On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending January 18, 2019

The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy.

Jan. 4

Traffic accident

1:57 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to the 3400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and located a vehicle in the beach access area and spoke with the caller who told him that he hit another vehicle. Officer Nagell then spoke with the other driver who advised he was stopped and waiting to turn left when he was struck from behind. Officer Nagell completed the DHSMV long form and issued a traffic citation to the driver for following too closely.


Overturned vessel

2:56 p.m.

Officer Reno responded to the area of New College to assist Sarasota Marine Units with an overturned sailing vessel. Officer Reno arrived on scene and found a young man who was having trouble getting his sailboat right side up. Sarasota Marine Patrol assisted him in getting back under way. The young man decided to terminate his voyage and head back to shore due to the high winds and troubles he was having controlling his vessel. There were no injuries or damages.


Jan. 5

Suspicious circumstance

9:49 a.m.

Officer Nagell responded to the area of Whitney Beach for a report of a possible homeless camp in the area. Once on scene, Officer Nagell met with the caller who related that he was notified by a third party several days ago about blankets in the area of the loading dock that may have been left by someone camping out. No subjects were located and it appears to be abandoned blankets and alcohol packaging.


Suspended license

10:50 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to Bayfront Park in reference to a driver with a suspended driver’s license. The vehicle was a 2014 Audi. Officer Schoepfer confirmed the driver’s license suspension through DAVID. Officer Schoepfer located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Officer Schoepfer made contact with the driver who advised he was the registered owner of the vehicle. Officer Schoepfer advised the driver that his Florida driver’s license was suspended on March 27 for a FR suspension. The driver said he and his wife moved from Florida to Maryland a few months before that. He said he obtained a Maryland driver’s license and turned his Florida driver’s license in to the Maryland DMV. The driver said he still has a Florida residence but primarily lives in Maryland. The driver said during the move and transition to Mryland they had to update their insurance information but never changed his insurance company and still uses them today. He advised there was never a lapse of insurance. They just had to update their insurance information but never changed his insurance company and still uses them today. He advised there was never a lapse of insurance. They just had to change the policy to the Maryland address. Officer Schoepfer confirmed the man’s identity through dispatch, DAVID and his Maryland driver’s license. Officer Schoepfer confirmed through dispatch his Maryland driver’s license was valid and the Florida driver’s license still had the FR suspension. Due to the totality of information the driver was able to provide including a valid Maryland driver’s license, valid insurance cards and accurate timeline of events that would indicate that there was an error by the insurance company and miscommunication between Florida DMV and Maryland DMV, Officer Schoepfer issued the driver a verbal warning along with information regarding correcting the issue with his Florida driver’s license.


Jan. 12

Boating violation

3:01 p.m.

Officer Connors while on marine patrol in the area of Jewfish Key observed a vessel operating on plane with an excessive wake in a slow speed, minimum wake zone. Officer Connors conducted a vessel stop and advised the operator the reason for the stop. The operator was issued a verbal warning for the wake zone violation and was educated on the “slow speed, minimum wake” zone.


Abandoned 911 call

4:37 p.m.

Officer Vogt responded to 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to an abandoned 911 call. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt made contact with the owners of a unit where the call came from. The owner of the unit said she never called 911. She did recently say she returned home from food shopping and was putting away her groceries and may have accidentally hit the button on her phone. Everything appeared okay and there were no signs of any foul play. Case closed. s


Dog barking

10:38 p.m.

Officer Smith responded to 4200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a barking dog inside a residence. Upon arrival, Officer Smith could hear the dog barking. No one answered the door. Officer Smith left a business card advising of the complaint and for the owner to call the police department. Neighbors stated that this is an ongoing problem and the homeowner sleeps through the dog barking. Day shift will attempt to make contact in the morning.


Jan. 15

Traffic camera

11:12 a.m.

Officer Schoepfer received a camera hit for suspended driver’s license on a Mazda. Officer Schoepfer located the vehicle and made contact with the driver who said she is the registered owner of the vehicle. The complainant was advised of her driver’s license suspension. The complainant advised that she has never even been late on her insurance payments. She said that she had purchased another vehicle around Oct. 2018. She said there was some confusion between her insurance gent and the insurance company on the insuring of the two vehicles. The complainant said that she paid for insurance on both vehicles and believed the issue was solved between the agent and the insurance company. The complainant did show the officer insurance cards that would indicate continuous coverage of insurance through the year. Due to the information provided by the driver, Officer Schoepfer believed the suspension was an error caused by a miscommunication between the insurance agent and the insurance company. Therefore, Officer Schoepfer issued her a verbal warning advising her of the suspension. Officer Schoepfer also advised her not to drive until the issue is corrected through DMV. The driver’s mother drove the vehicle from the scene. The driver said she will go to the DMV this day with print outs from her insurance company to fix her driver’s license issue.


Jan. 17

Neighbor disturbance

11:25 a.m.

Officer Vogt responded to a walk in complaint at the police department. The complainant wanted to report a suspicious incident with her neighbor. The complainant stated that on Jan. 13 she was in the community room of the development painting a mirror when her neighbor, a white male, walked in the room. He started taking pictures of the complainant and when she turned around to look at him, he said “smile,” and took another picture of her. She stated this is an ongoing issue with the neighbor and she feels she is being harassed by him. After a few minutes, he walked out of the room and walked away. The neighbor lives in the unit above the complainant, she wanted to report this incident in case of any other problems with the neighbor. She was given a case number.

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