Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Daily Crime and Information Report

Issued by the Media Relations Office,
Public Information Officer Deputy Becky Herrin

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February 28, 2011

Man arrested after firing a gun

Key Largo – A Key Largo man was arrested late Saturday after he fired a gun in the parking lot of an upper Keys marina.

Deputy Sheila Swindle was in the vicinity of Caribbean Drive  at 10:30 p.m. Saturday when three men ran up to her car. They appeared to be frightened and told her there was a guy who had a gun and had just fired a shot. They described him as a black male with short hair wearing a black colored shirt. They said he got into a gray or silver colored car and drove into the parking lot of Marina del Mar.

She called for backup officers. When they arrived, they all went to the parking lot to check for the suspect. As they were checking vehicles in the lot, a man fitting the suspect’s description got into a gray Mitsubishi Lancer and began driving down Caribbean Drive. Deputy Swindle, assisted by Deputy Brian Cross, stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as 22 year old Jules Paris.

During questioning off Paris, he admitted to having a gun in his car and admitted to firing it. It is unclear the reason why he fired the gun. A .22 caliber rifle was found under the front seat. A check on the gun revealed it was reported stolen to Homestead Police Department.  Paris was identified as a convicted felon who has no valid driver’s license. The vehicle he was driving had no license tag and had not been registered.

Paris was charged with failing to register the vehicle, driving with a suspended license, carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm in public, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and grand theft. He was booked into jail.

Man arrested for shipped marijuana

Big Coppitt Key – A Big Coppitt Key man was arrested Friday after detectives delivered a package to him containing a large amount of marijuana.

On Friday, detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division received information that a packaged arriving at the local FedEx office would possibly contain illegal drugs. They went to the office with a Sheriff’s Office K9 team to further investigate the tip.

K-9 Deja alerted on a box that addressed to a residence on Ave C,  Big Coppitt Key. A search warrant was obtained for the box, which contained 10 vacuum packed bags of marijuana. The total weight of the drugs was 13 pounds.

Detectives delivered the box to its intended destination. The box was accepted by 31 year old Jason Carl Dascott of Big Coppitt Key. After the delivery, a search warrant was served at the residence and the marijuana was recovered, along with another small amount of marijuana and a scale with drug residue on it.

Dascott was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A check on his name revealed he is on probation for second degree murder out of West Palm Beach. Possession of the marijuana also violates that probation. Investigation into this case continues and more arrests may be pending.

New Jersey man dies after diving

Key Largo – A 64 year old New Jersey man died after diving offshore of Key Largo Sunday.

According to Donald Jarvis, the Captain of the commercial dive boat HMS Minnow, Harley Piers had just finished his second dive of the morning at about 11 a.m. Piers was reportedly swimming back to the boat on his back when Jarvis saw he was about to run into a Portuguese Man o' War. He yelled at Piers, but Piers ran into the Man o’War and then appeared to go limp in the water. He was pulled on board the boat and, because he was not breathing, CPR was performed.

He was brought in to shore and met by deputies and paramedics. He was transported to Mariner’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

February 27, 2011

Tavernier man arrested for sex with 15 year old

A Tavernier man is in jail charged with having sex with a 15 year old girl who is now pregnant and says it is his child.

21 year old Raymond Ferro and the 15 year old girl both admit to having a sexual relationship. In a Facebook communication to the girl’s mother, and in a phone conversation with the girl’s father, Ferro apologized for the situation, admitting to having sex with the teen.

Detective Daniel Mehler was assigned to investigate the case. On Friday, he met with Ferro and interviewed him, During the interview, Ferro admitted to having a sexual relationship with the girl for the past four months. He was placed under arrest, charged with lewd and lascivious acts on a victim between the ages of 12 and 16. He was booked into jail.

Lower keys vehicle burglaries a reminder to lock your car

Nine vehicle burglaries reported Friday in the Lower Keys are a reminder to remove valuables from your car and always lock car doors.

Detectives and deputies are investigating the crimes. Three of the crimes took place on Bay Point, two on Cudjoe Key, one on Ramrod Key and three on Big Pine Key. It is unknown which,  if any, of the crimes are connected at this point in the investigation.

Suspects entered the unlocked vehicles and took valuables from inside, including fishing gear, GPS receivers, cameras, cash, credit cards and, in one case, a brand new television still in the box it was shipped in.

