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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July 31, 2007

Woman dies after having seizure in jail holding cell

Key West - A Key West woman is dead today after having a seizure in a holding cell at the Monroe County Detention Center.

The 32 year old was arrested in the early morning hours by Key West Police on drug related charges. When she was initially brought in to the Detention Center on Stock Island at 4:49 a.m., nurses at the jail refused to accept her into the jail as an inmate because she appeared to be under the influence of some type of substance. She was taken to the emergency room at Lower Keys Hospital at 4:57 a.m. by Key West Police, as is routine procedure for such cases. She was cleared by the hospital and returned to the Detention Center by Key West Police at 6:41 a.m. where she was placed into a holding cell prior to booking. At 8:30 a.m., while still waiting to undergo booking procedures, she became ill in her holding cell. Medical personnel at the Detention Center responded to her holding cell and an ambulance was called to respond to the jail as well.  She was transported by ambulance once again to Lower Keys Hospital, but died at the hospital.

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

According to a KWPD arrest affidavit, she was arrested just after 3 a.m. after a car she was riding in was stopped in the 500 Block of Duval Street. She and the driver of the car – 44 year old Ernesto Rodriguez of Key West - were both found to be in possession of drugs and they were arrested on drug charges, including possession of cocaine, marijuana and a controlled substance. The woman initially gave police a false name, so she was also charged with falsely identifying herself to law enforcement.

Sobriety Checkpoint results

Marathon - A sobriety checkpoint, held July 27th in Marathon, was successful at pulling two drunk drivers off the road, and catching  a number of other violations:

The first DUI arrest was 54 year old James Barnhill of Marathon. He admitted drinking  few beers at a local bar prior to being stopped at 10:40 p.m. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of a small amount of marijuana and refusing to take a breathalyzer test.

The second DUI, at 1:45 a.m., was 44 year old Lazaro Redondo-Linares. After he failed field sobriety exercises at the scene, he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Officers also stopped two people who had no valid driver’s license and issued 24 other tickets and issued one written warning for various violations of traffic safety laws.

July 27, 2007

Click here to see some photos from the two day season

Sport lobster season numbers for Sheriff’s Office begin to come in

The Sheriff’s Office wrapped up its water and land patrol of the two day sport lobster season at midnight, handling one dive related death and no other major incidents for the season. Deputies on boats in cars and on jet skis patrolled countywide keeping an eye out for marine violations of all kinds.

The numbers so far:

Marathon Sheriff’s deputies patrolled their area waters on two waverunners, a Sheriff’s Office boat and a jet boat. The waverunners and the jet boat are both donated to the Sheriff’s Office by the local Riva Yamaha dealership in Marathon. Deputies in that area stopped approximately 800 boats over two days. Most stops were routine and did not result in any citations for violations; Deputies did issue 15 notices to appear in court, which carried a total of $4,885.00 in fines; those NTAs included one for possession of egg bearing female lobster, and 14 for possessing undersized lobster. They issued 5 warnings – one warning was for possessing a Queen Conch which had just been taken and was immediately returned to the water. The jet boat was used to patrol at night and 200 of the boat stops were boats participating in bully netting.

In the lower Keys, deputies on the water stopped approximately 70 boats; out of those stops, 10 had minor violations of one or two lobster over limit or short lobster; the lobster were returned to the water and warnings were issued. Another 10 warnings were given for equipment violations.

In Sector 7 (Tavernier to Key Largo), Deputies on the water stopped 95 boats, issuing six notices to appear in court for various violations, three boating citations, 11 written warnings and eight verbal warnings. On land in Sector 7, deputies issued six notices to appear in court for various violations.

Numbers for Islamorada are not yet available. When they are, they will be sent out.

July 26, 2007

Man charged with being married to two women at the same time

Key Largo - A Key Largo man was booked into jail Wednesday, accused of being married to two women at the same time.

