Apr 18
Man dies from fork lift accident

A 77 year old Marathon man was working on his vehicle at his home on Avenue H, Coco Plum Road in Marathon when it fell on him, killing him on Tuesday morning.

Manuel Perez reportedly used a forklift to pick up his truck. He was underneath it working on it when it somehow slipped off the forklift, falling on top of him.

Family members found him and called for help. They used the forklift to lift the truck off Perez and began performing CPR. He was transported to Fishermen’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Apr 18
Police looking for Key West Boys and Girls Club burglars

Detectives are asking the community for help identifying a couple of subjects who burglarized the Boys and Girls Club in Key West.

According to detectives, at least two individuals broke into a locked gate at the facility at the historic Glynn Archer School on United Street, early Thursday morning.

The burglars stole six computers, a game system, a lock box, a combination safe and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Witnesses said they observed two Hispanic males with an average build around the facility at the time. They may have been driving an older model, faded light blue pickup truck.

Anyone with any information regarding this burglary is asked to please call detectives at 305-809-1015. Tips can be made anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys at 1-800-TIPS or on line at http://www.tipsubmit.com.

Apr 18
Man arrested for abusing animal

A Marathon man was arrested for abusing his dog Saturday.

Deputies responded to Winn Dixie shopping center in Marathon to reports a witness had seen a man yanking a dog by a chain and kicking the dog in the face. The man was described as wearing a white tank top and camouflage pants and his vehicle was an RV parked near McDonalds.

When Deputies Chuck Kellenberger and Rosary Ponce arrived at 11 a.m., they saw a man fitting the description with a chain hooked to the bumper of his RV. The man – identified later as 32 year old Anthony Wollweber – was trying to hook the other end of the chain to a dog’s collar. The dog – a 10 month old brown pit bull – was clearly afraid of Wollweber. It was laying on its belly, tail tucked under, cringing away from him.

The witness was still on scene and she told deputies she saw Wollweber dragging the dog by a chain and kicking the dog in the face.

Wollweber told deputies he woke up to find the dog had ingested seawater and had vomited and was covered in feces. He said he’d taken the dog to a nearby convenience store and hosed the dog off. He said the dog was normally cooperative, but wasn’t today so he admitted to kicking the dog “but not hard”.

Animal Control was called to the scene and took custody of the dog. Wollweber was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals and was booked into jail.

Apr 11
Warrant yields arrest

A search warrant was served Thursday evening at a Marathon residence.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit served the warrant at 600 51st Street, Apartment-#4, in Marathon.  The residence was under the control of 23 year old Javier Porter-Fleming.

The search of the residence turned up 54 grams of Marijuana, 20 grams of powder Cocaine, 15 Oxycodone pills and drug paraphernalia.  Porter-Fleming was charged with possession of Marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of Cocaine with intent to distribute, trafficking in opium and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into the Marathon Key jail.

Apr 11
Kentucky woman arrested after fleeing police

A Kentucky woman was arrested on numerous charges after she fled police in a stolen car Saturday night.

Deputy Orlando Alvarez was at 28th Street in Marathon just before midnight when the red Ford SUV passed him northbound at 60 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. He attempted to pull the vehicle over, but it would not stop. He called in the car’s tag number and  followed the vehicle with his lights and siren activated until he reached the 60 mile marker. At that point he radioed ahead for other deputies to be on the lookout for it, and he broke off his pursuit for safety reasons.

Deputies at the 74 mile marker spotted the vehicle and began pursuit of it again after Sheriff’s dispatchers discovered the vehicle was reported stolen from Broward County. Sergeants on duty who were monitoring radio traffic from the pursuit directed deputies to set up stinger spikes at the south end of the Snake Creek Bridge. The spikes were successful at stopping the car. All three people in the car were detained.

The driver, 38 year old Rebecca Adams said she didn’t stop the car for law enforcement because “she was scared”. She also admitted to knowing her driver’s license was suspended. A passenger in the car told Deputy Alvarez Adams offered him a ride from Key West to north Florida. He said he told Adams to pull over for officers but she reportedly told him “I’m not going back to jail. I’m going to keep going until I run out of gas.”

Adams was arrested. She was charged with fleeing and eluding police, driving with her license suspended, grand theft of a vehicle and she was issued a citation for unlawful speed. She was booked into jail.

Apr 11
Man found dead offshore of Rockland Key

Detectives say no foul play is suspected in the death of a man offshore of Rockland Key Saturday.

