Man reports that gun went off
A 32-year-old man called police Monday night to report he had accidentally fired a .45-caliber round inside his Old Town home.
Raymond Mendez, a bartender, met police outside with his hands in the air, saying he had secured his gun, reports said.
Mendez said he was cleaning his gun when his dog began barking, startling him and causing him to drop the Sig Sauer P250 .45-caliber handgun from the upstairs loft at his home on Fletcher Lane.
The bullet went into the top of his front door, through his neighbor's fence, then through a palm tree and finally into a pool's water heater at 404 Grinnell St. Police closed the case, finding that the neighbors had worked out fixing damages.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office invites the public to Tip-A-Cop for Special Olympics being held 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 23 at Boondocks, at Mile Marker 27.5.
Law enforcement officers will be serving patrons that night.
It will be easy to give, organizers said. "Just enjoy your evening and leave a 'special' tip in the designated envelope for the officer and it will go straight to help Special Olympics Florida athletes."
Terry Cassidy and Gary Hempsey will provide entertainment.
PAL's 'Commotion by the Ocean'
The Key West Police Athletic League (PAL) is sponsoring this year's major student boxing tournament, Commotion by the Ocean, on Saturday at the Key West High School gym, said city spokeswoman Alyson Crean.
Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the first bout will start at 7 p.m.
There will be food and beverages available. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students, and proceeds will support another year of programming for the kids.
The local PAL began in 1993. The nonprofit group supports a variety of youth activities. All the funds raised at Commotion by the Ocean support youth sports and education programs. Tickets available at the Key West Police Department, or call Officer Donny Barrios at 305-809-1052.