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Local/State News for week ending 2/28/2009

Domestic Situation Gone Bad:
Ex-Boyfriend Threatens to
Kill Former Girlfriend

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- An arrest report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said Steven M. Silva, 27, of 5310 26th Street West, Bradenton, threatened to kill his former girlfriend on Feb. 4, 2009.

Steven M. Silva

The report said on that date, Nancy Gary was driving her vehicle south on 26th Street West, waiting for the light to turn green at 53rd Avenue West.

Steven Silva approached the passenger side door and made entry into the open window.

Steven allegedly said, "I told you if I saw you I was going to mess you up."

At that time, Steven grabbed the shifter to the vehicle and damaged it, causing approximately $200 in damages.

The report said Steven then grabbed a knife and said, "f _ _ _ _ _ g bitch."

Steven then grabbed Nancy by the right wrist while holding the knife in his right hand and said, "I'll kill you, because of what you did to me."

Steven then exited the vehicle and fled on foot in an unknown direction.

There were no injuries.

Silva was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at about 9 a.m.

He was charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault, Burglary, Battery and Criminal Mischief.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a $30,500 bail bond.

Homeless Man Attempts To Avoid
Traffic Arrest in Pursuit

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A man was arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office following a high speed pursuit that involved a sheriff's helicopter on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at about 11:30 p.m. on 14th Street West, in Bradenton.

Ricky Joe Douglas

A sheriff's office report said Dep. Huff attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle with no tag.

The suspect, later identified as Ricky Douglas, 47, a homeless man, began to drive erratically, and did not yield.

Dep. Huff suspected the driver may have been drunk, and initiated a pursuit.

The pursuit accelerated and became more reckless; therefore, it was terminated.

However, the sheriff's helicopter picked up on the violator's auto just after the pursuit had been canceled.

Douglas was later located and arrested at a house in West Bradenton.

He was charged with Fleeing to Elude, Driving While License Suspended, No Registration, No Insurance, and several traffic violations.

Douglas remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $5,370.

Burglar With A Conscience
Turns Himself In to BPD

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at about 2:30 p.m., a Bradenton Police Officer got a surprise when a burglar turned himself in and confessed to stealing from his mother's business.

Johnny Dwight Jones III

According to an arrest report from BPD, the officer was approached by Johnny Dwight Jones III, 31, of 2202 28th Street Court East, in Palmetto.

Jones told the officer he needed to get his mother's computer back.

The officer inquired as to what the circumstances were of his mother's computer being taken and Jones willingly told the officer that he had entered his mother's place of business in the 900 block of 3rd Street East, in Bradenton, through the back window and had taken his mother's computer, online modem and printer and had left the building.

Jones told the officer that he took the items and traded them for cocaine. He said he needed to get the computer back or because his mother would be angry.

The officer contacted Jones' mother who then pressed charges.

Jones was arrested and charged with Burglary.

Jones remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $10,000.

Bradenton Man Arrested By
Sarasota County Sheriff for
Sale of Oxycodone, Grand
Theft of $38K in Jewelry

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested Robert Humberston, 26, of 6904 Manatee Avenue West, in Bradenton.

Robert Humberston

According to the Probable Cause for Arrest Affidavit, Humberston sold a quantity of Oxycodone pills to an undercover officer on March 26, 2008.

Deputies caught up to Humberston on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at about 11:15 p.m.

Humberston is charged with Sale of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone).

He remains in the Sarasota County Jail on a bail bond of $5,000 for that charge and $7,500 bail bond for a Grand Theft charge (see below).

Humbertson was also arrested and charged with Grand Theft for stealing $38,700 in jewelry from his mother and her male roommate in April of 2008 and pawning the items.

Citizen Alert: Jewelry Thieves
Following Victims Home; Both
Sarasota & Hillsborough Counties

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert citizens to a series of crimes that have occurred in Sarasota and Hillsborough Counties. Two incidents have occurred in Sarasota County and it is believed that these are related to incidents in Hillsborough County.

Above, a composite photo of one of the crooks

The suspects are described as a Hispanic male, 5’ 8” tall, approximately 160 lbs, neatly dressed, and white female, 5’ 6” tall, approximately 135 lbs, brown hair and brown eyes, possibly wearing a hat. The suspects represent themselves as exterminators or health department officials.

The suspects are believed to be watching their victims shop to evaluate their jewelry and then following their victims home from area grocery stores. They then approach the victims on their driveway or at their residence. The suspects state that they are there to spray for insects. They then spray their victims with an unknown liquid and tell the victims that they must immediately remove their jewelry and wash their hands. The suspects then take the victims jewelry.

The suspects are possibly driving a white SUV, a dark Infinity, or a tan Saturn vehicle. Citizens are urged to be extra cautious when returning home from shopping. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sarasota County Sheriff’s District II Criminal Investigations Bureau at 861-4900, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 941-366-TIPS (8477), or on line at or text “TIP 109” and a message to CRIMES (274637).

Woman, 84, Robbed of $15,000
Ring by Hispanic Male

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a robbery that occurred on Thurday, Feb. 26, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at 2036 Carmilfra Way, Sarasota.

The 84-year-old unnamed female victim was returning to her home with groceries when a dark colored Nissan Infiniti vehicle pulled into her driveway.

The occupant, described as a Hispanic male, approximately 30-40 years of age approached the victim and squirted a liquid onto her hands and clothes.

He then made the comment “let me get that off you before it hurts you” and grabbed the victim’s hand. He removed a ring valued at $15,000 and then fled in the vehicle heading
towards US41, possibly north bound.

The victim is unharmed, and the liquid appears to have been water.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sarasota County Sheriff’s District II Criminal Investigations Bureau at 861-4900, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 941-366-TIPS (8477), or on line at or text “TIP 109” and a message to CRIMES (274637).

Narcotics Raid Nets Coke, Pot;
Teen Arrested

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit detectives raided a Port Charlotte drug dealer’s home Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at 5 p.m. and arrested 19 year old Jeremy Juan Carrion.

Jeremy Juan Carrion

A search of the home at 2305 Pellam Blvd. found 57 individually wrapped baggies of marijuana (440 grams), and nine individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine (9 grams). In another bedroom, detectives found a bag of marijuana weighing 7.1 grams, multiple baggies, three electronic scales with marijuana residue, a marijuana cigar, a bullet proof vest, a .380 caliber handgun and eight .380 caliber bullets with a handgun magazine.

Carrion was arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana Over 20 Grams, Possession of Cocaine, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He was taken to the Charlotte County Jail where he is being held on no bond.

Pot Sent Via FedEx
Leads To Arrests

SATELLITE BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG rpeorted a wrong address on a FedEx package led to the arrest of two men on charges of conspiracy to sell high-grade marijuana, Satellite Beach police said.

The two men, identified as Patrick Conners, 21, and Justin Smith, 22, were both arrested Friday after Satellite Beach police were tipped off by a citizen that received the 1-pound package of pot by mistake.

According to police, members of the Criminal Investigations Division were in place near the home for a majority of the day in case anyone came to the house looking for their package. Smith was arrested after going to the door and attempting to retrieve the package from the resident who turned it in to authorities earlier in the day, police said.

