A Newsletter published by the Community Relations Division
of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, for
Monroe County Sheriff's Office employees.

Table of Contents

Sheriff’s Report

Happy Holidays, Interesting New Year

General News

Information Systems Update: New Computer System, and other changes
New Radio System
Guidelines for seizing vehicles and property

Bureau of Operations

Sector Reports
Traffic Enforcement
Regional Services
Jet Ski Patrol

Corrections Division

First Sgt.'s Corner
Employee Spotlights

Around the Office

For Your Information

What’s Happening


Sheriff’s Report

Happy Holidays, Interesting New Year

By Sheriff Rick Roth

I would like to wish happy holidays to everyone. I hope the season is a happy one for you, and I hope the coming year will be a great one for us all.

There are big changes in store for the Sheriff’s Office in 2001. We are in the process of changing over to a new computer system which I expect will give us all greater flexibility and bring our agency into the new millennium. Deputies will also be receiving laptop computers in their cars. I hope this helps us all do a better job of serving the public as we move into the year 2001.

The Sheriff’s Office will be using a new radio system by the end of the next year. I know you are all looking forward to this new system. Bear with us as we complete the monumental effort of centralizing dispatch and putting the system on line. You will find more information about the new computer system and the new radio system in the “General News” section, following my article.

We will be working with a new State Attorney in the coming year. We will miss the long time resident of that office, Kirk Zuelch, and we wish him well in whatever he chooses to do next. We look forward to building a new relationship with Mark Kohl, who will take that office in January 2001. I’m sure we are all ready to do whatever is necessary to make this relationship a positive, constructive one.

I want to thank everyone for their patience during the past election. I look forward to serving as your Sheriff for the next four years. The challenges of the new millennium should make it an interesting time. With the incorporation of Marathon and Islamorada, we must redouble our efforts to serve the citizens of Monroe County to the best of our ability. I realize the fractioning of the county into incorporated and unincorporated areas has made our job more difficult, but I know we are up to the task of making it work.

General News

Information Systems Update:

New Computer System, and other changes

By Supervisor Mike Grattan

With the advent of our new mail systems and network, things have been jumping here in IS. First and foremost, we would like to formally introduce Sandy Bartlett. Sandy comes to us from the wilds of Western Pennsylvania. She brings a strong background in computers, Microsoft Office and training. Sandy has quickly become a strong asset to IS and has hit the ground running. She has even managed to get Bob out of his chair. Her only downside is that she roots for some very strange football teams. Ask her about Toledo sometime!

Our new system comes with some new concepts. In the old system, everything was centralized on one large computer and everyone accessed it through terminals (or PC’s pretending to be terminals). If the computer failed or needed to go down for maintenance, nothing worked; not mail, not CJIS, not AVOffice, nothing.

Now, with the advent of high-speed reliable networks, we have moved the various functions to several different computers and we can offer new tools for you to use. (For example, now everyone on the network can pull up mug shots using their Internet Explorer software.)

Prior to this change, everyone logged on to the main computer using an employee ID number and a password. With the new systems, since there is no central computer, you actually log onto network (also called the domain). You will still use your ID number and a password. The network has computers (called servers) dedicated to authenticating users and providing services. Some servers host the web pages (like the mug shots already mentioned). Others will run SmartCOP. Others provide mail and chat services.

All the computers in the M.C.S.O. live on this network. It is called the MCSO domain. At some point we may establish links to domains being set up at the State Attorney’s Office and the Court Administrators Office.

Mail and Public Drawers

With the imminent retirement of the old AVOffice system, we have had to develop new ways to make information flow in our agency. Our old mail and messaging system was limited and cumbersome. We wanted something that would not need as much handholding from IS. Therefore, we designed a dual system approach. You can use Outlook or Internet Explorer to access both of the systems. Outlook is preferred since it wraps everything up in one nice package.

Internal (M.C.S.O. Only) Mail and Notices

We set up a mail system (called Microsoft Exchange) that allows users to internally send and receive email and post bulletins, memos, meeting minutes, notices, etc. This internal mail system is totally isolated and secure. It is not accessible from outside of the network. It should be used for sending mail to users inside the Sheriff’s Office when you know they have access to a computer within the agency. This access could be at their desk, in their car or to a multiple user computer, such as those in a patrol office. A user’s address is usually simply their name. A list of addresses can be found under “Global Address List” in the Outlook address book. When you use Outlook, this internal email is called the Exchange service. This service provides all the public drawers (now called Public Folders) that you’re used to seeing, such as all the Meeting Minutes, Special Details, Training Announcements, etc. Also, we can now provide some new folders such as the Neighborhood Bulletin Board where anyone can post items for sale, etc. (We do request that postings be brief and to the point.)

You can access this mail from an internal Sheriff’s Office computer by using Outlook, by going to the Internal Network Home page at the address www.mcso.net, or by visiting the Sheriff’s Office external web site and clicking on the green “internal email” button at the bottom of the Home page.

