Date: January, 2004
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Florida Keys Community College named their new
Marine Public Safety Annex after Sheriff Roth. He recently spoke at the grand
opening and naming ceremony. Here he is in front of the building, pictured with
his wife, daughter and granddaughter.
The Sheriff's Office said good-bye to long time
employee, Colonel Bill McDonald. We'll all miss him, but we know he looks
forward to his long-awaited retirement. Enjoy!
Sector 6 Report
By Captain Joe Leiter
NEWS from Sector 6: The Holidays were busy
in Islamorada with the usual compliment of inbound tourist traffic. The week
between Christmas and New Years is traditionally the heaviest week of
traffic in the Keys with traffic backing up sometimes 8 miles on the US 1
stretch. The joke goes like this: The only way to get to the other side of
US 1 during the tourist, season is to be born there!
The Sheriff was up here this week to present the
keys to a seized car to Village Manager Bernie LaPira. The car, a 1996
Mercury was forfeited to the Sheriff's Office when it was used in a felony
in Islamorada. Islamorada will use the vehicle for Government business.
Sheriff Roth also recently agreed to purchase a new 225 HP motor for one of
the Village Patrol Boats to replace the 9 year old Johnson motor that is on
there now and to pay for an addition to our small Islamorada Station which
we have quickly outgrown. So to our boss we say....thank you, thank you!!!!!
Sheriff Roth hands over the keys to Bernie LaPira.
"This & That": We have had to use the road
spikes so much up here I have ordered 2 new sets, both for Sgt Kiffney's
squad.........and when we can't spike 'em we stop our BOLO vehicles anyway
The recent upgrade of Sgt Hurd's laptop produced
2 pounds of dog hair. Tim are you letting "Storm" send emails again?......we
have a new deputy in Sector 6, Adam Rabinowitz....no wait, he was just on
FMLA for the past 6 months, welcome back you missed all the fun.......ask
"Koolaid" how to play Keno in Las Vegas.......Our Secretary Vicki Bryan
finally got blinds installed in the front lobby, so Vicki, now what are you
going to do with all that sun block lotion? Well, that's it from the
Village.....it's another brutal winter day here....76 degrees, I just HATE
Report from Marathon and Sector 5
By Lt. Larry Kelley
Rapsheet time again? It never ends. But that’s
ok. It is a pretty easy thing to put together if you work in Marathon, where
there are always good things going on.
First, let me welcome to the job our new members.
Mike DiGiovanni who comes to us from Key West Corrections and Andrew Warwick
who comes to us from Bellaire Police Department (Jacksonville area). They
are both in our FTO program and they are doing great. We are all looking
forward to getting them out on their own and catching the “bad guys”, which
is what we do best. We are looking forward to receiving Diane Hart, who is
coming to us from NYPD and Amanda Barger who will be swapping over from
Communications. Their respective departments’ losses will, no doubt, be our
We bid a farewell to David Simons, who leaves us
for an opportunity in his further education, Louis Vega who goes to a
management opportunity in California and to Chuck Meier who is going to take
his skills to Iraq. We wish them all a safe journey and hope all their
dreams and aspirations come to pass.
We also had Lin Badman go to the Traffic Unit. We
will miss her smiling face and her commitment here, but her talents were
needed there and if I know her-she is showing them how it is done. U go
The hardest part of this job is to say goodbye to
the people who have touched our lives in the deepest way and have strived to
make a difference in all of our jobs. Richard Heber is such a person. He has
been a devoted member of this agency for over eleven years and has been a
Zone Commander in Sector 5 since its inception. Richard is the kind of man
who brings caring and loyalty to his workplace and strives to be the best he
can be. Richard has recently decided it is time for him and his lovely
bride, Cookie, to move to their home in North Carolina. He has told me this
is the hardest decision he has ever made and I believe him. I will miss his
assistance, his dedication and his caring here at the station and he will
truly be missed. We are having a retirement celebration on January
27th at Pizza and Pasta in Marathon and hope to see EVERYONE there. I want
to thank Linda Kohout for her initiative and help in setting up this
Richard Heber was recently promoted to
Lieutenant by the Sheriff
in anticipation of his upcoming retirement. Pictured is Captain Bob Peryam
presenting him with his new uniform at an informal ceremony at the Key Vaca
Another person who has meant so much to us is
Colonel Bill McDonald who we wished a farewell to at his going away
retirement celebration at the Rusty Anchor this month. Stay safe, Bill, and
we will always remember you for your steadfastness and insight. The Sheriff
and you have chosen a super replacement in Rick Ramsay. We look forward to
his support and oversight in the future as we did yours.
