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  FWC Enforcement Report Feb 3-9. All Regions
Posted by: bigefromlc - 02-13-2017, 12:45 PM - Forum: Conservation and Legal Issues - No Replies

NORTHWEST REGION
CASES
CALHOUN COUNTY

Detectives with Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office went to a suspect’s residence to serve a drug arrest warrant and when they arrived, they found the suspect cleaning a spike buck in his yard. Lieutenant Allen and Officers Guy and Hayes responded to assist. They measured the deer’s antlers at five inches. One count of possession of a deer with less than two points on one side was direct filed against the suspect.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY

Officer Allgood checked a fisherman as he returned to Sherman’s Cove and discovered the man was in possession of red snapper fillets. Red snapper season is currently closed and it is a violation to clean the fish before it is landed. The individual was issued a notice to appear citation for the violations.

Lieutenant Allen and Officer Guy received a call from a local landowner stating that he had witnessed two suspects illegally hunting on his property. While the officers were en route, the landowner called back stating the suspects had gone and he provided their vehicle description. The officers canvased the area and located the vehicle pulling into a residence. One of the suspects was in the vehicle and initially denied that he had been hunting that morning. After further questioning, the suspect admitted to hunting and dropping the second suspect off at his residence. Officers Burkhead and Little responded to assist with the investigation and went to the second suspect’s residence, where they saw a whitetail doe carcass in the yard. A records check showed that this suspect was a convicted felon. This suspect admitted to being on the landowner’s property but denied having a gun. Upon further investigation and interviews, the suspect admitted that he did have a gun and also admitted to hiding three guns in a wooded area behind his residence prior to the officers arriving. Armed trespass charges were direct filed against both suspects. One of the suspects was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of an antlerless deer during the closed season.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

While patrolling federal waters, Officer Morales conducted an inspection on a recreational vessel near the K Tower. During the initial safety inspection, blood and scales were noticed throughout the boat. Crew members said that there were only grunts on board, but during a resource inspection, one of the coolers on board contained six gag grouper, ten red snapper, and one gray triggerfish. Two of the red snapper and five of the gag group were undersized. The owner of the vessel took responsibility for the illegal catch and was charged with harvesting gag grouper and red snapper out of season.

OKALOOSA COUNTY

Officer Bartlett was on land patrolling the Eglin Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and saw a truck stopped in the middle of Little Silver Road. When he approached the truck, the individuals got into the vehicle and continued down the road. They had discarded litter on the side of the road and a traffic stop was initiated to address the violation. After making contact with the driver of the vehicle, it was discovered that he was in possession of a firearm. The driver was a convicted felon and the firearm was seized as evidence. The individual was issued a citation for littering. A charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon was filed with the state attorney’s office. Officers Pifer and Rockwell also assisted with the investigation of this incident.

Officer Corbin was patrolling the Eglin WMA and saw an individual returning to his vehicle from hunting in the Toms Creek Unit area. The hunter was wearing camouflage clothing, a hunter orange vest, and a camouflage backpack while carrying a muzzle loader. The individual produced an expired muzzle loader permit and after gaining consent to inspect the hunter’s backpack, a prescription pill bottle containing a controlled substance and cannabis were discovered. The prescription pill bottle/controlled substance label was prescribed to another individual. The hunter was arrested and transported to the Okaloosa County Jail. The hunter was charged with a felony for possession of controlled substance without a prescription, possession of cannabis less than 20 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officer Corbin was on land patrol conducting state fisheries/license inspections on the Shalimar Bridge and saw an individual fishing. When he asked the individual for his fishing license, the individual stated another fisherman had his license and gave his name and date of birth. During the process of confirming the validity of the fishing license with dispatch, the individual provided a valid fishing license. The name and date of birth matched what was provided to him, but it was later confirmed that the individual provided a false name and date of birth and presented someone else’s fishing license. The individual was arrested and transported to the Okaloosa County Jail, charged with providing a false name to a law enforcement officer.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY

Officer Hutchinson received information about a hunter who used a high-powered rifle to shoot a deer while hunting the Escambia River WMA during muzzle loading season. While driving towards the boat ramp where the subject’s vehicle was parked, he saw the subject’s vehicle travelling towards him. As the vehicle passed by, he observed a whitetail deer lying in the boat that was being towed by the subject’s vehicle. During a subsequent traffic stop, the subject claimed he shot the deer with a muzzle loader rifle. Officer Hutchinson discovered that he was in possession of only a muzzle loader, but after further questioning and inspection of the deer, the subject admitted to shooting the deer with a high-powered rifle. The subject called a friend to bring him a muzzle loader after he shot the deer. Once the friend arrived at his location, they swapped guns and the subject took possession of the muzzle loader and gave his friend the high-powered rifle to take back with him. Officer Hutchinson issued the subject a notice to appear citation for the violation of illegal method of taking game. The firearm and the deer were seized as evidence.

Officers Hutchinson and Arnette were informed by Lieutenant Golloher and Officer Tolbert about a vehicle that was travelling along several back roads while shining a spotlight into the fields and into tree lines. The officers drove to the area where the subject was seen and Officer Hutchinson saw the vehicle parked at a field while shining a spotlight into the field in a manner capable of disclosing the presence of deer. He conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and discovered a loaded a 12‑gauge shotgun in the front seat. While conducting a search of the vehicle, he also discovered an open container of alcoholic beverage in the front console. The subject was issued a notice to appear citation for possession of a firearm while shining a light in a manner capable of disclosing the presence of deer. He was also issued a citation for possession of an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. The firearm was seized as evidence.

While working a night-hunting detail, officers observed a truck driving in a suspicious manner. The driver was shining a light in specific areas where deer are often seen. Officer Hutchinson approached the truck and watched him shining a light into a field. He stopped the vehicle and discovered a loaded, 12‑gauge shotgun in the front seat as well as an open beer in the front console. The man was issued a notice to appear for night hunting and a traffic citation for possession of an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

WALTON COUNTY

Lieutenant Hollinhead, Officers Letcher, White, Maltais, and Reserve Officer Hahr worked a detail on Eglin WMA targeting complaints of hunting in closed areas and driving in prohibited areas. The detail resulted in 86 hunters checked and citations issued for license violations and driving around gates into areas prohibited to vehicle traffic. Eglin Security Forces personnel issued suspensions from Eglin property for the violations.

Officer Brooks was conducting fishery inspections at Choctawhatchee Bay and Highway 331 when he observed two undersized red drum in a bucket near the edge of the water. He later determined the fish belonged to a subject that was fishing nearby and cited him for the violation.

COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING
SANTA ROSA COUNTY

FWC officers teamed up with staff from the Division of Hunting and Game Management to assist with the Blackwater Hutton Unit Mobility Impaired Hunts. Working with several volunteers including family and friends of FWC staff, as well as retired officers, they provided lunch each day for the hunters and their guests. Several local businesses donated everything from food and drinks to hunting equipment for prizes to be given away. The hunters had an enjoyable time in the field and were very appreciative of the time and effort put into the events.

NORTH CENTRAL REGION
CASES
ALACHUA COUNTY

Officers Stanley and Troiano saw two individuals fishing in Paynes Prairie State Park on Prairie Creek. Both individuals had entered the park illegally and one was in possession of alcohol. The officers asked for fishing licenses and one was unable to produce any valid license. The officers also saw a cast net that was wet and dirty as if it had been recently used. The officers escorted both individuals back to their vehicle where they found 15 bream inside the cast net box. None of the bream had hook marks and they all had misplaced scales. One of the individuals admitted to catching all the bream in the cast net. Citations were issued for taking game fish by illegal method and no valid fishing license. Warnings were issued for the state park violations.

Officer Stanley saw two individuals fishing on Orange Lake and when they returned to the boat ramp, he checked their catch and asked to see their fishing licenses. One of the individuals said he left his at the house. Dispatch reported his license had been suspended and that he was on the “Do not sell” list. Officer Stanley issued a citation for fishing with a suspended license.

COLUMBIA COUNTY

Officer Johnston was working from a concealed location in the late evening hours when he overheard the distinct sound of glass being shattered as well as two individuals talking in the darkness. The sounds came from a local church and he quickly responded, believing a burglary was in progress. Upon arrival, Officer Johnston observed shattered glass all over the highway near the church and noticed two individuals walking away from him. One subject was carrying what appeared to be a scoped rifle and the other was carrying a ***** driver and hammer wrapped in a towel. Both subjects complied with verbal commands and were detained in handcuffs. Post Miranda warnings, both subjects admitted to burglarizing a vehicle and church earlier in the night. The rifle was later determined to be a scoped wooden stock pellet rifle. The subjects admitted to stealing the pellet rifle and ammunition from the toolbox of a pickup truck after entering a completely fenced in private property to get to the truck. After burglarizing the vehicle, the subjects admitted to burglarizing the dining hall of the church where they stole glass bottles and smashed them on the highway. Both subjects also admitted to bringing the hammer and ***** driver from home so they could break into cars. The victims in this case were located by Officer Johnston the following day and provided written statements stating the wish to prosecute. Both locations have been burglarized in the past and no suspects were ever located. Charges are being filed on the two juveniles for burglary of a conveyance, trespass, burglary of a structure, three counts of petit theft and possession of burglary tools.

DIRECTED CONSERVATION PATROLS
ALACHUA COUNTY

Lieutenant Ferguson, Officers Troiano, Stanley, Reith and Harris worked the Watermelon Pond WEA area to help maintain compliance. With several warm days, fishing and boating activity had increased. Several citations and warnings were issued for resource, license and boating violations.

GILCHRIST AND OTHER COUNTIES

During an arrest made by FWC Officer Wiggins in July 2016 in reference to a subject illegally taking alligators, a multi-state investigation including Florida, Ohio, Kentucky and Georgia was initiated. Florida investigators obtained search warrants on several social media accounts and learned that the subject was hunting in three states (Florida, Georgia and Ohio) without required hunting licenses. After a six-month investigation, it was determined the subject had illegally killed 19 whitetail deer, several turkeys and a bobcat in Browns County, Ohio, during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 hunting seasons. Seven other subjects (five from Florida) were also identified during the investigation as illegally hunting in Ohio. All five subjects will be charged in Ohio for multiple violations including license violations, night hunting, road hunting, exceeding bag limits, illegal methods, antlerless deer violations, protected species and aiding and abetting a known violator. Twelve whitetail deer antlers, a turkey beard and spurs were seized and shipped back to Ohio by DNR Investigator Joel Buddelmeyer as evidence for prosecution. Georgia and Florida violations are still pending.

COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING
ALACHUA COUNTY

FWC officers and K-9 Officer Wiggins assisted state park officials at Paynes Prairie with the annual star gazing event. The expected turnout was expected to be more than 1,500 for a night out viewing the stars and listening to a band. Due to weather conditions, they had fewer than 1,500 but there were several food vendors, a fire and lots of hot chocolate to help pass the night.

NORTHEAST REGION
CASES
BREVARD COUNTY

Recently, patrols were conducted on the St. Johns and Merritt Island Wildlife refuges in coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officers. Lieutenant Bonds, Officers Hadwin, Lejarzar, Eller, K-9 Officer North and USFWS Officers Whaley, Amoroso and Brierley all contributed through the use of marked and unmarked vehicles and kayaks, plain clothes and uniformed officers, with special help from K-9 Max. These cooperative efforts resulted in 14 citations and 32 written warnings for charges including trespassing on federal property, racing in areas closed to the public, hog hunting, no valid hunting license, no hunter safety class, insufficient PFD, use of alcohol while hunting, possession of a center-fire rifle, driving on closed roads, no self-issued hunter card, possession of lead shot while hunting waterfowl, over the 25 shell per person refuge limit and fishing in a closed area. These charges resulted in the seizure of more than 200 rounds of ammunition.

MARION COUNTY

Officer Rice responded to a call of someone possibly shooting an American Robin with a BB gun. Upon arrival, Officer Rice observed several dead birds that had apparent gunshot wounds. Officer Rice located individuals outside a residence nearby and questioned them about the dead birds. One of the individuals admitted to shooting a pellet gun earlier in the day and stated that he was shooting at birds. Officer Rice inspected the property of the subject and located a total of 25 dead birds. There were 23 American Robins and two Great Tailed Grackles. Post Miranda, the subject admitted to killing all 25 birds and showed the officer the gun that he used. The pellet gun was seized as evidence as well as all of the birds. The subject was issued a notice to appear for violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and willful or wanton waste of wildlife.

SUMTER COUNTY

Officer Teal was on patrol during the youth waterfowl season when he saw six individuals waterfowl hunting for 20 minutes before making contact. During a resource inspection, one of the adult hunters was found to have an unplugged shotgun. Other violations among the supervising adults were no hunting license, no state waterfowl permit, no migratory bird permit and no federal duck stamps. Appropriate citations were issued.

VOLUSIA COUNTY

Officer Malicoat was on water patrol in New Smyrna Beach areas known to hold oysters and other shellfish, but closed to harvesting oysters and shellfish due to water quality issues. She located an adult male harvesting oysters from his boat along the shoreline. He was issued the criminal notice to appear citation for this violation.

COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING
LAKE COUNTY

Public Information Officer (PIO) Weber and Officer Morrow attended a career day event at Treadway Elementary in Leesburg. The officers brought the wildlife exhibit trailer and spoke with the students about FWC and the importance of not feeding wildlife.

