Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Daily Crime and Information Report


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 February 28, 2005

Boca Raton man arrested for having gun at baseball game

A Boca Raton man was arrested Friday after witnesses reported seeing him with a gun in his pocket at a High School baseball game.

Deputies William Mader and Chuck Kellenberger responded to Marathon High School after Sheriff's Office dispatchers received a call about a man with a gun at a baseball game taking place there. When they arrived, they found a number of witnesses who said they saw a gun in the pocket of 68 year old William Lipton. They pointed out Lipton, who was at the baseball field watching the game.

The deputies approached him and searched him for the weapon, but it was not in his pockets. They asked him if they could search his truck for a weapon and he refused to allow the search. Deputies then interviewed a number of people who said they saw the gun in his pocket. After taking several statements detailing the gun, it's description, and it's location in Lipton's pocket, the deputies determined they had probable cause to search the truck without Lipton's permission. Inside, they found a .380 Walther semi-automatic handgun under a cushion on the seat. The gun matched the description given by the witnesses.

Lipton was charged with possessing a weapon on school property and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

February 24, 2005

Search warrant leads to arrests for drugs

Key Largo - Detectives from the Sheriff's Special Investigations Division served a search warrant at an apartment in Key Largo Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., arresting both occupants for possessing cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The search warrant was obtained after an investigation showed drug sales occurring at the apartment, located at the 99.3 mile marker of Highway U.S. One. Once inside the apartment, detectives searched finding 33 small bags of cocaine in a plastic container on the television stand. The plastic container also had 30 bags of marijuana in it. In the kitchen, the search turned up three bags on the kitchen stove with a total of 230 grams of marijuana inside, and a silver plate with loose white powder and a straw on it. The powder tested positive as cocaine. More cocaine was found in a bag hidden under a mattress in the bedroom, and a number of other items containing small amounts of cocaine and marijuana were found scattered throughout the house, along with various pieces of drug paraphernalia.

The residents of the apartment, 22 year old Lakiesha Bradley and 26 year old Kenneth Welch, both admitted ownership of the drugs and paraphernalia. They were both charged with possession with intent to sell marijuana and cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia and they were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Marathon man stopped for speeding; arrested for drugs

Big Pine Key - A Marathon man was stopped for speeding in the early morning hours today (Thursday) and was arrested after he was found to have cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy in his possession.

Deputy John Gabay was parked at the 28 mile marker of highway U.S. One at 2 a.m. when he spotted a van traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputy Gabay used his radar to measure the van's speed at 96 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. He stopped it and noticed the driver, 35 year old Leon Mangham, smelled like he had been drinking alcohol. Mangham denied drinking alcohol, saying he'd taken some cough medicine.

Deputy Henry DelValle responded as back up and the deputies asked Mangham if they could search him and he agreed. In his left front pocket, they found seven pills resembling ecstasy and a short straw cut on an angle, similar to those used to ingest cocaine. Mangham also gave the deputies permission to search his van. Inside, they found a plastic bag with cocaine inside under the driver's seat. On the floor of the passenger side, they found a plastic bag with marijuana inside. The passenger told the deputies the drugs all belonged to Mangham.

Mangham was charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and drug paraphernalia and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

February 17, 2005

Man arrested for brandishing knives at deputy

A Stock Island fisherman was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he threatened a deputy with two large knives.

Deputy Paul Schultz responded to reports of a disturbance at Ore Seafood on 5th Avenue, Stock Island. When he arrived, the owner told him that a man was kicking the building and trying to start fights with his employees. He pointed out the man, later identified as 45 year old Rogelio Gonzalez of Stock Island. When Gonzalez saw the deputy, he walked away, entering the building on the property. The owner warned Deputy Schultz that the building contained "lots of knives."

Deputy Schultz entered the building to look for Gonzalez. When he spotted him inside holding four lobster tails and two large knives, the deputy pulled his gun and ordered Gonzalez to drop the knives. Gonzalez dropped the lobster tails instead, and began advancing on the deputy holding the knives in a threatening manner. When he was within a short distance of Deputy Schultz, still holding the knives, he slipped and fell to the floor. One of the knives cut him on his finger. At that point, the deputy was able to secure him in handcuffs. As he was walking Gonzalez out, Gonzalez fought with the deputy.

