August 27, 2007

Friday afternoon the Monroe County Sheriff's Office was notified by Miami-Dade Police that Corrections Officer William Holliman was killed in a traffic accident in the Homestead area. Details of the accident are reportedly still under investigation. Officer Holliman was 37 and had been employed with our agency for about 7 years. At the time of his death, he was assigned to the Plantation Key Jail.

The following are the arrangements for Officer William Holliman's services:


August 21, 2007

Sheriff's Animal Farm open Sunday

The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be open to the public Sunday, August 26th , 2007, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to visit, free of charge, and see the wide variety of animals at the park, including tropical birds, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, horses, ponies, a llama, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, an 100 pound tortoise and more. 

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

August 17, 2007

Sheriff’s Office to auction surplus items

The Sheriff’s Office will be holding two auctions to sell surplus items seized in criminal cases.

Jewelry, coins, fishing equipment, electronics, vehicles, outboard motors, a utility trailer and GPS units will all be sold to the highest bidder in  sealed bid auctions. Interested bidders can view complete lists of all the available items on the Sheriff’s Office web site, Detailed bidding instructions are also available on the site.

The Sheriff’s Office makes no representation or guarantee regarding whether any item contains precious metal or precious or semi-precious stones, the authenticity of any item (e.g. coins, baseball cards), the mechanical condition of any item (e.g. watches, vehicles) or any brand name. All sales are as is, where is. All sales are final. 

Need accommodation or other assistance to participate in this sale? Call Johnnie Yongue at (305) 293-7477 or e-mail:

August 15, 2007

Explorers learn about law enforcement at statewide conference

During their annual Florida Sheriff’s Explorer Conference this summer, explorers from Key West to Key Largo traveled to Lake County to participate in various types of law enforcement training. At the statewide explorer conference, they trained and competed in traffic stops, crime scene investigations, bomb threats, handling domestic battery calls and building searches. They also had the opportunity to take a police biking course, and take a physical agility test. In the photo, Monroe County Explorers learn about Crime Scene Investigation

August 9, 2007

National Night Out Events Successful

Click here to see a photo galleries of these events

The Sheriff's Office participated in four National Night Out events throughout the Keys Tuesday evening. All the events attracted great crowds who all learned about crime prevention and got to know their neighbors.

In Key West - The Navy sponsored event had a large crowd - Sheriff's deputies helped fingerprint at least 90 kids, and Farmer Jeanne Selander brought animals from the farm for a petting zoo display which was very popular.

In Marathon, the Sheriff's Office and the City of Marathon sponsored the event and played a softball game against each other. The Sheriff's Office beat the city 19 to 4. About 140 people showed up to watch the game and eat terrific food provided by the American Legion. The Bloodmobile was also present to take blood donations

Islamorada had an estimated 125 people show up at the Sheriff's Office / City of Islamorada sponsored event. There was a demonstration by the Islamorada Fire Department and Trauma Star, and afterward kids got to tour the helicopter. McGruff made an appearance as well.

The Sheriff's Office sponsored Key Largo event attracted teh largest crowds with about 270 people showing up. There was a pot luck dinner with hot dogs and hamburgers, with many other dishes brought by members of teh community. For entertainment, there was a band and members of the Sheriff's Records Division did face painting for kids. All the special teams were there, including the Dive, Bomb, SWAT teams and Traffic Enforcement. Key Largo Fire and Ambulance were there, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

August 7, 2007

Petunia the Pig is a Cancer Survivor

Petunia after successful cancer surgery

One of the Animal Farm’s most beloved residents has recently earned the title of Cancer Survivor. 

Petunia, an 850-pound hog, underwent surgery on May 29, 2007, to remove a malignant skin tumor identified as hermangiosarcoma.  The primary tumor was located on the back of her left rear leg.  The farm’s veterinarian, Dr. Doug Mader, of the Marathon Veterinary Hospital, performed the delicate surgery.  According to Dr. Mader, the normal course of treatment for this type of cancer in dogs or humans would be a series of chest x-rays and blood work to determine the source of the cancer and whether or not it has spread to vital organs.  The next step would be a very costly round of chemotherapy.  Since there are no facilities for treating this large of an animal here in the Keys, this proved to be quite a challenge.  The surgery was performed on the farm in as sterile conditions as possible, in order to avoid any chance of subsequent infection.  Petunia came through with flying colors.

Petunia’s fair, pink skin makes her a prime candidate for skin cancer.  Future prevention includes monitoring her behavior and habits for any changes, and periodically checking her huge body for any evidence of tumor re-growth.  She is housed in a shady stall beneath the jail during the day, and allowed out to enjoy the mud in her pond in the early morning hours between 7 and 10 am.

Petunia has been a resident of the farm since April 2001.  Many people who have loved visiting Petunia over the years have stopped by regularly to check on her progress.  According to Farm Supervisor Jeanne Selander, she is such an attraction because most people have never seen a hog this large and because of her sweet and friendly disposition.  Visitors constantly ask “ Where is the big pig?.”  One of her most avid admirers is the jail Captain, Penny Phelps.  Capt. Phelps was there through it all to support her favorite farm resident during the surgery and throughout her recovery.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm is a non-profit entity supported by donations.  The animals have been donated, abandoned or confiscated.  Thanks to all of you who have supported the Farm.

The Animal Farm is located at the Stock Island Detention Center, just off College Road.  It is open to the public, free of charge, this coming Sunday, August 12th from 1 to 3 p.m., and on the second and fourth Sunday of every month at that same time.  Groups may make special arrangements to visit the farm by contacting Farm Supervisor Jeanne Selander at 305-293-7300.

August 2, 2007

Cooperative agreement will provide SRO coverage for most county schools

Working together, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and Monroe County School Administrators will provide School Resource Officer (SRO) coverage for most county schools.

Five SROs, including one sergeant, will be assigned to Sugarloaf School, Marathon High School, Coral Shores High School, Plantation Key School and Key Largo School. Two existing SRO positions will not be funded in the 2007/2008 Sheriff's Office budget. Stanley Switlik School will not have an assigned SRO, and the SRO Sergeant will perform supervisory duties as well as working Marathon High School. Previously, the Sergeant was assigned supervisory duties and filled in for SROs who were absent. Most recently, he has been filling in at Marathon School because that position has been vacant for some time.

The increased number of SRO positions was attained by eliminating a school crossing guard at Sugarloaf School, and both the School Board and the Sheriff's Office came up with some additional funds to help reach this goal.

"We are glad we were able to work this arrangement out with the School District", said Sheriff Roth. "The safety of our school children is important to us and it was painful for us to make these cuts in the first place," he said.