External (Internet) Mail

Of course the Internet is the biggest “network” of all. We have set up a specific server dedicated to handling all our Internet connections. It hosts the Sheriff’s Office Web site at www.keysso.net and handles all our Internet, or external, email. This is called the Internet Mail service in Outlook. This server resides on the Internet and it is totally isolated from the internal MCSO network (domain), in order to preserve the network’s security. This external mail uses a different address than the internal mail, usually a person’s first initial and last name followed by “keysso.net”. Access to this external mail requires a different logon and password than the domain. The user logon is usually the same as your external mail address, your first initial and last name. For an example, if your name is John Smith, your logon is jsmith (and some password) and your email address would be jsmith@keysso.net.

People outside the Sheriff’s Office should use this address to send you email. You should send Sheriff’s Office employees mail at this address if you know they do not have access to mail at the office, or if you are trying to send them mail they can access from their home computer. This external mail can be accessed by visiting the Sheriff’s Office external web site, www.keysso.net, and clicking on the “External mail” button at the bottom of the site’s Home page.

It can be a little confusing keeping the two mail systems separate. Just remember that the domain (i.e. MCSO) is our internal M.C.S.O. network only and this is where Exchange lives. Keysso.net is for the Internet and is accessible by the world.

SmartCOP

We have been working since last year getting ready for the SmartCOP software installation. As of now, the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) is in and working. We anticipate the Records Management System to be available within a week or two, after that will come the jail, civil, and everything else. It is hard to estimate a completion date since there have been some unforeseen problems.

Also, Jim Painter and the SmartCOP programmers have been working to convert all of our old data into the new system to make that information available there. Unfortunately, the conversion is taking a lot longer than anticipated. SmartCOP made significant changes to their file structures and Jim has had to compensate for that. We will continue keep the old CJIS system running for historical searches for the foreseeable future.

While there have been a few problems, IS and SmartCOP are working to get things up and running as quickly as possible. We do appreciate everyone’s patience while we get things ironed out. Please understand that all the SmartCOP software is brand new. We’re the first place to get it and test it “under fire” as it were.

Mobile Computers

The mobile computers have been ordered!!!! We are going to use one type of computer for everyone. We have tested several different kinds and talked with many other agencies. We will be using the Panasonic Toughbook 27. These are ruggedized laptops. The hard drives are packed in foam to isolate them from shocks. The keyboards are sealed and backlit. They have been extensively tested by Panasonic and already have a very good reputation in the field. (One even got shot and after the display was replaced, worked just fine!)

These units have been tested to extremes of temperatures and drop tested. They can stand the heat (of course this does not mean you have permission to play football with them…) You will not have to leave your car running to cool the computer. Each computer has a battery that will last for two hours. In addition, they can be configured to enter “suspend” mode (no rebooting necessary) when the power to the computer is turned off.

We feel that these computers will last and work well with all the tender loving care we know they will get in the cars.

New Radio System

By Patricia Almeda, Director of Planning and Research

Well, we are finally moving ahead with the 800 mhz radio system. We have recently received leases for four State of Florida towers giving us the seven towers needed for our countywide radio system. The towers are located in Key West, Stock Island, Big Pine Key, Marathon, Long Key, Plantation Key and North Key Largo. These locations were based on the best radio coverage for the whole county. We will now need to obtain permits from the various cities and the county for the installation of the antennas and equipment shelters.

We will be traveling to Chicago (in the cold of December) to stage the radio equipment. Staging is when Motorola assembles our equipment and demonstrates its functionality. This will allow us the use of the consoles and the radios to see how our system operates. Once staging is completed, Motorola will store all the equipment until permits are received and the equipment is placed on the towers.

The expected target date for the Central Dispatch/Communication’s Center located at the State Building in Marathon will be in mid April. The Com-Center will be designed to initially operate on our existing system. The expected target date for acceptance of the 800 mhz system will be September 21, 2001.

Guidelines for seizing vehicles and property

By Lt. Rick Ramsey, Special Investigations and Regional Services

As you know you can seize vehicles and property used in the commission of a Felony.

With this in mind the agency encourages members to seize assets, but there are a few things that you need to know in order to properly process these seizures.

First, when you seize property you must complete a Notice Of Seizure Of Property and you must have the arrestee sign it acknowledging receipt of a copy of the notice. If they refuse to sign this form, write in “Refused” and give them a copy of the notice anyway.

Second, you must complete a Seizure Report and include as much information as possible.

If you are going to seize a vehicle try to drive it to headquarters or a sub station if possible. This will save the Sheriff’s Office a tow bill that we will become responsible for. If this is not possible or feasible, then call for a tow truck, but make sure that it is towed to headquarters or a sub station. If you tow it to the tow yard the agency is responsible for the storage bill as well.

Make sure that you make a copy of all paperwork and send it to Special Investigations or leave a note for records to send us a copy.

If you fill out the paperwork for a seizure, then see the arrestee driving it a few weeks later, don’t despair – your paperwork was not done for nothing. We evaluate each case, it’s strengths and weaknesses, the condition of the vehicle and any liens that are in place in order to determine what we want to do with the vehicle. Keep in mind, if we seize the vehicle and are awarded it in court, we are responsible for any monetary liens on the title.

Most of the time we negotiate a settlement with the owner and receive money in return for not pursuing the seizure. This is a good thing as the arrestee is without their vehicle for a long period of time, they have to pay to get their vehicle back and we receive that money.