Officers Morrow, Scrambling and PIO Weber participated in a reading program at a couple of elementary schools in Lake County. They each read a story from a book to a classroom of students and also educated them about the FWC and conservation.

ORANGE COUNTY

PIO Weber, Officer McGuire and Reserve Officer Baugh attended the annual Birdapalooza event at Magnolia Park in Orange County. The event focused on Florida’s native wildlife and birding trails. The officers interacted with approximately 750 people.

SEMINOLE COUNTY

PIO Weber and Officer McGuire attended the Touch a Truck event hosted by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Sanford, near Lake Monroe. The officers spoke with children about the importance of Florida’s wildlife and displayed an alligator for the children to learn about.


SOUTHWEST REGION
CASES
LEE COUNTY

Officer Hardgrove was on patrol at the Punta Rassa Boat Ramp when a boat with a group of fishermen arrived at the dock. A resource inspection was conducted and an undersized amberjack was discovered. The operator was issued a citation.

While on patrol at the Punta Rassa Boat Ramp, Officer Hardgrove conducted three fisheries inspections on vessels returning to the dock. During these inspections, Officer Hardgrove discovered two undersized spotted seatrout, an out-of-season gray triggerfish, three undersized sheepshead and an undersized mangrove snapper. All three operators were issued a citation for the violations.

MANATEE COUNTY

While on water patrol, Officers Berg and Gaudion stopped a commercial vessel with nets deployed to conduct a commercial fisheries inspection. During the inspection, the officers found multiple infractions and charged the defendants with a total of nine misdemeanors.

SARASOTA COUNTY

While on water patrol in the area of City Island, Officers Ridgeway, Brown and Hughes noticed an individual collecting marine life in Sarasota Bay not far from the Ken Thompson Boat Ramp. During a resource inspection, they found that the subject was in possession of numerous sea urchins and had well over the five living organisms per person limit for marine life. The subject was given a criminal citation and will have to appear in court.

MAJOR WILDLIFE ASSISTANCE
LEE COUNTY

Officer Price assisted members of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in a manatee rescue at Manatee Park. The manatee, which was unable to submerge for extended periods of time, was captured and taken to Lowery Park Zoo to be cared for and rehabilitated.

DIRECTED CONSERVATION PATROLS
CHARLOTTE COUNTY

Officers Stasko, Birchfield and Morrison worked a directed patrol in several different locations throughout the county, focusing on Slow Speed Manatee Zone violations. Over two dozen vessels were observed in violation and operators were warned and cited accordingly.

COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING
LEE COUNTY

Officer Price and Lieutenant Ruggiero participated in a fishing demo at Manatee Elementary in Fort Myers. The officers taught kids to tie knots, cast polls, and throw a cast net. Multiple bass were caught by the kids, and there was a guest appearance from a small alligator. The officers wrapped up the day by having lunch with the students in the cafeteria.

SOUTH A REGION
CASES
BROWARD COUNTY

Lieutenant Laubenberger and Officer Ryan responded to a call about a large African Spurred Tortoise that was walking in traffic, causing a public safety hazard. The tortoise was recovered and placed at a facility pending further investigation. Captive Wildlife Investigator Corteguera was able to determine the owner of the facility from which the tortoise escaped. When he inspected the facility, the tortoise was returned and a misdemeanor citation was issued for the escape of a non-native species. Investigator Teems, Officer Delatorre and Officer Banks assisted with the investigation.

Captive Wildlife Investigator Corteguera received a complaint regarding a social media post that offered a free raccoon to a good home. The subject was identified before the raccoon could be re-homed, and the investigation revealed that the raccoon was taken from the wild as an infant and was being kept as a personal pet. The subject received a citation for the possession, and three warnings for other captive wildlife violations relating to the raccoon. The raccoon was then taken to a rehabilitation facility. Officers Ryan and Sadilek also assisted with the investigation.

GLADES COUNTY

Officers Toby and Alford responded to a call at the Fisheating Creek Campground in reference to a campsite that had been left with a large amount of litter on the ground. An investigation revealed that the subject who rented the site had been warned twice about camp violations by the general manager before checking out and still left an abundance of garbage behind. The investigation is ongoing.


MARTIN COUNTY

While conducting fisheries inspections, Officer Morrow made contact with a subject as he was returning to his vehicle from the beach. Prior to inspecting the subject’s cooler, Officer Morrow asked the subject how many fish he had, to which he replied “ten.” An inspection of the cooler revealed that the subject was over the recreational bag limit of ten. The subject then advised that he had evidently miscounted. A dispatch inquiry revealed that the subject had no prior violations. The subject was then issued a written warning.

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY

Investigator LaFoy and Officer Allen were on land patrol at the S65D Lock on the Kissimmee River and saw two subjects actively fishing in an area clearly posted “No Trespassing.” After making contact with the subjects, a records check was obtained from the dispatch center which revealed that one of the subjects had a previous trespass warning for the same location. The other subject did not have a valid freshwater fishing license. Investigator LaFoy issued the appropriate citations which will require a court appearance.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY

Officers Fretwell, Arnold and Investigator Turner conducted a fisheries inspection on a vessel approximately one half mile offshore, on the St. Lucie/Indian River County line. Four individuals were actively fishing and explained that they were keeping their own harvested fish in separate coolers. When the individual coolers were inspected, the group was found to be in possession of one undersized sheepshead, two undersized mutton snapper, six undersized black sea bass and twenty-one lane snapper over their forty-snapper limit. The subjects were issued citations appropriate to their individual violations.

Officers Fretwell, Arnold and Investigator Turner conducted an inspection of a commercial fishing vessel. They observed a single occupant, the operator of the vessel, picking fish out of a cast net. In the rear of the vessel, there were approximately six more cast nets that were all full of Spanish mackerel. When asked how many nets he was using, the subject stated that he had fished ten nets in all and was now picking them. The subject was advised that only two nets could be fished from a vessel at any one time. The subject was shown in statue and on the commercial fishing handout where it states that only two cast nets can be fished at one time and was issued a citation for the violation.

Investigator Patterson conducted a fisheries inspection on a subject in the vicinity of Orange Avenue and Knight Road in Fort Pierce. During the inspection, a records check revealed the subject had an active arrest warrant in St. Lucie County. After confirmation of the warrant, Investigator Patterson transported and processed the subject into the St. Lucie County Jail.

DIRECTED CONSERVATION PATROLS
PALM BEACH COUNTY

Officers Hankinson and Godward patrolled the area of the Lake Worth Inlet focusing on diving safety and marine species violations. Numerous vessels and divers were checked for compliance. The officers found several violations and addressed them accordingly.

