Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Daily Crime and Information Report

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Public Information Officer Deputy Becky Herrin

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January 27, 2009

Search warrant turns up drug activity, stolen tools

Big Pine Key - A search warrant on Big Pine Key led to the recovery of stolen tools from two business burglaries on Big Pine Key.

Detectives assigned to the Lower Keys and from the Sheriff's Special Investigations Division worked together to serve the warrant at 5 p.m. Monday at the Seahorse Trailer Park, Lot #8, on Big Pine Key. The residents of the trailer are 44 year old Sylvia Harrington and 47 year old Raymond Moore. Harrington was wanted on an outstanding warrant for Sale of Cocaine, so she was arrested on that charge.

A search of the residence turned up numerous items of drug paraphernalia and drug residue. The search also turned up numerous tools believed to be stolen from to business burglaries on Big Pine Key. The two residents of the trailer claim no knowlege of the drugs or the stolen tools.

According to Detective Diane Mimosa, who is investigating the two burglaries, the businesses broken into were Barton Electronics and D & J Roofing. The owners of those businesses are working with Detective Mimosa today to identify their tools. No arrests have been made on the business burglaries yet, however arrests in the cases may be pending after further investigation.

January 26, 2009

More details about stove explosion

Big Coppitt Key - An apparent propane stove explosion sent two elderly people to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami with severe burns Sunday evening.

A neighbor called just after 5 p.m. to report hearing an explosion coming from 290 Scorpio Lane in the Tamarac Park neighborhood of Big Coppitt Key. Another neighbor, 59 year old Mike Puntillo, reportedly ran to the trailer and helped 80 year old Ernesto Searles and his wife, 83 year old Maise Searles out of the trailer to safety.

Firefighters and paramedics from Monroe County Fire / Rescue arrived, along with Sheriff's deputies. They began treating the two victims for burns. Ernest was burned on the arms, legs, chest and face; Maise was burned on her legs and arms. Both people were transported to the Ryder Trauma Center by Monroe County's Trauma Star helicopter.

According to reports by Deputy Michael Claudy, the explosion may have been caused by a propane gas leak in the stove, which appears to have exploded when the Searles were trying to light the pilot light in it. The Fire Marshall's Office will be responding today, however, to determine the definitive cause of the explosion.

Deerfield Beach man charged with DUI, reckless driving

Marathon - A drunk driver from Deerfield Beach was arrested for driving recklessly after he almost hit a deputy's patrol car head on Sunday evening.

Three separate witnesses called Sheriff's dispatchers just before 9 p.m. to report a white Toyota Tacoma truck driving recklessly at a high rate of speed southbound on Highway U.S. One. Deputy Joel Slough was parked stationary at Coco Plum Drive and Highway U.S. One in Marathon waiting for the truck to pass so he could pull it over. He saw a car belonging to one of the witnesses pass him, but not the truck and then got information from dispatchers that the truck was last seen stationary one mile north and looked like it may have skidded off the road.

Deputy Slough drove to that location but still didn't see the truck. As he was looking, the truck suddenly passed him southbound at an estimated 80 miles per hour. As Deputy Slough was turning to attempt a traffic stop, he was radioed by Deputy Paul Bean who said he was northbound and the truck had almost hit him head on at the 56.5 mile marker.

As Deputy Slough followed the truck he saw it swerve completely across the road, onto the opposite shoulder and back again. The truck then moved into the northbound lane, almost hitting another vehicle head on. Deputy Slough finally got close enough to turn on his lights and siren and he pulled the truck over. The driver, 45 year old Francisco Aparicio of Deerfield Beach reportedly smelled strongly of alcohol. He failed all roadside sobriety exercises and was arrested. A Breathalyzer test registered his blood alcohol content at .21 and .19. Aparicio admitted to deputies that he had never had a driver's license.

An inventory search of his vehicle turned up two open containers of alcohol, including a bottle of vodka which was three quarters empty. Aparicio was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and driving with no license. He was booked into jail.

