December 30, 2013

Missing man, wanted by police in Miami, may have jumped from bridge

A man who is currently listed as missing, and who is wanted by Miami-Dade police for sexual battery, may have jumped from the Card Sound Bridge early this morning.

The last time anyone heard from 38 year old James Dzadura of Homestead he sent a text message to a relative. In the message he said he was on the Card Sound Bridge with a 40 pound weight tied to him and he was going to jump from the bridge.

When the Sheriff’s Office responded to the bridge just before 1 a.m., Deputy Tim Hunsberger and Sgt. Syd Whitehouse found a mini van belonging to Dzadura parked at the bridge with the keys in the ignition. A wallet, a 40 pound dumbbell weight, and other items were inside the unlocked vehicle. Miami-Dade police detectives responded to assist. When they walked the bridge, they found a cell phone belonging to Dzadura on the railing of the bridge about halfway up the east side.

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard and a boat from Ocean Reef Public Safety all responded and searched the area by water with no result. The search was called off around 4 a.m. but the Coast Guard remained in the area searching this morning. The Sheriff’s dive team is searching the area this morning as well.

December 29, 2013

Three teens caught after burglarizing cars in Key Largo

Sheriff’s deputies arrested three Upper Keys teens who were in the process of burglarizing cars on Marine Avenue in Key Largo early today. A fourth suspect not apprehended has been identified.

A resident of Marina Avenue called the Sheriff’s Office at 2 a.m. to report seeing a group of four teenage boys burglarize her sport utility vehicle. She said they took her purple purse from the unlocked vehicle and fled. She was able to give a detailed description of the suspects.

When deputies arrived in the area, they apprehended three teenage suspects. When the first one was caught, he dropped a purple purse he’d been carrying. It was the same purse reported stolen from the victim’s burglarized vehicle.

As they were investigating, deputies also found two more vehicle burglary victims and more suspects. When a second suspect was apprehended, a pill bottle was found at his feet which had been in one of the burglarized vehicles. A key chain with a golf cart key was found in the pocket of a third suspect. It had been stolen from one of the burglarized vehicles as well.

All three suspects, age 17, 16 and 15, face burglary and theft charges. The case is still under investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to make sure they lock their car doors and remove all valuables from inside. Most vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity and those vehicles that are securely locked are passed by because they do not present an easy target.

December 26, 2013

Two officers injured in struggle with suspect

Two officers were treated at the hospital for injuries they sustained after a suspect fled from them, then fought them as he was being arrested Wednesday.

Sgt. Evan Calhoun was in the area of Indies Drive on Ramrod Key at 5:30 a.m. investigating a burglary to a vehicle when he attempted a traffic stop on a white Ford F150 truck. The truck failed to stop, instead speeding down Indies Drive and crashing into mangroves at the end of the road. The suspect, later identified as 24 year old Corey Robinson of Ramrod Key, fled into the mangroves.

Deputy Josh Gordon arrived to back up Sgt. Calhoun. The two chased Robinson, ordering him to stop. Robinson threatened to kill the officers several times, telling them he had a gun and reaching behind his back, as if reaching for a weapon.

Deputy Gordon and Sgt. Calhoun both tased Robinson with no effect. Deputy Gordon also used his pepper spray, which did not subdue Robinson either. They struggled with him, attempting to take him into custody. Robinson punched both officers repeatedly. Deputies Joe Moran and Todd Jones arrived to assist and Robinson was finally taken into custody and taken to jail.

Deputy Gordon and Sgt. Calhoun were both taken to the hospital where they were treated for injuries sustained during the struggle.

Further investigation revealed the truck driven by Robinson was stolen. Inside the truck were a number of items stolen from a vehicle burglary in the vicinity earlier that morning.

Robinson was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence. More charges are pending on the related cases involving the stolen vehicle and the vehicle burglary.

Detectives are continuing to investigate.

