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Local/State News for week ending 3/27/2010

Woman Arrested for Armed
Robbery of Pharmacy; Victim
Chased, Caught, Held Her for Cops

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kimberly Clowes, 31, of 5310 26th Street West, the location of the Garden Walk Condos. The incident occurred on Thursday, March 25, 2010, at about 9:10 a.m.


Kimberly Clowes

A sheriff's report said Kimberly went into The Prescription Shop Pharmacy, 5332 26th Street West, Bradenton, and walked up to the counter with an exposed black handgun that was tucked into her waist band.

She presented a note that said, "Quickly & quietly, I only want 3 things: 1 bottle of Roxycodone 30mg, 1 bottle of Oxycontin 40mg, and 1 bottle of Xanax 1mg. I do have a gun but don’t want anyone hurt – hurry."

The victim read the note, saw the gun in her waist, and gave her 1 bottle of Alprazodone and 3 bottles of Oxycodone.

Kimberly took the bottles and fled northbound on foot towards the Garden Walk Condos.

The victim called 911 and then chased after Kimberly along with his employee, who witnessed the incident.

The victim and the witness located Kimberly behind building 3 at the Garden Walk Condos where she attempted to consume a handful of the stolen pills.

However, the witness was able to knock most of them out of her hands. They then held her down until Deputy G. Young arrived and arrested her.

Detectives were notified and Kimberly was willing to talk to a detective. She was then transported to detectives' offices were she was interviewed by Detective Dickerman and confessed to the armed robbery.

It was determined that Kimberly consumed approximately 8-10 of the stolen pills and was feeling lightheaded and dizzy.

She was transported to the Manatee Memorial Hospital Emergency Room to be treated prior to being transported to the Jail.

She was charged with Armed Robbery.


Woman Arrested for Assaulting
Husband with Hands, Bricks

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Carrie McCullough, 44, of 5634 25th Street Circle East, Bradenton.


Carrie McCullough

The arrest report said on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at about 8:45 p.m., Carrie's husband, Dwight K. Josey, was on the phone in his room when Carrie came into the room and took his phone and went into her room.

Dwight then went and got his phone back from Carrie.

At that point, Carrie began to hit and scratch Dwight. After a brief struggle, Dwight was able to free himself.

Carrie then followed Dwight back int his room and grabbed Dwight's work knife off his entertainment center, but Dwight was able to get the knife from Carrie before she was able to unfold it.

Dwight then took off the shirt that Carrie had ripped and put on a sweatshirt so he could leave the residence, but Carrie attacked Dwight again, ripping the sweatshirt he had just put on.

At this point, Dwight had to place his hands on Carrie in order to get her to stop attacking him, the report said.

When Dwight left the front of the residence, Carrie grabbed a brick and said, "You and your bitches ain't gonna ride in this truck." She then threw the brick at Dwight, but missed. She then picked up another brick and threw it at their Chevy Tahoe parked in the driveway, smashing the front windshield.

Carrie then went back into the residence, grabbed her keys and took off in her Mercedes and was unable to be located.

Carrie later showed up at Manatee Memorial Hospital and was arrested.

She was charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery and Domestic Battery.

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


Man Accused of False
Imprisonment of Two

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Willie Freeman, 20 years old, in connection with an incident that occurred on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at about 11:30 p.m.


Willie Freeman

A sheriff's report said Freeman went to the rooming house located in the 2300 block of 4th Avenue East, Palmetto, where he was let in by an uninvolved occupant.

Once inside, Freeman got into an altercation with Tiffany Nelson, 32, and Ellis Johnson, Jr., 66.

During the altercation Freeman threatened to kill both victims.

Freeman held both victims in their room against their will for approximately 30 minutes. He threatened to shoot them if law enforcement was called.

During this encounter, Freeman kept a hand in his pocket leading both victims to believe that he was armed with a gun.

Nelson and Johnson were able to convince Freeman to go outside, where they continued to argue. By the time they went outside, deputies had already surrounded the house.

Once outside, Freeman started waving his arms while arguing, allowing deputies to see that he did not have a weapon in his hand.

Deputies advanced on the group and took Freeman into custody without incident.

Deputies were unable to find a firearm on Freeman or in the residence.

There were no injuries during the altercation.

Freeman was charged with two counts of False Imprisonment.

