Joseph DiNovo owns a house at 30152 Coconut Highway, but like most people in the Keys, lives elsewhere. Full Story »
A woman in Key Largo thought she had a perfectly good reason to leave her toddler alone in a car at Publix while she went shopping on a Sunday night.
When deputies asked her why she left her 1-year-old baby alone in the car while she perused the produce aisle, she told them this:
“This is Key Largo. Nothing happens in Key Largo.” Full Story »
A 62-year-old man died after he was sucker punched while sitting outside a gas station in the Florida Keys, news reports say.
Steven Sanderson, who is homeless, was outside a Chevron station on Friday night when Fred R. Hauch, 53, hit him, the FlKeyNews reports. Sanderson struck his head when he fell to the ground; he died on Sunday at a Miami hospital.
Sanderson was speaking poorly about an employee at the Chevron gas station when Hauch asked another employee inside if he wanted him to punch Sanderson, according to an arrest report obtained by the FLKeysNews.
The employee thought Hauch was joking and said “yes.” Full Story »
An eviction turned deadly Friday night and a landlord is now in jail on a first-degree murder charge after police say he shot a tenant living at his parent’s Duck Key home.
Ryan Wilder, 32, of Winter Springs, Fla. is being held in county jail in Marathon on no bond. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives say he shot and killed Kenneth Palicki, 47, shortly before 6:30 p.m. Friday night.
Palicki and his girlfriend, Colleen Lyons, 25, lived at 162 North Indies Drive, a house owned by Wilder’s parents, said Deputy Becky Herrin, media relations officer for the Sheriff’s Office. Palicki and Lyons had been served eviction papers requiring them to be out of the house by Aug. 23, Herrin said.
Wilder went to the house Friday and no one was home. He began taking items from the house outside when Palicki and Lyons returned home. Wilder and Palicki began arguing and Palicki told Lyons to call the Sheriff’s Office, which she did. While on the phone with a dispatcher, Lyons said Wilder had a pistol in a holster on his hip. Full Story »
KEY WEST, Fla. – A male stripper from Tampa was arrested Monday in Key West after he stabbed his partner in both eyes and shoved a piece of wood down his throat, police said.
Justin Calhoun, 24, faces a charge of attempted murder in connection with the violent domestic incident.
According to a Key West police report, Calhoun admitted to attacking Mark Brann so severely that the victim was flown to a Miami hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Calhoun told police that he and Brann had a sexual relationship and that he often stayed at Brann’s home in Key West. Calhoun said he and Brann got into an argument because he believed that Brann was a “cannibal,” Detective Jeff Dean wrote in the police report.
Brann got angry about Calhoun’s accusation and picked up a gun that was on a bed where they were laying, Calhoun told police. Calhoun said the gun fired as he fought with Brann for the gun, but no one was shot, Dean wrote.
Calhoun said he took the gun and planned to shoot Brann, but the gun jammed, the report said. Instead, Calhoun said, he grabbed a pen and stabbed Brann in both eyes, the report said. Full Story »
Two South Florida men accused of hog-tying three endangered Key deer in the middle of the night last month in the Lower Keys now face federal charges in addition to the state charges they were already facing.
Erik Damas Acosta, 18, of Miami Gardens and Tumani Anthony Younge, 23, of Tamarac were arrested July 2 on Little Torch Key after a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled them over for a traffic violation and found the deer in Damas Acosta’s four-door Hyundai Sonata, two in the back seat and one in the trunk. One of the endangered Key deer had to be euthanized days later due to a broken leg.
According to what’s called an information charging sheet signed by Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg and Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas A. Watts-FitzGerald, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami Wednesday charged Damas Acosta and Younge with three counts each of violating the Endangered Species Act for knowingly and unlawfully taking protected Key deer. Full Story »
Instead of finding crustaceans, a couple diving for lobster under a North Key Largo bridge found human bones.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that a man and woman were diving for lobster under the Card Sound Bridge that connects mainland Florida with the Florida Keys when they spotted a skull and several other bones.
They flagged down a Fish and Wildlife officer who was patrolling the area, and the officer called homicide detectives at the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office says detectives so far don’t know who the bones belonged to, how long they were there or what may have caused the person’s death.
The bones have been turned over to the medical examiner.
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