Anyone with information about these crimes should contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida keys. If a tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be made on line at www.tipsubmit.com.

New York man arrested for indecent exposure

Key Largo – A New York man is under arrest, charged with exposing himself and masturbating as he drove through a parking lot in Key Largo.

Deputy Sever Hustad responded to the parking lot at Publix Supermarket at 9:20 a.m. Friday. When he arrived, the 40 year old female witness told him she’d seen a man wearing sunglasses in a white Buick sedan with a New York license tag drive through the parking lot with his window down. She said he was masturbating in the vehicle. She told Deputy Hustad she’d been in the parking lot the day before and had seen the same thing, with the same vehicle and the same suspect; the first incident was not reported to the Sheriff’s Office.

The manager of Publix told Deputy Hustad the vehicle left the lot, traveling toward U.S. One. The deputy caught up with the vehicle at the 101.5 mile marker of the Highway and pulled it over. 45 year old Gary Orlowski at first denied the accusations, but eventually admitted to the crime. He was placed under arrest, charged with indecent exposure and was taken to jail.

Detectives, ME investigate death

Little Torch Key – A woman from Clermont, Florida is dead and detectives and the medical examiner’s office are investigating the circumstances.

50 year old Cheryl Chastek was in the Keys with her husband, vacationing when the incident took place. Her husband told Detective Mark Coleman they went out on their  boat, a 24 foot Rinker, on Thursday afternoon.

They were at Looe Key Reef and had just donned their scuba equipment and climbed into the water when he said he noticed something was wrong with his wife. He said her regulator was not in her mouth and she appeared to be panicking.  She lost consciousness and he had to pull her on board the boat.

He yelled to a nearby dive boat for help, then began performing CPR. The husband, who is a physician’s assistant, continued CPR until an emergency medical technician who was on the other boat was able to take over.

CPR continued as she was brought in to shore. Paramedics then transported the victim to Fishermen’s Hospital where she was placed on life support. On Friday morning, she was pronounced dead at that hospital.

Detective Coleman is investigating and the Medical Examiner’s Office will be performing an autopsy in an attempt to determine the cause of her death.

February 25, 2011

Young girl dead after accident in Marathon

Marathon – A young girl is dead after a sport utility vehicle she was driving went into the water off of Aviation Boulevard in Marathon Thursday night.

17 year old Amber Kogelis of Lower Matecumbe Key was driving the Ford Explorer with 24 year old Michael Mearns as a passenger when she reportedly lost control of the vehicle. It swerved off of the road and entered the water in the vicinity of 7200 Aviation Boulevard.

Mearns was able to escape from the vehicle. When deputies and paramedics arrived on the scene, Kogelis was still trapped inside. A joint rescue effort by Sgt. Joel Slough, a good Samaritan who identified himself as a “rescue diver” and Marathon Fire / Rescue paramedics began. She was pulled from the vehicle by paramedics and CPR was performed. She was rushed to Fishermen’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The Florida Highway Patrol responded and will be investigating the accident.

February 22, 2011

Man stabbed in hand during domestic dispute

Key Largo – A woman is in jail, charged with cutting her boyfriend’s hand during a domestic dispute.

According to the 26 year old victim, he went to their shared apartment on North Ocean Drive in Key Largo at 5:30 p.m. Monday with his girlfriend’s brother. They went there to get some of his belongings because they’d been having domestic problems. When he entered the apartment, he said 25 year old Renee Lucano ran to the kitchen and got a knife. He said she waved it at her and he tried to take it away from her. That is when his hand was cut.

He called 911 for help. When deputies arrived, they placed Lucano under arrest, charging her with aggravated battery. Paramedics responded and treated the victim’s injury on scene. Lucano was taken to jail.

Mother arrested over sandwich argument

Stock Island – A 60 year old Stock Island woman is in jail after she hit her 18 year old son with a hammer in an argument over a sandwich.

Deputies Lissette Zuelch and David Cruz arrived at the Maloney Avenue residence just after 11 a.m. Monday to find the victim in the front porch. He said he and his mother had been arguing over a sandwich. The deputies entered and spoke with the suspect, Urania Lot, and her granddaughter who was a witness to the incident. They both said the victim was rude and belligerent to Lot when she asked him not to eat his sandwich in the living room.