According to Sgt. Eric Mixon, 51 year old Glen Springer - an English citizen - married one woman in 2003 at a church in Homestead. Immediately following the wedding, he left her and returned to England, where he lived until recently. He returned to the United States and married another woman at the same church in June of 2006, registering the marriage in Monroe County.

On July 11th, his first wife called the Sheriff's Office to report Springer was still married to her and had married another woman, making him a Bigamist under Florida Law. Sgt. Mixon was assigned to the case. He spoke with Springer, who said he'd obtained legal counsel in England and had the marriage annulled. He said he thought since he left without consummating his first marriage, that was enough to dissolve the marriage.

After consultation with the State Attorney's Office, Sgt. Mixon determined that Springer was still legally married to his first wife so, his second marriage was illegal. A warrant was obtained for Springer's arrest and on Wednesday, he turned himself in at the Plantation Key Detention Center where he was charged with Bigamy.

 

July 25, 2007

First dive related death of the sport lobster season

Lower Keys - A Venice, Florida man died this morning after having trouble while diving near the Contents Keys off the gulf side of Cudjoe Key.

According to Sgt. Jim Wirth, 58 year old James Gilkinson was scuba diving in about 10 feet of water at about 7 a.m. when he signaled to his son he was going to the surface. His wife, who was on board their boat, said he appeared to be struggling when he surfaced. She helped him onto the boat and then began yelling for help. Help arrived in the form of some nearby firefighter paramedics and a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation was performed and Gilkinson was taken to a boat ramp on Blimp Road, Cudjoe Key then transported by ambulance to Lower Keys Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

An autopsy will determine the cause of his death

Fraudulent Traveler's Check

Big Pine Key - Sheriff's deputies are warning businesses to be on the look out for someone passing fraudulent traveler's checks.

According to Deputy Dave Chavka, a woman bought $117 worth of liquor at Big Pine Liquor's last night using a $500 traveler's check. The check was a Visa Traveler's Check issued by Banca Serfin. When the check was received by First State Bank this morning, the bank recognized the name of the issuing bank from a security alert they had received and identified the traveler's check as fraudulent.

The clerk at the liquor store described the woman as a black female in her mid thirties. She was wearing a turquoise shirt and blue jeans and was carrying what the clerk described as a fake Coach purse that was black and gray in color. When she left, the woman got into a white colored Sport Utility Vehicle with three other people inside. The clerk could not say what direction the car traveled after it left.

Anyone with information about this crime should call the Sheriff's Office or call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

Man dies on Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key - A homeless Big Pine Key man died sometime early this morning in front of the Big Pine Motel.

The 45 year old man was found near some large landscaping rocks. It appeared he may have fallen off of his bike and hit his head on the rocks. Witnesses say they saw him there just after midnight,sitting on the rocks. When the manager of the Big Pine Motel came out this morning just after 6 a.m., he found him lying on the ground, cold to the touch and he called the Sheriff's Office.

Detective Natalie Mashburn says there are no signs of foul play. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death. His name is being withheld until his relatives can be found and notified.

Marathon man arrested for school burglary

Marathon - A Marathon man is in jail, charged with burglarizing Stanley Switlik School.

Deputies responded to the school Monday morning to reports it had been burglarized. Surveillance video in the office area of the school showed a man identified as 50 year old Adam Hepburn entering the office through the back door. On the video, he was seen going through desk drawers and putting things in his pockets. He was then seen entering an area where the school safe is; the safe was found to have damage where someone tried to force it open. Hepburn was then seen on the tape leaving through the back door carrying a stereo and several other bags of unidentified items.

A warrant was obtained for his arrest. He was picked up early Wednesday and charged with the warrant. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center for burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

Sport lobster season - so far

Between midnight and 3 p.m. today, one person died diving in the Florida Keys, Sheriff's Deputies performed 87 vessel stops and responded to 10 Marine Violation calls. The total number of citations has not been compiled, but there are a few details available:

July 24, 2007

Key Largo teen charged with multiple counts of graffiti

Key Largo - A Key Largo teen was arrested in the early morning hours Monday, charged with drawing graffiti in seven different locations in the Key Largo area.

