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Local/State News for week ending 9/13/2008

Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Arrests Three for Attempted Murder,
Shooting Into an Occupied Dwelling

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Detective Bill Waldron reported three people, a woman and two men, have been arrested following the service of a search warrant at 5629 12th Street East, in Bradenton.


Ashley Peterson, Daniel Carachure and Guadalupe Reyes

On Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, the Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) and Gang Unit Investigated a drive-by shooting at the above location at about 10:45 p.m. The victims were Edgar Servin, 20 and Jason Hackett, a 15-year-old juvenile.

With the assistance of COPS-West Deputies, 2 suspects were quickly located and evidence related to the crimes was recovered.

No arrests were made at the time, although Ashley Peterson, 18, and a man by the name of Juan Perez, 21, were interviewed at great length.

Arrest warrants were obtained for three suspects, along with a search warrant for the residence of Daniel Carachure, 20, 5916 1st Street East, Bradenton.

On Sept. 11, 2008, SWAT, both VCTF Squads, the Gang Unit, Agents with FDLE, and Federal Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with the assistance of K-9 David Brady and K-9 deputy "Rosco" executed the search warrant on Carachure's residence.

Peterson was taken into custody, detained by SWAT and turned over to VCTF/Gang Unit.

A short time later Carachure and Guadalupe Reyes, 19, pulled up in Reyes' vehicle and were arrested by VCTF and The Gang Unit.

I.C.E. placed an Immigration hold on Reyes as he has no documentation that he is a U.S. Citizen.

All three people were charged with Attempted Murder and Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling.

Not arrested in the incident at this time are Jaun Perez, 21, and Felix Falcon, 18.

The investigation is continuing by VCTF and the sheriff's office Gang Unit.


Second Person Wanted in
August Strong Arm Robbery
Turns Self In To Sheriff's Office

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A second person wanted in connection with the beating and strong arm robbery of a man from August has turned himself in to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Kevin Pease announced in a press release.


Above, L to R, Richard Roberto and Rebecca Parkinson

On Sunday, August 31, 2008, at approximately 10:30 p.m., David Turley, of Palmetto, was walking down the street and was in the 500 block of 43rd Street Blvd. West, in Palmetto, when a vehicle pulled up next to him. Turley knew the driver, Becky Parkinson, 18.

Parkinson engaged in a conversation with Turley. During the conversation, Parkinson told two men in the vehicle to "Beat him up and take what you can."

At that point, the two men exited the vehicle and began to batter Turley with their hands.

Then the two men took Turley's cigarettes and $10 in cash that was in his pocket.

The suspects then got back into the vehicle and fled the scene.

Turley sustained a bump on the back of his head, two small cuts on his right elbow and a small abrasion on his left shoulder blade.

On Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, David Turley positively identified Rebecca "Becky" Parkinson from a Florida Driver’s License photograph. During the investigation, one of the two men was identified as Parkinson’s boyfriend, Richard Roberto, 21. A photographic lineup containing Roberto’s picture was presented to the victim who positively identified him as one of the attackers.

On Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, a warrant was obtained for Richard A. Roberto for Strong Arm Robbery.

On Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, Rebecca Parkinson turned herself in to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Operations Center. Parkinson refused to cooperate with the investigation and was taken to the Manatee County Jail.

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, Richard A. Roberto turned himself in at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Operations Center. Roberto refused to cooperate with the investigation and was taken to Manatee County Jail on a $100,00 dollar bond.

The second male suspect has not yet been identified.

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 Arrested for Threatening
Kids with Knife, Ramming
Ex-Wife's Vehicle, Burglary

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Renee Mendez, 29, of 5613 5th Street Court East, Bradenton, was arrested on six separate charges on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008.


Renee Mendez

The arrest report said on that date, at about 5:45 p.m., Mendez went to the residence of his ex-wife, Blanca, in the 5100 block of 12th Street East and tried to make contact her via the telephone outside the house.

When Blanca did not answer, Mendez pushed the front door several times until finally it opened, breaking the slide lock on the door.

Mendez then walked to the kitchen and grabbed a 14-inch butcher knife and went inside the master bedroom where his two children, Kimberly and Donna, were with their stepsister, Esmeralda.

Standing very close to Esmeralda, Mendez held the knife blade pointed to her stomach and threatened to kill her if he didn't get to see his children.

At that point, Blanca came out of the bathroom and saw Mendez holding the knife toward Esmeralda and told him to stop. Mendez then turned the knife toward Blanca and threatened to kill her if he didn't get to see his kids.

Mendez then told the children to get in his truck that was parked in the driveway. Mendez returned the knife to the kitchen and left the house.

Before he left, Mendez intentionally hit Blanca's vehicle with his truck, causing about $300 dollars in damage to the bumper. Then he drove erratically away from the house, with the children in the back seat, not restrained with a seat belt of child safety seat.

Mendez then took the children to a hockey game. At the game, he received a call, apparently from the sheriff's office, that he needed to come back to town.

He returned to town and went to a sheriff's substation, where Deputy Melanie Brady happened to be typing the report. The children were with him and not harmed in any way.

Mendez was arrested by Dep. M. Brady and charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault, two counts of Child Neglect, Burglary to a Structure and Criminal Mischief.


Man Fights with Other Man,
Three Bradenton Cops

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police have arrested Raymond Edward Robinson, Jr., 45, of 1414 17th Avenue West, Bradenton, after Robinson punched a man and then fought with officers when they tried to arrest him.


Raymond Edward Robinson, Jr.

According to the arrest report, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, at about 5:30 p.m., Robinson went Steven Abbott's house at the above address and began to argue with him. Both Abbott and Robinson appeared to have been drinking.

Robinson then punched Abbott in the head, causing no injuries to Abbott and fled the scene. Abbott called police.

When police arrived and investigated, they went to Robinson's residence. Robinson denied punching Abbott.

Later on, police returned to Robinson's residence. This time, there were three officers present; two sergeants and a detective. They were going to arrest him for simple Battery.

However, Robinson saw them arrive and tried to lock the gate to his property.

When the officers made entry, Robinson fought with them, striking the detective. He continued to resist arrest, striking one of the sergeants and the detective again.

Robinson was finally taken into custody.

After his arrest, Robinson said, "Good think I got rid of the guns before you got there. If I had a gun, you'd have dead officers."

Robinson was arrested and charged with Battery, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Culpable Negligence.

Robinson is no stranger to law enforcement. The Manatee County court is showing 3 pages of records, including several felonies and misdemeanors.


Wachovia Bank Robber
Arrested Thursday

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The man who allegedly robbed the Wachovia Bank on Cortez Road on August 22, 2008, has been arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.


Joseph Michael Roach

Detectives have arrested Joseph Michael Roach, 30, a last known address of 5423 11th Street Circle East, Bradenton, and charged him with Armed Robbery.

Roach is accused of robbing the Wachovia Bank located at 1510 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton on Augsut 22, 2008.

Detectives also believe Roach was driving the getaway vehicle when Felicia Jones robbed the Fifth Third Bank at 5305 26th St. W., Bradenton, on Sept. 4, 2008.

Jones was charged with that robbery on Wednesday.

Additional charges against Roach 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, 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.


Attempted Bank Robbery
At SunTrust on Cortez Road

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted bank robbery that occurred on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008.

According to a press release from the sheriff's office, at approximately 1:10 p.m. deputies responded to an attempted robbery at Sun Trust Bank located at 4215 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton.

According to witnesses, the suspect entered the bank and showed a note to a teller demanding money.

When the teller had trouble opening her drawer the suspect took her note back and fled the bank on foot, getting nothing.

No weapon was seen.

The suspect is described as a White female, approximately 30-40 years old, 5’2”-5’5”, 110-125 pounds, with a heavy "pear shaped" build. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a brown T-shirt, white sneakers and a bright green baseball cap bearing "Sea World." She also had shoulder length slightly wavy brown hair and what appeared to be heavy foundation make-up.

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.


Teenager Beaten, Robbed
on Way Home from School

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a teenager was beaten and robbed by two White males on his way home from school on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, at about 12:30 p.m.

