Palmetto Bay councilman gets in fight at Gilbert’s Resort in Key Largo

Police bodycam footage shows Palmetto Bay Councilman David Singer explaining to police why he and his son got into a fight with a crowd of patrons July 15 at Gilbert’s Resort in Key Largo.

“So did he pushed you first?” an officer asked Singer.

“Yeah. He hit me first,” Singer said while holding a drink. “Yeah, I got sucker-punched first.”

“Where did he hit you?” the officer asked.

“In the mouth,” Singer said.

The police officer asked Singer to explain what happened and the councilman responded, “So they’re talking (expletive). They’re talking (expletive) while we are trying to pull the boat in, because they wouldn’t let us dock, right? All the kids are (expletive) jumping in there and the parents are like, ‘(expletive) you!’ So I’m going to a dock space. Let us pull in.”

Singer said he was forced to dock his boat in another location and then confronted the group when he got to land.

“I say, ‘You want to sit there and talk (expletive) to me? Talk (expletive) here while I’m here on the dock.’ The next thing I know, I’m getting sucker-punched,” he said.

Witnesses said it was an all-out melee, and something Singer’s son couldn’t stand to watch.

“All I see is him punched in the face,” he said. “There’s 10 of them on two of us.”

A woman, who described herself as an off-duty Coral Gables police officer, claimed that Singer grabbed her husband by the neck before he was punched.

Coral Gables police are disputing the woman’s claim that she’s an officer with their department. 

The department’s spokesman, Sgt. Tomas Salcedo, said that the woman, who he’s identified as Jodi Segovia, is an employee with the department and is currently on restrictive duty due to an internal affairs investigation.

Meanwhile, the fight between Singer and the man was over by the time police arrived.

“I just don’t like the fact that someone sits there and talks crap to me, and thinks they’re going to talk crap to me. Do it on the dock,” Singer said. 

In the end, no one was arrested, but Singer and his family were kicked out of the bar and banned for at least six months.

 

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Palmetto Bay councilman gets in fight at Gilbert’s Resort in Key Largo

Police bodycam footage shows Palmetto Bay Councilman David Singer explaining to police why he and his son got into a fight with a crowd of patrons July 15 at Gilbert’s Resort in Key Largo.

“So did he pushed you first?” an officer asked Singer.

“Yeah. He hit me first,” Singer said while holding a drink. “Yeah, I got sucker-punched first.”

“Where did he hit you?” the officer asked.

“In the mouth,” Singer said.

The police officer asked Singer to explain what happened and the councilman responded, “So they’re talking (expletive). They’re talking (expletive) while we are trying to pull the boat in, because they wouldn’t let us dock, right? All the kids are (expletive) jumping in there and the parents are like, ‘(expletive) you!’ So I’m going to a dock space. Let us pull in.”

Singer said he was forced to dock his boat in another location and then confronted the group when he got to land.

“I say, ‘You want to sit there and talk (expletive) to me? Talk (expletive) here while I’m here on the dock.’ The next thing I know, I’m getting sucker-punched,” he said.

Witnesses said it was an all-out melee, and something Singer’s son couldn’t stand to watch.

“All I see is him punched in the face,” he said. “There’s 10 of them on two of us.”

A woman, who described herself as an off-duty Coral Gables police officer, claimed that Singer grabbed her husband by the neck before he was punched.

Coral Gables police are disputing the woman’s claim that she’s an officer with their department. 

The department’s spokesman, Sgt. Tomas Salcedo, said that the woman, who he’s identified as Jodi Segovia, is an employee with the department and is currently on restrictive duty due to an internal affairs investigation.

Meanwhile, the fight between Singer and the man was over by the time police arrived.

“I just don’t like the fact that someone sits there and talks crap to me, and thinks they’re going to talk crap to me. Do it on the dock,” Singer said. 

In the end, no one was arrested, but Singer and his family were kicked out of the bar and banned for at least six months.

 

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Marathon fisherman caught with over-the-limit lobster

A Marathon man was arrested early Wednesday, on the first day of Florida’s two-day lobster mini season.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said Nicolas Moreira, 78, who works as a fisherman, was arrested after he was caught making multiple trips out on the water to bully net for lobster.