Conners was charged with leasing an apartment for sale of controlled substances, conspiracy to sell marijuana within 1,000 feet of a church and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

Smith, considered a worker for Conners, was charged with violation of probation and conspiracy to sell marijuana, WKMG said.



Manatee Deputies Arrest Man for
Threatening to Chop Man Up,
Throw Him In Pond With Fish

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at about 3:30 p.m., Jimmy Kersey thought his life was about to end.

Francisco Ortiz

According to an arrest report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Jimmy Kersey was contracted by the Greenfield Plantation Home Owners Association to removed Talapia fish from the neighborhood ponds.

However, Francisco Ortiz, 78, of 530 Country Lane, Bradenton, did not want Kersey taking the fish out of the pond behind his home and called law enforcement to have Kersey removed.

Dep. Mark Pearson was dispatched to the call and advised Ortiz that Kersey had been hired by the association to remove the fish from the pond and therefore had permission to be in the area.

That was not good enough for Ortiz, the report said. He told Dep. Pearson he had pushed Kersey out of his yard last week and would do the same that day.

Dep. Pearson asked Ortiz to go inside and leave Kersey alone. But Ortiz would not leave the area. Dep. Pearson then advised Kersey not to go in Ortiz' yard and to stay within the 10-foot easement surrounding the pond.

Dep. Pearson then drove down the road to speak with some home owners about Ortiz' behavior when Dep. Pearson heard yelling back at the Ortiz pond and noticed Kersey calling for the deputy's help. When Dep. Pearson arrived, Kersey told the deputy that Ortiz had walked toward him with a machete, raised it above his head and told Kersey that he was going to chop Kersey up and throw him in the pond.

Naturally, Kersey was in fear for his life.

Kersey also told the deputy that Ortiz had pushed him in the chest the week before and threw his bucket in the water.

While Dep. Pearson was talking with Kersey, Ortiz ran into his house and locked all the doors. The deputy made contact with Ortiz through a locked sliding glass door. Ortiz was cursing the deputy and would not come outside, the report said.

Edith Ortiz, Francisco's wife, walked outside to talk with the deputy and the door behind her was immediately locked.

Dep. Pearson found an unlocked window and Edith gave him permission to enter the house. After a brief struggle, Dep. Pearson was able to handcuff Ortiz and transport him to his cruiser.

Dep. Pearson and Edith looked throughout the house but could not find the machete. Edith told Dep. Pearson that she saw Ortiz with the machete, but didn't know where he hid it.

Ortiz was arrested and charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Battery.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $5,750.

Boyfriend, Girlfriend Haggle;
Boyfriend Arrested After
Damaging Her Car

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jonathan M. Jenkins, 18, of 1540 34th Street, in Sarasota.

Jonathan M. Jenkins

According to the arrest report, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at about 2:45 p.m., Jenkins and his girlfriend, Latrese Allen, got into a verbal argument at Allen's residence in the 400 block of 58th Avenue East, Bradenton. Jenkins thought another man was calling Allen.

Jenkins and Allen have been boyfriend and girlfriend and have lived together on an off for about 2 years, the report said.

The argument turned physical when Jenkins grabbed a stick and a clothing iron and threatened to hit her with both.

Allen later told deputies Jenkins hit her with the stick and she sprayed him with Mace. Jenkins backed off and she went to heat up grease on the stove and told Jenkins that if he hit her again, she would throw hot grease on him.

Jenkins then went outside and hit her car with the stick and broke the window and also dented the hood, causing approximately $600 worth of damage.

Jenkins fled the scene and was located by the sheriff's helicopter. A patrol unit then apprehended Jenkins.

Jenkins was charged wtih Aggravated Domestic Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Criminal Mischief.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a $10,500 bail bond.

Man Arrested for Burglary,
Battery, After Two Fight

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- An altercation between two men brought deputies 607 50th Avenue Plaza West, Bradenton, on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at about 3 p.m.

Christopher P. Daidone

According to an arrest report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, there was an argument between James Mays and Erik Rosenwinkel. Mays had been hired to make repairs to Rosenwinkel's residence. Mays asked to be paid, but Rosenwinkel refused, the report said.

Mays became mad and started yelling. Rosenwinkel then called Christopher Daidone on the phone for backup.

When Daidone arrived, he approached the vehicle Mays was sitting in and opened the door. He then punched Mays in the face with a closed fist, grazing the right side of Mays' cheekbone, according to the arrest report.

Daidone then grabbed Mays' shirt and ripped it in half trying to fight him.

Deputies were called, and Daidone was arrested. He was charged with Burglary to a Conveyance with Battery.

Daidone remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bond of $11,500.

Two Men Stabbed in Argument
Over One's Estranged Wife

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at about 3:20 a.m., two men got into a fight in the 7300 block of 41st Avenue East, Bradenton. Both men wound up being stabbed, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

The report said Steven Jett, 25, and Jonathan Hunter, 23, got into a verbal argument over Whitney Matthews, Hunter’s estranged wife.

Hunter threw a Jack Daniels bottle at Jett’s vehicle, hitting the right side of the hood and mirror and leaving a mark.

Jett challenged Hunter to fight, but Hunter fled the scene, stating he would return.

Hunter returned approximately 30 to 45 minutes later, along with 2 to 3 additional men in his red Toyota Celica.

Hunter exited the vehicle and then the two engaged into a fight in the middle of 41st Avenue East.

Two White males exited the vehicle and attempted to participate in the fight but decided against it when they saw Jeff Griffis, Jett’s friend, approaching them.

One of the White males threw something at Griffis, hitting him in the chest and then they returned to the vehicle.

During the fight, a knife was produced and Jett was stabbed in his upper left torso and left rear shoulder blade.

EMS responded to the scene and Bayflite was notified to transport Jett to Bayfront Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Dispatch notified Manatee Memorial Hospital and was advised that Hunter was at the hospital.

Patrol units responded to the hospital, securing Hunter’s vehicle, the two White males found in the vehicle, and Hunter.

Hunter sustained a laceration along his left forearm.

At this time, no one has been charged in connection with this incident.

Welfare Check Request
Leads to Dead Body

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at about 8:30 p.m., an out-of-state caller asked the Manatee County Sheriff's Office to do a welfare check on Michael A. Corbeil, 57, of 4918 14th Street West, Bradenton. Mr. Corbeil was found dead in his mobile home.

A report of the incident said a deputy was dispatched to a welfare check at the listed location.

Upon arrival, the house was secure; however, when the deputy looked through a window, he saw a walker on the ground and part of a person's leg. There was also a foul odor coming from the house.

EMS was called and forced entry into the residence.

Michael was obviously deceased, the report said.

There were no other suspicious circumstances noted.

A detective and crime scene unit responded to the scene, along with the Medical Examiner's Office.

Foul play is not suspected.

Sarasota Sheriff Arrests Man for
Marijuana Grow House

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Detectives with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Bureau have arrested Frank Martinez, 43, of 2836 Abbeville Road, North Port on one count of Trafficking in Cannabis Over 25 Pounds, one count of Cultivation of Cannabis, and one count of Possession of a Residence for the Purpose of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance.

