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Key Largo man arrested for cocaine, paraphernalia

An investigation into a suspicious vehicle on Aug. 4 led to the arrest of a Key Largo man for possession of cocaine on Tuesday. Jeffrey Paul Schultz, 36, was charged with possession of paraphernalia and two counts possession of cocaine. On Aug. 4, a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy received a report of a suspicious[…]

Construction punches land two men in jail

Two Marathon construction workers were arrested and charged with battery after they attacked a foreman on the job site. Juan Miguel Torna Rojas, 35, and William Padron Perez, 48, were both charged with battery causing bodily harm. Around 8:30 a.m., deputies met with the victim of the battery, who explained the situation. According to him,[…]

Speeding leads to DUI, which leads to drug bust

A Saturday night traffic stop of a speeding vehicle led to the arrest of a Lutz, Florida man for DUI and drug possession, after deputies found numerous forms of marijuana and open containers in the vehicle. David Philip Hautsch, 37, was charged with DUI, four counts of possession of synthetic marijuana, possession of marijuana under[…]

Woman arrested after child found unattended

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Big Pine Key woman on Friday for child neglect after finding a 2-year-old completely unattended in a storage area. Anita Roxanne Brown, 28, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and child neglect. A deputy was dispatched 37 West Sandy Circle on Big Pine Key after[…]

Drugs and jail don’t mix

The Key West Police Department arrested a Cocoa Beach, Florida woman for illegally camping in a city park, but matters got worse when it was revealed she tried to bring marijuana into jail. Irene Ellen Redmond, 48, was charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, smuggling contraband, a camping ordinance[…]

Man crashes car, leaves scene, returns, gets DUI

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Cudjoe Key man on Monday for a DUI after he hit a vehicle, proceeded home and then returned to the scene to speak with deputies. William Alan Carter, 51, was charged with hit-and-run, DUI and DUI with property damage. Around 9:10 p.m., deputies responded to a reported hit-and-run[…]

Drunken driver hits utility pole while trying to show off

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Marathon man on Monday for a DUI after he lost control of his vehicle while “showing off” and hit a utility pole. Geno Sebastiano Genco, 18, was charged with reckless driving, DUI with property damage and DUI with a blood alcohol level over .15. Around 3:42 a.m., an[…]

Drunken driver says last meal was in ’85

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Key West man on Thursday for a DUI after he rear-ended another vehicle and then attempted to drive away. Ronald Valentin, 32, was charged with leaving the scene of a crash, DUI and DUI with a blood alcohol level over .08. Around 9:53 p.m., a deputy patrolling Stock[…]

DUI driver jumps into the ocean after chase

A high-speed chase between a drunk driver and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Sunday resulted in the driver crashing his truck and jumping into the ocean in an effort to evade law enforcement. Nicholas James Tralka, 31, was charged with hit-and-run, reckless driving, two counts of fleeing and eluding, DUI, DUI with property damage[…]

Three-mile car chase on U.S. 1

Determined to get home, and knowing his driver’s license was suspended, a Tavernier man led the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office on a short pursuit on U.S. 1. Paul Vincent Pecor, 40, was charged with driving with a suspended license and fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer. On Saturday around 12:20 a.m., a deputy on[…]