Congratulations to Sergeant Suzanne Morgan who
was selected to be Richard Heber’s successor as Zone Commander. I am sure
she will be every bit of the leader in that position as she has been as a
Road Supervisor. She has also just been selected to attend the next session
of SPI in Broward County. Good luck up there and I think the BCCC will never
be the same with the team of wonderful women we are sending them. If you
haven’t heard, Suzanne, Nancy Reidelbach and Sharon DelosSantos will be
going to this session. Look out Bob Krouse-we are sending you “da goods”!
I want to give out a job well done to Jake Brady
and Suzanne Morgan again for completing Mid Management recently. I am sure
the course was challenging and you will appreciate the knowledge that has
been imparted to you in your future biddings.
Zone Commander Dennis Cain has just been
proclaimed as fit for duty after an injury and we are happy to have him back
on the job-not that he has not been dedicating his talents to our computer
world in the interim. Derrick Paul was in the same boat and dedicated his
time on light duty to training all of our officers in the in-car
cyber-world. Thanks to both of these men for their efforts to help the cause
even when “duty challenged”. What never ceases to amaze me is the dedication
to duty that our officers put forth when the chips are down and the station
is in need. I love this place.
We had great success in our recent support of the
Florida Combined DUI and Safety Belt Enforcement Wave in the month of
December. We have just sent our results to Tallahassee, through our Traffic
Unit, and Dennis Coleman was top dog in his activity, this time, netting a
whopping 101 Seat Belt tickets during the period. I am sure this will make
their heads spin when they tally the results at the state capitol. This wave
is such an important part of our enforcement efforts as safety belt usage is
not only important for the safety of our motoring public but the subsequent
surveys are what are used to determine grant funding for some of our IPTM
police training. To everyone in Marathon, Sector 5 and all officers
countywide who set their sights on the target and attempted to focus on the
state’s request this season, thank you and keep up the good work.
Well, I will close for now. Stay safe out there
and keep focused on the mission.
AND REMEMBER….We are all here because we WANT to
be-not because we HAVE to be.
Sector 7 announces changes
Sector 7 Lt. Donnie Fanelli recently announced
some changes at the rank of sergeant in his sector. Previously an Acting
Supervisor in the Sector for four years, Sean Heffron (pictured on the left)
was recently promoted to Sgt. and will work on one of the two night shifts.
Sgt. Joe Passarelli recently transferred from the lower Keys to the upper
Keys and will be working in Sector 7; Sgt. Deborah Ryan was recently
transferred from night shift to sergeant of one of the Sector's day shifts.
Team work on Seagull Rescue
Click here to see photos of the seagull
1730 hours on December 1, 2003 CAWACU I was leaving the office. As I
approached my car parked in front of the Juvenile Justice Center I noticed a
seagull trapped in the razor wire surrounding the retention pond. The
gull’s feet were wrapped with monofilament line and he had a fishing hook
stuck in his cheek. His wings were bleeding from beating them
against the razor wire.
As a member of the
Audubon Society and bird lover, I had to do something. I called the Key
West Wildlife Rescue and then their cell phone. Luckily, Janet of Wildlife
Rescue and Gwen of the SPCA were together, returning from another rescue up
the keys. In about 20 minutes they arrived at the scene of the trapped
In the meantime,
Deputy Jorge Morffi and Deputy Jose Alvarez were on the scene. Deputy
Morffi called MCSO Dispatch who requested that a fire truck respond. Deputy
Morffi also contacted Lt. Tammy Clark to allow this rescue team into the
secured jail compound. Within minutes Stock Island Fire Rescue members,
Eric Sanderson and Clint Jones arrived, along with Lt. Clark.
With keys in Lt.
Clark’s hands, a ladder in Sanderson’s and Jones’ hands, elbow length
leather gloves in Janet’s hands, and a large pet carrier in Gwen’s hands the
team made its way to the other side of the fence. Fire Rescue Eric
Sanderson with a box cutter in tow climbed quickly up the ladder as the gull
was near exhaustion if not death. Sanderson cut the fishing line that was
wrapped around the gull’s feet and caught on the razor wire. This freed the
gull who was too weak to fight. Sanderson passed the gull on to Janet and
Gwen who took him to Wildlife Rescue at Indigenous Park in Key West for
Thanks to all
Lessons to be learned:
Christmas On the Farm a smash hit!
