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Local/State News for week ending 8/29/2009

Three Arrested for Threatening
Woman and Child with Firearms
And Later Punching One Victim,
Throwing Brick At Another Victim

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested three people involved in a domestic-related incident on August 14, 2009.

Above, L to R, Markell B. Thomas, Frankel R. Valentin and Breayawntay A. King

According to an arrest report, Kristian Rayburn, the mother of his baby and the main victim, and Cynthia Silva, a witness, were approached by Markell B. Thomas and Frankel R. Valentin in the 2600 block of 5th Street West, in Bradenton.

Kristian said that Frankel leaned out the rear passenger window of the silver/gray car he was sitting in and threatened both her and Cynthia. Kristian said Frankel threatened them by pointing a silver handgun at them, saying, "Don't move the wrong way, or I'm going to shoot you bitches." Kristian also told deputies that Markell, who was also sitting in the back seat behind the driver, then pulled a small black handgun from the front waistband of his pants and pointed it at her, saying, "Bitch, I'm gonna kill both you and our daughter."

According to Kristian, the car is one she knows to be owned by Markell's sister, Quaila, who Kristian said she recognized as the driver of the car. Kristian said that Quaila then drove both Markell and Frankel, still in the back seat of the car, and fled the scene.

Then, at approximately 10:15 p.m., while deputies were still investigating the initial incident, Frankel, Markell, Breayawntay King and several other people went to Kristian and Cynthia's home and started a fight. During the fight, Markell punched Urias Silva on the side of the head and threw a brick, hitting rosemary Garcia Silva, the report said.

Prior to arrival of deputies, they all fled the scene.

Frankel and Breayawntay were both located and arrested, but Markell was not located at the time.

Markell Thomas, 19, was eventually located at the Manatee County Jail on Wednesday, August 26, where he is incarcerated on unrelated charges, and charged him with Aggravated Domestic Assault with a Firearm for threatening Kristian with the handgun, Aggravated Battery for intentionally throwing a brick and hitting Rosemary Garcia Silva with it and Battery for punching Urias Silva on the side of the head with a closed fist. He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a combined bail bond of $752,950 for all charges, including the prior charges for which he was already being held.

Frankel Valentin, 21, was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Battery. He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $27,750 and bond was revoked for a prior Concealed Weapon charge.

Breayawntay King, 20, was charged with Aggravated Battery and Battery. She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $17,500.

Taser Used on Man Who Fled
Traffic Stop with Narcotics

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested David Baker, 26, of the 1800 block of 24th Street East, in Bradenton.

David Baker

The arrest report said on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, a Northside COPS unit initiated a traffic stop on a silver Dodge Neon driven by Baker. The traffic stop was in the 700 block of 20th Lane East, in Palmetto.

During the stop, a strong odor of marijuana emanated from the vehicle.

Baker was asked to step out of the car by Deputy Denmark, who noticed a large bulge in Baker's pocket.

As Deputy Denmark began a pat down for weapons, Baker fled from the scene.

Northside COPS and Detective Sevier gave chase as Baker began throwing suspected narcotics from his pockets.

Baker then tripped into nearby bushes and was tackled by deputies.

Baker refused to comply with demands to stop resisting arrest while trying to reach into his pockets.

While Baker was resisting arrest, Detective Sevier used his Taser to drive stun Baker for compliance.

Baker immediately complied and was arrested without further incident.

After Baker was picked up, Deputy Denmark located a small bag of marijuana that weighed 9.5 grams.

No other narcotics were located.

Baker was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

As of Thursday afternoon, Baker remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $870.

Teenage Girl Arrested for
Burglary to Residence

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Tiffany Barnes, 18, of 1711 9th Avenue West, in Bradenton.

Tiffany Barnes

According to the arrest report, on Saturday, August 8, 2009, at about 3 p.m., Ashley Coulter returned to her residence, where she lives with her grandparents in the 900 block of Faith Circle East, Bradenton, to find that someone had cut a hole in the screen door in order to gain entry to the patio. The person then removed some tape from the entry door to the house to gain entry to the main living area of the home.

Once inside, the person removed approximately $50 worth of clothing from Ashley's bedroom.

Inside the house, Ashley found a note that had been left behind. The note was signed by Tiffany Barnes and explained that she had entered the home to retrieve a check owed to her mother.

Nobody gave permission to Tiffany to enter the home at any time.

Detective Dickerman located Tiffany and asked her about the note she left.

Tiffany told Det. Dickerman that she was just looking for a check and "it was not a big deal."

Tiffany admitted that she had no permission but said "it's family." Tiffany also told Det. Dickerman that she took a skirt and some tampons from Ashley's belongings because Ashley had taken her stuff in the past, the report said.

Tiffany was arrested on Wednesday, August 26th, and charged with Burglary.

As of Thursday afternoon, she remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $5,000.

Woman Claims She Was Raped;
Story May Be Bogus

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a 27-year-old White female claimed she was raped. The incident allegedly occurred on Monday, August 24, 2009, at about 9 p.m., in the 6100 block of 43rd Avenue West.

The report said the unnamed victim claimed she was walking from a friend’s house when an unknown male grabbed her arm and threatened to hurt her.

She said he dragged her into the empty lot and penetrated her with his penis. She doesn’t know if he ejaculated or not, the report said.

She failed to report the crime at the time because she stated she was scared; he told her he knew where she lived, she said.

Her story was inconsistent and changed several times, the reporting deputy said.

She refused to complete a rape kit.

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.

Florida Sheriffs Recognize Florida
Representative Bill Galvano with
FSA Legislative Award

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On behalf of the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA), Sheriff Brad Steube (Manatee) and Sheriff Tom Knight (Sarasota) presented Florida Representative Bill Galvano with the FSA Legislative Award for his leadership and support of public safety during the 2009 legislative session.

Above, L to R, Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight, Rep. Bill Galvano
and Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube

The event took place on Thursday, August 27, 2009, at Dolphin Aviation in South Manatee County.

Representative Galvano made extraordinary efforts to learn and understand the details and ramifications of the complex federal Tribal and gaming regulatory laws, and was an influential member of leadership who helped direct the outcome of the gambling issues in the Legislature.

Florida Sheriffs applaud Representative Galvano for supporting the gambling limitations in the Florida constitution, and for recognizing the need for a long-term strategy pertaining to gaming in Florida.

Rescued Bald Eagle Released
In Carlton Reserve

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A bald eagle that was rescued in April has been released back in the wild in the T. Mabry Carlton Reserve.

