Marathon woman accused of attacking ex-boyfriend’s girlfriend with knife

A 38-year-old woman from Marathon was arrested Thursday for attacking her ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend, authorities said.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Lindhardt said in an email Friday that the victim told deputies that Candy Zoe Marroquin went to her house in Marathon on Saturday and banged on her door.

She said she opened the door and recognized Marroquin as her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend.

Linhardt said Marroquin swung a small black knife at the victim, cutting her on the forehead.

Marroquin then grabbed the victim by the hair, continued hitting her and then dragged her outside, Linhardt said.

Authorities said Marroquin continued to hit the victim while she was on the ground and then struck the victim’s car several times before leaving.

Deputy Frank Westerband found Marroquin at her home later that day and noticed bruises on Marroquin’s arm, Linhardt said.

Authorities said Marroquin could not say how she obtained the bruises and denied the attack.

An arrest warrant was obtained Monday and she was taken into custody on Thursday.

Marroquin faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, battery and burglary with assault or battery. She is being held in lieu of a $45,000 bond. 

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Driver killed in head-on collision on Seven Mile Bridge

A driver was killed in a head-on collision on the Seven Mile Bridge early Thursday in the Florida Keys.

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Kathleen M. McKinney said a 2009 Hyundai sport utility vehicle was traveling south on the Seven Mile Bridge about 1:45 a.m. when, according to witnesses, it veered into the northbound lane and collided with a 2015 Mitsubishi.

McKinney said the driver of the Mitsubishi was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the Hyundai SUV was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.

The identities of the drivers haven’t been released.

It wasn’t immediately known what caused the driver to veer into the opposite lane of traffic.

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2 great white sharks tracked near Florida Keys

If you’re swimming near the Florida Keys over the next few days, you may want to keep on eye out for some tourists with big teeth lurking in the ocean.

Not one, but two great white sharks are currently being tracked just south of Key West by Ocearch, a marine research organization.

The sharks, Hilton and Savannah, were tracked as recently as Monday. Both great whites are traveling back from the Gulf of Mexico where they’ve since January.

Hilton is a 12 ft., 5 inch great white weighing over 1,300 pounds. The fully mature male was tagged in 2017 by Ocearch.

Savannah is the smaller of the two sharks at just 8 ft., 6 inches. She was tracked just off the coast of Miami back on Jan. 14 as she made her way south to warmer waters.

Both sharks should pass by South Florida in the coming weeks as they make their way back up the Atlantic coast of the U.S.

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Fort Myers man faces additional charges after high-speed chase in Florida Keys

A Fort Myers man faces a number of charges, including credit card fraud, after authorities said he led deputies on a high-speed chase that spanned nearly 50 miles along the Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys.

Adam Linhardt, a spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, said a deputy spotted Michel Campos Cordova, 42, driving his truck erratically near mile marker 63 of the Overseas Highway around 1 p.m. Friday. 

The deputy stopped the truck and discovered that Campos Cordova’s license was suspended, Linhardt said. The deputy ordered Cordova out of the vehicle, but he refused and fled north, Lindhardt said.

Other deputies as well officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission then joined the pursuit of Campos Cordova, Lindhardt said. He ran through several sets of spike strips as he fled, Lindhardt said.

During the chase, Cordova was driving the wrong way on the highway at one point, Lindhardt said.

Deputies said Campos Cordova finally surrendered around mile marker 117 on the Miami-Dade County side of the highway after his truck slammed into a fence. FWC officers arrested him after he came to a stop and put his hands up out his truck window, Lindhardt said. 

The tires of Campos Cordova’s truck were so damaged by the spike strips that they were down to the rims, deputies said. 

A search of Campos Cordova and his truck uncovered seven fraudulent credit cards and a marijuana cigarette, Lindhardt said. Authorities believe Campos Cordova had stolen credit card information from at least six different people.

Campos Cordova is currently being held in the Monroe County Detention Center on Plantation Key on $150,000 bond.

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Marathon man sentenced for killing man who made unwanted sexual advances

A Florida Keys man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally stabbing another man who made unwanted sexual advances toward him.

Kyle Miller, 30, of Marathon, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder Tuesday and was sentenced by a Monroe County judge to 25 years in prison.

Miller was arrested in April 2017 after he used a kitchen knife to stab Andre Howard to death in a mobile home in Marathon.

Detectives said Miller told them Howard made unwanted sexual advances toward him and refused to stop, prompting Miller to grab the knife and stab Howard in the chest.

A newspaper delivery driver found Howard’s body on the side of the road in the mobile home park and called 911.

Detectives said Miller stole a Cadillac El Dorado that belonged to Jack Belknap, who owned the mobile home. Miller was eventually pulled over and taken into custody in Tavernier.

Howard’s father said Miller had been friends with his son for about a year, so he found it difficult to believe that Miller would just leave him for dead. Cardell Johnson said he forgives but won’t forget what Miller did.

“I don’t see any humility in Mr. Miller,” Johnson said. “I don’t see any remorse.”

Miller also pleaded no contest to grand theft of an automobile. He will receive 380 days of credit for time served while in jail awaiting trial.

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Homeless man accused of starting brush fire on Big Pine Key

A homeless man was arrested after deputies said he caused a brush fire Friday on Big Pine Key.

Edgar Messenger, 49, faces charges of malicious land burning and failure to control or report a dangerous fire.

Adam Linhardt, a spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, said Messenger started a fire in a shopping cart in a wooded area where he lives near 24th Lane and Wilder Road. The fire got out of control, burning a half-acre of land and prompting some residents to evacuate their homes, Linhardt said.

The fire comes almost two weeks after a large brush fire destroyed one home and burned about 100 acres on Big Pine Key. Authorities said the two fires were unrelated.

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