By Elaine Lash
Although the rain kept some at bay, the brave
feasted their eyes on a beautiful Christmas tree that, was donated by
Southern Furniture Sales, enjoyed complimentary refreshments from Pepsi-Cola
and delighted in seeing the animals that were dressed up as reindeers or
adorned Santa hats.
But, most importantly of all, thanks to Tony
Campana, Santa was found just in the nick of time to make a visit to the
farm so memorable. He gave out gifts to all the children in attendance and
reminded them to be good.
Thank-you to everybody that helped me make a
special day for the children and the farm.
On a sad note, last month Rudy the goat passed
away. I had Veterinarian Doug Mader do an autopsy and found Rudy had
ingested a plastic bag. He will be missed on the farm.
- Deputy Paul
Schultz was recently commended in the Key West Citizen's "Citizen
Voice" for helping a stranded citizen change a flat tire.
- Scott Donahue from the Florida Keys
National Marine Sanctuary recently wrote Sheriff Roth to commend
Lt. Mike Pandol, and Deputies Matt Cordell and John
Housman for their assistance with aerial reconnaissance of a vessel
grounding site off of Looe Key just after Christmas. He said they were
"excellent examples of the professionalism and environmental stewardship
of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
- Robert "Bud" Zeller of Bud's C&C
Supply wrote to Sheriff Roth to commend Sgt. Vaughn
Sommers and Deputy Jose Morffi for their diligent work in regularly
checking his new business on Stock Island. He said, in part, "This is in
no way meant as a slight to any of your other deputies, they all seem to
be doing a fine job, but these two deputies have come to my attention by
their personal interaction. I know everyone takes the time to complain,
but it would be nice if everybody took the same amount of time to say
thanks when you're doing a good job."
- Lt. Don Fanelli recently recognized
the work of Deputy Lyle Agins, Deputy Eric
Christensen and Deputy James Ford when they were all called to an
attempted suicide by hanging in October. They found a man hanging from a
rope. They cut him down, loosened the rope and subsequently saved his
life, returning him to a "productive quality of life".
- Ralph Magnotti, Commander of the
Marathon Sail and Power Squadron, wrote to Lt. Mike
Pandol thanking him for a presentation he gave at a November
meeting. He said, in part, "From the comments in the room during and after
your presentation, it was obvious that the majority of the audience was
unaware of the large scope of activities carried out by the Sheriff's
Deferred Compensation information
Participants enrolled in the 457 deferred
compensation plans can contribute up to $13,000.00 a year. Employees aged 50
and older may contribute up to 16,000.00 per year through a special "catch
up" provision designed to help pre-retirees stockpile additional savings.
Please contact your deferred compensation
representative for additional information.
- Hartford Life, (Peter Dryfuss) 1-800-251-7752
- AIG VALIC, (John Witzgall), (305) 872-1646,
Welcome to the following new employees!
Communications Officer I
School Crossing Guard Substitute
Teen Court Counselor
To view a list of birthdays for the month of
February, click here.
Ten Fatal Errors That Have
Killed Experienced Lawmen
1. YOUR ATTITUDE
If you fail to keep your mind on the job while on patrol or you carry
problems from home into the field, you will start to make errors. It can
cost you or other fellow officers their lives. Are you wearing your bullet
resistant armor? It could save your life.
2. TOMBSTONE COURAGE
No one doubts that you are courageous. But in any situation where time
allows, wait for the backup. There are few instances where alone, unaided you
should try and make a dangerous apprehension.
3. NOT ENOUGH REST
To do your job you must be alert. Being sleepy or asleep on the job is not
only against regulations but you endanger yourself, the community and all
your fellow officers.
4. TAKING A BAD POSITION
Never let anyone you are questioning or about to stop get in a better
position than you and your vehicle. There is no such thing as a routine call
or stop. They are all "unknown risk" calls or stops.
5. DANGER SIGNS
As a lawman you will get to recognize danger signs . Movements, strange
cars, warnings that should alert you to watch your step and approach with
caution. Know your beat, your community and watch for what is out of place.