At approximately 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25th, 2009, Special Investigations Bureau Detectives executed a search warrant at the above address.

As a result of the search warrant, there were 96 mature cannabis plants located inside the residence weighing 183 lbs.

The homeowner, Frank Martinez was arrested on site and charged with the offenses as listed.

10 Unlocked Vehicles Entered,
Two Stolen

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office investigated 10 cases of unlocked vehicles with two of them being stolen because keys were left in the vehicles.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, thieves got into five vehicles and stole CD’s, cash, checkbooks, CD player, and golf clubs.

These incidents occurred on Corn St., Rock Creek Dr., Belinda Ave., Gibralter Dr. and Tennyson Ave. in Port Charlotte.

Thieves stole a taxi that had the keys left in the ignition on Harbor Blvd., and a GMC truck on Tennyson Ave. with keys left on the drivers seat.

On Monday, thieves entered unlocked vehicles on Madaca Lane, Malden Ave. and Viscaya Dr., all in Port Charlotte. The “car hoppers” took cash and CD’s.

Sheriff Bill Cameron reminds motorists that thieves find unlocked vehicles very easy targets and simply help themselves to valuables left in cars or trucks.

The unlocked vehicles are parked in driveways, garages, parking lots, and other locations and motorists should get into the habit of locking vehicles all the time.

Anyone with information about theses theft cases are asked to please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).

Baby Sitter Arrested In
Sex Attack On Girl

PALM BAY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported Palm Bay police on Tuesday arrested a man accused of sexual battery on a 12-year-old girl whom he baby-sat, officials said.

Noel Kelly, 34, of Palm Bay, was arrested on a warrant for five counts of capital sexual battery on a child under the age of 12 and one count of sexual battery on a child over age 12.

The sexual abuse began when the victim was 11 years old, said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Palm Bay Police Department, in a news release.

"When he was baby-sitting, he would call the child into his bedroom, where he locked the door and forced to her to have sex with him," said Palm Bay police Detective Greg Guillette. "He threatened her if she told anyone."

Detectives also think that there might potentially be other victims in the case, WKMG said.




Bradenton Police Arrest Man
Report Says Tried to Shoot
Another Man with Shotgun

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- A Bradenton Police Detective has arrested Zorry Jermaine Jenkins, 34, of 2511 5th Avenue West, Bradenton, who apparently attempted to shoot another man with a shotgun.

Zorry Jermaine Jenkins

According to the arrest report, on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at about 9:15 p.m., Zorry Jenkins approached his brother-in law/victim, while the unnamed brother-in-law was meeting with his girlfriend in the 1200 block of 26th Avenue West, Bradenton.

Jenkins pulled up to the victim as he was walking with his girlfriend along the street. Jenkins was riding in an unknown make/model blue car. Jenkins exited the car and informed the victim he had something for him.

His brother-in-law, the victim, was initially facing away from Jenkins. The victim turned and briefly looked in the direction of Jenkins and saw that Jenkins had an object in his right hand, which was being held on the side of Jenkins' body. The victim then turned his back on Jenkins, at which time the girlfriend started screaming.

The girlfriend saw Jenkins holding a sawed off shotgun in his hand. The victim turned toward Jenkins and saw Jenkins pointing the shotgun directly at him. Jenkins then grabbed the barrel of the shotgun and held it like a baseball bat is held. Jenkins then struck the victim on the right shoulder with the handle of the shotgun.

The victim then started fleeing the area and heard the shotgun produce an ominous clicking sound as he was fleeing. Either the shotgun misfired or there were no shells in the weapon.

Jenkins then shouted at the fleeing victim that he was going to go to the homes of some of the victim's family.

A search of the area was conducted at the time; however, Jenkins was not located.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, Jenkins was stopped by the Bradenton Police Dept. for a traffic violation. He was taken to the Bradenton Police Station when cocaine was found in his possession.

Detective Camacho attempted to interview Jenkins about this case and another criminal mischief complaint. However, post-Miranda, Jenkins refused to make any statements or answer any questions.

Det. Camacho ran a criminal history on Jenkins and discovered he had 13 prior felony convictions.

Jenkins was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Concealed Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell, Criminal Mischief and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a $211,750 bail bond.

Three Men Arrested in Attempt
to Steal Nearly $100,000 in
Boat Motors, Wiring Harnesses

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- An unsuccessful attempt to steal nearly $100,000 in boat motors and wiring harnesses from Ingman Marine, 8311 North Tamiami Trail, Bradenton, was thwarted by the arrival of Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies and a K-9 Deputy and his K-9, "Nitro."

Above, L to R, Lewis Dominguez-Rodriguez, Mizael Alfonso and Yoinel De Vera

According to an arrest report from the sheriff's office, on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, shortly before 9 p.m., three men, Lewis Dominguez-Rodriguez, 25, Mizael Alfonso, 35, and Yoinel De Vera, 26, all of Miami, Florida, cut off two metal posts on a fence leading to Ingman Marine and pulled a white Chevy pickup onto the lot.

The three men then proceeded to cut the wiring harnesses to six vessels and attempt to steal six boat motors. The boat motors were valued at $86,500 and the wiring harnesses were valued at $10,800, for a grand total of $97,300.

However, they were interrupted from their crime spree by the arrival of the cavalry, in the form of Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies.

When the three men saw law enforcement pulling onto the lot of the business, all three of them jumped a fence on the north side of the business and fled on foot.

K-9 Deputy John Kruse and his K-9 Nitro arrived to track the three men.

During the track, Mizael and Lewis were tracked to a drainage that led into a creek. When deputies yelled for them to stop, the men continued to go further into the creek that led to the property of the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport, which is posted "No Trespassing." Those two men were then taken into custody.

The third man, Yoinel, was also tracked and located in a bush along the fence of the airport. Dep. Kruse shouted, "Sheriff's K-9, come out!" Yoinel did not come out and Nitro was released. Yoinel was bitten and taken into custody.

All three men were charged with six counts of Burglary to a Conveyance, six counts of Grand Theft, eight counts of Criminal Mischief, Possession of Burglary Tools, Resisting Arrest without Violence and Trespass.

They remain in the Manatee County Jail on bail bonds of $114,500 each.

Armed Home Invasion Robbery
By Three Unknown Culprits

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Detective Bill Waldron, of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) reported an armed home invasion robbery on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at about 8 p.m. at the Centre Court Apartments, 5121 42nd Street Circle West, Bradenton.

Shawn Bailey, 21, and his sister Austin, 20, were visiting Brittany Znaczko, 20, at her apartment at the above location when two Black males dressed in dark clothing and concealing their identity entered Znaczko’s apartment through the unlocked front door.

One of the robbers was armed with a small black handgun and was accompanied by a 2nd robber. A third unknown robber waited outside and was not seen, but heard by the victims.

The victims were ordered into the bathroom and told to stay inside while the robbers went through the apartment and took a wallet containing a small amount of cash, a laptop and several other small electronic items.

The unknown robbers fled a short time later by unknown means.

There were no injuries.

