Event for candidates on Monday
Key West's Hometown PAC (political action committee) will present declared and potential candidates for the upcoming elections at 5 p.m. Monday at Salute Restaurant, on Higgs Beach.
The event will start with a social, and candidates will introduce themselves and give short presentations starting at 5:30 p.m. All candidates are encouraged to come early, bearing petitions for voters to sign, campaign literature, buttons, T-shirts and other such items. They must supply their own table.
Anyone who wants to speak at the event should contact a Hometown PAC board member: Mark Bailey, 305-304-8690; Tom Lavender 305-304-7577 or email@example.com; or Sheldon Davidson, 305-295-3560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rapist will stay in prison
A convicted rapist serving three life terms will stay in prison, the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday.
Leroy Lord, 48, raped a single mother with three children in her Bahama Village home in 2007. The appeals court affirmed circuit Judge Mark Jones' February 2012 sentence for Lord's conviction for armed burglary, sexual battery with a deadly weapon and kidnapping with a deadly weapon.
A jury found Lord guilty after a weeklong trail and an hour of deliberation on Feb. 11.
Lord has been in and out of prison since 1984 on charges ranging from battery to drug sales.
Bethel Jr. loses appeal, again
Commercial lobster fisherman Harry Bethel Jr., serving a three-year prison sentence for pulling another fisherman's lobster trap in 2007 near Sugarloaf Key, lost his second appeal Wednesday.
Harry Bethel Jr. remains set for release on April 17, 2014, from Miami North Work Release Center.
The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled against Bethel's second motion for a new trial, which argued that his lawyer, Manny Garcia, was ineffective. Bethel was convicted of felony trap molestation in June 2010, along with boat mates Shamus Davis and Lawrence Pinder. It was Bethel's second trial on the charge; the first, five months earlier, was declared a mistrial when jurors could not reach a decision.