Saturday, March 23, 2013
Mile Markers


Man shoots self in yard

A 34-year-old white man shot himself Friday morning in the backyard of an Eighth Avenue home, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

The man's name was not released pending notification of kin, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin.

Detectives were still investigating Friday, but it appeared the man died of a single gunshot wound to the head, Herrin said. An autopsy will be performed. The man was found by a co-worker who went to check on him after he didn't show up for work. The Sheriff's Office responded at 10:38 a.m., records show.

FWC officer out of hospital

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Officer Wade Hefner was released Friday from Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, said FWC spokesman Officer Bobby Dube.

Hefner, a 24-year veteran of Keys waters, was hurt when he was apparently was ejected from his patrol boat at 12:10 p.m. Thursday in South Sound Creek off Key Largo, near John Pennekamp State Park, on his way to a routine call.

Hefner received numerous stitches at the hospital after being airlifted there. Dube credited the FWC's mandatory life jacket with saving Hefner's life. What caused Hefner to be thrown is under investigation.


Coast Guard repatriates 21

The Coast Guard cutter Bernard C. Webber returned 21 Cuban migrants to the island nation Friday at Bahia de Cabañas.

The migrants were stopped at sea in two separate incidents on Wednesday and Monday.

On Wednesday, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection plane spotted two suspect boats south of Islamorada and crew from Coast Guard Station Islamorada were sent to stop them. Eleven Cuban migrants and one Ecuadorian migrant were transferred to shore for further processing.

Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report Monday from a good Samaritan of 10 Cuban migrants aboard a raft south of Key West and diverted the cutter Pea Island, which found and boarded them.