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.

Apr 04
“Violent Sexual Predator” arrested in Marathon

Sheriff’s deputies initially investigating a trespassing call in Marathon Friday morning arrested a man who turned out to be designated as a “violent sexual predator” in two other states.

Deputy Chuck Kellenberger was behind Gulfside Village in Marathon when he asked a homeless man sleeping in the area for his identification. The man said he had no identification, but gave his name as Jean Paul Sebastian, along with a date of birth and a social security number. A check on that name returned as “no record found” so Deputy Kellenberger asked him again for his correct identification. This time he gave his name as first name “Sebastian”, then changed it to first name of “Paul”, then said he could not remember his date of birth of his social security number.

Sgt. Dennis Coleman responded to back up Deputy Kellenberger. As Deputy Kellenberger was on the radio with Sheriff’s dispatchers, the man began to act in an agitated fashion with Sgt. Coleman. He kept reaching in his pocket and refused orders to keep his hands in sight.

Sheriff’s dispatchers continued trying to discover who the man was using various permutations of the name and other information he had given. Dispatcher Andrea Fricke finally found the name he had given attached to a record belonging to Alan Bruce Robinson. Robinson is designated as a “sexually violent predator” from the State of Illinois. Robinson is also wanted in the state of Minnesota for being a “Sex Offender – Predatory Off Viol.” With no further information available regarding the charges. His identity was confirmed using photographs available from the Minnesota Predatory Offender Registry.

Robinson was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, giving a false name to a law enforcement officer and failing to register as a sexual offender. He was booked into jail.

Apr 04
Road rage incident leads to arrest

A Lower Keys man was arrested Monday after he became angry over a driving incident and almost hit a man with his car.

The victim told Deputy Kim Trullender he was at the intersection of North Roosevelt Boulevard and Highway U.S. One, turning onto the highway just after 1 p.m. A black colored Lexus was merging into traffic from South Roosevelt Boulevard. The victim said the Lexus got too close to his car and he honked his horn to let the driver know he was there. He said the Lexus, driven my 79 year old James Robert Cooper of Key Haven followed him.

The victim said he pulled into Chico’s Restaurant to have lunch. He said Cooper followed him and began yelling threats at him. The victim took pictures of the Lexus and the driver so he could document the threats. He said as he was taking a picture of the front of the car, Cooper suddenly stepped on the gas as if to hit the victim. Cooper then drive away in the Lexus and the victim flagged down a nearby patrol car.

A witness corroborated the victim’s story. Deputy Trullender went to Cooper’s house on Amaryllis Drive. Cooper was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault.

Mar 28
Truck catches fire on Sugarloaf

A semi tractor trailer truck caught fire early last Friday morning on Crane Boulevard, Sugarloaf Key. Crane Boulevard was closed to traffic from 1:30 until about 5:30 a.m. as firefighters first fought the blaze and then the Fire Marshal’s office took a first look at it. The Fire Marshal will be investigating the cause of the fire, which completely destroyed the truck. The trailer was empty at the time of the fire, but there was about 125 gallons of fuel in the truck, which caused an explosion which was heard by neighbors in the area. No one was injured.

Mar 28
Stock Island man arrested for molesting boy

A Stock Island man was arrested Tuesday, charged with molesting a young boy.

Major Crimes Detective Lissette Zuelch investigated the case against 26 year old Robert Morales. The conclusion of her investigation was that Morales sexually molested a six year old boy. The boy told family members what happened.

The Sheriff’s Office became involved when a family member of the victim first confronted then punched Morales. When deputies responded to the disturbance they were told about the molestation accusations.

Florida law prohibits anyone from identifying the victim in this case, or from disclosing any information which might identify him.

Morales was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious  molestation of a child. His bond is set at $500,000.

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