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Local/State News for week ending 10/31/2009

Man Arrested for Punching Dad,
Mom Over Untrained Puppies in
Family Residence; Mom Threw
Puppies Out 2nd Floor Window

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jeffrey David Marland, 20, of the 4400 block of 37th Street East, Bradenton.


Jeffrey David Marland

According to the arrest report, Jeffrey Marland is the son of both victims, Stephen and Barbara Marland. They all live together.

There have been several arguments about two 3-month old puppies that Jeffrey brought into the home, including a red nose Pit Bull and a male, Black Labrador. Both parents objected to the dogs being brought into the house and told Jeffrey that they were not allowed to stay. The dogs stayed over the weekend and "messed" in the house several times, the report said.

On Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at about 6:30 p.m., returned home from work and found Jeffrey home with both puppies out of the cage and feces and urine in several different areas of the house.

Stephen began yelling at Jeffrey to clean the mess up and Jeffrey began yelling back at Stephen.

Stephen walked around the house and found more urine and feces from the puppies on the oriental rug in the family room.

Stephen went upstairs where Jeffrey was and began verbally arguing about the puppies.

Barbara arrived home, heard the yelling and went upstairs and joined in the argument.

Barbara was between Jeffrey and Stephen when Jeffrey turned around and pushed Barbara, causing her to hit the wall. Stephen stepped forward and Jeffrey swung several times at Stephen, striking him twice in the mouth, causing a cut to Stephen's lip.

Barbara then picked up the puppies and dropped them off the 2nd floor balcony to the ground.

Jeffrey ran outside, picked up the puppies and put them in his car. It appeared to Jeffrey like the Black Labrador had a broken leg.

Stephen went outside and the argument over the dogs continued.

When Stephen told Jeffrey, "You sound like some [N-word]," Jeffrey swung a small backpack at Stephen, striking him on the right eye. Then Jeffrey took off in his car.

A doctor would later tell deputies Stephen had a ruptured eye and it would possibly have to be removed.

Jeffrey was located about 2 hours later at an animal emergency room.

Jeffrey was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery and Domestic Battery.

Jeffrey was taken to the Manatee County Jail where he was being held on a bail bond of $1,000. However, he was released on his own recognizance, supervised.

At this time, Barbara Marland has not been charged with Animal Cruelty.

No word on the condition of the Black Labrador puppy.


Man, 53, Arrested for Holding
1/4 Pound of Marijuana at
Traffic Stop

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy has arrested Aubery Harper, 53, of 1010 5th Avenue Drive West, in Palmetto.


Aubery Harper

According to the arrest report, on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at about 9:15 a.m., Deputy Brian Quiles conducted a traffic stop on Harper's vehicle in the 4600 block of U.S. 41 North because the vehicle Harper was driving was blue in color, but a check on the license tag said the vehicle was supposed to be white in color.

Harper told Dep. Quiles he had just had the car painted and cooperated with the deputy while the deputy verified that the vehicle was Harper's.

After confirming that the vehicle was in fact Harper's, the deputy advised Harper to contact DHSMV to change the color on his registration, then asked Harper if there were any drugs or weapons in the car.

Harper said, "No."

However, the deputy spotted a "blunt" in the driver's side door arm rest pocket and found it contained marijuana.

Harper was then placed under arrest. He had $665 in cash on his person.

A complete search of the vehicle revealed a black zippered backpack on the front floor board of the vehicle.

The bag contained 121 grams (4.3 ounces, or 1/4 pound) of marijuana in various packages.

Harper was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell.

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

The deputy noted that Harper has previously been arrested and convicted 3 times for sale of narcotics.


Man Arrested on Warrants
For Sex Crimes

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office assisted the Collier County Sheriff's Office in arresting Gregorio R. Ruiz, 34, of Naples, Florida.


Gregorio R. Ruiz

The Collier County Sheriff's Office contacted Dep. Rushing, of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Warrants Unit, in reference to the listed subject who had two warrants.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office conducted surveillance on Ruiz and followed him from Sarasota into Manatee County where a traffic stop was conducted in the 8000 block of Tamiami Trail.

Ruiz had a warrant for two counts of Sexual Battery on a Child Under Twelve and another for two counts of Sexual Activity with a Child.

He also had a detainer placed on him by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) due to him being in this country illegally.

Detective M. Gillum assisted by transporting the subject to the Manatee County Jail.

Ruiz remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $400,000.


Boy, 17, Arrested for Punching
Youth Care Worker

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Michael Kough, 17, who was at the Palmetto Youth Academy.


Michael Kough

The victim, Gregory Walls, 29, is a youth care worker at the Palmetto Youth Academy.

Walls was trying to control and remove another youth for being disruptive when Michael Kough jumped on Walls’ back.

Kough began to punch Walls on the right side of his face, which caused a bump by his right eye and several abrasions on his cheek and eyelid.

Kough was pulled off of Walls by other staff members.

Walls declined medical treatment for his injuries, which were minor.

Kough was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Booking Facility.

He was charged with Battery on Detention Staff, a felony.


Teen Reports Theft of Scooter;
Later Determined to be
False Report

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a scooter was stolen from a teenager on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2009, at about 11:30 p.m., in the 2600 block of 57th Avenue West, Bradenton. However, that report turned out to be untrue.

According to a press release from the sheriff's office, the original report said a White male named "Fred" approached Andrew Salmon, 19, of the 6500 block of Gulf Gate Place, in Sarasota, at the 7-11 convenience store at 57th Avenue West and US 41 and asked Andrew for a ride.

Andrew agreed to give "Fred" a ride to his house, near the credit union at 2800 57th Ave. W., on his gas-powered scooter.

When Andrew dropped "Fred"off at 57th and 26th St. W., "Fred" allegedly pushed Andrew to the ground and drove off on the scooter northbound on 26th St. W.

The scooter was described as a 2009 red Shanghai 50cc one-seater, FL 7599KH.

The area was searched and a BOLO was issued.

"Fred" was not located.

Andrew was not injured.

Several hours later, "Fred" was located by the Violent Crimes Task Force in the Tommy Knockers parking lot at 5600 US 41. The scooter was located in the bushes nearby.

"Fred" Suspect was interviewed and said that Andrew let him use the scooter if "Fred" would bring Andrew a bag of marijuana.

Based on additional interviews and the circumstances, it appears that a robbery never occurred.

Andrew's mother, the registered owner of the scooter, responded to the scene and said that she did not want to pursue the incident further.

The scooter was returned to her.

No word on whether Andrew will be charged with Making a False Police Report.


Halloween Zombie Fest in
Downtown Bradenton
This Saturday night

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Tim McCann, Public Information Officer for the City of Bradenton reported the undead will take over the streets of downtown Bradenton for the first ever Zombie Fest, scheduled for Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31.