As of Thursday afternoon, Freeman remained in the Manatee County Jail on a $7,000 bail bond.


Man Arrested for Domestic
Battery by Strangulation

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Joseph A. Johnston, 50, of 4502 101st Street West, Bradenton.


Joseph A. Johnston

According to the arrest report, Johnston and his unnamed female victim have been dating for approximately two and a half months. They have also been living together at Johnston's residence above, off and on.

On Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at about 10:30 p.m., Johnston allegedly threw the victim down to the ground. He then grabbed her around her neck and choked her, the woman told deputies. She said she lost her breath and started blacking out. She also said Johnston smacked her head on a table.

The woman fled the residence and called police.

Deputy Mark Franczyk reported the victim had a small lump on the top rear of her head, and her neck was also red, with light scratches on her skin.

Post-Miranda, Johnston told Dep. Franczyk the woman hit him first with a cell phone three times; then he defended himself, the report said.

Johnston was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

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

A request for arrest to the State Attorney's Office was filed against the woman.


Man Arrested for Growing
Marijuana in Home

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Rafael L. Torres, 29, of 5120 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Rafael L. Torres

According to the arrest report, on Thursday, March 24, 2010, at about 10:30 a.m., warrants deputies approached Torres' residence looking for someone.

Torres invited them in to search for the wanter person.

When deputies searched the premises, they located two marijuana plants in a makeshift grow shed in the back bedroom.

They also located a plate with marijuana on it in one of the bedrooms.

Torres also attempted to conceal a glass pipe, but was seen by deputies.

Torres was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

He posted a $2,620 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Two BPD Officers Promoted
to Rank of Sergeant; Seven
Officers Sworn In

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On Thursday, March 25, 2010, Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski conducted a promotional ceremony promoting two officers to the rank of sergeant. Chief Radzilowski and City Councilwoman Marianne Barnebey also swore in seven new officers.

Promoted to the rank of sergeant were Dennis Stahley and William Weldon. Both will be serving in the role of first line supervision in the Department’s Patrol Operations.

The newly hired officers are: Adam Wollard, Andrew Starr, Anthony Rodriguez, Andres Perez, Brandon Clark and Joseph Brainard. These officers will be serving in the Patrol Operations.

The Bradenton Police Department is now fully staffed with one hundred twenty sworn members.


Manatee County Humane Society
4th Annual Paws In Motion
Walkathon


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Humane Society of Manatee County will be holding its fourth annual walkathon, Paws in Motion, on May 8, 2010, along the riverfront in downtown Bradenton.

In addition to the dog walk there will be food, raffles and vendors with animal related items for sale.

The 2009 walk raised over $25,000 for the shelter, whose only source of income comes from individuals, corporate sponsors and grants.

The walkathon will include individual walkers and teams along with their dogs.

For more information, or to register for the walk, please visit their website at www.humanemanatee.org , email walk@humanesocietymanatee.org or call 941-747-8808, ext. 311.

All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Manatee County.


UPDATE: Teacher Fired
Over Taped Tirade

WINTER SPRINGS, Florida [NMT] -- The Seminole County School Board unanimously decided Tuesday night to fire a special needs teacher after her 26-minute, curse-laden argument with a student was caught on tape, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Cydney Abrams, who had taught at Winter Springs High School since 2002, had already been suspended without pay since April 2009.

A state judge had recommended that Abrams be reinstated, but the school superintendent was open about how he wanted her fired. After an hour of debate during Tuesday's meeting, he got his wish.

The board voted 4-0 to terminate Abrams over the nearly half-hour argument, which was recorded by another student in the classroom. Both the teacher and student were heard cursing during the taped tirade.

"Have you been smoking and drinking this morning?" the teacher asked at one point.

"I don't smoke or drink," the student replied. "Get it straight."

"OK. What is going on with you?" the teacher said.

"Are you just going to use profanity and think that's going to shock me?" the teacher later said. "Come on, baby. You said 'idiot.' I said 'I'm not an idiot, you must be the idiot.'"

"How am I an idiot?" the student said.

Abrams was reprimanded twice in 2004 for class conduct, WKMG said.


 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for Lewd & Lascivious; Exposed
Himself to Kids, Others, Urinated

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Mark Buto, 32, of 2206 11th Street West, Bradenton.