Above, a young bald eagle

The eagle, one of two eaglets discovered in a nest at the Sara Bay Golf and Country Club in April, was suffering from Avian pox, a viral infection spread by mosquitoes. One fledgling died while the other was treated at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.

After helping the eagle recuperate from the disease, Audubon Center experts also conditioned the bird for release into the wild.

Staff has been waiting for eagles to return to Florida so that this young bird would have other eagles to associate with and pick up some hunting and foraging skills.

For more information on bald eagles in Sarasota County, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000.

Narcotic Detectives Arrest Couple
On Drug Charges After
Reverse Buy Sting

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit detectives arrested a Port Charlotte couple at their home Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at 10:30 p.m., after the husband called undercover detectives wanting to purchase Oxycodone pills.

Above, L to R, Zachary Shomer and Jenna Trudeau-Shomer

Detectives went to their home, a placebo Oxycodone pill was given to Zachary Shomer, 26, and detective received $25 for the pill. Shomer immediately gave it to his 23-year-old wife Jenna L. Trudeau-Shomer.

Once the buy was made, other detectives moved in and arrested the couple.

They saw Jenna Shomer throw the placebo pill into the grass.

A search of Zachary Shomer found a baggie with Oxycodone and Roxicodone pills.

The couple was transported to the Charlotte County Jail; both were charged with Attempting to Purchase Oxycodone and Solicit to Purchase Oxycodone. Jenna Shomer was additionally charged with Tampering with Evidence, and Zachary Shomer was also charged with Possession of Oxycodone and Possession of Roxicodone. Zachary Shomer’s bond is $10,000 and his wife Jenna’s is $7,500; both remain in the jail and have not posted bond.

If you have information about illegal drug activity, please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157 or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).

Deputy's Wife Accused Of Slain
Officer's Trust Fund Thefts

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A woman was arrested in Orange County late Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of stealing from a trust fund set up for the widow of a police officer who was shot to death in the line of duty, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Bambi Darcey was arrested on charges of grand theft. Her husband, Orange County sheriff's Deputy Allan Darcey Jr., has been relieved of law enforcement duties and has been reassigned to a civilian position pending the outcome of an investigation.

According to deputies, Bambi Darcey set up the Officer Mario Jenkins' Memorial Trust Fund at a bank after Jenkins, a University of Central Florida police officer, was slain in 2005.

Jenkins was working undercover to target underage drinking at a UCF tailgating party when he was surrounded by a group of partiers. He pulled out his gun, and a nearby Orlando police officer saw the plain-clothed Jenkins holding a gun but did not know he was a UCF officer. The OPD officer shot and killed Jenkins.

Bambi Darcey set up the fund for Valerie Jenkins and named herself as an account trustee.

Investigators said Bambi Darcey kept a secret checkbook for the account and stole nearly $4,500 from the trust fund over a two-year period, withdrawing cash from the account 25 times.

Allan Darcey has been employed by the Orange County Sheriff's Office since June 2006, WKMG said.


~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Manatee Detectives Arrest Man
For Trafficking in Hydrocodone,
Two Additional Warrants

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Detectives have arrested Richard Alan Lewis, 29, of Lebanon, Indiana.

Richard Alan Lewis

The arrest report said on August 24, 2009, an undercover Manatee County Sheriff's Detective met with Lewis in the parking lot of Chili's Bar & Grill, 3500 1st Street East, in Bradenton, after a meeting was prearranged by another detective talking with Lewis on the phone.

The purpose of the meeting was for Lewis to sell the U/C detective 15-20 Hydrocodone narcotic pills for $4 each.

The meeting with Lewis was recorded.

Lewis entered the U/C vehicle and placed a wrapper containing 15 of the pills on the console of the U/C vehicle.

The U/C detective handed over $80 whose serial numbers had been recorded.

The U/C detective then drove out of the parking lot.

On Tuesday, August 25, 2009, another meeting was arranged with Lewis to complete another narcotics transaction.

At approximately 4 p.m., Lewis met with an undercover detective and Lewis was taken into custody without incident.

Lewis was charged with Trafficking in Hydrocodone for the August 24th transaction. He was also charged on two warrants for the same crime for previous transactions.

Lewis remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $300,000.

Palmetto Police Arrest Man, 23,
for Lewd & Lascivious Acts
With Girl Under 16

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- Palmetto Police have arrested Guillermo Garcia-Almaraz, 23, of Bradenton.

Guillermo Garcia-Almaraz

The arrest report said on August 22, 2009, a juvenile female under 16 years of age walked into the Palmetto Police Department and said that since December of 2008 she has had sexual intercourse with a Hispanic male identified as Garcia-Almaraz.

The girl said that the relationship was consensual and that the encounters initially took place in the 2400 block of 14th Street Drive West, in Palmetto.

She said additional encounters took place at various locations in Manatee County.

The report said Garcia-Almaraz subsequently admitted to having intercourse with the girl and acknowledged that she is a juvenile.

Garcia-Almaraz was charged with one count of Lewd & Lascivious acts.

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

Man Arrested for Dropping
TV on Woman, Throwing
Her to Floor

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested John P. Gigliotti, 40, for an incident that occurred on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at about 7:15 a.m., in the 4600 block of 72nd Court East, Bradenton.

John P. Gigliotti

The arrest report said John arrived Wednesday morning at 41-year-old Amy McDonough's residence to visit their son.

A verbal argument began between the two.

The argument became physical.

Amy told deputies that John threw her to the floor and dropped the television on her.

John was arrested for Domestic Battery.

As of Wednesday afternoon, he remained in the Manatee County Jail without bond.

Daring Daytime Armed
Home Invasion Robbery
In Northeast Bradenton

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a brazen daytime armed home invasion robbery on Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at about 12:10 p.m., in the 6400 block of 3rd Avenue NE, in Bradenton.

The report said two Black males entered the residence through a rear window that does not lock.

Once inside, the suspects went to a bedroom and woke the victims, Jesse Daniel Lombardi, 21, and Denielle Michell Gear, 20.

Both robbers were armed with handguns.

The culprits demanded the victim's cell phones, then went through Jesse's wallet and stole $100.00. They also demanded that Jesse open a small safe, from which they stole $600.

The two armed men then fled the residence through a side door.

A possible suspect vehicle was developed as a gold Honda 4-door, with a Florida license tag.

At this time, detectives do not believe this was a random incident.

The robbers were described as two Black males in their 20s, both being 5'10" tall and about 180 pounds. They were both wearing shorts and T-shirts.

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.

