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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June 30, 2006

Man arrested in restricted airport area

Sheriff’s deputies arrested 21-year old Rory Laide early this morning after he was found wandering near the runway in the restricted area at Key West International Airport. Laide told deputies that he waded through the salt ponds adjacent to the airport and scaled the fence. Laide said he had been drinking and did not recall many details of how and why he did it. Laide, who is an Irish national in the United States on a visa, was taken to the County Detention Center and booked on charges of trespassing.

NOTE: Sheriff’s detectives have notified relatives of a drowning victim on Big Pine Key and have released the name of the victim: 41-year old Billie Jean Tieman. Her body was discovered Thursday floating in a pool at a private residence. Detective say there were no signs of foul play.

June 29, 2006

Drowning on Big Pine Key

Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the apparent drowning of a 41-year old woman in a backyard pool. A friend discovered the woman’s body floating in the pool around 6:15 a.m. The friend told detectives that he awoke this morning and spotted the body as he walked by the pool. The friend said the woman was swimming in the pool last night when he last saw her. Detective say there is no sign of foul play. An autopsy is scheduled Friday to determine cause of death. Name of the victim is being withheld until relatives are notified.

Airport disturbance

Sheriff’s deputies arrested an AWOL Coast Guardsman who caused a disturbance at Key West International Airport this morning. The incident started around 11:30 a.m. when airport deputies noticed a man in a Coast Guard uniform exhibiting very nervous behavior. While keeping the man under observation, two Coast Guard officers arrived at the airport and took the man into custody, stating he was AWOL (away without leave). However, the man bolted from the Coast Guard officers as they tried to get him into their car. The man ran into the airport terminal, shouting several times that he had placed a bomb in the car and that “everyone was going to die.” Airport deputies stepped in and took the man into custody, charging him with disorderly conduct and making bomb threats. The Coast Guardsman, identified as 20-year old Jeremy P. Hood stationed aboard the cutter Mohawk, was taken to the County Detention Center where he was booked into jail on the charges.

June 23, 2006

Sexual battery suspect apprehended

Miami/ Dade County - With the assistance of the U.S. Marshall's Office, and a Crime Stoppers tip, the suspect from a sexual battery has been arrested in Miami-Dade County.

The incident took place January 29th in Marathon. 38 year ol Eniel Planas is accused of sexually battering a 13 year old girl as she was sleeping in her bedroom. The girl screamed, Planas fled and her mother reported the incident to the Sheriff's Office. Deputy Robin Tanner took the initial incent report and Crimes Against Women and Children's Unit Detective Manny Cuervo was assigned to investigate.

According to Detectove Cuervo, Planas fled to Miami. The detective was initially in contact with him, and told him he wanted to talk to him about the incident. That is when Planas disappeared and no one heard from him again. A warrant was issued for his arrest. Detective Cuervo began working with U.S. Marshall's investigator Victor Kerr in an effort to locate Planas.

A Crime Stoppers tip was received indicating a possible location for Planas in Miami Dade County. On Thursday, at 6:30 a.m., he was taken into custody at Northwest 178th Street and Northwest 135th Avenue at a residence in unincorporated Miami-Dade County. In addition to the U.S. Marshall's Service, assisting in the apprehension were Miami-Dade Police Detectives Hector Torres and Esteban Minsal, and U.S. Immigration and Custom's Enforcement and State Attorney Chris McKinney.

Planas has been charged with sexual battery. He and another man in the residence were both convicted felons, and a number of guns were found in close proximinty to them, in side the residence including long rifles, a shot gun and handguns. Weapons charges are pending in the case.

Schools burglarized

Monroe County - Two grade schools were burglarized between Wednesday night and Thursday monring.

Deputy Jon Huff responded to Stanley Switlik Elementary School in Marathon Thursday morning after a custodian discovered there had been a burglary. Four rooms at the rear of the school on the second floor had been entered. In one room, the door had been propped open with a Hershey bar. Suspects urinated in a coffee pot an then turned it on; they smashed a pair of glasses, smeared white out on a desk and stole to school identification badges. In the other three rooms, there were only small items missing or damaged.

Sgt. Roy Bogue responded to Plantation Key School after an employee discovered damage from a break in. According to Sgt. Bogue's report, it appears suspects entered and threw foam balls at the ceiling in the multi-purpose room of the school breaking several ceiling tiles and light covers.

Detectives are investigating the two cases.



June 20, 2006

Marathon man charged with sexual battery on young girl

Marathon - A 29 year old Marathon man was arrested today, charged with sexually battering a young girl a number of times since April.

George Stemage was taken into custody today on an outstanding warrant for two counts of sexual battery on a victim over 12 years of age and three counts of engaging in sexual activity with a young girl.

The victim told a friend about the incidents with Stemage. The friend told the girl's aunt, who called the Sheriff's Office. Detective Natalie Mashburn interviewed the victim and conducted further investigations which corroborated the victim's story. On June 19th, the warrant was signed by a judge. Bond on the warrant is set at $30,000.00.

