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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April 29, 2004

Homestead man arrested for dealing drugs in the Keys

With the arrest of a Homestead man Wednesday, Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit continued their efforts to combat out of town drug dealers plying their wares in the Keys. Undercover detectives arranged a drug deal with 27-year old Anttwan T. Snow, of Homestead. Snow agreed to sell $750 worth of crack cocaine and to meet at a fast food franchise on Key Largo Wednesday morning. After Snow exchanged the cocaine for the cash, detectives moved in and arrested Snow. Officers also found a small amount of marijuana in a shirt pocket when they searched Snow. Detectives booked Snow into the Plantation Key jail on charges of sale of cocaine and possession of marijuana.

Additional charges filed against escort service operator

Sheriff’s detectives filed additional charges after serving a search warrant at the residence of an escort service operator Wednesday. Detectives found two handguns in the Big Pine Key residence of 48-year old Michael Knezevich. Possession of the handguns violated an earlier injunction against him prohibiting the possession of a firearm. Knezevich was arrested April 14th on charges of forcing a person to be a prostitute, deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution, offering to procure a person for the purpose of prostitution and transporting a person for the purpose of prostitution. Knezevich operated the Heavenly Bodies escort service on Big Pine Key.

April 28, 2004

Two Florida City men arrested on cocaine charges

Key Largo - Sheriff's detectives from the Special Investigations Division arrested two Florida City men Tuesday in the parking lot of a Key Largo marina on cocaine related charges.

The two men arrived in the parking lot at 1:20 p.m. in a 1995 Lincoln Continental after agreeing to sell an undercover operative $700 worth of crack cocaine. The driver of the car, 25 year old Akira Melvin, got out and handed over the 12 grams of crack cocaine taking the cash in return. He was arrested and charged with sale of cocaine. He was also charged with driving with a suspended driver's license.

A search of the car turned up three grams of powdered cocaine in the center  console next to where the passenger was seated. The passenger, 44 year old Larry Melvin, was arrested for possession of the powdered cocaine. The car was seized for possible forfeiture.

Two Miami men arrested on cocaine charges

Key Largo - Two Miami men were arrested after selling crack cocaine to an undercover operative in Key Largo Tuesday.

The undercover operative arranged to purchase crack cocaine from a man he knew by the nickname of "Baldy". At 2:30 p.m., "Baldy", also known as 26 year old Tyrone Louis, arrived at the parking lot of a convenience store at the 106 mile marker. He was the passenger in a 1978 Buick. He got out of the car, handed over $600 worth of crack cocaine and received the cash in return. Louis was placed under arrest by detectives from the Sheriff's Special Investigations Division for sale of cocaine. More cocaine and some marijuana was found in the car near the driver's seat, so the driver, 27 year old Charlie Brown, Jr. was arrested for possession of cocaine and marijuana.

Both men were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. The car was seized for possible forfeiture.

April 27, 2004

Marathon man arrested for marijuana sale, possession

Marathon - Detectives from the Sheriff's Special Investigations Unit arrested a Marathon man Monday afternoon for selling marijuana, and for possessing a large amount of the illegal drug.

60 year old Roger Cochrane sold marijuana to an undercover operative. The sale took place at Cochrane's home on 82nd Street in Marathon. He was placed under arrest and detectives asked him if there was anything else in his house they should know about. Cochrane told them he had more marijuana, it was in the bathroom of the house, and he gave them permission to retrieve it.

In the bathroom was a small blue cooler containing 396 grams of marijuana, a scale for weighing it and a pipe used to smoke the drug. Cochrane was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center, charged with possession and sale of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Leisure City man arrested for selling crack cocaine

Key Largo - A Leisure City, Florida man is in jail today, charged with selling a large amount of crack cocaine to an undercover operative.

19 year old Fess "Moo-Moo" Johnson met the operative in the parking lot of Winn Dixie grocery store in Key Largo at 6:30 p.m. Monday. He handed over 76 rocks of crack cocaine weighing 10 grams in exchange for $1,200 in cash. Johnson was then placed under arrest, charged with sale of cocaine. He was also charged with an outstanding warrant for sale of cocaine stemming from a previous case. On April 15th, he sold eight crack rocks to an undercover operative for $100.00. That sale took place in the parking lot of K-Mart in Marathon.

