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Local/State News for week ending 2/6/2010

Bradenton Police Arrest
Woman for Trafficking
in Methadone

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Erica Betts, 32, of 22207 27th Avenue East, Bradenton, following a traffic stop.

Erica Betts

According to the arrest report from BPD, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at about 6:30 p.m., Betts was the passenger of a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation.

The registered owner of the vehicle, who had been driving, had a suspended driver license.

The registered owner pulled into a parking lot when BPD Officers pulled up to the vehicle.

Betts and the driver were switching seats so Betts could drive, even though her driver license had expired on Dec. 12, 2009. Detectives Johnson and French walked up to the vehicle and Betts was getting into the driver's seat, the report said.

The registered owner was asked for his driver license and he said it was suspended. He was asked why he was driving and he said that he only drove for a few minutes to visit a friend.

Detective Johnson immediately observed that Betts removed a white pill bottle from her front jacket area and attempted to hide them in her back pocket.

She was asked what the pills were and she said that they belonged to the registered owner, her boyfriend. The registered owner/boyfrien said that he had a prescription for them.

But Betts said that she and her boyfriend just purchased the pills from a White male named Mike. Betts said they paid $80 for the pills. She also said she and her boyfriend take 10 pills a day because they are both sick.

The bottle that Betts had in her possession did not have a label or a name on it.

The pills in the bottle were determined to be Methadone 10 mg and weighed 5.0 grams.

Betts clammed up at that point and said she didn't want to talk to the officers unless they let her go, the report said.

Betts was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Methadone.

She was released from the Manatee County Jail on her own recognizance, supervised.

Man Slaps Wife, Stepson,
Threatens Stepson
with Knife

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Tommy Cosby, 68, of 703 32nd Avenue East, Bradenton.

Tommy Cosby

According to the arrest report, Tommy is the husband of Alice Cosby and the stepfather of Deshane Crumity. Tommy and Alice have been married for the past 22 years and helped raise Deshane, who recently moved back into Tommy's residence.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at about 6:30 p.m., Tommy and Alice were involved in a verbal argument.

During the argument, Tommy slapped Alice on the left side of her face, around the cheek and eye area, with an open hand.

Deshane was sitting in another room when he heard the arguing and the slap.

Deshane went into the room where Tommy and Alice were to see what was going on. When he entered the room, Tommy told Deshane to leave the house.

When Deshane refused, Tommy slapped Deshane in the face and pulled a pocket knife out of his pocket and opened the blade.

At that time, Tommy said to Deshane, "If you don't leave, I'm going to slit your throat."

In fear for his safety, Deshane fled the residence and went across the street and called law enforcement.

When Dep. Escher arrived, he met with Deshane and briefly spoke to him. While speaking to him, Tommy walked out the front door.

Dep. Escher made contact with Tommy and immediately retrieved a black folded pocket knife from his back right pants pocket.

Dep. Escher then met with Alice and observed a slight redness to her left cheek, by her eye, and redness, along with a blood spot on her outer left eyeball.

Alice admitted that Tommy slapped her, but she didn't want to press charges.

Tommy was arrested and charged with two counts of Domestic Battery and one count of Domestic Aggravated Assault.

He later posted a $550 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Woman Arrested for Using
Stun Gun on Boyfriend
Over Crack Pipe

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Frankie J. Styles, 34, of 2002 Bluehawk Court, Bradenton.

Frankie Styles

The arrest report said Styles and a man named Marshall have been dating for 2 years, but have no children together nor have they lived together.

On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at about 4 p.m., Frankie went to Marshall's home in the 6500 block of Anchor Loop, in Bradenton, and started yelling at Marshall.

Frankie then pulled out a stun gun and started using it on Marshall. This happened several times, the report said.

Marshall said Frankie grabbed his house phone and ran out of the house. Marshall ran after her to get back his pohone.

Dep. Gregg Melita observed red marks on Marshall's right chest.

EMS checked Marshall out at the scene and said no further medical attention was needed.

Post-Miranda, Frankie said she went to see Marshall because she hadn't seen him in a month. She saw a rack pipe on his dresser, grabbed it and told him she was calling the police.

She said Marshall got her on the bed to get the crack pipe back and was on top of her. That's when she used the stun gun, she said, according to the report.

Then Frankie ran out with the phone to call the police.

Dep. Melita said Frankie gave him the stun gun from under her shirt.

Frankie was arrested and charged with Aggravated Dating Battery.

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

Two Men Arrested for Burglary
After K-9 Tracks Them

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Cleeford Nerette, Jr., 21, of 2200 38th Avenue West, Bradenton, and Sanny Duversone, 19, of 3506 14th Street West, Bradenton.

Above, L to R, Cleeford Nerette, Jr., MSO Dep. K-9 Ranger, and Sanny Duversonne

According to the arrest report, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, at about noon, Duversonne and Nerette burglarized a residence in the 6300 block of 24th Street Court East, Bradenton.

They took a portable DVD player, a DVD player, a purse, 2 cell phones and a camera. Total value of the property was estimated at $305.

Law enforcement was called by the owner.

Upon arrival at the victim's house, she told deputies she saw two Black males running from the rear of the house.

Dep. Tom Franklin and his K-9, Ranger, were called in to track the two men.

They tracked the men to the house of the mother of another man, who was not involved in the burglary.

Various stories were told by Nerette and Duversonne, but eventually the truth came out and the bag containing the stolen property was recovered. One of the men was carrying a knife at the time.

Both men were arrested and charged with Armed Burglary to a Structure.

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

Woman Arrested for Burglary,
Theft of HDTV Box, Antenna

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Rhonda R. Randall, 22, of 5742 9th Street Court East, Bradenton.

Rhonda R. Randall

The arrest report said on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at about 10 a.m., a neighbor observed Randall knock on the door of the victim, Desmond Hall, in the 700 block of 58th Avenue East, Bradenton.

The neighbor told Randall that Hall was not home and was in the hospital.

Randall then left in a white Pontiac.

Around 10 a.m., Randall went back to the residence and entered the front door, which was left unlocked by EMS when Hall was transported to the hospital, the report said.

Randall was seen by the neighbor exiting the residence with a television antenna and a small black box, later identified as an HDTV box, and left in the same white Pontiac.

The neighbor described for deputies what Randall was wearing at the time and the car she was in. He said he had seen Randall come to Hall's residence on numerous occasions in the past and knew who she was.

An investigation was begun and Hall told deputies Randall did not have permission to enter his residence or take his HDTV box and antenna, which were valued at $153.

Randall was arrested later that day at Hall's residence and charged with Burglary and Grand Theft.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $6,000.

Woman Charged with DUI
After Slamming Into Rear
of Sheriff's Cruiser

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kaila Stickelman, 20, of Bradenton.

