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Local/State News for week ending 1/16/2010

FOLLOW-UP: 2nd Person Arrested
in Connection with Burglary, Theft
While Couple Was Out of Town

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, Manatee County Sheriff's Detectives arrested Kristen Landrum, 26, of 27394 Gopher Hill Road, in Myakka City.


Above, L to R, Kristen Landrum and Kyle Landrum

This past week, NewsManatee ran the following story on the Cover page regarding the arrest of Kyle Landrum, Kristen's husband. Now Kristen has also been arrested.

Between November 8th and November 29th of 2009, Patricia Bartley and her husband were out of town. Patricia told her daughter, Kristen, she was not allowed in the house while they were gone.

When Patricia Bartley returned to her home in East Manatee County, she found several pieces of jewelry missing and filed a report with the sheriff's office. Manatee County Sheriff's Detective Justin Warren caught the case. Listed as a suspect was Kyle Landrum.

Detective Warren conducted a pawn search of Landrum and discovered that he had, indeed, been to pawn shops in Manatee County and had pawned items similar to those listed in the sheriff's burglary report.

On November 9th, Kyle had gone to America's Super Pawn on 15th Street East, in Bradenton and pawned an 8 gigabyte iPod. Kyle then went to Moneyman Pawn at 1608 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton. While there, he pawned a gold solitaire ring, a ring that had "MOM" written across the front of it, a necklace and a small charm that said "We (heart) You Mom." Collectively, he received $120 for the items from those pawn shops. It was later discovered that he had also gone to Cash America in Palmetto on Dec. 12th and had pawned a necklace and bracelet -- a matching set by Gucci -- for which he received $225.

On Jan. 5, 2010, Det. Warren met with Patricia Bartley at America's Super Pawn. He showed her the iPod and she was able to immediately identify it as belonging to her. Det. Warren then showed Patricia pictures of the jewelry that Kyle had pawned. She also was able to identify those as being hers.

Patricia Bartley then signed an affidavit stating that Kyle did not have permission to enter the home, or to take or remove items, and further that Kyle did not have permission to pawn any of her items.

Kyle was arrested and explained that he and his wife Kristen went to her parents house; they were alone in the house except for their two small children. Kyle said he and his wife both have a drug habit and regularly abuse Oxycodone 30 mg pills. He said his wife handed him several items from around the house and told him to go pawn the items so that they could get some pills, the report said.

He then went to the pawn shops and immediately afterward went to buy some pills, he told Det. Warren. He explained that he went back to the house and he and his wife then crushed and snorted the pills. The children were in the house at the time, the report said.

According to the report, Kyle admitted that he knew that his wife was taking the items from her parents and giving it to him to pawn.

During a search of Kyle subsequent to his arrest, Det. Warren found a baggie with white powder residue with a cut up straw inside that had powder residue on it.

Kyle Landrum, 39, of 27394 Gopher Hill Road, in Myakka City, Florida, was charged with Burglary, two counts of Dealing in Stolen Property and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and transported to the Manatee County Jail. He has since been released, pending a court appearance.

Since then, detectives have questioned Kristen Landrum about her role in the burglary and theft.

She eventually confessed to making entry into her parents' home. She said she had been told she was not allowed in the residence unsupervised. She was aware of extra precautions her father had taken to keep her out; he had screwed windows shut. But Kristen had a key from a long time ago, which is how the pair made entry. She admitted to taking the items and giving them to Kyle to pawn, since she didn't have an ID, the report said.

Kristen was arrested and charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Dwelling. She posted a $10,000 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Flees Cops, Changes
Into Woman's Clothes;
Found, Arrested

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Geoffrey R. Wiggins, 25, of 807 66th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Geoffrey R. Wiggins

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at about noon, a deputy was on routine patrol when she observed a vehicle that had an expired registration as of October 2009. She attempted to stop the vehicle in the parking lot of Lowe's, 3720 14th Street West, Bradenton.

The driver, later identified as Geoffrey Wiggins, drove at a careless rate of speed out of the Lowe's parking lot and into Mermaid Manor Mobile Home Park nearby.

Wiggins abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

After about 15 minutes, an unknown person directed the deputy's attention to the office of Mermaid Manor and said Geoffrey was in there.

The office manager, Emily Saez gave the deputy access and tried one door that is usually unlocked. She said, "He must be in there."

Geoffrey opened the door himself and stepped out wearing different clothes.

Emily said, "Those are my clothes and shoes."

Geoffrey said that he had changed and his clothes were still in the room where he was found.

He said he ran because his license was suspended.

A records check showed his license shows numerous suspensions.

Geoffrey was arrested and charged with Burglary, Driving on a Suspended License (with knowledge) and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $7,250.


Man Arrested for Prowling;
Peered Through Day Care Fence

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Larry P. Graham, 59, who listed his address as the Salvation Army, 1204 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Larry P. Graham

According to the arrest report, on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, Larry was observed walking around the rear of a dentist's office in the 6600 block of 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton, and peering through a fence at a day care center.

Post-Miranda, Larry admitted to being behind the building, but could not provide any reason for being behind the office, outside of "just killing time" and "resting."

He told a deputy he did not know it was a dentist's office and denied peering through the fence.

Larry could not dispel the deputy's immediate concern for the safety of the children and occupants of the dentist's office.

A witness provided an affidavit, attesting to the incident.

Larry was arrested and charged with Prowling and his bond was surrendered for three other charges for which he was out on bail: Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Failure to Notify DHSMV of a Change of Address and Possessing More than One Driver License.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $5,360.


Young Lady Tries to Run
Down Fiance; Arrested

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Veronica A. Guel, 24, of 5441 8th Street Court West, Bradenton.


Veronica A. Guel

According to the arrest report from PPD, Veronica got into an argument with her fiance who she lives with. The incident occurred in the 500 block of 10th Street East, Palmetto.

During the argument, Guel swung at her fiance in an attempt to hit him. She then got into her SUV and the unnamed victim stood on a median in the parking lot.