Johnson is currently in the Monroe County Detention Center.


April 26, 2004

Man arrested for burglarizing Stock Island home

Stock Island - A Stock Island resident flagged down a deputy on foot patrol in his 4th Avenue neighborhood to report his house had just been burglarized in the early morning hours Sunday.

The victim told Deputy David Lariz he fell asleep in his trailer with the front door unlocked. He said he woke up at 3 a.m. and was standing at the door, getting ready to lock it, when he realized someone was inside the house with him. The suspect pushed him aside and left through the front door. The victim said he recognized the suspect as someone he'd seen before. He said the suspect visits his neighbor periodically.

Deputy Lariz checked with the neighbor, and was told the suspect's name is Javier Gonzalez, 18 years of age, from Maloney Avenue on Stock Island. He and two other deputies made contact with Gonzalez at 5:30 a.m. The victim positively identified Gonzalez as the person who was in his house. Gonzalez was arrested and charged with burglary and battery on a person 65 years of age or older. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Man shoots himself prior to arrest

Key Largo - A Key Largo man shot himself in the head today as deputies knocked on his door meaning to arresting him on an outstanding warrant.

Deputies and detectives arrived at the home on Ellen Drive just after 10 a.m. They knocked on the front door and, when someone inside asked who was there, they announced they were from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Just after that announcement, a shot rang out inside the residence. Upon making entry, the officers found 72 year old Martin Lane lying on the bed with a gunshot wound to his temple. Paramedics arrived at the scene and Lane was transported to Mariner's Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:20 a.m.

Lane was under investigation for lewd and lacivious molestation of a young child. Detectives had obtained a warrant for his arrest and were attempting to take him into custody when he shot himself. An autopsy will be performed to confirm the cause of Lane's death.

The alleged molestation took place on April 21st. Lane was watching the small child and the child's mother walked in to find him molesting her. She called the Sheriff's Office to report the incident and a detective from the Sheriff's Crimes Against Women and Children's Unit was assigned to the investigation.

April 22, 2004

Burglary suspect escapes despite extensive search effort

Key Largo - The suspect in two burglaries and an indecent exposure case managed to elude officers despite an extensive search effort in the vicinity of the 105 mile marker of Highway U.S. One Wednesday night.

Deputies first responded to a report of an indecent exposure on Tarpon Avenue at 3:15 p.m. The victim told Deputy Sever Hustad she was working in her yard and saw a man in the bushes across from her residence looking at her and masturbating. The deputy began searching for the suspect across the street. He heard the back door to #28 Tarpon Avenue closing, looked through a fence and saw a man fitting the suspect's description exiting that residence. He yelled for the man to stop, but the man refused. The deputy chased him, but the suspect fled down Tarpon Avenue toward the highway, and into a wooded area.

Back up officers began arriving and the search for the suspect continued. He was spotted again, and officers chased him across the highway to the oceanside of the 105 mile marker. Officers were set up around that area in an attempt to keep him from escaping.

Two K-9 teams were called out to assist in the continuing search, and more officers from the Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol and the Fish and Wildlife Commission turned out to assist as well. Clothing worn by the suspect was found in a wooded area, including a shirt and a ball cap, but the suspect himself somehow managed to elude those who were looking for him. At 8:30 p.m. the effort was called off.

While the search was going on, Deputy Jose Carballo discovered a broken window at #36 Tarpon Avenue. Investigations at that home revealed someone took a DVD player, a Sony Playstation 2 and a Satellite receiver. Those items were found this morning hidden in the front yard of the residence. Clothing the suspect was wearing when he was seen by deputies was also stolen from this residence.

At 8 a.m. today, a woman who lives on Susan Street called the Sheriff's Office to report her van had been stolen sometime overnight. She said she last saw it at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. The van is a 1993 Aerostar, burgundy in color. It is not clear whether the van theft is connected to the other crimes, but Susan Street is just a short distance south of the search area. It is possible, the suspect may have stolen the van and used it to escape from officers searching for him.

The investigation continues. Detectives have gathered evidence at the burglary crime scenes and are hopeful some of that evidence will reveal the identity of the suspect. The suspect is described as a white male, in his early to mid 20s, with short, dark, wavy hair.