Kaila Stickelman

A sheriff's report said Lt. Christine Thomason was stopped for a red light at State Road 70 and Braden Run. She was traveling eastbound.

Kaila Stickelman, who was also traveling eastbound rear-ended Lt. Thomason at an estimated 50 mph.

Both were treated at the scene by EMS.

Both vehicles required being towed from the scene. Stickelman's vehicle was estimated to be a total loss. The sheriff's cruiser was estimated to have more than $8,000 in damages.

A traffic deputy responded and conducted a DUI investigation on Stickelman.

Stickelman was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence. She was also charged with Unauthorized Possession of a Forged or Stolen Driver License.

As of Thursday afternoon, Stickelman remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $1,500.

Humane Society of Manatee
County Offers Discount on
Heartworm Testing

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Humane Society of Manatee County is offering a $5.00 discount (reg price $15) on heartworm testing when you bring your pet to be spayed or neutered at their clinic.

Heartworm disease can be deadly and pets should be on heartworm preventative year round.

Pet owners will also be given the first month of heartworm medication free.

This offer is open to the public with no residency requirements. Offer valid through Feb. 28, 2010.

They are also offering free spay/ neuter of pit bulls and pit bull mixes to Manatee County residents.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 941-747-8808 x 302 or email

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

Maritime Heritage Art Exhibit
Planned; Free to Public

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Clerk of Courts has announced the Maritime Heritage Art Exhibit will be held on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez Village.

The museum in Cortez Village is located at 4414 119th Street West, Cortez.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary.

Two artists, Robert Semler and Val Sandell, will provide paintings for the marine art exhibition.

Semler is president of the American Society of Marine Artists and was featured in the Nov.-Dec. 1994 issue of Naval History magazine. His work has been featured in several prominent books.

Sandell is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists and is the ASMA South Representative. Her work has been included in many national juried exhibitions, where some paintings earned major awards.

Sponsors of the event are the Florida Maritime Museum, F.I.S.H., and the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court & Comptroller’s office.

For more information, contact Ted Adams by e-mail at, or by phone at (941) 708-6120.

Thieves Target 11 UCF,
Full Sail Univ. Students

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Nearly a dozen students at Orlando-area universities have been attacked in the past several weeks, prompting authorities to issue warnings and safety tips, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, 11 students who attend the University of Central Florida and Full Sail University have been attacked and robbed since December.

The thieves have targeted students in parking lots and parking garages, typically stealing iPods and laptops. Police said it's possible the crimes are connected.

The UCF Police Department has released safety tips to students, including walking with a purpose or in a group and not carrying a heavy bag -- making it easier to run away -- if necessary.

Police also said victims should try to get a detailed description of the assailant, WKMG said.


~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Man Arrested on Multiple Charges
Including Trafficking in Drugs,
Pawning Items Not His

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Matthew Justin Tetzloff, 21, of 6904 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton.

Matthew Justin Tetzloff

According to the arrest report, on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at about 3 p.m., sheriff's detectives arrived at Tetzloff's apartment following an investigation of stolen property that had been pawned.

Matthew allowed detectives to enter his apartment, directed them to the bedroom and told them to open the top drawer.

Upon doing so, they found a silver and black firearm which matched the description of a firearm taken during a burglary.

In a recorded interview, Matthew was read his Miranda rights and agreed to cooperate with detectives.

Matthew explained that he got several pieces of jewelry and several pills from his friend on several different occasions. He said there was a little bit of marijuana in his room, he said, along with the pills and some heroin. They were located.

Detectives located several items in the residence to include narcotics, electronics and various types of currency, as well as a "conglomeration" of jewelry, the report said. Some of the jewelry appeared to be expensive.

Matthew told detectives that he should have known that the items that he pawned and the items he had in his possession were stolen.

The marijuana weighed 6.3 grams; hydrocodone pills found weighed 118.10 grams; and the heroin weighed .20 grams.

Matthew was arrested and charged with Armed Trafficking of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, 4 counts of False Ownership of Pawned Items and four counts of Dealing in Stolen Property.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $19,240.

Man Arrested for Domestic
Related Burglary, Battery

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Andrew S. Davis, 25, of 403 51st Avenue Terrace West, Bradenton.

Andrew S. Davis

The arrest report said on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at about 7 p.m., became upset when he heard his ex-girlfriend, Cassie Manchester, was talking about him to some of her friends.

Andrew and Cassie were in a relationship and lived together until four months ago, when they split up. Andrew moved out and had established a residence elsewhere and has not helped with any of the rent and has not been back to the apartment since they split up, the report said.

On Tuesday, Andrew went to Cassie's apartment and started banging on the door. Cassie refused to open the front door, so he went to the back lanai and ripped the screen to the door.

Once inside, he started throwing things at Cassie.

Cassie then ran out of the apartment in fear for her safety.

Andrew followed Cassie outside and pushed her multiple times into a fence behind her apartment. During one of the pushes his hand slipped and struck Cassie in the lip, causing a red mark the size of a pencil eraser.

Cassie was able to call 911 and Andrew fled the scene.

Deputy John Belt located Andrew at his new address, standing outside by his car.

Andrew told the deputy he went to her house to lend her rent money. When they got into an argument, he decided he wanted his money back. He admitted to ripping the screen and said she got in his face and he pushed her back, the report said.

Andrew was arrested and charged with Burglary and Domestic Battery.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Andrew remained in the Manatee County Jail without a bail bond.

Woman Arrested for Burglary
with Assault and Battery
Over Alleged Debt

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Amanda Savoie, 19, of 501 37th Avenue Drive East, Bradenton.

Amanda Savoie

The arrest report said on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at about 9 p.m., Amanda, her sister and their two boyfriends went to the house of a woman named Christina located in the 2500 block of 34th Avenue East, to get some money.

Christina allegedly owes Amanda's sister money.

Amanda's sister knocked on the door and when Christina answered and opened the door, Amanda entered the residence. The report said she was never invited in and Christina does not know who Amanda is.

Amanda then started to swing her fist at Christina, striking her in the left arm.

At that time, Amanda's boyfriend pulled her out of the house and would not let Amanda back in the house to fight.

There were red marks on Christina's left arm, a deputy wrote.

Affidavits were collected from Christina and three witnesses who were in the residence.

Amanda was arrested and charged with Burglary with Assault and Battery.

As of Wednesday, she remained in the Manatee County Jail without bail.

Deputy Arrests Man
for Dating Violence

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Douglas E. Shade, 40, of 6401 Golden Leaf Court, Bradenton.

Douglas E. Shade

The arrest report said on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at about 9:30 p.m., Shade and Kelly Chiusano were having an argument when, without warning, Shade held her down in her chair and slapped her.