The report from the sheriff's office said Michael Boyok, 17, was on his way home from school riding his bicycle in the 2000 of 53rd Ave. when two White males jumped out of a Monte Carlo and began to punch him several times. Then they took his cash and cell phone.

The two men fled North on 20th Street West towards Cortez Road West.

Michael received minor injuries which did not require medical attention.

Joseph Boyok brought the victim, his son, into the sheriff's office when he got home from work.

Due to the time lapse and lack of evidence, Deputy Fitzpatrick was instructed to go ahead take the report, but no BOLO was issued.

Pictures of Boyok's injuries were taken by Deputy Fitzpatrick.

The assailants were not further described in the report.

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.


Three Hispanic Men Robbed at
Gunpoint By Two Black Males

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, at about 10:45 p.m., three Hispanic men were robbed at gunpoint by three Black males in the 1000 block of 61st Avenue East, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The report said the three victims, Demetrio Mayo, 46, Rosario Garcia, 30, and Alfredo Palacios, 28, were sitting outside their apartment eating when they were approached by two Black males, dressed in all black clothing.

The suspects were armed with black handguns and demanded money.

Mayo gave them an undetermined amount of cash and his wallet and the suspects fled south around the house.

Sgt. Orval Walker did not report any further description of the robbers.

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.


Sheriff's Office Investigating
Possible Drowning Death
of Woman, 63

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a woman whose husband claims she drowned.

At approximately 8:10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, deputies responded to a possible drowning in the 7000 block of Caladesia Dr, in south Manatee County.

When deputies arrived, they were told that Pamela Taylor, 63, of the address above, was pulled from the swimming pool by her husband, Robert Taylor.

Robert Taylor told deputies he got up this morning and discovered his wife floating in the pool.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause the death.

Detectives are continuing the investigation.


Palmetto Wachovia Bank
Robbed on Thursday

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department said the Wachovia Bank at 510 7th Street West was robbed on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008 at about 1:00 p.m. by a lone robber.

The suspect implied that he had a handgun, but no weapon was seen. He was in the bank for only a short time and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robber is described as a Black or Hispanic male. He is about 5' 07" tall, and weighs about 170 to 190 pounds. He is described as having a stocky build. He was wearing a heavy work jacket; possibly an army-type. The suspect was wearing jeans, work boots, and work gloves (possibly black). He wore a black ski mask during the robbery and had a blue bandana. He was carrying a small, dark blue bag or duffle.

The suspect was last seen westbound from the bank.

No one was injured during the robbery.

Persons with any information are asked to contact Palmetto Police Department Detective Ryan LaRowe at 721-2000 x125

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.


Sarasota Police Arrest Man
in Monday's Homicide

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department has arrested Trent Washington, 17, of Sarasota, in connection with a shooting that became a homicide on Monday, September 8, 2008.


Trent Washington

According to Captain Stan Duncan, at about 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sarasota Police Officers were dispatched to 1912 N. Orange Avenue, Unit #7, regarding a shooting.

Officers found Johnnie Williams III, 31, a Black male, injured from at least one gunshot wound to the chest.

He was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where a Bayflight transport was arranged but Williams died before the Bayflight medical chopper arrived.

According to NewsManatee Sarasota Bureau reporter Doug Reynolds, the suspect was described as wearing a black shirt, black pants, and a black ski mask. He was about 6 feet tall, around 160 pounds with a thin build, last seen running eastbound through the "projects" in the area.

SPD Detectives interviewed witnesses and processed the crime scene.

One witness saw a man running from the crime scene. When she went back to the scene later, other witnesses said Trent Washington, aka "Mario," was the one who shot Johnnie Williams.

Then, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, Johnnie Williams II told authorities an unidentified person had overheard Trent talking about shooting someone.

SPD detectives interviewed the unidentified person who confirmed the story.

Apparently, Trent tried to rob Johnnie Williams III of his necklace and Johnnie resisted, so Trent shot him.

Trent Washington subsequently arrested was charged with Murder.


Sarasota Sheriff's Detectives
Arrest Man for Attempted
Armed Robbery, Burglary

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Dennis M. Strawn, 58, of no fixed address, on one charge of Attempted Armed Robbery in relation to an incident that occurred September 10th, 2008, at 1:24 p.m., at 4226 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota. He is also charged with Burglary.


Dennis M. Strawn

Deputies responded at 6:55 a.m. today, September 11th, 2008, to the Save A Lot store located at 4404 Bee Ridge Road where an intoxicated male was discovered inside of the store.

The subject matched the description of the suspect in the armed robbery attempt on Sept. 10, 2008. The victim subsequently identified the subject as the person that had attempted to rob her.

Strawn is currently being held at the Sarasota County Jail.


"Most Wanted" Arrested
at Rehab Center

TITUSVILLE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a man who was featured on "America's Most Wanted" at a rehab center in Titusville on Tuesday, following an anonymous tip, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


David Lee Green
(Photo courtesy WKMG)

David Lee Green, 67, was arrested from the center at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, though initially he denied being the person sought by law enforcement. A fingerprint match connected the man with the person sought on the most-wanted list.

"He is a notorious-gangster type. He is one of the worst of the worst," Deputy U.S. Marshal Jimmy Disbrow told WKMG news partner Florida Today.

Green has been on the run since June 2000, when he escaped from a Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton, Ohio, where he was serving a 20-year sentence for cocaine distribution, according to information released by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

He was described as the kingpin of a narcotics organization and he was also wanted for possession of a machine gun by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department in Georgia.

He was profiled for the third time on "America's Most Wanted" in August. That generated a tip, Dep. U.S. Marshal Disbrow said


 

~ THURSDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Two Captured By K-9 Unit
in Attempted Purse Snatch;
Woman Bitten By Deputy Dog

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Two people, a woman and a man, who attempted to snatch a purse from a woman in the Target parking lot at 6150 14th Street West, Bradenton, were captured a short time later by a Manatee County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit. In the process, the woman was bitten by the K-9 Deputy.


Above, L to R, K-9 Dep. "Rosco," Terrence Noone and Cheyanne Falkner

On Tuesday, September 9, 2008, at about 9:30 p.m., Terrence Noone, 20, of 6033 34th Street West, Bradenton, approached Katherine Leek, 37, of the 8900 block of Stone Harbour Loop, Bradenton, and asked her for some money.

As Ms. Leek opened her purse to give Noone some change, he attempted to snatch her purse.

Leek fought this attempt, but Noone managed to get the purse.

Noone then fled to a silver vehicle in the parking lot which Cheyanne Falkner, 19, of 6050 34th Street West, Bradenton, was driving.

Ms. Leek tried to stop the vehicle. In the process, Noone dropped Ms. Leek's purse, leaving Noone with nothing.

The suspects fled from the Target lot, crashing into a fence bordering a retention pond near the store but not disabling the car. The suspects continued southbound on 14th Street West into Trailer Estates where they left the vehicle in the 1600 block of Tennessee Avenue due to it being disabled with flat tires from the crash.

A short time later, K-9 Deputy David Brady and his K-9 Deputy "Rosco" began a search of the area, resulting in the apprehension of the two would-be robbers. In the process, Falkner was bitten by K-9 Deputy "Rosco." The pair was hiding in some bushes near where they left their vehicle.

Falkner was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of the dog bite, while Noone was taken to offices of detectives for an interview.

Both ultimately confessed their involvement, were arrested and charged with Robbery By Sudden Snatching. During a search of Falkner's purse, some drug paraphernalia was found. Falkner was additionally charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The victim, Ms. Leek, suffered scratches and bruises to her leg.

[Ed. Note: Here's a little known fact about the sheriff's K-9 Deputies, including "Rosco." Some of them are fitted with Titanium teeth. That'll leave a mark, doncha know....]


Surveillance Photo Released
of SunTrust Bank Tuesday
Afternoon Bank Robber

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has released a surveillance photo of the robber who held up a SunTrust Bank branch Tuesday afternoon.

According to a report sheriff's office, the SunTrust Bank branch, located at 4303 1st Street, Bradenton, was robbed on Tuesday, September 9, 2008, at about 3:30 p.m.

