Sunday, September 16, 2012
Mile Markers


Inmate dies of natural causes

A Monroe County jail inmate who was terminally ill and under hospice care died of natural causes early Saturday, according to an emailed press release from Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin.

Ramon Fidler, 40, was pronounced dead about 2 a.m. in the Sick Bay unit of the Stock Island Detention Center, the release says.

Fidler was arrested May 22 after allegedly threatening someone with a knife at Independence Cay, the homeless shelter in Marathon.

He was in jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly intoxication.


Sept. 30 seminar calls to men

The "Call to Men Training Institute" seminar along with a sunset cruise will be from 1 p.m. Sept. 30 through 1 p.m. Oct. 2 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd., according to its host, the Domestic Abuse Shelter (DAS).

It's $225 per person to attend, and $55 for the cruise. Fill out registration info for each attendee at and pay online, or mail a check to DAS, P.O. Box 522696, Marathon Shores, FL 33052. The fee includes training materials, a conference program book, dinner buffet and lunch. For more information, visit the website above or call 305-498-8779.


Beaches test OK for bacteria

The Monroe County Health Department's water-quality tests showed none of the county's beaches had high levels of bacteria this week.

Fecal coliform and enteric bacteria are normally found in the intestinal tract of humans and other warm-blooded animals.

The Health Department says high levels may come from runoff or sewage from pets, wild animals or humans. It can cause disease, infections or rashes. Don't swim in the water if a warning is issued.

For more information, visit, click on A-Z Topics, then choose Beach Water Quality, or call 305-293-1653.