Several events are planned for Zombie Fest, and participants are welcome to take part in any or all of them.

For those seeking a “zombie look”, visit Classic Ink, 1310 3rd Ave. W., from 6-8 p.m. where professional horror movie make-up artists will “zombify” participants for a $10 fee. Or, zombies may supply their own costumes and make up if they want.

Zombie Fest-goers may participate at Classic Ink’s Zombification Station or just observe the techniques and watch the professionals transform the living into the undead.

The Zombie Walk leaves at 8 p.m. at Classic Ink and proceeds to Mattison's Riverside, 1200 1st Ave. W. (Twin Dolphin pier) where zombies and party-goers can enjoy zombie appetizers, dinner, and spooky drink specials.

The Zombie Costume Contest begins at 9 p.m. Mattison's. Contestants must be 21 years or older to participate.

From 9 p.m. to midnight, enjoy live music on Old Main Street by three local bands: The Wankers, Spankin' Fresh and Rancid Polecats.

Zombie Fest is sponsored by the Old Main Street Merchants Association and is being hosted by Classic Ink, Mattison’s and Cork’s Cigar Bar, 425 Old Main St. The event is free and open to the public.

Old Main Street between Manatee and Third Avenues West (Third Avenue will remain open to east and westbound traffic) will close to vehicular traffic starting around 7 p.m. until about 2 a.m., but the live music will end at midnight.

Mattison’s is taking reservations on Halloween. Call (941) 748.8087 or visit www.mattisons.com.


Charlotte Deputies Arrest Woman
With Safe in Car Containing Drugs

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Street Crimes Unit made a traffic stop at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday in Port Charlotte for a stop sign violation.


Deanna Lynne Recine

The driver, Deanna Lynne Recine, 21, 470 Sharon Circle, Port Charlotte, and her 19-year-old female passenger were reportedly shaking and nervous. SCU deputies ask if she had any illegal weapons or drugs in the car and she said, "No." Deputies asked for permission to search her Buick and she declined. A CCSO K-9 Unit arrived and the narcotics dog alerted on her car of the presence of drugs.

Deputies began searching the car and found a safe in the back seat. Recine gave them a key and inside the safe they found her credit card and a photo of her, multiple plastic baggies, one containing 36 Oxycodone pills, another bag tested positive for Opiates, a blue box with a tampon that also tested positive for Opiates, and marijuana. The passenger was released, the car towed, and Recine was taken to the Charlotte County Jail on charges of Possession of Oxycodone with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Oxycodone, Possession of Opiates, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Recine remains in the County Jail on $12,000 bond.

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


Police: Sex Offender Drugged
Teenage Boy, 15 Years Old,
Molested Him

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A registered sex offender was arrested in Daytona Beach Wednesday on suspicion of drugging a 15-year-old boy's drink and sexually battering him, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Terence J. Lee, 37, of Daytona Beach, was arrested on a charge of sexual battery and violation of probation.

According to Daytona Beach police, the teen and a friend went to Lee's home in August after Lee invited them to watch movies. Lee gave the boy an alcoholic drink, and he began to feel funny.

The teen's friend told police that he observed Lee putting a white powdery substance in the alcoholic drink, but he thought it was sugar.

The friend went to the bathroom and when he returned, he saw Lee rubbing the leg of the teen -- who was passed out -- near the groin, police said.

The friend woke up the teen, and Lee said he would give them a ride home, according to Daytona Beach police. Lee took the friend home first, and the teen passed out again in Lee's car, police said.

The teen awakened while Lee was performing a sex act on the teen, police said.

The victim waited several days before telling his mother, who called police.

The Daytona Beach Police Department said it has reason to believe that there are other victims, but only one has come forward, WKMG said.

The teen told police Lee had showed him tapes of Lee having sex with other young boys who appeared to be unconscious. He said Lee choked one of the boys with a telephone cord.


 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Bradenton Police Gang Unit
Seeks Man, 20, Wanted for
Armed Robbery, Burglary

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Gang Unit is actively searching for Juan Carlos Hernandez, 20, of Bradenton. Hernandez is wanted for Armed Robbery and Burglary and should be considered armed and dangerous. If seen, do not approach him. Contact your local police agency immediately.


Juan Carlos Hernandez

A press release from the Bradenton Police Department said on Friday, September 25, 2009, at approximately 11:22 p.m., Bradenton Police officers responded to a reported robbery which occurred at Glazier Park, in the 1000 block of Manatee Avenue East.

Investigation revealed that the suspect, subsequently identified as Juan Carlos Hernandez, aka "LAZY," robbed an adult male and female at knifepoint. Hernandez also burglarized the victim's car which was at the park. Hernandez reportedly stole the victim's car keys, laptop computer and $800 in cash. He then fled the area with the stolen items. The victims were not injured.

The Bradenton Police Department Gang Unit has obtained two arrest warrants charging Hernandez with Principal to Armed Robbery and Burglary. At the time of this release the whereabouts of Juan Carlos Hernandez is unknown.

Juan Carlos Hernandez is a member of the criminal street gang "Brown Pride Locos." He has the letters "BPL" tattooed on his left hand. He is 5’5” tall and weighs 120 pounds.

The Gang Unit is asking for the public's assistance in locating Hernandez. Anyone having information with regard to the whereabouts Hernandez, aka "Lazy," or this incident is asked to call the Bradenton Police Department Gang Unit office at 941-932-9317 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, .

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


Man Arrested on Two Counts
of Robbery By Sudden
Snatching

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office and the Bradenton Police Department have each charged Edward Russell, 25, of Ruskin, Florida, with Robbery by Sudden Snatching.


Edward Russell, aka Edward Russell Pearson III

According to the arrest report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at about 12:30 p.m., Nickole Hoitt was walking southbound through the parking lot of Best Buy, in the 4200 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton.

While walking with her purse on the top of the shopping cartshe was pushing, Russell approached her in his vehicle. As Russell closed in, Nickole could feel his vehicle brush by her right side, the report said.

Russell then reached out of his vehicle and snatched Nickole's purse from the top of the shopping cart, then Russell continued southbound through the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

A witness to the incident pursued Russell in his vehicle and blocked him in traffic at the parking lot exit to Cortez Road.

The witness reached into the back of Russell's vehicle and took the vehicle's license tag from the bed of the truck.

Russell was able to escape into traffic, but within a few minutes returned to the scene to give back Nickole's purse.

Russell told a deputy on scene he has a drug problem and has not worked in six months. He is trying to feed his wife and baby, but has no money. As he drove away "his conscience got the best of him and he could not believe what he had just done," Russell told the deputy.

Russell was arrested and charged with Robbery by Sudden Snatching and transported to the Manatee County Jail.