Mark Buto

According to the arrest report from BPD, on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at about 4 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 2400 block of 10th Street West regarding a lewd act.

The caller said that the person in question, a White male, later identified as Buto, had exposed himself and urinated in front of several people and their children, and was walking along with a White female.

The officer located them in the 900 block of 26th Avenue West.

While talking to Buto, one of the victims stopped by and said that the man he was with was the one who had exposed himself.

Buto told the officer he was walking to the store to get a drink.

The officer was able to smell the odor of alcohol and Buto's speech was slurred, the report said.

Buto denied the allegations, but the officer drove to the incident location in the 2400 block of 10th Street West where several people signed a complaint.

Buto refused to talk to the officer about the allegations.

Buto was arrested and charged with Lewd & Lascivious Act (Indecent Exposure).

As of Wednesday afternoon, Buto remained in the Manatee County Jail on a $500 bail bond.


Man Arrested for Punching
Ex-Girlfriend's Mom, Taking
Pit Bull from Home

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Sunday, March 21, 2010, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office arrested Robert Allen III, 27, of 1106 17th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Robert Allen III

According to the arrest report, Robert Allen III and Danielle Hall broke up six months ago and no longer live together.

On March 6, 2010, at about 11:45 p.m., Robert went to Danielle's home in the 8600 block of 44th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, to speak with Danielle outside of her mother Donna's house about 2 iPods that he gave her to pawn.

Robert got the iPods back and proceeded to enter their home, where he is not welcome because of previous burglary charges.

They began arguing when he was told to go.

Danielle attempted to close the door on him and he put his foot in the door, reached in and punched Danielle's mother Donna in the nose.

Danielle opened the door and stepped in front of her mother. Robert grabbed a plastic trash can and began hitting Danielle with it.

Then Robert stole Donna's dog, a pit bull valued at $300, and fled in a black/blue 4-door car with an unknown Hispanic male.

Donna was treated by EMS for a possible broken nose.

Deputies caught up to Robert on March 21st and arrested him.

He was charged with Burglary with Battery, Domestic Battery, Grand Theft, Sale of an Illegal Drug, Resisting Arrest, Tampering with Evidence and two counts of Violation of Probation.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $19,750.


Man Arrested for Burglary,
Battery After Wrestling Man

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Willie T. Bell, 30, of 312 12th Street West, Palmetto.


Willie T. Bell

The arrest report said on Sunday, March 21, 2010, at about 8 p.m., Bell went to Corey Heaven's residence in the 4500 block of 3rd Street Court to talk to Corey's sister who he shares a child with.

Bell began kicking the front door. Corey opened the door and Bell pushed his way into the residence.

Corey said his girlfriend was asleep.

Bell then pushed Corey and they began fighting. During the altercation, Bell bit Corey on his left forearm.

When deputies arrived, both men were on the ground wrestling and the deputy ordered them to break it up.

Bell was arrested and charged with Burglary with Battery.

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


Deputy Arrests Man for
Burglary to RV

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Patrick Roland Dufault, 20, of 2808 40th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Patrick Roland Dufault

According to the arrest report, Dufault made entry into a recreational vehicle in the 2700 block of 40th Avenue West, Bradenton, early in the morning of Tuesday, March 23, 2010, without permission.

An anonymous call to the sheriff's office brought deputies to the scene.

The caller said Dufault had an out-of-county arrest warrant.

Deputies found Dufault inside the vehicle and arrested him.

He was charged with Burglary to a Conveyance.

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


$50K Worth of Building Materials
Stolen from Palmetto Warehouse

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a burglary and theft of $50,000 worth of building materials from a warehouse in Palmetto, located in the 700 block of 17th Street East. The incident occurred between December 22, 2009 and March 20, 2010, according to the report.

The report said approximately $50,000 worth of boxed metal ceiling grids were removed from the warehouse.

The owner, Thijs Van Der Kolk said nobody had permission to take the grids and estimated the metal missing at approximately $50,000.

A more thorough inventory will need to be done to get an exact dollar amount.

There was no suspect information in the report.

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 Citizen Review
Panel for Abused, Abandoned,
Neglected Children Looking to
Train Volunteers

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- R.B. "Chips" Shore, the Manatee County Clerk of Courts, has announced volunteer training opportunities for the Citizen Review program.

