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News Release (July 16, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Friday the 13th day of July 2012 at approximately 3:30 AM, Investigators of the Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a gray BMW on I-10 in Madison County. The gray BMW accelerated its speed and refused to stop when officers engaged blue lights and siren. The BMW exited from I-10 onto SR 53 in a Southerly direction and continued driving at high rates of speed until eventually slowing down to only jump from the vehicle as it continued moving.

Officers immediately gave pursuit and secured an area to which the driver had fled. The Madison County branch of the Florida Department of Corrections K-9 team was requested to assist and upon arrival began to track the assailant. After several hours of successful tracking, an additional Department of Corrections K-9 team from Taylor County was requested to assist and provide fresh canines as the assailant continued to flee and elude officers.

After approximately 8 hours of tracking the assailant through heavy wooded and swamp areas he was captured. The assailant was identified as the following:

Nicholas Whitetto, DOB: 10/21/1979 of Plantation Florida.

Charged: Felony fleeing to elude, Resisting arrest, Driving while license suspended and an Outstanding warrant from Broward County Florida.

 


 

News Release (July 2, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports on the final case status of an undercover drug buy operation conducted by the Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force back in 2009. The case resulted in Ben Lamont Denson being arrested and charged with 1 count of Possession with intent to sell cocaine and 1 count of sell of cocaine on January 5, 2010. As a result of the investigation and arrest, a jury trial has been completed and a verdict returned of guilty as charged.

Ben Lamont Denson received a sentence of 10 years in the Department of Corrections and 10 years of probation to follow.

 


 

News Release (July 2, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that On Monday the 2nd day of July 2012, Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a 2008 Nissan Altima for traveling 85 mph in a 70 mph posted speed zone. The vehicle was traveling Westbound on interstate 10 in Madison County.

Officers engaged in conversation with the driver of the vehicle, Adrian Mariel Anderson (DOB: 09/05/1980) of Tallahassee Florida. Officers further observed marijuana debris in plain view while Mr. Anderson retrieved his vehicle registration. A probable cause search discovered a book bag containing 16 separate vacuumed sealed bags of marijuana equaling 1 ounce each to total 1 pound. A set of portable scales were also found with the marijuana in the book bag and Mr. Anderson also had marijuana on his person.

Adrian Mariel Anderson was arrested and charged with the following:

1. Possession Marijuana with intent to distribute

2. Possession drug paraphernalia


 

News Release (May 31, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart announces the latest addition to the Sheriff's Office fleet of patrol vehicles. The Sheriff's Office, utilizing forfeiture funds from drug dealers, purchased two 2012 Police Package Ford Explorers. The new 2012 Police Package Ford Explorer not only comes with the standard equipment of a police package unit but also comes equipped with an "Economy-Boost" motor to promote better fuel mileage while offering comparative horse power. The Ford Explorer is equipped with an enhanced suspension benefit for operating and handling on the many unpaved roads in Madison. This feature will further reduce maintenance cost and extend the operating period of the unit. The purchase price of the 2012 Police Package Ford Explorer in comparison with the historical Ford Crown Vic, which ended production by Ford in 2011, comes at a lower cost as well.

Sheriff Stewart reports that this is another opportunity to save tax payer dollars and continue to provide proficient services to the citizens of Madison County.

 


 

News Release (May 31, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart commends the men and women of the Sheriff's Office for their continued commitment and dedication to serve the citizens of Madison County. On Monday the 21st day of May 2012 the Madison County Sheriff's Office was honored by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Florida 2012 Law Enforcement Recognition in Orlando for the Sheriff's Office proactive efforts resulting in a significant and positive impact in Madison County during the calendar year 2011.

The banquet and awards ceremony was attended by DUI victims and their families as well as Law Enforcement Officers and their families across the state of Florida. There were many honorees from the many different Law Enforcement agencies in Florida to include Florida Police Departments, Sheriff's Offices, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and State Attorney's Offices.

