Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Daily Crime and Information Report

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

October 31, 2000

Wanted man arrested in the upper Keys

Key Largo – After chase reminiscent of a Hollywood action movie which led detectives through a restaurant and onto a golf course, a man wanted on numerous outstanding warrants was arrested as he worked construction at the Ocean Reef Club Monday.

Detectives received several Crime Stoppers tips leading them to 18-year-old Anthony Leon Davis, of Key Largo. Davis was found Monday afternoon working for an electrical contractor at the Ocean Reef Club. He’d only been working there for a short time and was working on a restaurant when detectives showed up to arrest him. When Davis spotted the officers, he fled on foot through the dining area of the restaurant where patrons were enjoying their lunch, and out the back door onto the golf course. Detective Sgt. Corey Bryan, and Detectives Adrian Youngblood and David Carey followed him. Golfers on the course gave the detectives a ride on their golf carts, chasing Davis down a short time later.

Davis was originally wanted on eight outstanding warrants for violation of probation when deputies found him on Harbor Lane, Plantation Key October 20th. He was in a car with two other men in the early morning hours. They were attempting to steal two personal watercraft on a trailer when they got a flat tire on the trailer. Davis fled from them and jumped into a canal. An extensive search of the area failed to find him. He was spotted later that morning, but a second search was also unsuccessful.

The following Sunday, a car was stolen from the same neighborhood. Detectives suspected Davis. When he was arrested Monday, he admitted to the theft and told them he’d abandoned the car in an area just off of the 18 mile stretch. He said the car had been destroyed by fire, but denied doing it himself.

Davis was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. He’s been charged with the eight outstanding VOP Warrants, with resisting arrest without violence, grand theft of the personal watercraft and grand theft of the car. He is currently being held without bond.

Ocean Reef Security Chief Paul Barcinas assisted in the apprehension of Davis.

 

October 30, 2000

Search warrants lead to drug arrests

Key Largo – Detectives from the Special Investigations Division served two search warrants in Key Largo on Friday, arresting two men for trafficking in cocaine.

The first warrant, served at 7:30 a.m. at 306 Vaca Road in Key Largo, turned up a total of 39 grams of cocaine, both in it’s powdered form and in the form of half a crack “cookie”. Most of the cocaine was found hidden in a cracker box in the kitchen of the residence. The rest was scattered throughout the house in various areas, and some was found inside a 1988 Honda, which was seized for possible forfeiture. A 1985 Cadillac was also seized because it was used during the course of a cocaine sale to an undercover operative for the Sheriff’s Office. A small amount of marijuana was also found inside the house, along with an electronic scale like those used to weigh illegal drugs.

28-year-old Terry Cooper was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with two outstanding warrants for sale of cocaine. Total bond on Cooper is set at $50,000.00.

The second search warrant, served at 12:20 p.m. at 94220 Overseas Highway in Key Largo, turned up a total of 65 grams of cocaine and 83 grams of marijuana. The illegal substances, along with an electronic scale used to weigh them, were all hidden outside the resident in some bushes.

When detectives entered the residence to perform the search, 60-year-old Norman Levin was sitting in a chair in his living room smoking a marijuana cigarette. He was placed under arrest, charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with two outstanding warrants for sale of cocaine. Levin was taken to the Monroe County Detention Center. His 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII was seized for possible forfeiture, along with $1,858 in cash found in the house. Total bond on Levin is set at $130,000.00.

Tavernier man charged with burglary, battery

Tavernier – A Tavernier man has been charged with forcing his way into a house and grabbing a man by the genitals.

37-year-old Duane Beecham was taken to jail after he allegedly forced his way in to his girlfriend’s house on Mohawk Street. She told Deputy William Leird she was at the house talking with a male friend when Beecham knocked on the door. She opened it and he demanded admittance. When she refused, he forced his way in, shoving her aside. She grabbed him and yelled at him to leave, but and they both fell on the floor. He tried to get up and attack her friend and she grabbed him again and yelled at her friend to leave. AT that point, Beecham grabbed the other male’s genitals and pulled. The male victim bent Beecham’s thumb backward until he let go. The male victim then left the house to avoid further confrontation.

As deputies arrived, Beecham was driving away in his red Ford pickup truck. He was stopped by Deputy Terry Smith, backed up by Deputy Leird. Deputy Wilson Williams responded to the house to speak with the victims.