St. LUCIE COUNTY

Investigators Patterson, Turner, Officers Fretwell and Arnold participated in a Targeted Enforcement Action Detail. The objective was to inspect, enforce, and educate permitted establishments in St. Lucie County that handle seafood for public consumption, pertaining to seafood quality control and accompanying Florida Administrative Codes. During the detail, three misdemeanor citations were issued, and three warnings were given for seafood quality control violations.

COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING
PALM BEACH COUNTY

Officers Cobo and Morrow attended the annual Police Night Out, hosted by the Juno Beach Police Department. While at the event, officers answered questions from the public and displayed equipment utilized by the FWC Division of Law Enforcement.

SOUTH B REGION
CASES
COLLIER COUNTY

In response to Stan’s Mullet Fest 2017, Officer Lugg put together a boating safety and BUI detail in the areas of Goodland Bay and Coon Key. Officers Arbogast and Kleis, as well as Collier County Sheriff’s Officers Darren and Cornelius participated in the detail. A total of 12 vessels were stopped, 6 Uniform Boating Citations were issued and 13 warnings were given.

Officer Kleis and Investigator White were on water patrol on the Marco River where they stopped a vessel to complete a boating resource and safety inspection. During the inspection, they observed signs of impairment from the operator. The operator consented to complete field sobriety tasks where he exhibited sufficient behavior to indicate impairment and was subsequently arrested. Officer Johnson met the Officers on land and transported the subject to the Naples Jail Center, where he refused to provide a breath alcohol sample.

While working at night near Port of the Islands and overlooking an area managed by the South Florida Water Management District, Officers Arbogast and Kleis conducted surveillance from a concealed location. The officers observed multiple individuals trespassing on Water Management structures, as well as fishing with rod and reels. Also, one individual was throwing a cast net. After watching the subjects for approximately 30 minutes, it appeared that the group was about to leave. Officers made contact with the group to address the trespass violation and to conduct a resource inspection. The inspection revealed multiple buckets of legal fish and an undersized redfish that was hidden in the bed of a pickup truck. One individual claimed responsibility for the fish and was issued a notice to appear for possession of the undersized redfish and was cited for fishing without a license. The other members of the group were issued appropriate citations and warnings for trespassing on Water Management structures.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Officers in Miami-Dade County worked an operation targeting boating safety and BUI in the waters of Biscayne Bay. During the operation, FWC Officers checked approximately 300 users and cited 7 misdemeanors, 37 UBCs (uniform boating citations) and 32 written warnings.

Officers were on water patrol on the southwest side of Monument Island in Miami-Dade County and noticed a 23-foot boat with three individuals on board. The vessel had fishing rods and tackle laying on the deck of the boat slightly hidden from view, instead of in rod holders. Finding this suspicious, the officers stopped the vessel to check safety equipment and conduct a saltwater resource inspection. The vessel was found in compliance with all required safety gear and after inspecting the fish in the ice chest, the officers asked if there was any other fish on board and the vessel operator stated the “only fish they have are in the ice chest.” The officers then asked permission to search the vessel and were granted permission by the vessel owner/operator. While searching inside the cabin, the officers found a small, hidden compartment under the seat cushions in the bow and tucked inside was a plastic grocery bag containing 4 undersized mutton snappers, 3 undersized yellowtail snapper and 1 undersized hogfish. The owner/operator claimed possession of the undersized fish and was charged with a total of 4 misdemeanors.

MONROE COUNTY

Several officers from the Upper Keys responded to a residential area in Islamorada where bail bondsmen were trying to take a bail skipper into custody. The subject was working with a tree service when the bondsmen approached, and he took off on foot into a heavily wooded area nearby. Officers assisted in the K-9 track through the woods on an expanded perimeter with Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and checking the surrounding shoreline by water. After an hour of searching, the track was called off. The subject was taken into custody a short time later in the same general area of the original call. Besides the Miami Dade traffic warrants, the subject also had warrants for multiple counts of uttering forged instrument, several counts for grand theft 3rd degree and violation of probation.

Officer Baumgartner and USCG Islamorada teamed on a special detail to target several live-aboard basins in the Upper Keys. While conducting a safety inspection on a sailboat, Officer Baumgartner ran the registered owner’s information through the database as well as dispatch. The registered owner came back with three warrants for failure to pay the fines associated with several uniform boating citations. The individual was taken into custody and booked into the Monroe County Jail.

RESCUES
COLLIER COUNTY

Officer Johnson responded to a Marine Emergency Response Team (MERT) call in response to a capsized vessel occupied by two adults and three children approximately seven miles west of Gordon’s Pass. Once on scene, Collier County Sheriff’s deputies, Marco Island Fire Department and Tow Boat US recovered the occupants from a Good Samaritan vessel and returned the vessel to a nearby boat ramp.

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  FWC Enforcement Report January 27-February 2. All Regions
Posted by: bigefromlc - 02-08-2017, 07:30 PM - Forum: Conservation and Legal Issues - No Replies

NORTHWEST REGION
CASES
CALHOUN COUNTY

Officer Forehand responded to a complaint of a landowner whose property borders the Chipola River. The complainant saw a vessel pulled up to his property and heard a rifle shot nearby. The complainant noted the vessel’s registration number and went to the area where he heard the shot. He found a freshly killed doe deer with the top loins removed. At the same time, he heard the vessel crank up and leave the area. Officer Forehand identified the owner of the vessel and met with him to conduct an interview. The suspect admitted to shooting the deer. Charges of taking antlerless deer during the closed season will be direct filed. He was also issued a warning for willful and wanton waste of wildlife.

Lieutenant Allen and Officer Little responded to assist a deputy who stopped a truck displaying a spotlight in a manner capable of disclosing the presence of deer. When the officers arrived, they found a loaded .17 caliber rifle, a loaded .22 rifle, a loaded 12‑gauge shotgun and a spotlight inside the truck. The suspect in this case was charged during the last hunting season with taking antlerless deer. He was booked into the Calhoun County Jail for night hunting. All of the firearms and the spotlight were seized as evidence.

Lieutenant Allen and Officer Little responded to assist the same deputy who stopped another truck displaying a spotlight in a manner capable of disclosing the presence of deer. Two suspects were in the vehicle with a loaded .22 rifle and a loaded .223 rifle. Both suspects were charged with night hunting and both of the firearms were seized as evidence.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

Officer Matechik was on patrol when a Wildlife Alert complaint came in about an oysterman culling oysters from his vessel at the dock in Eastpoint. After canvassing the area, a subject was located with 2½ bags of oysters and culling oysters on the cull board. Officer Matechik checked the oyster bags and found they did not have the required tags and the subject did not have a saltwater products license (SPL) in his possession. The officer cited the subject for untagged oysters, not culling oysters on the oyster bed, and no SPL in possession.

