October 30, 2015

Photo of the day......

This photo was captured by Lt. Dennis Coleman, who wondered “what is the iguana thinking?”

Bomb Squad and Dive Team train with the Coast Guard

The Sheriff’s Office Dive team and Bomb squad participated in a drill involving multiple agencies on board the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk last week. In the drill, two inert devices were placed on the ship and had to be located and “neutralized”. 



Students pledge to be drug free

The Sheriff’s Office took part in Red Ribbon Week at Marathon Middle / High School on October 28th. The students pledged to be drug free and got lots of great literature, wrist bands and candy for participating. Here is SRO Derick Velez with a group of students at the event.

Farm visits events this week

 Farmer Jeanne Selander was all over the place this week with Mo...she participated in the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade; the Reverend Chris Todd held a ceremony to bless the animals at the animal farm on Sunday; and she and Mo made an appearance at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club Lights on After School event in Key West.


October 29, 2015

Key Largo businessman arrested for credit card fraud

A Key Largo businessman is accused of stealing his customer’s credit card numbers and using them to commit credit card fraud.

27 year old Robin “Kiki” Bugallo is the co-owner of the Magic Salon in Key Largo. According to Detective Bob Dosh, Bugallo is accused of using his customer’s credit card numbers to make purchases at other businesses.

He was caught after a female victim noticed a charge on her credit card she did not make. She went to the business where her credit card was used – The Juice House - and spoke with the owner, explaining to him what happened. The owner of The Juice House was able to look at his records and determine who used her credit card. He identified that person as Bugallo. He also discovered Bugallo had used several other credit cards fraudulently at his business. He then called the  Sheriff’s Office to report the illegal activity.


After investigating the allegations, and interviewing victims, witnesses and the suspect in the case, Detective Dosh obtained a warrant for Bugallo’s arrest. On Wednesday, he was arrested and charged with one count each of using another person’s identification without consent and fraudulent use of a credit card. 

Husband and wife arrested for bad checks

A Marathon man and his wife are both in jail after they attempted to defraud Capital bank of over $4,000.

According to reports by Detective Scott Ward, 33 year old Dayna Rodriguez Alvarez wrote three checks to her husband 30 year old Raymond Martinez. Two of the checks were for $2,000 and one for $958. He then deposited the checks in his bank account and then made withdrawals from the same account for over $4,000. She admitted she knew the account she wrote the checks on did not have enough funds to cover the checks. He admitted knowing the checks were not covered by sufficient funds when he deposited them and subsequently withdrew the money.

They both said they needed money to pay bills, including paying rent and a bondsman. They both said they intended to repay the money once they received their tax refund from the IRS.

When Capital Bank discovered the scheme on October 14th, they contacted the Sheriff’s Office.


Detective Scott Ward obtained warrants for their arrest. On Wednesday, they were both charged with three counts each of grand theft and fraud. They were booked into jail.

October 28, 2015

Marathon Halloween and trick-or-treating Information

The ever increasing popularity of Halloween behind the airport in Marathon has garnered some safety concerns. Having this in mind Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Marathon are working closely to reduce and/or eliminate such concerns.

In past years motorists have parked on the right-of-way shoulder and on the bike path running parallel along Aviation Blvd. This year parking will be prohibited on the right-of-way in this area. Parking arrangements have been made with the airport manager and parking for this event will take place at the south end or west end of the airport property.

Visitors will enter the gate located on Aviation Blvd; the Sheriff's Office will have an officer present to direct you to the proper parking area. Two county school buses have been hired to shuttle all trick or treat visitors from this parking location to the neighborhood event. The shuttles will run from 6pm to 11pm. Those who choose to park and walk may do so by utilizing the bike path.

The Sheriff’s Office will also limit vehicular traffic through the neighborhood. Those who live in the area and can produce valid Identification showing their residence address will be permitted.

Safety during community events such as this one is a primary factor for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Marathon. We ask that you share this information and help us keep this event fun and safe for everyone.

Officers will be working throughout the “Fish Bowl” area to maintain order, assure safety to give directions to motorists. Thank you for your cooperation.         

October 26, 2015

Thomas charged with attempted murder

Sheriff’s detectives charged 25 year old Timothy Thomas of Key West with attempted murder today.

