Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Nov. 1, 2018

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Liveaboard found dead on boat near Wisteria Island

A 49-year-old man was found dead Wednesday night on a boat moored just off Wisteria Island.

Blair Gallagher, formerly of North Carolina, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Foul play is not suspected.

A woman asked law enforcement to conduct a welfare check on Gallagher as she had not heard from him in several days.

Sheriff’s Office Deputy Anthony Lopez and Key West Fire Department were taken to Gallagher’s 26-foot Catalina boat by the Coast Guard about 7 p.m.

An autopsy is pending.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 2, 2018

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Man charged with child neglect

A 35-year-old Marathon man was arrested Thursday night after he was found asleep behind the wheel of a running pickup truck with two small children inside.

Jason Edward Solomon was charged with child neglect/endangerment.

Middle Keys Deputy William Daniels and Sgt. John Smith were called to 122th Street in Marathon at 6 p.m. regarding an unresponsive man inside a pickup truck. Upon arrival, Deputy Daniels spoke with the woman who called 911. She stated she was leaving the Community Cooperative Preschool when she saw a man, identified as Solomon, sleeping behind the wheel of a pickup truck in the parking lot. She saw two young children, ages 3 and 5, inside the truck as well. The children were crying and trying to wake Solomon. The woman stated she removed the two children, put them in her vehicle and called 911.

The children were not injured and were in the custody of their mother shortly thereafter.

Sgt. Smith turned the truck off. Solomon had a substance on his nostrils and on his face which led deputies and paramedics to believe he ingested narcotics. Paramedics used an anti-narcotic drug to revive Solomon. He was taken to the hospital.

Solomon told Deputy Daniels at the hospital that he crushed and snorted three Percocet pills. Solomon stated he remembered picking up the children and taking them to the pickup truck outside, but did not remember anything further.

Solomon was taken to jail after he was medically cleared at the hospital.

The Florida Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident.

Man arrested for burglary/threatening deputy

A 37-year-old Marathon man was arrested Thursday afternoon for climbing through a woman’s bathroom window to retrieve a phone charger and threatening a deputy while en route to jail.

Ronald Wayne Crosby was charged with burglary, larceny and making threatening statements to a law enforcement officer.

Middle Keys Deputy Corbin Hradecky was first called to a house on 239th Street at 1:47 p.m. regarding a burglary that already occurred. Deputy Hradecky arrived to find a woman who stated someone had entered her residence through a bathroom window. She was stated she didn’t know if anything was missing, but that she was in fear. Deputy Hradecky was called back to the residence at 6:17 p.m. whereupon he met the same woman who sated that she spoke with Crosby, who is apparently known to her, and that he told her he climbed through her bathroom window to retrieve his phone charger. The woman stated Crosby became irate and accused her of “ratting” him out to law enforcement. The woman stated she was in fear of her life and believed Crosby would harm her.

The woman stated Crosby left the phone charger on her back porch the previous night. She stated she grabbed it with all the other cords and took them inside. She repeatedly stated she did not give Crosby permission to enter her home unannounced. She added that while checking her home she noticed three beers missing from her refrigerator and that she wished to press charges.

Crosby admitted to entering the house to retrieve his phone charger.

Crosby made multiple statements while en route to jail about how “ridiculous” it was to be arrested for retrieving a phone charger and taking beers. Crosby stated he would blacken Deputy Hradecky’s eyes when he was released from jail.

Crosby was booked into jail.

Woman arrested for resisting arrest

A 55-year-old Key Largo woman who caused a disturbance in an Upper Keys grocery store was arrested Thursday afternoon for refusing to obey a deputy’s commands.

Kim Molina Larman was charged with four counts of resisting arrest without violence.

Sgt. Syd Whithouse and Deputy Dyllon Hansen was called to the Publix Super Market at Tradewinds Plaza at 3:40 p.m. regarding a disturbance with a customer. Upon arrival, Sgt. Whitehouse and Deputy Hansen found multiple people in the parking lot pointing to a black Nissan car stating the female suspect was inside. Sgt. Whitehouse and Deputy Hansen gave loud, verbal commands for the woman, later identified as Larman, to stop the car. Larman refused and continued to back out of the parking spot. Deputy Hansen positioned himself in front of the car and made direct eye contact with Larman while commanding her to stop the car. Larman accelerated aggressively in Deputy Hansen’s direction, causing Deputy Hansen to move away. Larman almost hit a parked car while leaving the parking lot.

The black Nissan was found about ? mile north of Publix parked on the shoulder of Samson Road. Larman refused to exit the car. Larman was ultimately removed. Larman pushed and pulled away as she was being handcuffed. Larman sat on the ground and refused to get up.

Larman attempted to bite Sgt. Whitehouse while being placed in the back a patrol car. Larman kicked deputies as well as the patrol car door.


While en route to jail, Larman stated that President Donald Trump must have put Deputy Hansen “up to this,” and that she was being arrested for being a Democrat. Larman stated multiple times that the other customer at grocery store must be a Republican.

Larman was booked into jail without further incident.

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Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 2, 2018

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Man charged with child neglect

A 35-year-old Marathon man was arrested Thursday night after he was found asleep behind the wheel of a running pickup truck with two small children inside.

Jason Edward Solomon was charged with child neglect/endangerment.

Middle Keys Deputy William Daniels and Sgt. John Smith were called to 122th Street in Marathon at 6 p.m. regarding an unresponsive man inside a pickup truck. Upon arrival, Deputy Daniels spoke with the woman who called 911. She stated she was leaving the Community Cooperative Preschool when she saw a man, identified as Solomon, sleeping behind the wheel of a pickup truck in the parking lot. She saw two young children, ages 3 and 5, inside the truck as well. The children were crying and trying to wake Solomon. The woman stated she removed the two children, put them in her vehicle and called 911.

The children were not injured and were in the custody of their mother shortly thereafter.

Sgt. Smith turned the truck off. Solomon had a substance on his nostrils and on his face which led deputies and paramedics to believe he ingested narcotics. Paramedics used an anti-narcotic drug to revive Solomon. He was taken to the hospital.

Solomon told Deputy Daniels at the hospital that he crushed and snorted three Percocet pills. Solomon stated he remembered picking up the children and taking them to the pickup truck outside, but did not remember anything further.

Solomon was taken to jail after he was medically cleared at the hospital.

