July-August 2002 Edition

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

Table of Contents

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Sheriff's Report
General News

Bureau of Operations
Commendations and Awards

Support Services
What’s Happening


 

Sheriff Rick Roth accepts special gift from New York/New Jersey Transit Officer Danny DiPrimo, during the dedication ceremony for the new Law Enforcement Memorial statue.

Sheriff Roth with the memorial statue, positioned in front of the memorial fountain at the Stock Island Headquarters complex.


Sheriff’s Report

July and August have been busy with budget meetings, and other events in the Sheriff’s Office. The eight traffic enforcement officer positions we requested in our initial budget proposal were cut almost immediately, but the rest of the proposed budget has survived intact so far, including the six percent salary increase we requested.

Because we are once again holding the line on our operating costs in our proposed budget, this means we must all continue to watch every cent we spend very carefully. This year, we had to freeze all training in May, and freeze all non-critical spending shortly after that. If we aren’t careful, next year will be even more difficult, financially.

July also saw a rather uneventful sport lobster season. Thanks to everyone who put in time making sure the residents of our county as well as the visitors enjoyed their lobster hunting both safely and legally.

During the first two weeks of August, we had two special events take place at the Stock Island Detention Center: the unveiling of our Police Memorial Statue and a ribbon cutting to announce the completion of the Juvenile Justice building. Major Tommy Taylor and his erstwhile helpers at the Detention Center did an admirable job planning and executing both events.

The Juvenile Justice building should be ready for its new occupants, at least those in the top floor offices, by October. The new workout facility will take a little longer, but should be finished by the end of the calendar year.

Bids for work on the old Mariners Hospital building are expected in September. I know Captain Bell-Thomson and the whole Sector 7 crew is looking forward to finally having a nice building to work in. Thanks to everyone for their patience over the past few years. You all deserve a medal for working in the old building for so long. Just be patient for a little while longer.

We should all be gearing up soon for a busy Labor Day weekend. Let’s try and make it a safe one for everyone who lives here and visits us, particularly on the highway, where we will definitely be seeing traffic backups and other vehicle related problems.

In the meantime, stay safe and thanks for all your hard work.

General News

New Cell Phones

Due to AT&T’s withdrawal from the Keys market, MCSO will be switching to Nextel as our provider of cell phone service.  Due to a new promotional program, Nextel is now competitive with other vendors.  The cell phones, model i60c, have been ordered. 

Each phone is allotted 500 minutes, which are pooled with all users on the Nextel plan.  Calls which are to others within our “group” are unlimited, and do not count toward the 500 plan minutes. 

The plan offers voicemail and caller ID.  The phones come with a wall charger, and car chargers have been ordered as well. 

The plan does not have provisions for “nights and weekends” restrictions.

Hurricane Preparedness – Cash Advance Program

This program allows you to take an advance on your salary in the event of evacuation due to a hurricane.  This program goes into effect when the County Emergency Management Services calls for an evacuation of residents.

You must sign up for this program each year.  Your participation does not carry over from year to year.  The signup form is located in the Finance Department Public Folder in Outlook.  Print the form, complete it, and sent it to Brenda Winegarden in the Finance Department.  The amount of the salary advance can be up to $400 per member.  The advance will be repaid through payroll deductions of $50 per pay period.  

The advance can be picked up at Key West Headquarters, KVSO substation or PKSO substation.  You will have to present a Sheriff’s Office picture I.D. or a driver’s license, indicate the amount of money you want, and sign next to your name. 

If you want to designate someone to pick up your advance, there is a place on the signup form to do this.  At the time of pickup, the designee will have to provide a driver’s license or other valid picture I.D.

If you have any questions about this, please call Brenda Winegarden at 292-7012 or email at BrendaW@keysso.net.

Notice to all MCSO members:

By Sandra Bartlett, Information Systems

Recently, we have had more discussions regarding bulk e-mailing vs. public folder postings. 

Information Systems would like to remind all members that each individual's email consists of more than just their "Inbox" or "Contacts" or "Calendar" folders.  It also includes any appropriate public folders.  Meaning, one individual might require Sector 1 info, while another would require Sector 7 info, but ALL individuals require information from HR, FINANCE, etc…  Please take the time to review not only your personal folders, but also the Public Folders. 

We would like to point out that there is an “Announcements” Folder for all Members to use.  We encourage the use of this folder instead of sending a mass email.  Please feel free to post any information regarding events, news, etc…  It can even be used to notify members of new postings in other public folders.

Also, if anyone is having any difficulty with their email, please call (or have someone email us for you), so Information Systems can check it.

Low cost health insurance for kids

Many of you may not know that there are options available for low cost children's health insurance.

Most of us in the Sheriff's Office wouldn't fit the income requirements for Florida Kidcare, a no cost or extremely low cost health insurance program for Florida kids of all ages. If you or someone you know is "low income" however, you can visit their web site at www.floridakidcare.org to find out more information about it. It is a truly terrific program.

Everyone who has kids qualifies for Florida's "Healthy Kids" program, which offers low cost health insurance for kids aged 5 and over. This program costs $128.00 per child per month for health insurance ($148.00 per month with dental insurance included). There is no deductible and it is 100% coverage instead of our 80%. There is a small $3.00 co-pay for prescriptions and very small co-pays for some office visits ($3 - $10).