 

January 25, 2009

Stove explosion injures two

The Monroe County Trauma Star helicopter just transported two people with burns from the scene of an explosion on Big Coppitt Key.

According to preliminary information from dispatch notes, the incident took place just after 5 p.m. at a trailer on Scorpio Lane in the Tamarac Park neighborhood on Big Coppitt Key. The residents of the trailer were reportedly attempting to light the pilot light on their stove when it blew up. The two victims were reportedly burned on their arms and faces. They were taken to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.

More information will be available after offense reports are completed by deputies on the scene.

Accident shuts down Card Sound Road

Deputies and Florida Highway Patrol Troopers are on the scene of a single vehicle accident just south of the Card Sound bridge this morning. Card Sound Road is currently closed to through traffic at Florida City and at the intersection of Card Sound Road and State Road 905 due to that accident. Highway U.S. One is open to both directions of traffic, however, and is not affected by the incident.

The single passenger vehicle is reportedly in the mangroves just south of the bridge. A caller reported the accident to Sheriff's dispatchers at 8:23 a.m. Reports indicate there is one possible fatality involved.

The Florida Highway Patrol is the investigating agency.

Second accident causes slow downs in Islamorada


Victims of the accident in Islamorada are extricated from their vehicle.
Photo credit to Deputy Winifred Higgins, Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

A second accident is slowing traffic through the vicinity of the 80 mile marker in Islamorada.

At 8:55 a.m., reports of a second serious accident came in to Sheriff's dispatchers. It was reported as a single vehicle, possible roll over. Two people were injured - one was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami by the Monroe County Trauma Star helicopter, the other was taken by ambulance to Mariner's Hospital.

Deputies and troopers are on the scene and traffic is being diverted onto the old highway, around the accident scene. The Florida Highway Patrol will be investigating.

Two arrested on drug charges

Rockland Key - A Rockland Key couple was arrested and charged with possessing illegal drugs.

A Sheriff's detective spotted 30 year old Demond Johnson and 21 year old Rebecca Wells at the 9.5 mile marker of highway U.S. One. He knew there was an active warrant for Johnson for violation of probation, so he stopped.

He identified himself as a law enforcement officer. As he spoke, he saw Johnson turn around and hand something to Wells. As Johnson was being handcuffed, Wells then dropped something on the ground and put her foot on it.

The detective told her to move her foot. Underneath was a plastic bag with eight grams of cocaine inside. A search of Johnson turned up a plastic bag with marijuana inside and in Wells' purse a search turned up Xanax.

Both were arrested. Johnson was charged with the warrant and with possession of cocaine and marijuana. Wells was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of cocaine and tampering with evidence. They were both booked into jail.

Teens charged with beating man on Big Coppitt Key

Big Coppitt Key - Three teen boys were arrested in the early morning hours today, charged with beating a man in the parking lot of the Circle K convenience store on Big Coppitt Key.

When Deputy John McGee arrived, he found the 25 year old victim laying in he parking lot, bleeding from a head wound. Witnesses say they saw four boys kicking and hitting the victim; they said one suspect used a hammer to hit him in the head before fleeing in a yellow Honda sports car, southbound.

While the aggravated battery investigation was going on, Sheriff's dispatchers received a report that a yellow Honda sports car was on 1st Street, Big Coppitt, driving recklessly and damaging a mailbox. Deputy McGee responded to that area and found the vehicle. It had been involved in an accident at the intersection of 1st Street and Avenue A. Three teens were still on the scene. One had apparently fled.

Two of the boys - 16 year old Arthur Davis, Jr. and 16 year old James Moise, both of Big Coppitt Key - were taken into custody immediately. The third boy, 15 year old Pedro Morales of Stock Island, refused to comply with commands to put his hands up where the deputy could see them. He kept his hands in his pockets and indicated to the deputy that he had a weapon in his pocket.

Deputy McGee called for backup and then grabbed Morales by both wrists. He used his leg to sweep Morales' off his feet, taking him to the ground. Morales continued to resist until Deputies Vicki Fleck and Chris Rhinhart arrived to assist.

