Date: February 21, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Sterling Ivey, (863) 534-6377 or 819-0221, pager

SHERIFF'S OFFICE FILES AFFIDAVIT CHARGING CUBERT MASTERS WITH VIOLATION OF COUNTY ORDINANCE

Polk County Sheriff's Office Detectives have filed a complaint affidavit with the State Attorney's Office charging Cubert Wayne Masters, DOB 09/08/54, of 6085 Stage Coach Rd. in Polk City with violation of the County Burn Ban. The affidavit, filed today (Wednesday, February 21, 2001), stems from a violation of County Emergency Ordinance 01-03 adopted in January by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners.

On 2/15/01, Masters began burning a pile of trash in his yard without proper authorization from a state-issued burn permit. The fire got out of control and has currently burned over 11,000 acres in the Green Swamp area around Polk City. Masters admitted to an investigator with the Department of Agriculture that he knew a county burn ban was in effect when he started the fire in his yard. 

Violation of the county ordinance is a second degree misdemeanor and carries penalties which include up to a $500 fine and/or up to 60 days in jail. For more information about the county burn ban, please visit http://www.polk-county.net/News/burnord.htm 

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