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Division of Law Enforcement
April 29 through May 5, 2016
This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week; however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement.
Patrol, Protect, Preserve
Officers Manning and Allgood were working at the Galvez Boat Ramp, checking daily catches as individuals returned from fishing. One individual pulled his vessel to the dock and started to tie off. Officer Allgood approached the individual and spoke to him. When the individual noticed Officer Allgood, he sped off. Officer Allgood ordered the individual several times to stop, but he did not. Officers Allgood and Manning then checked vehicles with boat trailers in the area until they found one with an empty trailer that matched the vessel description. They called the registered owner who was a relative of the suspect. The relative agreed to call the suspect and convinced him to return to the boat ramp. The suspect returned, was arrested, and transported to the Escambia County Jail for interference with an FWC officer.
While on patrol, Officer McHenry observed a vehicle swerving back and forth hitting the curbing on the roadway. He stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver. While speaking to the subject, Officer McHenry observed several clues that indicated he was intoxicated. Officer McHenry requested the driver perform field sobriety tasks. The subject started the task but then refused to continue. Officer McHenry arrested and transported the subject to the Escambia County Jail for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). At the jail, the subject provided a breath sample, and results were .335 G/210L, which is four times the legal limit.
Environmental Investigator Nelson received information that a company had been storing construction and demolition debris unlawfully on their property. Contact was made with the owner and together with Investigator Nelson a site inspection was conducted. The owner advised when enough debris is collected it’s then taken for disposal at a permitted facility. The owner was informed this activity is not authorized. The owner was issued a written warning for the unlawful storage of solid waste at an unpermitted solid waste facility.
Environmental Investigator Nelson observed a subject bulldozing a house in Walton County. Information was gathered that the construction and demolition debris from the house had been disposed of improperly. The subject had been hired to demolish the house and properly dispose of the debris. The debris was located on a piece of property owned by the subject and it had been illegally burned. The subject was issued written warnings for the unlawful open burning of solid waste and storage of solid waste at an unpermitted solid waste facility.
Officer Forehand saw a truck pull into a wooded area loaded with a large amount of trash. A few minutes later, he saw the truck exit the area with the bed now empty. Officer Forehand stopped the truck, backtracked where the driver had driven into the wooded area, and found where the trash had been dumped. The suspect was charged with dumping an amount exceeding 15 pounds.
Officer Corbin conducted state fisheries inspections at Cinco Bayou Boat Ramp (Seaway) and Norriego Point Beach-Destin Harbor. At the Cinco Bayou Boat Ramp, Officer Corbin observed a vessel returning to the dock at approximately . An inspection revealed that the boat operator was in possession of a grossly undersized red drum. At Norriego Point Beach, Officer Corbin observed an individual fishing off a local dock. When he approached the dock, the individual was no longer there. There was a female at the dock who turned out to be the girlfriend of the missing fisherman. The fisherman was later located. He was hiding in the bushes from the officer because he did not have a valid saltwater fishing license. The individual was found to be in possession of a grossly undersized red drum. Both individuals were issued citations.
COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING
Officer Leonard attended the Deer Point Dam Kids Fishing Rodeo. Approximately 128 children participated in the fishing rodeo. Officer Leonard provided a short question-and-answer session during the safety briefing. He also interacted with the participants during the rodeo.
Officers Clark and McHenry represented FWC at the Big Lagoon State Park Annual Earth Day event. Various community vendors participated in the event, demonstrating support for environmental protection. Throughout the day, more than 100 visitors attended the event, raisingawareness about environmental issues and transforming public attitude.
Officers Molnar and Bartlett participated in an outreach event called “Construction Junction” presented by the Community Police Officers of Fort Walton Beach. This is a community event where kids interact with construction equipment, military, and law enforcement vehicles and personnel in a safe environment.