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Local/State News for week ending 9/26/2009

Crack-Smoking Woman Attacks
Man, Woman with Knife; Story
To Deputies Was Apparently
Delusional

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested Josephine Anne Garcia, 42, of 2110 51st Avenue East, Bradenton.


Josephine Anne Garcia

According to the arrest report, Mary Williams is the owner of the house. Josephine Garcia is Mary's girlfriend. Colleen Shaver and Robert Allen rent a room from Mary.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at about 4 a.m., Colleen and Robert were laying in their room, about to go to sleep, when they hard arguing.

Josephine opened the door to their room and started yelling at them. She said they were in her room and needed to get out.

Colleen got up out of bed and started yelling back at Josephine and told her to get out of the room. Colleen was out of the bed and standing in the doorway with Josephine.

Josephine was holding a knife and said, "I'm gonna kill you!" the report said. She held the knife up like she was going to stab Colleen.

Robert saw the knife, jumped out of bed and ran to where Colleen and Josephine were standing. He stepped in between the two women and pushed them apart.

When Robert pushed the women apart, Josephine fell down. She then got up, dropped the knife in the kitchen and ran outside.

The sheriff's office was called.

Upon the arrival of Deputy Chad Richards, he located the knife on the kitchen floor.

He asked Josephine, who was standing outside the residence, what happened and she said that Robert was mad because someone who was there had borrowed his truck and had not returned it.

She said she told Robert she didn't care that the truck was gone. Then she said that Robert got mad at her and pushed her down. She said she had gotten hurt by that and showed the deputy her right shoulder.

Deputy Richards wrote that he did not see any signs of physical injury; no bruises, red marks or scratches.

Josephine admitted that she had been smoking crack cocaine prior to the incident taking place.

Deputy Richards noted that Robert's truck was parked in the driveway when he arrived.

Then he got Colleen and Robert's story.

Josephine Anne Garcia was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $500.


Man Arrested for Punching
Woman, Resisting Arrest

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Oden C. Deloach, 42, of 3407 6th Avenue West, Palmetto.


Oden C. Deloach

According to the arrest report, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at about 7:40 p.m., Deloach went to a house in the 4800 block of 24th Street West and knocked on Peggy Tucker's door several times.

Deloach was demanding money Tucker allegedly owed him.

When Tucker opened the door, Deloach began to shout and attempted to push his way through the door, but did not step into the house.

She told him he needed to leave. Then Deloach punched her in the back of her head.

Tucker told her daughter to grab a knife and told Deloach again that he needed to leave.

When Deloach found out that she was calling the police, he ran down the road, where he was located by deputies about two blocks from the scene.

Deloach resisted arrest when a deputy tried to detain him.

Deloach was arrested and taken to the Manatee County Jail. He was charged with Simple Battery and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

Deloach posted a $1,500 bail bond the next day and was released.

He is awaiting trial on two other charges from August 11th, when he was arrested for Possession of a Crack Cocaine and Fleeing to Elude Law Enforcement.

According to Manatee County court records, Deloach has a record of felony and misdemeanor arrests dating back to 1985.


Man Who Threatened to
Shove Girlfriend's Head
Through Wall Arrested

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Moises San Juan, 26, of 430 34th Avenue Drive East, Bradenton.


Moises San Juan

According to the arrest report, Moises and Iris Pardomo are boyfriend and girlfriend of three years who have lived together as a family. They have one child together.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at about 10:40 p.m., Iris was in her bedroom when Moises came home.

She told deputies he was already mad when he arrived.

They started arguing and Moises grabbed her right arm and twisted it behind her back. Then he threatened to make a hole in the wall by pushing her head through the wall.

Iris told deputies Moises has gotten physical with her in the past. She hadn't called police because she thought he was going to change, she said.

Iris said he is very aggressive toward her and is afraid of him.

Moises was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery.

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


Two Arrested After Wading
Across Water-Filled Ditch
To Steal Woman's Ladder

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested David Walter Clarkson, Jr., 38, and Kenneth James Hettel, 45, both homeless men.


Above, L to R, David Clarkson and Kenneth Hettel

According to the arrest reports, on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at about 3 p.m., Connie Kaufold heard a loud noise in the back yard of her residence in the 2700 block of 4th Street West, Bradenton.

When she looked out, she saw a White male with blue jeans, a camouflage shirt and a cream-colored hat on in her fenced-in back yard. She also saw her 16-foot aluminum ladder had fallen from its previous location against a nearby palm tree and was laying across her back fence.

Connie told deputies she believed the man was trying to steal her ladder.

She also saw another man wearing blue jeans, a camouflage T-shirt and black hat, who she believes was acting as a lookout from the opposite side of the ditch.

Both men fled and were later located.

Connie positively identified both men.

The deputy who wrote the arrest reports noted both men were wet from the thighs down, possibly from crossing the ditch.

Both men were charged with Burglary.

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


Missing Woman Located;
Is Safe, Okay

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has located Patricia MacLeod, 49, who was reported missing to local media sources on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009.


Above, Patricia MacLeod

MacLeod was reported missing on September 11th by her caretaker.

Detectives did not suspect foul play, however, there was concern about MacLeod’s well-being due to medical issues and lack of medications.

Sometime after local media published the missing report, McLeod called the sheriff's office.

She said she was aware people were looking for her and that she is okay.

She said she was going to live with relatives out of state, according to Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office.


Man Victim of Daring Daylight
Armed Robbery by 4 Black
Males in West Manatee County
Who Stole a Shotgun

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at about 10:45 a.m., in the 4500 block of 68th Street West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report of the incident said deputies were dispatched to the 4500 block of 68th Street West for what appeared to be a fight. The caller believed that at least one of the subjects involved was armed.

Apparently the victim, Walter Wallace, 26, was walking northbound in the 4500 block of w 68th Street West when a silver Lincoln Navigator, also traveling northbound in the 4500 block of 68th Street West, pulled up to Wallace.

Approximately 4 Black males exited the Navigator and started beating Wallace.

The attackers took a bag from Wallace that he was carrying from a friend’s home to his own. The bag contained a 12-gauge shotgun.

The robbers then quickly walked back southbound and behind the residence located at 6720-A 46th Avenue West.

The unknown driver of the Navigator turned the vehicle around and parked it at the back at the 6720-A 46th Avenue West location and fled behind the residence on foot.

A perimeter was set around the residence and the sheriff's helicopter and K-9 were requested. It appears the at last 3 of the suspects may have fled into the wooded area.

Detectives were notified and responded to the scene to take over the investigation.

A diligent search was made for the suspects with negative results.

Wallace suffered minor lacerations and bruises and did not require medical attention.

It appears the suspects were known to the victim.

They were described as: #1, "Reggie," a dark-skinned male, 19 6'06" tall, 220 pounds, with tattoos, last seen wearing a white tank top and jean shorts and glasses; #2, "Carlos," a dark-skinned male, 23, 5'08" tall, 195 pounds, with tattoos, last seen wearing an all black tank top and black jeans; #3, "Madball," a dark-skinned male, 6'03" tall, 180 pounds, with a tracheal scar on his neck, last seen wearing a black tank top and shorts; and #4, "Pee Wee," a dark-skinned male, 5'06" tall, 150 pounds, of unknown age.

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, 67, Robbed at Gunpoint
By Lone Black Male, 16-20

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at about 8:45 p.m., in the 500 block of 32nd Avenue East, Bradenton.