Then, while in jail, the Bradenton Police Department charged Russell the next day with another Robbery by Sudden Snatching that occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 25th. Another woman had her purse snatched after shopping for groceries at 3913 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton. The BPD report said Russell's real name is Edward Russell Pearson III. Due to a booking procedure, Pearson is listed as Russell on the sheriff's website.

Russell, aka Edward Russell Pearson III, remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $20,000 -- $10,000 for each incident.


Man Arrested for Cutting
Girlfriend's Hand

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has caught up to David Barney, 60, of 5316 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton.


David Barney

According to the arrest report, on Oct. 3, 2009, at about 7:45 p.m., Barney and his unnamed girlfriend, who reside together in the same home as a family, were at the Ellenton Cafe, 7044 U.S. 301 North, Ellenton.

They were talking in the kitchen of the restaurant when they began to argue.

In the course of the argument, David became angry and pushed the woman. As she fell, David swung a knife at her and cut her on the left hand.

The victim was able to flee the restaurant and call for help.

David fled the restaurant before the arrival of law enforcement.

The victim had a two-inch cut on her left hand that required stitches and an abrasion to her left leg.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, deputies caught up to David at the Ellenton Cafe and arrested him.

David Barney was charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

As of Tuesday, he remained in the Manatee County Jail without a bail bond.


Bradenton Police Seek
Missing Bradenton Man

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police Detectives are trying to locate and check the welfare of Mr. Raymond Ringholz, age 67, of Bradenton, Florida.


Above, Raymond Ringholz

Mr. Ringholz was last seen by a relative at his residence on October 21, 2009.

He was last seen wearing tan shorts and shirt with a tan Australian-style hat and tan “Croc”-type shoes.

Mr. Ringholz is 5’11’’ tall and weighs 165 lbs.

He may be driving a 1999 Black Honda Civic or Accord.

Anyone having information with regard to this incident are asked to call the Bradenton Police Detective Philip Waller at 941-932-9328, The Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9300 OR your local law enforcement agency.


East Manatee Gas Station
Victim of Armed Robbery

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery of the Chevron gas station, 14315 State Road 70 East, Bradenton, on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at about 8:45 p.m.

The report said two Black male suspects entered the store. Suspect 1 approached the counter, pulled a revolver from his waist band and pointed it at the clerk.

Suspect 2 went behind the clerk's counter and stole approximately $50 from the register and some cigarettes.

The paid of culprits fled the store eastbound in a small, teal-colored 2-door sedan.

Patrol immediately flooded the area, but the suspects were not located.

No one was injured, and no shots were fired.

A crime scene technician responded and processed the scene for evidence.

Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) Deputy J. Sevier said the suspects resembled the men who robbed Uppy's gas station/convenience store in North Manatee County last week.

The robbers were described as follows:

1) Black male in his 20s, 5'07" tall, 185 pounds, last seen wearing a white shirt, blue long shorts, white shoes, no gloves, a black ball cap with a white dew rag armed with a .38 style revolver.

2) Black male in his 20s, 6'02" tall, thin, last seen wearing all black clothing, a gray knit cap, and had a goatee.

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.


Gang-Related Shooting Reported,
Suspect Still at Large

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a gang-related shooting that occurred on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at about 1 p.m., in the 5800 block of 5th Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's office report said patrol deputies were dispatched to a "shooting with no injuries."

The unnamed juvenile victim, 15, stated that a shotgun was pointed at him and a single shot fired.

The victim provided the name of a juvenile suspect with whom he has an ongoing dispute.

That suspect was located and interviewed.

The suspect advised that he was at the scene with his sister and another individual. He denied that he fired the shot and stated that the individual who was with him fired the shot.

The sister confirmed this account.

They both provided the name of this individual.

This 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.


Bradenton Police Plan to
Monitor Sexual Offenders
on Halloween

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski issued a stern warning to all sexual predators and offenders on supervision, community control or probation.

Chief Radzilowski said, "Be advised that your status as a state registered sexual predator or offender may prohibit unsupervised contact with children. You may be prohibited from displaying Halloween decorations that can entice or lure children to your residence."

Bradenton Police Officers will be monitoring the activities of those individuals on Saturday, Oct. 31st (Halloween) to ensure compliance with any court orders in this regard, Chief Radzilowski said.

He added, "Failure to comply with court conditions could be a violation of probation and may subject you to arrest."

The Chief suggested that specific questions regarding the issue should be directed to the individual's probation officer.


Man Sentenced to Life in
Prison for Sexual Battery

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On October 28, 2009, 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Deno Economou sentenced Carroll Hartlove to life in prison for sexually assaulting two young girls.


Carroll Hartlove

Hartlove was convicted October 23, 2009, on eight counts, including four for Felony Capital Sexual Battery, which carry a mandatory life sentence, as well as Lewd or Lascivious Molestation and Lewd or Lascivious Solicitation.

On August 15, 2008, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Hartlove after two teenagers came forward, detailing years of sexual abuse and threats.

Further investigation found he had also assaulted a third child.

The above item was reported by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.


Sarasota Sheriff Offers
Halloween Safety Tips

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind trick-or-treaters of a few Halloween safety tips:

• Wear reflective clothing that is fire resistant and non-binding
• Be sure costumes are cut so that children don’t trip and fall
• Trick-or-treat in familiar areas
• Trick-or-treat in groups
• Adults should accompany children
• Carry flashlights after dark and attempt to stay in well lit areas
• Parents/guardians should ALWAYS check candy before it is eaten
• Follow traffic rules, especially when crossing the street at night
• If wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see out of

Another way to keep trick-or-treaters safe is to attend a public, organized event. Instead of visiting unfamiliar neighborhoods, consider Halloween festivities at churches, malls or sponsored by local business associations.

[Ed. Note: See also our Health & Safety page for NewsManatee's Craig Herbert's article on "Tricks or Treats: Halloween Safety Tips."]


$10K Reward Offered In
Case of Woman Missing
Since 1994

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- The reward for any information on the whereabouts of a woman who has been missing for more than 15 years has been increased to $10,000, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Melisa Sloan

Melisa Sloan, 39, disappeared under suspicious circumstances on May 1, 1994, from Orlando.

According to the Web site melisasloan.org, Sloan was last seen at her apartment on South Kirkman Road in Orlando. Her husband, John Sloan, said she packed up her belongings and left, the Web site says. Her family reported her missing after not hearing from her, according to the site.

At the time of her disappearance, Sloan was 23 years old and was working as a nurse in Orlando. She is described as a White woman with blonde hair and brown eyes, WKMG said.

Ms. Sloan would now be 38 years old.

The new $10,000 reward is being offered through Orange County's Crimeline, and anyone with information about her is urged to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.


 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Man Torches PT Cruiser
In Retaliation for Man's
Cooperation with Probe

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Justin Lee Bailey, 26, of 8441 State Road 64, in Ona, Florida.


