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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Beware of scammers trying to cash in on COVID-19 virus

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FLORIDA KEYS, March 27, 2020 – Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has issued a consumer alert about new scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The scams run the gambit from text messages and phone calls to imposters posing as health workers o...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Suspension of some court proceedings is extended due to virus

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FLORIDA KEYS, March 25, 2020 – Due to the threat of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all criminal and civil trials, jury selection and grand jury proceedings are now suspended through April 17.

Florida Supreme Court Chief Judge Charles Canady is...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

New regulations issued for Keys courts in light of COVID-19

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FLORIDA KEYS, March 19, 2020 – Due to the threat of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the three Monroe County courthouses in Key West, Marathon and Plantation Key are now closed to the general public “with the exception of those person...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Some court proceedings suspended due to COVID-19 virus

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FLORIDA KEYS, March 16, 2020 – Florida Supreme Court Chief Judge Charles Canady has ordered that state courts statewide, including in Monroe County, suspend some proceedings through Friday, March 27, due to the COVID-19 virus epidemic.

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

COVID-19 triggers the anti-price-gouging law in Florida

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FLORIDA KEYS, March 14, 2020 – Before, during and after a governor-declared State of Emergency in Florida, people with bad intentions sometimes take advantage of the situation and raise the price of goods or services to what state law c...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

62 months in prison for Key West drug dealer

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KEY WEST, March 13, 2020 – A Key West man is heading to prison after pleading out in four criminal cases against him.

Monroe County Judge Mark Wilson sentenced Calvin Lee Jr., 28, to 62 months, or just over five years, in state custody to be foll...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Man charged with ripping off condo association for $50,000

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KEY WEST, March 5, 2020 – A Homestead man who said he could perform stucco repairs at a Key West condominium complex and accepted $50,000 to do it allegedly never performed any of the work and refused to return the money, despite being given sev...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

2019 brings justice for crime victims, marine environment

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FLORIDA KEYS, March 3, 2020 – The Monroe County State Attorney’s Office in 2019 dealt with its share of violent crimes, environmental resource cases, contractor fraud, drug cases and much, much more.

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Posted on: February 26, 2020

Probation revoked, man gets 21 months for knife threat in restaurant

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KEY WEST, February 25, 2020 – A Key West man previously arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon has been sentenced to state prison after having his probation revoked following another arrest.

On February 19, Darin Reinsmith, 53, was ...

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Posted on: February 14, 2020

Undersized snapper lands man a week in the Keys jail

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PLANTATION KEY, February 13, 2020 – A Hialeah man caught with undersized fish off the Upper Keys late last year has been sentenced to six days in the Monroe County Detention Center.

Jose Gonzalez, 53, was sentenced February 12 by Monroe County Ju...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Man gets jail for taking protected queen conchs from Islamorada

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PLANTATION KEY, February 6, 2020 – A Georgia man who harvested 10 queen conchs, which is illegal in Florida, off Islamorada was ordered to jail after pleading out in the case against him.

On February 5, Turner Rentz, 54, of Marietta pleaded no co...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Two work-crew members convicted in Tavernier condo burglary

This is Michael Chavez

PLANTATION KEY, January 31, 2020 – Two Homestead men who stole items from a Tavernier condominium in the months following Hurricane Irma in 2017 have been convicted of burglary and petit theft and face prison time.

A six-person jury convicted Jor...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Keys drug dealer returns to prison for the third time

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KEY WEST, January 24, 2020 – A Key West woman with a prison record and a Monroe County criminal history going back to the early 2000s is off to state prison again following pleas in her five most recent cases.

Elizabeth Ebinger, 49, pleaded no co...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Illegal contractor ordered to pay thousands in restitution, gets probation

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KEY WEST, January 21, 2020 – A man who illegally represented himself as a licensed contractor and took $7,000 from a Key West man for home repairs that weren’t performed has pleaded out and been ordered to pay full restitution to the v...

