Saturday, June 23, 2018
News Roundup

Wesley Chapel man accused of illegally possessing sea turtle

TAMPA — A Wesley Chapel man was arrested Sunday on a charge of possessing a sea turtle and also could face charges of disturbing a sea turtle nest last month in Sarasota County, authorities said.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies said they found Kim Raymond Feaste, 21, with a sea turtle in a Tampa apartment. Possession of a sea turtle is a third-degree felony and punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and five years in prison.

Authorities are investigating whether he is also the man suspected of taking sea turtle eggs Aug. 13 from a nest on Casey Key.

In that incident, a photographer spotted a man disturbing a marked nest. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted photos of the man on its website and asked for help in identifying him.

On Sunday, agency spokesman Gary Morse said the case is still under investigation but Feaste could be charged in it. He was released from the Hillsborough County Jail on $2,000 bail.

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