The Blue Paper continues its probe into immigration enforcement by Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies…
A Summerland Key man was beaten by his ex-girlfriend, then cut with a knife by his roommate all over a complicated domestic dispute between four people in the early morning hours Thursday [June 22, 2017] at a home on Summerland Key. Deputies responded twice to a home on Airport Drive North. The first call, shortly after midnight, was a woman who was beating a man “to death”.
FT. MYERS, Fla – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Colin L. Ansby, 25, of 225 NW 79th Terr., Margate, for one count each of scheme to defraud over $50,000, grand theft over $100,000, and grand theft between $20,000 and $100,000. Ansby is accused of being the recipient of the proceeds of an elaborate scheme to defraud victims in Florida and Pennsylvania. The scheme, known as a business email compromise, used compromised email accounts to convince the victims to wire transfer money which they [continue reading…]
School Operator, Who Received Over $57 Million In Public Funds, Charged With Racketeering & Fraud Florida Legislature Diverts Millions To For-Profits, But Fails To Hold Them Accountable TALLAHASSEE – On Monday, a school operator who managed 15 schools across six Florida counties was charged with racketeering and fraud “in what prosecutors said was a scheme to steer public education money his way using huge markups, bogus invoices and a web of related corporations.” Over the past decade, the operator received over $57 million in public funds and used over [continue reading…]
Two Horses and a Mule Died of Dehydration in Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves Forest Washington, DC — An attempt to criminally prosecute U.S. Forest Service employees for acts of cruelty to animals resulting in the death of two horses and a mule has been dropped, according to court records posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The dismissals followed an assertion of federal sovereign immunity in order to block prosecution in state court. More than most federal agencies, the U.S. Forest Service uses horses and [continue reading…]
Sheriff’s detectives arrested four people on drug charges. 29 year old Travis Adamson of Big Pine Key was arrested Wednesday afternoon on Big Pine Key for sale of Oxycodone and Clonazepam. When he was arrested, Adamson was found to be in possession of more Oxycodone. There was also an active warrant for his arrest on drug charges from a previous undercover drug purchase made on June 13th on Big Pine Key. 29 year old Jerome Durham of Big Pine Key was arrested on outstanding [continue reading…]
As the boating and fishing season picks up in the Florida Keys, the Sheriff’s Office has started to see more marine related thefts throughout the county. Just a reminder to everyone to take precautions. Most boat, motor, fishing and diving equipment thefts can be easily prevented with minimum effort on your part. On Friday, the property manager of Lion’s Lair trailer park on Grassy Key reported a boat motor missing from a 2016 20 foot long Robaldo boat at the trailer park. The motor, a [continue reading…]
KEY LARGO, FL – At the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners meeting Wednesday in Key Largo, Mayor George Neugent praised the work that was done on behalf of Monroe County by Rep. Holly Raschein, Sen. Anitere Flores and the County’s entire legislative team during the 2017 State Legislative Session in Tallahassee. Monroe County Director of Legislative Affairs Lisa Tennyson said most of the County’s state legislative priorities were successful this year. Monroe County received an appropriation of $13.3 million through the Florida Keys Stewardship [continue reading…]
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with concurrence from the White House, selected Chris Oliver as assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Oliver assumes his new position this week. As assistant administrator, Oliver will oversee the federal agency responsible for recreational and commercial fisheries that contribute more than $200 billion to the nation’s economy and support nearly two million jobs. In addition to managing productive and sustainable domestic fisheries, including some aspects of marine aquaculture, the agency works to recover and conserve protected resources such as whales, [continue reading…]
The Key West Literary Seminar is currently accepting applications for three Emerging Writer Awards, which recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers. Poets and writers who have not yet published a book with a major publisher are eligible to apply. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017. The Marianne Russo Award, the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, and the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award are each tailored to a particular literary form: the Merrill Award recognizes a poet, while fiction writers [continue reading…]
This week the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office remembers a Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty seven years ago in a traffic accident. On June 22, 2010 Deputy Melissa “Missy” Powers was killed in a traffic accident in Key Largo as she was responding to assist a fellow officer. Deputy Powers was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in 2006 as a road patrol deputy. She previously worked for the Florida Department of Corrections.