Kelly said that she tried to grab him to get him off, but he grabbed her and threw her again.

Kelly then escaped and called 911.

Deputy Michael Cavallo arrived on scene and separated both parties.

He saw no physical signs of violence on Kelly's body. Kelly declined EMS. Douglas did have a scrape on his neck where Kelly said that she grabbed him to get him off.

Kelly's children were in the home at that time, but neither of them saw what happened.

Shade was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery (Dating Violence).

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

Woman Tries to Burglarize
Ex-Boyfriend's Residence;
Arrested on Multiple Charges

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Leeann Fisher, 39, of 5927 5th Street East, Bradenton.

Leeann Fisher

According to the arrest report, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at about 1 a.m., a witness observed Fisher approach the back porch of her ex-boyfriend in the 1900 block of 58th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.

Fisher then began to push and rattle on the door and windows.

Law enforcement was called and upon arrival learned that Fisher had left the scene in a motor vehicle.

When the dwelling was inspected, it was noted that the jalousie windows where Fisher was standing had been forced open. There were a total of five windows that were all attached to the same window track. Three of them were screwed shut, making Fisher's burglary attempt unsuccessful.

The ex-boyfriend told a deputy that Fisher is his ex-girlfriend and does not have permission to be there.

The eyewitness was able to provide Fisher's first and last name.

Fisher was arrested at her home about two hours later.

She was charged with Attempted Burglary to a Dwelling, along with four counts of Violation of Probation, five counts of Contempt of Court, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Introduction of Contraband into a Detention Facility.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail without a bail bond.

Man "Doesn't Care" Deputy
Knocked Down Post

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy was involved in a vehicle crash that knocked down a post, but the owner said he "doesn't care."

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at about 8:40 pm.., Deputy Jason Farrier had just completed a contact with an individual.

As he backed his patrol vehicle up to turn around, he stuck a 4”X 4” post.

The caused the post to break off at the ground and cracked the right tail light of Farrier’s vehicle.

Damage to the post was estimated at $10.00 and $300.00 to the vehicle.

Deputy Lawson assisted with the investigation and was able to make contact with the owner of the fence post.

The owner stated he "didn’t care;" he just appreciates deputies sitting in front of his house.

The incident occurred in the 1000 block of 63rd Avenue West, in Bradenton.

Charlotte County Detectives
Solve 2007 Attemped Murder

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit detectives solved an April 18, 2007 attempted murder case with the arrest Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, of Robert “Robby” Joseph Garcia, 22, formerly of 23111 Mineral Ave., Port Charlotte.

Robert "Robby" Joseph Garcia

A witness came forward last week with information regarding the shooting in the abdomen of a man at his home, 573 Lakehurst Ave., in Port Charlotte; he was hospitalized for nine days following the shooting.

Detectives said there was a birthday party at the Lakehurst Avenue home. The witness said he saw Garcia reach into a vehicle then started shooting toward the front of the home where approximately 10 people were standing. Everyone started running and seeking cover when the witness then saw the victim fall into the doorway of the home. Several shots were fired, and then Garcia got into the passenger side of a vehicle and fled the scene. Crime Scene detectives located three .380 shell casings outside, and a projectile located in the home.

During the initial investigation, MCU detectives said several witnesses were interviewed, some saying it was due to a past drug deal that went bad. However, witnesses then were reluctant to provide accurate statements fearing retaliation from Garcia.

Garcia has been in the Charlotte County jail since Nov. 4, 2008, on charges stemming from a botched home invasion by five people on Nov. 3, 2008 at 18555 Fort Smith Circle, Port Charlotte, that resulted in two deaths. One of the suspects accidently shot himself in the groin during the home invasion and his accomplices carried him to a car which was found within minutes on Prineville St.

Arien Mayo, 19, was found dead in the car. The other four jumped into the Pellam Waterway.

CCSO set up a perimeter and quickly arrested Garcia and 21 year old Anthony Lucius Johnson. On Nov. 12, CCSO recovered the body in the waterway of Phillip Shaarief Perkins, 21, who had drowned in the escape attempt. The fifth man, Christopher Shanks Jr. was arrested in Ft. Myers on Nov. 18.

$1M Bond Issued for Woman
Arrested In Lotto Winner's Death

PLANT CITY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Just over a week ago, a friend of a missing Florida lottery winner approached an acquaintance with a chilling request, according to detectives: Dig up the body of the dead man in her backyard, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Above, DeeDee Moore, with detectives
(Photo courtesy WKMG)

That woman, Dorice "DeeDee" Moore, was charged Tuesday with trying to conceal the slaying of the man who disappeared after winning millions. On Wednesday, a Hillsborough County judge ordered her held on $1 million bond. The dead man, Abraham Shakespeare, was last seen in April -- more than two years after he took a lump-sum payment of $17 million on a $30 million jackpot.

Moore has denied hurting Shakespeare, but police said she tried to find someone she could pay to take the rap for the 43-year-old's killing and someone to move his body. At the same time, she was also taking "steps to make it appear that the victim was still alive," investigators said in an affidavit released after her arrest.

She's charged as an Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder, WKMG said.


~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Bradenton Police Department:
Man with Knife Attempts to
Engage Three People

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Noel Emerson Christ, 38, of 1204 14th Street West, Bradenton.

Noel Emerson Christ

According to the arrest report from BPD, on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at about 6:30 p.m., Christ was walking through the parking lot of the 7-11 convenience store at 902 14th Street West.

He then approached Christopher Crigger, as Crigger was putting his baby in the car.

Christ pulled a knife out and began to walk toward Crigger and his vehicle, saying "Cuz, Cuz, Cuz" as he continued to walk toward Crigger.

Crigger then told Christ to stop and put the knife down. He was concerned for himself and his family.

Crigger's wife then began to beep the horn to get the attention of the store clerk. The clerk then walked outside and told Christ to leave the property, which he did. He started to walk westbound on 9th Avenue West.

As he approached Keys court apartments located at 1515 9th Avenue West, Christ approached two more victim, Willie Ferguson and Mary DeVane.

Christ again pulled out the knife and approached the man and woman, asking them if they wanted to fight as he walked toward them. They were in fear, as they didn't know what he was going to do with the knife.

An officer located Christ in the 1000 block of 10th Street West.

Christ noticed the patrol car and threw the knife into the bushes nearby. The officer handcuffed Christ and subsequently located the knife.

All three would-be victims positively identified Christ as the man who had pulled a knife on them.

Christ was arrested and charged with 3 counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $30,000.

Man Fleeing Deputies from Domestic
Situation Bitten by Sheriff's K-9

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Steven D. Valente, 34, after Valente fled from deputies investigating a domestic disturbance.