Deputy Ryan Cowart was on patrol when he saw a car pulled off the side of the road near a speed limit sign at Kay Drive and U.S. One at the 101.4 mile marker. He got out to investigate and found the driver, 18 year old Jose Fernandez II, standing by the sign. As the deputy approached, Fernandez turned away from the deputy and dropped something.

Deputy Cowart asked what he was doing there and Fernandez admitted to drawing graffiti on the speed limit sign. Upon investigation, the deputy found a wide tipped red marker where Fernandez had dropped it. He was placed under arrest. The deputy began asking him about other graffiti that had appeared in the area over the last several months. Fernandez admitted to putting graffiti in seven different places, including on a dumpster, a garbage can and an ice machine at the Circle K store at the 102 mile marker, on a power pole on Central Avenue, behind Denny's Discount Liquors at the 100 mile marker and on an air conditioning unit at Liberty Gas.

Fernandez was charged with seven counts of criminal mischief and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

July 23, 2007

Off duty deputy beaten; four arrested

Islamorada - An off duty deputy, leaving an Islamorada bar early Sunday, was beaten and kicked in the parking lot. Four men from Naples, Florida were arrested in connection with the incident.

According to deputies, witnesses and the victim, 50 year old Steven Barney, he was in Woody's Sports Bar at the 81.6 mile marker of highway U.S. One for a couple of hours drinking Coca Cola and smoking a cigar before leaving at 12:30 a.m. He walked out with a friend and they parted, each walking to his respective cars. The friend was getting into his car when he heard Barney call for help. He ran to assist him, but after being punched in the jaw he ran away to get help from the security guards inside the bar.

Deputies were called to the scene. When they arrived, they found Barney lying on the ground next to his car. Investigations revealed the two men who beat him were still in the area. A security guard from Woody's had detained one of them and the other one was pointed out by bystanders, standing nearby. As those two men were taken into custody, they fought with deputies. One had to be subdued with a stun gun. Two other men with them struggled with deputies and tried to assist the suspects while they were being arrested. They were also taken into custody.

Witnesses from the bar said the four men had been in Woody's earlier. They'd been kicked out of the bar after starting fights. They were allowed back in, but were kicked out again after one of them climbed up on the stage and announced he was going to beat someone up. They apparently stayed in the parking lot after being kicked out, and beat up Barney without provocation. Two bartenders who served Barney that night said he simply sat at the bar, talking to his friend and to the staff; they said he never had any contact with the four suspects.

39 year old Dale Tatum was charged with aggravated battery and battery; 36 year old Shane Miller was charged with aggravated battery; 66 year old Charles Tatum and 35 year old Charles Singletary were both charged with resisting arrest without violence. They were all booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Barney was treated at the hospital for bruises, abrasions and severe bite marks, and he was released.

Man arrested for drugs and fighting with a deputy

Stock Island - A deputy on routine patrol stopped a man on a bike for not having a light Saturday night. The traffic stop turned into a fight in the street and the man was arrested.

Deputy Evan Calhoun was on patrol on Stock Island at 9:30 p.m. when he spotted a man he knows as 51 year old Joseph Chakos riding a bike on Front Street without a light. He stopped him for the violation. Chakos had a knife clipped to his back pocket. Deputy Calhoun took the knife, then asked Chakos if he could pat him down for other weapons. Chakos agreed.

When Deputy Calhoun patted the man's front pocket, he felt a square object that rattled. Chakos immediately tensed up and put his hand on the pocket, as if to keep the deputy from removing the item. Deputy Calhoun, fearing the item was another weapon, tried to remove the hand from the pocket and Chakos began to fight him. Deputy Calhoun called for backup. During the struggle, Chakos hit the deputy a number of times. Deputy Calhoun was able to stun him with his Taser twice, but Chakos quickly recovered and continued fighting.