The report said the victim, Henry Pillsbury, 67, was getting in his car when an unknown Black male approached the driver's side window, pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at Mr. Pillsbury and demanded money.

Mr. Pillsbury subsequently gave the robber $80 in cash.

The thief then absconded, possibly on a bicycle, and was unable to be located.

No injuries were reported.     

The robber was described as a Black male, 16-20 years old, last seen wearing no shirt and black 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.


Bradenton Cops Ask Help
Identifying a Hit-and-Run
Driver Who Struck Bicyclist

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police Department Traffic Unit officers are investigating a reported hit and run crash which occurred Thursday morning, Sept. 24, 2009, at about 8:30 a.m.

An adult male bicyclist was riding east in the 12000 block of Manatee Avenue West, approximately 1000 feet east of the new parking area of the Palma Sola Causeway, when he was struck from behind by a vehicle also traveling east.

The bicyclist was thrown to the shoulder of the roadway upon impact.

He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for injuries which were not life threatening.

The vehicle that struck the bicyclist failed to stop after the crash, leaving the scene.

The bicyclist was not able to provide a description of the hit and run vehicle or driver.

It is likely that other drivers witnessed the hit and run crash as traffic on the roadway was fairly heavy at the time.

Investigators are asking for the public's help with identifying the hit and run vehicle and driver.

Anyone having information with regard to this incident is asked to call Master Patrol Officer David Grubbs at 941-932-9318 OR to remain anonym and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous eTip thru the web at www.manateecrimestoppers.com.


FREE Pit Bull/Pit Mix Spay or
Neuter, PLUS, 2 for 1 on Cat
Spay, Neuter to Manateeans

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Humane Society of Manatee County is offering FREE spay and neuter services to pit bulls and pitbull mixes for Manatee County residents while grant monies are still available.

Also being offered in the month of October for Manatee residents: bring in 2 cats, pay regular price for the first cat surgery and the second cat will be spayed or neutered for FREE. The price for a cat spay is $50, cat neuter is $35.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 941-747-8808 x 302 or email info@humanesocietymanatee.org. Offer valid through October 31, 2009.

All surgery is by appointment only.

The Humane Society of Manatee County Spay/Neuter Clinic is located at 2515 14th St. W, Bradenton, FL 34205. Clinic hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday thru Friday.


Sarasota Deputy Fires Shots;
Two Persons Wounded

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- According to a report from SSO, at approximately 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report by a third party caller of a disturbance at 1222 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota. The caller reported that at least one individual was armed with a gun.

Two deputies approached the house. Ultimately, one of the deputies fired an undetermined number of rounds.

Neither deputy was injured.

At least one weapon was found at the incident location.

Two unnamed subjects were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A third unnamed subject who ran from the scene was located a few blocks away and is being interviewed by detectives.

Sheriff’s Office detectives are speaking with witnesses and processing the scene.

Per standard procedure, the unnamed deputy who fired his weapon is on paid administrative leave.

More information will be made available as the investigation progresses, the report said.


Bank Robbery Reported
at Sarasota Trustco

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reported the Trustco Bank, located in the 1300 block of Tamiami Trail, in Osprey, Florida, was robbed on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at about 3:30 p.m., by an unknown White male.

Deputies were responding to an alarm at the TrustCo bank in the 1300 block of Tamiami Trail Osprey, Fl.

While Deputies were responding, the call was updated to a robbery.

Deputies are looking for a White male, described as possibly in his 30's, 6'01" tall, 260 pounds, wearing a brown ball cap and a yellow shirt.

The Sarasota Sheriff's Office helicopter and K-9 unit were also used for a search of the area with negative results.

The suspect escaped with an undetermined amount of currency.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office at 941-861-5800 or Crimestoppers at 941-366-TIPS.


Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Gets
Victim Assistance Grant

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, Sheriff Tom Knight announced the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the State of Florida.

The $78,094 grant provides funding for two additional victim advocates. The Sheriff’s Office currently has one advocate who also assists other law enforcement agencies in the county. In the current fiscal year, there were 336 new cases for the Victim Advocate. This staffing level did not allow for adequate follow-up and advocacy for crime victims.

According to the award letter sent by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, "This grant is awarded as recognition of your agency’s commitment to provide services to crime victims in your community."

Sheriff Knight promised during his campaign that he would work to restore this program, which had been cut in the past. He directed staff to apply for this grant just weeks after taking office.

"This was a priority for me," said Sheriff Knight, "so it is particularly gratifying to expand our ability to be there for victims of violent crime, and to do so with grant funding."

The goal of the Victim Assistance program is to reduce the barriers often faced by crime victims and to offer advocacy and empowering assistance for the successful prosecution of the perpetrator.

For more information visit www.SarasotaSheriff.org.


Charlotte Sheriff Arrests Tampa
Man for May 1st Carjacking,
Kidnapping

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit detectives arrested Errol John “Taz” Mumby, 43, of 12736 University Club Dr., Tampa, for a carjacking and kidnapping that took place May 1st in the parking lot of K-Mart in Murdock.


Errol John "Taz" Mumby

A 64-year-old North Port woman was in an SUV waiting for her husband to come out of the store when a man opened her door, jumped in and said he was taking her and the vehicle to Ft. Myers.

As he drove out of the parking lot, he grabbed her when she tried to escape.

He stopped at a traffic light a couple blocks away and she did manage to open the door and jump out; she was unharmed.

An employee at K-Mart told detectives he knew the suspect only as “Taz” and had talked to him in the store before the carjacking; store video was used to identify Mumby and a BOLO was issued.

On May 2nd, CCSO detectives were notified by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office that they arrested Mumby who was in the stolen car at a Tampa home after receiving a domestic complaint. He was released by HCSO on charges of Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault and False Imprisonment in that case.

A warrant was served on Mumby Wednesday for Kidnapping, Robbery/Carjacking, and Battery. He was brought to the Charlotte County Jail and is being held with no bond.

Mumby has been booked in the County Jail 9 times and has 15 records. He has had numerous addresses in Port Charlotte, North Port and Tampa.


Tip Leads To Seven Bombs, Guns,
Pound of Pot, Stolen Motorcycle
Inside Home

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported seven bombs, a pound of marijuana, two firearms and a stolen motorcycle were found inside an east Orange County home on Wednesday after deputies received an anonymous tip, the sheriff's office said.


Roy Wadsworth

Roy Wadsworth, believed to be 27 years old, is facing felony drug charges, weapons charges, charges relating to the stolen motorcycle and making and placing a destructive device.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, deputies went to a home in the 14000 block of Rutgers Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. after receiving a complaint of possible drug activity.

The homeowner allowed the deputies to search the home, and the bombs and other items were discovered, the sheriff's office said.

WKMG said neighboring houses were evacuated as a precaution, and the bombs were removed from the home, deputies said.


 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Manatee Detective Arrests Man, 46,
For Lewd & Lascivious Molestation
Of Baby Sitter, 11 Years Old

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Office Detective Todd Sellitto, of the ICAC Task Force, has arrested Corey Adam Raia, 46, of 3106 Whitfield Avenue, in South Manatee County.


Corey Adam Raia

According to a report from the sheriff's office, on August 15, 2009, the unnamed 11-year-old victim was baby-sitting for Raia.

The victim told the Child Protection Team, while being interviewed by a counselor of Manatee Children Services, that Raia touched her inappropriately while laying on the floor of the kitchen area. They were watching a movie.

The victim said Raia touched her private areas, to include her genitals, over and under her clothing.