Thomas stands accused of attempting to murder Deputy Joshua Gordon. He fired a gun at Deputy Gordon Saturday night as the deputy attempted to apprehend him.  Thomas was wanted for questioning by Key West police for armed robbery. The bullet lodged in the deputy’s bullet proof vest.

Thomas was apprehended hiding out in a house on Von Phister Street in the city of Key West Sunday evening. He had two gunshot wounds from his firefight with deputies.

He was initially charged with outstanding felony warrants from Martin and Orange Counties. He is wanted in Martin County for high speed wanton reckless driving and with driving with his license suspended. In Orange County he is wanted for violation of probation with the underlying charge of robbery.


Today, Major Crimes Detective Manny Cuervo filed charges against Thomas including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm and use of a weapon to commit a felony. There is no bond allowed on the charges.

October 25, 2015

Shooting suspect in custody



The man who shot a deputy Saturday night on Stock Island is in custody. He was arrested at a home on Von Phister Street in Key West this afternoon.

The deputy was wearing a bullet proof vest which stopped the bullet. He was slightly injured from the impact but was treated and released at the hospital.

Information was received today that 25 year old Timothy Thomas was at hiding out at a residence at 1711 Von Phister Street in Key West. Sheriff’s Office and Key West Police set up a perimeter around the house and cleared neighbors from the area. Key West Police negotiators spoke with Thomas over the phone and convinced him to give himself up. He came out of the house with his hands up and was taken into custody just after 6 p.m. He had two gunshot wounds sustained when he exchanged fire with Sheriff’s deputies the night before.


“We were not going to let this guy remain at large where he was a threat to law enforcement and to the community,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “Our officers, with the assistance of many other agencies, worked tirelessly chasing down leads until we got him,” he said. “The teamwork we have between agencies and with the community helped resolve this situation without any further violence.”

Palm Beach man charged with credit card fraud

A Palm Beach Gardens man was arrested Saturday for credit card fraud.

The victim of the fraud called the Sheriff’s Office from St. Louis, Missouri. He said he’d gotten alerts for possible fraudulent use of his credit card. He said the alerts indicated the card number was being used in Monroe County, Florida. One of the charges was for Amara Cay Resort in Islamorada. There were several other charges in Monroe County as well.

Deputy Caridad Bellon went to Amara Cay Resort and confirmed someone had made a reservation in person using the card number in question at 7:15 a.m. The victim said the card number was also used to make a reservation over the phone at Yankee Freedom in Key West. The victim called Yankee Freedom offices and let them know about the fraud.

The suspect showed up in the Yankee Freedom offices at 3 p.m. on Saturday and, because the employees knew about the fraud, they were able to capture the vehicle registration information for the car the suspect was driving. They also got a detailed description of him, all of which they relayed to the Sheriff’s Office.

Later in the day, the car was spotted traveling northbound on the highway and turning into the Amara Cay parking lot. Sgt. Mike DiGiovanni made contact with the vehicle and its occupants, including the suspect , Javier Hernan Lopez Montoya, and several of his family members.

Lopez-Montoya had possession of a credit card with the card number in question on it. He also had several pieces of identification in different names, and several other credit cards that either had no names or had other names on them.


He was placed under arrest. He was charged with illegally using a fraudulent credit card to obtain goods, use or possession of another person’s identification without consent, use of fraudulent identification, possession of an altered credit card and use of a fraudulent use of a credit card.

Woman arrested for stabbing her sister

A Stock Island woman was arrested today for stabbing her sister with a knife.

The victim told Deputy Freddy Rodriguez she and her sister, 22 year old Courtney Lozada, had been out drinking Saturday night. She said they live together on Stock Island. They returned home in the early morning hours Sunday and got into an argument.

She said during the argument, her sister picked up a large kitchen knife and stabbed her in the forearm.

The victim said she had a friend drive her to the emergency room where she received numerous staples to close the wound.


Courtney Lozada was placed under arrest. She was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and she was booked into jail.

More information about shooting of deputy

More information is now available in an incident that took place on Stock Island Saturday night.

Just before 9:45 p.m., Key West Police notified the Sheriff’s Office to look out for a black colored mustang headed out of the city of Key West. A suspect from an armed robbery in the city was believed to be in the vehicle. The suspect vehicle – a black Ford Mustang - was spotted on Stock Island by Deputy Joshua Gordon. Deputy David Lariz responded to back him up.