JACKSON COUNTY

Lieutenant Allen and Officer Guy responded to assist a deputy who heard a shot locate a hunter. When the officers arrived, they located the hunter and checked the area and discovered a freshly killed doe deer. The hunter admitted to shooting the deer and will be charged with taking antlerless deer during the closed season.

OKALOOSA COUNTY

Officers Nichols, Bartlett, and J. Rockwell had confirmed a disposition from Walton County regarding a subject they arrested for violating a domestic violence injunction. The subject previously admitted to hunting and advised his license had been suspended for a year. Officer Rockwell filed an additional charge of hunting while license suspended or revoked.

Officer Pifer was on vessel patrol conducting state fisheries and license inspections in the Destin Pass. He observed a boat tied underneath the Marler Bridge with one individual on board actively fishing. A fisheries inspection revealed an oversized red drum. The individual was issued a notice to appear citation.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY

Officer Hutchinson received information about a subject who harvested three antlerless deer in one day during the antlerless deer season, two over the limit. During an interview, the subject said that he, his father, and his son each shot one deer. After interviewing the other subjects and another witness, it was confirmed that the subject shot and killed all three deer himself. The subject then admitted to taking all three deer. Officer Hutchinson obtained a warrant charging the man with taking over the bag limit of antlerless deer.

Officer Hutchinson was patrolling an area after dark where he received several complaints of illegal hunting activity. While working the area, he observed a vehicle driving through the middle of a large field while both the driver and passenger shined the area. When the vehicle was stopped, a loaded hunting rifle was discovered. The man and woman admitted to looking for deer. The driver did not a have a valid driver’s license. Both were charged with night hunting and the driver was also charged with driving with a suspended license.

Officer Hutchinson saw a vehicle slowly traveling along the road with a spotlight being shined from the vehicle into the field in front of his house. The vehicle was stopped and two juveniles informed him that they were looking for a big buck. A loaded shotgun was lying in between the two front seats. Officer Hutchinson made contact with their parents and, after the parents’ arrival, the juveniles were charged with night hunting and released into the custody of their parents.

COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING
SANTA ROSA COUNTY

Officer Mullins attended Bagdad Elementary School to talk with students who were studying conservation and resource management. Officer Mullins explained the FWC’s role in conservation and protection of natural resources. After an explanation of laws, regulations, and why they are important, Officer Mullins answered the students’ questions regarding what is and is not allowed and why.

NORTH CENTRAL REGION
CASES
DUVAL COUNTY

While conducting unmarked surveillance on inshore shrimp trawlers, a Resource Protection Officer identified a commercial shrimper who was violating the buffer north of downtown Jacksonville and dragging his nets too close to shore. Using GPS and a laser rangefinder, the trawler was marked at 240 feet from shore in an area restricted to 300 feet. A records check revealed the captain had two recent shrimp trawl violations. He was issued a misdemeanor notice to appear for the violation.

NASSAU COUNTY

Officer Sweat received a complaint about stolen property and met with the complainant at the Soggy Bottom Hunt Club. The subject showed the officer his hunting location where a two-man deer stand and a deer feeder had gone missing. At a location where the stand had been dragged off the property was a fresh Burger King receipt. Approximately two hours later, Officer Sweat located the deer stand on the adjoining property, which belongs to the Nassau School Board and is a known hangout for young people. The complainant identified the deer stand as his. The deer feeder was not recovered at the time, but with the Burger King receipt, Officer Sweat was able to obtain a picture of two young male subjects. One of those subjects admitted to taking the deer feeder to his house. The stand and deer feeder were recovered and returned to the owner. The suspect was given a warning citation and faces petty theft charges through the state attorney’s office.

RESCUES
ALACHUA COUNTY

Officers Troiano and Reith responded to a capsized vessel on Orange Lake. When they arrived, the individual had already received a ride to shore. He stated he was fine and did not want EMS to respond, but just wanted to go home. The vessel was marked that night and later retrieved by the owner.

DIRECTED CONSERVATION PATROLS
DUVAL AND NASSAU COUNTIES

Resource Protection Officers worked with Lieutenant Cain who flew over the closed oyster beds in the Nassau River area. Two subjects were found harvesting oysters from the shore and were cited for closed area harvesting and undersized oyster violations. Lieutenant Cain then watched two subjects harvesting oysters from a closed area in a Jon boat. The subjects dumped the oysters when they became aware of the aerial surveillance. Lieutenant Cain guided Officer Culbreth to the dock were the subjects were located. The subjects admitted to the oyster harvesting violation and were cited.

COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING
ALACHUA COUNTY

Officers Troiano and Reith attended the annual Newberry High School Criminal Justice night out. Several hundred students and parents attend the event every year to observe different equipment from each law enforcement agency within the county. The airboat was selected again this year by the officers and past students who had attended the event.

NORTHEAST REGION
CASES
BREVARD COUNTY

Captive Wildlife Investigator Saunders received information about an unpermitted individual who had taken possession of two reticulated pythons by portraying that he had a permit. A check of the suspect revealed he was on felony probation. The suspect’s probation officer set up a search of the suspect’s residence which was a condition of the probation. During the search, the probation officers involved discovered two reticulated pythons as well as other contraband. The suspect was arrested and charged with violation of probation as well as possession of conditional species without a permit. The snakes were voluntarily relinquished to FWC and placed at a permitted facility.

LAKE COUNTY

Captive Wildlife Investigator McDaniel investigated the report of a subject illegally possessing venomous reptiles at a house in a residential neighborhood. During his investigation, he discovered that the suspect was indeed in possession of an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake without a permit. The suspect was cited for the violation and the snake was voluntarily relinquished to FWC.

PUTNAM COUNTY

K-9 Officer Simpson responded to a dumping complaint on private property in the Crescent City area. During the investigation, two suspects were identified and interviewed. The suspects stated that they were going to take the debris to the dump, but decided to dump it on property off a dirt road instead. Both suspects were charged with littering over 500 pounds.

Officer Jones was on patrol in the “Mondex” when he saw a suspicious vehicle parked in the woods. During approach, he smelled the odor of marijuana. An investigation revealed that one subject was in possession of cannabis under 20 grams. The subject was issued a notice to appear for the offense.

Lieutenants Dickson, Yetter and Officer Jones were in the area of the “Mondex” investigating someone possibly using a spotlight to hunt in the woods at night when they heard multiple gunshots nearby. Upon arriving at a bon fire in the woods, Lieutenants Dickson and Yetter were able to identify the shooter who was just shooting into a dirt pile. Officer Jones approached another vehicle at the same location and smelled the odor of burnt cannabis. Upon investigating, a male subject was found to be in possession of under 20 grams of cannabis. The subject was issued a notice to appear for the offense.