The Manatee County Citizen Review Program is a private, not-for-profit program that is composed of concerned citizens from Manatee County who are authorized by the Chief Judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit and the Juvenile Courts to review cases of abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Manatee County.

Citizen Review Panel volunteers meet for half a day each month to review cases.

Initial training consists of 30 hours over a six week period beginning this May.

No prior knowledge of social services or child welfare is needed, although compassion for children and a desire to help improve their safety and well-being is essential.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Juliet Wanbaugh at (941) 741-4037, or visit the website of the Clerk of the Circuit Court at:

http://www.manateeclerk.com/Departments/CitizensReview.aspx

The reservation deadline is April 15, 2010.


Sons of the American Revolution
Present Fire and Safety Awards

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sons of the American Revolution presented two Bradenton Firefighters with awards at the Saramana Chapter of the SAR at the annual Fire and Safety Awards luncheon on March 12, 2010, at the Lido Key Holiday Inn.


Above, L to R, Bradenton Fire Department Battalion Chief Glenn Hudson,
SAR President Harold Crapo,


Above, L to R, Wife of Bradenton Firefighter Thomas Ferrett, BFD Firefighter Ferrett
and SAR President Harold Crapo; be
hind the men is Phil Tarpley,
Florida SAR Southwestern Vice President.

Glenn Hudson mentioned to Phil Tarpley that he had just been promoted 2 days before the luncheon. After Phil announced the promotion, he gave Thomas a field promotion as he received his award to the delight of the audience.

The firemen thanked the Sons of the American Revolution for their respect of what the firefighters do.


Search Warrant Yields Two
Arrests for Stolen Property

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, assisted Tuesday evening, March 16, 2010, by Lee County Sheriff’s SWAT team, served a search warrant at 29224 Snook Circle, Punta Gorda. Arrested were James Earl Lewis, 48, of that address, and Amy Dawn James, 32, 6029 Charlotte St., Arcadia. (Located off U.S. 17 between Punta Gorda and the Desoto County line).


Above, L to R, James Earl Lewis and Amy Dawn James

The CCSO SWAT team was out of county for training and Sheriff Bill Cameron asked for LCSO SWAT team assistance.

Around 7 p.m. they issued the search warrant for evidence of criminal activity.

Lewis was arrested and charged at this time on a warrant for Dealing in Stolen Property. Dawn fled out a rear window, fell to the ground and crawled under the house. She refused to surrender and a member of the SWAT team went into the crawl space and brought her out.

The house was secured throughout the night; CCSO detectives remain on scene after receiving an amended search warrant for other items found in the home; detectives would not elaborate on the types items also found.

Lewis is being held on no bond; bond was set at $1,000 for James on a charge of Resisting an Officer by Obstruction.

The investigation continues.


Cops: Burglars Use Obituaries
To Find Victims to Target

PORT ORANGE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Police are alerting homeowners to a new crime trend in central Florida where burglars comb newspapers, searching for obituaries to find homes they can target while the owners attend funerals, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

WKMG’s Erik Von Ancken traveled to the Crane Lakes Community in Port Orange, the latest neighborhood to be hit.

Police said crooks monitor the local newspapers to find a list of homeowners who put personal information in the obituaries that lets the thieves know a home will be vacant.

On March 12, two Port Orange families posted an obituary that stated their sister died in New Hampshire and that her burial would be in Maine. Thieves took note that the surviving sisters’ homes would likely be empty while they attended.

Neighbors said they believe burglars cased the houses to make sure they were empty before breaking with a pry bar and knocking out the lock.

One victim of a break-in during a funeral who wished to remain anonymous advised against publishing if a funeral will be out of town, or seeing if someone can watch your house while you’re away.

Homeowners traveling out of town can also alert police to their absence, and area police said they can do an extra patrol.

Investigators said similar break-ins have happened many times in the past six months, and that reports have come in from all over Volusia County, WKMG said.


 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Man, 36, Arrested for Trying
to "Make Out" with Girl, 10,
Attempting to Stab Deputy

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dewayne A. Trisby, 36, of the 500 block of 60th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.


Dewayne A. Trisby

According to the arrest report, on Friday, March 19, 2010, Trisby was picked up by Jennifer Elliott at a hospital. Trisby has a history with the woman, with whom he shares two sons.

