Florida Keys Crime Report (where it all goes south)
Read about how bank robbers escape on bicycle and how drug runners get less jail time than a perp caught with a pinched, undersized, out-of-season lobster. The news story about the girl shaving her private parts while driving is one of my favorites.
Ummm - If I didn't live in Key West and understand the lingo - I might have misconstrued this headline... - it's a CONCH (pronounced in the Keys - konk) SHELL. The article says:
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A Florida retiree has won the women's division in Key West's annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest — and accepted a marriage proposal from a fellow competitor.
Seventy-year-old Mary Lou Smith impressed the judges Saturday with long blasts on the fluted, pink-lined shell. And when 73-year-old Rick Race proposed on stage, she accepted by joining him in a joyous duet.
In 2010, two burglars broke through the bulletproof glass to steal the $550,000 gold bar from Mel Fisher's museum.
They got away.
The security cameras have footage of the theft, so I'm assuming that the escape must have been something VERY crafty, since it took the Feds EIGHT years to find them. I'm sorry to have to keep reminding you - Key West is an ISLAND.
Post theft, Mel Fisher's museum requires all visitors to take off their hats before they're allowed to enter.
It's worked so far - no hat-less person has stolen any gold.
Did you know that before it was outlawed in 1937, hemp was used to make sail canvas? Did you know that the word "canvas" is derived from the word "cannabis"? Not surprisingly, Key West had a thriving hemp farming industry. And of course, William R. Hackley was ALL OVER that.