Wednesday, September 30, 2020

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County 

 

 

Officer Plussa was conducting fisheries inspections of shoreline fishermen near the Jolley Bridge when he saw two subjects fishing behind some mangroves. A resource inspection revealed that neither subject possessed a fishing license. One subject provided identifying information to the officer cooperatively while the other provided a series of different number sequences, claiming that they were his driver license number. Officer Plussa conducted a records check with the different numbers provided by the subject, but no record existed. Officer Plussa requested additional information to identify the subject; however, the subject refused. Officer Plussa explained the fishing license law violation to him and his legal obligation to identify himself to a law enforcement officer. The subject then became hostile and continued to refuse to comply. Officer Plussa attempted to detain the subject until he could identify him, but the subject physically resisted. Officer Plussa arrested the subject for obstruction and resisting an officer without violence and cited him for fishing without a license.

Officers Araujo and Thurkettle attended a suppression hearing for an out-of-season deer case that they made in April 2016 in the Picayune Strand State Forest. The officers worked extensively with the state attorney explaining that they did have probable cause for the vehicle stop. They also received help from Officers Polly, Reams and Reith, who found specific laws to present to the courts in favor of the state’s argument of a valid stop. If the defense had won the motion to suppress the validity of the stop, it would have eliminated the violations of the two out-of-season whitetail bucks that were found hidden. The officers’ hard work paid off when the judge ruled that the officers did have probable cause to stop the vehicle. The motion ended with the defense immediately accepting a firm plea deal that had been previously offered.

Lieutenant Shea accompanied 20 cadets and 6 adults from the Naples High School Army JROTC program into the Big Cypress National Preserve for a 24-hour survival hike. The cadets had to hike seven miles into the preserve along the Florida Trail. While on their route, the cadets encountered a scenario where each of the three teams had to perform first aid on a teammate and carry them on an improvised stretcher one mile for a timed competition. Once at their campsites, the cadets built improvised shelters for the night, took written tests on snake and reptile identification, built improvised fishing gear, built a fire by primitive methods, took a written test on first aid, and completed a land navigation course where, at the end, they found their dinner. To keep the experience realistic, Lieutenant Shea provided donated fresh American Alligator meat for their evening meal. In the morning, the cadets hiked back out the seven miles. This year marks 21 years that Lieutenant Shea has been leading this outreach event which the teenagers look forward to every year.

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