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Local/State News for week ending 6/28/2008

Sheriff: Lakewood Ranch Bank
Robbers, Whitney Bank Attempt
Robbers Still At Large
(New Color Photos)

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, the two men who robbed the Wachovia Bank in Lakewood Ranch on Wednesday, and tried to rob the Whitney Bank on Tuesday, are still at large.


Surveillance photos, Wachovia Bank, Lakewood Ranch

At approximately 4:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, deputies responded to an armed robbery at Wachovia Bank located at 8410 Market St., in Lakewood Ranch.

According to a report from the sheriff's office, two men went to the Wachovia Bank in an older model dark green Ford Expedition and entered the bank with pistols.

While one man, a White male, stood in front of the teller line and demanded money from the two tellers, the other man, a Black male leaped over the line and demanded money from the sole drive-through teller.

They fled the bank less than one minute later with nearly $9,000 in cash.

The men are described as a Black male, approximately 5'10" tall, weighing 150 pounds, with short dreadlock style hair, last seen wearing a long dark T-shirt and long black Ecko shorts and a grey ball cap; and a White or Hispanic male, approximately 5'08"-5'10" tall, weighing 190 pounds, last seen wearing a yellow T-shirt with script writing and light colored jeans and a black ball cap with a white ladder-type design.

Surveillance images were obtained of the two from the Wachovia Bank and can be seen above.


Surveillance photos, L to R, White male suspect alone,
pic of both suspects, SunTrust Bank, Sarasota

In a new development, detectives have learned that the suspects who robbed the Lakewood Ranch Wachovia Bank on Wednesday were in a Sarasota SunTrust Bank on Clark Road approximately one hour before the Wachovia robbery. The suspects entered the Sarasota bank but did not commit a robbery, according to Dave Bristow, spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Violent Crimes Task Force Detective Bill Waldron told NewsManatee late Wednesday night, "They are going to be the same suspects from yesterday's attempted bank robbery at the Whitney Bank in the 9000 block of State Road 70 East, in Bradenton."

The sheriff's office reported an attempted robbery at Whitney Bank, 9000 State Road 70 East, on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at about 1:30 p.m. The report said two men tried to enter the Whitney Bank in an apparent armed robbery attempt.

One of the tellers observed a male carrying a handgun in his right hand pulling on the business door with his left hand. However, the doors are always secure and customers have to be admitted into the bank by employees. The other suspect then walked up to the door, also carrying a handgun, and after realizing they couldn't get into the bank, both subjects ran back to their vehicle and fled onto Braden Run.

The men were described as two unknown males, wearing hooded jackets. Their faces were covered with bandanas and sun glasses and each was carrying a handgun. They were driving an older model Ford SUV, either an Explorer or an Expedition.

Any information can be directed to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Persons Crimes Unit at 747-3011, either Det. Ives at ext. 2493 or Sgt. Rampone at ext. 2519, or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, click here.

https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=348

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Crimes Against Children Detective:
Man, 51, Arrested for Sex Acts
on Girlfriend's Daughter, 14

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A detective with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children Unit has arrested Emmanuel Severe, Jr., 51, of the 2000 block of 46th Avenue West, after an investigation revealed Severe had sexual intercourse with his unnamed girlfriend's daughter, 14, and forced her to perform oral sex on him.


Emmanuel Severe, Jr.

Detective Todd Sellitto reported on June 24, 2008, a 14-year-old juvenile disclosed to her mother that she was sexually battered by the mother's live-in boyfriend, Emmanuel Severe, Jr.

The juvenile alleged that Severe penetrated her sexually and molested her breasts.

According to the arrest report, the girl also said Severe made her give him oral sex, causing her to gag and almost regurgitate.

The girl was taken to the emergency room on Wednesday, June 25, 2008, for a rape kit test. The doctor said the girl had a vaginal wound consistent with her allegations. The girl said she had been sexually inactive prior to the encounter with Severe.

According to the girl, Severe caught her chatting online on her computer and making "inappropriate comments" with others online. Severe made her get off the computer and told the girl he wouldn't tell her mother if she complied with his wishes.

Through investigative techniques, probable cause was established and Severe was arrested and ultimately confessed to the above allegations.

In addition, Severe disclosed that he had molested the victim's breast on one other occasion approximately 1 year ago.

Severe was charged with one count of Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a 14-year-old, and one count of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation.

Severe is being held without bond pending first appearance, which is scheduled for August 8, 2008 at 9:00 a.m.


Three Men Arrested for
Armed Robbery of
Man's Bank Deposit

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested three men for the Tuesday, June 24, 2008, armed robbery of a man's bank deposit at about 4:30 p.m.


Above, L to R, Carlo Pierre, Bryan Edwards and Timothy Mathews

The arrest reports of the three men said the unnamed victim had called his friend, Bryan Edwards, 18, of 5385 30th Street East, to come and pick him up so the victim could make a bank deposit.

A tan Ford Explorer arrived at the victim's location, in the 6000 block of 76th Street East, driven by Timothy Mathews, 19. His friend, Edwards was in the back seat, so the victim got in the back seat.

As soon as he did, a man later identified as Carlo Pierre, 25, of 3224 54th Drive East, who was in the front passenger seat, picked up a shotgun from under his seat and turned to the victim, pointing the shotgun at him, saying, "How much money you got on you? Give it all to me!"

The victim told Pierre he had $600 dollars on him and handed Pierre six $100 dollar bills.

The robbery vehicle then fled the scene, where it was later found at about 5:30 p.m. at the 7-11 convenience store at 5941 State Road 70 East.

The victim was transported to the 7-11 store, and identified Mathews as the driver and Pierre as the man who pointed the gun at him. He said Edwards (allegedly) was not in the vehicle at the time of the robbery.

The three men were taken into custody.

Violent Crimes Task Force Detectives Bill Waldron and Kumiko Carter arrived at the scene and searched the vehicle. They found a sawed-off shotgun under the front passenger seat. Waldron measured the gun and found it to be 12 3/4 inches, which is illegal in the State of Florida.

Det. Waldron also found 11.7 grams of marijuana in the vehicle, which turned out to belong to Edwards.

In addition, a subsequent search of the men turned up two $100 dollar bills on each of them. Mathews admitted each man received $200 dollars as proceeds of the robbery.

Pierre was charged with Armed Robbery with a Firearm and Possession of a Short-Barrel Shotgun. Edwards was charged with Armed Robbery with a Firearm and Possession of Marijuana. Mathews was charged with Armed Robbery with a Firearm.

Deputy Bryce Mead made the arrests. Deputy Ed Aleppo assisted with the arrests.

First appearance in court is scheduled for August 8, 2008. There is no bond for any of the men until that determination is made by a judge.


Woman Arrested for Child
Neglect After Child Found
Alone in Hot Car

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dianna Louise Paul, 32, of unknown address, after an infant was found strapped in a child seat in the back seat of Paul's car on Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at about 2 p.m. at Plantation Grove Mobile Home Park, 4801 9th Street East.


Dianna Louise Paul

Paul's arrest report said deputies were dispatched to the above location reference a child neglect case.

Upon their arrival, witnesses reported they heard a baby crying and found the infant unattended in a red Ford. The child was in the back seat in a child seat and the windows were down. The child was slumped over, sweating profusely and very flushed. The infant was determined to be 11 months old.

Deputies removed the child to the mobile home park office to cool down. They were unable to locate anyone in the immediate area associated with the vehicle or the child.

A foul odor was coming from the vehicle, which was determined to be from dead fish in the trunk.

A woman, later identified as Dianna Paul, approached the vehicle and was questioned as to where her child was. Paul said he was "in the car sleeping." She pointed to a lake about 100 yards away and said she had been fishing.

Paul became belligerent when she learned her baby was missing and threatened to charge the deputies with kidnapping. When deputies attempted to arrest Paul, she then began to resist and kicked a detective and a sergeant. Sergeant Christine Thomason received a bruise to her thigh.

The baby had to be taken from Paul and she was taken to the ground. She still resisted and had to be stunned with a Taser to gain compliance.

Paul was charged with Child Neglect and the child was turned over to Child Protective Services.


Three Home Theater Systems
Stolen at Gunpoint By Black,
Hispanic Males, Salesman Says

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A traveling salesman told Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies two men, one Hispanic, the other Black, stole three home theater systems from him on Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at about 6:00 p.m., in the 800 block of 27th Avenue West.

The sheriff's report of the incident said the victim, Ravi Rampersad, 18, is here from the East Coast selling home theater systems out of his vehicle.

The victim was driving up and down the streets of Bradenton looking for potential buyers and drove down 27th Avenue West where he was approached the two robbers.

The victim bent down to pull out a theater system to show them, hoping for a possible sale. When he stood back up, the Hispanic male was holding a silver automatic handgun and told the victim, "Breathe and you're dead."

The Black male was also holding a silver automatic handgun, but did not say anything to the victim.

