Issued by the Media Relations Office,
Public Information Officer Deputy Becky Herrin

Click on the highlighted headlines to hear an audio recording of the story


October 30, 2006

Detectives arrest Tavernier woman for cocaine

Key Largo - Detectives from the Special Investigations Division arrested a Tavernier woman after she sold cocaine to an undercover operative Friday night.

Detectives called 38 year old Dania Richardson and placed an order for a large amount of powdered cocaine. Richardson agreed to meet at a parking lot at the 99 mile marker of highway U.S. One to hand over the drugs at 10 p.m. Friday. She showed up, handed over 29 grams of cocaine and the undercover operative handed her $1,150.00 in exchange. She was then placed under arrest, charged with trafficking in cocaine.

Richardson was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. She was subsequently charged with two outstanding warrants for Sale of Cocaine. Total bond is set at $54,000.00.

Key West man charged with marijuana possession

Key West - Sheriff's detectives from the Special Investigations Division, along with Key West Police detectives, arrested a Key West man for possessing a large amount of Marijuana Thursday evening.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home of 18 year old Michael Naughton, located at 629 Caroline Street in Key West. Thursday at 7:15 p.m. they served the warrant and searched the home. Inside they found 237 grams of marijuana contained in two plastic bags in the bedroom closet.

Naughton, who said he sells marijuana to make extra money. was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Burglary arrest following break in at Holiday Isle

Islamorada - Two Miami residents were arrested in the early morning hours after a break in at the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar.

Deputies were called just before 6 a.m. after a cleaning person at the resort saw a young man inside the Tiki Bar. At that hour of the morning the Tiki Bar is secured by wooden panels, which had reportedly been broken by the suspect. The employee contacted security at the resort who responded and spotted the suspect as he was leaving the area. At that point, the Sheriff's Office was notified. The security guard told Deputy Paul Kupke he recognized the suspect as someone who'd been driving around the resort earlier. He said he was driving a dark blue or black Saturn with a broken rear window. He provided a tag number as well, so a notice to be on the lookout for the car was issued.

The car was stopped northbound at the 99 mile marker of the highway. It was driven by 19 year old Erika Filpes and the front passenger was 19 year old Danny Molina. Molina was identified by the security guard as the one who broke in to the Tiki Bar so he was placed under arrest for burglary and theft. A check on Filpes and Molina's names through computers revealed outstanding warrants for burglary and theft so they were both charged with the warrants as well.

Further investigation turned up marijuana under the front passenger seat and a cold can of Budweiser Light between the two front seats. Both Molina and Filpes were further charged with being minors in possession of alcohol and possession of marijuana.

The outstanding warrants for Filpes and Molina stem from a burglary that took place in Plantation Key September 26th. Almost $20,000 worth of jewelry was taken from a home and pawned in Miami by Filpes and Molina.

Construction Site burglarized

Marathon - A construction site in Marathon was burglarized Friday. Over $16,000 worth of equipment was stolen.

Detectives are investigating the burglary of twelve construction trailers 12411 Overseas Highway in Marathon. The twelve trailers were owned by 7 separate companies doing work at the site. The burglary was discovered by Detective Sgt. Gene Thompson who was driving by early Friday morning and spotted some of the trailer doors ajar. Further investigation revealed most of the trailers had been locked the night before, but someone cut the locks off of the doors to gain entry. A large amount of equipment was stolen from the site, including construction tools such as nail guns, compressors, various types of saws and 60 pounds of copper piping.

Anyone with information about this crime should call the Sheriff's Office or call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS.

