Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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Slaton files in judge race

Incumbent Florida Keys circuit Judge Tegan Slaton filed Monday to run for re-election, according to the Florida Division of Elections website.

Slaton kept good on his promise made earlier this month that he would run again following news that Florida Keys Mosquito Control District board member and Upper Keys resident Jack Bridges had filed.

Slaton has been on the bench since 2009 following a hotly contested 2008 campaign against Mary Vanden Brook, the former court administrator who is currently working as the administrative services director for the Monroe County Health Department.

The judge's election date is Aug. 26, the same day as the primary elections.

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Polar Bear Plunge benefit

The second annual Conch Republic Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Samuel's House will take place at noon Sunday at Higgs Beach.

For a $25 fee, participants will jump into the "bone chilling" (to Keys' residents) low 70s degree water to benefit Samuel's House, which provides housing in a nurturing environment for homeless women, women with children, men with children, and intact families, and provides them with care coordination beneficial to their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being.

For information, call 305-296-0240, ext. 18.

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Police bust grave drunk

A 48-year-old man was jailed Sunday after police said he was found lying across a cement grave sipping from a half pint of vodka.

The New Town man was arrested on suspicion of violating the city's ordinance prohibiting drinking alcohol in public.

"Just take me to jail," the man told the arresting officer, who said the suspect smelled of alcohol and appeared drunk.

Handcuffed and placed in the back of the patrol car, the man said he was just visiting his mom, and later said he was visiting his grandmother, police said.