The Black male took two theater systems out of the victim's vehicle and the Hispanic male took the theater system that was on the ground.

Both suspects fled eastbound down 27th Avenue West on foot.

The theater systems were valued at $660.

Rampersad was not injured.

The robbers were described as:

Suspect #1: A Black male, 6'0" tall, 230 pounds, last seen wearing a black bandana with a black hat, a red/white striped polo shirt and black shorts, carrying a silver handgun.

Suspect #2: A Hispanic male, 6'2" tall, 200 pounds, last seen wearing a white tank top. He had a tattoo on his right forearm of a skull with teeth and was carrying a silver handgun.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Burglaries Reported to Three
Colony Lakes MHP Homes
While Victims Slept

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported three homes at Colony Lakes Mobile Home Park, in Ellenton, were burglarized overnight between Wednesday, June 25, 2008, and Thursday, June 26, 2008. The burglaries occurred between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., according to the report.

The report said unknown person(s) entered into three residences inside Colony Lakes MHP.

There was no forced entry to two of the residences.

The third residence had a screen cut, then person(s) reached inside to unlock the door.

Once inside the residences, person(s) stole cash, wallet/purse, jewelry, and a cell phone.

All residences were occupied at the time of the burglaries.

A spokesman for the sheriff's office identified the addresses as: 7920 DeSoto Drive, 4115 Countryside Drive and 3912 Oakwood Drive.

The victims were identified in the report as Agnes Hunt, 62; Deborah Youngs, 52; and Marion Pratt, 90.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Attempted Purse Snatch
at Cortez Plaza Reported

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an attempted purse snatching on Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at about 2:15 p.m. at the Cortez Plaza Shopping Center, 825 Cortez Road West.

The report said while the victim, Sharon Haag, 62, was standing at her car door with the door open, a Black male approached her from behind.

The man attempted to snatch Sharon's purse from her shoulder. She was able to hold onto the purse and scream.

The man let loose of the purse and fled northbound across the parking lot towards Cortez Road.

Sharon was not injured and the man was not located by responding deputies.

The would-be thief was described as a Black male in his 20s, 5'10" tall, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing jean shorts worn low, with his underwear showing.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Historical Commission Announces
Opening & Dedication Ceremony
of Advertising, Trade Card Exhibit

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On June 27, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., the Manatee County Historical Commission will officially open its exhibit of advertising and trade cards. This display was donated by Reverend Herb Loomis, a long time Methodist minister who has made Bradenton his home for many years.


Above, one of the trade cards on display showing a sewing machine ad
(Photo courtesy Manatee County Historical Commission)

Reverend Loomis became interested in early American memorabilia as a child. His mother, who was born in 1874, collected trade cards. As a child, Reverend Loomis was allowed to play with those cards when he was ill with the measles, mumps or other childhood diseases.

After his mother’s death, he rediscovered the trade cards which depict every aspect of Victorian American life. They reveal that meals cost twenty five cents, men’s suits, eleven dollars, and a buggy, sixty five dollars.

Reverend Loomis began collecting his own cards and over time accumulated hundreds of cards, pictures, and posters which he generously donated to the Manatee County Historical Commission.

They are now on display in the Wiggins Store at the Manatee Village Historical Park.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony. The Advertising Exhibit is on display at the Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida. Park hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Manatee County Court Fees
To Increase July 1, 2008

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Effective Tuesday, July 1, 2008, over 140 court-related fees will increase.

The Florida Legislature passed and Governor Charlie Crist signed the bill, CS/SB 1790, into law.

The law’s increases in fees range from modest increases, such as an extra 50 cents to certify a public record, to the doubling of fines for offenses such as Driving under the Influence.

The legislation also includes some new fees such as a $295 to file a counterclaim, cross-claim or third party complaint.

An updated list of fees is available on the Manatee County Clerk’s website, www.ManateeClerk.com.

While the Clerk’s office does collect these court-related fees, the Clerk’s office does not receive any additional revenues from these increases as the revenues are turned over to the State of Florida’s court system.


Sarasota county Issues
Rabid Raccoon Alert

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office issued a Rabid Raccoon Alert on Thursday, June 25, 2008.


Above, a rabid raccoon

On Friday, June 20th, 2008, Sheriff’s Office Animal Services received a call that a raccoon had attacked a citizen’s domestic animals in the Whispering Oaks subdivision.

The raccoon subsequently tested positive for rabies.

Residents are reminded not to feed or approach wildlife and to warn children to avoid any animal that they are unfamiliar with, and to have their domestic animals vaccinated.

Any questions regarding rabies should be directed to the Sarasota County Health Department at (941) 861-2900.


Armed Home Invasion Robbery
Reported in Sarasota County

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reported an armed home invasion robbery at 4272 Berkshire Drive.

On Thursday, June 26, 2008, at about 3:15 p.m., deputies responded to the incident.

The unnamed victims said two Black males forced their way into the residence. They were both armed with black handguns.

Both victims were tied up and one victim was hit in the head with a gun.

The invaders fled the scene in a cream-colored late model Ford SUV. There was possibly a third person in the vehicle, but no description was obtained.

It is unknown exactly what was taken.

The two robbers were described as both Black males. One was heavyset and he was wearing a gray T-shirt. There was no further description of the other man.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office District 1 Criminal Investigations Bureau at (941) 861-4900.


Police: Female Teacher, 60,
Had Sex with Two Teen Boys

PALM BAY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A 60-year-old teacher is accused of having sex with young boys, including an encounter with a student and another teen at the same time, according to Orlando television station WKMG.


Adrienne Laflamme
(Mug shot courtesy WKMG)

Adrienne Laflamme, a Brevard Public School employee taught a 17-year-old student this summer, investigators said.

After the teen was released from school, Laflamme contacted the boy and began a sexual relationship with him, police said.

They had sex at least 15 times, including an encounter where another teen boy participated, the report said.

"This woman's actions are an absolute disgrace," Detective Jasmine Campbell said.

Detectives also said Laflamme let a boy use her vehicle when she went on vacation.

When she realized she was under investigation, she falsely reported that her vehicle had been stolen, police said.

Laflamme was charged with 15 counts of unlawful sex with minors and one count of filing a false police report, WKMG reported.

There may be other victims in connection with the case, officers said.


 

~ THURSDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Five Men Rob Family at Gunpoint,
Flee; One Man Later Arrested
After Short Pursuit

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Violent Crimes Task Force Detective Kumiko Carter and several other Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to an armed home invasion in the 800 block of 59th Avenue Drive West on Saturday, June 21, 2008, at about midnight. The team wound up arresting one of the five men reported to have robbed a family of $2000 dollars in cash and a wallet, and threatened to kill a woman and her baby daughter.


Ernest Timothy Curry

According to the arrest report by Detective Carter, Ernest Timothy Curry, 18, of 3408 16th Street Court East, along with four other men, went to the 900 block of 59th Avenue Drive West. Once at that location, a witness observed three of them wearing black ski masks, long sleeve black shirts, black pants and carrying firearms. One of them had a handgun; the others were carrying shotguns.

The witness then watched the men walk from the eastern side of the duplex to the back of a duplex located in the 800 block of 59th Avenue Drive West. They then came around to the front of the duplex and entered through the front door.

The witness called 911 at that point.

According to the unnamed victims, all 5 men rushed into the house. They were all described as Black males. Two of them were approximately 5'11" tall and skinny. The third and fourth men were described as being average height and weight and the fifth man was described as being short and stocky.

Once inside, they confronted the victims, demanding to know where the money was. The victims told the men that the money was in the bedroom dresser drawer. The short stocky male pointed his pistol at the victims and had the rest of the men rummage through the house.

The female victim had her baby daughter and tried to run out the back door, but one of the men yelled at her to get back or he would shoot her and the baby, so the female victim went back and sat down.

The men took $2,000 dollars from the bedroom dresser drawer and a Playstation gaming system. One of the men then rummaged through the male victim's pockets and took his wallet and ID. Then they all fled the scene through the front door.

The witness who had called 911 saw a dark Ford Explorer leave from a parking spot. Another witness saw a tall, skinny Black male leave in a grayish sky blue Ford Explorer. He was wearing a black beanie cap a black long sleeve shirt and black colored pants. The Explorer went west on 59th Avenue Drive West.

Deputy Adam Hall was parked at the corner of 12th Street West and 60th Avenue West and saw an Explorer coming at him and attempted to stop it with his blue lights on, but the vehicle fled east on 60th Avenue.

Deputy Ben Sehorne was in the sheriff's helicopter above the scene and a short time later advised deputies that the vehicle had just crashed and rolled over. The driver fled south through some yards and over a fence.

A K-9 located the man approximately 2 minutes later. It was Ernest Curry.

When a wrecker righted the crashed Explorer, a gun was found.

Curry was charged with Armed Home Invasion Robbery.

