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Local/State News for week ending 3/28/2009

Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for Burglary After He Entered
Family Residence Where
He's Not Welcome

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Patrick Maurice Martin, 40, of 1204 14th Street West, Bradenton, apparently isn't welcome in a family residence in the 100 block of 18th Street NE, Bradenton.


Patrick Maurice Martin

On Monday, March 23, 2009, at about 6 p.m., Martin entered the residence through the garage and began watching TV in the living room.

Martin was confronted by family members who told him that he was not allowed at the residence.

Martin began to argue with the family members. At this point, Martin got in the face of one of the family members and began to yell.

The unnamed family member later told police she was in fear of her life.

The other family member threatened to call the police. At that time, Martin walked into the garage and armed himself with a hammer, but left the residence on foot.

The police report of the incident said the home owner is currently in a nursing facility and cannot speak.

Police contacted a person with Power of Attorney over the home owner who advised them that nobody should be in the house except the family members who called the police. That person also told police that Martin does not reside at the residence and did not have permission from anyone to be inside the residence.

Martin was arrested and charged with Armed Burglary to a Structure.

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


Man Arrested for Choking,
Punching Wife Over
Crying Child

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Richard J. Morris, 24, of 5610-B 16th Street West, Bradenton, has been arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.


Richard J. Morris

According to an arrest report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at about 3 a.m., Richard and his wife, Nikola, got into an argument because their 2-year-old son had been crying.

Richard proceeded to choke Nikola to the point where Nikola was unable to breathe and almost passed out, the report said.

Then Richard allegedly punched Nikola several times on the head, using a pillow.

Nikola told Deputy Gillum there have been prior unreported incidents of violence wherein Richard was the aggressor. She said she wants the violence to stop.

Richard was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

Richard Morris remains in the Manatee County Jail on a $10,000 bail bond.


Deputies Arrest Man for
Slapping Pregnant
Girlfriend

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested David Lamont Ivey, 24, of 302 26th Avenue West, Bradenton.


David Lamont Ivey

According to the arrest report, David Ivey is the live-in boyfriend of Daniele Latina Davis and father of her unborn child.

On Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at about 5:30 p.m., Daniele and David were at the Greyhound bus station located at 3028 1st Street, in Bradenton.

Daniele was on her cell phone when the two became involved in an argument because the bus station attendant was allegedly flirting with David.

That made Daniele yell at David.

David became mad and he "smacked" Daniele in the face, the report said.

The arriving deputy did not observe any injuries to Daniele and David denied that the battery had occurred.

David was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery.

David remains in the Manatee County Jail on a $3,500 bail bond.


Woman Found Hiding in Closet
in South Manatee County

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested Dustee Marie Bryant, 22, of 1303 36th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Dustee Marie Bryant

According to the arrest report, on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at about 1 p.m., deputies responded to 1310A Rome Avenue, in South Manatee County, in reference to a disturbance.

Upon arrival, and following a search of the apartment, deputies located Bryant hiding in a closet in the vacant apartment.

Bryant was charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Dwelling.

She gave a false name to deputies, but was not charged with that.

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


Sheriff Asks Help From Public
Finding Stolen Jet Skis

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On March 19, 2009, unknown suspects entered the Hide-Away Storage at 2900 U.S. 301 N., Palmetto, and stole a trailer and four jet skies.


Above, L to R, the jet skis being stolen and other involved vehicle

The suspect vehicles are a red Dodge 1500 pickup truck and a grey newer model (2002-2006) BMW with a Tampa Bay Buccaneer specialty license tag.

The stolen jet skies and trailer are valued at approximately $60,000.

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.


Reckless Driving Suspect
Tore Up Parrish Lawns,
Report Said

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A report issued by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Wednesday night said a reckless driving suspect tore up Parrish lawns on her way home.

According to the report, Barbara Zorin, 60, of 12630 20th Street East, in Parrish, was driving a white Ford SUV in the 12600 block of 22nd Court East, Parrish.

Four witnesses reported Zorin was speeding when she lost control of her vehicle. It drove up the curb onto the grass, sending up a shower of dirt and grass debris. It continued on the grass at speed for about 50 yards, driving past the witnesses. The vehicle returned to the road and sped home to Zorin's address, the report said.

One of the witnesses, Tasha Fodera, called the sheriff's office.

Upon the arrival of deputies, they made contact with Zorin at her home.

Zorin appeared drunk, the report said, and admitted to just driving her vehicle home. Her vehicle had fresh damage to the tires and rims. The roadside grass/curb had corresponding damage.

Fodera identified the driver, and wished the matter to be prosecuted. She completed an affidavit.

A capias request to the State Attorney's Office for reckless driving was completed on Zorin.


SSO Arrests Four Men Following
High Speed Chase, Stop Stick
Deployment

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Sheriff’s Office arrested four Black males on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, on the following charges: Derrick Fletcher and D’Angelo Gary were arrested on one count of Attempted Grand Theft Auto & one count of Loitering and Prowling. Darron Rice was arrested on one count of Attempted Grand Theft Auto, and Tyrone Hopkins was arrested one count of Attempted Grand Theft Auto, one count of Loitering and Prowling and one count of Fleeing to Elude. All arrestees are from the Fort Myers, Florida, area.

The arrests stem from an incident that occurred at approximately 3:20 a.m. Wednesday at the Waterside Condominium Complex, Jacaranda Blvd., Venice. Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle burglary in progress.

Upon their arrival, deputies observed several male subjects running to an awaiting vehicle which sped from the complex.

The vehicle committed several traffic violations as it began to travel at a high rate of speed on Jacaranda Blvd. towards I-75. Deputies began a pursuit of the vehicle as it continued to flee southbound on I-75.

Deputies, assisted by North Port Police Department deployed Stop-Sticks at mile marker 181. The Stop-Stick deployment was successful and the vehicle came to a halt alongside the interstate, at which time the above four suspects were placed under arrest without incident.

Upon searching the vehicle deputies discovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun and a small amount of suspected cocaine.


CCSO Narcs Raid Meth Lab
in Punta Gorda

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics detectives raided a methamphetamine lab in the Charlotte Ranchettes area east of Punta Gorda off Bermont Road/C.R. 74 on Wednesday, March 25, 2009.


David Steven Weaver, Jr.

Arrested was David Steven Weaver Jr., 34, of 7241 Alan Blvd. after serving a search warrant on this home, and another home behind that property at 7208 Gewant Blvd.

Narcotics detectives had intelligence that Weaver was cooking and manufacturing methamphetamine in a lab.

On Mar. 11 undercover detectives purchased methamphetamine from Weaver, and Wednesday raided the homes on Alan and Gewant boulevards.

Inside a small garage at the Alan Blvd. home they located items with Methamphetamine residue. They then searched a garage on Gewant Blvd. and located a full meth lab and all the various equipment to manufacture including filters, fuel, Acetone, Sudafed, grinders, three hot plates used to cook various chemicals, and several other components to make the illegal meth. Also found were Valium, Soma and Klonopin pills.

