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Sting: 4 businesses served alcohol to minors

On Jan. 30, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Lower Keys. Sixteen businesses were checked including restaurants, convenience stores and bars. Four of the businesses served alcohol to minors during the investigations. The four clerks who sold the alcohol were issued Notices to[…]

Hit-and-run probe leads to Ecstasy arrest

A 32-year-old Cudjoe Key woman with MDMA, a drug commonly referred to as “Ecstasy” or “Molly,” was arrested recently at the Sugarloaf Lodge as part of an hit-and-run investigation that began earlier in the day. Irene Rodriguez was charged with possession of MDMA, possession of drug paraphernalia and providing law enforcement with a false name.[…]

Broward County men charged with undersized fish

Deputies on routine patrol for resource violations caught two Broward County men early today with eight undersized mangrove snapper. Deputies Michael Maleta and Matthew Cory were on the Channel 5 Bridge just after midnight. They spoke with Adolph Tewari and Lenwall Joahrie, both 54, who were fishing. Joahries had a valid fishing license and Tewari’s[…]

Mainland man arrested for stone crab trap robbing

A Miami man who robbed stone crab traps and harvested undersized claws near the Bahia Honda Bridge has been arrested on warrants in Miami. Lazaro Jesus Alonso Rodriguez, 35, was cited for possession of undersized stone crab claws and charged with molesting stone crab traps. Lower Keys Marine Deputy Seth Hopp was on patrol on[…]

Alabama man arrested for attempting to rob his boss

An Alabama man in the Keys to do roofing work was arrested in Marathon on Friday after he attempted to rob his boss at knifepoint. When Sgt. Joel Slough arrived on 121st Street in Marathon at 3 p.m., he saw two men, one inside a truck and one standing outside leaning into it. Three more[…]

Two women face drug charges

Two women caught using drugs in a truck on Big Pine Key are in jail on drug charges. A woman called the Sheriff’s Office on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. because she was in the vicinity of Watson Field on Big Pine Key and had found a small child wandering around, unsupervised. She told Sheriff’s Office[…]

Key Largo man faces more drug, gun charges

A Key Largo man wanted on a warrant was arrested Friday night, and was found in possession of illegal narcotics and a stolen revolver during the arrest. Deputy Cody Kerns and Sgt. Scott Ward went to a residence on Silver Springs Drive in Key Largo on Friday at 11:30 p.m. to serve a warrant on[…]

Body found near old gym

On Sunday morning, numerous Key West police officers were on the scene on White Street where a dead body was found. The 67-year-old male was found in a covered area beside the former Island Gym, now an empty building. Key West Police Chief Donie Lee said no foul play was suspected in the death. Other[…]

Marathon hotel worker arrested for fraud

A Marathon woman was arrested for paying money into a jail inmate’s commissary account using a stolen credit card number. In January of 2017, a couple from Illinois was staying at the Kingsail Motel in Marathon. They were notified by one of their credit card companies of possible fraudulent activity on one of their cards.[…]

Detectives investigate armed robbery

Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the armed robbery of a restaurant worker that occurred Friday night in Islamorada. Deputy Nicholas Thaler and Sgt. Patricia O’Keefe responded to the Marker 88 restaurant at 10:30 p.m. to reports that one of the employees had been robbed in the parking lot. The victim told Deputy Thaler he was taking[…]