Highlights from some recent narrative police reports on file at the Fernandina Police Department
It started out with one person yelling, and a second yelling back. And then both yelling. Followed by an accusation that one was threatening to kill the other. And a third person was apparently yelled at, too. The only problem is that the individual who called 911 – reporting the threat — and the person she claimed was a witness to the entire episode had different versions of what really happened and who started it all. And who did most of the yelling. And whether or not any threat could be heard over the noise of a diesel engine that was running when the threat supposedly happened. When statements were taken, the caller’s original “kill” accusation words were changed to “[he] said he will get me.”
A citizen said he is “not out any money” but wanted a report written up for “his records.” The incident involved a downed power line between the citizen’s home and the pole, apparently knocked down by a tractor trailer hitting the line. Florida Public Utilities were on the scene repairing the line by the time Police were called.
The Medicare Office, the Fernandina Beach Police , the Inspector General’s Office and the Credit Bureau. Those were the agencies a citizen was told to notify after an unknown individual, identifying himself as a Medicare employee, called her and scared her into, reluctantly, revealing personal information about herself. She notified all 4 agencies, explaining that during the “unknown’s” call he advised her that if she didn’t give over the information, her benefits would be denied her. Her files were flagged, and fraud alerts issued as appropriate.
“Argumentative” and “agitated” were a couple of the adjectives used when describing an apparently intoxicated man. And why was he so upset and slurring his words — and having severe mood swings? He was angry with the managers at a local bar because they refused to turn off the music and have all the patrons remain silent while he dialed his cell phone to find out who had “stole” it while he was in the rest room.
An 84-year old lady’s son became upset over what his mother was serving him for dinner. He reportedly pushed her against the fireplace and to the floor over the matter. When Police arrived she was shaking and crying — with two lacerations on her arm. And afraid her “drinking and intoxicated” son would become more violent. The son, when questioned, admitted the verbal “altercation” had happened, but denied injuring his mother, saying she suffers from dementia and the lacerations were old injuries. The injuries, in fact, were fresh ones and still bleeding. The son was arrested for aggravated battery against an elderly. The case of abuse was reported to the Department of Children and Families — and a new case file opened.
A citizen reported he awoke to the sounds and sight of a female — with curly blonde hair – rummaging through his bureau drawers. He yelled. She ran out — along with the two males he saw in the living room as she was leaving. Nothing seemed to have been stolen even though a handgun and Rolex watch were in clear view in the citizen’s bedroom. And the door didn’t seem to have been forced. Or his car disturbed. His housemate reported that he had never known the citizen to hallucinate or sleep walk. The citizen did report, however, that he hadn’t been feeling well and had been taking a lot of cold medicines lately. He further reported he was confused about whether he was sleeping on the sofa or in his bed when he saw the curly haired blonde going through his things.
Police and Fire Rescue responded to a call from a hotel room in which an elderly person had fallen and sustained an injury. Forced entry was necessary because the door was locked [deadbolted?] from the inside. She was taken to Nassau Medical Center.
A young man — 20 years old — held his head down “as if ashamed” as he admitted that the marijuana found in his car was his — and that he had been smoking it when stopped due to his brake lights not working properly. Cases of Budweiser, Heineken and Corona were also found in the car. Each Budweiser bottle was turned upside down and emptied by the young man at the scene. In front of the Police. The Heineken and Corona were destroyed by the officers. The marijuana was placed in evidence at Police Headquarters.
A juvenile left his iPhone on a bench at the Main Beach Skate Park – then proceeded to skate. The iPhone was gone when he returned to the bench.
An individual received a letter from the IRS saying he owed the Government over $12,000 in back taxes. Apparently, his social security number had been used in several mid-west states. When the individual reported to the IRS that there had to be some mistake, he was told to advise his local police department. He did. But he didn’t provide a copy of the IRS letter. He was advised to return with the documentation before any investigation could be undertaken.
A hotel patron reported his automobile damaged (long scratch along side of it) the morning after he had complained about something being wrong in his room. An employee at the hotel had been reprimanded due to his report. The patron believes this employee may be a person of interest.
A young man “liked the bike” so he stole it. That earned him a trip to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Jacksonville.
A female accidentally left her purse on the check-out counter as she left a local store. The clerk discovered it and put it under the counter. Shortly thereafter, a second female came to the counter saying she had accidentally left her purse behind. The clerk gave her “the” purse. The actual owner found her pocketbook discarded around the side of the building. The $200 that had been in it? Gone.
Editor’s Note: After a career in adult education, where writing, course design and development were her “beat”, Deborah is now enjoying the world of freelancing. And volunteering. We thank Deborah for her contributions.
January 28, 2013 8:23 a.m.