Anyone with information about these crimes should contact the Sheriff's Office immediately. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If the information leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a substantial cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.


April 21, 2004

Two arrested for stealing outboard motor

Marathon - Two Marathon men were arrested Monday for stealing an outboard motor from a Marathon business.

On April 7th, the owner of Yamar Marine in Marathon called to report a 225 hp Mercury outboard engine had been taken from the front of the business sometime over night. The owner said he'd found the stolen motor hidden behind a building on 15th Street. Deputy Derek Paul and Detective Lionel Vargas responded to investigate.

After questioning several people in connection with the missing motor, they discovered that two men who were seen in the vicinity of the motor had taken it. Warrants were obtained for the arrest of 43 year old Joe Nicholson and 62 year old Joseph Flynn, both Marathon residents. Nicholson and Flynn were arrested on Monday, charged with Grand theft and they were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Two arrested for drugs in Marathon

Marathon - Deputies on patrol in Marathon in the early morning hours Tuesday stopped a car with a wanted person inside. They ended up arresting two of the car's occupants for drug possession.

Deputies Mark Easty and Chuck Kellenberger received information that a man wanted in Miami was in a white Mitsubishi Mirage in the vicinity of 41st Street in Marathon. Dispatchers ran a check through computers on 26 year old Cortez Atkins of Florida City and confirmed the warrant, which was for a felony charge of assault. The car was located a short distance away and was pulled over. Atkins was inside and was placed under arrest.

Once in custody, Atkins admitted to having drugs in his pocket. A plastic bag with 1.5 grams of crack cocaine inside was found and he was further charged with possession of cocaine. Deputy Kellenberger saw a plastic bag in the back seat. Inside the bag was more cocaine, in nine small bags, packaged as if to sell. The back seat passenger, 21 year old Octavius Evans of Florida City, admitted the bags with the drugs inside were his. He was also placed under arrest, charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell.

Both men were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

April 19, 2004

Men charged with drug possession in Marathon

Marathon - Deputies investigating a battery report in the early morning hours Sunday arrested two men for possessing drugs.

Deputies Luis Rivera and Andrew Warwick were at a residence on 66th Street in Marathon at 1:30 a.m. investigating reports of a battery when they saw two men sitting in a car nearby.  Upon investigation, they found the driver of the car's license had been suspended for failing to pay a traffic citation. 19 year old Ricky McGhee of Marathon was arrested for that crime.

A subsequent search of his car turned up marijuana, powdered cocaine and crack cocaine. The passenger in the car initially identified himself to the deputies using a false name. He was later identified correctly as 23 year old Kelley James of Homestead. Both McGhee and Kelley refused to say who the drugs belonged to, so they were both charged with possessing the illegal substances. Kelley was additionally charged with falsely identifying himself to a law enforcement officer.

When Deputy Rivera asked McGhee about the license tag on the vehicle, McGee said he'd bought the tag from an unknown person for $5.00. He was further charged with attaching a tag not assigned. They were both booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Man arrested for gun threats

Marathon - A Marathon driver who pulled a gun and pointed it at a couple in another car was arrested Sunday afternoon for aggravated assault.

The victims, a husband and wife from Leesburg, Florida, called the Sheriff's Office at 1:15 p.m. to report they were following a car whose driver had just threatened them with a gun. They told dispatchers the man, driving a white Chrysler convertible, had stopped his car and gotten out at Sombrero Beach.

When Deputy Derek Paul arrived, the couple said the confrontation happened as they were turning from U.S. One onto Sombrero Beach Road. They said a man in a white convertible was behind them, honking his horn. They stopped because they thought something might be wrong with their car. The man pulled up beside them and pointed a handgun at them, and said, "want a piece of this, old man?" He then pulled away, traveling toward the beach.

Deputy Paul located the white convertible, with the help of the victims. He and two other deputies then took the husband onto the beach to see if he could identify the man who threatened him. The wife stayed near the suspect's car with Deputy Linda Kohout. A man walked toward Deputy Kohout, and the wife told the deputy it was the man who threatened them. At that point, 25 year old Chester McIntire was taken into custody.

McIntire said the car belonged to his wife. He agreed to a search. A black airsoft BB gun was found in the glove compartment. The gun closely resembles a real handgun. McIntire claimed he knew nothing about the gun and that it belonged to his brother.