Officer Guirate received a call from a landowner in reference to finding fresh blood and other evidence near one of the gates on his property. The officer found where a deer had been shot on the property, loaded on a cart, then loaded in a vehicle outside the property’s gate. Officer Jones provided information on a possible suspect in that area. At the suspect’s residence, he found the head and cape of a freshly killed deer and blood in the bed of a truck that appeared to have the same tire tread as the suspect vehicle. The subject admitted to going onto the landowner’s property and unlawfully killing a buck deer and has been charged with felony trespass.

SOUTHWEST REGION
CASES
DESOTO COUNTY

An anonymous tip was called in stating that a man in Arcadia was keeping a bobcat in his backyard. Officers Franks and Kobs were dispatched to investigate. Upon arrival, the homeowner confessed to being in possession of a bobcat. The bobcat was seized and the man was cited accordingly after being educated on the laws pertaining to the possession of a bobcat.

HARDEE COUNTY

Officer Franks responded to a trespassing complaint. Upon arrival, he found five subjects trespassing on Mosaic property while hog hunting with dogs. The males entered the property through a fence without permission and were operating an ATV. Officer Franks charged and arrested the subjects. They were all transported to the Hardee County Jail.

HIGHLANDS COUNTY

Several FWC officers and investigators responded to a boating accident that occurred on Lake Istokpoga. Two subjects were transported to a local hospital and two subjects were discovered deceased. This is an ongoing boating accident investigation.

LEE COUNTY

Officer Wilkenson received a call from a property owner that several individuals were trespassing on the orange grove he managed. Officer Wilkenson arrived and observed two vehicles driving off the property with approximately 15 individuals ranging from 3 to 35 years old. Shortly after, Officers Thompson and McColgin arrived on the scene. The individuals were asked why they were on the property and they stated they were just driving around. The property manager stated that he didn’t want them on the property. All of the individuals were issued trespass warnings and advised not to return to the property.

While on patrol on Pine Island, Officer Hardgrove encountered two subjects cleaning fish at the boat ramp. There were three large cobia lying on the deck next to them. He asked the subjects if they were aware that the possession limit on cobia is one per person. Both subjects stated they understood that but thought the boat limit of six cobia per boat applied to them, since they had been fishing from a boat. Officer Hardgrove explained that the law states the possession limit is one per person or six per vessel, whichever is fewer. The excess cobia was measured at 50 inches and was seized. The subject who kept the second cobia was issued a notice to appear for possession of cobia over the bag limit.

MANATEE COUNTY

While on land patrol in the South Skyway Rest Area, Officer Dalton performed a fisheries inspection on a man fishing underneath the relief bridge just before the Skyway Fishing Pier. He found the fisherman to be in possession of one 10.5-inch sheepshead and one 10.5-inch gag grouper. The man was given a written warning for the undersized sheepshead and a citation for the gag grouper.

PINELLAS COUNTY

The crew of the Gulf Sentry, Lieutenant Marlow and Officers Smith, Burks, Martin and Hughes, were offshore conducting fisheries inspections on commercial longline vessels, and as they approached a longline vessel for inspection, the occupants on board started to throw red grouper into the water. The Gulf Sentry crew recovered several undersized grouper. Officers Burks and Hughes boarded the vessel to conduct a fisheries inspection and located 69 pieces of cut up shark, vermillion snapper and other pieces of reef fish that were being used as bait. Several federal fisheries citations were issued.

DIRECTED CONSERVATION PATROLS
LEE COUNTY

Officers Furbay and McColgin conducted a panther zone enforcement detail that resulted in eight citations and six written warnings, with a high speed of 85 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officers also educated the public on the importance of following the posted speed in panther zones.


SOUTH A REGION
CASES
GLADES COUNTY

Captive Wildlife Investigators Doricchi and Douglas, along with Lieutenant Garzaniti, inspected a wildlife facility that houses venomous reptiles. The inspection revealed venomous reptiles in enclosures that were not locked as required, as well as enclosures improperly labeled. Investigators Doricchi and LaFoy returned to the facility and issued a misdemeanor citation for the unlocked enclosures and a warning for the improper labeling. The enclosures were properly secured upon their return.

MARTIN COUNTY

Officers Brevik and Norbrothen were on nighttime water patrol in the St. Lucie River, when they were struck by another vessel, which hit the motor’s cowling and slid off the starboard side of the patrol vessel. The subject driving the boat was given standard field sobriety tasks and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Officer Brevik arrested and charged the subject with operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol. The subject was then processed into the Martin County Jail.

While conducting offshore vessel patrol, Officers Rogers, Carroll, Moss, and Morrow conducted an inspection of a vessel returning from offshore. Prior to being boarded, the subject was asked if he had any fish on board, and indicated he did not. Officer Rogers located three undersized red snapper in the bottom of a bucket, underneath a pile of trash on board the vessel. The subject, who had a history of fisheries violations, was issued a misdemeanor citation for possession of undersized red snapper and over the bag limit of red snapper. The illegal fish were then returned to the water at the conclusion of the inspection.

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY

Officer Allen received information that a dog had been killed by a snare at a residence in a neighborhood north of Okeechobee. Investigator Douglas and Officer Allen inspected the wooded area behind the residence and found a snare and five steel traps. At the residence, two raccoon skins were drying on stretchers. The suspect who lived at the residence was interviewed. He had a valid furbearer’s license and admitted he took two raccoons with the steel traps. After consulting with the Okeechobee County state attorney’s office, the suspect was issued a notice to appear in court for taking wildlife with steel traps.

Officer Allen was on patrol just after dark when he observed a vehicle and a boat trailer at the Kissimmee River and State Road 70. He went to the S-84 South Florida Water Management District structure where numerous instances of trespassing had occurred in the past and found two subjects trespassing and fishing on the structure behind several “No Trespassing” signs. The men were issued notices to appear in court for the violation.

While on patrol of the Kissimmee Prairie State Park, Officer Boulware and Lieutenant Strenth were advised by park staff that people were camping in the primitive camp area and had a vehicle with them. During a check of the area, four subjects and one truck were located at a campsite. After being contacted, they stated they had driven through an open gate at 8:30 pm and drove to the campsite. It was later learned they had come through a locked gate behind a registered camper and drove around a chained gate to gain access to this area. The subjects were escorted out and given citations for evasion of fees and hanging hammocks from the trees.

PALM BEACH COUNTY

Officer LeBlanc responded to a derelict vessel call that was initiated by Officer Newman at the Stub Canal Boat Ramp, located at Gem Lake. Officer LeBlanc and a Good Samaritan removed a partially submerged PWC from the water. The registration numbers on the hull revealed that the vessel had been reported stolen. The HIN (hull identification number) was removed and he saw two, 2-inch holes cut into the hull. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) Deputy Trentman arrived on the scene and confirmed that the PWC had been reported stolen. Deputy Trentman had the PWC towed to the PBSO compound for further investigation.