Madison County Deputy Sheriff Corporal Jason Whitfield represented the Madison County Sheriff's Office in the "Outstanding Dedication to DUI Enforcement-Small/Rural Agency" category. The Madison County Sheriff's Office was nominated for their efforts in combating drunk driving. The enhanced enforcement of the Madison County Sheriff's Office deputies resulted in more than doubling the DUI arrests in 2011 from eight (8) in 2010 to eighteen (18) in 2011. This is a 125 percent increase in DUI arrest activity.

 


 

News Release (May 23, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that On Monday the 14th day of May 2012 at 7:35 AM, Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a 2004 Dodge Caravan for an equipment violation. The vehicle was traveling Westbound on interstate 10 in Madison County.

While Investigators were taking necessary enforcement action concerning the equipment violation, they noted several signs of deception and suspicious activity. A consensual search of the vehicle was conducted that discovered five (5) separate packages determined to be currency.

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 $32,000.00. The occupants of the vehicle, Eleazar Garcia of Edinburg Texas and Jorge Ramos of Mercedes Texas denied ownership of the currency or having any knowledge of the currency or how mysteriously it became secretly concealed in the dash of the 2004 dodge Caravan. The currency was seized pending forfeiture and the investigation continues.

 


 

News Release (April 30, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports on Friday the 27th day of April 2012 Madison County Sheriff's Office Investigator William Sircy was conducting a joint Insurance Fraud investigation with agents from the Florida Department of Financial Services (a Division of Insurance Fraud). The Investigation lead to the attempted contact with a suspect (R M Healan) in the case. Previous contact with the suspect resulted in an inability to obtain accurate information and/or proper identity.

On this same date at approximately 12:57 PM, Investigators made contact with Healan and observed him driving a 2008 Toyota truck. Healan was asked by Investigators to provide a valid driver license, which he could not do. Healan was arrested for operating a vehicle with no valid driver license and was further requested to provide proper identification in an attempt to determine his exact identity. Healan refused to produce the requested information and was subsequently charged with Obstruction. Healan was held without bond until he could provide proper identification to prove his identity or Investigators confirmed an exact identity.

On Friday, April 27, 2012 at approximately 8:30 PM, utilizing fingerprint identification, Healan was identified as Charles Leon Parker Sr. a fugitive from the US Marshalls and listed on America's Most Wanted. Parker also had outstanding warrant from Douglas County Georgia for Child Molestation and Incest. Parker has been "at-large" since 1983. Parker is still facing additional charges in Florida for Insurance Fraud.

 


 

News Release Update (April 26, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that the apprehension of Antwan Maurice Miller for the charges of attempted murder were as result of the following:

On the early morning hours (12:34 AM) of Sunday the 8th day of April 2012, Sheriff's Deputies on routine patrol at an area in Greenville Florida known as the "Rec-Room" located at 1358 SW Grand Street were advised that a fight had started inside during a party. Sheriff's Deputies entered the building to stop the fights and disperse the crowds. As persons were exiting the building, fights ensued outside and Officers on the scene requested additional Officers for assistance. Rashard Miller and Antwan Miller, both known by a Sheriff's Deputy, were observed arguing and were separated and ordered to leave the area. Upon dispersing the crowd from the "Rec-Room" Deputies noted the crowd gathering again down the street at an area known as the "Boom-Boom Room" located at 1622 SW Grand street Greenville, Fl.

Sheriff's Deputies responded to the new location of the large crowd and while again attempting to disperse the crowd, witnesses informed the Officers that Rashard Miller had been stabbed. Officers located Rashard Miller within the crowd and noted that he was bleeding profusely from his abdomen. Rashard Miller immediately, without prompting, identified the suspect to be Antwan Miller. Officers requested immediate back up and an ambulance for medical attention as additional and sporadic fighting within the crowd continued.

Upon arrival of additional Officers, persons failing to comply with lawful orders and continuing to fight, obstruct officers of their lawful duty and/or incite the riot were arrested. Three (3) persons were arrested for their involvement in the disturbance and are as follows:

Melvin Morris: B/M, DOB: 12/05/1988 of Greenville Florida. Charged with Affray

Javon Hampton, B/M, DOB: 05/06/1990 of Tallahassee Fl. Charged with Inciting a riot and Obstruction

Johnny Morris, B/M, DOB: 10/31/1990 of Greenville, Fl. Charged with inciting a riot.