The other four men apparently escaped...for now.


Attempted Traffic Stop Turns
Into High Speed Pursuit

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle with a fictitious license tag on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at about 4:15 p.m. That attempt turned into a high speed pursuit that wound through the streets of Palmetto, Florida, finally resulting in a capture of the driver.


Dominique R. McCloud

The sherif's office arrest report said Dep. Quiles initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that was displaying a license tag that didn't belong on that vehicle.

The vehicle pulled in to the parking lot at Mobil on the Run at 2601 Business 41 North and parked in a parking space in front of the business.

Just as Dep. Quiles opened his door to exit, the suspect vehicle drove in reverse and the left rear corner struck the front license plate holder of Dep. Quiles’ patrol car.

The suspect vehicle fled out of the parking lot by driving over the parking blocks and sidewalk of the store and got onto Business 41 and went northbound. Dep. Quiles initiated a pursuit that reached speeds of 80-100 mph.

The suspect vehicle got into Rubonia and the driver, Dominique McCloud, 20, of 4915 Memphis Road, in Ellenton, attempted to turn right on to 72nd Street Court East from Bayshore Rd. He lost control and slid in to some concrete blocks that were standing in a vacant lot on the northeast corner. McCloud exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

McCloud was subsequently caught approximately 30 feet away from the car.

The pursuit lasted for approximately four minutes. No one involved was injured.

Deputies found McCloud had secreted 4.4 grams of marijuana in one of the deputy's cruisers.

McCloud was charged with Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Fleeing to Elude, Resisting Arrest without Violence, No Valid Driver's License and Possession of Marijuana.


Two Awarded Manatee
Deputy of the Month
for June 2008

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Two Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies have been awarded Deputy of the Month for June 2008 for heroic action in removing the driver of the tanker truck that crashed at I-75 and U.S. 301 from danger.


Above, L to R, Manatee County Deputy Maxie Bragg,
Sheriff Brad Steube and Sergeant William Riley

On June 4, 2008, a fuel tanker was traveling south on I-75, when it was cut off by a vehicle coming onto the Interstate. The tanker swerved to miss the vehicle, side-swiped a van, hit the guardrail, and then went over the side of the overpass and crashed to the ground, exploding into flames.

The driver was somehow able to get out of the cab of the tractor and was laying on the ground next to the tanker.

Sergeant William Riley and Deputy Maxie Bragg were among the first units to arrive at the scene and assisted to move the driver from the scene.

He was airlifted to Tampa General but died a couple of days later.

Sergeant Riley and Deputy Bragg demonstrated heroic effort when they disregarded their own personal safety to help the crash victim, for which they are each awarded Deputy of the Month for June 2008.

NewsManatee congratulates both deputies.


Attempted Armed Robbery at
East Side Bank Reported

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an attempted robbery at Whitney Bank, 9000 State Road 70 East, on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at about 1:30 p.m.

The report said two men tried to enter the Whitney Bank in an apparent armed robbery attempt.

One of the tellers observed a male carrying a handgun in his right hand pulling on the business door with his left hand.

However, the doors are always secure and customers have to be admitted into the bank by employees.

The other suspect then walked up to the door, also carrying a handgun, and after realizing they couldn't get into the bank, both subjects ran back to their vehicle and fled onto Braden Run.

It is unknown which direction they drove from there and could not be located.

The incident was captured on surveillance tape.

A surveillance photo was not immediately available.

The men were described as two unknown males, wearing hooded jackets. Their faces were covered with bandanas and sun glasses and each was carrying a handgun. They were driving an older model Ford SUV, either an Explorer or an Expedition.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Armed Home Invasion
By Two Hispanic Males

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at about 4:30 p.m., a woman was told by two Hispanic males to "give up the drugs or she would be killed," according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The report said two Hispanic males knocked on the door of a residence in the 5800 block of 5th Street East.

The Victim, Marilu Quintananilla, 30, opened the door and the two Hispanic males pushed their way into her residence, demanding the rest of their drugs.

One of the Hispanic males was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at Marilu's face. He allegedly said he would kill her if she didn’t give them the drugs.

The two men gave up their quest and fled in a four door sedan.

Marilu obtained no injuries and no shots were fired.

Marilu was told by the suspects that they used to live at her residence before she moved in.

The area was being patrolled for suspects matching the description and a vehicle matching the description.

The two men were described as:

Suspect #1: A Hispanic male in his 30's 6'5" tall, weighing about 260 pounds, with a mustache, carrying a black semi-auto handgun and wearing a white tank top and blue jeans.

Suspect #2: A Hispanic male in his 30's 6'5" tall, weighing about 260 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing a black T-shirt with a mural of Jesus and gray pants.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Woman, 52, Victim of Armed
Robbery By Three Black Males

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a 52-year-old woman was robbed at knifepoint on Tuesday night, June 24, 2008, at about 11:50 p.m.

The report said Pauline Leonard, 52, was walking North in the 2400 block of 9th Avenue East, in Palmetto, heading to a nearby convenience store.

Leonard was approached by 3 Black males; one of them was armed with a knife.

The man with the knife told her to "Give it up."

Leonard said she held out her hand which contained $10.00 and the man grabbed the money.

All three men then fled south on foot into Oakwood Estates.

Leonard was not injured during the incident.

The three robbers were described as:

Suspect (1) Black male with dreadlocks, 5'04"-5'08" tall, unknown weight, black shirt, black pants, unknown age

Suspect (2): Black male with ponytail, light skin, 5'04"-5'08", unknown weight, blue shirt, black pants, unknown age

Suspect (3): Black male, tall, unknown further, red shirt, black pants, armed with a knife, Unknown age

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


$12.5K Worth of Air Conditioner
Condensers Stolen from
Christian Youth Academy

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Five air conditioner condensers containing copper tubing were stolen from the Christian Youth Academy at 1112 49th Avenue East over a 2-day period from June 23, 2008, through June 24, 2008, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

On Monday, June 23, 2008, Deputy Stevens responded to the Christian Youth Academy reference four air conditioner condensers which had been dismantled. The radiator portion containing copper had been taken. The estimated dollar amount was around $10,000.00 dollars.

Deputy Stevens processed for latent prints with negative results and a report was completed. A pair of pliers was located next to one of the condensers which were placed into property and evidence by Deputy Stevens.

Then, on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, Deputy Davis responded to the Youth Academy because one more condenser had been dismantled and the radiator coil had been taken, for an additional loss of approximately $2,500 dollars. Deputy Davis processed with negative results.

The Academy was advised to call in a patrol request for all hours of the day.

The information was disseminated to Sgt. Thomason and COPS West Units.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Manatee Sheriff Plans
DUI Checkpoint

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- As part of the Sheriff’s Office continuing crackdown on drunk drivers, a DUI checkpoint will be conducted this weekend.

The checkpoint will begin on major a roadway in south Manatee County on Friday, June 27, 2008, at 10:30 p.m. and conclude on Saturday, June 28, 2008, at 4:00 a.m.

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be announced.

Assisting the Sheriff’s Office with the checkpoint will be the Florida Highway Patrol, and the Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key and Palmetto Police Departments.

Also assisting will be the Manasota Chapter of M.A.D.D. and the Salvation Army.


Burglary Suspect Apprehended
By Civilian Victim

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reported the arrest of Michael Brown, 28, of Sarasota, after Brown broke into a residence and was chased and captured by the victim.


Michael David Brown

The victim in this case works out of a business located behind his residence of 5900 Mirror Lake Rd. in Sarasota, Florida.

On 6/24/08 at approximately 1:45 p.m., the victim witnessed Michael Brown forcibly entering his residence from the business location.

The victim, along with another employee, exited the business and witnessed Brown leaving through a rear door of the residence.

The victim, after a foot pursuit, was able to apprehend and detain Brown while the other employee called the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center.

After the arrival of Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies, Brown was taken into custody. Upon conclusion of the deputy’s investigation, Brown was arrested and charged with
Possession of Burglary Tools and Burglary of a Dwelling.

Anyone with further information are encouraged to contact the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office at (941) 861-5800 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (941) 366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.


Hoax Calls or Real Kidnapping
in Sarasota County?
You Be the Judge

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Two calls from an old cell phone that can only make calls to 911 has prompted the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office to look for a woman who said she had been kidnapped.

According to two Flash Reports from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at about 4:50 a.m. a 911 call was received from a woman who said that she was near Popeye's restaurant on 8th Street in the City of Sarasota and felt threatened by two Black males.

The Sarasota Police Department responded and were unable to locate anything.

Then, 12 hours later, at about 4:50 p.m., the woman called 911 saying that she had been blindfolded and was being held in a gray car, possibly a Cadillac, by a person known as "Dave Stan." The caller thought she was near a park by a highway. She said that she had seen children playing baseball and could see vehicles moving. She also said that the man was out of the car, holding a blue jug. The call ended before more information could be obtained.