Beecham was charged with burglary and two counts of battery and he was taken to jail.

Weekend Wrap Up

A number of incidents over the weekend were handled by other agencies, including:

  1. Vehicle vs Motorcycle, with injuries in Key Vaca Friday at 1 p.m. - FHP

  2. Bi-plane crashed with minor injuries at KW International Airport Friday at 3:30 p.m. - FHP

  3.  Vehicle crash with multiple fatalities, 123 mm on the stretch, SAturday at 5:52 a.m. - FHP

  4. 6 migrants ashore at the 80 mm, Sands of Islamorada REsort, Saturday at 9:45 a.m. - Border Patrol

  5.  Explosive device brought ashore at Turtle Kraals by charter boat Saturday at 2:20 p.m. - KWPD

  6. Motorcycle accident with fatality at the 21.5 mm, Saturday at 8:06 p.m. - FHP

  7. One migrant ashore in Key Vaca Sunday at 3:30 p.m. - Border Patrol

Weekend Statistics

Between Friday morning and Monday morning:

 

October 26, 2000

Alabama man dies in apparent dive accident

Key Largo – An Alabama man died in an apparent dive accident Wednesday off the Ocean side of Key Largo.

29-year-old James Wall was on his honeymoon, diving with his new wife Karen when the incident occurred at 11 a.m. They were on a dive trip on a boat out of the Atlantis Dive Center in Key Largo. She told Detective James Norman they dove below the surface and, about a minute later, something happened and he began having problems. They surfaced and he told her he was having trouble breathing. She signaled for assistance from the dive master and he swam out to help them. As they were all being pulled into the boat, Wall lost consciousness. When they got him on board, they checked and found he was not breathing and had no pulse so they began CPR immediately.

Wall was taken to shore and transported to Mariner’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:40 p.m. His equipment was taken into custody and will be examined. An autopsy will be done Thursday to determine the cause of his death.

Search warrant on Duck Key leads to arrest

Duck Key – A search warrant at a Duck Key residence Wednesday led to the arrest of a resident for drug possession.

36-year-old Eric Kreizman was charged with possessing cocaine; marijuana and drug paraphernalia after the search was concluded. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit searched the home at 230 Seaview Circle at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Inside they found marijuana in the kitchen, in the garage, in the office, and in a bedroom in the home. A total of 180 grams were found all together.

The search also turned up rolling papers used to make marijuana cigarettes, a scale used to weigh the drug, pipes used to smoke marijuana and/or cocaine, and three plastic baggies with cocaine residue inside.

Kreizman was arrested and booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

 

October 20, 2000

Dieter Vogt charged with further warrants

Key West – Detective Chris Scott has again arrested 30-year-old Dieter Vogt, charging him with more outstanding warrants for molesting young boys.

Vogt was arrested Friday for the third time. This time he has been charged with four outstanding warrants. The warrants carry bonds of $50,000 each and charge Vogt with a total of 12 counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition (F.S. 800.04(7)), a second degree felony, and 56 counts of sexual performance by a child (F.S. 827.071(5)), a third degree felony.

A search of Vogt’s computer turned up digital photographs of young boys. In the photos, the boys are sleeping and their genitals are exposed. Most, if not all, of the photographs are believed to have been taken at Sea Camp, where Vogt worked in the summer months as a counselor for five years. He is currently being charged with victimizing four boys in this manner.

In the warrants, the judge specifically ordered Vogt to have no contact with minors, the victims or the victim’s families. He must also report on a regular basis to pre-trial services and let them know his whereabouts at all times.

Wanted man at large after lengthy search

Plantation Key – A man wanted on eight outstanding warrants for violation of probation is still at large after deputies searched for him exhaustively Friday in the early morning hours. Two other men he was with are in custody, charged with stealing two personal watercraft and a trailer.

Deputies were aware of the outstanding warrants for 18-year-old Anthony Leon Davis and were looking for him as they performed patrol duties Thursday night. At 1 a.m. Friday, dispatchers received a phone call from a citizen who lives on Harbor Lane in Plantation Key. He reported a suspicious vehicle in the area. He said the vehicle, described as a sport utility vehicle with a loud muffler, was seen entering the neighborhood, then was seen leaving towing a trailer with two personal watercraft on it.

