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October 31, 20008
Search warrant leads to drug arrest
Stock Island - Sheriff’s detectives from the Special Investigations Division arrested a Stock Island man after finding drugs at his residence #9 5740 4th Avenue on Stock Island Thursday afternoon.
A search warrant was served at 2:00 p.m. at the above listed address on Stock Island. A search turned up several baggies with crack and residue and an unknown powder substance that was sent off to the lab for additional testing which may lead to additional charges in the future.
Baldomero Noa, 59, of Stock Island was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and he was booked into jail.
In addition, 54 year old Juan Sotolongo of Stock Island was arrested for Lewd & Lascivious Behavior after he grabbed his penis and made lewd gestures as detectives were videotaping the search.
Deputy Ken Fricke, his dog Tracer, and patrol officers assisted in the search.
North Carolina woman dies in water off of Key Largo
French Reef – A North Carolina woman died Thursday after diving at French Reef, offshore of Key Largo.
51 year old Joanne Page was diving with her boyfriend Thursday afternoon. They were on board the commercial dive vessel Sea Star, out of the It’s a Dive dive center. They surfaced from their second dive of the day about 100 yards behind the dive boat.
According to the boyfriend, 58 year old Eugene Jackson of Salisbury, North Carolina, they began trying to swim back to the boat but were not making much headway against strong currents and rough water. He estimates they tried to swim for about 30 minutes. She fell behind and when he looked back, her head was underwater.
Employees of the dive boat reportedly couldn’t see the two struggling divers. When all other divers on the boat were on board, they realized there were two missing from the group. At that point, the Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were called to assist in searching for them.
The divers were found by FWC. Jackson, still struggling and attempting rescue breathing, was recovered still alive; Page was taken to shore where fire/rescue units met the FWC vessel. Page was pronounced dead on the scene.
Detective Terry Smith has been assigned to investigate.
Sheriff's Office conducts bar and store compliance checks
In an effort to educate bar and store owners and employees in the laws regarding underage drinking, Monroe County Sheriff's detectives conducted store and bar compliance checks Wednesday in the upper Keys.
Detectives sent an undercover operative who was under the age of 21 into a number of bars and stores that sell alcohol products to see if they checked identification, and to see if they would sell to the underage youth.
This operation was conducted in an effort to curb the use or alcohol by youth under 21 in Monroe County. The Sheriff's Office wants to make sure everyone who sells alcohol is aware of the laws regarding the sale of alcohol to minors. More such operations will be conducted in the future county wide.
Three trauma transports so far today
Monroe County's Trauma Star helicopter has kept busy today with three separate trauma transports so far.
A vehicle accident at Aviation Boulevard and U.S. One in Marathon at 8:30 resulted in a motorcycle driver receiving traumatic injuries requiring transport to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.
At 11:30 a.m. today, a woman fell down a long flight of steps outside a home in the Pirates Cove Subdivision at the 98 mile marker on the gulf side. Her injuries were severe and required a trauma transport. Trauma Star was attending a children's event at Founder's Park in Islamorada and responded to the emergency call. She was flown to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.
At 2 p.m. today, Key West Police called for Trauma Star to respond to the city of Key West to transport someone injured in an accident. No other details were available at the time of this update.Please contact Key West Police for more on this incident.
October 30, 2008
Search warrant leads to drug arrest
Sheriff’s detectives from the Special Investigations Division arrested a Marathon man after finding drugs at a motel where he was staying.
A search warrant was served at room #7 at the Seaward Motel in Marathon at 7:15 p.m. Initially, six people were detained at the location. After checking them all, they were all released except 22 year old Hunter Williams, the person staying in the room.
A search turned up 10 Ecstasy pills and 38 grams of marijuana. Williams was arrested, charged with possession of ecstasy and marijuana and he was booked into jail.
Deputy Ken Fricke and his dog Tracer assisted in the search.