6. FAILURE TO WATCH HANDS OF A
SUSPECT Is he or she reaching for a weapon or
getting ready to strike you? Where else can a potential killer strike but
from his or her hands?
7. RELAXING TOO SOON
The rut of false alarms that are accidentally set off. Walking in and asking
if the place is being held up. Observe the activity. Never take any call as
routine, or just another false alarm. It's your life on the line.
8. IMPROPER USE OR NO
HANDCUFFS Once you have made an arrest handcuff
the prisoner and do it properly. See that the hands that can kill are safely
9. NO SEARCH OR POOR SEARCH
There are so many places to hide weapons that your failure to search is a
crime against fellow officers. Many criminals carry several weapons and are
able and prepared to use them against you.
10. DIRTY OR INOPERATIVE WEAPON
Is your firearm clean? Will it fire? How about the ammo? When did you last
fire so that you can hit a target in combat conditions? What's the sense of
carrying any firearm that may not work?
Line of Duty deaths lowest since 1996; Florida
tied for 5th in the nation with 7 deaths last year
Statistics taken from the Officer
Down Memorial Page,
Total Line of Duty Deaths in 2003:
From the Florida Department of Law
The Florida Department
of Law Enforcement (FDLE) recognizes that identity theft is a growing
concern among Florida's citizens. Identity theft is defined as the illegal
acquisition of personal information such as name, social security number,
driver's license, or bank/credit account numbers in order to engage in
unlawful acts and is a third degree felony under s. 817.568, Florida
On October 15th,
Attorney General Crist and FDLE will launch a new website designed to serve
as the State of Florida's official portal for identity theft information.
The site will contain a specially designed "Identity Theft Victim Kit" to
assist Floridians in navigating through the process of rebuilding their good
names. We encourage you to share this website with citizens in your
community and with identity theft victims. The site address is
One component of the
victim kit will provide instructions for initiating an identity theft claim
for victims who suspect that their criminal record information has been
compromised. To address this issue, claimants will be instructed to
complete the Compromised Identity Review Claim Form (copy attached), which
includes (as a part of the form) a requirement for fingerprinting by any
local law enforcement agency. In order to maintain the integrity of this
process, the local law enforcement agency will be responsible for mailing
the completed form to FDLE in an official agency envelope, where the
claimant’s fingerprints will be used to verify the identity of the
The FDLE will compare
the claimant’s personal identifiers and submitted fingerprints against the
identifiers and fingerprints contained in the Computerized Criminal History
(CCH) files and Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) database.
The FDLE will contact local law enforcement agencies as necessary to obtain
information related to the arrest in which the victim claims his/her
identity was fraudulently used by another individual.
If FDLE can verify,
through a fingerprint comparison, that the claimant's personal identifiers
have been used in a criminal record belonging to another person, FDLE will
provide the claimant with a “Compromised Identity Certificate” (copy
attached). This certificate will be issued on security enhanced paper. If
the CCH files do not indicate that the claimant has been a victim of
identity theft, the FDLE will provide the claimant with an appropriate
letter to that effect.
After issuing the
Certificate, FDLE will make contact with those Florida law enforcement
agencies in which the victim’s identifying data was fraudulently used to: a)
request removal of fraudulent arrest information from local agency arrest
records; and b) obtain local agency authorization to remove fraudulent
arrest information from the CCH files. It is important to note that the
FDLE, as Florida's central repository of criminal history information,
records and stores information provided by Florida criminal justice
agencies. The FDLE may not remove arrest or demographic information
contained in the CCH files without appropriate authorization/documentation
from the submitting/arresting agency or at the direction of the court.
All claims will be
assigned a unique certificate number, and entered into a new FDLE database.
Law enforcement personnel, as well as civilian employers, landlords, etc.,
may access information in the database or verify the authenticity of a
Compromised Identity Certificate by contacting the FDLE Quality Control
Section-Compromised Identity at (850) 410-8880.
If you have any
questions or concerns specifically regarding implementation of this process,
please contact the Quality Control Section – Compromised Identity at (850)
410-8880 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lee Johnston is collecting used printer
cartridges for the SPCA, specifically any ink jet cartridge that has an
electronic strip on them, such as the hp 930, 940, and 5550 series. If
everyone would just courier them to the Information Systems office in Key
West he would appreciate it.