COPS CORNER 01.28.16

Downing a valium with beers, 234 grams of marijuana and sock theft are featured this week.

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  • | 5:02 a.m. January 28, 2016
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JAN. 9

17000 block of West Colonial Drive. Expired driver’s license. An officer stopped a vehicle at 8:27 a.m. because its headlights were off under heavy fog. A check on the driver showed his license had expired in late 2008, so the officer arrested him on a charge of driving with an expired license and issued a citation of driving in fog without headlights.

West Colonial Drive and Florida’s Turnpike. Drug possession. At 10:51 p.m., an officer stopped a car with a broken taillight. An officer noticed cigarillos behind the passenger seat; the passenger admitted marijuana was in his backpack. A large plastic bag therein contained 234 grams of cannabis. The passenger had prior arrests on cannabis and drug paraphernalia possession charges, which officers arrested him on again. Based on a scale officers found, they seized his phone with evidence. The driver was free to go.


JAN. 9

Bluford Avenue and Rewis Street. Drunken driving. Officers conducted a traffic stop on a driver who had been on the wrong side of the road around 9:30 p.m. One of the officers had to veer off the road to avoid the car, as did two other drivers. The suspect said he had been driving to the airport to get his brother and had taken valium with two beers a few hours before. He admitted that was unwise. When asked to perform sobriety tests, he pointed to Silver Star Road and asked, “Is that the turnpike?” He agreed after two more asks. He did not count during tests, including a one-leg stand he did not begin until reminded of the instructions. Officers found an uncapped wine bottle almost empty and two other wine bottles; they arrested the suspect on a DUI charge.

JAN. 10

10000 block of West Colonial Drive. Theft. At 6 p.m., a big-box store employee told police a man had put socks and sandals on without paying and then met a woman in the store. They tried to exit with many unpaid items, including the footwear. The woman had paid for $176.84 of merchandise but not for 13 items worth $44.03 total. The socks and sandals were $24.81. The woman said she thought she had missed a few items in the self-checkout and showed $430.80 left on her food stamp card. Police arrested the man based on prior theft convictions.



Ocoee Fire

The Ocoee Fire Department (stations 25, 26, 38 and 39) reported 131 calls for assistance from Jan. 7 to 13:

Fires: 3

EMS: 85

Vehicle accidents: 6

Hazardous materials/conditions: 0

Public service: 24

False alarms: 13

Other: 0


Ocoee Police

The Ocoee Police Department reported 383 calls for service from Jan. 7 to 13:

Arrests (adult): 16

Arrests (juvenile): 5

Assault/battery: 8

Burglaries (residential and business): 5

Burglaries (vehicle): 17

Child abuse: 8

Criminal mischief: 0

Drug violations: 3

DUI: 4

Homicide/death investigations: 0

Robbery: 0

Sexual offenses: 0

Thefts: 19

Vehicle accidents: 25

Vehicle thefts: 6

Missing/endangered adult: 0

Missing/runaway juveniles: 4


Winter Garden Fire

The Winter Garden Fire Department (stations 22, 23 and 24) reported 105 calls for assistance from Jan. 3 to 9:

Fires: 0

EMS: 65

Vehicle accidents: 12

Automatic fire alarms: 7

Public assistance: 1

Hazardous conditions: 5

Calls for service: 15


Winter Garden Police

The Winter Garden Police Department reported 477 calls for service from Dec. 31 to Jan. 6:

Arrests (adult): 29

Arrest (juvenile): 1

Assault/battery: 11

Burglaries (residential and business): 5

Burglaries (vehicle): 6

Child abuse: 0

Criminal mischief: 7

Drug violations: 8

DUI: 2

Robbery: 0

Sexual assault/battery: 1

Thefts: 7

Vehicle accidents: 24

Vehicle thefts: 0

Missing/runaway adult: 0

Missing/runaway juvenile: 0


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