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Posted on: January 17, 2020

Key West jury convicts man in home invasion, life sentence possible

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KEY WEST, January 17, 2020 – A Central Florida man faces up to life in prison after a jury convicted him on January 16th of several charges arising from a 2018 Key West home invasion that started out as a sex-for-hire incident.

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Posted on: January 17, 2020

Vandal who ignored terms of probation has it revoked, sent to prison

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KEY WEST, January 16, 2020 – An Illinois man who vandalized a car at a Key West resort, causing thousands of dollars in damage, then absconded from supervised probation has been ordered to Florida State Prison.

Preston Whiting, 28, of Kewanee, Il...

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Posted on: January 15, 2020

Cocaine seller heads back to prison for 20 months

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KEY WEST, January 15, 2020 – A Big Pine Key man is heading back to state prison after admitting to numerous instances of violating probation imposed in a drug case.

Adrian Stubbs, 41, was sentenced January 9 by Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones ...

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Posted on: January 14, 2020

State Attorney's Office probe leads to arrest for illegal contracting

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KEY WEST, January 14, 2020 – A Big Coppitt Key man allegedly took tens of thousands of dollars from a Key West resident for contracting work he didn’t complete and wasn’t licensed to do.

Christopher Wardlow, 54, was arrested J...

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Posted on: January 9, 2020

Judge hands down punishment for lobster violations

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PLANTATION KEY, January 9, 2020 – A man caught with lobster not legal to harvest in Upper Keys waters has learned his punishment.

Vaughn King, 52, pleaded guilty January 8 to eight counts of possessing undersized lobsters and one count of possess...

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Posted on: January 6, 2020

Jail and a lifetime fishing ban for commercial fishing violations

This is Alfredo Gonzalez

MARATHON, January 6, 2020 – A Marathon commercial fisherman can no longer fish in Florida at all and is in jail after pleading out to more than 200 lobster and other marine-related violations.

In a negotiated plea on January 3, Alfredo Gonzalez, ...

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Posted on: January 4, 2020

Burglar's probation revoked after drug arrest, gets three years

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KEY WEST, January 4, 2020 – A Key West man given a break in sentencing for a past residential burglary received no such break during sentencing for his latest offenses.

On December 20, Monroe County Judge Mark Wilson sentenced Lavon Gunn, 33, to ...

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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Three drug deals translate into three-year prison sentence

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KEY WEST, January 3, 2020 – A Key West drug dealer is headed to prison for three years after pleading out in three cases against him.

Michael Hennigan Jr., 33, pleaded no contest to sale of fentanyl within 1,000 feet of a church, sale of fentanyl...

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Posted on: December 30, 2019

Violent knife attack lands man two years in state prison

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KEY WEST, December 30, 2019 – A Key West man is off to Florida State Prison for a violent knife attack on a visitor from California.

Christopher Yarema, 44, pleaded no contest December 20 to aggravated assault and felony criminal mischief. Monroe...

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Posted on: December 27, 2019

Two years in prison for man who threatened others with a gun

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KEY WEST, December 27, 2019 – A Summerland Key man has been sentenced to prison for threatening two others with a gun.

On December 18, Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones handed Joseph Skiver, 37, 24 months after Skiver pleaded no contes...

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Posted on: December 23, 2019

Judge metes out punishment for Hurricane Irma theft

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KEY WEST, December 23, 2019 – A Key West man has learned that time can’t insulate oneself from consequences for crimes.

On December 17, Monroe County Judge Mark Wilson placed Francesco Drago, 51, of Key West on 18 months of probation af...

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Posted on: December 20, 2019

Husband joins wife in getting arrested for sales-tax theft

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PLANTATION KEY, December 20, 2019 – The husband of a woman previously arrested for felony theft for allegedly failing to remit taxes on a condominium they rent out has now been charged himself.

Nicholas Bennett, 52, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, wa...