The money from a settlement is placed in the Fines and Forfeiture Account, which can be used by any unit to purchase non budgeted items as allowed by state law. Many useful items have been purchased with funds obtained by vehicle seizures by road patrol officers during the course of their everyday duties.

The only time that vehicles are returned free and clear is when an owner is determined to be innocent and non-involved.

There is very little work involved in seizing a vehicle; you only have to fill out two short pieces of paper. The rest of the work falls upon the forfeiture office as well as the Sheriff’s legal staff.

If you have any questions or need any of the forms feel free to call Special Investigations 289-2410.

Bureau of Operations

Sector 7 Report

By Captain Jennifer Bell-Thomson

Islamorada’s secession from the former union of Division III on October 1 was a smooth one. There are still some minor issues that need addressing, and we may encounter more as time goes on. Captain Leiter and I agree that cooperation between the sectors, and no lapse in customer service are our priorities. So far that cooperation has been extended both ways, as evidenced by our recent assistance of the US Coast Guard in their search for the missing boaters. Such incidents solidify the importance of recognizing that we all work for the same agency and that when the time comes to get a job we all need to work together for the same goal. I know that Captain Leiter and I can count on everyone to hold fast to that philosophy in the interest of serving the public to the best of our ability.

My thanks to all our members who participated in the Coast Guard search, and to those who covered the bases while the search was in progress. Your professionalism and hard work has been recognized and is appreciated.

Now that we are responsible for Tavernier, Key Largo, and Ocean Reef, we can begin the task of focusing on problems in those zones. Zone Commanders Don Fanelli, Pete Johnston and Lou Caputo are enthusiastic about the work that needs to be done and are headed full force in the right direction. I am confident that their leadership will bring about great changes in the sector, with assistance from Zone Sergeant’s Simoga and Kiffney.

Congratulations to Sgt. Pete Johnston, who was chosen Zone Commander for our newest zone at Ocean Reef. Pete will be working with ‘Mr. Ocean Reef’ himself, Deputy Larry Benedict, and deputies Mike Sharp, Keith Nyman and Jim McLaughlin.

Congratulations to those who recently completed the FTO program here: Jim McLaughlin, Brad Sriro, and Kristy Jackson. All are welcome additions to the sector. We’re also happy to welcome Flo Williams back to full duty and Don Fanelli back to light duty. It was strangely silent around here without Don! To take their place on the injured reserve list, Matt Koval is out indefinitely with a disc problem. Hell to get old, isn’t it Matt?!!

More congratulations are in order for Detective David Carey and former communications officer Lisa Valley who (finally!!!) tied the knot on November 11th. Glad to know someone is now responsible for keeping David in line - those of us who know him know how out of control he can be…; and for Deputy Dillon Corr and his wife Natalie on the birth of their daughter Madison . This must be Dillon’s year because he also has been chosen to fill our vacant CIU position. We’ll miss you on the road, Dillon, but of course, we expect good things from you in CIU.

Sector 7 folks have done an outstanding job of going with the flow with the new CAD system. It’s been a bit rocky but I am very pleased with their performance and their patience. It’s always attitude that counts and I’ve heard from several people that, just like when 10 codes were new to us, it will become routine in a very short period of time. Nowhere could it be more difficult, though, than in dispatch. To those communications officers who have maintained their own patience and a positive attitude (and you know who you are) THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

Lt. Moran was home from the FBI Academy for a short weekend visit. While he’s enjoying himself, it is a test to be away from home for so long. Email him if you wish at: wtm66@hotmail.com.

Happy Thanksgiving…and we DO have a lot to be thankful for!

Sector 4 and 5
Report

By Lt. Chad Scibilia

Hello and how are you from district II. Or should I say sectors 4 and 5 ?!? We are still here and plugging along. I would first like to say thank you to both Sectors for your hard work. Sometimes we get wrapped up in our own day-to-day activities we forget to say "nice job". The hard work and dedication each of you exhibits daily is not going unnoticed.

We have had such a turnover within the district (sorry, there I go again, sector) I forgot where I left off so I will try and get everyone in now..... We welcome aboard Dep. Emilio Rodriguez, Dep. Joel Slough, Dep. Joseph Ziglar, and Dep. Deborah Ryan who come to us from all over the place. Congrats go out to Mike Langston for his promotion to Det. Sgt. Kevin Mimosa, for his transfer to CIU, Louis Vega for his transfer to IA. (Shhhhh, no one can talk to him now). We say goodbye to Dep. Kin Parks and Todd Tetterton. Kin left us to go to Tampa and Todd to Key Colony Beach PD. I guess we really don't say goodbye to Todd, just see ya around.....

Now on a lighter side, we have been in full operation with the City of Marathon contract for a month now..... So far so good. Sgt. Cain and Louis Vega did a clean up on 15th street. Although we are still working on it, an estimated 100 tons a trash was removed. This doesn't include several vehicles..... Good job to all involved.

Marathon held its first annual "Fright Night" on Pigeon Key..... A lot of work went into this by a lot of people, many of them from our agency. An estimated 6,000 people attended over the three days and fun was had by all without any problems.... Thanks go out to Sgt. Heber for organizing our side of the event....Nice job!

