Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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Sawyer released from prison

The former head of the now-defunct Bahama Conch Community Land Trust (BCCLT) was released from Florida Department of Corrections custody Saturday, according to state prison records.

Norma Jean Sawyer, released from Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, listed Jacksonville as her current city of residence, records state.

She was sentenced in March 2012 to two years in prison after a funding scandal, but ultimately served less time. Sawyer was convicted of scheming to defraud more than $50,000, ending a three-year probe that led to the nonprofit BCCLT's demise. She also must pay more than $150,000 in restitution and serve 25 years' probation.

MARATHON

Teacher arrested on DUI charge

Stanley Switlik Elementary School art teacher Craig Michael Kerns was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving Sunday, according to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Kerns, 56, of Marathon, was arrested at 8:39 a.m. after a witness reported seeing him stumbling into a convenience store to buy beer and food. A deputy arrived to find him sitting and eating behind the wheel of a parked car, but Kerns said he had ridden his bike to the store, reports say.

He reportedly had trouble standing on his own and admitted to recently drinking. A six-pack of beer was found on the passenger side of the car, reports say. Kerns reportedly refused to perform field sobriety exercises prior to being booked into the Monroe County Detention Center in Marathon.

KEY WEST

Reminder to bring in bins

City staff reminds locals to remove trash, recycling and yard waste containers from the street no later than 8 p.m. on the day of collection and place them out no earlier than 4 p.m. the night before.

"We've been receiving a number of complaints about people leaving carts in the streets and on sidewalks for days at a time," said Will Thompson, the city's solid waste coordinator. "It's become a real issue with some commercial landscapers who may service a home, fill cans with yard waste, and put it at the curb well before that address's collection day."

For more information, call 305-809-3776.