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Local/State News for week ending 3/20/2010

Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for Trying to Smother Wife
with a Pillow, She Says

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested David Jonathan Phillips, 20, of 210 3rd Street West, Bradenton.


David Jonathan Phillips

An arrest report from BPD said David and Suzanne Phillips are a married couple who live together.

On Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at about 11:30 p.m., they became involved in an argument over old issues that they have been dealing with, the report said.

Ms. Phillips was intoxicated from several beers that she had consumed. Mr. Phillips was trying to get her keys to drive and he did not want her to do that, so he grabbed her and placed her on the bed.

Mr. Phillips then placed a pillow over Suzanne's face, allegedly to prevent her from spitting on him.

However, Ms. Philips said Mr. Phillips placed the pillow over her face in an aggressive manner and it prevented her from being able to breathe.

Ms. Phillips said she had to shove or hit Mr. Phillips to get him off of her so she could breathe again.

Mr. Phillips said that Ms. Phillips struck him in the face while he had the pillow over her face.

The officer wrote that Ms. Phillips believed that Mr. Phillips was trying to kill her by cutting off her air supply.

She declined medical attention.

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

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


Man Arrested for Domestic
Battery by Strangulation

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Robert Forest Peters, 26, of the 1400 block of 6th Avenue East, Palmetto.


Robert Forest Peters

According to the arrest report, on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at about 9:45 p.m., Robert grabbed a woman only identified as "Erin" by the throat twice and impeded her breathing until she felt she could not breathe at all.

Robert also slammed her to the ground, causing her to fall onto boxes in their garage. In addition, he also hit her with an open hand on the chest, the report said.

Erin told deputies she scratched Robert because she was fighting him off.

Erin called the sheriff's office and Robert fled to another location and also called the sheriff's office.

Erin had small lines on her neck and some redness on the neck line.

Robert was located in the 100 block of 61st Street East, Palmetto.

He told deputies Erin became upset, pulled his shirt, scratched him and then he shoved her away. He said Erin has lied about domestic violence before.

Robert was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

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


Young Lady Arrested for
Battery on BPD Officer

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Jasmine Tingen, 22, of 7108 Palm Drive, in Holmes Beach.


Jasmine Tingen

The arrest report said on Thursday, March 18, 2010, shortly after midnight, Jasmine was causing a disturbance inside Clancy's Bar and Grill, 6218 Cortez Road West, Bradenton.

She was told several times to leave the establishment, at which time she refused.

Jasmine then approached a BPD Officer who was working a security detail at the bar, shoved him with her right hand and attempted to enter Clancy's again.

She was taken into custody and charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.

Later, at the Manatee County Jail while she was being searched, jail officers found a clear plastic baggie inside her purse containing under 20 grams of Marijuana. She was also charged with Possession of Marijuana.

She posted a $1,620 bail bond and was released from the jail.


Holmes Beach PD Arrests Man
Already in Jail

HOLMES BEACH, Florida [NMT] -- The Holmes Beach Police Department has arrested Derek Lauterbach, 27, currently incarcerated in the Manatee County Jail.


Derek Lauterbach

According to a press release from HBPD, on Thursday, March 18, 2010, Lauterbach was arrested for burglarizing the Tide and Moon jewelry store on December 18, 2009.

The arrest was the result of DNA evidence which has positively identified Lauterbach as the perpetrator of the crime.

Lauterbach is currently serving time for Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Violation of Probation stemming from an incident in Bradenton on Feb. 12, 2010, during which he entered a dentist's office and stole several containers of nitrous oxide (See NewsManateeArchive.com for the full report).

He remains in the Manatee County Jail.


2 Men Claiming to be FBI Agents
Stormed Home, Struck One Victim

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed burglary on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at about 11:20 p.m., in the 6600 block of Sabina Road, in South Manatee County.

The report said the victims, Kariene Yzenas, 59, and Richard Yzenas, 22, were inside their residence.

Two White males entered the residence by crawling under the open garage door and then entering the residence.

Kariene was lying on the couch and the invaders asked her where her son was.

Before she could answer, her son, Richard, came out of his bedroom and the invaders ran towards him.

They asked him, "Where’s it at?" and Richard began to scuffle with one of the invaders. Richard was then hit by one of the invaders over the left eyebrow, which caused a small abrasion that did not require EMS.

The two invaders fled the residence.

A sheriff's K-9 unit responded and began to track, but could not locate the suspects.

Richard told deputies that nothing was taken.

The invaders were described as two unknown White males wearing all black. One was approximately 5'5" tall and the other was about 5'11" tall. Both were armed with what was described as long guns (rifles).

They were wearing headbands with lights attached and identified themselves as the FBI.

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

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


Man Claims Cell Phone Stolen;
Alleged Thief Not Arrested

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an alleged strong arm robbery on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at about 5:45 p.m., in the 800 block of 36th Avenue East, Bradenton.

The report said Oscar Martinez, 19, of the 1100 block of 72nd Avenue East, Rubonia, drove to the 800 block of 36th Avenue East.

He stopped in front of 809 36th Avenue East. When he did, Kyle Reyes, 19, walked into the street and had "words" with Oscar.

Reyes then allegedly grabbed at the cell phone Martinez was holding in his left hand. The two struggled over the phone. Reyes got the phone from Martinez and fled on foot with it, Martinez later told deputies. Martinez left the area and called the sheriff's office.

Martinez told deputies he thought Reyes had a gun because he kept reaching towards his waist, but never actually saw one.

Martinez refused to cooperate and refused to sign an affidavit. Martinez said he just wanted his phone back.

Martinez sustained a small scratch to his left hand.

The sheriff's office said Reyes was very cooperative; he was not arrested.


False Alarm Regarding
"Suspicious Material"

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Bomb Squad was called out for a "suspicious material" incident on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at about 12:30 p.m., at 17th Avenue and 80th Street NW, Bradenton.

A Manatee County Sheriff's Office report of the incident said a suspicious material call was dispatched.

Sgt. Chad Geary heard the call go out and attached himself to the call and responded.

Upon his arrival, he determined that the material was indeed suspicious and based on his EOD training, required a Bomb Squad call out.

Lt. Sammons was notified and responded. Sgt. Stanley also responded and was made aware of the situation.

The Bomb Squad rendered suspicious material safe and determined that the material was neither hazardous nor an explosive device.


Attempted Murder of a
Law Enforcement Officer

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a total of four men for a bar fight early Thursday morning, March 18, 2010, that included violent attacks on responding deputies.


