An adult and a teen were arrested Saturday, charged with stealing a camera from a Big Pine Key church and pawning it.
An employee at the Vineyard Church reported someone took the high-end Nikon camera from an unlocked media room at the church. He reported it missing on October 8. He said he’d last seen it on October 4. Detective Diane Mimosa was assigned to investigate the case. She ran the camera’s serial number through the Sheriff’s Office pawn shop software and discovered it had been pawned October 7 at Real Deal Jewelry and Pawn.
The pawn shop clerk told her it had been pawned by 20 year old Devontshe Carey of Key West, who had been accompanied in the shop by another younger male. When Detective Mimosa confronted Carey, he told her a 15 year old Key West teen had accompanied him to the pawn shop. He told her the same teen was the one who gave him the camera. He said the teen told him several different stories about where the camera came from. He admitted he lied when he signed the pawn shop forms saying the camera was his and was not stolen.
The assistant pastor of the church told Detective Mimosa the 15 year old was at the church around the time the camera was stolen. He said he saw the 15 year old go upstairs to get his younger brother. He said the brother was playing video games in a room near where the camera was kept.
The 15 year old told the detective he found the camera inside a backpack outside the church.
The 15 year old was charged with dealing in stolen property. Carey was charged with giving false information in the pawn transaction. Both were booked at the Monroe County Detention Center.
A man with a driver’s license from British Columbia was arrested Tuesday after failing to stop for deputies and driving recklessly.
Sergeant Dennis Coleman responded to a disturbance at Knight’s Key Campground Tuesday. According to callers, a man had thrown water on another camper’s tent and had been rambling about religious issues. He left the campground driving an older red Ford pickup truck with a bicycle in the bed of the truck.
Sgt. Coleman saw the truck pass him heading southbound from Knight’s Key and he turned around and attempted to stop it. The truck failed to stop. The sergeant followed the truck across the Seven Mile Bridge. The truck failed to stop, instead dangerously passing numerous vehicles, almost hitting several head on.
The dangerous driving continued as the truck proceeded across the Bahia Honda Bridge and onto Big Pine Key. Finally the truck turned off the highway into St. Peter’s Church on Big Pine Key.
73 year old James Paterson jumped out of the truck. Sgt. Coleman and Deputy Paul Bean ordered him to the ground. Paterson began yelling that he was “on sacred ground” and that the officers “could not touch” him. He struggled as they took him into custody.
Paterson was charged with reckless driving, fleeing and eluding police and resisting arrest with violence. He was booked into jail.
A suspect who fired a gun earlier this week was shot and killed at a home in Islamorada.
Deputies responded to a shots fired call just before 1 p.m. at 118 Bayview Isles Drive in the Venetian Shores Subdivision of Islamorada. When they arrived, a witness on the scene told them the suspect, 73 year old Robert Parlette, Jr., was behind the house with a gun.
The officers walked behind the house. Parlette fired at them. They fired back, hitting him in the chest. He was transported to Mariner’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be the lead investigating agency. This is standard procedure for an officer involved shooting.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit, assisted by road patrol deputies, served a search warrant at a Marathon residence Tuesday afternoon, arresting two people on drug related charges.
The warrant was served at 3 p.m., at 212 Lindahl Street in Marathon. Outside detectives encountered 28 year old Kevin Aaron Lewis. Inside, they found 27 year old Bradford Phillips.
A search of the residence turned up 22 pieces of crack cocaine and half of a crack cocaine cookie that had not yet been broken up into pieces. The crack cocaine weighed 10.6 grams. They also found a small amount of marijuana, and $1,000 in cash which was seized because it was suspected to be the proceeds of drug sales.
Phillips was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Lewis was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
A Stock Island man is in jail attempting to rob another man, and hitting him in the head repeatedly.
Deputies responded to 6500 Maloney Avenue, #52B at 1:20 a.m. last Thursday to reports of a disturbance involving a person with a gun. When Sgt. Evan Calhoun arrived, he knocked on the door of the residence and 18 year old Ernest Douby answered the door with a gun in his hand. He was ordered to drop the gun, which turned out to be a realistic looking airsoft pistol. As he was being detained, he was yelling about someone named “Orlando” who owed him $1,000.
Deputies Andrew Hudson and Donald Stulken arrived as back up. The officers went inside and found the victim lying on his bed, bleeding from injuries to his head. Further investigation revealed he’d been struck in the head with the pistol several times. The victim said Douby was the one who hit him. He said he thinks Douby may have been after several money orders he has in his house.
A check on Douby’s name revealed a warrant for failure to comply with drug court requirements. He was charged with the warrant, and with home invasion robbery and battery. He was booked into jail.