For families with just one child, or even with two, this could be a really affordable option. By the time you pay the monthly cost for a dependant, and the huge deductible we have along with the increased cost of our prescriptions, many people will save money with the Health Kids program. I understand many local doctors are included in this plan, as well.

This could really work for some families. If you are interested, visit their web site at http://www.healthykids.org/index.html for more information.

Bureau of Operations

South Florida HIDTA Intelligence Center (SFLHIC)

Also known as the Executive Office of the President of the United States (EOP) Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) South Florida HIDTA Intelligence Center (SFLHIC)

By Graphics Analyst Sharon Franklin

Although some of us have been with MCSO for more than ten years, most of you are not even aware we exist, so let us enlighten you as to who we are, as well as, what we do.

Located in Miramar (southwest Broward county), the South Florida HIDTA Intelligence Center has  13 MCSO personnel onsite, in addition to personnel from BSO, DEA, DOD, FBI, FDLE, Florida National Guard, Hialeah PD, Miami-Dade PD, NDIC, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Customs, as well as, computer support personnel from MANTECH.  Gary F. Grimm is the overall Coordinator at the center that houses approximately 65 law enforcement personnel.  He is a retired U.S. Customs Supervisory Special Agent who has been appointed as a Captain with MCSO by Sheriff Roth. 

The Center's duties are mostly investigative support, both administrative and analytical.  We provide a timely exchange of intelligence information from federal, state, local, HIDTA and commercial databases with all HIDTA initiatives and participating law enforcement agencies. Strategic and tactical intelligence is collected, analyzed and disseminated in support of drug trafficking, drug related money laundering, firearms trafficking and drug related violent crimes.

Housed within the Center is U.S. Customs Service Blue Lightning Operations (BLOC) and the Southeast Regional Domestic Security Task Force, a joint task force which provides support and investigative coordination between the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and FDLE's Office of Statewide Intelligence (OSI).

One of our most widely used programs is called NINJAS (Narcotics Information Network Joint Agency System).  The Center provides access to the NINJAS, a statewide event driven de-confliction program designed to prevent law enforcement from unknowingly conducting undercover transactions against one another or in dangerously close proximity to one another. The Center also provides various forms of graphic support for case analysis, court presentations and investigations in the form of link charts, graphs, flow charts, time lines and photo line-ups.

If you haven't been to the Center for training, you're missing the boat!  We offer mission enhancement training for investigations, analysis and computer programs not readily available by other means.  Specialized courses include PenLink Analysis, Analyst Notebook, and intermediate and advanced courses in Microsoft Word, Access and Excel.  Additionally, money laundering, financial and mortgage fraud courses are offered, as well as, topical courses/conferences on specific crime threats and issues such as methamphetamine, R.I.C.O-Gangs and Street Drugs, Rave-Party Drugs and airport interdiction.  Please visit our facility when you’re in the area.

Sector 7 Report

This is it from Sector 7 this month: Goofy and Goofier! Corey and Peggy Bryan went to Disney World with Ross Thomson and Jenny Bell-Thomson recently. Corey had no trouble finding someone at Disney to identify with….

Lower Keys Report

By Captain Rick Ramsay

Well out with the old and in with the new as they say!  I would like to say good bye to now Det. Jack Bernhard and wish him all the best in his new assignment.  Jack has worked long and hard to get a chance to become a narcotics officer and I'm sure will do a fine job.  I would also like to welcome aboard our new deputies throughout the county with their recent graduation from F.K.C.C. as well as to say GOOD JOB as all have passed the state exam.  I would like to welcome Deputies Duncan, Webber and Ramos to the Cudjoe Key patrol station and wish them all the best of luck. 

Stock Island Clean-up: “Operation  Face-lift”

By Sgt. J.B. Flatter

Everyone who has cause to drive, walk or ride a bike on Stock Island should be noticing a big change in the appearance of the areas just adjacent to the Highway on both sides. Deputy Matt Dowling, Sector One’s new Community Policing Officer, has undertaken the largest clean-up project to date along the 1.8 mile stretch of roadway. 

Deputy Dowling has been working with Cynthia Snell, the City of Key West’s Landscape Coordinator, along with six other City of Key West employees, and four Monroe County Jail trustees to begin clearing underbrush and overgrown vegetation on both sides of the road from one end to the other. 

The area had become unsightly and potentially dangerous in places due to the heavy growth that had collected a large amount of trash and was a possible haven for illegal activities such as drug sales and other suspicious activities. With the clearance of the area, it will be both more pleasing to the eye and less intimidating than in the past for those who choose to walk, run or bicycle there. Additionally, deputies on patrol will be able to be more effective on their patrols of the area without the overgrown vegetation blocking the view.

Deputy Dowling also spearheaded the cleanup of the Key Haven boat ramp area in 1999.  That area has remained relatively trash-free since then, and abandoned vehicles no longer accumulate in the boat ramp area. 

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank Deputy Dowling for his outstanding efforts to clean up the community for everyone.  We appreciate his ingenuity, and congratulate him on yet another job well done.

The Stock Island clean up, spearheaded by Deputy Matt Dowling, aims to clean up the areas adjacent to Highway U.S. One.

