February 8, 2016

5K raises money for a great cause!!!


The Christina’s Courageous 5K Challenge, a yearly event which benefits Christina’s Courage Rape and Child Abuse Center, takes place Saturday, February 13th. Come on out and join the fun!

Christina’s Courage is a non-profit crisis assistance center which provides a safe, sensitive and secure place for law enforcement to take the victims of Rape and Child Abuse for help. All money raised from this event goes directly to the center.

To register for this worthwhile and fun event, go to southernmostrunners.com or come to the Sheriff’s Office headquarters building on Stock Island, 5525 College Road on Friday, February 12th between 5 – 7 p.m. Race packets may also be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office on race day; registration opens at 7 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m.

The course starts and ends at the Sheriff’s Office. Advanced registration fee is $25 or $30 on the day of the race. Kids aged 15 and under are $15. The first 100 entrants will receive a free T-shirt. Refreshments will be served after the race.

For more information, contact Tiffany O’Connell at 305-293-7409 or Lissette Zuelch at 305-619-0779.

Court designated Sexual Predator moves to Marathon

Court designated Sexual Predator moves to Marathon
A court designated Sexual Predator has relocated to the Marathon area. The Sheriff’s Office is required by law to do a public notification when this occurs.

48 year old Freddie Lee Harvey has registered his new address as 276 89th Street Ocean in Marathon, according to information from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Click this link http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/flyer.do… for more information from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement web site.

App update available


For those of you who have our Monroe County Sheriff's Office Smartphone App, there is a new update available. It repairs a problem we have been having with IPhones not receiving our push notifications properly.

In order to benefit from this fix, please download the new update as soon as possible. If you have an older IPhone - an IPhone 4 or 5 - you will have to uninstall the app and reinstall it.Once you do this, you should once again begin receiving our notifications on your phone.

Thank you for your patience. Please share this information with others who may have the app.

For those of you who do not have our app and with to download it, search the Google Play store or the Apple Store for "Monroe County Sheriff's Office". We use our notifications to let you know when there are major accidents on the highway or other issues which might cause extended delays in traffic. The app also features our live Calls for Service, Arrests / Mug Shots, a list of Sexual Offenders and their locations and much more.

SRO talks to Montessori teachers

SRO Deputy Larry O’Neill spoke to teachers at Treasure Village Montessori School in Islamorada this week about response to active shooters and school safety among other topics.

Islamorada formal inspection

 Look at all these sharp deputies and detectives! These are pictures of Islamorada's yearly formal inspection last week.





Pushing a car out of the roadway

We will start the week with this nice picture of Sgt. Spenser Bryan, one of our Marathon road sergeants, helping someone push his disabled vehicle to his residence. Sgt. Bryan is always willing to pitch in and help where needed. Thanks, Spenser! The photo was taken by Deputy Rosary Ponce who says she is lucky to have him as a sergeant!

February 7, 2016

Man with neck injury airlifted to Miami

A man found in the street on Big Coppitt Key with a severe injury to his neck was airlifted to a Miami hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The victim, 39 year old Oleimys Clemente, was found in the street on Avenue D, Big Coppitt Key by his sister and a neighbor at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. He was bleeding profusely from a neck wound, possibly caused by a broken bottle found nearby.

The victim’s sister, who lives on Avenue D, said she saw her brother arguing with two men just before finding him injured, in the street. The neighbor said he went outside his house to close his front gate and saw the victim, bleeding.

Clemente was taken to Lower Keys Hospital, then airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for treatment of his injuries.


Sheriff’s Detective Patricia Garcia from the Major Crimes Unit responded and has been assigned to investigate the circumstances. 

Marathon man charged with robbery

A Marathon man who robbed a woman was arrested early today.

The victim said she met 31 year old Phernando Hill at the Brass Monkey bar. He told her his name was Todd Johnson. She said they left the bar to go to her place to have sexual relations. She said he wanted to make a stop, and asked her for $200. She said she stopped at Tropical Apartments on 41st Street, but had changed her mind about giving him the money. She said she had the money in her hand and he grabbed it from her and jumped out of the car. As he jumped out, his hat fell off and was still in the vehicle.

The victim said she waited, but he didn’t return. She went into the apartments to try to find him, but couldn’t locate him. She was sitting outside the apartments honking the horn on her vehicle when deputies pulled up to find out what was going on.