When they arrived at home at about midnight, she told Trisby to sleep on the couch.

The mother was later awakened when she heard one of her children crying. The mother went into the bedroom of her 10-year-old daughter, where she observed Trisby sitting beside the little girl's bed asking what was wrong.

The girl would not say.

So, the little girl and her mother went into the master bedroom alone where the girl said Trisby had touched her privates.

Trisby was confronted and a disturbance ensued.

The mother had to run outside to call law enforcement and when she did so, Trisby locked the doors. Four children, ranging in age from 1 1/2 to 10 years, were locked inside with Trisby.

When law enforcement arrived, Trisby attempteded multiple times to stab Dep. Cappiello with a large butcher knife.

Then Trisby made several self-inflicted gashes on his own neck.

EMS was called, but before Trisby could be transported, he once again became violent and was handcuffed to the gurney and sedated by EMS.

Trisby was then transported to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment of his self-inflicted wounds.

Meanwhile, the 10-year-old was taken to Child Protective Services offices and interviewed by law enforcement.

The girl told deputies Trisby went into her room and asked her to "make out" with him, the report said. She said Trisby rubbed on her legs and touched her vagina through her underwear. She said it only happened one time and Trisby never penetrated her.

Later, at the jail, Trisby refused to be interviewed by law enforcement.

He was charged with Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Child, four counts of False Imprisonment and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Law Enforcement Officer.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $400,000.


Computer Crimes Deputy
Arrests Man for 1,000s of
Photos of Child Porn

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Detective Todd Sellitto, of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, has arrested Joseph T. Gilbert, 43, of 12210 Grass Farm Road, in Palmetto.


Joseph T. Gilbert

Det. Sellitto's report said on Monday, March 22, 2010, at approximately 10 a.m., Joseph T. Gilbert was arrested on multiple counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

Gilbert is an employee of the City of St. Petersburg and works in the water resource department.

On Thursday, March 18, 2010, at approximately 3 p.m., a complaint came into the Manatee County Sheriff's Office in reference to some questionable images that were found at the residence of Joseph Gilbert.

These images of Child Pornography were printed on non-commercial photo paper. There were other images of Child erotica within the listed images. An investigation was initiated.

Multiple items of interest were seized from Gilbert's residence, to include many types of computer media, DVD Movies and Digital Images.

A preliminary Investigation has revealed hundreds, maybe thousands, of pornographic material depicting the exploitation of children, Det. Sellitto reported.

Gilbert was charged with 11 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $27,500.

Further charges are pending, Det. Sellitto said.


Alleged Crack User Arrested
for Child Neglect

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Connie Giegerich, 45, of 5416 36th Court East, Ellenton.


Connie Giegerich

The arrest report said on March 17, 2010, at about 6 p.m., the sheriff's office was alerted by an uncle of a 10-year-old boy that his mother had left him alone for about 3 hours before she called a neighbor to check on him.

Upon arrival of deputies, and during their stay, a period of 6 hours elapsed.

Connie did call home and talked to a deputy, but didn't respond home, due to alleged car problems.

Child Protective Services made an emergency home placement with the child's aunt and uncle.

Connie's sister told the deputy that Connie has a bad "crack" problem and that over the past month, Connie has left the child alone at least 5 other times; once for 4 hours, with the child sometimes missing school because his mother didn't take him to school, and has sat alone with him all day, the report said.

The child told the deputy that he lives in fear that his mother is going to do something wrong and that he will be sent to his dad in Minnesota.

Connie was arrested on Monday, March 22, 2010, and transported to the Manatee County Jail.

She was charged with one count of Child Neglect.

As of Tuesday afternoon, she remained in jail without bail.


BPD Arrests Man for Stabbing
Another Man in Groin

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Juan Tranquilino, 60, of 2020 15th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Juan Tranquilino

According to the arrest report, on Monday, March 22, 2010, at about 4:30 p.m., Juan and the unnamed victim were hanging out in the parking lot of Richard's Chicken, 802 15th Street East, Bradenton.

The victim told officers that Juan approached him and started to push the victim with his hands.

Both Juan and the victim became involved in a pushing match.

Juan then produced a knife and stabbed the victim on the left side of his pelvic area.

The victim was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital by ambulance and treated for his injuries.