Man arrested after chase through Stock Island

A Stock Island man, wanted on numerous outstanding warrants, fled from deputies Wednesday and was arrested a short time later at his home.

Deputy Lazaro Valdes was on patrol on 5th Street, Stock Island just after noon when he saw 29 year old Orlando Grimon driving a white Kia. He knew Grimon was wanted so he turned around and followed him, attempting to stop the vehicle.

Grimon sped up, traveling 60 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. He quickly turned several times, finally turning into the parking lot of Stock Island Apartments on 3rd Avenue. He jumped out of the vehicle and ran into apartment 213, where he lives with his wife.

Deputy Valdes knocked on the door. Grimon’s wife answered and, at first, refused to comply with the deputies orders to tell Grimon to come out of the apartment. Grimon eventually came out, surrendering to Deputy Valdes.

Grimon was charged with fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving, violating a domestic violence injunction, three counts of failure to appear in court, failure to register as a sexual offender and with an outstanding warrant from Miami-Dade County.

When Deputy Valdes told Grimon he was being charged with failing to register as a sexual offender, Grimon asked the deputy how he could register if he was “on the run” for all the other outstanding warrants.

Grimon was booked into jail.

December 24, 2013

Missing man’s body found floating offshore

The body of a man reported missing Monday was found offshore of Summerland Key today.

68 year old Charles Salyers was reported missing Monday by a friend and a family member. Salyers lived offshore on a boat moored in Niles Channel. He reportedly used a dinghy with a small motor on it to travel to and from his boat. His friend said he last saw Salyers’ on Saturday morning. He said Salyers did not show up for church on Sunday and he never misses church. He said he began to worry about Salyers, so he went to his boat to check on him and found the boat open. He said Salyers never leaves it open. He said he then found Salyers’ truck parked at the bridge and no dinghy at the bridge or at the boat.

Deputy Wendy Negron, who took the initial report, contacted Salyers’ nephew. The nephew said Salyers calls him every day and he hasn’t heard from him since the afternoon of the 21st. He said Salyers sounded fine when he last spoke with him.

Salyers’ truck was, indeed, found parked at the north end of the Niles Channel Bridge. A check of his boat turned up his wallet, keys and cell phone on board, but no sign of him. The U.S. Coast Guard and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission assisted in searching for him.  His body was located by the FWC just after 10 a.m. today.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and FWC are working together on the case. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

December 21, 2013

Search warrant served in Marathon

Marathon - On December 20, 2013 at approximately 2:30 PM. Sheriff's Special Investigations detectives, executed a search warrant at a room in a Marathon resort.

 The warrant was served at Coconut Cay Resort 7196 Oversea Hwy, apartment 57. Inside, detectives located 27 year old Harold Reece.  The search of the apartment turned up a 9MM Taurus handgun reported stolen from Miami Gardens. Detectives also located $1,751 in suspected drug proceeds.

Reece was charged with possession of a stolen firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm and failure to register as a convicted felon in Monroe County. The $1,751.00 was seized.

Alcohol sales operation

On December 20, 2013 the Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Marathon. 10 businesses were checked including restaurants, convenience stores and bars. Two of the businesses served alcohol to minors during our investigations. The two people who sold the alcohol were given  notices to appear before a Monroe County Judge. 

The following are a list of the Business, and suspects who sold the alcohol:

Shell 11100 Overseas Hwy Marathon. Attendant – CASANDRA LOPEZ LARIOS, 45, of Marathon. Notice to appear issued.

Mobile 13155 Overseas Hwy Marathon. Attendant – ARNULFO RODRIGUEZ, 72, of Marathon. Notice to appear issued. 

The Sale Clerk violations are up to 60 days in jail $500 fine, $235 in court cost, $75 in cost of prosecution, and $40 in cost of investigation.

The Licensee Violations are:
1st offense $1000 fine and 7 day suspension
2nd offense $3000 fine and 30 day suspension
3rd offense Revocation of license.
The remaining business checked, were in compliance with the law.

