Would-be robber loses appeal
A man who tried to rob a bank with a pair of shorts on his head before changing his mind and leaving will remain in jail.
The Third District Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the April 30 conviction of Eli Escalera's for attempted robbery without a weapon. He is serving two years and eight months.
Escalera, 44, tried to rob the First State Bank of the Florida Keys on Stock Island in February 2012 at 12:30 p.m. He entered with the shorts on his head and handed a note to the teller demanding money.
The teller asked him, "What do you want?" Escalera replied, "Never mind," and walked out of the bank, reports say.
Board OK's lawyer's contract
The city's appointed Citizen Review Board on Monday approved a one-year $20,000 contract for its attorney, Robert Cintron.
The board, which reviews complaints of police officer misconduct, agreed to renew for another year Cintron's contract for legal advice and attendance at meetings.
Cintron is under contract with the board and not the city for the part-time job that requires a minimum of 15 hours a month.
The board, an independent board comprising seven volunteer members, considers Cintron an independent contractor.
No benefits are included in the contract.
2 arrested for crack cocaine
The Sheriff's Office arrested two people Tuesday afternoon at 212 Lindahl St. after finding 22 pieces of crack coaine and a "cookie" that hadn't yet been broken up.
Kevin Aaron Lewis, 28, and Bradford Phillips, 27, were jailed after detectives served a search warrant of the home.
Lewis was arrested on suspicion of cocaine dealing while Phillips was accused of possessing drug paraphernalia.
Detectives found 10.6 grams of crack, $1,000 in cash and small amount of marijuana, said spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin.
The cash is likely drug dealing proceeds, Herrin said.