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Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart regretfully reports that former Madison County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Clarence Donaldson died during the early hours of Wednesday morning the 9th day of December 2010. Clarence Donaldson was 68.
Clarence Donaldson served with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff from October 1977 until he retired on June 30, 2003, after 25 years of dedicated service to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens throughout Madison County. Clarence Donaldson continued his Law Enforcement service for two additional years with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Reserves through 2005. Clarence Donaldson was a faithful supporter of the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches.
Clarence Donaldson served in the United States military from 1964 and was honorably discharged in 1966.
Clarence Donaldson is survived by his wife, Eula Donaldson, his daughter Tameka Donaldson-Bonner and her husband, grandchildren, Julianne & Justin and many other loving family members.
Funeral services are being arranged and tentatively scheduled for Saturday the 18th day of December 2010.
News Release (December 7, 2010)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that final judicial procedures on the arrest of Leroy Dennett Cruce and Jeanette Elaine Thompkins for the charge of Criminal Solicitation to Commit Murder were completed on Monday the 6th day of December 2010.
Cruce and Thompkins were arrested on Wednesday, January the 27th, 2010 after Madison County Sheriff’s Office Investigators received information from confidential sources regarding Cruce and Thompkins soliciting to commit a murder. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Third Circuit State Attorney’s Office assisted the Sheriff’s Office in the investigation that led to the arrest.
On Monday the 6th day of December 2010, Leroy Dennet Cruce entered a plea of guilty and received forty two (42) months in the Florida Department of Corrections and ten (10) years probation along with 1000 hours of community service, miscellaneous fines to include investigative fees and court cost.
Jeanette Elaine Thompkins entered a plea of guilty and received twenty four (24) months in the Florida Department of Corrections and also ten (10) years probation with miscellaneous fines and court cost. Thompkins cooperated and assisted in the prosecution of the case.
News Release (October 26, 2010)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Monday the 25th day of October 2010 at 8:45 PM Madison County Sheriff’s Office Deputy David Myers stopped a vehicle on Interstate 10 in Madison County for a traffic infraction.
The traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Keith Lloyd Bridger, W/M, DOB: 03/17/1980 of Keystone Heights, FL and the seizure of an array of prescription bottles containing oxycodone, carisoprodol and alprazolam totaling 128 separate pills. Bridger did not have any prescriptions in his name to validate his possession of said controlled substances. Located with Bridger were additional empty prescription bottles in the name of a third party as well as two additional unfilled prescriptions in the name of a third party.
Bridger was arrested and charged without further incident and transported to the Madison County jail.
News Release (October 20, 2010)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Wednesday the 20th day of October 2010 at 10:40 AM investigators of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force stopped a vehicle on Interstate 10 in Madison County for a traffic infraction that resulted in the arrest of James Errol Glover, B/M, DOB: 11/29/1980 of Tallahassee, FL and the seizure of 5 pounds of marijuana and 200 dose units of ecstasy.
The Drug Task Force Investigators observed signs of possible criminal activity and deployed canine “Arko” to conduct a free air sniff. Canine “Arko” gave a positive alert on the vehicle giving the investigators probable cause to search the vehicle. During the search investigators located 5 vacuum sealed bags containing marijuana and 1 vacuum sealed bag containing ecstasy concealed inside shopping bags, covered with clothing and hidden within the interior of the vehicle. Glover was arrested without incident.
James Errol Glover was charged with possession of marijuana and ecstasy with intent to distribute.
The marijuana has a street value of $22,700.00.
The ecstasy has a street value of $2,000.00.
News Release (October 18, 2010)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Wednesday the 13th day of October 2010, the Madison County Drug Task Force along with United States Marshal Task Force Deputies arrested Kenny Rogers Pryor on two warrants. Task Force Officers received information that Pryor was wanted in Marion County Florida on an Order to Revoke Bond for the charge of Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine. Pryor had successfully evaded arrest by uniform Madison County Deputies and began attempting to disguise his identity by utilizing a wig.
News Release (October 18, 2010)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Wednesday the 13th day of October 2010 at approximately 5:16 PM, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning a possible residence burglary and grand theft of a John Deere Tractor, Bush Hog and harrow from 4093 SW Overstreet Road in Greenville Florida.
Deputy Keith Kirkland responded to the call and confirmed the burglary and theft. Deputy Kirkland spoke with the owner, Donald Cradle of New Port Richie Florida, which revealed information regarding a global positioning device that showed the location of the tractor at a residence in Lowndes County.
Deputy Kirkland immediately solicited the assistance of Lowndes County Deputies which located and confirmed the location of the tractor, bush hog and a harrow at 5385 Lane Road in Valdosta Georgia.
This case is pending continued investigation and potential arrest.