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Posted on: December 19, 2019

Judge sends Keys thief back to state prison

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KEY WEST, December 19, 2019 – A Key West man who previously served time for numerous theft-related charges is heading back to prison after failing to stay out of trouble.

Monroe County Judge Mark Wilson sentenced Damian Cawvey, 42, to 42 months i...

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

Three men, one with a history, penalized for lobster violations

This is Luis Vergel

PLANTATION KEY, December 16, 2019 – Two of three men arrested last year for lobster violations in Upper Keys waters have pleaded guilty and were given a host of penalties for their crimes.

Luis Vergel, 72, who has a history of marine-related viol...

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Posted on: December 14, 2019

Tavernier woman accused of vacation-rental tax theft

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PLANTATION KEY, December 14, 2019 – A Tavernier woman accused of failing to remit taxes on a condominium she rents out has been charged with felony theft.

Dessiree Bennett, 54, was arrested on a warrant a little before midnight December 11, charg...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Osprey killer ordered to work with animals, receives other penalties

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KEY WEST, December 13, 2019 – A man who shot a protected bird in Key West last year has pleaded out to killing the osprey.

Josiah Fetzer, 23, of Valley City, Ohio, pleaded no contest to and was adjudicated guilty on December 11 of cruelty to animals and vi...

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Posted on: December 10, 2019

Key West man returns to state prison for earlier battery

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KEY WEST, December 10, 2019 – A Key West man previously given probation for felony battery is headed to prison for repeatedly violating that probation.

Jose Vigil Jr., 35, was sentenced November 27 to 30.975 months by Monroe County Circuit Court ...

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Posted on: December 9, 2019

Commercial fisherman jailed, has license suspended

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KEY WEST, December 9, 2019 – A Key West commercial fisherman headed to jail, can’t ply his trade for half a year and received numerous other penalties after pleading out December 4 to dozens of counts of possessing undersized lobster.

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Posted on: December 6, 2019

Judge: Domestic violence victim doesn't have to produce dating history

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KEY WEST, December 6, 2019 – A Monroe County judge has overruled a lower court’s order that a victim of domestic violence release to her alleged abuser’s defense her 10-year dating history and contact information from past re...

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Posted on: December 6, 2019

Key Largo man convicted of post-hurricane felony dumping

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MARATHON, December 6, 2019 – A Key Largo man who illegally deposited tree limbs and branches along U.S. 1 in the immediate months following Hurricane Irma has been convicted of felony dumping.

In a trial by court December 4, Acting Circuit Court Judge Ruth...

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Posted on: December 5, 2019

Miami Lakes man arrested for Keys homestead exemption fraud

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PLANTATION KEY, December 3, 2019 – A Miami Lakes man has been arrested for fraudulently claiming a homestead exemption on a Florida Keys property even though his primary residence is in Miami-Dade County.

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Poachers of 320 lobsters get jail and other severe penalties

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MARATHON, November 7, 2019 – Four of seven men arrested in 2017 for illegally harvesting 320 lobsters and other marine life from Marathon waters over two days have been ordered to jail followed by lengthy terms of probation.

They pleaded guilty t...

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Posted on: October 30, 2019

Repeat offender gets 30 months for theft-related crimes

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MARATHON, October 30, 2019 – A Middle Keys woman with a lengthy Monroe County arrest history is off to state prison after pleading out to theft-related and other charges against her.

Tanya Rego, 32, was sentenced October 24 by Acting Monroe Count...

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Posted on: October 28, 2019

Three years for illegal contractor who ripped off seniors after hurricane

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MARATHON, October 28, 2019 – A Marathon man has been sentenced to Florida State Prison for bilking two Middle Keys senior citizens out of thousands of dollars under the guise of home repairs in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Irma.

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Posted on: October 25, 2019

Stolen loaded gun at school nets a year in jail

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KEY WEST, October 25, 2019 – A Summerland Key teen who stole a gun and brought it loaded to Key West High School earlier this year pleaded no contest to three felonies on October 24 and has been sentenced to jail.