The robbers were described as: #1 Black male approximately 5’-11,” 160 pouinds, black hair, mid 20s; #2 Black male approximately 5’-11,” 170 pounds, black hair, mid 20s; and #3 unknown race male, no further description.

Investigation continues by the sheriff's office Violent Crimes Task Force.

Anyone with information is asked to contact MSO VCTF Detective William J. Waldron at 941-747-3011 Ext. 2160, or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

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

Manatee Sheriff Reports
Attempted Purse Snatch

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at about 10:30 p.m., a Black male attempted to snatch a young lady's purse. The incident occurred in the 2300 block of 1st Street East, in Bradenton.

A report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said Tonette Hill, 23, and a Black male named "Duke" got into a verbal argument and a struggle ensued.

Duke allegedly tried to take Tonette's purse during the struggle but was unsuccessful.

Tonette called 911, but Duke snatched the phone out of her hand and fled northbound from the Roadway Inn.

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

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

Community Partnerships and
Awareness Training Seminar

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Prevention Unit hosted an 8-hour seminar at Freedom Village on Saturday, February 21st. The National Sheriffs’ Association and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security conducted the seminar which was entitled All-Hazards Homeland Security Initiative - Community Partnerships and Awareness Training.

Above, Instructors William Murray, Donald Driskill, Michael Brown
(Photo by Carole Law Atkins, NewsManatee)

According to the materials provided, the purpose of the course was "to show how to create a collaborative partnership between community members and public safety personnel who wish to better prepare for an all-hazards event and are interested in forming collaborative partnerships that strengthen the ability of their community to respond to a disaster."

Approximately 130 participants received instructions on how to identify the critical needs of a community during times of crisis; manage those needs; and prepare for future disasters, including natural events, manmade disasters and terrorist attack. The participants learned what steps should be taken to respond to an emergency situation and how to identify available resources in their community. Finally, participants learned what they must do as individuals, businesses and the community as a whole to recover from a disaster.

The instructors were very knowledgeable and entertaining. Each participant received a certificate at the end of the seminar.

Every citizen should attend this type of seminar. It will not only inform and train them; it will give them the courage to step up in the event of a disaster when first responders are unable to.

For additional information, please contact Deputy Steve Ogline with the Crime Prevention Unit, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Mickey Mouse Helps Red Cross
and Victims of Disaster

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- For a fourth year, The Walt Disney Company ( is donating plush toys featuring its popular Mickey Mouse character to the Red Cross in support of disaster relief efforts in communities nationwide.

The Manatee County Chapter received a year's supply of the Mickey toys. "A new toy for a child who has just lost all of their belongings in a house fire can be a big comfort," said Erin Craig, Disaster Services Director for the Chapter.

Over the last decade, the use of stuffed animals following a disaster has become a symbol of comfort for disaster victims. When a family loses everything to a house fire, or has to evacuate to an emergency shelter, something as simple as toys for their children can mean a great deal.

The Walt Disney company donated 150,000 plush toys to the American Red Cross for victims of disasters.

FedEx Corporation, also a committed Red Cross disaster partner, graciously donated the shipping for this program.

In addition, Disney donated their staff time and resources to package and ship the toys to Red Cross chapters.

SSO Searching for Armed Robber,
Asks Public's Assistance

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is searching for Justin Alan Blake, 27. Deputies have probable cause to believe Mr. Blake committed an armed robbery of Kayla Smilie, 20.

Justin Alan Blake

At approximately 4:50 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, the victim gave Justin Blake a ride in her car from Bahia Vista/Beneva Rd. to the area of Greendale Dr. /Calvin Ln.

Upon arriving on Greendale, Blake ordered the victim to stop. He then produced a small handgun and pointed it at the victim. Blake reached into the victim's purse and took $300.00 cash. He then fled the area on foot towards Webber Street.

Blake is to be considered armed and dangerous. He is currently wanted on unrelated charges as well.

Anyone with information regarding this case or the whereabouts of Justin Blake should contact the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Bureau at 861-4900 or Crime Stoppers at 366-TIPS (8477).

SPD Arrests Man for Rape
of Young Girl

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department has arrested Craig Barker, 25, of 2274 Bay Street, Sarasota.

Craig Barker

According to the arrest report, on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at about 5:30 p.m., an unnamed young girl left a school at the corner of Bay Street and School Avenue. She then walked in the woods for an hour and then started walking down Bay Street, knocking on doors trying to get someone to let her use a phone to call her aunt.

When she got to Craig Barker's address, he opened the door and allowed her to use his phone to make the call. She said he asked her if she was 18. She said she was. He asked her in and he offered her some food and they smoked a couple of "joints." They then watched a movie on an inflatable mattress. When the movie got to the "sex part," he started telling her that she was pretty and started kissing her.

He then pulled off her sweat pants and attempted to perform oral sex on her. He then penetrated her manually and climbed on top of her and raped her.

She located her clothes, got dressed and told him she was going for a walk.

Law enforcement got involved shortly afterward and, through a series of investigative techniques, located Barker and confronted him at his residence.

The victim identified Barker through a photograph.

Barker was arrested at 4:40 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, and charged with Sexual Battery.

He remains in the Sarasota County Jail on a bail bond of $10,000.

Charlotte County K-9 Locates
Teenage Burglar

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Charlotte County Sheriff’s K-9 unit tracked and arrested Tyler Dustin Davis, 16, 3410 Dover Dr., Harbour Heights. He was charged with the Monday night burglary of a home at 23509 Harold Ave., Port Charlotte.

Tyler Dustin Davis

Detectives said they found a cell phone on the ground by the rear window that was smashed at the burglarized home.

CCSO then received a tip from a man who said he picked up an unknown White male who asked for a ride and dropped him off in Charlotte Harbor at Melbourne St. and Harper Ave.

Based on the description of the suspect, detectives said it matched the description of a missing juvenile, Davis.

The K-9 unit was called and the track led to Davis.

Detectives placed a call to Davis’ cell phone number and it rang to the cell phone found at the burglarized home.

Davis was arrested and charged with Burglary and Violation of Probation. A warrant was also found on Davis for Fraud. He was booked into the Charlotte County Jail, and then transferred to DJJ in Ft. Myers for 21 days.

Investigators: We Are No
Closer To Finding Haleigh

SATSUMA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Two weeks after 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings vanished from her Satsuma home in the middle of the night, investigators were still searching for the kindergartner and following up on 1,600 leads, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Haleigh Marie Cummings

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said it has five detectives working on the case around the clock. On Monday, one investigator said they are no closer to finding Haleigh than they were when she first disappeared.

Haleigh was last seen at 10 p.m. Feb. 9, in bed at her home in the Hermet's Cove mobile home park where she lives with her father, his 17-year-old girlfriend and her younger brother.

Investigators were told the last person to see the 5-year-old was her father's girlfriend, Misty Croslin, who told investigators that she saw the girl in her bed at 10 p.m. She told police when she awoke at 3 a.m. on Tuesday to use the bathroom, Haleigh was missing and the back door of the home was open.

Over the past 14 days, detectives have questioned and requestioned Haleigh's family members and anyone else who had contact with the child before she disappeared, WKMG reported.