Gonzalez was charged with burglary, theft and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. He was taken to Lower Keys Hospital for treatment of his injury, and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Detectives look for newspaper machine thief

      Robert Meadows

Sheriff's detectives are investigating the theft of multiple Miami Herald newspaper machines in the upper Keys over the last week.

Five Miami Herald newspaper machines have been stolen since February 11th. Two have been recovered with damage to the coin boxes on the machines. Detectives are looking for a possible suspect, who has been arrested in the past for similar crimes.

Detective David Carey says he wants to talk to 45 year old Robert Wayne Meadows. Meadows is believed to currently live in the Homestead area. Meadows was arrested in January of 2002 after he was caught dumping two Key West Citizen newspaper machines into some bushes near the Vaca Cut bridge in Marathon. He was charged in that case with grand theft and illegal dumping. He was also a suspect in another case in Key Largo, but detectives did not have enough evidence to arrest him in that case. Meadows is a white male, six foot one, 165 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who sees Meadows, or who has information about these cases, should contact the Sheriff's Office at 853-3211, with his location. Callers may also contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crime Stoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

February 11, 2005

Three family members arrested for drugs

Monroe County- A father, son and grandmother were arrested Thursday by Sheriff's detectives after a lengthy investigation into drug activity in the Keys. The investigation was conducted by the Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Division, assisted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Border Patrol.

The arrests took place in two separate locations, at two separate times Thursday afternoon. During the course of their ongoing investigation, detectives received information that 50 year old Richard Slater, Jr. was going to travel to Key Largo to pick up drugs from his mother, 70 year old Merrie Slater. They followed him to a Key Largo restaurant where they watched as Merrie Slater took an envelope from the trunk of her 2001 Buick Park Avenue Sedan and hand it to Richard Slater. He left in his 1992 Camaro southbound. She left northbound, headed back to her home in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.

Detectives stopped Richard Slater a short time later, arresting him on two outstanding warrants for Trafficking in Oxycontin and Sale of Marijuana. The two warrants were the result of purchases of the two drugs made by undercover operatives during the course of the drug investigation. When they searched him, they found the envelope he'd gotten from his mother hidden in his pants. Inside the envelope were 52 80 milligram Oxycontin pills. He was further charged with another count of trafficking in Oxycontin and $430 dollars in cash found in his possession was also seized.

Merrie Slater was stopped in her car at the 105 mile marker of Highway U.S. One. Upon questioning, she admitted to meeting her son to give him an envelope, but denied knowing what was in the envelope. She was arrested for trafficking in Oxycontin and $2,185 in cash was seized after it was found in the armrest of the car.

At 5 p.m., a search warrant was served at B & M Marine on Cudjoe Key. Richard Slater, Jr. owns the business with his mother, Merrie Slater and he lives on the premises with his son, 21 year old Richard Slater III. Richard Slater III arrived at the business/residence while the search warrant was being served. Detectives had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for sale of marijuana. The warrant was a result of a drug purchase made from him during the course of the drug investigation.

A search of Slater's pockets turned up a plastic bag of marijuana and eleven plastic bags of cocaine. Detectives asked him if there were any more drugs inside they should know about. Slater led them to a shoe box with 226 grams of marijuana inside. Several items of drug paraphernalia were also found, including a smoking pipe, and scales commonly used to weigh drugs.

Slater was further charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of a felony amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. All three members of the Slater family were booked in to the Monroe County Detention Center.

February 7, 2005

Key Largo couple victims of home invasion robbery

Key Largo - A Key Largo couple told Sheriff's deputies and detectives they were the victims of a home invasion robbery late Friday night.

One of the victims, 60 year old Jose Antonio Sosa, told Deputy Jose Carballo he returned to his Pirates Road home at 11:30 p.m. Friday after spending time at a couple of area bars playing pool. He said as he was walking in the door, three men - two of them disguised with masks - forced their way into the residence. He said he fought with them and they hit him on the back of the head, knocking him to the floor. One of the men held him down while the other two ransacked the house, repeatedly asking for his money.

