On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending April 13, 2018

April 8

Welfare check

10:49 a.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to St. Judes Drive North to check on children playing in a vacant lot. The complainant was concerned for their safety. When he arrived he observed three children on the lot. They were fishing off the canal. Sgt. Smith spoke to their mother in front of her residence and explained the reason he was there. She said she would take the kids to another location to fish and will have them stay off the lot.


Beverage violation

12:48 p.m.

Officer Bergeron while patrolling the area of Greer Island observed suspects in possession of an alcoholic beverage. The subjects were in the company of two other male subjects. The two were issued a Notice to Appear for possession of an alcoholic beverage under the age of 21. All the subjects left the area. No one appeared under the influence. Nothing further.


Beverage violation

1:15 p.m.

Sgt. Smith while on foot patrol of Greer Island observed a male with an open can of beer. Sgt. Smith made contact with the man who tried to conceal the beer can, Sgt. Smith asked how old he was and he stated 20 years old. The man was with a group of other subjects and none of them were 21 years of age. Sgt. Smith observed an open cooler and it contained more cans of Budweiser beer. Sgt. Smith asked who the cooler belonged to and the owner said he was 19 years old. Sgt. Smith observed approximately 5 empty cans of beer right behind the group and instructed them to pick up their trash. Officer Bergeron and Sgt. Smith had the group collect their belongings and escorted them to the patrol vehicles at North Shore Road. Sgt. Smith issued two of the men a notice to appear for possession of alcohol by a person under 21. None of the subjects appeared to be intoxicated and were released from the scene without incident. Closed by arrest.


April 9

Expired registration

7:53 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to the 5600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and conducted a traffic stop. Officer Bergeron observed a valid sticker on the license plate and advised the driver of the stop. While he located his registration, Officer Bergeron rant he tag through NCIC/FCIC as well as DAVID. Both sites did show the registration expired. The driver located his registration and it did appear valid. Officer Bergeron thanked the driver for his patience and advised him that he may want to look into the issue to avoid further stops.


Palm limbs illegally placed in yard

12:38 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to North Shore Road in regards to a report of illegal dumping of freshly cut palm limbs. Upon his arrival, he made contact with the lot owner. The lot owner advised that he discovered that someone had placed freshly cut palm limbs in front of his lot. Officer Bergeron observed that the palm trees next to the lot had been recently trimmed. He made contact with the resident of that property and advised him what had occurred. The resident said his property manager must have placed the trimmings there. He advised that he will have the trimmings removed as soon as possible. Officer Bergeron explained to the lot owner what happened and advised him to contact the police department if the trimmings were not removed.


April 10


11:13 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to DeNarvaez Drive in regard to downed power lines. Officer Zunz advised through instant message that a caller had reported downed lines. They also advised that FPL had been notified of the power outage. Officer Zunz asked if an officer would go to the area and check to see if the line constituted a hazard. Upon his arrival, he observed approximately 50-75 yards of copper wire on the ground. The wire in some areas appeared burnt. Believing the wires were still energized, he contacted the Longboat Key Fire Department to respond. Moments later the Fire Department responded and advised that the lines were most likely energized. FPL arrived and de-energized the lines. FPL personnel advised that the power and repairs should be completed in approximately two hours. FPL cleared the Fire Department and Police Department from the scene.


Parking in roadway

7:46 p.m.

Captain Skinner observed a car transport stopped in the center turn lane in the 1700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Captain Skinner explained to the driver that he was stopped illegally on SR 789 in violation of FSS 316.1945(1a7). Captain Skinner advised the driver that in the future he needed to locate alternative locations to park for the purpose of loading vehicles. Captain Skinner issued the driver a written warning. Captain Skinner stayed on scene for safety until the driver concluded his stop.

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