Justin Lee Bailey

According to the arrest report, on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at a few minutes past midnight, Bailey threw two 12-ounce bottles of Bud Light containing an unknown flammable liquid and burning cloth wicks (aka Molotov cocktails) into a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser owned by Rome Barfield.

The incident occurred at 6510 63rd Street East, Bradenton.

Rome's adult son, Robert Barfield, witnessed the offense, the report said.

Robert Barfield personally knows Bailey and identified him by name in a sworn affidavit.

The report went on to say that the incident may have been committed in retribution for Robert's cooperation in an investigation into the operation of Mudd's Power and Pump, where Robert Rome and Bailey both worked, prior to Robert's resignation.

Bailey was interviewed at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Operations Center.

Bailey was charged with one count of 2nd Degree Arson.

As of Tuesday, Bailey remained in the Manatee County Jail without bail.


Bradenton Cops Arrest Man
For Beating, Strangling
Live-In Girlfriend

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Sean Allen Gonyea, 22, of the 900 block of 18th Street West, Bradenton.


Sean Allen Gonyea

According to the arrest report from BPD, Gonyea and his unnamed live-in girlfriend of four years have a 2-year-old son together.

They were allegedly involved in a verbal dispute all night Friday.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at about 10 a.m., Gonyea was told that his girlfriend was seen cheating with another man Friday night.

Gonyea became irate and ran out to his girlfriend, who was in the parking lot.

He grabbed her by the throat and started choking her, the report said.

Then he threw her to the ground, where he continued to choke her. After he let go of her on the ground, he stood up and stood on her chest, the report said.

BPD Officer Gow arrived and noted she had visible marks on her mouth, neck and hands, and that she had blood on both her lips and was crying.

The woman refused EMS treatment.

Upon being interviewed by police, Gonyea said several times that he "lost control."

Gonyea was arrested and charged with Felony Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

He has since posted a $1,000 bail bond and has been released from the Manatee County Jail.


Deputy Arrests Man for
Strangling Woman

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dorian A. Heggs, 22, of 1254 14th Street, in Sarasota.


Dorian A. Heggs

The arrest report said Heggs and Victoria Smith have a 20-month-old child together.

On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at about 4:30, the pair was involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical at Garden Walk Condos, 5310 26th Street West, Bradenton.

Heggs allegedly proceeded to grab Victoria by her arms, pinned her against her car ripped her shirt open and proceeded to choke her.

Victoria then pushed herself away and called law enforcement.

She said she had difficulty breathing, but refused EMS.

Heggs told the deputy that he didn't at any time lay his hands on her, but did attempt to push her back off himself. He said that she attacked him first and he was defending himself.

Heggs was arrested and charged with Felony Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

He has since posted a $5,000 bail bond and has been released from the Manatee County Jail.


Residents Escape Early
Morning Blaze Unharmed

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire at 4812 5th Street West on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at about 3 a.m.


Above, 4812 5th Street West, Bradenton
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

Cedar Hammock Battalion Chief Mike DeChelbor said the first fire engine arrived within 4 minutes and found the single family residence approximately 25 percent involved with fire.

All occupants were out of the structure upon CHFR's arrival, and refused EMS treatment.

The fire was contained and under control within 15 minutes, DeChelbor said.

After investigation by CHFR investigators, Deputy Fire Marshal Kurt Lathrop, from West Manatee Fire Rescue, and a representative from the State Fire Marshal's Office, it was concluded that the blaze was accidental.

There was an estimated $75,000 damage to the structure and $50,000 to the contents, Battalion Chief DeChelbor said.


This Week's Stupid Criminal:
Left Wallet with ID at Scene
of Crime After Robbery

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported the robbery of a man by two White males on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at about 8:20 p.m., in the 600 block of 60th Avenue Drive East, Bradenton.

The report said at approximately 8:20 p.m., the victim, Jose Reyes, 26, was speaking with his ex-girlfriend who he only knows as Patricia. (That's weird enough in itself...that the man only knows his "ex-girlfriend's" first name.)

Anyway, they walked out of his home and the victim was confronted by two White males.

Patricia ran from the scene yelling "don’t do it." (We're guessing "Patricia" knew the men.)

The two robbers jumped the victim and went through his pockets.

They were unable to get anything and fled the scene.

One of the robbers dropped a wallet with identification inside. In a photo I.D., the person is wearing glasses and matched the general description of the robber.

Deputies responded to the address on the identification and were told that person on the I.D. no longer lives at that address and they did not know him.

The victim had lacerations to his face and head but did not require E.M.S.

The Violent Crimes Task Force responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation.

The robbers were described in the report as two White males, both 5'10" tall and weighing 140 pounds.

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

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


Manatee Sheriff Issues
Scam Warning

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office issued a scam warning on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009.

According to the warning, there is a telephone scam going around where the caller purports to be a representative of Publishers Clearing House. The caller states, "You have won $500,000 from Publishers Clearing House" and then advises the potential victims that they need to pay a fee of $1,000 in order to claim said prize.

The caller asks for a credit card number or a checking account number to facilitate the transfer of the money.

Manatee County Sheriff's Detective Dave Johnson called the provided toll-free number and after several days of attempts got an answer from a person claiming to be from the Federal Gaming Commission in Washington, D.C. When confronted them about this scam, the person quit talking to Detective Johnson.

It should be noted that Publisher’s Clearing House does not call winners of their lottery, they just show up at your door, and at this time, they are not offering a $500,000 prize.

While Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes are not actually scams, many sweepstakes scammers pretend to be calling from PCH in order to convince people to part with their money.

There are two very important things to remember about entering PCH sweepstakes:

1. PCH does not notify winners by telephone.

2. You NEVER have to pay to receive your prize.

The Warning Signs of Sweepstakes Scams still hold true for Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes. If you are ever uncertain whether a win is really from PCH.com or not, you can contact them toll-free at 1-877-3SWEEPS (1-877-379-3377) Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Any questions regarding this scam may be referred to Det. Dave Johnson, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2551.


Manatee County Emergency Chief
Awarded 1st Ever Emergency
Director of the Year

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida -- Florida Division of Emergency Management has named Manatee County Emergency Management Chief Laurie Feagans the first ever recipient of the County Emergency Director of the Year.

Feagans received the award last week during the 2009 Current Issues in Emergency Management (CIEM) seminar for emergency management directors in Orlando. It was the group’s first ever State Emergency Management Awards ceremony. The seminar provides unique coordination opportunities for each county's lead emergency management officials.

Recipients were awarded for their innovative practices and achievements in making communities safer, stronger and better prepared to manage emergency or disaster situations. Award winners exemplified excellence in their community, emergency planning, successful public-private partnerships, collaboration, demonstration of creative and innovative local problem solving and implementing sound programs that can be modeled by other communities.