Mississippi woman robbed by acquaintance

Stock Island - A Stock Island man is in jail after he stole a woman's purse Monday after meeting her in a nightclub in Key West the night before.

The victim told Deputy Charles Bon she met 22 year old Randall Akridge at a nightclub Sunday night. She said he accompanied her to her hotel room and spent the night. The following morning, she asked him to direct her to the Western Union office. She told him she was picking up $500 so she could return home.

They picked up the money, then drove to Stock Island to drop Akridge off at his home. She said when they reached Second Street and Laurel Avenue, just before 9 a.m., Akridge told her to stop because he thought something might be wrong with one of her tires.

The victim said as she got out to check the tire with Akridge, she began to get nervous about him. She got back into her car and told him to stay out of the car. Suddenly, he leaned in the driver's window and grabbed her purse, then ran toward Water's Edge Trailer Park where he lives. A witness said he heard the victim screaming and saw Akridge run into a trailer at Lot 26.

Akridge was found in the trailer. He was taken into custody. A search of his bedroom turned up the purse and the woman's identification, but not the money. Akridge refused to tell officers where the money was.

Akridge was charged with robbery, burglary and theft and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

June 19, 2006

Two search warrants in Marathon result in arrests and the seizure of cocaine

Marathon - Two search warrants were served at Trailerama Trailer Park in Marathon Friday evening. Detectives arrested three men and seized a total of 48 grams of powdered cocaine.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Special Operations Division served the warrants, with the assistance of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team at approximately 6 p.m. at lots 33E and 41. Inside the trailer at lot 33E they found 23.2 grams of powdered cocaine hidden in three magnetic key holders inside the oven. The resident, 58 year old Manuel Duran Rodriguez, also known as Mario Duran, was charged with possession of cocaine.

Inside the trailer at lot 41, detectives found 17.4 grams in a flower vase, .4 grams on top of the refrigerator and nine small plastic bags totaling 7 grams on the floor of the trailer. The resident, 48 year old Juan Carlos Zaldivar, was charged with possession of cocaine. A second man, 28 year old Noel Carillo-Garcia, was also on the property. A search of his pockets turned up .5 grams of powdered cocaine. He was also charged with possession of the illegal substance.

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

Two scams target local woman, local business

Monroe County - Deputies took two reports about scams, one targeting a Big Pine Key woman and one targeting a Tavernier business.

On Friday evening, the Big Pine Key woman told Deputy Michael Claudy she'd received an email from a company called Grace Fabrics. The email told her she could earn money legally by depositing money orders in her bank account, then sending the money to another person via Western Union. She was told she'd be able to keep 10% of the money for herself, as profit.

On June 8th she received five money orders for $800 each. On 6/12/06 she withdrew $3600.00 from the account, keeping $400 for herself. She then went to the Western Union in Big Pine Key and wired the money to a Michael Christopher, and Joseph Smith both of the Republic of Benin each wire transfer was for a total of $1800.00 each. She became suspicious when the money orders failed to clear and her bank informed her they were no good. That's when she called the Sheriff's Office to report being scammed.

On Friday afternoon, Deputy Beverly Brazil met with the owner of a charter fishing boat at the Bank of America at the 92 mile marker of the highway. The woman told her she'd received money orders from a man who said he wanted to book a fishing charter at the end of June. The charter cost $370.00. The man sent her money orders for $3,400.00 and asked her to forward the balance of the money to his travel agent in England. When the woman went to her bank to cash the money orders, she was informed they were fake. That's when she called the Sheriff's Office to report the attempted scam.

Both of these scams are relatively common ones perpetrated by many criminals around the world in various forms. This should serve as a reminder to everyone to remain vigilant when it comes to these types of incidents. Remember, if it is too good to be true, it probably is. And, if a deal sounds a little strange, it probably is and you should take the time to look at it a little more closely, and ask more questions before going along with it.

June 12, 2006

Two teens charged with attempted burglary

Deputies in patrol saw a young man acting suspiciously near the 101 mile marker of the highway early Sunday. He and another man were arrested after surveillance revealed they intended to burglarize a car in the area.

At 2:15 a.m. Deputy Edward Askins saw 17 year old Steven Lavene walking on the bike path. Suddenly, he ducked off the path and into the parking lot of a local business, walking toward a gold colored SUV. The deputy radioed for assistance and Deputies Jeffrey Parker and Eric Mixon responded to the area. All the deputies watched Lavene as he stood by the car looking in the passenger window. When Lavene spotted one of the officers, he took off running. He was caught a short distance away. He had a book bag with a hammer, wire cutters, a screwdriver and a flashlight inside.

When questioned, Lavene admitted that he and a friend were planning to burglarize the car. He said his friend, 17 year old Kyle Holloran, was parked nearby in a pickup truck and they had planned the break in together.

