August 29, 2015

Notice for Sheriff's Office employees

Per Sheriff Rick Ramsay, there will be no change in work schedules for Monroe County Sheriff's Office employees as Erika has degenerated into a Tropical wave. Weather from the system should not be bad enough to disrupt our regular business hours. Sheriff's Offices will remain open as normal.

Erika No Longer a Tropical Storm

From the office of Monroe County Emergency Management:

Saturday morning, the National Hurricane Center declared that Tropical Storm Erika degenerated into a low pressure trough and that all tropical storm watches and warnings in the Bahamas and Caribbean are being discontinued.

There were never Erika watches or warnings for the Florida Keys or the remainder of Florida. No protective action directives were issued by Monroe County Emergency Management.

Remnants of Erika are expected to produce showers and thunderstorms over the Keys beginning late Saturday night that will likely continue through Monday morning. The Key West National Weather Service Office is expecting 2 to 3 inches of rainfall for the Keys though Monday.

Keys officials cautioned residents and visitors to use extra care when driving on area roads.

The Key West weather office is likely to issue a small craft advisory beginning Saturday evening and lasting through Monday morning cautioning boaters to remain in port. Expect winds over open water at 25-30 mph with seas beyond the reef at 6 to 8 feet. Inshore and bayside waters should be rough. Winds and seas are expected to begin subsiding Monday morning.

In conjunction with the Key West weather office, Monroe County Emergency Management will continue to monitor the system in the unlikely event it regenerates and threatens the Keys as a tropical cyclone.

This is to be the final advisory on Erika from Monroe County Emergency Management.


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August 28, 2015

County officials monitoring TS Erika

Update from the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management

As of early Friday evening, the center of Tropical Storm Erika was just off the central southern coast of Hispaniola and less than 800 miles east, southeast of Key West.

The storm, according to meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center and Key West National Weather Service Office, continues to be poorly organized and there is a good possibility it will degenerate into a tropical depression.

Although all the Keys and the southern Florida peninsula remain in the three-day track error cone, no tropical storm watches or warnings have been issued.

In fact, the discussion component of the hurricane center's 5 p.m. advisory package noted: "Although this would normally be an appropriate time for a tropical storm watch for portions of southern Florida, following typical timelines, we have elected to wait until we see what's left of Erika after it passes Hispaniola. There is a significant chance that no watches or warnings for Florida will be required."

The official forecast shows the center of the storm southeast of the Lower Keys Sunday afternoon with maximum winds of 40 mph. But confidence in that forecast is not high.

Monroe County Emergency Management staged a Friday evening conference call to continue discussing Erika, but given the lack of tropical storm watches and warnings, no protective-action directives were issued.  Another conference call is scheduled for Saturday morning.

Keys residents and visitors should continue to closely monitor future progress of Erika.

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Update: County Officials monitor Tropical Storm Erika

From the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management

As of 2 p.m. Friday, Tropical Storm Erika was nearing the southern coast of Hispanola and its center was positioned about 900 miles east, southeast of Key Largo.  The storm, according to meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center and Key West National Weather Service Office, continues to be poorly organized.

Monroe County Emergency Management is preparing to respond to a tropical storm, if needed. Protective actions have not yet been implemented and will be announced later this evening, if necessary.

Focus areas for Erika include the county’s special needs clients; potential school closings; campgrounds and parks; as well as instructions for Keys visitors.

Monroe County does not evacuate in the event of a tropical storm.

In conjunction with the Key West National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center, Keys officials are continuing to monitor the situation and residents and visitors should do the same.

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August 25, 2015

Man dies after being pulled from Key Largo canal

A 68 year old Key Largo man died Monday night after being pulled from a canal in Key Largo.

Deputy Christopher Kilmurray and Sgt. Jason Madnick responded to Sharkey’s Pub at 11 p.m. A woman had called to report hearing someone yelling from the canal between the Key West Inn and Sharkey’s Pub. The officers spotted the man floating on his back in the water. He was not responsive to their attempts to communicate with him.

They pulled him close to a boat and he was pulled from the water by paramedics, who had arrived on the scene. He was taken to Mariner’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Patrons of Sharkey’s and the bartender told the officers the man had been in the establishment having drinks and food at the bar for several hours prior to his death.

Detectives are not releasing his name because they are still attempting to locate his next of kin to let them know what happened. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of his death.

August 24, 2015

Sheriff’s employee arrested

An employee of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was arrested over the weekend by the Florida Highway Patrol.

20 year old Joseph Silva was booked into jail on Saturday, charged with driving under the influence with serious bodily injury and driving under the influence with property damage. For details of the arrest, please contact FHP.

Silva has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since September of 2014 as a property clerk at the Stock Island Detention Center. His employment status is currently under review as a result of this arrest.

August 23, 2015

Caregiver arrested for leaving two disabled men in hot car

A 62 year old Big Pine Key woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after she left two disabled men she was caring for in a hot car while she shopped in K-Mart in Marathon.

A witness saw the two men sitting in the van shortly after 1 p.m.. The van was not running and had all the windows rolled up. He called the Sheriff’s Office. When Sgt. Marc Maison arrived, he could see the two men were in wheel chairs which were strapped to the floor of the van to keep them from moving. The men were sweating. He motioned to the men to roll down the windows, but got no response.

He was able to unroll the sliding side door, which was unlocked. As he was doing that, Luda Logash, their caregiver, came out of the store.

Paramedics were called to the scene and checked the two men out. They suffer from a disability which does not allow them to open the door, window or exit the vehicle by themselves. They were not harmed by the incident. Logash was arrested and charged with neglect of a disabled person. Sgt. Maison called for another responsible party to come and get them, and take them home to Big Pine Key.