Crime Beat: recent felony arrests

Ashley Hunter
ECB Publishing, Inc.

Fronchet Ramos – April 8
Fronchet J. Ramos, 23, of Kissimmee, FL, was arrested on Monday, April 8 by Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Arnold, after Ramos violated the terms of her probation.
In April of 2017, Ramos was sentenced to supervised probation after being charged with grand theft (more than $300 but less than $5,000).
On Feb. 6, 2019, Ramos' probation officer states that Ramos failed to make restitution payments to her probation officer as was required. Further, Ramos failed to pay the State of Florida the monthly $30 that would go towards covering the cost of Ramos' court-ordered supervision and Ramos also failed to make court cost payments.
On Feb. 19, 2019, Judge Caloca-Johnson signed a warrant that called for Ramos' arrest and on April 8, Deputy Arnold made contact with and arrested Ramos on the Jefferson County warrant.
Ramos was transported to the Jefferson County Jail, where she was booked into the jail at 11: 47 p.m.
The sealed warrant that called for Ramos' arrest further stated that no bond would be offered for her release.

Adrian Powell – April 10
Adrian Antonio Powell, 37, of Monticello, was arrested on Wednesday, April 10 by Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Peacock after Powell violated the terms of his probation.
In October of 2016, Powell was found guilty of two counts of possession, manufacturing or delivery of cocaine and sentenced to supervised probation.
However, in March of 2019, Powell violated the terms of his probation after failing to pay the State of Florida the monthly $30 that would go towards covering the cost of Powell's court-ordered probation officer. Powell also failed to pay for his drug testing fees and failed to truthfully answer all inquires directed to him by his probation officer.
On March 27, 2019, Powell's probation officer further reported that Powell had been in possession of a drug or narcotic earlier that month, with the probation officer's claims being confirmed by Alere Laboratories.
With multiple counts of a violated probation, a warrant was signed and sealed by Judge Caloca-Johnson on April 1 that called for Powell's arrest.
A few days later, Deputy Peacock made contact with Powell and placed him under arrest at 9:59 p.m.
Powell was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on the same day, at 11:04 p.m.
The warrant issued for Powell's arrest declared that no bond would be offered for Powell's release.

Estella Roberts – April 10
Estella Denise Roberts, 48, of Tallahassee, FL, was arrested by Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Peacock on Wednesday, April 10, with charges of battery.
On the above date, at 12:40 a.m., Deputy Peacock responded to a reported physical altercation that was taking place on St. Augustine Road, in Monticello.
In addition to Deputy Peacock, Investigators Camper and Bethea responded to the call.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) report, when Deputy Peacock made it to the scene of the altercation, Investigator Camper and Investigator Bethea had already detained and handcuffed Estella Roberts.
Two witnesses were spoken to, who shared that Roberts had been at a friend's residence when she became “extremely intoxicated” and was asked to leave. One of the witnesses had spoken up and agreed to transport Roberts to her home, but after they had gotten into the vehicle, Roberts became argumentative and aggressive towards the first witness (who was driving the vehicle).
The witness attested that while she was driving, Roberts began to grab the witness' hair and pull her head to the side; while holding onto the witness' hair, Roberts also managed to wrap the witness/victim's hair around the witness' neck, causing the her airflow to be restricted.
The witness/victim also explained that Roberts struck her multiple times on the head.
During this altercation, the second witness (who had been sitting in the front passenger seat of the vehicle) was able to exit the vehicle and call 911.
While the second witness was on the phone with dispatch, Roberts climbed into the front passenger seat and continued to fight the first witness/victim before Roberts eventually escaped the vehicle.
After law enforcement and Jefferson County EMS arrived on scene, Roberts was detained and the witness/victim was cleared with no injuries.
Roberts was charged with battery and transported to the Jefferson County Jail without further incident.