Guel then drove circles around the victim and whenever the victim would step off the median, Guel would drive at him, making the victim have to move out of the way to keep from being hit.

Guel was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault.

As of Thursday afternoon, she remained in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Young Man Robbed at Gunpoint;
Struck Twice, Sustained Injuries

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at about 8:45 p.m., in the 100 block of 60th Avenue Drive East, Bradenton.

The victim, Ceasar Quintanilla, 22, was approached by two Black males; one was armed with a handgun.

They demanded the victim’s property.

The robber who was armed with the handgun struck the victim on the head, causing him to fall to the ground. The victim was stuck once more on the back of his neck.

The victim gave the robbers his wallet and cell phone.

They then fled east from the scene.

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

The victim had a 1-inch laceration on the top of his head. He was treated at the scene by E.M.S.

Units from Street Gangs and the Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) assisted patrol in the investigation.

The robbers were described as two unknown Black males. The first one was about 40 years old, 5'3" tall and weighing about 135 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The second one was about 20 years old, 6' tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and was armed with a 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.


Ultra-Light Airplane Crash
Reported in North Manatee;
Pilot Confirmed Dead

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Dave Bristow, spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, released the following report.

At approximately 2:20 Thursday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2009, deputies responded to a small aircraft, possibly an ultra light, crashing near Airport Manatee which is located at 14108 U.S. 41 in northern Manatee County.

Deputies got to the area where the aircraft crashed.

The pilot of the ultra light, Karl Keith, 52, of Kathleen, Florida, was discovered deceased at the scene.

According to witnesses, the ultra light took off from the airport and shortly thereafter crashed into a nearby tomato field.

FAA officials responded to the scene to take over the investigation.

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Sarasota Sheriff Arrests Man for
Killing Another with a Sword

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested David J. Brasure, 41, of 114 Sunnyside Drive, Venice, and charged him with one count of Murder for the stabbing death of his roommate at their home early Thursday morning, Jan. 14, 2009.


David J. Brasure

Brasure called 9-1-1 at 1:07 a.m., requesting emergency medical help for Thomas Elliott, 49, who was cut and bleeding badly.

Elliott was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where he died from his injuries.

Investigators say Elliott told deputies before he died that he was attacked by Brasure, with a sword.


Man Charged With Raping
A Grandmother, 76

UMATILLA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A man has been charged with raping a 76-year-old woman he was staying with, Orlando television WKMG reported.

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Juan Cahuich-Santiago raped a grandmother when the rest of her family left to go grocery shopping.

Deputies said Cahuich-Santiago, 25, was living at the home with the woman, but is not related to her.

The family returned from a shopping trip to find the woman lying sideways on a recliner and her clothes disheveled, the Sheriff's Office said. The family told investigators the woman could not stand up, although she could earlier the same day.

The woman was hospitalized and Cahuich-Santiago was questioned and arrested.

He is being held on $75,000 bond at the Marion County Jail on sex battery charges, WKMG said.


 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for Domestic Battery by
Strangulation

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Harvin Loyd, 50, of 924 27th Street Court East, Bradenton.


Harvin Loyd

According to the arrest report, on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at about 10 p.m., officers were dispatched to the above location regarding a domestic disturbance.

Upon arrival, an officer was met by Harvin, who had blood on his lip. He told the officer he was struck by his dog and that is how his lip got bloodied.

However, the officer then spoke with the victim, Harvin's wife of six years, who said she had been awakened by Harvin, and they began arguing about Harvin wanting alcohol. At the same time, Harvin accused her of sleeping with her daughter's boyfriend.

Harvin was being loud and was visibly upset. He grabbed her by the neck and choked her. She stated that while being choked, she could not breathe.

She also had to fight off Harvin, hitting him in the mouth.

Harvin was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

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


EMT Seriously Injured in
Crash with Pickup Truck

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash between a pickup truck and an EMT ambulance en route to a call on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2009, at about 10:45 a.m.

According to the FHP press release, the pickup truck, driven by David Roberts, 40, of St. Petersburg, was eastbound on State Road 70, approaching Lorraine Road, in East Manatee County.

An EMT ambulance, driven by EMT John Mackin, 50, of Bradenton, was southbound on Lorraine Road, approaching State Road 70. It was responding to a call with lights and siren activated.

The pickup truck failed to yield to the oncoming ambulance and the front of the ambulance collided with the front left of the pickup truck.

Roberts was flown to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries.

The EMT driver was transported to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center with minor injuries.

An EMT passenger, EMT Simon Warner, 46, was flown to Bayfront with serious injuries.

Charges are pending, the FHP report said.

According to a NewsManatee reader, the pickup truck was traveling at a high rate of speed. The impact with the ambulance caused parts of the nose of the ambulance to be torn off.

Both vehicles are believed to be a total loss as a result of the impact.


Armed Robbery Reported
Tuesday Early Evening

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery outside a residence in the 800 block of 58th Avenue Drive East, Bradenton,

The report said on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at about 6:45 p.m., Rajonda Jenkins, 25, had just returned home and was standing at her mailbox retrieving her mail when she was approached by a Black male.

The man pointed a handgun at Jenkins and stated, "Give me your money."

Jenkins handed the robber her purse and then he fled on foot.

Jenkins was not injured and the only items inside her purse were of non-monetary value.

The robber was not located by responding deputies.

The robber was described as a Black male in his mid-20s, 5'6" tall, last seen wearing a black hoodie and a ski mask. He was armed with an unknown make 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.


CRIME TREND: Six Vehicles
Burglarized at Ancient Oak

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported six vehicles were burglarized on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, during the night, in the Ancient Oak subdivision in East Manaete County.

The report said unknown persons broke into six vehicles by smashing out the car windows.

Taken were mostly electronic items, such as a touch screen stereo/cd player, car stereo, iPod, laptop computer, sun glasses, backpack, and a book.

One of the vehicles, a Ford truck was found by the owner in the roadway, approximately 20 feet from his residence. The steering column had been broken into.

All vehicles were processed for prints.

No suspect information could be gathered.

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.