In the meantime, the vehicle began to smoke and caught on fire. Firefighters were called to put out the blaze and the Florida Highway Patrol responded to investigate the accident.

Morales was handcuffed. During his arrest, Deputy Rhinhart noticed him squirming around. Upon investigation, a plastic bag of cocaine was found underneath him.

All three boys were charged with aggravated battery and being a principal in the first degree to aggravated battery. Morales was also charged with possession of cocaine. The investigation into the incident will continue in an attempt to identify the fourth suspect involved.

January 24, 2009

Vessel being raffled off for charity is stolen

A boat being raffled off to benefit the Mariner's Hospital Foundation was reported stolen Friday. It had been donated to the foundation by Caribee Boat Sales in Islamorada.

The theft of the 2008 Boston Whaler, complete with trailer and 40 horsepower motor, was reported at 6 p.m. Friday. The boat is valued at $15,000.00. The fact the boat was missing was first noticed by a woman who had come to the hospital to buy a $100.00 raffle ticket for the boat at 6 p.m. Friday. The boat had been parked in the grass near the highway, in front of the hospital, chained to a pole.

Deputy Luis Gomez responded shortly after 6 p.m. and began speaking with employees of the hospital. A maintenance employee said he came to work at 7:30 a.m. and found the chain and lock laying in the grass. He said he didn't think anything about the boat being gone because he assumed someone had won the boat.

The vessel is described as a Boston Whaler special edition, 13' 3" long with a white exterior with the name Boston Whaler in red lettering; it has a blue interior with white cushioned seats and a black 40 horsepower Mercury Marine outboard motor.

Anyone with information about the theft should call the Sheriff's Office immediately. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a tip leads to an arrest in the case, the tipster would be eligible for a cash reward. Tips can be phoned in to 1-800-346-TIPS, or submitted by anonymous email at www.tipsubmit.com.

January 21, 2009

Tip from alert neighbor leads to burglary arrests

Rock Harbor - An alert neighbor who called the Sheriff's Office to report suspicious behavior helped deputies arrest two Homestead men for burglary.

The witness called the Sheriff's Office Tuesday at noon to report seeing two men walk up to his neighbor's house on Seaside Avenue in Rock Harbor and steal two rods and reels from a porch area. Deputy Robert Dosh, who was responding to the call, spoke with the witness on the phone and got a description of the car they left in - a black Lexus. The witness told him the two stolen rods and reels were sticking out of the window of the car.

Deputy Dosh spotted the car at the 95 mile marker northbound. He pulled it over and found three men inside. After questioning the men, he placed two of them under arrest for burglary and theft. 21 year old Mario Novoa said he was the owner and driver of the car. He said he pulled the car over at Seaside Avenue because he was looking for a view of the ocean. He said his friend, 21 year old Hamilton Alvarez, was the one who took the fishing poles. He did admit to knowing the poles were stolen and still allowing Alvarez to put them in his car. Both men said the third person in the car knew nothing about the crime.

The witness positively identified the two men as the ones he saw at his neighbor’s house. Alvarez and Novoa were both booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Woman arrested for child abuse

Stock Island - A Stock Island woman was arrested today, charged with wrapping the string from a piece of clothing around the neck of a 5 year old.

The child's father saw a mark on his daughter's neck on January 7th. When he asked her what happened, she said 29 year old Lavere Watson had taken the string from a piece of clothing she was wearing, had wrapped it around her neck and pulled it tight until it broke. He called the Sheriff's Office to report the alleged incident.

Detective Kim Trullender with the Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Women and Children's Unit was assigned to investigate. After extensive interviews with the victim, suspect, and others, a warrant was issued for her arrest for Cruelty toward a Child, a first degree felony crime. She was arrested today at the Monroe County Courthouse, she was transported to the Monroe County Detention Center where she was booked on those charges.

January 20, 2009

Teens charged with auto burglaries

Ramrod Key - An alert witness who called to report suspicious activity in his neighborhood helped deputies catch a gang of teens burglarizing vehicles in a Ramrod Key neighborhood early Monday.