Lot asked him to eat in the dining room and when he refused, she threatened to break his television and kick him out of the house. She then allegedly picked up a hammer and hit him with it on the left arm; she also hit him with her fists in the head, and bit him on the wrist.

Deputies took photographs of his injuries, then placed Lot under arrest for aggravated battery. She was booked into jail.

 

February 21, 2011

Elderly man missing

Note: Mr. Brouillette was found shortly after the Silver Alert was issued. He was at Lower Keys Hospital.

Big Pine Key - An elderly Big Pine Key man has been reported missing and possibly endangered.

A state-wide Silver Alert has been issued for 84 year old Oscar Brouillette. His daughter, who lives in Texas, called the Sheriff’s Office just after noon today to report her father missing. She said he hasn’t been heard from in several days.

Deputies went to his home on Bahia Shores Road on No Name Key, but he was not there and neither was his vehicle, a 2008 red Kia Sportage.

He is a white male, five foot seven inches tall, 150 pounds with grey hair and blue eyes. Anyone who sees Brouillette or his vehicle is asked to call police immediately.

Brouillette was the subject of an investigation earlier in the month after he was found with severe injuries at the end of No Name Road. He was airlifted to Miami for treatment. Investigations into that incident did not indicate any foul play and investigators say he may have fallen and injured himself. His vehicle, initially believed to be missing, was later found parked at the No Name Pub. At the time he was found, Brouillette did not remember anything about where he had been, or how he’d been injured.

February 19, 2011

Disturbance leads to drug arrests

Stock Island – A disturbance at a Stock Island trailer led to the drug arrests of four men Friday afternoon.

Deputy Chris Duncan along with a Special Investigations detective responded to a trailer on 9th Avenue at 4:20 p.m. after Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call about a disturbance at that location. When they arrived, they saw 22 year old Maurice Shelton of Miami outside. When Shelton saw the officers, he stuck his head inside and said something, then shut the door. In response to their questions, Shelton told the officers everything was fine and told them no one else was inside the trailer.

As they spoke with Shelton, the officers saw someone peeking through blinds on one of the windows. Through the cracked blinds, the detective caught a glimpse of several men standing around a stove with glass beakers and a white colored powder in plastic bags. From his experience he knew what he was seeing was the men cooking crack cocaine.

As he identified himself and asked the men to open the trailer door, the detective saw them men dumping the powder into the sink and running for the back of the trailer. The officers opened the door and entered, taking each of the  men into custody. 24 year old Markease Humphrey of Miami was caught in one of the bedrooms; 22 year old Antwan Anglin of Opa Locka was found hiding in a second bedroom and fought with the detective before being taken into custody. 32 year old Jesus Hernandez of Stock Island was also located inside and arrested.

Detectives obtained a warrant to search the house. They found 10 grams of cocaine cooking in a glass beaker; 560 grams of liquid containing cocaine in the kitchen sink where the men attempted to destroy it by washing it down the drain; more cocaine, suspected methamphetamine and marijuana throughout the trailer.

All four men were arrested. They were charged with manufacturing in cocaine, trafficking in cocaine and tampering with evidence. Anglin was also charged with battery on a law enforcement officer.

17 year old arrested for sex with 14 year old

Marathon – A 17 year old Marathon boy is under arrest, charged with having sexual relations with a 14 year old girl.

The girl’s stepfather caught the two of them naked in bed together in the girl’s home in Marathon on the night of January 29th. He called the Sheriff’s Office to report the incident.

Detective Deborah Ryan was assigned to investigate the case. Both the victim and the suspect, Arielti Herrera, admitted to having a sexual relationship. The girl told Detective Ryan she’d been Herrera’s girlfriend since September of 2010. She said they first had sexual relations in November of 2010. Herrera said he was aware the victim was 14 years old. He said he knew her stepfather didn’t like him, so they kept their relationship a secret.

On Friday, Herrera was arrested. He was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with the victim being between 12 and 16 years of age, a second degree felony crime. He was booked at the Monroe County Detention Center and turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

February 18, 2011

Two indicted for first degree murder

Two men are in jail today charged with killing a man on Big Pine Key in May of 2010.

