January 23, 2008

Sheriff's Animal Farm open this Sunday

The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be open to the public Sunday, January 27th, 2008, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to visit, free of charge, and see the wide variety of animals at the park, including tropical birds, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, horses, ponies, a llama, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, a 100 pound tortoise, Patagonian Cavies and more. 

The Children's Animal Farm is located at the Stock Island Detention Center, just off of College Road. It is open to the public on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. Groups may make special arrangements to visit the farm. Call the Sheriff's Office Detention Center at 305-293-7300 to schedule a visit.

January 20, 2008

Sheriff's Marine Unit participates in Art Under the Oaks Festival in Islamorada

On Saturday the Islamorada Marine Unit participated in the Art Under The Oaks Festival. This event was held in Islamorada at San Pedro Church. Deputy Nelson Sanchez and Deputy Paul Kupke were on hand to answer questions and pass out information on fishing regulations, guides to recreational boating, quick reference guides for water signs, fish identification cards, brochures on vessels safety equipment and local area charts. They also handed out free floating key chains, can coozies and activity books for the kids. According to Deputy Sanchez, educating the public is the first step in safe boating. Deputy Kupke is pictured on the left, Deputy Sanchez is on the right.

January 15, 2008

Clark Snow receives his Flu shot at the Layton Volunteer Fire Department from a Trauma Star Flight Crew member. Trauma Star Nurses and Flight Medics have been giving Flu shots and annual TB tests to Monroe County Fire Rescue employees and the Volunteer Fire Departments of Layton, Big Pine, Sugarloaf, Tavernier and Big Coppitt. The project has provided 167 injections to Emergency Providers throughout Monroe County.

January 14, 2008

Show your support for the Soldier Ride.

The Soldier Ride is coming to the Keys Friday January 18th and Saturday January 19th and now is your chance to show support for returning wounded soldiers.

This is a cross-country cycling event to aid in the rehabilitation of the men and women who return home with injuries incurred in current military conflicts abroad.  Participation in the cycling events by wounded soldiers provides a foundation for the development of a positive self-image and outlook on life, which speeds the rehabilitation and recovery process.

The Soldier Ride began as a cross-country bicycle ride in 2004 by Chris Carney, who bicycled across America to raise public awareness and support for injured service men and women recovering in military hospitals throughout the country.  Other severely wounded soldiers were inspired to help in this effort, joined Chris along the route and are now part of the cross-country bicycle ride.

Local public safety agencies will be providing a procession and escort for the soldiers as they travel in the Keys. A strong show of support from the community will go far to boosting these soldier’s morale and showing them their service is appreciated. Please turn out and cheer them on as they pass your area.

On Friday January 18, 2008 the procession will start at 11:00 am from Coral Shores High School in Islamorada. It will travel along the old road and continue on to Holiday Isle where the soldiers will stop for lunch.

They will continue from the 58 mile marker to the south end of 7 Mile Bridge, riding through Marathon around 2:45 p.m.

On Saturday January 19th the soldiers will ride into Key West, beginning from the Boca Chica Naval Air Station at 11:15 a.m. There will be a procession through old town which will continue on to the Truman Annex.

January 10, 2008

For more information, contact Crime Stoppers Board Member Greg Artman at 305-797-0019

A Successful 2007 for Crime Stoppers and Law Enforcement

Tips leading to the arrests of a bank robber and a arsonist were among the criminal cases that Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys helped law enforcement agencies solve during 2007.

Tips from the 24-hour Crime Stopper hotline resulted in 32 arrests, the clearing of 40 criminal cases and the recovery or seizure of more than five thousand dollars worth of drugs, cash and stolen property by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Key West Police Department.

Crime Stoppers tips in 2007 resulted in:

Crime Stoppers is a non-profit corporation operated by a civilian board charged with fund raising and determining the amounts of rewards paid to tipsters. Anonymous tips from the hotline are funneled to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation. Code numbers are used for pre-arranged pickup of rewards from local banks. Crime Stoppers will pay up to one thousand dollars for information leading to arrests in criminal cases.

Volunteers serving the Crime Stoppers organization in the Keys are President Greg Artman,Vice President Harry Sawyer , Jr., Treasurer Stan Rzad, Secretary Michael Haskins  and members Mary Sawyer, Hal Barrett, Bill Mauldin, Burt Hansen, Diane Gibson and Mike Puto.

Since starting operations in 1991, Crime Stopper tips have assisted local law enforcement with 361 arrests and with the recovery or seizure of over 329-thousand dollars worth of cash, drugs and stolen property.
The Crime Stoppers hotline is 1-800-346-8477 or tips can be submitted on the web via www.tipsubmit.com.

January 10, 2008

bomb squad and cadets

On January 9th, members of the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad gave a demonstration for upper Keys Cadets. Bomb Squad Sgt. Bobby Randolph, and members of his team, Detectives Mike DiGiovanni and Jason Madnick, showed the Cadets bomb investigation equipment and the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad vehicle, talking to them about how they respond to calls about bomb threats and other calls that require expertise in bomb and explosive detection. The demonstration was part of the Cadets regular training in the various aspects of law enforcement.

Note: A larger version of these photos is available on request.

January 8, 2008

Sheriff's Animal Farm open this Sunday

The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be open to the public Sunday, January 13th, 2008, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to visit, free of charge, and see the wide variety of animals at the park, including tropical birds, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, horses, ponies, a llama, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, a 100 pound tortoise and more. 

The Children's Animal Farm is located at the Stock Island Detention Center, just off of College Road. It is open to the public on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. Groups may make special arrangements to visit the farm. Call the Sheriff's Office Detention Center at 305-293-7300 to schedule a visit.