Above, L to R, Neil Richetti, Nicholas Richetti, Matthew Campion and Andrew Aronstam

Deputies patrolling the Gulf Gate Village due to large St. Patrick’s Day crowds were called to the Boar’s Head Bar, 6523 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, just before 2:00 a.m., by an employee who said there was a fight inside.

Bar staff was attempting to escort Nicholas Richetti, 29, 2151 Cornelius Blvd., Port Charlotte, from the building when he assaulted another patron.

Deputies witnessed the attack and began to lead him outside, when Neil Richetti, 23, of Waverly, New York, began attacking deputies. Neil Richetti eventually put one deputy in a choke hold, incapacitating him momentarily.

Two deputies were taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment and have since been released.

Neil Richetti is charged with Attempted Felony Murder on a Law Enforcement Officer, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting Arrest with Violence.

Nicholas Richetti is charged with Felony Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting an Officer with Violence and Disturbing the Peace.

Two other men, Matthew Campion, 23, and Andrew Aronstam, 21, both of Waverly, New York, are charged with Obstruction.


Marijuana Dealer Arrested;
Nearly $10,000 Seized

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit and SWAT team raided a Port Charlotte home on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, made one arrest, confiscated marijuana, and seized $9,780 in cash.


Edward Anthony Theis

Detectives arrested Edward Anthony Theis, 46, 21296 Davison Ave., and charged him with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia, and Violation of Probation. Narcotics detectives found a bag with six plastic baggies containing 44.4 grams of marijuana (1.6 ounces), empty plastic baggies, a marijuana cigarette and six boxes of rolling papers. The nearly $10,000 cash was seized for forfeiture; it was found in a dresser drawer in Theis’ bedroom.

Theis was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on no 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).


Captured Jail Escapee:
'I Wanted to See My Kids'

KISSIMMEE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- An inmate who escaped from the Osceola County Jail -- the second jailbreak at the facility in weeks -- was caught on Wednesday, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Carlos Alberto Rosa

The sheriff's office said Carlos Alberto Rosa, 39, was found at a home located at 2888 Bay Ave. in Kissimmee, which is about 5 miles from the jail.

A teary-eyed Rosa told reporters he just wanted to see his children, but he was not inspired by the previous escape. He said he did not plan the escape and he is sorry. He noted that the jail staff mistreats its inmates.

The Sheriff's Office said Rosa was very cooperative with describing his escape. They said he told them he ditched a sweatshirt near the turnpike and walked to the 7-Eleven on Donnegan Street, where a stranger gave him a ride to the Bay Avenue home of a childhood friend.

The friend told WKMG Rosa used to live in the neighborhood. She said she was hearing about his escape on the news when police ordered her out of her home and kicked down her fence before arresting him.

The Sheriff's Office said the neighbor did not realize Rosa was a jail escapee and she will not be charged as an accessory.

He has been charged with felony escape and taken back to the Osceola County Jail, WKMG said.

A man suspected of being a gang leader escaped from the same jail last month. Michael Rigby likely left the state hours after breaking free by removing the toilet and sink from his cell wall. He has not been caught.


FHP Releases Click It or Ticket
Campaign Results

TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT] -- Col. John Czernis, director of the Florida Highway Patrol, today announced FHP’s results of the recent Click It or Ticket campaign.

From March 1 through 15, the Patrol participated in the statewide Click It or Ticket campaign and focused on drivers who did not fasten their safety belts.

Troopers issued nearly 37,000 traffic citations. Of those, more than 6,500 were for failure to buckle up. They also made 311 arrests for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs, cited more than 10,000 drivers for speeding, and assisted nearly 10,000 motorists.


FDLE Arrests 21 Food Stamp
Traffickers in Statewide Sweep

TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, March 18, 2010, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) announced the arrest of 21 store owners and clerks in an intensive 10-week, statewide undercover operation to combat public assistance fraud. Operation Cash Exchange targeted retailers illegally providing cash from government issued Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards which are authorized only for the purchase of approved food staples. The operation began Jan. 7 and culminated with the execution of search and arrest warrants at 15 stores in 10 cities on March 17.


Above, one of the stores involved, Big Daddy's Quick E Drive By,
5229 South Macdill Avenue, Tampa, Florida

“These stores were trafficking in tax-payer dollars,” said Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “Taking cash from the food stamp program is a felony, and we rounded up retailers who were running this scam as a part of their daily routine.”

During the operation, undercover operatives visited convenience stores, small grocery markets and gas stations and used food stamp benefits on undercover EBT cards to acquire cash and other items ineligible for purchase. Store owners and clerks rang through a transaction that indicated a food staple purchase, but then provided a portion of the transaction amount back to the undercover operative in the form of cash and retained a portion for themselves. In most cases, few or no food items were purchased.

In addition to the cash transactions, stores also allowed the card to be used to purchase prohibited items such as alcohol and cigarettes, subsequently avoiding paying taxes on those items. In two stores, the undercover operative successfully purchased scratch-off lottery tickets. In one Central Florida store, an undercover operative used the card to purchase a small quantity of the prescription pain killer Oxycodone.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which administers the federal food stamp program, the 15 stores targeted during the operation have committed an estimated $3.5 million in food stamp fraud over the last 12 months. More than $10,000 in cash exchanges occurred during the operation.

"At a time when more Floridians than ever need our help, those who steal from this critical program are stealing from the 2.5 million people in this state who are in legitimate need of food stamps," said Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon. "I applaud FDLE's aggressive efforts to punish this especially heinous form of fraud. Such arrests will ensure that honest Floridians who need a helping hand receive that assistance."

Additional arrests are expected. In addition to state charges, the store owners may face federal penalties by the USDA for violating food stamp program guidelines. These penalties may include fines, temporary or permanent disqualification, and forfeiture of property.

Stores that sold lottery tickets and unauthorized items will be referred to the Florida Department of Lottery and the Florida Department of Revenue for further action.

FDLE will soon begin Phase II of the operation that will target actual public assistance recipients who illegally obtain cash through food stamp benefits on EBT cards.

The federal food stamp program is known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Paper food stamps are no longer issued; instead, benefits are awarded in the form of credit on EBT cards. The USDA establishes the criteria for authorized food purchases, determines which stores are authorized to accept food stamp benefits, and has the authority to administer sanctions to stores violating program guidelines. The Department of Children and Families determines SNAP eligibility and allotments and distributes benefits to individuals. FDLE’s Public Assistance Fraud Program investigates misuse and abuse in the state’s public assistance programs.


