Mar 162018
SAO Report: Witness Swears He Saw a Real Gun in Student Backpack at HOB After-School Event

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. The State Attorney’s Office has released its investigative report on gun threat allegations at HOB Middle School. Christopher Weber, the SAO’s Chief Investigator, at the end of his thorough 9-page report, concluded that there is not a sufficient basis to bring criminal charges. However, Weber did collect a statement from a witness who claims he remains certain that a student brought a real gun to an after-school event on January 16th.

Mar 112018
KWPD To Sponsor Recruits

The Key West Police Department is looking for motivated candidates who want to become police officers. The police department is looking to sponsor several academy recruits in the upcoming session of the Law Enforcement Academy at the Florida Keys Community College Institute of Criminal Justice. These sponsorships are a rare opportunity to be hired by the Key West Police Department and earn a salary while working toward becoming a sworn officer. In addition, these academy recruits will not have to worry about tuition, uniforms, fees, [continue reading…]

 March 11, 2018  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #259, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Mar 032018
State Attorney Expands His Investigation of Gun Threats at HOB

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. A police officer at HOB Middle School has been put on paid leave for lying to the FBI. The disciplinary action follows an investigation by The Blue Paper into an alleged cover-up of gun threats at that school. The issue quickly turned into a local “media war”. The daily paper (the Citizen) faithfully reproduced the official version: that the HOB gun threats had been “thoroughly investigated”. The Blue Paper, challenging that version, was asking to see the Sheriff’s report that [continue reading…]

Feb 182018
Working Together to Protect Our Children

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee wants to intensify efforts to ensure the safety of children in our schools. He will invite key stakeholders to meet next week to explore ways in which law enforcement and the schools can tighten security to keep tragedy from striking. “We need to double down on what we’re doing,” he said. “We need to look at our capabilities, address the challenges, and implement any changes we can. We need to do all that we can do.” Lee hopes to [continue reading…]

 February 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #256, News, Public Notice 3 Responses »
Dec 152017
Beware of Scammers

The Key West Police Department is warning the community to be wary of a recurring scam in which a caller is identifying himself as a law enforcement officer and directing his victim to pay alleged court costs or fines. On November 30th, the most recent victim was contacted several times by a man identifying himself as a deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The caller told his victim she owed several thousand dollars in court costs, and told her the only way to settle [continue reading…]

 December 15, 2017  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #247, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 012017
Safe Streets Motorcycle and Scooter Campaign

The Key West Police Department is kicking off its Safe Streets Motorcycle and Scooter campaign to improve motorcycle and scooter safety across the island. With the help of a $50,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, officers will be stepping up education and enforcement of laws pertaining to motorcycles and to scooters. In 2014, there were a total of 272 motorcycle or scooter crashes, 175 of those with injuries and two were fatal. In 2015 the total number went up to 364 with 270 [continue reading…]

 December 1, 2017  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #245, News, Public Notice 2 Responses »
Oct 132017
KWPD Launches New On-line Service

In a continuing effort to serve the community, the Key West Police Department is launching a new online service. The new police-to-citizens portal, or P2C allows the public to access current crime and traffic information, report incidents and stay up to date with urgent bulletins. By clicking on, citizens can avail themselves of round the clock service from the Key West Police Department. The site lets you search for public safety incidents and arrests, submit incident reports, obtain copies of crash reports and register a [continue reading…]

 October 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:34 am Issue #238, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 292017
Injured Cyclist Dies

A Key West bicyclist who was critically injured on North Roosevelt Blvd Sunday morning has died. John C. Potter, 81, was pedaling across the crosswalk at Key Plaza when the crash occurred. He was flown to Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition. Potter crossed from the Home Depot side of North Roosevelt. As he came through the center island of the crosswalk, a Chevy pickup in the outbound lane slowed and crossed into the crosswalk. Potter’s bicycle struck the truck, driven by Modesto Mendoza Lopez, 52, also [continue reading…]

 September 29, 2017  Posted by at 5:07 am Issue #236, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 112017
Back to School Tips

More than 3,000 students will be returning to schools in the Key West area next Wednesday. Amid the adjustments of the community’s schedule, it is important to always remember the number one back-to-school priority:  keeping kids safe. As we start a new school year, patience is the most important thing that every motorist can bring to the table. It’s worth allowing a little more time to get around to be sure that all Key West kids are safe on their way to and from school. Here [continue reading…]

 August 11, 2017  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #231, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 042017
Police Explorer Sabrina Islam Awarded Scholarship

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee congratulates Explorer Sabina Islam, who has been recognized by the Florida Police Chiefs Education and Research Foundation with a $1000 college scholarship. In a letter announcing the awarding of the scholarship the foundation’s Executive Director Amy Mercer said that the selection process including an in-depth assessment of Islam’s overall commitment to the community, the Key West Police Department and her Explorer post. Key West Police Explorer Post #2011 is a Key West Police Department sponsored youth organization affiliated with [continue reading…]

 August 4, 2017  Posted by at 12:27 am News No Responses »
Jul 282017
National Night Out Key West

The Key West Police Department invites the community to come meet our officers and special units during National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1st from 5:30 until 7:30 at Bayview Park. The KWPD is joining law enforcement and first responding agencies nationwide in this annual event to increase awareness about our work in the community. There will be horses, dogs, special teams and more at this great family event. There will be an exciting array of displays and equipment used by the police, firefighters, and our military partners. [continue reading…]

 July 28, 2017  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #229, News, Special Event No Responses »