McIntire was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

April 16, 2004

Drug searches done on Stock Island

Stock Island - The Sheriff's Special Investigation's Division led the way serving a series of search warrants on Stock Island Thursday night. The warrants targeted drug suspects and are the result of an ongoing investigation into drug dealing in the area.

Assisting in the service of the warrants was the Sheriff's Office and Key West Police Special Weapons and Tactics Teams, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration and road patrol deputies and detectives.

Beginning at 6 p.m., searches were done at #11 Wilson Apartments on 3rd Street, B-16 8th Avenue, D-23 10th Avenue, 102 Roy's Trailer Park and G-24 Roberta Street. Detectives found a total of 64 grams of marijuana, and 17 grams of cocaine. They also seized $1,500.00 in cash. Three people were arrested, including:

48 year old Ramona Mazorra for Possession of Cocaine, 63 year old Luis Blanco for Possession of Cocaine and 49 year old Anthony Petrilli for Possession of Marijuana.

More arrests are pending in connection with these cases. This is the fourth search warrant served by the Sheriff's Office at the Wilson Apartments address in the past year.

Three charged with school, church burglaries in the Lower Keys

Lower Keys - Three people are responsible for committing at least one school burglary and five church burglaries in the lower Keys, according to Sheriff's detectives.

Detectives obtained warrants charging 30 year old Paul Moss, 18 year old Christopher Phillips and a 15 year old Key West girl with six counts of burglary, six counts of criminal mischief. Moss was also charged with dealing in stolen property for taking some of the items stolen in the burglaries to a local pawn shop for cash.

The three were caught after a deputy in the Tavernier spotted them driving a stolen car. Property in the car, along with subsequent interviews with the suspects, revealed their connection with the burglaries.

Man arrested for stolen auto; suspected in auto burglaries
Detectives need help finding stolen tools

Marathon - Sheriff's detectives and deputies arrested a man today driving a truck stolen from West Virginia. He was caught after he tried to steal tools from Home Depot and was spotted committing the crime by a store employee.

43 year old Jack Cadwallader of West Virginia was trying to shoplift some tools at 9:30 a.m. when he was caught red handed at Home Depot in Marathon. He was seen fleeing from the store by a witness who followed him and called the Sheriff's Office to report the fleeing man's location.

It just so happens that the witness following Cadwallader was the victim of a burglary in the parking lot of Home Depot on Wednesday. The suspect in that burglary, coincidentally, is Cadwallader. When the victim saw Cadwallader run from the store, he saw him get into a 1995 F350 pickup truck with red and white stripes on the sides. The same truck he saw when he viewed a Home Depot surveillance video with detectives Wednesday depicting the burglary of his van.

Cadwallader is also believed to have committed a second burglary in the parking lot of Home Depot on Monday. In both vehicle burglaries he took a large number of tools from the unlocked vehicles. Some of those tools have been recovered, but detectives are looking for the rest of the stolen tools. They believe Cadwallader may have sold the tools to people in the Marathon area. Cadwallader is currently at the Monroe County Detention Center, charged with grand theft auto, and grand theft of the tools he attempted to take from the store. The vehicle burglary charges are pending.

Anyone with information about the stolen tools should contact Detective Rick Martin or Detective Sgt. Mike Langston immediately at 289-2430. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward for information which leads to the arrest of suspects and the recovery of stolen property in felony crimes. The Crime Stoppers Hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

April 15, 2004

Prostitution sting nets two arrests

Marathon - A ongoing investigation into prostitution operations in the Keys netted two arrests in Marathon Wednesday night. The investigation was prompted by numerous complaints by citizens about ads in local publications for businesses engaging in supposed "escort services". The citizens complained that the ads were thinly veiled and obvious attempts to offer sexual performance for money.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Special Investigations Division used a Marathon hotel as a base of operations for the sting. Once set up at the hotel, and undercover officer called a contact number for an alleged prostitution business on Big Pine Key called Heavenly Bodies Escort Services. A man who called himself "Mike" answered the phone and agreed to send a woman to the hotel. When asked if the woman was healthy and free of diseases, he said "Yes, my women are clean." The detective then asked how much it would cost for an hour of time with the woman. Mike told him it would be $250.00.