Weaver was taken to the Charlotte County Jail and charged with Sale and Delivery of Methamphetamines, Unlawful Possession of Listed Precursor Chemicals, Possession of Valium, Klonopin, Possession of Prescription Medications without a Prescription and two counts of two counts of Possession of Methamphetamine.

Detectives said no bond was set on Weaver due to his past criminal history.


Shots Fired At Deputy;
Manhunt Under Way

KISSIMMEE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- An Orange County sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle was run off the road Thursday morning, and the culprits fired shots at another deputy who spotted their vehicle in Kissimmee, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, the motorcycle deputy tried to pull a vehicle over, but the car slammed on its brakes, causing the deputy to hit the car and flip off his vehicle. The deputy, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, called for help and another Orange County sheriff's deputy located the alleged culprits' vehicle near John Young Parkway and Donegan Avenue.

"One of our deputies approached the suspects -- one of the two suspects walking back -- (and) the suspect opened fire on the deputy almost in ambush style. The deputy fired back. No one was injured by the gunfire," Jeff Williamson of the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

Two suspects were caught, and a search continues for a third person, WKMG said.


 

~ THURSDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Manatee Sheriff's Detective Arrests
Sarasota Man for Possession
of Digital Child Pornography

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Detective Todd Sellitto, of the Sheriff's Child Protection Investigations Office, has arrested Robert Horrow, 61, of 3677 Longmeadow Drive, in Sarasota.


Robert Horrow

According to the arrest report, Horrow possessed on his computer 70 images of child pornography, to include 2 known series of child pornography verified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

On September 10, 2008, Horrow took a computer into a business named Digital Doctors, located at 7333 52nd Place East, in Manatee County. Horrow's intent was to have his hard drive copied so he could reload the contents into a new computer, due to the old computer dying.

On September 18, 2008, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office responded to Digital Doctors to seize Horrow's computer.

A tech for Digital Doctors had observed while in the process of completing the copying of the hard drive some questionable images that he described as "girls that looked to be under age." Digital Doctors notified law enforcement at that time.

After receiving written consent by Horrow, the suspect computer was examined by Detective Todd Sellitto at the Child Protection Investigations Office in a controlled environment.

During the examination, 91 possible images of child pornography were extracted from the computer hard drive. The images were sent off to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's CVIP program (Child Victim Identification Program).

A return of the findings confirmed that 2 of the 91 images were identified as "real known victims."

"After carefully reviewing the rest of the images, it is apparent that there are 68 other images that depict a child of pre-pubescent age posing and or conducting sexual activities, Det. Sellitto wrote in his report. There were a total of 70 images of child pornography.

On Wednesday, March 25, 200, at around 9:30 a.m., with assistance from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, Robert Horrow was arrested at his home in Sarasota and booked into the Sarasota County Jail, where he is being held without bond, pending first appearance before a judge.

Horrow was charged with 70 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.


Woman Arrested for Child Neglect
After Boy, 4, Found Wandering
on 14th Street West

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested Vilma Nolasco, 38, of 3411 9th Street West, who was allegedly supposed to be baby-sitting a 4-year-old boy found wandering in the street.


Vilma Nolasco

An arrest report said on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at about 7:30 p.m., a deputy responded to the intersection of 33rd Avenue West and 14th Street West, in reference to a lost child.

After arriving on scene, the deputy made contact with two witnesses and the lost child, who was a 4-year-old boy.

One of the witnesses, William Armstrong, said he stopped his vehicle with his flashers on behind the boy, who was in the street on a 3-wheeled bike. Armstrong said the boy was traveling north on the street in the right and middle lane.

Armstrong continued to follow the boy while blocking traffic and calling 911, until the boy left the roadway and walked onto the sidewalk.

Armstrong parked his vehicle and followed the boy south on the sidewalk toward 34th Avenue West.

About 30 minutes, later, Olinda Amaya Hernandez, the boy's mother, arrived on scene. According to her, she had Vilma Nolasco baby-sitting the boy while Olinda went to a different location to pick up another child.

The deputy went to Vilma's residence and asked her why the boy was located in the street. Vilma only smiled, but gave no response. She was asked again and again she only smiled and ignored the deputy's question.

Vilma later said the boy was in the house playing with her child and later ran out of the house. She thought the boy was running back to his house, she said.

She denied she was baby-sitting and appeared unconcerned with the boy's welfare, the report said.

Vilma was arrested and charged with Child Neglect.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Palmetto Man Arrested for
Slugging Elderly Father

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Michael McGrain, 25, of 8002 Lake Drive, in Palmetto, was arrested on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at about 8:30 p.m.


Michael McGrain

The report said deputies responded to residence listed above after the victim, Frances McGrain, 71, called to report a domestic disturbance.

Upon arrival, deputies spoke to Frances who stated that his son struck him multiple times on the chest with his hands.

Dep. M. Casesa went to arrest Michael and was able to secure one handcuff on him.

Upon doing so, the suspect began to tense up and pull away.

After a short struggle, Dep. M. Casesa took Michael down to the ground, where he continued to resist and refused to place his other hand behind his back.

At that point, Dep. D. Perry took out her Taser and drive-stunned Michael on his upper back/right shoulder area one time. This gained immediate compliance and Dep. M. Casesa was able to secure him. Michael did not sustain any injuries and was arrested.

He was charged with Domestic Battery on a Person Over 65 Years and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

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

He was arrested on the same charges in January.


Deputies Arrest Man Who
Burglarized Home for Pot

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested Shawn A. Hollar, 29, of 4607 19th Street West, Bradenton.


Shawn A. Hollar

The arrest report said on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at about 3:30 p.m., Hollar broke into a residence in the 4600 block of 19th Street West by cutting a screen to the back door window, opening the window and reaching through the window to unlock the back door.

The resident, Michael Gens, wasn't home at the time, but came home as Hollar was exiting the residence through the same back door through which he had made entry.

Gens saw Hollar and chased after him. Hollar jumped a fence in an attempt to get away, but Gens was able to tackle Hollar. However, Hollar freed himself and got away.

Deputies were called, who set up a perimeter and called in a K-9 Unit.

A deputy spotted Hollar in the 5000 block of 14th Street West and detained him.

Gens was brought to the scene and positively identified Hollar as the burglar.

The report said Gens knew Hollar.

Hollar later told police that Gens was a neighbor and said he allegedly sells drugs and wanted to steal them. He said he stole a cigar box full of marijuana from Gens' computer room, but Gens took the box back when he first tackled Hollar, the report said.

Hollar was arrested and charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Dwelling.

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

[Ed. Note: After the report above was published, which was taken from the arrest report of Shawn Hollar, Mr. Gens contacted NewsManatee and rebuked the claim of Shawn Hollar that there was marijuana in his house.]


Young Man Arrested for
Kicking Ex-Girlfriend at
Manatee Community College

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy has arrested Evan Thomas Lewis, 21, of 614 36th Street West, Bradenton.


Evan Thomas Lewis

According to the arrest report, on Monday, March 23, 2009, at about 11:45 a.m., Lewis and his unnamed ex-girlfriend got into a disagreement.