News Release (September 30, 2010)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that between Sunday the 26th day of September 2010 and Wednesday the 29th day of September 2010 several churches located in the Northern portions of Madison County were burglarized. The churches affected were Pine Grove Baptist, Rocky Springs Methodist, Architillery Missionary Baptist and High Antioch Methodist. At each of these locations the air conditioning units were dismantled and the copper coils removed. Responding deputies and investigators are processing evidence seized at these locations and the investigation is pending.
Sheriff Ben Stewart request that persons having any information regarding these criminal acts to please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 850-973-4001 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 850-973-2762.
News Release (September 13, 2010)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Saturday the 11th day of September, 2010 at approximately 10:10 PM the Sheriff’s Office received a reckless driver’s complaint / BOLO from the Florida Highway Patrol. Sheriff’s Deputies in the area located the vehicle, 2004 Green Chevrolet Tahoe, traveling on Interstate 10 and conducted a traffic stop. Immediately after stopping the vehicle and before a deputy could make contact with the driver a gunshot was discharged from within the vehicle. A deputy secured the vehicle and discovered the driver had apparently suffered from a fatal self inflicted gunshot wound. Emergency Medical Services assistance was immediately requested and upon arrival the pronounced the driver deceased at the scene. In accordance with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Policy and Procedures, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was contacted and arrived on scene and is the investigating agency. This case remains pending at the time of this release.
News Release (September 13, 2010)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Sunday the 12th day of September, 2010 just after midnight at approximately 12:05 AM the Sheriff’s Office received a call reference a subject being shot at 166 SW US 221 South Greenville Florida. Sheriff’s deputies responded to discover James Michael Burnett exiting his parked vehicle shouting that he had been shot. Deputies observed at least two gunshot wounds, one in the arm and one in the back of Burnett.
Burnett disclosed to Deputies that Jasmine Hagan had shot him for an unknown reason. Jasmine Hagan was located at the residence and confirmed that she had shot Burnett and was taken into custody. Located at the scene was a 380 caliber pistol used to shoot Burnett.
James Michael Burnett died during transport to the hospital.
Arrested and Charged with Homicide: Jasmine Ann Hagan, W/F, DOB: 06/13/1978 of Greenville Florida.
News Release (September 9, 2010)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that Drug Task Force investigators, Sgt. David Harper and Doug Haskell were requested to participate in a major criminal interdiction operation named “Rolling Thunder” held by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office in Spartanburg, South Carolina during the week of August 30 – September 2, 2010.
This was a 24 hour a day operation that primarily focused on a high volume of traffic stops in an attempt to identify and arresting individuals involved in criminal activity such as the transporting of drugs while traveling on Interstate 85 and Interstate 26.
There were a total of Twenty-two (22) local, state and federal agencies and more than 150 officers from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida that participated in this operation that included the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.).
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office was the only Florida agency that was invited to attend. At the conclusion of the four day operation, Sgt David Harper was recognized for making the largest drug seizure of the operation, more than 11 pounds of cocaine. For his efforts Sgt. Harper was awarded a large bronze eagle trophy, a Glock pistol of his choice, a set of electronic ear protection, a commemorative ring, a Bench Made pocket knife, a gift certificate for Sarfariland police gear and a certificate of attendance to the National Criminal Enforcement Association winter conference.
News Release (September 9, 2010)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports on Tuesday the 7th day of September 2010 the Investigators assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force were deputized as US Marshalls to assist with the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force. These investigators will assist with the locating and apprehension of criminals not only in North Florida but across state lines as well. In return, the Fugitive Task Force will assist with the apprehension of criminals at large in Madison County.
Sheriff Stewart reports that this is one more way of consolidating valuable resources to create a concentrated effort to combat crime and apprehend criminals without an increased cost for man power. Sheriff Stewart reports that he will continue to seek out innovative ideas and utilize all available resources to combat crime and the apprehension of criminals.
News Release (September 7, 2010)
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Saturday the 4th day of September, 2010 at approximately 1:00 AM Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a shooting at the intersections of Obadiah Street and Church Avenue in Greenville Florida. Deputies arrived to discover a victim lying on the ground bleeding from the right side of his head just above his ear. Emergency Medical Services arrived and transported the victim to Tallahassee memorial.
Deputies on the scene completed the scene processing and obtaining of witness statements that disclosed a black Chevrolet suburban sped up to the intersection, slammed on brakes and started shooting. The shooter was identified as Ramon Cobb, B/M, DOB: 02/04/1979, of Greenville Florida.
Warrants for the arrest of Cobb were obtained and Investigators learned that Cobb had fled to Taylor County Florida. Investigators were able to determine an exact location of Cobb where he was arrested without further incident.
Ramon Cobb was arrested and charged with attempted murder and additional charges are pending.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 17 July 2012 02:16)