In loving memory of K-9 Rex
Nine students at Central Elementary School were sworn in for the safety patrol on September 18, 2014.
Central Elementary Assistant Principal Margie Lewis stated, "Safety Patrol programs provide a positive collaboration between students, parents, schools, and law enforcement. Central Elementary School Safety Patrol members have been selected for their courtesy, dependability, interest in the job, attitude toward others, and scholastic standing. As a member of Safety Patrol, students shoulder responsibilities which help to strengthen his/her character through leadership, teamwork, pride, and respect for law enforcement. It also provides the opportunity to be a role model to fellow students at Central Elementary School by modeling his/her outstanding character. Safety Patrol membership is an honored position."
Sheriff May said of the safety patrol, "It is mine and Undersheriff Stephen's pleasure to swear in and congratulate these safety patrol officers. These young people are doing the right things and we are very proud to recognize them on the example they set."
Florida Sheriffs Association and Florida Physicians Discuss
Negative Impact of Marijuana and Edible Products
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 25, 2014) – Today, a group of health care and law enforcement experts stood together to discuss their grave concerns about the dangers of marijuana and the likely impact of passage of Amendment 2 on Florida communities. Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger, Dr. James Harrell and Dr. Michael Forsthoefel of the Florida Medical Association warned of the dangers Florida could face if marijuana is legalized.
"Amendment 2 not only legalizes the sale and use of pot – it also legalizes an entire pot industry. It will be advertised, promoted, and have very little administrative oversight," Seminole County Sheriff, Don Eslinger said. "We are not just talking about joints, pipes, and brownies. Other states are seeing a surge in edible products that are clearly attractive to children. Lollipops, candy bars, Pot-Tarts, and Krondike Bars may have warning labels, but does a six year old really know the difference?"
Dr. James Harrell added: "Medicine by public opinion is simply bad policy. I have never provided a patient with a prescription that is smoked or sold in food."
"My plea is that before we create the 'medicine' of marijuana by public opinion and the ballot, let's do the scientific research and clearly demonstrate whether marijuana is an effective treatment for a specific disease and is safe," he said. "We do this for every other medicine on the market today. Why would patients expect anything less?"
"Amendment 2 is so full of loopholes that it basically legalizes marijuana in the state of Florida," said Representative Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart). "Physicians, including chiropractors, podiatrists, medical and osteopathic doctors, can 'recommend' (since it is against the federal law to prescribe) the use of marijuana for 'other conditions' to include such things as the pain suffered from a broken toe nail."
Dr. Michael Forsthoefel explained how marijuana affects the human body, warning that long-term effects of marijuana use can include altered brain development, poor educational outcome with increased likelihood of dropping out of school, cognitive impairment, low IQ scores among frequent users during adolescence and diminished life satisfaction and achievement.
"Marijuana in high doses exacerbates paranoia and psychosis, especially those with a preexisting genetic vulnerability to diseases like schizophrenia," added Dr. Forsthoefel.
The Don't Let Florida Go to Pot coalition believes legalization of marijuana will adversely impact our state and its citizens. To learn more about this issue and the Don't Let Florida Go to Pot coalition, please visit www.DontLetFloridaGotoPot.com.
The Florida Sheriffs Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation made up of Florida's Sheriffs, approximately 3,500 business leaders and 70,000 citizens throughout the state. Founded in 1893, FSA has quietly served the citizens of Florida by supporting the needs of the state's law-enforcement community. Through the Florida Sheriffs Association, Sheriffs are given a forum to address lawmakers to push for positive changes in Florida's public safety arena. FSA also provides Sheriffs' Offices much-needed programs such as affordable training, special task forces and legislative and legal services. Dedicated to the prevention of juvenile delinquency and the development of lawful, productive citizens, FSA has established and continues to support the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, which manages facilities and programs throughout the state to help restore hope, fulfill dreams, and prepare boys and girls for the future. The Florida Sheriffs Association has grown to be one of the largest and most successful state law enforcement associations in the nation. For more information on the Florida Sheriffs Association, visit www.flsheriffs.org.
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
OFFICE OF THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION
Persons/Property Crimes-Narcotics-Street Crimes-Crime Scene /Evidence-Crime Analyst-
Public Information Officer- Victims Assistance Coordinator-
Crisis Negotiation Team- K-9-Sexual Offender Unit
On Monday September 22, 2014, at approximately 8:30 a.m. a deputy responded to Highway 70 West and the east corner of SW 67 Drive (Okeechobee, Florida) in reference to a criminal mischief complaint. A telephone (Sprint) wire box was found knocked over and sustained approximately $20,000 in damage.
Information was obtained that a video existed of the incident. The video depicts an unknown make and model possibly extended cab truck entering the crime scene area on Saturday night, September 20, 2014, at approximately 11:45 p.m. and remaining there for approximately one hour with the headlights on. At approximately 12:40 a.m. Sunday, September 21, 2014, the truck proceeds forward running into the wire box. It backs up and runs over the box approximately four other times destroying the unit. The truck then leaves the area traveling Hwy 70 eastbound into town (Okeechobee).
During the review of the video, vehicles were observed entering into the Lazy 7 / Sunset Strip Airpark sub-division passing by the suspect vehicle and scene. The information obtained from the video will be forwarded to both Crime Stoppers and the local news affiliates in an attempt to obtain potential suspect information from anyone that may have seen the vehicle in the area at that time.
Approximately $20,000 in damage to both the unit and the wires associated with the Sprint telephone system and repairs. An exact estimate will not be known until all the damage is repaired. Anyone having information regarding the incident may remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477) or Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 863-763-3117, ext. 5103.