City of Bradenton Crime Rate
Continues to Drop

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski reported that Bradenton ended 2009 with a --5 percent decrease in overall crime, compared to 2008.

The Crime Rate in the City of Bradenton has dropped 32 percent over the last six (6) years.

The City of Bradenton experienced four (4) murders with each of those cases being closed with an arrest. One (1) justifiable homicide occurred during 2009.

"The men and women of the Bradenton Police Department worked extremely hard concentrating on violent crime in 2009 to make the City safe," Chief Radzilowski said.


Drivers Urged to Use Caution
During Upcoming Riverview
Boulevard Closure

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Drivers through Northwest Bradenton are urged to use caution during a road closure along Riverview Boulevard later this month.

On Jan. 19 a section of Riverview Boulevard will be closed from 59th Street West to Harbor Road/6th Avenue Northwest.

During the closure crews will rehabilitate an aged lift station.

The road is scheduled to reopen Jan. 29.

During the closure, Riverview traffic will be rerouted to Harbor Road/6th Avenue Northwest.

Drivers are reminded to use extreme caution and to drive at slower speeds to avoid an accident.

For more information on the closure contact project manager Sal Bordonaro at (941) 708-7450, ext. 7341 or visit online at www.mymanatee.org/roadclose


Sarasota Sheriff Issues Warning
About Roofing Scam in Area

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn citizens about a roofing scam being conducted in the area.

In two separate incidents, victims have been contacted at their homes by a man who says he noticed a problem with the roof. The suspect then asks if he could come into the home to discuss the repair. While in the house, the suspect asks the victim to go into a separate room and tap on the ceiling or wall. The suspect then leaves the house and drives away. Both victims immediately discovered items were taken from the home.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, 190 pounds, between 45-50 years old with dark hair. The suspect’s vehicle is a gray truck or van.

If an unsolicited person approaches your home, whether they are suggesting repairs or other work, the Sheriff’s Office offers the following advice:

• Do not let strangers into your home.

• Never agree to repairs on the spot. Ask for a written estimate or contract.

• Get as much information as possible, including a name and vehicle tag number.

• Never pay in cash.

• If you think you home is in need of repairs, contact a local, reputable company and get at least three written estimates.

To report suspicious activity, call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number, (941) 316-1201.

Anyone with information on these cases should contact Criminal Investigations, (941) 861-1713.


Charlotte Bloodhound Finds
Missing Challenged Woman

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Charlotte County Sheriff's bloodhound team successfully located a missing challenged woman in her 40's Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, in Port Charlotte.


Above, K-9 Corporal Emmett Merritt with his bloodhound "Charlotte"

The woman's family said she left their home on Beaverton Ave. sometime around 3 p.m. and when they couldn't locate her, they called the Sheriff's Office around 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Deputies responded and began checking the area within minutes after the call.

K-9 Corporal Emmett Merritt and "Charlotte" were called to the area and, after a 40-minute search, located the woman in a wooded area off Sheldon Ave., a couple blocks away from her home.

Deputies said the woman was wearing only pajamas and a sweat shirt when found. Due to the cold weather conditions, CC/EMS transported the woman to a local hospital as she reportedly was suffering from hypothermia.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office released more information Wednesday morning about the K-9 team that located a missing challenged woman Tuesday evening.

She is identified as Rebecca S. Carol, 49, of 21515 Beaverton Ave., Port Charlotte.


Massive Sinkholes Open
In Central Florida

FROSTPROOF, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Two lanes of Interstate 4 in Hillsborough County have been shut down because of a possible sinkhole, and traffic is backing up on the major artery, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The Department of Transportation on Tuesday closed the left and center eastbound lanes of I-4 near Branch Forbes Road.

The region has been plagued with sinkholes over the past couple of days, with a massive hole threatening Central Florida homes and two others forcing the closure of another roadway.

A Polk County sheriff's deputy on patrol discovered a sinkhole, which measures 40 feet by 30 feet, near U.S. Highway 27 in Lake Wales late Monday night. A second, smaller sinkhole was found a mile south about an hour later.

No vehicles or structures have been affected by the anomaly, but Highway 27 in Lake Wales is shut down in both directions.

The Florida Department of Transportation is monitoring the roadway, and the agency said that the sinkholes are not stable.

Engineers investigating the sinkholes are in the "discovery" process, which means they're trying to determine the exact depth and width of the holes. The agency said the sinkholes cannot be filled in until they become stable, WKMG said.

It's been estimated by officials that Highway 27 could be closed for up to 48 hours. If the air temperatures drop below freezing, however, it will delay the process of laying asphalt, officials said.

Meanwhile, homes in Frostproof were evacuated earlier Monday after a massive sinkhole formed and swallowed about a dozen trees and a carport, deputies said.


FHP Releases Results of
Holiday Enforcement

TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT] – Col. John Czernis, director of the Florida Highway Patrol, today announced the preliminary enforcement results from the Patrol’s participation in the nationwide Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. campaign.

During the 19-day heightened enforcement period, the Patrol beefed up its force by having troopers postpone administrative duties in favor of road patrols and adding reservists and auxiliary troopers to patrol duty.

Troopers issued nearly 47,000 traffic citations and made 537 arrests for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs. They cited more than 16,000 drivers for speeding and nearly 5,000 for failure to buckle up.



~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Man Drinks Too Much, Argues
with Wife; Abuses Her Daughter;
Arrested on Child Abuse Charge

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jeremy B. O'Dell, 32, of 310 36th Street Court East, Palmetto.


Jeremy B. O'Dell

According to the arrest report, on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at about 4:10 p.m., Jeremy and his wife began a verbal argument over the fact that he had been drinking whiskey all day.

Jeremy was going to try and leave on his motorcycle.

His wife Mary, then took his bottle of whiskey and poured it down the kitchen sink.

This made Jeremy angry. So he threw what was left in the whiskey bottle in Mary's face. This caused Mary to not be able to see.

Jeremy and Mary began to grab at each other. They ended up on the couch. Jeremy was holding Mary down on the couch, the report said.

