Convicted rapist loses appeal
A man convicted of raping a tourist lost in the streets of Old Town in 2004 and sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2011 lost an appeal Wednesday.
The 3rd District Court of Appeal affirmed circuit Judge Mark Jones' June 21, 2011 sentence of John A. Stocker, 61, of Key West, who was labeled a prison release reoffender and a habitual felony offender. The case was delayed for years due to disagreement over whether he was mentally competent to stand trial.
The victim told police she got lost after leaving the 200 block of Duval Street. She reportedly walked for several hours, when Stocker appeared riding a bicycle stopped her and directed her to a secluded area, where he raped her.
Closet Ball "Carnivale"
The theme of the 2014 edition of the Miss Key West Closet Ball Pageant is "Carnivale," and the event is set for 8 p.m. Thursday in the garden of the Bourbon St. Pub, 724 Duval St.
In its 10th year, the pageant founded by Terry Paulson has raised more than $72,000 for AIDS Help, the nonprofit that provides healthcare, affordable housing, food counseling and other services for people in Monroe County living with HIV/AIDS.
Tables are $100; general admission is $20 at the door.
Performers will include Dave Bootle, Velvet Garcia, Chris Tanner and Jessica Grabbit and Matt Hulsey. Call 293-3666.
Dancers in worldwide event
From noon to 1 p.m. Friday, under the kapok tree at the Monroe County Court House, local dancers will participate in One Billion Rising For Justice by sharing a dance of improvised meditative movement. The event is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community places where they are entitled to justice or public places where women deserve to feel safe. Around the world people will rise in many creative ways. Supporters are invited to wear red and participate in the movement or simply be present by standing quietly on the edge of the sidewalk that stretches to the "Mile Marker 0" sign.
For information, call 305-393-2488, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find Spirit Dance Key West on Facebook.