The victim also explained another incident when she was on Raia's boat, when she was forced by Raia to sit on his lap. She said she could feel his penis through his pants, the report said.

An arrest warrant was issued for the incident(s).

Raia was arrested at the Manatee County court house Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at 10 a.m., when he showed up for a hearing on the matter.

He was charged with Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Victim Under 12 by a Person Over 18.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $150,000.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 747-3011, ext. 2552, 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.


Lakewood Ranch SunTrust Bank
Robbed by Lone White Male

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a bank robbery at the Lakewood Ranch branch of the SunTrust Bank.

A press release from the sheriff's office said at approximately 9:15 Wednesday morning, Sept. 23, 2009, deputies responded to a bank robbery at SunTrust Bank located at 6135 Exchange Way, Lakewood Ranch.

According to witnesses, the suspect entered the bank and handed a note to the teller demanding money. The suspect implied he was armed but no weapon was seen.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the bank.

The suspect is described as a White male in his 20s, short dark hair, approximately 5’5"-5’8" tall, last seen wearing a white T-shirt and shorts.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 747-3011, ext. 2552, 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.


Shooting Into Occupied Dwelling;
Suspect Arrested Shortly After

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has captured Rogelio Reyes II, 20, suspected of a drive-by shooting on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at about 9:45 p.m., at a residence in the 4700 block of Canal Road, Palmetto.


Rogelio Reyes

A sheriff's report said deputies were dispatched to the location and found four bullet holes in the walls in the front of the residence.

Deputies received information from a witness that a red 4-door pickup truck may have been involved.

The vehicle information was put out in a BOLO and a vehicle matching the description was located by a Palmetto P.D. Officer and an MSO deputy.

The P.P.D. Officer observed the vehicle park in the Angler’s Market, 3900 US 41 N, and contact was made with the occupants.

During a search of the truck, an unloaded .44 Magnum was located. A check on the firearm revealed it was reported stolen out of Sarasota County.

Reyes, the driver of the vehicle, was arrested for Carrying a Concealed Firearm and Grand Theft of a Firearm.

No evidence linking the other occupants to a crime could be developed, so they were released after all of their information was obtained.

No one in the residence that was fired upon was injured.

He is being held in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $7,000.


Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for Burglary to Residence

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police have arrested Thomas Alfred Barrett III, 19, of 3312 38th Terrace East, Bradenton.


Thomas Alfred Barrett III

According to the arrest report, on August 30, 2009, at about 1 a.m., Barrett allegedly entered a residence in the 3200 block of 1st Avenue West, Bradenton, with an accomplice.

While inside the residence, Barrett and his buddy removed several pieces of property that belonged to the unnamed victim, including Jewelry, U.S. bonds, and a large plastic container full of ammunition.

The ammunition was later located at another residence and returned to the owner, the report said.

A next door neighbor who witnessed the burglary later picked Barrett out of a photo lineup. The witness stated he observed Barrett come out of the house and proceeded to chase Barrett on foot down the street.

Barrett was located at his residence on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at about 8:30 p.m. and arrested.

He was read his Miranda rights at the police station and asked for an attorney.

He was taken to the Manatee County Jail, charged with Burglary to a Structure.

He posted a $10,000 bail bond the next day and was released from jail.


Two Men Playing Basketball
Shot At By 3 Black Males,
Sheriff's Report Says

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office said two men playing basketball were shot at on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at about 1:45 a.m., in the 2100 block of 47th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.

The victims, Dustin Woods, 21, and Joseph Kruse, 19, claim to have been playing basketball when the suspects drove by them in a green Toyota 4-door.

The vehicle turned around and re-approached the victims as they crossed the street.

The 3 Black male subjects apparently now had ski masks on.

One of the suspects pointed a silver handgun at the victims and fired 3 rounds, the victims told deputies.

The victims were not injured during the incident.

No shell casings were found on scene and there were discrepancies between the victims as to the number of shots fired, where each of them were at the time of the shots being fired and the color and type of the weapons involved.

There was no further description of the alleged shooters.

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 Kidnapped, Robbed by
Three Black Males, Released,
He Tells Deputies

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a man was taken by 3 Black males into their vehicle, robbed and released. The incident occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at about 8 p.m., in the 1500 block of Flamingo Blvd. (60th Avenue West), Bradenton.

The victim, Johnny Rodriguez, 31, of Sarasota, was driving with a friend when he stopped the car at the above location. He told his friend that he was going to walk back to the store they just passed to get cigarettes.

After exiting his car and taking a few steps, he was grabbed by the 3 Black males, forced into their car, and held at gunpoint.

They drove around for a few minutes, holding him down in the back seat, then began rifling through his pockets.

They took his wallet, jewelry, and cash, the report said.

The robbers let him out of the car near the Wachovia Bank at 1300 63rd Ave. W.

The victim then walked back to his friend, who was still waiting with the car at the incident location, unaware that anything had occurred.

The victim told deputies that the entire incident lasted about fifteen minutes.

He was not injured.

When confronted about details about his account of events, he became uncooperative and asked if he was free to go, the report said.

The alleged robbers were described as 3 Black males in their 20s, in a red Dodge Magnum, with tinted windows and chrome wheels. One man was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.

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.


Burglary to Residence Reported
On America's Cup Boulevard

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a burglary on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2009, sometime during the morning hours, at a residence in the 100 block of America's Cup Blvd., in Northeast Manatee County.

The report said sometime Thursday, between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., unknown person(s) forced entry into the residence.

The burglar(s) stole several televisions, other electronics and jewelry.

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.


Support and Grief Education
For Family and Friends of
Homicide Victims Planned

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office Victim Advocate and the Tidewell Hospice have announced they plan meetings for family and friends of homicide victims, beginning October 1, 2009.

The meetings will be held at Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th Street West, Bradenton, on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, from 7 to 8 p.m., the announcement said.

Topics will include, but will not be limited to The Process of Grief, the Criminal Justice System, Community Resources, Survivor Rights and How to Cope.

Seating is limited. If you wish to attend, or if you have any questions, please contact Jane Ogden, MSW, CT, at (941) 782-4925, or Susie Brown, Victim Advocate, at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, (941) 747-3011, ext. 2525.


Toiletries being collected for
Upcoming Veterans Stand Down

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- When you look into your linen closet, are you staring at all of those small bottles shampoos and conditioners and bars of soap that you brought home from many years of hotel room stays? Would you like to give them away to someone that will put them to good use?

The African-American Student Union and Circle K International at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota – Manatee Campus, are partnering with the local AmeriCorps 20/20 VISTA Vision Project and The ManaTEEN Club to collect toiletries for upcoming Veterans Stand Down.

For the second year, the local 20/20 VISTA Vision Project is collecting small bottles of toiletries to assemble into packets to give to the local homeless people that will attend this year's Stand Down.

"Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless veterans.

The local Stand Down is being held Saturday, October 31st, at the Manatee County Fairgrounds in Palmetto. The event "provides services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless."

The deadline for the toiletries collection is Friday, October 23rd. Donations may be dropped off Monday - Friday, from 9:00 am -4:00 pm at Volunteer Services of Manatee County, 5131 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34209 and tax-deductible contributions may be sent to the same address.

Additional drop-off locations include collection boxes at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota – Manatee Campus and the Neighborhood Services Department, 5th Floor at the Manatee County Administration Building.

