MARATHON -- An appellate court again refused to reduce a man's life sentence for shooting another man to death in 2000.
Larry Leatherwood, 48, again lost a bid last week before the 3rd District Court of Appeal to have his 2003 conviction overturned.
He shot Mark Evans four or five times, including once in the head, while arguing with over a woman at a Sombrero Beach Road apartment complex party.
Leatherwood is serving his life sentence at Suwannee Correctional Institution in Live Oak.
Nose for crime
MARATHON -- A deputy on foot patrol in the Marathon area Saturday, May 18, smelled the odor of marijuana and followed his nose to a local man with 121 grams of the illegal drug, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Michael Sielicki was walking near several apartments at 6200 Overseas Highway shortly after noon, when he followed the smell of marijuana to a wooded area, according to his report. There, he found a parked green BMW, a table and chairs in a clearing, and a plastic bag containing marijuana.
Further investigation uncovered a digital scale, empty plastic bags and a grinder with marijuana residue in it.
Michael Vandelinder, who lives in the apartment nearest to the area, was questioned and arrested.
He was charged with possession of a felony amount of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.
MARATHON -- A Tampa man went to jail Saturday night after driving recklessly and causing an accident, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
Just after 5 p.m., deputies in Marathon received reports of a reckless driver in a white, "jacked-up" truck heading northbound from 65th Street. Minutes later, they received reports that a truck had been involved in an accident at 110th Street.
When Deputy Thomas Hill arrived on the scene, witnesses said the truck's driver ran away with three other men from the vehicle he hit in pursuit. Hill found them a short distance away. The three men were struggling to detain the suspect, who was later identified as 27-year-old Andres Javage of Tampa.
Hill separated the men and attempted to restrain Javage, who allegedly punched him in the face. More deputies arrived on the scene and took Javage into custody. He allegedly continued to fight with them as they handcuffed him. After he was handcuffed, he began kicking at the officers, reports say.
Javage was charged with assault, assault on a law enforcement officer, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. He was booked into jail.