Feagans was totally surprised to become the first ever recipient of the award. She gave credit to her team of five in Manatee County’s Emergency Management division and to the group of County employees, Manatee Sheriff’s Office personnel, Manatee School Board staff, Red Cross officials and Manatee County Health Department workers who are part of this community’s expanded emergency response team.

“I took the award as not only (FDEM) recognizing me but the entire emergency management team which is really known to be helpful around the state,” Feagans said. “It’s truly an award for the team, not just me. I’m very humbled and appreciative.”

Manatee County Public Safety Director Bill Hutchison said Feagans is the consummate Emergency Management professional who makes her team, her Department and Manatee County look good.

“Laurie is calm under excruciating pressure and she is well organized and task-oriented the rest of the time,” Hutchison said. “What more could you ask for? Manatee County is in good hands in good times and in bad times.”

"Laurie has distinguished herself amongst her peers for outstanding public service to not only the residents of Manatee County, but to disaster survivors in numerous communities throughout Florida and the Southeast during their times of need," said Ruben D. Almaguer, interim director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. "Her dedication and ongoing commitment to go the extra mile and make a difference in the lives of many is why Laurie was chosen as County Director of the Year."


REMINDER: Daylight Savings
Time Changes on Sunday


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota County Emergency Management officials are reminding residents that on Sunday, Nov. 1, daylight savings time will require clocks to be adjusted back one hour.

Residents are also encouraged to use the opportunity to replace the batteries in smoke alarms and weather radios.

HALLOWEEN ALERT: Police
Warn Of Unlocated
Sex Offenders

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- With Halloween fast approaching, authorities are urging Central Floridians to be on alert because more than a dozen registered sex offenders are likely living in Central Florida but have not properly documented their places of residence, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Laura Sofia, a senior inspector with the U.S. Marshal's Service, told WKMG News that she's searching for about 15 sex offenders or predators who may be in the area.

"They've stopped registering and they've gone off the radar," said U.S. Marshal Inspector Laura Sofia.


 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Man Arrested for Striking Live-in
Girlfriend with Gun; She Grabs
Gun, Hits Him Back; Man Arrested

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- An argument over another woman got a man arrested on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, according to an arrest report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.


David Wayne Lovell

The report said David Wayne Lovell, 51, of the Pelican Mobile Home Park, 40 Riverview Drive, in Ellenton, and Faustina Byrd have been involved in an intimate and romantic relationship for the past three years and have been living together as a family for that period of time.

On Saturday, Byrd and Lovell began arguing after she caught him with another woman who lives nearby within the mobile home park.

While they are sitting on the patio, the argument escalated.

Byrd told deputies that Lovell got up from his chair and went inside the mobile home, and grabbed an unloaded .44 magnum handgun from the kitchen.

Byrd said that Lovell then hit her in the head with the butt of the gun, causing a laceration on top of her head. Byrd said that she fought with Lovell and wrestled the gun away from him.

Lovell said that Byrd then hit him in the head with the gun.

Byrd told deputies she does not remember hitting Lovell with the gun.

Lovell had bruises and lacerations around his head and face. He also had what appeared to be a bite mark on the upper left inside bicep.

EMS arrived, treated and released both parties at the scene.

Lovell was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery.

As of Monday afternoon, Lovell remained in the Manatee County Jail without bail.


Deputy Arrests Homeless
Man for Urinating in Public

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Robert Everett Olson, 51, a homeless man, who gave his occupation as "panhandler."


Robert Everett Olson

According to the arrest report, on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at about 1:30 p.m., a deputy was dispatched to the BP station at 5942 14th Street West, in reference to homeless men drinking and sleeping behind the business.

The deputy drove around the business and was pulling out onto Flamingo Blvd. (60th Avenue) headed East, when a woman in a white van with young children in the back seat honked her horn at the deputy and pointed north.

The deputy then observed a white male, later identified as Olson, standing next to the building with his pants opened and his penis exposed, urinating on the ground.

Olson was in plain view of traffic, as well as a customer that was pulling in to use the air machine.

The deputy approached Olson and told him to close his pants and turn around.

Olson then said, "Are you going to arrest me for pissing in public?"

Olson was arrested and charged with Indecent Exposure in Public.

As of Monday, he remained in the Manatee County Jail without bail.


Palmetto Police Arrest Man
Who Cut a Man with a Knife

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Rocael Lopez Perez, 35, of 609 14th Street West, Palmetto.


Rocael Lopez Perez

According to the arrest report, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at about 2 a.m., three officers were on foot patrol and saw Perez initiate a verbal confrontation and suddenly pulled out a knife.

Perez then swung the knife at the unnamed victim and cut him on the left shoulder.

The officers ran toward Perez, pepper-sprayed him and got him handcuffed.

Prior to being handcuffed, Perez tossed the knife, the report said.

The report said Perez was the primary aggressor when he approached a group of men who were not bothering him at all.

Perez was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

As of Monday afternoon, Perez was in the Manatee County Jail on a $5,000 bail bond.


Robbery by Sudden Snatching
Reported 3 Days Later

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a robbery by sudden snatching that occurred on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at about 2 a.m., at a residence in the 5500 block of 16th Street West, Bradenton.

An unknown White male knocked on the door of the home of John Carson, 70, asking for change for a $50.

Carson came to the door with 3 $10 bills in his hand.

The White male grabbed the money from Carson's hand and fled through the mobile home park.

Carson was not hurt during the incident.

Carson did not initially report the incident, which occurred 3 days ago. He only decided to pursue the issue after seeing a sheriff's cruiser unit in his neighborhood.

The robber was described as an unknown White male, 48-52 years of age, 6'02" tall, 200 pounds, with blonde or gray hair, last seen wearing khaki pants, a gray shirt and a blue hat.

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 Takes On Deputies;
Tasered, Baker Acted

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has Baker Acted Patrick Goldsbery, 58, of 624 301 Blvd. East, Bradenton, after Goldsbery acted strangely and aggressively toward deputies on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at about 7:45 p.m.

A sheriff's office report said deputies were dispatched to the above address in reference to a suspicious person standing in the middle of the roadway screaming uncontrollably and threatening the mobile home park residents.

Deputies arrived and made contact with Goldsbery who became extremely agitated and began stomping his feet. He was unable to answer any questions and started screaming uncontrollably; his physical appearance appeared neglected and it became apparent that Goldsbery was not in the correct state of mind to care for himself.

Deputies attempted to take Goldsbery into custody under the Baker Act when he became violent and began punching one of the deputies in the chest.

Goldsbery was Tasered in order to subdue him, but he was able to flee and had to be Tasered a second time.

Goldsbery was taken into custody and transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for evaluation.


