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									Volume 21, Number 2                              “Leading The Way For A Safer Pinellas”                     March - April - May -June 2009

                         Deputies’ Act Of Courage Tops Agency Awards
                                                                                              The Sheriff’s Annual Awards Ceremony tops the
                                                                                            spring awards season. Deputy Marvin Glover and
                                                                                            Deputy B.J. Lyons jointly received the Ruth and
                                                                                            Tim Johnson Deputy of the Year Award for their
                                                                                            heroism in terminating the threat of an active shooter
                                                                                            in the lobby of the Pinellas County Courthouse in
                                                                                            St. Petersburg. They have also received recognitions
                                                                                            from numerous civic and professional organizations.
                                                                                            The actual incident made national news as the
                                                                                            deputies’ actions saved many lives. The surveillance
                                                                                            video from the incident has been utilized on a local
                                                                                            and national scale for law enforcement training
                                                                                            purposes, as far west as the Los Angeles Police
                                                                                            Department. Both deputies also received the Combat
                                                                                            Cross. Deputy Lyons received the Purple Heart after
                                                                                            he was grazed by a bullet from the suspect during
                                                                                            the exchange of gunfire. Deputy Lyons is now retired
                                                                                            but still involved in law enforcement training at St.
Ruth and Tim Johnson Award presenter Kaneer Smith with recipients B.J. Lyons, Marvin Glover Petersburg College. Deputy Glover is on duty at the
                     and Sheriff Coats at the Annual Awards Ceremony
                                                                                            Courthouse in St. Petersburg.
  The annual Awards Ceremony honored the over 100 members for a variety of contributions to the success of the agency and the
safety of the community. Read more about the Awards Ceremony and the award winners beginning on page 6.

               Explorers Are Champions For Second Consecutive Year
  The Tuesday nights and weekends of hard work paid off again
for the Sheriff’s Explorer Post 900. For the second year in a
row, the Post competition team won first place in the state at the
annual Florida Associations of Police Explorers competition in
Coral Springs earlier this summer. The team now has a goal for
next year. If they are the first place finishers next year, Post 900
can retire the team trophy as their own. The Post Pistol Team
also won first place for the second year in row.
  In July, the Explorers continued their winning ways by
bringing home the High Team trophy for overall performance
at the annual Florida Sheriff’s Explorer Post competitions in
Orlando. The Honor Guard earned first place, and the Pistol
Team won four firsts in various categories. Explorer Miracle
Anderson took first place in Physical Agility/Female in both the
State and FSA contests. In additional Explorer news, four Post
members will attend three of five Law Enforcement Exploring          Members of the Post 900 Competition Team are the State Champs for the Florida
                                                                                            Association of Police Explorers.
National Academies this summer. Explorer Lieutenant Joshua
Davidson will attend the FBI Exploring Academy. Explorer Lieutenant Rachel Davidson and Explorer Corporal Miracle Anderson
were chosen to attend the United States Secret Service Exploring Academy, and Explorer Sergeant Nathan Mowatt was chosen to
attend the United States Marshall’s Exploring Academy.                                                                 More photos on page 12.
                                                                            Gala Proceeds Presented to PAL
                                                                             Sheriff’s Citizens Academy Alumni Association President
                                                                           John Anderson, Jr. recently presented the proceeds from the
                                                                           2008 Gala fundraiser to the Sheriff’s Police Athletic League
  To All Members:                                                          (PAL). The $40,000 check will go a long way to provide after
  We know that each of you have worked very hard in helping                school tutoring and sports activities countywide for children
us meet our fiscal challenges and we could not have made the               served by the Sheriff’s PAL.
significant progress we have without your dedication and
commitment.
  Please know that your efforts and sacrifices have not gone
unnoticed. We began our budget process with the goal that we
would not have to lay-off any members, and with your help, we
met that goal.
  It is very important to us that each of you have the means to
provide for yourselves and your families, and that you have a
long, productive, and enjoyable career with the Pinellas County
Sheriff’s Office.
  Again, thank you for your hard work and commitment to our
agency and the citizens we serve.




                                                                              John Anderson, Jr., Sheriff Coats and PAL Administrator Jerry Babcock

                                              Upcoming Events
                                                                              School Crossing Guards Excel
    September 25th ............. Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament
                                                                             Each day during the school year well over 150 School
                                               Wentworth Golf Club
                                                                           Crossing Guards assist thousands of Pinellas County children
                                    Contact: Susan Fraley 582-5806
                                                                           on their way to school. The Maybelle Rollins Bradford Award
                                                                           recognizes three of these Crossing Guards for their extra effort
                                                                           and dedication to duty. The award is named for the mother of
                                                                           the Award’s presenter, Mrs. Freda Turner, who hosts a luncheon
    October 12th .. Sheriff Jim Coats Charity Golf Tournament
                                                                           in their honor. This year’s winners are Donna Brazil, a Crossing
                        Bayou Club and Bardmoor Country Club
                                                                           Guard since 2003, Cindy McCants since ’07, and Richard Hanley
                     Contact: Captain Michael Castine 464-6321
                                                                           since ’05. All three are known for their work with students as
                                                                           well as parents, teachers and school administrators.

    November ........................... Members Appreciation Picnic
                                               Date To Be Announced




    December 5th ....................... Ride and Run With The Stars
                                                Fort DeSoto State Park
                         Contact: Captain Teri Dioquino 582-6301



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                                                                           School Crossing Guard Richard Hanley, School Crossing Guard Cindy McCants
                                                                                             and School Crossing Guard Donna Brazil

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            County Law Enforcement                                                 Victim Rights Award Presented
              Acknowledge Fallen                                                     National Victim Rights Week was observed in Pinellas
  Featured speaker, State Representative Ed Hooper set the tone                    County in April by the countywide Victims Rights Coalition.
of honor and respect at the annual countywide Law Enforcement                      The organization also hosted a luncheon and presented
Memorial Observance. The May event attracted law enforcement                       awards to law enforcement and community members
officials from around the county, as well as representation from state             whose work assisted local crime victims. Sgt. Michael
and federal agencies. The multi-agency Honor Guard, coordinated                    Peasley received the law enforcement award for his efforts
by Sheriff’s Corporal Rodney Davis, ringed the memorial stone with                 while associated with the Sheriff’s DUI Unit. Sgt. Peasley
ceremony and solemnity. Member Sandy Esher sang and the Dunedin                    obtained private funding to create a memorial for victims
High School Highlander Band provided ceremonial music.                             of DUI related deaths. The memorial is located at Central
                                                                                   Breath Testing and is utilized as an educational tool in that
                                                                                   environment. Sgt. Peasley worked with victims’ families
                                                                                   and other law enforcement agencies to make the memorial
                                                                                   concept a reality. Sheriff’s Patrol command staff and Victim
                                                                                   Advocates were on hand to congratulate Sgt. Peasley.