The ex-girlfriend threw a drink at Lewis, whereupon he kicked her on her left side, the report said.

The victim sustained bruising on her left side and was transported to a local hospital by EMS.

Lewis allegedly confessed that he did push the victim and strike her.

He was charged with Battery.

Lewis posted a $750 bail bond on Tuesday and was released from jail.

The incident occurred on the campus of Manatee Community College and was verified by campus police.


BPD Explorer Post Aids Cops,
Helps ID Children

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department set up an information table at McKechnie Field on March 22 to distribute crime prevention tips, crime trends and other tidbits of police information. BPD's Explorer Post assisted.


Above, Sylvia Labra of the Bradenton Police Department’s
Explorer Post, takes fingerprints of a young resident.

In addition, they also took voluntary identifications of about 25 children.

The identifications included fingerprints, dental impressions and DNA swabs.

The IDs allow parents to record vital statistics of their child as a reference guide in case of an emergency.


Two Homeless Men Ambushed,
Beaten, Robbed

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Two homeless men were ambushed, beaten and robbed on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at about 7 p.m., according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. The incidents both occurred at 1010 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton.

The report said deputies responded to a report of a man down behind the supermarket at the above address.

Upon arrival, Gregory Mantha, 45, was found with a swollen left eye and a laceration on the side of his face.

EMS responded and treated Mantha at the scene.

Mantha, who did not want to file a report and had been drinking, would only say that two White males had attacked him and taken his $20. Mantha, who is homeless, would cooperate no further.

A second subject, James Stevens, 46, who claimed they attacked him also but didn't take anything, described them as 5'10" tall, about 185 pounds, with brown hair and 5'10" tall, about 160 pounds, with blond hair.

He refused any treatment and could not provide any further details.

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.


Parrish Heritage Days Parade
Slated for Saturday

PARRISH, Florida [NMT] -- The Parrish Heritage Days Parade has been scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2009, to begin at 10:30 a.m.

The parade starts at the fire station on US 301 and goes north on 121st Avenue East, and ends at the Florida Railroad Museum.

At the Railroad Museum, there will be the following activities: a free bounce house and there will be food. The food & train rides on a steam locomotive train, Flagg Coal No. 75, may be purchased. The Hole-in-the-Head Gang will be performing.

Come to Parrish for the parade with your family and friends for a fun day.


Sarasota Deputies Arrest Man
for Holding Woman Against
Her Will, Threatening w/Knife

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On March 24, 2009, at about 6 p.m., Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to the 7800 block of Andora Dr., in Sarasota, to investigate a domestic disturbance.


Randall L. Wright

Upon arrival, deputies were unable to make contact with the victim, Barbara O'Connor, 59, due to her phones being disabled by her captor, Randall L. Wright, 45.

Wright was holding the victim against her will and threatening her with a knife.

Wright had ordered the victim not to respond to deputys' calls or knocks on the door.

After approximately one hour, deputies were able to gain access to the residence and arrest Wright without further incident.

He was charged with False Imprisonment, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Battery and Tampering with a Victim.

Wright is being held in the Sarasota County Jail without bond.

Ms. O'Connor did not sustain any physical injuries, the report said.


Two Additional L&L Counts
Charged on Sarasota Man

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota Police have charged William Robert Aron, 26, of Sarasota, with two additional counts of Lewd & Lascivious Molestation. Aron already had 5 L&L counts charged against him and the additional counts were made while Aron remains in the Sarasota County Jail without bond.


William Robert Aron

According to the arrest report of these latest incidents, Aron allegedly put his hands under the vicim's boxer shorts and fondled the unnamed 12-year-old boy.

In another incident, Aron allegedlly fondled the same victim when he was 10 years old. The boy was in bed and wearing boxer shorts when Aron allegedly fondled the boy.

Aron was charged with two additional counts of Lewd & Lascivious Molestation.


Woman's Mummified Body
Found Fused To Bed

SEBASTIAN, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Police arrested a Sebastian, Fla., woman after discovering the mummified remains of her 96-year-old mother inside her home, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Authorities charged Penelope Jordan, 61, with Fraud and Grand Theft.

Sebastian police received a search warrant to enter the home on Wimbrow Drive shortly before 5 p.m. Monday.

Code enforcement officers removed eight cats from the home during the weekend and notified police about possible human remains inside.

Neighbors had also been complaining of a foul smell coming from the home.

Michael Pearce said he's complained to the city about feral cats running loose on the property and a foul smell "for at least a decade, if not 12 years" since he has lived there.

Police said Timmie Jordan, 96, had been dead for years. Her mummified body was found in her bed.

Investigators said she still had on her nightgown and her skin had fused to the mattress.

Police said Penelope Jordan, her live-in daughter, admitted to cashing her mother's Social Security checks for at least six years, WKMG said.


 

~ WEDNESDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Two Women Arrested After
Beating Other Woman,
Stealing Her Items

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Saturday, March 21, 2009, at about 1:20 a.m., Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Cassandra W. Lewis, 26, of 16251 Myakka Road, Sarasota, and Tiffany Glanden, 23, of 920 Lena Lane, Sarasota.


Above, L to R, Cassandra Lewis and Tiffany Glanden

According to the arrest reports, Cassandra is the ex-girlfriend of the unnamed victim's current boyfriend.

Cassandra and Tiffany went to the victim's residence in the 7000 block of 108th Avenue, Parrish, allegedly to retrieve possessions belonging to Cassandra.

Upon arrival in Parrish, the two women began to beat on the victim's front door and began screaming to be let in.

The victim was asleep on the couch at the time and yelled at the two other women through the closed door that Cassandra did not have any of her stuff at the residence.

The two women continued to beat on the door and threatened to beat up the victim if they weren't let in, and continued to threaten and taunt the victim.

Then the two women backed their truck up to the victim's garage and opened an unlocked door. They proceeded to lead property out of the garage into the bed of the truck. There was other property from the garage scattered across the yard, the report said.

The victim called police and then opened a side door to tell the two women she had called police.

One of the women, Glanden, rushed the victim and forced her way inside the residence and began to punch the victim. The other woman, Lewis, came from behind the victim and dragged her backwards by her hair. Both Lewis and Glanden continued to punch the victim. The victim attempted to defend herself and was able to his a panic alarm in her home.

The two women, Glanden and Lewis, then ran back outside and continued to fill the truck.

Upon arrival of law enforcement, the two women were still putting property into their truck.

Lewis and Glanden were arrested and each was charged with Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling and Battery.

They both posted a $500 bail bond and were released from jail the next day.


Woman Hits Hubby with
Kitchen Knife Block, Then
Grabs, Twists His Testicles

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Messionmai Tarwoe, 35, of 5403 4th Street East, Bradenton.


Messionmai Tarwoe

The arrest report said on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at about 8:30 p.m., Messionmai and her husband, John Tarwoe, engaged in a verbal argument that turned violent.

John was sitting on the couch during the argument watching TV when all of a sudden he was struck on the side of his head by what turned out to be a large wooden block that holds kitchen knifes.