Bradenton Police Department:
Homeless Man Found Dead;
Police Say It's Homicide

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police say a homeless man was found dead Monday morning behind Griggs Plumbing, 1317 12th Avenue West. Local reports say the death is a "violent homicide."

Above, the scene of the found body; note the blood spatter to the right of the tank,
which was several feet away from the chair the man was found in
at the lower left of this photo, just out of the picture.
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

The dead man's name is Daniel Case, 59, according to Jeff Mohler, owner of Griggs Plumbing.

An employee of the plumbing business found the man dead behind the shop at about 8 a.m. Monday morning.

The body was covered in blood and slumped over in a chair, according to one report.

Griggs Plumbing and another business had allowed the man to live behind their businesses for a couple of years.

NewsManatee reporter/photographer Heather Chadwick said, "Jeff Mohler was kind enough to even take Mr. Case's mail for him at the Griggs address. They even slipped him a couple of dollars here and there and thought that it helped to have someone around."

Chadwick reported, "Mr. Mohler said that neighbors heard what appeared to be arguing at around 11.30 p.m. Sunday night, and that the time of death was likely around midnight."

"He appeared to have been hit over the head," Mohler told Chadwick.

An NewsManatee anonymous source said Case had been beaten very badly.

The dead man is believed to have been a Vietnam veteran.

Daniel Case was trying to turn his life around; he had a pending court appointment regarding his social security, Mohler told NewsManatee.

Bradenton Police Department's Dep. Chief J.J. Lewis told NewsManatee, "We are waiting for an autopsy to be done so the Medical Examiner can determine the Cause of Death.

Lewis said, "Detectives are investigating this case as a homicide."

This is the 6th murder overall in Manatee County. There have now been 2 murders in the City of Bradenton and 4 in the county.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Bradenton Police Department at (941) 932-9300 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

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

Man Arrested for Scaring
Witness Who Is Now
Refusing to Testify

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Detectives have arrested Jimmy Sanchez, 22, who is currently incarcerated in the Manatee County Jail. Sanchez is awaiting trial in February for gang-related activities. He is charged with RICO Act violations (Racketeering Influenced Crime Organization).

Jimmy Sanchez

According to the arrest report, on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, Sanchez harassed Ashley Brakeall with the intent to dissuade Brakeall from testifying against Sanchez in Manatee County Circuit Court.

Sanchez allegedly asked a female inmate named Melanie Sanders if she was housed in the female west pod of the jail. When Ms. Sanders replied that she was, Sanchez said, "You're in a pod with a snitch, Ashley Brakeall." According to Ms. Sanders, Sanchez said that Brakeall was going to testify against him and that she was "a snitchin' bitch" and was "good as dead."

Sanchez told Sanders he was facing 65 years in prison and might as well make it worthwhile by getting Brakeall and her grandparents.

Sanders was concerned for Brakeall's safety, the report said, because she knew that Sanchez was serious. Sanders had known Sanchez for many years, she told detectives.

Upon returning to the jail, Sanders told Breakall what Sanchez had said. Brakeall became scared and contacted law enforcement about the harassment. Brakeall then told law enforcement and the State that she no longer wanted to testify because of the harassment by Sanchez.

Sanchez was later arrested and charged with Harassing a Witness.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail.

Man, Woman Arrested for
Burglary of Country Buffet,
Child Neglect of Girl, 4

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A man and a woman have been arrested for the burglary of the Country Buffet, 5506 14th Street West, Bradenton, on Feb. 9, 2009.

Above, James Banks and Jennifer Conlon

According to an arrest report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, the owner had inadvertently left the back door to the restaurant unlocked. When he arrived at the restaurant on Feb. 10th, he discovered two TVs and Karaoke equipment were missing. When he went to the videotape that was on, he discovered he knew one of the burglars, James Banks, 35, of 5601 16th Street West, Bradenton.

Subsequent investigation by detectives reviewing the videotape showed a 4-year-old girl looking into the rear door of the business at 10:45 p.m. A minute later, Banks and Jennifer Conlon, 35, of the same address as Banks, exited the back door.

At 11:07, Banks returned. At 11:12, Banks motioned for a man parked behind the building, known as "Matt" to come inside. At 11:16, "Matt" walked out with a TV and Banks walked out with another. At 11:18 Banks left again with an unknown bag. The men then left, but at 1:45 a.m., Banks returned. At 1:59 a.m., Banks left for the last time, carrying the Karaoke equipment, the report said.

The owner of the restaurant told detectives Bank has done some work for him in the past while the business was open, but no permission to be there on that day and no reason to take any of the items.

As Banks and Conlon committed the burglary in the presence of a minor child for whom they are responsible, it constituted danger to the child's physical and mental well-being.

Banks and Conlon were arrested on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, and charged with Burglary and Child Neglect.

Banks remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond; Conlon remains there with a $12,500 bail bond.

There was no indication in the report as to what happened to the 4-year-old girl.

Bradenton Police Arrest Woman
for Using Laundry Services at
Vacant House

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police have arrested Mary Angela Southwick, 49, of 115 17th Street Northwest, Bradenton.

Mary Angela Southwick

According to the arrest report, on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at about 8 a.m., police responded to an anonymous complaint that Southwick was breaking into the vacant residence at 109 17th Street Northwest, Bradenton, to use the washer and dryer.

When police arrived, they found wet women's clothing in the washer and dryer.

Police attempted to make contact with Southwick, but she refused to answer the door. Her roommate, James Bell, let the cops inside. They found Southwick hiding inside a closet.

Southwick told police she had spoken with "Karen," who lived there and said that Southwick was allowed to use the facilities.

However, police made contact with Karen Brazell, who was out of state at the time. Ms. Brazell disputed Southwick's claim and said she rents the place and Southwick did not have permission to be there.

Southwick was arrested and charged with Burglary.

"Susan B. Anthony" Speaks Out
at George Washington's
Birthday Luncheon

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution (SAR and DAR) held a George Washington Birthday luncheon at noon on Saturday, Feb. 21st, 2009, at the Sarasota Hotel and Marina, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Bradenton.

Above, SAR President Harold Crapo gives
"Susan" a Certificate of Appreciation
(Photo provided)

The lady shown above, Susan B. Anthony, portrayed by Barbara Rowe in period costume, gave a walking monologue to the approximate ninety Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution and guests present. Mrs. Rowe's presentation was delivered as though we present were living in Susan B. Anthony's time, 1873, when she made her original speech.

The colors were posted by the Sarasota Military Academy Color Guard and accompanied by five JROTC Cadet bagpipers. All were given Certificates of Appreciation by SAR President Harold Crapo.

The theme of the program was recognition of the women of the American Revolution.

The Daughters of the American Revolution, and/or the wives of the Sons of the American Revolution present at the event, were given the Abigail Adams Award in appreciation of their support over the years.

Our history books tell us that Miss Susan B. Anthony cast her vote in the 5 November 1872 presidential election. Who did she vote for? you might ask. Doesn't matter...incumbent U.S. Grant was easily reelected for a second term over Horace Greeley. History goes on to record in the transcript of her trial that Miss Anthony was judged guilty of her "crime" of voting as a woman and ordered to pay $100.00 and cost of the two day trial on 17 and 18 June 1873. She refused to "never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty."