Florida State Representative Ed Hooper     The Memorial names 20 fallen officers




                                                                                              Sgt. Michael Peasley with Major Wayne Morris



                                                                                         All Members Must Enroll
                                                                                           For Medical Benefits
                                                                                       ALL members and retirees must
                                                                                       verify elections and/or changes by
                Honor Guards from several agencies participated.                       5:00 p.m. August 7th.

                                                                                       To enroll go to:
                                                                                            www.pcsoweb.com/hr

                                                                                       Questions? Call 582-2835.

                                                                                       More information on SONET:
                                                                                       click Human Resources / Benefits /
                                                                                       Open Enrollment


                                                                                      Make Sure You’re Covered!
             The annual event is a time for all to pause and remember.

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                                                                                                             Alan S. Harmer .......................... 25 Years
                                                                                                             Patricia H. Lynch ....................... 25 Years
                                                                                                             Deborah A. Schnitzler ................ 25 Years
                                                                                                             Ward A. Snyder .......................... 25 Years
                                                                                                             David E. Webb ........................... 25 Years
                                                                                                             Teresa M. Humes ....................... 20 Years
                                                                                                             Tammy L. Russo ........................ 20 Years
                                                                                                             Jayne Snivley ............................. 20 Years
                              Changes In Troops                                                              Doris A. Woodard ...................... 20 Years
Due to the changing number of entries in this edition, we apologize for any Jerelyn A. Depalma .................... 15 Years
unintended omissions. For promotions, transfers and new hires visit the
Changes In Troops section under the HR link on SONET.                                                        James G. Landrie ....................... 15 Years
                                                                                                             Ronald P. Luchan ....................... 15 Years
           Length of Service                          Daniel R. Cocciardi.................... 10 Years
                                                                                                             Amber D. Ashford...................... 10 Years
Fiscal’s records indicate the following Jenniver Davis............................ 10 Years Priscilla L. Campbell ................. 10 Years
members have reached anniversary Gerald W. Falcone.......................10 years Martha C. Castro ........................ 10 Years
milestones with the Sheriff’s Office. Nicole M. Gamba ....................... 10 Years
                                                                                                             Gregory A. Cynar ....................... 10 Years
Members with questions about their Ivan Gutierrez ............................ 10 Years
Length of Service certificates or photos, Beth E. Hoffman ........................ 10 Years Grenald C. Ferguson .................. 10 Years
call 582-6201.                                                                                               Kim R. Fields ............................. 10 Years
                                                      Susan L. Kresin .......................... 10 Years
                                                                                                             Michael J. Foley ......................... 10 Years
                    March                             Caleb A. Kurtz ........................... 10 Years
                                                                                                             Colon A. Gibson......................... 10 Years
                                                      Gary L. Quick ............................ 10 Years
Wallace J. Colcord ..................... 30 Years                                                            Andrew S. Goldstein .................. 10 Years
                                                      Linda C. Roberts ........................ 10 Years
Dale R. Jones ............................. 30 Years                                                         Victor L. Griffin ......................... 10 Years
                                                      Christopher J. Russell ................ 10 Years
Thomas E. Klein ........................ 30 Years                                                            Johnnie H. Hale.......................... 10 Years
                                                      Kristopher M. Shields ................ 10 Years
David M. Grover ........................ 20 Years                                                            Kenneth S. Kimberlin ................ 10 Years
                                                      Scott A. Shirah ........................... 10 Years
Kenneth S. Hopson .................... 20 Years                                                              Veronica D. McGuire ................. 10 Years
                                                      Michael F. Somverville .............. 10 Years
Keith W. Somers ........................ 20 Years                                                            Calvin G. McKinney .................. 10 Years
                                                      Suzanne F. Tyner ........................ 10 Years
Guy M. Spiros ............................ 20 Years                                                          Donald S. Quire ......................... 10 Years
                                                      Brenda L. Wright ....................... 10 Years
David Whelan ............................ 20 Years                                                           Lucille A. Rembert ..................... 10 Years
                                                      Robert A. Wright ........................ 10 Years
Raymond C. Whiteley ................ 20 Years                                                                Kimberly M. Whitesell .............. 10 Years
Susan L. Armsheimer ................. 15 Years                               May
                                                                                                                                  July
Cynthia L. Gibson ...................... 15 Years Arthur B. Craft ........................... 25 Years
                                                                                                             Timothy M. Burnham ................ 25 Years
Loretta S. Holstein ..................... 15 Years Michael E. Hughes ..................... 25 Years
                                                                                                             Hugh W. Robinson, Jr. ............... 25 Years
Kenneth M. Sokolowski............. 15 Years Thomas J. Mackey ..................... 25 Years
                                                                                                             Richard T. Bailey ....................... 20 Years
Sandra D. Wright ....................... 15 Years Richard C. Main ......................... 25 Years
                                                                                                             Brian A. Bender ......................... 20 Years
Michael A. Blisniuk ................... 10 Years Charles E. Rainey III.................. 25 Years
                                                                                                             J. Michael Dailey ....................... 20 Years
Deborah A. Cieglo ..................... 10 Years Javier Rosas ............................... 25 Years
                                                                                                             Robert R. D’Andrea ................... 20 Years
Demos J. Doulou........................ 10 Years Janice J. Thibodeaux .................. 25 Years
                                                                                                             Teresa M. Delong ....................... 20 Years
Harry R. Harris........................... 10 Years Cynthia J. Carrington ................. 20 Years
                                                                                                             Roscoe C. Dobson...................... 20 Years
Russell T. Klar............................ 10 Years Terri L. Dilcher .......................... 15 Years
                                                                                                             Timothy A. Downs ..................... 20 Years
Timothy E. Mikell ...................... 10 Years Samuel P. Mitchem .................... 15 Years
                                                                                                             Steven A. Grover........................ 20 Years