When Deputy Wilson Williams and Sgt. Tim Hurd arrived on the scene, they found the vehicle parked on Pearl Avenue. Three men were on the scene, attempting to fill up a flat tire on the trailer. Deputy Williams asked them who the trailer and watercraft belonged to. They said they didn’t know. A check on the tag revealed it belonged to a man who lives in the neighborhood.

Deputy Williams recognized one of the men as Davis. He informed Davis there were outstanding warrants for his arrest and attempted to take him into custody, but Davis fled on foot. Deputies lost sight of him when he jumped into a canal. A perimeter was set up and deputies searched for him, but couldn’t find him. The search was finally called off after an hour and a half.

Upon further questioning, the other two men changed their story and said the items belonged to a friend named “Bob” who lives on Pearl Avenue. They said he asked them to pick the trailer up from a home on Kahiki Drive and take it to his home on Pearl Avenue. They pointed out a house on Pearl, but upon checking, deputies found no “Bob” living in the house.

Dispatchers contacted the real owner of the trailer and watercraft. He is currently away from home, but said no one had permission to take his property. 18-year-old Frank Reiner and 16-year-old Steven Halenza finally admitted to taking the trailer and personal watercraft. They were arrested and charged with grand theft. They were both booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Later in the morning, dispatchers received another call from the same area. The caller said he’d seen a suspicious person in the rear of his home. The description he gave fit Davis. Another perimeter was set up and another search was conducted, this time with the assistance of the Florida Marine Patrol and U.S. Customs. Davis managed to elude searchers again.

Davis is a white male, 18 years old, five foot seven inches tall, 180 pounds, with short black hair shaved on the sides and longer on the top.

Anyone with information which might help deputies to locate Davis 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 reward of up to $1,000.00. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

Islamorada man charged with multiple counts of burglary

Islamorada – An Islamorada man was arrested Thursday and charged with eight outstanding warrants for burglary and theft.

18-year-old Christopher Ford was arrested by Detective Adrian Youngblood Thursday. He was charged with outstanding warrants for breaking in to four homes and four cars. The crimes were reported to the Sheriff’s Office between September 11th and September 27th and occurred in Plantation Key and in Key Largo. The crimes included:

       A residence on Sound Drive where he entered through a window sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  September 13th and stole cash

       A residence on Sound Drive where he entered during the day on September 13th and took video games and two cameras

       A residence on Mahogany Drive where he broke a window September 13th, but didn’t take anything.

       A residence on 1st Street Road where he entered sometime between September 12th and the 19th and took cash and jewelry.

       A car parked on Sioux Street, reported on September 27th, where he stole a multi-tool, a watch and a pair of binoculars.

       An unlocked car parked on Cocoa Drive, reported September 11th, where he stole a digital camcorder and a wallet.

       A car parked on Pueblo Street, reported September 12th, where he stole a wallet and a watch.

       A car parked on Bounty Lane, reported September 12th, where he stole a camera.

Ford was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

 

October 17, 2000

Key Largo man charged with possessing cocaine, resisting arrest

Key Largo – Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Key Largo man for driving recklessly on his motorcycle, resisting arrest and possessing crack cocaine.

The detectives observed 25 year old Glade Tillman on two separate occasions driving recklessly on his motorcycle in the vicinity of the 101-mile marker of Highway U.S. One. The detectives said they saw him endangering himself and others by speeding, improperly passing vehicles and crossing the highway in front of other vehicles causing them to stop in the middle of the highway.

On Monday afternoon, they followed him to his home on Boyd Drive in Key Largo. When he stopped the motorcycle, they confronted him, placing him under arrest for reckless driving. As they began patting him down for weapons, he began to struggle and fight. He continued to fight the officers until they were forced to take him to the ground in order to handcuff him.

A search of his pockets turned up a crack cocaine rock, which Tillman said he’d just purchased in the Hibiscus Park neighborhood in Key Largo. Tillman was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center, charged with possession of cocaine, reckless driving and resisting arrest with violence.

October 16, 2000

Woman charged with biting, threatening man

Islamorada – An Islamorada woman was arrested after she bit her live-in boyfriend and threatened his life with a knife Saturday night.

According to the victim, 45-year-old Rosanna Dardon became irate after he told her he wanted to go to dinner. She attacked him, biting him on the arm. She then allegedly grabbed a knife and began swinging it at him, saying, “I’m going to kill you!”