Above, L to R, K-9 Nitro and Steven D. Valente

A sheriff's report said on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at about 5:45 a.m., deputies responded to 3022 21st Street Court East, Bradenton, for a Domestic Disturbance.

Neighbors said that they heard glass breaking and a female voice stating, "Please don’t hit me again."

There were two children in the residence as well.

Deputy Kruse arrived with K-9 Nitro.

Valente saw Deputy Kruse and fled.

Kruse ordered Valente to stop.

Valente continued to flee and jumped a fence.

K-9 Nitro engaged Valente, who was bitten on the left forearm.

He was treated on scene by EMS and then transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for further treatment, after which he was transported to the Manatee County Jail.

Valente was only charged with Resisting Arrest without Violence, as the female victim, Kathy Bauer, 29, would not cooperate with deputies, according to the sheriff's office.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Valente remained in jail on a bail bond of $750.

According to Manatee County court records, Valente was as arrested in November of 2009 for Domestic Battery. He was also arrested three days after Christmas of 2005 for Aggravated Battery Against a Pregnant Woman; both charges were never pursued by the State Attorney's Office.

Palmetto Police Department
Arrests Man for Threatening
Another with a Knife

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Ramon Pacheco, 26, of 410 11th Street Court West, Palmetto.

Ramon Pacheco

According to the arrest report from PPD, on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at about 10:45 a.m., Pacheco and an unnamed victim were in an argument.

Pacheco then picked up a razor knife and began to wave the knife and run towards the victim, telling the victim he was going to kill him.

Police were called and arrived moments later.

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

He remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $25,000.

Man Claims His i-Pod was
Stolen by Two in Car

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a possible strong arm robbery on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at about 9:45 p.m.

According to a sheriff's report, Christopher Cintron, 18, was on his bicycle traveling eastbound on 46th Avenue West, in the 3300 block when he observed a white Buick pass him going westbound.

Cintron was then asked for his i-Pod that he was listening to by a man who was in the car.

Cintron was then punched from behind by the man and as he hit the ground, the i-Pod was taken from him.

The man ran back to the vehicle and fled west on 46th Avenue.

Cintron had no visible injuries and his clothes were not wet from falling on the wet pavement. He changed his story multiple times about the alleged robbers, the report said and he had no explanation for why his clothes were not wet from falling on the wet pavement.

No vehicle as described by Cintron was found after a thorough search by sheriff's deputies at the onset of the investigation.

The vehicle was described as a 4-door white 1995-1998 Buick, white in color.

The first of the alleged robbers was described as an unknown race mal, 18 years old, 5'10" tall and weighting 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark green sweater. The second man was described as an unknown race male, 18 years of age, unknown weight and height, last seen wearing a red shirt.

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

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

Woman Blows Stop Sign, Crashes
Into Car, Water-Filled Ditch, Winds
Up in Critical Condition

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported Margaret P. Garzone, 61, of 5400 34th Street West, Bradenton, was in critical condition on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, after an accident at about 5:30 a.m. near the DeSoto Square Mall, at 9th Street West and 303 301 Blvd. West, Bradenton.

According to the FHP report, Garzone was driving a Kia and was stopped facing west in the driveway access in the mall parking lot.

A Ford pickup truck, being driven by Louis Ingram, 75, of 1922 13th Avenue East, Bradenton, was northbound on 9th Street West, approaching the mall driveway.

Garzone attempted to make a left turn and failed to yield to Ingram. he turned in front of Ingram and as a result, Garzone's left side struck the front of Ingram's vehicle.

Garzone then went westbound into the grass and into the ditch facing westbound, partially submerged in water.

No skid marks were found at the scene.

Garzone was transported to Bayfront Medical Center, in St. Petersburg, in critical condition.

Ingram and his passenger, Edna Brown, 72, also of 1922 13th Avenue East, Bradenton, both suffered minor injuries and were transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Garzone was cited for Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign.

An update on her condition was not available as of Tuesday afternoon.

Fourth Best Buy Burglary
Suspect Arrested

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the fourth suspect wanted in connection with the botched burglary at Best Buy on Cattlemen Road around midnight January 27, 2010.

Alexander Navarro

With the assistance of the Miami Police Department, Alexander Navarro, 36, of 8171 NW 8th Street, was taken into custody yesterday in Miami. He is charged with Principle to Burglary of a Business.

Navarro was identified as one of the four men seen casing the store hours before the burglary attempt. He is also the registered owner of the white BMW seen leaving the store Tuesday and used by another suspect who was acting as a “lookout” across the street during the burglary attempt later that night.

Two Teen CCSO Escapees
Caught in Glades County

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reports that the two teens who escaped from AMI/Kids Crossroads Wilderness Monday, Feb. 1, 2010,, were apprehended at 11:41 a.m. Tuesday morning in Glades County (see Monday's Local News below).

CCSO, in mutual aid with deputies from Glades and Hendry counties, responded to a location after a caller said they sighted two youths in the Muse area at 10:51 a.m.

The CCSO Aviation helicopter responded to the coordinates given.

The teens were located and in a coordinated effort, a Hendry County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit made the apprehension on Kirby-Thompson Road.

Taken into custody were Joe Alvin Hix, 18, of Immokolee, and Fred Aaron Gentle, 15, of Sarasota.

They both face felony escape charges in Charlotte County.

Woman Suing Bondsman
Accused Of Rape

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- The woman who said she was raped by an Orange County bail bondsman is suing her alleged attacker, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

According to the complaint, the 20-year-old victim is seeking compensation for the physical injuries and psychological damages she suffered after she said Allen Burns forced her into having sex with him by threatening to remove her bond.

Burns was arrested on Jan. 20 and later released from jail after posing a $10,000 bond, WKMG said.

Officer Messages 'Embarrass'
Sanford Police Department

SANFORD, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported the Sanford Police Department said it is embarrassed by the conduct of a recently terminated police officer who typed racist and sexual messages into the inter-agency computer system.

Some of the comments in the internal investigation document are too profane to print or air, but all were typed on the inter-agency computer system inside patrol cars, which is public record.

In the internal affairs audio tape, former Sanford Police Officer Jason Bowen can be heard telling an investigator that he doesn't believe he ever said anything wrong, but supervisors disagreed.

"Was the transmission proper or improper," the investigator asked.

"To me, it was proper," Bowen replied.

After pulling pages of instant messages off of Bowen's patrol car computer, he was accused of making inappropriate sexual and racial comments to other officers and was terminated.

"On page 73, 113, 'No. You look like a monkey when you started scratching yourself.' Did you make that transmission?" the investigator asked Bowen.

"Probably, yes," Bowen answered. "A lot of people tell -------- that he looks like a monkey."

When asked by the investigator what a monkey looked like, Bowen gave the name of the person he had referenced in the transmission.