Shot Fired Into Palmetto Home;
88-Year-Old Woman Barely
Escapes Injury

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- An 88-year-old woman escaped injury on Monday, August 24, 2009, at about 3 p.m., when a bullet was fired into her home on Jasmine Avenue, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The report said Cynthia Muir, 88, was sitting in her living room when she heard a loud bang and pieces of the ceiling material fell to the floor right next to where she was sitting.

Muir then noticed a hole in the ceiling where the material came down.

The next day, Tuesday, Muir called her repair man to have him check the ceiling and roof area.

The repair man found what appeared to be a bullet hole in the roof going through the roof and into the interior of the house.

Muir then notified the Sheriff's Office and Deputies responded.

After a brief search of the living room, a bullet was located in the seam of a chair which was right next to where Muir had been sitting on Monday.

The bullet, which appeared to be a 9mm, was collected and entered into property and evidence.

Muir was not injured.

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.

Tropical Storm Danny Forms
in Near Atlantic Ocean

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- As expected, Tropical Storm Danny popped up in the Atlantic near the Bahamas Wednesday morning.

The system doesn’t pose much of a threat to Florida as its projected path has it aiming toward the Carolinas.

The long-range forecast calls for it to reach hurricane strength and either brush or hit the Outer Banks by Saturday.

As of Wednesday, August 26, 2009, Tropical Storm Danny was 445 miles east of Nassau, in the Bahamas, and 775 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Maximum sustained winds were near 45 miles per hour and slow strengthening is possible during the next couple of days, according to the National Hurricane Center, in Miami.

Tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 140 miles, mainly to the north of the center.

NewsManatee will monitor the progress of the storm for any changes which may affect Florida.

Sex Offender Arrested on
Rape at Knifepoint Charges

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit detectives arrested Kevin Theodore Smith, 51, a past convicted sex offender, on new charges of Sexual Battery with Threat of Force, and False Imprisonment. The incident occurred in his trailer home Sunday morning, August 23, 2009, at 4900 S.R. 31 in eastern Charlotte County.

Kevin Theodore Smith

The victim called the CCSO around 7 a.m. and said she was forced to have sex at knifepoint by her ex-boyfriend Smith. When detectives arrived, the 40-year-old woman said after the forced sex, Smith hog-tied her feet and hands, and left the trailer. She did manage to get loose and called the CCSO. She said she had lived with Smith but was moving her things out Sunday because their relationship had ended. The woman was transported to Charlotte Regional Medical Center and later released following an examination.

CCSO issued a BOLO for Smith’s pickup and at 7:40 a.m., DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office advised they were at the scene of a pickup crash on U.S. 17 north of Wood Street. The driver, Smith, was inside the overturned truck and unconscious. He was transported to DeSoto Memorial Hospital where he was admitted Sunday, released Tuesday, and arrested by the CCSO Warrant Squad and transported to the Charlotte County Jail. Bond was set at $150,000.

MCU detectives said the method of operation in this sex case is similar to what he was convicted for as a sex offender in California. He was a registered sex offender in DeSoto County, but not Charlotte County where he was living.

18 Car Hopping Thefts Reported;
One Man Arrested

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating 18 unlocked vehicle burglaries that occurred Tuesday morning in Port Charlotte. All of the “car hopping” occurred on Riviera Lane, Bendway and Rockcreek drives, Great Falls, Rickardway and Windswept avenues, and Bayard St.

Daniel Patrick Hennis

A resident on Rockcreek Dr. saw a man burglarizing his vehicle and called the CCSO at 5:45 a.m. A road deputy responded and stopped a man fitting the description carrying a pool stick case and another bag. The man was identified as Daniel Patrick Hennis, 24, of 7355 SW 89 St., Miami. Hennis was taken back to the home on Rockcreek and positively identified as the man who ran from the man’s vehicle. Deputies searched the case and bag Hennis was carrying and discovered a radar detector, numerous other items, and business cards belonging to a man on Riviera Ln. Detectives went to that home and the owner of the stolen items identified the pool stick case and stolen items, including missing cash left in his unlocked pickup.

CCSO received numerous other calls from the same area reporting entry into their unlocked vehicles. Items missing were a GPS, MP3, and Stereo, sunglasses, cash, coins and a DVD player.

At this time, Hennis is charged with one count of Burglary to a Conveyance, and Petit Theft. Also, a Sarasota County bond was revoked on a Violation of Probation warrant for Possession of Marijuana. He remains in the Charlotte County Jail on $8,500 bond. The investigation continues.

Sheriff Bill Cameron said, “These unlocked vehicles are parked in driveways, garages, and parking lots, and motorists should get into the habit of locking your vehicles all the time.”

Items easily stolen from unlocked vehicles are referred to as “Car Hopping.” Thieves quietly go from vehicle to vehicle looking for quick access, and grab any items left inside, all within seconds. They grab items left on the seats, in the glove box, under the seat, or the center console. Thieves hit a neighborhood within minutes and then flee the area. Most cases of theft aren’t discovered until morning.

Underage Strip Club Probe
Ongoing; Girls 15, 17 Found
Dancing There

COCOA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported Cocoa code enforcement can fine -- but cannot shut down -- a strip club where police found two "scantily clad" underage girls dancing, unless authorities can prove the charges in court, officials said.

Code enforcement supervisor Mike Turner said his office could only pull the license for Playmates had the strip club had two prior convictions in criminal court.

Playmates, he said, has none.

Police said the investigation continues into Playmates, where authorities removed the 15- and 17-year-old girls Friday night after the younger girl's mother called police to report fears her daughter was dancing there.

Both girls were clad in "bathing suit-type" outfits, Cocoa police spokeswoman Barbara Matthews said.

The 15-year-old -- who has not attended school since seventh grade and should be in 10th grade now -- looks like a minor, Matthews said.

No arrests were made, and Matthews said an investigation into the club continues.


~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Convicted Felon, Gunned Down
In his Own Driveway, Later Died;
Crack Cocaine Found on His Body;
23rd 2009 Murder in Manatee County

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to a report released by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Charles W. Davis, Jr., 32, was shot several times outside his residence at 708A 60th Avenue Terrace West, in the Duplex City area of South Manatee County, on Monday, August 24, 2009, at about 9:30 p.m.

Charles Wesley Davis, Jr.

The report said Davis was shot several times by unknown person(s) and was discovered lying in the driveway at the location above. Information obtained by NewsManatee indicated Davis had been shot in the chest.

Detectives were notified and responded along with Crime Scene technicians.

Davis was Bayflited to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg and was pronounced deceased at 10:45 p.m.

All the individuals residing in the above residence were initially uncooperative. Detectives eventually interviewed the subjects residing there.