October 28, 2008
Woman charged with knife threats
Marathon - A Marathon woman is under arrest today, charged with threatening a man with a knife.
When Deputies Jacek Szymanski and Paul Bean arrived at the Sombrero Road residence at 2:30 a.m., three people were there, two women and a man. The suspect, 37 year old Ann Allen came outside to talk with them. The other two - the victim and a witness - stood on the porch outside as well. As the deputies spoke with Allen, it was reportedly clear to them she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. She reportedly spoke incoherently and moved with jerky motions.
The victim told the deputies he and Allen were arguing and she began swinging a knife at him in an effort to stab him. He said she was yelling at him as well, at one point jumping on a bed and swinging the knife wildly. He was not injured during the incident. The witness corroborated his story.
As the deputies were talking with the group, Allen suddenly turned around and ran back into the residence, locking herself inside a bedroom and refusing to come out. She finally complied with the deputies orders to open the door. When they began taking her into custody, she struggled with them. Once in a patrol car, under arrest, she began hitting her head on the inside of the car.
At the jail, she continued her belligerent behavior. Allen was charged with aggravated assault, and resisting arrest and she was booked into jail.
Campaign signs vandalized, stolen on Big Pine Key
Big Pine Key - The Sheriff's Office received two reports of campaign signs being vandalized or stolen on Big Pine Key Monday night.
A person living on Watson Boulevard reported he was gone from his home between 8 - 9:30 p.m. and someone took two Barak Obama campaign signs from the entrance of his driveway.
Deputy Nick Oettinger was en route to another call at about 10 p.m. when he noticed all the campaign signs at the intersection of Key Deer Boulevard and Wilder Road were either damaged or knocked over.
Anyone tampering with signs can potentially be charged with criminal mischief; anyone stealing signs can potentially be charged with theft.
October 26, 2008
Miami man charged with drug possession
Lower Keys - Traffic Enforcement deputies, on duty at the 6 mile marker of highway U.S. One Saturday arrested a man for possessing drugs.
Just before 10 p.m., Deputies Nick Pham and Jason Keith stopped a car traveling 77 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. Once the car was pulled over, the deputies could smell the distinct odor of marijuana inside it.
Everyone in the car was asked to get out. Deputies asked each person if they had anything illegal in their possession. 33 year old Brian Davis of Miami, a passenger in the car, admitted to having cocaine in his possession. He then handed Deputy Pham a plastic bag with seven smaller bags inside, all with white powder in them.
The deputy asked him if he had anything else. Davis then pulled out a plastic bag with green leafy substance inside which turned out to be marijuana. The deputy asked if Davis if he had any other illegal substances. Davis handed over another plastic bag with hash inside.
Davis was placed under arrest. He was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of hashish.
The driver of the car, Vyacheslav Vlasyuk, was also arrested after the deputies checked his license and found it had been suspended three times for failure to pay traffic fines.
Both men were taken to jail.
October 25, 2008
Court bailiff arrested for domestic battery
Stock Island - A Court bailiff who works for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office was arrested Friday evening for domestic battery.
33 year old Vashon Watson was booked into jail on battery charges. According to reports, deputies responded to his Stock Island residence at 6:40 p.m. They interviewed the victim, who had called the Sheriff’s Office for assistance. She said he pushed her during the course of an argument over their children. She told deputies she fell down and hit a television stand, causing her to have a red mark on her arm. Watson told the deputies his wife hit him several times as well, and showed them lacerations on the inside of his mouth.
A witness – a woman who lives with the Watsons – said she saw Vashon Watson shove his wife “out of the corner of her eye”. She refused to give a written statement. As deputies placed Watson under arrest, his wife said she did not wish to press charges. Watson was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.
October 24, 2008
Three teens charged with burglary
Plantation Key - Three teens were arrested after surveillance footage at a home showed them participating in the burglary of a home on Azalea Street on Plantation Key.