On October 18 The Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Lower Keys. Twenty 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:
· Kickin Back Food Store on Cudjoe Key. Attendant – Daniel E Smith, 23 years of age. Notice to appear issued.
· Walgreens on Big Pine Key. Attendant – Rosa Bundy Gilday, 31 years of age. Notice to appear issued.
The Sale Clerk violations are up to 60 days in jail, a $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.
A Big Coppitt Key woman is in jail for beating another woman, sending her to the hospital with serious facial injuries.
The victim told Deputy Josh Gordon she’d been drinking with friends in Key West. She said the suspect, Jean Annis, was giving her a ride afterward in her Jeep when they began arguing. She said she and the Annis had a romantic relationship for nine months which had ended, but they’d remained friends.
She said they argued over text messages she’d received about another woman. The argument became physical, with Annis attacking her, punching and kicking her. She said the suspect was going to drop her at her mother’s house on 18th Street in Key West, but they continued to fight. She said Annis finally pushed her out of the moving Jeep.
The victim walked to her mother’s house. Her mother then took her to the hospital where they called the Sheriff’s office just before 2 a.m. She sustained broken bones in her face and hand, as well as other cuts and bruises. Some of the injuries will require surgery to repair.
Annis was found at her house on Big Coppitt Key where she was taken into custody for aggravated battery.
A woman who lives on Big Pine Key was arrested last Thursday night after two people called her in as a reckless driver, and deputies measured her speed at 120 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.
Two callers to Sheriff’s Office dispatch reported a silver colored Cadillac swerving all over the road at a high rate of speed. One caller at 9:40 p.m. said she was at the 6 mile marker northbound. The second caller at 9:46 p.m. said she made a U-turn in the middle of the highway at the 15 mile marker, almost running the caller off the road.
Deputies began to converge on the area. Deputy Scott Ward spotted her southbound going over the Boca Chica Bridge with no headlights on. He measured her speed at 120 miles per hour. Deputy Spencer Curry got behind her at the intersection of Key Haven Road and U.S. One in an attempt to stop the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle – 34 year old Amy Reno – initially refused to stop, but finally pulled over near the south end of College Road. She refused to get out of the car and fought with deputies as they physically removed her from the driver’s seat. She was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car for transport to jail. She continued to fight with deputies, working her way out of one of the handcuffs. Once at the detention center on Stock Island, she fought with Corrections Officers as well and had to be held in a special restraint chair to protect her from hurting herself or others.
She reportedly smelled of an alcoholic beverage, and a 44 oz cup containing an orange colored liquid was found in the car that also smelled of alcohol. Due to her violent demeanor, she could not be given field sobriety exercises nor could she be administered a breathalyzer test.
Reno was charged with reckless driving, resisting arrest, battery on a law enforcement officer. She also received citations for driving with no headlights and for speeding.
A Big Pine man was arrested with a large amount of marijuana packaged for sale Tuesday. He was selling it in broad daylight in front of CVS Pharmacy in the parking lot.
Deputies responded to the parking lot of the store at 6:30 p.m. after a caller told dispatchers she’d seen 59 year old Randolph Hodgkins sell a bag of marijuana to a woman. She said the woman gave him money in exchange for the drugs. She gave a detailed description of him, and said he’d pulled the bag of marijuana out of a backpack he had on his bicycle.
When Deputies Chris Duncan and Wendy Negron arrived, they saw Hodgkins riding away and stopped him. He gave permission for the deputies to search his backpack, where they found 15 plastic bags with marijuana inside. The total weight of the illegal drug was 208 grams.
Hodgkins was arrested. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell. He had a pipe in the backpack as well, so he was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He had an active trespass warning for the CVS Pharmacy and was also charged with trespassing.
A Stock island man is in jail for allegedly beating his ex-fiancé, putting her in the hospital for her injuries.
The 37 year old victim told Deputy David Lariz she went to 42 year old Juan Ortueta’s residence at Waters Edge Trailer Park last Thursday at 7 a.m. She said she lived with him at the residence prior to them splitting up and was going there to pick up her mail from the mailbox. When he saw her, they began to argue.
She said she was afraid, so she ran to the car and locked herself in. She said Ortueta broke the handle off the driver’s side door. She said she forgot to lock the passenger side, so he opened that door and dragged her from the car and began to beat her with a stick he picked up from the ground.
She said hit her numerous times all over her body, then he threw her to the ground and continued to beat her, kicking and punching her. He then threw her belongings out of the trailer onto the ground.
She was transported to Lower Keys Hospital where she was treated for multiple injuries to her head and body. Ortueta was taken into custody, charged with aggravated battery, and booked into jail.