Detectives are investigating whether the shooting was drug-related, due to the fact that Davis had several pieces of crack cocaine on him when he was shot.

Davis is a known drug dealer and a convicted felon, with numerous felony arrests, according to Manatee County court records.

Davis was arrested in late July for Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. He was due in court on those charges this Friday, August 28th.

The investigation continues.

No arrests have been made.

There have now been 19 murders in unincorporated Manatee County and 4 in the City of Bradenton, for a total of 23, according to NewsManatee archives (See our Past Headline News page for a recap of the previous 22 murders). These numbers have been confirmed with the respective law enforcement agencies in whose jurisdiction the murders occurred.

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.

[Ed. Note: Two murders have not been included in the official Manatee County homicide statistics, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. On June 5th, Carlos Vazquez-Vazquez was stabbed to death at a migrant camp in Palmetto. Although the man who stabbed him, Faustino Martinez, was originally arrested for the killing, the State Attorney's Office declined to prosecute him, citing self-defense. Then, on July 22nd, the body of Roy Barnes, Jr., was found near the Sarasota-Bradenton airport burning and dismembered. Investigators said the body had been dumped there, after being murdered in Sarasota.]

Man Out of Work with
"Bad Drug Habit" Busted
For Burglary to Business

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Adam Jon Lehmann, 46, of 503 67th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.

Above, L to R, K-9 Leo and Adam Jon Lehmann

According to the arrest report, on Monday, August 24, 2009, at about 10 a.m., Lehmann climbed the railing of the front stair of a business located at 7990 15th Street East, Bradenton, broke out the front window and kicked in the screen.

A witness who was servicing the elevators saw Lehmann and called 911.

After about an hour and a half, Lehmann was located hiding inside the building by K-9 Deputy Thames and his K-9 Leo. Leo engaged Lehmann and bit him on his right hand and thigh area.

A ladder and a saw still stuck into copper pipe, as well as an extension cord with a light attached, were found nearby.

While waiting the arrival of EMS, Lehmann said he was sorry and was just trying to get the copper out of the building, the report said.

Later, at detective offices, Lehmann told Detective John Finley he was "without work and has a bad drug habit."

Lehmann was arrested and charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Dwelling and Possession of Burglary Tools.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $11,000.

Man, Woman Arrested for
Child Neglect for Selling
Drugs in Front of Baby

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kenneth Kresho, 37, and Bianca Farr, 30, both of 6323 Case Avenue, Bradenton, on Monday, August 24, 2009. They were both arrested on warrants after a witness supplied information to the sheriff's office.

Above, L to R, Kenneth Kresho and Bianca Farr

According to arrest reports, Kresho and Farr used and sold drugs in front of their daughter, 1 year old.

They also allowed their baby daughter next to used syringes.

Farr was reported to have violently struck the child and yelled and screamed at her for crying.

The witness told detectives the baby "often fell off a bed in their home."

They were both charged with Child Neglect.

Kresho and Farr both remain in the Manatee County Jail on bail bonds of $10,000 each.

DeSoto Square Mall, Manatee
Sheriff's Office To Host Free
Summer "Safety Expo"

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- DeSoto Square, in conjunction with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, will host a FREE summer “Safety Expo” on Saturday, Aug. 29 from noon to 3 p.m.

In attendance will be:

~ The Manatee County Fire Department
~ Manatee County Safety Council
~ McGruff Safe Kids
~ Manatee Memorial Hospital
~ The YMCA
~ American Red Cross
~ G.T. Bray Parks & Recreation Center

As well as many more.

Activities will include:

~ Free blood pressure testing
~ Free finger printing
~ Sheriff Department interaction
~ Fire truck demonstrations
~ Also, special mall discounts & giveaways

The “DeSoto Square Safety Expo” will bring together today’s families to help promote dedication to safety in the local area.

DeSoto Square, the only enclosed shopping center in Manatee County, wants to continue to make the mall and its surrounding area a safe destination for the community.

Detective Mike Diaz Named
Deputy of the Month for
August 2009

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube has named Detective Mike Diaz Deputy of the Month for August of 2009.

In August 2006, Detective Mike Diaz initiated an investigation into a drug trafficking organization and conducted several undercover operations with the associates of the main target.

Early in the investigation, he learned that the criminal operation extended far beyond the borders of Manatee County. \

Detective Diaz joined forces with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to dismantle the criminal enterprise.

The operation was not only trafficking in cocaine, but also involved trading stolen vehicles for cocaine.

Several defendants have been arrested during surveillance operations which led to several other counties in Florida. To date, the US Attorney’s Office has charged eighteen individuals with charges that carry penalties of twenty to thirty years.

If not for Detective Diaz’s persistence and dedication, the case would have not led to the seizure of an estimated $1.5 million dollars in US currency, 22 kilograms of cocaine, numerous firearms and the seizures of various properties and vehicles located throughout Florida and Texas.

For his work in this case, Detective Mike Diaz was awarded Deputy of the Month for August 2009.

CCSO Detectives Issue Warrant
For B of A Robbery Suspect

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Monday, August 24, 2009, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit detectives issued a warrant for the arrest of Geno Haibowicz, 30, of 1196 Rio de Janeiro Ave., Deep Creek, in connection with the Aug. 3 robbery of the Bank of America, 23081 Harborview Rd., in Charlotte Harbor.

Geno Haibowicz

As NewsManatee previously reported on Monday's Local News page, last Friday, Punta Gorda Police identified Haibowicz for the BOA bank robbery on July 28 at 126 E. Olympia Ave., after a family member reportedly tipped them off.

He was located in Lee County and taken into custody by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office on unrelated arrest warrants.

Haibowicz remains in the LCSO Jail until charges against him are concluded there, then the warrants on file at CCSO will be activated and he’ll be transported to the Charlotte County Jail to face the two bank robberies in this county.

Haibowicz has previous arrests for bank robberies in New Hampshire.

UPDATE: Mom, Man Charged
In Tot's Python Death

OXFORD, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported the mother of a 2-year-old girl who was strangled by a python, along with the mother's boyfriend who owned the snake, were arrested Monday in connection with the girl's death, according to Sumter County sheriff's officials.

Jaren Ashley Hare, 19, and Charles Jason Darnell, 32, were arrested on charges of manslaughter, third-degree murder and child abuse in the death of Shaunnia Hare, who was killed in July at her Oxford home.

Hare turned herself in to police Monday afternoon, and Darnell was already in jail on unrelated drug charges. Hare bonded out of jail late Monday night on $35,000 bond.

Last month, Darnell woke up at a residence in the 1500 block of county Road 466 in Oxford, which is located about 60 miles northwest of Orlando, to find Shaunnia being strangled by his 8.5-foot pet albino Burmese python, according to Sumter County sheriff's officials.

