Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


Newspaper article The Florida Times Union


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********************CORRECTION March 30, 2004

Because of incorrect information provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Jacksonville seafood market that was issued a warning for undersize grouper and a citation for no freshwater dealer's license was misidentified in the violations report on Page C-19 Sunday. Fulton's Seafood received the warning and citation.


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


Two Orlando men were arrested in Seminole County on Friday for buying a dead Florida black bear from an undercover law enforcement officer. It is unlawful to buy or sell Florida black bears or their parts. Wilson Lam, 54, and Ting Huang, 46, were charged with one count each of purchasing a black bear, a second degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. After the FWC received a tip that an individual wanted to buy a black bear, an undercover FWC investigator arranged to meet the man at Mullet Lake Park near Geneva. When Lam and Huang arrived at the park, the investigator sold them an 80-pound male Florida black bear for $300. After the men purchased the bear, FWC uniformed officers arrested the pair and transported them to Seminole County Jail. The bear used in the operation had been hit and killed by a vehicle several months ago in Central Florida.


On March 13, Officer Hope McGregor responded to a boating accident at the Jacksonville Landing where apparently a large twin-engine yacht was attempting to maneuver from her berth in front of the Landing when her bow became entangled in the spar of a docked sailing vessel. The jousting match resulted in more than $8,000 in damages to the two vessels. The yacht operator was issued a UBC for careless operation.

On March 14, Officer Tom Duncan responded to a vessel on fire near Green Cove Springs Shipyards. By the time Duncan and a Clay County Marine unit arrived, the vessel was fully ablaze. The operator had escaped onto another vessel and was watching his craft go up in smoke. Duncan and the deputy used their engines to extinguish the blaze. Tow Boat US arrived and the vessel was towed to Green Cove where Clay FWC officers completed the accident report. Duncan returned to his normal patrol duties, issuing two citations at the Buckman Bridge for no fishing license.

On March 15, Officers David Garns and Craig Maguire conducted license and fishery inspections at Ferrell's Seafood Market in Jacksonville. The officers issued a warning for undersize grouper and a citation for no freshwater dealer's license.

Investigator Jonathan Frick and Lt. Bruce Cockcroft checked a traveling petting zoo that was being off-loaded from a ship at the Jacksonville Seaport. …

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