The homeowner returned to her Azalea Street home at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday and saw a truck parked out front with a young man inside. She asked him what he was doing there and he said he was waiting for friends. She saw two other young men run out from a neighboring yard, jump into the truck and drive away. She then went into her residence and viewed a surveillance tape she had set up on the property. On the tape, she saw the young men taking bottles of alcohol from a bar area in the downstairs portion of her property. She called the Sheriff's Office for assistance.
Detective Sgt. David Carey and other deputies responded to the burglary call. Sgt. Carey spotted a truck fitting the description given by the victim leaving the area. He pulled it over and found two young men inside - Patrick Naughton and Patrick Lofton. Both young men appeared to have been drinking. A bottle of gin was found behind the seat of the truck. The gin wa identified by the victim as coming from her bar.
Upon viewing the tape, deputies saw Lofton waiting in the truck while Naughton and a third young man identified as Mark Tribble went on the property and took the alcohol and a cooler. Tribble was found in attendance at a sports activity at Coral Shores High School a short time later. He had the odor of alcohol on his breath.
Tribble and Naughton were arrested and charged with burglary, trespassing and theft; Lofton was charged with being a principle in the first degree to burglary and theft. They were all booked at the Monroe County Detention Center. Naughton and Lofton were further issued citations for being minors in possession of alcohol and Naughton, who was driving the truck, was charged with driving with his license suspended.
School Resource Deputies Larry O'Neill and Beverly Brazil assisted in the identification of the three juveniles involved.
October 23, 2008
Search warrant leads to seven arrests; drugs seized
Marathon - A search warrant served in Marathon resulted in seven arrests and a large amount of drugs seized Wednesday afternoon.
Detectives from the Sheriff's Special Operations Division served the warrant at 243 Orange Avenue in Marathon at 5:20 p.m. Four people were initially at the residence. Two of them had outstanding warrants from Dade and Broward Counties.
During the search of the property, detectives found 20 ecstasy pills, marijuana, heroin and drug paraphernalia. They also found a .25 caliber handgun. 25 year old John Spencer, 21 year old Amanda Larson, 18 year old Jonathan Garcia and 32 year old Jason Lang were at the residence. Spencer, who lives in the residence, admitted ownership of the drugs and the gun and is a convicted felon so he was charged with the crime of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and with possessing heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Garcia, who is from Boynton Beach, is wanted in Dade County for violation of probation; Lang, who does not give a home address, is wanted in Broward County for possession of cocaine and marijuana; he is also wanted in Dade County for battery, false imprisonment, child abuse, 2nd degree murder, domestic battery by strangulation, threatening phone calls and for violating the conditions of pretrial release reference domestic violence. Larson was not arrested.
As detectives continued their search, three more people showed up. 18 year old Sandra Day was in possession of 20 Ecstasy pills; 38 year old Rubin Ruiz had 6 grams of cocaine and 28 grams of marijuana and 18 year old Misty Draper was wanted on an outstanding warrant for violation of probation. They are all from Marathon and they were all placed under arrest.
As detectives continued to search, Katrina Mitchell of Marathon showed up. She was found to be in possession of 19 ecstasy pills and was also arrested, for a total of seven arrests for the evening.
Assisting in service of the warrant was the Sheriff's Traffic Enforcement Division and road patrol officers.
Marathon man arrested for threats, battery on two women
Marathon - A Marathon man was arrested early today after he attacked two women, threatening to kill them and holding them against their will.
When deputies arrived at the residence on Sombrero Boulevard in Marathon at 4 a.m., the suspect and one of the victims were still on the scene. The victim said 49 year old James Scott became angry and hit her several times. She said she and another woman were in the residence at the time, along with Scott who then began swinging a bat around. He said he would kill them both if he had to go back to jail. He refused to allow the women to leave the home. He took away the victim's cell phone so she couldn't call 911.
Finally, the victim said Scott had to go to the bathroom. While he was doing that, the two victim's fled the residence. One of them left the scene and the other went to a neighbor and called for help.
