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February 27, 2006
Search Warrant leads to two arrests
Stock Island - Sheriff's detectives arrested two Stock Island residents after a search warrant was served Friday afternoon at a home on Robyn Lane.
One resident, 32 year old Sandra Schneider, had an outstanding warrant for selling crack cocaine to an undercover operative earlier in the month. When the search warrant was served at the residence, she was arrested on the warrant. A search of the property turned up six grams of powdered cocaine in the possession of 31 year old Edward Malagon. He was charged with possession of cocaine and they were both booked into the MOnroe County Detention Center.
Man charged with fondling young girl's breast
Marathon - A 66 year old Marathon man has been charged with fondling a young girl's breast as he hugged her.
The 12 year old victim said she'd just hung up her cell phone and was walking toward K-Mart just before 4 p.m. Sunday when she saw 66 year old Frank Moody and heard him say, "give me a hug". Then he hugged her, and, as he was hugging her he put his hand under her shirt and fondled her breast. She pushed him away and a friend who was nearby began yelling at Moody to leave her alone.
The victim called the Sheriff's Office to report the incident. Moody was taken into custody, charged with lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 16.
Man in his underwear charged with reckless driving, possessing marijuana
Islamorada - A man from Jupiter, Florida was arrested Sunday and for possessing marijuana.
Deputy Winifred Higgins and Sgt. Roy Bogue were both searching for a reported reckless driver northbound on the highway just before noon on Sunday. They spotted a red Jeep Wrangler fitting the car's description in the parking lot of a restaurant at the 80 mile marker. As they were pulling up, the Jeep's driver, 46 year old Kenneth Fuhrmann walked out of the restaurant toward his car. He was wearing only a shirt and underwear.
The officers asked him where he was headed. Fuhrmann said he was on the way to Key West from his home in Jupiter, Florida. He could not explain why he was driving northbound if he was trying to reach Key West. When the officers explained that they had reports he was driving recklessly, he said it was because he was in a hurry to get to the Keys.
Fuhrmann consented to a search of his Jeep. Inside, the Sgt. Bogue found marijuana in the glove box. Fuhrmann was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.
Man and woman arrested on warrants for selling Oxycontin
Stock Island - A man and a woman were both arrested on outstanding warrants charging them with dealing in Oxycontin pills.
24 year old Kristin Tzadok and 42 year old Michael McIntosh sold an undercover operative 21 Oxycontin pills for $800 earlier in the month. Warrants were issued for their arrest for sale of the illegal substance. On Friday at 1 p.m., McIntosh was arrested at a Stock Island convenience store on the warrant. Bond was set at $50,000 and he was booked into jail without incident.
On Saturday morning, Tzadok was found parked in a vehicle near a Stock Island gas station. Deputies Juan Martin-Reyes and Tom Walker attempted to place her in custody, but she struggled with them. They finally had to use pepper foam spray to subdue her and she was taken into custody. When she was arrested, she was found to be in possession of a crack cocaine smoking pipe so, in addition to the warrant for sale of Oxycontin, she was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. She was booked into jail with her bond set at $50,000.00.
February 24, 2006
Islamorada - A 15 year old Coral Shores High School student has been charged with bringing a gun to school today.
The 25 caliber Beretta handgun was not loaded when it was found in 15 year old Ryan Michael Curll's pocket by Assistant Principal Blake Fry. Fry searched Curll's pockets after he received a tip that Curll had drugs at school. School Resource Deputy Beverly Brazil arrested the boy, booking him at the Monroe County Detention Center on charges of possessing a firearm on school property, a third degree felony. Curll told Deputy Brazil he had the gun for protection from his drug dealer.
February 23, 2006
Sugarloaf Key - A Sugarloaf Key woman who fled from deputies at high speeds on her motorcycle early today is in jail.