Timothy J. Myers ....................... 10 Years Lawrence J. Palombo ................. 15 Years
                                                                                                             Betty J. Harris ............................ 20 Years
David A. Robertshaw ................. 10 Years Amy K. Zawadski ...................... 15 Years
                                                                                                             Roger Hospelhorn ...................... 20 Years
Bonnie A. Glynn ........................ 10 Years Nancy B. Campbell .................... 10 Years
                                                                                                             Stephen King.............................. 20 Years
Jason A. Shoulta ......................... 10 Years Shawn M. Fox ............................ 10 Years
                                                                                                             Dale H. Lambert......................... 20 Years
Robert L. Smith.......................... 10 Years Richard M. Heaton ..................... 10 Years
                                                                                                             Lora M. McFee .......................... 20 Years
Carolyn J. Tarsitano ................... 10 Years Anthony J. Lorusso .................... 10 Years
                                                                                                             Christine McGathey ................... 20 Years
Christopher M. Wilkins.............. 10 Years Jeffrey A. McConaughey ........... 10 Years
                                                                                                             Christine Nikolich ...................... 20 Years
                     April                            Chris A. Platt .............................. 10 Years
                                                                                                             Carol A. Patnode ........................ 20 Years
                                                      Kelly J. Stevens.......................... 10 Years
Justine S. Green ......................... 30 Years                                                          Susan T. Peterson ....................... 20 Years
                                                      Melissa C. Swenton ................... 10 Years
Rodney B. Webber ..................... 30 Years                                                              Kim M. Quick ............................ 20 Years
                                                      Roy J. Swiech............................. 10 Years
Randy J. Ream ........................... 20 Years                                                           Beverly J. Rosenberry ................ 20 Years
Donald J. Wiwi........................... 20 Years                          June                             Kaylene C. Squitieri ................... 20 Years
Sharon M. Lough ....................... 15 Years Michael A. Rogers ..................... 30 Years Wade E. Updegraff ..................... 20 Years
Sara L. Spiva .............................. 15 Years Gilbert K. Alderman................... 25 Years James P. Weir ............................. 20 Years
Thomas J. Baumgartner ............. 10 Years Brenda L. Gaull.......................... 25 Years Laura L. Brueggeman ................ 15 Years
David L. Bennett ........................ 10 Years Donna J. Grass ........................... 25 Years Fiona M. Cooney ....................... 15 Years
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Kelson F. Doherty ...................... 15 Years
Jason D. Moyer .......................... 15 Years
                                                        Brett A. Sison ............................. 10 Years
                                                        Mitchell G. Smithies .................. 10 Years
                                                                                                                Volunteers Appreciated
Lorena V. Bosser ........................ 10 Years                                                   Volunteers In Partnership (VIPs) and the
                                                        Scott A. Steele ............................ 10 Years
                                                                                                   volunteers with the Citizens Patrol enjoyed
Jennifer M. Holloway ................ 10 Years          Michael L. Stutman.................... 10 Years
                                                                                                   a luncheon in their honor during Volunteer
                                                        Kenneth Styles ........................... 10 Years
                                                                                                   Month in April. The Volunteer Programs is
                   August
                                                        John F. Syers .............................. 10 Years
                                                                                                   now managed by Corporal Denise Nestor
Michael D. Lindsey.................... 35 Years         Angela D. Tisdale....................... 10 Years
                                                                                                   in Crime Prevention. The group enjoyed
Ricky L. Fortney ........................ 25 Years      Michele A. Turbee...................... 10 Years
                                                                                                   lunch and awards presentations at Banquet
Michael J. Ring .......................... 25 Years                                                Masters. VIP Lurena Miller was recognized
                                                        Wilmer Valentin ......................... 10 Years
Carol A. Wegener ....................... 25 Years                                                  as having donated the most hours at 3400.
                                                        Roseann Wester .......................... 10 Years
Mary M. Boyd............................ 20 Years                                                  The time donated by the VIPs and the
                                                        Linda R. Willett .......................... 10 Years
Joan M. Chant ............................ 20 Years                                                Citizens Patrol helps save tens of thousands
Tammy T. Driver ........................ 20 Years                       Retirees                   of dollars in taxpayers’ money. They also
Stamatios Katsouris ................... 20 Years                                                   make a tremendous contribution to the
Karen M. Main ........................... 20 Years      Emergency Operator/Complaint Writer overall operation of the agency. Volunteers
Lawrence R. Nalven................... 20 Years          Dona C. Davis retired on March 27, 2009 are currently working in a variety of
                                                        with 22 years of service.                  assignments. Know anyone who is looking
Thomas D. Boos......................... 15 Years
Milla D. Esterline ....................... 15 Years     Detention Deputy Beverly F. Monroe retired for interesting volunteer work? Have them
                                                        on April 3, 2009 with 9 years of service.  contact Corporal Denise Nestor at 582-
Kelly J. Gaull ............................. 15 Years                                              5613.
Edmond T. Randall .................... 15 Years         Detention Deputy Betty J. Hoggatt retired
Sharlene L. Van Horn ................. 15 Years         on April 5, 2009 with 12 years of service.
Walter C. Anderson .................... 10 Years        Detention Corporal James E. Hoggatt
Nicholas J. Baez ......................... 10 Years     retired on April 5, 2009 with 27 years of
Bryan A. Bingham ..................... 10 Years         service.
Jose A. Camacho ........................ 10 Years
                                                        Detention Deputy Steven J. Christeson
Bonnie L. Cyr............................. 10 Years
                                                        retired on April 17, 2009 with 15 years of
Jimmie J. Davis .......................... 10 Years     service.
Nelson A. De Leon..................... 10 Years
Brian J. Diebold ......................... 10 Years     Deputy William S. Cunningham retired on
                                                        April 17, 2009 with 13 years of service.
Evangelia Drambelis .................. 10 Years
Michael J. Farmer ...................... 10 Years       Detention Deputy Raymond E. Garland
Michael D. Ferdon ..................... 10 Years        retired on April 28, 2009 with 27 years of
John M. Fitzgerald ..................... 10 Years       service.
                                                                                                                    VIP Lurena Miller volunteered 3,400 hours.
Sophia L. Foster ......................... 10 Years     Criminal Justice Specialist Christopher
Joseph A. Gillette ....................... 10 Years     Bobryk retired on April 30, 2009 with 11
Lewis D. Gillig........................... 10 Years     years of service.
Matthew B. Hilliard ................... 10 Years        Deputy Jon Beich retried April 30, 2009
Frank H. Holloway..................... 10 Years         with 27 years of service.
John J. Hornak ........................... 10 Years
                                                        Deputy David E. Webb retired on May 1,
George Huang ............................ 10 Years      2009 with 25 years of service.
Michael H. Hughey .................... 10 Years
Frank J. Ignizio .......................... 10 Years    Civil Clerk Peggy Stevens retired on May
Linda F. Johnson-Goodin ........... 10 Years            1, 2009 with 7 years of service.
Daniel A. La Fave ...................... 10 Years       Inmate Records Clerk Becky Ann Lewis                    Volunteers Joan and Phillip Redisch, Charlie Cheshire
Carol A. Mac Callum ................. 10 Years          retired on May 10, 2009 with 12 years of                             and Rosemarie Kibitlewski