Suspect Timothy Thomas, of Key West
The suspect who was driving the black Mustang, later identified as 25 year old Timothy Thomas of Key West, spotted the deputies vehicles. He sped up, fleeing from them down 3rd Avenue, toward 5th Street. He drove through the intersection at 5th Street and 3rd Avenue, but hit a stop sign, which stopped the vehicle.

The deputies exited their patrol cars in an effort to detain the suspect, but Thomas began firing at the deputies, hitting Deputy Gordon in the chest. His bullet proof vest protected him from serious injury. Both deputies returned fire, and retreated to cover behind their patrol vehicles.

Thomas was able to flee the area in the Mustang, which he abandoned at 2nd Avenue and 5th Street, just a short distance away. He fled on foot. Blood was found in the abandoned car, indicating Thomas may have been injured in the confrontation. There were no other passengers in the vehicle with him.

An extensive search of the area failed to locate Thomas. Sheriff’s detectives received information a short time later that he might be hiding on Big Coppitt Key, possibly in the area of Barcelona Drive. The search for Thomas continued in that area, with a perimeter set up and a street by street, house by house search taking place.

“This man is armed and dangerous. If you see him or know where he is, do not approach him. Call 911 immediately,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “We are continuing our search for Timothy Thomas. You cannot shoot one of our officers and walk away from it. We will catch him. It is just a matter of time,” he said.

“I am so thankful that Deputy Gordon is safe and uninjured. Just a few inches one way or another and the outcome would have been very different. This just shows you how a call can turn violent in an instant. As a law enforcement officer, you just never know what you will be confronted with when you put on that uniform every day,” said Sheriff Ramsay.

Assisting in the search were officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Key West Police, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. SWAT from the Sheriff’s Office and SRT from Key West Police were on scene, along with K-9 teams from Key West Police. Also lending support upon request was the Miami-Dade Police Department, which sent a helicopter to help with an air search as well as a K-9 team and members of their SWAT team. Customs and Border Protection sent a helicopter as well to assist in the search.

After an extensive search, the perimeter was canceled at 7 a.m. today. Thomas remains on the loose. He should be considered armed and dangerous; he may also be injured.


Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 305-481-8060. 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 www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.

Deputy shot; saved by his bullet proof vest

A Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy was shot Saturday night on Stock Island. The bullet struck his chest, which was protected by his bullet proof vest. He was taken to Lower Keys Hospital. He was released after being treated for minor impact injuries.

Deputy Josh Gordon and other deputies were on the lookout for a vehicle with a robbery suspect inside from the city of Key West. Deputies spotted the car on Stock Island, near the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Sunshine Street at about 9:45 p.m. When they attempted to stop the car, the suspect opened fire, striking Deputy Gordon in the chest.

The suspect then fled the scene. Detectives received information he might be hiding on Big Coppitt Key, in the vicinity of Barcelona Drive and DelMar Boulevard. A perimeter was set up in that area and an extensive search took place in that area for several hours. The perimeter was broken down at about 7 a.m. this morning. He was not found and remains at large.

Suspect is 25 year old Timothy Thomas of Key West.
The suspect has been identified as 25 year old Timothy Thomas. He is the reported  suspect in the robbery that took place in the city of Key West on October 5th, at a home near Key West High School. He has an extensive criminal history and should be considered armed and dangerous.


Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 305-481-8060. 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 www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.

October 23, 2015

Upper Keys dive shops – and Mares brand – targeted by vandal

Sheriff’s detectives say someone is targeting Mares Brand dive gear and has entered two separate dive shops in the Upper Keys and damaged thousands of dollars in buoyancy control devices and wet suits by slashing them with a sharp object.

 The first report came on Wednesday afternoon. West Marine at the 103 mile marker of the highway said they got a notice from their corporate office that someone has been cutting Mares wet suits from the Palm Beach County area south and they were asking all their stores to check their wet suit inventories.

The store manager said when they checked, they found 13 wet suits and one dive bag, all the Mares brand, damaged. Someone has slashed them down the back.

The second report came in Thursday afternoon from Divers Direct at the 99.6 mile marker of the highway in Key Largo. That store discovered  11 BCDs and two dive gear bags, all  made by Mares, slashed with a sharp object. That store said they’d had a notice from their corporate office as well.