When backup deputies arrived, Chakos was taken into custody. In his pocket was a square plastic container with nine crack rocks inside. Chakos was charged with possession of cocaine, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

 

 

July 18, 2007

Man arrested for carrying a gun

Marathon - Deputies responded to a Marathon bar to reports of a man carrying a gun.

When Deputy Jaques Rozek arrived at 11:30 p.m., he saw 54 year old Peter Bonneau walking away from the Overseas Lounge, across a nearby parking lot. He was openly carrying a gun which was hanging out of his right front pants pocket. After the deputy safely disarmed Bonneau, he placed him under arrest.

The deputies then went into the Overseas Lounge, where they spoke with a bar patron who said he saw Bonneau in the bar with the gun. He said at one point, Bonneau got up to go to the restroom and dropped it on the floor. Bonneau quickly picked it up, and the witness saw him tucking it in the back of his pants under his shirt. After seeing that, the witness told the bartender. The bartender confronted Bonneau, telling him he had to leave. He then called 911 to report the incident.

Bonneau was charged with openly carrying a weapon, carrying a concealed firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Man arrested for threats with a spear gun

Christmas Tree Island - A man was arrested for holding another man at spear point Tuesday.

Deputies were called to meet with Key West Police Officer Jason Castillo Tuesday afternoon on Front Street. With the officer was victim 57 year old Carlton Ward. Ward said earlier in the day, around 6 a.m., he was sleeping on Christmas Tree Island. He said 51 year old Tony Jones woke him up and was pointing a spear gun at him. Jones allegedly threatened to shoot him with it, and continued pointing it at him and threatening him for about an hour before passing out. At that point, Ward was able to take the spear gun and disarm it, then leave the area.

A witness to the incident confirmed Ward's statement. Jones was located on Christmas Tree Island and was arrested. He was charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault and he was booked into jail.

July 17, 2007

Dive death may be salt water drowning

Key Largo - A dive death on Molasses Reef of of Key Largo Sunday appears to have been caused by salt water drowning.

According to the Medical Examiner's Office, preliminary results indicate 36 year old Lori Gallagher died of salt water drowning, although the autopsy is not complete pending the return of toxicology test results.

According to reports by Deputy Patricia Garcia, 36 year old Lori Gallagher was on board a dive vessel owned by Ocean Divers Sunday afternoon with a male friend and her two children, ages 10 and 13. Her friend, John Seasock, said he, the victim and her two children entered the water to dive together. He said she told him she had too much weight on so he helped her drop some of the weight. Suddenly, he said she began to panic. She began fighting him in the water, at one point climbing on top of him and pushing him under the water. He said he tried to inflate his Bouyancy Compensator more to help keep her above the water. He and the children all reportedly began calling for help. By the time they and the victim were pulled on board the dive vessel, the victim was unresponsive and not breathing.

Witnesses say they heard calls for help from her friend and her children and they were all pulled from the water, onto the boat. A doctor was on board and performed Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation on Gallagher as the vessel returned to shore. Paramedics met the vessel at the end of Marina Avenue at 2:45 p.m., but she was pronounced dead.

Detective Genie Hernandez responded is the investigating officer on the case.

July 16, 2007

Dive death in the upper Keys

Key Largo - A Pennsylvania woman died while diving the waters near Molasses Reef off of Key Largo Sunday.

According to reports by Deputy Patricia Garcia, 36 year old Lori Gallagher was on board a dive vessel owned by Ocean Divers Sunday afternoon with a male friend and two children, ages 10 and 13. Her friend, John Seasock, said he, the victim and her two children entered the water to dive together. He said she told him she had too much weight on so he helped her drop some of the weight. Suddenly, he said she began to panic. She began fighting him in the water, at one point climbing on top of him and pushing him under the water. He said he tried to inflate his Bouyancy Compensator more to help keep her above the water. He and the children all reportedly began calling for help. By the time they and the victim were pulled on board the dive vessel, the victim was unresponsive and not breathing.

