Feb 172017
 
Key West Crime Drops

Crime in Key West has been dropping continuously over the past few years, and it dropped by 18 percent in 2016. The Key West Police Department’s end of year report to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows an overall drop in both violent and non-violent crime. The most dramatic drop was a 37 percent decrease in violent crime over the previous year. Non-violent crime dropped by 15.5 percent. Each year the Key West Police Department reports its crime statistics to the Florida Department of [continue reading…]

 February 17, 2017  Posted by at 12:48 am Issue #206, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
KWPD Crime Report

Stock Island man arrested for burglary A Stock Island man was arrested and charged with breaking into a Sugarloaf Key residence and stealing jewelry. Deputy Freddy Rodriguez responded to a home on Flying Fish Lane, Sugarloaf Key on February 2nd to a report of a burglary. The residents of the home left around 11 a.m. and returned home at 3 p.m. to find someone had broken in. Approximately $6,000 worth of jewelry was taken from inside. It appears the suspect broke in through a window [continue reading…]

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 1:04 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 102017
 
Compost Available

Composted horse manure is available this Saturday, February 11th from 10 a.m. until at the pink PAL gym near the entrance to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. The horses have been busy filling the City’s manure composting bins, and we have a load that’s fully cooked and garden ready. Bring a container and, if you’re so included, a donation and leave with locally produced compost. It can be mixed straight in with your garden veggies or added to your landscaping.

 February 10, 2017  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #205, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Feb 032017
 
Jane Gardner and Friends ‘Pony Up’ For Key West Police Mounted Unit

Wednesday morning Jane Gardner, proprietor of ‘Jane’ on Simonton Street, presented the Key West Police Mounted Unit with cupcakes, carrots and $2000 worth of new specialty tack and equipment, the result of fundraising efforts the local businesswoman conducted over the holidays. Jane, in turn, was presented with a plaque from the Unit, thanking her for her contribution and support. Why a fundraiser for the horses? The City budget provides for the stable at the Truman Waterfront, feed, hay, and basic equipment. But it is public [continue reading…]

 February 3, 2017  Posted by at 12:47 am Issue #204, News, Special Event No Responses »
Jan 202017
 
Samaritans Save Children

Three Key West children were saved from drowning Saturday by quick-thinking Good Samaritans. Rev. Daniel John Anspach had just come home to his West Isle apartment when he noticed three kids at the pool. From his second floor balcony, he observed them jump into the pool’s deep end. He watched for a few seconds and realized they did not surface. His nearby neighbor Diana Reshetko Rosa and her father Anatoly Reshetko also saw the incident, and all three heroes bolted to the children’s rescue. Anspach [continue reading…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:55 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 202017
 
Paid Police Sponsorships Available

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…]

 January 20, 2017  Posted by at 12:32 am Issue #202, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Jan 132017
 
Woman Charged [Again] with Using Car as Deadly Weapon

A Key West woman is facing a felony charge and several misdemeanors after she attempted to run down a City employee with her car. Katerina Devlin, 37, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, criminal mischief and a municipal ordinance violation, all stemming from her wanting to use a private bathroom. Devlin was attempting to access private bathrooms at Land End Village, and public works employees directed her to the public bathrooms. Devlin became angry and began screaming at them, then [continue reading…]

 January 13, 2017  Posted by at 12:58 am Issue #201, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 302016
 
Officer Revoredo Named Officer of the Year 2016

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee announced the Officer of the Year for 2016 at the December Key West Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Officer Nicholas Revoredo first came to the Key West Police Department in 2005 as a department-sponsored cadet in the academy. Upon graduation, he was sworn in and began as a road patrol officer. He has also served as a mounted patrol officer and is currently a member of the Marine Unit. He is the point person for port security operations, and he [continue reading…]

 December 30, 2016  Posted by at 12:08 am Issue #199, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 232016
 
Secret Santa

Some Key West residents got a big surprise on Wednesday when Key West Police Officers pulled them over but, instead of ticketing them, gave them $100 bills! A generous and anonymous donor provided the Department with $5000 for a community give-back program. This afternoon, led by Chief Donie Lee and Captains Sean Brandenburg and JR Torres, officers approached random members of the community and gave them cards containing the money and this message, which came from the donor: “Greetings, My wife and I have the money [continue reading…]

 December 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:57 am Issue #198, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 232016
 
KWPD Capt. Sean Brandenburg Graduates FBI Academy

Key West Police Captain Sean Brandenburg is one of an exclusive class of law enforcement officers who graduated this month from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. “We are fortunate to have another FBI Academy graduate return to our department,” said Key West Police Chief Donie Lee. “This exceptional opportunity is highly sought by thousands of police managers and executives. I’m sure that Capt. Brandenburg will bring this new knowledge and experience to compliment his leadership role in the department.” Two hundred and [continue reading…]

 December 23, 2016  Posted by at 12:40 am Issue #198, News, Special Event No Responses »
Dec 162016
 
