April 20, 2010

Sheriff’s Relay for Life team raises money for cancer research

The Sheriff's Office Marathon Relay for Life team - Cops for a Cure - raised over $4,000 at the Marathon Relay for Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society. People were charged with warrants and had to pay their way out of jail. Everyone had a terrific time, including Colonel Rick Ramsay, who did some time in jail, as did former Sheriff Rick Roth.jail, as did former Sheriff Rick Roth (see photos)....great job everyone!

Be careful and be safe: don’t drink and drive

Ramsay talks with kids

Graduation time is approaching and it is also time to reflect on the dangers of open house parties and drinking and driving.

“I'll put it bluntly: death or serious injury is a high price to pay for a little fun,” said Sheriff Bob Peryam. “You take your life, and other people's lives, in your hands when you drink and drive. And if you provide alcohol to a minor, either by purchasing it for them, or holding an open house party and providing it to them, you can be arrested.”

Have fun legally, safely and soberly, and, if you do drink alcohol, at least have the good sense to choose a designated sober driver first who can get you home safe and sound.

Sheriff Peryam speaks to DJJ group

Sheriff Peryam speaks to group

Sheriff Peryam spoke to a roomful of people at Friday’s Department of Juvenile Justice open house and luncheon. People from many different agencies gathered to salute those who work with - and for - our local youth.

April 13, 2010

Events to interfere with traffic in the Keys

Two events this weekend will interfere with traffic in selected areas of the Keys. Travelers should be aware of these events and plan their travel around them.

On Saturday, April 17th is the 7 Mile Bridge Run. The bridge will be closed to traffic beginning at 6:45 a.m. and will reopen at 9 a.m. Anyone who needs to get across the bridge in either direction should plan accordingly. Once the bridge is closed there will be  no vehicle traffic allowed.

Also on Saturday, and continuing on Sunday, an annual bike event is expected to cause traffic delays in the upper Keys. Travelers should plan extra time if they are going to be driving through the Key Largo area on those days.

Lt. Corey Bryan is coordinating security for the event, which is expected to attract 3,000 bicyclists to the upper Keys. Event organizers pay for officers to work the special duty detail.

According to Lt. Bryan, the Maroone MS 150 Bike Tour raises money for Multiple Sclerosis, and usually causes the most problems with traffic on Saturday afternoon, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. People will begin seeing bicyclists on Card Sound Road and in the Upper Keys between the 105 and the 102 mm around 9 a.m. on that day.

The riders travel from Miami-Dade County on Card Sound Road, then on Highway U.S. One to John Pennekamp State Park. They leave the Keys the following Sunday morning, beginning at 7 a.m. and travelers can expect delays on that morning as well, until about 9:30 a.m. with heavy bike traffic on Card Sound Road until about 11 a.m.

Sheriff opens office in Key Largo

In an effort to be more responsive to citizens in the Key Largo area, Sheriff Bob Peryam has opened an office part time in the Murray Nelson Building at the 102mm in Key Largo.

The office will be open every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All the services currently offered at the Plantation Key Substation will be offered at the Key Largo office except services from the evidence and property division.

Citizens can come in to the office for copies of reports and other official documents, fingerprints, or to meet with a deputy. Anyone wishing to meet with Sheriff Bob Peryam can make an appointment with his aide, Val Marinello, to meet in the Key Largo office. Val can be reached at the Sheriff’s headquarters building, 305-292-7001.

Captain Lou Caputo says if he finds the office is getting lots of traffic and expanded hours are necessary, he will consider opening a second day during the week.

“Our goal is to be as responsive as we can be within budgetary restraints,” said Captain Caputo. “We want to make sure our customers in Key Largo can access the services they need.”