Right after he was hit, he looked up and saw Messionmai coming at him.

She grabbed his testicles and twisted and pulled them in an aggressive manner, the report said.

John hit Messionmai on the face to get her off of him. Once she was off, he got up and went out the back door and drove himself to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Law enforcement was notified by the hospital.

Upon arrival at the hospital of law enforcement, Dep. Chad Richards found John's head was wrapped in a bandage. He had a very large bump on the left side of his head and dried blood all over the left side of his face and all over both of his hands and forearms. Ten staples were required to close John's head wound.

Another deputy responded to the incident location where he found Messionmai and recovered the wooden block used to strike John.

Messionmai was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital by the deputies.

Upon arrival, her eye was swollen almost completely shut. She was treated and released from the hospital and arrested.

Messionmai was charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery Causing Great Bodily Harm.

She posted a $500 bond on Saturday and was released from jail.


Greyhound Bus Catches Fire;
Two Victims of Smoke; One
Victim Had Heart Attack

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Greyhound bus caught fire on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at about 3:15 p.m. According to witnesses, two people were victims of smoke inhalation and another person had a heart attack.


Above, the Greyhound bus that caught fire
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

"The bus was traveling west on 30th Avenue and was in the 1200 block of 30th Avenue East when it became engulfed in flames," NewsManatee reporter Heather Chadwick said.

Local resident George Hernandez reported to Chadwick that they heard the noise outside and looked out the window to see the bus in flames with high flames coming from the rear of the bus. Residents said they were told to stay inside the house.

"Passengers on the bus were shifted off to one side of the roadway to give the police their names and reports," Chadwick said.

Southern Manatee Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Rick Blanco said that it looked like the fire originated in the engine compartment.

There is no update on the condition of those injured, but a local reports said nobody went to a hospital..


UPDATE: Monday Shooting,
Self-Inflicted, Occurred in
Manatee County, Not City

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Monday, March 23, the Bradenton Police Department investigated an apparent shooting in downtown Bradenton (see Monday's Local News).

However, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office took over the investigation when it was determined that the actual shooting occurred in unincorporated Manatee County.

Subsequent investigation by the sheriff’s office has determined that the incident appears to be related to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head; an attempted suicide.

It appears the shooting occurred at the victim’s residence in the 1700 block of 69th Ave. W., Bradenton.

Detectives believe the victim tried to drive himself to the hospital but only made it to the downtown area.

The victim, who is 55 years old, remains in stable condition at Bayfront Medical Center.

The victim has not been identified by the sheriff's office.

As to the black and/or red car(s) that were reported to be chasing the victim, who was driving a white Cadillac, NewsManatee can only speculate at this point that they may have been driven by relatives, neighbors or bystanders trying to get the man to pull over after seeing blood dripping from the man's head.

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.


Attempted Robbery, Battery
of Juvenile Girl By Two
Juvenile Boys

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A juvenile girl was struck and cut by two juvenile boys when she attempted to retrieve her lost cell phone that they had apparently found, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. The incident occurred in the 6200 block of Rosefinch Court, Bradenton.

The report said on Monday, March 23, 2009, at approximately 4:15 p.m., an unnamed White female juvenile arrived at her residence after taking a walk and realized she had lost her cell phone. She then walked back to where she had been to see if she had dropped it.

She located two young unnamed White males with a cell phone at the incident location. She said the subjects looked like they had been playing "Star Wars" because they were wearing goggles and had plastic or rubber-like bats.

She said the phone they had resembled hers and she went up to ask them if they had found it. As she walked up to them, she noticed the phone was hers because the screen had a picture of her on it. She then advised the two subjects that the phone was hers and asked for it back.

When the boy holding the phone told her it wasn't hers and refused to give it back, she attempted to take it away.

The boy holding the phone began to struggle to keep the phone from her, when the second boy came up from behind her and started cutting her with what she described as a pencil with a razor attached to it. She suffered multiple wounds to her left shoulder that bled a lot, but were superficial. She said she then let go of the phone and hit the boy who was cutting her with the razor.

The first boy then swung one of the plastic/rubber bats, striking her in the abdomen, which caused a long bruise across the majority of her stomach.

The first boy then threw the phone into the wooded area nearby and both boys took off running.

The victim then went into the woods and located the phone. She went back to her house and her mother called the police.

The boys were described as two unknown White males, ages 12-14, and were last seen wearing white T-shirts, black basketball type shorts, ski type goggles and latex gloves.

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.


Manatee Village Historical Park's
30th Annual Heritage Open House


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Following the open remarks and a warm invitation by Park Superintendent Dean Dixon at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2009, the combined Color Guards (pictured below) under the direction of Commander Gene Bradley, Saramana Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), opened the day's program with a posting of our colors. Participants included the JROTC Female Color Guard, Braden River High School and the JROTC Color Guard, Lakewood Ranch High School.


(Photo by Billie Lowe, SAR)

The opening ceremony continued with a unison recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and an a cappella solo of the Star Spangled Banner National Anthem. The Color Guards were dismissed and the public was invited to take a trip back into time and enjoy the program of the day.

There were many persons present that were dressed in period attire including the Reverend Herbert Loomis (pictured below) with Saramana Chaplain Gene Bradley, SAR.


(Photo by Billie Lowe, SAR)

Reverend Loomis confided to this writer that he is 91 years old and has volunteered as a guide at the Manatee Historical Village for over ten years. Now, that is dedication.

The church building located in Manatee Historical Village is United Methodist, built in 1887; a plaque identified it as Historical Site 140.

The Manatee Village Historical Park is located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida.

For more information, call (941) 741-4075.


Angry Boys, 12 and 14, Arrested
for Breaking Car Windows and
Stealing Golf Clubs

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested two brothers, ages 12 and 14, for smashing several work vehicle windows and stealing a golf bag in the Whidden Industrial Park last Saturday afternoon. Arrested were Alexander Karl Kreidler, 12, and Joshua Kreidler, 14, of 23512 Charleston Circle, Charlotte Harbor.


Above, L to R, Joshua and Alexander Kreidler

The Sheriff’s Office was notified Monday about the vandalism and theft. Road deputies said Southwest Cable Construction truck windows were broken with rocks; damages were $2,100. The stolen golf equipment was valued at $500.

Deputies canvassed the area and located the golf bag in a wooded area near the boys' apartment. A check with the apartment manager revealed that the boy’s mother was in the office and said her son’s cell phone was found inside the industrial park.

Deputies talked to the mother who told deputies her sons had golf clubs and had been hitting golf balls near the apartment; they told her they found them in the woods. Two of the missing golf irons were found in Alexander Kreidler’s bedroom.

Detectives went to the boy’s school and took them to the Mid-County Office for interviews. The boys said they were angry that they couldn’t go to the air show so they took out their frustration by throwing rocks at the vehicles with intent to break the windows. They also said they stole the golf bag.

Both were taken to the Charlotte County Jail and charged with Burglary, Grand Theft, and Criminal Mischief over $1,000.