A White male walked into the bank and approached a teller. The robber lifted his shirt as if there was a weapon and he demanded money, but no weapon displayed or seen.

The teller gave him a recent deposit and the man fled the bank with an undisclosed mount of money.

There were no injuries to bank employees.

As Deputies arrived on scene a perimeter was established and a K-9 unit attempted to track but to no avail.

The robber was described as a White male in his 30s, with blonde hair; he was clean shaven and was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and hat.

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 Deputy Arrests Man
for Burglary; Stole Pressure
Washer from Vehicle

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Rodrick L. Armstrong, 48, of 519 25th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Rodrick L. Armstrong

According to the arrest report, on Monday, September 8, 2008, at about 4:15 p.m., according to dispatch records, a deputy said he was out with a vehicle at the 11500 block of Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton. The vehicle was pulled off on the side of the road and appeared to have some type of mechanical problem.

The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Armstrong, who said he was out of gas and a friend was walking up to the nearby gas station to get some gas.

The deputy drove to the nearest and only gas station in the area, but could not locate anybody carrying a gas can.

The deputy drove back to the "disabled" vehicle and saw Armstrong driving away, so the deputy initiated a traffic stop. He learned that Armstrong's driver's license was suspended, so Armstrong was arrested for Driving While License Suspended.

There was a pressure washer in the vehicle, so the deputy asked Armstrong about it. Armstrong replied that his girlfriend had just kicked him out and he had taken all of his belongings, including the pressure washer, but he couldn't prove ownership. The deputy impounded the pressure washer until Armstrong could show proof that it was his.

Meanwhile, about four hours after Armstrong was arrested, a man reported his pressure washer had been stolen from his vehicle which had been in the bed of his truck on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, when he had parked it at about 11:30 p.m.

The unnamed victim responded to the evidence room at the sheriff's office and positively identified the pressure washer. Crime Scene technicians responded to the evidence room and dusted the pressure washer for fingerprints, after which the pressure washer was photographed and returned to the victim.

Armstrong was additionally charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Vehicle.

The deputy noted that the victim's residence was only a short distance from where he encountered Armstrong.

[Ed. Note: That was an excellent piece of police work on behalf of Deputy Warner, of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.]


Female Bank Robber
Arrested Wednesday

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Detectives have arrested Felicia Jones, 27, of a last known address of 3108 36th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Felicia Jones

Detectives say Jones robbed the Fifth Third Bank located at 5305 26th St. W., Bradenton, on September 4, 2008.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Robbery on Tuesday, after identifying Jones as the person who committed the robbery.

She was arrested without incident on Wednesday.

The sheriff's office did not say what led them to Jones.


Wal-Mart Cashier Charged
with Grand Theft

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Shabreilla Stephens, 19, of 955 53rd Street East, Bradenton.


Shabreilla Stephens

According to the arrest report, between Sept. 2nd and Sept. 7th, 2008, Stephens was working as a cashier at the Wal-Mart store located at 6225 State Road 64 East, Bradenton.

Wal-Mart loss prevention personnel had video recordings of Stephens taking money from the cash register.

The theft amounted to approximately $1,000 dollars.

Stephens was arrested at the store on Tuesday, September 9, 2008, at about 12:30 p.m. and charged with Grand Theft.

Stephens has since posted her bail of $1,000 dollars and has been released from jail.


Woman Robbed of Purse,
Slugged Several Times
By Man Wielding Shotgun

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Tuesday, September 9, 2008, at about 10:00 p.m., a woman was robbed of her purse by a Black male wielding a shotgun, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The report said the victim, Tracy Tamburin, 46, of the 13500 block of 2nd Avenue N.E., Bradenton, told deputies that she went to Garden Walk Apts., located at 5310 26th Street West, Bradenton, to visit a friend and was checking on her birds that she had in her vehicle when the robber opened up her passenger door, pointed a shotgun at her and stated, "Give me all your jewelry."

At that time, Ms. Tamburin stepped away from her vehicle and told the robber that she would give him what ever he wanted and that she had cash.

The robber struck the victim in the face with the shotgun as she was attempting to flee.

Ms. Tamburin ran to her friend's apartment and was banging on the door screaming for help.

The robber followed Ms. Tamburin and again struck her in the head with the shotgun.

Ms. Tamburin then told the robber that she would take him where ever he wanted and began to run back to her vehicle.

The robber jumped in the passenger seat of Ms. Tamburin's vehicle and she claimed she was able to grab her stun gun from her purse and stun the robber.

However, the robber then became angered and struck Ms. Tamburin several more times in the face with the shotgun.

The robber grabbed Ms. Tamburin's purse from her vehicle and fled on foot.

Ms. Tamburin was treated on scene for facial injuries.

The robber was described only as a Black male with gold teeth, wearing a black ski mask and black gloves.

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.


$25,000 in Jewelry, TVs, Other
Items Missing from Burglarized
Residence; Son, Girlfriend
Did It, Woman Claims

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A burglary to a residence in the 2000 block of 48th Avenue East, Bradenton, occurred at about 2:00 a.m. early Wednesday, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

On Wednesday morning, September 10, 2008, Mary Thompson returned home from work and found her bedroom door broken open.

Ms. Thompson is missing a jewelry box containing approximately $25,000 worth of jewelry and her TV, which was a DVD/VCR combo.

She rents a room to her son, Edward Lee Jones, 36, and his girlfriend Susan Lynn Depaolis, 32, and both were gone upon Ms. Thompson's arrival Wednesday morning.

From their room (the son and his girlfriend), there was a TV missing and from the yard a weed eater and a new power propelled lawn mower, Black and Decker Serial #A025K2056700001 was missing.

Ms. Thompson told deputies is sure that her son and his girlfriend are the suspects because both of them have a drug problem and the house was secured when she went to work.

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.


Sheriff's Office, Coast Guard
Warn of Boat Thieves

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has received a warning from the Coast Guard about possible boat thieves. If you have a boat on a canal or waterway you need to take precautions to avoid these thieves.

Coast Guard Station Sand Key conducted an inventory of the vessels from Treasure Island to New Port Richey that fit the profile of recent boat thefts. Thieves are targeting 25-35 foot Center console with multiple outboards on a boat lift. These vessels are believed to be stolen with the intent of using them in smuggling operations as either go-fasts or re-fuelers.

The owners are notified that they are possible targets and are advised to take extra safety precautions.

It is believed that Jon boats and jet skies are being used during the theft because of their difficulty to detect at night and quiet operation.

These thefts are believed to occur at night by driving to the boat lift, lowering the boat, towing it away from the dock, then starting it up and driving off.

It is also believed that there was surveillance of the residences prior to the theft.


Sarasota Sheriff Office Reports
Armed Robbery

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota County Sheriff’s Deputies responded Wednesday, September 10th, 2008, to an armed robbery.

The incident occurred at 1:24 p.m. at the Sweetbay supermarket at 4226 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota.

The unnamed victim was unloading her groceries into her vehicle when she was approached by a man armed with a knife. The man demanded the victim’s purse, but the woman did not give it to him.

The would-be robber then fled on foot through the parking lot, eastbound on Bee Ridge Road.

The robber is described as a White male, clean shaven, approximately 60 years of age, last seen wearing a blue buttoned shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office District II 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, or text “TIP 109” and a message to CRIMES (274637).


Woman, 81, Dragged By Car
in Teen Purse Snatch
Incident

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported an 81-year-old woman was dragged by a car when two 17-year-olds attempted to snatch her purse while driving through a Daytona Beach Wal-Mart parking lot, police said.

The teens were charged with strong arm robbery, grand theft auto and two counts of burglary.

According to Daytona Beach police, the woman was loading groceries into her car at about noon at the Wal-Mart located at 1101 Beville Road when the teens drove by in a stolen 2003 silver Ford Taurus.

One of the teens reached out of the passenger-side window and grabbed the woman's purse, which was wrapped around her right arm, Daytona Beach police said.

The woman held onto the purse and was knocked to the ground and dragged a short distance before the purse was pulled from her arm, police said. She suffered lacerations and abrasions to the entire left side of her body and was treated and released by rescue personnel, police said.