The Sheriff’s Office would like to put all local dive shops on notice that this is taking place. Anyone who has information should contact our agency immediately. 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 www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.

Sheriff's Office: Business of the Year

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office was named Business of the Year by the Upper Keys Business and Professional Women's organization.  The agency received the award this week for its outstanding work environment  and community partnerships.


Sheriff Rick Ramsay was present to accept and is pictured with President-elect Laura Maupin on the left and current President Gina Boilini.

Bomb Squad visits kids



Bomb Squad members Sgt. Mike DiGiovanni and Aaron Coller visited Lighthouse Christian Academy to talk about how the Sheriff’s Office keeps kids safe and how the bomb squad works together to protect all of us.

Captain receives award

Captain Lee Ann Holroyd receiving the Key Largo Business and Professional Women’s Club Woman of the Year award. Left to right, President-elect Laura Maupin, Theresa Sutter, Captain Holroyd and current President Gina Boilini.

Marathon man found dead in the water

A 30 year old Marathon man was found dead Monday in the water offshore of Coco Plum Drive in Marathon.

A woman flagged down Key Colony Beach Officer Griffith just after 7 a.m. and told the officer she’d seen a body in the water at 66 Coco Plum Drive. Paramedics were called and the body was pulled from the water. 30 year old Jacek Krempin was pronounced dead at the scene.


According to Major Crimes Detective Nancy Torrijos, Krempin was last seen Sunday night by a woman friend who says he was drinking on a boat, offshore. There is no foul play suspected in his death. No indications of trauma were found on the body upon initial examination.

Vehicle auction scheduled

We are having a vehicle auction, coming up in November. Bidding instructions, a list of vehicles being auctioned and a few photos of some of the vehicles being auctioned can be seen on our website. Here is the link:

http://www.keysso.net/…/fina…/auction/scheduled_auctions.htm

October 22, 2015

Bike rodeo for kids scheduled in Islamorada

The Sheriff’s Office, with the help of Back Country Cowboys, will be hosting a bike rodeo for kids coming up in November.

On Saturday, November 7th there will be a rodeo at Founder’s Park in Islamorada from 9 until 10:30 a.m.  There will be a lesson in how to ride safely, free bike helmets and free bike safety checks. Kids will get a chance to practice their safe riding skills on an obstacle course.

Bring your children and enjoy the event. Everyone is welcome.

Marathon man arrested for exposure

The Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls Wednesday afternoon  from drivers on Sugarloaf Key who said a man was exposing his genitals purposefully to passing cars.

The callers all said 61 year old Marino Sanchez pulled his pants down, was “mooning” traffic, and was grabbing his genitals and shaking them at passing cars. When Deputy Donald Stullken arrived at 4:40 p.m. he found Sanchez at the 17 mile marker. He looked and smelled like he was drunk. He was positively identified by a couple of the witnesses as the man they saw expose himself in public.


Sanchez was arrested. He was charged with indecent exposure and he was taken to jail.

Safety Seat installation

School Resource Deputy Dave Stark, helping people learn how to install car seats properly at a Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition health and wellness fair at Ocean Reef in Key Largo.

Explorers looking sharp!

 The Sheriff’s Explorer Color Guard in Marathon, participating in community events last week. They appeared at the Making Strides Against Cancer walk, and at a football game at Marathon High. Looking sharp!

Law Enforcement Re-accredited

The Sheriff’s Office gained re-accreditation at from the State of Florida for Law Enforcement at a ceremony recently. Two members of the Accreditation Commission stand on either side of a group from the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s accreditation team members, left to right: Accreditation Specialists Rachelle Gates and Tondra Davis; Captain Lee Ann Holroyd, Sheriff Rick Ramsay, and Lt. Dennis Coleman.

Selling pumpkins for MARC

Members from the Key West airport, Deputy Sonya Morgan and Sgt. David Smith, show the spirit of the season as they sell pumpkins for MARC. The MARC Pumpkin Patch is open and selling all kinds of pumpkins, squash and gourds from now until the end of the month. All proceeds go to support the Monroe Association for Remarkable Citizens.

