February 17, 2009

Sheriff's Animal Farm open Sunday February 22nd

The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be open to the public Sunday, February 22, 2009  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 farm. 

The Animal Farm has many wonderful animals, including traditional farm animals, tropical animals and birds - something for everyone!

Visit with Piglet, a baby pig who just loves to be petted; Eeyore the Donkey who also loves human attention; two female sheep, both of which have lambs with them who were born recently; a bull calf and a wonderfully friendly blind horse, There is Tina the Key Deer who continues to grow and loves to visit with children and adults alike and there are, as always,  tropical birds, snakes, ferrets, rabbits, horses, ponies, a llama, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, a 100 pound tortoise, an Emu, an Albino Hedgehog, Patagonian Cavys and more! New additions include a Kinkajou and a Sloth, both natives of the Costa Rican rain forest.

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

February 19, 2009

Changes to Snake Creek Drawbridge openings due to Nautical Flea Market

Islamorada – In an effort to alleviate traffic difficulties caused by the Nautical Flea Market in Islamorada this Saturday, there will be a temporary change to the schedule for draw bridge openings on  Snake Creek in Islamorada.

The Flea Market is scheduled for both  Saturday and Sunday at Islamorada’s Founder’s Park. The peak times for traffic, however, occur on Saturday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:0 0 p.m. In the past, the event has caused severe traffic disruptions and delays for miles in each direction. In an effort to reduce these traffic problems, Captain Don Fanelli has requested the Snake Creek Drawbridge change its schedule.  On Saturday, February 21st, the bridge will only be opening once every hour at the top of the hour starting at 9 a.m. It will resume it’s normal schedule at 5 p.m. The normal schedule has the bridge opening every half hour on the hour and half hour marks.

“We apologize for any problems this might cause for the boating public,” said Captain Fanelli. “But this has been a real problem in the past. People get impatient, they try to pass illegally and there are lots of other safety issues. This is truly necessary to make sure travelers remain as safe as possible when driving through the area.”

The Rotary Club, who sponsors the Flea Market, has also hired off duty deputies to work traffic control, to help with parking and to keep traffic moving as quickly as possible.

February 11, 2009

Deputies receive life saving award

Left to right, Deputy Baker, Deputy Grove and Sheriff Peryam as the Sheriff
gives them their life saving award.

Sheriff Bob Peryam recognized two upper Keys Deputies for their life saving efforts at a ceremony held last week in Marathon.

Deputies Kenneth Baker and Edwin Grove received the Sheriff’s Medal for saving the life of a man attempting to commit suicide in Key Largo in January. The man called a friend to tell him he was going to “end it all”. The friend called 911 to report it and the two deputies arrived at the man’s residence in minutes. They knocked on the door, but received no reply. They opened the unlocked door to find the man hanging from a shelving bracket on the wall. After unsuccessfully attempting to remove the rope from around the man’s neck, Deputy Grove pulled the bracket from the wall. They were then able to remove the rope and establish an airway, after which the man began breathing. The deputies also discovered medication at the scene which, it turned out later, the man had ingested to further his attempts at suicide.

The man was transported by Paramedics from Monroe County Fire/Rescue to Mariner’s Hospital. At last report, the man had made a full recovery.

“This is excellent work and is exactly what our jobs are all about,” said Sheriff Bob Peryam. “I’m proud of these two officers for knowing what to do in a stressful situation and being able to perform their duties so expeditiously and so well.

February 5, 2009

Sheriff honors Employees of the Quarter

Click here for details of each award

Sheriff Bob Peryam honored his Employees of the Fourth Quarter for 2008 at a ceremony held Thursday in Marathon. From left to right, Reserve Deputy of the Quarter Brooks Bateman (now works as Aviation Director), Detention Deputy of the Quarter Linda Brooks (Marathon), Law Enforcement Officer of the Quarter, Sgt. Anne Sweeney (Key West Court Security), Explorer of the Quarter Bud Hummelsine, Support Employee of the Quarter Tondra Davis (Key West) and Sheriff Bob Peryam.

February 3, 2009

Animal Farm welcomes yet more animals!

Peter and Lesley Parente, with Peeper the Kinkajou

Maggie the Sloth loves to hang upside down from the trees in the farm's Aviary

Click here to see more photos of Maggie

Add Sloth and Kinkajou to the list of animals your children will learn about when they visit the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm this weekend. The farm will be open to the public Sunday, February 8th from 1 to 3 p.m. and is free of charge. Donations are welcome.

Farmer Jeanne Selander recently found room for Maggie (the Sloth) and Tucker (the Kinkajou) at the farm. The two animals are the stars of a children's book series written by Peter Parente. He and his wife, Lesley are actively involved in conservation efforts to preserve the Costa Rican rainforest, the habitat for these and many other animals. These animals were rescued by the Parentes, who recently asked Farmer Jeanne to take over caring for them.

The book series features Peeper the Kinkajou. Peeper has many adventures and in two of the books, the adventures involve traveling to Florida. The books are fun to read and also encourage children to be environmentally aware. You can find out more about the books, and about the animals of the Costa Rican rainforest at www.peeperandfriends.com.

Come meet the newest stars of the Sheriff's Office Children's Animal Farm, as well as all the old favorites, including Tina the Key Deer, Eeyore the Donkey, horses, bunnies, ferrets, pigs, chickens, ducks, goats, tortoises, a llama - and the list goes on. The Animal Farm is open second and fourth Sundays and is located on Stock Island, just off of College Road underneath the Sheriff's Office Main Detention Facility. Group visits can be scheduled separately by calling Farmer Jeanne Selander at 305-293-7300.

February 2, 2009

Sheriff appoints Age to open Captains slot

Captain Age is all smiles as he receives his Captain’s bars from his wife
of 18 years, Ellen Age, and Sheriff Bob Peryam. His promotion was announced
and his bars were presented at the Sheriff’s staff meeting Monday morning,
in front of the entire command staff of the Sheriff’s Office.

Stock Island – Sheriff Bob Peryam announced today the appointment of Timothy Age to the position of Captain of the Stock Island Detention Facility. The position has been open since the first of the year, when the previous Captain – Captain Penny Phelps – was transferred to another position in the agency.

Captain Timothy Age was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in January of 1998 as a Detention Deputy Trainee. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2001, Lieutenant in 2003 and now will serve as Facility Commander under Chief Tommy Taylor, who is the Commander of the Bureau of Corrections.