Deputies placed Scott under arrest. As they were attempting to handcuff him and take him into custody, he fought with them. He was finally subdued and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, false imprisonment, criminal mischief, theft and resisting arrest. He was booked into jail.
October 22, 2008
Man charged with aggravated battery on three roommates
Key Largo - A Key Largo man is in jail after he attacked his three roommates where were moving out of their shared residence.
Deputies responded to Bahama Road at 5:45 p.m. and met with the three victims, who said their roommate, 30 year old Earl Gormley, had attacked them as they were moving their belongings out of the house they share with him. He allegedly used a wooden rod to hit two of them then, when it broke, he tried to stab one of them with the sharp end of it. After that, he used two other weapons, including a tire iron, trying to hit them while yelling that he was going to kill them. The three victims finally fled the home and flagged down a highway patrol trooper who was in the area.
Deputies arrested Gormley, charging him with three counts of aggravated battery and he was taken to jail.
October 20, 2008
16 year old arrested for knife threat
Tavernier - A 16 year old Key Largo boy was arrested Sunday afternoon, charged with aggravated assault with a knife.
16 year old Pedro Rodriguez told Deputy John Perez he was in MacDonald's to get something to eat and to pick up a job application. He said he noticed another man in the restaurant looking at him, so he approached him and asked him what his problem was. He said the other man pushed him, so he pulled out a knife, opened it and held it at his side as he asked him, "Do you want to do something?"
At that point, the manager of the restaurant, who witnessed the incident, yelled at Rodriguez. Rodriguez then ran out of the restaurant, toward the nearby Cinema.
Deputies found him in front of the Cinema. He admitted to the confrontation and said he'd thrown the knife into the water behind the shopping center. Rodriguez was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and he was booked at the Monroe County jail.
October 19, 2008
Islamorada man injured in machete attack
Islamorada – An Islamorada man was injured when another man he works with attacked him with a machete Saturday morning.
The two men work for an Islamorada landscaping company. They were at a work site at the 80.6 mile marker of the highway when the incident took place at 7:45 a.m.
According to the victim and witnesses, the suspect, 27 year old Rigoberto Rene Reyes and the victim, 22 year old Walter Hernandez Castro got into an argument. Castro challenged Reyes to fight. As Castro took off the earphones of his MP3 player in preparation to fight, Reyes grabbed him from behind, tackling him to the ground. As they both gained their feet, Reyes quickly walked to a work truck, retrieving a machete. He swung the machete at Castro, striking him twice in the left wrist and once on the right hand.
Castro suffered severe cuts from the attack and was taken to Mariner’s Hospital for treatment. When deputies responded, they found the suspect hiding in a shed. He was taken into custody, charged with aggravated battery and he was taken to jail.
October 17, 2008
Man arrested for stalking, drugs
Islamorada - A Lower Matecumbe Key man was arrested Thursday, charged with stalking a woman and possessing cocaine.
The victim called the Sheriff's Office to report her ex-boyfriend was following her, repeatedly sending her text messages and causing her to fear for her life with his threats. She told Deputy Yunier Galvez she'd been dating 30 year old John Prince, but broke it off because he was repeatedly abusive to her both verbally and physically. She said he would follow her everywhere she went, often sitting in parking lots and watching her for hours. She said he called her obscene names, hit her numerous times and caused her to be afraid he would hurt or kill her.
She said after she broke up with him, he continued to stalk her following her to work and sending her threatening messages. On one day in October, she said he sent her 60 text messages in a two hour period. She said in the past month, she has received 94 missed calls on her cell phone from him.
On Thursday at 8:30 p.m., deputies arrested Prince at his home on Columbus Drive. At the time of his arrest, he had a pipe in his pocket with crack cocaine residue inside. He was charged with aggravated stalking, possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia and he was booked into jail.