The Florida Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident.

Man arrested for burglary/threatening deputy

A 37-year-old Marathon man was arrested Thursday afternoon for climbing through a woman’s bathroom window to retrieve a phone charger and threatening a deputy while en route to jail.

Ronald Wayne Crosby was charged with burglary, larceny and making threatening statements to a law enforcement officer.

Middle Keys Deputy Corbin Hradecky was first called to a house on 239th Street at 1:47 p.m. regarding a burglary that already occurred. Deputy Hradecky arrived to find a woman who stated someone had entered her residence through a bathroom window. She was stated she didn’t know if anything was missing, but that she was in fear. Deputy Hradecky was called back to the residence at 6:17 p.m. whereupon he met the same woman who sated that she spoke with Crosby, who is apparently known to her, and that he told her he climbed through her bathroom window to retrieve his phone charger. The woman stated Crosby became irate and accused her of “ratting” him out to law enforcement. The woman stated she was in fear of her life and believed Crosby would harm her.

The woman stated Crosby left the phone charger on her back porch the previous night. She stated she grabbed it with all the other cords and took them inside. She repeatedly stated she did not give Crosby permission to enter her home unannounced. She added that while checking her home she noticed three beers missing from her refrigerator and that she wished to press charges.

Crosby admitted to entering the house to retrieve his phone charger.

Crosby made multiple statements while en route to jail about how “ridiculous” it was to be arrested for retrieving a phone charger and taking beers. Crosby stated he would blacken Deputy Hradecky’s eyes when he was released from jail.

Crosby was booked into jail.

Woman arrested after refusing to obey deputy commands

A 55-year-old Key Largo woman who caused a disturbance in an Upper Keys grocery store was arrested Thursday afternoon for refusing to obey a deputy’s commands.

Kim Molina Larman was charged with four counts of resisting arrest without violence.

Sgt. Syd Whithouse and Deputy Dyllon Hansen was called to the Publix Super Market at Tradewinds Plaza at 3:40 p.m. regarding a disturbance with a customer. Upon arrival, Sgt. Whitehouse and Deputy Hansen found multiple people in the parking lot pointing to a black Nissan car stating the female suspect was inside. Sgt. Whitehouse and Deputy Hansen gave loud, verbal commands for the woman, later identified as Larman, to stop the car. Larman refused and continued to back out of the parking spot. Deputy Hansen positioned himself in front of the car and made direct eye contact with Larman while commanding her to stop the car. Larman accelerated aggressively in Deputy Hansen’s direction, causing Deputy Hansen to move away. Larman almost hit a parked car while leaving the parking lot.

The black Nissan was found about ? mile north of Publix parked on the shoulder of Samson Road. Larman refused to exit the car. Larman was ultimately removed. Larman pushed and pulled away as she was being handcuffed. Larman sat on the ground and refused to get up.

Larman attempted to bite Sgt. Whitehouse while being placed in the back a patrol car. Larman kicked deputies as well as the patrol car door.


While en route to jail, Larman stated that President Donald Trump must have put Deputy Hansen “up to this,” and that she was being arrested for being a Democrat. Larman stated multiple times that the other customer at grocery store must be a Republican.

Larman was booked into jail without further incident.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Nov. 3, 2018

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Quarterly award winners honored

On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office held its quarterly Employee Awards ceremony in Marathon. Employees were recognized for their five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service to the agency. Sheriff Rick Ramsay also recognized his Employees of the Third Quarter, 2018. The employees received this award for exemplary and outstanding service to the agency and to the citizens of Monroe County.

In the photo, left to right: Explorer of the Quarter Varonica Steele, Support Member of the Quarter Mary Valdez, Detention Deputy of the Quarter Alvarez Rice, Sheriff Rick Ramsay, Deputy Sheriff of the Quarter Corbin Hradecky and Reserve Deputy of the Quarter Samuel Lapinsky.

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Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Nov. 3, 2018

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Quarterly award winners honored

On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office held its quarterly Employee Awards ceremony in Marathon. Employees were recognized for their five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service to the agency. Sheriff Rick Ramsay also recognized his Employees of the Third Quarter, 2018. The employees received this award for exemplary and outstanding service to the agency and to the citizens of Monroe County.

In the photo, left to right: Explorer of the Quarter Varonica Steele, Support Member of the Quarter Mary Valdez, Detention Deputy of the Quarter Sgt. Alvarez Rice, Sheriff Rick Ramsay, Deputy Sheriff of the Quarter Corbin Hradecky and Reserve Deputy of the Quarter Samuel Lapinsky.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Nov. 4, 2018

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Missing boater/diver found deceased

A 64-year-old Stock Island man reported missing by his landlord Friday night was found by the Coast Guard Saturday night.

Raymond Fenton Robbins of 12th Street was pronounced dead at that time.

The landlord stated Robbins went to sea on his boat Friday morning as usual, but did not return before dark as per usual. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found his boat about 11 p.m. Friday, but Robbins was not on board. The FWC took possession of the boat. Both the FWC and Sheriff’s Office Dive Teams as well as the Coast Guard took part in the ensuing search.

Coast Guard searchers found Robbins’ remains late Saturday in waters near Stock Island. Robbins was wearing dive gear.

An autopsy and further investigation is pending.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 5, 2018

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Man arrested after breaking into truck

A 50-year-old man was arrested Saturday on multiple vehicle burglary-related charges after Sheriff Office Deputies used a mobile tracking app to find him on U.S. 1.

Juan Saturnino Avila Lopez, formerly of Key West, was charged with grand theft, burglary, larceny and possession of burglary tools and property damage.

Upper Keys Deputy Jacques Rozek responded Saturday morning to a gym parking lot on the 91000 block of the Overseas Highway in Tavernier regarding a vehicle burglary. A man and his wife reported their pickup truck’s passenger window had been smashed the woman’s purse taken. Her phone, credit cards, $140 in cash and other assorted items were in the purse. The husband said his wife’s iPhone 6 was still on and he was tracking it with the “Find My iPhone” app. Deputy Rozek called Sgt. James Hager and told him the phone was stationary at a nearby gas station. Shortly thereafter, the iPhone began moving northbound on U.S. 1. Sgt. Hager gave chase an kept in contact with Deputy Rozek. Eventually, Sgt. James Hager stopped a vehicle using the information being relayed to him by Deputy Rozek regarding the iPhone’s location.

