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Friday, March 27, 2015
Sentencing scheduled

A federal judge scheduled sentencing for Ion Becker for Aug. 8 in Key West.

Becker, of Key West, was found guilty March 11 of three counts of receiving child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography. Each count carries a maximum 20 years in prison.

Becker told jurors he had no knowledge of the roughly 1,000 graphic images that were found on the laptop computers.

Some of the computer files, so graphic and blatant they cannot be reprinted, suggested the images and movies depicted explicit sex acts between adults and children as young as toddlers.

Friday, March 27, 2015
More cremains found

Police once again were called to collect cremated remains found in Old Town. The remains were identified as Anna Marie Liddy, according to the police report.

A new homeowner told police he found a plastic box of cremated remains Wednesday while preparing the house for renovations in the 1200 block of Thompson Street, officers said.

William Collins said he called the nearest relative but the man wasn't answering so he called police. Officers logged the box into the property department. On Tuesday, landscapers were digging in a Margaret Street yard when they found a box of cremated remains labeled Robert J. Fredette.

Friday, March 27, 2015
Brief outage affects all

A six-minute power outage Thursday affected all 29,000 Keys Energy customers starting at 8:51 a.m., the utility reported.

The power outage originated in the Big Pine Key electrical substation, where contractors working there "inadvertently tripped it offline," which triggered the larger tieline outage, said Keys Energy spokesman Julio Torrado.

The outage started at 8:51 a.m. and power was restored by 8:57 a.m.

No injuries were reported. The utility has an "outage viewer" on its website,, and an outage reporting hotline, 305-295-1010.