Good luck also goes out to Capt. Peryam.. We will be sharing him with Sector 1 as he has been given the Captain’s duties for both the lower and middle keys. This should fill his plate with enough work.... If not, let us know and I’m sure Bruce and I can find some more for you to do....

Well, that’s about all from Sectors 4 and 5. Until next month, stay safe.

Sector One Report

By Lt. Bruce Winegarden

We want to thank everyone who worked a detail during Fantasy Fest. The details can be both interesting and pain in the neck to work. It is only with everyone’s assistance that we were able to cover everything requested of us. And most importantly no one was hurt.

A few changes in personnel down south. Welcome goes out to Dep. Maretta McNichol and Dep. Andrew Kempel that join our team from Corrections. And Best of Luck goes out to Dep. John Allen who has taken a position up state.

We also need to send our condolences to Dep. Kenny Alonzo for the loss of his grandfather and Dep. Elliott Bacon for the loss of his father. Our hearts and prayers are with them.

Transition and change is the name of the game these days. But it is nice that we were spared the task of further breaking out our services for a new city. This does not mean we can relax in anyway. Regardless of who our customers are, we are committed to providing the highest quality law enforcement possible. Ultimately our customers are every citizen in and visitor to Monroe County.

And yes, like everyone else, we survived the implementation of SMART COP CAD and the Disposition Codes. It was a “hoot” according to one person, (Colleen) to hear everyone scrambling to figure out the right code. Sorry to tell everyone but we already have the rights to “SMART COP For Dummies”. It will hit the shelves shortly after “Voting in Florida for Dummies” or should it read “In Palm Beach County”.

I almost forgot to wish Archie Lowe a fond farewell. We will miss you. For those of you who are wondering, Archie was Lynn McNeill’s cousin who had passed away several months ago and was cremated. Social Services contacted Lynn and Lynn accepted Archie’s ashes for safekeeping. Archie occupied a space on the Lynn’s file cabinet in her office for several weeks. Everyone who went into Lynn’s office they would say hi to Archie. And, yes, Ben (Det. Lowe), Lynn really did have your cousin in a box on her file cabinet.

What else can be said after that? Not much! We hope that everyone had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday. Now the count down to Christmas begins.

Sector 6 Report

By Captain Joe Leiter

Hello from the Village of Islands….

We interrupt this Rap Sheet for "breaking news"....no, not the election....".ALPHA ONE" arrested a drunk driver last night at MM 59. A pretty "bad one" I understand.....Good going SHERIFF.

...Now back to our Rap Sheet.......... We still do not have an office in Islamorada yet...but maybe by the time you read this we will be close. Capt Bell-Thomson has informed me that she will be claiming me on her income tax this year as all of my Islamorada deputies have been "living" in her station, thanks Jenny.

The Village Council is set again to vote on remodeling the old Welcome Center at the entrance to Plantation Yacht Harbor and turning it into the Islamorada Sector Station....we need a home!

The response from the Village citizens and businesses has been very positive...some good articles in the papers and supporting words from the Village Council....we are trying to make them happy. The Village Manager is great to work with and the employees just love us....as the latest article in the Free Press said..."Village Cops, So Far So Good."

President Bush ( no, not President-Elect) was in Islamorada for 3 days to do some bone fishing in the annual George Bush/Cheeca Lodge Tourney. Sgt Kelley and I went down to the Marathon Airport to meet the "ear plug" people...(Secret Service) for the escort up to Cheeca...…

In other news, Dep Bobby Daniel broke his arm 4-wheeling, he is out indefinitely. Dep William Laird is almost finished with FTO in Key Largo...hurry up William and stay off any ATV's you see.

We all got together to patrol two areas for trick or treating...Plantation Key Colony had about 6 million kids....traffic deputies and reserves helped us out (thanks) and there were no serious incidents.…

Sgt Bogue did "seatbelt education" at the high school...about 90 vehicles were stopped and warned/educated by handing out flyers.…

We have been hitting the school zones almost every day..high visibility.....Sgt Brazil has "procured" some radars for us....after working with Tom for 20 years there are two things you don't do to Brazil...don't ask him where he gets stuff...and don't run the serial numbers on anything Tom has in his patrol car.…

Sgt Hurd's squad made a good arrest of two guys on Plantation Key that were just getting ready to burglarize a bunch of cars at 1am...they may be responsible for other thefts and burglaries in the area. .…

Dep Art Ortolani retired from the Sheriff's Office after 10 years service. Sheriff Roth promoted Art to Sgt. and placed him in charge of the Islamorada Reserve Deputy program. Art has already been helping us out on road coverage and we appreciate it.

Hey, that's enough of this Rap sheet business...We had a good Thanksgiving and looking forward to a Merry Christmas...the same to all...and to all goodnight.

Regional Services Report

By Captain Ross Thomson

Greetings to all from those of us in what was formerly Division 4. We are now considered regional services - which is vice/narcotics, homicide, crimes against persons, major crimes in municipal areas, all investigations in non-municipal areas, traffic enforcement, airport security, beach security, school crossing and I'm sure I've forgotten something ... Additionally, we are responsible for SWAT, hostage negotiations, dive and bomb teams. Lastly, there is HIDTA Monroe, IMPACT and all the other HIDTA support positions in Dade and Broward Counties.

