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Motorcycle deputies hurt in incident

One Monroe County Sheriff’s Office motorcycle deputy was airlifted and another was taken to a Keys hospital Thursday morning after a pallet flew off a truck and struck them on U.S. 1, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.  Sgt. Greg Korzen, 43, the head of the Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit, and Traffic Deputy Darren[…]

Man sentenced in rifle case

A judge sentenced a 45-year-old Key West felon to nearly four years in federal prison this week for possessing an AR-15-style rifle.  Nelson Atwood Sawyer pleaded guilty in September to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon as part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors who agreed to drop a second firearms charge[…]

Guilty verdict in double murder trial

PLANTATION KEY — A jury deliberated a little more than two hours Wednesday afternoon before finding Jeremy Macauley, a 34-year-old Key Largo man, guilty of killing Carlos Ortiz and his girlfriend, Tara Rosado, inside their Tavernier home two years ago. The two first-degree murder charges carry potential life sentences. Macauley was also found guilty of[…]

‘Today’ show and Roker surprise first responders

NBC’s “Today” show and weatherman Al Roker visited Key West Thursday to surprise 51 Keys first responders with gifts valued at more than $3,500 as part of the program’s “Lend A Hand” series for areas recently impacted by hurricanes. Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band provided the background music before Roker revealed the[…]

Take Stock program offers 82 scholarships

Forward thinking and long-term planning aren’t necessarily a seventh grader’s specialty. High school graduation and college career are too far off to feel real, much like marriage, mortgages or motherhood. After all, the class of 2023 has more pressing things to anticipate: Thursday’s science test, a weekend pool party, Christmas vacation.  But the future came into[…]

Macauley found guilty of murders

PLANTATION KEY — A jury deliberated a little more than two hours Wednesday afternoon before finding Jeremy Macauley, a 34-year-old Key Largo man, guilty of gruesomely executing Carlos Ortiz and his girlfriend, Tara Rosado, inside their Tavernier home two years ago. The two first-degree murder charges carry potential life sentences. Macauley was also found guilty[…]

Highsmith takes county School Board reins

The county school board has new organizational leadership as of Tuesday evening. Key West attorney Bobby Highsmith, now in his fourth year on the board, accepted the nomination and became chairman of the Monroe County School Board, succeeding John Dick. Board member Mindy Conn, currently in her second year, was nominated for vice chair, said[…]

Coast Guard rescues six people and their dog near Cottrell Key

Six people and a dog were rescued after a 70-foot trawler capsized northwest of Key West on Tuesday morning, according to the Coast Guard.  Watchstanders at Station Key West received the initial distress call at 4 a.m. from an emergency beacon (EPIRB) near Cottrell Key from the boat out of Apollo Beach, reports say.  The[…]

City forester addresses tree removal

During Tuesday’s Key West Tree Commission meeting Urban Forestry Manager Karen DeMaria addressed several “very visual tree removals” that caused an uproar among community members in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Damage to the island canopy from Irma will take three to four years to restore and many trees had to be removed as safety[…]

Accused fake cop arrested

A former Marathon Fire Rescue firefighter accused of pretending to be a federal agent in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma was arrested Sunday in Broward County and will face charges in the Florida Keys.  Michael Jason Munoz, 35, now of Pembroke Pines, was arrested by Pembroke Pines police on a Monroe County warrant and was[…]