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Student goes behind the scenes of forensic pathology

Anna Mott was perplexed. An honor student and scholarship finalist managing five Advanced Placement classes, she couldn’t imagine why the assistant principal would be calling her mom. And she was stunned to learn the state attorney had initiated it — but in a good way. Quiet but not timid, the Key West High School senior[…]

Sheriff: Man stabbed to death in robbery

A man was stabbed to death and a woman cut on the neck in what detectives believed was a violent robbery turned homicide on Stock Island Friday night, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying those responsible. The dead man’s name was not released pending notification[…]

Navy raising Sigsbee Park Causeway

Motorists entering and leaving Sigsbee Park are dealing with construction headaches, but the Navy says it will be worth it in the long run as they are raising and repaving the causeway due to rising tides.  Construction is occurring between 6:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. as crews are raising the road about six inches and[…]

City to vote on proposal to raise height restrictions

A public referendum to raise height restrictions on College Road could soon be on the ballot if the Key West City Commission moves forward with plans at its regular meeting Tuesday at City Hall. The board will vote on a proposal to raise height limits from 25 to 40 feet on the 2.62 acres of[…]

Arrest made following parking-related punches

KEY LARGO — A 57-year-old motorist accused of punching another man in the face multiple times Friday night over a parking space was arrested, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  Mark Daniel Wheaton was charged with aggravated battery. Witnesses told deputies that Wheaton was at the Winn-Dixie parking lot about 7 p.m. when he saw[…]

Variance approved by Planning Board

Plans for a new modular home on Harris Avenue were approved unanimously by the Key West Planning Board on Thursday, despite opposition from Commissioner Margaret Romero. Addressing the board as a property owner and not a commissioner, Romero spoke against a proposed variance from homeowner Freddy Varela Jr. that will allow the house to be[…]

Padget unveils Trumbo housing proposal

A new housing proposal making its way through island inboxes envisions the construction of 480 brand new, hurricane-hardened apartments — 240 studios and 240 one-bedroom units — on 8 acres along Trumbo Road, where the Monroe County School Board currently maintains school buses and its administrative offices. School district officials have talked for decades about[…]

Man nabbed in underage sex sting faces life

A 49-year-old convicted sex offender in Key West accused of meeting with a man at a Stock Island gas station parking lot he thought was providing an 11-year-old boy for sex in October is facing life in federal prison.  Robert Anthony Ryker was formally indicted this month on one count of attempt to coerce or[…]

‘Keys Strong’ aims to assist Irma recovery

As recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma continue throughout the Florida Keys, a new nonprofit continues to accept and distribute supplies while attempting to centralize and coordinate donations in Monroe County. Keys Strong was created on Sept. 27 as a collaboration of civic organizations and charities, including Samuel’s House and the Star of the Sea Foundation,[…]

Swift fined $10K for illegal rentals

Prominent Key West businessman Ed Swift was fined $10,250 by the Key West Code Compliance Department Wednesday for illegally renting vacation property. Key Cove Landings LLC, which lists Swift as Manager and Registered Agent, was found in violation for renting property at 5 Key Cove Drive for five nights in August for a total of[…]