First published on Feb 17, 2018 A 19-year-old Marathon man was arrested Saturday night for posting pictures on the social media site Instagram of guns along with a message threatening Marathon High School. Duviel Gonzalez was charged with written threats to kill or do bodily injury. He was also charged for possessing a small amount of marijuana. Sheriff’s Office detectives — working alongside the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations and the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office — utilized numerous citizen tips in the investigation leading to [continue reading…]
From Monroe County Sheriff’s Office: UPDATE: Tuesday November 21, 2017 Detectives release homicide victim’s identity Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives say they have notified the next of kin for the man who was stabbed to death on Stock Island Friday night. The victim is identified as 59 year old Mathew Bonnett of 5650 Laurel Avenue on Stock Island. Bonnett was a neighbor of the robbery victims and was on the scene apparently attempting to help his neighbors when he was stabbed to death just after 8 p.m. at 5700 Laurel Avenue on Stock Island. [continue reading…]
Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi has a message for anyone left in the Keys: “Get out.” “Hurricane Irma is a very strong, very dangerous storm that has life-threatening winds and even scarier storm surge potential,” he said. “Even the Coast Guard is evacuating all of its personnel. Please evacuate.” And, Gastesi added, “Once a dangerous storm starts, don’t dial 911 during it because nobody is going to answer.”
MONROE COUNTY, FL — With the storm track of Category 5 Hurricane Irma still headed for the Florida Keys, Monroe County will be issuing a mandatory visitor evacuation expected to begin at sunrise on Wednesday. An evacuation for residents also will be issued. The time has yet to be determined. However, tourists and residents are encouraged to start evacuation plans now and the earlier people leave the Keys the less traffic they are likely to encounter.
MONROE COUNTY, FL –With the entire Florida Keys in the National Weather Service’s five-day forecast error cone, the Monroe County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) will activate at noon Tuesday. In a 6:30 p.m. briefing Monday night, meteorologist Jon Rizzo with the National Weather Service Key West told emergency managers in the Keys there is a high confidence for a major hurricane nearing south Florida, the Keys, Florida Straits and/or Cuba by Saturday. The earliest reasonable arrival time of tropical storm-force winds in the Keys is midday Friday.
Key West Police have obtained an arrest warrant for the arrest of Lacy Marie Morris, 32, on charges of DUI manslaughter following the April 8th crash that killed off-duty Delray Beach Police Officer Christine Braswell and critically injured Delray Beach Police Officer Bernenda Marcs. She also faces additional charges of DUI serious bodily injury, DUI property damage and possession of marijuana.
March 29, 2017 This just in from Chief Donie Lee: “Key West Police detectives are investigating the death of a male and female found dead in their apartment on the 900 block of White St. KWPD officers were dispatched to 921 White St. at approx. 9: 16 a.m., after receiving a call from the landlord who discovered the male deceased. Officers entered the apartment and found the deceased male in a room and then entered a separate room and located a deceased female. Detectives are [continue reading…]
Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three men underground in a neighborhood of Key Largo. The three men worked for Douglas N. Higgins, a construction company contracted to do the work by Monroe County. They were in an underground drainage pipe this morning when they collapsed.
Wednesday May 4, 2016: Commercial vessel allegedly discharging gunfire at another vessel 40 miles west of Key West, Florida. Reporting vessel is running for safety at top speed. Coast Guard orders all unnecessary personnel on reporting vessel below deck… The incident reportedly began when a recreational dive boat drove through a commercial fisherman’s chum slick while southwest of the Marquesas Keys. Update [from U.S. Coast Guard Miami]: The Coast Guard responded to a report of the discharge of a firearm southwest of Marquesas Key, Florida, on [continue reading…]
On the morning of October 16th 2015, Tara Rosado’s three small children awoke in their home on Cuba Road in Tavernier and found the bodies of their mother and her boyfriend shot to death in their bedroom. Investigations by the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit reveal that the murder of the Tavernier couple was drug related. Detective Vince Weiner, working closely with Chief Assistant State Attorney Manny Madruga, arrested two Upper Keys men, 33 year old Jeremy Macauley of Tavernier and 34 year old Adrian Demblans of [continue reading…]
Wisteria, the last desert island in Key West harbor, will not be developed any time soon. A three judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a 1951 letter from the U.S. Navy to the State of Florida was more than enough to meet the requirements to establish the U.S. claim of ownership and to start the twelve-year statute of limitation running under the Quiet Title Act. F.E.B. Corporation’s owner, Roger Bernstein, has recently spent considerable time and money lobbying the County [continue reading…]
A Key West man died this morning in a single scooter crash on Flagler Avenue. Nestor J. Solórzano, 36, was found dead at about 7:30 this morning reports KWPD spokesperson, Alyson Crean. He had apparently been traveling inbound on Flagler when he struck the back of a parked vehicle at the side of the road. Police believe the crash occurred some time before dawn. Inbound lanes of Flagler Avenue, between 11th and 12th Ave were closed for over two hours while police investigated the crash. The [continue reading…]
Key West, FL, March 11, 2016: Today, the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM) published in the Federal Register a preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI) on Oxitec’s OX513A Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is in agreement with the conclusions of Oxitec’s draft Environmental Assessment (EA). The draft EA and preliminary FONSI will be available for public review and comment beginning Monday, March 14, 2016. After a 30-day public comment period, the FDA will review the comments as part of their evaluation [continue reading…]
A small plane crashed upon trying to land at Tavenero Airport, a small private airport in Tavernier. One person – the pilot – was on board and was not injured. Florida Highway Patrol will be investigating the case. The Federal Aviation Administration has also been notified. When the plane crashed, it hit some phone lines in the area of Plantation Avenue. People who live in that area may experience problems with their service. The phone company has been notified.
UPDATE: 2/16/2016 1:42 pm “Officers searching Marathon High School have declared the school “all clear” and it is safe for students and faculty to return. There were no devices found at the school. We take these cases very seriously and we will be investigating who may have made this false bomb threat at the school.” UPDATE: 2/16/2016 12:59 pm Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman, Becky Herrin, reports “Multiple officers from several different agencies on Marathon High School campus searching room by room to make sure [continue reading…]
BANKING INDUSTRY: ‘THANKS, BUT NO THANKS…’ In preparation for the March 15th referendum on the purchase of Peary Court, the City sent out requests for bids to various banks. The City retained PFM, Inc [Public Financial Management] to help collect those proposals that would provide information on how the City would finance the 55 Million dollar purchase. However, only one bank was interested. But even that bank, Centennial Bank, has rejected one of the fundamental conditions for the deal: The City wants the loan to be secured only [continue reading…]
MARATHON – The Land Authority Governing Board selected Charles Pattison as executive director of the Land Authority during a special meeting Tuesday at the Marathon Government Center.
Randolph “Randy” Becker, minister to ONE ISLAND FAMILY and involved community activist, has filed as a candidate for Mayor of Key West. Randy Becker, a resident in Bahama Village for the past nine years, has served Key West as one of the original appointees on the Bahama Village Redevelopment Advisory Committee and now is a member of the Truman Waterfront Advisory Board. “I am running at this time,” Becker said, “because if we want to have the future we desire as a city we need [continue reading…]
UPDATE 8:57 am: No sign of any suspicious person or activity so far at Coral Shores High School as deputies continue to clear the building. All students and teachers are on lock-down status for security reasons. If you are a parent, or other concerned individual, please be patient as we make sure everyone at the school is safe. At 7:48 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a single unconfirmed report of a white male possibly carrying something resembling a gun entering Coral Shores High School. [continue reading…]