After the thieves' car was located and pulled over, Daytona Beach police said property from two car burglaries that occurred earlier in the morning was also found in the car.

Ormond Beach police investigators are also investigating to see if the teens were involved in crimes in their city, WKMG reported.


Florida Governor Charlie Crist
Issues Statement Regarding
September 11 Remembrance

TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT] -- Governor Charlie Crist has issued a statement regarding remembering September 11, 2001.

“Today, on the seventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, we pray for the loved ones of all those who lost their lives in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. We honor the firefighters and other rescue workers who risked themselves to save others on that unforgettable day."

“Few events in history have shaped us like 9/11. Within just a few hours, our view of ourselves, our country and the world surrounding us changed forever. Our continuing War on Terror is proof of the lasting impact of that horrific day. On this anniversary, as tens of thousands of brave men and women in uniform fight for our safety at home, Floridians pray for their safety on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan or wherever our enemies lurk. Their service and sacrifice remind us of the courage and determination that define America and all its freedoms."

“Today we honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. We pray for the strength and safe return of our brave men and women in uniform, including nearly 12,000 Florida National Guard troops.”

 

 

~ WEDNESDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Former Bradenton Cop Arrested
for Embezzlement, Grand Theft
from Pest Control Business

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Jeffrey Mark Termeer, 40, of 3707 15th Avenue West, Bradenton, was arrested on Monday, September 8, 2008, on warrants out of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.


Jeffrey Mark Termeer

According to a report from the sheriff's office, Termeer had been working for Molter Pest Control, located at 5401 4th Avenue West, Bradenton.

While working for the business, he started his own pest control business.

The report said he used chemicals from Molter Pest Control for his own business. He also took customers from Molter and made them his customers, the report said owner Dan Molter told deputies on April 8, 2008.

Termeer was subsequently terminated and trespassed from the property of Molter Pest Control.

After an investigation, detectives determined that Termeer could be charged with Embezzlement and Grand Theft and secured arrest warrants for those charges against Termeer.

When deputies went to serve Termeer the arrest warrants on Monday, Sept. 8, Termeer refused to open the door.

One deputy went to the rear of the house to a sliding glass door, announced he was from the sheriff's office and ordered Tremeer to open the door. Upon seeing the deputy, Tremeer shouted a profanity at the deputy and disappeared.

The deputy returned to the front door and he and another deputy kicked in the door, confronted Termeer in the hallway and ordered him to the ground.

Termeer refused to comply and was forced to the ground, which caused a ceramic planter to break and cut Termeer on the back.

Termeer was treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital for the cut, which required 7 stitches, a report said.

He was then taken to the Manatee County Jail and was charged with Resisting Arrest without Violence, in addition to the Grand Theft and Embezzlement warrants.

Termeer was a Bradenton Police Officer from July of 1998 until July of 2003, Sgt. Nicole Scholer, of the Office of Professional Standards (Internal Affairs), told NewsManatee. Termeer was terminated for lying during an internal investigation of an incident involving a woman at a traffic stop Termeer had conducted.

According to a NewsManatee confidential source, that traffic stop allegedly involved sexual harassment of the woman.

Termeer bonded out of jail on Monday after posting a bond for $10,750 dollars.


Man Already in Jail Charged
with Two More Burglaries

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Detective William Shirley has arrested Roger D. Davis, 31, of 1323 57th Avenue East, Bradenton, who is currently in jail, on charges of two burglaries he committed in March and April of 2008.


Roger D. Davis

The arrest report said on Friday, September 5, 2008, Davis was arrested on warrants for a case where Davis broke into a business, making entry through the roof.

During a taped interview between Det. Shirley and Davis, Davis confessed that he broke into the Super Stop, located at 5627 15th Street East, on two separate occasions, both through the roof.

On March 6, 2008, at about 1:00 a.m., Davis broke in and stole about $150 dollars worth of lottery tickets.

On April 1, 2008, at about 4:30 a.m., Davis broke into the same store and stole about $150 dollars from a cash register. In that break-in, Davis caused about $4,500 dollars worth of damage to the roof and cash register.

Davis was charged with two counts of Burglary to a Structure, two counts of Petit Theft and one count of Criminal Mischief.


Manatee Bank Robbery
Tuesday Afternoon

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, the SunTrust Bank branch, located at 109 44th Avenue Street, Bradenton, was robbed on Tuesday, September 9, 2008, at about 3:30 p.m.

A White male walked into the bank and approached a teller. The robber lifted his shirt as if there was a weapon and he demanded money, but no weapon displayed or seen.

The teller gave him a recent deposit and the man fled the bank with an undisclosed mount of money.

There were no injuries to bank employees.

As Deputies arrived on scene a perimeter was established and the K-9 unit attempted to track but to no avail.

The robber was described as a White male in his 30s, with blonde hair; he was clean shaven and was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and hat.

A bank surveillance photo was not immediately available.

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 Deputies Report
Attempted Armed Home
Invasion Late Monday

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, two unidentified Black males, one armed with a large caliber rifle, attempted to invade a residence in the 200 block of 60th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, on Monday, September 8, 2008, at about 11:00 p.m.

Two male victims told deputies Michael Coney, 28, was leaving the residence alone and was approached by the two Black males as he was unlocking his bike.

One suspect told him to, "Get back inside." Michael replied, he had no money, and was told, "It doesn't matter."

Michael knocked at the front door and when Preston Johnson, 39, one of the victims, opened it, Michael ran through and out the back. Michael said he then got up on the roof to hide.

Preston claimed when Michael ran in, he (Preston) saw the man with the rifle coming behind him and tried to slam the door shut but the rifle barrel was already in the door. Preston grabbed the barrel and held on, pushing it down.

At this time, the man with the rifle fired the weapon four or five times, with all the rounds striking the exterior wall on the right side of the duplex and passing outside.

Preston said he heard the other man tell the shooter, "Let's go," and then both would-be invaders fled in a white four door vehicle with tinted windows, which Michael observed from the roof.

During the whole time, the three female victims were in the back rooms, where they had run when the incident started.

There were no injuries except a small scrape to Preston's chin, probably from bumping against the door.

During interviews of all parties present, it became apparent that Preston and the three females all were beginning to believe that Michael had some involvement in arranging this incident.

None were willing to speculate on a motive.

The culprits were described as two unidentified Black males, both wearing dark clothing with some type of rag over their face, both wearing gloves. One was armed with a large caliber rifle, probably an AK or SKS, 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.


Windows Shot Out of Cars,
House Struck with Bullet

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Monday, September 8, 2008, at about 9:30 p.m., shots were fired at two vehicles and a residence in the 6200 block of Columbia Drive, Bradenton, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The report said the victims, Joshua Jodoin, 25, and four other people (all adults), were inside the house when they heard what they believed to be gunshots right outside.

Joshua went outside to investigate and noticed that windows in two of the vehicles parked in front of the house were shattered. A projectile was recovered from one of the vehicles and fragments were found in the other vehicle, but could not be recovered due to their location. The house was also struck with a bullet just below a front window. It damaged the vinyl siding, but did not enter the house. This bullet could not be recovered either.

No one inside the house was injured.

The area was searched, but the vehicle involved was not located.

The shooter was described as an unknown White male in his 20s, driving a small black 2-door car.

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.


Boy, 2, Suffers Head Injury
When Mother Backs Car
Out of Driveway

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- A 2-year-old boy, was injured Tuesday morning at about 8:00 a.m. when his mother backed her car out of the family's driveway in the 1100 block of 7th Street East, in Bradenton and apparently struck the child.

A confidential NewsManatee source said the boy's name is William Fears-Felton. His other's name is Ms. Fears-Cherime, the source said.

According to reports, EMS personnel, along with Bradenton Police, were called to the scene and found the boy had a cut on his head, apparently from the accident with the vehicle.

The child was flown to All Childrens Hospital in Tampa for treatment of his injury and as a precaution by Bayflight medical chopper.

Bradenton Police Captain Russell Tibbitts told NewsManatee, "Mom didn't see him while she was backing out. It could have been much worse."

"The hospital was called and the good news is the boy is fine," Capt. Tibbets said.

The incident has been chalked up to an accident.