Witnesses say they heard calls for help from her friend and her children and they were all pulled from the water, onto the boat. A doctor was on board and performed Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation on Gallagher as the vessel returned to shore. Paramedics met the vessel at the end of Marina Avenue at 2:45 p.m., but she was pronounced dead.

Detective Genie Hernandez responded and will be investigating the circumstances of her death. An autopsy will be performed by the Medical Examiner's Office.

Plane lands with no landing gear in Marathon

Marathon - A private plane landed at Marathon airport Sunday morning with no operative landing gear. There were no injuries.

At 11:15 a.m., deputies were notified that a small single engine aircraft was trying to land at the Marathon airport, but the plane's landing gear would not deploy. Pilot Robert Silber of Marathon managed to put the aircraft down on the runway at 12:15 p.m. without incident and without injury. He and his wife were the only two on board the plane. The runway, which was closed while the plane landed, was reopened at 1:20 p.m.

Second man charged with Key Largo burglary

Key Largo - A second man has been arrested in connection with a burglary July 10th on Pompano Avenue in Key Largo.

The victim returned to his Pompano Avenue home shortly after midnight July 10th to discover his house burglarized and the two men who burglarized it in his yard. He was able to detain one of the men, 33 year old Shane Earp of Key Largo, but the other man fled the scene. When deputies arrived, they searched the area for the other suspect, but did not find him.

The stolen items, including a computer, an IPod and a digital camera, were in a backpack inside a washroom in the house. Earp's girlfriend told investigators the second suspect, 33 year old Alfredo Yero of Tavernier returned to her residence on Bowen Lane shortly after the break in carrying a backpack, then left in a white pickup truck. She said he returned in the truck a short time later and threw the backpack out the window of the truck onto her lawn. The backpack and its contents were recovered and returned to the owner.

Earp admitted to the break in. A flashlight was found hidden in his pants. He was charged with burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools. Detective Greg LaRochelle investigated the break in. During the course of the investigation, he was able to identify the man who fled the scene as Yero. A warrant was obtained for Yero's arrest and on Saturday he was picked up by Deputy Lance Hernandez. He was booked into jail on charges of burglary and grand theft.

July 12, 2007

Key Largo man charged with burglary

Key Largo - A Key Largo man was arrested for burglary Tuesday, caught by the homeowner as he tried to flee the scene.

The victim returned to his Pompano Avenue home shortly after midnight to discover his house burglarized and the two men who burglarized it in his yard. He was able to detain one of the men, 33 year old Shane Earp of Key Largo, but the other man fled the scene. When deputies arrived, they searched the area for the other suspect, but did not find him.

The stolen items, including a computer, an IPod and a digital camera, were in a backpack inside a washroom in the house. Earp's girlfriend told investigators the second suspect returned to her residence on Bowen Lane shortly after the break in carrying a backpack, then left in a white pickup truck. She said he returned in the truck a short time later and threw the backpack out the window of the truck onto her lawn. The backpack and its contents were recovered and returned to the owner.

Earp admitted to the break in. A flashlight was found hidden in his pants. He was charged with burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools. Investigators are continuing to investigate.

July 9, 2007

Key West man dies while diving

Key West – A 23 year old Key West man is dead, the victim of an apparent diving accident Sunday afternoon.

The victim, John Lumley, was diving on the U.S.S. Curb, located 7.9 miles from Key West, Sunday with two other men, 46 year old Mark Woods and 38 year old Michael O’Conner, both of Key West. They were on board Lumley’s boat and had planned three dives for the day, each to a depth of about 160 feet. They were on their second dive when the two other divers momentarily lost sight of Lumley. They found him just minutes later with his regulator out of his mouth, unconscious.