The vehicle Sgt. Hager stopped was being driven by a man later identified as Avila Lopez. Sgt. Hager radioed Deputy Rozek and asked for the husband to call his wife’s phone. Sgt. Hager then heard a phone ringing. Sgt. Hager detained Avila Lopez at that time. Sgt. Hager asked for a description of other stolen items. Sgt. Hager radioed Deputy Rozek and told him he found the purse. The woman was able to recover all the stolen items.

Avila Lopez admitted to stealing the purse.

Avila Lopez was taken to jail.

Man arrested in domestic attack

A 23-year-old Big Pine Key man was arrested Sunday for injuring his girlfriend and threatening to kill a deputy.

John Niles Linley was charged with two counts of battery, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

Lower Keys Deputies Richard Wang and Jenna Moeller responded responded to a home on the 30000 block of Delgado Lane Sunday morning after receiving reports of a domestic disturbance. Deputies Wang and Moeller found the woman and Linley sitting on the steps. The woman was naked and had a large amount of blood coming from her head and face. Deputies immediately called for paramedics. As the woman attempted to speak to the deputies, Linley raised his voice and attempted to speak over her. Linley refused orders to silence himself and began yelling at the woman.

The deputies then went to restrain Linley. He pulled away violently and began screaming again. Upon being handcuffed, Linley dragged both deputies to the ground before they were able to place him in a patrol car. Once inside the patrol car, Linley began kicking the interior and banging it with his head.

The woman stated that Linley had “smashed” her head. The woman was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center where she received stitches to her head and face.

Witnesses reported seeing a woman wearing no clothes with blood covering her head and face in street. One neighbor reported the woman had been banging on her door for help. Multiple witnesses and neighbors recounts similar events: Hearing a loud commotion and then seeing a woman in distress in the street.

The deputies search the house and found it in disarray with evidence a fight occurred, such as blood smears on the walls and blood pooled on the floor.

Linley was arrested shortly thereafter.


While en route to jail, Linley threatened Deputy Wang’s wife and daughter. Linley stated he was going to cut off Deputy Wang’s ears and make a necklace. Linley also made repeated death threats as well as seemingly unrelated statements such as, “the south will rise.”

Linley was booked into jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Nov. 6, 2018

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Deputy involved in Tuesday crash

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit Deputy Andrew Leird was taken to Mariners Hospital Tuesday following a 12:19 p.m. two-vehicle crash on U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 98.

Deputy Leird was the only person taken to the hospital. He did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

The crash briefly closed northbound traffic on U.S. 1.

Deputy Leird has been a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office since 1998 and has been serving on the Traffic Enforcement Unit since 2003. He is also often seen at community events as a member of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Nov. 7, 2018

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Upper Keys traffic advisory for this weekend

Two events may slow traffic this Saturday, Nov. 10. Motorists are asked to note the times, plan accordingly and be patient.

Upper Keys traffic to be temporarily diverted Saturday morning for the bridge run.

Northbound traffic at Mile Marker 106 will be diverted from U.S. 1 to Card Sound Road from 6 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m. Saturday due to the First State Bank Key Largo Bridge Run.

Southbound traffic will not be impacted.

For more information, please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/KeyLargo/KeyLargoBridgeRun

• About an hour after the bridge run, motorists will begin seeing southbound bicyclists on Card Sound Road.

The Tour De Force 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride will start making its way onto Card Sound Road about 11 a.m.

About 100 to 200 riders will ride down Card Sound Road into Key Largo. They will cross U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 106 and continue south to Mile Marker 97.


Their estimated time of arrival a Mile Marker 97 is between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information, please visit http://floridatourdeforce.org/southern-leg/

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 7, 2018

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Man arrested for battery

A 32-year-old Miami man was arrested Tuesday after he reached up a woman’s skirt in a parking lot while she was loading her car with groceries.

Dulin Nelson Ebanks was charged with battery.

Deputies, Cody Jackson, Tommy Durham and Alexandra Palau were called to the Publix Super Market at Tradewinds Plaza about 6: 30 p.m. where a woman stated she was in the parking lot when she felt a hand reach under her dress and touch her backside. The man then ran away. The woman gave deputies a description of the suspect.

Deputy Palau found a man matching the description, later identified as Ebanks, at a nearby restaurant. The man denied being at Publix.

The woman identified Ebanks as the man who touched her.

Ebanks was taken to jail.

Please see the new addition to the bottom of this press release, which initially went out on Thursday. An event has been added for this Sunday.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Nov. 8, 2018

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Upper Keys traffic advisory for this weekend

Three events may slow traffic this weekend on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11. Motorists are asked to note the times, plan accordingly and be patient.

• Upper Keys traffic to be temporarily diverted on Nov. 10, Saturday morning for the bridge run.

Northbound traffic at Mile Marker 106 will be diverted from U.S. 1 to Card Sound Road from 6 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m. Saturday due to the First State Bank Key Largo Bridge Run.

Southbound traffic will not be impacted.

For more information, please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/KeyLargo/KeyLargoBridgeRun

• About an hour after the bridge run, motorists will begin seeing southbound bicyclists on Card Sound Road.

The Tour De Force 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride will start making its way onto Card Sound Road about 11 a.m., Nov. 10, on Saturday.

About 100 to 200 riders will ride down Card Sound Road into Key Largo. They will cross U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 106 and continue south to Mile Marker 97.


Their estimated time of arrival a Mile Marker 97 is between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information, please visit http://floridatourdeforce.org/southern-leg/

• About 200 motorcyclists will be riding into Key Largo on Nov. 11, Sunday, for a charity ride.

They will ride south on U.S. 1 into Key Largo. They are expected to arrive in Key Largo between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.

The motorcyclists will turn around at Mile Marker 106. From there, they will head back to Homestead via County Road 905 before turning left on Card Sound Road.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 8, 2018

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Sheriff’s Office seeks help in stolen truck case

Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating the blue, 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck seen here with a tag number: HBJY82

The truck has a green sticker that says, “Otherside” on the rear passenger window. There are scratches and dents along the passenger side of the truck. It has chrome and the wheel wells and the rear driver’s side bumper is dented.

The truck was reported stolen from the Caribbean Club, 104080 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, between 1:10 a.m. and 1:20 a.m. on Nov. 7.