On Thursday, a grand jury indicted 22 year old William Dieguez and 17 year old Sean Roberts for the first degree murder of 18 year old Franklin Randleman. Dieguez and Roberts stand accused of shooting Randleman on May 22nd, 2010 at the home of Randleman's grandmother, 201 County Road, Lot 5.

Deputies responded to that location at 4:10 a.m. after the grandmother, Betty Massey, called 911 to report the shooting. She said two men with some sort of black mask over their faces shot him and then fled. Randleman, who suffered a single gunshot wound on his right side, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff's Homicide Detective Mark Coleman, working together with investigators from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the State Attorney's Office and the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office, collected evidence and interviewed numerous witnesses and others with knowledge of the case. The lengthy investigation identified Dieguez and Roberts as the two who entered the home and shot Randleman during the course of an apparent robbery attempt. Both men are currently in the Monroe County Detention Center on charges of first degree murder.

February 14, 2011

Man arrested for threats with a knife

Key Largo – A Key Largo man is in jail after he threatened his girlfriend with several weapons, wishing her a “Happy bloody Valentine’s Day.”

Deputy Sever Hustad and Sgt. Derek Paul responded to an apartment on Ocean Way in Key Largo at 3:20 p.m. Sunday for a domestic dispute. They spoke with the 50 year old victim. She said her boyfriend, 33 year old Nathan Hemby, had been threatening her over the past few days with a knife, a box cutter and a screwdriver. She said he held his hand over her mouth, held the knife to her throat and told her he was going to cut off her head and “grind up her body to sell for meat.” She said he keeps two leather belts hanging on the wall of their apartment, which he threatens to choke her with. She said he took a pair of her underwear and told her he was going to “add it to his collection of the other girls he had to do this to.”

She said she finally locked herself in the bathroom and called 911 for help. Hemby was on the scene and was taken into custody. Deputies found the underwear he took from her tucked in the back of his shorts. The leather belts she described were hanging from the walls and the three weapons were all out in the open in the apartment.

Hemby was charged with aggravated assault and was taken to jail.

February 12, 2011

Boy charged with knife threats

Marathon – A 12 year old boy was arrested Friday after he threatened another boy with a knife at the bus stop.

Witnesses at the bus stop told Sgt. Glenn Test 12 year old William Beck got into an argument with another 12 year old boy and during the course of the argument, he pulled out a knife, pointing it at the boy. They said the boys had had disagreements at the bus stop before because the victim, and other boys at the bus stop, sometimes tease Beck.

The incident took place Friday at 7:40 a.m. at a bus stop across from the airport in Marathon. After the threats, Beck left the bus stop. Sgt. Test found him later at home, where he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

February 10, 2011

“Twilight” fan charged with making a false report to police to cover up bite marks

Marathon - A 15 year old girl from Marathon was charged with making a false report to police. She reported being attacked to explain bite marks on her body she’d gotten while engaging in “fantasy biting behavior”.

The girl, who says she is a fan of the “Twilight” movies and books, was reportedly with a 19 year old boy the night of August 28th 2010 at her Marathon home. After her encounter with the boy, she had bruising and bite marks on her neck, arms and her back. She became concerned about her mother seeing the injuries.

She called her mother, who was at work, and told her she’d been out jogging on Aviation Boulevard and had been attacked. She sent her pictures on her cell phone of the injuries. Her mother called the Sheriff’s Office to report the attack.

Deputy Vaughn O’Keefe responded and spoke with the girl, who showed him her injuries and told him the story she’d concocted. She showed him the place she’d supposedly been attacked. She even gave him the name of a classmate in school she said may have been the attacker. Deputy O’Keefe documented her injuries and the supposed attack location.

The girl’s story began to unravel when Deputy O’Keefe asked her what shoes she was wearing at the time of the attack. She showed him a pair, but no footprints matching the shoes were found at the place she said she was attacked. The case was referred to Detective Deborah Ryan for further investigation.

When Detective Ryan interviewed her a few days later, the bruises on her body had begun to heal, and were, according to the detective, obviously marks made by human teeth.

The detective confronted her with all the inconsistencies in her story. The girl finally admitted to Detective Ryan what really happened. Detective Ryan interviewed the 19 year old boy. He admitted to the biting activity with the 15 year old. He also had serious open bite marks on his body he said he’d gotten from his 19 year old fiancé, who was also reportedly a “Twilight” fan. Detective Ryan in turn interviewed the fiancé, who confirmed giving him the bite marks. Neither of the 19 year olds knew the girl had made the false report to law enforcement.