Bradenton Man Killed in Traffic
Crash on I-75, North of SR 64

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported George E. Jepsen, 49, of 2802 14th Street West, Bradenton, was killed early Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at about 12:45 a.m., the victim of being hit by a car following a traffic crash on I-75, 3 miles north of State Road 64.

Vehicle-1, being driven by Matthew Young, 28, of Medeira Beach, was traveling northbound on I-75 in the left lane. Vehicle-1 traveled off the roadway onto the inside shoulder. Vehicle-1 driver abruptly steered to the right crossing over the northbound lanes of I-75. Vehicle-1 driver then over corrected to the left causing Vehicle-1 to rotate counter clockwise and overturn several times. V-1 came to rest facing in a west/ northwest direction on I-75 partially in the northbound left and center lane.

Vehicle-2, being driven by Cherie Cillers, 42, of Bradenton, with Jepsen as her passenger, was traveling northbound on I-75 in the center lane approaching Vehicle-1 as it came to rest. Vehicle-2's left front struck Vehicle-1's left rear. Vehicle-1 rotated counter clockwise, coming to final rest facing in an east direction partially in the northbound left and center lanes.

After the impact, Vehicle-2's driver and passenger, Jepsen, exited Vehicle 2 and walked to the inside shoulder of I-75.

Vehicle 3, being driven by Darien Grable, 29, of Sarasota, was northbound on I-75 in the left lane approaching the previous crash. The driver of Vehicle-3 failed to observe the previous crash and reduce its speed as it approached.

Vehicle-3's driver veered left to avoid the previous crash and traveled off the roadway onto the inside shoulder of I-75, where it struck Vehicle-2's passenger, Jepsen. Vehicle-3 then traveled into the center median were it came to final rest facing northbound.

The passenger in V-2 (George Jepsen) suffered minor injuries from the traffic crash while in V-2. Pedestrian # 1 (George Jepsen) suffered fatal injuries when struck by Vehicle-3.

Matthew Young suffered serious injuries; everyone else suffered only minor injuries.

Charges are pending, the FHP report said.


Supper with the Sheriff
Planned for Wednesday

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office will host “Supper with the Sheriff” on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 6:00 p.m., at the Police Athletic League cafeteria, 202 13th Avenue East, Bradenton.

Supper with the Sheriff is a community event that gives citizens an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual concern with Sheriff Steube and his staff.

Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are not necessary.

Dress is casual.

The cost is $3.00 per person.


Home Invasion Robber Shot;
One Arrested, One in Hospital

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT} -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives continued their investigation Monday following a home invasion robbery Saturday night, Oct. 24. 2009, where one of the robbers was shot by a man in the home.


Joshua Eugene Becerril

CCSO received a call at 10:12 p.m. to 21515 Beaverton Ave., in Port Charlotte.

Detectives said Peter L. Gilmore, 69, and his son James S. McGlone, 25, were in the home when they heard a knock at the door. When McGlone opened it, the door was kicked open and two men wearing stockings over their face forced their way in.

Identified later by detectives were Keith Sowers, 32, Vincent Ave., Punta Gorda, who had a tire iron in his hand, and was with Joshua Eugene Becerril, 29, of 173 Monica St., Port Charlotte.

Becerril held a large knife at Gilmore’s face and told him not to move or he would kill him. McGlone ran into his father’s bedroom where he kept several firearms and Sowers followed him with the tire iron. McGlone pointed a handgun at Sowers and told him to leave. Sowers hit McGlone over the head with the tire iron and McGlone then shot Sowers in the stomach. Sowers got up and fled out the front door with Becerril.

Gilmore and McGlone refused medical treatment.

A few minutes later, CCSO Dispatch got a call from a residence on Presque Isles nearby about a man at their front door saying he had been shot and needed medical attention. EMS responded and Sowers was air lifted to Lee Memorial Hospital Trauma Unit due to his injuries.

MCU Detectives located Becerril at his home; a search of his vehicle showed the tire iron was missing. He was charged with Home Invasion and Attempted Murder.

Charges are pending on Sowers when he is released from the hospital.


Convicted Felon Fires Shotgun;
Blast Strikes Woman In Face

PALM BAY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a convicted felon fired a shotgun blast through his bedroom wall Sunday morning, striking an unsuspecting 50-year-old woman in the head and face in the apartment next door, Palm Bay police said.

The shooting occurred at 9:15 a.m. in building 1500 of the Windwood Apartments, a complex just northeast of the Palm Bay Road-Babcock Street intersection.

Police arrested William L. Santana, 53, and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He pulled the trigger of a newly purchased firearm, Palm Bay police Detective Steve Hill said, sending a volley of lead pellets tearing through his apartment wall.

After the woman was shot, she staggered outside and collapsed on her patio, Officer C.J. Woronka said.

The victim was hospitalized in serious but stable condition, and her injuries do not appear life-threatening.

Six Palm Bay police cruisers converged on the adjacent SunTrust Bank parking lot after the shooting, interviewing neighbors and cordoning off the crime scene. Santana was handcuffed soon afterward, wearing blue pajama pants, a white hooded sweatshirt and black flip-flops.

Santana was convicted of felony drug charges years ago in upstate New York, Hill said. Santana's girlfriend bought the shotgun Saturday, and he was forbidden by law from handling the weapon, WKMG said.


 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

New Boyfriend Tries to Run Over
Old Boyfriend, 2 Shots Fired by
New Boyfriend

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported the new boyfriend of a woman attempted to run down the old boyfriend of the woman and fired two shots at the old boyfriend on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at about 8:30 p.m.

Earlier in the evening, the victim, Michael Constantino, 33, of the 5200 block of Harbor Road, Bradenton, was involved in a verbal altercation with his ex-girlfriend, Stephanie Nichols, over her new boyfriend.

Michael left the area and went to the listed address where he stays.

Sometime later, Michael went to walk his dog and observed the suspect and Stephanie in the listed vehicle.

Words were exchanged between Michael and the suspect, at which point the suspect threw his vehicle in reverse, striking a pole before going forward in an attempt to strike Michael with the vehicle in Michael's driveway.

Michael was able to flee into the residence, where he called 911.

He went back outside to see if the suspect had left.

He noticed a red laser dot on his chest and hit the ground. He observed the suspect exit his vehicle and run toward him.

The suspect fired two shots, neither of which struck Michael.

The suspect and Stephanie fled the area.

Michael was not injured during the incident.

A piece of plastic from the suspect's truck and a .25 caliber bullet casing were found, photographed and collected as evidence.

Attempts to locate Stephanie or her new boyfriend were unsuccessful.

A BOLO was issued for the vehicle; detectives were notified and will be taking over the investigation.