Forfeiture Funds Aid Kids Through Grant

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee this week presented Reverend Antonio Magwood, pastor of the Bethel A.M.E. Church with a check for $500 in support of the church’s Success Through Empowerment Program. The money comes from the Key West Police Department’s forfeiture fund. The STEP program partners the church with the Department of Juvenile Justice to empower kids and help them make positive decisions and improve life skills. The program provides testimonies and insight from the community, explaining to juveniles their rights and teaching them [continue reading…]

 December 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:07 am Issue #197, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 092016
 
Drug Sweep Nets Arrests

Key West Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit has been conducting undercover drug operations that have resulted in 26 recent arrests, and several more arrest warrants. The unit was assisted by Homeland Security Investigations, the DEA, the Monroe County Sherriff’s Office and Customs and Border Protection. The joint operations combine undercover detectives, special agents and confidential informants making narcotics purchases on the streets of Key West. Most of the resulting charges were for the sale of cocaine, however a few were for the sale of controlled [continue reading…]

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 1:08 am Issue #196, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 092016
 
Castillo Promoted to Sergeant

Key West Police Chief, during last night’s City Commission meeting, swore in Jason Castillo as the Department’s newest sergeant. Sgt. Castillo started with the Department in 2002 and has most recently served as the accreditation manager. He has served as a road patrol officer, school resource officer and a youth division detective. He was born and raised in Key West and is the son of Housing Authority Executive Director Manual Castillo.

 December 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:39 am Issue #196, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Dec 022016
 
Holiday Parade Saturday!

It may sound strange, but candy safety is an important consideration at the upcoming Holiday Parade. The parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, and as is the annual tradition, many of the entrants will be tossing candy to the kids that line the parade route. The City of Key West wants to remind parents to keep their children out of the streets and let the candy come to them. Anxious little ones tend to move into the parade route looking for goodies, so parents need [continue reading…]

 December 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:22 am Issue #195, Special Events, What To Do No Responses »
Nov 182016
 
Outlaw Member Involved in Greene Street Bar Brawl Arrested / Suing St. Pete Police

by Arnaud and Naja Girard……. A Hillsborough County firefighter and active member of the Outlaw motorcycle gang has been identified as one of the assailants in a bar room brawl that occurred during the annual Poker Run in Key West in September. Clinton Neal Walker, 33, was captured on surveillance video at Rumors Lounge on September 27th punching a man repeatedly in the face.  Law enforcement agencies had been forewarned that members of the Outlaw motorcycle gang would be coming to Key West during the [continue reading…]

 November 18, 2016  Posted by at 1:09 am Issue #193, News, Public Notice 7 Responses »
Nov 042016
 
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…]

 November 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:46 am Issue #191, News, Public Notice 1 Response »
Oct 282016
 
Bank Robber Leaves with Cash, Buys a Drink Next Door and Returns to Bank When He Hears Cop's Sirens

A homeless man was taken into custody shortly after robbing the Whitehead branch of Centennial Bank on Tuesday. Stephen Daniel, 36, is being charged with robbery and falsely reporting an explosive device. Key West Police received a report of the robbery at 12:32 on Tuesday afternoon. According to witnesses, Daniel walked into the bank, demanded money and told the teller he had a bomb in his backpack. Witness say after the robbery Daniel left the bank and went over to a nearby bar for a drink. He paid [continue reading…]

 October 28, 2016  Posted by at 1:08 am Issue #190, News, Public Notice 3 Responses »
Oct 212016
 
Fantasy Fest Around the Corner

Key West’s biggest party of the year is right around the corner. While you’re busy putting the finishing touches on your costume, it’s good to remember a few crucial pointers. Public nudity: is absolutely prohibited in Key West. Male and female genitalia must not be exposed. Female breasts cannot be exposed. Breasts painted with body paint will only be considered as covered when in the Fantasy Zone. Body paint cannot be applied in public; it must be applied in an enclosed area, out of the [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:36 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
 
Saturday is Drug Take Back Day

Do you have expired or unwanted medications? The Key West Police Department, in conjunction with the DEA will participate in a Prescription Drug Take Back to get these prescriptions safely out of your home. On Saturday, October 22nd from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. you can bring these unwanted medications to the Key West Police Department at 1604 North Roosevelt Blvd. for safe disposal. Officers will be stationed in the front lobby to accept the medications free of charge with no questions asked. This is [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:10 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 212016
 
Pink Badges Against Breast Cancer

Key West Police Lt. Areaka Jewell and Officer Steve Torrence last night presented the entire City Commission and City Manager Jim Scholl with special pink badges in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Officer Torrence gave a special shout out to Historic Tours of America and Island Dental for sponsoring this awareness campaign. He also thanked all of the officers who are not only wearing the badge in support of the campaign, but have donated to the cause. All of the money raised in [continue reading…]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 12:04 am Issue #189, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 072016
 
Clown-Related Threats in Key West School

It looks as though Key West is not immune to viral trends, including clown sightings. The Key West Police Department wants to warn students and parents that the current trend of clown sightings can be disturbing and disruptive. Across the country, social media and the press have been reporting a trend of alleged sightings of people being dressed up as clowns and often behaving menacingly. There are reports of clowns hovering at the edge of wooded areas and clowns walking around with knives or machetes. [continue reading…]

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:56 am Issue #187, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Oct 072016
 
Pink Badges Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

The Key West Police Department has teamed up with Historic Tours of America to promote breast cancer awareness. For the month of October, officers will be wearing pink badges to promote breast cancer awareness! Chief Lee and the rest of the Department turned out yesterday to give a big shout out to HTA’s CFO Ben McPherson, Account Executive and cancer Survivor Justyna Janicka, and Operations Manager Gary McDonnell!