Matthew Whitener Jr., 16, pleade...

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Posted on: October 23, 2019

Keys judge gives Key West drug dealer three years

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KEY WEST, October 23, 2019 – A Key West man is heading to Florida State Prison after pleading out to two drug cases from earlier this year.

On October 10, Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones sentenced Julio Machado, 45, to 36 months in c...

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Posted on: October 17, 2019

Cocaine dealer gets two years in state prison

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KEY WEST, October 17, 2019 – A Big Pine Key man found with illegal narcotics during a traffic stop is heading to Florida State Prison after pleading no contest to sale of cocaine.

On October 10, Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones sentenced Bradle...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Big Pine brawler gets three-plus years in state prison

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KEY WEST, October 16, 2019 – A Jacksonville man has been sentenced to more than three years in Florida State Prison for instigating a fight with several people and battering police officers who responded.

Shawn Roehm, 43, pleaded no contest on October 10 t...

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Posted on: October 15, 2019

State Attorney's Office honors staff members for years of service

State Attorney's Office staff receives pins for their years of service.

MARATHON, October 15, 2019 -- The Monroe County State Attorney’s Office capped off a morning of training October 14 in Marathon by honoring several staff members for their years of service.

Cece Niles was honored for 30 years (actually, 31 years, four mont...

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Posted on: October 2, 2019

Marathon drug dealer faces possible long prison stretch after pleading out

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MARATHON, October 2, 2019 – A Marathon drug dealer faces a possible long stretch in Florida State Prison after pleading no contest in four felony cases against him.

On September 27 before Acting Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Ruth Becker, Enri...

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Posted on: September 24, 2019

Keys judge hands fraudster five-year prison term

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KEY WEST, September 24, 2019 – A Hialeah man has been sentenced to five years in Florida State Prison after failing to live within the terms of his probation for fraud.

Ronald Cordero, 27, was sentenced on September 19 by Monroe County Judge Mark...

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Posted on: September 23, 2019

Convicted auto burglar heads back to prison following latest break-ins

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KEY WEST, September 23, 2019 – A Key West man who has served time in prison for auto burglary is heading back after committing more break-ins.

Carlos Solis, 41, pleaded no contest on September 12 to two counts of burglary of an unoccupied structu...

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Posted on: September 20, 2019

It's six-plus years behind bars for Key West drug dealer

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KEY WEST, September 20, 2019 – A Key West drug dealer has been sentenced to Florida State Prison after settling five criminal cases against him.

On September 12, Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones handed Christopher Garcia, 36, a senten...

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

Miami man gets jail for bilking Keys residents in illegal contracting

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KEY WEST, September 19, 2019 – A Miami man has pleaded out to several criminal charges related to illegal building contracting in Monroe County and been sentenced to six months in jail.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones handed down the...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Prison for woman who stole SUV, crashed into multiple vehicles

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KEY WEST, September 18, 2019 – A Florida Keys judge has sentenced a woman to three years in Florida State Prison for stealing a vehicle from the Lower Keys, then crashing into multiple vehicles.

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Posted on: September 17, 2019

Two attorneys join the State Attorney's Office in the Upper Keys

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PLANTATION KEY, September 17, 2019 – The State Attorney’s Office has welcomed two new assistant state attorneys to its ranks.

Jorge Jaile, 28, and Paul Vargo, 34, were informed September 16 that they had passed The Florida Bar exam and ...

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Posted on: September 13, 2019

Serial thief lands in state prison for a year

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KEY WEST, September 13, 2019 – A Key West man with a history of stealing is off to Florida State Prison after pleading out in the latest case against him.

On September 10 before Monroe County Judge Mark Wilson, Terence Welch, 58, pleaded no conte...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Keys jury convicts Naples man for 43 undersized snapper

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PLANTATION KEY, August 28, 2019 – A six-person jury needed only about 30 minutes to convict a Naples man of possessing far more (and undersized) fish than allowed under law.