The investigator explained that the question was asked because it was the second reference to a monkey in separate situations and the department wanted to clarify that there was no racial connotations. Bowen said there were none.

When asked why he made those comments, Bowen said, "You know that we have a very stressful job, and that's what a lot of people do. They joke to vent, and that's what I do. I joke a lot to vent."

Bowen wasn't the only officer in hot water due to inappropriate comments. Officer Ned Golden, Jr., was suspended without pay for two weeks.

Golden is accused of making sexual comments about young girls and typing messages like, "It relaxes me when I'm pulling over speeders."

"That subsequent message is, 'No, I'm looking for young females under the age of 13,'" the investigator read before explaining that the comment was interpreted to mean Golden was looking for young girls to be involved in a sex act.

Unlike Bowen, however, Golden will keep his job with the department. Sanford officials said the differing punishments came because Bowen never admitted what he said was wrong, while officer Golden did.

Golden is also the son of the police union president, but the SPD said that played no role in him being able to keep his job, WKMG said.


~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Man Arrested for Raping Woman
Twice, False Imprisonment,
Aggravated Stalking,
Burglary, Witness

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Clemente Heredia, 22, of Wimauma, Florida, after Heredia violently raped a 27-year-old woman on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, in the 2100 49th Street East, Palmetto.

Clemente Heredia

According to the arrest report, the unnamed victim and Heredia had been in a sexual relationship in the past, which ended in November of 2009.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 29th, Heredia arrived at the victim's home in Palmetto and began knocking on the front door. The woman went to the door and asked who was there with the door closed. Heredia told her it was him and asked her to open the door. She did not.

Heredia then began banging on the door and the windows, finally pushing on the door until he forced it open, splitting the door jam and the door itself.

Once inside, Heredia rushed at the victim and began to argue with her about them breaking up. He told her that he would hit her in the face until she was disfigured and no one would recognize her, the report said.

As he was threatening her, he pushed her into the living room and forced her onto the couch, holding her down. He tried to remove her pants, but they tore in two pieces.

Not wanting him to harm her children, she removed the pants and he raped her. At one point, she screamed in pain.

When he was done, he got up off of her and began to look through her cell phone, finally breaking it into pieces. It was her only phone.

After breaking the phone, he went to his truck saying he was going to get his gun and he returned, holding his hand behind his back. It turned out to be brass knuckles that he had retrieved from his truck.

He held the brass knuckles against the victim's forehead, saying he didn't care and if he was going to go to jail, it would be for something good. He again threatened to beat her about the face until nobody would recognize her.

Once again, he forced her onto the couch, which was now opened to reveal a sofa-bed. Then, he raped her again.

After that, Heredia fell asleep and the woman got her children and one of his cell phones, went across the street and called 911.

Deputies arrived and arrested Heredia. He was charged with two counts of Sexual Battery, Burglary w/Assault and Battery, False Imprisonment, and Witness Tampering.

He was taken to the Manatee County Jail where he is being held on a bail bond of $1,100,000.

Then, on Monday, Heredia was charged with Violation of Community Control out of Hillsborough County. He now remains in jail without bail.

Man Arrested for Burglary,
Violation of Several

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, a Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy added a charge of Burglary to a man already in jail for several violations of court-ordered injunctions.

Neal J. Parant

According to the arrest report, on Jan. 15, 2010, Parant made unauthorized entry to the female victim's residence. According to Melissa McDowell, the victim, who lives at 7305 County Road 675, in Myakka, Florida, on that date Parant knocked on her front door for about 7 to 10 minutes, then entered her home and went into her bedroom. It was about 2:30 in the afternoon.

Melissa saw and recognized Parant from her bed.

Parant then threw a cell phone on the bedroom floor and fold her to call him. Then he left the residence.

Melissa said she had seen him driving around her home and he has been calling her home. She had to change her phone number to avoid receiving call from him, the report said.

Because Parant had made an unauthorized entry to the residence, he was additionally charged with Burglary.

On Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, Parant was arrested for two counts of Violation of a Protective Injunction, Possession of a Firearm in Violation of an Injunction, Violation of a Court Order for Aggravated Stalking, and another count of Burglary.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a $410,000 bail bond.

Man Suffers Gunshot Wound
from Unknown Shooter on
Manatee's Near East Side

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a man was shot and wounded on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at about 5:30 p.m.

A sheriff's report said at 5:38 p.m. deputies responded to a residence in the 5900 block of 5th Street East in reference to a shooting.

Upon arrival, deputies found Fire/EMS was on scene treating the victim, Alfonso Cruz, 22 years old. He had sustained a single gunshot wound to his upper left thigh.

According to the victim, he was walking south on 5th Street East when he was shot by an unknown person from the area of 5835 5th Street East. Cruz told deputies that he did not see who shot him, or exactly where it came from.

No suspect information was obtained.

Cruz was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment, where he was expected to be treated and released.

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.

Deputy Forced to Shoot Dog
Who Charged Him

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported Deputy Escher was forced to shoot a dog who charged him on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at about 5:20 p.m.

A sheriff's report said Deputy Escher was parked at the church at 26th Ave East and 6th Street East, in Bradenton, writing a report.

He then heard Michele Smith, who was walking on 6th Street East to meet her daughter at the bus stop loudly say, "Stop walking, don’t be afraid."

Dep. Escher observed two younger females standing at the corner and an unleashed dog along the side of the roadway in between them.

As Smith walked towards the girls, another dog that was chained up at 2401 6th Street East began barking at her. The unleashed dog also began barking and It started towards Smith with the hair on its back standing up. The dog was barking, baring its teeth, and appeared very aggressive.

Deputy Escher quickly pulled his vehicle up to block the dog’s path towards Smith. The dog started moving around the car when Smith’s husband Bradford Smith, who was driving up the road at the time, stopped.

Michele Smith quickly jumped into Bradford's truck and the dog ran off behind the house at 2401 6th Street East.

Deputy Escher went up to the house in attempt to contact the owner.

As Dep. Escher walked up to the front of the house, around the opposite side of where the dog had run to, he found another dog chained up. When Dep. Escher approached the front door, Bradford Smith yelled, "Behind you!"

Dep. Escher turned and found the loose dog only a few feet behind him baring its teeth and growling, with the hair standing up on its back.

Dep. Escher drew his firearm and started taking several steps backwards, but the dog kept approaching. Escher was blocked by the chained dog on one side, a truck on another, and had the aggressive dog still approaching.

The dog then lunged towards him and, in fear of being attacked, Dep. Escher fired one round, striking the dog in the right front foreleg. This stopped the aggression and the dog limped off.

Upon speaking to Bradford Smith, Smith told other deputies he felt that Deputy Escher had no other choice but to shoot the dog.