Sarasota County Sheriff's ground units responded and checked all parks near I-75 and other possible locations. Dispatch told deputies the cell phone "pinged" to somewhere in that area. The sheriff's helicopter also assisted in the search. But a vehicle matching the description the woman gave could not be located. Detectives were called in to assist and bulletins were sent out to all area law enforcement agencies and statewide soon after.

Investigators have since determined that the latest call came from an old cell phone with no current account, capable of calling 911 only.

Lt. Chuck Lesaltato, spokesman for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office told NewsManatee on Wednesday, "The investigation is ongoing. At this time, we have no reason to believe the calls were a hoax."

Lesaltato asked anyone with any information to please call the Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Bureau at (941) 861-4900, or Sarasota Crime Stoppers at (941) 366-TIPS (8477).


Man Struck By Lightning
While Fishing

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reported a man was struck by lightning while he was fishing on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at about 9:20 p.m.

The report said deputies responded to 5740 Midnight Pass Road, in West Sarasota County.

Eric Troyer, the 28-year-old White male victim, was out in the water fishing when the lightning strike occurred.

He was pulled out of the water by bystanders and transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital by E.M.S.

Troyer was in a coma as of a Wednesday morning report.


Englewood Sub Shop Robbed
By Man with a Knife

ENGLEWOOD, Florida [NMT] -- On Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at about 4:15 p.m., Obee's Sub Shop, located at 240 S. Indiana Avenue, in Englewood, was robbed by a man armed with a knife, according to a report from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

According to the report, a White male armed with a 10" knife entered the business and demanded money. However, no money was taken from the business.

A search with both K-9 and a helicopter was conducted, but the man was not located.

The investigation is ongoing.

The man was described as a White male with a thin build, about 5'10" tall, wearing a brown ski mask, a tan baseball cap with the words "Grady White" on it, sunglasses, a navy blue long sleeve shirt, long dark pants and tan work gloves.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office at (941) 861-4900, or Sarasota Crime Stoppers at 366-TIPS (8477).


Firefighter Sent Girl Sex
Messages, Items, Police Say

PALM BAY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A firefighter in Central Florida is accused of sending lewd messages and sex items to a minor, according to Orlando television station WKMG.

Gary Sebastian was arrested after a month-long investigation in Palm Bay, investigators said.

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office said Sebastian made sexual comments, phone calls and even sent packages to the young woman. The packages included cigarettes, money and sex items, they said.

Sebastian faces charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and solicitation of a minor through an electronic device, WKMG reported.

He was transported to the Brevard County Jail.

 

 

~ WEDNESDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Manatee County Deputies Catch
Two in the Act of Copper Theft
from Construction Site

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men in connection with the theft of copper wire and pipes from a construction site at the end of El Conquistador Parkway in South Manatee County.


Above, L to R, Travis J. Gadd and Justin Eric Wilke

According to Sgt. Tom Frank, on June 23, 2008, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Deputy D. Olmsted observed a vehicle blacked out in front of Inspiration Terrace, Lot #18. Dep. Olmsted contacted a K-9 unit to respond as well as some additional units. While waiting for back-up, Dep. Olmsted heard what he described a a load hissing noise.

The suspects, later identified as Travis J. Gadd, 24, and Justin Eric Wilke, 25, got into the gold Oldsmobile and began to leave the area. The vehicle was stopped and a large amount of copper wire and a couple of copper pipes were observed in the back seat of the vehicle. Two wire cutters were also observed on the driver's side front seat.

Deputies went back to Lot 18, and observed all of the electrical wires that had been run, but not connected into the breaker box yet had been cut. There was also a broken copper pipe on the side of the same house. Wilke stated that Gadd had gone inside the house and he heard a snipping noise, then Gadd came out of the house with the wire and put it in the back of the car. According to Wilke, Gadd told him to wait in the car for a minute and Gadd went back up to the house. Wilke then said he heard a loud hissing noise and then Gadd returned with some copper pipe. Gadd said that Wilke helped him load up the wire and was inside the house as well. Gadd first said he got the wire from inside the dumpster and had permission from his boss to be there. His boss was contacted and stated that Gadd was not supposed to be there. Gadd then said that he was told by the electrician that he could come back and get the wire.

A representative from Gibralter Homes responded to the scene and said the two suspects did not have permission to be there. He also said that when he left for the day earlier the wire was not cut like that above the breaker box. He also said the copper pipe in the back of the car and the wire was his from Lot 18. He said the drywall upstairs has already been put up and textured, so he doesn't know if they can splice into the wire or if they are going to have to rip out all the drywall, and rerun all the wiring, because all the wiring that was cut was also marked for where it was all supposed to go. He estimated the wire at approximately 25 pounds, but has to get with the electrician to get an estimate on the total damage done to the home.

Both suspects were arrested. Gadd was arrested for Burglary and Trespassing on a Construction Site, and Wilke was arrested for Trespassing on a Construction Site, Possession of Burglary Tools, Burglary and Possession of paraphernalia.


Teen Arrested for Sexual Battery
of Six-Year-Old Girl

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Terrance Dozier, 17, of the 1800 block of 21st Avenue East, in Bradenton.


Terrance Dozier

The arrest report said on June 16, 2008, the six-year-old victim disclosed to her mother that the 17-year-old suspect had been sexually abusing her.

The mother immediately took her child to the hospital for an exam.

Law Enforcement was contacted and a detective responded to the hospital and initiated a sexual battery investigation.

The victim disclosed acts of sexual abuse to the detective in charge of the investigation and returned home after her medical exam.

The detective attempted to locate the suspect with negative results.

On June 24, 2008, Dozier contacted the detective via telephone and agreed to come to the MCSO Operations Center for an interview.

Dozier confessed to the allegations and was arrested without incident.

He is charged with two life felony charges of Sexual Battery and two counts of Lewd & Lascivious Molestation.

Dozier is known to the victim and her family.


Tables Turned On Thief;
Friend and Men Ran Off
with Stolen Booty

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police have arrested Victoria Diorio, 26, of 4860 48th Street West, Bradenton, after Diorio had two men assist her in stealing a purse from the trunk of a car and the two men and Diorio's friend then ran off with the purse.


Victoria Diorio

A BPD arrest report said an officer was dispatched to the above location regarding a theft to a vehicle.

The officer met with the complainant who said her purse was stolen out of the trunk of the vehicle. The trunk appeared damaged to the officer.

The complainant said she suspected Diorio.

The officer met with Diorio who then said she and another woman, Ashley Littlefield, attempted to open the trunk. When they couldn't, Diorio enlisted the aid of two Black males who were passing by.

Littlefield told them her purse was in the trunk with money in it and she couldn't open the trunk. Diorio said the vehicle belonged to her, the report said.

The men helped Diorio pry open the trunk and Diorio grabbed the purse.

Then, suddenly, the two men and Diorio's friend, Littlefield, ran off with the purse.

Diorio was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Conveyance.


Man Arrested for Raping Woman
in Laundry Room of Mobile
Home Park

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested David Estrada-Trujillo, 22, of the 5100 block of 14th Street West, after Estrada-Trujillo allegedly raped a woman in the laundry room of the mobile home park at that address, Wayside Glens.


David Estrada-Trujillo

During the incident, which occurred early Sunday, June 21, 2008, Estrada-Trujillo is said to have cornered the woman in the laundry room and choked her while he raped her against her will.

The woman said she was depressed and had gone for a walk within the park at about 4:30 and the man started to follow her. She tried to avoid him but he continued to follow her, she said.

The unnamed 18-year-old woman told deputies during his assault she bit his hand, which was covering her mouth. Estrada-Trujillo then bit her shoulder in response.

Deputies tracked Estrada-Trujillo to a nearby home and arrested him.

The victim identified Estrada-Trujillo as the man who raped her, according to the report.

She was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for examination with a rape kit, a sheriff's report said.

Estrada-Trujillo was charged with Sexual Battery and False Imprisonment. He was also charged a Probation Violation for original charges of DUI, Driving While License Suspended and Having No Driver's License.


Homeless Man Caught Inside
Home of Couple in New York
for Medical Treatments

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to an arrest report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, a homeless man was caught inside the home of a couple who had gone to New York for medical treatments.


David B. Lockamy

The report said David B. Lockamy, 39, had once known the Ainslies, of the 6900 block of 9th Court East, in South Manatee County. But that was about two years ago and the Ainslies hadn't had contact with him since.

However, on Saturday, June 21, 2008, following a complaint, a deputy found Lockamy inside the residence, talking on the telephone shortly before noon. There was also evidence that Lockamy had been drinking beer and eating bread and items out of the refrigerator.

Lockamy first said he was watching the house for the Ainslies. Then he told the deputy he had gained entry by using the garage door opener he found in the unlocked vehicle in the driveway.