Humberto Hernandez, 39, was convicted on August 22 of possessing undersi...

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Posted on: August 26, 2019

Big Pine man who stole from his mother gets prison time

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KEY WEST, August 26, 2019 – A Big Pine Key man who violated several terms of his probation for fraud has had that probation revoked and been sent to prison.

James Collins, 25, was ordered to prison for 18 months on August 13 by Monroe County Cour...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

Judge sends drug dealer back to prison for the fourth time

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KEY WEST, August 23, 2019 – A Key West man with a long criminal history is making his fourth trip to prison following his plea to several drug-related charges.

Marcus Thurston, 34, pleaded no contest August 19 to sale of cocaine, possession of he...

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Habitual drunk driver given four years in state prison

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KEY WEST, August 21, 2019 – A Daytona Beach man with a history of drunk driving has been sentenced to four years in Florida State Prison for his latest conviction, this one in Monroe County.

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Posted on: August 20, 2019

Fight, damage to bar supply lead to 30 months in prison

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KEY WEST, August 20, 2019 – A Summerland Key man is returning to Florida State Prison after pleading out to several criminal charges.

On August 8, Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones sentenced Nicholas Merkey, 31, to 30 months in prison ...

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Posted on: August 19, 2019

Judge hands down 20 months to drug dealer

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KEY WEST, August 19, 2019 – A Key West man has been ordered to prison for 20 months after pleading out in two drug cases.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones handed down the sentence to Frederick Maurer III, 33, on August 8 after Maurer ...

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Posted on: August 16, 2019

Man gets 3.5 years in state prison for five drug cases

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KEY WEST, August 16, 2019 – A Florida City man is off to Florida State Prison after pleading guilty to nine felony drug offenses, plus a misdemeanor, in five separate cases.

Benjamin Lawrence, 33, entered the plea August 8 before Monroe County Ci...

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Posted on: August 14, 2019

Keys man gets prison for battery and DUI

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KEY WEST, August 14, 2019 – A Big Pine Key man is heading to prison following his plea to battery and drunk driving-related offenses in two separate cases.

Kurt Shufelt, 52, pleaded no contest to felony battery, felony driving with a suspended license, fel...

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Posted on: August 2, 2019

Illegal lobster and fish haul lands man jail time

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PLANTATION KEY, August 2, 2019 – A Miami man found with a trove of illegally caught marine life has pleaded out to several charges and been ordered to jail.

Monroe County Judge Sharon Hamilton sentenced Juan Aro, 46, to 45 days in the Monroe County Detenti...

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Posted on: August 1, 2019

Judge orders jail for Homestead man in lobster-dumping incident

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PLANTATION KEY, August 1, 2019 – A Homestead man’s weekend plans are set for the foreseeable future.

Javier Morales, 42, was sentenced July 29 to 60 days in the Monroe County Detention Center after a six-person jury convicted him of interfering with a cons...

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Two charged in alleged illegal airport contracting scheme

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KEY WEST, July 30, 2019 – Two Stock Island residents face charges for allegedly working together so their company would get contracting work paid by Monroe County government that was authorized by one of them, then a county employee.

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Posted on: July 25, 2019

Drug dealer heads back to prison for the fourth time

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KEY WEST, July 25, 2019 – A Key West man is returning to prison for the fourth time after pleading no contest to two counts of selling cocaine.

On July 23, Monroe County Judge Mark Wilson sentenced Kelly Clark, 35, to 83 months, or just under seven years, ...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

Tampa man gets prison term for repeated driving violations

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KEY WEST, July 17, 2019 – A Tampa man who repeatedly drives without a valid license has been sentenced to state prison for his latest offense.

 On July 11, Jeffrey West, 53, was given 32 months by Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones after...

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Posted on: July 16, 2019

Enjoy lobster mini-season but stay within the rules

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FLORIDA KEYS, July 16, 2019 – Florida’s two-day lobster mini-season arrives near the end of July, and those on the hunt for the savory crustaceans should know there are rules.