They were processed and released to their mother.


Port Charlotte Mom Busted
in Cocaine Drug Raid

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics detectives raided a Port Charlotte home Monday, March 23, 2009, and arrested Casey Lee Dudley, 26, of 2377 Starlite Lane, as a result of two previous undercover cocaine purchases.


Casey Lee Dudley

On Feb. 25 detectives said Dudley’s one-year-old daughter was in close proximity to the cocaine transaction, and on March 4, undercover detectives bought more cocaine.

In serving the search warrant Monday, narcotics detectives a three-year-old child was in the home when it was raided.

Detectives found 2.0 grams of powder cocaine, plus numerous plastic baggies, a digital scale, and four plastic straws, all with cocaine residue. They also found Roxicodone pills in her purse.

Dudley was arrested and charged with two counts of Sale and Delivery of Cocaine, Possession of Controlled Substance in Close Proximity to an Infant Toddler, two counts of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Roxicodone and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

She was taken to the Charlotte County Jail and released after posting a $29,500 bond.

Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157 or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


Tampa Doctor Arrested for Illegal
Distribution of Oxycodone,
Hydrocodone and Xanax

TAMPA, Florida [NMT] -- On Tuesday, March 24, 2009, United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Dr. John Rew, 83, of Tampa, with ten counts of acting outside the scope of professional practice by dispensing and distributing Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Alprazolam (generic for Xanax), from his office located at
1005 W. Busch Blvd, Suite 105, Tampa.

If convicted, Rew faces maximum penalties of up to 20 years in federal prison for the Oxcodone, 5 years for the Hydrocodone, and 3 years for the Alprazolam.

Rew was arrested Tuesday morning and will had his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

This case was investigated by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Tampa Police Department.

[Ed. Note: NewsManatee has information that some local drug dealers have gone to doctors in Tampa for their illegal drugs, i.e., the drugs named in this report.]


Masked Gunmen Invade Home,
Kill One Person, Wound 2nd

MELBOURNE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Detectives on Tuesday were investigating a Melbourne home invasion that left a resident dead and another person seriously wounded, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The fatal shooting happened about 9:30 p.m. Monday at 1028 Cleveland St., located in a sprawling neighborhood just south of Eau Gallie Boulevard.

Melbourne police said that two unidentified masked men got into the home through the front door and began firing guns.

One of the residents was killed, and a second person was treated by paramedics and then rushed to Holmes Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Police kept the area blocked to incoming traffic through the night.

The incident marks the seventh killing reported in Brevard County this year, WKMG said.


 

~ TUESDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Bradenton Police Respond
To Shooting Downtown,
Apparently Following
Chase By Other Car

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On Monday, March 23, 2009, Bradenton Police Department officers responded to the 800 block of 8th Avenue West regarding a shooting.


Above, BPD Captain Russell Tibbitts points to the direction the car came from
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

Investigation revealed that an adult male was driving north at an unknown location on U.S. 41 when he was shot by a White male driving another car, BPD Dep. Chief J.J. Lewis said in a press release.

The victim, who has not yet been identified, was transported to a local hospital for treatment, Lewis said.

According to NewsManatee reporter Heather Chadwick, around 1:45 p.m. a white Cadillac was heading east on 8th Ave East at the junction with 8th Street West when the driver in the next car noticed the Cadillac did not move on the green light.

Chadwick said, "After waiting a minute, he got out to see if the driver of the Cadillac was okay and found him sitting in the driver's seat with blood covering his face. He called 911 and when police arrived the victim was responding, but not coherent."

"Due to the arrival of EMS, police had to step aside and let them do their job. EMS personnel were going to Bayflite the victim, but did not due to the rain and instead took him to Manatee Memorial Hospital," Chadwick said.

A witness told NewsManatee she saw a Cadillac and a red car frantically chasing the Cadillac downtown at noon, running stop signs and taking last-second turns, trying to lose the red car. Then the witness said the red car was driving up next to the Cadillac, apparently trying to cut it off and run it off the road.

Police declined to release any further information, as the incident was still under investigation by Bradenton Police detectives.

Anyone having information with regards to 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.


Young Man Threatens Sister
with Fire Poker, BB Gun,
Throws CDs at Mom

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jerome T. Robinson, 20, of 8755 Obleby Creek Road, in Myakka City.


Jerome T. Robinson

The arrest report said on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at about 6 p.m., Robinson assaulted his sister, Dianne Decarlo, with a metal fire poker.

Dianne ran into her room to get away from Jerome and locked the door.

Jerome hit the door with the fire poker twice, causing large holes in the door.

Jerome then entered Dianne's room and smashed a glass candle on her dresser with the fire poker.

When Dianne tried to run out of the room, Jerome pushed her down on the bed. Dianne stumbled back and then was able to run out of the room, past Jerome. She ran outside and called their Mother.

Jerome then went outside with a BB gun and pointed it at Dianne, trying to scare her.

Dianne shouted into the phone, "He has a gun!"

The mother reassured her, saying that it was just a BB gun.

The mother then arrived at the residence after the altercation had ceased. She was yelling at Jerome when he grabbed a bunch of CDs and threw them at her. The CDs struck the mother, Melissa Decarlo, in the chest.

Deputies reported there were no visible injuries to either Dianne or Melissa.

Jerome admitted to the attacks, the report said.

Jerome was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault and two counts of Simple Domestic Battery.

He was released from jail the next day after a $6,000 bail bond was served.

Jerome was arrested in January for Burglary and Shoplifting, according to the sheriff's website.


Woman Clobbers Man with
Metal Pipe, Threatens Him
with Shotgun

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Paulette E. Blackmon, 38, of 403 12th Street West, Palmetto.


Paulette E. Blackmon

According to the police report from BPD, on Friday evening, March 20, 2009, an unnamed man told police he and Blackmon got into an argument and Blackmon took a metal pipe and hit him in the head.

This caused a laceration to the middle of the victim's head.

After the victim took the pipe away from Blackmon, Blackmon walked toward the victim's shotgun and racked a round while saying, "I'm going to shoot you."

The victim left the residence and called police.

Blackmon was charged with Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bond of $2,000.


Deputies Arrest Man for
Battery Following Short
Foot Pursuit

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested Scott A. Baker, 37, of 4606 30th Street West, Bradenton.


Scott A. Baker

According to the arrest report, Baker was involved in a physical altercation with an unnamed victim.

A deputy was dispatched to the location, 5427 15th Street East, Bradenton.

When the deputy arrived, the sheriff's helicopter was already overhead observing the incident and advised the deputy that a White male was leaving the scene southbound on 15th Street East.

The deputy caught up to the man, later identified as Baker, who would not respond to the deputy's commands to stop. Baker started running from the deputy.

Another deputy followed Baker in his patrol cruiser and then ran after Baker, who slipped and fell.

Both deputies then handcuffed and arrested Baker.

Baker refused EMS treatment for injuries received while scrapping with the other man, the report said.

He was charged with Battery and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

Baker posted a $1,500 bond the next day and was released from jail.


