Saturday, January 12, 2013
Mile Markers

KEY WEST

New member of art board

The City Commission unanimously approved adding W. Perry Arnold to the volunteer Art in Public Places Board, which advises the city on selection and location of art around the island.

Arnold, a retired radiologist who worked at hospitals in and outside Baltimore before retiring, has been carving abstract designs into wood since 2004. His work has shown at the Harrison Gallery in Key West and also on Shelter Island and in East Hampton, N.Y. City Commissioner Jimmy Weekley appointed Arnold to the eight-member panel, replacing gallery owner Helen Harrison.

KEY WEST

Druckemiller nets drug charge

Former city plumber Brandon Druckemiller, charged with armed robbery this week, was also charged Friday with trying to bring cocaine into jail, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin.

A small amount of the drug was found in the 26-year-old's pockets as he was booked Thursday, Herrin said. Druckemiller had been out on bail awaiting trial on an unrelated burglary charge when he reportedly robbed a cab driver and hotel clerk this week with a BB gun, reports say. Druckemiller was implicated, but not charged, in the county-owned iPad and iPhone scandal, which led to his dismissal from the city. His mother, a former county employee, is charged in that case.

BOCA CHICA

Night flights next week

Night training is scheduled for Monday through Friday next week at Boca Chica Field. Each night's exercise should be completed before 10 p.m., said Navy spokeswoman Trice Denny.

"We want to ensure that surrounding communities are aware that flights will be taking off and landing after dark during this training period," Denny wrote in a press release.

The winter months, especially January and February, typically bring a sharp uptick in activity at the airfield as squadrons must prepare for deployments, and are driven south by winter weather.