For more information, contact the African American Club Director of Community Service, Crystal Wilson at bravestgirl08@yahoo.com, Circle K member Heather Johnson at justgorawr08@aol.com , Alex DeMolina at (941) 748-4501 extension 3674, or the 20/20 VISTA Project hotline at (941) 761-3207.


Houdini-Like Escapee Turns Self In
After Escaping Handcuffs at
Port Orange Hospital

PORT ORANGE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A woman turned herself in to authorities early Wednesday morning after making a Houdini-like escape while being handcuffed to a bench at a Central Florida hospital, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Heather Pilling, 21, who told police she is pregnant, escaped from the emergency room at Port Orange Halifax Hospital Monday night after being arrested on charges of shoplifting at a Target store.

Pilling is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of Blu-ray discs from the Target store.

According to police, Pilling claimed she was having a panic attack after she was arrested and was taken to the hospital. When an officer walked to his patrol car, Pilling vanished after maneuvering out of the handcuffs, Port Orange police said.

Pilling was being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail, WKMG said.


Governor Crist, FDLE Announce
Crime in Florida Down for
First Half of Year

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, Sept. 23, 2009, Governor Charlie Crist and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey announced that crime in Florida is down 7.9 percent for the first half of 2009. The figure is part of the 2009 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report which was released today, providing a preliminary indication of this year’s crime figures. The report reflected decreases in all seven crime categories (murder, robbery, aggravated assault, forcible sex offenses, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft) over the same period last year.

Violent crime is down by 9.7 percent for the first six months of the year while non-violent crime declined 7.6 percent.

"The decrease in the volume of crime is a very encouraging sign,” said Governor Crist. “Public safety is a priority across the state, and the proactive programs and policies we are putting in place will continue to make a difference in keeping our streets and communities safe. I thank law enforcement officers across our state for their service in protecting the people of Florida."

Governor Crist and FDLE Assistant Commissioner Mark Zadra announced the crime figures at the FDLE Orlando Regional Operations Center, where the Governor visited one of seven FDLE crime laboratories. The lab provides timely, expert and professional examination of evidence to assist in the investigation, prosecution and exclusion of criminal offenses. FDLE scientists in Orlando conduct analysis in eight forensic disciplines: biology and DNA, gunshot residue, chemistry, firearms, latent prints, toxicology, crime scene and trace evidence.

"The first half of the year is typically a good indicator as to what’s ahead for the rest of the year," said Commissioner Bailey. "We applaud Florida law enforcement for their hard work."

The Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report showed an 18.8 percent decrease in the number of murders, a 4.1 percent decrease in the number of forcible sex offenses, a 13 percent decrease in robberies, an 8.9 percent decrease in aggravated assault, a 3.9 percent decrease in burglary, a 7.0 percent decrease in larceny, and a 23.1 percent decrease in motor vehicle thefts.

The report includes data submitted by 404 law enforcement agencies for crimes reported from January through June of this year. The report reflects crime volume only; crime rate, which takes into account population, is calculated in the annual report. The complete 2009 Semi-Annual Crime in Florida, Uniform Crime Report, including county-by-county breakdowns, can be found on FDLE’s Web site: www.fdle.state.fl.us/fsac/ucr/.

 

 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Manatee Detective Arrests Man
for Lewd & Lascivious Acts
On Two Children, Showing
Them "Nasty Movies"

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Brian Lamar Robertson, 21, of 3405 5th Drive West, in Palmetto.


Brian Lamar Robertson

The arrest report said on June 8, 2009, Detective Wischer was contacted by a woman who alleged that her two children, a girl aged 5 and a boy aged 6, had been molested and exposed to obscene material while visiting Robertson two years ago, when the girl was only 3 years old and the boy was only 4 years old.

Both children were interviewed by a Child Protection Services investigator and told basically the same story.

The girl said that Robertson had shown her "nasty movies" in which she observed nude adults kissing and having sex. She also said that she had seen two adults having sex in her presence.

The boy at first said he was afraid to tell what happened, saying Robertson said he would "pop me in my mouth if I tell."

Eventually, the boy said that Robertson had shown him and his sister "nasty movies" where naked people were kissing. "They also did this," he said, putting two fingers together and moving them up and down. Then the boy imitated a forward and back hip motion.

The boy also said he had seen Robertson and a girl having sex. "He stuck his pee-pee in her booty," the boy related to the CPS investigator.

The boy said Robertson had asked the little girl to "suck his pee-pee," but she wouldn't do it. The boy said Robertson had touched the boy's "pee-pee."

Robertson said in an initial interview he would take a polygraph test, which was set up, but then Det. Wischer could not locate Robertson for some period of time; Robertson was apparently being evasive and not wanting to talk to Det. Wischer again.

Robertson was finally arrested on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, and charged with Molesting a Victim Under 12, Lewd Behavior, two counts of Lewd Exhibition by a Person Over 18 on a Person Under 12, and two counts of Distributing Obscene Material on a Minor.

Robertson is being held at the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $57,000.


Bradenton Police Seek Man
Wanted for Attempted Murder
In Sunday Shooting Incident

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police officers responded to a reported shooting at 1301 12th Avenue West, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2009, at about 11 a.m.


Elias "Joe" Rico

Investigation by detectives revealed that Elias "Joe" Rico, age 44, of Palmetto, Florida, entered the back yard of the residence where he confronted a 43-year-old male acquaintance.

Rico shot the male victim two times with a handgun. Rico then fled the scene in his truck.

The victim is currently being treated for the gunshot injuries at a local hospital.

Detectives are currently searching for Rico and have obtained an arrest warrant for the charge of Attempted Felony Murder.

Elias "Joe" Rico is described as being a Hispanic male, 5’5” in height and weighing 250-270 lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen driving a White 2003 GMC Sierra with a Florida Tag – W76 1CF.

Anyone having information with regard to the whereabouts Elias "Joe" Rico or this incident is asked to call Bradenton Police Department Detective Alex Ribachuk 941-932-9309, 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.

Bradenton Police: Elias "Joe" Rico should be considered armed and dangerous and if seen, do not approach him. Contact your local police agency immediately.


Man Arrested for Slugging
Woman with Handgun

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jermiah J. Brown, 21, of 1015 19th Street East, Bradenton.


Jeremiah J. Brown

The arrest report said on Sept. 10, 2009, at about 12:30 a.m., Brown and Cierra Thomas were in a motel room at Days Inn, 3506 1st Street, Bradenton.

Brown and Thomas have been in a dating relationship for several months and live together off and on, the report said.

According to Thomas, they were sharing the motel room when she stepped into the shower. When she exited the shower, she saw Brown searching through her cell phone.

This made Thomas angry.

Brown pushed her to the ground, jumped on top of her, pulled a black handgun from his waistband and struck her in the face.

Brown then fled the scene prior to law enforcement's arrival.

Brown was later captured on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at the Days Inn.

He was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Domestic Battery.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $16,000.


BPD Arrests Man, 38, for
Battering Woman, 67

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police have arrested Shawn M. Zapata, 38, of 1204 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Shawn M. Zapata

According to the arrest report, on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, shortly before 4 p.m., a BPD officer was dispatched to 4530 47th Street West, in regard to unknown trouble.

Upon arrival, Zapata told the officer he was just getting ready to leave due to an argument he had with his future mother-in-law.

The officer then spoke to Ms. Sandra Kresho, 67, the victim.

Ms. Kresho said Zapata was asleep on the bed. When she woke him up, they started arguing, because he was supposed to be helping her move.