The suspect was described as a White male in his early 20s, 6'03" tall, 190 pounds, driving an older model white Ford F150 with possible rear bumper damage.

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.


VCTF: Man, 50, Stabbed Teen, 19;
Teen Gets Life-Threatening Wound;
Suspect Later Turns Himself In

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) reported a stabbing on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at about 8 p.m., at 418 60th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Nathan Fields

The report said Michael Commings, 19, of 1434 25th Street, Sarasota, became involved in a physical confrontation with Nathan Fields, 50, at Fields’ residence over accusations that Commings broke into Fields' residence.

The confrontation escalated and went from inside the residence and out onto the driveway of Fields' residence.

Fields stabbed Commings one time in the lower stomach, puncturing Commings' bladder and causing other internal injuries.

Commings was dropped off at Manatee Memorial Hospital in a stolen vehicle driven by his friends, which was recovered by VCTF at the Hospital.

One of Commings’ female friends was learned to be an 11-year-old runaway out of Pinellas County from where the vehicle was reported stolen.

Fields called the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to turn himself in and was cooperative throughout the investigation, according to VCTF Detective Bill Waldron.

Fields admitted to stabbing Commings, but said it was in self defense.

Fields disposed of the knife after the stabbing and after fleeing his residence.

Commings' injury was listed as life-threatening at the time and will require surgery.

Investigation continues by VCTF.

Fields was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

As of Saturday, Fields was being held in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Man Arrested for Burglary;
Victim Caught Him

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a burglary on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at about 2:45 p.m., at a residence in the 2600 block of 6th Street East, Bradenton.


Emil Nieves

According to the report, Emil Nieves, 49, of 428 34th Avenue Drive East, Bradenton, entered the residence without permission.

Once inside, Emil rummaged through the interior and took a watch that the victim later recognized as belonging to his deceased grandmother.

As Emil was exiting the residence, he was confronted by the victim, Anthony Tropila, who detained Emil until law enforcement arrived.

Emil was arrested and charged with Burglary. Later, at the jail, Emil was additionally charged on a bench warrant for Contempt of Court for Failure to Answer a Summons for No Valid Driver License.

As of Saturday, Emil was being held in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Sex Offender Arrested for
Failure to Re-Register, Plus
Failure to Register E-mail Address

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kevin Duane Collins, 49, a transient, who was located at the Bradenton Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at about 1:30 p.m.


Kevin Duane Collins

On October 20th, a warrant was issued for Collins for Failure to Re-register as a Sex Offender during the month of September.

Collins was arrested on Friday without incident and transported to the Manatee County Jail.

Collins was also charged with an additional charge of Failure to Report an E-mail Address to Law Enforcement prior to use.

As of Saturday, Collins remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $16,000.


Two Men Busted in Holmes Beach
Apparently Up to No Good

HOLMES BEACH, Florida [NMT] -- When off-duty Manatee County Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Tom Franklin spotted four men ducking behind bushes when cars went by, he knew immediately they were up to no good. Franklin notified Holmes Beach Police who were able to take two of them into custody; the other two got away.


Above, L to R, Ernest Curry and Obenson Cerulist

The incident occurred on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at about 3:30 p.m. in the 200 block of South Harbor Drive, in Holmes Beach.

The men matched the description of four men who had fled a traffic stop in the area on Wednesday night. The men left the car, which police later towed, according to HBPD.

Then, on Thursday, an HBPD officer spotted the men after Deputy Franklin's call. The officer told the men, one of whom was later identified as Ernest Curry, 19, of 3408 16th Street Court East, Bradenton, to stop and walk toward the officer. Curry took off running in the opposite direction through back yards and jumping fences.

The HBPD officer was searching back yards when he saw Curry's red shorts hiding in the bushes. Curry was then taken into custody.

Another man, Obenson Cerulist, 19, of 311 60th Avenue Drive East, Bradenton, also took off running when the officer told him to stop. Another HBPD officer took him into custody immediately.

Both men were charged with Loitering and Prowling and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

Curry posted an $870 bail bond; Cerulist remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $870.

According to Manatee County court records, both men have had numerous felony and misdemeanor arrests in the past.


High School Student Attacked
By Two Black Males, Robbed;
Juvenile Injured

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a strong arm robbery on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at about 11 p.m., in the 4200 block of 53rd Avenue West, Bradenton.

The victims, including 17-year-old Constantine Paulologos, of the 4200 block of 42nd Place West, Bradenton, were walking home from the Bayshore football game when they were confronted by two Black males.

The Black males did not say anything before attacking the boys.

Suspect #1 punched Paulologos in the face, splitting his chin and knocking him to the ground.

Suspect #2 punched the other boy in the throat and continued to occupy him until Suspect #1 reached into Paulologos' pocket and took his cell phone valued at $250.

The two assailants then fled Northeast towards Glen Lakes.

A perimeter was established, K-9 and the sheriff's helicopter responded, and a track was conducted with negative results.

Paulologos required stitches but his mother stated that they would seek medical attention on their own.

Suspect #1 was described as a Black male, 16-18 years old, 5'10"-6'02" tall, 170 pounds, thin build, with a large afro hair style; he was last seen wearing a red shirt and white shorts. Suspect #2 was described as a Black male, 16-18 years old, 5'08" tall, 150 pounds, last seen wearing a blue shirt and black basketball 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.


Strong Arm Robbery Reported,
With Injury from Being Struck

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a strong arm robbery on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at about 11:45 p.m., in the 300 block of 57th Avenue West, Bradenton.

The report said at approximately 11:30 p.m., the victim, Randall Rhoden, 45, of the 5800 block of 2nd Street West, Bradenton, was walking home from the store when he was approach by a Hispanic male and a White male.

The pair of men demanded Randall's wallet. When Randall refused, a fight ensued.

Randall grabbed the Hispanic male and began choking him, but Randall was struck in the back of his head with an unknown object by the White male.

This caused a 3-inch cut on the back of Randall's head.

The suspects freed themselves and fled in an unknown model Black Mazda sports car.

Randall was treated at the scene by EMS.

VCTF responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation.

The culprits were described as a White male in his early 30s, 5'9" tall, 180 pounds, with blond hair and a medium build; and a Hispanic male in his mid-20s, 5'4" tall, with black hair and a medium build.

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.


Juvenile, 16, Arrested for
Burglary To Residence

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a burglary on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at about 1 a.m. at a residence in the 3200 block of 46th Drive East, Bradenton.

The victim, Salvatore Minardi, 59, was sitting in his lanai watching television when he saw a reflection in a sliding glass door and turn to see the suspect, later identified as Adam Wicks, 16, of 3014 46th Avenue East, Bradenton, standing in his living room.

Wicks ran into a bedroom, exited through a window and ran through the backyard.

The victim attempted to chase after Wicks but lost him.

Wicks continued running and was found by deputies.