Report from Sectors 4 and 5

By Lt. Larry Kelley

There has been a lot of movement going on in Marathon in the last few months.  To begin with, we have taken on the awesome task of Field Training 5 (THAT’S RIGHT-5) new Deputies at the same time.  I have to commend our Field Training Supervisor, Sergeant Susan Greenwood and her entire Field Training staff for their efforts and fortitude in this task.

I would like to welcome Deputy Iscandel Perez who comes to us from the Key West Correctional Facility and Deputy Derrick Paul who comes to us from Marathon Corrections where he was a Sergeant.  Deputy Sonia Morgan comes to us from Key West Court Security and Deputies Frank Morey and Charmaine Pandol come to us from the latest graduating class of the FKCC Police Academy.  Welcome to all and I encourage you to strive to learn from the excellent trainers we have provided for you during your Field Training Program.

We are sad to see Deputy Greg McNally leave the Sheriff’s Office due to family matters.  Greg was a very highly respected and hard working officer here in Marathon and we will miss him very much.

I’m sorry to report that Deputy Chuck (there ain’t nobody in Marathon that I don’t know or cannot identify) Kellenberger has left the Sheriff’s Office to continue his career in Public Safety with the Marathon Fire Department as a full time Paramedic.  Wait, no, he’s back!  He has agreed to continue to serve the Sheriff’s Office as a part-time employee and help us to fill manpower sensitive shifts when needed or FTO positions when necessary but only on a part-time basis.  NO, WAIT, he’s back with us as a full time deputy!  Ok, I’ll leave it there-he is making me dizzy.  Let there be no doubt that Marathon Fire Department’s loss is our gain.

Congratulations to Deputy Charlene Huff for her selection as the new Crime Scene Technician in the Special Investigations Division.  She will be transferred officially next week to that division and we will miss her smile, her laugh and her professional abilities here in Marathon.  But, actually we will not be losing a Marathon Deputy; we will be gaining a Marathon Detective so it’s not that bad of a deal.

We really made a run at taking the entire Officer of the Quarter Ceremony this last time.  Deputy Harry Boyden was selected as Officer of the Quarter, Detention Sergeant Roger Bluestone took Detention Deputy of the Quarter, Reserve Sergeant David Campbell was the Reserve of the Quarter and Debra Simpson was named Support Person of the Quarter.  Congratulations to you all and keep making us proud.

I would like to commend the efforts of the Marathon Lobster Mini-Season Task Force that was assigned in plain clothes to work the shores, ramps, docks and the waters during the last mini season on July 24th and 25th.  Deputies Harry Boyden and Willie Guerra and Reserve Sergeant Dave Campbell and Reserve Deputy Danny Chu (taking time out from the clouds) checked 87 boats or individual fishermen on shore.  A total during the two days of 817 lobsters were measured and they found only four to be undersized.  Warnings were issued and the lobsters were returned to the water alive in each incident.  An additional stop and check of a docking boat was made at a motel in Marathon and 5 out of 9 lobsters on board were found to be short and the fisherman was charged with the offense.  In that case the lobsters were already dead so they were “returned to the food chain”-no it is not what you think-they were thrown into the bay to become fish food.

We have performed a couple of undercover surveillances in Marathon and have turned the information over to the Special Investigations Division for their continued attention and operations in those matters are forthcoming.  I would like to thank Lieutenant Peryam of the Internal Affairs Unit for her continued assistance for manpower whenever we need it for our special operations.  With that in mind I want to thank Captain Rick Ramsay and Lieutenant Simpson of Sector 1 for their continued assistance in affording us manpower off and on when we are in need due to our training schedules lately.  It is a great feeling to know that we are never a single city of 13 officers or a single district of 28 deputies-WE ARE AN ORGANIZATION OF OVER 200 OFFICERS.  Sector or division boundaries are not “do not pass through” zones.  One phone call and those boundaries can be broken.  We tend to forget that at times. 

Deputies Chuck Meier and Ernie Paton teamed up with the eyes and ears of Reserve Sergeant Dave Campbell to apprehend a couple of juvenile burglars from the Layton area.  Dave spotted the vehicle in Islamorada and called in Islamorada troops to make the arrest and Detective Lionel Vargas was able to investigate and close not only the primary burglary case but another as well from the two young criminals.

Let me update you on our enforcement efforts in Marathon:

In June we arrested 9 DUIs, wrote 465 tickets and 175 warnings, made 8 felony arrests, 53 misdemeanor arrests and served 30 warrants.  All this in addition to 49 zone improvements, 352 night-eye contacts, all of our building checks, watch orders and directed patrols.

In July we arrested 11 DUIs, wrote 380 tickets and 227 warnings, made 27 felony arrests, 52 misdemeanor arrests and served 10 warrants.  All this in addition to 14 zone improvements, 219 night-eye contacts, all of our building checks, watch orders and directed patrols.

All of this while being short staffed by five in training and all the while burning off excessive vacation time throughout the sectors.  It is this drive in all of our members that I admire so much.  I enjoy coming to work each and every day knowing that I will be surrounded by such hard working professionals.

