Key West police officers often encounter persons wanted for crimes. Part of each encounter consists of radioing dispatchers to run the personís name and date of birth on a national computer database to see if he or she is wanted. Most of them already know there is an outstanding arrest warrant on them, yet, they disobey the law and get caught - even something as simple as a burnt-out taillight can lead to being stopped by an officer, checked and arrested.
Crime Stoppers of the Keys will issue a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone wanted for a felony offense. Callers do not have to identify themselves. So, if you can tell Crime Stoppers where such a person may be found, you could end up with some cash. That number is
Jason Torrie Gandy, 32, of Key West, wanted in Tallahassee for violation of parole. Officer Gary Lovette stopped Gandy for running a red light on his bicycle, checked on him and found the warrant. The report does not say for what crime he was convicted and granted parole. Oct. 22.
Juan Sotolongo Cordova, 50, of Stock Island, for violating probation by failing a urine test. The report does not say for what crime he was convicted. Officer Frank Madiedo was called to the Probation and Parole office to pick up Cordova. Oct. 26.
An 18-year-old girl on a juvenile pickup order put out when she was still a minor. It was for issuing worthless check. Officers picked her up at her home. Oct. 26.
Howard Malcolm Jenkins, III, 42, of Key West, for two warrants out of Pinellas County: one for failing to appear in court on a charge of grand theft and the other for violating probation granted on a conviction for a crime not specified. Street Crimes Unit detectives encountered Jenkins during an investigation at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Reynolds Street. Oct. 26.
Karen Blackford, 45, of Sugarloaf Key, for failing to appear in court on a charge of disorderly conduct. An officer encountered Blackford when checking Key Plaza for vagrants. Oct. 27.
Arron Lenuel Carpenter, 26, no address, for violating probation granted on a conviction for possession of cocaine. Officers knew Carpenter was wanted and spotted him at the Schooner Wharf bar. After confirming via police radio the warrant was still active, the arrested him. Oct. 27.