This operation was conducted in cooperation with the Monroe County Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community. 

December 20, 2013

Marathon man charged with stabbing

A Marathon man was arrested Thursday, charged with stabbing another man Sunday in the early morning hours.

According to the victim and two witnesses who were with him, 34 year old Yandri Lopez Macaya stabbed the victim twice, in the abdomen and side, with a knife. The two men and the witnesses had been walking down Ocean Terrace  just before 6 a.m. Lopez Macaya and the victim reportedly got into   an argument which escalated to a physical fight.

The victim said as he was fighting with the suspect, Lopez Macaya hit him twice, then said “I just stuck you”. When the victim pulled up his shirt, he saw he was bleeding heavily from two stab wounds.
The suspect then fled on foot.

After interviewing all those present during the altercation, Deputy Bobby Burkett obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect. On Thursday, Lopez Macaya was arrested and charged with aggravated battery. He was booked into jail.

December 19, 2013

Sheriff's Office members help out during the holidays!

Sheriff's Office members county-wide are helping out their community this holiday season. Here are just a few examples:
Detention Deputies Reid and Pettry from the Marathon jail collected toys this week for Holiday Helpers of the Florida Keys.

Chi Sigma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and it’s President Lt. Lee Ann Holroyd of The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office recently held a dinner/dance to benefit The Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens at The Tavernier Elks Club.  Over 100 people enjoyed an Italian Buffet donated by DJ’s Diner and a choice of desserts donated by MARC Board Member Mike Forster of Mangrove Mikes. 12 beautifully decorated Christmas trees were donated by local businesses for their silent auction. $5,500.00 was raised by the Sorority. Presenting the check, left to right:  Lt. Lee Ann Holroyd, Trish Biondoletti, MARC Exec. Director, Diana Flenard and MARC Board members, Mary VandenBrook, Sue Harrison and Sheriff Rick Ramsay.

Chi Sigma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and it’s President Lt. Lee Ann Holroyd of The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office recently held a dinner/dance to benefit The Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens at The Tavernier Elks Club.  Over 100 people enjoyed an Italian Buffet donated by DJ’s Diner and a choice of desserts donated by MARC Board Member Mike Forster of Mangrove Mikes. 12 beautifully decorated Christmas trees were donated by local businesses for their silent auction. $5,500.00 was raised by the Sorority. In the picture above, left to right, Peggy Bryan, Capt. Corey Bryan, Lt. Lee Ann Holroyd, Geno Harris, Sue Harrison, Detective Dan Mehler and Judy Hamm.

Pet photos with Santa raised money for a new playground at Kreative Kids Christian Academy. Thanks to Santa (Dennis Coleman), Sgt. Amanda Coleman, Lt. Charlene Sprinkle Huff and Robert Petrick for their help.

Sheriff’s Office members “Doing the most good” ringing bells for the Salvation Army this holiday season.

Sheriff’s Office members “Doing the most good” ringing bells for the Salvation Army this holiday season.

Sheriff’s Office members “Doing the most good” ringing bells for the Salvation Army this holiday season.

Sheriff’s Office members “Doing the most good” ringing bells for the Salvation Army this holiday season.
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited St. James Church in Islamorada. Special thanks to Peggy Bryan (Mrs. Claus) Elf David Carey and Elf Derek Paul. 

HIDTA donated gifts to the 9453 Foundation, which deliver’s gifts to the children of officers killed in the line of duty. Front Row: Lissette Mendez, Prissy Willis, Marsha, Goldberg, Jane Winkler. Back Row: BSO Officer, 9463 Representative, Brian Donnelly, Phil Mellon, Stephanie York, Mary Rubines , Annie DiBernardo, George Anaipakos, HIDTA Director Tim Wagner, Lt. Nancy Alvarez, and not pictured Detective Linda Mixon.

Plantation Key Detention Center deputies decided to forego the traditional “Secret Santa” this year, and instead they are donated toys to a local charity for less fortunate children of the Upper Keys.