Please keep some of our employees in your thoughts as they go through some tough medical times.  Deputy Jen Lascala is recovering from major surgery and Marathon Station Records Carolyn McKenzie is on crutches due to a broken ankle.  Sergeant Sam Cassel’s son is suffering from a seriously fractured arm and Zone Commander Sergeant Richard Heber’s wife is also recovering from serious surgery.  Our prayers are with each and every one of them.

I guess that is all from the big city for now.  Be safe out there.

AND REMEMBER:.........."You are ALWAYS downwind from pepper spray".

The Marathon Substation wished a sincere “Happy Birthday” to Sgt. Richard Heber recently.

Sector 6

New K-9 Addition to Islamorada Sector

By Lt. Tom Brazil

Attached are pictures of the newest addition to the Monroe County Sheriffs Office Islamorada District. K-9 Storm is a 3 1/2 year old Belgian Malinois. Sgt. Tim Hurd, a 10 year veteran of the Sheriffs Office, and Storm recently completed a combined course of 460 hours training at K-9 Concepts Training Center in Broussard, Louisiana. Storm is certified in narcotics detection, criminal apprehension, handler protection and basic obedience. Storm was purchased for the Islamorada District by Sheriff Rick Roth out of funds seized during the course of criminal investigations, at no cost to the taxpayers.


Sgt. Tim Hurd with his new partner, Storm.

Other Operations Divisions

Personal Watercraft Patrol

By Sgt. Lou Caputo

Monday, July 29th was a beautiful day to be on the water! Fourteen eager members of the Monroe county Sheriff’s Office met at the Key Largo Fire Station to begin their training on the Sheriff’s Office newest wave runners from Riva Yamaha’s Law Loaner Program, which now includes the FX 140 four stroke wave runners. The PWC Orientation by MCSO Sgt. Lou Caputo and FWC Officer Steve Acton included history of the program, water safety, applications and techniques of law enforcement on wave runners and how to care for the machines.

Then the classroom moved to America Outdoors beach. While some of the deputies practiced launching the wave runners, others enjoyed their swimming test in Buttonwood Bay, the rest of the class practiced throwing the life ring (which all officers carry in their cars) until they had all completed each task. With one of the three experienced PWC officers: Sam Castle, Jim Ford or Sgt. Simoga, pairs of deputies began practicing maneuvering the wave runners until they were ready to try the serpentine course themselves. It looks like fun, but a great deal of skill is involved as those who were thrown from the machines or lost sun glasses learned!

Now they were ready for the exciting part. Each officer, riding a wave runner at up to 60 mph, practiced “pulling over” a speeding boat. Bringing their PWC in sight of the boat’s driver, Officer Steve Acton, they signaled him to cut his engine and then safely moved next to his vessel. Steve gave them many tips about what each officer should look for to keep the boating public safe.

After all the exciting chases, search and rescue techniques sounded a little boring, but the deputies soon discovered that on the water, this too is an intense experience. Sgt. Caputo dropped off a deputy in a personal flotation device (pfd) with a bright orange ring at some distance from the class. Their job was to find the man in the water. Forming a search grid, they quickly realized how difficult it was to find someone in the water, even when the victim is waving frantically.

By 7 p.m. all the students had completed their orientation to PWC and the wave runners were loaded back on their Riva Yamaha trailers. The group which had met at 8 a.m. that morning was now ready to return to their patrol areas to cover the over 2900 Square nautical miles of near shore waters we have here in Monroe County. Those newly certified PWC Officers are: David Campbell, Laura Garcia, Sever Hustad, David Johnson, Matthew Koval, Donald MaCallaster, Theodore Migala, Jr., Kevin Mimosa, Eric Mixon, Captain Robert Peryam, George Rosemeyer, Kirk Salvatori, Sheila Seago and Wilson Williams.

 Waverunner Training, 2002

 

 Traffic Enforcement

By Sgt. Glen Test

The Traffic Enforcement Unit is fully staffed and ready for the up-coming Labor Day holiday.  The unit has been tending to numerous ancillary duties, such as filling in for school crossing guards and bailiffs, which tends to give the impression that we are never around when you need us.  Hopefully things will settle down with regard to those ancillary duties, and we will be able to get back on schedule with wolf packs and regular traffic enforcement! 

The new Harleys are in use, which finalizes the updating of the fleet.  Hopefully a DOT grant we applied for will be approved any day now which will allow us to add one more Deputy.  The new position will be specifically aimed at our "Traffic Target Areas", and it will be that Deputy's assignment to roam the county enforcing those areas.  If approved the new position will be a motorcycle position. 

We have also requested funds to provide overtime money for wolf packs and traffic details, as well as to purchase new lasers and other traffic equipment.  Once we get back on track with our wolf pack schedule, we encourage any Road Patrol units who want to, and who can,  to join us.

Above is a picture of Lt. Allen’s patrol car, which as you can see, displays the proud title of his new position….”Parking Enforcement Commander.” Lt. Allen is quite proud of his new position and is taking his new responsibilities very seriously. He has been actively patrolling parking lots and enforcing all parking statutes and county ordinances. Some say he has taken his new job too seriously – he insists that deputies salute his “Parking Enforcement Commander” vehicle  when he drives by. Personally, I think it is a refreshing change. As long as you don’t double park or make traffic stops in no parking zones, he won’t interfere.