If anyone has information about the pickup truck, please call Detective Sgt. Scott Ward at 305-853-3211 or Detective Vaughn O’Keefe at 305-853-7482.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 8, 2018

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Man arrested on multiple drug charges

A 22-year-old Hialeah man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on cocaine- and marijuana-related charges after he was stopped in a school zone with expired tags.

Jose Arley Diaz was charged with cocaine possession, two counts of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sgt. James Hager was conducting traffic enforcement at 3:30 p.m. at Key Largo Elementary School when he stopped a Hyundai with an expired tag. The driver, identified as Diaz, stated he had expired tags because of toll violations. There was a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the car and Sgt. Hager noticed loose marijuana leaves or “shake” throughout the vehicle. A search of the vehicle ensued.

The following was found in the vehicle:

• A bag under the passenger seat contained 23.8 grams of marijuana;

• Two marijuana cigarettes in the center console;

• 100 small bags in the fuse box commonly used to sell small amounts of marijuana;

• A hollowed-out WD-40 can containing 4.1 grams of cocaine;

• About 2 grams of marijuana in the trunk;

• $225 in cash in the center console.

Diaz was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 8, 2018

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Man arrested for selling one pound of marijuana

A Key Largo man was arrested Wednesday for selling a pound of marijuana for $2,400 in cash.

Blake William Holliday was charged with marijuana sales and use of a two-way communications device to commit a felony.

Holliday had been under investigation by detectives prior to his arrest on Wednesday. On Wednesday, he agreed via a phone call to meet a person known to detectives in order to sell that person a pound of marijuana. The transaction took place on the 1300 block of Ocean Bay Drive in Key Largo.

Halliday was stopped after the transaction took place and was arrested.

The marijuana weighed a total of 473.8 grams.

Halliday was booked into jail.

See correction. Sorry for the confusion.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 8, 2018

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Man arrested for selling one pound of marijuana

A Key Largo man was arrested Wednesday for selling a pound of marijuana for $2,400 in cash.

Blake William Halliday was charged with marijuana sales and use of a two-way communications device to commit a felony.

Halliday had been under investigation by detectives prior to his arrest on Wednesday. On Wednesday, he agreed via a phone call to meet a person known to detectives in order to sell that person a pound of marijuana. The transaction took place on the 1300 block of Ocean Bay Drive in Key Largo.

Halliday was stopped after the transaction took place and was arrested.

The marijuana weighed a total of 473.8 grams.

Halliday was booked into jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Nov. 9, 2018

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New Jersey man dies while snorkeling

A 49-year-old Westfield, New Jersey man lost consciousness while snorkeling off Key Largo Thursday afternoon.

Rodney Jinkins was taken to Mariners Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Jinkins was with his family snorkeling about 3:30 p.m. off John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park with the charter boat Encounter when he was pulled from the water.

CPR was performed by the boat crew en route to shore where waiting paramedics took Jinkins to the hospital.

Foul play is not suspected.

An autopsy is pending.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 10, 2018

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Man arrested for biting another man’s finger off

A 54-year-old Hialeah man was arrested Friday night after he bit the tip of another man’s finger off at Bahia Honda State Park.

Aurelio Rodriguez was charged with aggravated battery.

Deputy Kathleen Donavon was called to the park at 7 p.m. where she was told by a park manager that a camper had bitten another camper’s finger off. Both the suspect, identified as Rodriguez, and the victim had been neighbors for two days at campsites within the park. Deputy Donavon spoke to the victim &dashls a 55-year-old man from Crestview, Florida, who was staying at the park in his RV. Deputy Donavon found him in his RV being treated by paramedics. He had blood all over his hands, shirt and shorts. The victim and his wife stated they brought a bottle of tequila over Rodriguez’s campsite to share, but upon arrival it appeared to them that Rodriguez had already been drinking. The victim stated Rodriguez was loud, rude and eventually fell to the ground.

The victim went to assist Rodriguez and help him up, but he could not lift Rodriguez. Another camper saw what transpired and he also assisted. After 20 minutes of attempting to help Rodriguez, the other camper left. The victim tried one last time to help Rodriguez when Rodriguez grabbed the victim’s left hand and bit the tip of the victim’s finger off. The victim and his wife then went back to their RV and called for help. The victim was eventually taken to Lower Keys Medical Center on Stock Island.

Deputy Donavon then went Rodriguez’s campsite. She found Rodriguez there with his face covered in blood. Rodriguez was detained at that time.

Deputy Donavon, firefighters and paramedics found the victim’s missing finger at Rodriguez’s campsite. They placed it in ice and took it to the hospital. The victim stated that medical personnel were unable to reattach his finger and that his remaining finger may need partial amputation in the future.

Rodriguez was taken to jail.

Man arrested for displaying handgun

A 36-year-old Summerland Key man was arrested Friday afternoon for illegally displaying a handgun.

Joseph Earl Skiver was charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a license and improper exhibition of a firearm.

Deputies Michael Watkins and Alexandra Davis were called to the 24000 block of the Overseas Highway on Summerland Key about 12:25 p.m. regarding a trespassing complaint. The owner of Professional Marine reported that Skiver had been yelling obscenities and that he had been having issues with Skiver. The deputies arrived to see a truck with two men leaving the nearby Shell gas station. Both men and the truck matched the description provided by the business owner. While the deputies made a U-turn to follow the suspect vehicle, a man screamed at the deputies, warning them that the men in the pickup truck had a gun.

The deputies followed the pickup truck and it pulled over on Airport Drive. Skiver was the passenger. Deputy Davis asked if there was any firearms in the truck. Skiver said there was. Deputy Davis found a revolver on the passenger side floor board. Deputy Davis asked Skiver if he had a concealed carry license. Skiver stated he did not. Skiver stated he was transporting the weapon from a safe deposit box to a relative’s house. Deputy Davis educated Skiver on the proper way to transport a firearm if he has no concealed carry license.

Back at the business, Deputy Jon Riggs spoke to the business owner further. The victim stated Skiver had been yelling and cursing at him that day. The victim stated that at one point, Skiver lifted his shirt and displayed a handgun that was tucked in his waistband. The victim’s description of the handgun matched the handgun found in the pickup truck.

Skiver was taken to jail. The driver of the pickup truck was not arrested.