Man Argues with Other Man
Over Baseball Teams While
Playing Golf

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A man struck another man with an iron golf club during an argument about baseball teams, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.


Patrick J. Monachino

The arrest report said on Friday, March 20, 2009, at about 1 p.m., Patrick J. Monachino, 64, of 2029 Painted Pond Drive, Naples, and another unnamed man were playing golf at 7515 Grand Harbour Parkway, Bradenton, when they began arguing about baseball teams.

Monachino then struck the other man in the chest with a golf club.

A deputy saw no redness or swelling on the victim's chest and the victim refused EMS treatment.

Monachino told deputies he was only waving the club, but the victim and a witness both signed affidavits to the contrary.

Monachino was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery on a Victim Over 65.

Monachino posted a $5,000 bail bond and was released from jail the next day.


Woman Robbed of Purse,
Cell Phone Sunday

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A 24-year-old woman was robbed Sunday, March 22, 2009, at about 9:30 p.m. as she entered her apartment in the 4100 block of 53rd Avenue West, Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

A sheriff's office report said two unknown White males approached Stephanie Martin, 24, from behind while she unlocked her apartment door.

The culprits told her to give them her money.

Stephanie thought they had a gun and gave them her purse, which contained her cell phone.

The two robbers fled towards the wooded area behind the apartment complex.

Stephanie told deputies that she did not report the incident Sunday night, due to not having a phone in her house. However she needed the incident reported for the apartment complex, she said.

The area was searched for her purse with negative results.

The robbers were not further described.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or 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 Victim of Attempted
Robbery By Two Juvies

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Bradenton man was the victim of an attempted robbery by two juveniles on Thursday, March 19, 2009, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The report said at about 7:30 p.m., the victim, Ronald J. Creech, 55, of the 1800 block of 34th Avenue East, Bradenton, rode his bicycle to the K and S convenience store, located in the 3400 block of 15th Street East, Bradenton, when he was approached by two White male juveniles.

As they walked up to Creech, they knocked him off his bike.

A struggled ensued between Creech and the two juveniles when they attempted to steal his bicycle.

Creech was able to hold onto the bicycle and the two kids fled.

Creech sustained a small bump to his left shin and was treated by EMS on scene.

The area was searched by patrol with negative results.

The two kids were described as White male juveniles, 13-15 years old, both about 5'4" tall and thin. One was wearing a striped shirt and jean shorts.

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.


Local Firefighters, EMTs, Receive
SAR Appreciation Awards

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Fire and Emergency Medical Technician Appreciation Awards luncheon was held by the Sons of the American Revolution, Saramana Chapter, at the Lido Key Holiday Inn, Sarasota on Friday, March 13, 2009.


Above, L to R, Firefighter First Class Ben Anderson of Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue,
Fire Captain Joseph McCord of Northport, Firefighter-EMT Francis Taaffe
of Sarasota, Firefighter-Paramedic Michael Murphy of Longboat Key,
Shift Commander Lieutenant Donald Rossow of Englewood,
Fire Medic James Craig Runck of Venice,
Shift Captain Paul Ewers of Bradenton,
Past President, SAR, Phil Tarpley
and President Harold Crapo,
Saramana Chapter, SAR.
(Photo by Billie Lowe)

The persons pictured above are representative of and chosen by their fellow workers in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. And, further it should be said they are representative of the many thousands who serve across our great country.

Over the years since 9-11 the thin blue line of law enforcement and the red and white line of firefighters has merged. The danger we suffered before 9-11 is still present. The immediate protection and aid response provided by these persons that we, citizens enjoy is still being taken for granted.

They risk their lives more than most and yet find themselves last in line for pay and benefits in many communities across America. Ask the families how tough it is to live when a parent-spouse is permanently injured or killed in the line of duty. It will shock most citizens. The Sons of the American Revolution here today remember what you do for us. This luncheon is one way of thanking you and your families for your service.

Please watch this space next month for their brothers and sisters in law enforcement which serve our two county area.

If you are a male, 18 years or older, that can trace your ancestral lineage back to an American Revolutionary War Patriot, the Saramana Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution would like to talk with you. Contact New Member Committee Chair Billie Lowe at 941-792-5712 or President Harold Crapo at 941-756-7272 for information.


Winner of Olde Tyme
Train Ride Tickets
Checks In

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- One of the winners of tickets to an "olde tyme train ride" in Parrish at the Florida Railroad Museum contacted us to let us know she had a good time, despite the fact that she was thrown in the slammer.


Above, Helen Harrington scowls
and pouts about being put in "jail."

"I had SUCH a great time on the Parrish steam train ride this weekend! Thank you again for having the drawing, so that I could experience this fun train ride. I got thrown in 'jail' for a while, but I eventually found a good lawyer and I was sprung before the train left for the Parrish station," Helen Harrington said.


Above, a shot at dusk of old steam engine #75

Helen described part of her train trip for us.

"It goes backwards for about 5-6 miles, caboose first, and then goes forward again! Lots of sights though. You know, we saw palmetto bushes, Spanish moss, stuff like that…but I loved every minute of riding this train, experiencing the KIDS riding the train, the feel of the rails, and the sounds of the creaking cars. It was great fun. And these are true train lovers out there -- nice folks all."


Bradenton Man Charged
with McDonald's Robbery
in Port Charlotte

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A man arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, March 21, 2009, has been charged with a February robbery of a McDonald's restaurant in Charlotte County.


Fred Delva

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reports that the gunman in a Feb. 25 McDonald’s armed robbery has been arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Fred Delva, 21, 422 58th Avenue Terrace East, Bradenton, was arrested on a CCSO warrant and charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, and Resisting Arrest; he is awaiting transfer to the Charlotte County Jail.

On March 2nd, CCSO Major Crimes detectives arrested McDonald’s employee Windlet Allen Charles, 20, of 262 Bamboo Dr., Port Charlotte, as an inside accomplice to the armed robbery at 24133 Peachland Blvd., Port Charlotte.

Detectives said Delva hid in a bathroom stall and when the store closed, came out and ordered everyone into the manager’s office. Delva told the night manager to give him the cash, struck her in the right shoulder with the gun, grabbed the cash, and fled.

Upon questioning by MCU detectives, Charles said a man he knew only as “Freddy” planned to split the cash the next day but “Freddy” did not drop off his share of the stolen cash.

Delva was wearing a hooded jacket and a red bandana over his face at the time of the armed robbery.

MCU Detectives were able to identify the gunman as Delva and issued a warrant for his arrest.

[Ed. Note: And you wonder why we post Charlotte County news...this isn't the first time a Bradenton person has been arrested for a Charlotte County crime. It's a small world.]


Police: Teen Fell to Death
Trying to Get Better View
of Sunrise

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Police said a 16-year-old who plunged 24 floors to his death from a Daytona Beach hotel balcony was likely trying to get a better view of the sunrise when he accidentally fell, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Barret Forst Ugland, 16, of Minnesota fell early Sunday from the 24th floor of the Ocean Walk Resort.