I tell you all of this not to seek sympathy or to brag, but simply to let you know where these responsibilities are if you should have information or want information. We are currently trying to build all of these various functions and people into a team with roles and functions that contribute to the overall mission set by Sheriff Roth.

We would like to thank Sheriff Roth for his efforts with the commission this year in getting us another healthy raise. It’s never enough for some, but we do appreciate the time and work it takes to fight for our welfare. Additionally, congratulations on another mandate from the voters of the county for another four-year term in office. Fourteen years as the sheriff is a legacy that is to be respected and admired.

We have many people coming and going from our units for various reasons. We will try to recognize as many as possible - Welcome to LeeAnn Holroyd - HIDTA investigator; Kevin Mimosa - CIU, Marathon; Dillon Core - CIU, Plantation Key; Sgt. Donnie Elomina - Vice/Narcotics; Steve Mahmood - Traffic. Many of these people have offices in other Sectors, but all of them are assigned to Regional Services.

We are trying to serve the citizens and our peers with the finest law enforcement from our units as possible. One of the new realities is Consolidated Investigations. We are very excited about the potential for this group. All of the detective sergeants meet every two weeks to discuss what is going on in their respective areas and to share intelligence and information. Joining this group is Sgt. John Bueth from the Key West Police Dept, which is essential if we are to collectively make a difference throughout the county. Through this sharing process, we have already identified several offenders from the city of Key West who have traveled to the Marathon area to commit crimes, and we are looking for similar M.O.s to tie crime scenes together. Like I said, this process has great potential, so if anyone has information that may relate or if you can assist any of us with crimes new or old, PLEASE call, write, smoke signal or e-mail us.

Please contact someone in our group if you have anything for us, or need anything from us. If you don't know where to look or who to look for - start with me and we'll get you to the best person to do what needs to be done. I'm available via Sheriff’s Office email, or by phone at 289 2413, cell - 481 4504, beeper - 334 0259.

I close this message with a prayer for a friend of ours. Mel Hiller is a school crossing guard, former magnetometer operator, Don's father and all around great guy. Mel is going through various tests to determine the nature and extent of a tumor in his chest. He just recovered from quadruple bypass surgery one year ago and we are all hoping for the best in this endeavor.

Until next time - stay safe and have fun!

Traffic Enforcement News

By Sgt. Larry Kelley

The past Quarter has been very busy for the Traffic Unit. We attended 2 days of the one-week DUI Case Prep. Training in Key West before being pulled for an approaching storm that never arrived. The training has been rescheduled for December 5 through 7 when we will finish the last three days, which include some highly interesting programs put on by the State Attorney’s Office. Other training we attended was the HGN Certification course in Bradenton which is a team-training event with Assistant State Attorneys from around the state.

Deputy Eric Mixon completed his extensive training and certification process, traveling to Miami-Dade and Miami numerous times and is now a court recognized expert in Drug Recognition. Please do not hesitate to use his talents on roadside. It really is fantastic to see what he can do with a personal conversation and a couple of field tests. We also sponsored a Radar Course in November. It was held at the State Government Center in Marathon and there were officers from our agency as well as Key West P.D. and Key Colony Beach in attendance. Deputy David Carpenter was good enough to do the teaching honors and if you haven’t attended one of his classes then you have missed a very enjoyable learning experience. His year in Bosnia training foreign officers only helped to hone his excellent teaching skills. Thanks, Dave, for your assistance. I will be calling on you again soon for another class, as there are many deputies who have told me they still want the training but for whatever reason were unable to attend this last class. I have gotten a verbal commitment from Lt. Kosak of the FHP to teach a 2-day Laser class on December 26 and 27 at the same location. I will get clarification of that and a formal announcement will be made as soon as possible. I already have a dozen officers interested in those days.

Deputies David Johnson and George Rosemeyer have been busy lately with motorcycle demos and I especially want to thank George for the outstanding job he did at the Island Jubilee in Key Largo. This was a two-day event and he was there the entire time taking on many jobs that were above and beyond the call. Kevin Mimosa was assigned to the annual “A Day to Remember” in Key West, where we escort a Conch Train full of elderly nursing home residents around the city with lights and sirens and that is always a great time. Another annual function is the ballot run from Plantation Key to Key West, which was again handled in form.

The Honor Guard performed at numerous events over the past few months. These include the Accreditation Ceremony at the Key West Hilton, a 2-day event. We also worked the Officer of the Quarter and the Jail Officer Recognition Day. I am still looking for some more officers or reserves to train and travel with the Honor Guard. I need about two more. Contact me if you are interested in the job.

Deputy Rosemeyer attended the LEGAL Conference held in Key West and I hear this is going to be an annual event. This year it drew a large gathering of officers from around the country and is supposed to only get bigger from this year on.