Upon the victim's release from the hospital, at about 7:10 p.m. that evening, the victim showed officers where Juan lived.

Upon arrival at that location, officers observed Juan leaving the residence in a vehicle.

The vehicle was stopped and Juan was arrested.

Juan was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Juan remained in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Man Arrested for Attempted
Theft of Bicycle, Violation
of Domestic Injunction

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Charles M. Saver, 23, of 4012 13th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Charles M. Saver

The arrest report said on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at a few minutes past midnight, the victim, Jason Reichard, was inside his kitchen in the 2200 block of 60th Avenue West, when he heard a noise in his carport.

He walked outside and saw a man, later identified as Saver, taking his Huffy bicycle.

Saver made it halfway down the driveway before Jason was able to catch up to him.

Jason caught up to Charles and Charles dropped the bicycle on the ground and ran to his bicycle that he left on the sidewalk. Charles then fled westbound on 60th Avenue and Jason chased him.

Charles continued to 26th Street West behind a shopping plaza.

Jason tripped and was unable to keep up with Charles, so he returned home.

While a deputy was speaking to Jason, another call was dispatched to 2000 Flamingo Avenue (60th Avenue West).

It was a domestic call and the suspect description matched the description that Jason gave to the deputy.

The deputy responded to that location and located Charles Saver. Jason was brought to the location where he positively identified Charles Saver as the person who committed the Burglary.

Charles was arrested and charged with Burglary to a Dwelling, Petit Theft, Violation of a Domestic Violence Injunction and Battery.

Charles remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Young Man Arrested for
Domestic Battery by
Strangulation

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Michael R. Miller, 20, of 4817 21st Street West, Bradenton.


Michael R. Miller

On Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at about midnight, Miller and his girlfriend, Jessica Alvarez, were both involved in a verbal argument over a broken laptop computer.

Ms. Alvarez said she told Michael to leave the residence and this just angered him more.

At that time, Michael pushed her to the floor in their bedroom, climbed on top of her and began choking her, Jessica told deputies. She also said that he slapped her several times in the face.

Michael fled on foot prior to law enforcement's arrival.

But they caught up to him on Monday, March 22, 2010, and arrested him.

He was charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

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


Holmes Beach Police Arrest
Woman for Burglary to
Residence for Money

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Holmes Beach Police Department has arrested Amanda C. Childress, 23, of 12302 U.S. 301 North, in Parrish.


Amanda C. Childress

According to the arrest report, on Sunday, March 21, 2010, at about 1 p.m., Childress broke out the side window of a residence in the 300 block of 29th Street, in Holmes Beach, and entered the residence.

She then stole a 5-gallon water jug filled with U.S. currency.

She fled west on 29th Street and entered a vehicle.

She then switched seats and was in the care, control and custody of the vehicle when officers caught her moments later a short distance away on 30th Street.

Amanda was arrested and charged with Burglary and Driving While License Suspended, with Knowledge.

She posted a $7,620 bail bond the next day and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Indiana Man Arrested for
Vehicle Burglary on
Anna Maria Island

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Stephen R. Valdiserri, 20, of Indianapolis, Indiana.


Stephen R. Valdiserri

The arrest report said on Sunday, March 21, 2010, at about 7:45 a.m., Valdiserri was discovered in the cab of a Toyota pickup truck in the 700 block of Holly Road, Anna Maria, by the victim.

The unnamed victim confronted and attempted to detain Validserri, to no avail.

Valdiserri fled on foot and was apprehended by deputies, a short distance away, in the 800 block of Jacaranda Road, Anna Maria.

Valdiserri was charged with Burglary to a Conveyance.

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


Homeowner Finds Man in Home,
Chases Him Away; Later Busted

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Dominic Sirangelo, 26, of 232 White Marsh Lane, Rotonda West, after he was caught inside a home at 1409 Presidio Terrace, Port Charlotte, on Monday afternoon, March 22, 2010.


Robert Dominic Sirangelo

The homeowner caught Sirangelo in his home minutes after he came in for lunch and left the garage door entrance unlocked.

He and his wife heard a noise in the house and saw Sirangelo standing in their home.

At first Sirangelo said someone was chasing him and he needed to use his phone. The homeowner told him to get out several times but Sirangelo continued farther into the home.