Deputy Kim Trullender responded to a report of a body in the water on the gulf side at the 9 mile marker of Highway U.S. One at 1 p.m. Saturday. When he arrived he met with two men who’d found the victim. They said they were snorkeling when they saw the body just offshore.

The body was a 52 year old white male wearing cut off shorts. He had a snorkel, fins and a mask on, as if he’d been snorkeling when he died. He was identified after his wallet, social security card, credit cards and some check stubs belonging to him were found nearby. It appeared he may have been camping in that area. Deputy Trullender found a tent, cooking utensils, a cooler and a fire pit in the area, along with a large pile of empty beer cans and a yellow bicycle. Detectives say out of concern for the man’s family they will release his identity to the public after they notify his next of kin.

There were no obvious signs of foul play and Detective Manny Cuervo said the death is most likely due to an accident or to natural causes. The body was turned over to the Medical Examiner, however, to determine the specific cause of death.

Apr 11
Man arrested for shipped Marijuana

Detectives arrested a man in Marathon Saturday after someone shipped Marijuana to him via Fed Ex.

The operations manager of Fed Ex called Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) to report a package which smelled strongly of marijuana. HSI contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Special Investigations detectives took charge of the package and made arrangements to deliver it to the person it was addressed to: David Stegemeier, Boot Key Harbor, City Marina in Marathon.

They called Stegemeier and told him they had a package for him, agreeing to meet him at the marina. When they arrived with the package, he was waiting for them. He identified himself as Stegemeier with a Colorado driver’s license. The detective identified himself as a law enforcement officer and asked to see what was in the package. Stegemeier agreed. Inside was a cereal box. In the cereal box were several small Ziploc bags with a total of 45 grams of the illegal substance inside.

Stegemeier was arrested. He was charged with possession of a felony amount of marijuana and he was booked into jail.

Apr 04
Detective asks for help in equipment thefts

Sheriff’s Detective Nick Whiteman is asking for the public’s help identifying suspects who stole fishing equipment and a small boat motor from three homes in Layton.

The victims live on Sands Lane, Primrose Lane and Buttonwood Lane. Between the evening of the 21st and the morning of the 22nd of March, Detective Whiteman believes two suspects stole fishing rods and reels from the homes on Primrose Lane and Sands Lane. A 9.9 HP Mercury engine was stolen from a small dinghy at the Buttonwood Lane address during the same time frame.

The home on Primrose Lane was equipped with a surveillance camera and photos of the suspects were captured by the camera. The photos show the men looking inside a cooler on the property and then stealing rods and reels from the home.

Anyone who recognizes the two men should contact Detective Whiteman at 305-289-2430.  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.

Apr 04
Man arrested for hitting man with a car

A Stock Island man who hit another man with his car was arrested early Tuesday morning for aggravated battery.

23 year old Ricardo Blanco was arguing with his girlfriend in the early morning hours today in front of an apartment building on 10th Avenue. A neighbor – the victim in the case – came outside and asked them to be quiet because he was trying to sleep. Blanco got into his car and began to drive away. The victim said he was standing behind Blanco’s vehicle when Blanco suddenly put it into reverse and backed into him, knocking him down and pinning him beneath the car.

The victim called a friend to take him to the hospital. The friend subsequently called the Sheriff’s Office. The victim was treated at the hospital for a broken hand, cuts and abrasions.

After being released from the hospital, the victim made contact with Deputy Freddy Rodriguez and told him who had caused his injuries. Blanco was taken into custody, charged with aggravated battery.

Apr 04
Stock Island man arrested for gun threats

A Stock Island man was arrested last Thursday for threatening to shoot his girlfriend with a shotgun.

Deputies responded just before 1 a.m. today to a report of a man with a gun in the area of 6621 Maloney Avenue on Stock Island. When they arrived in the area, they saw two women and two children running down the street. They told the deputies 23 year old Robert Morejon had just pointed a shotgun at one of them and threatened to kill her.

The victim said she lives with Morejon and he’s been acting strangely for a few days, making remarks about killing people. She said that night they were in bed together when he threatened her life. She said at one point she reached for her cell phone several times, but he pushed her away from it.

She said he pulled a shotgun from behind the dresser and pointed it at her. She said that is when she grabbed her children and ran out the door.

The woman with the victim was her mother. She said she saw Morejon walk out of the bedroom with the shotgun in his hands.

A gun case was later found hidden in the bedroom between the mattress and box springs.

Deputies Ian Cooper and David Lariz saw Morejon walking down Maloney Avenue. They were able to detain him without incident. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery and tampering with evidence. He was booked into jail.

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