The deputy contacted Ms. Ainslie in New York, who said she had known Lockamy at one time, but certainly didn't have permission to be in their house. She said she was in New York with her husband, who was receiving medical treatments.

Lockamy was arrested and charged with Burglary to a Residence.


Shots Fired Into House, Car,
Sheriff's Office Reports

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Early Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at about 1:00 a.m., shots were fired at a house and car in the 200 block of 31st Avenue East, in Manatee County.

A Manatee County Sheriff's Office report said unidentified person/persons fired approximately 8 rounds at a home and vehicle at the listed address.

No injuries were sustained, but EMS did respond to assist and check the victim, Unidela O'Neal, for anxiety as a result of the incident.

The home and the vehicle were damaged and evidence, shell casings and projectiles were collected.

The evidence will be processed to develop suspect information, the report said.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Seven Manatee County Students
Compete at National History Day

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Seven Manatee County students recently traveled to College Park, Maryland, to compete at National History Day. These students won first or second place at Florida History Fair in May and represented the state of Florida at the National competition. They are:

Junior Individual Performance:
Angelina Barnard, “Old World vs. New World: Conflict and Compromise as Italian Americans,” King Middle School, Grade 7

Junior Individual Documentary:
Peyton Thomas, “Orphan Trains: A Journey of Hope,” Bradenton Christian Schl, Grade 6

Senior Group Performance:
Justine Rizzo, Elora Czaia, Adam Gomes, Stephen Mida, and Cody Glasgow, “Conflict in the Newsroom, Kids on Strike: The Conflict and Compromise Story of the Newsboy Strike of 1899,” Bradenton Preparatory Academy, Grade 11

Justine Rizzo, Elora Czaia, Adam Gomes, Stephen Mida and Cody Glasgow were among fourteen entries in their category to be selected for further competition. They placed eleventh among students from all over the United States and its territories.

For more information about Manatee County History Fair, contact the Manatee County Historical Commission, (941) 749-7165.


SPD Says Super 8 Motel
Robbed at Gunpoint,
Man Arrested

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- At approximately 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 23, 2008, the Sarasota Police Department responded to a reported armed robbery of the Super 8 motel, located at 4309 N. Tamiami Trail.


Mario J. Harris

The caller to 911 said that a Black male armed with a handgun had just robbed the front desk clerk at the motel. An off-duty police officer passing by the hotel when the call was dispatched stopped and was able to relay additional information in an expedient manner.

With the information provided to the off-duty officer by witnesses on scene, officers were able to locate the robber on a side street, a short distance from the motel, next to a stolen vehicle. The man fled eastward into a park and adjoining neighborhoods upon spotting officers.

Witnesses helped assist officers as they tracked the suspect by pointing officers in the direction the man was observed fleeing. The man attempted to flag down motorists and offered money to one motorist to give him a ride from the area. This motorist called this incident into 911 and provided the location of the encounter. Another motorist, on a scooter, stopped an officer advising the man had attempted to gain a ride on her scooter. Based on this information, officers were able follow his direction of travel and he was observed running into a wooded area near the 3800 Block of N. Central Avenue.

The canine unit responded and tracked the man in this wooded area. The man received a dog bite during this incident due to his failure to surrender.

The man was identified as Mario J. Harris, 32.

The vehicle that Harris was observed near was reported stolen out of St. Petersburg sometime after midnight Sunday night, June 22, 2008, SPD reported.

Harris was charged with Armed Robbery, Grand Theft Auto and No Valid Driver's License. He remains in the Sarasota County jail without bond.


Man Wanted for Vehicle Burglary,
Credit Card Fraud By Sarasota
County Sheriff's Office

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating the possible vehicle burglary and subsequent use of credit cards taken from the vehicle by an unidentified male.

The credit cards were then used to make purchases at store locations in Sarasota, including CVS Pharmacies, Wal-Mart & Walgreens.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 18-25 years of age, average build, with a “buzz” cut and facial hair. He was last seen driving a white four door vehicle, possibly an older model Oldsmobile.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident should contact the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office District I Criminal Investigations Bureau at (941) 861-4900. They may also leave anonymous information on the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (941) 366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.


Teen Fights Gator After
Gator Rips His Arm Off

OKEECHOBEE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A man whose arm was ripped off his body by an 11-foot alligator survived the attack by gouging its eyes during its death roll, according to Orlando television station WKMG.

Kasey Edwards, 18, was swimming with some friends at Nubbin Slough, a canal near Lake Okeechobee, Sunday when he was attacked

Edwards said he was face-to-face with the gator during the attack.

Edwards said during the fight with the alligator, he was not aware he was missing an arm.

The alligator was captured and Edwards' arm was found inside its stomach, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The arm was too damaged to reattach, officials said.

Edwards said his two friends brought him to shore and kept him from bleeding to death. He said he owes his life to them, WKMG reported.

 

 

~ TUESDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Manatee County Man Re-Elected
State Crime Stoppers President,
Says Manatee County Crime
Stoppers Executive Director

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, June 12, 2008 at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Association of Crime Stoppers (FACS) in Altamonte Springs, Florida, Steve Rowland, President of Manatee Crime Stoppers, was re-elected as President of the statewide organization, Manatee County Crime Stoppers Executive Director Frank Brunner announced Monday.


Above, Steve Rowland

FACS members include thirty Crime Stoppers programs across the state of Florida, providing assistance to Law Enforcement in 60 Florida counties. Their mission is to assist Law Enforcement by providing monetary rewards to anonymous tipsters in an effort to make Florida a safer place to live and work.

Rowland, who was elected Vice President in 2006, assumed the Presidency last June when Past President Jack Sullivan of Miami-Dade County, resigned for medical reasons.

“We have big plans for the next two years”, remarked Rowland. "During my first year, we experienced great things, including the release of over 70,000 decks of Unsolved Homicide Playing Cards into the Florida State Prison System. That alone was remarkable, but the fact that two cases have already been solved as a direct result of tips made from inmates who received the cards makes the initiative a phenomenal success." The second case, involving the homicide of Ingrid Lugo in Bradenton, has already resulted in a conviction earlier this spring.

In the last six years alone, Crime Stopper programs in Florida have generated well over 162,000 tips, leading to the arrest of nearly 24,000 wanted persons, almost $16,000,000 in recovered stolen property, over $44,000,000 in narcotics seizures and over $4,600,000 in rewards paid. These staggering statistics are even more impressive when you consider that local Crime Stopper programs are private non-profit organizations that provide their assistance and resources without any tax dollars.

Rowland stated that his goals for the next two years of his term include enhancing public awareness about the Crime Stopper program statewide and expanding the program to the final 7 Florida Counties that do not have a program. Additionally, Rowland would like to expand partnerships with the Attorney General, State Law Enforcement agencies and other local crime stopper programs to target illegal gang activity, violent crime and drug related crimes.

Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube, a big supporter of the local program remarked, "Steve is an example of how citizens can get involved to make our community a safer place. He has worked hard to make Manatee Crime Stoppers a great success and a tremendous resource for Manatee County Law Enforcement and I have no doubt he will make a positive impact at the state level as well."


Four Air Conditioners Stolen
By Team of Four, Who Were
Arrested, Thanks to Citizens

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Four people, including a woman and three men, one of whom was arrested just ten days ago for another burglary, were arrested on Sunday, June 22, 2008, after they stole four air conditioners from a Bayshore Condos storage shed in the 2000 block of Flamingo Blvd.


Above, L to R, Fred Gentle, Sr., Matthew Evans, Kevin Ingles and Darcy Ingles

According to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, a burglary call was dispatched at about 10:15 p.m. that four air conditioning units had just been taken from a work shed by four subjects driving a silver pickup truck.

Lieutenant William Vitaioli notified the responding unit, to include Deputy Cristello, that the vehicle fit the description from an e-mail about Fred Gentle and Kevin Ingles. Deputy Cristello was told to go to Gregory Estates 3200 20th street West to wait for the vehicle to possibly arrive as the suspects live in that neighborhood.

At 10:25 p.m., Deputy Cristello observed the vehicle with the stolen items plainly visible in the truck bed. A traffic stop was initiated and all four subjects were arrested.

Lt. Vitaioli responded to the scene to take photos of the truck with the property in it.

The complainant who called in the incident resides in the 2000 block of Sunset Drive. She saw the incident take place and her husband was able to take several photos of the vehicle and tag H66-52M, to include one of the suspects before they fled the area. The photos of the tag matched the photos Lt. Vitaioli took of the suspect vehicle.

The manager of Venture Rentals, owners of the air conditioners, Kristine Osterling, heard the alarm in the work shed go off and turned on a video recording camera in the shed. This captured the suspects committing the burglary.

Employees from Venture Rentals responded to Gregory Estates and took possession of the air conditioning units.

The vehicle was towed and Darcy Ingles, 29, who was driving, was charged with No Drivers License as well as Accessory to Burglary.

