Oct 25
Woman arrested for beating another woman

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.

Oct 25
Woman charged with driving recklessly, resisting arrest

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.

Oct 18
Big Pine man charged with drug sale

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.

Oct 18
Stock Island man jailed for aggravated battery

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.

Oct 18
Man arrested for exposing himself at park

A man was arrested at Big Pine Community Park Monday evening after he was seen masturbating in his car.

Dispatchers received a report from a man who said his wife and children were at the park. He said his wife called him and told him a man was sitting in his car, masturbating while watching their children play. He said he went to the park and walked up the black Toyota Corolla where the man was sitting. He said the man – later identified as 50 year old John Woodruff – had exposed himself in the car. He said he asked Woodruff what he was doing there and Woodruff just laughed at him.

Detective Manny Cuervo and Deputies Joshua Gordon and Donald Stullken responded to the park at 6:30 p.m. Woodruff was still there. He told the officers he had just come to the Keys from Indiana and was living in his car.

Woodruff was arrested by Deputy Gordon. He was charged with indecent exposure and he was booked into jail.

Oct 11
Man charged with aggravated battery

One man went to jail and the other to the hospital after a fight Sunday morning at a hotel in Marathon.

When deputies arrived at the Holiday Inn Express at 8 a.m. they found the 21 year old victim outside. He had visible injuries to  his face, including a bloody eye and missing teeth. He said he was visiting the Keys from Stuart, Florida with a group of friends. He said one of the friends attacked him.

Deputies Brad Colen and Mark Martin entered the hotel and saw 21 year old Taylor Harrison leaving. Harrison told the deputies he was staying in room 336 with a group of friends. He denied that he or any of his friends had been in an altercation. He took the deputies up to the room.

As the deputies began speaking to the group of young people in the room, they noticed what looked like teeth sitting on the night stand. After questioning them about the teeth, they finally admitted a fight had taken place between the victim and Harrison.

Harrison claimed he hit the victim once after which the victim left. The victim was later questioned. He said he was sleeping on the floor of the room and asked for a pillow and blanket. He said Harrison called him names so he asked Harrison to step outside to  “handle it”. As he was putting on his shoes, he said, Harrison punched him. He said he blacked out. When he came to, Harrison was choking him. He was able to escape from the room.

Medical staff at the hospital said the victim’s injuries were consistent with being punched 5-10 times. He required seven stitches around his eye and his orbital socket was broken. He was also missing a number of teeth.

Harrison was arrested and charged with aggravated battery.

Oct 11
Man arrested for handgun threats

A Marathon man was arrested Monday for threatening another man with a handgun during a dispute over the sale of a boat.

The victim told Deputy James Hager his neighbor, 59 year old Arnold Riggs sold him a boat for $500. He said he became angry with Riggs after he realized the engine was bad.

The victim confronted Riggs about the engine just before 7 p.m. at Riggs residence on 82nd Street Ocean in Marathon. The victim – who had another person with him at the time – said he yelled at Riggs and told him to remove the boat from his property.

Both the victim and the witness who was with him told Deputy Hager Riggs pulled out a small silver colored handgun and threatened to kill the victim with it. They both were able to describe the gun in detail.

Riggs denied pointing a gun at them. He was found, however, to have a small silver handgun in his vehicle. The gun he had in his vehicle – a loaded Smith and Wesson .32 caliber revolver -  matched the one described by the victim and witness.

Riggs was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and he was taken to jail.

Oct 11
Woman charged with DUI after crash

A Cudjoe Key woman was arrested Monday night after she crashed her vehicle into the mangroves at the 23 mile marker of the highway. She was allegedly intoxicated.

Deputies Spencer Curry and Aaron Coller were at the scene of a domestic dispute just before the accident. A woman – 61 year old Teresa Weeks – was arguing with her husband. He said he was angry because she was intoxicated. The deputies left the home after the husband told them he was going to leave the house and take the keys to their vehicles with him so she could not drive.

Just minutes after leaving, at 10 p.m., they were dispatched to reports of an accident at the 23 mile marker.  A sport utility vehicle had gone off the roadway into mangroves. Teresa Weeks was driving. A passerby stopped and said she saw Weeks behind the wheel. She said Weeks was revving the engine, trying to get the car out of the mangroves. She said Weeks told her she “didn’t know what she’d done to her husband’s car”. She said she pulled Weeks out of the vehicle because it was smoking.

Firefighters responded to the scene because the car caught fire in the mangroves. They extinguished the fire. No one was injured in the crash. The roadway was closed, or partially closed until 11:10 p.m.

After failing roadside sobriety exercises, Weeks was arrested. She told Deputy Curry the accident would not have happened “if she’d had the keys to her car”. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Oct 04
Check on businesses that sell alcohol

Recently, the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Middle Keys. Thirteen businesses were checked including restaurants, convenience stores and bars. Three of the businesses served alcohol to a minor during the investigation. The three people who sold the alcohol were given notices to appear in court before a Monroe County Judge.

The following are a list of the businesses and suspects who sold the alcohol:

· Mobile gas station and convenience store, 1415 Overseas Hwy Marathon. Anthony Alfredo Figaro Pena, 21 of Marathon. This is the second offence for this business.

· Brass Monkey Bar, 232 55th  Street in Marathon.  Gloria Anne Holohanm, 79, of Marathon. This is the second violation for this attendant and the third violation for the business. This will be referred to Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco for follow up.

· Walgreens liquor store, 10870 Overseas Hwy Marathon. Frank William Miller, 64, of Marathon. This is the second violation for the business.

The Sales Clerk violations are up to 60 days in jail with a $500 fine, $235 in court costs, $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.

Oct 04
Fire destroys Marathon trailer

Deputies Mark Martin and Brad Colen responded to a fire at 1227 27th Street in Marathon at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, they found three people who were residents of the trailer. Two were just outside and one was just inside the door of the trailer. All three were removed from the vicinity of the trailer for their safety. Neighbors were also evacuated for safety reasons.

Marathon Fire Rescue arrived and extinguished the fire, but the trailer appears to be a total loss. The Fire Marshall’s Office will be investigating the cause of the blaze. The Red Cross was notified and will be assisting the displaced residents.

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