October 25, 2006

Burglary arrests

Sheriff’s deputies early today arrested two men in connection with the theft of over one thousand dollars worth of fishing poles from a waterfront condominium (Hawk’s Nest) in Marathon. The incident started when deputies responded to a report of trespassers at a resort (Kon-Tiki) in Islamorada around 4:45 a.m. Deputies confronted two men, name redacted because the arrest was expunged, of Miami and 18-year old Kristian Garcia, also from Miami. Deputies questioned them about the eleven fishing rods and reels in the back seat of their convertible automobile. Both men told deputies differing stories about the fishing poles. After more extensive questioning, the suspects admitted using bolt cutters to break into lockers at a condominium in Marathon earlier that night. A check with Marathon deputies confirmed that a break in had occurred at the condominium and that a witness had reported a license plate number of a suspicious car in the area that matched the plate on the automobile driven by the suspects. Deputies arrested Garcia and name redacted because the arrest was expunged,, charging them with burglary and grand theft. A search of their car turned up a pair of bolt cutters and a search of Garcia netted a small amount of marijuana, leading to an additional charge of misdemeanor possession.

Felony dumping arrest

Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Dowling Tuesday arrested 23-year old Yunior Carranzana, of Big Coppit Key, on charges of felony illegal dumping. Dowling obtained an arrest warrant after investigating complaints that Carranzana on Monday had dumped a truckload of debris in the parking lot of the Waste Management Property on Rockland Key. The debris included household items, paint cans, and construction materials. Carranzana claimed he had permission to dump the material in the parking lot. Waste Management officials said he did not have permission and that he also refused to remove the material. Inspection of the dumped material, turned up correspondence addressed to Carranzana. The dumped material weighed over 800 pounds, so Deputy Dowling charged Carranzana with felony dumping. Bond is set at five thousand dollars.

October 20, 2006

North Carolina man's death appears accidental

Dry Tortugas - After consultation with the Medical Examiner's Office, Sheriff's detectives say preliminary autopsy results indicate the death of a North Carolina man appears to be accidental in nature.
Homicide Detective Terry Smith is assigned to investigate the death of 44 year old David Carney of Carey, North Carolina. Carney was diving in the Dry Tortugas National Park Monday morning on the dive boat the Playmate, out of Oceanside Marina when he died. He went into the water at approximately 8:45 a.m. with three other people. They were diving at a depth of approximately 77 feet for about 35 minutes. After the dive, Carney surfaced and began exhibiting signs of distress. He was brought on board the boat with no pulse and the boat crew and passengers began Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. They transported him to Fort Jefferson at 10:15 a.m. where he received further CPR from National Park Service employees.
The National Park Service finally stopped their efforts at CPR and Carney's body was brought in to Key West on board the Playmate. His body and his dive gear was taken by the Medical Examiner's Office.The United States Coast Guard and officers from Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission met the boat at the dock. USCG and the National Park Service conducted interviews with those on board the dive boat. Detective Smith has copies of all the interviews and of reports completed by those agencies about the incident.
According to the Medical Examiner, Carney's body showed signs consistent with a lung expansion injury. Final autopsy results are pending until his dive gear can be examined and until toxicology test results are completed.

Miami man charged with sale of cocaine

Key Largo - A Miami man is in jail today, charged with selling cocaine to an undercover operative.

The operative called 29 year old Anthony Charlton and arranged to meet him at the 97 mile marker of highway U.S. One to buy cocaine from him. When Charlton arrived Thursday at 1 p.m., he was driving a rental car with three other men inside. He exchanged 13 small plastic bags with white powder inside for $1,000.00 cash. The white powder tested positive as 17 grams of powdered cocaine.

Charlton was arrested and charged with sale of cocaine. His license is suspended for being a habitual traffic offender, so he was also charged with driving with his license suspended. The car was towed and the three men with him were allowed to leave. The investigation was conducted by the Sheriff's Special Investigations Division.

Marathon men charged with marijuana, Xanax possession

Islamorada - Two Marathon men were arrested early today, charged with possessing marijuana and Xanax pills.

Deputies Patrick Crozier and Kenneth Brand were on patrol when they pulled over a white Mitsubishi Eclipse traveling southbound at the 80 mile marker of the highway at 12:30 a.m. They pulled it over after noticing it had a headlight out, a taillight out and a side mirror missing. Two Marathon men were inside: the driver, 44 year old Keegan Leigh and the passenger, 24 year old Shawn Rodriguez. Leigh was issued a citation for having unsafe equipment.