MONROE COUNTY, Fla. — Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the Florida Council for the Social Studies (FCSS) Elementary Teacher of the Year for Monroe County, Anne Osborne from Plantation Key School and the Secondary Teacher of the Year, Nora Laubenstein, from Key West High School. Ms. Osborne and Mrs. Laubenstein were selected because of their ability to foster the development of democratic beliefs and values, the student teacher relationships they have built, their professionalism, and their outstanding teaching methods. Ms. Osborne teaches [continue reading…]
Judy Hadley of Key West, Florida, has won a walk-on cameo appearance in bestselling author Meg Muldoon’s next novel, “Meltdown in Christmas River: A Christmas Cozy Mystery Book,” which is due out this August. Muldoon, author of more than a dozen “cozy” mystery titles and a run-away success story in the self-publishing world, was a featured panelist at the recent Mystery Fest Key West. The “character placement” contest was an early registration promotion for the fest, which took place June 16-18 at the DoubleTree Resort [continue reading…]
Scholarships Last week we handed out $15,000 in scholarships checks. 15 Key West High School graduates were awarded $1,000 scholarships each. The KWHS scholarship fund has been has been in place for the last 19 years. The money is raised from members of KWAR and sponsors. Chris Elwell of Royal Furniture and Design has been a main contributor to this fund as well as the luncheon the sponsor for the KWAR General Membership Meeting that the scholarships were presented to the graduates. Recipients were selected [continue reading…]
Department of Health Hosting Upcoming Community Meetings ~ Florida Department of Health in Monroe will presenting public health survey results for Stock Island, Marathon, and Key Colony Beach~ Monroe County, FL – The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County recently completed three community health assessments involving resident input in the Stock Island, Marathon, and Key Colony Beach. The department is inviting members of the community to participate in three upcoming community meetings where research specialists will be presenting the results of these assessments. These [continue reading…]
United Way of the Florida Keys (UWFK) announced today that its board of directors has approved a change to its formal mission statement. UWFK’s mission now affirms: “United Way of the Florida Keys, the leader in community caring, advocates for increased social consciousness while actively fighting for strong working families through access to nutritious food, child development and safety net services.” Almost 50% of our Florida Keys community is one step away from homelessness and despair. United Way of the Florida Keys works to increase [continue reading…]
TAMPA, Fla. – On June 21, 2017, Florida TaxWatch recognized innovative and inspiring Prudential Productivity Awards winners from the Miami area during a ceremony at the Miami Airport Hilton. In its 29th rendition, the Prudential Productivity Awards program is designed to highlight and reward state employees who innovatively reduce costs and improve services for Florida taxpayers. The program received hundreds of nominations in 2017 and Florida TaxWatch honored those hard-working state employees and teams from the Miami area for their achievements and efforts. All winners [continue reading…]
Literary icon and Key West legend Ernest Hemingway will be commemorated July 18-23 during the annual Hemingway Days celebration, with this year’s offerings to include an array of cultural events presented by Key West Art & Historical Society that applaud not only Hemingway’s accomplishments but those that have been inspired by him. “Hemingway Days is a perfect fit for our mission,” says Director of Education Adele Williams. “The event attracts a diverse audience to Key West and allows us to showcase a myriad of subject [continue reading…]
South Florida Ford and Duncan Ford to present Womankind of Key West with a $5,000 grant in honor of the Duncan Ford family’s longtime efforts to help breast cancer patients become survivors. Womankind is a medical and wellness center providing high-quality family planning, primary health care, and mental health counseling to people of all income levels. Through the Duncan Family Breast Cancer Treatment Grant, Womankind will implement an outreach and education program component that will target African American women 40 years of age and older. [continue reading…]
by Arida Wright……. A phenomenal event happened the weekend of April 28-30, 2017. 1,600 recovering addicts and their families gathered at Sugarloaf KOA Campground for the 25th Anniversary of the Conch Republic Area of Narcotics Anonymous Recovery In Paradise Spiritual Retreat! There has never been anything like it in the Keys, ever! Twenty five years ago, a small group of recovering addicts who were having NA meetings at the Anchors Aweigh Club house at 404 Virginia St. had a desire to unite in fellowship with [continue reading…]
Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detectives are looking for several people who went missing over the past year in the Florida Keys. Families continue to hope and pray for information about Paul Murray, Albert Bosco, Robin Ford and Mike Wegrzyn. If you have any information regarding Paul Murray, Albert Bosco, or Robin Ford please contact Major Crimes Detective Bob Dosh at 305-289-2351 or 2410. If you have information regarding Mike Wegrzyn please call Marathon Detective Barios at 305-289-2430. Detectives Still Trying To Find Missing Man One Year [continue reading…]
On the affordable housing front: Some news came from the US Navy this week regarding the 166 units of vacant housing located on Sigsbee Island. A Request for Interest (RFI) was issued this week by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast to seek information on “how developers could open the 166 vacant townhomes located on the Sigsbee Park Annex at Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West.”
