Three arrested for heroin in traffic stop



Two Big Pine Key residents and a Naples man were arrested Sunday evening after more than an ounce of heroin and other drugs were found during a traffic stop.


Cory Arthur, 43, of Big Pine Key, and James Barrs, 57, of Naples, Florida, were both charged with trafficking in heroin, possession of methamphetamine. Barr was additionally charged with warrants stemming from violating conditions of his pre-trial release from a previous arrest.


Nicole Webb, 33, of Big Pine Key was charged with possession of heroin and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.


A Deputy conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle at approximately 4:50 p.m. Arthur, Barrs and Webb were inside.


K9 Coral alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle.


Thirty-six grams of heroin, four grams of methamphetamine, 14 Gabapentin pills (a painkiller, anticonvulsant and controlled substance) and a small amount of marijuana were found in the vehicle.


All three were taken to jail.



No reported injuries in house fire


Deputies blocked roads in the neighborhood around 29 Bahama Avenue in Key Largo Sunday morning for safety reasons following a house fire.


Deputies and firefighters responded at approximately 9:12 a.m. Flames were exiting the roof at that time. The home was vacant upon their arrival.


The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Tourist dies in snorkeling incident


A 42-year-old North Carolina woman died at Lower Keys Medical Center on Stock Island Sunday evening after being rushed there following a snorkeling incident near the Sand Key Lighthouse.


Erica Michelle Brown — what North Carolina town she was from was not immediately clear — was pronounced dead at the hospital at approximately 5:35 p.m.


The Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 5:19 p.m. that a female was being transported by the U.S. Coast Guard from Sand Key Lighthouse to waiting paramedics ashore.


Brown was snorkeling with family and friends on  a Fury Watersports boat when she reputedly began signaling for help. CPR began on the boat and continued on the U.S. Coast Guard boat.


Autopsy results are pending.



Card Sound Road and County Road 905 intermittently blocked for commercial on Wednesday


A video production company will be filming a vehicle tire commercial from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, on Card Sound Road and County Road 905.


Card Sound Road will be closed in both directions intermittently between those times for approximately seven minutes at a time.


Expect intermittent delays on Card Sound Road and County Road 905 during those times.