Jul 212017
 
Two Day Sport Lobster Season is Next Week

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone the two day sport lobster season is coming up next week. Anyone who plans to participate catching lobster in Monroe County during the two day season on July 26th and 27th should make sure to familiarize themselves with both state law and with local ordinances in the Florida Keys. Details and information can be found at http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltw ater/recreational/lobster/ Additionally, Sheriff Rick Ramsay would like to remind everyone who lives here and who is visiting: marine thefts commonly happen in the [continue reading…]

 July 21, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #228, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
Monroe County Medical Examiners Nominating Committee Selects Dr. Snider as First Choice

MARATHON, FL – The 16th District Medical Examiner Nominating Committee interviewed four people Wednesday at the Marathon Government Center and selected Dr. Cameron Snider as its first choice and Dr. Michael Steckbauer as its second choice. Dr. Snider currently is serving as Associate Medical Examiner in District 1, which covers Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach. He has 19 years of experience in forensic pathology. Dr. Steckbauer is currently serving as Monroe County’s interim Medical Examiner. (Not selected was Dr. Zhiming Li and Dr. Ira Kanfer.)

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:43 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Islamorada woman loses money in phone scam An Islamorada woman fell for a common phone scam, losing $400 to the scammers Wednesday. The 50 year old woman received a call Wednesday afternoon from someone who said her brother had been in an accident. The caller knew her brother drove a green car, and told her she would need to pay him money to keep him from hurting her brother. He also told her not to call the police. On his instructions, she drove to Walgreens and purchased four [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:31 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
Reef Relief's 30th Annual Meeting is Next Week!

Monday, July 17, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Casa Marina Resort Reef Relief’s 30th Annual Membership Meeting is next Monday, July 17th, at the Casa Marina Resort, located at 1500 Reynolds Street in Key West. This meeting’s presenters include State Representative Holly Raschein to discuss the legislature, Dr. Rivah Winter from the new Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science to discuss her work developing a laboratory method to increase coral resistance to bleaching events by promoting thermally tolerant symbionts, and Dr. Alex [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
City Adds New Commuter Shuttle

Beginning Monday, July 17th, Key West Transit will be adding a commuter shuttle to the Lower Keys Shuttle. This additional run will leave Marathon at 6:30 a.m. from mile marker 53.5 at the Holiday Inn Express and is scheduled to reach downtown Key West a little after 8 a.m. A new evening commuter shuttle will be leaving downtown Key West at 6 p.m., arriving in Marathon just after 8 p.m. This added run in each direction is aimed at alleviating crowding on the buses during morning and evening commutes. It [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
Applications Available for 2017 Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade

As the sands of time defy gravity, applications for the newly rewound and rebooted Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade are available at www.FantasyFest.com/parade/ . If you dare, download now and enter the magical wormhole that will spit your team and float out costumed and ready to join the parade as it rounds the corner onto Duval Street to the cheers and rollicking quantum physics of Fantasy Fest 2017: Time Travel Unravels! Produced by Nadene Grossman Orr of events planning company We’ve Got the Keys, Fantasy Fest [continue reading…]

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 142017
 
NOW Meeting

Key West National Organization for Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 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: kwnowinfo@gmail.com.

 July 14, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #227, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Free Vessel Turn-In Pilot Program Launches in Monroe County with Public Meetings

FREE VESSEL TURN-IN PILOT PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN MONROE COUNTY FOR END-OF-LIFE BOATS WITH PRESENTATIONS AT THREE PUBLIC OUTREACH MEETINGS Tuesday, July 18: Harvey Government Center, 1200 Truman Avenue, Key West, 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 19: Murray Nelson Government Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 20: Marathon Government Center, 2798 Overseas Highway, Marathon, 6 p.m. MONROE COUNTY, FL – Monroe County’s Marine Resources Office, in coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), has developed a pilot Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP) for the Florida Keys.  The VTIP [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
More Than 100 Groups Call on Secretaries of State to Protect Voter Rights by Rejecting Pence-Kobach Request for Sensitive Voter Data

WASHINGTON –The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with more than 100 groups, today sent a letter to state elections officials, including 51 Secretaries of State and 13 election administrators, applauding those who have resisted Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s recent request for sensitive voter information, and urging those who have not yet responded to protect voters’ rights by rejecting the request. “This letter is a clear example of the intense resolve of the civil rights coalition [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:38 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
City Commends Exemplary Deed

The Key West City Commission on Tuesday commended Zachary Robert Brown for “seeing something and saying something.” On June 10th, Brown overheard and incident between two men and one of the men mentioned an assault weapon that he was carrying. Brown immediately reported what he’d heard to a nearby police officer. Within minutes, the armed man was pulled over on his scooter carrying a guitar case and backpack. Inside the guitar case and the backpack, police discovered an AR style rifle and a .9 mm Glock pistol. [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Woman Arrested for Weapon Threats