The witness called Sheriff's dispatchers because he saw a dark colored Sport Utility vehicle cruising up and down West Indies Drive around 3 a.m. He said he saw kids jumping out of the vehicle periodically. He said it looked like they were trying car doors to see if they were unlocked.

When Deputy Deborah Ryan and Sgt. Tom Walker arrived in the area, they spoke with the witness and spotted a van on the street with it's side door wide open. They then began checking the neighborhood for the suspicious SUV. When they did not find it driving on any of the neighborhood streets, they began checking driveways for it. They found a red Ford Explorer parked in a driveway on St. Vincent Lane. The hood was still warm and a glance in the windows revealed lots of items which could have come from vehicle burglaries, including rods and reels, multiple sunglasses, radar detectors and cell phones.

Sgt. Walker met with the owner of the van which had been burglarized. He said rods and reels were missing from his van and the ones in the red SUV looked like his. The officers began checking around the area where the SUV had been found. Inside a boat parked behind the residence, they found three teens hiding. They immediately detained 16 year old Carina Morrell of Cudjoe, 16 year old Tommie Daniels of Summerland Key and 18 year old Vincent Massacci.

During questioning, all three admitted to being involved in vehicle burglaries in the Ramrod neighborhood. They also implicated 16 year old Frank Randleman. Randleman was picked up at his Big Pine Key home and he also admitted to involvement in the crimes. Detectives say they are investigating at least nine vehicle burglaries related to this crime spree. All four teens are being charged with multiple counts of vehicle burglary and multiple counts of grand theft and theft.

Massacci is also being charged with an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court ref. fleeing and eluding police and driving a motorcycle without an endorsement. The charge stems from an incident in September when Sgt. Andrew Ensminger spotted Massacci on a motorcycle without eye protection. When he tried to pull him over, Massacci fled at high rates of speed through the same residential neighborhood where the burglaries took place. Massacci was finally stopped and arrested. He failed to show up for trial on the charges and a warrant was issued for failure to appear in court.

January 19, 2009

Driver and passenger arrested after traffic stop

Islamorada - Deputies arrested the driver and passenger of a car they saw driving on the bike path in Islamorada Sunday in the early morning hours.

Deputies were in the vicinity of the 81.5 mile marker at 3 a.m. when they spotted the 2006 Black Infiniti sedan driving southbound down the bike path. After they stopped the car, the driver, 27 year old Paul Bravo of Miami, told them he was on the bike path because he thought he might have a flat tire. He said he was on his way to his parent's house at the 75 mile marker. He admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the evening.

Deputies Keith Albert and Yunier Galvez observed signs that Bravo might be intoxicated. He failed field sobriety exercises so he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The passenger in the car, 20 year old Adriana Velasquez, was also arrested after she was found to be in possession of marijuana, Xanax, a smoking pipe and a fake driver's license.

A search of Bravo's car turned up cocaine in the center console, along with marijuana residue and three smoking pipes, a loaded semi-automatic handgun and a box of ammunition. Bravo does not possess a concealed weapon's permit.

In addition to driving under the influence of alcohol, Bravo was charged with possession of cocaine, carrying a concealed firearm, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both Bravo and Velasquez were booked into the Monroe County jail.

January 17, 2009

Teen linked to vehicle burglary with fingerprint

Marathon - A Marathon teen has been arrested for vehicle burglary after his fingerprint was identified on a document from the vehicle's glove compartment.

The burglary took place October 9th on 23rd Street in Marathon. It was one of five burglaries reported in that location on that day. While deputies were on the scene taking reports, a taxi cab drove by. In the back seat was 18 year old James Sprint. One of the victims pointed him out, saying she'd seen him in the vicinity of her vehicle earlier. Sprint was questioned, but denied any involvement with the crime. He explained his presence in the area by saying he'd been staying with a girlfriend who lived nearby.

Fingerprints were lifted by Detective Harry Boyden from several items which had been strewn around the inside of the car by the suspect. They were sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for identification. The fingerprint he lifted from the car's registration document was returned in December and was identified as belonging to Sprint.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and on Friday he was picked up. He was charged with vehicle burglary and he was booked into jail.