During the argument, Ms. Kresho said Zapata punched her on her rib cage, causing her to fall. She said her back was hurting and she was unable to move.

Ms. Kresho was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital by EMS.

Zapata told the officer he was kicked, slapped and punched, but the officer did not observe any injuries on Zapata.

Zapata was arrested and charged with Battery on a Person Over 65.

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


Drive-By Shooting Reported
In West Bradenton

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a drive-by shooting Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, shortly after midnight, in the 4500 block of 7th Avenue West, Bradenton.

Four Victims were inside when an unknown person fired three to four shots at the residence.

The victims did not see a suspect or suspect vehicle.

There were two bullet holes in the front window and a bullet hole in the bottom of the roof/overhang. The bullets traveled through the kitchen and lodged into the kitchen wall.

None of the victims were struck by any bullets or suffered any injuries.

The bullet fragments were collected and photos were taken. The area was searched for shell casings, but none were found.

Several neighbors were contacted and, although they also heard the shots, they did not see anything.

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 in Vehicle at Shopping
Plaza Robbed in Snatching

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a man was robbed on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at about 7 p.m. in a parking lot at 4500 14th Street West, Bradenton.

The victim, Tyler Tidwell, was sitting in his vehicle at the listed location when a man approached and asked Tidwell if he wanted to buy a digital camera or Xanax.

When Tidwell refused, the man reached through the open window and grabbed Tidwell's wallet containing $120 cash.

The man ran to a 2-door red compact car with a Florida Gator tag and fled south from the plaza.

Tidwell was not injured during the incident.

The area was checked for the thief with negative results.

The thief was described as a light-skinned Hispanic male, with initials tattooed on his neck and another tattoo on his wrist.

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.


Pedestrian Mugged Monday
Evening by 3 Black males

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a pedestrian was mugged on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at about 10:30 p.m., in the 5700 block of 10th Street East, Bradenton.

The victim, Emiliano Villegas, 37, was walking north on 10th Street East. The suspects, three Black males, were walking south.

As they passed, the three men pushed Emiliano to the ground and took his cell phone.

They then fled south on 10th Street East.

A perimeter was set and K-9 tracked with negative results.

Emiliano was not injured during the incident.

The perpetrators were described as 3 Black males, dressed in all black. Two of the men had dreadlocks; one was wearing a tank top. There was no further description of the three men.

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.


Body Found in Ellenton Ditch
May Have Drowned

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is reporting a body was found in an Ellenton ditch Tuesday afternoon, at about 12:35 p.m., at 7210 60th Avenue East, Ellenton.

The complainant was delivering the mail when he came upon a body laying face down in a water-filled ditch in front of the residence and called 911.

Upon the arrival of responding units, it was apparent that the person had expired.

He was identified as Robert Dailey, 53. Dailey lived nearby, the sheriff's office said.

The investigation showed no sign of foul play and it appeared that Mr. Dailey must have accidentally slipped and fallen into the ditch.

According to a neighbor, who spoke with him the evening prior, Mr. Dailey was in very poor health, appeared confused and may have been intoxicated.

"He may have drowned, since he was found in a water-filled ditch," Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office told NewsManatee. "But we'll have to wait for the autopsy results," Bristow added.

Bristow said Dailey did have prior medical problems.

A death investigation is underway, but no foul play is suspected at this time.


Sarasota Mayor Clapp to Lead
Kick Off of MaDD Event

SARASOTA, MANATEE COUNTIES [NMT] -- Sarasota Mayor Richard Clapp will lead the way for volunteers in both counties, who will be joining millions of Americans across the country, engaging in volunteer projects to improve their communities and help neighbors in need.

On Saturday, October 24th, at 8:30 am Mayor Clapp will read the official city proclamation for the 18th annual Make a Difference Day (sponsored by USA Weekend (http://www.usaweekend.com/diffday/) and locally by the Friendship Volunteer Center. This one day event is the largest community service effort in the nation, rallying corporations, government leaders, charitable organizations and everyday Americans into action.

The Friendship Volunteer Center, for the past 15 years, has organized this major event in our communities. Activities include food drives, landscaping projects, painting, ethnic festivals, civic improvements and any project to improve life for our residents, young and old. Central to the effort is the Brush-Up Sarasota County initiative in which the Friendship Volunteer Center recruits volunteer companies and organizations to paint houses for seniors and other needy families in Sarasota County. In years past, over 250 houses through the community were painted. Last year the Center organized 56 projects throughout Sarasota County, with 50 participating teams, groups, clubs and associations. More than 725 Volunteers donated over 2,830 hours in that one day, which translates into over $50,000 in man hours given.

Donations and sponsorships, volunteers for teams and suggested projects are being sought by the Friendship Volunteer Center which is encouraging everyone in Sarasota and Manatee Counties to make a difference this year in their communities by joining in that day.

For more information about our local Make a Difference Day activities, projects and teams please call the Friendship Volunteer Center at 953-5965 or visit the website at www.FriendshipVolunteer.com.

Senior Friendship Centers, Inc. established in 1973, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping older adults live with dignity and independence in Sarasota, Desoto, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties. Funded in part by State and Federal agencies, and support from private foundations and individual contribution, Senior Friendship Centers serves more than 10,000 older adults annually.


Charlotte Sheriff Raids Home;
Two Arrested, Drugs Seized

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Detectives of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, assisted by the SWAT team, road patrol and K-9 units, raided a Port Charlotte home Tuesday morning, Sept. 22, 2009, at 7:00 a.m. at 22125 Little Falls Ave. Arrested were George Lenard Filhour, 45, and Sean Baxendale, 37, of that address.


Above, L to R, George Filhour and Sean Baxendale

A search warrant was served and once the men were removed from the home, detectives found Xanax, marijuana, a large block of crack cocaine, a pill bottle with Fluoxetine Hydrocloride, and a small baggie with an unknown black substance that was sent to FDLE to identify. Also found in the home were numerous narcotics items, pushrods, straws, brillo, a crack pipe, a syringe, and four spoons that tested positive for opiates.

Filhour was taken to the Charlotte County Jail; however, when detectives interviewed Baxendale, he requested EMS complaining of pain in his right leg. He was transported to Fawcett Memorial Hospital, was released at noon, and then taken to jail.

Filhour and Baxendale were both charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Xanax, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Drug without a Prescription, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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).


Cops: Man Tried To Abduct 3 Girls
Near Elementary School

KISSIMMEE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Police are are searching for a man who tried to abduct three young girls, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The incident happened just after 7 p.m. Sunday is the Cypress Reserve subdivision in Kissimmee.

The girls told police they were walking in the neighborhood when a man tried to lure them into his van. They said the man asked them to come closer and told them he had something to give them. The girls, one of whom is 7-years-old, ran away.

The area where the attempted abduction occurred is a quarter of a mile away from Florida Ridge Elementary School, which is one of the reasons why officers are working hard to release a sketch of the suspect as quickly as possible.

The man was described as Hispanic or Indian and balding. He was driving a tan van with tinted windows.


 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Manatee Deputy Arrests Man
For Beating Wife, Two Kids
On Multiple Occasions,
Calling Kids Retarded

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Joseph T. Belville III, 48, of 5705 Heritage Lane, Bradenton.


Joseph T. Belville III

According to the arrest report, on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2009, shortly after midnight, Sandra Belville, Joseph's wife, called the sheriff's office because "Joseph is intoxicated and I am afraid of him."

Upon the arrival of the deputy, Sandra told him on Wednesday, Sept. 9th, she and Joseph were involved in a verbal argument that became physical.

