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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Mile Markers

Off-duty police help at crash

Two off-duty Key West police officers recently jumped into action on the Florida Turnpike, where a serious crash had occurred moments before.

Officers Rich Thomas and David Kouri were driving on the turnpike, headed for a training session, when they happened upon the crash. As they got out to assist, a bystander said the vehicle had rolled eight times before coming to a stop, and that a still-alert driver was trapped inside the smoking vehicle, according to a press release from the Key West Police Department.

The officers climbed into the car to support the victim's neck and spine and ensure he was able to breathe. Kouri and Thomas remained with the victim as rescue personnel used the Jaws of Life to extricate him.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital with serious head injuries.

KEY WEST

Nonprofit offers HIV tests

AIDS Help, Inc. offers free HIV testing at the Gordon Rollins Center, 1434 Kennedy Dr., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are strongly urged. Call 305-296-6196.

Also, the nonprofit offers the testing from 1 to 6 p.m. Mondays at the Bourbon Street Pub, 724 Duval St.

AIDS Help staff remind the public that this testing is free, anonymous, confidential and "painless," as it doesn't involve needles. The test is done with a swab of saliva. A code or alias name is provided for each test recipient.

KEY WEST

Planning Board to meet

The city's appointed Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Old City Hall, 510 Greene S.

It's the first meeting for the volunteer board since November. The full agenda is available online via the city's website, keywest.legistar.com. The Thursday agenda includes a proposal for a power sports rental business and restaurant at the corner of White and Catherine streets, but the applicant has asked for a sixth postponement.

Planning Board meetings are videotaped for viewing on the Legistar site.