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Judge hands woman 17-month term in two separate cases

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KEY WEST, July 11, 2019 – A Stock Island woman has been sentenced to Florida State Prison after pleading out to six criminal charges in two separate cases.

Jerneen Green, 44, pleaded no contest on July 1 to two counts of possession of a firearm (ammunition...

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Posted on: June 26, 2019

Key West man gets eight years for killing another with a punch

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KEY WEST, June 26, 2019 – A homeless Key West man who sucker-punched another man twice, killing him, has been ordered to state prison.

On June 24, Fred Hauch, 55, pleaded no contest to manslaughter in front of Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Koen...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Man gets 10-plus years for wife's boating death in Key West Harbor

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KEY WEST, June 19, 2019 – A former Key West boater has been sentenced to more than a decade in Florida State Prison for causing the death of his wife, who died after she was tossed from a boat he operated while drunk.

Robert Everson, 64, pleaded no contest...

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Posted on: June 13, 2019

Multiple Battery Counts Lead to Prison Term

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KEY WEST, June 13, 2019 – A Key West man facing several battery counts has been ordered to state prison, closing the book on the charges against him.

Joseph Silva, 25, pleaded no contest on June 6 to all counts. Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones...

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Posted on: June 12, 2019

Keys Man Gets Eight Years for Injury-Causing DUI Crash

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PLANTATION KEY, June 12, 2019 – A Tavernier man who severely injured a Key Largo motorcyclist by running him down while driving drunk on U.S. 1 last year has been sentenced to eight years in Florida State Prison.

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Posted on: June 11, 2019

Lower Keys Car Thief Sent to Prison

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KEY WEST, June 11, 2019 – A West Virginia man has been sentenced to Florida State Prison after failing to abide by his terms of probation for stealing a car.

On June 6, Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones revoked the probation of Jeremy Sanger, 36...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Key Largo Man Charged With Post-Hurricane Theft From FEMA

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PLANTATION KEY, June 7, 2019 – A Key Largo man has been charged with grand theft for allegedly bilking a federal agency out of disaster-relief money following Hurricane Irma.

Alfredo M. Latour Jr., 54, was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center on ...

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Posted on: May 16, 2019

Key Largo Man Jailed for Illegal Contracting

This is Daniel Zumer.

PLANTATION KEY, May 15, 2019 – A Key Largo man has been charged with illegal contracting after allegedly accepting $4,000 from a Tavernier woman for plumbing work even though he isn’t a licensed plumber.

Daniel Zumer, 61, was served with an arrest warrant ...

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Posted on: May 14, 2019

It's Back to Prison for a Fifth Time for Keys Drug Dealer

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KEY WEST, MAY 14, 2019 – A Key West man is heading back to Florida State Prison for the fifth time after pleading out in six criminal cases.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones sentenced Delmon Washington, 41, on May 9 after Washington pleaded no ...

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Posted on: February 7, 2019

Man Who Admits Stealing for a Living Sent to Prison

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PLANTATION KEY, March 28, 2019 – A Miami man has been sentenced to 20 months in Florida State Prison after pleading no contest to stealing bottles of wine and other items from three Publix supermarkets in the Florida Keys.

Roberto Larias-DeLeon, 59, pleade...

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Posted on: February 7, 2019

Repeat Probation Violations Land Dealer in Prison

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KEY WEST, April 3, 2019 – A Stock Island man is off to prison for 30 months after admitting he yet again violated his probation in a drug case.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones sentenced James Parker, 50, on March 29 in a case dating back five ...

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Posted on: February 7, 2019

Be Responsible as Lobster Season Ends

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APRIL 1, 2019, Florida Keys -- Florida’s eight-month regular recreational and commercial lobster season ended on March 31, meaning no harvesting of lobster until the two-day mini-season arrives July 24 and 25. Then the next regular recreational and commer...

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