Animal Control responded and allowed the homeowner, Maria Leija, 54, to keep the dog because she was nursing puppies.

The report did not say what kind of dogs were involved.

Man Seriously Injured in
Motorcycle Crash Friday

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported David Kohn, 44, of 5520 20th Street West, Bradenton, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with injuries FHP described as serious, following a crash on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at about 9:20 a.m. at U.S. 41 and 55th Avenue West, in Bradenton.

According to the FHP report, Kohn was stopped facing northbound on his motorcycle on U.S. 41 in the center turn lane. He lost control of his motorcycle and it fell over. Kohn now became a pedestrian.

A Dodge car driven by Wayne Steele, 50, of 1608 63rd Avenue West, Bradenton, was traveling northbound on U.S. 41 in the left lane. Steele did not see Kohn and as a result struck Kohn.

No skid marks were found at the scene, FHP said.

Bradenton Police Officer Coleman
to Receive Officer of the Month

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, BPD Dep. Chief J.J. Lewis announced that Bradenton Police Officer Frank Coleman has been selected to receive the Officer of the Month award for the month of February 2010.

Above, BPD Officer Frank Coleman

Officer Coleman was nominated by Lieutenant Keith Davis for the following actions:

Officer Coleman was one of the top four Officers regarding initiative enforcement activity.

Officer Coleman conducted 74 arrests, 117 Field Interviews, 100 Uniform Traffic Citations, and 64 closed patrols.

"Officer Coleman has displayed a positive attitude toward doing his job and is also looking for a new creative way of catching the criminal," Lt. Davis said.

Congratulations are in order for Bradenton Police Officer Frank Coleman.

Manatee County Officials, Leaders
Return from FEMA Emergency
Response Course a Bit Wiser

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A group of local public servants, elected officials and community leaders from nearly all corners of Manatee County have returned from a week-long FEMA emergency response course, committed to making Manatee County’s disaster recovery plans even stronger.

From Monday through Thursday the group was immersed in emergency long-term recovery training at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Md. FEMA selected Manatee County to take part in its Integrated Emergency Management Course on long-term redevelopment, which focused on the monumental challenges of rebuilding and strengthening the community in the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane.

Emergency management experts from across the country taught 21 hourlong units that covered a variety of topics, including community redevelopment, restoration of services, stress management, debris removal, housing solutions, and public health and safety.

In addition to County and municipal officials, there were representatives from Manatee Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council, Tropicana, Bealls, local nonprofit agencies and faith-based groups, the U.S. Coast Guard, Port Manatee, local health department and hospitals, Manatee County School District and the Florida Division of Emergency Management. FEMA will reimburse course attendees for travel and lodging costs for the week.

During small group exercises, the class identified areas to improve Manatee’s Post Disaster Redevelopment Plan (PDRP), a comprehensive manual that maps out the plans, policies and procedures that help to ensure that residents and businesses return after a disaster. County Administrator Ed Hunzeker was impressed with current levels of preparedness, but he wants to further bolster response plans during additional work sessions at home in the coming months.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Hunzeker said. “A lot of challenges face us as a group. We need to engage more people and continue the journey of building an exhaustive emergency response and recovery plan.”

Instructors lauded the thoroughness of Manatee County’s emergency preparedness and response plans.

“You have a lot to be proud of,” said John Chapman, an instructor and former City of Kissimmee fire chief. “You’re way ahead of the curve.”

Florida’s coastal counties and municipalities are required to adopt a PDRP. In 2008, Manatee County was selected as a pilot community in a statewide initiative to develop the guidelines for Post Disaster Redevelopment Plans.

For more information on the Integrated Emergency Management Course, call Manatee County Information Outreach at (941) 745-3771. To learn more about Manatee County’s Post Disaster Recovery Plan, visit, click on the Planning Department link at the bottom of the page and locate the PDRP section on the menu to the left.

Charlotte County Sheriff Searching
for Two Teenage Escapees

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies, K-9 units, volunteers, and FWC are searching for two teens who escaped Monday morning, Feb. 1, 2010, from AMI/Kids Crossroads Wilderness, 45991 Bermont Rd., in the eastern part of the county.

Above, L to R, Joe Alvin Hix and Fred Aaron Gentle

CCSO received the call at 6:10 a.m. after officials at AMI/CWI reported they last saw the teens during at 3:30 a.m. bed check. It is not known exactly when they escaped out a window in an unknown direction of travel.

A BOLO was issued Monday morning for Joe Alvin Hix, 18, of Immokolee. He is about 5’7” tall, 160 pounds, grey eyes, blond hair, last seen wearing jeans and an AMI shirt. The other is a juvenile, Fred Aaron Gentle, 15, of Sarasota. He is 5’7” tall, 120 pounds, hazel eyes, blond hair, has his name tattooed on both hands and was last seen wearing jeans and an AMI shirt.

Surrounding county Sheriff’s Offices have been notified, along with Babcock Ranch and Paradise Park Mobile Home Park.

If anyone sees these teens, or may know their location, please call the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office at 941-639-2101.

ALERT: 'Skimmer' Found Attached
to Bank ATM; There May Be Victims

COCOA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A skimming device has been discovered at a Brevard County bank automated teller machine, but it's not known if anyone has been victimized, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

A technician found the "skimmer" late Saturday afternoon, Jan. 30, 2010, at the Bank of America ATM located in the 4300 block of North Atlantic Avenue in Cocoa.

A "skimmer" is an electronic device that criminals attach to the card-reading slot of an ATM. The devices are disguised to look like they are part of the ATM, but unsuspecting victims swipe their cards through them while accessing their accounts.

Cocoa police said it's not known how long the device had been placed in the ATM or if any customers have had money stolen from their accounts.

Bank of America said it's asking ATM users to examine their account information, WKMG said.

[Ed. Note: Skimmers have also been found in the past in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.]


~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Tampa Man Arrested After
Fleeing Deputies into House,
Giving False Name, Driving on
Suspended License (2nd Offense),
Evidence Tampering, Resisting Cops

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office arrested Eric Lee Robinson, of Tampa, Florida, after Robinson fled deputies on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at about 3 p.m.

Eric Lee Robinson

A sheriff's report said Deputies Quiles and Denmark observed a white Pontiac with a temporary tag driving down the 2300 block of 5th Avenue Drive East, in Palmetto. The vehicle immediately pulled into the driveway of a residence on that street and the occupants got out of the vehicle.

Dep. Quiles observed the driver, Robinson, walk down the road and was stopped by Dep. Denmark for a pedestrian violation.

Robinson became skittish during the encounter and fled on foot from Dep. Denmark.

Dep. Denmark started a foot pursuit that went through several yards.

Robinson then ran into the residence at 609 25th St. E. through a side door and then into the master bedroom.

