KEY LARGO -- The Tavernier Community Association and the Key Largo Federation of Homeowner Associations will host U.S. Congressman Joe Garcia, D-South Florida, at a town hall meeting Saturday, Nov. 2.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. at the Monroe County Government Center, mile marker 102, bayside, with a cash bar and snacks provided by Federation and TCA members. Garcia will arrive from another engagement later, organizers said, and attendees are welcome to discuss with each other possible questions for him in the meantime.

Blank cards will be provided for people to write down questions for Garcia. Organizers have asked Garcia to speak about flood insurance, the federal budget and U.S. relations with Cuba.

For more information, contact the Kay Thacker at 451-3929 or John Hammerstrom at 852-8722.

Boyfriend arrested

for taking jewelry

KEY LARGO -- Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a man Monday, Oct. 21, accused of taking his girlfriend's jewelry and pawning it without her permission.

Jose Antonio Santos, 35, of Key Largo, was charged with grand theft, four counts of dealing in stolen property and three counts of giving false information to a pawnbroker.

The woman told deputies she took her jewelry off on Oct. 17 and put it in a nightstand by her bedroom. When she went to put it on the following day, it had vanished, according to the Sheriff's Office.

She said the only person who had access to that area of the house was Santos, with whom she is currently in a relationship, reports say.

The woman then went to a pawn shop where she found the missing jewelry. The owner who told her, as well as deputies, that Santos had pawned the items during several visits to the shop. He also claimed to own the jewelry, reports say.

Santos was taken to the Monroe County Detention Center in Plantation Key.

Ferrari found guilty

of Boulis murder

FORT LAUDERDALE -- Anthony "Little Tony" Ferrari was convicted last Friday of first-degree murder and murder conspiracy in the 2001 gangland-style slaying of Sun Cruz Casinos owner Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis, formerly of Key Largo, according to the Associated Press.

The jury returned the verdict after seven hours of deliberation.

Ferrari, 56, was accused along with Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello of planning Boulis' murder to protect mob interests during the sale of Boulis' casino boat business. Moscatiello's trial will be held at a later date.

Jurors will return Dec. 16 for the penalty phase of Ferrari's trial, the AP reported.