The victim was finally able to break away from her and call for help. Dardon fled the scene on foot. Deputy Wilson Williams said in his arrest affidavit that he found her hiding behind a large tree. She initially refused to comply with the deputy’s orders to come out from behind the tree with her hands in clear view. She finally came out of her hiding place and was placed under arrest, charged with aggravated domestic battery, aggravated assault and resisting arrest without violence. She was taken to the Monroe County Detention Center. The victim was treated for the bite and other scratches on his arms at Mariner’s Hospital.

October 11, 2000

Miami man charged with possessing drugs

Key Largo – A Miami man was arrested over the weekend after Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division received information he was allegedly dealing in cocaine.

Detectives stopped a 1999 Jeep near the 106 mile marker. The driver,38 year old Donald Mantici gave them consent to search his vehicle. Inside, the detectives found 70 grams of cocaine packaged as if for sale. They also found and seized $2,100 cash.

Mantici was charged with trafficking in cocaine and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center where he is still being held on a $250,000 bond. His Jeep was seized for possible forfeiture.

October 10, 2000

Big Pine man charged with stabbing

Big Pine Key – A Big Pine Key man is in jail today charged with stabbing another man in the stomach Sunday.

21 year old George Knox was arrested at his home on Avenue F, Big Pine Key, Monday afternoon by Sgt. Daryl Hull. HE was charged with aggravated battery and booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

The victim, 21 year old Demont Johnson, told Detective Scott Robinson he went to the house on Avenue F shortly after 3 p.m. looking for his friend “Steven”. He said he was waiting at the door when, for some unknown reason, Knox suddenly lunged at him with some sort of short object, stabbing him in the lower right side. He said Knox tried to stab him a second time, but Johnson punched him and fled the scene.

Friends drove Johnson southbound, heading for the hospital. Deputy Geni Hernandez spotted the car on Big Coppitt Key driving recklessly at a high rate of speed. When she pulled it over, she found Johnson lying on the back seat, bleeding from the wound in his stomach.

An ambulance responded and transported Johnson the rest of the way to the hospital where he was treated for his injury. He identified his attacker as Knox after viewing a photo line-up.

Key Largo man charged with burglary

Key Largo – A Key Largo man has been charged with breaking in to a home Monday in the early morning hours and stealing cash.

The victim told Deputy Todd Wyatt that 35 year old Paul Penne was staying with him last week at his home on 1st Court in Key Largo. Penne found another place to live and moved out on Saturday. The victim said he woke up when he heard a noise at 5:30 a.m. Monday. He walked into the living room and found Penne sleeping on a couch, just inside the front door. He told Penne to leave, and he did. After Penne left, the victim discovered that a window in the front door had been broken, and $200 in cash was missing from his girlfriend’s purse. He called the Sheriff’s Office to report the incident.

Penne returned to the house about an hour later and was taken into custody. He was charged with burglary and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Marina burglarized. Truck stolen – recovered.

Big Pine Key – Two outboard motors were stolen from a Big Pine Key marina. A truck was also stolen, presumably to transport the motors away from the scene. The truck was later recovered, parked at the Cudjoe Key Sheriff’s Substation.

Detectives are investigating the break in, which occurred sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning at Skeeter’s Marine. Suspects cut a hole in the chain link fence at the business. They entered the property and stole two outboard motors and a pickup truck. The also burglarized another truck, taking a semi-automatic handgun and a flashlight. The front gate at the marina was secured with a chain and a padlock. The chain was cut so the suspects could drive off the property with the stolen items.

The stolen truck was found early Monday parked in the parking lot of the Sheriff’s substation on Cudjoe Key. No evidence of the stolen motors was found. The truck was returned to its owner. The stolen motors were a used 60 HP Yamaha with a new four blade chrome finish prop and a new 150 HP Yamaha, still in it’s packaging. The gun is a Browning 9mm with a dull chrome finish and black rubber grips.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 292-7075. Callers who wish to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a tip leads to an arrest, the caller will be eligible for a monetary reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

 

October 9, 2000

Motor home stolen, two arrested

Key Haven – A Key West man who gave a ride to two strangers Saturday wound up with his motor home stolen. Sheriff’s deputies arrested the two auto thieves a short time later.

