Gwen Filosa, The Miami Herald

Gwen Filosa

The Miami Herald

Key West, FL, United States

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Past articles by Gwen:

2 men tried to cross U.S. 1 in the Keys. Both ended up in the hospital

Two pedestrians were struck on U.S. 1 in the Middle Keys within two days and suffered serious injuries, police said. Both were trying to cross the highway when they were struck. → Read More

Coast Guard stopped 55 migrants from entering the U.S. during the 4th of July weekend

The U.S. Coast Guard reported Monday that over the long holiday weekend that started July 4, 2019, its crews interdicted 55 migrants — 33 from Cuba and 22 from Haiti — in two separate incidents. In both cases, the migrants were still at sea when stopped. → Read More

A Keys homeless man says he was beaten. He was airlifted to Miami.

A 52-year-old Florida Keys homeless man told police he was beaten by another homeless man. Injuries to his face and head were so serious that police had him airlifted to Miami. → Read More

How fast can you eat a Key lime pie? He did it in under a minute

The 2019 Key Lime Festival featured a pie-eating contest in which contestants couldn’t use their hands to devour a 9-inch pie. David Johnson devoured a Key lime pie in under one minute on the Fourth of July. → Read More

Pedestrian struck crossing U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys. He was airlifted to Miami

A Florida Keys man was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami after police said he was struck while trying to cross U.S. 1 at mile marker 50 in Marathon. He is in serious but stable condition. → Read More

This Key West superhero is still flying, but he could use some help

Tom Robinson, also known as the local super hero “Stock Island Boy” in Key West, is receiving donations to help pay medical costs for his diabetes that insurance won’t cover. Locals have also planned a benefit in July. → Read More

Were they getting a green card marriage or drugs? Police said it was drugs

A Florida Keys woman and a Homestead man were arrested on charges of trafficking amphetamines. The man said they were getting married so the woman wouldn’t be deported. Police said their car was filled with drugs. → Read More

She pawned her neighbor’s guitars while he was in jail, Florida Keys cops say

A Big Pine Key woman was arrested after police said she broke into a man’s trailer while he was in jail, stole his belongings and pawned them. → Read More

He told police he knows his rights. He’s been arrested at least 26 times

A Florida Keys man told deputies not to read him his Miranda rights since he’s been arrested “45 times,” police said. He went to jail Wednesday for misdemeanor battery and criminal damage of $200 but under $1,000. → Read More

Their small boat began taking on water off the Keys. Then, the craft flipped

A Maryland couple were rescued about 4.5 miles off Marathon on Wednesday after their small boat began taking on water, police said. They were found on top of the overturned boat. → Read More

Key West is bringing its spirit and a part of a giant flag to NYC gay pride event

Key West residents will bring a revered part of the island’s LGBTQ history to New York this weekend for the WorldPride event: a section of a 1.25-mile-long rainbow flag fabricated by rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker. → Read More

He sucker-punched a man. Now, it’s off to prison for manslaughter

Fred Hauch, 55, was sentenced to eight years for the manslaughter of a man in 2017. Hauch pleaded no contest to charges he sucker-punched a man twice, leaving him with fatal injuries. → Read More

A ‘sleeping’ dead person was found on a Key West beach, and sunbathers did CPR

A 62-year-old Key West man was found dead at Higgs Beach on Monday by passers-by. → Read More

Key lime pie is everywhere in Key West, but here are the best places to get it

Here is a list of the top 10 places to eat Key lime pie. → Read More

He fell asleep at the wheel. Then he crashed into an SUV carrying a pregnant woman

A Florida Keys man caused a head-on crash on US 1 on Thursday night after he fell asleep at the wheel on the Overseas Highway. His van crashed into an SUV, injuring Molly McClung, a pregnant driver. → Read More

Florida to launch workforce housing program, Gov. DeSantis announces in the Keys

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday announced that Rebuild Florida will launch a workforce housing construction program statewide with $140 million. The Florida Keys will receive $35 million. → Read More

He used to be the county budget director. Now he sells crack, police say

The former Monroe County budget director, Salvatore Zappulla, 56, was jailed Tuesday, June 18, 2019, after police said he sold crack cocaine to a police informant. → Read More

He was drunk while driving a dinghy. His wife died because of it.

A former Key West man was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for causing the death of his wife while he was boating while drunk. He pleaded no contest on June 14. → Read More

Can a Key lime pie seller stand outside his shop? Depends on how you slice it

Kermit Carpenter has been greeting customers outside of his Key West FL key lime pie shop for 25 years, but someone complained TO the city about it. → Read More

A tourist helicopter makes emergency water landing off Key West

A helicopter that offers island tours of Key West was forced to make an emergency water landing just after takeoff on Monday, June 17, 2019. → Read More