Monday, June 17, 2013
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MONROE COUNTY

Deputy's death remembered

Saturday is the anniversary of the death of Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Melissa "Missy" Powers, who died in the line of duty on June 22, 2010. She was 36.

Powers was responding to a call when she was killed in a traffic accident.

She was hired by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office as a road patrol deputy in December 2006, and was assigned to work in the Marathon area. Powers transferred to road patrol in Key Largo in February 2010.

Before joining the sheriff's office, she worked for the Florida Department of Corrections.

FLORIDA KEYS

Summer jobs available for teens

Chris Valdez, assistant principal at Key West High School, and Billy Davis, executive director of A Positive Step of Monroe County, are in the process of recruiting local students for the 2013 Idle Hands Summer Youth Employment Program.

The program provides a two-week job skills training program for students aged 16-18. Following the two-week training program, participants are placed in a four-week paid internship at locations including the city of Key West, the Boys and Girls Clubs and Habitat for Humanity.

Idle Hands is funded in part by the city of Key West, but local donations are always needed and appreciated.

Anyone wishing to donate, provide jobs or enroll their student should call Billy Davis at 305-304-1969 for more information.

FLORIDA KEYS

Watch for gators, crocs

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds everyone to be careful in and around water of alligators and crocodiles, especially now, as the weather heats up.

The state hosts two native crocodilians: the American alligator, found in all 67 counties; and the American crocodile, sometimes found in coastal areas of the Keys and in southeast and southwest Florida. Both species have shared Florida's waters with people for centuries. FWC recommends keeping pets away from the water.

Other safety measures are listed in the "Living with Alligators" brochure at MyFWC.com/Alligator, and the "Living with Crocodiles" brochure at MyFWC.com/Crocodile. The FWC's Nuisance Alligator Hotline is 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286).