Investigations revealed who Hill really was, and that his parents live at the apartment complex. Deputy William Daniels made contact with the manager of the apartments. She recognized the description given of Hill, but he could not at first be located on the property.

At 5:30 a.m. Sunday, the manager called the Sheriff’s Office and said Hill had just left the property, running toward U.S. One. He was located near the intersection of 41st Street and U.S. One. Several hundred dollars in cash was found in his pockets. He denied taking money from a woman. He said he’d been at Brass Monkey earlier in the evening, but claimed to have taken an On Time Taxi home. A check with On Time Taxi revealed his claims to be false.


Hill was arrested. He was charged with robbery and he was taken to jail.

Tattoos lead to man’s identity, arrest

A Marathon man who gave a false name to a Sheriff’s sergeant was correctly identified by his tattoos and was arrested Friday afternoon.

Sgt. Mark Maison was dispatched to check out suspicious people at the end of 37th Street in Marathon just before 4 p.m. When he arrived, he spoke with the five people who he found there, standing next to a parked truck. He recognized three of those who were there. He called the truck’s Pennsylvania tag into Sheriff’s dispatchers and asked for identification from the two people he did not know, a male and a female.

The woman produced a driver’s license from Pennsylvania. The man said he’d lost his ID, but gave his name as Dean Garner.

A check on the name Dean Garner did not return any information. The truck, however, was registered to a Joshua Garner who had a warrant from Pennsylvania for violation of parole on robbery charges. A description of Joshua Garner included several distinctive tattoos of clowns on his arm. The man who gave the name “Dean Garner” had those same tattoos.

Sgt. Maison called for backup officers and attempted to take Garner into custody. Garner struggled with him, broke away and jumped into the water at the end of the street. He initially refused to come out. The officers called for help from the U.S. Coast Guard. As they were en route, Garner exited the water and was taken into custody.


He was charged with resisting arrest and giving a false identification to a law enforcement officer. He was also charged with the outstanding warrant. He was booked into jail.

February 5, 2016

Crime Prevention Signs posted

In an effort to prevent vehicle burglaries, these signs were put up in at least 15 locations in the Lower Keys with the assistance of Jim Crane from Monroe County Public Works. The signs warn people not to leave valuables in their car and to lock car doors. Left to right, Deputies Jon Riggs, Donald Stulken, Lt. Donnie Catala and Jim Crane. Sgt. Linda Mixon assisted with finding appropriate locations for the signs.

February 4, 2016

Explorers spruce up school

School Resource Officer Advisors and their Explorer Posts 904, 905 and 906 got together and spruced up the paint in the parking areas around Plantation Key School in Islamorada this past weekend. Fueled by Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and power rings (also known as donuts) they all had a great time and performed a wonderful service to the school.


Duck Key cleanup

This past weekend, a community cleanup effort on Duck Key was responsible for the removal of 1,180 pounds of trash. Here is the dedicated group that gave their Saturday morning to the effort including many members of the Sheriff’s Office and the Duck Key Property Owner’s Association.

Deputy saves man who locked himself in car trunk

A Marathon Sheriff’s deputy saved a man who had fallen into his car’s trunk and become locked inside.

Deputy Seth Hopp was on patrol at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when dispatchers said they had a report of a suspicious vehicle parked at Sombrero Beach. When the deputy arrived, he found a 1997Lincoln Continental with all its doors wide open, but the trunk was closed. As he approached the vehicle, he heard knocking coming from the trunk. Deputy Hopp announced himself as an deputy with the Sheriff’s Office and ordered the person in the trunk to come out.

The man in the trunk replied that he could not get out because he was locked inside.

Deputy Hopp opened the trunk and let the man out. The 32 year old Marathon man told Deputy Hopp he’d decided to go for a walk at the beach and when he returned to the car, he noticed his keys were missing. He said he was looking for the keys when he fell into the trunk, which then closed, locking him inside.


A small amount of marijuana was found in the car, in the open glove box, along with a small metal pipe. The man was given a notice to appear in court for possessing the illegal substance.

Deputy, FWC help deer escape from tree

(Note: This report is a bit delayed, but still a good one.)

A deputy on patrol on Big Pine Key in January helped a Key Deer stuck in a tree to escape.

Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call from a woman who said a small Key Deer was stuck in the fork of a tree. She said it looked like the deer tried to jump through and got stuck.