The woman arrived at the hotel in a vehicle driven by a man, later identified as 48 year old Michael Knezevich. When she walked in the room she said she didn't want to be there, and was forced to perform sexual favors for money. She said the sexual activity would cost $250.00. At that point, the detective identified himself as a law enforcement officer. He asked her if she would work with law enforcement in an effort to arrest the man who was running the prostitution business. She agreed to do so and identified him as Knezevich. She said she pays him $100.00 and keeps $150.00 from each transaction.

In a controlled phone call, she contacted him and asked him to pick her up at the hotel. When he showed up, she got in the car and handed over his part of the money. Once the transaction was completed, he was placed under arrest. He was charged with forcing a person to become a prostitute, deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution, offering to procure a person for the purpose of prostitution and with transporting a person for the purpose of prostitution. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. His red Ford Mustang was seized for possible forfeiture. The woman was not charged because of her cooperation on the case.

Detectives then called another phone number they had obtained during the course of their ongoing prostitution investigation. The person who answered the phone agreed to send a woman to the hotel to perform services in exchange for $250.00. 25 year old Adrianna Ferns arrived at the hotel and offered to perform sexual activity with the undercover detective. She increased the amount of money she wanted for the activity, telling him it would cost $360.00. He handed over the money, then placed her under arrest. Ferns was charged with soliciting for prostitution and she was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Crime Stoppers offers reward for burglary suspect information

Marathon - Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects in a business burglary in Marathon.

The business, called Marooned in Marathon, was broken into sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning. Someone threw a rock through the glass door, entered and took a large number of items, including jewelry, cash, cigarettes and children's clothing.

The owner showed up for work Monday morning to find the break in. She called the Sheriff's Office to report the crime.

Detective Lionel Vargas has been assigned to investigate the case. He is hoping someone who knows something about the case will call and report it. Anyone with such information should call the Sheriff's Office at 289-2430. Callers who wish to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If the information leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

Boat Motor thefts a problem once again

Upper Keys - Detectives in the upper Keys are once again letting citizens know that thefts of boat motors in that area are on the increase.

Sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning, suspects stole two Yamaha 225 hp engines from a boat at the Coral Bay Marina on Upper Matecumbe Key. On the night of April 3rd, suspects stole two Yamaha 225 hp engines from a boat at Unique Marine at the 100.6 mile marker in Key Largo by cutting a chain lock on a rear fence at the boat yard.

"These crimes are starting up again. Most of the thefts are from marina's and boat yards. Most of the motors being stolen are Mercury and Yamaha high-end motors," said Detective Sgt. Corey Bryan. "We really need people to be aware and be alert for suspicious people and vehicles. We think these people spend time scoping out a business first before showing up during night time hours and taking the motors." Because of the size and weight of the stolen motors, detectives believe there are multiple suspects involved. The suspects most likely use a large vehicle, perhaps a truck, to remove the motors from the area.

Boat yards and marinas should take security precautions such as installing extra lights and video surveillance cameras. Using dogs or security guards to patrol the inside of fenced areas might also be a good option. Boat owners should make sure that anywhere they leave their boat is as secure as possible.

Anyone who sees a vehicle carrying a boat motor should call the Sheriff's Office immediately so deputies can check the motor to see if it is stolen. Anyone with information about the thefts should also contact the Sheriff's Office. Callers who wish to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If the information leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

April 13, 2004

Suspects arrested for stolen auto will also be charged with school, church burglaries

Lower Keys – Sheriff’s detectives believe three people caught driving in a stolen car are also responsible for recent burglaries at schools and churches in the Keys. Two of the three suspects are currently in custody on charges related to the stolen auto case. Charges in the burglary cases are pending and warrants on those cases are expected to be served sometime today.

The three were taken into custody Sunday evening after they were stopped while driving in a stolen vehicle. The 2002 Volkswagen Beetle was stopped at 6:30 p.m. near the 94 mile marker of the highway after Deputy Nelson Sanchez saw it driving erratically. He ran the car’s tag through his in-car computer and the car turned out to have been reported stolen from St. Petersburg on April 8 th.

A 15 year old girl was driving the car. Two others were in the car with her. 30 year old Paul Moss, who gives a home address in Arizona, admitted to stealing the car. He said he picked up 18 year old Christopher Phillips, who gives no home address, hitchhiking and picked up the 15 year old in Key West.