 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Mother, Apparently High on Drugs,
Arrested for Child Neglect of
3-Month-Old Baby

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Gail Ann Casa, 28, of the 5900 block of 48th Street East, Bradenton.


Gail Ann Casa

According to the arrest report, on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at about 10 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the Silver Lake subdivision regarding a car that had driven over the median and leaked oil down the street and into a driveway at the above location.

When a deputy arrived, he observed a silver Chrysler with the rear passenger side door wide open.

The deputy walked over to the front of the house and the front door was also wide open and the home was in disarray, the report said.

The deputy called out but received no response. When a backup deputy arrived they entered the home and discovered the 3-month-old child on an adult bed between two pillows.

They then found Gail Casa in the bathroom, passed out, sitting in an "Indian-style" position with her head between her legs.

After calling to her loudly twice with no response, one of the deputies tapped her on the shoulder and she woke up.

She said she was preparing food for the baby, but had nothing in her hands and had no idea what time it was.

She was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital and did not ask once what was going to happen to her child. Her sister arrived at the hospital and told deputies her sister was "[expletive deleted] up" on Oxycontin and had been abusing them.

Gail Casa had no recollection of crashing her car the night before.

She was arrested and charged with Child Neglect.

As of Wednesday afternoon, she remained in the Manatee County Jail on a $10,000 bail bond.

Child Protective Services took custody of the baby.


Adult, Two Teens Arrested
for Burglary of Residence

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Chancey Blue, 23, Fortino Reynoso, 19, and Gilberto Lopez, 15.


Above, L to R, Chancey Blue, Fortino Reynoso and Gilberto Lopez

The arrest report said on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at about 12:45 a.m., deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 5700 block of 9th Street Court East to a burglary in progress. Dispatch told deputies there were four people burglarizing the home; 3 Hispanic males and a Black male.

Gilberto Lopez was captured leaving the residence with a laundry basket filled with several electronic items.

Fortino Reynoso was identified by witnesses as having put a foot briefly through a broken window and then retreated and Chancey Blue was identified as a lookout and the man who knocked on the front door, presumably to see if anyone was at home.

The fourth man had left the scene prior to law enforcement's arrival.

Blue, Reynoso and Lopez were all arrested and charged with Burglary.

Blue was also charged with 3 counts of Violation of Probation and remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.

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

Lopez was taken to the Juvenile Booking Facility.


Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for Burglary, Fraudulent Use
of Credit Card

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Ted Sanchez, 31, of 4880 51st Street West, Bradenton.


Ted Sanchez

According to the arrest report, on March 2, 2010, at about 12:30 a.m., police received a call regarding a burglary to a motor vehicle in the 5900 block of 32nd Avenue West, Bradenton.

Upon meeting with the victim, it was learned that a Dell computer, a black case containing CDs, a GPS system, miscellaneous clothing, cash and a credit card were stolen from the vehicle.

During the investigation, it was learned that the credit card was used twice on March 2nd at the 7-11 convenience store in the 4300 block of 59th Street West, Bradenton. Surveillance video showed a light-skinned male whom the store employees recognized. They were asked to call police if the man returned to the store.

On March 12, 2010, store employees called police to report that the man was in the store. Police responded and detained the man, identified as Sanchez.

At the police station, Sanchez was questioned. He admitted to using the card 3 times at the 7-11 and once at a BP station, but denied stealing the card. He told detectives he found it on the ground and knew nothing about a burglary.

While at the station, Ms. Sanchez arrived. She told detectives she had driven her husband to the location of the burglary on the night in question. She said her husband left the vehicle, she heard a bang and he returned with items and placed them in the vehicle. She said some of the items were at their apartment.

Detectives went with Ms. Sanchez to the apartment and located a black case containing CDs.

At that point, when confronted with the evidence, Ted Sanchez confessed.

On Friday, March 12, 2010, Sanchez was arrested and charged with Burglary and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.

He posted a bail bond of $6,000 the next day and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Deputies: Homeless Man
Arrested for Battering
Girlfriend

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested Eric Ryan Schmidt, 46, a homeless man.


Eric Ryan Schmidt

According to the arrest report, on Friday, March 12, 2010, at about 3:45 a.m., Schmidt struck his unnamed girlfriend with his truck and ran over her left foot.

Schmidt then got out of his truck and slapped the victim, then picked her up into his vehicle.

The incident occurred in the 3000 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton, and was all over money.

A deputy observed the woman had abrasions that were still bleeding on her left foot and her left foot was swollen and slightly bruised. She also had abrasions on her right knee.

Schmidt had left the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

However, he was found on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at the 59th Street Boat Ramp and arrested.

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

As of Wednesday afternoon, he remained in the Manatee County Jail on a $20,000 bond.


Four Vehicles Burglarized
in Kingsfield Lakes Area

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported four vehicle burglaries in the Kingsfield Lakes subdivision in Parrish, Florida, on Wednesday, March 17, 2010.

The report said during the night, four locked vehicles were broken into in Kingsfield Lakes.

All vehicles had their windows broken out by perpetrators prying the window frames.

Items stolen were a laptop computer, GPS, wallet (recovered two residences down), an I-pod and an after-market stereo. One vehicle had nothing missing.

At the present time, three cars had been processed by a crime scene unit and Prints were lifted from each of them. The fourth vehicle is presently drying inside the victim's garage due to the rain and will be processed once it is dry.

No one reported seeing or hearing anything suspicious.

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

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


Man Apparently Takes Own
Life by Gunshot

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an apparent suicide by gunshot on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at about 10:30 a.m.

The man, identified in the report only as "W.C.," was found at his residence in the 4300 block of Kariba Lake Terrace, in South Manatee County.

The report said "W.C." died in the back yard of his residence of an apparent gun shot.

Sgt. Will Kelley said the incident is still under investigation, but strong leads indicate suicide as a possible cause of death.


Punta Gorda Police Arrest Mother
of Injured Infant on Drug Charges

PUNTA GORDA, Florida [NMT] -- At about 6:49 p.m. on March 16, 2010, Punta Gorda Police responded to 600 Fitzhugh Avenue, Punta Gorda in reference to a request to check on the welfare of 26-year-old Mandy Cheri Mclean.


Mandy Cheri Mclean

Mclean’s three-month-old daughter was seriously injured on Monday when she was dropped out of a car seat and sustained head injuries.

