Smoke but no fire
6:51 p.m. — Off the Key. Fire. A woman reported that she could see and smell smoke coming from the mangroves on Jewfish Key. The woman transported a firefighter to the scene by boat. The fire-rescue marine unit response was canceled in route because no fire was found.
6:11 p.m. — 4400 block of GMD. Property Found. A man turned in a set of keys that his neighbor found in the condominium parking lot.
1:10 a.m. — 4500 block of GMD. Disturbance. A man told police that the banging sound he heard while sleeping and initially thought to be thunder was actually the sound of a man banging on doors and yelling for “Bree” to let him back inside. Police found the 24-year-old man in the garage basement wearing jeans and no shirt, yelling into a sport-utility vehicle and smelling like alcoholic beverages. The man said that he was trying to get his dog out of the SUV and told police that they were harassing him and that he is a very important person. He threatened to get them fired if the harassment continued and later called the police station, threatening to get the dispatcher fired.
2:18 p.m. — 100 block of GMD. Property Found. Dispatch contacted the owner of an ATM card police found in a park. The woman told police to destroy it because she had already canceled it.
5:21 p.m. — 5100 block of GMD. Disturbance. Police informed a woman of the town’s noise ordinance after a caller complained about loud music coming from her unit.
Two sides to every story
8:22 p.m. — Off the Key. Firearms. A group on a center console boat told police that a man on a pontoon boat challenged three of the men on board to a fight, claimed to be a Navy SEAL and told a woman on his boat to retrieve his gun after he became angry about their loud music. The man gave police a different account, saying that he waded over and politely asked them to turn down the music long enough so that he and the woman could finish dinner. He said that a man on the other boat displayed a gun that was concealed in his waistband. Police found no firearms on the console boat and a glock stored with scuba equipment on the pontoon boat. Police found evidence to charge the man on the pontoon boat with disorderly conduct and both the man and woman with improper exhibition of a firearm. Police forwarded the cases to the state attorney.
Don’t text, drink and drive
12:42 a.m. — 6100 block of GMD. DUI/DWI. Police saw a woman drive her car off of the northbound lane of Gulf of Mexico Drive into a church mailbox and leave the scene. Police conducted a traffic stop, during which the driver said that she left the scene because she was texting and admitted to consuming pinot grigio and prescription pain medication. The woman, whose blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of a crash with more than $50 in damages.
Getting the message
12:21 p.m. — 3500 block of Fair Oaks Lane. Fire/Gas Leak. A firefighter called police to advise that firefighters responded to a gas leak earlier that morning and had contacted emergency communications because police weren’t notified.
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