Access to guns, truck requested
Prosecutors moved Thursday to deny Dennis Zecca access to two handguns and a pickup truck the government confiscated in January, according to court documents.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Abraham filed a protective order for the Beretta 9 mm handgun, Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun and a Toyota Tundra, records state. The request had not been ruled on as of Friday.
It was unclear why Zecca, who is in jail, wants access to the guns and truck. Defense attorney William Aaron did not return a phone call Friday, and the Department of Justice does not comment on pending cases.
Zecca, 51, pleaded not guilty on Jan. 14 to murder-for-hire and cocaine charges. He is accused of hiring an undercover informant to kill Marathon Realtor Bruce Schmitt, who remains out of the country in hiding.
Animal Farm events set
The Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Bring the family to come visit the animals there, including prairie dogs, horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a kinkajou, a family of sloths, an emu, a family of Patagonian cavies, turtles, snakes and many more. It's free, though donations to help with food and upkeep are welcome.
This year's Easter on the Animal Farm event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. March 24. The Easter bunny will be there, and an egg hunt will start at 1 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their own baskets. There also will be face painting, arts and crafts and more. The farm is at the headquarters building on Stock Island, just off College Road.
Assessment of police shop
A Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) team will be here to assess the Key West Police Department March 26 to 28.
Policies and procedures, management, operations and support services are all studied, according to police Chief Donie Lee. Compliance with about 260 standards is required to maintain accreditation, which is voluntary and lasts for three years. For a copy of those standards, call 305-809-1058.
As part of the process, agency members and the general public may submit comments to the team. Comments or requests for more information may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302. The Police Department has been state-accredited since 2003.