Deputy Dyllon Hansen responded to East Sandy Circle where he found the stuck Key Deer. According to the deputy, he and a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer attempted to pull the deer out, pick him up, move him around, but the deer remained stuck. They called for more FWC officers to assist and when they arrived, the deer became so agitated at the number of people around, he finally got himself out of his predicament, struggling out of the tree himself.


The FWC officers, who deal with local wildlife on a regular basis, told Deputy Hansen they’d never seen a deer stuck in a tree before. 

IPhone problems with our App

Our Sheriff’s Office App is having an issue. IPhone users are not getting the push notifications I send out on the app. I’m not sure when this started, but I became aware of it over the weekend. On Monday, I con-tacted our App developers and they are working to resolve the issue. In the meantime, I post the same notifications on Facebook and Twitter, and people can access our Facebook and Twitter feeds from the App, whether they have accounts with those social media sites or not. Tell people to simply check those feeds prior to traveling on the highway if they want to know if there are any major problems. I hope this issue will be resolved soon. I am sorry for the inconvenience.

February 3, 2016

Christina's Courage 5K

The Christina’s Courageous 5K Challenge, a yearly event which benefits Christina’s Courage Rape and Child Abuse Center, takes place Saturday, February 13th. Come on out and join the fun!

Christina’s Courage is a non-profit crisis assistance center which provides a safe, sensitive and secure place for law enforcement to take the victims of Rape and Child Abuse for help. All money raised from this event goes directly to the center.

To register for this worthwhile and fun event, go to southernmostrunners.com or come to the Sheriff’s Office headquarters building on Stock Island, 5525 College Road on Friday, February 12th between 5 – 7 p.m. Race packets may also be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office on race day; registration opens at 7 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m.

The course starts and ends at the Sheriff’s Office. Advanced registration fee is $25 or $30 on the day of the race. Kids aged 15 and under are $15. The first 100 entrants will receive a free T-shirt. Refreshments will be served after the race.


For more information, contact Tiffany O’Connell at 305-293-7409 or Lissette Zuelch at 305-619-0779.

Animal Farm featured on Crime Watch Daily show

If you have the ability to watch streaming video on your computer, here is a wonderful story done by the show “Crime Watch Daily” about the Sheriff’s office Animal Farm. If you can’t watch it now, watch it at home or on your phone. It is great!


The same show will be featuring a story on the Jane Doe Valentine’s Day unsolved murder case from 1992. They will, of course, be featuring in on Valentine’s Day. They will be visiting this week to do interviews. When the story comes out I will send the link to it as well.

Crime Watch Daily is on every day at 5 p.m. on the following channels:

WSFL Comcast channel 11
WSFL DISH Network,  DirectTV and AT&T Uverse Channel 39


Enjoy!

February 2, 2016

Possible old military device found on Knight’s Key

Something which appears to be an old a military device of some sort was located on Knight’s Key in Marathon today. A man called the Sheriff’s Office at 9:45 a.m. to report finding something he said looked like a “torpedo” in shallow water offshore of Knight’s Key. Sheriff’s deputies evacuated campsites around the location for several hours. The Sheriff’s Office bomb squad responded. A Navy EOD team out of Mayport, Florida also responded and took custody of it. It is unknown at this time exactly what the device is. 

Sexual Predator moves to Stock Island

Court designated Sexual Predator moves to Stock Island

A court designated Sexual Predator has moved into a neighborhood on Stock Island. The Sheriff’s Office is required by law to do a public notification when this occurs.

40 year old Omar Terrell was recently released from prison, according to information from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. When released, he registered his new address as 6810 Front Street on Stock Island.

Click on the link for more information or visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement web site.

http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/flyer.do?personId=42042

Court designated Sexual Predator moves to Stock Island

A court designated Sexual Predator has moved into a neighborhood on Stock Island. The Sheriff’s Office is required by law to do a public notification when this occurs.

39 year old Robert Childs was recently released from prison and is under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, according to information from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. When released, he registered his new address as 5101 Suncrest Road on Stock Island.


Click the link for more information.

http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/flyer.do?personId=88329

Man arrested on multiple warrants after call from pizza delivery person

A Key West man wanted on numerous warrants was arrested Monday night after a domestic dispute on Stock Island.

Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call from a pizza delivery man at about 8 p.m. He said he was delivering food to a residence on 11th Avenue at 8 p.m. He said after knocking on the door, a woman and two children inside pleaded with him to call the police. He said he left immediately and called for help.