Investigators said there were several bite marks on the toddler.

A medical examiner determined that she died from asphyxiation, WKMG said.

Orange County Cites 5th
H1N1-Related Death

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a 56-year-old woman has died after contracting the H1N1 swine flu virus, the fifth fatal case in Orange County, officials said.

The name of the woman has not been released.

Health officials said most cases of swine flu are mild but there are exceptions. Pre-existing health conditions often play a role in how individuals react to the flu, officials said.

Health officials urged people to wash their hands frequently, stay home from work or school if they feel ill and cover their mouths with a tissue or their sleeve if they are coughing. The precautions will greatly reduce the risk of transmission of all flu virus, whether seasonal or H1N1, health officials said.

Anyone with a flu-like illness should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines, officials said.

People experiencing cough, fever and fatigue, possibly along with diarrhea and vomiting, should contact a doctor, WKMG said.

Florida KidCare Expected
To Grow Again; Local
Contact Information

TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT] -- Last week, as the healthcare debate heats up across the nation, dozens of state agency leaders, associations and community groups filled the first floor rotunda at the Capitol to pledge ongoing resources and support to help more Florida children get health insurance. The pledges were announced during the annual kick off of the Florida KidCare back-to-school outreach campaign.

Florida KidCare is the state’s low-cost health insurance program for children under the age of 19. To date, approximately 1.6 million children are enrolled and the program is open to accept thousands more. In the last two months alone, 50,000 previously uninsured children began receiving preventive care such as regular doctor visits, immunizations, dental check-ups and prescriptions through Florida KidCare.

“In these tough times, Florida families deserve affordable access to children’s healthcare, which is why we’ve recently seen steady growth in Florida KidCare enrollment,” said CFO Alex Sink. “As we kick off Florida KidCare’s back-to-school push, I hope that more Florida families will enroll in this valuable program.”

During the current economic downturn, families don’t have to go without health insurance for their children. Florida KidCare is designed to provide low-cost healthcare benefits to families regardless of their income. The majority of families enrolled pay nothing at all; others may pay premiums that range from $15 to $159 per month. Children receive coverage under the program’s four components – MediKids, Children’s Medical Services Network, Healthy Kids and Children’s Medicaid.

"At the Agency for Workforce Innovation, we provide Florida's children with early learning opportunities and believe that good health is the cornerstone of children’s development," said AWI Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo. "Every child should have access to quality health care and we are proud to partner with KidCare to help inform parents about this valuable program."
AWI isn’t the only agency offering its resources to promote Florida KidCare. Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp, Surgeon General Ana Viamonte Ros, and Agency for Health Care Administration secretary Holly Benson described additional outreach efforts.

In addition to having a visible presence at back-to-school events across the state, the agencies are implementing the following activities:

The Department of Health is working with all 67 county health departments and 22 Children’s Medical Services facilities across the state to take part in local events such as immunization clinics and back-to-school health fairs where families can learn about Florida KidCare and sign up for the program on the spot.

The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation and the Department of Education are working together to distribute more than 2.5 million Florida KidCare postcards to children at the start of the school year.

The Agency for Health Care Administration is distributing Florida KidCare promotional materials to large pediatric centers across the state.

The Department of Children and Families is sharing Florida KidCare information with families receiving public assistance, such as food stamps and WIC.

Volunteer Florida is distributing Florida KidCare information to faith-based groups statewide.

The Agency for Workforce Innovation is providing Early Learning Coalitions and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) providers with Florida KidCare materials and applications. AWI has also mailed flyers to citizens receiving unemployment compensation, provided the state's One Stop Career Centers with Florida KidCare applications and reached out to employers who are experiencing layoffs.

“The new Florida KidCare legislation that went into effect July 1st is good news for parents struggling to get and maintain health insurance for their kids,” said Loranne Ausley, chair of the Florida Healthy Kids Board. “The changes are a small yet significant first step, but we are doing everything we can to make it easier for families to enroll in the Florida KidCare program. We expect to see enrollment numbers increase in the months ahead.”

For more information or to apply for Florida KidCare, visit

Families can also call 1-888-540-5437 to receive an application by mail, or contact Joyce Whitworth in Bradenton at (941) 761-3207.


~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Bradenton Cops Arrest Man
For Bomb Threat at Wal-Mart
Store Causing $35K Loss to Store

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police have arrested Christopher Anthony Wilke, 20, of 6129 12th Street East, in Bradenton.

Christopher Anthony Wilke

The arrest report from BPD said on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at about 9 p.m., police were called out to the Wal-Mart store located at 5315 Cortez Road West regarding a reported bomb threat.

Upon arrival, police found customers and employees of the store had been evacuated from the building.

Investigation revealed that Wilke, an ex-employee, had been at the store about an hour before the bomb threat and was being "lippy" to a loss prevention person, who ordered him to leave the store. She said that Wilke then sat in the parking lot, staring at the exterior of the building before finally leaving.

Further investigation revealed that the bomb threat was called in from a pay phone at the Amoco station located at 60th Avenue West and 14th Street West. The caller had stated, "There might be a bomb at Wal-Mart on Cortez."

The loss prevention person told police she would be able to identify Wilke's voice if in fact it was he who had called in the bomb threat.

A copy of the 911 bomb threat call was forwarded to Sgt. John Negron, of BPD, and the tape was heard by the loss prevention officer, who positively identified the voice as belonging to Wilke.

Then, on Thursday, August 20, 2009, through investigation, Det. Price, of BPD, found an address for Wilke's mother on Apple Avenue, in Bradenton. Since that address was in the county, Det. Price asked Manatee County Sheriff's Detective Bill Waldron to check that address. Det. Waldron said he would stay in the area in case Wilke arrived there.

About an hour later, Det. Waldron called Det. Price and said he (Waldron) had detained Wilke at that address.

Det. Price responded to the address and took Wilke to the Bradenton Police Station for an interview. At the station, Wilke admitted to calling in the bomb threat.

Wilke, it turns out, was a former employee of Wal-Mart and had been let go in June because of "a bad back." Then, in July, he was trespassed from that store for lighting firecrackers close to the entrance of that Wal-Mart.

Meanwhile, the store was reopened at 11:30 p.m., about 2 1/2 hours after the bomb threat had caused the evacuation of customers and employees. Wal-Mart told Det. Price the down time had cost the store about $34,000 in sales and $1,382.92 in labor.

Wilke was arrested and charged with False Report Planting Bomb.

