Never mess with police dogs, even in a playful way


Published: Friday, January 7, 2011 at 10:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 at 10:39 p.m.

Alachua County sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey learned quickly one day that people shouldn't mess with police dogs, even in a playful way, unless first given permission by the handler.

Forgey, at a demonstration this week of two new Sheriff's Office K-9s, recalled an incident at The Villages in which an ASO dog was showing its skills. Sitting next to one, Forgey gave it a friendly poke with a crutch.

"That was one of the biggest mistakes I ever made," Forgey said. "He came from the other side and his full attention was on me very quickly. Thank goodness (the handler) had a good hold on him and realized what had happened and was able to talk him down. About the time my stick hit his leg, I realized what I had done."

Added Sheriff Sadie Darnell, "And Art went into freeze mode. He wasn't moving a muscle."

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An undercover operation by the University Police Department that had student volunteers posing as taxi patrons resulted in citations against 11 cabbies for failing to use fare meters as required by Gainesville ordinances, UPD reported.

The operation was spurred by complaints from students about overcharging and non-metering by cabs.

Police said the operation will be discussed at a joint meeting of the Gainesville City Commission and the UF Student Senate on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Reitz Union Auditorium.

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist made a few appointments during his last days in office at the end of December.

Gainesville Police Officer Jeffrey McAdams, 47, was reappointed to the Council on Homelessness for a term that began on Dec. 29 and ends on June 30, 2012.

Norm D. Fugate, 51, of Williston, an attorney in private practice, was appointed to the Eighth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Nominating commissions are responsible for nominating candidates for judicial vacancies. Fugate succeeds local attorney Gloria Fletcher on the Eighth Judicial Circuit and will serve until July 1, 2014.

In the Third Judicial Circuit, retired Madison County Sheriff Joe C. Peavy, 78, of Madison, was reappointed for a term that also ends on July 1, 2014.

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