Attorney suspended 3 years
The Florida Supreme Court this week suspended Summerland Key attorney Patricia Anne Snyder for three years.
She had been suspended for one year on March 8, but then failed to submit a "sworn affidavit listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities" that got a copy of that suspension order, according to a Florida Bar press release. Snyder originally was accused of "failing to communicate adequately" with a client, who filed a complaint, the release states. Snyder reportedly told the bar she had negotiated an "administrative variance" for the client, but no such records could be found. Court orders become final when the time to file an appeal expires.
Harbor body identified
The man whose body was pulled from Key West Harbor on Aug. 20 was identified as 58-year-old Randall Lynn, according to police.
There reportedly were no signs of foul play. Preliminary autopsy reports listed the cause of death as accidental drowning.
A 911 caller reportedly saw a man sleeping on the Mallory Square pier fall into the Key West Channel at 6:56 a.m. that day. A second caller bicycling by reported seeing the man face-down in the water near the Key West Aquarium, police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said.
Deputy caught 'doctor shopping'
Corrections Deputy Jason Kroening, 34, was arrested Friday on a felony charge of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, or "doctor shopping," according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin's press release.
Kroening allegedly got 13 prescriptions for narcotics from four different doctors between April 1 and May 21 -- a 141-day supply of the drugs, which were not specified. He was rehired in June 2009, in corrections, after working for the sheriff from June 2000 to May 2008 and resigning. In May, after the office learned of his alleged crimes, Herrin said, he was banned from contact with inmates and department-issued weapons or vehicles. A decision on whether Kroening will keep his job is pending, Herrin said.