October 20, 2015

Former deputy threatens suicide at Grassy Key home

A tense situation at a Grassy Key home Monday night was resolved peacefully. A former deputy who worked for the Sheriff’s Office for a short time in 2012 was taken into custody under Florida’s Baker’s Act.

37 year old John Keeney armed himself at his Morton Street home and made threats to harm himself. His wife and two children aged 1 and 3 were home at the time, locked themselves in a bedroom of the home and called the Sheriff’s Office for help shortly after 6 p.m. Deputies arrived on the scene and took up safe positions outside the house. Keeney refused to speak with anyone on the phone; his wife relayed his comments to Sheriff’s dispatchers.

Over the next hour and a half, a hostage negotiator and officers on the scene attempted to talk him safely out of the house. During that time, he said numerous times he wanted his family safely out of the house, but said several times he would not give up his gun and at one point said he would return fire if shot at by deputies.

Shortly before 8:40 p.m. he exited the house, surrendered his weapon and was taken into custody. He was Baker’s Acted due to his suicidal comments, and was taken to a mental health facility for evaluation.


Keeney served in the military prior to coming to work for the Sheriff’s Office, as a military police officer. He worked for the Sheriff’s Office as a road patrol deputy participating in our Field Training Officer program from September to December of 2012 after which he resigned while still in training.

October 17, 2015

Couple shot to death in their home

A man and a woman were shot to death in their home on Cuba Road in Tavernier.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit say a neighbor called the Sheriff’s Office shortly after 2 p.m. to report finding the bodies of 26 year old Tara Rosado and 30 year old Carlos Ortiz. The neighbor said he found Rosado’s three children outside. The children are aged 3, 4, and 8. He said the children told him their mother and Carlos were in the house, dead.

He went next door and, after finding the two bodies, called the Sheriff’s Office.

Detective Vince Weiner, lead investigator on the case, said it appears Rosado and Ortiz were shot to death sometime Thursday night. The case is under investigation.


Anyone with information about this crime 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 www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.

October 16, 2015

Deaths under investigation

Sheriff’s deputies and detectives are currently working a death investigation on Cuba Road in the Harris Park Subdivision of Tavernier, at the 92.5 mile marker of Highway U.S. One.

There are two people – a man and a woman – dead inside a house at that location. It appears they died from gunshot wounds. The circumstances surrounding their deaths are under investigation.


Because the case is still active and detectives are working to determine what happened to the victims, the Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing more information or details at this time.

Man arrested on drug warrant

A Little Torch Key man was arrested Thursday on drug charges.

Warrants were issued for the arrest of 20 year old Yeiniel Moreno after he sold heroin to an undercover operative with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit in May and in August of this year.

On both occasions, Moreno agreed to meet with the operative, once on Summerland Key and once on Little Torch Key. On both occasions, money was exchanged for heroin – a half a gram on the first occasion and a gram of the illegal substance on the second occasion. On both occasions, a cell phone was used to communicate about the exchange.


On Thursday, Moreno was picked up on the warrants and booked into jail on charges including two counts each of  sale of Heroin and use of a two way communications device to facilitate a felony. He was booked into jail.

October 15, 2015

Man arrested for burglarizing pharmacy

A Tavernier man is in jail, arrested for burglarizing a CVS pharmacy after it was closed for the night.

Sheriff’s Deputy Cody Kerns responded to the CVS Store at the 91 mile marker in Tavernier at 9 p.m. An employee at the store told Deputy Kerns a man had come into the store, jumped the pharmacy counter and had taken a garbage bag full of Sudafed and other similar medicines. She said she heard the pharmacy alarm go off, yelled at him to stop, but he ran out of the store with the bag.

Deputy Kerns watched video surveillance that showed a white male wearing a black and white striped shirt, a black baseball cap, sunglasses and jean shorts with red underwear visible. The video confirmed the employees version of events.

Within minutes, Deputy Kerns and Deputy Deanna Torres were dispatched to a domestic situation just north of the CVS Store. When Deputy Kerns arrived, he saw the same man as the one in the video arguing with a woman outside of a trailer. The man was identified as 26 year old Ronald Williams. Williams was arrested. His girlfriend, with whom he had been arguing, gave the deputies permission to search their trailer for the garbage bag of drugs.