The 15 year old was charged with making a false report to police. She was booked at the Monroe County jail Thursday and released to her mother’s custody.

Man arrested for hitting numerous cars while driving under the influence

Marathon – A Marathon man was arrested for drunk driving and crashing into several unoccupied vehicles Thursday.

The incident took place in the early morning hours. Deputies responded to reports of multiple parked vehicles being hit in Trailerama Trailer Park in Marathon at 1:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found four vehicles damaged by a vehicle which had then left the scene.  Witnesses said the suspect vehicle was a dark colored Toyota 4-Runner.

About ten minutes later, dispatchers received multiple calls from the Seven Mile Bridge. The callers said there was a car stopped on the bridge and a man lying in the roadway. When deputies arrived, they found the vehicle was a dark colored Toyota 4-runner with extensive damage to the body.

Witnesses at the scene said the driver, 20 year old James Held, was lying on the center line of the road when they encountered him. He was walking unsteadily around when deputies arrived. He told Deputy Monica Young he was a native English speaker, but he told her he wanted to speak to her in Spanish. He would only answer her questions with “Si”, and refused to speak English.

Deputy Young said he would not follow her instructions to stay in one place and was having trouble keeping his balance. He smelled strongly of alcohol and had a dark red stain on his shirt. He kept walking close to the edge of the bridge and, because she was afraid he would fall into the water, she put him into the back of her patrol car until Traffic Enforcement Deputy Juan Martin-Reyes arrived on the scene.

A box of Merlot wine was found in Held’s vehicle, matching the color of the stain on his shirt. A witness who saw him hit the four vehicles in Trailerama Trailer Park identified him and his vehicle. He was arrested and taken to the Marathon Detention Center. Once at the Detention Center, he failed field sobriety exercises.

Held was charged with 14 violations, including DUI, multiple counts of DUI with property damage, leaving the scene of multiple accidents, possessing an open container of alcohol, failing to changing his South Carolina license for a Florida license, failing to register his vehicle in Florida, and improperly stopping on a bridge.

February 9, 2011

Islamorada man arrested for child porn

Islamorada – An Islamorada man is under arrest, accused of possessing child pornography.

The arrest was made after a lengthy investigation into information that the man was receiving pornographic images of children via the internet. The investigation was conducted by the Florida Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, assisted by the Sheriff’s Crimes Against Women and Children’s Unit.

On Tuesday, investigators  went to the residence of 51 year old Patrick Joseph Scott. He gave them permission to conduct a scan of his computer, which was found to contain over 50 video and still images of suspected child pornography. In an interview with Scott, he said the youngest child he had an image of was 7 years of age.

Scott was charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography. More charges are pending. He was booked into the Monroe County jail.

Speeding leads to drug arrest

Islamorada – A Plantation, Florida man was arrested on drug charges after he was stopped for speeding in Islamorada.

Sgt. Dennis Coleman was northbound at the 90 mile marker around 2 a.m. when he spotted a vehicle southbound, speeding. Using his radar, he clocked the vehicle at 62 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone, so he pulled it over.

When he approached the driver’s side, Sgt. Coleman could smell the strong odor of burnt marijuana. He asked the driver, 50 year old Neil Bloom, if he had any of the illegal substance. Bloom handed over a small amount of marijuana. Deputies Yunier Galvez and Frank Delgado arrived to assist in the investigation.  More marijuana was found in  the trunk of the car in a jar, along with a plastic bag with what is believed to be hallucinogenic mushrooms inside.

Bloom was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. The mushrooms will be sent off to a lab to be analyzed and more charges are pending the outcome of the test.

February 8, 2011

Burglary suspect caught watching porn

Marathon – A 19 year old who broke into a Marathon business overnight was caught inside watching porn on one of the business’s computers.

Deputies Nicholis Whiteman and Nicholas Abroe responded to an alarm call at Windswept Appliance and Air Conditioning at 11:20 p.m. When they arrived, they could see a light on inside. Deputy Whiteman found a door on the side of the business that was unlocked and he opened it. He found 19 year old Kenneth White inside, pulling his pants up. Playing on a computer screen in front of White was a pornographic movie.