While continuing to disperse crowds and apprehend those failing to comply, Officers on the scene were informed of a vehicle accident and soon learned the vehicle was occupied by the suspect of the stabbing, Antwan Miller. Witnesses inside the wrecked vehicle confirmed Antwans presence and explained that Antwan Miller was attempting to flee the scene en route to Tallahassee Florida when the accident occurred but he had been picked up by an unknown motorist before officers arrived at the accident scene.

Rashard Miller was stabilized and transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he was admitted with serious bodily injury. At the time of this updated release, Rashard Miller has since been released from the hospital and is recovering.

The investigation into the stabbing remained pending until presenting a probable cause affidavit and an arrest warrant for Antwan Maurice Miller was issued and executed.

Antwan Maurice Miller Posted bond and was released from the Madison County Jail on Wednesday the 25th day of April 2012.

This case remains pending additional investigations and possible arrest.

 


 

News Release (April 25, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday the 24th day of April 2012, the Sheriff's Office received information concerning the location of Antwan Maurice Miller, being a wanted person for his involvement in an attempted murder case on April 7th, 2012.

Sheriff's Office Investigators assigned as part of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force with the United States Marshal's Service accompanied by other members of the Marshal's Fugitive Task force responded to the location identified as 481 SE Church Street in Greenville, Florida.

Antwan Maurice Miller was in fact located at the residence and was apprehended and the arrest warrant executed without further incident. Miller was transported to the Madison County Jail and charged with attempted murder. The investigation remains pending.

 


 

News Release (March 26, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that On Saturday the 24th day of March 2012 at approximately 5:12 PM, Sheriff's Deputies responded to 389 SW Anderson Pond Way in Madison Florida concerning a welfare check on the owner of the residence. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered a deceased white male inside the residence and contacted investigators.

Investigators determined the death to be suspicious and requested additional assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab to process the scene.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office and The Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating this case that has now been determined to be a homicide of the 75 year old white male.

 


 

News Release (March 26, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that On Saturday the 24th day of March 2012 at approximately 5:12 PM, Sheriff's Deputies responded to 389 SW Anderson Pond Way in Madison Florida concerning a welfare check on the owner of the residence. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered a deceased white male inside the residence and contacted investigators.

Investigators determined the death to be suspicious and requested additional assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab to process the scene.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office and The Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating this case that has now been determined to be a homicide of the 75 year old white male.

 


 

News Release (March 20, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Friday the 16th day of March 2012, Members of the Madison County Sheriff's Office Drug Taskforce conducted a "Round Up" of persons involved in the illegal sell of controlled substances. The "Round Up" was a result of several months of investigations that involved covert operations concerning these individuals involvement in the illegal drug trade on the streets of Madison County. The operation resulted in 6 separate arrests and additional arrests remain pending.

The Following were and arrested and charged:

• Mark Fudge, DOB: 10/27/1977, of Madison Florida, Charged: Possession marijuana, possession with intent to sell oxycodone, and sell of oxycodone, Bond set at $100,000.00

• Trafis Gillyard, DOB: 01/15/1992 of Madison Florida, Charged: trafficking Hydrocodone and sell of Hydrocodone (2cts), Bond set at $100,000.00

• Travis Fead, DOB: 03/15/1979 of Madison Florida, Charged: Possession intent to sell marijuana and sell of marijuana (more than 20 grams) within 1000 feet of a day care. Bond $100,000.00

• Marcus Johnson, DOB: 09/21/1989, of Madison Florida, Charged: Possession intent to sell marijuana and sell of marijuana (more than 20 grams) within 1000 feet of a day care (2 cts). Bond $100,000.00

• Calvin Bruton, DOB: 01/21/1979 of Madison Florida, Charged: Possession intent to sell marijuana and sell of marijuana (more than 20 grams). Bond $100,000.00

• Jason McDaniel, DOB: 09/06/1984 of Madison Florida, Charged: Possession intent to sell marijuana and sell of marijuana (more than 20 grams) within 1000 feet of a day care. Bond $100,000.00

 


 

News Release (March 20, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday the 13th day of March 2012 at 5:43 p.m. agents of the Madison County Sheriff's Office Drug Taskforce stopped a 1997 Infinity sedan traveling west on interstate 10 for a traffic violation in Madison County. The vehicle was being driven by Andarius Lynum of Riviera Beach, FL and occupied by a passenger, Rashad Dartron Givens of West Palm Beach, FL.

