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Return Call Telephone Scam Alert

A telephone scam that has been around for many years has appeared again. This scam involves returning calls to the 268, 809, 284 and 876 area codes that originate from Antigua, Jamaica or another Caribbean island.

Sometimes it just appears as a missed call, also known as a "one-ring scam." Other times, the caller leaves a message on your answering machine, gives their first name and leaves a message such as "Sorry I missed your call... please call me back I have something important to tell you." The reasons you are asked to call back vary and can include such things as a family member is ill, someone has been arrested, died or to let you know you have won a prize.

The overseas area codes can be used as pay-per-call numbers, similar to the more familiar 900 numbers. Consumers that have returned the calls have reported being charged a $19.95 connection fee and an additional $9 per minute.

The practice of third parties placing unauthorized charges on wireless accounts is called "cramming." If you dont recognize an out-of-state telephone number on your caller ID, ignore it, and if you do answer, do not call back.

If you think you've received a call from a potential scammer, immediately report it to your telephone or cellular provider.


Reserve Officers Hired September 24, 2013

Arrest made in ambulance burglary

On November 5th, Samantha Rae Clark, 37, was booked into the Highlands County Jail on charges of burglary to an emergency vehicle and grand theft of medical supplies.

On October 20, 2013, Lake Placid Po...
lice Officer Stuart Troutman responded to the Highlands County Emergency Medical Services station in regards to a burglary to an ambulance at the station. Employees discovered a large medical box had been removed from the ambulance sometime between midnight and 6am.

Through the investigative process, law enforcement gathered evidence to support Clark was the individual who committed the offense. Investigators spoke with Clark who later admitted to stealing the medical equipment from the ambulance.


Man arrested for DUI

Driving intoxicated is very serious and very dangerous. It is one of the most irresponsible crimes a person can willingly involve themselves in. If you are arrested for DUI in Lake Placid, plan to have your face placed for all to see. No on...e can afford to have a loved one killed due to someone elses ignorance.

On November 6th, the Lake Placid Police Department arrested 19 year old Matthew Lawrence Burke after locating several points of damage along Hillcrest Ave including a damaged utility pole, signs, and various pieces of a suspect vehicle. Officer Stuart Troutman followed the trail of destruction where he soon came across Burke at his nearby residence. Burke was arrested and citied for:

*No Valid drivers license
*Leaving the scene of a traffic accident with damage
*No proof of insurance
*Careless driving
*Driving under the influence of drug/alcohol with property damage

Property damage is in excess of $5,000.


Gov. Scott: Crime In Florida Down For First Half of 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, during a meeting with Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet,   Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey today released the 2013 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report. The report shows Florida’s crime volume dropped 5.2 percent compared to the first six months of 2012.

Governor Scott said, “Our communities are on a path to a 43 year crime low, which improves the quality of life for families and benefits all aspects of our communities. This 5.2 percent drop in crime sends a signal to the rest of the world that Florida is a great place to find opportunities and a raise a family. We’ll continue working in close partnership with law enforcement officials to make Florida communities even safer.”  

 Attorney General Pam Bondi said, "Our hardworking, selfless law enforcement officers have continued to make Florida a safer place for residents and visitors. In 2012, Florida's crime rate was at a 42-year low, and today's semi-annual report shows that our crime rate is continuing this downward trend. As we enjoy safer communities in which to live, work, and raise our families, let us always keep the law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty in our thoughts and prayers."

 According to the report, the number of violent crimes (murder, forcible sex offenses, robbery and aggravated assault) was down by 3.5 percent. The report showed a 10.6 percent drop in murders, a 2 percent decrease in robberies and a 4.2 percent decrease in aggravated assault. Non-violent crime (burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft) fell 5.5 percent. Burglary and larceny are down 9.5 percent and 3.7 percent respectively. The number of motor vehicle thefts decreased by 9.6 percent.

 “These numbers reflect historic lows,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.  “Law enforcement is working hard to make Florida a safe place to live, work and play.”

 Domestic violence offenses continued to decline in the first half of 2013, showing a 1.7 percent drop when compared to the first half of 2012. Cohabitants continue to be the largest group of victims in this category, with spouses remaining the second largest group.

 The report also contains information on officers killed feloniously. One law enforcement officer died from criminal causes and one law enforcement officer died from accidental causes while on duty during the first half of 2013.

 “The results of the 2013 Semi-Annual Crime Report are testimony to the dedication and hard work of deputy sheriffs and law enforcement officers all over the state and the effectiveness of sending deserving criminals to prison, and keeping them away from innocent victims,” said Polk County Sheriff and FSA President Grady Judd. “The Florida Sheriffs Task Force is one way we make a difference, most recently with our four-week long Operation Safe Families, which resulted in 5,544 arrests targeting domestic violence to help keep our children and families safe.”

 “It is encouraging to see decreases in every crime category,” said Florida Police Chiefs Association President Springfield Chief Philip Thorne.  “Keeping our communities safe is the top priority of police chiefs across Florida and we are seeing the results of our efforts.”

 “We are pleased to see that overall domestic violence crimes declined slightly the first six months of 2013 and look forward to continuing to work with our partners in the law enforcement community to keep domestic violence survivors and their children safe and hold perpetrators accountable,” said Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence President and CEO Tiffany Carr.

 The complete 2013 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found on FDLE’s website at www.fdle.state.fl.us/fsac/ucr/. FDLE began tracking crime statistics in 1971

The Driver Self Report of Traffic Crash Form is now available On-line

In accordance with Florida Statute 316.066(1)(e), drivers involved in a crash which does not warrant a law enforcement report are required to submit a written report to the department within 10 days of the crash. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is pleased to announce the availability of a new service to Florida’s citizens and in partnership with Appriss, our official crash records vendor, the Department has developed an easier, more efficient means for citizens to submit a Driver Report of Traffic Crash form. It can now be done online. If the crash meets the following criteria, the driver may complete the Driver Self Report of Traffic Crash form, in lieu of having a crash report completed by the appropriate law enforcement agency:
 No injuries resulted from the crash (no report of pain or discomfort or visible injuries)
 No vehicle involved in the crash required a wrecker
 The crash did not involve (an intoxicated driver)
 The crash did not involve a "hit and run" vehicle (all vehicles involved must have been occupied)
 The crash did not involve a commercial motor vehicle. Now drivers can save time and postage by completing the form online at: https://firesportal.com/Pages/Public/selfreport.aspx


The simple-to-use online questionnaire will guide you or the driver through the completion of the report. Once completed, a copy of the Driver Self Report of Traffic Crash can be saved or printed for the driver’s record keeping convenience. It’s fast, simple to use, and the on-line process eliminates paperwork for the officer on scene.
If a crash which includes any of the following, the self-reporting option DOES NOT apply:
 Any driver, occupant, pedestrian or pedal cyclist that indicates pain or discomfort or is visibly injured
 Any crash that renders any involved vehicle inoperable
 Any crash that involves a commercial motor vehicle
Involved parties must, by the quickest means of communication, give notice of the crash to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
If you have any questions concerning this new form, please contact local law enforcement in your area.