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Naja Girard

Dec 082017
 
Sheriff’s Office Warned: "Stop Illegally Jailing Immigrants"

Compliance with detainers issued solely to investigate immigration status violates Fourth Amendment, groups say The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office must stop its unconstitutional practice of detaining immigrants so that federal authorities can investigate them for possible deportation, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida (ACLU-FL) and LatinoJustice said in a letter this week.

 December 8, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am * Featured Story *, issue #246, News 9 Responses »
Nov 242017
 
Three Arrested in Drug Related Homicide/Robbery in Stock Island Trailer Park

Three men have been arrested in the fatal stabbing and robbery incident that occurred in a Stock Island trailer park on Friday, November 17. This week, detectives charged Rory Hank Wilson, 49, of Stock Island, Franklin Tucker, 46, of Key West, and John Johnson, 39, of Marathon, for their alleged roles in the stabbing death of Mathew Bonnett, 59, and the armed robbery and knife injuries to 53-year-old Paula Belmonte. Police say the stabbing was related to a crack cocaine deal and occurred during the [continue reading…]

 November 24, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #244, News 1 Response »
Oct 062017
 
MONROE COUNTY EDUCATION FOUNDATION TO ACCEPT DONATIONS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT FAMILIES   

Monroe County School District officials have activated a Hurricane Relief Fund via the Monroe County Education Foundation. With the help of an $80,000 donation from the Edward B. and Joan T. Knight Foundation, the MCEF initiated the relief fund to help students and teachers replace items lost in the storm that FEMA or insurance agencies will not be able replace, said MCEF Board President, Bryan Green. “Hurricane Irma has adversely impacted both teachers and students.   Many are now struggling in temporary or severely damaged [continue reading…]

 October 6, 2017  Posted by at 12:33 am Issue #237, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 202017
 
American Red Cross and Star of the Sea Foundation Partner to Support Hurricane Irma Victims in the Keys

  The American Red Cross South Florida Region is partnering with the Star of the Sea (SOS) Foundation in response to the overwhelming generosity of Florida residents who want to help those affected by Hurricane Irma.  SOS Foundation will assist with collecting donated food, clothing and other household items and will distribute them to people who reside in the Keys. The American Red Cross has a launched a wide-ranging relief effort to provide safe shelter, food and comfort to people affected by Hurricane Irma.  It takes time to store, sort, clean [continue reading…]

 September 20, 2017  Posted by at 7:14 pm News No Responses »
Sep 202017
 
Community Assistance Opportunity to Help Florida Keys Wildlife

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) completed surveys of areas known to provide fresh water to wildlife in the National Key Deer Refuge (No Name and Big Pine Keys west to Sugarloaf Key) following Hurricane Irma.  Due to the storm surge from Hurricane Irma, salinity levels in fresh water wetlands are on average higher than acceptable levels for most wildlife species, including the endangered Key deer, resident and migratory birds, rabbits, butterflies, and other species. There are areas on Cudjoe Key that have fresher [continue reading…]

 September 20, 2017  Posted by at 4:36 pm News No Responses »
Sep 172017
 
Commissioner Sam Kaufman's Irma Recovery Update

Commissioner Kaufman UPDATE #2 9/17/17 6:30 P.M. EOC Briefing – Hurricane Irma Recovery OVER 9000 RESIDENTS ESTIMATED HAVE RETURNED TO KEY WEST TODAY. SCHOOLS OPENING ON 9/25 DEPENDENT UPON ALL SCHOOLS HAVING POWER AND WATER RESTORED. UNKNOWN TONIGHT WHETHER WATER. SCHOOLS THAT ARE READY WILL BE OPEN ON 9/25, OTHER SCHOOLS NOT READY WILL NEED TO WAIT TO OPEN AT ANOTHER DATE WHEN ESSENTIAL UTILITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE.

 September 17, 2017  Posted by at 8:11 pm News No Responses »
Sep 172017
 
FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team in Key West

Keys Residents looking for information and guidance on registering for disaster assistance have the following options to contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): 1) Call 1-800-621-3362 2) Visit DisasterAssistance.gov 3) In person at the Old Town Key West Fire Station #2 (616 Simonton Street) Residents must provide: · ONE Social Security Number per household · Address of the damage home/apartment · Description of the damage · Information about insurance coverage · Telephone Number · Mailing Address · Bank account & routing numbers for direct [continue reading…]

 September 17, 2017  Posted by at 4:47 pm News No Responses »
Sep 172017
 
MONROE COUNTY HAS CHANGED CURFEW HOURS FOR MIDDLE KEYS: NOW 10 P.M. TO SUNRISE

By order of Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay, all of Monroe County remains under a curfew for safety and security reasons. The checkpoint for entering the Keys, at Florida City, will close at 8 p.m. to ensure everyone has enough time to get to their destination before the curfew. In the Upper Keys and Middle Keys, to mile marker 47 (north end of the Seven Mile Bridge), the curfew is 10 p.m. to sunrise. In the Lower Keys and Key West, it remains dusk to [continue reading…]

 September 17, 2017  Posted by at 3:57 pm News No Responses »
Sep 172017
 
MONROE COUNTY HAS CHANGED CURFEW HOURS FOR MIDDLE KEYS: NOW 10 P.M. TO SUNRISE

By order of Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay, all of Monroe County remains under a curfew for safety and security reasons. The checkpoint for entering the Keys, at Florida City, will close at 8 p.m. to ensure everyone has enough time to get to their destination before the curfew. In the Upper Keys and Middle Keys, to mile marker 47 (north end of the Seven Mile Bridge), the curfew is 10 p.m. to sunrise. In the Lower Keys and Key West, it remains dusk to [continue reading…]

 September 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:23 pm News No Responses »