Sunday, March 23, 2014
Mile Markers

Key West

Career criminal apprehended

A designated career criminal wanted on both Monroe County and Key West Police felony warrants was apprehended with the assistance of a Crime Stoppers tip and an alert police officer.

Deputy David Lariz got information from a tip that 34 year old Frank Jones might be traveling on U.S. 1 in a mint green BMW around 5:30 p.m. Friday. Lariz spotted the car southbound at Mile Marker 11 and followed it.

Lariz confronted Jones, who was visibly nervous and began to back away from the car with two small children in the backseat. Jones began reaching in his pockets despite the deputies orders to keep his hands in sight and Lariz deployed his Taser, hitting Jones but Jones was still able to turn and flee southbound on the highway.

He was apprehended with the assistance of Lt. John Crane from the Sheriff's Detention Center. He was taken into custody, and faces charges for driving with license suspended with knowledge, resisting arrest, failure to register as a career offender, aggravated battery and kidnapping/false imprisonment.


Governor serves a slice of the pie

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to help serve the world's largest Key lime pie Tuesday when Florida Keys business and government leaders converge on the State Capitol. The giant pastry is the planned feature attraction of a Florida Keys Day celebration set to begin at 5 p.m. in the Capitol Courtyard, and the governor's presence is expected at that time.

The mammoth pie's ingredients include the juice of 5,760 tiny yellow Key limes, 200 pounds of graham crackers and 55 gallons of sweetened condensed milk. It has a diameter of 97 inches, an estimated weight of 1,000 pounds and can produce more than 1,000 slices.

Believed to have originated in Key West in the late 1800s, Key lime pie was designated Florida's official pie in 2006 by the state Legislature.

Designed to remind legislators about their constituents in the state's southernmost island chain, Florida Keys Day is organized by Leadership Monroe County and the office of Keys state Rep. Holly Raschein.


Keys Ocean Festival

The fifth annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival and waterfront craft show is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Eco-Discovery Center on the Truman Waterfront.

The event includes music, crafts, face-painting, educational displays and food and drinks, along with a silent auction. A 5K race has registration at 7 a.m.

Admission is free. A fishing seminar for kids ages 5-11 requires registration online. Mote Marine Laboratory sponsors the event.

Go to for details or fishing seminar registration.