He posted a $2,500 bail bond and was released the next day from the Manatee County Jail, pending a court appearance.

Bradenton Police Arrest Man
For Urinating in Front of Kids

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police have arrested Robert D. Moore, 49, of unknown address.

Robert D. Moore

According to the arrest report, on Saturday, August 22, 2009, at about 1 p.m., Moore was yelling and screaming at two children who are 2 years and 7 months old.

Moore then proceeded to pull down his pants and urinate against a garbage can and a tree. The incident occurred in the 3000 block of 10th Avenue West, Bradenton.

The victims' father said that he was able to see Moore's genitals as he was urinating.

Moore also had two open and empty beer cans next to him.

After his arrest, Moore refused to talk about the urination incident, but did say he did drink the empty beers.

Moore was arrested and charged with Lewd & Lascivious Exhibition and was also charged with being in violation of Bradenton's Open Container law.

Moore remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $5,120.

Two Accused in Connection with
Assault Case; Taser Deployed

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men in connection with an assault case that occurred in the 1100 block of 56th Avenue Drive East, in Bradenton, on Saturday, August 22, 2009.

Gerod L. Jones

Lt. Couch was assisting Deputy Kvin with an assault case with a possible firearm that had just occurred.

While they were interviewing the victim, she had pointed to a light-colored Mercury Grand Marquis and said, "There they are."

Lt. Couch followed after them and initiated an investigative traffic stop.

Lt. Couch told the driver to remove the keys from the ignition; he refused and then exited the vehicle and stepped right in front of Lt. Couch violating his officer safety space.

At that time, Lt. Couch shot the driver with his Taser, striking him on the chest.

The driver, later known as Gerod L. Jones, 35, was arrested for Obstruction and Driving While License Suspended.

Jones was released from the Manatee County Jail on his own recognizance.

The passenger, Sheroen L. Dukes, 35, may be charged with the assault, by way of a capias to the State Attorney's Office requesting his arrest.

A mug shot of Dukes was not available.

Man Arrested for Burglary;
Stole 2 Cans of Bug Spray

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Nicholas R. Bishop, 20, of 407 Bryn Mawr Island, in South Manatee County, was arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office on Friday, August 21, 2009.

Nicholas R. Bishop

The arrest report said Bishop entered a neighbor's back yard by jumping over a fence and entering a shed in the neighbor's yard. He then removed two small cans of "something orange in color."

A witness who is a keyholder to the neighbor's property saw Bishop do this.

Bishop then entered the patio area by opening a screen door and opening some cabinet doors. But he took nothing from the cabinet, the witness said.

Bishop then left the property with the two cans.

When a deputy spoke to Bishop a short time later, he admitted to being in the back yard and taking two cans of roach spray, because he has a roach problem. He said he has had permission in the past to be in the neighbor's back yard.

Bishop was arrested and charged with Burglary.

As of Monday, he remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $2,500.

Palmetto Police Arrest Man
For "Pummeling" Other Man
With Stick in Park

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- Palmetto Police have arrested Bruce M. Treani, 44, of the 1400 block of 55th Avenue West, in Bradenton.

Bruce M. Treani

The arrest report from PPD said on Friday, August 21, 209, at about 11 a.m., Treani was at Riverside Park in Palmetto and punched the unnamed victim and struck him with a stick from behind.

The victim sustained great bodily harm to his face and head. EMS told police the victim had a possible skull fracture.

The victim had no idea what kind of stick he was hit with, due to being attacked from behind.

When police spoke to Treani, he admitted to "pummeling" the victim. When asked what provoked the attack, Treani told police, "He told me he had killed people in Viet Nam."

Treani was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

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

So What Really Happened, Kenny?

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a man claimed he was shot while trying to purchase reefer on Monday, August 24, 2009, at about 12:30 p.m.

According to the victim, Kenneth Bishop, 28, he stopped near the 2300 block of U.S. 41 North, in Palmetto, to purchase a small bag of Marijuana.

Bishop said he was approached by two unknown Black males and attempted to make the purchase.

As Bishop presented his money, one of the Black males pulled a handgun and shot Bishop in the right foot, he told deputies.

The area where Bishop said he was shot was searched and no evidence of a shooting was found.

Bishop was driven to Manatee Memorial Hospital by his girlfriend for treatment of his gunshot wound.

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 Beaten, Bike Stolen
On Way Home from Work

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported Jose Sicajau, 38, of the 2400 block of 11th Street West was beaten and robbed by a lone White male on Monday, August 24, 2009, at about 45 minutes past midnight.

Jose was riding home from work and was in the 3000 block of 1st Street West when he was attacked by a White male.

The highwayman beat the victim and took Jose's bicycle valued at $95.00.

Jose was unable to give any details of the robber other than he was dressed in all black.

E.M.S. responded and treated Jose at the scene.

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 Volunteer Team Leads
"Gratitude Bags Project"
To Remember 9/11

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- National service volunteers Joyce Whitworth and Jim Heaton, both AmeriCorps*VISTA members with the local 20/20 AmeriCorps*VISTA Vision project, are co-leading the first “Gratitude Bags Project” in Manatee County.

“On April 21, 2009, President Barack Obama created a historic, enduring and compassionate legacy that truly honors the 9/11 victims and their families, first responders and rescue and recovery workers, the soldiers who have take up arms to defend our freedom and safety, and the many volunteers who spontaneously contributed their efforts in the immediate aftermath of 9/11,” said David Paine, founder and president of, the nonprofit group that led a seven-year campaign to formally establish 9/11 as an annually recognized day of service and remembrance.

“There isn’t a better or more fitting way to remember 9/11 than for all of us as Americans to voluntarily set aside time on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks to help others in need,” Paine said.

Hershey’s kisses and other small candies, gum, popcorn and other treats are being collected and then assembled with a personal note of thanks from the community and the 20/20 VISTA Vision Project team. The 1000 little bags of cheer will then be delivered on 9/11 to the men and women who are local first responders and rescue workers at local fire departments, police stations, sheriff’s offices and the emergency operations center.

Donation items may be dropped off at the Volunteer Manatee office, 5131 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Monday-Friday, from 9:00am-3:00am. Contributions may also be sent to the same address, with checks payable to Volunteer Services of Manatee County.

For more information, contact the “Gratitude Bags Project” hotline at 941-761-3207.


Teen Crashes Stolen Car Into
Home, Retired Man Knocked
Out of Bed

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a teenage boy crashed a stolen vehicle into an Orlando home, throwing a retired Orange County school bus driver out of bed.