The victim positively identified Wicks during a show-up.

Wicks was arrested and charged with Burglary to an Occupied Dwelling.

Nothing was stolen during the burglary.


Palmetto Police Ask Help
With ID of $10K Burglar

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying those that committed a business burglary at the Hall nightclub, 1330 U.S. 301, in July of this year.

Sometime between July 7th and the early afternoon of July 8th, person(s) unknown forced their way into the club and stole an amplifier, a sound mixer, a microphone, and a 42” flat screen TV.

The total value of the stolen items is over $10,000.00.

A suspect was caught by the establishment’s video surveillance system (see photo above).

Persons with any information about this burglary are asked to contact Detective Chad Oyler at 723-4587, ext. 306, 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.


North County BP Station Victim
Of Armed Robbery Sunday;
Clerk Wounded

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported the armed robbery of Uppy's BP Station, 7219 U.S. 41 North, in Palmetto, on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at about 2:45 a.m.

Patti Hirsch, 56, is a clerk at the gas station. As she returned back inside the building, two Black males followed her.

Both suspects asked the clerk where the bathroom was and walked in that direction.

After walking around the store for some time, both men walked up to the register.

Suspect #2 threw a bag of peanuts onto the counter and Hirsch rang them up.

Suspect #2 then produced a revolver and demanded that Hirsch open the register. Hirsch advised them that she could not because she already rang up the peanuts.

Suspect #1 walked behind the counter and also demanded the money.

Suspect #2 then pulled the trigger on the revolver multiple times, although the gun did not discharge.

Suspect #1 took the revolver from suspect #2 and struck Hirsch on the left side of her head.

Suspect #1 then opened one of the cabinets and grabbed a carton of Newport cigarettes and the two fled on foot.

K-9 attempted to track with negative results.

Hirsch sustained a laceration to her head and was treated/released on scene by EMS.

The robbers were described as follows:

1) Black male, 5'2" tall, 165 pounds, medium build, short hair wearing all black hair.

2) Black male, 6'3" tall, 180 pounds, wearing all black and carrying a yellow shirt armed with a revolver.

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

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


Hispanic Man's Van Stolen
By Two Hispanic Males

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a van was stolen from a man in the parking lot of the Oakwood Apartments, 900 21st Street East, Palmetto. The incident occurred on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at about 4 a.m.

The victim, Felipe Sanchez-Lopez, 24, arrived at home driving his Ford Windstar van.

As soon as he got out, two Hispanic men approached him from behind and told him to empty his pockets and set the items on the ground.

Once he did this, they told him to walk towards the laundry room for the complex.

As he walked away, the suspects got in the victim’s van and drove off out of the complex.

A BOLO was issued for the vehicle.

The victim was not injured during the incident.

The thieves were described as two Hispanic males. Number 1 was 5'09" tall, about 180 pounds, with the name of "Tony." Tony had short hair and was last seen wearing a white shirt and black pants. Number 2 was 5'09" tall, about 230 pounds, and was last seen wearing a blue "beanie" and was wearing a white shirt and blue 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.


Two Arrested for Auto Burglary
and Grand Theft in Sarasota

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men on Siesta Key for allegedly breaking into a car and stealing a GPS unit early Friday morning, Oct. 23, 2009.


Above, L to R, Shane Hadsell and Micah Cooper

Around 3:50 a.m., deputies responded to a call in the 300 block of Beach Road reporting an auto burglary. The victim said he went outside to check his vehicle and saw a pair of legs coming out of the passenger side. That subject fled, followed by another male who exited the driver side of the vehicle.

Responding units located a dark-colored Chevrolet Blazer outside the fire station at 1170 Beach Road. Two of the occupants matched the description of the suspects and were positively identified by the victim. The missing GPS unit was found in the grass next to the vehicle.

Shane Hadsell, 19, of 1591 Fishhawk Rd., Valrico, and Micah Cooper, 23, 1806 Medford Lane, Brandon, are charged with Burglary of a Conveyance and Grand Theft.


Punta Gorda Police Nab
Carjacker of Woman, 52

PUNTA GORDA, Florida [NMT] -- At approximately 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, Punta Gorda Police Officers responded to 207 Cross Street in downtown Punta Gorda, in reference to a report of an attempted carjacking in the rear parking lot. A perimeter was immediately established in the area and a search conducted by officers from the Punta Gorda Police Department and deputies from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Police canines and a helicopter from the Sheriff’s Office were used in the search.


Levern Ervin

The victim, 52-year-old Annette Fiedler of Punta Gorda, reported to police that she was leaving work at the stated location and was walking to her vehicle. She observed a Black male and a White male, both adults, standing nearby in the parking lot. The two men began to walk away towards southbound US 41 as the victim entered her car. The Black male then turned and started to run towards her as she tried to close her car door. The Black male began to pull open the door and attempted to enter the vehicle. The suspect and victim struggled but the victim was able to start her vehicle and flee the scene.

Approximately forty-five minutes after the perimeter was established, members of the Punta Gorda Police Department Bike Team, previously diverted from training to the assist in the search, located a Black male matching the description of the suspect on the 300 block of Taylor Street in Punta Gorda. The suspect fled but was chased by officers on bike and apprehended. Police detained the suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Levern Ervin of 919 NW 9th St, Okeechobee, Florida, and the victim was able to positively identify the suspect as the same person attempting to enter her vehicle. The suspect was then placed under arrest and transported to Charlotte Regional Medical Center after complaining of being ill.

Upon discharge from the hospital, the suspect was transported to the Charlotte County Jail and was charged with the following:

~ Attempted Carjacking – Felony
~ Occupied Burglary with Battery – Felony
~ Simple Battery - Misdemeanor


Police: Mom Watched As
Son Smothered Infant

TITUSVILLE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A single mother is charged with the attempted murder of her 11-month-old son after she admitted watching as her 2-year-old toddler smothered the infant until he stopped breathing, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Titusville police arrested Christina McIntyre, 23, after she told detectives she did nothing as the child struggled and fought for air, but did nothing because she thought her life would be easier if the infant was dead. She said she wanted to go back to work and could not afford day care for both children, investigators said.

McIntyre called 911 on Oct. 6, and the infant was transported to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital. He has recovered and is in custody of the state Department of Children and Families Services along with his 2-year-old brother, WKMG reported.

Investigators said McIntyre texted her boyfriend before calling 911.

Police were alerted to possible abuse after McIntyre gave conflicting statements to various doctors about what had happened.

Posts McIntyre made on her Facebook profile say she was torn and stressed. In one, she said she loved her boys, but felt she was misunderstood.

McIntyre is charged with Attempted Felony Murder, Aggravated Child Abuse, Child Abuse and Child Neglect. She is being held on no bond, WKMG said.


 

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