Upon approaching the vehicle agents observed marijuana residue in plain view of the center console and could further smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Agents completed the enforcement action for the traffic violation and then conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle. The search discovered a plastic bag in the glove compartment that contained a large quantity of marijuana seeds and a book bag that was previously sitting between the passengers' (Givens) legs that contained more than 2 ounces of marijuana. The marijuana was resting on top of a loaded Springfield Armory XD 9mm semi automatic handgun as well as several other items of drug paraphernalia to include a digital scale.

Rashad Dartron Givens, B/M, DOB: 10/10/1991, of West Palm Beach Florida was arrested without incident. Agents contacted ATF (Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms) who agreed to adopt the case for possible Federal prosecution.

 


 

News Release (March 20, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Monday the 12th day of March 2012 at 5:38 p.m. agents of the Madison County Sheriff's Office Drug Taskforce stopped a 2004 Chevy truck traveling west on Interstate 10 in Madison County for a traffic violation. Upon approaching the vehicle agents noticed the back seat passenger making divertive movements as if he was attempting to conceal something. Agents completed the enforcement action for the traffic violation and requested consent to search the vehicle. Consent to search was granted and the search discovered a bag in the area of the back seat passenger that contained marijuana and a glass smoking pipe. The back seat passenger was positively identified and determined to be a juvenile from Brandon Florida. The passenger claimed ownership and was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 


 

News Release (March 12, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Thursday the 8th day of March 2012 at 5:40 PM agents of the Madison County Sheriff's Office Drug Taskforce stopped a 1992 Buick sedan traveling east bound on interstate 10 in Madison County for a traffic violation. The Buick was driven by Carl C. Collier of Jacksonville, FL and occupied by passenger Deontre M. Williams.

While taking enforcement action for the traffic violation, agents detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Agents conducted a probable cause search and located 6 ounces of high grade marijuana individually packaged for sell along with a digital scale concealed inside the vehicle. Both Collier and Williams were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Driver: Carl Christopher Collier, DOB: 11/27/1990, of 5564 Rockola Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32222

Passenger: Deontre Martez Williams, DOB: 12/20/1991, of 0851 Allison St. Jacksonville, FL 32254

 


 

News Release (March 12, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday the 6th day of March 2012 at 11:50 AM, agents of the Madison County Sheriff's Office Drug Taskforce stopped a 2002 Dodge Ram truck traveling east bound on interstate 10 in Madison County. The 2002 Dodge Truck was stopped for a speeding violation. The truck was being driven by a Misael Deleon Nunez, DOB: 04/29/1970, address unknown, and occupied by one illegal immigrant.

While taking enforcement actions for the traffic violation, agents detected signs of deception and criminal activity. Agents requested consent to search and permission was granted. During the search agents noticed that the trucks engine oil pan showed signs of recent tampering.

The truck was relocated to complete the search by draining the oil and removing the oil pan to discover two and a half pounds of 99% pure cocaine from inside the oil pan. The oil pan had been modified to accommodate the cocaine. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration was contacted to assist in the investigation. The investigation led agents to Gainesville Florida where a third man was arrested. All three subjects were secured in Alachua County Jail and the drug Enforcement Administration will present the case for federal prosecution.