All three were taken into custody. Moss was charged with grand theft auto; Phillips was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a marijuana pipe was found in his possession; the girl was a reported runaway so she was taken into custody to be returned to her family in Key West. She was also charged with driving without a license.

Property found in the car was traced to at least one school burglary, including a credit card issued to the Monroe County School District. After further investigation, the three were linked to a burglary at Sugarloaf School, reported Saturday morning, and to at least six church burglaries reported over the weekend between Big Coppitt Key and Islamorada. The Key West Police Department is also looking in to whether the three were involved in recent school burglaries in the city of Key West.

Felony charges are pending on all of those cases.

April 12, 2004

Detectives investigating school and church burglaries

Lower Keys - Sheriff's detectives are investigating break ins at three lower Keys churches, and at Sugarloaf School.

Sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, suspects broke in to Sugarloaf School, the Sugarloaf Baptist Church and the Methodist Church on Key Deer Boulevard, Big Pine Key. Then, sometime in the early morning hours Sunday, someone broke in to the New Life Tabernacle Church on Big Coppitt Key. In all four burglaries, very little was taken. Suspects simply forced their way inside and ransacked the buildings, doing damage but taking very few items. Speakers and a DVD player were taken from the Baptist Church on Sugarloaf Key, and cash and checks were taken from the New Life Tabernacle Church.

At the school, suspects primarily concentrated their efforts on the Bus office, opening drawers, prying open file cabinets and doing damage to doors and windows. It is unknown if anything was taken, but a further assessment of the case will be done after school begins on Wednesday, when employees will have a chance to look around for missing items.

Detectives say they don't know if the cases are connected, although there are some similarities. The Sheriff's Crime Scene Investigator responded to all of the burglary sites. His examination of the crime scenes may reveal evidence to help identify suspects in these cases.

Anyone with information about any of the burglaries should contact the Sheriff's Office immediately. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If information leads to an arrest in any of these felony cases, the caller would be eligible for a substantial cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

April 8, 2004

Man charged with lewd and lascivious acts on teenage girl

Lower Keys - A 20 year old Stock Island man has been arrested after a joint investigation by the Sheriff's Office and Key West Police revealed he had sex with an underage girl several times in the city and the county.

The victim, who is 15 years old, reported the illegal sexual activity to detectives with the Key West Police Department on March 31st. During the course of the investigation, she revealed that sexual acts between the two of them took place in both the city and the county,and she said the sexual acts took place against her will. Because some of the acts took place in the county, the Key West Police detectives notified a detective with the Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Women and Children's Unit to assist with the investigation.

On April 7th, warrants were obtained for the arrest of  20 year old Adam Price. Detectives from the city and county went to Price's residence on Riviera Drive in Key West. He was placed under arrest for two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a young girl. Bond on each of the warrants was set at $15,000.00. During interviews following his arrest, Price told Detectives from both agencies that he did have sexual intercourse with a girl he knew was under 16 years of age. He said the sexual encounters took place on Stock Island at a home owned by his family and at his home in the city of Key West.

Price was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

April 6, 2004

Man fleeing from house fire arrested for large amount of marijuana

Key Largo - A man seen fleeing from a house fire Monday was arrested when deputies found 16 pounds of marijuana in a duffel bag he carried out of the burning building.

A neighbor told Deputy Jason Madnick she was in her yard and saw a man later identified as 42 year old James Ilderton, of South Carolina enter the house next door. She said about ten minutes later, she heard an explosion at her neighbor's house located at 341 Sound Drive. She saw the windows blow out, and saw flames inside. She then saw Ilderton run out of the house carrying a blue duffel bag and throw it over a fence, into an adjacent yard. The witness told her husband to call 911, then saw two other neighbors pulling resident James Mander out of the burning house.

When deputies arrived on the scene, Ilderton was sitting in a chair at the neighbors house. After hearing the witnesses story, Deputy Madnick opened the duffel bag, which had Ilderton's identifying information on the outside of it. In the bag was 16.5 pounds of marijuana, valued at approximately $16,000.00.

Ilderton was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell. He later admitted the marijuana was his. He was examined at the hospital for possible smoke inhalation and was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fire Marshall's Office.