The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report from July 21 - July 27 includes incidents in the Lake Okeechobee area.
• Officer Watson was conducting surveillance on a rural roadway known for illegal night hunting activities. Officer Watson watched a vehicle come down the roadway and park on the road for about two hours. Officer Watson then heard a gunshot come from the vehicle, and the vehicle began driving away. Officer Watson conducted a stop of the vehicle with the assistance of Officer Ciprich and found two firearms in the vehicle. The subject was arrested and booked into the Glades County Jail for discharging a firearm from a roadway and the firearms were seized.
• Senior Officer Polly was conducting surveillance on a roadway known for illegal night hunting activities. At around sunset, he observed a vehicle driving slowly with the windows down and hitting the brakes multiple times. Senior Officer Polly then heard a gunshot come from the vehicle. The vehicle then turned around and sped off in the opposite direction. Senior Officer Polly and Lieutenant Kleis conducted a stop of the vehicle and located a .308 rifle behind the back seat with a barrel that was still warm. There also was a round missing from the magazine. There were two people in the vehicle and both denied firing the gun. The firearm was seized and charges are being filed with the state attorney’s office for discharging a firearm from a roadway. The officers spent several hours that night and the following day looking for deceased animals and none were found.
• The FWC Investigations and Special Operations Group served an arrest warrant for charges relating to a boating accident in Hendry County. The warrant was issued for boating under the influence with injury, reckless operation of a vessel, and possession of a vessel with the HIN removed. Once the subject was in custody, another vessel belonging to him was in plain view, where the HIN was observed to be removed. The subject was additionally charged in Palm Beach County for possession of a vessel with the HIN removed, and no driver’s license. The subject was transported to the Palm Beach County jail without incident.