In the 1970s, the U.S. Mint created an unpopular "Silver Dollar" using Susan B. Anthony's likeness but gave her no identity.

Like the U.S. Marine Corps, the Saramana Chapter of SAR is always looking for "A Few Good Men" to join the Sons of the American Revolution. Contact New Member Committee Chair, Billie Lowe at 941-729-5712 or President Harold Crapo at 941-756-7272 for information.

Two Women Arrested by SPD
at Massage Parlor for
Alleged Prostitution

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Two women have been arrested in Sarasota at a massage parlor located at 1602 N. East Avenue, called East Studio.

Above, L to R, Li Sik Park and Sang Kum Petrella

According to the arrest reports, on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at about 1:30 p.m., SPD officers conducted an undercover operation at the massage parlor after learning the business was possibly involved in prostitution.

An undercover officer went inside the business, wearing a hidden microphone. Two other officers were listening to the conversations outside.

Once inside, the undercover officer agreed to a 30-minute massage for $60, which was marked money. He gave the money to Sang Kum Petrella, 67. He was led to a private room and asked if he had been to the establishment before. The officer said no, but he had visited a similar establishment in Las Vegas. Petrella indicated her business was "similar."

Minutes later, Li Sik Park, 35, entered the room. She began to massage the officer and then indicated for an additional $200 he could have "everything." She pointed to her mouth, indicating oral sex and said "$100."

The officer said he only had two 20 dollar bills and a 10 dollar bill. Li Sik Park then indicated he could have a "hand job" for $50.

The officer gave a predetermined signal and the other officers moved in for a takedown.

Li Sik Park was arrested and charged with Prostitution. Sang Kum Petrella was arrested and charged with Deriving Support from Proceeds of Prostitution.

Both were taken to the Sarasota County Jail.

27-Year-Old Man Gets 10 Years
in Manslaughter Case

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On January 30th, 2009, 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Deno Economou sentenced Benjamin C. Hall, 27, to 10 years in Florida State Prison for the 2006 manslaughter death of Stephen M. Bongiorno, a 27-year-old White male. Hall was also sentenced to 5 years for the Sale of Heroin.

Benjamin C. Hall

On November 1st, 2006, Bongiorno was found deceased by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office inside his own vehicle.

The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Bongiorno’s cause of death was from acute heroin intoxication.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau determined that Hall sold Bongiorno heroin from within Hall’s own residence. Bongiorono then ingested this heroin while still inside Hall’s residence and ultimately died as a result.

Hall then drove Bongiorno’s dead body to Merchants Point located at 2881 Clark Road Sarasota, and left him there inside the vehicle where he was found by deputies.

Home Invasion Robbery;
One Woman Raped,
Another Beaten

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a Home Invasion Robbery that occurred Sunday, February 22nd, 2009, at approximately 9:00 p.m. in the 3500 block of Osage Terrace, Sarasota.

A report from SSO said a man entered the home of two female victims, brandishing a firearm. The victims’ ages were 82 and 56.

After the man entered the residence, he bound the two victims.

While the two victims were bound, the man beat one of the victims and sexually battered the other.

The man also stole numerous valuables and then fled the residence.

The suspect is described as a male, approximately 5’9” tall, weighing 180 lbs. The suspect was wearing black clothing and a black ski mask. His race was not given in the report.

Due to the nature of this incident, victim information is being withheld.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Tuck on 941-861-4939 or District II Criminal Investigations Bureau at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online at or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

Detectives Seek ID of Armed
Robber of Chevron Station

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's Major Crimes detectives are asking the public if they can identify an armed robber caught on the Chevron station security video Feb. 19th, 2009, at 4048 El Jobean Rd. (S.R. 776) in El Jobean.

The CCSO received a call at 7:54 p.m. that a White male, about 5 foot 2-inches to 5 foot 8-inches tall, 160 pounds, wearing a black ski mask, light brown gloves, light green sweater with a white shirt underneath, dark gray pants and brown loafers. The robber displayed a black handgun, took money from the cash register, and then left by the front door. The suspect ran around the back of the store in an unknown direction.

This is the second armed robbery at the Chevron station and convenience store. On Dec. 24, 2008, a white male wearing a mask and had a handgun, robbed the store and fled in an unknown direction.

Major Crimes Detective Kevin Connolly is asking the public if they have any information about the identity of the suspect, to please call 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).

Man Dumped Onto Road
Dies After Shooting

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a man who witnesses said was pushed from a car onto an Orlando road has died from gunshot wounds, police said.

Orlando police were called at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday after gunshots were heard near Appian Way.

Officers discovered a Hispanic man lying in the street, and he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said.

Witnesses said they heard gunshots coming from a dark-colored vehicle and then saw the man being pushed out onto the road, according to Orlando police.

No further information was released in the WKMG report.



Cops Swoop Down On Local Bar:
Bradenton Police Department
Shuts Down Club RJ's

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, shortly after 5 p.m., the Bradenton Police Department shut down Club RJ's, 720 9th Avenue West, in Bradenton.

Above, Club RJ's, 720 9th Avenue West, Bradenton
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

Local Police and the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco served an Emergency Suspension Order, shutting down the club as a public nuisance needing a police presence almost constantly.

In the past three and a half years, there have been 2 murders, 12 shootings/possession of firearm, 29 assaults and batteries and nearly 30 drug complaints. Time spent by BPD at the club in the last six months has been around 500 hours, at a cost of $24,000. Furthermore, police estimate that in the last 3 1/2 years they have spent nearly 3,500 hours at the club and $168,000.

"There is not a week that goes by that the police department does not have to respond to Club RJ’s," Deputy Police Chief Bill Tokajer said.

"Club RJ's is an immediate danger to the community and a safe haven for criminal activity," Tokajer added.

Major Pat Roberts, of the southern region of the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, agreed with Tokajer.

"We hope they never serve alcoholic beverages again," Roberts said.

Roberts also said over the past five months, the manager, employees and patrons of the club have been engaging in and allowing the sale of narcotics on the club's property and inside the licensed establishment.

Latrice Waiters, wife of club owner Ricky Waiters, who was on the premises at the time of the raid, claimed she and her husband had not been aware that there was continuing illegal activity within the premises of Club RJ's. She continued to say that they call 911 any time they do have any problem. She claimed police tell them that they call too much.

All that is left inside Club RJ's is one lone local cop
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

On Friday afternoon, members of the media were given advance notice of the special operation without being informed as to the subject matter. We were all to meet at the Bradenton Police Station in Downtown Bradenton at 5 p.m. From there, we were told on Friday, the operation would be concluded at an undisclosed location and the media would caravan with police to the secret location.

Above, Dep. Chief Bill Tokajer briefing members of the media
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

On Sunday, Deputy Chief William Tokajer conducted a briefing for the members of the media. Details of the operation were explained. Following the briefing, members of the press were escorted to the scene by Detective Carlos Craddock commandering the the Mobile Crime unit. The scene had been secured by law enforcement for the safety of bar patrons as well as police and press.