According to Sandra, Joseph became irate when she told him he needed to stop drinking, find a job and help support the family.

Joseph allegedly grabbed and punched, then pinned Sandra against a wall. Sandra said while Joseph was hitting her, their 13-year-old son came in between them to try to stop Joseph from hitting her. Joseph then grabbed the boy and intentionally punched him on his back, causing the boy to fall to the ground.

In that incident, Sandra suffered minor scratches and bruises.

Sandra told the deputy Joseph beats the kids excessively when he is intoxicated.

In another incident on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, Sandra said Joseph struck their 6-year-old daughter on her mouth with his hand for opening a window.

The little girl suffered a "busted" top lip in that incident, Sandra said.

According to Sandra, the little girl was "not yet diagnosed with being mentally handicapped, or with autism, and she is legally blind in her right eye."

Sandra believes Joseph is verbally abusing the children by calling them "retarded" which makes them upset.

Sandra did not previously report the incidents, the sheriff's report said, because Joseph threatened to take the children away from her.

Joseph told the deputy he did not do those things, then said, "Take me to jail."

Tthe deputy arrested Joseph and charged him with Child Abuse and Domestic Battery.

Joseph was released from the Manatee County Jail after posting a $4,000 bail bond the next day.


Man, 26, Arrested for Raping
His Ex-Girlfriend, 45

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Rosario Ordonez-Gomez, 26, of 5919 13th Street East, Bradenton.


Rosario Ordonez-Gomez

The arrest report said the unnamed victim and Rosario have been in a sexually active relationship for the past four years. About 15 days ago they broke up and Rosario moved out of the residence in the 4100 block of 7th Street East, Bradenton.

On Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, shortly after 2 a.m., Rosario drove the victim home from work and went inside the residence with her.

While inside the residence, the victim went to the bathroom to change out of her work clothes. When she exited the bathroom, Rosario was in the bedroom and told her he wanted to have sex. The victim refused to have sex with him.

Rosario then allegedly pulled her clothes off and pinned her down on the bed.

The victim continued to tell Rosario to stop and struggled to get free while Rosario vaginally penetrated her twice while holding the victim down.

The victim was able to get free prior to Rosario completing the act and ran to the living room, where she called 911.

Rosario remained at the residence after the incident, where he was later taken into custody.

Rosario admitted to deputies to having sex with the victim; however, he said it was consensual.

The victim sustained a minor bruise on her lip during the struggle and was taken to a local hospital where she consented to a sexual battery examination.

Rosario was arrested and charged with Sexual Battery.

As of Monday, he remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $10,000.


Man Arrested for Threatening
Neighbor with Handgun

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's deputies have arrested Benjamin D. Hinsz, 28, of 5014 21st Street West, Bradenton.


Benjamin D. Hinsz

The arrest report said on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at about 5:30 p.m., the victim, Mitchell A. Santos, and two witnesses told deputies Santos and Hinsz have had arguments in the past and were involved in a verbal altercation at about 4:30 p.m.

Santos said he was on his property and Hinsz was across the street and they were yelling back and forth at each other.

Hinsz then walked inside his house and got a handgun, then began walking toward Santos with the gun in his hand. Santos said Hinsz was yelling that he (Hinsz) was going to kill Santos.

The witnesses confirmed that Hinsz was walking toward Santos with a gun and yelling, but could not hear what was said.

Hinsz was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

As of Monday, Hinsz remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $5,000.


Woman Arrested for Stalking
Other Woman, Threats, Calls

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Priscilla R. Schuman, 53, of 2708 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton.


Priscilla R. Schuman

According to the arrest report, Priscilla has called Cynthia numerous times from multiple phone numbers harassing Cynthia and threatening her over the phone.

Cynthia said the calls have been in excess of 60 times within a 24-hour time period.

This has caused Cynthia substantial emotional distress to the point of her breaking down and crying during a deputy's investigation, the report said.

Cynthia has also been afraid since a time when Priscilla broke into Cynthia's house and stood behind Cynthia. Cynthia turned around and Priscilla came closer to her. As Cynthia backed away from Priscilla, neighbors called Bradenton Police, who showed up and gave Priscilla a warning not to come back.

The report claims Priscilla has threatened to shoot Cynthia and also kill other family members. Priscilla will go to Cynthia's house in the 700 block of 28th Street Circle East, Bradenton, at all hours and bang on her doors and windows and scream at her.

Cynthia has told Priscilla to stop coming on the property several times and has also been told to stop calling.

The threats of shooting them has placed Cynthia, her 17-year-old son who lives with her and other family members in fear of their lives, the report said.

Priscilla was arrested on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2009, and charged with Aggravated Stalking.

As of Monday, Priscilla Schuman remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $2,000.


Bradenton Cops Arrest Woman
For Burglary to a Vehicle
Behind Walgreens

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, Bradenton Police arrested Michael Francene Terrell, 44, of 4213 41st Street West, Bradenton.


Michael Francene Terrell

According to the arrest report, at about 9:30 p.m., an unnamed victim parked his car in the back parking lot of the Walgreens store located at 5896 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, and went inside the store.

When he came out of the store, he witnessed Terrell inside his vehicle going through his glove box.

When the victim attempted to make contact with Terrell, she got on her bicycle and left the scene.

After Terrell had left, the victim noticed $5-6 dollars missing from his glove box.

Police located Terrell at 4150 Cortez Road West, wearing the same outfit and riding the same bicycle that the victim had described.

The victim was notified and arrived on scene of the location where Terrell had been stopped by police and positively identified her as the burglar of his vehicle.

Terrell admitted being at the incident location and being inside the victim's vehicle, the report said. She was searched, but had no money on her.

Terrell was arrested and charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Vehicle.

As of Monday, Terrell remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $10,000.


Shots Fired at Home, 2 Cars in
Palmetto Drive-By Shooting

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a drive-by shooting Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at about 2-2:30 a.m., in the 4700 block of Canal Road, Palmetto.

The report said at some time during the night, person(s) unknown fired several rounds at the victim’s home and two cars that were parked there.

No one was home when the shooting took place.

The victim's next door neighbor, his brother, told the deputy that he heard shots at approximately 2-2:30 a.m., but did not call 911.

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 Sheriff Releases
Results of Gun Buy Back

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Crime Prevention Unit of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, who handled a gun buy back event on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. has released the results.


Above, a pile of handguns turned in

There were a total of 395 guns turned in overall. Of that number, 115 were handguns and 280 were long rifles, including 3 sawed-off shotguns.

The sheriff's office gave those who turned in guns a total of $33,750.

At one point, deputies ran out of money and had to hand out vouchers, which deputies said could be turned in for cash as of Monday.

"I'd call that a success," said NewsManatee publisher Mike Quinn. "It needs to be repeated as many times as there are people willing to turn in their guns. At the very least, there are now nearly 400 guns that won't be stolen in burglaries and used later in crimes," Quinn said.

NewsManatee spoke to Sheriff Steube about Saturday's event. Steube said, "We had another gun buy back in May of this year. We only collected 77 guns at that time. This Saturday's event speaks volumes about the success of the event."


Acclaimed Oculoplastic Surgeon
Has Arrived to Visit Bradenton's
"The Eye Associates"

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Eye Associates and founder Harris Silverman, MD are honored to host Chedly Bouzouaya, MD, a world renowned oculoplastic and ophthalmic surgeon.