Christine R. Maldonado ............. 10 Years           service.
Jamie Y. McClendon .................. 10 Years          Deputy Richard Main retired on May 15,
Amy L. Moyer ........................... 10 Years       2009 with 25 years of service.
Jessica M. Nacimento ................ 10 Years          Detention Deputy Linda C. Bryan retired on
Martin Otano .............................. 10 Years    May 23, 2009 with 9 years of service.
Camille Y. Rentz ........................ 10 Years
Tamara l. Richardson ................. 10 Years         Registered Nurse Geraldine Eppley retired
                                                        on May 28, 2009 with 6 years of service.
Jeffrey M. Risk........................... 10 Years
Michael A. Robertson ................ 10 Years          Deputy Deborah Schnitzler retired on June
Georgino C. Robles .................... 10 Years        2, 2009 with 25 years of service.
                                                                                                                Volunteers Ed Johnson, Jr. and his wife Adeline with
Hector I. Ruizs ........................... 10 Years                                                                            Patricia Sterneman
Pamela S. Schneider................... 10 Years
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                                                                                       Jackie Clement Award
                                                                                                                   The Child Protection
                                                                                                                 Investigation        Division
                                                                                                                 staff nominated Christine
                                                                                                                 M. Bush for the “Jackie”
                                                                                                                 Clement        Award       for
      Captain Louis Kubler Awards                                                                                her conscientious and
  During his career with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Captain                                           compassionate attention to
Louis Kubler was a commander in the Patrol, Corrections, Detectives,                                             children in need of a safe
and the Identification Division. Each year Captain Kubler’s son, Lou                                             and secure environment.
Kubler, presents the Forensic Science and Detention Deputy Awards                                                Among          her      many
in his father’s honor.
                                                                                Lt. Greg Handsel, Christine Bush responsibilities with CPID,
                                                                                        and Sheriff Coats
                                                                                                                 Christine answers calls from
                                                                             the state’s Abuse Hotline, and is often the first one to hear of a
Forensic Science Specialist of the Year                                      child’s urgent and sometimes dangerous circumstances.


