Hamilton and Suwannee Correctional Institution Canine Units Capture Fleeing Suspect
On August 15, 2012, the canine units from Hamilton Correctional Institution, in coordination with the canine Unit from Suwannee Correctional Institution assisted the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in tracking and capturing a suspect who had fled the scene after burglarizing the S & S located in White Springs, Florida. The suspect had burglarized the store and fled on foot in an unknown direction of travel.
The team searching for the suspects consisted of Sergeant William Billingsley, Officer Steve Folsom and Officer James Tolle from Hamilton Correctional Institution and Sgt. Hamm, Officer Marsett and Officer Bispham from Suwannee Correctional Institution, accompanied by Officer J. Golub of the White Springs Police Department. A track was established in an easterly direction and evidence was discovered from the burglary. The established track continued in a southerly direction on CR 135 to a local business.
The suspect was located hiding under a large logging tractor and taken into custody by Officer Golub. The suspect was identified as William R. Tuskar and was charged with Burglary.
This capture is a great example of the community partnership the Department has with local law enforcement.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 25,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 150,000 offenders in the community.