Above, Dr. Chedly Bouzouaya

Dr. Bouzouaya, who practices in Tunisia, has achieved international recognition for his innovative techniques in performing cosmetic and ocular surgery. Dr. Bouzouaya invented several unique medical instruments in response to a lack of suitable equipment to perform his advanced surgical techniques. In addition, special courses and workshops sharing his expertise are taught all over the world. This year, Dr. Bouzouaya added to his well known list of publications an article on his newest instrument, the Chedly Punctal Occluder, in the January 2009 edition of Ocular Surgery News.

During his visit to The Eye Associates in September, Dr. Bouzouaya will present seminars on “Mini-Incision Lower Lid Blepharoplasty” and “Radiofrequency in the Management of Dry Eye Syndrome”. Both seminars will include information on his innovative techniques to improve surgical outcomes.

“We are indeed fortunate to have the privilege of welcoming Dr. Bouzouaya during his upcoming visit to the United States,” said Dr. Silverman, founder of The Eye Associates. “It isn’t often we have the opportunity to learn from such a prestigious colleague right here in Bradenton.”

The Eye Associates has board certified ophthalmologists and optometrists who cover the specialties of Cataracts, Cornea, Glaucoma, Retina, Refractive Surgery and Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery, Routine Eyecare, Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses.

As a public service, The Eye Associates offers FREE vision and glaucoma screenings for community organizations. In addition, Dr. Harris Silverman offers FREE seminars about Cataracts and Cataract Surgery on Thursdays at 3:30 PM. Call 792-2020 or visit www.TheEyeAssociates.com for more information.

For more on Dr. Bouzouaya’s ground breaking techniques and instruments visit www.ChedlyBouzouaya.com.

[Ed. Note: The Eye Associates is a premier supporter of NewsManatee.com. Our publisher had his cataract surgery at The Eye Associates, without complication.]


Mentally Challenged Girl Found
Through Charlotte Locator System

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office reports that the "A Child Is Missing" system of reverse telephone calls was responsible for finding a 15-year-old mentally challenged girl Sunday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2009.

The girl was reported missing at 3:45 p.m. in the Peachland Blvd. and Torrington St. area of Port Charlotte.

CCSO Aviation, K-9, District road patrols, Traffic units, and detectives began an extensive search of the area.

Once the calls went out in the one-mile radius of the girl's home, a CCSO Communications Operator who was off-duty and lives in that area received the call.

The operator got up to look out at 5:25 p.m. and observed the girl sitting on her front porch to get out of the rain.

CCSO Watch Commander Lt. Donna Ogden said, "This reverse call system really works, and in this case, the mentally challenged girl is back home safe and sound."


Teen Accused Of Burning
Ex-Girlfriend Faces Judge

CLERMONT, Florida [NMT/WKMG -- A teenager accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend and then setting her on fire faced a judge for an official arraignment in Lake County on Monday, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Calva James Haskell

Calva James Haskell, 15, is charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Haskell did not attend the hearing, but a plea negotiation hearing was scheduled for Oct. 7. If Haskell enters a plea, a sentencing hearing will be held on Oct. 19.

Lake County sheriff's deputies said Haskell's ex-girlfriend, 14-year-old Taylor Mack, sneaked out of her home to meet up with Haskell in August.

Her friends said she was still interested in Haskell, even though he had reportedly moved on to another girl.

Sometime during their meeting in the Greater Pines subdivision in Clermont, deputies said, Haskell squirted a flammable liquid on Mack, set her on fire and then began stabbing her.

Deputies said Mack went to a neighbor's house for help and was taken to the hospital.

Haskell was tracked to his home and arrested without incident. He is being held at a juvenile detention facility.

Haskell claimed Mack asked him to light her on fire and stab her, WKMG said.


 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Man, 20, Suspected of Killing
Man, 21, Arrested on Robbery
Warrant; Detectives Say He Is
"Prime Suspect" in Murder

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Detectives have arrested Antwon Stuckey, 21, of the 500 block of 21st Street, Palmetto, on a warrant for Armed Robbery. Detectives say Stuckey is the "prime suspect" in the murder of Julius Lee Brown, 21, on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at about 7 a.m., at Highlands Apartments, 618 20th Lane East, Palmetto, across the street from the address where Stuckey was arrested.


Above, L to R, Antwon Stuckey and Julius Lee Brown, Deceased

According to information on the armed robbery obtained by NewsManatee, on July 13, 2009, at about 12:15 a.m., Stuckey and the victim, Kalvin Williams, 22, were hanging out in a vehicle in the back seat together, with two woman in the front seat, at 2610 5th Avenue East, Palmetto.

The victim had provided some "weed" (marijuana) for the four of them and they were smoking some of it.

The suspect, Stuckey, got out of the car, a silver Dodge Neon, walked around the rear of the vehicle to the rear driver's side, opened the door and pointed what Williams described as a .45 caliber handgun at Williams' face/head. Stuckey demanded that Williams get out of the car and get on his knees; Williams did.

Stuckey forced Williams lower on the ground, put him in a choke hold, went through Williams' pockets, and removed the remainder of the "weed" and $487.

The woman fled in the vehicle after encouraging Stuckey to stop. Stuckey ran away in an unknown direction. Williams remained on the ground, crawled to some bushes, hid momentarily, then called 911. Williams claimed he was not injured, and refused an EMS response.

Stuckey was not located at the time and a warrant for his arrest was later issued.

On Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7:10 a.m., an unidentified person, now believed to be Stuckey, entered Julius Brown's grandmother's apartment and, according to a 15-year-old boy inside, killed Brown while he slept, then demanded money from the boy or he would be killed, too. After a struggle with the boy, the killer fled the apartment.

The killer was described as a Black male, about 5'6-5'8" tall, weighing 15-160 pounds, and was wearing a black T-shirt and ski mask.

Detectives, acting on information or evidence they have not yet disclosed, later that day arrested Stuckey. Stuckey matches the killer's description.

Stuckey has been questioned about the killing, but has not been charged with it.

In court on Friday, a judge set Stuckey's bail bond on the Armed Robbery charge at $1 million dollars; prosecutors said he was a "danger to the community" and detectives said he is the "prime suspect" in Julius Brown's murder. Stuckey is also suspected of several armed home invasions in Manatee County.

Then, in a search warrant of Stuckey's residence signed by the same judge, detectives found two handguns, a rifle and ammunition. The handguns will be tested to see if they are possibly the murder weapon.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with any information surrounding the morning of the day Brown was killed to come forward.

Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said "[The murder occurred] in daylight, at a time when people are going to work and school, so we are fairly sure somebody saw something."

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.


Woman Jumps from Vehicle
After Beating; Man Arrested
Following Multiple Tasers

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies had a hard time arresting Michael A. Cooper, 43, of 214 10th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Michael A. Cooper

A sheriff's report said on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at about 11:45 p.m., Dep. Balukoff observed a Black female, later identified as Latasha Lowe, 33, of 1611 27th Avenue East, Bradenton, jump or be thrown from a moving vehicle in the 1600 Block of 51st Avenue East. Then he observed the vehicle flee the scene at a high rate of speed and called out its location.

Dep. Balukoff made contact with the victim who was bleeding profusely from the head.

A sheriff's helicopter was able to track the movements of the suspect vehicle until it pulled into a driveway in the 1700 Block of 26th Avenue East, in Bradenton. The driver was observed by the helicopter exiting and standing at the rear of the vehicle.

Dep. Deluca was first on scene and confronted the driver, later identified as Michael Cooper. Cooper immediately fled.