October 16, 2008
Man charged with stealing boat
Key Largo - Deputies responding to reports of a stolen sailboat arrested a man who said he was going to use it to return to his home state of Louisiana.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) responded to the 99.6 mile marker, off shore, and assisted Deputy Sever Hustad with the case. Deputy Hustad first met with a man who said he was the caretaker of the stolen sailboat. The caretaker said he'd had the boat tied up behind his own boat where he could watch it for the owner, who was out of the country. He said 38 year old Eric Pendervis had taken it and tied it up behind his own vessel. He pointed out a blue hulled sailboat nearby, identifying it as the stolen vessel. He said Pendervis was transferring his belongings onto it and was trying to put a small engine on it.
FWC and Deputy Hustad moved to the stolen vessel to see why Pendervis had taken it. Initially Pendervis said he was using it for storage while he replaced the decking on his own boat. The deputy said he had information Pendervis was trying to put an engine on the boat. Pendervis admitted to it and said he'd dropped the engine into the water when he was trying to put it on. The engine was later determined to be stolen as well.
Further investigation revealed Pendervis had put the registration decal for his vessel onto the stolen one. He also had a stencil he'd made with his boat's registration numbers and he admitted to making it so he could alter the numbers on the stolen boat.
Pendervis was charged with grand theft and altering a vessels registration and he was booked into jail.
October 15, 2008
Man arrested for September shooting incident
Marathon - A Marathon man is in jail charged with a shooting incident in which he and another man were both injured.
The incident took place on September 2nd at 10:30 p.m. at Frosty's Restaurant on 11th Street Oceanside in Marathon. The suspect, 64 year old Ronald Willett, was drinking with a group of people on an outside deck of the restaurant. The restaurant had closed for the night, but employees allowed the group to stay long enough to finish their drinks.
At some point, Willett retrieved a handgun from his dinghy, docked nearby. Witnesses say it had a laser site on it and they say they could see a red dot appear on members of the group as he pointed the gun at them. One person in the group, 47 year old Bentley Beasley reportedly reached over and put his hand over Willett's hand, pushing the gun away. According to Beasley and to other witnesses, Willett began to struggle with Beasley. The table they were sitting at overturned and the rest of the group left the area hastily, leaving Beasley and Willett struggling over the gun.
A short time later, the witnesses heard two gunshots. Beasley said the gun went off as they struggled, shooting him in the wrist and hand and injuring Willett in the chest and hand. Beasley said he picked up the gun and left the area, throwing the gun into the water nearby.
The gun was recovered. Willett admitted it was his, although he said his recollections of that night are hazy. All the other witnesses tell the same story, which agrees with Beasley's story as well.
A warrant was issued for Willett's arrest and on Tuesday he was booked at the Monroe County jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and improper exhibition of a firearm. His bond is set at $30,000.00.
October 6, 2008
Man arrested for speeding, reckless driving
Tavernier - A Plantation Key man was arrested early today after deputies clocked him traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone.
When Deputy Tony Conde spotted the white Hyundai at the 92.5 mile marker at 2 a.m. traveling northbound at a very high rate of speed. When he tried to pull it over, the driver refused to stop. The car finally pulled over at the 98 mile marker. Deputy Conde ordered the driver, 44 year old Michael Ledwith, to exit the car numerous times. He did not comply. Finally, the deputy decided to wait until back up arrived. As he was waiting, Ledwith finally got out of the car. He was taken into custody.
While he was being handcuffed, Ledwith told the deputy "my friends are in the car" indicating there were people in the back seat. There was no one in the car. He told the deputy his license was in his front pocket, then he said it was in the car's visor. The license was found in the visor. At the Detention Center, he refused to sign his citations. Ledwith was charged with reckless driving, fleeing and eluding police and resisting arrest and he was booked into jail.
Man driving drunk with small child
Key Largo - Deputies arrested a Key Largo man Sunday night for driving drunk with his 10 month old baby in the car.