As a result of the incident, Mclean’s children were taken into the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

The caller who asked for the welfare check, a neighbor of Ms. Mclean’s, was worried about her and went to Mclean’s house where she noticed that several screens were missing, the door was slightly ajar, and Mclean’s car was in the driveway but nobody answered the door.

Police responded to the residence and noticed the conditions described by the neighbor. They yelled for Mclean to come to the door but there was no response. Officers, fearing that Mclean could have harmed herself or been in trouble, entered the residence and found Mclean passed out on a bed. The officer woke Mclean who appeared to be dazed and under the influence of a controlled substance.

While waiting for an ambulance to arrive and check on Mclean’s health, officers noticed a glass pipe and a clear baggie containing what appeared to be methamphetamine. A search of a purse Mclean was holding while unconscious revealed one pill of Xanax for which Mclean did not have a prescription.

Officers arrested Mclean for Possession of Methamphetamines (Felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance – Xanax (Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor).

She was transported to the Charlotte County Jail and held on $6,000 bail bond.


Prison Worker Smuggled Pot
into Florida Facility

CLERMONT, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A worker at a state prison has been arrested on charges that he was trying to sneak drugs into the facility, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Guards said they found marijuana during a staff inspection at the prison gate of the Lake Correctional Institution in Clermont.

Antony Ducasse is being held at Lake County Jail on $12,000 bond.

Officials said Ducasse was a food service worker on contract and is not employed by the state.

Deputies said they found about $500 worth of marijuana in a plastic bag hidden in Ducasse's pants, WKMG said.


 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Manatee County Deputy Arrests
Man for Felony Fleeing to Elude
After Home Invasion Robbery

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested James Howard, Jr., 31, of 6007 10th Street East, Bradenton.


James Howard, Jr.

A sheriff's report said on Monday, March 15, 2010, at about 6:45 p.m., a deputy received a BOLO from a home invasion robbery where a Red Ford Explorer was the suspect vehicle. As the deputy was traveling South on 9th Street East, another deputy called out that a vehicle matching that description had just gone through the intersection at 57th Avenue East and was heading north.

The first deputy was at the 4800 block of 9th Street East when he saw the vehicle. He made a U-turn and affected a stop at the 5000 Block of 9th Street East.

The vehicle stopped and the deputy exited his patrol vehicle. When he reached the rear of the suspect vehicle, the driver accelerated away.

The deputy activated his siren; he already had his overhead blue lights on.

The suspect vehicle reached the intersection of 9th Street and 301 Blvd. East. The light was red and the suspect vehicle ran the light, turning north onto 301. The suspect vehicle nearly struck another vehicle in the intersection.

He fled north and failed to stop for a red light at 44th Avenue, nearly hitting another vehicle. The vehicle then turned North onto 5th Street East. Speeds were approximately 65 mph, traffic was moderate and the weather was clear.

The SUV turned into Desoto Village Apartments at 3810 5th Street East. The vehicle was located parked just inside the gate, still running.

The deputy exited his vehicle and began pursuing the suspect on foot. Several persons directed the deputy towards the north side of the complex. A resident directed him to apartment 515. He stated a Black male matching the description of the suspect entered the apartment. He told the deputy he was approximately 10 seconds behind the suspect.

A perimeter was set up and a consent to search form was obtained. An announcement was made over the P.A. system.

Howard surrendered without incident. The deputy searched the apartment and located a semi-automatic pistol and a small amount of Marijuana.

Howard was charged with Aggravated Fleeing to Elude Law Enforcement and Possession of Marijuana.

He posted a bail bond of $5,120 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

There was no information about the home invasion robbery in the sheriff's report of this incident. However, there was a sheriff's report of an armed home invasion robbery that had occurred minutes before this incident (see report immediately below).


One Arrested After Armed
Home Invasion Robbery

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested one man who was a victim of an armed home invasion robbery on Monday, March 15, 2010, at about 6:30 p.m. This incident may be related to a Fleeing to Elude arrest (see report immediately above), a sheriff's report said.


Jason Hughes

The report said on Monday, Mathias Mong, Godfrey Sannon and Jason Hughes were at 4916A 20th Street Court East, Bradenton, playing video games when there was a knock at the door.

Mong, who rents the house, thought it was his sister and yelled, "Come in."

Three men entered the house and pushed Mong down from the chair he had been sitting in. Mong is recovering from hip surgery and couldn't move.

The three invaders yelled at Mong and Sannon, "Where's the pills?!"

Huges came out from the bathroom and was immediately confronted by one of the suspects who pushed a small semi-automatic handgun into his stomach and search his pockets; he didn't find anything.

Hughes took off running out the back of the house to get help.

The three invaders took off running and fled in a red, older model SUV toward 51st Avenue East.

A shotgun blast was heard. A neighbor later told deputies that Mong had run out of the house after the three invaders with a rifle. Mong admitted he fired the shot with a shotgun that belonged to his girlfriend.

Mong then told deputies that Hughes was possibly dealing Oxycontin and Xanax pills.

When Hughes was interviewed, he pulled his prescriptions out of his pocket and handed them to Lt. Thomason. There were multiple different pills in one of the bottles and when Lt. Thomason opened it, she found a small bag of marijuana stuffed into the top.

Huges, 24, was arrested and transported to the Manatee County Jail.

He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Violation of Probation.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $6,240.

The three invaders were described as a Black male, 6' tall with a skinny build, a Black male, 6'4" tall and thin with dreadlocks, and a light-skinned mixed race male, armed with a small black semi-automatic pistol.

It is believed that James Howard, Jr., arrested a few minutes later for Fleeing to Elude, was one of the armed home invaders, but detectives have not yet tied him to the incident.

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

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


Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for Stabbing Girlfriend,
Severely Injuring Her

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Haywood Bradley, Jr., 30, of 520 13th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Haywood Bradley, Jr.

The arrest report stated on Friday, March 12, 2010, at about 9:30 p.m., Bradley and the unnamed victim have been intimately involved and were in a verbal argument at the above location.

During the argument, Bradley grabbed a kitchen knife.

The victim stated she then started to fight with Bradley to avoid being stabbed.

She ended up getting cut on her left hand. Her fingers were cut several and she needed surgery to repair them.

Bradley was located on Sunday, March 14th, and arrested.

He was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

He told detectives the victim fell down and cut herself with the knife.

He denied attempting to cut the victim.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $20,000.


Man Arrested for Possession
of Heroin, Methadone

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Adam Shin, 27, of the 7000 block of Montauk Point Crossing, Bradenton.