When Deputy Jorge Prince arrived, 30 year old Taurean Roberts had already left the residence. Robert’s 28 year old pregnant wife was inside, as were two children aged 8 and 13. They said Roberts had entered the residence through the laundry room door. He was carrying a large knife and was yelling “for his stuff”. When the children tried to call 911 for help, he threw their cell phones against the wall breaking them. He grabbed the 13 year old girl around the neck and pushed his wife against the television set, knocking her to the ground.

While deputies were there, Robert’s wife received a call with information that Roberts had gotten a ride in a white Mercedes with another woman who lives on 5th Avenue. Deputies responded to 5th Avenue and found the Mercedes in front of 5513 5th Avenue. Roberts was found hiding inside the residence, lying on the floor of one of the bedrooms.

He was arrested. He was charged with child abuse, aggravated battery by strangulation, obstruction of justice – preventing someone from calling 911 and aggravated battery on a pregnant person. He was also charged with outstanding warrants for fleeing and eluding police, three counts sale of cocaine, two counts use of a two way communications device to facilitate a felony, two counts driving with license suspended and failure to appear in court. The warrants are all related to cases by Key West Police.


As deputies were transporting him to jail, he made several threats against the woman and the two children. At one point he reportedly said “they better give me 50 years because I am going to make sure they get theirs.”

February 1, 2016

Explorers learn CPR and Trauma Star

 Last week, explorers from posts 904 and 906 participated in adult, child and infant CPR training from instructors Captain Penny Phelps and Deputy Thomas Hill. In addition, post 906 were given a tour of Trauma Star by Medic/Nurse Annie Urbay.


Lower Keys Formal Inspection

District One (Lower Keys) station inspection. Looking sharp!

Formal Inspection, Upper Keys

District Seven (Upper Keys) station inspection. Looking sharp!

Tackling graffiti in the Lower Keys

 Deputies and detectives all over the Lower Keys continue the battle against graffiti vandals. In between calls for service, they took time out to paint over graffiti, both large and small.







Man arrested for stealing boat

A man from Davie, Florida was arrested Sunday evening after he stole a boat from Islamorada.

A witness called the  Sheriff’s Office just before 7 p.m. to report seeing someone steal his neighbor’s boat, a 16 foot Sea Rayder on a trailer. The boat was parked at Founder’s Park at the time it was stolen. The witness said the man who stole the boat was driving a silver two door BMW with tinted windows and distinctive rims on the tires.

Deputy Christopher Kilmurray, who was in the area of Dove Road and U.S. One north of the theft location, heard the notice to be on the lookout for the vehicle and began watching for it. He spotted it as it passed him and stopped the vehicle at the 95 mile marker of the highway.

The driver was identified as 39 year old Eduardo Tapenas of Davie, Florida. The passenger was a 17 year old female.

Upon questioning, Tapenas claimed he’d been texting the owner of the vessel trying to purchase it from him. He said they had an agreement and he was taking the boat to test it with the victim’s permission. Investigations revealed the story to be false. The victim had been corresponding with Tapenas, but had not given him permission to take the boat.


Tapenas was arrested. He was charged with grand theft, and use of a two way communications device to facilitate a felony crime. The 17 year old girl who was with him said they were friends and had come to the Keys to “look around”. Her mother was notified of her mother, who responded to pick her up.

Woman arrested for misusing 911

A Marathon woman was arrested after she repeatedly called 911 for non-emergency reasons.

51 year old Melodie Aycox called 911 repeatedly on Friday just before noon to complain that she could not buy a bus ticket, then to complain that a deputy refused to give her a ride to the bus stop.

Deputy Matthew O’Neill first met with her at the Marathon Visitor’s Center and explained to her repeatedly that she was misusing 911 and should only call the number for emergencies. He gave her the non-emergency number and tried to help her with her efforts to purchase a bus ticket. He finally explained to her where the nearby bus stop was to catch a bus to Miami.

Aycox berated him repeatedly, yelling and swearing at him. She called 911 numerous times and claimed her glasses were broken and she could not see, although the deputy could plainly see the glasses were not broken. She claimed to be blind, although at that time she had managed to cross the road on her own with no problems. She claimed she could not walk to the bus stop, although  she had already walked past one bus stop and was approaching another.


He gave her a final warning, telling her she would be taken to jail. She said “take me to jail” and continued to yell at him and berate him, so he finally placed her under arrest and took her to jail, charged with misuse of the 911 system.