The others were arrested and charged with Burglary. They are: Matthew Evans, 33; Kevin Ingles, 42; and Fred Gentle, 40.

One of the four men, Fred Gentle, was arrested just ten days ago for another burglary.

According to NewsManatee archives, Deputy Kevin Vreeland spotted Fred V. Gentle, 40, and his son, also named Fred Gentle, 14, walking through the parking lot of Ryder Bike in the 2000 block of Cortez Road on Friday, June 13, 2008, at about 1:00 a.m.

The father was carrying a six pack of beer and the boy was carrying a weed eater. The boy told deputies he took the weed eater while his father acted as his lookout.

The father was arrested and charged with Burglary and Child Abuse. The boy was charged with Burglary and Violation of Probation.


70-Year-Old Woman Refuses
To Be Robbed, Tails Would-Be
Robber, Cops Arrest Him

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Sunday, June 22, 2008, at about 9:45 p.m., a spunky 70-year-old woman refused to give a man her money, instead following him to a hiding place while calling the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, who arrested the man.


Alberto Chelen-Maroquin

According to a report from the sheriff's office, the victim, JoAnn Starcher, 70, came out of the Save-A-Lot store at 5631 14th Street West and was walking through the parking lot to her vehicle.

The suspect, later identified as Alberto Chelen-Maroquin, 21, of 5100 14th street West, popped up between two vehicles and in English said, "Give me all your money."

Ms. Starcher replied, "You can go to hell in a hand basket."

The suspect then ran northwest through the parking lot, crossing 14th street, then ran to 1416 55th avenue West and hid behind a privacy fence.

Ms. Starcher chased Maroquin in her vehicle and called the sheriff's office as the suspect hid behind the fence.

Deputies arrived on scene and Maroquin was taken into custody.

No injuries occurred during the incident.

Maroquin implied that he did not speak English, but when asked biographical questions by Lt. William Vitaioli, he was able to respond in English.


Bradenton Police Detective
Seek Public's Help Locating
Credit Card Fraud Suspect

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- According to the Bradenton Police Department, on Wednesday, June 18, 2008, the man pictured below entered into the CVS Pharmacy, 520 1st Street West, Bradenton, Florida, and purchased $150.00 worth of AT&T Prepaid Gift Cards.

The man paid for the gift cards using a stolen "skimmed" credit card number.

The victim resides in Jacksonville and has her credit card in her possession.

The photograph shows the man wearing what appears to be a uniform shirt of some sort with shoulder patches, name, and award ribbons.

Bradenton Police Detective Giddens is requesting the public’s assistance to help identify the man pictured above.

Anyone having information with regards to this incident is asked to call Detective Jeremy Giddens at the Bradenton Police Department, (941) 932-9313 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Man Steals Weedeater
On a Dare, He Tells Cop

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- James Kevin Nipper, 38, a homeless man, told Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies he stole a weedeater on a dare from his friends.


James Kevin Nipper

On Thursday, June 19, 2008, at about 4:45 p.m., Nipper was in a white van with two other men when the van stopped at a residence in the 700 block of 64th Avenue West.

Nipper got out of the van, ran up to a covered area of the residence, took a weedeater and got back in the van, which then fled the area, according to the homeowner.

The resident got in his car and followed the van, while calling 911.

The van stopped at 6107 5th Street West and all three individuals were confronted by the victim of the weedeater theft who had followed them.

Two of the men left the scene prior to the arrival of deputies.

Nipper was arrested and charged with Burglary.

Nipper told Deputy Brian Moreland the men he was with had dared him to take the weedeater, so he did.


Crosley Collection Donated
to Manatee County Clerk

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On June 16, 2008, R.B. “Chips” Shore, Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller, formally accepted a donation of sixty artifacts and several hundred documents related to the life of Powel Crosley and his son, Lewis Crosley. The collection was donated by Steve Belack who befriended Lewis Crosley before his death in 2000. Belack wanted researchers and historians to have access to the documents, photographs and memorabilia while knowing that it would be cared for properly.


Above, Steve Belack and R.B. "Chips" Shore

In June of 2006, Mr. Belack approached Shore about placing the collection at the Manatee County Historical Records Library, a division of the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court’s Historical Resources Department. At the dedication ceremony, Shore stated, "When Steve Belack approached me about a permanent home for his collection of Crosley memorabilia, I knew right away that this would be a great asset to our Historical Records Library. We seek to be a place where historians can research the history of Manatee County, and I know that many of them will come to see the collection Steve donated to us."

Shore continued, "Although his time in Manatee County was short, Powell Crosley made a significant impact not only on our community, but our entire nation and the world. These items reflect the wide reach that Powell had upon communications and technology. Thanks to Steve’s generosity, this important collection was saved and placed where the citizens of Manatee County and students of history can utilize this information."


Above, the Crosley Xervac hair restoration device

Included in the donated artifacts are a bomb nosepiece, several Crosley radios and a Crosley Xervac, which was developed to stimulate and aid in the growth of hair. In the paper files is a letter signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt. The collection was so large that it took historians over a year to catalogue, store and display the items. All of the memorabilia is on display at the Manatee County Historical Records Library, 1405 4th Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida. Library hours are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. For more information, call (941) 741-4070.


Homeless Man's Bicycle
Stolen By Two Thugs

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Sunday, at about 7:30 p.m., a man had his bicycle ripped from his hands by two thugs, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The report said the victim, Wayne Rafter, 48, rode up to the Discount Beverage store at 2615 14th Street West, where he was approached by two man.

The two men shoved him off his bicycle, then took off, one riding and one running.

Rafter, a homeless man, suffered only a small scrape on his elbow and lost his bike, valued at $5.

The thieves were only described as two Hispanic males, of unknown age or further description.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Burglar Enters Palmetto Couple's
Home Twice During Two Nights

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Last weekend, a burglar stole items from a Palmetto couple by entering their home at Sun Key Mobile Home Park in the 8700 block of 28th Avenue East, in Palmetto, while they were sleeping on two separate nights, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The report said sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2008, and 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, June 22, 2008, unknown person(s) entered into the rear of a residence. The residence was occupied. The residents were not aware of the entry until the next morning.

Once inside, the person(s) stole a purse, a wallet and jewelry.

The second burglary occurred between 1:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. overnight on Sunday, June 22, 2008, into Monday, June 23, 2008.

In that second burglary at the same location, the person(s) cut the screen to a rear patio. Then the person(s) unlocked the rear sliding door to the patio. Nothing was missing from with the patio.

During these two investigations, additional property was found, but it did not belong to either burglary victim. That property was placed into Property and Evidence at the sheriff's office District III substation.

At the time of this report, it was undetermined if this found property was from another burglary that had occurred and was not discovered yet.

Deputies did process both burglary scenes and was able to obtain latent fingerprints.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Man Selling Meat, Seafood
at Migrant Camp Robbed

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Saturday, June 21, 2008, at about 8:30 p.m., a man visited a migrant camp in Parrish to sell meat and seafood and wound up getting robbed, he told Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies.

The victim, Francisco Gonzalez, 26, reported money was snatched from his hands at the camp, located at 19746 State Road 62 East, in Parrish. Gonzalez was selling meat and seafood for the "Cattle Exchange Co."

After selling shrimp to one Hispanic male, another Hispanic male approached and said that Gonzalez gave the wrong change. When Gonzalez showed the unknown Hispanic male the money he had, the man snatched the money from his hand, Gonzalez said.

The suspect fled the area in a light blue Grand Marquis 4-door with two other Hispanic males.

Gonzalez was not injured.

He waited until 9:00 a.m. the next morning to report the incident.

The robber was described as a Hispanic male, with tattoos on both arms and a pony tail.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Stabbing of Two Men Reported
By Sarasota Police Department;
It Was About A Woman

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department is investigating a stabbing incident that involved two men arguing over a woman. The woman was present during the incident.

According to officers on scene and information provided by investigating detective, Ken Halpin, the two men received knife wounds as a result of the fight that occurred at 1869 Fruitville Road, an abandoned residence in the city on Sunday, June 22, 2008.

One man, identified as Frank Driggers, became involved in a dispute with another man, later identified as Arthur Mayhew. Driggers first offered Mayhew a beer and when Mayhew accepted it, Driggers sliced Mayhew in the abdomen with a knife. Mayhew fought back and took the knife from Driggers. During the struggle, Driggers received several cuts and was subsequently beaten by Mayhew.

Mayhew and the unidentified woman left the residence and notified a pastor at a nearby church that Driggers was in need of medical attention and where he could be located.

Sarasota Police personnel and Sarasota County Fire/Rescue responded and found Driggers.

Driggers was flown to Bay Front Medical Center by BayFlight helicopter due to his injuries.

Mayhew was located in the area of Fruitville Road and Orange Avenue and was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment of his wounds.

The unidentified woman was transported to the Sarasota Police Department for questioning.

Both victims are considered to be in stable medical condition at this time.