Farmer Jeanne Selander attended a Christmas event at the Sigsbee Navy base last week with Sloth Maddie and Nikki. The farm has been extra busy this holiday season attending events all over the Lower Keys. Jeanne says a special thanks to perpetual farm volunteers Marco DeLaRosa, Emil LaVache and Mike Grattan for their constant and invaluable help.
Helping out, unloading and selling Christmas trees at the MARC House in Key West.

Helping out, unloading and selling Christmas trees at the MARC House in Key West.

Helping out, unloading and selling Christmas trees at the MARC House in Key West.

Special Olympics Award

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received an award for being in the top 10 fund raisers for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run in 2013. Organizer Jo Socha wants to remind everyone the next Torch Run is coming up in April!

Teaching Stranger Danger

Deputies Emil LaVache and Chris Duncan spoke this week to kids at Grace Jones Day Care about stranger danger.

Cleaning up in Islamorada

The Islamorada Sheriff’s Substation adopted a mile of highway U.S. One and is conducting regular clean-ups. They just completed one last week. 

December 18, 2013

Stay safe over the holidays!

The Traffic Enforcement Unit and Traffic Deputy John McGee want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. They want to remind everyone they will be out on the roadways during the holidays. You can avoid getting an expensive traffic ticket by slowing down, driving safely and staying sober behind the wheel!

December 17, 2013

Big Coppitt man charged with molesting young girl

A 21 year old Big Coppitt Key man was arrested Monday for performing sexual acts on a young girl under the age of 12.

The girl, 7 years old at the time the acts took place, told a family member about the abuse and the family member reported it to the Sheriff’s Office. When he was interviewed by Major Crimes Detective Rosa DiGiovanni, the suspect, 21 year old Christian Lopez, admitted to molesting the girl on multiple occasions.

Lopez was charged with sexual assault of a child and two counts lewd and lascivious molestation of a child and he was booked into jail.

Three Miami men arrested for stealing computer information

Three men from Miami were arrested Monday after they stole information from a business computer located at an auto parts store in Key Largo.

Witnesses called the Sheriff’s Office at 10:30 a.m. after they saw two of the men tampering or accessing a computer located behind the front counter at Advanced Discount Auto Zone at the 99 mile marker of the highway. When the suspects realized they’d been seen, they ran out of the store and jumped into a blue 2004 Dodge Durango, yelling at the driver to leave quickly. The vehicle, which almost hit a store employee as it drove away, was seen leaving northbound. A notice to be on the lookout for it was put out over police radios.

Deputy E.B. Askins spotted the vehicle at the 101 mile marker northbound. He stopped it at the 104 mile marker of the highway. Detective Sgt. David Carey responded to the store and spoke with the witness, who explained what he saw. Det. Sgt. Carey then radioed Deputy Askins and told him to look for an electronic device he believed the men used to access and copy customer data in the auto store’s computer.

About 30 feet away from the traffic stop, on the side of the road, Deputy Askins found such a device, purple in color, which had apparently been thrown from the suspect’s vehicle just before they were stopped. The witness said he saw such a device in the possession of the suspects inside the store.

Further investigation revealed 40 year old Amaury Medero went into the store with the device, accompanied by 20 year old Leandry Parada-Martinez. 40 year old Manuel Parada waited in the vehicle. According to Parada and Parada-Martinez, Medero “stole something from behind the counter” while Parada-Martinez stood by waiting for him.

Witnesses from the store identified all three men as the suspects involved in the criminal incident. All three men were arrested. Medero had a fake credit card in his possession which he had used at the auto store to make a small purchase. The sales receipt for the fraudulent purchase was found in his possession.

Medero was charged with accessing a computer without permission from the owner, possession of a fake credit card, use of a fake credit card, tampering with evidence and aggravated assault. Parada was charged with being a principle to the crimes Medero committed and with aggravated assault. Parada-Martinez was charged with being a principle to the crimes Medero committed.