Adam Shin

According to the arrest report, on Monday, March 15, 2010, at about 12:45 p.m., a traffic stop was initiated because Shin had crossed over the center line of 53rd Avenue West.

The stop was made in the 3100 block of 53rd Avenue East.

Deputy Thames was given permission to search Shin's vehicle.

Dep. Thames located a Dr. Pepper can that contained two plastic baggies of Heroin. He also located 21 Methadone pills and some additional Xanax and Suboxone pills. They were all tested and were positive for the drugs. Also found were some syringes.

Shin said he was trying to kick his Heroin habit.

He was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Methadone and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

He posted a $2,120 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Woman Arrested for Grand
Theft from Employer

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Magdalena M. Ferdinand, 21, of 506 60th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.


Magdalena M. Ferdinand

A sheriff's arrest report said a bank deposit for Citi Trends, 5108 15th Street East, Bradenton, came up $300 short and the deposit slip had been altered.

On March 15, 2010, an employee interviewed Ferdinand, at which time Ferdinand admitted to stealing the money because she needed rent money.

Ferdinand also admitted it to a deputy who was called in.

She was arrested on March 15th and charged with Retail Grand Theft.

She posted a $1,000 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Five Vehicles Burglarized
on Manatee's West Side

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported multiple vehicle burglaries in Northwest Bradenton between Monday, March 15th and Tuesday, March 16th, 2010.

The report said unknown person(s) smashed out the left rear passenger’s side window of a 2003 Chevrolet SUV and took a wallet with $14.00 in it, while it was parked in the 100 block of 65th Street Court NW. They smashed the front passenger’s side window of a 2010 Honda Civic and took a laptop computer and cell phone, while it was parked in the 500 block of 65th Street Court NW. They smashed out the left rear passenger’s window of a 2002 Toyota Camry and took a purse, while it was parked in the 100 block of 60th Street West. They smashed out the left rear passenger’s side window of a 2008 Hyundai and took a shoulder bag with a checkbook in it, while it was parked in the 100 block of 63rd Street West. They also smashed out the front passenger’s side window of a 2008 Honda Civic and took a wallet, while it was parked in the 400 block of 65th Street Court NW.

The suspect(s) then fled in an unknown direction by unknown means.

There were no witnesses nor any physical evidence located.

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.


Shooting Under Investigation
in Sarasota County

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at about 3:45 a.m., deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office responded to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in reference to a shooting.

The unnamed victim advised that he saw a subject around his vehicle which was parked in front of his residence in the 2200 block of Lockwood Lake Circle West, Sarasota.

He went to investigate and was shot.

The injury was not life-threatening.

Anyone with information on this case should call the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section at 861-4900 or Sarasota Crime Stoppers at 366-TIPS(8477)


Narcotics Cops Arrest Two
Sarasota Crack Dealers

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit detectives arrested two Sarasota crack cocaine distributors in an undercover operation Monday afternoon, March 15, 2010, in the Englewood East area.


Above, L to R, Edward Johnson and Gregory Gillespie

The CCSO Narcotics detectives arranged a crack purchase from Edward N. Johnson, 22, (aka “B”) 2001 Chester Ave. A confidential informant (CI) got into Johnson’s white Cadillac on Kidron Ave. and the money for crack cocaine was exchanged. Also in the car was Gregory Gillespie, 25, 2125 E 33rd St. Instead of letting the CI out after the exchange, Johnson sped off. The CI begged to be let out several times but Johnson refused and continued driving, until they saw a marked patrol car and an undercover vehicle closing in on them.

Johnson handed a container to Gillespie who emptied the contents out on the roadway. Johnson was immediately stopped at Winchester Blvd. and Belgrade Terrace and both men were taken into custody. The CI was not injured. Detectives walked along the roadway and recovered three grams of the crack cocaine. Johnson and Gillespie were taken to the District-1 Office in Englewood. Johnson was searched and a baggie of marijuana weighing 4.1 grams was found on him.

Both men were transported to the Charlotte County Jail on numerous charges and no bond. Since the initial contact with Johnson and Gillespie was about 800 feet from the Kid’s Club at 10483 Kidron Ave., both were charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Child Care Facility, Possession of Crack Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, False Imprisonment, and Tampering with Evidence. Also, narcotics detectives on Feb. 23 made a crack cocaine purchase from Johnson so he was additionally charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine within 1,000 feet of a Child Care Center, plus Sale and Delivery of Crack Cocaine.

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).


Punta Gorda Cops Arrest Man,
26, for Sexual Battery of Girl, 8

PUNTA GORDA, Florida [NMT] -- Earlier Tuesday morning, March 16, 2010, Punta Gorda Police responded to a possible sexual battery of an eight-year-old female on Slash Pine Circle in Punta Gorda.

Upon arrival, officers heard screaming coming from inside the residence. They were met at the door by Danielle Martinez and also observed herhusband, 26-year-old Manuel Luis Sanchez-Martinez, standing naked in the living room.

Officers interviewed Mrs. Martinez who stated her husband returned home from work late at night, went into their bedroom where he got undressed, and then left the room closing the door behind him.

After a few minutes passed, she left the bedroom to look for her husband. Mrs. Martinez walked into another bedroom where she observed Mr. Martinez attempting to engage in sexual activity with the sleeping eight-year-old female victim.

The victim was transported to Charlotte Regional Medical Center Hospital for a sexual battery examination and the Florida Department of Children and Families responded to assist the victim and conduct an independent investigation.

Detectives arrested Mr. Martinez for Sexual Battery on a Victim under the Age of 12.

He was transported to the Charlotte County Jail and held on no bond.


Police: Homeowner Shoots,
Kills One of Two Robbers

OCOEE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a man returning to his Ocoee home early Tuesday morning shot and killed a man during a gun battle, according to police.

The shooting happened at about 12:30 a.m. on Pomegranate Court in Orange County.

According to Ocoee police, Walter Henry, 40, returned home from work when he was pistol-whipped by one of two men in his driveway. Henry, who has a concealed weapons permit, fired three shots, and one of the men returned fire, police said.

One of the assailants was struck and killed, police said.

Henry was struck by a bullet but is expected to be okay, police said.

The other culprit has not been located. A description of the man has not been released.

It does not appear that the Henry knew his attackers, WKMG said.


 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Deputy Arrests Man for
Domestic Battery by
Strangulation

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Gregory P. Campbell, 43, of 7611 1st Avenue West, Bradenton.


Gregory P. Campbell

According to the arrest report, on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at about 7:30 p.m., Gregory and his wife got into a verbal argument.