Only one person, Thomas Jefferson, was taken into custody at this time for a violation in regard to child support. Dep. Chief Tokajer said more arrests will follow.

"Club RJ's is history," NewsManatee's Heather Chadwick concluded.

3 Convicted Felons Arrested for
Possession of Four Guns, Drugs
When Vehicle Stopped By BPD

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police have arrested three convicted felons in possession of two handguns and several drugs after their vehicle was pulled over for window tinting that was too dark.

Above, L to R, Emanuel Johnson, Edward Anderson and James Davis

According to the arrest reports for all three, on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at about 10 p.m., a Bradenton Police Officer pulled over a white Chevy 4-door in the 1800 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton, when he observed window tinting that he believed was too dark.

Inside the vehicle were the driver, Emanuel Xavier Johnson, 20, of 1620 55th Avenue West, Bradenton; a rear seat passenger, Edward Charles Anderson, 28, of 816 29th Street East, Bradenton; and a front seat passenger, James Lee Davis, 30, of 2116 8th Avenue West, Bradenton.

When the officer opened the vehicle's door, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana.

The officer ordered all three out of the vehicle. While checking on the status of the driver, Johnson, and the other two, another officer arrived as backup and also smelled marijuana coming from the car.

All three were asked if there were any guns or drugs in the car and officers were told no, there weren't.

Det. Greg Price, who also responded, opened a locked glove box and found two fully loaded firearms and 20 Hydrocodone tablets. Two other firearms and some marijuana were also found.

All three were arrested and charged with four counts of Possession of a Concealed Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Armed Trafficking in Illegal Drugs, and Possession of Marijuana.

They remain in the Manatee County Jail on bail bonds of $30,000 each.

K-9 Takes Bite Out of Crime
and Gang Member

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Manatee County K-9 unit captured an alleged gang member after the gang member pointed a gun at a woman and her 12-year-old daughter, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Above, Dep. K-9 "Leo" and Cedric J. Williams

The report said on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at about 1:45 a.m., Cedric J. Williams, 28, asked Veronica Dubois, 26, of the 300 block of 61st Avenue East, Bradenton, to use her vehicle and she refused.

Williams then began punching holes in the walls of the house and breaking items inside.

Williams then produced a handgun, put it to Dubois' head and threatened to kill her.

Dubois took her 12-year-old child, R.C., outside to get away from Williams. R.C. had left her cell phone inside the apartment and went back to get it. When R.C. asked Williams for her cell phone he pointed the gun at her and threatened to shoot her.

Dubois then called the sheriff's office as Williams fled out the back door.

A short time later, Detective Parham spotted Williams as he stood at the 6100 block of 1st Street East.

As Sgt. Pease approached Williams, he began running northbound on 1st Street toward Detective Parham and K-9 Deputy Thames.

Williams refused Deputy Thames commands to stop and he released K-9 Leo to make the apprehension. K-9 Leo engaged Williams and took him to the ground. Williams grabbed K-9 Leo by the snout and was bitten on the hand as well. Williams then attempted to punch K-9 Leo but was stopped by Detective Parham.

After a brief struggle with deputies Williams was arrested without further incident.

The weapon was located by Deputy Stevens and found to be a BB gun that looks like a large caliber semi automatic handgun.

Williams proudly claimed to deputies that he was a gang member.

Williams was charged with two counts of Aggravated Domestic Assault with a Firearm, Resisting Arrest and Felony Criminal Mischief.

Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for Possession of Child Porn

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at about 5 p.m., Bradenton Police Detectives executed a search warrant in the 4800 block of 51st Street West, Bradenton at the residence of Mr. Roberto Manzanero, 24.

Roberto Manzanero

The warrant was obtained after an investigation was conducted by the Florida State Attorney General’s Cybercrime Unit and the Bradenton Police Department regarding Child Pornography.

Manzanero was arrested and charged with 20 counts of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Promoting the Sexual Performance of a Child.

More charges are possible as the investigation is continuing.

Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to call the Bradenton Police Department 941-932-9300 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

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

Deputies Arrest Man for
Sex Offender Violation,
Sale of Narcotics

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Robert James Ford, 26, of the 5600 block of 11th Street Court East, Bradenton.

Robert James Ford

Arrest warrants were served by deputies from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office warrants division in the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 20, 2009.

Robert Ford was arrested for Failure to Notify DHSMV of address change and 2 counts of Sale of Narcotics.

No specific information was given in the report regarding the sale of narcotics.

Ford remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $30,000.

Ford was convicted of a 2001 crime of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Victim Under the Age of 12 in Palm Beach County, Florida. He was sentence in 2003 to 2 years, 6 months and was released in 2005.

Ellenton Shoppers Capture
Laptop Thief from Texas

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, two Ellenton shoppers captured a fleeing laptop computer thief on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at about 4:45 p.m. outside the Starbucks coffee house located at 5509 Factory Shops Blvd., at the mall in Ellenton.

Corey Kinney

The report said Gary Lyman, 62, of Durham North Carolina, was inside Starbucks. Lyman was using his laptop computer when Corey Kinney, 19, approached him and asked if he could use his computer. Kinney told Lyman he wanted to access his Facebook internet website.

Lyman told Kinney he was busy and he would not let him use his computer.

Kenney then turned away as if he was going to leave, then suddenly turned back around and grabbed Lyman’s laptop computer. Kenney then ran out of the business with the laptop.

Lyman took chase and followed Kinney to the parking lot where two unknown bystanders saw Lyman chasing Kinney. The two unknown bystanders tackled Kinney in the parking lot and held him until the Ellenton Mall Security Guard arrived.

Lyman was given his laptop back valued at $4,000.00.

While Kinney was being transported to jail, Kinney told a deputy he just wanted to do a crime that did not hurt anyone. He said he couldn’t find work and he needed money to get back to Texas. Kinney said he knew people had computers while at Starbucks and it would be easy to grab one.

Kinney was charged with Robbery By Sudden Snatching.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $1,000.

Woman Knocked Off Bike,
Walkman Stolen During
Robbery By 2 Black Males

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A woman riding her bicycle through the Target parking lot at 6150 14th Street West, in South Manatee County, was accosted and her Walkman was stolen at about 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The report said Robin Clark was riding her bicycle through the Target Parking Lot on her way home.

Robin observed two Black males in the parking lot, approximately twenty feet apart from one another. As she approached, one of the Black males jumped in front of her and tackled her.

Robin was knocked off the bicycle and received scrapes and road rash to the right side of her face, her right shoulder, her right knee and both hands.

The Black male who tackled her stated, "Give me your money."

Robin was dazed from the fall, but stated that she had no money. The Black male then took the Sony Walkman and headphones that she was wearing.

Both Black males then walked away from her.

They were described as being in their teens and wearing dark clothes.

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

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

Hispanic Man Robbed By
Four White Males

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Hugo Hernandez, 21, as robbed by 4 men on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at about 1:20 a.m. in the 1400 block of 57th Avenue West, Bradenton.

The report said Hugo was walking in the wooded area behind Domino’s Pizza on 57th Avenue West when he was knocked to the ground by 4 unknown White males.