Mary's 12-year-old daughter was scared for her mother and picked up a cord and was going to hit Jeremy in the back with it.

Jeremy then went after the little girl and grabbed her by her wrist "in an aggravated manner," the report said.

The young girl then tried to get his hands off of ere by trying to break his fingers.

Once she could see again, Mary became involved once more and Jeremy let go of the girl.

Mary told her to run for help, so the young girl ran to a neighbor's home and told them to call 911.

Jeremy was arrested and charged with Child Abuse and Domestic Battery.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Jeremy O'Dell was in the Manatee County Jail without bond, according to the sheriff's website.


Man Tries to Run Down Two
People Outside Hispanic Bar;
Accused of Multiple Charges

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Iben Lopez, 27, of 2236 Pinewood Circle, Sarasota, has been arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.


Iben Lopez

According to the arrest report, on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at about 2:30 a.m., Lopez was at Club Cuernavacus, 832 301 Blvd. East, Bradenton, drinking.

Hugo Vela, a security guard, and Rachel Jones, a patron, were inside the bar at closing time.

They heard what appeared to be a vehicle crash and exited the bar and observed a baby flue Ford Expedition speeding out of the parking lot to 301 Blvd., heading south.

When they went to investigate, they saw that a maroon Chevy's driver side door was smashing in the vehicle had been pushed into another vehicle, a gray Dodge Stratus. It also appeared that a third vehicle was also hit during the incident as Lopez was trying to leave the scene -- a Ford F150 pickup truck.

Hugo and Rachel were standing inside the parking lot behind the vehicles as they saw the Ford Expedition coming toward them at a high rate of speed. They said that they had to jump out of the way of the vehicle to stop from being hit by the Ford, and that the vehicle came within 5 feet of them and that they had seen the driver and could identify him.

While working the crash scene, a deputy issued a BOLO for the vehicle and was advised that another deputy had the vehicle stopped in the 1500 block of Cortez Road West.

Hugo was transported to the traffic stop and positively identified Lopez as the man who had struck the vehicles and tried to run him down.

Lopez was arrested and charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle, 3 counts of Leaving the Scene of a Crash and Operating a Motor Vehicle with No Valid D.L.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $21,620.


Woman Arrested for Ramming
Garage to Burglarize Home

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Christina Blazon, 30, of 90 South Jefferson Avenue, Sarasota.


Christina Blazon

The arrest report said on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, a witness observed Blazon pull up in the driveway at 7383 Fountain Palm Circle, exit her vehicle and walk to the front door. She rang the bell and kicked the door.

After a few minutes, she went to the rear of the building, then returned to the front door, rang the bell and kicked the door again.

When she was unsuccessful at having someone come to the door, she went to her car, backed it up about 3 feet and rammed the closed garage door. She backed up, rammed the garage door again, which allowed her to gain entry to the dwelling.

The witness called 911 and reported the incident.

When deputies arrived, she told them she had lived there for six months prior, but no longer resided there. She said she wanted to talk to her boyfriend, the legal resident.

Another deputy found her purse and deputies found it was open and completely full of men's watches and also had 2 cameras in it as well.

The victim's master bedroom had been ransacked, with numerous electronic items strewn about the floor, bed and dresser drawer.

While deputies were there, the legal resident (her ex-boyfriend) arrived and said Blazon did not have permission to enter his residence.

Blazon was arrested and charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Dwelling and Grand Theft.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on an $11,000 bail bond.


Man Charged with False
Imprisonment, Battery

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Melvin Washington, 61, of 710 11th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Melvin Washington

The arrest report said on Dec. 31, 2009, at about 8 p.m., Teresa Cook and Melvin were sitting on her porch in the 2500 block of 3rd Street East, Bradenton, playing cards when two other friends arrived at the house.

The group talked of going to a party and Teresa told them that she was just going to stay home.

The two friends and Melvin began to leave as Teresa went inside to talk on the phone to her mother.

When Teresa was done on the phone, she walked towards the front door and noticed that Melvin had come inside her home. Teresa explained to him that she was not going to the party and Melvin began to yell at her for an unknown reason. Teresa then told Melvin that he would have to leave her home.

Melvin then struck Teresa with the back of his hand, the report said, and knocked her across the room.

Teresa made several attempts to leave but Melvin would not let her reach the door. He would knock her back down and tell her she wasn't leaving.

After about 20 minutes, Teresa convinced Melvin to let her check on her dog and Teresa immediately fled the house and called 911.

Teresa told deputies she felt Melvin was going to kill her if she did not escape.

The reporting deputy noted that Melvin had been convicted of Aggravated Battery on two previous occasion and had been sentenced to prison. He was released in 2007. He also noted that Melvin was in Violation of Probation.

Deputies caught up to Melvin on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at 710 11th Avenue West, Bradenton.

Melvin was charged with False Imprisonment, Battery and two counts of Violation of Probation.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Deputies Arrest Man for
Burglary to Vehicles

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jose Estrada, 25, of 4208 24th Street West, Bradenton.


Jose Estrada

According to the arrest report, on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at about noon, Estrada was seen inside the fenced area of 5507 9th Street East, Bradenton, the location of A&A Auto Recycling.

He was seen gathering materials he took off of junked vehicles in the lot.

When Dep. Kruse and K-9 Nitro arrived at the yard and located Estrada, he ran.

He jumped several fences and shed his outer black jacket.

Lt. Gerken was driving on 56th Avenue Drive West, just east of 15th Street East and saw Estrada come from 56 Avenue Terrace East northbound onto 14th Street East.

Estrada put his hands up and said, "You're looking for me." He was taken into custody.

Dep. Kruse and a neighbor in the area identified him. He had been seen by the neighbor jumping fences.

When Estrada was taken into custody, he had 3 tools on him.

Post-Miranda, he admitted to the incident and showed deputies the items he was storing up to steal before he was discovered.

He was charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Vehicle and 3 counts of Violation of Probation.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $13,500.