Deputy Brian Luth was running radar at the 13 mile marker when he spotted a motorcycle speeding northbound on the highway. When he pulled out and turned on his lights and siren in an effort to stop the motorcycle, the driver accelerated. Deputy Luth continued his attempts to pull the vehicle over with no success. At one point, he clocked the motorcycle at 115 miles per hour. He finally turned off his emergency equipment and followed the motorcycle at a distance.
He saw the motorcycle turn off the highway onto Sugarloaf Boulevard, then onto Bluefish Lane where the driver pulled into a house on the street. At that point, Deputy Luth confronted the driver, identified as 23 year old Nicole Lynn Terry. Terry claimed she did not see the deputy trying to pull her over. She said her pants got "stuck on the shifter" and she didn't realize how fast she was traveling. She also said she was trying to get home fast so she could go to the bathroom.
Terry was placed under arrest and charged with fleeing and eluding police. She was found to be in possession of Xanax so she was charged with possession of a controlled substance. She was searched at the Detention Center and cigars were found in a pants pocket. One of the cigars was found to contain marijuana, so she was charged with smuggling contraband into a jail facility and with possession of marijuana.
February 22, 2006
Stock Island - A deputy on patrol Tuesday night stopped a car for the loud music he heard coming from it. He arrested the driver after finding crack cocaine in his pocket.
Deputy Andrew Ensminger was on patrol near Third Avenue and Fifth Street on Stock Island just before 8 p.m. when he heard loud music coming from a maroon colored Buick. He pulled the car over and issued a warning to the driver, 33 year old Uriah Rose of Homestead. A check on Rose through computers showed he'd just been released from prison. Rose told the deputy he'd been in prison for drug possession.
Deputy Ensminger asked Rose for permission to search both him and his car for possible contraband and/or weapons. Rose consented to the search. In his right front pocket, Deputy Ensminger found 20 grams of crack cocaine. As he was pulling the illegal substance from the pocket, Rose took off running. Ensminger caught him a short distance away. Rose was handcuffed and charged with possession of a controlled substance and resisting an officer without violence.
Deputy David Lariz arrived as back up. A search of Rose's car turned up ten grams of marijuana and over $400 in cash. Rose was further charged with possession of marijuana and he was taken to the Monroe County Detention Center. The cash and his vehicle were seized for possible forfeiture.
February 21, 2006
Three family members arrested during traffic stop
Islamorada - A man, his wife and her son were all arrested Saturday night after their car was observed weaving on the roadway.
Deputy Steven Pitts was on patrol at 9 p.m. when he was dispatched to reports of a car driving erratically. He spotted the black Chevrolet at the 80.5 mile marker northbound. He saw the car swerve off the road and over the center line several times. Deputy Pitts, backed up by Sgt. Tom Kiffney, pulled the car over.
The driver, 59 year old Ramon Salinas of Homestead, got out of the car immediately. He reportedly smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated. Deputy Pitts glanced inside the open driver's door and saw an empty bottle of Bud Ice beer behind the driver's seat and a cooler on the back seat. As the deputy was questioning Salinas, his wife, 47 year old Dometilla Villegas, jumped out of the car. According to reports, Villegas appeared to be angry. She was ordered to return to the vehicle, but she refused to comply. When Sgt. Kiffney made an effort to escort her back to the vehicle she resisted him. As he was attempting to return her to the car, her son, 23 year old Victor Villegas jumped out yelling, "That's my mom!" He began fighting with the two officers. They struggled with him, finally getting handcuffs on his wrists. At that point, his mother began yelling and approaching the officers as well.
Finally, more officers arrived on the scene and they were able to gain control of the situation, placing all three family members in custody. Salinas was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol; Dometilla Villegas was charged with resisting arrest without violence and failure to obey an order from a law enforcement officer; Victor Villegas was charged with failure to obey an officer, battery on an officer, resisting arrest with violence and obstruction.
February 20, 2006
February 18, 2006
Murder for hire plot uncovered; one arrested, one still at large
|Stephen Symski, in jail for soliciting murder|
Key West - Sheriff's detectives need help finding a man they say was hired to kill someone. The man who hired him is in jail, charged with solicitation to commit murder. Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the remaining suspect in this case.