Holloran was found a short distance away. He also admitted to helping plan the vehicle burglary. In his truck, the deputies found a bag containing flashlights, a battery powered drill, a black stocking cap and a black t-shirt. They also found two car stereo speakers in the truck. In the back of the truck was a Rubbermaid container with 22 bottles of alcohol in it, and a small plastic bag of marijuana. Another container had two stereo amplifiers inside. When questioned about these items, both Holloran and Lavene admitted to stealing the alcohol from a house on Riviera Drive in Islamorada and taking the speakers and amplifiers from a van on Redwood Drive in Islamorada.

Lavene was arrested and charged with loitering and prowling, resisting arrest, attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol by a person under 21. Holloran was arrested and charged with attempted burglary, possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol by a person under 21. Charges are pending in the residential burglary and the burglary of the van.

Man arrested for warrant flees from deputy

A Marathon man stopped for an outstanding warrant fled from deputies. He was apprehended and arrested both for the warrant and for possessing drugs.

Deputy Ken Fricke spotted 38 year old David Covello at 8:10 p.m. Sunday, on a moped. He recognized him, and was aware of an outstanding warrant for Covello for violation of a domestic violence injunction. He stopped Covello as he was turning from the Key Colony Beach causeway onto highway U.S. One. When he told Covello why he stopped him, Covello ran from him, crossing the highway and almost getting hit by a car. The deputy gave chase, yelling for Covello to stop. Covello refused to stop, so the deputy gave him a warning that he would be shot with a Taser if he didn't stop. Covello still refused to stop. He was shot by the deputy's Taser and immediately fell to the ground.

Covello was taken into custody. He was treated Fishermen's Hospital for minor injuries he received when he fell. When Deputy Fricke asked him why he ran, he said he was going to jump into the water to get rid of the drugs in his possession. A search of his pockets turned up five crack cocaine rocks, a Xanax pill and a crack cocaine smoking pipe. The deputy also noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Covello. Sobriety exercises also revealed Covello was under the influence of a substance that caused him to be impaired.

Covello was arrested and charged with the outstanding warrant. He was further charged with two counts possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

June 7, 2006

Miami couple arrested for shoplifting; woman charged with burglary warrants
Key Largo - A Miami couple was arrested Tuesday for shoplifting a large number of items from K-Mart in Key Largo. The woman was further charged with outstanding warrants for vehicle burglary.
Deputies were called to K-Mart at 5:20 p.m. to reports that a couple had just stolen a large number of items from the store. They fled in a black car northbound on the highway. A notice to be on the lookout for the vehicle was issued and it was stopped at the 107 mile marker by Deputy Edwin Grove. Inside, the deputy found 78 items belonging to K-Mart, valued at over $1,300.00.
According to witnesses, the couple left the store pushing a cart containing a large garbage can. In the garbage can was a Disney TV and DVD player, and other miscellaneous items. When the employee at the store's exit asked to see a receipt for the items, the woman told her the receipt was in the car. She then pushed the cart out of the store, and quickly put the items in the black car. She then jumped in the car herself and the vehicle fled, northbound.
The witnesses to the theft positively identified the couple as the ones who stole the items from the store. Deputy Francisco Gaete charged 25 year old Tony Farmer and the woman, who identified herself as 31 year old Lachant Thompson, with theft. He checked driver's licenses under those names, to compare the photos and make sure the names were correct. Farmer looked the same as his driver's license photo, but the woman identifying herself as Thompson had marked differences in her appearance and the descriptors on the license.
At the Plantation Key Detention Center, Detention deputies scanned her fingerprints to find her real identification. The woman was identified as 29 year old Youman Dannette Carey, who was wanted on outstanding warrants in Monroe County for two counts of vehicle burglary, grand theft and theft. The warrants stemmed from two vehicle burglaries she committed in May in the parking lots of two hotels in Key Largo. She stole wallets and credit cards from the cars. credit cards and a check from those burglaries were found in her possession when Homestead Police arrested her on unrelated charges.
Carey was further charged with the outstanding warrants and with resisting arrest and giving a false name to law enforcement officers.

June 1, 2006

Suspect arrested in connection with string of Big Pine Key burglaries

Monroe County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested 26-year old Andrew McClain in connection with a string of residential burglaries on Big Pine Key earlier this month.

During that crime spree, eight residences were burglarized in the Sands Subdivision area on the night of May 13th. Many of the residents were home when the burglar broke and stole items ranging from cash and jewelry to cigarettes and video games.

Detectives, acting on intelligence and Crime Stopper tips, targeted McClain as a suspect but could not initially tie him to the burglaries. However, McClain did have an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. He was taken into custody after a standoff at an apartment on Big Pine Key May 26. A search of the apartment resulted in the discovery of numerous items stolen during the residential burglaries.

Detectives were able to tie McClain to six of the eight Big Pine Key burglaries and obtained a warrant charging him with those offenses. McClain, who was already in jail on the failure to appear charge, was additionally charged Wednesday with six counts of burglary and larceny. Sheriff’s detectives Jeremy Davy, Henry Hamilton and Sgt. Bobby Randolph worked the case.


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