Thursday, April 4, 2013
Mile Markers

MONROE COUNTY

Druckemiller sentencing May 7

The sentencing of the former of head of Monroe County's Technical Services Department has been postponed until May 7.

Former Technical Services Director Lisa Druckemiller, 51, had been scheduled to be sentenced Monday, but her attorneys were still tracking down telephone billing information.

She will now be sentenced at 9 a.m. May 7 at the Key West courthouse. She is accused of stealing and selling more than 50 iPhones and iPads.

Druckemiller pleaded guilty on March 6 to grand theft and dealing in stolen property. She could face 15 years on each count, but the State Attorney's Office is recommending a two-year sentence.

MIDDLE KEYS

New U.S. 1 project to begin

On April 15, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will begin a $5.3 million, eight-month project on U.S. 1 from about Mile Marker 60 to 68, according to a press release from the agency.

It comprises the following work: repaving, but not on the bridges; updating signs and pavement markings; installing guardrails, including at bridge connections; and widening the northbound 5-foot shoulder to 10 feet.

One lane along the project area will be closed for the work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Friday, except during special events or for holidays.

For more information, call the FDOT at 305-470-5349, local spokesman Dean Walters at 305-849-1474, or visit www.fdotmonroe.com.

UPPER KEYS

School gun report unfounded

Monroe County deputies responded Tuesday morning to Coral Shores High School after a report that a student brought a gun to school. The accusation was unfounded.

School Resource Deputies James Jenkins of Coral Shores, and Larry O'Neill of Plantation Key School across the highway, pulled the student from class due to rumors that he had a gun in his backpack. No gun was found in his backpack or locker, and the student denied ever bringing one to school.

Although the incident only lasted about four minutes, many area deputies began responding immediately, as they "have been undergoing intensive school safety training," Sheriff Rick Ramsay said. The source of the rumors is being probed.