Communications

Employee Spotlight: Dave Campbell

Submitted by Communications Supervisor Carol Cain

I would like to spotlight "Super" Dave Campbell. Going back to the beginning just a little for those who don't know Dave. Dave joined the reserves in Marathon in 1998. Soon he was FTO in communications as a reserve. At the time Dave did not have a work visa for the States. Dave completed his FTO training then volunteered his time as a communications officer on a midnight shift.

Working for FREE... and never called out one day sick.

Finally he got his green card and we started paying him March 2000.

He is also a high profile member of the  Honor Guard where he plays his pipes (with his Super wife Tracey) and does his time as a reserve Lt.. Dave is our Marathon official parking enforcement officer, he performs these duties on his days off. In his free time he coaches hockey at the Marathon City Park and flies with Sky Marshall Pandol. Meanwhile he works his shifts in communications as a training officer and still has not been out sick one day. Some people may call Dave excessive but when its hitting the fan there is nobody better to have by your side to help pull you out of it.

Kudos to you O'Davey boy!!!

Explorer Drill Team takes home First Place in State competition

By School Resource Officer and Explorer Advisor Tammy Jensen

The adrenalin is pumping; the rain is falling; yet the Monroe County Explorer Drill Team stands at attention. The judges are inspecting their uniforms. Soon the Squad Leader will be handed a card with a series of stationary drill commands she must memorize.

She calls out the commands and the team executes them all properly. This is the easy part. The Squad Leader takes her place and calls the group to “Port……Arms”, the drill has begun. Each member is in step, rifles twirl as the Squad Leader walks the line; she turns and walks back through the line as rifles are tossed in front of and behind her. Their timing is good as rifle butts bang the ground, boots march and hands slap sides in unison. This is what they have trained for and they deliver an excellent performance.

The Explorers have been busy the last couple of months, and that work has paid off in the form of a First Place award. It all started when they found out there was going to be competition at the June State Conference of the Florida Sheriff’s Explorer Association (FSEA), which is sponsored by the Florida Sheriffs Association.

“The purpose of the association is to bring together Sheriff’s Explorer posts in the State of Florida in an effort to further the knowledge and understanding of law enforcement, fostering interest and assist in informing and organizing new posts, further the relationship between the youth and their communities while representing their respective agencies, coordinate and enhance the progression of member units through training and programming, assist law enforcement agencies throughout the state, maintain organization through proper communication, maintain an image and follow the guidelines as approved by the organizational sponsor, The Florida Sheriffs Association.” (taken from www.fsea.4mg.com)

Quarterly delegates meetings are held around the state, hosted by different counties each quarter and attended by 200-250 Explorers. Monroe County hosted the week long June State Conference in 1995 and 1998. Explorers receive training in various law enforcement related topics, learn leadership and elect their own governing board as well as networking with Explorers from 39 counties throughout the state of Florida.

This year’s State Delegates meeting was full of competition. Explorers could compete in Felony Traffic Stops (4 member team), Domestic Disturbance Calls (2 member team), Fight/Stabbing Calls (2 member team) or Drill Team (7 member team). Monroe posts 904 and 905 competed in Domestic Disturbance. Post 905 did well in the Felony Traffic Stop competition and Posts 905 and 906 combined forces for the Drill Competition.

The Drill Competition was by far the most complicated. Teams were to be judged on appearance, drill command execution and a two-minute “Monkey Drill” of their own design. The Explorers on our team practiced 3 days a week, 2-3 hours a day for two months. They enlisted the help of the U.S. Coast Guard. Master Chief Hodges of USCG Station Marathon allowed two of his Petty Officers to train the team at their station. Each Explorer worked hard learning and then repeating the maneuvers over and over and over again till they got them right. Petty Officers Roche and Mats kept them busy and insisted they practice at home as well.

All that hard work paid off and these young people should be commended for their hard work and dedication. They were and continue to be terrific representatives of the Monroe County Sheriffs Department.

 

The Explorer Drill Team

Sheriff’s Deputies and kids go to camp

Sheriff’s deputies and Marathon youth attended a summer camp together in June. The camp, free of charge to the kids attending, focused on decision making skills, making the right choices in life and living a drug-free, crime-free lifestyle.

The summer camp,  the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) 2001 Youth Leadership and Challenge Camp, took place June 25th to 29th in Homestead at Camp Owaisa Bauer

Thirteen Marathon teens attended free of charge, sponsored by HIDTA and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Attending the camp was: Timeka Tubbs, Lisuani Sanchez, Onyo Sanchez, Mac Shepard, Tyrell Williams, Tamara Williams, Lyia Stewart, Nekita Leatherwood, Ashley McKnight, Brittany McKnight, Justin Holmes, Maryann Scott and Sergio Howard. Camp counselors from Monroe County were Deputies Linda Hartley, and Eric Mixon.

The purpose of the camp, as outlined in HIDTA Camp literature, is to impress upon the participants:

·        the consequences of poor decision making in their daily lives.

·        the benefits of making the right choices when it comes to choosing things like their peer group.

·        the importance of their attitude toward authority figures.

·        the importance of their treatment of others.

·        setting their personal goals for the rest of their lives.

·        The mission statement of the camp:

·        To expose the camp participants to a drug-free/crime-free lifestyle by utilizing mental and physical activity, bound together with educational speakers and teamwork-driven exercises designed to assist the youth in making positive changes and plans for their lives.

