Case file reveals query raised local temperatures

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM.

Pack questioned why Commissioner Joanna Bryan had been contacted and was told it was to provide support for Jenkins.

(Several times in the case file the FWC investigators express a perception that Jenkins was being “intimidated” by McLemore. They had contacted Commission chair Tan Smiley to encourage him to provide support to Jenkins to answer questions and provide information. When Bryan was contacted for the same reason, the report stated, she conveyed that Novak had shown her photos on his cell phone of the taken gator. Bryan later raised the issue during a BOCC meeting to fiery debate.)

“Conway then turned to me (Thomas) and started pointing his finger at my face, telling me, you should know better, you should know better than to do this,” Thomas wrote.

Pack was told investigators had a confession from Page that he shot a gator after dark. Pack wondered why Page was not under arrest. Investigators said it was not sufficient evidence for an arrest, which Pack should have known.

Pack was told Halley wished to make a statement and Pack told investigators to set up the interview at the State Attorney’s Office and suggested routes for investigators to take in trying to locate computer and video evidence.

Investigators and county administration

The following day an investigator – believed to be Thomas as he was acting as point for the investigation – met with FWC Major Bruce Cooper, county administrator Don Butler and deputy county administrator Michael Hammond for what was described by the FWC investigator as an “unproductive” meeting.

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