All three men were booked into jail.

December 16, 2013

Detectives ask for help locating burglary suspect

Sheriff’s detectives would like the public’s assistance locating a Miami man wanted for committing two business burglaries in Islamorada.

Detective Robert Dosh says 54 year old Orlando Mora of NW 186th Street in Miami, broke into Blue Water Weddings and Innovative Technology Solutions in Islamorada on December 8th. Surveillance video shows Mora breaking the locks on the front doors of both businesses shortly after noon. He took a laptop computer from Blue Water Weddings and two television sets from Innovative Technology Solutions. The video shows him putting the stolen items into his truck – a white Ford pickup truck.

Detective Dosh was able to obtain warrants for Mora’s arrest. He is currently wanted for two counts each of burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief and grand theft.

Anyone with information about Mora and where he may be located should contact the Sheriff’s Office. Callers may also contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. Tipsters can remain anonymous and, if a tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line at

Detectives investigate stabbing in Marathon

A man was airlifted to a Miami trauma center after being stabbed early Sunday.

The 38 year old victim suffered two stab wounds to his abdomen during the incident, which took place on Ocean Terrance in Ocean Breeze Trailer Park just before 6 a.m. When deputies arrived, they followed splashes of blood toward the entrance of the trailer park, but did not find the victim. Deputies received information he might be at a residence in Trailerama Trailer Park. He was found at that location. He was taken to Fisherman’s Hospital, then airlifted to Miami for treatment of his injuries.

Detectives are investigating the circumstances of the stabbing.

Stock Island man charged with pointing gun at homeowner, numerous other charges

A 19 year old Stock Island man is in jail on numerous felony charges after a crime spree on Saturday in the early morning hours.

Deputies and detectives responded to a home on Miriam Street at 6 a.m. after a man reported an armed gunman at his home. The victim told Detective David Brummer he was awake at his home at 5:30 a.m. when he heard someone open his front door. When he went to check on it, he saw a man standing inside the door, holding a gun. He said the gunman – later identified as Manuel Argomaniz – pointed the gun at him and told him to put his hands up. Argomaniz then told him not to call the police, and left out the front door.

The victim said he heard a loud noise outside which sounded like a gunshot – a .45 caliber shell casing was found outside in the street. Others who live in the area also told deputies they heard a gunshot.

Detective Brummer was able to find several video surveillance cameras in the area which showed Argomaniz riding away from the scene on a bicycle.

He also received information from Key West Police about an incident with an armed man they were investigating which had taken place just a short time before. In that incident, the victim identified Argomaniz as the man who pointed a gun at him. Key West Police gave Detective Brummer a possible location for Argomaniz – a business called Stock Island Fades and Spa on 3rd Avenue, Stock Island.

When Detective Brummer went to that location, he found Argomaniz. Argomaniz was still wearing the same clothing he had on in the surveillance video. He was also in possession of the bicycle he was riding in the video and he was carrying the gun he’d threatened the victim with.

Further investigation revealed the bike had been stolen from a residence on Miriam Street. The owner of the home told the detective his wife’s bike was parked under his house Friday night and was missing Saturday morning. He said he also noticed pry marks on his front door as if someone had tried to break in.

Detective Brummer is continuing to investigate cases possibly connected to Argomaniz, including a Stock Island burglary in which a gun was stolen.

Argomaniz was charged with home invasion robbery, two counts of burglary, grand theft, being armed while committing a felony crime and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. He also had four outstanding warrants for violation of probation when he was arrested. More charges are pending.

December 13, 2013

MARC House trees - continued

 The Sheriff's Office continues to help out with unloading Christmas trees at the MARC House!

Bike run for kids of officers killed while on duty

 Sheriff's Office employees helped out with the Police Officer Assistance Trust (POAT) motorcycle ride this past weekend. Money raised go to help children of officers killed in the line of duty.