The argument turned physical and Gregory struck his wife in the head and face several times, the report said.

Gregory then threw his wife on the bed and put his hands over her nose and mouth, preventing her from breathing.

He then struck his wife in the forehead with a shoe.

Gregory was arrested the following morning at about 6:30 a.m. and transported to the Manatee County Jail.

He was charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

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


Man Arrested for Burglary,
Theft of Flat Screen TV

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jeremy Coronel, 30, of 6815 Washington Place, Bradenton. Coronel was already incarcerated in the Manatee County Jail on unrelated charges.


Jeremy Coronel

According to the arrest report, on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at about 2:45 p.m., Jeremy hopped a fence to a residence in the 2800 block of Bay Drive, Bradenton, broke a window to a shed and entered it. He then stole numerous gardening items.

After that, he entered the home through a window by prying it open and stole a flat screen TV from a wall in the home.

Jeremy then pawned the flat screen TV, attesting that he had the right to do so.

Detectives found the transaction at the pawn shop and arrested Jeremy.

He was charged with Burglary, Dealing in Stolen Property and Defrauding a Pawn Broker.

He was also arrested on charges of Domestic Battery of a Pregnant Woman.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a $405,000 bail bond.


Man Arrested for Domestic
Battery by Strangulation

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Michael Myhalyk, 42, of 3529 59th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Michael Myhalyk

The arrest report said Michael and Tina Fletcher are girlfriend and boyfriend and live together at the above address.

On Saturday, March 13, 2010, at about 8 p.m., they got into an argument. The argument became physical when Michael grabbed Tina's hair when she tried to go into the bedroom.

In the bedroom, Michael pushed Tina on the bed and grabbed her by the hair with one hand and put his other hand around her neck, the report said.

Michael stopped and shortly after left the apartment.

Michael was gone when a deputy arrived, but he was later located by the Bradenton Police Department at an address in the 2500 block of 10th Avenue West, Bradenton.

Michael was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

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


Woman Arrested for Pushing,
Injuring Man

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Sarah Lee Mueller, 49, of 2705 52nd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.


Sarah Lee Mueller

According to the arrest report, on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at about 4:30 p.m., Mueller and another person, identified only as "Kargauer," were both intoxicated and were arguing in the front yard of the residence listed above.

Mueller became frustrated and pushed Kargauer, causing him to fall.

Due to the fall, Kargauer received a 1-inch laceration to the back of his head, which was bleeding when deputies arrived.

Kargauer said he wanted to press charges, but when he saw her in handcuffs he started to yell he didn't want her arrested.

Nevertheless, Mueller was arrested and charged with Battery.

She posted a $750 bail bond the next day and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Loses Control of Roadster,
Suffers Serious Injuries

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a man driving a Factory Five Roadster lost control of the vehicle at about 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010, on University Parkway, west of U.S. 301.

Michael Pellitier, 56, of Bradenton, was traveling eastbound on SR-610 (University Parkway) in the left lane approaching the intersection of US-301.

Pellitier failed to maintain control of the vehicle causing it to roatate clockwise as it traveled across the right travel lane and off the roadway on the south shoulder where it struck a tree with the driver side door.

The vehicle then rotated another 360 degrees where it came to final rest on the south shoulder of SR-610 facing in a southwesterly direction.

Pelletier sustained serious injuries to his lower extremities and abdominal areas and was transported to Bayfront Medical Center by Bayflite medical chopper.

He was cited by FHP for Careless Driving.


Bradenton Beach Sewer Line
Smoke Test Announced

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Utilities department will be testing the sewer lines in Bradenton Beach from March 15th, 2010 through March 31st, 2010.

The test will involve putting smoke into the lines and checking for leaks.

The tests will be performed from 6th Street North to 31st Street North along Gulf Dr. in Bradenton Beach.

The smoke they are using is a nontoxic white smoke that they force in the sewer to locate breaks.

The county would like to get the word out so people will not become alarmed if they see smoke coming out of the ground.

If you have questions or need more information on the process, please contact Lamar Carlisle at 941-795-3411, ext. 5215.


Humane Society of Manatee
Offers “Beat the Heat” Cat
Spay/Neuter Specials

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- For the remainder of March, the Humane Society of Manatee County is offering $10 cat neuters (male) and $20 cat spays (female).

Springtime is often known as “kitten season” when thousands of unwanted litters of kittens are born and end up being euthanized as a result.

This offer is open to the public with no residency requirements.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 941-747-8808 x 302 or email info@humanesocietymanatee.org. Offer valid through March 31, 2010.

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

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.


Man Arrested on Boat Fraud
Charges; 20 Complaints

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Economic Crimes Unit detectives arrested a Port Charlotte man, obtained search warrants and raided his Port Charlotte home, and his Grove City business, concerning at least 20 complaints of boat sales fraud.


Brett Wayne Hyde

Around 7:30 a.m. on Friday, March 12, 2010, ECU detectives arrested Brett Wayne Hyde, 47, of 18610 Ft. Smith Circle, and seized all records and computers from his home, and Sun Harbor Marine, 3150 Placida Road. Detectives have been working this case several months and say Hyde committed fraud and grand theft in sale and consignment of boats and not supplying titles.

Detectives went to Hyde’s home and arrested him for Scheme to Defraud and two counts of Grand Theft concerning a case that started last October with Carl Dudley, 172 Caddy Rd., Rotonda West, who placed his boat on consignment with Hyde at Sun Harbor Marine. The boat and trailer was sold for $11,000 and Hyde gave Dudley a check for $11,000 but it was returned for insufficient funds. Dudly was only able to get $5,500 from the deal. The investigation revealed the boat was purchased by Kevin Harakal, 3630 Bonaire Ct., Punta Gorda, for $15,100; however, he never got a title to the boat. Detectives said Hyde deposited the funds for personal use outside the scope of his business. Hyde posted a $7,500 bond and was released.

These latest charges involved Warren Eckman, 611 Via Cala, Englewood East, who said he bought a used boat on Apr. 13, 2009 from Hyde and never received title. He traded in a boat valued at $7,729 and $3,261 cash. The investigation revealed the boat Eckman bought had been on consignment by Curtis Barker. Hyde told Barker his boat was sold and he’d receive payment which never happened. On Mar. 3, Barker reported the theft of the boat to CCSO. Hyde was also charged today with Scheme to Defraud, and two counts of Grand Theft.

ECU detectives said once they go through all the seized records and computer information, more charges are expected to be filed. This is the third arrest of by detectives; Hyde was charged Nov. 5, 2009 for Scheme to Defraud and Grand Theft amounting to $30,280 in another case.