Upon questioning, White said he was in the closed and locked business “looking for a job”. He later also said he’d gone inside the business because he saw a light on and was “investigating”.

A broken window was found where he most likely entered the building. His shoes were found on the ground just outside the window. He was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and theft and he was taken to jail.

Two Key Largo men arrested after string of crimes

Key Largo - Investigations into a string of crimes in the Garden Cove subdivision led to the arrest of two men Monday in connection with the crimes.

On January 28th, deputies and detectives investigated the theft of three bicycles and a scooter, the burglary of several vehicles and the theft of mail from a large number of mailboxes in the neighborhood. Witnesses said they saw two black males in a maroon colored mini-van cruising slowly through he neighborhood, stopping at a number of houses. On Monday, Detective Ralph Williams responded to a trespassing call in that neighborhood and, during the course of handling that call, he received information that two Key Largo men, 18 year old Pedro Rodriguez and 22 year old Joseph Zecca, may be connected to the crimes on January 28th.

Deputies met with Rodriguez and Zecca, confronting them with the information they had. The interviews confirmed their involvement in the crimes. Zecca was charged with burglary and grand theft and Rodriguez was arrested for being an accessory to the crimes. The investigation is ongoing, and more charges are expected.

February 7, 2011

Cockfight interrupted

Marathon – Deputies interrupted a cockfight taking place in Trailerama Trailer park in Marathon Sunday.

A woman called the Sheriff’s Office to report the activity. Deputy Bradford Colen was dispatched to the trailer park. When he arrived, he found a group of people in a fenced yard around a ring approximately 10 – 12 feet in diameter. When the group spotted him, they began to scatter.

He called for backup and was able to detain five people for further investigation. There were 29 chickens and roosters in the vicinity of the ring. Many had visible signs of being fighting roosters, including having their combs and waddles cut, and lower feathers shaved. Many of them had visible wounds, including missing eyes and injured legs.

Animal control was notified and responded. They took custody of the birds. The owner of the trailer, 31 year old Ana Parrado, arrived as the officers were on the scene. Investigations into the fighting operation are continuing. Arrests may be pending.

February 4, 2011

Grassy Key man arrested after domestic incident

Grassy Key – A domestic dispute this morning turned into a possible barricaded subject. A Grassy Key man is under arrest, charged with gun threats and with cultivating marijuana.

Dispatchers received a call at 8:40 a.m. from a woman reporting a domestic dispute. She said her friend was at her house and had been threatened with a gun by 35 year old Adrian Newman. When Deputies James Jenkins and Sydney Whitehouse initially arrived and met with the victim, she said Newman was in their house at 58744 Overseas Highway. She said she thought she’d heard a gunshot from the house after she left.

Sgt. Sue Morgan and other officers arrived on the scene as back up. Due to the possibility of Newman being armed inside,  a perimeter was set up and nearby houses were evacuated. They attempted to reach him on his cell phone, but he wouldn’t answer. They could see no movement in the house. Trained Negotiators were called to the scene, as were members of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team and the Bomb Squad. The special teams have equipment which would allow them to look at the inside of the house without endangering officers lives.

As the Special Teams were arriving on the scene, Newman walked out of the house and surrendered without further incident. He was taken into custody, charged with assault and domestic battery.

When detectives entered the house to look for the gun, they found a small marijuana cultivation operation with two marijuana plants and grow lights.  They also found three pounds of dried Marijuana. They found more marijuana in a Chevrolet Suburban belonging to Newman. They recovered a .357 magnum revolver, fully loaded with an extra box of ammunition. They could find no evidence it had been fired.

Newman was further charged with possession of a felony amount of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. His vehicle was seized for possible forfeiture. He was booked into jail.

February 4, 2011

Sheriff’s Office responds to barricaded subject

Grassy Key – The Sheriff’s Office responded this morning to a home on Grassy Key to reports a man was possibly armed inside.

The incident began at about 8:30 a.m. with a reported domestic dispute between 35 year old Adrian Newman and his girlfriend. At some point, she called a friend and reported hearing a gunshot. The friend called the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrived at 58744 Overseas Highway and met with the girlfriend. They could not contact Newman, who was reported to be alone inside the residence. Deputies saw no movement from inside the house. Because Newman was reported to be armed,  they set up a perimeter and called for trained Negotiators to respond and attempt to talk him out peacefully.