 

~ MONDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Manatee Detective Bill Waldron,
Other Manatee Deputies,
Capture Serial Burglar
in Exciting Pursuit

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- His friends call him "Dutch."  Crooks and killers mind their manners around him...most of the time.  He's one of the best detectives the Manatee County Sheriff's Office has.  He's currently assigned to the Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF).  And he gets the job done.  He's been on a roll lately.  Such was the case on Friday, June 20, 2008, when Detective Bill "Dutch" Waldron and other deputies went in search of a man who had just committed one of a series of burglaries in and around Heather Hills Mobile Home Park.


Peter E. Sampson

On that evening, at approximately 4:48 p.m., Waldron and other deputies responded to a burglary which had just occurred to a residence at 4819 4th Street West, inside Heather Hills Mobile Home Park. A description of the suspect was obtained by Deputy Eric Davis. The suspect was described as a White male, wearing blue swim suit style shorts, closely cut hair with a medium build, last seen riding a black electric motor scooter.

Waldron began checking the surrounding area for the suspect, when a short time later Patrol Supervisor Lt. William Vitaioli observed a possible suspect riding a black motor scooter into the carport of a residence located at 117 51st Plaza West, inside Heather Hills MHP.  The suspect ran into the residence then fled through a back door.

Three sheriff's office K-9 Deputies responded, along with several Patrol Deputies and Detectives with the Violent Crimes Task Force.

For approximately the next 90 minutes, the area was locked down while K-9 units and the Watch Unit searched the area for the suspect. The K-9 units kept tracking the suspect back to the same area where he was last seen by Lt. Vitaioli. After the K-9 units were exhausted due to the heat and an area search failed to locate the suspect, Waldron began canvassing the area with other VCTF Detectives, Lt. Vitaioli and Patrol Units.

Deputies located numerous electronic items and other valuables from the residence at 117 51st Plaza West, after consent to search was obtained from the homeowner. It was learned that the suspect, now identified as Peter E. Sampson, 35, had been staying there and had been bringing suspected stolen property to this location from the numerous burglaries occurring in the area. Deputy Melanie Brady began recovering the suspected stolen property which also included two safes while Waldron and the others continued to search the area for the suspect.

While interviewing residents in the area, Waldron observed a White male wearing blue swim shorts, a white T-shirt and a floppy white hat walk out of the carport at 111 51st Plaza West. The suspect looked in Waldron's direction and when challenged quickly turned around and ran to the front of the trailer.

Det. Waldron ran after the suspect and observed him enter the residence at 111 51st Plaza West. The suspect locked the front door and looked through the door blinds at Waldron. Lt. Vitaioli, Deputy Paul Harris and Deputy Scott Buird responded and surrounded the mobile home at that location.

Det. Waldron announced himself several times as a Manatee County Sheriff's Office Detective and ordered the suspect out of the residence. The suspect then attempted to break out a window on the northeast side of the mobile home and was challenged by Lt. Vitaioli. The suspect used a long screwdriver to breakout and attempt to pry open the jalousie window and threw the screwdriver at Lt. Vitaioli. The suspect then ran to the front of the mobile home, opened a front window and jumped out the window into Waldron's path.

Det. Waldron pointed his firearm at the suspect and while giving verbal commands to the suspect to stop, tackled the suspect, restraining him until Deputy Paul Harris could assist in handcuffing the suspect, who was positively identified as Peter E. Sampson.

Waldron searched Sampson and found a pair of black leather gloves inside the pocket of his shorts.  Waldron then searched the unoccupied residence and determined that Sampson had broken out a glass window pane in the front door to make entry and had taken another rectangular piece of window glass, securing it in place with clear packing tape to make it appear that the window was intact.

The inside of the residence had been ransacked and several empty jewelry boxes and ring boxes were found on the bed inside the master bedroom. Considerable damage had been caused inside the residence to the windows and front door. VCTF Detective Kumiko Carter made contact with the owner of the residence, David Hoyt, and learned the family are part-time residents and are currently in Illinois. Hoyt advised he didn’t give permission to anyone break into his residence or stay inside while he is out of town.

Sampson was arrested at 6:48 p.m. that day, just two hours after he had committed the two burglaries.

Back at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Det. Waldron interviewed Sampson and he admitted to Friday's burglaries and implicated himself in the numerous other burglaries which have occurred in the past two weeks in this same geographical area.

Sampson was charged with two counts of Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools and Resisting Arrest without Violence.  More charges are expected to follow.

Sampson was transported to the Manatee County Jail on these charges and an outstanding warrant for Violation of Parole for several other Burglary convictions. Sampson is currently being held without bond for the outstanding Parole Violation. Bonds on the other charges are $21,750.00.


Woman Slaps, Punches, Stabs
Lover with Screwdriver;
She Was Later Arrested

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Manatee County woman and her fiance got into a brawl at their residence in the 5400 block of 8th Street Court West Thursday night, June 19, 2008, at about 11:00 p.m.  The woman slapped and punched the man and then stabbed him with a screwdriver.  She was later arrested, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.


Rachelle Drinkwine

According to the report, the victim, Christopher Crigger, 22, and the suspect, Rachelle Drinkwine, also 22, are engaged and live together.

They got into an argument that turned physical when Drinkwine pushed Crigger.  He grabbed her cell phone and glasses and broke both of them.

Drinkwine then slapped Crigger on the face.

Crigger grabbed Drinkwine and fell on top of her.

Drinkwine had her eyeglass screwdriver in her hand when they fell.  Drinkwine deliberately stabbed Crigger in the left tricep area with the screwdriver.

Drinkwine also punched Crigger on the left ear.

Drinkwine was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery.

Crigger was treated at a local hospital and released.


Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Seek Missing Sexual Predator,
Two Sexual Offenders

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate one Sexual Predator and two Sexual Offenders and is asking the public's help in locating the three men.


Paul Everett Heaton, Jr.
Mug shots of Parsons and Valier
were not immediately available

1.  Paul Everett Heaton, Jr., 40, 5'11", 195lbs., brown hair, brown eyes, Sexual Offender.  Warrant for Failing to Notify DHSMV within 48 hours of a change.  Warrant for Violation of Probation (Absconding).  No bond.  His last known address is 5427 15th Street East #2, Manatee County (Oneco Motel).

2.  James Madison Parsons, 35, White male, 6'00", 140 pounds, brown hair, hazel eyes, Sexual Offender.  Warrant for Failing to Notify the Dept. 48 hours prior to moving out of state. No bond.  Last known address:  LKA: 726 16th Avenue West, Palmetto.  He is possibly in Ohio.

3.  Jimsky Emmanual Valier, 26, Black male, 6'02", 300 pounds, Black hair, brown eyes.  Sexual Predator.  Warrant for Failing to Notify DHSMV within 48 hours of a change. No bond.  His last known address is 210 24th Street NE, Bradenton.
 
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Child Protection Services, Detective Kim Zink at (941)747-3011, x1938, or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, . 

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Man, His Brother Charged with
Armed Burglary, Burglary
from Car, Tire Shop

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A man and his juvenile brother were charged with Armed Burglary and Burglary after they allegedly stole tires and speakers from in two separate burglaries at the same location on Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at about 11:00 p.m.  A deputy driving by the location caught them in the act and found a rifle in their truck, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.


Above, L to R, Edgar and Alberto Aguilar

According to the report, Sgt. Tucker, of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, was driving southbound on 24th Avenue East.  As he looked towards the east side of the roadway, he observed a Hispanic male, later identified as 15-year-old Alberto Aguilar, standing next to a vehicle at 2412 US 301 North, in Ellenton.  The deputy turned around, but the suspect had fled the area.

A perimeter was set up using other deputies and a K-9 deputy.  A female detective saw two men walking from the crime scene who quickly ran behind a building.

Thirty to forty minutes later, the two were located in drainage pipes at 2424 US 301 North.

Investigation revealed items taken in two burglaries; speakers from a car were located, as well as tires from a tire shop.

Arrested were Edgar Aguilar, 20, and his brother Alberto Aguilar, 15, both of Wimauma, Florida.


Man Wanted for Robbery,
Impersonating a Cop,
Back in Town; Busted

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Nicholas "Nick" Easterling, 29, who was wanted on warrants for Robbery and Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer.


Nicholas "Nick" Easterling

On Friday, June 20, 2008, Detective Dan Hutto received a Crime Stoppers tip stating Nicholas Easterling, who was wanted on two felony warrants for Robbery and Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer, was back in town and was at 4932 21st Way East, in Manatee County.

The warrants stemmed from a Robbery which had occurred in the K-Mart parking lot at 75th Street West and Manatee Avenue on April 22, 2008. The crime consisted of two subjects identifying themselves as Law Enforcement Officers and taking the victim’s prescription medication by force. A third subject, a female, was also charged and arrested for apparently luring the victim to that location.