Herrin said two deputies were on patrol in Marathon keeping an eye out for violators during the beginning hours of the sport lobster season.

She said the deputies were conducting resource violation checks at the 33rd Street boat ramp at 2:30 a.m. when they were alerted about a man making multiple trips to land with lobster from his boat, which was located off the gulf side at the north end of Marathon.

Herrin said the deputies could see the boat from shore and watched Moreira as he made several trips to shore with lobsters.

Deputies and an officer from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission eventually stopped Moreira and asked how may lobsters he had.

Herrin said Moreira claimed that he had just one.

She said he indeed had one undersized lobster in his boat at the time, but said authorities then checked the trap they had seen him placing lobsters in and found 32 more live lobsters.

The lobsters were measured and returned to the water.

Moreira faces charges of possession of one undersized lobster and possession of over-the-limit lobster.

Authorities throughout South Florida will be posted up on the water and land Wednesday and Thursday searching for anyone who is violating rules of the mini season or for anyone in distress.

So far, there have been no fatalities.

Last year, a 60-year-old man died while diving for lobster off Cudjoe Key.

That is why Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials said they are patrolling offshore, listening to the emergency channel for distress calls.

Officials said a big problem is that some divers have not been in the water for a long time and make mistakes during the excitement of the hunt. 

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Keys woman accused of stealing more than $80,000 from employer

A Florida Keys woman was arrested Monday, accused of stealing more than $80,000 from her employer.

Michelle Ludwig, 34, of Marathon, is accused of writing checks to herself over and above her normal paychecks and using the scanned electronic signature of the owner to sign the checks.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said Ludwig, who was a front office manager for Marathon Garbage Service, cashed 69 checks totaling $83,443.65 on a weekly basis since February.

The company’s accountant told a sheriff’s detective that she had been asking Ludwig for company records for two months and finally received them July 17. After reviewing the records, the accountant noticed discrepancies and confronted Ludwig about them.

Ludwig admitted to stealing the money, telling the accountant that she had a drug addiction and was using the company’s money to finance her habit, Herrin said.

A remorseful Ludwig confessed to the family company’s president, telling him that she had been forging his father’s signature on the checks and that she wanted to repay the money, Herrin said.

Ronald Konrath and his family weren’t so forgiving. They notified deputies and said they wanted to press charges.

Ludwig surrendered Monday after an arrest warrant was issued. Ludwig faces 69 felony counts each of grand theft, forgery and fraud. Her bond was set at $207,000.

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Islamorada restaurant employee electrocuted while working on electronic sign

A restaurant employee in the Florida Keys was electrocuted Saturday while working on an electronic sign, authorities said.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said Roger Dinneen, 54, of Tavernier, was working on the sign Saturday morning with a co-worker at Wahoo’s Bar & Grill in Islamorada when the incident happened.

Herrin said Dinneen asked the co-worker to turn the electricity back on so he could see which lights weren’t working on the sign and asked the co-worker to get a volt meter for him.

The co-worker told detectives that he returned with the volt meter and saw that Dinneen was being electrocuted.

The man said he ran to turn off the electricity and returned to find Dinneen unconscious on the ground.

Dinneen was taken to Mariners Hospital, where he died.

Herrin said the major crimes unit is investigating the incident.

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Gas tanker overturns on U.S. 1 in Florida Keys

A gas tanker overturned Monday morning on U.S. Route 1 in the Florida Keys, authorities said.

The crash was reported at about 6:30 a.m. at mile marker 70 in Long Key. 

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies said the tanker went off the road and into mangroves.

One of its containers ruptured, spilling about 2,600 gallons of gasoline into Florida Bay, deputies said.

The driver was taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier with minor injuries. 

Fire Rescue crews “applied foam to mitigate any ignition potential and placed a spill boom in the mangroves to try to minimize runoff,” authorities said in an email.

Traffic delays were reported on the Overseas Highway throughout the morning because of the crash.

No other vehicles were involved, authorities said.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. 

 

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