Man arrested for battery

A 56-year-old Melbourne, Florida man was arrested early Saturday morning for attacking two people.

Karl Michael Lambert was charged with aggravated battery and damage to property.

The two victims were taken to Lower Keys Medical Center with cuts and bruises, but no life-threatening injuries.

Lower Keys Deputies Ty Torres and Denise Dery were called to 2 Calle Uno Drive at 3:19 a.m. regarding a battery. Deputy Torres arrived to find one of the victims stating that he, the other victim and Lambert had all previously been drinking on Duval Street. The two victims decided to back to Calle Uno Drive, there they had and RV, at some point and left Lambert downtown. The first victim stated he awoke to find Lambert screaming outside. When he stepped outside, Lambert struck him in the head with a construction level, causing injuries to his head as well as his thumb when he blocked the second swing.

Deputy Dery spoke to the second victim. The second victim stated he was sleeping in his Chevrolet Trailblazer parked at the same property when Lambert opened the door, yelled obscenities and struck him with a blunt object that he described as a bat. The second victim stated he was hit twice before he ran away. The second victim stated he looked back to see Lambert smashing the rear windows of his Trailblazer. The second victim suffered injuries to his arm in the incident.

A 5-foot construction level that was bent in the middle was found at the scene as well as a bat or ax handle. Both had what appeared to be dried blood on them.

Lambert was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 14, 2018

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Two men arrested in Upper Keys burglary

Two Miami men were arrested Wednesday morning for burglary after some quick police work by Upper Keys deputies.

Alfredo Lopez Somarriba, 28, and Yoandy Mora Perez, 34, were both charged with two counts of burglary of a vehicle, two counts of larceny and possession of burglary tools and cocaine possession. Mora Perez was additionally charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling. Lopez Somarriba was additionally charged with possession of marijuana.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified about 2:30 a.m. by two residents at 153 Iroquois Drive in Islamorada that two men had left the duel-residence property in a red car. The property consists of a primary upstairs unit and a downstairs apartment. The man in the primary upstairs unit reported being awoken by a man with a flashlight. When the resident asked who it was, the intruder left. The upstairs resident got up, retrieved a gun and a flashlight and proceeded to make sure no one else was in his apartment. He reported seeing a red car leaving the area with its headlights turned off. Deputies radioed that information to other deputies also on road patrol.

The upstairs resident and downstairs resident both reported their vehicles parked outside had been burglarized. Both reported their vehicles were left unlocked. Both reported finding their vehicle’s doors open. Both reported missing an array of personal effects such as credit cards, sunglasses, keys, small construction tools, knives and personal identification such as drivers licenses among other items.

Meanwhile, Deputies Nestor Argote and Joel Torres spotted a red, Chevrolet Cruz northbound on U.S. 1 and stopped it at Mile Marker 92. Some of the items reported stolen were in plain view inside the car. A further search of the car yielded one victim’s driver license and ultimately, all of the missing items. Small amounts of marijuana and cocaine were also found in the car.

Lopez Somarriba and Mora Perez was taken to the Sheriff’s Office Plantation Key office where they were questioned by detectives.

Lopez Somarriba and Mora Perez were then taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Nov. 14, 2018

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Make this a happy holiday season ‐ don’t drink and drive

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office will be out in force watching out for drunk and unsafe drivers this Thanksgiving weekend and during the month of December with the goal of making sure holiday travel is as safe as possible here in the Florida Keys.

Deputies will be concentrating their efforts on drunk drivers, improper passing and other unsafe driving practices throughout the upcoming season in an effort to save lives and make this holiday season a safe and enjoyable one for everyone.

So, as you attend special holiday events, designate a sober driver or take a cab home if you decide to drink alcoholic beverages. Whatever you choose to do, don't drink and drive. Remember: if you drink and drive and get caught, you will be spending the night in jail.

Our deputies spend their holidays working in order to keep our community safe. Have a safe and happy holiday season, from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Audio Public Service Announcements attached:

With the Thanksgiving weekend coming up, many people will be beginning to shop for the holidays, and many people will be on the road traveling to visit with family and friends.

For those of you who can use them, I have attached three holiday audio public service announcements from Sheriff Rick Ramsay. Each are just under 30 seconds.

• Holiday shopping safety

• Holiday driving safety

• Don’t drink and drive over the holidays

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 15, 2018

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Man arrested for child molestation

A 32-year-old Key Largo man was arrested Thursday for sexually abusing a girl under the age of 12.

Robert Garrett Nelson was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior/molestation of a victim under the age of 12 where the offender is over the age of 18.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified when the girl told a family member. That family member then notified the Sheriff’s Office.

The girl told a detective on Nov. 7 that several months ago Nelson had touched her private area.

The detective then spoke to Nelson that same day. Nelson stated his attorney would contact the detective. Nelson’s attorney told the detective on Nov. 8 that Nelson would not be providing a statement to the Sheriff’s Office.

A warrant was obtained for Nelson’s arrest shortly thereafter.

Nelson was booked into jail on Thursday.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 18, 2018

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Man arrested for battery against teen

A 54-year-old Marathon man already in jail this week for stalking a woman was further charged Saturday after a teenage girl reported the same man grabbed her and kissed her neck at a soccer game.

Julio Roberto Melendez Chavez was charged with battery, stalking and interfering with the custody of a minor. Those charges stem from an incident involving a girl at Marathon Community Park on Nov. 15. Chavez was already in jail Saturday on an earlier stalking charge regarding a separate, unrelated incident on Nov. 12 in which Chavez followed an adult female pedestrian and attempted to persuade her to get into his pickup truck.

Regarding the first incident: A Marathon woman reported that a man, later identified as Chavez, followed her in a GMC pickup truck while she was walking in the Marathon Home Depot parking lot on Nov. 12. Chavez was following her slowly and honking his horn. The woman initially ignored Chavez, but he continued to follow her. Chavez tried to convince the woman to get in his truck, but the woman hurried away. The woman saw Chavez again in the same truck at Marathon Community Park, the next day, on Nov. 13. He again followed her and honked his horn while attempting to persuade the woman to get in his truck. The woman stated that she feared for her safety in both incidents.

The woman took down his license plate number and the Sheriff’s Office used that information to find Chavez and arrest him on Nov. 16.