On Saturday, June 21, 2008, Detective Bill Waldron followed up on this tip and enlisted the assistance of Patrol and K-9 to check the address.

At approximately 3:25 p.m., Easterling was located at the residence and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to C.I.D. for an interview but invoked his right not to speak without the presence of his attorney.

Easterling's paperwork was completed and he was taken to the Central Jail, charged with the outstanding warrants.


Man Arrested for Burglary,
Theft of Aluminum Cans

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Michael Andrew Jenkins, 28, of 2910 12th Street Court East, risked being charged with Burglary, a felony, just to snatch some aluminum cans from a fenced-in back yard in the 1200 block of 32nd Avenue East, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.


Michael Andrew Jenkins

Sheriff's Deputy David Byington reported the incident, which occurred on Thursday, June 19, 2008, at about 1:30 a.m.

Deputy Byington and Deputy Johnson responded to a burglary in progress being reported by a witness.  They observed a White male, later identified as Jenkins, inside the fenced-in area of a residence.

At first, Jenkins said he lived at the residence.  But the resident was asleep at the time and said she didn't know Jenkins.  Jenkins then changed his story and said he was just there to get aluminum cans.

Jenkins said he had been there once before earlier that day for the same purpose.

Jenkins was charged with Burglary and Petit Theft.


Palmetto Man, National Funny
Car Driver, Dies from Injuries
Suffered in Qualifying Round

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta, 46, died Saturday from multiple injuries suffered after his car went out of control and crashed in a high-speed racing accident at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, during the fourth and final round of qualifying at the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals.


Above, Mr. Scott Kalitta

Kalitta was extracted from his car by NHRA emergency services officials and transported to Old Bridge Township Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Kalitta, a two-time NHRA POWERade Series Top Fuel champion and one of only 14 drivers in NHRA history to earn victories in both premier nitro categories, earned 18 victories during his career, his last coming in Chicago in 2005 in Top Fuel.

Kalitta earned most of his racing success in Top Fuel, where he claimed back-to-back world championship titles in 1994 and 1995. He retired from racing in
1997, sitting out most of two seasons before returning for a 10-race campaign in 1999. He sat out three more seasons following that brief stint and then returned again in 2003, joining cousin Doug as a second driver for the family's two Top Fuel dragsters. 

Kalitta started his pro career in Top Fuel in 1982, running limited events for four seasons before moving to Funny Car in 1986 for his first full-season of
competition. He returned to that category fulltime in 2006. He posted a runner-up finish two weeks ago in Chicago, his 36th career NHRA final round appearance.

Kalitta is survived by his father, legendary NHRA racer and team owner Connie Kalitta; wife, Kathy; and sons Corey, 14, and Colin, 8.


Two Men Wounded in
Early Morning Shootout

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Early Friday morning, June 20, 2008, at about 2:15 a.m., several men got into a shootout and two of them were wounded, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The report said the victims, Kyle Wortman and Matthew Jackson, both White males, were at The Paper Moon strip club in the 100 block of Cortez Road West and they got into a verbal altercation with Jerome Richardson, 20, a Black male and five or six other men.

Wortman and Jackson left the club and Richardson and his friends followed them to 4809 21st Street West.

Wortman and Jackson exited Jackson’s vehicle and were standing in the carport when Richardson and the other men with Richardson began to fire rounds at Wortman and Jackson, at which time they ran towards the front door of the residence.

Wortman was struck twice in the lower body. Wortman crawled into the residence. Jackson was not hit and made it into the residence.

Richardson got out of the vehicle he arrived in and jumped in to Jackson’s GMC, which was apparently still running.

As Richardson was backing out of the driveway, according to Richardson, someone came out of the residence and began to fire rounds at the GMC. At least one round hit the front windshield and grazed the side of Richardson’s head, along with the glass hitting him in the face.

Richardson was able to drive towards his residence at 5002 18th St W. He stopped in the 1800 block of 51st Avenue West and exited the vehicle.

Richardson and Wortman were Bayflighted to Bayfront Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.

An investigation is ongoing and charges are pending. 

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, . 

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Armed Home Invaders
Get $400 from Residents;
Shot Fired, One Wounded

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Friday, at about 10:45 p.m., two armed home invaders managed to get $400 dollars from the residents of a home in the 1000 block of 59th Avenue Drive East, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The report said two unknown masked subjects armed with handguns approached Lola Anderson, 51, as she was exiting her residence. The suspects forced Anderson back into her residence and one of the suspects walked to the back of the residence into the bedroom of Jeremy Jones, 21, and demanded money from him.

Jones handed the suspect $400.00 dollars and they fled the residence.

As the suspects were running towards their vehicle one of them turned and fired one shot towards the victim's residence.  The bullet grazed Anderson's foot.

The suspects fled the scene and were not located.

The victims waited 45 minutes before calling the Sheriff's Office.

Anderson was treated on scene by EMS for injuries that were not life-threatening. 

The invaders were not further described.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, . 

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Shots Fired at Elderly Couple's
Residence; No injuries

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, June 19, 2008, at about 8:45 p.m., at least seven shots were fired at the residence of an elderly couple's home in the 4500 block of 9th Street East, but there were no injuries, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The report said the victims, Kenneth Roberts, 76, and Marie Roberts, 72, heard what sounded like gunshots. Marie heard one and Kenneth heard at least three. 

About ten minutes later, Kenneth went to the bathroom and noticed what looked like a small pellet round on the bathroom floor and one hole in the wall that went through to the outside.

Deputy Dolgos responded and collected the round.  He noticed seven holes in the outside wall with one going through to the inside, as stated earlier.

The victims were not hit with the round and no injuries were observed.

The round was later placed into property and evidence.

There is no suspect information at this time and it is unknown as to why the elderly couple was targeted.    

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, . 

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Intoxicated Woman's Purse
Snatched; No Injuries

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, June 19, 2008, a woman who was "extremely intoxicated" had her purse ripped off her shoulder as she was walking home from a bar, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The victim, Elizabeth Elderman, 39, of the 5400 block of 18th Court West, was walking home from a bar. Elderman was "extremely intoxicated," the report said.

When Elderman got to the 5600 block of 16th Street West, a vehicle drove up behind her.

The passenger reached out through the window of the vehicle and grabbed Elderman’s purse, which was on her shoulder. The man pulled the purse off of her shoulder.

The vehicle then drove off heading northbound.

Elderman told deputies she was not injured or thrown to the ground when the man pulled her purse off of her shoulder.

The purse snatchers were only described as two unknown race men in a brown and white pickup truck.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, . 

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


Bradenton Police Search for
Missing, Possibly Violent Man

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department is searching for a man who went missing on June 6th, 2008.  The man is possibly violent, according to BPD.


Bill Lee Yerkey

According to a press release from BPD, on June 6th, 2008, Mr. Bill Lee Yerkey, 44, left his residence in the 700 block of 22nd Avenue West, in Bradenton.  Mr. Yerkey has not been seen since.

He was reported as a missing person to the Bradenton Police Department on June 19, 2008. His whereabouts are unknown.

Mr. Yerkey is known to become violent when scared, the press release said.

He has no car and his personal effects were left at home.

He has mentioned that he wanted to travel to Kentucky, possibly the Louisville area, according to police.

Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in an attempt to locate Mr. Yerkey to check his welfare.

Yerkey is described as 5' 11" tall, weighing about 260 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone having information about Mr. Yerkey's location is asked to call the Detective Kevin Bunch at 941-932-9380 or your local law enforcement agency.  You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, . 

Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip line and Tipsters who submit e-Tips by computer will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.


CVS Burglar, Thief Arrested
By Sarasota Sheriff's Office

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Andrew Ashley, 35, of 3217 Beneva Road, in Sarasota. 


Andrew Ashley

Ashley was arrested on Thursday, June 19, 2008, for the burglary of the CVS Pharmacy at 2811 Clark Road, Sarasota, that occurred on June 13, 2008.

Ashley entered the pharmacy during normal business hours and then hid there until the store was closed.

Large quantities of narcotics were stolen.

Ashley is being held at the Sarasota County Jail on numerous charges.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case should contact Detective Mark Lefebvre at (941) 861-4932 with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s District II Criminal Investigations Bureau.


SPD Reports Armed Robbery
at Washington Blvd. Mini Mart

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at The Mini Mart, 2000 N. Washington Blvd.  The robbery occurred at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2008. 

Upon arrival, officers found one clerk had been shot by the robbers during the incident.  The clerk suffered a gunshot wound and was taken by Bayflight medical helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg for treatment.  The gunshot is not considered to be life threatening at this time.
 
There were two individuals involved in the robbery and were described as Black males wearing ski masks and dark clothing.  One male had a hand gun and the other had an unknown long gun, possibly a rifle.  No further description is available at this time.
 
Another clerk was in the store and witnessed the robbery and is being questioned by detectives.  As information is developed it will be released when it becomes available. 

 

 

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