 

 


 

 

News Release (March 5, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that On Sunday the 4th day of March 2012 at approximately 5:43 PM, Sheriff's Deputies responded to 313 SE Ammons Street Madison Florida in reference to a reported Home invasion and aggravated assault and battery. Upon arrival, Deputies spoke to the victim and learned that the suspects had called the victim by phone several times attempting to purchase drugs and each time the victim explained that they did not sell drugs. Soon after the last call, the suspects arrived at the victim's residence demanding the purchase of drugs. Again the victim attempted to explain that they did not sell drugs but the suspects became irate and forced his way into the victim's residence at knife point. The suspect pushed and shoved the victim around the residence in the presence of a 3 year old child.

The suspect took $200.00 from the victim's table and ordered the victim not to contact the police or he would put the victim and the victim's child in a body bag. The suspects left driving a white Cadillac.

The victim explained that that they knew the suspects identity and provided Officers with a detailed description of the suspects and the vehicle. The Investigation identified the suspects as the following and the additional charges remain pending:

1. Ronald Eugene Webb, W/M, DOB: 02/11/1971/, of Madison Florida

2. Robert Turner Phillips, W/M, DOB: 10/17/1969, of Lee Florida.

Charges: Home Invasion and Battery

 


 

News Release (February 27, 2012)

2kilosCocaine02272012EdwardBurdMadison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Thursday morning the 23rd day of February 2012, agents of the Madison County Sheriff's Office Drug Taskforce were contacted by a local tow and recovery company regarding some concerns they had relating to a vehicle they towed in for the Florida Highway Patrol. The vehicles operator, Edward Burd of Miami Florida was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol on I-10 on the 21st day of February 2012 for Violation of probation.

The tow company informed Taskforce agents that there was no hold on the vehicle and it could be released to the registered owner. However, several different people continued to call wanting to pick the car up and some were claiming to be the registered owner. When they were informed that the registered owner would have to appear in person and provide a photo identification they would become angry and hang up. The tow company received a forged power of attorney document stating that it would be fine to release the car to anyone. After several more phone calls the tow company realized that something was not right and requested Taskforce agents to check the car.

Agents arrived at the impound lot with canine "Dare" to conduct an exterior scan of the vehicle. "Dare" gave a positive alert on the exterior of the vehicle for the presence of narcotic odor. "Dare" was placed inside the vehicle and also alerted to the dash area. Agents then conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and located an electronic controlled hidden compartment or "trap" constructed in the dash of the vehicle. Agents were able to figure out the required actions needed to access the compartment. Once the compartment was opened, agents located four and a half pounds of cocaine hidden inside the compartment. Agents contacted the Florida Highway Patrol and informed them of the large amount of cocaine that was discovered. The Florida Highway Patrol did respond to the scene to take over the possession of the cocaine and vehicle for now a continued investigation.


 

News Release (February 27, 2012)

FlerijeanCurrencyMadison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday morning the 21st day of February 2012 at approximately 10:00 AM, agents of the Madison County Sheriff's Office Drug Taskforce conducted a traffic stop on a 2011 Dodge 4 door sedan for unlawful speed. The vehicle was traveling on Interstate 10 in Madison County and being operated by Henry Flerijean of Tampa, FL.

While taking enforcement action for the a speeding violation, agents detected the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle and from Flerijeans clothing. Flerijean admitted having marijuana in the vehicle and after completing enforcement actions, agents conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle. During the search, agents located a small amount of marijuana inside of Flerijeans book bag located on the front passenger seat.

Agents continued the search of the vehicle and located three large bundles of US Currency concealed beneath the spare tire. Agents also located a large number of credit cards in the names of different people concealed behind the trunk liner. Flerijean denied owning the currency and credit cards or knowing how they got into his vehicle. Documentation was located in Flerijeans personal belongings that directly linked him to the credit cards. Flerijean was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana (less than 20 grams) and Aggravated Identity Theft. The currency totaling $21,427.00 and credit cards were seized.

The Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HIS/ICE) was contacted and has agreed to adopt the case for Federal proceedings. The investigation continues.