We have had a couple of great “wolf-packs” the last few months. One was the weekend of the NASCAR races and we hammered the Upper Keys working Card Sound Road and the Stretch. We also worked the weekend of the Key West Offshore Boat Races. We flew as observers with the Aviation Unit in a number of their missions over the races. Fantasy Fest was another weekend we “wolf-packed” and this time we worked the outskirts of Key West and were very busy with traffic duties. Very few wrecks—but lots of violators were attended to. We also worked with the middle and upper Keys on their Homecoming Parades and in all three areas on “Trick or Treat” night securing a grocery store full of shaving cream, toilet paper and eggs. Deputy Mixon also worked the 3-day Fright night on Pigeon Key and the Unit worked security at the Key West trial of the county’s top low-life murderer—that’s right—the infamous Mr. Overton was back in town.

Well that is about all except for the two DUI Checkpoints we will be working with Sectors 6 and 7, both in December. And we also be escorted Ex-President Bush for the week in Islamorada during his annual invitational fishing tournament there.

Now I want to bid a difficult farewell to one of the best A/Supervisors I have ever had and I have been lucky enough to have a few. Kevin Mimosa has decided he wants to be a detective and he will make a brilliant one. I wish him well and I hope Detective Sergeant Mike Langston knows he is getting a fantastic performer. Kevin, I truly will miss your presence in our squad. On a similar note I want to welcome the newest member of the Traffic Unit and hope I can get him transferred as soon as possible. Deputy Steve Mahmood comes to us from the middle Keys and we look forward to having him on our team soon. Keep up the high spirits, Steve—which is what is expected of you in this unit.

Speaking of Steve—that brings me to welcoming another SURPRISE member to the Traffic Enforcement Unit. Sheriff Roth bagged a true Traffic Officer’s dream last night. He stopped a reckless Marathon man on Grassy Key after seeing him run several vehicles off the road. Deputy Steve Mahmood responded as back up. The Sheriff kept the guy from returning to his vehicle while awaiting backup—it is a good thing too because it was later found that the man was in possession of a 9mm pistol in the vehicle. After Deputies’ Mahmood and McNaulty arrived, SFST’s were administered and the man was taken into custody after a short combative period that was ended when the Sheriff talked the man into the patrol car. Deputy Mahmood told me that had the Sheriff not been able to do that at that time he was sure the aggression would have escalated and there would have been much more force necessary. Later at the DUI room the suspect became combative again and was restrained further. DRE Deputy Mixon was called when the suspect blew a .028 and an interview with him resulted in a charge of DUI drugs. The suspect has a felony record and an investigation into whether or not he is a convicted felon with is gun is underway. I just want to say from the whole Traffic Unit—thanks for the help out there Sheriff—we need as many heads-up officers out there as we can get.

That’s all for now—be safe and remember—

WE DON’T GIVE TICKETS—YOU HAVE TO EARN THEM

PRESS HARD—FIVE COPIES

Jet Ski Patrol

By Sgt. Lou Caputo

Our water patrol unit is a made up of 12 deputy sheriffs who have successfully completed a 10 hour training course offered by the Florida Marine Patrol. They are road patrol officers who have the option of spending patrol time on the water if their duties permit, and if there is a specific need for it. The unit uses six wave runners (also referred to as Personal Watercraft) loaned to the Sheriffs office free of charge by Riva Yamaha.

The unit’s number one goal is the prevention of crime. By patrolling area canals and along waterfront properties, officers can get a view of private property that is simply not visible from a patrol car. For instance, a Water Patrol Deputy might observe fishing or diving equipment left out on a dock, or visible in a boat pulled up behind a house– a prime target for thieves. The deputy can stop and educate the property owner on how to better secure their property so it won’t be stolen. The watercraft can also be used for search and rescue, as was so obviously demonstrated during the recent upper Keys search for missing boaters off of Islamorada.

The patrol has had tremendous interaction with the community. We are able to easily stop during our patrols to speak with people working outside their homes, or out boating or diving.

Overall, with little cost to the community or the Sheriff’s Office we have been able to enhance and expand our patrol services. We’ve also given our officers a new outlook on the possibilities of policing.

And Sgt. Lou Caputo continues his string of bad luck. First it was having
his patrol car stolen by a suspect handcuffed in the back seat….now, having
 access to a wave runner for water patrols just isn’t enough…he decided to try
 underwater patrol….in his patrol car. Lou launched his wave runner recently
to help look for missing boaters – and accidentally launched his car too!
This photo, of a patrol car designed just for Lou, came from Officers in the upper Keys.
We’re not laughing at you, Lou, we’re laughing with you...really!

Corrections Division

First Sergeant’s Corner

By Sgt. Mike Gent

Yes, there is still a First Sergeant in Corrections, however due to some unfortunate events I have been away from my duties for a while. I am now attempting to correct this.

In August, our Shooting Team participated in the International Law Enforcement Games in Cocoa Beach and walked away with some gold, silver and bronze medals. Congratulations to Sgt. J. Sheagren and Officer J. Whortenbury. Next year the games will be in Tampa. I believe we will do even better and take home more medals.

Now that Goombay and Fantasy Fest are over, we look forward to the holidays coming up. I would like to wish each and every member of the Sheriff’s Office a happy holiday season. I hope to see everyone before that, but I’ll say it here just in case I don’t.