A Marathon woman is in jail, accused of threatening an 18 year old girl with what turned out to be a pellet gun. The incident took place just before 1 p.m. Wednesday between neighbors who live on Copa De Oro in Marathon. The victim told Deputy Michelle Swilley she was playing music outside as she did yard work. She said she took a break to lay in a hammock under her house. She said she looked next door and saw her neighbor, 46 year old Marie Resnick, staring [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:25 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Stock Island man charged with burglary A Stock Island man was arrested late Friday, June 30, charged with burglarizing a home on Azalea Street in the Key Haven neighborhood of Stock Island. The victims called the Sheriff’s Office just before 11 p.m. They told dispatchers they were out of town, but had seen someone in their house on their video surveillance system. They said no one had permission to be in their house while they were gone. Deputies Jenna Moeller, Anthony Lopez and Vince Pacifico arrived to investigate. [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:24 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jul 072017
 
Know Your Status – Get Tested for HIV

As part of National HIV Testing Day, Peggy Ward-Grant, HIV Prevention and Training Consultant for the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, speaks with a client before getting tested for HIV at last Saturday’s event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and Pool in Key West.   Clients can know their status quickly as the testing process, which involves a finger prick, only takes 15 minutes and is offered at no cost.  Walk-in hours are Mondays and Wednesdays at the Gato Building in Key West from 9am [continue reading…]

 July 7, 2017  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #226, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
 
Man Arrested for Robbery with a Knife

A Stock Island man was arrested on Thursday, June 30, charged with threatening the clerk at a convenience store with a knife, demanding she give him money. The clerk told deputy Wendy Negron she was working at the Stock Island Chevron convenience store Wednesday night just before midnight when a man walked in. He walked up the counter, pulled out a filet knife and demanded she give him money. The clerk refused. He demanded the money again and she refused, telling him if he was [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
 
Sheriff's Crime Report

Two charged with undersized lobster out of season Two men were caught with undersized, out of season lobster Monday night by a Sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol. Deputy Matthew Cory was patrolling at Fiesta Key RV Park at 10:45 p.m. when he saw two men cleaning fish and a red cooler next to them on the ground. He approached and saw they were cleaning Grunts. He asked if he could check the cooler and received permission to do so. Inside the cooler were 17 undersized [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:41 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
 
Monroe County Marine Resources Office Replaces Channel and Informational Markers

Monroe County Office of Marine Resources has replaced 42 channel markers and 14 regulatory and informational markers throughout the public waters of the Florida Keys.  This project was funded in part through a $93,705 grant awarded to Monroe County by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP). Replacement of these waterway markers improves boater safety by increasing marker visibility, better understanding of waterway regulations by boaters, promotion of boating access and protection of shallow-water resources such as seagrass and [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
 
Reminder: Deputies Patrolling for Resource Violations

Sheriff’s deputies on patrol over the weekend caught several people from the Miami area committing resource violations. At 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Mark Martin was on foot patrol at the south end of the Long Key Bridge. He saw a group of people walking off the bridge carrying a cooler and fishing equipment. He approached them and asked if they had any fish in the cooler. Inside the cooler he found two undersized Mutton Snapper. 40 year old Geovanis Corujo of Cutler Bay said he [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 302017
 
Fourth of July and Weekend Before the Holiday Expected to be Busy

With all kinds of special events planned for the Fourth of July holiday county-wide, the Sheriff’s Office expects traffic to be very heavy throughout the Florida Keys starting on Friday and continuing through Wednesday, July 5th. The Sheriff’s Office will have extra officers on the water and on the highway in an effort to keep residents and visitors safe. If you plan to drive anywhere in or out of the county, make sure you plan extra time for your trip. There are a number of [continue reading…]

 June 30, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #225, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
 
Two People Arrested, Two Separate Incidents of Violence, Same Victim

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”.

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 1:02 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
 
FDLE Arrests Broward County Man for Scheme to Defraud and Grand Theft over $100,000

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…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 1:00 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
 
PLASTIC SURGERY & LAVISH TRIPS ABROAD: This Is Where Tax Dollars Intended For Education Are Going Thanks To Tallahassee's Severe Mismanagement Of Floridians' Money 

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…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
 
Animal Cruelty Case Vs. U.S. Forest Service Sidelined

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…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Jun 232017
 
Four Arrested on Drug Charges

  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…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:52 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
 
Marine Related Thefts Begin to Increase as Season Approaches

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…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
 
BOCC Congratulates Raschein and Flores on Successful Legislative Session for Monroe County

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…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jun 232017
 
Notice of Change of Date for Key Colony Beach Meeting from the 27th to the 29th

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…]

 June 23, 2017  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #224, News, Public Notice No Responses »