                                                                                   Member Suggestion Award
                                                                                    Corporal Rodney Snipes
                                                                                  researched and enhanced
                                                                                  a computerized composite
                                                                                  program by integrating it
                                                                                  with the facial recognition
                                                                                  function and jail booking
                                                                                  photos. He saw a need to
                                                                                  expand the database for
                                                                                  composite pictures of African        Corporal Rodney Snipes and
                                                                                  American and Asian subject                 Sheriff Coats
                                                                                  characteristics. As a result, the agency has saved thousands
   Award presenter, Forensic Science Specialist Traci Erwin and Sheriff Jim Coats of dollars in licensing fees and upgrades because the software
                                                                                  vendor has adopted his idea for future implementation. This
  Forensic Science Specialist Traci L. Erwin was presented the program is now in use by deputies and investigators, and has
Forensic Science Specialist of the year for 2008. She was recognized become a necessary tool.
for her work in the recovery of the body of Rosemary Christensen,
and associated evidence in a remote wooded area in north Florida.
FSS Erwin also received praise from Pinellas Park Police after she
                                                                                                 Exceptional Service Award
developed fingerprints in a sexual battery case with an unknown
assailant, which resulted in an arrest.                                             Awarded for an intelligent and heroic act involving grave
                                                                                  personal danger.
    Detention Deputies of the Year                                                  ★ Deputies Nicholas Disparti and Claudio Dimundo
                                                                                  responded to a 911 hang-up and were met with an armed
                                                                                  subject as they tried to enter the home. Deputy Dimundo fell
                                                                                  when the glass door was slammed on him. The man appeared
                                                                                  with a gun and began firing. Deputy Disparti pulled Dimundo
                                                                                  to safety. They returned fire. The suspect was arrested after
                                                                                  back-up arrived. No one was seriously hurt.
                                                                                    ★ Pinellas Park Police were
                                                                                  looking for a suspect who had shot
                                                                                  another man at close range with a
                                                                                  sawed off shotgun. Deputy James
                                                                                  Vickers found the suspect vehicle
                                                                                  and gave chase until the suspect
                                                                                  bailed. Deputy Vickers followed on
                                                                                  foot and directed other responding
      Lou Kubler, Deputy Ralph Lutz, Deputy David Harvey and Sheriff Coats        deputies and Flight. Deputy Vickers
  Deputies Ralph S. Lutz and Deputy David W. Harvey were saw the man who was now stuck in                                    Deputy James Vickers
selected by command staff as the Deputies of the Year for their action the heavy vegetation of a retention
to disarm a man involved in a domestic incident. Harvey and Lutz pond. Using a rope, Deputy Vickers, with assistance, hauled
were able to disarm the man without harm to themselves or others. him out of the pond and placed him under arrest.
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  ★ Narcotics Detectives were working with a drug dealer            Michael Smalley played a pivotal role in disarming the subject by
who was known to be armed and dangerous. During a planned           surprising him with the brightness of his weapon mounted light.
meeting the suspect produced a gun, and fearing for his life,       The man complied and dropped his loaded weapon. No one was
the Narcotics detective grabbed the weapon to point it away.        hurt.
Other deputies responded and placed the suspect under arrest.         ★ A woman was intent on killing herself last December by
The suspect later admitted he used the gun to intimidate. No        cutting her throat. Deputy Chester Johnson was among those who
one was hurt.                                                       responded to the scene. Deputy Johnson was able to communicate
  ★ A pharmacy robber armed with a syringe reportedly full          with the woman from a position of cover, and developed a rapport.
of HIV positive blood had barricaded himself inside the office      Eventually, after several minutes, Deputy Johnson was able to
of Seminole drug store last year. Employees told Deputy             convince the woman to drop the knife and surrender.
Lawrence Palumbo, Detective Amy White, Deputy William
Wiltsie, Deputy Jeff Decriese, Deputy Ken Roberts and                                  Excellent Service Award
Sergeant Joe Garretz there was a gun in the office where              Awarded for an intelligent, self-initiated act materially
the suspect was hiding. These deputies made a tactical entry,       contributing to a valuable police accomplishment.
arrested the subject and recovered the syringe.
  ★ While off duty at a social function last year, Deputy Ralph       ★ Deputy Jonathan Cleary was able to establish suspects
Lutz and Deputy David Harvey stopped a shotgun wielding             and a vehicle in an armed home invasion from video footage at
subject, who was looking to harm his ex-girlfriend. When the        a convenience store near the crime scene. All three suspects
man refused to drop the gun, the deputies gained control of the     were arrested within 20 minutes of releasing the descriptions in a
man and disarmed him.                                               BOLO.
             Meritorious Service Award                                ★ Deputy Roy Sweich uncovered one of the largest identity
                                                                    theft rings in the state during the course of a routine traffic stop in
   Awarded for an intelligent act while attempting to save a        connection with vehicle burglaries near gyms and fitness centers.
life.
   ★ Deputy William Copley, Deputy Jerome Clark and                   ★ While in the course of investigating unusual day time residential
Deputy Christopher Kohmann responded to a domestic                  burglaries in a north county neighborhood, Deputy Don Mast,
which had escalated to the point where the male subject             Deputy Richard Serra and Deputy Pete Eigo arrested a female
threatened to blow himself up, set himself and his car on fire      burglar who was committing her crimes during her lunch hour.
and take his dogs with him. The deputies dealt with the car fire,     ★ A vehicle ran a red light and at the traffic stop, Deputy Jim
evacuated innocent citizens and tried to rescue the dogs, which     Miller noticed the odor of marijuana. The suspects admitted they
were lost. The subject was arrested. They also found four other     had a gun. Deputy Miller kept
propane tanks in his car.                                           the incident calm until back-up
                                     ★ Before firefighters          arrived, when the driver was
                                  arrived Deputy Richard            removed from the vehicle – and
                                  Trump       and      Corporal     the 40 caliber handgun removed
                                  James Cooper responded            from his waistband. There were
                                  to a burning apartment in         42 pounds of marijuana in the
                                  the Harbortown complex in         vehicle and over $5,000 in cash
                                  north county. They entered        on the driver’s person.
                                  the dense smoke and worked          ★ While on foot patrol in
                                  to put out the fire. They also    Seminole, Corporal Howard
                                  evacuated nearby apartments       Skaggs flushed out a would-be
                                  in an abundance of caution.       burglar, gave responding K-9
                                                                                                           Deputy Jim Miller and Sheriff Coats
                                  No one was hurt.                  units a good place to start their track and the suspect was caught.
      Deputy Richard Trump and       ★ A violent storm caused
       Corporal James Cooper      a small boat to capsize off         ★ On his way to work one day in July last year, Deputy Charlie
                                  Honeymoon Island, tossing         Tita heard a pursuit of robbery suspects over the radio near his
its occupants into the waves. One of the boaters called for         location and he responded to assist. Deputy Tita chased one of the
help on his cell phone while clinging to the overturned vessel.     suspects in his truck and then on foot. He brought the suspect, with
Deputy Jim Clynes responded and managed to find both                cash in hand, to the ground.
boaters in the storm and pulled them to safety. They were             ★ While out on patrol one night, Marine Unit Deputies Nick
exhausted and grateful.                                             Lazaris and Ken Kubler responded to a man overboard incident
   ★ Two jet skiers were ejected from their jet ski after it        and were able to locate the victim in the dark. The man was
exploded. Deputy Richard Bennett had just stopped them for          physically exhausted when the deputies pulled him aboard and
not wearing life vests, and was helping them restart the vessel.    brought him in to waiting EMS paramedics.
The two citizens had suffered injuries and needed help. Even          ★ When Fairway Estates had a rash of car burglaries, Deputy
though he was still shaken by the explosion, Deputy Bennett         Scott Murphy was among those assigned to a heightened patrol
was able to rescue both of them as the watercraft burned and        there. When he attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle following
sank.                                                               a traffic violation, the vehicle fled, then became disabled. The
   ★ An armed delusional man had barricaded himself in his          occupants fled. Deputy Murphy caught one – who confessed the
house as his two daughters slept one night. He thought he was       burglaries and identified his partners.
a hostage and was being held by armed subjects. Corporal                                                  “Awards” continued on page 8
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“Awards” continued from page 7
                                                                          ★ While on Patrol in Seminole, Sergeant Michael Peasley
   ★ Corporal Paul Valachovic, Deputy Joseph Hitch and                  responded to a shooting at the Wagon Wheel Flea Market by trying
Deputy Richard Lauby discovered an inmate suicide attempt               to track the suspect vehicle. He found the vehicle and coordinated
during routine activities in Delta wing. The inmate, who faced          other units to make a safe felony traffic stop and arrest.
three murder charges, had severely cut his left arm, and tried to
                                                                          ★ Through teamwork and interrogation skills, Deputy John
hide it under a blanket.
                                                                        Decker and Deputy Mark Zirkel turned a response to a domestic
                                          ★ Detective Korey Diener,     incident to a major case of firearm theft, burglary and drug dealing.
                                        Detective Rob Somers and        They also obtained a confession to other crimes from the suspect,
                                        Postal Inspector Andrew         and the names of his partners.
                                        Wagner were responsible
                                        for investigating a huge          ★ By persistently following the trail of a stolen car in a carjacking