The victim told Deputy Jack Bernhard he met 40 year old Vicki Chapman Fort Lauderdale and 36 year old Robert Wildblood of Miami in the parking lot of Publix grocery store in Key West Saturday just before 5 p.m. They asked him for a ride to Miami. He told them he wasn’t going to Miami, but was going to the Key Haven area and could give them a ride there.

He drove them to the Key Haven Texaco, where he stopped to buy cigarettes and use the restroom. When he walked back outside, his motor home was gone.

The victim called the Sheriff’s Office, saying, “Bob and Vicki stole his camper”. The motor home was spotted a short time later at Knight’s Key by Deputy Joe Slough. He pulled it over and arrested both Chapman and Wildblood. They were both charged with grand theft auto and they were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Marathon man charged with cocaine possession

Marathon – A Marathon man was arrested Friday night and charged with possessing crack cocaine.

Deputies Steven Mahmood and Joe Slough were on patrol in the vicinity of 41st Street when they spotted 53-year-old Bryon DeGraffenreid riding his bicycle northbound on the street. They stopped to talk with him.

Deputy Mahmood asked DeGraffenreid’s permission to search him for officer safety reasons. DeGraffenreid gave his permission. In his left front pocket, the deputy found a small, square aspirin container. Inside the container were two crack rocks.

DeGraffenreid was arrested, charged with possession of cocaine, and he was taken to jail.

October 6, 2000

Escaped inmate turns up in North Carolina jail

Monroe County – A Monroe County Detention Center inmate who escaped from custody March 10th , 2000 has turned up in North Carolina.

Jerry Lynn Mullins, also know as Stephen Rodgers, is currently in custody in Burke County, North Carolina. Authorities from that county say they received a phone call with information about what he is wanted for and where he could be located. They placed him under arrest Thursday, then notified the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office of his location early today (Friday). He will be returned to Monroe County to complete his sentence for fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving, failure to pay a written promissory note and driving with his license suspended. He will also, of course, face charges of escape.

Mullins was working as a trusty on a work detail at the City of Key West garage on Palm Avenue when he walked away from the detail. A thorough search of the surrounding area, as well as a notice to be on the lookout issued over all police radios failed to locate him.

October 5, 2000

Local man charged with illegally dumping pickup truck

Stock Island – A Stock Island man was arrested Wednesday and charged with an outstanding warrant for illegally dumping a pickup truck.

34-year-old Gregory Bagshaw is accused of dumping his 1980 Ford Pickup Truck on Alamanda Avenue in Key Haven. The truck was tagged as abandoned and towed in June as part of a special effort to clean up the Stock Island area. Deputy Geni Hernandez began the effort in June and, since that time, almost 150 abandoned vehicles have been removed from area streets. Several people have been arrested for dumping vehicles.

A warrant was issued for Bagshaw’s arrest for illegal dumping  and he was picked up on 5th Avenue, Stock Island Wednesday at 1 p.m. by Deputy Jay Smarowski. Bond on the warrant was set at $2,500.00.

Bagshaw was also wanted on several more warrants at the time he was arrested. He was further charged with warrants for theft, possession of a controlled substance and defrauding an innkeeper. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Clean up planned for Marathon neighborhood

Marathon - The Monroe County Sheriff's Office will be organizing a clean up of the 15th Street area in Marathon October 14th-15th. Citizens are being asked to turn out and participate in the clean up, which will take place all day, both days. Please bring your own gloves and garbage bags.

A large waste disposal bin will be on hand, compliments of Greg Sullivan of Waste Management. The purpose of the event is to clean up debris in the area, and to allow residents to dispose of any waste items they may have on their property. The bin will only be on hand for this two-day period. Residents are asked to take advantage of this opportunity to help beautify their neighborhood.

 

Date: October 3, 2000

Marathon man charged with burglary, battery

Marathon – A Marathon man was arrested Sunday after he broke in to an apartment because he thought his girlfriend was inside.

The victim called the Sheriff’s Office to report being battered after 32-year-old Theodore Ross broke into his Louisa Street apartment just before 9 p.m. Ross was found a short distance away and admitted to the break in. He told Deputies Todd Blyth and Gerry Leathers He was looking for his girlfriend, who he believed to be inside the apartment. He also admitted to hitting the victim after confronting him inside.