While Hugo was on the ground, they took $9.00 cash and his cell phone.

The robbers fled in an unknown direction.

Hugo was not injured.

There was no further description of his assailants in the report.

Deer Strike's Manatee Deputy's
Cruiser, Runs Into Woods

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a deer struck a deputy's cruiser on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.

The report said Dep. J. Wolfe was driving his patrol car east on University Parkway, in Southeast Manatee County, at approximately 40 mph. Dep. Wolfe was about 1/4 mile east of Lake Club Blvd. at the time.

A deer came out of the darkness, and struck the driver's side of Wolfe's patrol car. The deer then ran away into the woods.

Dep. Wolfe was uninjured.

The patrol car suffered about $700.00 damage to the drivers’ side mirror area, the report said.

Woman's Car Stopped By "Stranger,"
on Unlit Dirt Road, Purse Taken

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a woman's purse was taken after her car was pulled over by a "stranger" on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at about 1:45 a.m.

Kylie S. Lewis, 19, of the 4000 block of Banbury Circle, in Parrish, told deputies that while she was driving home from work, an unknown vehicle behind her began flashing its high beams towards her car.

Lewis pulled over, alone, on an unlit dirt road to find out what they wanted. She was in the 2800 block of Memphis Road, in Palmetto, at the time.

The alleged "stranger" approached her car, reached in through the cracked window, and unlocked her door. The stranger then opened her door, reached inside and took her purse from the back seat.

Lewis drove home and called the sheriff's office.

Lewis later changed her story, saying it wasn't a stranger, but her ex-boyfriend, Kenneth Laws, 37, of the 7900 block of 43rd Street West, Bradenton, who wrestled her purse from her grasp, and left with it.

She didn't think to stop and call the police until she got home.

Lewis was uninjured.

The purse contained a wallet, credit card, DL, and cell phone.

Deputy Shoots, Kills Wounded
Coyote Struck By Vehicle

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Manatee County Deputy shot and killed an injured coyote that had apparently been struck by a vehicle on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, in the 3900 block of Erie Road, in Ellenton.

The report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to an animal complaint call about a coyote that had been struck by a vehicle.

The animal was still alive and laying in the roadway. The animal, which appeared to have a broken leg and back, made no movements; however, it was still panting and blinking it's eyes.

The deputy requested and received permission to euthanize the animal. He killed it with one shot from his duty pistol.

DOT was notified and a message was left requesting them to respond and remove the animal.

Manatee County Clerk Announces
Relocation, Opening of Public
Entrance to Historic Courthouse

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Effective Monday, February 23, 2009, the north entrance of Manatee County’s Historic Courthouse at 1115 Manatee Avenue West will reopen as the public entrance.

For almost a year, visitors to the courthouse have been redirected to the west entrance while renovations were underway on the main floor of the courthouse.

With the 2008 opening of the Manatee County Judicial Center, the former jury assembly room of the historic courthouse has been converted to the public entrance and security station.

An upcoming installation of an ADA-compliant wheelchair lift, the north entrance will also serve as the handicap accessible entrance.

The wheelchair lift should be installed by the end of March.

Two Men Stabbed Each Other,
SSO Says; One Man Arrested

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota County Sheriff's Detectives have arrested Marc J. Laliberte, 43, of 4941 Lalani Drive, Sarasota, for Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree for a stabbing incident that occurred on Thursday, February 19th, at 10:00 p.m. in the 4700 block of Sawyer Road in Sarasota.

Marc J. Laliberte

Laliberte stabbed Wayne P. Carroll, 45, 4716 Sawyer Road, Sarasota in the chest and arm.

The stabbing incident occurred as a result of an ongoing dispute between the two men.

Both men were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Laliberte was then transported to the Sarasota County Jail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the District II Criminal Investigations Bureau at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online at or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to 25735.

Bank Robber's Husband Arrested;
Drove "Getaway" Vehicle

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT} -- Sarasota County Sheriff’s Detectives have charged Alex C. Blalock, 40, with one count of Principal to Robbery with a Firearm for a bank robbery that occurred on February 10th, 2009, at the Bank of America, 5457 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.

Alex C. Blalock

Blalock was charged after Detectives received information that Blalock’s wife, Michelle L. Blalock, 38, had admitted that her husband had driven the getaway vehicle from the scene after she robbed the bank.

Michelle Blalock had already been charged with Robbery with a Firearm relating to the incident. She has also been charged with 3 bank robberies in Manatee County and one attempted bank robbery there.

Alex Blalock was already incarcerated in the Sarasota County Jail for an unrelated incident when these charges were filed.

According to jail records, Blalock's bond has been revoked and had Manatee County warrants for DUI, Leaving the Scene of an accident, Leaving the Scene of an accident with Vehicle Damage and Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage.

Blalock remains in the Sarasota County Jail without bond, which would otherwise be $107,000, if the bond revocation warrant didn't state "no bail."

Sarasota County Detectives Seek
Man for Impersonating an Officer

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating an incident that occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 18th February, 2009.

Detectives say an unknown White male dressed in a sheriff’s uniform stopped a female driver on Clark Road in Sarasota. The man then approached the victim and asked for her driver’s license, insurance and vehicle registration.

The man is described as White male in his 50’s, with long gray hair pulled back in a pony tail, approximately 200 lbs, with a 3 ½” scar on his left arm. At the time he was wearing a green deputy sheriff’s uniform, and displayed a name tag showing the name "Ralphen.” He was driving a small white vehicle, possibly a Ford or Kia model. His vehicle had blue emergency lights at the top of the windshield.

The Sheriff’s Office asks that drivers be cautious of any unmarked vehicle attempting to stop them. Drivers should indicate that they have seen the vehicle by activating their hazard lights and driving slowly to a well lit, populated area, such as a gas station or convenience store.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the District I Criminal Investigations Bureau at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941- 366-TIPS (8477), or online at or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to 25735.

Detectives Arrest Man for
Stabbing Wife to Death

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives released details of the murder of a 66-year-old woman in Port Charlotte on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.

Rasley Blake Moyer

The dead woman is Mary M. Moyer, 66, of 24408 Lakeview Place, in the Suncoast Lakes community. The victim’s husband, Rasley Blake Moyer, 67, was charged with Second Degree Murder.

Mrs. Moyer’s brother called CCSO Thursday after he was unable to contact her and asked for a well-being check on the home.

Upon gaining entry, Mr. Moyer was located sitting at a table and when asked where Mary was, he indicated she was in the bedroom and said, “Go see for yourself.”

In the Probable Cause Affidavit, MCU detectives said Mr. Moyer told them, “I stabbed her to death.”

At the home, detectives said Mrs. Moyer’s body was found in the master bedroom with “numerous stab wounds to the facial, neck, chest and arm area.” A 10-inch kitchen knife was found on top of a dresser in the bedroom.

Rasley Moyer was taken to the Charlotte County Jail Thursday evening and is being held with no bond.

The couple had recently moved into the home in the Suncost Lakes community.

Suncoast Lakes is located off Kings Highway in Port Charlotte.



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