Officer Morrow saw a vehicle occupied by an elderly male driving erratically and running a red light in northern Palm Beach County. A traffic stop to investigate the welfare of the driver was initiated and a dispatch query of the vehicle tag revealed that the tag was expired and that the registered owner and driver had a suspended license. When he approached, he noticed a strong smell of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The driver admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle, which was located after a search. In addition, the vehicle was found to have the registration sticker of another vehicle affixed to the license plate. The subject was then cited for possession of cannabis under 20 grams and for affixing an unassigned registration sticker and given written warnings reference driving while suspended, driving with an expired tag, and for running a red light. The vehicle was then transferred to a family member.

Officer Nasworth was duck hunting while off duty on Lake Okeechobee and saw two airboats, with two occupants each, hunting in his vicinity. The subjects began shooting ducks approximately twenty minutes before legal shooting hours and he made contact with dispatch and advised them to have an officer respond to the Lake Harbor boat ramp. The subjects left the area and Officer Allen arrived at the boat ramp where he made contact. Officer Nasworth responded to the boat ramp and went on duty to conduct the investigation. After reading the subjects their rights, they admitted to shooting before legal shooting hours. Officer Nasworth wrote all four subjects citations for taking or attempting to take waterfowl before legal shooting hours and provided them with a court date. Officer Allen addressed the license violations.

ST. LUCIE COUNTY

Officer Shermetaro was conducting license and resource inspections in Fort Pierce and saw several people fishing. Each individual was checked for compliance. One individual had an active warrant out of St. Lucie County and the subject was placed under arrest and transported to jail.

RESCUES
GLADES COUNTY

Officers Allen and Boulware, Investigators Lafoy, Patterson and Turner, Lieutenants Harris and Brown and Captain Suggs received information of an overdue boater in the Buckhead Ridge Canal System. He had launched his 10-foot jon boat the previous day and never returned. Ultimately, he was located safe and sound and stated that he had motor problems and spent the night on the boat.

HENDRY COUNTY

Officer Allen and Lieutenant Brown responded to assist FHP with a car accident where a car had rolled into a canal. The vehicle was pulled from the canal with no one in it. Divers searched the canal and did not locate the driver. The officers used UTVs to look in the wooded area and cane fields. The driver hasn’t been located and the investigation is ongoing.

DIRECTED CONSERVATION PATROLS
PALM BEACH COUNTY

Officer Hankinson conducted manatee conservation patrol throughout the Jupiter and Loxahatchee River regulated manatee zones. Numerous boaters were educated and violations were addressed accordingly.

COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING
GLADES COUNTY

Officer Alford spoke on the laws and regulations of FWC to a group of 20 people at a Hunter Safety Course at the Lykes Brother’s Office.

SOUTH B REGION
CASES
COLLIER COUNTY

While performing dockside inspections at Marco River Marina, Officer Lugg observed a charter vessel returning to the dock. The captain began offloading fish onto a dockside cleaning table after his guests departed from his vessel. The officer approached the captain and performed a marine fisheries inspection. He found that the captain possessed two undersized spotted trout and an undersized pompano. The captain admitted to the violations and was cited accordingly.

Officers Arbogast, Kleis and Plussa were conducting a follow-up investigation to a derelict vessel case where they were attempting to locate the vessel owner over the course of several months. The officers were able to reach the vessel owner to review the items that were sent to him by mail. After reviewing the documents with the vessel owner, he was arrested for the charges related to the derelict vessel investigation. A subsequent search of the owner after his arrest revealed that he was in possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The owner of the vessel was transported to jail and cited for five misdemeanor charges including storing a derelict vessel on state waters, storing a titled vessel on state waters without a hull identification number, failure to change registration or address of a vessel, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also received three citations regarding the registration and navigational lights display relating to the vessel.

Lieutenants Mahoney, Sushil, Officers Arbogast, Lugg, Miller, Osorio-Borja, Polly, Reams and Thurkettle assisted the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in a detail focused on vehicle and vessel thefts during the early morning hours. Both agencies proactively patrolled I-75 and US-41 for several nights and mornings in an effort to identify and locate stolen vehicles and vessels transiting through Collier County. Several stops were conducted throughout the detail; however, no stolen vehicles or vessels were present.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Officers responded to Bill Bags State Park regarding a report of an attempted suicide. The caller was closely related to the individual and stated that he was in a terrible state of mind and armed with a knife. Upon arrival, FWC officers saw the individual struggling with an officer from another agency. Collectively, officers were able to subdue the individual without further incident. The individual was transported by Fire Rescue to an area hospital and detained due to his state of mind.

While on water patrol in Biscayne Bay, officers stopped a vessel for a marine fisheries inspection. At the conclusion, the officers discovered the occupants were in possession of an undersized cobia. The subject was cited accordingly.

MONROE COUNTY

Officers Piekenbrock and Rubenstein received a tip from Officer Brierley of the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service that a person was illegally camping in the refuge and was trespassing. He was asked to pick up his camp site and leave the refuge. He had moved his camp, but there was an unregistered motorcycle hidden in the woods near his camp. The officers ran the unregistered motorcycle and found the name of the owner. Officer Brierley made contact with the individual through telephone to meet to arrange getting his motorcycle out of the refuge. The individual was aware he had a warrant and took off running down US1 on Big Pine Key. Knowing he was hiding in the refuge, FWC Officers Rubenstein, Piekenbrock and Mason, US Fish and Wildlife Officers, and Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies searched the woods and located the subject hiding in the palmetto thickets. The subject was charged with resisting arrest without violence, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and an active warrant for failure to appear out of Monroe County.

RESCUES
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

FWC officers were on water patrol when they were notified of a sailboat that was reported overdue from Crandon Park, in route to Watson Island Boat Ramp. The operator was the sole occupant of the vessel. During the voyage, he fell in the water and lost his cell phone while talking to his family member who was waiting for his arrival at the boat ramp. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) issued an emergency broadcast for all mariners to search for this vessel. The FWC officers were conducting search patterns and noticed a sailboat matching that description nearing the flats south of Fisherman’s Channel. The officers identified the vessel and positively confirmed it was the missing man. The subject was issued a PFD and safely escorted back to his family at the boat ramp.

COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING
MONROE COUNTY

Officers Foell and Sapp attended Career Day at Saint Mary’s Basilica School in Key West. The Officers brought a patrol truck and vessel and explained the many roles of an FWC officer and the importance of regulations. There were approximately 300 children who attended the event, from Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade.