 October 7, 2016  Posted by at 12:06 am Issue #187, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 162016
 
VFW Honors Officer Clark

The Veterans of Veterans of Foreign Wars yesterday bestowed a certificate of appreciation on Officer Tom Clark in grateful recognition of his maintaining the highest standards of law enforcement to protect and maintain the lawful rights of all citizens. Officer Clark started with the Key West Police Department in April of 2012. He serves as one of four quality of life officers, addressing vagrancy in the city. He was named Officer of the Year of 2015 and received the Gallantry Award for the bravely he [continue reading…]

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 12:00 am Issue #184, News No Responses »
Sep 092016
 
Wilcox Receives Chief's Commendation

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee today presented Megan Wilcox with a Chief’s Commendation. “You went above and beyond the line of duty,” he said, “by going the extra mile to secure ammunition for training.” Wilcox, who runs the Department’s property and evidence unit, recently contacted the owner of eleven cases of 12-gauge ammunition that was collected as a found property in a local hotel. The out-of-town owner of the ammunition sought alternatives for retrieving her property. However, Wilcox recognized that the Department could use [continue reading…]

 September 9, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #183, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 022016
 
Holiday DUI Checkpoint

The Key West Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a DUI check point on Saturday, September 3rd from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The checkpoint will occur at Garrison Bight Marina, 1801 North Roosevelt Boulevard, in the city of Key West. During the checkpoint, law enforcement officers from several agencies will be checking for impaired drivers, equipment violations and other infractions. Officers will also check to be sure that drivers have a current driver’s license, registration and proof of [continue reading…]

 September 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:44 am Issue #182, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 022016
 
KWPD Recognizes Dedication and Professionalism

On his last full day with the Key West Police Department, Chief Donie Lee named Officer Gary Celcer the Officer of the First Half for 2016. Officer Celcer started with the Key West Police Department in July of 2003. During his 13 years with the Department he has received several commendations, including the Lifesaving Award, as well as praise from the community. He has served as a member of the K9 Unit with the Department’s only bomb sniffing dog. He has served with patrol and [continue reading…]

 September 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:18 am Issue #182, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 022016
 
Dive Team Receives Unit Award

Key West Police Chief Donie Lee presented the Dive Team with a Unit Award for their quick actions that saved a man’s life earlier this month. Sgts. Jeff Williamson and Randy Smith, Officers Michael Malgrat, Jesse Young, Michael Chaustit and Detective Stephen Mitchell, and Officers Jesse Young and Michael Chaustit and Detective Stephen Mitchell were recognized for their response to boaters in distress. The team was out training on August 17th, when they heard a distress call for a medical emergency. The U.S. Coast Guard [continue reading…]

 September 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:16 am Issue #182, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Sep 022016
 
Five Received Chief's Commendation Award

On March 21st a call came in that three people had been shot on lower Duval Street. All officers in the vicinity — including Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy David Lariz – responded immediately. Within minutes, officers surrounded the armed suspect and placed him into custody. In the meantime, other officers were treating the wounded victims, preserving multiple crime scenes and providing crowd control. The Chief’s Commendation Award was presented last week during an awards ceremony at the Grand Key Resort.

 September 2, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 am Issue #182, News, Public Notice No Responses »
Aug 262016
 
Six Officers Receive Valor Award

Chief Donie Lee last night presented six law enforcement officers with the highest honor bestowed by the Key West Police Department: the Valor Award. Key West Police Officers Alex Gaufillet, Frank Betz, Brian Leahy, Curtiss Richardson and Jessie Hammers and Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy David Lariz all put their lives at risk in order to protect the community during a shooting on Duval Street. A call came in on March 21st that an armed suspect had shot three people on the street. Within minutes, officers [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #181, News 1 Response »
Aug 262016
 
Chief Presents Lifesaving Awards

This week Key West Police Chief Donie Lee presented Sgt. Jeff Williamson, Detective Stephen Mitchell, and Officers Jesse Young and Michael Chaustit the Lifesaving Award for reviving a man overcome with fumes aboard a stranded boat last week. While conducting training on August 17th, the Key West Police Underwater Search and Recovery Team (USRT) heard a call come over VHF channel 16 advising there was a vessel with a male having a medical emergency. The U.S. Coast Guard was receiving limited information, but the USRT [continue reading…]

 August 26, 2016  Posted by at 12:12 am Issue #181, News No Responses »