Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


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Here are some of the cases recently worked by officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Duval County

-- Sgt. Paul Graham was working an investigation on crab trap thefts. While returning to the dock in an unmarked vessel, he observed an individual pull up to a dock and unload a cooler. Two other men then picked up the cooler. Sgt. Graham talked to the boater at the boat ramp and was told he had caught only one black drum. Sgt. Graham followed the individual to a camper and found the other two men there. He also found the cooler, which contained a 41-inch redfish. Three citations were issued to the surprised men.

-- On April 2, Officer Tracy Wildes recovered the body of an adult manatee from the St. Johns River near Seminole Craft Mill. The manatee was taken to the Lions Club Boat Ramp for the Florida Marine Research Institute, which will handle the examination of the animal and determine the cause of death.

-- On April 8, Officer Joey Lee conducted a vessel safety inspection near Goodby's Creek on a live aboard vessel and discovered a marine sanitation violation. The subject was dumping raw sewage directly into the St. Johns River. The individual was cited and told to comply with sanitation regulations or his vessel would be removed.

Nassau County

-- Officers David Garns and Chris Jones responded to a call from Nassau Sheriff's officers. During a traffic stop of a vehicle with four persons on Highway 108 east of Hilliard, the sheriff's officers found a deer in the trunk. The driver claimed they found the deer on the shoulder of the road, apparently hit by an automobile. Officers Jones and Garns interviewed the four subjects and were able to develop sufficient information to make an arrest of all four individuals. The information developed indicated that the suspects had been shooting at deer with a .22 caliber rifle along the roadways in north Nassau. A total of four deer had been shot, but only one had fallen where they could recover the deer.

Putnam County

-- On April 5, Officer Maguire was patrolling the St. Johns River at night, when a boat passed him without navigation lights. Officer Maguire stopped the vessel operated by a man from Palatka. A background check revealed he was wanted for failure to pay child support. He was arrested and transported to the Putnam County jail, where he was also issued a citation for operating a motor vessel without navigation lights.

St. Johns County

-- On March 28, while working the Guana Landing area, Officers Steve Sheridan and Randy Bowlin arrested a subject for possession of undersized redfish and a controlled substance. The suspect hid the fish in a bag and then placed it in the rear of his pickup. The marijuana was found during the resource inspection. …

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