The other two divers brought him to the surface, but they could not revive him. He was brought in to the United States Coast Guard Station in Key West where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

July 6, 2007

Murder in Key Largo

8:30 a.m. - (Key Largo) Sheriff's deputies are looking for a suspect who shot and killed his girlfriend during a domestic dispute this morning in the Hibiscus Park area of Key Largo (mm 101). The suspect reportedly drove away in a black Ford truck. A truck matching that description was stopped at Florida City, but the truck and driver were not connected with the incident. Deputies have found what is believed to be the suspect's truck parked near the scene of the shooting.  A perimeter has been set up and deputies are searching the area.  The suspect is believed to still be armed since deputies did not find a weapon at the scene of the fatal shooting.

9:30 a.m. - Monroe County Sheriff's deputies are searching for 46-year old Manuel Prieto Arenas, an Hispanic male, five foot seven who is a suspect in a fatal shooting this morning on Hibiscus Lane in Key Largo.  Arenas shot and killed a female during a domestic dispute.  Arenas fled the scene and is considered armed and dangerous. Deputies did not find a weapon at the scene of the fatal shooting. Deputies found a black Ford truck parked in the area that is registered to Arenas.  A perimeter has been set up and a tracking dog has been dispatched to assist in the search. However, the suspect may have escaped in a white Isuzu truck with tag D913PB.  Residents in the area are urged to be on the alert and report anything suspicious to the Sheriff's Office.

2:30 p.m. - The victim in this morning's domestic-related murder on Key Largo is identified as 39-year old Maria Elena Proenza, of Key Largo.  Sheriff's detectives and deputies are still searching for 46-year old Manuel Prieto Arenas, also of Key Largo, in connection with the homicide.

Murder victim on boat identified

Monroe County Sheriff's detectives have positively identified the body of the murder victim found aboard a live aboard boat at at Key Largo Marina last Sunday as 62-year old Edward R. Bozarth. An autopsy on his decomposed body indicated that death was due to blunt force trauma.  Sheriff's detectives are investigating.

July 5, 2007

Boat theft thwarted

A Key Largo resident was surprised when he saw someone hooking up his boat and trailer to a truck and driving away Wednesday afternoon.  The victim called the Sheriff’s Office and reported that the suspect was traveling southbound from the 88-mile marker with the stolen 20-foot boat on a trailer.  Sheriff’s deputies spotted the suspect and pulled him over at the 84-mile marker.   50-year-old Armando E. Torres, of Opa Locka, Florida, claimed that he was picking up the boat as requested by a friend.  However, deputies noted that Torres used a device designed to bypass the lock on the trailer hitch in order to tow the boat away and that the owner said he did not give anyone permission to move the boat.  Torres was taken into custody on grant theft charges.  The boat and trailer are valued at over twelve thousand dollars.  Deputies also charged Torres with possession of burglary tools after a search of his truck turned up bolt cutters and several trailer hitch attachments. 

Animal Farm open this Sunday

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Animal Farm invites you to bring the family to visit the Sheriff's Office Animal Farm this Sunday, July 8, 2007 between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. The farm offers children and adults alike the opportunity to visit a wide variety of animals, including horses, goats, pigs, tropical birds, snakes, rabbits, ferrets, a pony, llama and a 100-pound tortoise.

July 3, 2007

Violent Domestic

Sheriff’s deputies used a Taster stun gun  to subdue a man who was trying to escape after breaking into an apartment on Key Largo and battering his girlfriend. Deputies were initially called to the apartment near the 98-mile marker shortly after 11 p.m. Monday.  Deputies talked to the battered woman after entering her apartment through a broken front door with  a shattered jalousie window and a bent screen.  The victim identified 51-year old Mark N. Waddell, of Key Largo, as the suspect who lived in an apartment at the same building. The victim said he broke in and battered her.  Deputies went to the suspect’s apartment, but Waddell locked the door and refused to come out.  Deputies then heard Waddell breaking through the back window of his apartment in an effort to get away.  Rushing to the back of the building, deputies ordered Waddell to show his his hands and to lie down on  the ground.  Despite numerous warnings, Waddell refused to comply so one deputy deployed his Taster gun which stunned the suspect and enabled the officers to safely restrain and handcuff him.  Deputies arrested Waddell and booked him at the Plantation Key jail on numerous charges including assault, battery, criminal mischief, burglary and resisting arrest.