Academy presents plaque

Corrections academy graduates came to the Sheriff’s staff meeting Monday to give Sheriff Ramsay a special plaque, thanking him for the opportunity to train and to work here at the Sheriff’s Office. In the back, left to right:  Alix Pierre, Tinesha Mitchell, Julian Andrews, Cuyler Rawling, Sebastian Pawlaczyk, Scott VanHoesen, Sean Dyer, Class Lieutenant Juan Morales. In the middle, left to right:  Class Lieutenant Nathan Curry, Gelin Jolimeau, Brandon Young, Michael Nunez, Louis Pazo, Jesse Torricellas, Class Captain Erik Taull, Sheriff Ramsay. In the front (kneeling), left to right:  Natasha Major, Eyner Diaz, Darrien Rodriguez.

December 10, 2013

Park cleaned up in Marathon

Sheriff’s Office members spent several hours at the Marathon City Park removing three truckloads of debris and trash, followed by a good old fashioned barbecue for those who participated. The clean up was organized by Sgt. Ken Fricke, who would like to thank road patrol, corrections staff, communications staff and family members who joined in to help out. Thanks also to Sgt. Marc Maison for helping with the event and to Winn Dixie and Publix in Marathon for their contributions.

Sheriff's Office unloads trees for MARC

 The Sheriff’s Office has been on hand unloading Christmas trees at the MARC House this season. Don't forget to stop by and get your tree!

Sheriff's Office participate in Airport Christmas

 The Sheriff’s Office participated in the annual Silverliner’s flight to the north pole event at the Key West Airport this week. In the photos, airport members are joined by McGruff the Crime Dog and a group of Santa’s elves; Farmer Jeanne and Maddie Sloth made and appearance; the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad was on hand as well.

Cadets deliver Thanksgiving meals

SRO Deputies Larry O’Neill, Dave Stark and Larry’s son Connor took Upper Keys cadets to help out packing and delivering Thanksgiving meals for the needy with Island Community Church. Most of the kids in the program want to go into law enforcement or the military. This showed them the value of serving others right in their own community.

Sheriff’s Office remembers Deputy Robin Tanner, killed December 13, 2007

This week, the Sheriff’s Office is remembering Deputy Robin Tanner who was killed in the line of duty on December 13th, 2007.

Deputy Tanner was killed at 7 a.m. in a single vehicle automobile accident as she was en route to a medical call. She was responding to a report of a woman not breathing in the vicinity of 119th Street in Marathon. The accident took place near 90th Street.

Deputy Tanner was assigned to the Marathon area as a patrol officer. She was 47 years old at the time of her death.

She first came to work for the Sheriff’s Office in January of 1987 as a records clerk. She attended the law enforcement academy at Florida Keys Community College Institute of Criminal Justice in 1988 and shortly thereafter became a patrol officer. She worked in the Lower Keys until she resigned in June of 1991. She returned to work for the Sheriff’s Office in June of 2004 and worked in the Middle Keys as a patrol officer until her death.

December 9, 2013

Christmas at the Animal Farm!

Don't forget - this Sunday is our Annual Christmas on the Animal Farm event from 1 - 3 p.m. Spend a great day with the animals and have your picture taken with Santa!

Sheriff's Office in Key West Christmas Parade

The Sheriff's Office turned out this year for the Key West Christmas parade Saturday night. Ten vehicles, the Sheriff's Office Animal Farm, the Sheriff, the Honor Guard and about 100 Sheriff's Office employees enjoyed the event.

Key West Christmas Parade photo gallery

December 7, 2013

Stabbing sends three to the hospital; one to jail

A stabbing at an outreach mission facility on Stock Island send three people to the hospital Friday night. One of them was then taken to jail.

Deputies Spencer Curry and Aaron Coller responded to the Star of the Sea Outreach Mission on Maloney Avenue at 10:40 p.m. to reports of a stabbing. When they arrived, they found a man and a woman sitting on a bench in back of the property. They were both covered in blood. The woman had been cut on the arm and the man had a number of wounds, including one to his upper right chest.