Deputy Crozier said he could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the open window of the car and could see a cigar in the center console which could contain the illegal substance. He asked Leigh if he could search the car and Leigh agreed to the search.

On the back seat, in a backpack, the deputies found a zip lock bag with 122 grams of marijuana inside and another zip lock bag with 88 Xanax pills in it. Both men were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. They were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

October 17, 2006

Marathon man charged with raping young girl

Marathon - A Marathon man, already in jail on similar charges, was arrested today for sexual battery on a young girl.

The most recent victim says she was 10 years old when the incident occurred, approximately two years ago. She said 42 year old Terrance Howard raped her at his apartment in Marathon. This morning, Detective Manuel Cuervo charged Howard with a warrant for sexual battery on a girl under 12 years of age. Bond on the warrant is $150,000.00.

Howard was already in jail, charged August 23rd with lewd and lascivious molestation of a girl under the age of 12. The victim in the first case, a 10 year old girl, told her mother Howard had fondled her and attempted to rape her. His bond in the first case was $100,000.00, bringing his total bond to $250,000.00.

Stock Island man charged with possessing crack cocaine

Stock Island - A detective with the Sheriff's Special Investigations Division arrested a Stock Island man Monday for possessing a large amount of crack cocaine.

As part of a continuing drug investigation, Detective Lazaro Valdes watched as 46 year old Gerardo Cutino made several crack cocaine sales Monday afternoon on 5th Avenue on Stock Island. He and Deputy Matt Dowling then approached Cutino, who threw a pill bottle on the ground as they walked up. Detective Valdes seized the estimated 50 large crack cocaine rocks in the pill bottle and placed Cutino under arrest. The seized drugs have an estimated street value of $1,000.00.

Cutino was charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. This arrest is part of an on-going and intensive effort by Sheriff's detectives to stop drug dealers who are known to frequent the area around 5th Street and 5th Avenue on Stock Island.

October 16, 2006

Big Pine man arrested for burglary, aggravated assault

Big Pine Key - A Big Pine man who broke in to his estranged girlfriend's home was arrested after he grabbed her, broke items inside, and tried to hit her with his truck.

Deputies Henry DelValle, Daniel Chu and Sgt. Jim Wirth were dispatched to a house on Avenue F, Big Pine Key, Sunday just before 2 p.m. They found the victim, who was noticeably upset and shaking, and witnesses who all said 45 year old Wallace Abshire had just left in his truck. The victim said Abshire smashed through her front door and grabbed her by the wrists. He threw her television and microwave on the ground, and punched holes in her walls. She said she told him to leave and he refused. She said they were both outside and he finally got into his truck leave. She said before he drove away, he accelerated backward in the truck, almost hitting her.

Abshire was found at his residence on Pond Lane.He was arrested and charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault on the occupant, battery, criminal mischief, and aggravated assault. He was found to have a stolen license tag on his truck, so he was further charged with attaching tag not assigned and theft.

The victim, 50 year old Donna Robinson, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court.

October 13, 2006

Man beats girlfriend, shoots himself

Islamorada - An Islamorada man is dead of an apparent self inflicted gun shot wound after he beat his girlfriend Thursday morning.

According to the victim, she and her boy friend, 46 year old Jimmy "Cowboy" Cannon went out the night before drinking with friends at several Islamorada bars. They all went home in the early morning hours. She said she woke up about 8:30 a.m. to find she'd been beaten. Her eyes were swollen and she had blood on her mouth. She told Detective Linda Mixon she does not remember what happened to her.

She got into her truck to go to a friends house for help. In the truck, she found a letter from Cannon apologizing for beating her. She drove to a friends house and, after a short time, notified the Sheriff's Office about the incident.

At about the same time as she was calling the Sheriff's Office, Sheriff's dispatchers received a call from Cannon's ex-wife asking that a deputy be sent to Cannon's residence to check on him. She said her son received a call from his father, Cannon, that sounded suicidal. A deputy was dispatched to Cannon's residence where they found blood on towels and on the floor, but Cannon was not home.