Some of the courses offered to participants during the four-day camp included:\

·        Drugs: Their effects and consequences

·        Leadership skills

·        Conflict resolution

·        Responsibility/Goal setting

“We had a great time, and I think the kids learned a lot,” said Deputy Linda Hartley. “Many of the kids had never attended a summer camp before, and the opportunity to attend the camp, coupled with the opportunity to learn, was really terrific,” she added.

Also contributing to the cost of attending the camp was ZONTA, which provided special T-shirts to the kids (for the second year in a row), Dr. David Parsons, who provided free physicals for the camp attendees (for the third year in a row!) and Go Tours of Marathon, which supplied transportation on a bus for the trip up and back.

Camp kids participate in a flag raising ceremony at HIDTA camp.

Deputy Eric Mixon shows the group photos of traffic homicide investigations after a presentation on the subject.

Commendations and Awards

Congratulations, Employees of the Second Quarter

SWORN: Deputy Harold Boyden Jr. Bureau of Operations, City of Marathon.  Deputy Harold Boyden Jr. was selected for this award as a result of his commitment to professional service. Dep. Boyden has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since August 8, 2000.  Deputy Boyden is the example of how Smart Cop and Community Policing works. Harold has done several zone improvements that have solved problems in his zone. One such recent project was the removal of a abandoned motor home filled with garbage. Needless to say, this was no easy task. But through his relentless effort, he worked with and persuaded a wrecker company to take care of the removal at their expense. He then conducted a criminal investigation for Illegal Dumpling. He located the registered owner and obtained a warrant and made the arrest. He then had the area where the dumping took place cleaned and posted.

Deputy Boyden is the “Jack Of All Trades” in Sector 4 and 5. He fills in when needed in Civil, Court Security, at special events, or anywhere else he is needed. Harold is our go to guy for problem solving. He not only resolves problems, but also does it so they do not re-occur.

Deputy Boyden always has a great attitude and is respected by his peers and supervisors. He is always looking for ways to improve himself and the community he serves.  His maturity is evident in his handling of sensitive situations such as the Marathon City Marina and Boot Key Harbor. Harold is also a Field Training Officer, who shares his knowledge and experience with others. Harold should be commended for his actions, professionalism, and the service orientated approach he takes towards the job.

SUPPORT: Secretary Deborah Simpson,  Bureau of Administration, Special Operations Secretary Deborah Simpson was selected for this award as a result of her commitment to professional service. Deborah has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since July 22, 1986.  Deborah is always willing to assist me with letters, memos, and any other tasks I assign her without hesitation, even though she is not assigned to me. I have Deborah typing for me on a continual basis and never has she complained or mentioned that she is not assigned to me. Although it is not her job, she does assignments I give her as well as assist with Records and the front lobby and fills in at those positions, when needed.

Recently, she did a driver’s license investigation for me on a prominent citizen resulting in saving his driver’s license from being suspended. Deborah is also very involved in the community through her church. Deborah is a well and valued member of the Sheriff’s Office. She does her job to a high quality and pitches in to make sure the community is served. Deborah should be commended for her actions, professionalism, and the service orientated approach she takes towards he job.

CORRECTIONS: Sergeant Detention Deputy Roger Bluestone, Bureau of Corrections, Security Division - KV Facility Sergeant Roger Bluestone was selected  for this award as a result of his commitment to professional service. Sergeant Roger Bluestone has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since August 29, 1988. Roger has consistently displayed his ability to lead by example. His dedication to detail, tireless effort, enthusiasm, work ethic and unquestionable loyalty to the agency are only among a few of the qualities that make him stand out. He has been a driving force in the daily operation of the Marathon Facility.

Sergeant Bluestone has responded many times to the needs of the facility, forgoing his own personal plans. Just recently, he withdrew from the Law Enforcement Games due to shift shortages at the facility. I have noticed that he always has gained the admiration of fellow staff members. He has managed to operate his shift although shorthanded, in a manner that displayed his problem solving abilities, initiative, job knowledge and always keeping concern for agency objectives at the top of his priorities.

Sergeant Bluestone all too often has performed many commendable tasks, but never received the acknowledgement that is due. And it is for his loyalty to the agency, concern for the agency, leadership and the professionalism he brings to the agency that Roger should be commended for his actions, professionalism, and the service orientated approach he takes towards he job.

RESERVE: Reserve Sergeant David Campbell, Bureau of Operations, Sector IV,  Reserve Section. Reserve Sergeant David Campbell was selected for this award as a result of his commitment to professional service. David has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since November 3, 1998. For years David has given thousands of hours of dedicated service to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the community he serves.

Dave goes on parking enforcement patrol on a weekly basis to enforce handicap parking violations, as well as other state and county violations. Dave works “every” special event that occurs in Marathon such as July 4th celebrations, the boat races, seafood festivals, and parades, just to mention a few. Dave does not work  them for just a few hours, but he works the entire events, even if it is all day and night. Dave also serves on a countywide basis with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. They don’t call him “Super Dave” for nothing. As you can see, he is involved in everything and never says no or complains. His answer is always “we can do that”.