Ross was arrested, charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, aggravated battery and criminal mischief.

Two men charged with burglary, possessing false I.D.s

Islamorada – Two men visiting an Islamorada resort were arrested for breaking in to a car and for possessing false driver’s licenses.

Deputies responded to the Holiday Isle Resort Saturday in the early morning hours to reports of a fight. When they arrived, they found two women and two men on the scene. The women told Deputy Terry Smith that they caught the men breaking in to their car and removing several items including a camera, a flashlight and a pair of sunglasses.

Upon further investigation, deputies found that the four people met earlier in a bar at the resort. They went back to the men’s room for  a while, then the women left taking the room keys with them so they could return later. A couple of hours later, the women walked to their car in the parking lot of the resort. They found the two men, 19-year-old Dustin Heaps of Boca Raton, Florida and 19-year-old Bryan Dennis of Northport, Florida, standing beside their car. The rear zip out windows of the Suzuki SUV were removed from the car and they saw Heaps lean into the car and take several items. One of the women went to notify security of the break in while the other stayed on the scene. She sustained an injury to her nose after confronting the suspects and getting in to a short altercation with one of them.

Upon questioning, Heaps told deputies he was breaking in to the car and taking the items because he believed the two women had taken a cell phone and a set of keys when they left his hotel room earlier in the evening. He said he had intended to hold the items from the car until his items were returned.

During the course of the investigation, Deputy Wilson Williams discovered the two men had counterfeit Connecticut driver’s licenses indicating they were both 21 years of age.

Heaps was arrested and charged with burglary, theft and possession of a counterfeit driver’s license. Dennis was also arrested and charged  with possessing a counterfeit driver’s license. Both were booked into the Monroe County detention center.

South Carolina man charged with burglary of truck

Key Largo – A South Carolina man was arrested in the early morning hours Monday after he took the Keys from inside a truck parked at a Key Largo bar.

Deputy David Cline was called to the area of Caribbean Drive shortly before 1 a.m. to reports of two possible prowlers in the area. When he arrived, followed by Sgt. Gabby Simoga and Deputy Mike White, he found two men walking around the area of Sharkey’s bar.

A man came out of the bar and said his girlfriend, who is the bartender at the bar, had been harassed by the two men. He said she’d thrown them out of the building a short time before. Shortly after they were thrown out, he said he went to the parking lot to check on his truck. He said he’d left it unlocked with the keys in the ignition, but when he checked on it he found the doors locked and the keys missing.

Deputy White asked 28-year-old Barry Taylor, Jr. for some identification. Taylor reached into his pocket and pulled out identification, along with a set of keys. The keys turned out to be the same ones reported missing from the truck. Taylor was arrested, charged with burglary and theft and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Marathon woman charged with forging prescriptions

Big Pine Key – A Marathon woman has been charged with forging doctor’s names on a prescription pad to obtain medication.

On September 27th, A pharmacist at the Eckerd’s on Big Pine Key became suspicious when she saw a signature on one of the prescriptions brought in by 38-year-old Sheena Rodriguez did not match the doctor’s usual signature. The pharmacist called the doctor’s office and confirmed that there was no prescription written for Rodriguez.

Investigations by Detective Lynn McNeill revealed that Rodriguez had stolen a prescription pad from the doctor’s office where she worked. She had then forged prescriptions on three separate occasions for Valium and Lortab, taking the prescriptions to Eckerd to be filled.

On October 2nd  at 1:45 p.m., the pharmacist called the Sheriff’s Office to report that Rodriguez was in the store to fill another prescription. Deputy Manny Cuervo took Rodriguez into custody, and charged her with five counts of forging a prescription and three counts possession of a controlled substance. She was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Sheriff’s Office puts illegal dumpers on notice

Monroe County – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the illegal dumping of tons of yard debris near billboards in the upper Keys.

According to Sgt. Donnie Fanelli, tons of debris are being dumped at the base of billboards in the upper Keys, including those located at the 89, 95 and 101-mile markers. He says he believes he knows who is dumping the tree limbs and other debris and he wants to put them on notice.

“This dumping has to stop. It is a felony offense to dump debris such as this. We have large piles of debris at the foot of these signs, and we will arrest the offenders and put them in jail,” said Sgt. Fanelli.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 853-3211. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If the tip leads to an arrest, the caller will be eligible for a monetary reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.