There was another incident reported in North Florida (see article below) when a 1-year-old girl died when her uncle backed over her, the Florida Highway Patrol said.


Manatee County Sheriff Steube
Keynote Speaker at Gang
Reduction
Task Force Meeting

CLEARWATER, Florida [NMT] -- On Tuesday, September 9, 2008, Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube addressed a gathering of about 500 law enforcement personnel, government officials and others as a keynote speaker.


Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube

Steube said Manatee County has about 14 gangs and about 800 gang members. Three of those gangs were recently broken up by Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies with several arrests and prosecutions.

Sheriff Steube told the crowd how gang-related racketeering arrests and prosecutions have dropped crime in the county by 5 percent.

State Attorney General Bill McCollum said other counties should follow Manatee County's enforcement example.

The State of Florida has about 1,500 gangs and about 70,000 gang members and associates, McCollum said.

The meeting was for the first Gang Reduction Task Force, which was the Tampa Region, and included Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. It addressed the Florida Gang Reduction Strategy, which was recently created to combat criminal street gangs statewide.


Family Heritage House Museum
To Host Peace Corps Event

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Family Heritage House Museum at Manatee Community College (MCC) will be the setting for the National Peace Corps Association’s call for a bigger, better, and bolder Peace Corps. Beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 20, 2008, the public is invited to meet returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs), view a film in the museum’s multipurpose room, and learn more about the Peace Corps. The museum is located at 5840 26th Street West, Bradenton on the south side of the MCC library near the 60th Avenue West entrance.

The presentation at the museum is part of a campaign to build support for doubling the number of volunteers serving in countries all over the world by 2011, the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps’ founding. Rajeev Goyal, who served in Nepal in 2001-2003, is the National Coordinator of the MorePeaceCorps Campaign.

The number of volunteers, 4,000, sent each year is half the total sent four decades ago, and demand for volunteers exceeds supply. More than 20 additional countries have requested Peace Corps volunteers and some countries that currently have programs want more volunteers.

More than 190,000 volunteers have served in 139 countries since 1961. They have served to advance education, water access, health, agriculture, environmental conservation, business, community development, and information technology for millions in far corners of the world.

Currently, there are more than 100 RPCVs living in the Manatee/Sarasota County area. Goyal and local RPCVs will be available at the museum on Sept. 20 to share their stories and answer questions.

For more information about this event, contact Anita Rogers at (941) 752-5319, or visit the museum’s Web site, familyheritagehouse.com.


Palmetto Police Arrest Man for
Burglary, Vandalism To Car
After Fight With Victim

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Allan Daza, 22, of 415 9th Street West, Palmetto.


Allan Daza

According to the police report, on Saturday, September 6, 2008, Daza had a fight with the unnamed victim.

Then, on Sunday, September 7, 2008, at about 1:00 p.m., the victim and his wife saw Daza enter their vehicle and take a car stereo and CDs from inside.

Then Daza cut all four tires and scratched the vehicle, the report said.

Daza did not have permission to be in the vehicle, the victim told police.

Daza was arrested on Monday, September 8, 2008, and charged with Burglary to a Vehicle.

No charges were filed for the vandalism and criminal mischief to the vehicle.


Uncle Backs Over, Kills Baby
Girl in Family's Driveway

YULEE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A 1-year-old girl died after she was run over in her Yulee family's driveway, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Witnesses told the Florida Highway Patrol that Nylah Dickerson was in the driveway over the weekend when the baby's uncle, Naim Dickerson, 19, began backing up a car, WKMG said sister station Jacksonville television station WJXT reported.

The child's grandfather told troopers he was coming out of the house, saw the baby near the car and yelled at his son to stop, but the 1-year-old was already hit.

"He felt a bump and got out and realized he'd run over the infant," FHP Lt. Bill Leeper said. "It's a tragedy, particularly when you have a small infant like this."

The family called 911, then drove the baby to Nassau County Rescue 30 quarters on Pages Dairy Road. The rescue unit then brought the child to Shands, where a doctor pronounced her dead.

While FHP believes it was an accident, its report said charges are pending, WKMG reported.

"Anytime you go to back up, it's a good rule to walk around the vehicle, make sure there's not any objects or -- particularly, like this -- a child in the way that you might hit," Leeper said.

 

 

~ TUESDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Manatee County Sheriff's Detectives
Arrest Young Man for Heroin Sale
in Daytime Undercover Sting

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jahcoby Imon Humphrey, 18, of 2725 50th Avenue West, Bradenton, and charged him with Trafficking in Heroin.


Jahcoby Imon Humphrey

According to the arrest report, on Friday, September 5, 2008, at about 11:30 a.m., Humphrey met an undercover deputy and another person in the 5300 block of 34th Street West, Bradenton.

Humphrey sold the pair $650 dollars worth of heroin (5 grams).

After the undercover deputy and the other person left the scene, a takedown team emerged to arrest Humphrey.

Humphrey fled from his vehicle but several other undercover detectives chased Humphrey, taking custody of him approximately 1/2 block away.

Some undercover detectives stayed with Humphrey's vehicle, where a clear bag filled with smaller bags of heroin was sitting in plain sight on the center console of the vehicle.

When questioned about the narcotics seized, Humphrey said it was mostly cocaine, not much heroin.

A total of 10 grams of heroin was obtained from Humphrey and his vehicle.

Humphrey's court date is set for October 10, 2008, at 9 a.m.


Motorcycle vs. Bicycle Sends
Man to St. Pete Hospital

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Sunday, September 7, 2008, at about 5 p.m., a motorcycle was unable to avoid a man on a bicycle who rode out in front of the bike and the two collided, sending one man to the hospital. The incident happened on U.S. 41, near 57th Avenue West.


Above, Bayflight personnel attend to the injured man
(Photo by Heather Chadwick)

According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, the bicycle was crossing U.S. 41 westbound in the 5600 block from the east curb. Jonathan Seminatore, 61, of 5811 14th Street West, Bradenton was on the bike.

A motorcycle driven by Gordon Jacobsen, 50, of 1803 47th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, was traveling southbound in the left lane of U.S. 41.

Jacobsen said he saw the bike approaching him from the east. When Jacobsen realized the bike wasn't stopping, he applied his brakes, but was unable to swerve due to surrounding traffic.

The bike traveled into the path of the motorcycle. The front of the bike struck the front of the motorcycle and the bike was pushed onto its left side from impact, ejecting Seminatore onto the center turn lane pavement.

Jacobsen put his bike down into the center turn lane following impact.

Seminatore was Bayflighted to Bayfront Medical Center in serious condition with significant head injures.

No charges were filed.


Young Lady Arrested for
Burglary to Grandma's
Residence

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to an arrest report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Crystal Jade Philips, 18, of 612 83rd Street NW, Bradenton, burglarized her grandmother's residence.


Crystal Jade Phillips

The report said on Sunday, September 7, 2008, at about 1:15 p.m., Crystal entered her grandmother's apartment in the 2000 block of 20th Street West, Bradenton, and took oxycodone pills from her grandmother and money from her mother's purse.

Deputies were called when the theft was discovered and spoke to Crystal's mother, Dawn Phillips, who told them that three oxycodone pills were missing, along with $800 dollars in cash from Dawn's purse.

A deputy went to Crystal's residence to talk with her. Crystal gave the deputy several stories about the incident, finally admitting she crawled through the bathroom window by standing in a shopping cart.

Crystal said she took three oxycodone pills and $60 dollars from her mother's purse.

Crystal's boyfriend, who was not named in the report, said he went inside the grandmother's apartment when Crystal opened the door. He signed a statement saying that he saw Crystal take an unknown amount of money from a purse lying on the floor.

Crystal was arrested and charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Structure and Grand Theft.


Two Men Captured After
Stealing Thousands of
Dollars of Tools

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies captured two men on Friday, September 5, 2008, a couple of hours after the pair stole thousands of dollars in tools.


Above, Robert Knitz and Richard Baumgartner

The arrest report said at about 11:30 on the morning of Friday, Sept. 5, two witnesses saw Robert Lewis Knitz, 53, of 1519 9th Avenue West, Bradenton and Richard Kent Baumgartner, 48, of 104 551st Avenue Terrace West, Bradenton cut the lock off a shed in the 3100 block of 35th Avenue West, Bradenton.