A ‘Know your Rights’ informational gathering to provide information on the recent policy changes in the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians, including the six month extension will take place on Friday, June 23rd at 5:30 pm at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea in the Klaus Murphy Center, 724 Truman Ave.. In order to provide accurate information from a trusted source, Mr. Peterson St. Philippe, Esq., Managing Attorney from Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami will provide updated information [continue reading…]
MIAMI, Fla – On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Miami-Dade Police Department arrested current Sweetwater Police Department Sergeant Reny Armando Garcia, 46, of Palmetto Bay, FL, and former Sweetwater Detective William Garcia, 42, currently incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pennington, VA., each on one count of organized scheme to defraud, one count of racketeering, and one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering. FDLE, in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Police Department and the FBI, interviewed numerous victims and witnesses during the [continue reading…]
National Key Deer Refuge helps community reduce wildfire risk through vegetation thinning and prescribed burns As the summer lightning-induced wildfire season returns, National Key Deer Refuge will be working to reduce fire fuels on Refuge natural areas on Big Pine Key, No Name Key and Cudjoe Key. These actions will help protect public and private lands from wildfires. Select vegetation will be removed mechanically by mowing and trimming using a skidsteer and hand trimming, with most vegetation thinning work being completed from June – November. [continue reading…]
David Wolkowsky, affectionately known as “Mr. Key West” to many, awarded eight teachers $5,000 each at Key West High School in the first week of June. Mr. Wolkowsky has been bestowing the Teachers of Merit Awards for 16 years, since 2001. The educators learned they’d been chosen during a faculty meeting after watching a short film dedicated to Mr. Wolkowsky. Teachers receiving the award from previous years were showcased in the short film. In it, they thanked Mr. Wolkowsky for his generosity. Many believe the [continue reading…]
Local Educators to Participate in National Program Area educators have been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of June 26-30, 2017. Participants include: Tess Alfonsin, St. Mary’s Hall, San Antonio, Texas Joanna Best, Roberts Field School, Brooklyn, N.Y. Kim Bradley, George Washington Elementary School, Kingsport, Tenn. Aaron Branda, Berman Hebrew Academy, Rockville, Md. Robin Cicchetti, Concord-Carlisle (Mass.) Regional High School Rebecca Cochrane, Charter Oak International [continue reading…]
Marathon Man Sustains Injury A Marathon man sustained a serious injury on the morning of June 4th to his neck and detectives are attempting to determine what may have happened. The incident has resulted in numerous rumors which detectives have been following up on as they are reported. So far, Detective Amanda Coleman has confirmed that 55 year old Jeffrey Knapp was last seen uninjured by employees of the Hurricane Restaurant in Marathon. He was escorted by employees from the bar at approximately 9 [continue reading…]
-Jim Knight uses Rock ‘n’ Roll spirit to transform business on June 28th- The Monroe Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), in partnership Key West Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, is excited to feature Jim Knight, a nationally-renowned speaker and training and development veteran of more than 30 years, at their upcoming Rock Your Business to Success Workshop. This educational workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort [continue reading…]
Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, in the back dining room of Shanna Key Irish Pub, 1900 Flagler Ave., Key West. This meeting is open to anyone interested in supporting gender equality issues. A social hour follows the meeting. For more information or to join, email: email@example.com.
Renowned drag queen “Sushi” introduces author Kenneth D. Michaels to the crowd at the 801 Duval Street Cabaret above the 801 Bourbon Bar on Friday night during a debut event for his most recent book, “Only in Key West,” a ‘Nick and Norm’ Gay Detective Series novel in which Sushi and the ‘801 Girls’ appear under pseudonyms.
Key West Art & Historical Society’s ArtCamp! is held every summer at Fort East Martello, featuring themed weeks with auxiliary activities and excursions that include field trips to local museums, nearby beaches and gardens—all highlighting the abundant history and cultural assets of our islands while encouraging and expanding students in their knowledge of their local community. For more information, visit KWAHS.ORG/LEARN or call Adele Williams, Director of Education at 305.295.6616 extension 115. All the student’s films can be viewed at facebook.com/pg/KWAHSArtCamp/videos.
Women’s March Florida Keys Demands a Clear Policy from Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Regarding the Questioning of Florida Keys Residents about their Immigration Status As Monroe County residents and constituents we demand a clear policy from our Monroe County Sheriff’s Department regarding questioning residents and visitors about their immigration status, and sharing this information with federal immigration officials. The recent body cam footage of an officer questioning the immigration status of multiple Florida Keys residents is very concerning. As there is no clear policy or [continue reading…]
Commissioner Sam Kaufman has chosen Mr. Ed Russo as his Planning Board Appointee to serve out the remainder of former planning board member Crisity Spottswood’s term. Ms. Spottswood was appointed by former Commissioner Mark Rossi, and just recently stepped down after three years of service to the board. Commissioner Kaufman conducted a series of interviews with potential candidates and found Mr. Russo to be a great fit for the Planning Board. Mr. Russo comes with a keen understanding of the environment has an extensive and [continue reading…]
This week, Monroe County staff and their contractors began surveying neighborhoods where properties have experienced repetitive flood damage. This “Repetitive Loss Area Analysis” is part of an ongoing effort to obtain greater discounts for most of the 15,000 flood insurance policy holders in unincorporated Monroe County through the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS). The CRS is a voluntary incentive program that rewards communities that take actions – which exceed the minimum standards required by the National Flood Insurance Program – to protect [continue reading…]