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Drug bust made during traffic stop

A Key Largo man and woman with an array of drugs were arrested after they were stopped for traveling in a sport utility vehicle with illegally tinted windows. Nicole Paddock, 23, was charged with possession of amphetamines with intent to sell, possession of opioids, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. […]

Two men arrested for boat burglary

Two mainland men were arrested over the weekend for burglarizing and damaging a boat on Big Pine Key. Ismael Perez Castineira, 28, of Miami, and Alain Oliva Perez, 19, of Hialeah, were both charged Sunday with burglary, possession of burglary tools and grand theft. Lower Keys Deputy Michelle Swilley was called at 6:45 a.m. to[…]

Traffic stop leads to drug, ammunition bust

A 28-year-old Key Largo man faces numerous charges after ecstasy, marijuana, more than 30 marijuana oil cartridges and handgun ammunition were found in a sport utility vehicle he was driving early Saturday morning. Phillip David Edwards was charged with DUI and driving without a license as well as possession of ammunition by a convicted felon,[…]

Familiar card scam reported again in the Florida Keys

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is again warning residents to be leery of anyone notifying citizens that they won or are due money that can only be received via the purchase of gift cards or prepaid debit cards. An Islamorada man reported recently that he was scammed out of $11,200 by someone called him claiming[…]

Man arrested in domestic incident

A 24-year-old Stock Island man accused of fighting with another family member was arrested after the altercation, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Jecuri Sala was charged Thursday with aggravated domestic battery, battery and aggravated assault. Deputy John Allen responded to 12th Avenue and Cross Street to find Lower Keys Deputy Anthony Lopez in the street[…]

Upper Keys burglar captured after tip

A 19-year-old man wanted for burglarizing a Key Largo business in December was arrested after the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip. Timberelen Terrell of Key Largo was charged with burglary of a structure, burglary of a vehicle, criminal mischief causing more than $200 in damage and petty theft. The Sheriff’s[…]

Big Pine man charged with business burglary

A Big Pine man is in jail charged with burglarizing the Ace Hardware store on Big Pine Key. The burglary was reported the morning of Jan. 23 after the owner arrived at work and found damage to a door and window and his computer missing. Deputies Richard Wang and Freddy Rodriguez responded to the business[…]

Woman arrested for disturbing the peace

A 48-year-old woman was arrested Monday after she screamed at resort staff and threw plants off a hotel balcony. Wendy Sue Crocker of Islamorada was charged with resisting arrest without violence and breach of peace. Upper Keys Road Patrol Deputy Robert Dosh responded to the Coconut Grove Resort and Marina about 11 a.m. where employees[…]

Home burglary, boat theft under MCSO investigation

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a boat theft and a home burglary after a house was broken into and a $40,000 Scarab jet boat and trailer were reported stolen in Key Largo on Saturday. Upper Keys Road Patrol Deputy Dave Campbell responded to the home on the 96000 block of the Overseas Highway[…]

Man arrested in machete attack

A 33-year-old man who attacked another man with a machete was later arrested in Marathon. Joshua Lee Meadows of Marathon was charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Middle Keys Road Patrol Deputy Michelle Swilley responded to 82nd Street about 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 1, where she found the victim who[…]