Orlando police said 14-year-old Kenneth Anderson abandoned the stolen SUV after he slammed it into a home on Cottage Hill Road Sunday afternoon. He had been fleeing from police when he sped through a stop sign and collided with the structure.

The daughter of 91-year-old Benjamin Henson said her father was resting in the front bedroom when the crash occurred. Henson was taken to an Orlando hospital with bruises and a cut on his hand. He is recovering at home.

"The car hit the wall, the wall came into his bedroom, pushed his bed up against the chest of drawers and the dresser, and, yeah, the fire department had to come get him out," Ida Henson said.

Anderson had no criminal history, but he is now charged with several felonies, including grand theft, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and resisting arrest, WKMG said.

Police said they are talking to Anderson to determine if he is linked to other stolen car cases in the area.


~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Called for Domestic Battery,
Deputies Discover Man, 25,
Had Child with Girl, 16

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested Aaron Rashad Martin, 26, of the 900 block of 27th Street East, Bradenton.

Aaron Rashad Martin

According to the arrest report, on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, deputies were called to the 2300 block of 60th Avenue West (Flamingo Blvd.), Bradenton, for a Domestic Battery incident.

The unnamed female half of the couple said Martin and she had gotten into an argument about Martin cheating on her.

Martin became upset when she told him to leave.

Martin allegedly pulled her hair and punched her in the face. Deputies did not observe any injuries.

Martin had left the house prior to the arrival of deputies and could not be located at that time.

Deputies continued to investigate the situation and discovered Martin and the girl, now 17, had a two-month-old child together when she was 16 years old and Martin was 25.

The girl told deputies they have been dating for about 2 years and said she is aware of Martin's age and was aware of it when they conceived the child.

Martin and the girl are not married, the report said.

Martin was located and arrested on Thursday, August 20, 2009.

He was charged with Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor, Carnal Intercourse with an Unmarried Person and Domestic Battery.

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

3rd Man Arrested in Botched
Home Invasion Robbery

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police have arrested a third man in connection with a botched home invasion robbery that occurred on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at about 8 p.m. in the 1000 block of 17th Street West, in Bradenton.

Markell Breon Thomas

Bradenton Police previously arrested Arizona Handy, 24, of 1106 4th Street West, Bradenton, and Maurice Robinson, 19, of 1839 14th Street West, Bradenton. There was a third man involved in the incident. He was Markell Breon Thomas, 19, of 312 15th Street East, Bradenton.

According to the arrest reports, on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at about 8:10 p.m., Handy, Robinson and Thomas went to a residence in the 1000 block of 17th Street West on the premise they were going to buy some prescription drugs. But their plan was to rob the occupants, Handy later told detectives.

When they arrived at the home, the men were armed with what appeared to be handguns, but they were really just pellet guns.

One of the men, Thomas, kicked at the door until it broke open. But, for some reason, all three men then fled the scene.

Police were called and a BOLO was dispatched.

A Manatee County Sheriff's Office Deputy located the vehicle and detained Robinson and Handy.

Witnesses and Bradenton Police went to the scene, where the witnesses positively identified Handy and Robinson.

Later, at the police station, both men confessed to the crime, the reports said.

Handy and Robinson were each charged with Home Invasion Robbery.

As of Saturday, they remained in the Manatee County Jail on bail bonds of $200,000 each.

Then, on Thursday, August 20, 2009, detectives received a tip that Thomas would be at 319 15th Street East, Bradenton. They found him hiding in the bathroom of the residence.

Thomas was arrested and charged with Home Invasion Robbery. He has since also been charged on two warrants. One was for Aggravated Domestic Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Domestic Battery.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $152,000.

Deputies Arrest Man in Stolen
Auto After Vehicle, Foot Pursuit

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested Chad D. Green, 33, of 4508 9th Ave. W., Bradenton.

Chad D. Green

On Thursday, August 20, 2009, at approximately 10:50 p.m., Dep. Denmark observed a red 4-door Nissan traveling north on Canal Rd. , in Palmetto, at approximately the 2100 block. The tag returned as a stolen vehicle, which was reported stolen from Bradenton.

Dep. Denmark followed the vehicle until it turned west on 33rd St. E., which is a dead end road. Dep. Denmark initiated a traffic stop.

The driver pulled over and stuck his hands out the window. He was told to turn the car off. When he reached back in the car, he put the car back into drive and fled.

A pursuit was initiated.

The driver, later identified as Chad D. Green, fled west at about 40 to 50 miles an hour. The pursuit started at the 1500 block and ended at the 1200 block of 33rd St. E. (33rd St. E. is a dead end road).

Green jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot.

Dep. Fountaine tackled him about 50 feet west of where he began running from.

Green was taken into custody without further incident.

The owner of the stolen vehicle was contacted and responded to pick up it up.

Green was charged with Grand Theft Auto, Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer at High Speed, Resisting Arrest without Violence, No Valid Driver License and Violation of Probation (for Home Invasion Robbery).

He remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.

Deputy Arrests Man for
Burglary, Theft, More

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Tranel A. Butler, 25, of 4005 3rd Avenue East, Bradenton.

Tranel A. Butler

The arrest report said on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at about 9 p.m., a man had his cell phone stolen from his vehicle while he was inside the 7-11 store at 224 Pearl Avenue, in South Manatee County.

The victim saw a Black male walking away from his vehicle as he was leaving the store. He noticed his cell phone, McDonalds meal and a pack of cigarettes were missing from his vehicle. He called his cell phone and a man answered who said he would sell the phone back to the victim for $80.

The victim called the sheriff's office and a deputy responded. The victim told the deputy he was to meet the thief at the Shell gas station at General Spaatz Blvd. and North Tamiami Trail, in North Sarasota County.

The deputy went to the Shell station and observed the alleged thief as a passenger inside an SUV.

An investigation was conducted and the deputy called the cell phone number, which rang nearby.

Tranel Butler, the alleged thief, was interviewed at a sheriff's substation and subsequently arrested.

He was charged with Burglary to a Conveyance, Theft and two warrants for Violation of Probation for Tampering with Evidence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also wanted in Sarasota for Dealing in Stolen Property.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.

Young Man Arrested for Stealing
Grandpa's Checks, Forgery

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Trevor A. Mann, 19, of 27050 Gill Road, in Myakka.

Trevor A. Mann

Peter Derickson, 60, is Mann's grandfather.

According to the arrest report, Mann entered Derickson's unlocked Jeep, without permission, stealing a check book from within.

Mann then forged and uttered two checks totaling approximately $1645.00 within Manatee County.

Derickson discovered the loss on Saturday, August 22, 2009, and reported it to the sheriff's office.

Mann admitted to the above and was arrested.