Both of them said they’d been at the woman’s living quarters on the property, watching movies and drinking together with another man, 53 year old Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan got mad because the other two kissed. He pulled out a box cutter and stabbed the other man. The woman intervened and was cut as well. Sullivan then fled the area.

Sullivan was found hiding in a small space behind a shed on the property. He complained of neck pain when he was taken into custody, so all three were  taken to the hospital for treatment. Sullivan was subsequently charged with aggravated battery and he was booked into jail.

Young girl reports being followed in Key Largo

A 13 year old Key Largo girl told Sheriff’s deputies she was followed Thursday by a man – a stranger - who pulled up to her in a car and told her to get in.

The girl told Deputy Ian Barnett she was walking southbound in the vicinity of the 106 mile marker of Highway U.S. One just after 5 p.m. Thursday when she noticed the tan colored four door sedan moving slowly northbound. She said she crossed the highway, and saw the car again, still driving slowly and stopping near her several times. She said she ran to her house, but no one was home. She said she saw the car stopped outside her house.

She left her house and decided to walk to a relative’s house nearby. The vehicle continued to follow her and this time approached her more closely. She said a man driving the car rolled down the window and told her several times to get in the car. She ran away and didn’t see the car again. The man who spoke to her from inside the car is described as a white Hispanic male, balding..

Detectives say the girl did the right thing by being so observant, by running away from the vehicle and by going to a nearby relative’s home and reporting the incident to police. Anyone who has any information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 305-853-3211 or 305-289-2351.

December 3, 2013

Accident update: 63 mile marker Highway U.S. One

Three semi tractor trailer trucks were involved in an accident at the 63 mile marker of the highway at 2:37 a.m. today. The roadway has been totally blocked to all traffic at that location since that time. There were several people injured in the accident. One person was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami after having been trapped inside one of the trucks.

Emergency services on the scene are dealing with a fuel spill as well as having to remove the three large trucks from the roadway safely. It is unknown when the road will open.

The Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting the accident investigation. Please contact that agency for details.

Updates will be available on our Twitter and Facebook pages (see above), as well as on our website WebCAD page,

December 2, 2013

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

The holiday season can be distracting, with lots of glittering lights, holiday decorations and crowds of people. Make sure you pay attention to what is happening at all times. You don’t want to turn a happy holiday season into
·         Stay alert and aware of what is going on around you.
·         Deter pickpockets.  Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
·         Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies when taking mass transit: report any unattended packages to security or staff.
·         ALWAYS leave yourself extra time. By giving yourself extra time, you'll be able to remind yourself of these basic shopping safety tips.
·         If you see anything suspicious, call 911.

Vehicle safety
·         Park in a well lighted area and be sure to lock your car doors.
·         Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
·         NEVER leave doors unlocked or windows open.
·         Hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk so they aren’t visible to those passing by your car.

Be smart about your  purchases
·         Avoid carrying cash if at all possible. Use credit cards instead. This makes you less vulnerable to thieves, and many cards offer increased warranties, and other protections for your purchases.
·         Double check that you have your credit cards and wallet after you pay for your items.
·         Check receipts to see whether your full credit card number appears. If a receipt has your full number on it, take a pen and thoroughly scratch it out.
·         Save all receipts.  Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases.   Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.
Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Don’t put your purse down, and carry your purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put your wallet in an inside pocket or in a front pants pocket. This will deter pickpockets and purse snatchers.

Shopping with children
·         If you are shopping with your children, talk to them ahead of time about what to do if they get lost in the crowd. Have a central meeting place or teach them to go immediately to a store clerk or a security guard and ask for help.
·         If they are old enough, make sure they know your home phone number, your cell phone number and that your name is not just “Mommy” or “Daddy”.
·         Ensure that any children with you know your cell phone number. Give cards with contact information to any who don’t.

Shopping Online
·         Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed.
·         Keep your personal information private and your passwords secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.
·         Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
·         Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.

·         Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.