Multiple Residential Burglaries
Reported on East Side

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported numerous residential burglaries in the 3600 block of 62nd Street East and the 5900 block of 38th Avenue East on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010.

On Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, unknown person(s) forced entry into several residences and stole various items to include a painting, several pieces of costume jewelry, a box of silverware, two televisions, a laptop computer, a refrigerator, 80 DVDs, a shotgun and numerous other items.

The suspect(s) then fled the area.

Some of the property was recovered in the parking lot of AAA laundromat and returned to the owner.


Sarasota, Rochester Police
Arrest Man for Murder

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- On Monday, January 11, 2010, Detectives of the Rochester Police Department (New York), with the assistance of Detectives of the Sarasota Police Department and members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, arrested Willie James Kimbel, 76, for a Cold Case Homicide that occurred in the City of Rochester, New York, on October 29th of 1972. 


Willie James Kimbel

The charge stems from an incident in Rochester, New York, where a married couple was attacked inside their residence.  The husband was beaten unconscious and his blind wife was then raped and murdered. 

Kimbel was arrested based on new evidence uncovered by the Rochester Police Department during their investigation into the attack.

Kimbel was arrested at his residence in the 1800 block of 19th St. in the City of Sarasota and was interviewed by Detectives for Rochester P.D. prior to being booked in the Sarasota County Jail for 2nd Degree Murder. 

Kimbel was also charged locally with Failure to Register as a Sexual Predator, as well as Failure to Register with DHSMV as a Sexual Predator.


Sarasota Sheriff Investigating
Death of Man in Pond

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is continuing a death investigation that began Monday, January 11, 2010, at 6:14 p.m., when deputies responded to a report of a body in a retention pond in the 3700 block of Webber Street in Sarasota.

The preliminary investigation suggests this is not a homicide, but detectives are working with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the exact cause of death.

A weapon was recovered from the scene.

The victim has been identified as Mark Anthony King, 39, of 2205 N. Huntington Ave., Sarasota.


Undercover Cops Arrest Two
for Exposing Themselves

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- An undercover detective of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit arrested two men last Thursday in separate incidents at Kiwanis Park in Port Charlotte.

CCSO continues to receive complaints about the suspicious sexual activity in the public park at 501 Donora St.

At 4:10 p.m., the detective observed Curtis A. Mellon, 48, 3959 San Rocco Dr., Punta Gorda, exposing himself.

Then at 5:07 p.m. Donald Schwartzengraber, 57, 2360 Wiley St., Port Charlotte, was also arrested for exposing himself.

Both men were given Notices to Appear in Court.

CCSO undercover detectives monitored the park Tuesday afternoon looking for any further such incidents, and will continue to check the park.


 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Man Arrested After Shooting Tip of
Finger Off During Struggle Over
Gun with Son-in-Law

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Christopher Matthew Phillips, 38, of 6709 20th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Christopher Matthew Phillips

According to a report from the sheriff's office, on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at about 9 p.m., Phillips went over to his daughter's apartment in the 3500 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton, and was speaking with his daughter; he seemed distraught and was crying, according to all the witnesses. She is married to the victim, Darnell Mason, 19.

Phillips asked to use the restroom and walked through the apartment past Mason.

Then Phillips came up behind Mason, who was sitting on the couch, pulled a pistol out and pointed it at Mason's head.

Mason grabbed Phillips' arm and pulled Phillips over the couch.

Mason and Phillips struggled and the pistol discharged, striking Phillips in the left pinkie finger. This caused approximately a ½ inch of the Phillips' finger tip to be removed.

Mason gained control of the pistol and held Phillips while his brother called 911.

Mason was asked to secure the weapon and he placed it in the trunk of his vehicle.

Mason and his brother held the suspect on scene until units arrived.

All parties were on scene upon arrival and Phillips was arrested and transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound.

Mason, his wife and Phillips lived together in the past as a family unit. Mason moved out on December 15th and married his wife on the 16th, at which time she moved in with him and out of her father’s home, the report said.

The Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) assisted patrol with the investigation. A Crime Scene Technician responded and processes the scene. The projectile was located under the carpet consistent to where the couch was at the time of the shooting.

Phillips was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Shooting a Firearm in a Dwelling.

He posted a $7,500 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Palmetto Police Arrest Man
for False Imprisonment,
Battery, False ID

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Gildardo Pinmigal, 32, of Palmetto.


Gildardo Pinmigal

According to the arrest report, on Jan. 6, 2010, at about 10 p.m., an unnamed victim was visiting Gildardo at 2005 Bayshore Road, Palmetto.

Gildardo asked the woman to have sex with him. The victim refused and said she was going home.

The woman then tried to get her bike and Gildardo shoved her away and grabbed the bike, the report said.

The victim then pulled out her cell phone and Gildardo took that from her as well.

Gildardo then struck the woman with a frying pan on the left shoulder.

The victim then fled the residence and called police.

PPD caught up to Gildardo on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at the above address. He first provided them with a false name, which was discovered once he was at the jail.

Gildardo has been charged with False Imprisonment, Battery and Giving a False Name to Law Enforcement.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $15,120.


Deputies Rescue Paralyzed Woman,
Husband, Two Cats from Burning
Home in Sabal Harbor

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Two deputies are credited with saving the life of a paralyzed woman whose home was found burning on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2009, at about 9 p.m.

According to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to 4444 Sanibel Way in Sabal Harbor for an abandoned 911 call.

Upon their arrival, Deputy Lawson immediately observed a structure fire, obvious flames, and heavy smoke within the dwelling.

Deputies Lawson and Meade yelled inside the residence and heard a faint female voice yell back to them “Help, I’m in here.”

Deputy Lawson and Deputy Meade made entry into the residence and they located an elderly female lying in a hospital bed. Deputies Lawson and Meade crawled over to the bed, which was also on fire. Dep. Lawson removed several medical tubes and wires from her and learned the female was paralyzed. Dep. Lawson picked her up and carried her from the burning house.

While Lawson was carrying her out of the house, he asked if anyone else was in the house, and the female advised them that her husband and two cats were still inside.

