October 29, 2008

Sheriff’s Office thanks Anchor Towing owner for his help

In the photo: Traffic Enforcement Sgt. Kevin Mimosa (left), and Traffic Enforcement Deputy Greg Korzen present a plaque to Anchor Towing owner Marc Jester. The plaque is a gesture of thanks for assistance Jester has given the Sheriff’s Office with criminal narcotics investigations.

“Marc is always ready to help our office and we truly appreciate his cooperation with our investigations,” said Sgt. Mimosa. “He has contributed a great deal to the safety of our community. With his assistance we’ve been able to remove criminals and drugs from the streets. We truly appreciate his commitment and his help.”

October 21, 2008

Monroe County's Trauma Star, your emergency helicopter, is having an Open House!

Saturday, November 1st from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Marathon hangar, 10100 Overseas Hwy.

Come and see the hanger facility and the Trauma Star helicopter. Meet the flight nurses, medics and pilots of your Trauma Star.

For more information call:

Bob Inscoe, Chief Pilot, 305-289-2777

Susie Martenson, RN, Chief Flight Nurse, 305-797-8498

October 14, 2008

Monroe County Sheriff's Office crime down in the first half of 2008

First half of 2008, from FDLE

First half of 2007, from FDLE

Monroe County - Major crime in Sheriff's Office jurisdictions dropped by 2.4% in the first half of 2008, as compared to the same time period in 2007. These numbers were released today by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the agency charged with compiling the state's Major Crime Index.

Between January and June of this year, the Sheriff's Office saw a major decrease in the number of aggravated assauts - from 133 in the first half of 2007 to 69 in the first half of this year; a decrease in auto thefts from 59 to 43; and a decrease in robbery from 11 to 6. Murders increased from 0 to 3; rape increased from 4 to 9; burglary from 202 to 220 and larceny (theft) from 760 to 795.

The Sheriff's Office clearance rate of crimes remains outstanding, at 22.4% of cases cleared. There are two ways to clear a case: by arrest, or "Cleared by Exception", which means an offender has been identified but there is something beyond the agency's control which keeps that offender from being arrested. An example would be that the offender is dead, extradition is denied, or the case involves a juvenile offender who cannot be charged for some reason.

"We are happy to announce that crime continues its downward trend in Monroe County," said Sheriff Rick Roth. "We are also continuing to show an excellent clearance rate for those crimes, which shows our officers are effective in solving our major cases," he added.

October 7, 2008

Sheriff's Animal Farm open Sunday, October 12th

The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be open to the public Sunday, October 12th, 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 Tina the Key Deer, tropical birds, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, horses, ponies, a llama, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, a 100 pound tortoise, an Emu, an Albino Hedgehog, Patagonian Cavys 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.