Remember, if you have a gripe or complaint, you feel frustrated and no one seems to want to listen, let me know. Maybe I can help, or if you just want to vent, I’ll be happy to listen. I can be contacted at the following:

Work: 853-3266; Beeper: 334-2437; Email: jailer2@aol.com; FAX: 451-6049; Cell Phone: 451-8610.

Employee Spotlights

D/D Derek Shine, Key West

D/D Shine was born and raised in Key West and attended Key West High School.

“I went to High School with Donna Moore – if that ain’t enough to give you gray hair! Smile, Donna!”, Shine said.

After his mother passed away, he moved to Miami with his brother and graduated from Miami Central Senior High School on June 16, 1977. In July of that year, he moved back to Key West. On April 14, 1978 he joined the U.S. Army, where he served 8 years. He then moved to Columbus, Georgia until August of 1988, when he again moved back to Key West. He began working as a security guard and firefighter. Some years down the line, Sgt. Burghoy, Sgt. Menapace and Officer Burch suggested that he get a better job working for the Sheriff’s Office. He started working as a Corrections Officer on January 12, 1996 and has been here ever since.

Shine has been married 19 years to Tammy and they have two children, Declara and Derek, Jr. His hobbies are watching Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat and the Florida Marlins, working overtime and playing on his computer.

D/D Luis Gonzalez, Plantation Key

Everyone loves a success story and this is definitely the making of one. Born in Havana in the sixties, Luis learned that accomplishment is the result of a good work ethic, and persistence. Luis paid his dues working in dispatch waiting for the opportunity to attend the Corrections academy. There he proved his abilities to handle crisis and emergencies with good judgment and utilization of his training.

As a dispatcher, Luis received a call at 0604 one morning from a man whose wife was about to give birth to their second child. Luis relied on instruction cards that dispatchers have at their stations called Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) cards. Additionally, he had just finished Emergency Medical Technician training. Following Luis’ instructions, the man helped his wife deliver an 8 pound 1 ounce, 21 inch boy. A few minutes later at 0612 the ambulance arrived and took the mother and child to the hospital.

Luis continues to return to the community by being a volunteer firefighter in the upper Keys. When his busy schedule allows, he loves to go diving and boating, or hunting and camping. His personal goals include security and happiness for his wife and two children and his professional goal is to have a successful law enforcement career.

Sgt. Kevin Burgohy, Key West

Sgt. Kevin Burgohy was born and raised in Key West, Florida. He attended Key West High School and graduated in 1972. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1976 for a taste of the Big City, but in 1981 the Big City got a little too fast, so he moved back home to the city he loves, Key West.

Sgt. Burgohy is a lover of jazz and clothes. He loves to dress. That’s the only thing he misses about Atlanta. You can dress there all year round.

Sgt. Burgohy is married to Mechelle and has two girls, Brittiny and Tempestt and he and his wife are expecting another girl next month.

D/D Voreece Williams, Key West

Voreece Williams was born in Key West, Florida. She graduated from Key West High School and has a two-year degree from Florida Keys Community College. She has attended St. Leo’s College and is seeking a degree in Criminal Justice. Voreece is married to Gregory Williams and they have two children, David and LaShawn Gray.

She is a proud grandparent of three: David, Jr., Librianna and Mikayla Gray, all of Key West. Voreece has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since 1982 under three different Sheriff’s: the late William Freeman, Alison DeFoor and, of course, Sheriff Rick Roth.

During her off duty time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, riding a bicycle and walking. She has been a long time member of the Bethel AME Church of Key West where she serves as Financial Secretary of the Trustee Board. Voreece has held various positions since joining the Sheriff’s Office. She is dual certified in law enforcement and corrections.

Jay Terrell, Program Coordinator, Sheriff’s Drug Program

Jay has been a contract employee with the Sheriff’s Program since October 1997. She is a native of North Carolina and considers California her “second” home state.

Jay relocated to Key West after her divorce. She has lived in many different places while married to a Coast Guard aviator. She returned to college and received a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology while refurbishing a 35-foot sailboat that was home until recently.

She has four children, all living on their own, and one grandson. They live from Maine to California and visiting them is her greatest pleasure. Jay loves fishing, gardening, cats, crafts and living in Key West. She believes this is eh best job she has ever had and loves her work.

Around the Office

From the Office of Internal Affairs

By Lt. Cindy Peryam

Just a note from Internal Affairs (or the office formally known as Professional Standards) to let everyone know we now have two new inspectors working (?) for us.

It all started when Inspector Donnie Elomina (or Aluminum) jumped ship and defected to the other side…actually it was a promotion to Sergeant (Yea Donnie!!!) and a transfer to Special Operations, but the point is he left us! We do miss you Donnie…Susie has no one to pick on!

So, I was forced to seek out a new inspector and was lucky enough to select Inspector Luis Vega. In addition to Luis, I was very fortunate to acquire a budgeted position from Corrections (I heard that, Rothman!!) and now have Inspector John (Jay) Sheldon permanently assigned to Internal Affairs. Jay is Corrections certified which will help with the Jail investigations, although he will be doing both jail and road.

Welcome aboard to both Luis and Jay! Stop by and say hello to them….before they find you!