The drugs were recovered inside the trailer. Williams admitted to having a “drug problem”. pseudoefedrine, an ingredient found in the medication he stole from the pharmacy, is commonly used in the manufacture of Methamphetamine.


Williams was charged with burglary of an occupied structure and theft.

October 13, 2015

Detention Center Re-accredited

The Sheriff’s Office gained reaccreditation from the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission this week. Congratulations to the whole Accreditation team on a job well done!

Headquarters goes pink for breast cancer awareness!


Wearing pink during Breast Cancer Awareness month here at the Sheriff’s Office headquarters building. The pink day was organized by Receptionist Karen King. Thanks, Karen!

Breast Cancer Awareness month

Sheriff’s Marine Deputy Ray Jodlowski helped out with a Breast Cancer Awareness event at the Sandbar in Islamorada recently. Here he is showing his support for the cause.

Farm visits community events

 Farmer Jeanne and Mo from the Sheriff's Office Animal Farm have been busy with community events this week. Here they are at Bayview Park for a night at the movies and at the Naval Air Station Fall Festival.

Detectives sell pumpkins for MARC

Detective Sgt. Donnie Catala and his squad of pumpkin sellers strike again! At the MARC pumpkin patch, which is open for business all this month in Key West.

Cleaning up boat ramp for safety

Deputies Nick Whiteman and Dyllon Hansen work with someone from Marathon Fire Rescue and a good Samaritan to clean up the 33rd Street Marathon boat ramp. It was so messy some trailers were getting stuck trying to launch boats.

October 10, 2015

Summerland Key woman faces drug, gun charges

A Summerland Key woman is in jail, charged with possessing drugs and being a convicted felon with guns.

A search warrant was served by detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit at her home at 25169-B on 41st Street, Summerland Key on Friday at 4:30 p.m. A search of the home turned up crack cocaine and marijuana in various locations inside the home, along with numerous guns including multiple handguns, rifles and shotguns and including ammunition for the weapons as well.

There were three people at the residence while the search was taking place, including the woman who was arrested – 47 year old Lori Pilotti.

In Pilotti’s purse, detectives found $990 cash believed to be proceeds from drug sales.

Pilotti was charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was also charged with being a felon in possession of firearms. She was booked into jail.

Assisting with service of the search warrant was the Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the Naval Investigative Service.

October 9, 2015

Marathon Homecoming Parade will cause delays

The Marathon Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Friday, October 16th at 1 p.m. The parade route will be from Knight’s Key in Marathon to 53rd Street. The parade is expected to last approximately one hour and is expected to cause northbound traffic delays. Please plan your travel accordingly.

Marathon Halloween and trick-or-treating Information

The ever increasing popularity of Halloween behind the airport in Marathon has garnered some safety concerns. Having this in mind Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Marathon are working closely to reduce and/or eliminate such concerns.

In past years motorists have parked on the right-of-way shoulder and on the bike path running parallel along Aviation Blvd. This year parking will be prohibited on the right-of-way in this area. Parking arrangements have been made with the airport manager and parking for this event will take place at the south end or west end of the airport property.

Visitors will enter the gate located on Aviation Blvd; the Sheriff's Office will have an officer present to direct you to the proper parking area. Two county school buses have been hired to shuttle all trick or treat visitors from this parking location to the neighborhood event. The shuttles will run from 6pm to 11pm. Those who choose to park and walk may do so by utilizing the bike path.

The Sheriff’s Office will also limit vehicular traffic through the neighborhood. Those who live in the area and can produce valid Identification showing their residence address will be permitted.

Safety during community events such as this one is a primary factor for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Marathon. We ask that you share this information and help us keep this event fun and safe for everyone.


Officers will be working throughout the “Fish Bowl” area to maintain order, assure safety to give directions to motorists. Thank you for your cooperation.          

October 8, 2015

Crime prevention equipment goes to KWPD

The Sheriff’s Office turned over $64,000 worth of crime prevention related equipment to the Key West Police Department today. The equipment – meant to benefit both the KWPD and the citizens of Key West – was purchased using county crime prevention funds from fees collected on criminal court cases.
The items purchased for KWPD included:
A large speed monitoring trailer.
Six Rapid ID fingerprint scanners.
10 desktop computers to be used for Police Athletic League after school tutoring.
360 bike helmets, bike locks and bike lights.