Sirangelo and the homeowner got into a pushing match and Sirangelo was pushed into the garage.

Sirangelo then ran into a wooded area and the home owner then called CCSO at 11:25 a.m.

Deputies, K-9, Aviation and CID detectives responded and established a perimeter.

The K-9 unit tracked and located Sirangelo and prior to releasing the dog, Sirangelo came out of the woods at the north end of Presidio Terrace. He was taken into custody at 12:04 p.m. and transported to the Charlotte County Jail. He is charged with Burglary with Battery at this time.

The investigation continues by detectives.

Sirangelo was arrested Feb. 9 for Trafficking in Stolen Property, Grand Theft, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia; he was released on bond Feb. 11.


Teacher May Lose Job
Over Curse-Filled Tirade

WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Seminole County School Board will meet on Tuesday to discuss whether a special needs teacher should be reinstated after she had a 26-minute, curse-laden argument with a student.

Cydney Abrams, who has taught at Winter Springs High School since 2002, has been suspended without pay since April 2009.

A state judge has recommended that Abrams be reinstated, but the school superintendent believes she should be fired.

In the nearly half-hour argument, which was recorded by another student in the classroom, the teacher and student can both be heard cursing.

"Have you been smoking and drinking this morning?" the teacher asked at one point.

"I don't smoke or drink," the student replied. "Get it straight."

"OK. What is going on with you?" the teacher said.

"Are you just going to use profanity and think that's going to shock me?" the teacher later said. "Come on, baby. You said 'idiot.' I said 'I'm not an idiot, you must be the idiot.'"

"How am I an idiot?" the student said.

Abrams was reprimanded twice in 2004 for class conduct.


 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

CAPTURED: Ex-Con Who
Struck Two Women with
Crowbar, Stole Vehicle

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Daniel Paul Kersey, 46. On Monday, March 22, 2010, at 3:35 a.m., Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) Detective Parham located Kersey walking along the 4300 block of 14th Street West, according to Violent Crimes Task Force Detective Sergeant Kevin Pease.


Daniel Paul Kersey

As NewsManatee reported on Monday, Kersey struck two women with a crowbar, causing serious injuries, then stole one woman's vehicle.

The incident occurred on Friday morning, March 19, 2010, at about 4:15 a.m., at the residence of Janice Fendel, 62, Kersey's alleged girlfriend, at Shadow Brook Mobile Home Park, 6710 Ellenton-Gillette Road, in Palmetto.

The report said Kersey and Fendel are friends and reside together in Fendel's home. Ida Pavinmi, 86, Fendel’s aunt, and a two-year-old child also reside in the home.

At some point, Kersey armed himself with a crowbar and awoke Fendel, demanding money and vehicle keys from a locked safe.

Fendel refused and Kersey began striking her with the crowbar.

Ms. Pavinmi awoke from the disturbance and entered the hallway. Kersey then began to strike the elderly Ms. Pavinmi with the crowbar.

Fendel soon complied and unlocked the safe.

Kersey took approximately $60 in cash and the vehicle keys. Kersey fled the residence in Fendel’s Black Ford Explorer.

Fendel and Pavinmi sustained mostly head injuries from the attack and were transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment. Ms. Fendel required 18 stitches on one side of her head and several more on the other side.

The two-year-old child was sleeping and unharmed during the incident.

A victim’s advocate responded to Manatee Memorial Hospital to assist with the victims' hospital release.

The victim's black Ford Explorer was located on Friday, March 19, 2010, in the 5300 block of 26th Street West. Kersey left the vehicle parked in front of his father's house and then called the victim to tell her where it was. But Kersey was nowhere to be found until Det. Parham spotted him early Monday morning in the 4300 block of 14th Street West.

Kersey was arrested without incident and refused to answer any questions.

He was charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Battery on a person 65 and Older, and Grand Theft Auto.

Kersey is a convicted felon, several times over; he has 4 pages of arrest records on the website of the Manatee County Clerk of Courts.

Kersey is due in court on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. for a pretrial conference on unrelated DUI charges stemming from a previous arrest in January.

As of Monday afternoon, Kersey remained in the Manatee County Jail after a judge set his bail at 325,000.


Ellenton Grandfather Arrested
for 10 counts of Lewd and
Lascivious Molestation

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Det. Wischer, of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, has arrested Kenneth Wayne Deaton, 54, of the 7300 block of U.S. Highway 301, in Ellenton.