Deputy Meade walked outside for a breath of air and went back in the house and encountered an elderly male inside the house who was attempting to put the fire out with a pot of water. Dep. Meade and Dep. Lawson had to remove the male as he did not want to leave his home. They escorted the male outside to neighbors.

Deputy M. Gerholdt went to the back of the residence, broke the back door, located the cats, and removed them from the house alive.

Deputy Lawson attempted to put the fire out with an extinguisher, but the fire was too intense and had now consumed the bedroom the female was located in.

The fire department arrived and extinguished the blaze; the report did not say which fire department was involved.

The elderly female was transported to the hospital due to smoke inhalation. Her condition at the time of this report is not known.


Deputies Report Two Armed
Robberies within Blocks of
Each Other; Shots Fired in
One Incident

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported two armed robberies within 3 blocks of each other on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, in Palmetto.

In the first incident, which occurred in the 600 block of 17th Street East, Palmetto, shortly before 1 p.m., five Hispanic males, ranging in age from 19 to 35, were walking along a ditch line towards Lincoln Park to play basketball.

Two Black males approached the victims on foot. Shots were fired by the two Black males, but there were no injuries sustained.

The victims jumped into the nearby ditch as they were startled and didn't understand the two Black males.

Three of the victims handed over their wallets containing a total of $300.

In the second incident, which occurred in the 900 block of 17th Street East, Palmetto, shortly before 7 p.m., a Black male and a Hispanic male rushed three Hispanic males in the parking lot of Oakwood Estates.

Suspect 1 demanded money from victims 1 and 3, while displaying a pistol. He stole $4, a credit card, a debit card and an I.D. from victim 1. Victim 3 had $20, his wallet and I.D. stolen. Suspect 2 demanded money from victim 2, but didn't get any. Suspect 2 struck victim 2 in the nose with an unknown object.

Both suspects then fled on foot, westbound on 21st Street.

Patrol, K9 and VCTF responded. A perimeter was set and track initiated, but the robbers were not found.

There are no suspect leads at this time.

This is the second robbery in the area today with matching suspect descriptions, the report said.

However, in the first incident, the robbers were described as two Black males, and in the second incident, the robbers were described as a Black male and a Hispanic male.

Even so, in both incidents the Black male was described as being 6'1" tall and the other robber was described as being 5'6" tall. In both incidents, the robbers wore masks.

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.


'Operation Medicine Cabinet'
Planned for Disposal of Unused,
Expired Medications

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- 'Operation Medicine Cabinet' will be held on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at Freedom Village Retirement Center located at 6406 21st Avenue West, Bradenton.

The event is an opportunity to dispose of unused and expired medicine, reduces the risk of medicine mix ups, tainted dosing or, more seriously, the medicine getting into the WRONG HANDS; also, there will be presentations on Medicare and medication management.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office would like to double the medicines collected the last time and the sponsor is offering excellent educational presentations, a goody bag and refreshments for those who attend.

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Sarasota County Sheriff Makes
Arrest in Venice Area Burglaries

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is solving several Venice area burglaries following the arrest of Ross Edward Pero, 25, of 436 E. Shade Dr., Venice.


Ross Edward Pero

The investigation began with the December burglary of a commercial diving and fishing vessel docked at 204 Sunrise Dr., Nokomis. Diving equipment, tools and electronics totaling $20,000 were stolen. Fingerprints taken from the scene led detectives to Pero.

While executing a search warrant at Pero’s home on January 5, 2010, the suspect’s mother agreed to a search of her vehicle, which yielded burglary tools and other property, including a black Compaq laptop computer, reported stolen from a home on Landfall Drive in Nokomis. The search also uncovered items reported stolen from a home in Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club in Venice, including numerous pieces of jewelry. Detectives later determined Pero had pawned some of those jewelry pieces.

Pero was arrested January 5, 2010.

Charges are being added as investigators process property recovered from the suspect and identify items connected to these and other burglaries in the area.


Sons of the American Revolution
Award Eagle Scout Grant Tucker

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sons of the American Revolution, Saramana Chapter, during their luncheon on Friday, 8 January 2010 at the Holiday Inn on Lido Key honored Eagle Scout Grant Tucker.


Above, L to R, SAR Saramana Chapter Eagle Scout Committee Chaiarman Lester Hunt;
Eagle Scout Grant Tucker; and his parents, Thomas and Olga Tucker
(Photo provided)

Tucker was chosen from a group of four young Eagles trying for the SAR award. The choice was based upon a review of a 10 point interview and the choice and presentation of an essay topic. Tucker's Eagle rank came after his efforts in leading his scout troop in constructing a 200 foot crushed shell walking path over a bed of mulch to serve the (Mary's) chapel at Spanish Point in Osprey, Florida. Scout Tucker explained that the design for the path was chosen because the 30-acre area of Spanish Point had been at one time the home of an ancient people as evidenced by the (Calusa Indian Burial) mound and the (two shell mound) middens found there. (A midden is a waste disposal area.)

Scout Tucker is a member of Troop 895 which meets at First Congregational-United Church of Christ, in Sarasota. He is a Senior at Pineview (a magnet school) at Nokomis, Florida. He is the oldest of four siblings, the child of Thomas and Olga Tucker of Sarasota. Scout Tucker and parents are pictured here with the Saramana Chapter Eagle Scout Committee Chairman, Lester Hunt.

Scout Tucker read his original essay about Benjamin Franklin to the assembled group of approximately 80 persons. Franklin was a man renowned for his versatility, in writing and publishing, his many inventions, his leadership and statesmanship, etc.; Scout Tucker's choice of Franklin as the subject for his essay seems very appropriate because scouting demands that an Eagle rank applicant acquire at least a basic knowledge of many tasks each of which earn the scout a badge, and further that he perform a task that will serve his fellow citizens.

In recognition of his selection, Scout Tucker received the SAR Eagle Scout Medal, an Eagle Scout Patch to wear on his uniform, a Certificate of Recognition and a $250.00 cash award. Tucker is also invited to participate at the FLSSAR state level in a competition with other chapter winners. The winner at state may choose to continue on to the National Eagle Scout competition at the NSSAR during its national convention in the summer of 2010.