The two men then loaded a van with "thousands of dollars worth of power tools" including a compressor and pressure washer, the witnesses told deputies.

Knitz and Baumgartner were later located by deputies wandering in the Floridana Mobile Home Park, near the 100 block of 51st Avenue Terrace West, Bradenton.

All of the property was recovered and returned to the owner.

Knitz and Baumgartner were arrested and both were charged with Burglary and Grand Theft.


Man Snatches Winning
Lottery Ticket from
Other Man's Neck

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- According to an arrest report from the Bradenton Police Department, Sean M. Foster, 33, of 1512 15th Court East, Bradenton, was arrested for theft of a lottery ticket from another man.


Sean M. Foster

The arrest report said on Friday, September 5, 2008, at about 11:00 a.m., an unnamed victim had a winning lottery ticket valued at $50 dollars in a case hanging around his neck.

Foster approached the victim in the 1400 block of 14th Street West and snatched the case from the victim, then fled the area.

Bradenton Police were then called.

While the victim was sitting in the rear of an officer's patrol car, giving the officer information, Foster exited the Federal Discount Store at 1422 14th Street West. The victim pointed Foster out to the officer.

The officer exited his vehicle and ordered Foster to stop.

Foster refused and fled from the officer.

The officer located Foster about 20 minutes later under a plastic pool in the rear of a residence in the 900 block of 13th Avenue West.

A search of Foster revealed a Smith and Wesson assault style folding blade with quick opening action in Foster's right front pocket.

A search of the area directly under where Foster was found revealed 2 $20 dollar bills, 1 $5 dollar bill, 3 $1 dollar bills and a new glass tube pen commonly used to smoke rock cocaine.

The victim positively identified Foster as the man who had stolen his winning lottery ticket.

Foster was arrested and charged with Robbery by Sudden Snatching, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Resisting Arrest without Violence.


Deputies Arrest Man for
Burglary to Two Mobile
Homes, Use Taser

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Early Monday morning, September 8, 2008, at about 3:15 a.m., deputies arrested Kenneth L. Wilkerson, 54, after Wilkerson was seen by the owner of a Palmetto mobile home inside his residence, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.


Kenneth L. Wilkerson

The arrest report said Kenneth Wilkerson was dressed in all black clothing and riding a bicycle in the mobile home parks located in the 5600 block of Bayshore Road and US 41 North in Palmetto.

Wilkerson made his way over to a mobile home at 5619 Bayshore Road. He made entry through the sliding glass door and stole 84-year-old Louise Drayton's purse, among other things, the report said.

He then made his way over to a mobile home at 5611 Bayshore Road, the residence of 60-year-old Roger Bruns. Wilkerson gained entry through the rear sliding glass door.

Bruns heard the noise and he woke up to investigate. He saw Wilkerson inside of his house and yelled at him to get out. Bruns chased Wilkerson outside and Bruns witnessed Wilkerson get on a bicycle and leave the area.

Bruns called the sheriff's office and he gave dispatch Wilkerson's description.

Deputies located Wilkerson around the 400 block of 49th Avenue East, in Palmetto. Wilkerson ran when he saw deputies and jumped several fences.

A deputy deployed his Taser, striking Wilkerson in the lower stomach area.

Wilkerson was arrested and charged with two counts of Burglary. He was taken to the Manatee County Jail.


Woman Disappears, Possibly
Kidnapped by "On Again,
Off Again" Boyfriend

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A woman was possibly kidnapped by her part time boyfriend, according to a "Suspicious Incident" report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The report said on Sunday, September 7, 2008, the victim, Amelia Laeticia Oseguera, 23, and her family traveled from Port Charlotte to the Midway Flea Market, located at 10816 US 41 North, in Palmetto. The family makes the trip every Sunday to run a booth at the flea market.

Oseguera disappeared and members of her family began looking for her.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., Oseguera’s brother, George Diaz, Jr., saw Oseguera possibly being forced into the back seat of an unknown color SUV by Wilmer Ordonez, who is about 20 years old, the report said. Oseguera and Ordonez are on-again and off-again girlfriend and boyfriend.

The SUV was parked on the north end of the flea market. The SUV fled northbound along US 41.

Ordonez has been living in Tupelo, Mississippi, with his brother Javier Ordonez, on and off, for 3 years, according to the sheriff's office.

Ordonez knew Oseguera would be at the flea market with her family.

There were no other witnesses who saw the incident.

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.


Do a ‘Good Deed’ -- Help Build
A Bradenton Playground in
Honor of 9/11 Victims

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Volunteers are still needed for ‘Build Day’ on Sept. 11th at Bradenton’s Norma Lloyd Park.

“Build Day” at Norma Lloyd Park’s playground has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, - a date now recognized by many nationwide as an opportunity to engage in community volunteerism.

Sherod Halliburton, Executive Director of the Bradenton Central Community Redevelopment Agency, has registered Build Day with myGoodDeed Inc., a non-profit group created by friends and family members who lost loved ones on 9/11.

“Join us in our collective efforts to dedicate 9/11 as a day of service,” Mr. Halliburton said. “Help us build up on a day in which our enemies attempted to tear us down.”

According to myGoodDeed’s Website, the group launched this initiative to honor the victims of 9/11, pay tribute to the many who aided in rescue and recovery efforts, and to remember and rekindle the remarkable spirit of unity that existed in America following 9/11.

The City of Bradenton and its Central CRA are hoping that same spirit of unity helps build the children of east Bradenton a new playground at Norma Lloyd Park.

Those interested in volunteering for Build Day should call the Bradenton Central Community Redevelopment Agency at (941) 744-2362 with questions or to confirm attendance.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The playground equipment was bought with a $40,000 grant awarded to the City of Bradenton through a partnership with Kaboom! and Home Depot. The Central CRA contributed $10,000 in matching funds and is coordinating volunteer efforts required through the grant process.

Norma Lloyd Park, 2305 13th Ave. E., is undergoing a major revitalization, led by the Central CRA.

Other players in the park improvement plan include the City, Manatee County and United Community Centers, Inc.


Sarasota Police Investigate
Shooting of Man That
Became a Homicide

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department is investigating a shooting that became a homicide on Monday, September 8, 2008.

According to Captain Stan Duncan, at about 5:30 p.m. Sarasota Police Officers were dispatched to 1912 N. Orange Avenue, Unit #7, regarding a shooting.

Officers found Johnnie Williams III, 31, a Black male, injured from at least one gunshot wound to the chest.

He was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where a Bayflight transport was arranged but Williams died before the Bayflight medical chopper arrived.

According to NewsManatee Sarasota Bureau reporter Doug Reynolds, the suspect was described as wearing a black shirt, black pants, and a black ski mask. He is about 6 feet tall, around 160 pounds with a thin build, last seen running eastbound through the "projects" in the area.

Detectives are interviewing witnesses and the scene is being processed by the SPD Criminalistics Unit.

North Orange Avenue was closed for about three hours after the shooting to allow for crime scene processing.


Shark Bites Two Surfers
30 Seconds Apart

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Two surfers were treated after being bitten by sharks off the Central Florida coast on Saturday, according to Orlando television station WKMG.

Beach officials said a 15-year-old boy and a 43-year-old man were both bitten while in the surf on the Ponce Inlet side of New Smyrna Beach.

Both were treated on the beach.

Lifeguards said the two were bitten within 30 seconds of one another and were 200 feet apart, WKMG reported.

 

 

~ MONDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Nuisance Wildlife Removal Service
Captures 10-foot Albino Python
At Home Near Myakka City

MYAKKA CITY, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, September 4, 2008, at about 9:30 p.m., Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. was called by the Manatee County Sheriff's Dept. to a residence off Verna-Bethany Road, in Myakka City, Florida, to remove a 10-foot albino Burmese Python.


Above, L to R, Left to right, Matthew Hunt, Bronson Blades, Chad Picard, Buddy Howell, Jr.
(Photo courtesy Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc.)