On Thursday, Detective Jeremy Davy received information about a murder for hire plot. His investigations revealed that 46 year old Stephen Szymski offered 39 year old Marlon Eledge $200.00 to kill his neighbor, 51 year old Randy Grau. Szymski and Grau had problems in the past, and Grau had an injunction for protection issued against Szymski in December of 2003 which is still in effect. In past incidents, Szymski has been arrested for stalking Grau and his wife, Kathryn and has been accused of threatening to kill Kathryn. At the time he allegedly plotted Grau's murder, Szymski was in jail charged with pointing a gun at Grau's house on January 30th of this year. Szymski met Eledge while in jail. Eledge, who is homeless, was arrested by Key West Police February 4th for driving with his license suspended and resisting an officer without violence.
Szymski was still in jail when Detective Davy found out about the plot to kill Grau. He was charged with a warrant for soliciting Eledge to kill him. Eledge, however, was released from jail February 17th at 8:30 a.m., just prior to Detective Davy begriming his investigation. A warrant was issued for his arrest for conspiracy to commit murder. Bond on the warrant is set at $400,000.00. Detective Henry Hamilton assisted Detective Davy with his investigation.
Anyone with information which could help locate Eledge should call the Sheriff's Office immediately. Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys is offering a $500 reward to anyone whose information leads to an arrest in this case. Callers to the Crime Stoppers hot line may remain anonymous. The hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.
February 17, 2006
French woman dies while snorkeling
Key West - A French woman, on a snorkeling trip offshore of Key West with her husband, died Thursday.
According to witnesses on board the Charter boat "Fury", 59 year old Aral Favre and her husband were snorkeling offshore of Key West at 1:30 p.m. when the incident occurred. Her husband told Deputy John Underwood she surfaced once and said she was not feeling well. She continued snorkeling, then surfaced a second time and yelled for help. She was pulled on board the boat and rescue efforts were begun. A United States Coast Guard vessel met the charter boat and took her on board. Resuscitation efforts continued until they reached the Key West Coast Guard Station, where she was pronounced dead.
Detective Manny Cuervo was assigned to the case, along with Crime Scene Investigator Gary McCullough. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of her death.
February 15, 2006
Stock Island - Two Stock Island men are in jail today. One is accused of breaking a man's jaw and hitting a woman in the head with a hammer, the other was arrested for assisting him with the crime.
Deputies Brian Luth and Evan Calhoun responded to the vicinity of Shrimp Road shortly after midnight Wednesday to reports of a violent attack on board a shrimp boat in that area. They met with two men who witnessed the attack. They said a black male, later identified as 34 year old Anthony Williams, had boarded the boat "WJ III" and had become violent for some unknown reason. They said he hit a woman who was on the boat in the head with a hammer, then fought with another man hitting him in the jaw with an unknown object. He, and another man they said was present during the attack, then fled, getting into a white four door vehicle and driving away.
The woman fled from the boat, but was later found. She refused treatment for a large gash on the back of her head. She told the same story as the two witnesses about Williams attacking her. The male victim was taken to Lower Keys Hospital and will be transported to Miami for treatment of a jaw fractured in two places.
Deputy Calhoun located a car fitting the description given by the witnesses. Two men were inside. The driver, 43 year old Anthony Colon, and the passenger, Williams, were positively identified by the witnesses. Williams was charged with two counts of aggravated assault. He was also charged with outstanding warrants for three counts of violation of probation and for failure to appear in court. Colon was charged with being an accessory to the crime. They were both booked at the Monroe County Detention Center.
February 14, 2006
When deputies arrived, they found the victim's bicycle underneath the car. Reed was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A search after her arrest turned up 21 white pills identified as Oxycodone hidden in a cigarette pack. She was further charged with trafficking in an illegal narcotic and she was booked at the Monroe County Detention Center.
February 6, 2006
February 2, 2006