                                        counterfeit check ring, in      incident, Detective Jeremy Nygren tracked it to a St. Petersburg
                                        a case called “Operation        neighborhood where he developed a witness who identified the
                                        Check Mate.” They identified    carjacker. The suspect saw him and tried to flee, but Nygren caught
                                        300 suspects and over 350       him with back-up.
    Postal Inspector Andrew Wagner,     transactions totaling over        ★ At the Jail checkpoint one night, Deputy David Schultz
  Detective Rob Somers, and Detective
              Korey Diener              $700,000.                       encountered a female motorist who had been beaten by the male
   ★ Five Pinellas County Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives,               passenger in the vehicle. Showing restraint, as the man reached
who were members of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking                 into his jacket, Deputy Schultz drew his weapon and ordered the
Area Task Force, or HIDTA, worked a 90 day investigation                man out of the car. Deputy Schultz repeated the order and the man
dubbed “Island Way”, netted 12 arrests, 7 kilos of cocaine              complied without further incident.
worth $187,500, over 303 pounds of pot worth $303,000, over                                     Gold Star Award
$192,000 in cash, 5 guns and 8 vehicles.
   ★ Detective Jeremy Lewis and Detective Carl Vitro tracked              Awarded for an exemplary act or outstanding performance
down and arrested a would-be rapist near the Trail shortly after        materially contributing to the good reputation of the Sheriff’s
he attacked a woman in Crystal Beach. They found a loaded               Office, or when a member is attempting to save a life in a non-
firearm in his backpack, and he admitted that he intended to            threatening situation.
rape the victim and that he often had fantasies about raping              ★ Deputy Jose Camacho used his negotiating and Spanish
women.                                                                  language skills to talk a distraught man out of jumping off the
   ★ A New Port Richey man was arrested prosecuted and                  Bayside Bridge.
convicted for the 1985 rape of an Oldsmar woman due to                    ★ An armed carjacking in Bay Pines area led Deputy Ken
the efforts of Latent Examiner Carol Beauchamp. Carol                   Roberts and Deputy Tim Virden on a chase for the suspect on
revisited this cold case and was able to match a name with the          Madeira Beach, where they
old prints thanks to new AFIS technology and links to other             found him and arrested him
databases.                                                              at a convenience store. They
   ★ While off-duty, Deputy Joseph Miner noticed several                recovered a loaded .22 caliber
suspicious persons, dressed in black, riding bikes without              handgun from the suspect.
lights or reflectors. He radioed for assistance, and the three            ★ A man who had been
were stopped. Their backpacks held burglary tools and stolen            stabbed approached Deputy
property.                                                               Kimberly Loftin outside a
   ★ Using his knowledge of known criminals in his patrol               pharmacy. She was off-duty
area, Deputy Johathan Cleary was able to identify and arrest            and immediately began first
a suspect in the armed robbery of an ice cream store clerk at a         aid and called EMS and law              Deputy Tim Virden and
store on Park Blvd.                                                     enforcement for assistance.              Deputy Ken Roberts
   ★ A shooting that Detective Jim Beining, Detective Ed                  ★ While serving lunch trays in South Division, Deputy Sean
Judy and Deputy Amy Plourde worked outside a bar in                     O’Brien noticed one of the inmates looked ill. O’Brien found the
Seminole last December opened a complex investigation                   inmate had tied a wet bed sheet around his neck several times to
which resulted in the arrest of the shooting perpetrators and the       make it tight. O’Brien removed the noose as the inmate began
                                closing of several unrelated cases in   loosing consciousness.
                                other jurisdictions.
                                   ★ At 2:00 a.m., one morning,           ★ When a female inmate used blue shoe covers to fashion a
                                                                        noose and hang herself, Deputy Karen Donsbach, Deputy Debra
                                Sergeant Roy Leda and Sergeant
                                                                        Washington, Deputy April Bower, Corporal Caroline Murphy,
                                Jim Moore found and rescued an
                                                                        and Deputy India Clark found her and revived her even though
                                unclothed disoriented man who
                                                                        she tried to conceal herself.
                                had fallen and become partially
                                submerged in a marshy overgrown           ★ While conducting routine inmate checks in Healthcare
                                ravine near the Criminal Courts         Division, Deputy Dannett Scholet noticed a female inmate had
                                complex. The man was taken to a         covered herself with a mattress. Deputy Scholet saw the inmate
                                local hospital for observation, and     had made a rope from a paper gown and tied it around her neck.
    Sergeant Roy Leda           treatment of hypothermia.               The inmate was rescued and revived.
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  ★ While on routine patrol, Deputy Nick Lazaris observed           of marijuana worth well over $1 million, over $4 million in live
                      a man collapse at a golf course. Deputy       marijuana plants from grow operations, 48 guns, 17 vehicles and
                      Lazaris began CPR and summoned                over $690,000 in US currency.
                      paramedics, who quickly took over. The                        Certificate of Professionalism
                      man did not survive but Deputy Lazaris’
                                                                      ★ An armed pharmacy robber tried to change his appearance
                      efforts were commended.
                                                                    and escape before Corporal Roscoe Dobson, Deputy Larry
                        ★ Deputy Ronald Spandet was off             Palumbo, Deputy William Wiltsie and Deputy Jonathon
                      duty when he used the Heimlich maneuver       Cleary caught up with him within minutes and arrested him.
                      to assist a choking man at SAM’s.
                                                                                                ★ Deputy Christopher Brady stopped
 Deputy Nick Lazaris    ★ What started as a traffic stop turned                               a car for running a red light in Dunedin. A
                      into a stand-off on the Dunedin Causeway.                               nervous male driver and female passenger
Deputy Troy Desmarais was helpful for initially calming the                                   were inside. The suspect was wanted for
individual so that he was eventually receptive to surrendering                                disarming and kidnapping a police officer
without harming himself or anyone else.                                                       in Missouri. A gun was found on the floor
  ★ A female inmate could not breathe and could not respond.                                  of the car.
Deputy Janet Rezvani initiated the Heimlich maneuver – but                                      ★ Detectives Keith Johnson, John
there was no relief. Registered Nurse Lori Farrell arrived                                    Spoor and Don Wiwi unraveled the
and together they used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge                                      complicated murder of 19 year old
                                                                     Deputy Christopher Brady
food particles which had blocked the inmate’s airway, saving                                  woman. New technology established her
the inmate.                                                         boyfriend as a suspect. They caught him on the jet way at TIA.
  ★ Deputy Kenneth Euler was flagged down by a citizen to             ★ Latent Print Examiner Betty J. Harris’ work was important
assist an unresponsive elderly man at the Wagon Wheel Flea          in bringing dozens of suspects to justice as she examined and
Market. Deputy Euler called for medical assistance and initiated    conducted comparisons on numerous counterfeit checks and
CPR which he continued until the arrival of paramedics.             identified suspects in Operation Checkmate.
  ★ Detective Michael Bailey, Detective Jim Beining and               ★ Tracy Roberts was recognized for
Forensic Science Specialist Tracy Erwin were recognized             being instrumental in the smooth transition
for their long term efforts in resolving the 1999 murder case       of staff and data from one series of life
of Rosemary Christensen. They worked with a witness who             skills programs in Program Services to
divulged where she was buried. Christensen’s body was               the Smart Choices program.
recovered and her former husband arrested.                            ★ Sergeant Ken Luth was recognized
  ★ Detective Nick Bedy and Detective John Spoor worked             for his initiative in reducing expenditures
together to develop a suspect and evidence in a series of serious   in the Sheriff’s Court Security Division
armed pharmacy robberies in two counties. In interviews, the        through contract cost cutting and other
suspect gave admitted to all of the robberies, recovered his gun    measures.                                            Tracy Roberts
and other evidence.                                                   ★ By doing some quick research, Inmate Records Shift
  ★ Corporal Lawrence Grella, Deputy Jeffrey S. Grant               Supervisor Kim Pohle prevented the erroneous release of a felon
and LPN Jennifer Sabins prevented an inmate from self               with a bond of over $625,000.
inflicting serious neurological injury. The inmate was trying         ★ By checking and rechecking an inmate record through CJIS,
                      to push an eyeglass frame through his         Inmate Records Supervisor Darlene Luzin discovered a felony
                      nose and back into his nose – possibly        charge on a prisoner which had not been properly recorded – thus
                      piercing his brain stem.                      keeping him in jail.
                         ★ System Analyst Tom Lancto was
                                                                      ★ Inmate records Shift Supervisor Virginia Whelen
                      recognized for developing the Virtual
                                                                    discovered and reported that the time stamping mechanism in the
                      Inmate Processing and Reporting
                                                                    jail management system was off, to the extent that the booking time
                      system, or VIPAR. This tool has become
                                                                    code on an inmate matched the time he had committed the crime.
                      especially important for the prisoner
                                                                    This time code mistake affected over 3000 records, involving other
                      transport unit, which allows deputies to
                                                                    inmates and was corrected.
                      stay in their assigned area because the
     Tom Lancto       prisoner paperwork is now on-line.              ★ CPID Search Analyst Lisa Martin volunteered to take on
                                                                                                      the responsibility of deciphering
               Unit Achievement Award                                                                 the new reporting program and
  Awarded for excellence for a group effort in an investigation,                                      inputting all the new data required
arrest or other group achievement which brings recognition to                                         by the state. She made the state
the Sheriff’s Office.                                                                                 deadline ahead a schedule, thus
  ★ The Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives associated with the                                            bringing a positive profile to the
HIDTA Task Force were recognized as a unit for their overall                                          Sheriff’s Office.
success in 2008 in arrests, seizures, search warrants and more.
They posted 109 arrests, seized over 18 kilos of cocaine worth
                                                                      Lisa Martin and Sheriff Coats
over $400,000, $50,000 worth of crack, almost 1200 pounds