The homeowner, Mercel Guzman-Aguilar, came out yelling that a Black man ran into her house and told her not to say anything. Mercel did not know him and wanted him removed from her house.

Dep. Quiles challenged Bronson and he surrendered.

Robinson, who initially gave his name as Demarcus Bronson, stated that he had swallowed 5 Roxycodone pills during the foot pursuit.

The false name was discovered later at the jail when intake deputies ran his fingerprints.

Because of swallowing the pills, Robinson was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment.

He was later released and taken to the Manatee County Jail, charged with Burglary (of the woman's house), Giving a False Name to Law Enforcement, Tampering with Evidence (for swallowing the pills), Driving on a Suspended License (2nd offense), Resisting Arrest without Violence and Violation of Probation (out of Hillsborough County).

Robinson remains in the Manatee County Jail without bail.

Woman Arrested, Charged
with Child Abuse

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Marie Joachim, 44, of 4907 19th Street West, Bradenton, for a child abuse incident that occurred on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at about 8:45 p.m.

Marie Joachim

The victim, a 10-year-old girl, came home from school with her report card.

Her aunt, Joachim, who is her guardian, was not happy with her grade in language.

The aunt was braiding the little girl's hair and asking her to spell some words. The little girl made a few errors and that's when her aunt struck her on the back with a sandal.

A deputy reported this is consistent with the welt on the girl's back. A comparison of the shoe to the welt was a match in size and shape.

Photos were taken of the injury and of the shoe next to the injury.

The child was in fear and fled to a neighbor house; they called the sheriff's office.

Marie Joachim was arrested and the child was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

The child’s mother is in an unknown location in Miami and her father is in Haiti.

Joachim was charged with Child Abuse. She was later released from the Manatee County Jail on her own recognizance, supervised.

Man Discharges Gun Accidentally,
Shoots Hand; Arrested on One
Outstanding Warrant

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Shaun R. Dewitt, 22, of 6904 Manatee Avenue West, after Dewitt accidentally shot himself in the hand and responding deputies discovered he had an outstanding warrant.

Shaun R. Dewitt

On Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at about 7:15 a.m., Dewitt arrived at Blake Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left hand.

The sheriff's office was notified by hospital staff of the gunshot wound.

When deputies arrived, they learned that Dewitt was unloading a handgun in his apartment when it accidentally discharged.

Dewitt was treated for his injuries before being arrested on an outstanding Violation of Probation warrant. The original charged was Trafficking in Stolen Property, according to the sheriff's website.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail without bail.

Two Men Arrested for
Loitering and Prowling;
One Bitten by K-9

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Fitzroy Buckley, 37, and Charles E. Calhoun, 58. They were charged with Loitering and Prowling for an incident which occurred on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at about 12:30 a.m., at 2950 59th Avneue Drive East, Bradenton.

Above, L to R, Fitzroy Buckley and Charles E. Calhoun

On that date, the complainant, Heyward Chestnut, 34, watched as the two men drove behind the vacant business at the above location and park out of site from the roadway. Chestnut saw two men exit the truck while parked behind the building.

Chestnut said one of the men stood near the southwest corner of the building to watch the road out front, while the other stayed behind the building and possibly entered the fenced area.

Chestnut called 911 and deputies responded.

When the “look-out” saw a patrol car drive by the business to meet with the responding K-9, he ran to where the second man was. The two men then fled eastbound from the building.

A K-9 deputy arrived moments after the men ran and he conducted a track with his dog.

The men were located a short distance away and in the process, Buckley was bitten on the upper right arm.

They were subsequently transported to the Manatee County jail.

Man's Gun Ripped From His Hand
During Confrontation with
Two Burglars; Shots Fired

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a burglary on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at about 5 a.m., in the 3100 block of 9th Street West.

The report said the victim, Jose' Arteaga-Gudino, 63, armed himself and confronted one of two burglars as the burglar crawled through the window of Jose's vehicle.

Jose' got into a struggle with the burglar on the carport and the burglar was able to gain control of the gun.

The two burglars fled south towards the foot bridge on 9th Street West.

They got a small TV and a DVD player from the vehicle and the victim’s gun.

Witnesses heard several shots as the burglars fled.

It is unknown if they were shooting at Jose' or just in the air.

K-9 responded and tracked but was unable to locate the suspects.

Jose' was not injured.

The pattern of entry matches several burglaries during the sheriff's deputys' shift in the area.

One of the burglars was described as a Hispanic male in his late teens to early 20s, wearing a black sweater and a white T-shirt; the other burglar was not described.

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

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

Deputies Seek Man in Domestic
Strangulation Incident

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is looking for Kenneth "Jerome" Laws, 38, a Black male, wanted in connection with a domestic strangulation incident that occurred on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at about 5:30 p.m., at a residence in the 4000 block of 34th Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said Yahaira Rodriguez, 18, and her live-in boyfriend, Kenneth “Jerome” Laws got into a verbal argument.

When Rodriguez advised Laws that she was going to leave him, the argument became physical. Laws slapped and pulled Rodriguez’s hair. He then pushed her onto the bed and began to strangle her.

Rodriguez advised she was unable to breathe for approximately 15 seconds while being strangled. She advised that she began to cry and that was when Laws stopped.

She said she then went into the living room to catch her breath and Laws followed her out continuing to argue.

Soon after, Laws left the room and went upstairs and Rodriguez ran out of the house. Rodriguez hid behind some trees and called 911.

Upon the arrival of deputies arrival, Rodriguez advised that she did not see Laws leave the residence and that he owns multiple firearms, including a high capacity semi automatic pistol.

A perimeter was set up around the residence and contact was made with Laws via telephone. Laws advised that he was in Tampa and not at the residence. Laws advised his brother Gant, the homeowner, may be there and deputies obtained his telephone number.

Gant was contacted and he responded to the scene. Consent to search the residence was obtained from both Gant and Rodriguez. Rodriguez advised Gant owns the house, but does not live there with her and Laws.

The garage door was opened by remote and Laws’ vehicle was not inside.

Deputies then searched the residence for Laws but he was not inside.

Laws is possibly driving a dark Ford Expedition, with an unknown Florida license tag.

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

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

Woman's Purse Snatched
in Church Parking Lot
by White male

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a strong arm robbery on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at about 1 p.m., in the parking lot of the church located at 1611 30th Avenue West.

A sheriff's report said Barbara Tyrrell, 61, was sitting in her car in the parking lot of the church with her door open when she was approached by a White male.

The man asked Tyrrell if she knew the operational hours of the church and before Tyrrell could answer him, the man slapped her across the face, reached in and grabbed her purse that was sitting on the front passenger seat.

The culprit then fled in an older model small teal colored car with a black convertible top.

Some of Tyrrell's belongings were recovered in the parking lot.