Sgt. Roy Bogue called Canon's cell phone and he answered. When the sergeant said everyone was worried about him and asked where he was, Cannon replied, "Tell them not to worry about me anymore." and he hung up. A notice to be on the lookout for him, and for his silver colored SUV, was issued. Just minutes later, the SUV was found at the south end of the Channel Two Bridge by Deputy Nelson Sanchez. Cannon was on the bridge, dead of a gun shot wound to the head. Foul play is not suspected. Detective Terry Smith with the Sheriff's Office Homicide Division, is investigating.

October 11, 2006

Islamorada man arrested on drug charges

Islamorada - A search warrant, served at an Islamorada motel, led to the arrest of an Islamorada man for trafficking in cocaine.

Just before midnight Tuesday, detectives from the Special Investigations Division served the warrant on a room at the motel. The Islamorada man staying there was inside the room. 43 year old Michael Glorioso said a friend was arrested a couple of weeks ago and he was selling the drugs to pay for his friend's bond and his friends attorney's fees. In the room, detectives found a total of 84 grams of cocaine, 42 grams of marijuana, 57 miscellaneous unidentified pills, drug paraphernalia and $2,943.00 cash.

Glorioso was charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. The cash was seized for possible forfeiture.

Marathon woman charged with giving alcohol to underage teens

Marathon - A Marathon woman was arrested Tuesday and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

On September 30th, deputies were dispatched to reports of underage drinking at a house on 6th Avenue Gulf in Marathon. When they arrived, they saw a number of people who appeared to be under 21 years of age drinking alcoholic beverages. 45 year old Suzann Pape was present at the home and admitted to purchasing two pony kegs of Bud Light beer, along with several cases of bottled Bud Light and Corona beer for a party at her house for her son's 18th birthday. Eight of those at the party were under 18 years old, so their parents were called to pick them up.

A report of the incident was completed and, after the State Attorney's Office indicated willingness to prosecute the case, a warrant was issued for Pape's arrest. She was charged Tuesday with contributing to the delinquency of minors and with allowing minors to possess alcohol at an open house party. She was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Anonymous tip leads to large cocaine seizure

Big Coppitt Key - An anonymous tip about drug dealing led to the arrest of a Big Coppitt Key man for dealing and possessing cocaine.

On October 5th, Detectives with the Sheriff's Special Investigations Division, Key West Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement began investigating reports a man was dealing drugs on Pinder Lane in Key West. They saw 61 year old Hugo Valdes going back and forth between a beige colored van and a number of vehicles which would pull up to him on the street. They confronted him and he denied dealing drugs. They asked if they could search his van and he agreed. Inside, they found cocaine hidden in the driver's door, the driver's visor and in Valdes' wallet.

The detectives then asked Valdes for permission to search his residence on Big Coppitt Key. He agreed to the search. They responded to the home on Mars Lane, bringing with them a Key West Police K-9 team. The dog alerted underneath the residence and a searched turned up 200 grams of cocaine hidden in a bag inside ductwork. Valdes was arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

October 6, 2006

Search Warrant leads to arrest for drugs

Key Largo - A search warrant Thursday afternoon at a Key Largo home led to the arrest of a man for possessing drugs.

The search warrant was served by detectives from the Special Investigations Division and the the Sheriff's Upper Keys Detective Division just before 4 p.m. Three men were at the residence, located at 704 Largo Road. During the search, detectives found over 8 ounces of marijuana, powder and crack cocaine along with drug paraphernalia including scales used to weigh illegal drugs and a strainer with cocaine residue on it.

One of the three men found at the home, 25 year old Angel Ortega, told detectives all the drug related items belonged to him. He was placed under arrest and charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. Detectives seized $1,380.00 found at the residence as possible proceeds from drug sales.

October 5, 2006

Men arrested for stolen auto, fleeing from deputies

Plantation Key - Two men caught in a stolen truck were arrested after fleeing from deputies.

