
News Release (March 21, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Sunday the 6th day of March 2011at approximately 9:00 AM, Madison County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to an animal complaint involving the theft of live stock at 2120 Open Sands Loop in Greenville Florida.
The owner of the live stock located the area where a calf had been drug from the field and into a wooded area and freshly slaughtered. Upon the deputy’s arrival and a search of the area the suspect was located in the wooded area and fled on foot with what appeared to be a rifle in hand. Assistance was requested form the Madison Department of Corrections canine team in an attempt to track the suspect. The suspect was not located at the scene.
The investigation continued with identifying the suspect and the arrest of Joshua Wayne Odom, W/M, DOB: 07/03/1987 of Greenville Florida. Joshua Wayne Odom was arrested and charged with the following:
1. Animal cruelty
2. Possession of Firearm during commission of Felony
3. Grand Theft / Livestock
4. Trespass while armed
News Release (February 21, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Friday the 18th day of February 2011 Deputies responded to a report of burglary and grand theft at the Madison Progress Energy Office and equipment storage yard. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered unknown suspect(s) forcibly entered the storage yard compound by cutting through the Southwest corner of the perimeter fence. After gaining entry, suspect(s) entered several offices and buildings removing property to include large quantities of spooled barbed wire, copper wire, batteries and other miscellaneous items. The estimated value of property taken exceeds $15,000.00.
Sheriff Ben Stewart request for person(s) having any information relating to the crime to please contact Madison Crime Stoppers at 850-973-2762 or the Sheriff’s Office Investigative unit at 850-973-4001.
News Release (February 21, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff BenStewart reports that on Tuesday the 4th day of January 2011 Deputies responded to a report of burglary and grand theft at Lee City hall. Upon arrival deputies discovered unknown suspect(s) forcibly entered the Lee City Hall and took property valued over $1,500.00. The case was assigned to investigations.
On Friday the 4th day of February 2011, Investigators located and identified the suspect as Ronald Koltz, W/M, DOB: 02/22/1981 of Trenton Florida.
Investigation revealed the Koltz was a Madison Department of Corrections work release inmate assigned to the Lee City Hall. Koltz was released from the Department of Corrections on 09-09-2010. Koltz is currently incarcerated in Gilchrist County on separate charges and Madison County Charges forthcoming.
News Release (February 21, 2011)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday the 6th day of April 2010 at approximately 0800 hours, Deputies responded to a scene where a suspect forced entry into a residence, brutally assaulted a victim and committed an attempted murder, Sexual battery, arson and burglary. Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators with the assistance of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Analysis Lab and the Tallahassee Police Departments CID were able to identify the suspect as the following: Dionte Jermaine Davis of Madison Florida, B/M, DOB: 06/05/1986Records reflect that Davis was sentenced to the State of Florida Department of Corrections in July 2008 and Released in December of 2009 for similar charges. On Wednesday the 14th day of April 2010 at approximately 2230 hours, Dionte Jermaine Davis was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder, Sexual Battery, Arson and Burglary and was secured in the Madison County jail under a $500,000.00 Bond pending trial. On Thursday the 17th day of February 2011 a Dionte Davis was found guilty as charged on all four (4) counts and was sentenced to three (3) life sentences plus thirty (30) years.
News Release (January 31, 2011)
Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Friday, January the 28th, 2011, a Madison County Grand Jury Investigation was conducted into the shooting death of Rudy G. Taylor by a Madison County Deputy Sheriff and a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper that occurred on Saturday morning January the 8th, 2011, at approximately 9:40 AM.
A summary of the Grand Jury findings and report are as follows:
1. On January the 8th, 2011 at approximately 9:40 AM, the two Officers approached a tent that had been illegally erected by W/M, Rudy G. Taylor in a drainage ditch at the entry ramp of State Road 53 South and Interstate 10 West Bound.
2. Rudy Taylor was a long time transient with a dislike for law enforcement officers.
3. The night before the Officers encountered Mr. Taylor at his tent, he had shown an illegal short-barreled, pump action, Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun to another transient that he had invited to his tent. He advised that he would use the shotgun on anyone that bothered him.
4. A black mask, shotgun shells, (12 gauge slugs.) and hand restraints were found in Mr. Taylors’ tent.
5. When the Officers approached the tent, the Deputy identified himself as a Deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and ordered Mr. Taylor out of the tent.
6. Mr. Taylor opened the flap of the tent and pointed his shotgun directly at the Deputy’s head.
7. The Deputy was approximately 5 – 6 feet from the shotgun barrel.
8. Upon seeing Mr. Taylor point the shotgun at the Deputy’s head, both Officers drew their weapons and started firing.
9. Seventeen bullets were fired by the Officers.
10. Rudy Taylor was struck nine times by the bullets fired.
11. Rudy Taylor died within minutes of being shot.
12. Florida Statute 776.012 provides that deadly force may be used when a person reasonably believes such force necessary to protect him or another from death or serious bodily injury.
In addition to the findings of the Grand Jury, Sheriff Ben Stewart advised that the investigation by the State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement also cleared the two Officers. Finally, Sheriff Stewart also stated that the Deputy involved in the shooting followed Madison County Sheriff’s Office Policy and that He stands behind the actions of his Deputy. Four Officers have been shot and killed in the State of Florida since the first of the year. I thank God that we did not have two more killed during this incident.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 17 July 2012 02:16)