If you have information about this case, please call the CCSO Economic Crimes Unit at 941-639-2101, or Charlotte County Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


Body of Homeless Man
Found in Canal

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit detectives continued their investigation Monday in the death of a homeless man found floating Saturday, March 13, 2010, in a canal off U.S. 41 and Murdock Circle at 1 p.m. behind Applebee’s Restaurant.

MCU detectives said the CCSO Dive Team responded and pulled the body from the canal.

Several homeless people who live in two area camps were interviewed by detectives.

The identity of the man has been made; however, detectives are withholding his name until they can contact next of kin.

Detectives said the body was transported to the Charlotte County Medical Examiner’s Office in Murdock; an autopsy was scheduled for Monday afternoon.


Disney Worker Struck
By Car On Ride

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A Walt Disney World worker suffered a broken leg Sunday afternoon in a crash at the Magic Kingdom, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The worker, whose name has not been released, was struck by a car driven by a guest on the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway.

Fire officials said the worker stepped in front of a gas-powered car on the track. The ride has a top speed of 7 mph.

The employee was taken to an Orlando hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The attraction was closed but reopened about three hours after the incident, WKMG said.


 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Manatee County Sheriff:
Intoxicated Man Tasered,
Pepper-Sprayed, Arrested

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Carlos Olivas, 29, of 3323 8th St. E. Bradenton.


Carlos Olivas

According to a sheriff's report, Olivas was extremely intoxicated on Friday, March 12, 2010, at about 3:20 a.m., when he approached his neighbor, Antonio Lujan, and asked Lujan, 33, to come with him.

Lujan said no and Olivas threatened to batter him. Lujan told Olivas to go home and Lujan went inside his home.

About two minutes later, Olivas broke Lujan's front room window.

Lujan came out and Olivas tried to hit him, but missed. Olivas grabbed Lujan but let him go. Lujan chased Olivas into his home and Lujan called police.

Olivas ran into his home when he saw a deputy arrive.

While the deputy was investigating, Olivas approached the deputy from behind. The deputy tried to arrest him. Olivas broke free and tried to run.

A Taser was activated, stopping Olivas, but Olivas continued to fight with and resist the deputy's handcuffing efforts, so the deputy drive-stunned Olivas with the Taser.

After being handcuffed, he continued to resist and tried to pull away from one of the deputies in an attempt to get in another deputy's face. He was assisted to the ground where he continued to twist and kick. Then Olivas received an application of pepper spray, which significantly reduced his resistance.

He continued to be combative while in the patrol deputy's custody.

He was arrested and charged with Battery, Criminal Mischief and Resisting Arrest.

Olivas posted a $1,620 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail that same day.


Bradenton Police Arrest Woman
for Deadly Weapon Assault

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Tiffany N. Petry, 20, of 4512 5th Street West, Bradenton.


Tiffany N. Petry

According to the arrest report, on Friday, March 12, 2010, shortly after midnight, Petry and her boyfriend were in a verbal argument regarding the boyfriend's ex-girlfriend.

The boyfriend was lying in the bed when Petry pushed his head against the pillow with her open hand.

She then climbed off the bed, walked over to the dresser and picked up a semi-automatic handgun.

The victim told officers she pointed the pistol at him and said, "[expletive deleted] you."

Petry then left the room, at which point the boyfriend called the police.

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

She posted an $11,000 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Arrested for Slapping
Girlfriend, Stealing Her $$

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Cole Yardley, 22, of 4106 70th Street Circle East, in Palmetto.


Cole Yardley

The arrest report said Yardley and his girlfriend, Stephanie, live together at a residence in the 4000 block of 25th Street West, Bradenton.

On Friday, March 12, 2010, at about 2:30 a.m., both engaged in a verbal argument which turned physical when Cole smacked her on the face with an open hand, knocking her glasses from her face.

As Stephanie looked for her glasses, Cole went into their bedroom and took $500 in cash from her wallet which was in her purse, according to the report.

Cole then left the house and had his mother pick him up and take him to her house.

Cole was later arrested at that location (see above).

Stephanie had no visible signs of injuries.

Cole was charged with Domestic Battery and Grand Theft.

He posted a $2,000 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Teenager, 14, Accused of Forcing
Boy, 9, to Give Him Oral Sex

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Detectives have arrested an unnamed 14-year-old Black male, already in custody at the Juvenile Detention Center.

According to a sheriff's report, on multiple occasions between approximately August 1, 2009 and December 1, 2009, the 14-year-old allegedly coerced an unnamed 9-year-old victim into performing oral sex on him.

The incidents allegedly occurred at a residence in the 2700 block of 7th Avenue East, Palmetto.

The victim confided this to his mother on Thursday, March 11, 2010.

She contacted the sheriff's office on Friday to report the crime.

Responding Deputies confirmed the 14-year-old is already in custody at the Juvenile Detention Center for a related case.

Crimes Against Children detectives responded to the victim’s residence to continue the investigation.

The 14-year-old was charged with Sexual Battery and remains in the Juvenile Detention Center.


NewsManatee Advice Lands
Man in Jail for Burglary

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- NewsManatee's advice for recovering stolen property seems to have worked, at least in part, for one woman whose cameras were stolen.


Steven D. Pena

The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Steven D. Pena, 18, of 3506 14th Street West, Bradenton.

The arrest report said Pena was living with the victim and her husband between October of 2008 and December of 2009. He moved out and had only been to the residence since then to visit.

On March 3, 2010, the victim was using her Nikon camera to take pictures of her daughter. The victim said that was in the evening hours, so she knew the camera was still there when she left the residence on March 4, 2010.

When she came home that evening, she realized the camera was now gone, along with a Samsung camera.

We don't know for certain if it was NewsManatee's advice on how to recover stolen property that prompted her to do so, but the victim did some checking and located her Nikon camera at Cash America Pawn, 5416 14th Street West.

A check was done and it was discovered that on March 4th, the same day it was stolen, Pena pawned the camera and received a total of $170 for the camera. The actual value of the camera is around $1,000.

The victim believes that Pena used a key he still had to enter the residence. There were no signs of forced entry.

The Samsung camera is still missing.

When questioned, Pena refused to talk about the incident.

Pena was arrested on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, and charged with Burglary. It was discovered that he also had a warrant for Contempt of Court for failing to answer a summons for Reckless Driving.