The second victim, 44 year old Marion Ruth Sergeant, told Deputy Carballo she saw Sosa fighting with two masked suspects. The third suspect, who was not wearing a mask, reportedly forced her to the floor and covered her mouth to stop her from screaming. She sustained minor cuts and bruises during the incident.

After the men were finished ransacking the house, they took the cash they found, tied the victims up with twine they found at the residence, and left. Neither of the victims called the Sheriff's Office to report the incident. Sergeant said she didn't call because the suspects ripped the phones out of the wall and she couldn't find her cell phone. The following morning, Sergeant told a friend and told Sosa's business partner about the attack. After discussing the situation, the decision was made to take Sosa to the hospital for treatment of his head injury. At about 11 a.m., the friend drove him to the hospital and called the Sheriff's Office to make a report.

Sosa was treated at Mariner's Hospital and then transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for further medical treatment. Detectives are investigating the case.

Two of the suspects were wearing some type of stocking over their faces to hide their identity. The only descriptions the victims could give was they were Latin males between 25 and 28 years of age, possibly wearing blue jeans. The suspect not wearing a mask was described by Sergeant as a "good looking" white Latin male, 5' 7" to 5'8" tall, slim and muscular with short curly hair. She said he had a "nice smile" and very white teeth, with a short goatee beard. Both victims said the men were talking to each other in both English and Spanish.

February 3, 2005

Marathon man suffers severe injuries after being struck repeatedly with a tree branch

A Marathon man is in a Miami Hospital and another man is in jail charged with striking him repeatedly with a tree branch Wednesday night.

The victim, 47 year old Mark Cannon, was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami to be treated for head injuries he sustained from the attack. He was also struck on the side, back, chest and shoulders. According to a man and woman who witnessed the attack, he was beaten by 40 year old Everett Youmans, a homeless man staying in a homeless camp just south of 60th Street in Marathon.

Cannon was reportedly visiting the camp when the incident occurred. He told Deputy Luis Blasco said he was delivering food to the homeless who live there. The witnesses say he, a homeless woman and Youmans were all lying on a mattress in the camp when the victim put his hand on the woman's thigh. She told him to stop touching her and suddenly, Youmans jumped up, grabbed a branch and began hitting Cannon. After beating the victim, Youmans left the camp, walking deeper into the woods. Cannon managed to crawl out to the highway, where he was spotted by a passerby who called 911 for help.

Deputy Blasco was dispatched to the scene, backed up by a Border Patrol Officer. A short time later, an officer from the Fish and Wildlife Commission arrived, along with Deputy Joel Slough. A search of the surrounding area turned up Youmans, who was further back in the woods, lying on the ground covered with a blanket. He had dried blood on his hands and shirt and was identified by witnesses as the man who beat Cannon.

Youmans was charged with aggravated battery and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

February 1, 2005

Two search warrants lead to arrests

Two search warrants served early today (Tuesday) resulted in the arrest of three people for possessing a variety of drugs and paraphernalia.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Special Investigation's Division received information from people living in the vicinity of Sun Haven Trailer Park that there was drug activity going on at 5671 McDonald Avenue Lots 3 and 4. After a month long investigation into the activity, two search warrants were signed by Judge Peary Fowler for the two residences.

The search warrants were served this morning by detectives, assisted by the Sheriff's Special Weapons and Tactics Team, The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Border Patrol.

A search of the trailer at Lot #3 turned up liquid steroids, various unidentified pills and drug paraphernalia including a number of syringes in a bedroom belonging to 26 year old Yoandry Noa. He was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. In another bedroom belonging to Cassandra Tingley, the search turned up marijuana and a pipe used to smoke the illegal substance. Tingley was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

A search of the trailer at Lot #4 turned up crack cocaine, marijuana, various unidentified pills, liquid steroids, drug paraphernalia including syringes, a scale, a grinder with marijuana inside of it, and $3,400 in cash. 24 year old Yoao Noa was arrested at that residence and charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana, steroids and drug paraphernalia. The cash was seized for possible forfeiture.

All three suspects were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.