Tyrrell was not injured.

The man was described as a White male, about 25 years of age, with short brown hair and a scruffy beard.

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.

Palmetto Gas Station
Robbed at Gunpoint

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- Lt. Scott Tyler, of the Palmetto Police Department reported on Thursday, January 28, 2010, at 5:30 a.m., two persons robbed the Mobil On the Run gas station at 2601 8th Avenue West.

Both men, one of them armed with a handgun, entered the store and confronted the three employees who were working. The robbers escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was injured during the robbery.

The robbers were last seen leaving the business parking lot in a small tan or beige station wagon. It was possibly a Mazda or a Toyota, Lt. Tyler said.

Suspect one was described as a Black male, 6 feet tall and approximately 160 pounds, with a thin build. He was wearing a dark blue hooded jacket and had on a black ski mask. He was wearing baggy jeans that were dark blue at the top and faded to light blue at the bottom. He had black Nike Jordan tennis shoes with purple designs and a yellow design on the soles.

Suspect two was described as a Black male, 6 feet tall and approximately 160 pounds, with a thin build. He wore a dark hooded sweatshirt and had a white mask over his nose and mouth. This was possibly a white T-shirt pulled up to cover his lower face. This suspect is also believed to have black Nike tennis shoes.

Persons with any information about this robbery are urged to contact Detective Ryan LaRowe at 941-723-4587, ext. 125,

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 County Fire Fighters
Help Extinguish Hunger;
Food Donations Requested

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] --- The Manatee County Fire Chiefs Association will be conducting its third annual food drive from Monday, February 15th through Friday, February 26th, to help replenish the empty shelves at The Food Bank of Manatee.

The firefighters will be collecting non-perishable food items at all 33 fire stations in Manatee County. This should make it easy for motorists to drive by their neighborhood fire station and drop off non-perishable food items into the collection bins.

With unemployment at nearly 13% and increased living costs, more and more families are truly struggling to keep food on the table. In 2009 The Food Bank of Manatee distributed an unprecedented 3 million pounds of food, and the need shows no sign of slowing.

"Our Manatee County Firefighters see the effects of our economy every day, and wanted to help," said Randy Stulce, Fire Chief of Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue. "Local residents and communities have made our past food drives successful, and we hope for even more participation this year."

The last firefighter food drive resulted in the collection of 2736 pounds of non-perishable items from area residents.

The food items most needed at the Food Bank include canned vegetables, canned meats, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, cereal, rice, and infant items like baby food, formula, and diapers. The Food Bank also accepts monetary donations, to purchase fresh foods, such as a meats and dairy products.

Any monetary donation can be mailed to or dropped off at 811 23rd Avenue East, Bradenton FL, 34208.

For questions and fire station drop-off locations, call Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue at 751-7090. For food donation questions, call The Food Bank of Manatee at 747-FOOD.

Convicted Sex Offender Arrested
in D.C. After 18 Years on the Run

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A convicted sex offender who has been on the run for 18 years has been arrested in Washington, D.C., thanks to the joint efforts of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Michael Cherry

The two agencies have been sharing leads and information and yesterday took Michael Cherry, 47, into custody after detectives confirmed he was living in a home on Wylie Street in the nation’s capitol. Cherry was found hiding under a bed and then tried to provide false identification before ultimately admitting to being the wanted man.

Cherry was convicted of committing a Lewd, Lascivious or Indecent Assault on a 14 year old girl and sentenced to five years probation, but fled in 1992.

He was arrested for Violation of Probation and will be brought back to Sarasota County.

Two Men Arrested; Drugs, Cash,
Stolen Items Seized

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Street Crimes Unit made a routine traffic stop in Englewood last night that resulted in the arrest of two people involving numerous drugs and recovery of stolen property out of Cape Coral.

Above, L to R, Andrew Michael McAllister and Brandon Steele Wilder

The 2001 Dodge Ram was stopped at S.R. 776 and Pine St. The occupants were Andrew Michael McAllister, 28, 1133 Deardon Dr., Venice, and Brandon Steele Wilder, 41, 1057 Bay Harbor, Englewood.

A search of the pickup found quantities of Methamphetamine, Oxycodone, Roxicodone, Xanax, Carisoprodol, Valium and marijuana.

Also found were various stolen items from a Cape Coral burglary that the SCU officers are still investigating.

SCU deputies seized the pickup and nearly $1,000 in cash pending forfeiture proceedings.

McAllister was charged with Possession with Intent to Sell Methamphetamine, Roxicodone and Xanax; Possession of Methodone, Oxycodone, and Roxicodone. Wilder was charged with Possession of Valium, Carisoprodol, Marijuana, and three counts of Possession of a New Legend Drug Without a Prescription. Both men were additionally charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Xanax and Narcotics Equipment.

Both men were transported to the Charlotte County Jail around 5 a.m. where they remain without bond.

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

Copper Thief Arrested
in Recycle Yard

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Early Friday morning, Jan. 29, 2010, Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Brian Lee Beardmore, 29, 6454 Scott St., Punta Gorda, after catching him stealing copper inside a Cleveland recycling business.

Brian Lee Beardmore

Due to recent copper thefts from Trademark Metal Recycling, 5005 Dalewood St., CCSO detectives put special monitoring equipment in the recycling yard. At 10:56 p.m. detectives received an alert that someone was inside the scrap yard.

CCSO K-9, helicopter and road patrol responded, along with the detective who installed the equipment.

The detective made entry and located Beardmore hiding under two large cardboard boxes. A red bag with stolen copper was found with Beardmore.

Beardmore was arrested and charged with Burglary and Petit Theft; he was being held on no bond pending first appearance Friday morning.

Detectives have intensified their crackdown on the rash of recent copper thefts in home and businesses, and have made several arrests so far.

If you have information concerning copper and air conditioner thefts, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Charlotte County Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).

Police: Boy Bound As
Form Of Punishment

DELTONA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a Deltona man and his girlfriend have been arrested on suspicion of tying up a teen and leaving him on a couch for hours as a form of punishment for running away, deputies said.

According to Volusia County sheriff's deputies, the boy ran away and was reported missing Wednesday night. He was found later in the night by a deputy who returned him to the man, deputies said.

Jonathan Viera, 35, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Terrell, 25, then bound the boy by tying his wrists together behind his back, deputies said. They also tied his ankles together and left him on a couch for hours, deputies said.

Another teen boy in the house cut the zip ties off at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, five hours after he was tied up, deputies said.

Viera's ex-wife was contacted by neighbors, who called the Department of Children and Families and the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies interviewed Viera and Terrell, who said they tied the teen up to prevent him from running away again, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The pair was arrested and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach where they are being held with no bond on Aggravated Child Abuse charges, WKMG said.


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