Jan 10
Big Coppitt Key man charged with having marijuana grow operation

A Big Coppitt Key man was arrested last Thursday afternoon after deputies discovered he was growing marijuana at his trailer on Venus Lane.

A neighbor called the Sheriff’s Office after smelling the odor of marijuana coming from 213 Venus Lane. When Deputy Matt Dowling arrived, she pointed out the suspicious trailer. The resident of 213 Venus lane – 64 year old Michael Davis – saw the deputy looking at his home. He immediately began picking up marijuana plants which were growing outside and throwing them in the canal behind his home.

As Deputy Dowling ordered him to stop, Davis continued throwing the plants in the water. He went inside and began bringing more plants outside. Deputy Dowling ran to the home and ordered Davis to stop and he finally did.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit responded and obtained a warrant to search the trailer. Inside they found a marijuana growing operation set up, including special lighting, pots, misters and fans. Marijuana plants were recovered from the canal and from inside the home.

Davis was charged with production of marijuana, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence. He was booked into jail.

Jan 03
Search warrant served in Marathon

On December 20 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.

Jan 03
Violations found in alcohol sweep

On December 20 the Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Marathon. Ten 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.

Jan 03
Marathon man charged with stabbing

A Marathon man was arrested last Thursday, charged with stabbing another man last 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.

Dec 27
Search warrant served in Marathon

On December 20 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.

 

Dec 27
Violations found in alcohol sweep

On December 20 the Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Marathon. Ten 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.

Dec 27
Marathon man charged with stabbing

A Marathon man was arrested last Thursday, charged with stabbing another man last 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.

 

Dec 20
Stock Island man charged with pointing gun

A 19 year old Stock Island man is in jail on numerous felony charges after an alleged crime spree last 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.

Dec 20
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.

Dec 20
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.

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