FKCC benefit features art
Wyland and Annette Robertson and Marker 88 Restaurant invite the community to the Seaside Soiree from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 20.
Proceeds will benefit the Florida Keys Community College Foundation and the FKCC Wyland Marine Science Scholarship.
The event starts at the Robertsons' Islamorada home studio.
Wyland will create art that will be auctioned off. Dinner at the Mile Marker 88 Restaurant will follow.
RSVP by Monday. For details and tickets, call (305) 809-3153, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thief leaves damage
Whoever tried to pry open a city Pay to Park machine at the downtown bight didn't collect any cash but left about $1,000 worth of damage, police reported.
At about 11 a.m. Monday, city parking technician William Kennedy flagged down an officer patrolling the historic seaport to show him the battered machine in the 200 block of Margaret Street.
Within the past 24 hours, someone had tried to break into it "with what appears to be a screwdriver type object," wrote Officer Gary Lee Lovette.
Man jailed for battery
Police jailed James Atkins, 50, who is homeless, Monday after his girlfriend said he choked her at Rest Beach over becoming jealous that she was talking to another man.
"I thought he was going to kill me," the woman, 45, told Officer David Hall, who booked Atkins with felony battery at about 9 p.m.
The man who was talking to Atkins' girlfriend called 911 after Atkins shoved the woman to the ground and began choking her with his forearm, police reported.
Atkins was handcuffed and taken to the Stock Island jail, where he remained Tuesday in lieu of $5,000 bond.