Meanwhile on Nov. 16, a 16-year-old girl told Marathon High School Resource Officer Sgt. Eric Mixon that a stranger, later identified as Chavez, approached her and her friends while they were watching a soccer game at Marathon Community Park the night prior, on Nov. 15. The girl gave Sgt. Mixon a detailed description of the man. The girl stated she initially thought Chavez was a parent. Chavez followed the girls from the bleachers to the amphitheater. At some point, when the girl was separated from her friends, Chavez spoke of inappropriate topics, such as his desire to have sex with children. The girl attempted to leave, but Chavez grabbed her by the arm or wrist. Out of fear, the girl agreed to take Chavez’s cell phone number, which the Sheriff’s Office used to identify him. Chavez told the girl his name was Julio.

Chavez gave the girl a hug and moved his hand to her rear end and then kissed her on the neck. The girl said Chavez tried to convince her to let him give her a ride home in his truck, but she refused. Chavez then got into the truck. The girl went home with friends. She reported the incident the next day to Sgt. Mixon.

Major Crimes Detectives investigated the case and used Chavez’s cell phone number to identify him. Detectives consulted with the State Attorney’s Office regarding the incident with the girl.

Chavez remains in jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 20, 2018

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Third stalking charge filed against man

Another woman has reported being stalked by a 54-year-old Marathon man recently arrested for harassing another adult woman as well as a teen girl.

Julio Roberto Melendez Chavez was charged with stalking again on Tuesday. He is now charged with three counts of stalking in three separate incidents. He has also been charged with battery and interfering with the custody of a minor regarding the incident with the 16-year-old girl.

On Monday, a Marathon woman contacted the Sheriff’s Office after she saw a picture of Chavez on the Sheriff’s Office website mugshot/arrest page. The woman recognized Chavez as the man who had been stalking her. The woman told Sheriff’s Office investigators that her first interaction with Chavez occurred in August. She was riding her bike when a man in a pickup truck, later identified as Chavez, began following her and beeping his horn at her. He followed her into the Marathon Publix and told her how pretty she was. The woman exited the store and Chavez was still there. He asked her to get into his pickup truck. She declined and feared for her safety. For the next two months, Chavez parked his truck along the route the woman took as she rode her bike to work. Her husband confronted Chavez, but the woman remained in fear and quit riding her bike altogether.

Chavez remains in jail. The incident reported by the woman Monday was very similar to accounts given by another other adult woman and teenage girl ‐ Chavez followed them too and asked also them to get in his truck. In all three cases, all the victims declined and contacted law enforcement.

Regarding the incident involving the minor: Chavez grabbed her while she was watching a soccer game at Marathon Community Park on Nov. 15. He kissed the girl on neck and grabbed her rear-end prior to the girl getting away and getting a ride home with friends. The girl reported the incident to a Sheriff’s Office deputy at school the next day. The girl took Chavez’s phone number and detectives used it to identify him.

The two adult women took down his license plate number and detectives used that information as well in identifying Chavez.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 21, 2018

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Taxi driver arrested for DUI

A 45-year-old Marathon taxi driver was arrested early Tuesday for drunken driving.

Jan Hans Gasperik was charged with DUI with a breath alcohol level of .20 or higher.

Middle Keys Deputies George Zakariadze and Corbin Hradecky were dispatched to the Brass Monkey bar at 4:05 a.m. regarding an intoxicated man attempting to drive. The reporting person stated they saw a man, later identified as Gasperik, and a female stumbling toward a vehicle. Deputy Zakariadze arrived first and stopped Gasperik from getting inside a sliver Toyota van, from which he operates his personal business, Ahoy Taxi. Gasperik told Deputy Hradecky that he and the female were going to walk home when confronted by the deputies. Gasperik’s speech was slurred, he smelled of alcohol and he stumbling when he walked. The deputies advised neither to drive. The pair walked away.

About a half-hour later, Deputy Hradecky was in the Kmart parking lot and saw the female from the Brass Monkey bar sitting in the Kmart parking lot alone. He then saw the silver Toyota taxi approaching her. Gasperik was driving. Deputy Hradecky conducted a traffic stop.

Gasperik stumbled while exiting the van. He stated multiple times he didn’t understand what was going on when Deputy Hradecky asked him why he was driving given their previous conversation.

Gasperik was taken to jail where he blew a .244 on the alcohol-breath-sensing machine.

The woman was not arrested.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 22, 2018

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Woman found dead in Marathon

A woman was found dead by a fisherman Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area just north of the Vaca Cut Bridge in Marathon.

The angler was fishing from shore when he found the woman. He called the Sheriff’s Office about 1 p.m.

The woman’s identity, as well as the case overall, remains under investigation.

There were obvious signs of foul play.

Autopsy results are pending.

Major Crimes detectives are speaking to a person of interest in the case.

Sheriff Rick Ramsay stressed there is no pending threat to the public regarding the case.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the woman. She is a 50- to 60-year-old, white, female with sandy brown hair. She is about 5-foot-7 and weighs between 150 to 180 pounds.

Anyone with information about this case or information that could help identify the woman is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-471-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and if a tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward. Tips may also be submitted online at www.floridakeyscrimestoppers.com or via a text message using the smartphone app called P3 Phone. Tips can also be submitted via social media such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the @CrimeStoppers305 hashtag.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 23, 2018

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Man charged with murder in woman’s death

A 58-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of a woman whose nude body was found by a fisherman Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area just north of the Vaca Cut Bridge in Marathon.

Steven Matthew Wolf of Marathon was charged with second-degree murder, failure to report a death and evidence tampering. Wolf remains in jail under no bail.

Sheriff Rick Ramsay thanked Monroe County State Attorney Dennis Ward, Assistant State Attorney Colleen Dunne as well as Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Criminal Investigations Unit detectives as well as Road Patrol Deputies who all took part in locating and detaining Wolf within hours of the woman’s body being found.

“This is a very sad case that began while most residents were enjoying time with their families and friends for Thanksgiving,” Ramsay said. “I’m very pleased and thankful to our Major Crimes Unit and Criminal Investigations Unit detectives, our Road Patrol Deputies as well as our partners at the State Attorney’s Office who rose to the occasion to make a very timely arrest, ensuring there was no ongoing threat to our community.”