"These types of exotic animal calls are becoming increasingly frequent." Jeff Norris, owner of Nuisance Wildlife said. "The snake becomes too big to care for or escapes and then becomes a neighborhood problem."

"We're noticing the snake calls we get now are for bigger snakes than we saw in the past," said Norris. "Snakes such as the python we just captured can lay up to 100 eggs and grow up to 20 ft. in length. Since this is not a native Florida snake, the consequences can be detrimental to the environment."

As of July 1st, 2007, Reptiles of Concern (ROC) owners, which includes Burmese Python owners, need a permit to own the reptile and must have a microchip implanted and registered with the state. The fines for releasing an ROC into the wild can be up to $1,000 and a year in jail.

Norris plans to scan the snake for a microchip.

"These snakes have thrived and reproduced in the warm, wet environment of the Everglades and many biologists feel they may threaten endangered species of native birds and mammals, and reptiles," Norris told NewsManatee.

There are also reports of the snakes moving northward out of the Everglades. A recent study showed that the snakes being removed from the Everglades are genetically similar – which is an indication that they come from the same genetic line. This means that the 248 pythons removed in 2006 were the result of just a few pet pythons that were previously released into the wild.

Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company with offices in Parrish and West Palm Beach, Florida. They service the Tampa Bay/Sarasota and the West Palm Beach Areas. Their website is: www.floridawildlifetrapper.com/ -- or, if you need to reach the company immediately to remove a pesky animal or other varmint, you can call their office at (941) 729-2103.

Most critters removed by Nuisance Wildlife Removal are relocated without endangering the public, or harming the wildlife.

[Ed. Note: Jeff Norris and his crew have removed and safely relocated a couple of opossums for NewsManatee.]


Deputies, K-9s Capture Two Men
Following Shooting Incident
After Short Pursuit

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Saturday, September 6, 2008, at about 1 a.m., a man was shot outside Rasher Tierney's Bar, located at 5106 14th Street West, in Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident.


Above, L to R, Top to Bottom, K-9 "Rosco," and K-9 "Vito,"
Michael Eugene Vaughn, Robert Cote, Thomas James Turner,

The arrest report from the sheriff's office said at approximately 1:00 a.m., Robert Cote, 27, of 1215 51st Avene East, Bradenton, was leaving the bar when two men followed him outside. They came up to Cote and told him to "Give up your wallet," the report said. Cote saw the gun pointed at him and punched the man holding the gun. Then Cote turned to run away and heard a shot. He was struck in the left upper back near his shoulder.

At this point, the two assailants fled south though the parking lot on foot and were followed by a witness. They got into a black truck and were fleeing out of the parking lot just as Deputy J. Bass pulled in. Dep. Bass was directed to the vehicle by patrons at the bar. A pursuit ensued through the Holiday Heights area. Deputy Bass caught up to the vehicle and stopped it.

As Deputy Bass approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, the passenger, later identified as Michael Eugene Vaughn, 27, of 11061 Revell Road, in Duette, Florida, fled on foot; then the driver sped off. Two K-9 units, Deputy Davis Brady and his K-9 "Rosco" and Deputy Petta and his K-9 "Vito," located and apprehended Vaughn. Vaughn was found to have four .38 caliber rounds in his pocket and some drugs, including cocaine and a controlled substance.

The vehicle was located at a residence at 4706 22nd Street West, and the driver, Thomas James Turner, 25, was apprehended at the house by "Rosco" and "Vito." Turner was positively identified by Deputy Bass and a witness from the bar.

A .38 caliber revolver was located in the roadway where the vehicle had stopped the first time, according to the report. It had 2 spent shells in it; the weapon was consistent with what the victim said was fired at the scene.

The Violent Crimes Task Force, a K-9 unit and the sheriff's helicopter assisted with the investigation.

Cote was taken by Bayflight medical chopper to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. He was admitted in stable condition at the time of the sheriff's office report.

According to a NewsManatee confidential source, Cote was shot by Vaughn in retaliation for pistol-whipping Vaughn's girlfriend a couple of years ago. Cote allegedly told the woman at the time she would be killed if she didn't come up with the money she owed Cote for drugs, the source said. Vaughn was in jail at the time, so could not exact his revenge until he was out of jail, the source said. That same source said Cote is allegedly a drug dealer in Manatee County. Cote is currently awaiting trial on charges of Grand Theft Auto, Driving While License Suspended and Unregistered Vehicle on a Roadway. Cote was arrested on July 10, 2008, on those charges.

Vaughn was charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Violation of Probation (Robbery), Possession of a Concealed Weapon By a Convicted Felon, four counts of Possession of Ammunition By a Convicted Felon and Resisting Arrest without Violence. He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bond of $27, 870 dollars.

Turner was charged with Aggravated Fleeing to Elude Law Enforcement and Resisting Arrest without Violence. He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bond of $5,750 dollars.


Deputies Arrest Woman Who
Threatened to Shoot, Kill
Tenant in Her Home

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to an arrest report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, on Thursday, September 4, 2008, Deputies Maria Gillum and Brandon Gard arrested Stephanie M. Kelly, 56, of 2311 51st Avenue Terrace West, Bradenton, for threatening to shoot and kill a tenant in her home.


Stephanie M. Kelly

The report said Kelly and the tenant, Orval Key, who rents a room from Kelly, got into a verbal argument.

Key would later tell deputies that Kelly's husband passed away several weeks ago and Kelly's behavior has recently been "abnormal."

Kelly apparently felt Key was disrespecting her husband, according to the report.

After the argument, Key got into his vehicle and Kelly allegedly went after him with a gun. Kelly pointed the gun at Key and verbally assaulted Key before going inside the house.

The sheriff's office was called and upon arrival, Kelly indicated she had two guns and both were secured inside the closet in her room.

Kelly allowed deputies inside the home and agreed to show them where the guns were.

Upon entering the home, deputies found a loaded silver .357 magnum on the kitchen table. Kelly denied knowing how it got there. Deputies also found a .38 special revolver in the bedroom closet inside a case.

During the investigation, Kelly said, "You either take him (Key) or I will shoot him." Deputies reported Kelly kept repeating she would kill Key.

Key refused to fill out an affidavit and said Kelly was in need of help.

Kelly was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.


Man Escapes from Deputy,
Bitten by K-9, Arrested

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Friday, September 5, 2008, Cedrick Mitchell, 35, of the 1300 block of Idlewild Court, Bradenton, was arrested for battering his girlfriend, Heather N. Hayhurst, but not before a short pursuit by a Manatee County Sheriff's Office K-9 Deputy Jonathan Kruse and his dog "Blade."


Above, L to R, K-9 "Blade" and Cedrick Mitchell

The arrest report said on Thursday, September 4, 2008, Mitchell battered his girlfriend, Hayhurst. The next day, Friday, September 5, 2008, Hayhurst reported the battery to the sheriff's office.

Mitchell was subsequently arrested for the domestic battery.

However, Mitchell escaped from the arresting deputy and fled.

Deputies pursued Mitchell who was located by "Blade" and subsequently bitten.

Mitchell received minor injuries and was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital and treated.

Mitchell was charged with Domestic Battery, Escape, Resisting Arrest without Violence, Giving a False Name and multiple out-of-county arrest warrants.


Man Beaten, Robbed
By Two Other Men on
Orders of Woman

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Sunday, August 31, 2008, a man was beaten and robbed in Palmetto by two other men allegedly on orders of a woman, according to an arrest report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. The woman has been arrested; one of the two men who did the beating is still at large.


Rebecca E. Parkinson

The arrest report said on August 31st, at approximately 10:30 p.m., David Turley was walking down the street and was in the 600 block of 43rd Street Blvd. West, in Palmetto, when a vehicle pulled up next to him.

Turley knew the driver as being named Rebecca "Becky" Parkinson, 18. Parkinson engaged in a conversation with Turley.

During the conversation, Parkinson told two men in the vehicle to "beat him up and take what you can."

At that point, the two men exited the vehicle and began to batter Turley with their hands. The suspects took Turley's cigarettes and $10 in cash that was in his pocket. The suspects then got back into the vehicle and fled the scene.

