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December 12, 2005
Four arrested for drugs
Islamorada - Four people from Hollywood, Florida were arrested Saturday in the early morning hours after a deputy spotted a car speeding and driving erratically.
Deputy Luis Blasco pulled the car over near the 82 mile marker of the highway. Deputy Patrick Crozier arrived as back up. The driver, 22 year old Johanny Parisi Mejia said he was driving erratically because he was tired. He could not produce a driver's license but did produce his resident alien card. A check on his license status revealed it had expired in September. The car turned out to be a rental and the person whose name was on the agreement was not in the car. None of the three passengers in the car was in possession of an active driver's license so a wrecker was called to tow the car. The deputy cited the driver for speeding and having an expired license. He then told all four they could leave the scene.
As they were leaving, the deputies asked for permission to search the vehicle prior to it's being towed. They were given permission to do so. As they entered to search, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana near the glove box of the car. Deputy Crozier reached up behind the glove box and found two plastic bags. One contained 49 grams of marijuana; the other contained eight individually wrapped packages of powdered cocaine.
The deputies caught the four as they were walking away. All of them denied knowing about the drugs. All four were arrested. Along with Parisi Mejia, 18 year old Tristie Cassidy, 23 year old Lisa Navarro and 24 year old Jesus Valez were all charged with possession of a felony amount of marijuana, and possession of cocaine.
Deputy Blasco transported the two female suspects to the detention center. After he turned them over to Corrections Officers, as routine procedure after an arrest, he searched the back seat of his vehicle for contraband. He found a marijuana cigarette hidden in the seat. Navarro and Cassidy were additionally charged with introduction of contraband into a corrections facility.
Accident wrap up
Between Friday and Monday, 22 people were booked into the Monroe County Sheriff's Office on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol by all law enforcement agencies. My count shows KWPD booking eight people for DUI, MCSO booking 12 people and FHP booking two. This does not count those who were booked on outstanding warrants with alcohol related charges.
December 9, 2005
Plane crashes off of Key Largo
Key Largo - A small plane crashed off of Key Largo Thursday afternoon. No one was injured in the crash.
According to witnesses, the plane went down just off shore of Calusa Campground in about four feet of water. It reportedly flipped over when it crashed. Shortly afterward, the pilot climbed out of the wreckage unharmed and began removing items from the plane. The pilot was later identified as 50 year old Edward Wirth-Broff of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
When deputies arrived, they checked the planes registration which came back to 55 year old Adelaide Lin of Key West. When they contacted her, she said the plane had been flooded during Wilma and had been declared a loss by her insurance agency, United Aviation Underwriters. She said last she heard from them, they told her the plane had been sold.
Deputies notified the Federal Aviation Administration and they said they would respond the following day to investigate the crash. A short time later, someone from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Attorney General's Office called and asked that the Sheriff's Office put the pilot under a Federal Marshall's hold for them until they could come to pick him up. They reportedly indicated that his pilot's license had possibly been revoked and that they would have charges against him. They did not specify what those charges might be.
On two different occasions, Wirth-Broff indicated that there was someone else on the plane with him. Witnesses said they saw no one leave the plane, and a Sheriff's Office dive team member checked the plane and found no sign of a passenger.
The FAA will be investigating.
Man under arrest for masturbating in an Islamorada store
Islamorada - A California man was arrested Thursday after he masturbated inside an Islamorada store.
According to the clerk of the Romance Store in Islamorada, 27 year old Benjamin Peters walked into the store wearing only a skin tight black spandex body suit and told her he wanted to try on a Mummy costume and that he had tried it on before. He took the costume into the dressing room and put it on. He then walked out and asked the clerk "if his buns looked good." She told him to go back into the dressing room.
The clerk watched him on the security monitor as he went into the dressing room. She said he then came out naked and, standing in a hallway, masturbated into a fake plant. At that point, the clerk called the Sheriff's Office.