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Canine Partners Are Remembered                                                       Agency Members “Bowl For
                                                                                            Kids Sake”
                                                                                   Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County received a boost
                                                                                 from agency members who participated in Bowl For Kids Sake.
                                                                                 Agency teams with varying amounts of expertise (and accuracy!)
                                                                                 enjoyed an afternoon of camaraderie and bowling for a good
                                                                                 cause. The Fiscal team - the “Pincounters” - scored extra costume
                                                                                 points as they played be-decked with pink feather boas and
                                                                                 matching accessories. Several teams participated from the Jail,
                                                                                 Communications,
                                                                                 Fiscal, Legal and
                                                                                 the Sheriff’s staff
                                                                                 – with Sheriff
                                                                                 Coats and Chief
                                                                                 Gualtieri leading
                                                                                 the fundraising
                                                                                 effort to support
                                                                                 Big Brothers Big
                                                                                 Sisters.
                                                                                                        The “Pincounters” Team from Fiscal: Anita McHenry, Ana
                                                                                                          Hart, Debbie Johnson, Tom Stearns and Susan Dann




                 Captain Bill Hagans speaks at the ceremony

                                         The Sheriff’s Canine Teams
                                       joined their colleagues from
                                       other Pinellas agencies to
                                       remember their retired partners
                                       an annual gathering at Curlew
                                       Hills Memory Gardens Pet                  Corrections team members were Dave Rieger, Scott Froncillo, Susan O’Connell,
                                       Cemetery in May.                                               Lora McFee and Tammy Russo

                                         Captain Bill Hagans, Corporal
                                       Robert Livernois and Deputy
                                                                                 Member Receives Drug Court Award
                                       Ken Kubler spoke in memory
                                       of their former canine partners.
                                       Captain Hagans’ and “Zeus”
                                       served the citizens of Pinellas
                                       County from 1997 to 1999 and
                                       then “Rexi” worked from 1993
                                       to 1996. Corporal Livernois’
Sgt. Clark Wagner remembers Pinellas
    County Sheriff’s Office Canines

former canine partner “Altos”
served from 1995 to 1999; and
Deputy Kubler’s former canine
partner “Brawn” served from
1999 to 2004. Upon retirement,
each working dog became
property of their handler and
continued living with them                                                       Judge Dee Anna Farnell presented Jewel Murphy with the “Drug Court Award”
until their passed. Curlew Hills                                                   Pinellas County’s 6th Judicial Circuit Drug Court recently
offered this service to Pinellas                                                 presented member Jewel Murphy the “Drug Court Award” for her
law enforcement canine units                                                     work and dedication to Project Success and the Smart Choices
several years ago. Canine                                                        program at the Pinellas County Jail. These two programs give
deputies and their current patrol                                                female inmates a chance to make a new start in the community
partners were present as were                                                    after serving their jail sentences. Ms. Murphy was particularly
law enforcement command staff                                                    recognized for her efforts in the cause for recovery as related to
and members of the public.                                                       treatment and counseling for substance abuse.
                                        Sheriff’s K-9 Teams were in attendance