Deputy Patrick Crozier spotted the stolen truck just before midnight Wednesday on Plantation Key. The truck was reported stolen to the Key West Police Department earlier in the week. The driver of the truck apparently saw the deputy as well because he turned sharply into a gas station parking lot, drove through the lot and onto the Old Highway, northbound. The deputy followed with his lights and siren activated. The truck turned off the highway onto Schooner Bay Drive and then suddenly stopped. The driver, 25 year old Justin Jones of Key West and the passenger, 28 year old Gayan Moran of Key West, jumped from the truck and began to run.

Deputy Crozier saw Moran flee north on Schooner Bay Drive and saw Jones run into an adjacent wooded area and hide. He ordered Jones out of hiding, but Jones refused. Crozier grabbed Jones and they struggled. Jones broke away and ran just as back up officers were arriving. Deputies set up a perimeter surrounding the area where Jones fled. He was spotted a short time later. He was tackled by Deputy Crozier as he ran and the two struggled again until Deputy David Minor arrived. Deputy Minor used his Taser to subdue Jones and he was taken into custody.

Moran managed to escape the perimeter set up by deputies. A notice to be on the lookout was issued. This morning, day shift deputies received the BOLO and were watching for him. Sgt. Dennis Coleman spotted Moran walking along the highway near the 88 mile marker. Moran was taken into custody without incident. Both men were charged with fleeing from law enforcement officers and with theft of a vehicle. Jones was further charged with resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer. Both men were booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

Key West man faces drug charges

Stock Island - Detectives acting on an anonymous tip arrested a Key West man Wednesday on drug charges.

Detectives from the Special Investigations Division received an anonymous tip that 26 year old Glenn Hanes was in possession of crack cocaine. They also got a cell phone number for him and called to set up a meeting with him to purchase crack cocaine in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant on Stock Island.

On Wednesday just before 4 p.m. a blue car with Hanes driving pulled into the parking lot. Hanes threw a piece of paper into a car driven by an undercover operative. The paper contained four large crack rocks. The operative then paid Hanes $200 in cash and Hanes was placed under arrest for sale of the illegal drugs.

After he was handcuffed, as he was being led to a transport vehicle, Hanes broke away from detectives and began to run. As he was running he threw a plastic bag onto the ground. The bag was recovered and contained more crack cocaine. Hanes was apprehended a short distance away. He was further charged with escape, resisting arrest and possession of cocaine and he was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.

October 4, 2006

Man arrested in Georgia for sexual battery on a minor while in the Keys

Key Largo - A Georgia man was arrested in that state Tuesday, charged with 34 counts of sexual battery on a young girl while he lived in the Keys in the 1990s.

The victim, who is now 21 years of age, came forward to report the incidents recently. She told Detective Linda Mixon that 35 year old Danny Daugherty sexually molested her at least 34 times in the Florida Keys starting in 1992 when she was 7 years old. Detective Mixon worked with the Charleston County Sheriff's Department in Georgia as well as with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to apprehend Daugherty, who is now in custody in Folkston, Georgia.

According to the detective, Daugherty is also under investigation in at least three other counties in Florida for related crimes. Daugherty will be returned to Monroe County where he is charged with 34 counts of sexual battery on a child.

Key Largo woman caught with marijuana

Key Largo - A Key Largo woman was arrested in the early morning hours today for driving drunk, and for possessing marijuana.

44 year old Jacqueline Corral was spotted by Deputy Edgar Piniero driving erratically and speeding at 2:20 a.m. at the 101.5 mile marker of highway U.S. One. He pulled her over and found her to be intoxicated. She failed field sobriety exercises and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.

A subsequent search of her car revealed 99 grams of marijuana, packaged in a number of plastic bags inside a purse on the front seat. Corral was further charged with possessing a felony amount of marijuana and she was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center.



Questions or Comments?
Contact Deputy Becky Herrin, Public Information Officer and Web Author or Sheriff Rick Ramsayvia e-mail
For other phone and e-mail contact information, see the "Contact Information"

Labelled with ICRA