Saturday, April 13, 2013
Mile Markers


Teacher sentenced on Wednesday

Former Monroe County School District substitute teacher William Britt, accused of possessing child pornography, was scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m.Wednesday in Miami, according to federal court records.

Britt took a last-minute plea in March and avoided trial that had been set for today.

The details of that plea have not been made public and whether any such plea agreement would stand will have to be approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow.

Britt, 55, of Key West, was scheduled to go to trial at the federal courthouse last month, but public defender Michael Caruso filed paperwork on March 7 indicating his client was open to a plea, according to court records.


Trial set in aquarium case

Two Idaho men accused of illegally selling marine life taken from Florida Keys waters will go to trial in September, according to a tentative trial date set this month.

Ammon Covino, 39, and Christopher Conk, 40, operate a business called Idaho Aquarium Inc. based in Boise, Idaho. Both men were arrested Feb. 21 on allegations they bought $6,300 in live lemon sharks and eagle rays in the Florida Keys.

U.S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez signed an order on April 9 setting the trial date for 1:45 p.m. Sept. 19 in Miami.

Lemon sharks and eagle rays are protected under Florida law. Both men face a maximum of 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines.


Free corrective surgery for kids

Baptist Children's Hospital is donating its facilities and money to perform free corrective facial surgeries and other clinically needed reconstructive procedures for South Florida children, including those of Monroe County.

The free work is offered to those whose families cannot afford it.

Certain surgical and financial criteria determine eligibility. Patients must be 18 or younger and residents of Monroe County. Documentation substantiating parents' or guardian's previous 12 months' gross income is required. To make an appointment for a financial screening, call 786-596-3673. Approval there is necessary before a May 18 medical screening.