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:


-- On July 4 in St. Augustine, Lt. Bill Head and officers Steve Sheridan and Todd Huddleston worked a combined enforcement detail with the St. Augustine P.D. marine unit, St. Johns Co. S.O. marine unit, Coast Guard, and Coast Guard Auxiliary during the annual Matanzas Bay fireworks extravaganza. During the event, Sheridan was sent with the St. Augustine P.D. marine unit in response to a man with a gun report. Head and Huddleston acted as backup to the patrol vessels and responded to Fish Island Marina, where a male subject was threatening an anchored boater with a handgun. Sheridan and the P.D. officer apprehended the subject and seized the weapon, a Colt .45 replica pellet gun. The subject was arrested and transported to the St. Johns County Jail by the P.D. on charges of reckless display of a firearm and aggravated assault. The suspect did not like another boater anchoring too close to his boat and blocking his view of the fireworks.


-- James Junior Sansom, a reserve deputy for the Dixie County Sheriff's Office, received multiple puncture wounds to his left hand and scratches on both forearms and his right hand when he tried to capture an alligator. He was transported to Shands hospital in Gainesville. The FWC received the report of a 5- to 6-foot alligator on Horseshoe Highway across from the Ruth Raines Middle School. FWC contacted the local alligator trapper, Bobby Bass, to capture the animal. Sansom attempted to capture the reptile by jumping on its back and lassoing it. Bass arrived at the scene and captured the alligator.


-- Lt. David Thompson responded to a call for assistance from the Bradford County Sheriff's Office July 6. The caller advised they had a nest of about 85 copperhead snakes at a home they were cleaning. The "copperheads" were actually about a dozen or so garter snakes. …

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