Dave recently surveyed all of the handicap parking spaces in Marathon for proper markings and is working on a project to make them all legal by state statute. Dave sets up and organizes almost all of the Reserve events in Marathon. Reserve Sergeant Dave Campbell is a professional, dedicated team player and is an asset to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Last year Dave put in approximately one thousand hours and always puts in between eighty and hundred hours per month, every month.  Dave should be commended for his actions, professionalism, and the service orientated approach he takes towards he job.

EXPLORER: Explorer/Cadet Thomas C. Brazil, Bureau of Operations, Explorer/Cadet Section. Explorer/Cadet Thomas C. Brazil was selected for this award as a result of his commitment to professional service. Thomas was selected for his dedication and outstanding performance of duty while appointed as Sergeant of post 905. Explorer Cadet Brazil has volunteered to stand in the many positions of rank during the past year. Thomas made himself available to work the Christmas tree stand during the holidays when other member’s schedules did not permit them to be available. Many nights Thomas was at the stand to unload the incoming trees. This required him to work late into the night preparing for the next day’s sales. Not only did he work late to unload, but also was there the next morning during the sale. He made himself knowledgeable on all the tree types and was the main Explorer Cadet that would explain the trees to the customers. This fund raising detail earned over $1000.00 for the post to offset the cost of sending members to the delegates meeting throughout the year. Explorer Brazil has attended all three delegates meetings this year assisting the advisors and other Explorers without being prompted with a high degree of accuracy. He would explain the rules and hold the other members to them, showing a tremendous improvement of his leadership. Thomas participated in the upper keys relay for life 2002 where he volunteered to walk during the night hours along with some of the older Explorers realizing that the younger Cadets would soon tire and want to sleep. During the first several weeks of the summer vacation Brazil would travel to Marathon Coast Guard Station three days a week where he and six other Explorers gave their time to train and ready themselves for the State delegates drill team competition. By these members volunteering their time to train, proving to be especially effective in the development and use of supportive  skills, and effectively capitalizing on their joint strengths the drill team for Monroe County Sheriff’s Explorer/Cadet program seized the first place trophy. Explorer Brazil excelled in achieving perfection, as he was the lead with the rifles that set the drills in motion. Explorer Cadet Brazil excelled in years old when he became a member of post 905. He is now 15 years old and will be entering high school at Coral Shores on Plantation Key. Brazil has always showed an interest in law enforcement and shares his training from the many Delegates meetings he has attended with the other members and assists the advisors with planning and the action of post assignments. Explorer/Cadet Thomas C. Brazil is a solid achiever. He achieves optimal levels of personal performance and accomplishments as he currently holds the position of Lieutenant. Thomas you are commended for your outstanding performance of duty. By  your meritorious service you have upheld the highest traditions of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Explorer/Cadet program.

Sgt. Jonathan Crane: Sheriff’s Medal Recipient

Sgt. Crane received a Sheriff’s Medal and a letter of commendation for saving an inmate who tried to commit suicide in his cell. Captain Penny Phelps wrote, “Your diligence in making rounds and conducting security checks of the inmates saved a person’s life…your quick actions and decisiveness ensured that the inmate received proper and necessary life-saving medical attention.”

 

Letters of Commendation:

Deputy Hugh Gibson:

Hugh was commended by Ronald Castellanos, M.D. for his assistance. According to the letter, “He went above and beyond and I will always appreciate that. I think it showed his integrity, his honesty, and his devotion…He really is a special person and I want to make sure that you recognize that your employees go out of their way at times and very few people will ever tell you that.”

Sgt. Gabor Simoga

Gabby was commended by Sgt. Michael D’Angelo, who works with the City of South Miami Police Department. Sgt. D’Angelo and his wife had vehicle problems while visiting the Keys. He says, “I was greatly impressed with Sgt. Simoga’s professionalism both from a Law Enforcement standpoint and as a citizen in need of assistance. He was sharply attired, his patrol car was clean and orderly and his attitude was nothing less than outstanding.”

Captain Rick Ramsay, Lt. Larry Kelley, Sgt. Daryl Hull, Deputy Frank Gianino and Deputy David Chavka

Stand up for animals commended these officers for helping with two situations involving dogs: one in which dogs had to be removed from a home; the other where a dangerous dog had to be taken into custody. The letter reads: “I greatly appreciate the assistance that was given so promptly and without question by Capt. Ramsay, Sgt. Hull and the deputies that came to our aid.”

Deputy Maretta McNichol

Jessica Martine wrote to Deputy McNichol to thank her for her help changing a tire. She said, “I’ve never forgotten your extraordinary kindness toward me two years ago when I was arrested in the hospital two days after my youngest son was born. You made sure I was given special treatment and consideration by the other officers and the inmates as well. God blessed me when you crossed my path at a very dark time in my life. It truly is the little things that make a difference. Seeing you again has given me the opportunity to let you know that you touched my heart and helped to change my life.”

Deputies Sever Hustad and James Ford

Fred Schuknecht, Inspector General from the Florida Department of Corrections wrote to Sheriff Roth commending the deputies for their assistance in serving a search warrant in Key Largo. He wrote, “Despite provocation, Deputies Hustad and Ford remained professional in their speech and actions. The search warrant was served without incident…such cooperation between agencies is very gratifying.”

