According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, a Florida Keys veteran detective was charged with misdemeanor after an internal investigation revealed that he had stolen six spiny lobsters from a boat he pulled last year.
The Monroe County Law Office issued a subpoena to the detective sergeant Thursday morning. Scott Ward appears in court to answer the indictment.
“I’m disappointed to have to announce this case, but the public will always hear the good and bad news from me first,” Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsey said in a statement. Said.
The uncommented Ward will appear in front of Judge Sharon Hamilton of the Plantation Key Courthouse on August 18. He has not been arrested.
He was accused of taking the red shrimp from a boater while regularly checking his upper keys at some point last year.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Adam Linhard did not comment on when or not the incident happened. During the busy two-day lobster mini season It takes place on the last Wednesday and Thursday of July each year.
But that explains why High-ranking detective We will carry out a resource check on water. This is typically done by an officer of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or an agent assigned to a marine patrol in the sheriff’s office.
During the mini seasonHowever, Keys law enforcement agencies have taken a full-scale approach to monitoring busy events to ensure conservation law compliance and public safety.
A sheriff’s office press release states that the incident was reported by another lawmaker who was “on the scene.”
A Facebook post from the sheriff’s office from July 29, 2021, the first day of last year’s mini-season, shows that Ward has lobster while checking someone’s boat. .. The people in the photo were in compliance with the rules, with Ward posing showing off their catch.
Linhard did not comment on other details of the case. Miami Herald / FLKeysnews.com has requested a sheriff’s office to report the case. Monroe County Secretary on the court’s website indicates that the 22-page document is unavailable while waiting for editing.
Mon Leo Attorney Dennis Ward has nothing to do with Sgt. Ward would only comment that his prosecutor issued a subpoena on Thursday after the sheriff’s office submitted the internal affairs report.
Ward was hired by the Sheriff’s Office on August 20, 2007. His annual salary is $ 69,932, Linhard said.
According to Linhard, he is still employed by the sheriff’s office and has not been suspended.
“At this point, that decision is made at the end of the Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, so that’s not the case,” he said.