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  If it feels good, do it omelet.
Posted by: sinbad - 02-07-2017, 01:15 PM - Forum: Big Bend Cuisine - No Replies

I just looked up Omelet in the dictionary. Omelet =s "Beaten egg pancake." Soooo, beaten eggs =s omelet. Dad had a theory about Omelets. He made them with whatever sounded good at the moment in them.

I tried chocolate chips once and, while tasty, it didn't "feel" like an omelet to me.

Lately, I have been adding a Tsp of various salad dressings as I beat the eggs. Yesterday I used Peppercorn Ranch and today I used Ken's Greek. The Peppercorn Ranch was pretty doggone good. Of course, I used shredded Cheddar Cheese and some Mozzarella too. Gotta have cheese for me.

I much prefer "real" cheese and always buy shredded for omelet making. I sometimes buy little bottles of real bacon bits to add to my omelet.
A little Salsa is a good addition. I often whip a little Cajun or Creole seasoning into the beaten eggs.
 
Saute diced onions and green peppers and add them to omelets. Sauteed onions and green peppers will keep in the fridge for several days so you can saute a bunch ahead of time to make breakfast prep faster and easier.

I buy hot home made sausage at the Inglis Food Ranch. They make it fresh each week and theirs is about the best around. If you can't get to Food Ranch, Jimmy Dean's hot sausage is good too. Fry it crisp ad break it up into tiny bits, drain and store a bunch in a Tupperware container. It will keep several days this way but it doesn't last long with me around. Add a Tsp of this to your Omelet.

If you live way up north, say above Tally, next spring, pull up some wild onions from your yard. These suckers are strong but they taste mighty fine when sauteed. When you pull them, don't wash them off or remove stems or roots. Store them in the vegetable bin of your fridge in a plastic bag. Clean them as you use them. They will keep for at least 2 months.

Let your imagination run wild when making omelets. Sometimes you strike out but even my worst concoctions were still edible.


Originally posted by capt ken 10/24/2006

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  Pickled Summer Salad. Dad's version.
Posted by: sinbad - 02-07-2017, 01:10 PM - Forum: Big Bend Cuisine - No Replies

Slice several very ripe Tomatos into chunks. (Dad never served a Tomato with the peel on)
Slice a large Vidalia Onion into rings. Slice Bell Pepper into strips.
Cucumbers if you like them sliced.
Sliced Cabbage.

Put all of this in a large PLASTIC or GLASS bowl and cover with salted water and 1 cup (MOL) of Cider Vinegar.

Chill for at least 2 hours.

Serve as is or mixed into a green salad.


Originally posted by capt ken 8/16/2006

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  While we are on this Pickle kick---
Posted by: sinbad - 02-07-2017, 01:07 PM - Forum: Big Bend Cuisine - No Replies

Man I love Pickles!

Pour the juice out of a jar of sweet pickles into another jar. Pour the juice from a jar of dill pickles into the sweet pickle jar then put the sweet pickle juice in with the dill pickles. After a few days, you have some very interesting pickles, great for a party tray.

Add sweet pickle juice to pickled beets and to pickled cabbage and pickled eggs.

Originally posted by capt ken 8/16/2006

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  Fried Dill Pickles
Posted by: sinbad - 02-07-2017, 01:05 PM - Forum: Big Bend Cuisine - No Replies

Ingredients:
1 Quart Jar Dill Pickle Slices
2 Tsp. Red Pepper
2 Tsp. Paprika
2 Tsp. Pepper
1 Egg
8 Ounces Milk
5 to 6 Drops Hot Sauce
1 Tbsp. Flour
2 Cups Flour
Vegetable Oil for Deep Frying
Directions:
Mix egg, milk, hot sauce, and 1 tablespoon of flour in bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl combine the red pepper, paprika, black pepper and 2 cups of flour.

In a large, deep skillet or fry cooker heat vegetable oil to 375 degrees.

Dip the pickle slices in the egg and milk mixture, then dredge them through the flour and spices, then the egg and milk again and then the flour once more.

Next drop the battered pickles into the hot oil and fry until they float to the surface and turn a nice golden brown.

Serve immediately.

Originally posted by MTPOCKITS 8/14/2006

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  Welcome Tato
Posted by: sinbad - 02-07-2017, 12:44 PM - Forum: Misc Topics - Replies (1)

Welcome back old friend! Shy

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  Pickled Beets--The way I like 'em. A little more too.
Posted by: sinbad - 02-01-2017, 09:50 AM - Forum: Big Bend Cuisine - No Replies

I mentioned Pickled Beets to Sharon one day last week and she said she'd whomp up a batch. Yesterday was the day. They were pretty good last night and will definitely be better today.

Here is how she did it.

2 cans of sliced beets, drained. Reserve juice.

Bring beet juice to a boil and add 1/3 cup Cider Vinegar and a Tsp of sugar or 2 packets of sweetener (MOL depending on your preference).


Add sliced beets, remove from heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate and serve cold.

Most of the time, my Dad sliced a large onion and put it in with the beets after they began to cool.

Save the pickled beet juice after the beets are all gone and add a couple of cups of coarsely sliced cabbage to the juice. Let it soak in the fridge for a couple of days and serve it like it is or drain and add it to Cole Slaw for a real change of taste
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You can cut cooked corn right off the cob and marinate it in the pickled beet juice for several days and eat it like it is or add it to Potato Salad or other salad for a nice change in color and a little added zip.


Originally posted by capt ken 8/14/2006

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  Dill Pickle Omlette. Sounds strange until you've tried one.
Posted by: sinbad - 02-01-2017, 09:36 AM - Forum: Big Bend Cuisine - Replies (2)

I love dill pickles. A ham sandwich without dill pickles is like a day without sunshine. A slice of sharp cheddar goes great on a ham sandwich too so why not put dill pickle relish in a ham and cheese omelette?

2-3 eggs well beaten
dash of creole seasoning
heaping tsp dill relish (well drained)

Cook as per usual.

When the time comes, add shredded cheddar and chopped ham.
Fold and cook until done.

I think Dad would approve of this'un. Good stuff.


Originally posted by capt ken 6/30/2006

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  Lemon pepper & egg
Posted by: sinbad - 02-01-2017, 09:33 AM - Forum: Big Bend Cuisine - No Replies

Next time you fry up your favorite fish, try mixing an equal amount of lemon pepper marinade with eggs.

Put your fillets or chunks in a large zip-lock bag, add fish, knead egg and marinade to coat fish. Set aside and prepare a dry coating (50% flour 50% corn meal and Cajun seasoning to taste works well).

You can pan fry, deep fry , or try Ken's oil-less method. Remove fish from egg marinade mixture roll in dry coating and cook!


Originally posted by omerjim 7/2/2006

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