CID was contacted, and Mann was interviewed by Detective Dunlap concerning another case. This was a fraud past case involving the same people.

Mann was charged in Manatee County with two counts of Uttering a Forged Instrument.

As of Sunday, he remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $2,000.

Shots Fired Into Occupied
Dwelling; No Injuries

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a shooting on Friday, August 21, 2009, at about 2:45 a.m. in the 200 block of 48th Street Court East, Palmetto.

Joshua Acuna, 24, and his 6-year-old daughter were inside of the residence when an unknown person(s) fired two shots from a shotgun at the house.

The shots were buckshot and caused damage to the front door and a window just to the West of the front door.

Deputies located two empty shell casings as well as two wads.

By the location of the shells, it appears that the person(s) were on foot.

The investigation is ongoing.

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.

FBI Investigating Kidnapping
Of Bradenton Man

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Saturday, August 22, 2009, the Southwest Florida Violent Crime Task Force received information regarding the alleged kidnapping of an adult male who was being held for ransom. This investigation has been confined to the Bradenton, Florida, area.

The man was recovered safely in the Bradenton area, said FBI Special Agent David Couvertier, an FBI spokesman, who declined to give any information as to the kidnapped man's identity.

The newly formed Task Force is comprised of the Bradenton Police Department, the Sarasota Police Department, and the Sarasota office of the FBI.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been aggressively assisting the task force with the investigation.

No additional information was made available at this time, since the task force is still working an active investigation.

FHP To Target Motorists
From Now Until Sept. 7
Who Don't Move Over

BRADENTON, florida [NMT] -- Move Over Florida! It’s not just common sense and courtesy, it’s the law.

On Friday, August 21, 2009, Florida Highway Patrol Director, Col. John Czernis announced the Patrol will target violators of the Move Over Law from Aug. 21 through Sept. 7.

The Move Over Law requires drivers to move over one lane whenever an emergency vehicle on the side of the road has its lights activated. If moving over is not a viable option, drivers must simply slow down to 20 mph below the posted speed limit.

“It is not only important that we enforce the traffic laws, but also that we make every effort to educate drivers to make them aware of what those laws are,” said Czernis. “Florida’s emergency workers have families that expect to see them home safely at the end of their shift. We owe them the opportunity to perform their duties without being struck by a passing motorist.”

Florida adopted the law in 2002 in recognition of the several occasions when emergency response personnel were killed or injured while stopped on the side of the highway.

In the past decade, more than 150 law enforcement officers nationwide have been killed by passing motorists while performing their duties on our highways.

Watch for School Speed Zones
Starting Monday; Huge Fines
for Violating This Law

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office wants to remind everyone that public school resumes on Monday, August 24th. That means the school zones will be active again.

Please use caution and drive the posted speed limit as you drive past our future generation while they are trying to go to and from school in these designated school zones.

Remember, speeding fines for school zones increase in amount. For example, if you go 1-5 MPH, the fine goes from a warning to $156 in a school zone, 6-9 MPH from $131 to $156, 10-14 MPH from $206 to $306, 15-19 MPH from $256 to $381, and 20-29 MPH from $281 to $431. Going over 30 MPH in any zone is a mandatory court appearance before a county judge.

Worse yet, the idea of running into or over a child should be enough to make you think about your driving come Monday morning and anytime you are in these areas.

Please, pay attention and SLOW DOWN when you enter these school zones.

Also, please remember that failure to stop for a school bus is against the law and passing a school bus on the exit side will require a mandatory court appearance.

Man Arrested for Sexual
Battery on a Child, 12

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Friday, August 21, 2009, Venice Police arrested Shane Michael Otero, 30, who was wanted on a warrant out of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Shane Michael Otero

Otero was arrested for Sexual Battery on a Child Under 12 years of age, Lewd or Lascivious Molestation on a Child and Possession of Cannabis.

Venice Police Department made the arrest around midnight at Chuck Reiter Park on the warrant obtained by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

No other details of the crime were available.

Man Shot in Legs Multiple
Times; Suspect Escaped

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- On Friday, August 21, 2009, at about 4:20 a.m., Sarasota Police received numerous calls of a shooting in the 2800 block of Pershing Avenue.

Witnesses stated that two suspects shot a Black male in his mother's yard and fled on foot northbound through the backyard.

Witnesses describe one of the weapons may possibly be a long gun (rifle).

The victim was shot numerous times in his legs and was flown to Bayfront Medical Center, in St. Petersburg.

He was identified as Jerrod Peterson, 29, of the above address.

SPD Detectives went to Bayfront Medical Center to interview Peterson.

He is expected to survive.

Detectives and Criminalistics were called to the scene and the investigation is pending.

Man Sprays Woman with Bug
Spray, Steals Her Jewelry

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- On Friday, August 21, 2009, Sarasota Police were called to a residence in the 1400 block of John Ringling Parkway.

Officers spoke with the victim, Jean Hendry, 85. Hendry reported she came in contact with a male who stated he was to spray her home for bugs.

While inside the home, the suspect sprayed her hand with an alleged bug killer and told her to wash it off immediately.

As the victim was doing so, the suspect removed her jewelry from her hand. The suspect then removed other items from her home and fled.

Sarasota detectives are working the case at this time.

There is no suspect information at this time.

There have been several similar incidents in Sarasota County recently.

SPD is reminding people to keep an eye out for suspicious activity and report it immediately to 316-1199.

Any information on this case call 954-7070 or Crime Stoppers at 366-TIPS.

Punta Gorda Bank Robbery
Suspect Captured in Lee County

PUNTA GORDA, Florida [NMT] -- On July 28, 2009, at about 11:54 a.m., the Punta Gorda Police Department received a 911 call of a robbery at the Bank of America located at 126 East Olympia Avenue, Punta Gorda. Police arrived on the scene within minutes and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was called in for support. The robber fled the scene, avoiding capture.

Geno Haibowicz

Witnesses in the bank were interviewed and described the robber as a White male in his thirties, wearing sunglasses, a white polo-style shirt, blue jeans, dark shoes, and a light-colored panama-style hat. The robber demanded money from a teller and fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

On Friday, August 21, 2009, the suspect was identified as 30 year-old Geno Haibowicz, of 1196 Rio De Janeiro Avenue, Deep Creek, after a family member tipped-off police. Haibowicz was located in Lee County and taken into custody by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office on unrelated arrest warrants.

Punta Gorda Police Detectives obtained an arrest warrant after Bank of America employees identified Haibowicz in photographic line-ups.

Haibowicz has previous arrests for bank robberies in the State of New Hampshire.


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