Reckless Driving Arrest

After receiving reports of a reckless driver northbound around the 99 mile marker on Key Largo Monday morning, Sheriff’ deputies observed a Chevy Malibu that they clocked at speeds of 85 miles per hour.  The driver initially ignored the emergency flashing lights of the deputy’s patrol car and continued northbound for several miles.  Heavy traffic finally forced the driver to slow down and pull over.  The driver, identified as 24-year old Richard M. Brooks, of Ft. Lauderdale, was driving with a suspended license.  When deputies attempted to arrest Brooks he threatened them and resisted attempts at handcuffing.  Deputies put Brooks in the back of the patrol car where he tried to kick out the rear window and continued to threaten the officers.  Brooks also had to be placed in a restraint chair at the Plantation Key jail because he continued to struggle with officers.  Deputies arrested Brooks on charges of operating a motor vehicle without a license, attempting to elude law enforcement and resisting with violence.

Motorists urged to use caution early on 4th of July

Motorists using South Roosevelt Boulevard from the Sheraton Suites to the Key Ambassador areas of Key West are urged to use caution in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 4th as runners and walkers will be participating in the annual Crime Stoppers’ 5k Run and Walk. 
The runners and walkers will be using the sidewalk area of South Roosevelt and a short stretch of one eastbound lane of S. Roosevelt Boulevard in front of the Sheraton Suites from approximately 7:30 a.m. when the race starts until 9:30 a.m.  The roadways will NOT be blocked to traffic except for a short portion of one lane. There will be volunteer monitors and law enforcement officers along the route to help ensure that everyone stays safe.
In other areas of the Keys, all available Sheriff’s deputies and traffic units will be on the roadways monitoring traffic in an effort to ensure that residents and visitors enjoy a safe holiday.

Homicide investigation results from autopsy

The Monroe County Medical Examiner ruled murder in the death of a man whose body was found aboard a boat at Gilbert’s Marina on Key Largo late Sunday.  Deputies initially responded to the scene after a neighbor reported a foul odor coming from the boat.  The occupant had not been seen in several days.  Deputies found a badly decomposed body on the boat.  The Sheriff’s crime scene was called in to process the vessel and detectives initiated a death investigation, which has turned into a murder investigation following the results of the autopsy. The autopsy showed that the victim did not die of natural causes but was killed by “blunt force trauma.”  Toxicology tests have also been ordered to assist in the investigation.  Sheriff’s detectives say they still haven’t been able to make a positive identification of the body due to decomposition.  Detectives say dental and fingerprint comparisons will be utilized to help with the identification.  Detectives believe the victim is in his early 60’s and was living aboard the boat.  Detectives have interviewed residents in the marina area and have contacted several people who they believe are family members of the victim.  Anyone with information on this case should call the Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-346-8477.

July 2, 2007

Death investigations

The Sheriff’s Office is conducting death investigations at opposite ends of the Keys.  Last night (Sunday, July 1, 2007) the Sheriff’s Office received a report about a foul odor coming from a live aboard boat at Gilbert’s Marina on Key Largo.  Residents told arriving deputies that the occupant of the boat had not been seen in several days.  Deputies found a badly decomposed body on the boat.  Sheriff’s crime scene investigators and detectives are working the case. An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday by the County Medical Examiner. The name of the dead man is being withheld until relatives are located.  In the other investigation, Sheriff’s deputies responded to the “Safe Zone” homeless overnight shelter on Stock Island at 6:30 a.m. today following a report that one of the men in the shelter was found dead. Initial investigation showed no signs of foul play.  The County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of the unattended death.  Deputies are now trying to locate relatives of the victim, who carried a Michigan driver’s license.

 

 


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