Turley sustained a bump on the back of his head, two small cuts on his right elbow and a small abrasion on his left shoulder blade.

On Monday, September 1, 2008, David Turley positively identified Parkinson from a Florida driver’s license photograph. During the investigation, one of the two men was identified as Parkinson’s boyfriend, Richard Roberto, 21. A photographic lineup containing Roberto’s picture was presented to the victim who positively identified him as one of the attackers.

On Friday, September 5, 2008, Rebecca Parkinson arrived at the Sheriff’s Office Operations Center, where she was arrested and charged with Robbery. Parkinson refused to speak about the incident or tell detectives the whereabouts of Richard Roberto.

An Arrest warrant was obtained for Richard A. Roberto for Strong Arm Robbery.

The second male suspect has not yet been identified.


Deputy Arrests Two Men
for Unlawful Transport
of Fuel (Diesel)

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Friday, September 5, 2008, a Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy arrested two men for transporting diesel fuel illegally.


Above, L to R, Mario Capote and Yuniel Lausao

On 09/05/08 at approximately 12:40 a.m., Deputy Eason observed two dual wheeled box trucks traveling southbound on County Road 675; one was yellow and the other was white with the markings of Little Debbie written on the side. Both vehicles are the type suspected as being used in the recent rash of fuel thefts in the county.

Deputy Eason observed the yellow box type truck fail to stop for the stop sign as the vehicle turned eastbound on State Road 64. Upon approaching the driver side of the vehicle, Dep. Eason noticed that the vehicle had an extremely strong scent of diesel fuel and the vehicle had an oil-like liquid on the bumper that appeared to be spilled fuel.

Upon making contact with the driver and passenger, the driver's compartment smelled strongly of diesel fuel. The driver was identified as Mario Gorrin Capote, 30. When Dep. Eason asked what was in the back of the vehicle, Capote replied, "Nothing." At that time, consent was obtained from Capote to examine inside the locked rear compartment.

Capote unlocked the padlock securing the rear roll up door and opened the roll up door, at which time a strong scent of diesel fuel was detected. The wooden floor was soaked with an oil or fuel-like substance and five 330 gallon poly/plastic metal framed containers were observed. All the poly tanks had a red liquid in them. Two of the five had approximately 45 gallons of a red liquid suspected as possibly being a diesel/gas mixture.

Capote stated the liquid was not diesel and he had bought the containers from a cleaning business, a sheriff's report said.

Both Capote and Yuniel Lausao, 22, were arrested and charged with Unlawful Conveyance Of Fuel. Capote was also charged with Violation of Driver License Restriction (No Hazmat Endorsement), and issued citations for Running a Sop Sign, Driving a Vehicle in Unsafe Condition, Open Container and Mandatory Revocation of Driver's License (Vehicle Used in a Felony). Lausao was also issued a citation for Open Container.


Detectives Arrest Man for
Possession of Marijuana
with Intent to Sell

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Detectives from the Special Investigations Division executed a search warrant at 5924 1st Street East on Thursday, September 4, 2008, and arrested one man.


Ernest M. Hunter

According to the arrest report, the search warrant was served at about 2:40 p.m. with the assistance of the SWAT team.

Inside the residence were Earnest M. Hunter, 35, and two other men.

When the residence was searched, detectives discovered 104 small individually packaged baggies of marijuana and 8 larger portions of marijuana packaged in sandwich bags.

The marijuana weighed out to 146 grams (5.2 ounces).

Hunter was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell.

The other two men were not arrested; they denied living at the residence.


Man Arrested for Burglary,
Forgery of Stolen Check

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Office Detectives have arrested Scott Douglas Gammon, 51, of 503 60th Avenue East.


Scott Douglas Gammon

Detectives say on July 11, 2008, Gammon entered a vehicle in the 7300 block of 52nd Place East, Bradenton, and stole checks that were in the vehicle.

On that same day, Gammon went to Lowes home improvement store at Cortez Road West and 14th Street West and purchased $288.74 worth of outdoor lighting and materials with one of the checks he had stolen.

Gammon was captured on video at Lowes.

Detectives interviewed the unidentified victim of the vehicle burglary. She told detectives she did not know Gammon.

Detectives wrote that over $1,000 dollars worth of checks had been written on the woman's checking account.

On September 3, 2008, Detective Greg Dunlap interviewed Gammon at the Manatee County Jail, where he is located on unrelated charges.

Gammon told Det. Dunlap he didn't want to talk about it.

Gammon was charged with Burglary and Uttering a Forged Check.


City of Bradenton Donates
Fire Truck to Duette

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The City of Bradenton Fire Department has donated a 1989 Pierce Minuteman Pumper fire truck to Duette’s volunteer fire district.


Above, L to R, Bradenton Fire Chief Mark Souders and Duette Fire Chief Jim Leonard

The Bradenton City Council approved a request last month from the fire department to donate a truck to the Duette Fire District.

The two-person truck, purchased in February 1989 for $74,000, was recently declared as surplus property due to age, condition, and maintenance expense.

The Bradenton Fire Department described Engine 15 as in need of some mechanical repairs, but said overall it is in fair condition.

Fire Chief Jim Leonard of Duette’s volunteer fire district was willing to take the truck in its current condition and utilize their personnel and funding to keep it operational.


Two Arrested By Border Patrol
for Human Trafficking

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to a press release from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, on Thursday, September 4, 2008, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a suspicious incident possibly involving human trafficking.

The complainant, Victor Gomes-Lopez, told deputies that his brother was being transported to Manatee County from Mexico for $1,500. It was the understanding of Gomes-Lopez that his brother would be able to work off the money when he arrived here. However, when the suspects arrived yesterday, they said they wanted the money upfront and left with the brother.

Subsequent investigation led deputies to the McDonald’s in Ellenton near I-75 where a second meeting was scheduled between the suspects and Gomes-Lopez. Deputies took two suspects into custody along with five other subjects, including the brother of Gomes-Lopez.

It’s believed the five subjects were victims of a human trafficking operation. Deputies confiscated approximately $17,000 from the suspects.

The Sheriff’s Office notified the United States Border Patrol office in Tampa, who responded and took over the investigation.

Due to Border Patrol’s involvement, the suspects were not charged locally.


Sarasota Police Arrest Man
for Raping Woman in Park

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department has arrested Cleo Livingston, 52, Sarasota, for raping a woman at about 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 7, 2008, in a Sarasota park.


Cleo Livingston

The arrest report from SPD said the unidentified woman was walking with a friend behind a store at U.S. 41 and Myrtle Avenue. Livingston was walking behind them.

The woman had met Livingston on Sept. 5, 2008, and remembered at that time he had a gun in the waistband in back of his pants.

Livingston told the friend the woman was with that he could go on his way because the woman was going with him now.

The man was concerned, but left and Livingston grabbed the woman's neck and arm and took her to Water Tower Park on 42nd Street. Livingston told the woman he was going to have sex with her; the woman objected, but Livingston proceeded to rape her vaginally and orally; then he raped her again rectally and vaginally.

After it was over, Livingston began to cry and removed a knife from somewhere on his person and stabbed it into the ground.

Another man came along and the woman mouthed "He raped me." The man told Livingston she was going with him and the man took her from the scene.

The woman called 911 and Sarasota Police arrived.

Livingston was subsequently arrested and charged with Sexual Battery, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Armed Kidnapping with Harm and/or Terrorize.

Livingston remains in the Sarasota County Jail without bond on all three charges.


Police: Deranged Man
Threatens School Kids

APOPKA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- According to Orlando television station WKMG, a deranged man threatened a group of Apopka middle school students on Thursday, forcing the school to be locked down as the suspect led officers on a chase, Apopka police said.

Jeramy Martin, 36, was arrested after the incident at Wolf Lake Middle School.

According to Apopka police, Martin told the students, who were participating in an outdoor physical education class, that he had a gun. A school resource officer stepped in and chased Martin off campus, Apopka police said.

Martin drove his pickup through the Rock Springs Ridge subdivision and crashed into some trees, Apopka police said.

Martin was arrested and told officers that he was on a crack binge, Apopka police said.

No students were injured, WKMG reported.

 

 

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