Dep. Deluca deployed his Taser, striking Cooper in his mid-back and buttocks with one 5-second burst. After the discharge, Cooper immediately stood up and was hit with a second 5-second burst. Cooper continued disobeying Deluca's verbal commands and had to be Tasered a 3rd and 4th time; each for five seconds.

At this point, Dep. Deluca's backup arrived and they were able to secure Cooper.

It was later determined that the victim jumped from the vehicle after being struck repeatedly in the face and head by Cooper.

The victim was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Cooper was taken to Manatee Memorial to be medically cleared before being taken to the Manatee County Hail.

He was charged with Domestic Battery, Giving a False Name to Law Enforcement, Resisting Arrest without violence and Felony Driving While License Suspended. Cooper also had a Violation of Probation warrant for Driving While License Suspended.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $7,620.


Woman Arrested After Toddler
Found Walking in Roadway
After 2 a.m.

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Manatee County woman was arrested and charged with Child Neglect on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, in the early morning hours.


Candelaria Pedro-Mateo

A sheriff's report said at 2:10 a.m. Friday morning, a 4-year-old child was found wandering in the roadway in the 300 block of 66th Avenue West, Bradenton, by a man walking down the road.

The unidentified man knocked on a couple of doors, then left the child with Vilma Alvarado, who called 911.

Alvarado showed Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies where she believed the child may live and they were able to locate an open gate to a privacy fence and a door that was standing wide open.

Deputies discovered the child was left home alone and attempted to locate a family member.

At approximately 3 a.m., the mother, Candelaria Pedro-Mateo, 37, came walking up to the residence, where she was arrested and charged with Child Neglect.

The child was turned over to Child Protection Services.

The child was not harmed.

Candelaria Pedro-Mateo remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $1,000.


Holmes Beach Police Arrest
Man for Burglary

HOLMES BEACH, Florida [NMT] -- The Holmes Beach Police Department has arrested Francis Romano Gerry, 56, of Sarasota.


Francis Romano Gerry

According to a press release from HBPD, on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at about 4:20 a.m., Holmes Beach police, along with Bradenton Beach Police and Manatee County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a burglary in progress at the Bali Hai Beach Resort located at 6900 Gulf Drive.

The burglar, later identified as Gerry, had gained entry by forcing a door open and entered an occupied room.

The unnamed victims awoke while Gerry was in the room and chased Gerry, who attempted to say that he was mistaken; that he was looking for another person.

When officers arrived, Gerry had given up to the victim and was placed in custody.

Gerry had removed money from the victim's purse, the report said.

Gerry was arrested and charged with Burglary involving Battery and a single count of Battery.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $25,750.


Manatee Detectives Charge Man
Who Was "Lookout" in Multiple
Vehicle Burglaries

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Detectives have arrested Brian David Leach, 37, of 3407 9th Street East, Bradenton.


Brian David Leach

According to multiple arrest reports, Leach served as a lookout in multiple vehicle burglaries which occurred on August 6th, 7th, 10th and 11th, 2009, at multiple locations in the vicinity of 52nd Avenue East and 52nd 52nd Avenue Plaza East, Bradenton.

His fingerprints, taken from the scenes of the burglaries, were identified as belonging to him.

In interviews with detectives, Leach reportedly confessed to being the lookout in those burglaries.

He said he split the proceeds from the burglaries with his accomplice and did it to get food and "to get high."

Some of the items stolen, including GPS units were recovered from local pawn shops.

His accomplice has not been arrested as yet.

Leach was charged with four counts of Burglary to a Conveyance, Grand Theft, Petit Theft, two counts of Dealing in Stolen Property and two counts of Claiming False Ownership to a Pawn Shop.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $73,120.


Man Arrested for DUI After
Backing Pickup Truck Into
Deputy's Cruiser

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy arrested Matthew Mylett, 23, on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at about 2 a.m., in the 12100 block of State Road 64 East, in East Manatee County.


Matthew Mylett

A sheriff's report said during a vehicle stop for reckless driving and driving without headlights, Mylett backed his 2003 Ford F-150 into Deputy Coleman's sheriff's cruiser.

Mylett failed field sobriety tests administered by Deputy Spurlock, and was arrested for DUI with Property Damage.

The damage to Dep. Coleman's cruiser was approximately $2,000.

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


Parrish Motorcyclist Loses
Control of Bike, Loses Life

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported John Adam Lang, 46, of 4207 Kingsfield Drive, in Parrish, died on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at about 12:30 a.m., when he lost control of his motorcycle on Old Tampa Road at Phillips Road, in Parrish.

FHP said Lang was traveling eastbound on Old Tampa Road and traveled off the roadway onto the south shoulder.

The motorcycles front struck a mail box and wooden post.

The bike overturned and ejected Lang onto the driveway at 10815 Old Tampa Road.

The motorcycle continued in an eastbound direction and overturned onto it's right side on the south shoulder, coming to final rest.

Lang was not wearing a helmet, FHP said.


Sons of the American Revolution
Prez Receives Proclamations of
U.S. Constitution Day At City and
County Commission Meetings

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- In 2004, Congress designated Sept. 17th as Constitution Day. On Sept. 14th, at the Palmetto City Commission meeting, and on Sept. 15th, at the Manatee County Commission meeting, Harold Crapo, Jr., President of the Saramana Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, accepted copies of each commission's proclamations of the special day. In each case, Crapo was dressed in period costume, befitting the attire of the late 1700s, at a time when the U.S. Constitution was signed..


Above, L to R, Harold Crapo (SAR) accepts copies of the proclamations
from Palmetto and Manatee County. In the 1st photo, Crapo stands
with Lou Ann Douglas, (l) Regent for the Osceola DAR Chapter and
Palmetto City Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant (r). In the 2nd photo,
Crapo stands with Manatee County Commissioner Larry Bustle (l).

Constitution Day recognizes and commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, the document upon which the United States of America's form of government is founded.

"[Constitution Day] asks our citizens to reaffirm the ideal the framers of the Constitution had in 1787, by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties, remembering that lost rights may never be regained," Crapo said.

Constitution Week runs from Sept. 17th until Sept. 23rd.


Operation "One Block" in Sarasota
Nets 28 People on 43 Charges

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Due to numerous complaints from neighbors on Florida Avenue, the Sarasota Police Departments Narcotics Unit conducted an undercover investigation. As a result of their efforts, several arrests were made.

Operation “One Block” took place with Search Warrants executed on September 16th and a Reverse Sting on September 17th in the 1100 Block of Florida Avenue.

The Narcotics Unit, with assistance from SWAT, the Street Crimes Unit, the Criminal Investigations Division, the K-9 Unit, the Traffic Unit and the Patrol Division was successful.

A total of 28 people were arrested on drug, prostitution, and other crimes for a total of 28 felonies and 15 misdemeanors.


FHP: Naked Motorcyclist Arrested
For Exposing Self to Mom, Son

FLAGLER COUNTY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- For the second time this week, a man is pulled over while riding a motorcycle naked, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Mark Duffus

Florida Highway Patrol said Mark Duffus, 45, was driving his blue Honda motorcycle on Interstate 95 in Flagler County in the nude while masturbating.

The incident occurred Thursday evening, Sept. 17, 2009.

Troopers said Duffus intentionally exposed himself to a woman who was driving a tractor-trailer with her 11-year-old son as a passenger.

Duffus was charged with Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition and Indecent Exposure.


 

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