 


 

News Release (February 10, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that On Thursday night February 10, 2012 at 11:58 PM Agents of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a 2011 Chevy 4 door sedan for unlawful speed. The vehicle was traveling westbound on interstate 10 in Madison County and was being operated by Norris Antonio Baker Jr.
While Agents were taking enforcement action for the speeding violation, they detected signs of possible criminal activity. Canine “Arko” was deployed and gave a positive alert for the presence of a narcotic odor. Agents then conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and discovered a small amount of marijuana residue. The search further discovered a Taurus .45 caliber semi automatic hand gun concealed within the vehicle.
The driver, Antonio Baker, denied owning the handgun, how it got into his vehicle or to whom the gun may belong to. Agents seized the handgun for further investigation and to have analyzed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (F.D.L.E.) Crime Lab to verify that the gun has not been previously used in a crime.
Currently, No formal charges are being filed on Antonio Baker and he gladly relinquished possession of the firearm and was released. The investigation remains pending.  


 

News Release (February 10, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that On Wednesday night February 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm, agents of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a 2011 Nissan Altima for a traffic violation.  The vehicle was traveling eastbound on interstate 10 in Madison County and was being operated by Kenitra Gilmer and occupied by one passenger Porscha D. Thomas.
While Agents were taking enforcement action, they detected signs of deception and possible criminal activity. Canine “Arko” was deployed and a positive alert for the presence of narcotic odor was indicated. The driver, Kenitra Gilmer, admitted that they had just recently smoked marijuana inside the vehicle prior to being stopped.
Agents conducted a probable cause search on the vehicle and discovered a small amount of marijuana. The search further discovered a large amount of U.S. Currency concealed in three bags and a large amount of Turbo Tax refund visa cards, each in the name of different people in the same type of bags as the currency.
Both, Gilmer and Thomas did not know the amount of the currency and stated that only a portion of the currency was actually theirs and were unsure of how much belonged to them. Gilmer and Thomas further denied knowing any of the people or how the cards got into the vehicle.
Agents contacted the Department of Homeland Security Investigations which responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. The currency totaled $52,194.00 and was seized with the Turbo Tax visa cards.
Currently, no formal charges are being filed on Kenitra Gilmer, B/F, DOB: 02/17/1985 of Charlotte, NC. and Porscha Thomas, B/F, DOB: 06/23/1985 of Jacksonville, Fl. However, the investigation into multiple identity thefts and fraudulent income tax returns continues and the case is being adopted by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations for possible Federal prosecution.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office will be entitled to its portion of currency and other potential assets seized as a result of initiating this investigation.  

 


 

News Release (February 10, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that On Wednesday night February 8, 2012 at 8:45 PM, Agents with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a 2008 Chrysler 300 for unlawful speed. The vehicle was traveling westbound on interstate 10 in Madison County and being operated by Kelly Thomas Dunaway.
While Agents were taking enforcement action for the speeding violation, they detected the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle and additional signs of possible criminal activity. Agents conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and located a black duffle bag inside the trunk. The black duffle bag contained 4 pounds of high grade marijuana.
Kelly Thomas Dunaway, W/M, DOB: 07/22/1989 of Tampa Florida was arrested and charged with the following:
1.    Possession of marijuana more than 20 grams
2.    Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

 


 

News Release (February 10, 2012)

Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that On Tuesday the 7th day of February 2012 at approximately 1:07 AM, Agents with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a 2008 Chrysler 4 door sedan for a faulty equipment violation. The vehicle was being operated by Charles Lamar Kendrick and traveling Westbound on Interstate 10. While Officers were taking enforcement action, they detected signs of possible criminal activity. Agents deployed canine “Dare” and a positive alert for the presence of narcotic odor was indicated. Agents conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and located a black bag under the front passenger seat. The black bag contained powder and crack cocaine. Charles Lamar Kendrick, B/M, DOB: 01/16/1972 of Tallahassee Florida was arrested and charged with the following: 1. Possession of cocaine 2. Possession of crack cocaine At the time of this arrest Kendrick was currently on Federal Probation for narcotic offenses.

 

 



 

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

 

OdomCommendationMadison 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 CurrencyOffice 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)


20PoundsMarijuanaMadison 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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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.


ronaldBishopMadison 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)

Dionte-DavisMadison 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.


 

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)

 

leroyjeanetteMadison 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.


 



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