Man arrested for sexual assault on a minor

U.S. Marshals arrested 46-year-old Michael Garth Miller, formerly of Marathon, Florida, on Friday near El Cajon, California, on sexual-related charges out of Monroe County.

Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit Detectives obtained arrest warrants for Miller following an investigation this year into an unlawful sexual relationship between Miller and a 16-year-old female victim.

Miller will face charges of sexual battery and sexual assault on a minor, obscene communication with a minor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Miller remained in custody in California Saturday pending extradition to Monroe County.


Murder suspect previously arrested in Oklahoma booked into Monroe County jail

Jeremiah Judson Johnson, 42, of Marathon, was booked into the jail on Stock Island Friday evening following his April arrest in Tulsa, Oklahoma for his role in the drug-related death of 42-year-old Brandon Marr of Grassy Key.

Co-defendant Ronald Meyers III, 39, also of Marathon, was arrested in February 2023. Both have been charged with murder.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of an overdose death on Grassy Key in February 2022 where Marr was discovered at a friend’s apartment. His death was caused by a combination of alcohol and cocaine use.

The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Special Operations Detectives worked with members of the Office of the State Attorney and discovered Marr had contacted Meyers several times to purchase cocaine in the hours before his death.

Meyers was unable to facilitate the transaction but made arrangements for Johnson to sell Marr the cocaine on his behalf. Detectives executed a search warrant at the suspects’ residence and obtained evidence of that communication between Meyers and Johnson. Meyers and Johnson also removed evidence from their residence upon learning Marr died.


Two arrested on drug charges

A man and woman stopped on U.S. 1 for speeding Thursday were arrested after marijuana and cash were found.

Shandericka Shaianna Grant, 23, of Villa Rica, Georgia, and Cuevas Tariq Russ, 23, of Miami, Florida, were both charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Russ was behind the wheel of a southbound vehicle traveling 57 mph in a 35 mph zone near 22nd Street in Marathon. He and Grant were the only people in the car. There was a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. More than an ounce of marijuana and $1,620 cash in suspected drug proceeds were subsequently found.

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