Darius Bennett – April 11
Darius Eugene Bennett, 24, of Monticello, was arrested on Thursday, April 11 by Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Carey, on various drug charges.
According to the report issued by the JCSO, Deputies Carey and Harrison responded to a BOLO from Madison County involving a BOLO for a vehicle that had been involved in a shooting. While the driver was taken into custody as the subject pertaining to the shooting, the passenger (who was not involved in the shooting) informed law enforcement officers that he would “take full responsibility” for anything that was found inside a medicine bag located in the vehicle.
The passenger, identified as Darius Bennett, was detained and provided permission to Deputy Carey for a search of his possessions to be conducted.
Inside the medicine bag, Deputy Carey discovered insulin, an insulin needle and two baggies.
The first bag contained a small, leafy substance that was field tested and reported as positive as marijuana. The second bag contained a grainy, white powder that properly identified as meth.
Bennett was placed under arrest and charged with possession/intent to sell a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of cannabis under 20 grams.
Bennett was transported to the Jefferson County Jail without incident, where he was booked into the jail at 5:34 a.m.

Makenzie Martin – April 17
Makenzie Faith Martin, 19, of Cantonment, FL, was arrested by FHP Trooper Sam on Wednesday, April 17 on various drug-related charges.
On the above date at 11:48 a.m., Trooper Sam conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had been traveling westbound on I-10 after witnessing the vehicle traveling at a higher-than-posted speed.
While speaking with the driver, Trooper Sam was able to detect the smell of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle.
Trooper Sam called for back-up before having the two passengers who were sitting in the back seat of the vehicle exit the automobile in order to question them about the smell.
The two passengers were identified, one being Makenzie Martin; the two passengers stated that the driver had asked them to come on a trip with her, but that while the trio were on their way back to Pensacola, the driver had attempted to strand her two passengers.
Trooper Sam then questioned the driver about the passengers' statements, which the driver confirmed, saying: “I just want them out my car, they have drugs and I don't want them in my car.”
The driver then gave Trooper Sam permission to search her vehicle while Trooper Dixon supervised the two passengers. During the search, Trooper Sam located a broken pill concealed within a foil wrapper that had been stowed in Martin's backpack; a pill bottle with raw marijuana and a plastic bag with another pill were also found in the vehicle.
After finishing the search, the two pills were identified as Alprazolam, which is a schedule 4 drug and requires a prescription in order to possess, which the FHP report states Martin did not have.
Martin was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After her arrest, Martin was transferred to the Jefferson County Jail without further incident.


Kelvontae L. Odom, 29, of Monticello, FL; arrested Friday, April 12; charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, unarmed. Bond was set at $5,000. Released on April 14.

Shelia Denise McGraw, 45, of Tallahassee, FL; arrested Thursday, April 11; charged with failure to appear in court (FTA) on charges of possession of cannabis and driving while license suspended or revoked (DWLSR). No bond amount was listed. Released the same day.

Mario Antonio Verasso, 46, of Gibsonton, FL; arrested Thursday, April 11; charged with out-of-county warrant. No bond amount was listed. Released the same day.

Brandon Sandez Brinson, 30, of Delray Beach, FL; arrested Thursday, April 11; charged with possession of driver's license/ID with altered date of birth; driving while license suspended, habitual offender; sale, manufacture, delivery of forged or stolen driver's license; counterfeiting of driver's license; possession of tools, paper for forgery or counterfeit; possession of false bank bill, check or draft note; possession, display of blank forged or stolen driver's license; and display of another driver's license. Bond was set at $1,000. No release date was provided.

Marquis Donta Chisholm, 38, of Orlando, FL; arrested Thursday, April 11; charged with unlawful lending of driver's license; permitting unlawful use of issued driver's license; supplying to another unlawful driver's license or ID; possession of false bank bill, check or draft note; possession of tools, paper for forgery or counterfeiting; and counterfeiting of driver's license. Bond was set at $1,000. No release date was provided.

Alexis Lashawn Atkins, 20, of Orlando, FL; arrested Thursday, April 11; charged with counterfeiting driver's license; possession of tools, paper for forgery or counterfeiting; and possession of false bank bill, check or draft note. Bond was set at $3,000. Released on April 14.

Steve Brandon Story, 42, of Lake City, FL; arrested Wednesday, April 10; charged with driving with unlawful blood alcohol level. Bond was set at $500. Released the same day.

Adrian Antonio Powell, 37, of Monticello, FL; arrested Wednesday, April 10; charged with violation of probation (VOP) on original charge of cocaine sale, manufacture and delivery; and VOP on original charge of sale, manufacture and delivery of bath salts. No bond amount or release date provided.

Samuel Michael Johnson, 29, of Monticello, FL; arrested Monday, April 8; charged with aggravated child abuse by great bodily harm. No bond amount was listed. Released on April 11.