January 16, 2009

Search warrant results in drug arrest

Stock Island - A Stock Island man who told detectives he was dealing drugs to support his three small children was arrested Thursday on drug charges.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Special Investigations Division, assisted by the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, served a search warrant at a residence on 9th Avenue, Stock Island Thursday at 9 a.m. They found 23 year old Bayardo Gomez in the residence with two of his small children. His wife was holding the third small child.

They questioned Gomez about his alleged drug dealing and Gomez said he'd lost his job and had been dealing drugs for about two months to support his family. Inside the home, detectives found 22 grams of powdered cocaine in various locations, six grams of crack cocaine, most of which was in the form of a crack cocaine "cookie", six Darvocet pills, 13 Xanax pills and 15 Ecstasy pills. Some of the cocaine was packaged in small plastic bags, ready for sale. Detectives also found three digital scales commonly used to weigh drugs.

Gomez was placed under arrest. He was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, trafficking in ecstasy, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

January 13, 2009

Dead man identified with Winn-Dixie card, fingerprint

Lower Keys - A man found floating offshore of Stock Island Saturday has been identified.

Detectives say the man was identified as 54 year old Anthony Harrold Adams, a local homeless man. His next of kin - a brother in Arizona - was notified about his death today. Detective Terry Smith says he discovered the identity using a small Winn-Dixie rewards card on a key chain in Adams' pocket. The identification was confirmed using a Driver's License photo and, finally, by comparing a thumbprint from a pawn slip with a print taken from the body.

The cause and manner of Adams' death is still unknown and is still under investigation.

Woman injured in domestic dispute; man arrested

Plantation Key - A woman from Cape Coral was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon after her fiance broke a glass vase over her head during an argument over a dog.

Deputy David Minor responded to the Ragged Edge Resort office and met with the injured victim at 3 p.m. She told him she'd been in an argument with her fiance because her dog was missing and he thought she was not paying enough attention to the dog. She said he began throwing things around and, during the course of the argument, hit her over the head with a vase, cutting her head open. She was transported to the hospital and received stitches for the deep laceration on the back of her head.

When deputies checked the house to see if 49 year old John McGinn of Islamorada was still there, they did not find him at home. Later that afternoon, however, when they showed up at the house to retrieve some of the victim's belongings for her they found him drinking and playing pool with friends. McGinn was arrested, charged with aggravated battery and he was taken to jail.

Detectives need help finding possible shooting victim

Marathon - Detectives are investigating reports of a man who told a taxi driver he'd been shot, then showed her what looked like a possible gun shot wound on his right side, just below his rib cage.

The taxi driver reported the incident the morning of January 9th. She told Deputy Marc Maison she'd picked the man up in the parking lot of Orion Bank at 5700 Overseas Highway in Marathon at about 12:30 a.m. She said he told her someone had shot him, and showed her his wound, which she said appeared to be bleeding profusely. She said he refused to allow her to take him to the hospital and didn't want her to call police.

She said she dropped him off in the vicinity of 116th Street and 4th Avenue on the Ocean side of Marathon. She said she did not see him enter a house in the area.

The driver describes the man as a white male, 30 - 35 years old, 6 feet tall with a stocky build; he had medium length sandy-brown hair, about a days worth growth of facial hair and was wearing dark, long pants and a dark colored long sleeved shirt.

Detectives responded to the area where he was dropped off, but did not find anyone fitting his description. They also checked area hospitals, and put out a notice to be on the lookout to other police agencies. There has been no more information from any source which might shed light on who this man is, or what happened to him.

Anyone with information which might pertain to this case should contact the Sheriff's Office immediately.

January 11, 2009

Body found offshore

Lower Keys - A man's body was found floating off the Atlantic side of Stock Island Saturday.

A passing boater spotted the man floating face up about four to five miles off shore of the Stock Island area. Deputies responded on a Sheriff's Office vessel and met with the Coast Guard who was standing by with the body. The body was recovered, transported to shore and turned over to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office.