Detectives were called to the scene about 2 p.m. Wednesday after an angler fishing from shore reported finding the body. The victim appeared to have been dragged off a walking trail into nearby brush. Detectives found parts of a vehicle and damage to trees and brush at the scene which suggested a vehicle had traversed the area. Detectives used those parts to find a van, a picture of which is attached, at the Marathon Kmart parking lot hours later. Wolf was detained on scene for questioning at that time.

Detectives found blood in the van that tested positive as human. Where that blood came from is part of the ongoing investigation.

How the victim died and whether she was sexually assaulted also remains part of the ongoing investigation, part of which includes the pending autopsy.

Detectives continue to ask for the public’s help in identifying the woman. She is a 50- to 60-year-old, white, female with shoulder-length, sandy brown hair and blue eyes. She is about 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and weighs between 150 to 180 pounds. She has no tattoos. Detectives have used her fingerprints in an effort to identify her. They have also cross-referenced all available information in our law enforcement databases, including facial recognition software, in an attempt to identify her. Those efforts have thus far been unsuccessful.

Detectives also ask any residents who may have seen Wolf, particularly between 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, to please contact them as well. Wolf’s mugshot is attached. He is a 5-foot-6, white male who weighs 131 pounds. Please also note the attached picture of the Wolf’s van. If anyone has seen that van, also particularly in the times referenced, please contact Crime Stoppers below.

In summary: Anyone with information about Wolf’s whereabouts before the woman’s body was found as well as where his van was located or anyone with information that could help identify the woman is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-471-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and if a tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward. Tips may also be submitted online at www.floridakeyscrimestoppers.com or via a text message using the smartphone app called P3 Phone. Tips can also be submitted via social media such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the @CrimeStoppers305 hashtag.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 24, 2018

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Wanted Georgia man arrested on Ramrod Key

A 56-year-old Putnam County, Georgia man was detained by a Sheriff’s Office deputy early Saturday morning at Mile Marker 27.5.

Jeff Cook was convicted in Georgia in October of selling sporting event tickets without a license after he reportedly sold tickets and failed to produce them to buyers.

Putnam County law enforcement authorities released a nationwide warrant for Cook after he did not show up Friday for his sentencing in court. Authorities in Georgia subsequently charged Cook with escape as well.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ian Douthirt spotted Cook’s vehicle about 6 a.m., stopped him and took him to jail where he remains under no bail.

Cook will be returned to Georgia where he will be sentenced.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 25, 2018

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Man arrested for child neglect

A 46-year-old Jacksonville, Florida man was arrested Saturday at John Pennekcamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo after other campers reported a toddler was wandering his campsite unattended.

Francis William Dunn was charged with child neglect and resisting arrest.

The Sheriff’s Office was called to the park at 10:30 p.m. following the complaint. Deputies arrived to find a couple stating a toddler had been “abandoned” in a neighboring campsite, but the man had just returned. They stated the suspect appeared drunk. A baby stroller was found overturned a the campsite and multiple items strewn about. The suspect, later identified as Dunn, was found inside a tent along with the child. He smelled of alcohol.

Dunn refused to exit the tent after demanding to see the deputies’ badge. The deputy displayed his uniform. Eventually, deputies pulled him out of the tent and arrested him while he attempted to pull away. The child was placed in deputies’ care. They contacted Florida Department of Children and Families.

About the same time, deputies were notified that a black, GMC Yukon Denali, later determined to be Dunn’s vehicle, was found crashed in the roadway leaving the park. The SUV was significantly damaged with myriad damaged parts in the road.

DCF workers later stated the child was covered in mosquito bites, was wearing a soiled diaper that was falling apart and appeared to have not eaten in a while. The child was taken into DCF care.

Dunn was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 26, 2018

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Two arrested for racing exotic sports cars in Marathon

Two tourists ‐ one driving a Ferrari and the other driving a Lamborghini ‐ were arrested on Nov. 22 for racing through Marathon at speeds greater than 100 mph.

Xu Mengjie, 22, of Flushing New York and Zhen Yin, 20, of Cambridge, Massachusetts were both charged with participating in an unlawful race and reckless driving.

Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit Deputy Shaun Lones was on patrol at 3:51 p.m. when he spotted a yellow Ferrari and a red Lamborghini traveling southbound at a high rate of speed near 65th Street. Deputy Lones quickly followed with his lights and sirens activated. Deputy Lones obtained a radar speed of 106 mph as the suspect vehicles neared 55th Street. Deputy Lones saw the two vehicles weave in and out of traffic. Deputy Lones radioed other deputies and law enforcement for help in stopping the suspect vehicles.

Eventually, the suspect vehicles pulled into Florida Highway Patrol substation parking lot at 3380 Overseas Highway in Marathon.

Deputy Lones spoke to Yin and a FHP Trooper spoke to Mengjie.

Both of the exotic cars were rentals. They were towed from the scene.

Both Mengjie and Yin were taken to jail.

Man arrested for child neglect at hotel

A 39-year-old Lighthouse Point, Florida man was arrested Thursday night after Stock Island hotel guests reported he left a child alone unattended.

William Lee Ashing was charged with child neglect, disorderly intoxication and marijuana possession.

Deputies John Allen and Alexandra Davis were called to the Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina, 5950 Peninsular Ave., at 11:49 p.m. regarding a suspicious person whereupon they found hotel staff who stated there was a guest, later identified as Ashing, mumbling to himself while a 5-year-old girl in his care was left unattended in the pool. By the time deputies arrived, the child was in the care of other hotel guests. It was the second time in 24 hours that deputies responded to the hotel due to Ashing’s abnormal behavior.

On Thursday night, deputies arrived to find Ashing mumbling in a beach chair with his eyes closed. The child was playing with other adults in the pool. Deputy Allen announced his presence and Ashing looked at him with bloodshot eyes when he began slapping his hands together and yelling. Deputy Allen walked away and requested back up. Ashing began yelling louder while making statements that deputies were called because hotel staff or guests or both didn’t like his tattoos. He then ordered the child to come with him. Ashing cursed at Deputy Allen in the presence of the child and displayed his middle finger while urging the child to do so as well, but the child refused to do so. Ashing kept yelling profanities while he walked to an elevator whereupon his dropped his shorts and displayed his rear end to Deputy Allen. Hotel staff requested Ashing be removed at that time.