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         Sheriff’s Members Carry The Torch For
                    Special Olympics
  There’s only one time each year when motorists would see runners crossing the Bayside
Bridge- and that is during the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
The caravan of runners, cyclists and skaters bring public awareness to the Special Olympics
program and the achievements of Special Olympics Athletes. The Sheriff’s Office and
Pinellas County law enforcement have participated in this national event for the past 27
years. This law enforcement effort is the single largest independent support program for
Special Olympics. Thanks to all who participated this year – and if you are interested in
“crossing the Bridge” get ready for the 2010 Torch Run, this coming spring.




                                                                                                                       New Heights Elementary kids wave signs and...

   Members run and ride across the Bayside Bridge             The Marine Unit passes the Torch to Hillsborough
                                                                   County Sheriff’s Office in Tampa Bay




         Paul B. Stephens Exceptional School students and cheerleaders give runners a happy reception                        ... make noise to welcome runners

      “Take Your Kids To Work Day”
            Is Fun + Learning
  Lessons about personal safety, equipment displays, canine and
CRT demonstrations, and a day in court are just some of the activities
and opportunities enjoyed by nearly 120 children in April during the
Sheriff’s annual; “Take Your Kids to Work Day”. This year’s event
was opened to members’ families agency wide and the response
resulted in a capacity crowd. Participants received tours of the Jail
and the courthouse along with opportunities to learn more about the
agency’s operations, equipment and programs.                                                         Kids have a “day in court” with Judge Robert Morris, Jr.




A packed room watches as Deputy Tom Kelley shows how to “hug your bike” to foil would-be attackers               Flight’s helicopter was one of many displays

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Members Earn Medals At Police Games                                                          Explorer Post Successes
   The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office was well represented at the 2009
Police Games in Sarasota. Deputy Ryan Jacobs and Deputy Mark
Ondrey competed in the golf singles and doubles. They took first place
gold in the doubles. Deputy Jacobs also won second place silver in
singles for his age bracket.
   The co-ed PCSO softball team won all three pool/group games, including
                                          beating the gold medal team from the
                                          previous year “Metro Red”. They
                                          advanced to the Final 8 and then to
                                          the Final 4. The team then had to play
                                          for the bronze medal against “Metro
                                          Red” which lost 7-6 in the last inning.        Joshua Davidson, Rachel Davidson, Miracle Anderson and Nathan Mowatt
                                          The co-ed team members consisted of:                      will be attending National Academies this summer.

                                          James Arntz, Eric Campbell, Scott
                                          Froncillo (Coach), Dean Lachance,
       The Men’s Open Softball Team
                                          Kevin Luljack, Chris Meleen, Scott
Top Row: Randy Humes, Mike Kenefic, Rich Murphy, Jeff Perrigo, Chrystal
Nascimento, Matt Smith, Tim Whelan, Todd Bolle, Regan Fuller, Bonnie Glynn,
  Amlin. Bottom Row: James Upton, Will
  Hastings, Jay Dugmore Jr., Jay Dugmore, Kat Heath, Mary Kurchinski, and
       Tim Standiford, Rodney Davis       Wendy Mott.
   Deputy Kevin Judd won gold in the high jump, silver in the javelin and
silver in the shot-put.
  The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Men’s Open Softball Team also
competed. They had a very successful campaign as they made it to the
“Elite 8” and ended up with a record of 5-3. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s
Office Men’s Open Softball Team finished in 5th place out of the 36 teams
                                                                                           Nathan Mowatt, Thomas Garmon, Wesley Wood and Joshua Davidson
that entered the Men’s Open Softball division. It was a great effort by                                   celebrate their second state victory.
all Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Men’s Open Softball Team players
which consisted of the following members: Deputies Will Hastings,                             Dine-Out Day Winner and
Tim Whelan, Randy Humes, Jay Dugmore, Tim Standiford, Todd                                            Results
Amlin, Rodney Davis, Rich Nascimento, Matt Smith, James Upton,
Mike Kenefic, Scott Froncillo and Ray
Garland.
  “Team Largo”, which consisted of retired
Captain Calvin Dennie and his teammate
Officer Matthew Desarjdins (Largo Police
Department), won the gold medal in the
45-60 year old age bracket in golf.
  In other competition, Sergeant Thomas
Klein placed 3rd in the triathlon in his          Sgt. Tom Klein succeeds in triathlon

division.


                             The STAR
  The STAR is a publication for members, retirees and volunteers of the
  Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. The STAR is also published on SONET and                Dine-Out Day tickets sales this year totaled over
  the agency’s external web site, pcsoweb.com.                                           $17,000. Purchasing Agent Karen Main sold over
  Submissions can be sent electronically to thestar@pcsonet.com, or through              $1,300 worth of Dine-Out Tickets, and earned a special
  interoffice mail to the Public Information Office, Attention:                          premium for the top spot; a two night stay at the Sunvista
  Eva Bishop.                                                                            Beachfront Suites on Treasure Island. Other members
  Any images or graphics must be high resolution for
                                                                                         who were top sellers also received a Certificate of
  publishing purposes. Submitted materials are subject to                                Appreciation from the Sheriff for their efforts. All Dine-
  review and editing.                                                                    Out proceeds support the Sheriff’s Explorer Post 900
                                                                                         and youth programs assisted by the Sheriff’s Advisory
  Questions can be directed to Eva Bishop at the Public
  Information Office, 582-6221.
                                                                                         Board. The Dine-Out event was initiated over 30 years
                                                                                         ago by Sheriff Don Genung.
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