Pena remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Manatee Deputy Hits Rocks;
'Rocks Not Damaged,' Sgt. Says

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to a Manatee County Sheriff's report, on Friday, March 12, 2010, at about 6:45 p.m., Deputy Kaczmarek was concluding a traffic stop in front of 603 61st Avenue East, Bradenton.

As he was preparing to leave, he pulled forward and to his left into the parking area in front of the location.

While doing this, Deputy Kaczmarek failed to see two medium-sized landscaping rocks.

Deputy Kaczmarek's cruiser struck the rocks with the front bumper and push-bumper on his cruiser.

The car sustained about $1,000 in damage.

"The rocks were not damaged," Sgt. Rietz wrote in his report of the incident.

The car was driven away from the scene by Deputy Kaczmarek and he was not injured.


Sarasota Sheriff's Deputies
Investigate Shooting

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, March 11, 2010, at about 10:30 p.m., deputies with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office responded to Will's Honky Tonk, 5748 Swift Road, Sarasota, in reference to a shooting.

Upon arrival, an unidentified White male with a gunshot was located.

He was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital in serious condition and is expected to recover.

The shooter, who left the scene in a possible gold-colored truck, has not been identified at this time.

This investigation was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Section.

Anyone with information on this case should call the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section at 861-4900 or Crime Stoppers at 366-TIPS(8477)


Mom Who Tried to Drown Her
Two Babies Arrested

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Friday, March 12, 2010, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Warrant Squad arrested the Sarasota mother who tried to drown her two babies Feb. 26th in Port Charlotte.


Brittany Morgan Livingston

The warrant was served on Brittany Morgan Livingston, 21, 3253 Nature Circle, Sarasota, and she was transported directly to the Charlotte County Jail. The warrant charges her with two counts of Attempted Murder. Major Crimes Unit detectives were at the jail Friday night and are finally able to interview Livingston concerning this case; she had been hospitalized for a mental examination.

As NewsManatee earlier reported, three citizens came to the aid of CCSO K-9 Corporal Emmitt Merritt in saving the woman, her 2-year-old and 9-month-old baby.

Brandon D. Porter, 29, of 1223 SW Melody Dr., Arcadia, called CCSO Dispatch concerning a car crash on Veterans Blvd. at Madaca Lane, in front of The Lakes of Tuscana apartments.

Porter was with his girlfriend, Candice K. Schardt, 31, 1623 NW Magnolia, Arcadia. Porter continued on his cell phone talking to dispatch and as Cpl. Merritt arrived, they advised where the woman and her two children were -- by the pond.

As Cpl. Merritt approached the woman, she ran into the pond with the kids and held them underwater saying she wanted to kill her children.

Cpl. Merritt, assisted by apartment resident, Matthew T. Podbelski, 33, 24033 Madaca Lane, both went into the pond after the woman. Cpl. Merritt and Podbelski rescued the children first and gave them to Schardt at the shoreline. Porter continued on his cell phone updating CCSO Central Dispatch advising what was transpiring. Cpl. Merritt then brought the mother to shore and put her in a patrol car. The mother and her children were transported by Charlotte County EMS to a local hospital.

CCSO Major Crimes Unit detectives responded and the Department of Children’s and Family was notified. The children were released from the hospital and are now safe in the custody of their grandparents.

MCU detectives said the Sarasota woman now faces criminal charges of two counts of Attempted Murder; however, at the time, she was Baker Acted and transported to a crisis intervention center in Punta Gorda.


Detectives Bust Boys, 14 & 15, for
Exploding Homemade Bombs

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested two Port Charlotte High School students at 4 p.m. this afternoon in connection with making and exploding homemade bombs near their homes last Sunday. District-2 detectives identified the boys as Nathan Andrew Schuldt, 14, 193 Flamingo Ave., and Edward Hilton, 15, 17064 Clingman Ave., both of Port Charlotte.


Above, L to R, Nathan Andrew Schuldt and Edward Hilton

Detectives said the boys used a chemical and another item to make homemade explosive devices in plastic bottles. They placed one device in a mailbox at 17181 Fallkirk Ave.; it did not explode. They then placed a second bomb in the same mailbox; this time with BB’s acting as shrapnel. This device exploded damaging the mailbox and scattering BB’s in the box and on the street.

According to detectives, the boys learned the process of making the bombs after researching Youtube.com on the internet. They purchased supplies at local stores, made the bombs, and practiced several times near their home before putting two of them in the mailbox. Schuldt and Hilton were both charged with felony Making/Possessing/Discharging a Destructive Device with Intent to Damage Property. They were transported to the Charlotte County Jail for booking, and then transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice Center in Ft. Myers.

Detectives said this incident could have caused serious injury or death if exploding in the face of someone opening a mailbox with the bomb inside. These types of homemade bombs have been made and exploded by juveniles in the past, but detectives said this is the first time one was made and exploded with shrapnel inside. This is not a harmless prank and should serve as a warning to those who intend on making such destructive devices.


Deputies: TV Anchor
Impersonated Officer

KISSIMEE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported an Orlando TV news anchor was arrested Friday on a charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer stemming from a road-rage incident in February, according to deputies.


Victor Juan Martinez

Victor Juan Martinez, 33, of Kissimmee, an anchor for Central Florida News 13 En Español, was arrested on a felony warrant and booked into the Osceola County Jail with bail set at $1,000.

An investigation began Feb. 15 when deputies were called for a road-rage incident on state Road 417, Osceola County sheriff's deputies said.

According to the motorist, a man later identified as Martinez followed him to his home and partially blocked him in his driveway with his vehicle, deputies said. The man approached Martinez, and asked him why he followed him, deputies said. Martinez reached into his jacket, prompting the man, who had his son with him, to call 911, deputies said.

Martinez walked toward the man, pulled out a billfold that contained a badge and said he was a police officer, according to the Sheriff's Office. Martinez also said that he knew where the man lived and had his license number, according to deputies.

The man said Martinez then quickly got back in his vehicle and sped away, according to deputies.

The man gave authorities a partial license plate number of the vehicle belonging to Martinez, who was later positively identified by the man, deputies said.

When interviewed by detectives, Martinez denied the incident, saying he could not have been involved because he was a news anchor and was working that day, WKMG said.

The News Channel 13 general manager said Martinez will not be on the air for the time being.

Martinez was previously a volunteer with the Orange County Sheriff's Office and was given credentials that might resemble a badge, deputies said. Martinez told detectives he currently volunteers with the city of Orlando's Police Department, according to the Sheriff's Office.

 

 

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