Deputy Kyle Page responded to a disturbance on Plantation Road at 11 p.m. When he got there, witnesses told him 32 year old Joshua Eubanks just left, driving a dark colored Chevrolet SUV. They said he was under the influence of alcohol and had his 10 month old daughter in the car with him. They said the baby was not in a car seat. They said they offered to have someone sober drive him home, but he refused.
The vehicle, driven by Eubanks was stopped not far away. Eubanks showed obvious signs of alcohol consumption. He was ordered out of the car, but refused to get out without his child. Out of the car with deputies, holding his daughter, he swayed on his feet an stumbled as he walked around. The deputies were worried that he might fall and injure the child, but he refused to hand her over, swearing and yelling at the deputies. They finally took custody of the child without incident and placed him under arrest.
Eubanks was charged with resisting arrest and he was taken to jail. The baby was turned over to the custody of the Department of Children and families.
October 3, 2008
Arrests made during search warrant service; drugs and cash seized
Stock Island - Six people were arrested after detectives from the Sheriff's Special Investigations Unit served a search warrant on Stock Island Thursday.
As detectives arrived at the residence at G-55 Miriam Street at 5:30 p.m., 28 year old Tajaun Blake and 19 year old Edwin Cruz were driving up in a rental car; 42 year old Verlencia Blake was standing outside, holding a purse as if waiting to go somewhere. A search of the car turned up both powdered and crack cocaine in the center console. A search of the purse turned up marijuana, powdered and crack cocaine, various narcotics and a large amount of cash.
Entry was made to the residence. Inside, detectives found more drugs scattered throughout the house, and more cash as well. Cocaine and marijuana were found in the living room, kitchen and bedrooms. The drugs were in some cases sitting out in the open and in others, found in drawers, cabinets and closets. There was evidence the residents were operating a crack cocaine lab, including glass beakers with cocaine residue inside. Much of the drugs found were packaged for individual sale.
Other people living in the residence included 18 year old Isolina Fernandez, 18 year old Eric Cruz and 28 year old Anthony Cruz.
Detectives found 160 grams of powdered cocaine, 115 grams of crack cocaine, 335 grams of marijuana, miscellaneous prescription narcotics, 11 Ecstasy pills and $13,294 in cash. The estimated street value of the drugs is over $18,000.00.
Edwin, Eric and Anthony Cruz and Isolina Fernandez were all charged with trafficking in cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; Tajaun Blake was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and Verlencia Black was charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to distribute.
While they were serving the search warrant, detectives were approached by numerous neighbors thanking them for making the arrests. the neighbors said there was constant traffic at the residence, making it unpleasant to live nearby and they said the residents of the home would become verbally aggressive if the neighbors tried to protest about the activity.
Driver of blue BMW says he was just offering child a friendly ride home
Islamorada - Fears of a predatory man trying to pick up young boys in a blue colored BMW appear to be unfounded, detectives say.
According to reports by Detective Linda Mixon, a 73 year old Venetian Shores man came forward to say he is the one who offered a 13 year old boy a ride home as he was walking from his bus stop at the 88 mile marker of the highway on September 16th. The man said did not mean to cause concern, but was just offering the boy a ride to his house because he saw him walking. He said he did not mean to cause the boy any worry or fear, and is sorry if that was the end result.
The man does fit the description the boy gave, and he was driving a blue colored BMW. He and the boy both tell the same story - both agree he simply asked the boy if he wanted a ride home. He never tried to get the boy into his car and, when the boy said no, he left, driving to his house in the same neighborhood.
A second report four days later at the 89.2 mile marker has not been resolved, but investigators say unless they receive more specific information, they have hit a dead end in their investigation of the incident. Detectives say with the information they've been given, they cannot show a crime was committed in this case.
The Sheriff's Office wants to remind everyone to educate their children about never accepting rides from strangers and to remind adults to never offer a ride home to a child you don't know, or without advance arrangements being made with the child's parents. An innocent offer can, as demonstrated above, be interpreted in a manner not intended.