Ugland, who was visiting Central Florida with his family, woke up early Sunday and stacked some chairs on the balcony to get a better view of the sunrise, police said. He then fell over the balcony.

Ugland's family was asleep at the time of the accident, WKMG said.


 

~ MONDAY'S LOCAL/STATE NEWS ~

Holmes Beach Man Arrested
for Felony Domestic Battery
After Trying to Throttle Girl

HOLMES BEACH, Florida [NMT] -- The Holmes Beach Police Department has arrested Daniel Mercak, 33, of 6203 Holmes Blvd., in Holmes Beach.


Daniel Mercak

According to the arrest report, on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at about 6:30 p.m., Mercak and his unnamed girlfriend were involved in a domestic argument at the above address, where they pair live as boyfriend and girlfriend.

A nearby witness heard loud yelling and vulgar language coming from inside the residence.

The witness then saw the woman run from the door of the residence and get pushed to the ground by Mercak.

While the woman was on the ground, Mercak got on top of her, pinned her arms down and put his right hand around the woman's throat, the report said.

The woman was able to get away and run to the nearby house of the witness for protection.

The witness called 911 and Holmes Beach Police arrived moments later.

Police said the woman had bruising on her neck. Photographs were taken of the bruising.

Mercak was arrested, taken to HBPD and then to the Manatee County Jail.

He was charged with Felony Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

Mercak was being held on a $2,500 bail bond, which he posted on Saturday, March 21, 2009, and was released from jail pending a court appearance.


Man Arrested for Swinging
Knife at Two Men Over
Friend's Argument

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- When your friend is arguing with another person, the best bet would be to not get involved, and especially don't swing a knife around.


Andrew Hampton Clenney

According to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said that's what Andrew Hampton Clenney, 25, of 5026 Water Oak Drive, Bradenton, did on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, shortly before 11 p.m.

On that day and time, Joshua Mitchell went next door to his neighbor's house, located in the 5200 block of 15th Street Court East, Bradenton. There he saw Aaron Woods and asked Woods for money Joshua believed Woods had taken from Joshua's mother.

A verbal altercation began between Joshua and Aaron.

Aaron's friend, Andrew Clenney, became involved and threatened Joshua with a knife.

Andrew followed Joshua to his yard, where Joshua's family members came to assist him.

Andrew entered the yard, swinging a pocket knife with the blade opened, and threatened Joshua and another person within a few feet of them, just prior to deputies arriving on scene, the report said.

Andrew Clenney was arrested and charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault.

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


Would-Be Armed Robber
Captured by K-9 Unit

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Saturday, March 21, 2009, at about 9:40 a.m., a would-be armed robber tried to rob a Hispanic man, but got no money and fled from his victim. A Manatee County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit captured him a short time later.


Above, L to R, Dep. K-9 Nitro and Fred Delva

The wanna-be robber, later identified as Fred Delva, 21, of 422 58th Avenue Terrace East, Bradenton, rode a bicycle up to a residence in the 5700 block of 12th Street East where Raul Ricardo, 58, was standing in the driveway.

Delva got off the bike, walked up to Raul, pointed a firearm at him and demanded Raul's money. Delva hit Raul in the head with the gun when Raul refused to give him money.

Delva then got on his bike and rode away.

A friend of Raul's, Gaspar Sanchez-Flores, 40, drove Raul in his truck and followed Delva. They found him in the 5800 block of 11th Street East. Delva jumped off his bike, fearing he was about to be run over. Delva pointed his gun at both Raul and Gaspar and ran eastbound.

A perimeter was set by deputies and Delva was tracked by K-9 Deputy Kruse and his Dep. K-9 Nitro through back yards and over many fences.

Delva was finally located by Nitro in the backyard of a residence in the 5800 block of 11th Street Court East.

Delva was subsequently identified by Raul and Gaspar.

Raul was not injured when he was hit in the head with the gun and there were no shots fired during this incident.

Delva was arrested and charged with Attempted Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Possession of Firearm by Convicted felon and Resisting Arrest without Violence.


Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for Wounding Convenience
Store Customer

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police have arrested Humberto Chavez, Jr., 32, of 2527 34th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Humberto Chavez, Jr.

According to the arrest report from BPD, on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at about 8 p.m., Chavez and an unknown accomplice approached an unnamed victim who was coming out of a convenience store located at 2109 9th Street West, Bradenton.

For some unknown reason, Chavez started to punch the victim in the face, which started a fight.

The victim ended up with lacerations to the face and left arm, which needed stitches and would leave a permanent scar, the report said.

Chavez' accompice fled the scene in a van prior to the arrival of police.

Chavez told police he remembered he jumped the victim, but didn't remember why he did that. He also said he didn't know how he ended up in a police patrol vehicle.

He was charged with Aggravated Battery Causing Great Bodily Harm. He was also charged with Contempt of Court for failing to answer a summons for Driving on a Suspended License.

Chavez remains in the Manatee County Jail on a $12,000 bail bond.


Blind Man Arrested for
Punching Other Man

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Leonzo Gonzalez, 30, of Bradenton.


Leonzo Gonzalez

According to a sheriff's office arrest report, on Saturday, March 14, 2009, at about 11 p.m., the victim, Shawn Monroe, 37, of the 7100 block of 15th Avenue NW, Bradenton, and Gonzalez were attending a fundraiser for their daughters' cheer team. The fund raiser was being held at Skippers bar, 10104 Cortez Road West, Bradenton.

At the conclusion of the event, Shawn was criticized by Gonzalez', Crystal Gonzalez, for not helping the women carry the tables and chairs to the trucks.

Shawn reportedly cussed at Crystal and was very disrespectful.

Gonzalez, who is completely blind and uses a walking stick, made his way over to the pool table where Shawn was standing and asked Shawn if he was the one that was talking to his wife in that manner.

Gonzalez then allegedly punched Shawn twice on the face and head as he held a beer glass in his hand.

This caused Shawn to sustain a head laceration that was bleeding profusely. He was transported to Blake Memorial Hospital via EMS for medical treatment.

The incident was captured on a security camera that was viewed by a deputy on March 18, 2009. The video clearly shows the suspect striking the victim as he held the beer glass.

On Friday, March 20, 2009, Gonzalez was arrested without incident. He was charged with Aggravated Battery.

He remained in the Manatee County Jail on a $500 bail bond, as of Saturday.


Man Injured During Crash
Between Pickup Truck
and Walk-In Van

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A NewsManatee reader reported a crash between a pickup truck and a walk-in van on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at about 12:30 p.m.


Above, EMS workers attend injured man in pickup truck
(Photo courtesy Karen Shoemaker)

According to information, the crash happened at 38th Avenue West and 26th Street West, in front of ABCO Payroll Services.

The pickup truck and a walk-in van belonging to Venture Rental Apartments collided.

The unidentified man in the pickup truck was transported by EMS to Manatee Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the Venture truck was apparently uninjured, as he was walking around following the crash, the reader reported.

The Florida Highway Patrol and Manatee County Sheriff's Office were on scene following the accident.