Before deputies could arrive, however, the man pulled his spandex suit back on, just up to his waist, and left the store through the back door. The clerk ran outside and got a description of the Honda the man was driving and gave it to Deputy Winfred Higgins when he arrived. The deputy gave out the car's description over police radios and Deputy Luis Blasco spotted it a short distance away. He pulled the car over. Peters began to get out of the car wearing the spandex suit pulled up to his waist. The deputy ordered him back into the car. A short time later, when the deputy approached the car he saw Peters sitting in the drivers' seat. He'd taken off the spandex and was sitting naked in the car. The deputy saw a small boy in the back seat. Deputy Blasco told Peters to cover himself, and he put on a pair of jeans. He then told the deputy he couldn't do anything to him because he was in his car and could be naked if he wanted to be.
A check on his name revealed his license had been revoked at least five times. A further check revealed an outstanding warrant from Riverside County Sheriff's Office in California. The charge on the warrant is for "Inflicting Corporal Injury on Spouse".
Peters was placed under arrest after the clerk positively identified him as the man who was in her store. He was charged with indecent exposure, lewd and lascivious acts, driving with his license suspended, having no proof of insurance, having no registration and having window tinting too dark on the vehicle. The boy, who may be Peter's son and who was approximately two to three years old, was turned over to the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
December 8, 2005
Violent suspect booked into jail after traffic stop
Stock Island - A man who became violent during a routine traffic stop attacked law enforcement officers, paramedics and correctional officers in the early morning hours Wednesday.
Key West Police followed a vehicle out of the city onto Stock Island shortly after midnight after they observed a traffic infraction and possible signs that the driver was impaired. Deputy Brian Kibbe joined in the effort and the vehicle was stopped at the 6.5 mile marker of highway U.S. One.
The driver of the vehicle, 24 year old Aaron Stigall of Big Coppitt Key was arrested by Key West Police for driving under the influence of alcohol. When Deputy Kibbe attempted to wake the back seat passenger, the man did not respond so the deputy called for medical assistance. When paramedics arrived, they and the officers on scene began to remove the passenger from the back seat. 18 year old George Langley of Indiana began fighting, punching one medic numerous times in the side. He was forcibly removed from the car and taken to the ground. As he was handcuffed and placed into a patrol car he continued to fight violently. Deputies had to use a restraint on his legs to keep him from damaging the vehicle or from hurting himself.
Upon arrival at the Stock Island Detention Center, Corrections Officers assisted in removing Langley from the patrol car. He continued to fight with them and, once inside the jail, he continued to act out violently, yelling racial obscenities at Corrections Officers.
Langley was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, three counts of battery on law enforcement officers, two counts of resisting arrest with violence and resisting an officer without violence. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.
December 5, 2005
Landlord-Tenant dispute leads to attempted murder charge
Stock Island - A Stock Island man is in jail for attempted murder. He is accused of firing a gun twice at his tenant after the two argued about money.
The victim, 43 year old Allan Walker, called the Sheriff's Office Sunday at 8:30 a.m. to report the incident. He said his landlord, Robert Piacente, shot at him twice after he told him he could not pay him his half of the water bill. Piacente lives in a Stock Island trailer on Sunshine Street and rents another trailer behind his to Walker. Walker said he was in bed at 1 a.m. Sunday when Piacente entered his trailer and demanded $42.00. When Walker told him he couldn't pay, Piacente pulled out a gun and fired it twice, narrowly missing Walker and hitting the headboard of the bed. He then left.
Walker did not call the Sheriff's Office immediately because his cellular phone was in the other trailer, where Piacente was and he said he was afraid to go get it. The following morning, after Piacente left the property, Walker got is phone and called the Sheriff's Office. Deputies and Detectives investigated the allegations. Two bullet casings were found at the foot of the bed and the holes where the bullets penetrated the headboard were readily visible.
Piacente was placed under arrest, charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.
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