Detective Kim Trullender, who is the investigating detective from the Sheriff's Special Investigation's Division, says the dead man is a white male, who appears to be about 45 - 50 years of age, balding with a salt and pepper colored goatee. He was wearing a blue shirt, khaki shorts and he was wearing glasses when he was found. It appeared he'd only been in the water for a short time - perhaps less than 24 hours.

Detectives say so far there are no reports of anyone missing who fits this description.

An autopsy will be done in an attempt to determine the cause of the man's death. Anyone with information which might lead to the man's identification should call the Sheriff's Office immediately.

More information about man found floating

Lower Keys - An autopsy has not given detectives a definitive answer as to the cause of death for an unidentified man found floating off shore of the Lower Keys Saturday afternoon.

Detective Kim Trullender says the autopsy helped him with specific descriptors, however, which might help someone recognize and identify the man. He is a white male between 40 and 60 years of age. He is bald with a white goatee, 5' 9" tall and 175 pounds. He wears eyeglasses, at least to read with if not all the time. He was wearing them when his body was discovered by a passing boater Saturday. He has brown eyes and has no scars, marks or tattoos. He was wearing khaki colored Wrangler shorts, a light blue t-shirt of unknown make, a brown belt with a brass buckle, blue and gold checked boxer shorts with a University of Florida Gators emblem on them. His shoes were size 10 black Nike Airmax running shoes and he was wearing Hanes ankle high white socks. He had a silver colored Casio watch on and had cash and a ring of keys in his pocket.

The autopsy did not give a specific cause of death and toxicology results are pending. He did have some minor injuries but there was no obvious sign of foul play revealed. It appears he was in the water for only a short time - perhaps less than 24 hours.

Anyone with information which may help to identify him is asked to call the Sheriff's Office immediately.

January 4, 2009

Two Key Largo men shatter window in view of Sheriff's deputy

One man is under arrest and another is wanted after a deputy saw them shatter the front window of the Islamorada Post Office early today.

Sgt. Tom Kiffney was nearby when he saw 19 year old Michael Gjerde and 20 year old George Bosque walking in front of the Post Office at 3:45 a.m. The sergeant saw Bosque hit the window with his elbow, shattering it. He then saw the two men begin running away.

Deputy Patrick Crozier was also nearby. Both officers yelled at the men to stop. Deputy Crozier pulled his patrol car into the path of Gjerde and took him into custody. Bosque continued to run, however, escaping from the area.

Upon questioning, Gjerde gave several stories about why he was in that area. He gave a positive identification of Bosque as the man with him at the time the window was broken.

Gjerde was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and loitering and prowling. A warrant will be issued for Bosque for the same charges.

Miami man attempts escape from deputies after DUI arrest

Islamorada - A Miami man, under arrest today for driving under the influence of alcohol, ran from deputies, then fought them when they tried to take him back into custody.

Sgt. Tom Kiffney was northbound at the 82 mile marker behind a pickup truck just after midnight when he saw the passenger in the truck throw a glass full of liquid out of the truck. He followed the truck farther, observing it as it swerved over the stripe on the right hand side of the roadway. He pulled the truck over and asked the driver, 32 year old Brandon Swanson, for his license.

Deputy Yunier Galvez arrived as back up. He began conducting a DUI investigation. Swanson denied drinking alcohol and agreed to roadside sobriety exercises. He then claimed to be diabetic and refused to continue with the exercises. He was placed under arrest in the back of Deputy Galvez' patrol car to await a rescue unit, which was responding to check him medically prior to his transport to jail.

As Deputy Galvez was being walked from the patrol car to the ambulance, he broke away and began to run. Deputies on scene chased him, catching him a short distance away. He fought with deputies, causing minor injuries to three of them. Deputy Kenneth Brand finally used his Taser on Swanson and he was subdued, handcuffed and taken to jail. Upon further questioning, Swanson told deputies he lied about being diabetic. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, escape, resisting arrest with violence and resisting arrest without violence. He was booked into jail.