For Your Information

Art Behind Bars Birthday a Success

By Lynne Vantriglia, Executive Director

Art Behind Bars recently had it’s 6th Birthday Party at the Pier House in
Key West. Left to right, Art Behind Bars Director Lynne Vantriglia, Judge Ruth Becker and Sheriff Rick Roth.

Art Behind Bars, the art-based community service program for inmates in the Monroe County Detention Center, is pleased to announce that almost 400 people turned out on Sunday, September 10th for their “6th Birthday Party Show”, at the Pier House Resort’s Caribbean Spa and Conference Center. The event featured inmate artwork from all over the country in addition to showcasing the many community service projects of this award winning program. There was also a silent auction of more than 90 donated works of art and other wonderful items, with all proceeds benefiting Art Behind Bars, Inc.

This exciting annual event was sponsored in part by Zonta, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Monroe County Council of the Arts. Live music was provided by the M&Ms and Jim Wist. Birthday cake was donated by Publix; First State Bank donated banking services. Volunteers from Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville helped work the show for the fifth straight year.

This year’s show was lovingly dedicated to the memory and creative inspiration of the late, great Jeff MacNelly who designed this year’s poster and invitation artwork. Officer Cathy Burch designed this year’s banners as a homage to Jeff. He will be sorely missed.

For more information about the program, please visit our website at www.artbehindbars.org.

What’s Happening

Christmas parties are coming up!

The Lower Keys Christmas Party, sponsored by FOP Lodge #28 will be on Friday, December 8th at 7 p.m. at the Navy BOQ in Key West. Tickets are $17.50 per person and include an all-you-can-eat buffet, entertainment and a minimal cash bar. You can purchase your tickets from Sgt. Joe Passerelli, Dep. Eric Lundberg, Dep. Geni Hernandez, Dep. Charlie Cobb, Dep. Butch Albury or Records Supervisor Pat Silver.

The Middle Keys Christmas Party, sponsored by FOP Lodge #73 will be on Saturday, December 16th at 7 p.m. at the Hawk’s Cay Resort on Duck Key. The party will include an all-you-can-eat buffet, open bar and entertainment. Contact Carol Cain in Key Vaca dispatch for more information, ccain@keysso.net.

Training information:

The Institute of Police Technology and Management will present a Speed Enforcement/Aggressive Driving Conference March 6-8, 2001 in Kissimmee, Florida. Immediately following the conference, on March 9th, they will offer “Safe and Legal Traffic Stops”, a one day training course. For more information, visit their website at www.iptm.org, or contact IPTM at (904)620-IPTM.

Kids enjoy Halloween in Marathon

On October 31, 2000 Myra Delatorre of the Marathon Housing Authority Youth Group and Deputy Lin Badman of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office held a Halloween Party for the children of Eastwind Apartment Complex, 240 Sombrero Beach Road. Donations were received from local Marathon business, including the Mason’s Lodge #323, Winn Dixie, Big K-Mart and Papa John’s. These donations allowed the children to receive Halloween gift bags consisting of gifts, beads, and candies. Refreshments of pizza, cupcakes, cookies, and soda were also provided. A small costume contest was held with prizes given for best baby, best boy, and best girl.

No, Hell has not frozen over and Emil LaVache really IS learning to use a computer….Way to go Emil!

Funnies

From the Internet

Five Point Plan to avoid being shot by police:

1. Don’t Commit Violent Crimes. It seems elementary, but this rule is lost on many. They do the crime, get shot, and then wonder how it could possibly happen. They whine that it is so unfair. Well, Slick, violent crime, like jumping in front of moving cars, is just a high-risk occupation, and, in case you missed it, committing violent crime makes police officers think you might not be a good person.

2. If you ignore rule #1, and the police confront you, Don’t Run Away From Them. I know it’s hard to believe, but that may make them think you’re guilty of something. Hiding in bushes or closets makes some cops (mostly older ones) very nervous. They might even foolishly conclude that you’re up to no good!

3. If you disregard rules 1 and 2, and the cops catch up with you anyway and inform you you are under arrest, Don’t Make Fast Movements With Your Hands. I know it sounds silly, but grabbing a shiny beer can, a dark-colored wallet or one of those snazzy and real-looking replica guns may make police officers mistakenly believe that you are about to hurt them.

4. If you disregard rules 1, 2 and 3, and manage to get what looks like a deadly weapon into your hands, Don’t Point It At The Cops. We all know you’re basically a nice person, but that may be lost on the police officers confronting you. In their paranoia, they may even believe they need to protect themselves.

5. If you disregard rules 1,2.3 and 4 Don’t Be Astonished If The Cops Do Not Instantly Turn Into Your Personal Confidante. They may be too preoccupied to realize that you’re normally a splendid person and that you’re just having a bad day. They may be too preoccupied to see that when you point a weapon at them in a threatening manner, it is just your way of crying out for help. We both know that the whole problem can be traced to the fact that your mother didn’t breast feed you, but some police officers are so cynical they just don’t see it.

So, there you have it. If you really apply yourself and obey even most of the rules listed above, I bet you’ll avoid the vast majority of police gunfire.