Homes in the immediate area were evacuated to avoid any possible injuries. Negotiators arrived and continued attempts to contact Newman. At 10:20 a.m., Newman walked out of the house and gave himself up. He was safely taken into custody.

More details, and the specific charges against Newman will be available later in the day.

February 3, 2011

Man arrested for brandishing shotgun

Big Coppitt Key – A man is under arrest, charged with threatening a couple with a shotgun in a Big Coppitt Key parking lot Wednesday night.

The victims of the incident were a teenage couple. They told Deputy Spenser Bryan they were parked in a parking lot at 471 Overseas Highway at 10:30 p.m. when a man walked toward their car. They said he had two cans of beer in one hand, and a shotgun in the other. They said he racked the shotgun as he was walking, and stared at the two of them.

They asked him if they should leave the lot, and he said “Yes, right now.” They left and called the Sheriff’s Office.

When Deputies Bryan, Joe Cortner and Sgt. Tom Walker arrived, they saw a man fitting the suspect’s description through an open window in an apartment on the property. He came out of the apartment and identified himself as 46 year old Robert Davis. When questioned about the incident, he admitted to owning two shotguns, one in his apartment and one in his truck in the parking lot. He turned both over to the deputies.

Davis told the deputies he considered himself to be “the enforcer” for the building whose job it was to “take care of the place”.

Davis was positively identified by the victims as the one who threatened them. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and display of a firearm during commission of a felony and he was taken to jail.

Key Largo man caught burglarizing trailer

Key Largo – A Key Largo man was arrested after he was caught in the act of burglarizing a trailer Wednesday morning.

The victim told Deputies Dave Campbell and Matt Koval he returned to his trailer at 9:20 a.m. and found 20 year old Joseph Lindsey standing inside. Lindsey had entered by removing a window air conditioner and crawling in through the hole. A pair of black gloves were found in his pocket.

Lindsey was arrested and charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools. He was booked into jail.

Key largo man charged with burglarizing vehicle

Key Largo – A Key Largo man was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglarizing a vehicle in the parking lot of a Key Largo resort.

A witness to the burglary called the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday night to report the crime. When Sgt. Tom Kiffney arrived at the Kona Kai Bayfront Resort at 11 p.m., the witness said he’d seen a man break the window of a vehicle and begin removing items from inside. When the witness confronted the man, he left, getting into a gray full sized pickup truck and driving away.

The witness managed to get the license tag number from the truck as it left. Sgt. Kiffney showed a picture of the truck’s owner to the witness, who positively identified 46 year old Jeffrey Silverman as the one he saw committing the crime.

Detective Francisco Gaete was assigned the case. He found Silverman Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Probation Office in Islamorada. Silverman was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal mischief. His truck was seized for possible forfeiture.

February 2, 2011

Elderly man airlifted with injuries

No Name Key – An elderly man from No Name Key was found Tuesday morning with unexplained injuries. He was airlifted to Miami for treatment of those injuries.

Deputy Chris Duncan was dispatched to the end of No Name Road, where he found 84 year old Oscar Brouillette. The elderly man was incoherent, and had a severe head injury. He also had lacerations on his legs and arms. When questioned, Brouillette had no idea how he got there.

A caregiver, 44 year old Rosa Dell, said he’d been at her Summerland Key home the night before. She said he’d left in his vehicle at about 5:30 p.m. to return to his home on Bahia Shores Road on No Name Key.

Brouillette’s car was not found at the scene, but was later located behind the No Name Pub on Big Pine Key.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding his injuries are continuing.

Student arrested for graffiti, threats

Marathon – Marathon High School was briefly evacuated and searched Tuesday afternoon after administrators found a swastika scribbled on a bathroom wall along with a bomb threat.

While deputies were on the scene assisting with a search of the school, school administrators received a tip that  15 year old Michael Petitt of Marathon, a student at the school, had scribbled the graffiti and threat. When questioned, the boy admitted to it. He said he did it to “get out of class”.

He was arrested and charged with making a bomb threat, a felony crime, and with criminal mischief. He was booked at the Marathon Detention Center and the Department of Juvenile Justice was notified.