Deputy Jenna Moeller, Detective Matthew Corey and Key West Police arrived and accompanied Deputy Allen to Ashing’s hotel room. It took Ashing 15 minutes to open the door. He exited with the child who was still wearing a bathing suit.

Ashing began yelling and cursing at law enforcement on scene, at which point, he was arrested.

The child was placed in the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Ashing was taken to jail.

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Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 26, 2018

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Man arrested for child neglect at hotel

A 39-year-old Lighthouse Point, Florida man was arrested Sunday after Stock Island hotel guests reported he left a child alone unattended.

William Lee Ashing was charged with child neglect, disorderly intoxication and marijuana possession.

Deputies John Allen and Alexandra Davis were called to the Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina, 5950 Peninsular Ave., at 11:49 a.m. regarding a suspicious person whereupon they found hotel staff who stated there was a guest, later identified as Ashing, mumbling to himself while a 5-year-old girl in his care was left unattended in the pool. By the time deputies arrived, the child was in the care of other hotel guests. It was the second time in 24 hours that deputies responded to the hotel due to Ashing’s abnormal behavior.

On Sunday morning, deputies arrived to find Ashing mumbling in a beach chair with his eyes closed. The child was playing with other adults in the pool. Deputy Allen announced his presence and Ashing looked at him with bloodshot eyes when he began slapping his hands together and yelling. Deputy Allen walked away and requested back up. Ashing began yelling louder while making statements that deputies were called because hotel staff or guests or both didn’t like his tattoos. He then ordered the child to come with him. Ashing cursed at Deputy Allen in the presence of the child and displayed his middle finger while urging the child to do so as well, but the child refused to do so. Ashing kept yelling profanities while he walked to an elevator whereupon his dropped his shorts and displayed his rear end to Deputy Allen. Hotel staff requested Ashing be removed at that time.

Deputy Jenna Moeller, Detective Matthew Corey and Key West Police arrived and accompanied Deputy Allen to Ashing’s hotel room. It took Ashing 15 minutes to open the door. He exited with the child who was still wearing a bathing suit.

Ashing began yelling and cursing at law enforcement on scene, at which point, he was arrested.

The child was placed in the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Ashing was taken to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Crime and Information Report

Nov. 28, 2018

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Detectives identify woman in Marathon murder

The woman who was found dead by a fisherman on Nov. 21 afternoon in a wooded area just north of the Vaca Cut Bridge in Marathon has been identified as 51-year-old Michelle Rena Osborne.

Osborne, formerly of Janesville, Wisconsin, was homeless and living in Marathon. Her date of birth is Nov. 11, 1967.

Autopsy results indicate Osborne was strangled and sexually assaulted, but the case remains under investigation.

Steven Matthew Wolf, 58, was charged with second-degree murder, failure to report a death and evidence tampering in Osborne’s death. Wolf remains in jail under no bail.

Sheriff Rick Ramsay thanked Monroe County State Attorney Dennis Ward, Assistant State Attorney Colleen Dunne as well as Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Criminal Investigations Unit detectives as well as Road Patrol Deputies who all have been active in resolving the case in a timely fashion.

“Our partners with the State Attorney’s Office have been working with us to move this case along quickly and provide closure not only to Mrs. Osborne’s family, but to the people of Marathon as well,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “This is a very disturbing and sad case, but I’m thankful to our detectives and law enforcement partners, all of whom have been working on this case non-stop since Mrs. Osborne was found.”

Detectives were called to the scene about 2 p.m. Nov. 21 after an angler fishing from shore reported finding the nude body. Osborne appeared to have been dragged off a walking trail into nearby brush. Detectives found parts of a vehicle and damage to trees and brush at the scene which suggested a vehicle had traversed the area. Detectives used those parts to find a van at the Marathon Kmart parking lot hours later. Wolf was detained on scene for questioning at that time.

Detectives found blood in the van that tested positive as human. Where that blood came from is part of the ongoing investigation.

Detectives continue to ask for the public’s help in the case. Detectives ask that anyone who has seen Osborne in the last two months to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-471-8477.

Detectives also ask that any residents who may have seen Wolf, particularly between 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, to please call Crime Stoppers. Wolf’s mugshot is attached. He is a 5-foot-6, white male who weighs 131 pounds. Please also note the attached picture of the Wolf’s van. If anyone has seen that van, also particularly in the times referenced, please contact Crime Stoppers. Tipsters can remain anonymous. Tips may also be submitted online at www.floridakeyscrimestoppers.com or via a text message using the smartphone app called P3 Phone. Tips can also be submitted via social media such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the @CrimeStoppers305 hashtag.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Nov. 28, 2018

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Key West Triathlon to impact Lower Keys traffic this weekend

Motorists are asked to be patient and to plan ahead this Saturday morning, Dec. 1, as the Key West Triathlon is expected it impact traffic from the Triangle to Rockland Key.

The event will roughly occur from approximately 6:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. The part of the race most impacting county traffic will be the bike portion of the event. The bicyclists will begin at Higgs Beach in Key West before proceeding to Atlantic Boulevard. They will make the left onto South Roosevelt Boulevard and then the right onto U.S. 1. The bikers will proceed to Rockland Drive on Rockland Key where they will turn around and reverse course back to Higgs Beach. (The run and swim portions of the event occur in the city of Key West.)

Thus, the impacted areas in the county will be Stock Island, Key Haven, Boca Chica Key and Rockland Key.

Northbound vehicle traffic out of Key West on U.S. 1 will be limited to one lane during the above times. Southbound motorists should also expect traffic to be generally impacted given the nature of the event. All motorists, especially those northbound drivers leaving Key West and Stock Island, should expect slow traffic times, plan ahead and give themselves extra time to get to their destination.

Traffic will return to normal immediately after the event.

For more information go to: https://www.trisignup.com/Race/Events/FL/KeyWest/MackCycleTriKeyWestTriathlonDuathlonAquabike

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Daily Press Release

Nov. 29, 2018

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Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm Christmas schedule

The Animal Farm will be open from 1 p.m to 3 p.m. on Dec. 9 for our Christmas on the Farm event.

That is the only date the Animal Farm at the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island, 5501 College Road, Key West, will be open for the month of December.

The Animal Farm will resume its regular schedule of 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of each month on Jan. 13, 2019.

The Animal Farm is always free, but donations are appreciated!

Have a wonderful Christmas and we hope to see everyone soon!