FWC Law Enforcement Report
This report represents some events the FWC handled over May 12-18 in the Northwest region. (There were no cases reported for Wakulla County.)
• Officer M. Gore and Officer C. Jarrell responded to a single vessel, two occupant boating accident. After conducting the initial investigation, it was determined the passenger’s hat blew off while they were underway. The operator slowed the vessel, and the passenger jumped in to retrieve the hat. The operator put the vessel in reverse and left the helm. The vessel backed over the passenger resulting in serious injury. The passenger was transported to the hospital. Charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing.
• Officer M. Gore responded to a domestic dispute at St. Andrews State Park. A married couple were staying at the park campground. Both were drinking heavily when a verbal argument turned physical, with the female receiving minor injuries. After conducting a domestic violence investigation, it was determined the male subject was the aggressor. He was arrested for domestic battery and booked into the Bay County Jail.
• Officer Gerber was conducting resource inspections when he observed two individuals fishing from the bank. The male subject returned to their vehicle to find his fishing license. During the inspection, Officer Gerber discovered a .22 caliber rifle, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The male subject is a convicted felon and was arrested for the violations. Additional charges are pending.
• Officer J. Touchton instructed a hunter safety class in Bonifay about Florida hunting rules and regulations. There were approximately 12 people in attendance.