The speed monitoring trailer is normally parked alongside a roadway and measures the speed of cars approaching. The sign tells the driver his or her speed, flashing red to warn speeding drivers to slow down. Law enforcement agencies commonly use them in areas where they have received many speeding complaints. It can record the number of cars passing and their speeds as well, so officers can assess how serious the problem in that area might be.

The Rapid ID fingerprint scanners allow officers in the field to take someone’s fingerprint and run it through national and state fingerprint databases.

Some of the same equipment was also purchased for the Sheriff’s Office use, including fingerprint scanners and speed monitoring signs.

“The goal of our agencies is the same: to help protect people and to prevent crime whenever possible,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “To that end, we all win when our collective agencies are well equipped and have the right tools,” he said. “Criminals don’t pay attention to jurisdictional boundaries. We deal with many of the same people and many of the same types of crime and preventing a crime in the city or the county benefits us all.”


October 7, 2015

Anniversary of Deputy Frank Adams' line-of-duty death

 in the photos, the Sheriff's Office held a ceremony in
March of 2006 at the Key West Cemetery to
memorialize Frank Adams with a headstone at the cemetery.
 Today is the anniversary of the death of Deputy Frank Adams,  killed in the line of duty on October 7th, 1901.  Deputy Frank Adams was the first of seven Sheriff’s deputies killed in the line of duty in Monroe County.

Deputy Adams was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who had interfered with him in the discharge of his duty. The shooting occurred after two drunken men started fighting near Jackson Square in Key West. They separated and one of the men began to use profane language as he walked up Thomas Street. Deputy Adams, who was sitting near the corner of Southard and Thomas Streets, arrested the man and attempted to take him to jail, but the man resisted and Deputy Adams called out for assistance.

Two men named Fleming and Gabriel took hold of the man to assist Adams. Another man pushed some bystanders aside and said that he would not allow them to arrest his brother. Deputy Adams released the first man he had arrested and grabbed the man who interfered. They began to struggle, and a pistol shot rang out. When the first shot rang out all the bystanders with the exception of one, a mate on the steamer Laurel, ran away; the two men holding the arrested man let him go and fled also.

Adams had been shot in the arm, and he fell to the ground, with the man who shot him falling on top of him. The man shot Adams several more times, with one bullet hitting him in the left chest, penetrating his heart and another wounding him in the face. After shooting Adams, the man got up and ran down Southard Street toward what was then the Government Reservation.

A large crowd soon gathered around the body of Deputy Adams and the mate from the Laurel - the only one to stay at the scene. The mate told the crowd how the murder had happened. Deputy Adam’s body was taken home. The following day the shooter, Robert J. Frank, was caught and identified by the mate from the Laurel as the person who shot and killed Adams. He was arrested for and charged with murdering the deputy. At the preliminary hearing Robert Frank admitted to the shooting and said that he was sorry for it. He said that had anyone attempted to arrest him, he would have shot them as well. When searched he had some empty cartridges and a loaded pistol, with extra ammunition in his pocket.



October 6, 2015

Farm open Sunday

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm is open to the public this Sunday from 1 – 3 p.m. The farm is free of charge; donations are welcome.

The Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm has over 200 animals, most of which were abandoned, abused or otherwise surrendered by their owners. The animals at the farm include farm animals like pigs, goats, a steer, horses, a donkey, turkeys and rabbits. The farm also has a number of more exotic animals including a lemur, kinkajous, sloths, a family of Patagonian cavies, alpacas, an Emu, pythons, a bearded dragon, prairie dogs, a skunk and a chameleon.


The farm is a wonderful place where kids and adults alike can get up close and personal with many animals they would not normally encounter here in the Florida Keys. It is located underneath the Monroe County Detention Center, at 5501 College Road on Stock Island. It is open on second and fourth Sundays from 1 – 3 p.m.

October 2, 2015

Sheriff's Office busy with cleanups, events

 The Sheriff's Office was busy with cleanups and special events around the Keys. We held cleanups on Big Pine Key, Marathon and Islamorada; participated in the Scenic Corridor county-wide cleanup, unloaded pumpkins at the MARC House in Key West; attended Safety Day at the Key Largo KMart and had riders in the ReMARCable Tour de Keys. Here are just a few of the pictures from all of the events.