Rock throwing suspects arrested

Two Miami teens were arrested Saturday, charged with throwing rocks at vehicles traveling on the highway in Key Largo.

Deputies responded Friday night to reports of five vehicles with damage from rocks being thrown at them in the vicinity of the 98 mile marker of the highway in Key Largo. All five vehicles were southbound about 9 p.m. when they were hit. At the time, the deputies looked around the area and found as stash of rocks next to a dumpster at the Landings of Largo condominium complex.

Saturday evening, Deputies Edgar Piniero, Richard Bellon and Sgt. Derek Paul are again dispatched to the 98 mile marker of the highway at 9 p.m. to two reports of rocks being thrown at two vehicles. A third victim later stopped at the Islamorada substation to report having rocks thrown at his vehicle as well.

This time, the deputies checked the dumpster area immediately upon arrival and found two juveniles standing next to the pile of rocks. 16 year old Jackson Powell and 13 year old Jonathan Parker both admitted to throwing rocks both Friday and Saturday. Powell said they did it because they were bored and wanted something to do. They were both charged with eight counts of throwing a deadly missile at an occupied vehicle and eight counts of criminal mischief.

January 3, 2008

Five reports of rocks thrown at vehicles

Key Largo - Five people driving in the vicinity of the 98 mile marker Friday night reported objects, most likely rocks, thrown at their vehicles.

Deputy Edgar Piniero met with the five victims just after 9 p.m. They all told a similar story. They said they were driving past the 98 mile marker southbound when rocks or some type of objects hit their vehicles.

The first vehicle, a van, was carrying six passengers when a large rock shattered the side window; a Chevy truck was hit by an object on the passenger side door; a black Toyota was struck on the windshield by an object, shattering the windshield; a gray Chevy truck had it's windshield shattered by a rock and a Dodge truck also had it's windshield broken by an object thrown at it.

Fortunately, there were no accidents caused by these incidents. Throwing a rock or another object at a vehicle is a second degree felony crime. Anyone with information about these incidents should call the Sheriff's Office immediately. If a caller wants to remain anonymous and receive a cash reward, he or she can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line anonymously at www.tipsubmit.com.

January 2, 2008

Miami man charged with vehicle burglary

Islamorada - A Miami man was arrested after a witness saw him take items from a car parked at the Whale Harbor Marina in Islamorada.

A witness called the Sheriff's Office at 11 a.m. Thursday after he saw 23 year old Corey Wilson open the door of his friend's Ford SUV parked at Whale Harbor Marina and take a camera, wallet and other items from inside. The witness then approached Wilson, who was the passenger in a white Crown Victoria. He confronted Wilson about what he saw and Wilson gave back the stolen items and drove away northbound. The witness gave Sheriff's dispatchers a description of the car and it's license tag number.

Deputy Julio Alvarez was working a special detail at the north end of the Whale Harbor bridge. He received a notice to be on the lookout for the Crown Victoria and spotted it as it passed his location. He stopped the car at the 86 mile marker of highway U.S. One. Wilson was arrested, charged with burglary and theft and he was booked into jail.

New Year's Eve at American Legion interrupted by fight

Key Largo - New Year's Even afternoon at the American Legion Post at the 97 mile marker of the highway was interrupted by a fight during which a Key Largo man tried to hit another man with his van.

Witnesses told Deputy Robert Dosh they saw 60 year old Michael Carbone come into the bar at 4:18 p.m. and attempt to make his wife leave the bar. She was sitting with another man who stood up to confront Carbone. Carbone hit him in the mouth. As he was dragging his wife out the door of the bar another man intervened. Carbone got into his 2005 Honda van and tried to hit the man in the parking lot. The victim jumped out of the way and Carbone instead hit another vehicle in the parking lot. After hitting the vehicle, he left the area in his van.

Deputy Dosh responded to Carbone's residence and found him inside, hiding in a closet. Carbone was arrested. He was charged with hit and run - leaving the scene of an accident with property damage; he was also charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of battery. He was booked into jail.


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