[Ed. Note: Our thanks to Karen Shoemaker for her quick thinking in snapping the photo above.]


$26,000 Burglary Reported
At East Side Residence

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, a Bradenton residence was burglarized on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at about 7:30 a.m.


Above, a lookalike vehicle similar to the one stolen

The report said unknown persons entered the residence in the 3900 block of 9th Street East, Bradenton, by prying open the front door.

The burglar(s) went though the house, taking several electronic items, jewelry and a silver 2003 Ford F-150 truck.

The approximate value of everything taken was $25,930.00.

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.


Money, Medication Stolen
from Man By Three White
Males in Broad Daylight

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery on Sunday, March 23, 2009, at about 2:30 p.m.

The report said the victim, Zachary Beeler, 29, of Sarasota, was at the Shell gas station located at 8471 Lockwood Ridge Road when a man approached him and asked him to talk.

Beeler agreed.

The man then displayed a gun and demanded money and the victim's medication.

The robber grabbed the victim's prescription and fled with two other men in a white Trans Am.

The culprits were only described as three White males; one was armed with a handgun.


Bradenton Man Dies After
Single-Car Crash, FHP Says

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A passenger in a vehicle trying to enter I-75 at State Road 681 (Venice connector) died Saturday night, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The FHP report said a Ford truck being driven by Joshua Lee Hunter, 32, of Bradenton, was traveling north on S.R. 681 entrance ramp to I-75 shortly before midnight. Hunter failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.

The vehicle partially traveled onto the east shoulder, then veered to the left and traveled across the roadway.

Hunter over-corrected and veered back to the right. The vehicle began to rotate and traveled back across the roadway, then traveled onto the east shoulder and overturned.

While overturning, the right rear passenger, Douglas J. Garrity, 27, of Bradenton, was ejected from the vehicle.

Garrity was transported to Doctors Hospital in Sarasota, where he later died.

The dead man was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report.

Charges against Hunter are pending, FHP said.


Bradenton Man Shot in Chest
During Armed Robbery
Expected to Live

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police said a 61-year-old man who was shot in the chest Thursday night, March 19, 2009, at about 9:45 p.m. is expected to live.

According to police, the unidentified victim was sitting outside his home in the 800 block of 12th Street East when two men approached him, demanding his wallet.

After obtaining the man's wallet, the pair of desperadoes shot the man in the chest.

He was flown to Bayfront Medical Center by Bayflite medical chopper.

One of the robbers fled on foot and the other drove south on 12th Street East. The vehicle may have been a white Saturn.

Numerous police officers and K-9 units searched for the culprits, along with a sheriff's helicopter, to no avail. They called off the search around 11 p.m.

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.


Reverse Prostitution Sting
Nets 13 Men

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On March 20, 2009, the Manatee County Sheriffs Office SID Tactical Unit conducted a reverse prostitution sting in Manatee County.

The operation was set up with a female deputy posing as a prostitute attempting to target “johns” in various locations throughout the county.

They were able to effectively arrest 13 subjects for Solicitation for Prostitution.

The following individuals were arrested as a result of the operation:

1. Francis Knies, 81, White male
2. Pedro Natal, 54, Hispanic male
3. Guido Vanietti, 68, White male
4. Frank Bell, 52, White male
5. Lawrence Mitchell, 54, White male
6. Pablo D’ Velasco, 21, Hispanic male
7. Erick Martinez, 21, Hispanic male
8. Jose Hernandez, 20, Hispanic male
9. Sergio Montigo, 50, Hispanic male
10. Jose Gomez-Santiz, 24, Hispanic male
11. Raul Rico Galvan, 23, Hispanic male
12. Lee Wilson, 36, Black male
13. Edson Cruz, 30, Hispanic male


Man Nearly Robbed at Bank ATM
By Black Male Armed with Knife

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a man was nearly robbed at a bank ATM machine on Thursday, March 19, 2009.

The report said Lucien Smart was at the Suncoast Federal Credit Union ATM machine at 2615 57th Avenue West, Bradenton, and had just withdrawn $40 when he was approached by a Black male who was holding a knife.

The would-be robber was demanding that Smart withdraw $500 from the ATM.

Smart told the robber that he did not have $500 in his account, but the suspect kept yelling at him to withdraw the money.

Smart began to place his card back into the ATM when he saw an opportunity to flee and took off running; he then tripped and fell to the ground. Smart was attempting to get up when he noticed that the robber was walking towards him.

Smart began kicking his feet up in the air while yelling for help. The robber then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Smart did not sustain any injuries.

The robber did not obtain any money from Smart.

The robber was described as a Black male, 5'11" tall, 160 pounds.

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
Three Hispanic Men at
Parrish Market

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a Hispanic man was robbed at gunpoint by three other Hispanic men on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at about 9 p.m. in front of the Parrish Market, 12330 U.S. 301 North, in Parrish.

The report said the victim, Carlos Flores, 36, of the 11900 block of 82nd Lane East, Parrish, went to the Parrish Market and purchased 2 quarts of Corona beer.

As he exited the business, one of the robbers who had a handgun put it to the victim's neck and told him to "Give me all of the money."

Carlos took out his wallet and took the $189 in cash out that he had and gave it to the robber.

The robber then got into a white Chevrolet pickup and fled West on Erie Road.

At the same time, the other two suspected robbers fled in their vehicle in the same direction.

Carlos believed that the other two suspects were associated with the one who was armed due to the fact that he initially saw them speaking to each other.

The victim was not injured nor were any shots fired.

A neighborhood canvass was conducted with negative results.

The robbers were described as three Hispanic males, one armed with a handgun. That man was 5'2" tall with a medium build, goatee, tattoo on the right arm, and was last seen wearing a dark colored shirt and jacket. He was in his late 20's to early 30's and fled in a white Chevrolet pickup. The other two robbers were in their 20's, wearing dark clothing and fled in a dark colored Ford Explorer.

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.


Detectives Arrest Man for 2nd
Armed Robbery As He Walks
Out of Jail; $257,500 Bond

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives arrested Anthony William Southwell, 24, 360 Waltham St., Port Charlotte, for a second armed robbery.


Anthony William Southwell

Southwell was released from jail on Thursday, March 19, 2009, after he made $5,000 bond in connection with a Tuesday armed robbery of the Circle-K in Cleveland, in Charlotte County.

As Southwell was walking away from the jail along Airport Road, detectives arrested him for a 10 p.m. armed robbery Mar. 15th at 2224 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte.

Detectives returned Southwell to the jail and he is now charged with Robbery with a Firearm, Aggravated Battery and Theft; bond this time was set at $257,500.

MCU detectives say Southwell and another man got into the victim's car concerning paying a debt when Southwell pepper-sprayed him in the face.

The unnamed victim said Southwell started punching him and the other man put a gun to his head and threatened to kill him.

Southwell then stole $270 cash from the victim and the pair fled the area, the arrest report said.

The victim said he was kicked and punched and received injuries to his head, arms, torso and knees in the armed robbery. EMS was called but the victim declined transport to a hospital.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


 

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