Cira Villazon

Major Joel Widell recently commended MCSO/SFLHIDTA Forensic Accountant Cira Villazon for her work in a recent OCDETF case. “Ms. Villazon was…tasked with examining and analyzing voluminous amounts of records and transactions generated by this firm in its money laundering scheme…Assistant United States Attorney who prosecuted this case, Ron McCabe, came to my office after the trial and advised that Ms. Villazon’s analytical efforts and subsequent trail testimony were critical to the success of the investigation.”

Sgt. Dennis Cain

Sgt. Cain was commended by Deanna Lloyd, Executive Director of the Museums and Nature Center of Crane Point. He assisted her, and the Center, with a right-of-way issue which was disrupting the area near the entrance to the Center. She says, “On behalf of the Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust Board of Directors, its members, volunteers and staff, a sincere thank you goes to Sgt. Dennis Cain. He understands the problem and was instrumental in making a difference.”

Lt. George Simpson

Marilynn Simon, Senior Advisor to the Foundation Educational/Grants Scholarships thanked Lt. Simpson for spending his day serving on the Foundation’s Committee while they interviewed candidates for 2003-2004.

Deputy Kirstin Adams and Det. Sgt. Corey Bryan

These officers were commended by Karen Meadows for their assistance. They helped her get her truck back, after it was seized after her husband’s arrest. She wrote, “I want to commend both of these officers for service to me beyond the call of duty and I wish you to somehow give them a pat on the back from me.”

Deputy Manny Cuervo

Karen Ridgley commended Deputy Cuervo for his help after she and her parents had a tire go flat during the heat of the day just south of Kemp Channel. She says, “I am impressed by the help we received and the spirit in which it was offered to us. I feel more confident that my parents are in good hands here when I depart for Los Angeles, CA should they have future emergencies.”

Sgt. Joe Passarelli, Deputy John Allen and Deputy John O’Malley

Cameron P. Hintzen, Resident Agent in Charge for the U.S. Border Patrol commended these officers for their assistance in arresting two smugglers July 2, 2002 on Big Pine Key. He says, “Their hard work has lead to the criminal indictments of the two smugglers; the criminal indictment of the registered boat owner and the civil forfeiture of a 2002 Carrera go-fast vessel. The performance of these Officers, and indeed your whole station, reflects the high professional standards of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.”

Support Services

Human Resources Update

By Asst. Director Donna Moore

Congratulations! to the Law Enforcement and Detention Deputy Trainees who successfully completed the FKCC Basic Training course and passed the state certification examination. 

Law Enforcement Trainees

Chris Duncan

David Minor

Marlene Ramos

Chris Weber

Charmine DeSilva Pandol

Jason Castillo

Frank Morey

David Gilkinson

 

Detention Deputy Trainees

Adelaide Killen

Marcus Lott

Celso Hernandez

Jon Maggio

Kevin Disher

Joshua England

Elbert Dunn

John Costalakis

 

Thank You to Lieutenant Mitch Snider and the Training Division for a job well done.

Florida Retirement Information

Sworn Employees - If you are age 55 and vested, or any age with 25 years of service you are eligible to participate in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP)

Non Sworn Employees - If you are age 62 and vested, or any age with 30 years of service you are eligible to participate in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP)

For additional information on the DROP Program and other retirement information,  contact Donna A. Moore or Deshawn Jackson at (305) 292-7044, or visit the Florida Retirement web site at file:///C:/WINDOWS/Application%20Data/Microsoft/Word/www.myflorida.com/frs

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A Blast from the Past: A letter from a retired employee, and friend

Dear Becky,

Thanks for keeping me on your mailing list for the Rap Sheet. I look forward to receiving the publication which keeps me up on the actions of the Sheriff’s Office. I have now been retired for seven years, hard to believe, and still feel that I am a member of the Sheriff’s Office family.

I did work with many of the people mentioned in the Rap Sheet and it brings back many positive memories during my 11 year tenure. Even though I retired from Federal Civil Service with 38 years of service, the happiest years of my work experience was during the years with the Sheriff’s Office

If one wants to know the true meaning of “One Human Family” they only have to look at our Sheriff’s Office as a prime example. Best regards to Sheriff Roth for his consistent professional leadership and to the Sheriff’s Office past and present members for making my years with the Sheriff’s Office a pleasant memorable experience.

Sincerely,

Bill Curry

P.S. Keep the Rap Sheet rolling!

For Sale

There is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 952 sq ft condo for sale at Santa Clara for $205,000. Interested parties should contact Leslie Higgs at 296-0863.  See attached flyer for further info.

For Sale

Two weeks on Downtown Daytona Beach during next year’s Bike Week!

Two adjoining condominiums, each with an ocean view, full kitchen, washer and dryer, hot tub and Jacuzzi. Each unit will accommodate a maximum of 8 people.

Arrival Date: March 2, 2003

Departure Date: March 9, 2003

$3,600.00 for both units. Contact David “Buzz” Buzzel at 292-7030.

Guess Who?

We have two Guess Who photos for you this month……

This mystery lobster guy is showing off the size of his tails…..who do you think it is?

This more traditional Guess Who photo depicts an employee who works at the Headquarters building on Stock Island….that’s the only hint you get!