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If you are a male 18 years and older in the Sarasota/Manatee two county area who thinks he may be able to prove descendancy from a Revolutionary War Patriot please contact Billie Lowe, Saramana Chapter SAR Membership Chair at 941-729-5712 or Registrar Philip Tarpley at 941-497-2704.

[Ed. Note: NewsManatee supports the efforts of the Sons of the Revolution toward the education and growth of our youth.]


Sarasota County Sheriff Offers
Teen Driver Challenge

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Parents: it’s time to register your high school teen for a free hands-on program offered by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office to help them become safer drivers, a press release from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.

The Teen Driver Challenge is a two-day course offered to licensed drivers that is designed to give students the experience they need to drive safely. Deputies teach the class in cooperation with the Florida Sheriffs Association. Students receive a certificate of completion which could result in a discount with some insurance companies.

The first day drivers are taught about teen crashes, safe driving habits and the importance of their five senses behind the wheel. The class also helps them become more familiar with their vehicle. The second day, students are on the driving course learning skills such as backing up, emergency braking and evasive maneuvers.

The Teen Driver Challenge will be held twice each quarter, with each session limited to 20 students. The next two sessions are:

• January 15-16. The classroom portion will be held Friday night from 5-9 p.m., at the Criminal Justice Center, 2071 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. The driving portion will be held Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the driving range, 664 West Price Blvd., next to North Port High School.

• January 22-23. The classroom portion will be held Friday night from 5-9 p.m., at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office south district office, 4531 State Road 776, Venice. The driving portion will be held Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the driving range, 664 West Price Blvd., next to North Port High School.

Registration forms are available online at www.SarasotaSheriff.org by clicking on Teen Driver Challenge. An online video demonstrates elements of the course and includes testimonials from teens who have taken the challenge.

For questions, call Youth Services at (941) 927-4190.


Father, Son Found Dead
In Home Identified

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a father and son were found dead Sunday night inside the bedroom of an Orlando home, deputies said.

The bodies of Gerald Dodson, 51, and Jonathan Dodson, 22, were found dead by a roommate at about 7 p.m. inside a home in the 3400 block of Jujube Drive in Lockhart.

The roommate told deputies he had not seen the men since Friday night.

Orange County sheriff's detectives said there was no obvious sign of foul play in the home or trauma to the victims, but the causes of death have not yet been determined.

An investigation into the deaths is ongoing, WKMG said.


 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Known Burglar, Wife Arrested for
Trespass of Building Property;
He Was Wearing Gloves,
Wire Cutter Found

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kevin T. Ingles, 43, and his wife, Darcy J. Ingles, 31, both of 807 56th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Kevin T. Ingles and Darcy Ingles

According to the arrest report, on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at about 10 a.m., Dep. Kevin Anderson was on routine patrol in the 1700 block of 67th Avenue East, Bradenton, when he observed a blue SUV parked about 100 yards off the roadway next to an abandoned building.

Dep. Anderson turned around and parked next to the SUV, at which point Darcy Ingles came running out of a fenced area.

As he challenged her, Kevin Ingles came running out of the same hole in the fence and Dep. Anderson challenged him.

They were both directed to stand next to the side and front of the SUV, respectively.

Kevin immediately said he wasn't doing anything and that he had to "go pee." He had gloves on both of his hands.

The property owner was contacted and said neither party had permission to be on the property.

On inspection, nothing in or around the building seemed out of place, but Dep. Anderson found a pair of wire cutters laying next to a door on the north side of the building.

Both Kevin and Darcy were arrested and charged with Trespass of an Unoccupied Structure.

They were taken to the Manatee County Jail and later bonded out on a $250 bail bond each.

Kevin Ingles is a known criminal and burglar in Manatee County. Since 1997, he has been arrested on 15 felony charges and a slew of misdemeanor charges. Kevin recently served 9 months of a 20-month sentence with the Dept. of Corrections and was released from prison in November of 2009. His wife, Darcy has also been arrested on a burglary charge in the past, according to Manatee County court records.


Deputy Arrests Man for
Domestic Battery by
Strangulation

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Aristeo Lopez Urbano, 48, of 605 37th Avenue Drive East, Bradenton.


Aristeo Lopez Urbano

According to the arrest report, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, shortly before midnight, Urbano's wife Martha Trejo, arrived home from Mexico.

Martha observed an unknown woman's clothing inside the residence.

When she began to question Aristeo, the two began to verbally argue.

During the argument, Aristeo physically pushed Martha, and the two continued to argue.

While Aristeo was "cussing" at Martha, he grabbed her around the throat and began to squeeze her throat, causing Martha to have difficulty breathing, the report said.

After about a minute, Aristeo let go.

Once he let to, Martha called the sheriff's office.

During the investigation by deputies, Aristeo was uncooperative and refused to give any personal information.

Aristeo was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

He was later released from the Manatee County Jail on his own recognizance, supervised.


Myakka City Man Arrested for
Cultivation of Marijuana

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested William E. Arkenau, 35, of 28551 Gopher Hill Road, in Myakka City.


William E. Arkenau

The sheriff's office arrest report said on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at about 2:30 p.m., the narcotics unit served a search warrant at the above location.

Upon securing the residence, an indoor marijuana grow operation was discovered in the attached garage of the residence.

Post Miranda, Arkenau agreed to be interviewed.

He admitted to the construction of the indoor marijuana grow room and the cultivation of the 25 marijuana plants discovered in the grow room; they were seized.

Arkenau said he was growing the pot for personal use. There was no other evidence discovered to support a charge of Sale or Delivery of Marijuana.

Arkenau was charged with Cultivation of Marijuana.

He was released from the Manatee County Jail the next day after posting a bail bond of $2,500.


Out-of-State Sex Offender
Arrested for Not Registering

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Detective Kim Zink, of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Unit has arrested Marcus D. Palacios, 25, of 4524 19th Street Circle West, Bradenton.