19 year old Stock Island man charged with shooting
Stock Island - A 19 year old Stock Island man has been charged with attempted murder, accused of shooting a gun at a group of young people in the early morning hours Wednesday.
Mitchell "Robert" Demetrius Florence was identified by multiple witnesses who saw him pull out a gun and fire five shots in front of a home at 5414 3rd Avenue. He was arrested after a search warrant was served at his home in Ocean Spray Trailer Park Wednesday evening. During the search, detectives found two guns hidden in a wall. One was a .45 caliber handgun believed to be the one used in the shooting.
Florence was arrested during the search warrant, charged with possessing cocaine. He has now been arrested and charged with attempted murder, discharge of a firearm in public, discharging a firearm into a dwelling and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
October 2, 2008
Search warrant reveals cocaine; one arrested
Stock Island - A Stock Island man is under arrest, charged with possessing cocaine after a search warrant on a Stock Island trailer last night.
The Sheriff's Special Weapons and Tactics Team made entry to the trailer located at #11, Ocean Spray Trailer Park, at 9:45 p.m. Inside they found the resident of the trailer, 19 year old Robert Florence. Detectives from the Sheriff's Special Investigations Division searched the trailer, finding 140 grams of cocaine. They also found two handguns hidden in a living room wall, a .45 caliber semi automatic and a 9mm semi automatic.
Florence was charged with possession of cocaine and he was taken to jail. Investigations into Florence are continuing. There were a number of items found in the trailer which may be stolen property from recent burglaries in the area. One of the guns, and ammunition found in the trailer, may have been the gun used in a shooting on 3rd Avenue in the early morning hours Thursday.
More charges may be pending in the case. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Special Operations Group stood by on a vessel in case any suspects attempted to flee the scene by water.
October 1, 2008
Plantation man charged with Negligent Manslaughter
A 25 year old Plantation, Florida man is in custody, charged with negligent manslaughter in the death of his 20 year old girlfriend.
The death took place the night of March 22nd on Knight's Key in Marathon. 25 year old Dam Lopez, his girlfriend 20 year old Andrea Anzola Villefrade of Deerfield Beach and another couple were all staying over night with the intention of going to Key West. They were all in the same room, getting ready to go. According to Detective Terry Smith, Lopez had a handgun - a .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic - with him which he had a permit to carry. Witness statements and evidence reportedly indicate that Lopez was standing behind Ansola holding the gun in his left hand when it went off. The bullet entered Ansola's left side, exiting from the area just under her right arm. After exiting, the bullet hit Lopez in the right arm near his elbow.
The other couple say they did not see what happened, but heard Ansola say "Damien, don't play like that" and then heard a gunshot. They turned toward Lopez and saw him holding Ansola up, under her arms. He told them to call 911.
Lopez carried Ansola out of the room and flagged down a man who was staying in a nearby room. The man agreed to drive them to the hospital. Ansola was pronounced dead a short time later at Fishermen's Hospital. Lopez was treated at the hospital for the injury to his arm.
Lopez was arrested on an outstanding warrant today in Miami and was booked into the Miami-Dade County Detention Center where he is being held on a $75,000 bond.
Group reports being shot at on Stock Island
Stock Island - A group of young people, hanging out underneath a house on 3rd Avenue, Stock Island, reported a man shot a gun at them.
Deputies responded to a shots fired call just after midnight today on 3rd Avenue. When they arrived, they found a group of six people between the ages of 14 and 19. They were yelling that someone just tried to shoot them.
The witnesses told the deputies a black male they did not know approached them. He reportedly pointed at a 17 year old boy in the group and told him to "come here". The 17 year old began to walk toward him and the suspect reportedly pulled out a gun and began firing at the group. He then ran from the area.
Deputies found spent shell casings on the scene along with some minor damage to concrete pillars on the house.
The suspect is described as a black male, 5' 10" tall, in his early 20s. No one in the group said they recognized him.
Detectives are investigating.