Marcus D. Palacios

Det. Zink said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement advised the MSO Sexual Offender Unit that the listed Sex Offender out of Delaware was possibly living in Manatee County and had failed to register as a Sex Offender with the Sheriff's Office.

After conducting an investigation, Det. Zink was able to determine that Palacios had in fact been living at the above listed address for 3 months unregistered.

Det. Zink obtained a felony warrant for Palacios on Jan. 6, 2010 for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender.

On Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, Det. Zink located Palacios at his above listed address and took him into custody.

He was being held at the Manatee County Jail with a $50,000 bond. After first appearance in court, he was released on his own recognizance, supervised.


Palmetto PD Arrests Two Men
with Same Name for Beating

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Miguel Angel Mireles, 43, and Miguel Mireles (no middle initial), 23, both of Palmetto.


Above, L to R, Miguel A. Mireles and Miguel Mireles

The arrest reports said on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 7, 2010, both men were seen by witnessses and a surveillance tape striking an unnamed victim with closed hands and feet.

Teh victim fell to the ground and was kicked by both men.

The victim tried to get away, but couldn't.

The victim was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital, where he was treated fo rtwo missing teeth and a broken jaw.

Both Mireles men were arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery. One later posted a $15,000 bail bond; the other later posted a $20,000 bail bond.


What?! Here! Take Your
Meatloaf with You!

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Lance David Ziegler, 39, of 10320 Spoonbill Road West, on Flamingo Cay in West Manatee County.


Lance David Ziegler

According to the arrest report, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at about 6:30 p.m., Lance Ziegler and his wife Amy were having dinner when she told him she was leaving him and they began to argue.

At one point, Lance grabbed her meatloaf off the kitchen table and smeared it on Amy's face with his hands.

Amy called the sheriff's Office and upon arrival Dep. Jason Vitoritt observed that the left side of Amy's face was slightly red and had a small amount of sauce on her face from the meatloaf.

Lance was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery.

He denied the allegations, the arrest report said.

Lance was released from the Manatee County Jail the next day on his own recognizance.


Hispanic Man Robbed at Gunpoint
of $1,200 by Black, Hispanic Males

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at about 9 p.m., in the 2200 block of 47th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.

According to a sheriff's report, the victim, Carmillo Chavez, 23, was approached by two men who grabbed his arm, pointed a gun at him and dragged him into his back yard.

Once there, they used zip ties on his wrists and went through his pockets. The culprits took $1200 in cash which the victim said he had so he could buy a car on Saturday.

The victim freed himself, went home and got his cell phone.

He walked around the neighborhood and saw two men enter a house on 21st Street.

Chavez then called to report the robbery; approximately an hour had passed.

The occupants of the house were not identified by Chavez.

Chavez had a superficial scrape to his right elbow. He did not require treatment.

The Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) responded and assisted with the investigation.

The robbers were described as a Black male, 5'6" tall, 140 pounds, dressed in a black and white jacket; and a Hispanic male, 5'4" tall, 200 pounds, dressed in all black clothing, armed with a black pistol.

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.

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Cold Weather Can Bring Fire,
Carbon Monoxide Dangers

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The current cold weather means many residents are heating their homes for the first time this winter, and Sarasota County fire officials are reminding residents to use caution when it comes to using heating devices such as space heaters, fireplaces and woodstoves.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, space-heater fires in U.S. residences are more deadly than other types of heating fires. Heater fires account for 40 percent of heating-related deaths and 30 percent of injuries associated with heating. “These fires don’t have to happen,” said Sarasota County Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe. “Most fires with space heaters are preventable if key safety measures are followed.”

To avoid problems, keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including furnishings, bedding and clothing. Turn the heater off when you leave the room or go to sleep. Wood stoves, fireplaces and chimneys should always be installed by a qualified technician. Annual checks by a qualified technician are recommended, since many fires in wood stoves, fireplaces and chimneys occur because of a lack of regular cleaning.

Use only seasoned hardwood in wood stoves and fireplaces, and don’t burn trash in a fireplace, because the fire could easily burn out of control. Keep sparks and embers inside the fireplace with fire screens made of heat-tempered glass or sturdy metal. Remember that heating equipment that burns fuel is a potential source of carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that is created when fuel burns incompletely. Fire officials recommend installing CO alarms to provide an early warning of this deadly gas.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, space (or room) heaters cause more than 25,000 residential fires every year, resulting in more than 300 fatalities and 6,000 injuries severe enough to require hospital treatment.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for the Fire Department Fire Prevention unit.


Narcotics Detectives Arrest Drug
Dealer on 10 Charges

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron announced that Warrant Squad detectives arrested a Charlotte Harbor man wanted as the result of three separate undercover drug buys by Narcotics Unit detectives. The arrest is part of “Operation Clean Sweep” that started Dec. 17 and has netted 26 drug arrests, mostly drug dealers and traffickers; the operation continues.


Roger William Labor

Arrested Wednesday was Roger William Labor (aka “RJ”), 20, 164 Sapodilla St., after three undercover drug transactions were made for Roxicodone and Oxycodone pills Oct. 20, Oct. 22, and Nov. 4.

Labor was charged with Trafficking in Oxycodone, two counts of Sale and Delivery of Oxycodone, two counts of Possession of Oxycodone, two counts of Sale and Delivery of Oxycodone, two counts Possession of Oxycodone, and three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Labor was taken to the Charlotte County Jail and is being held on $15,000 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).


Gunman Robs Armored Truck
Driver Outside Orlando Bank

ORANGE COUNTY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orange County sheriff's deputies on Friday are searching for a man who robbed an armored truck driver making a delivery to an Orlando bank, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The driver was walking into the the Bank of America located at 7220 W. Sand Lake Road at about 12:30 p.m. when a Hispanic man with a gun confronted him, grabbed two bags of money the driver was carrying and ran off, according to Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Solomons.

The search for the gunman was ongoing at least an hour after the robbery.

A detailed description of the gunman has not been released, WKMG said.


 

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