Kenneth Wayne Deaton

According to the arrest report, three girls, ages 12, 13 and 15, were brought to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office by their parents.

Once there, all three disclosed to Det. Wischer that their grandfather, Kenneth Deaton, has been touching and fondling their breasts, buttocks and vaginas, both over their clothes and under their clothes, during their weekend visits to his home.

The girls said this occurred from August of 2009 through this past weekend of March 13, 2010. The girls said Deaton has done this to them entirely against their will and that he has instructed them not to tell on him. They said he had done this to them at least 10 times during the time period above.

A controlled phone call was set up between Deaton and one of the girls. During that phone conversation, Deaton made numerous admissions to the girls allegations.

He then apologized profusely, stating he was stupid and that he would not ever do that again. He asked for another chance to prove that he can be a good grandfather and begged her not to tell her parents. He said that if she did tell on him, he would most assuredly go to prison.

He also admitted during the call that he had in fact touched the other two victims inappropriately and told her he was very sorry for that as well.

Post-Miranda, Deaton admitted to touching one of the girls once, but denied the other allegations.

When he was confronted with the evidence of the controlled phone call, he admitted that was his voice, but refused to acknowledge that he had admitted to the allegations.

Deaton was arrested on Friday, March 19, 2010, and charged with 10 counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail without bail.


Two Men Arrested for Siphoning
Gasoline; K-9 Track Confirms It

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Cole T. Roach, 21, and Johnithan Chapman, 29, both of 5223 32nd Street East, Bradenton, after the pair was seen siphoning gas from vehicles owned by Windows, Decor and Design, 3125 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Cole T. Roach and Johnithan Chapman

A sheriff's report said at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, 2010, a witness observed a blue truck, driven by Chapman, as it pulled into the parking lot of Windows, Decor, and Design and parked next to the fleet vans that were parked there.

The witness also saw a White male wearing an orange shirt, who turned out to be Roach, emerge from the tree line west of the parking lot and walk between two of the vans.

The witness called 911.

Just prior to arrival of deputies, the witness saw Roach carrying 2 gas cans - 1 white, 1 red. He walked back into the tree line, which is directly in the path toward his home on the next street west. The witness could smell the odor of gasoline.

Units responded in emergency mode.

Deputy Cruz managed to see the blue truck driving on 53rd and affected a traffic stop at both suspects’ home at 5223 32nd St. E.

While attempting to secure Chapman, K-9 Dep. Wolfinger arrived with his K-9 Deputy "Rex" and began to track through the tree line and toward this residence.

At this time, Roach tried to walk past Dep. Cruz on 32nd St. E, with K-9 Dep. "Rex" on his tail.

Dep. Cruz saw that he was sweaty and smelled of gasoline. Dep. Cruz ordered him to stand near Chapman. K-9 Dep. Wolfinger and "Rex" ended their track at this residence.

The witness positively identified both suspects and the vehicle and both suspects were arrested.

A search incident to arrest revealed controlled substances and drug paraphernalia in Chapman's left rear jean pocket.

The gas cans were found by Dep. Hasty in a nearby yard between the incident location and the arrest location. At the incident location, the gas caps were open on two of the vans. There was a garden hose full of gasoline lying on the ground in between the vans.

The gas, 8 gallons total, was brought back to the scene and poured back into the victim's vehicles.

Roach was charged with 2 counts of Vehicle Burglary and one count of Attempted Vehicle Burglary. He remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $12,500, as of Monday afternoon.

Chapman was charged with 2 counts of Vehicle Burglary, one count of Attempted Vehicle Burglary, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $13,620, as of Monday afternoon.


Intoxicated Man Tasered,
Arrested After Hitting Cop,
Exposing Self to Boy, 17

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Vernon Cornelius Johnson, 45, of 700 17th Street West, Palmetto, following an incident on Sunday, March 21, 2010, at about 7:30 p.m. in the 100 block of 12th Street Court West, Palmetto.


Vernon Cornelius Johnson, aka Vernon Edwards

According to a sheriff's report, Dep. Snaggs was investigating a call for Lewd & Lascivious Exposure at 113 12th St. Ct. W., Palmetto. Dep. Snaggs spoke first to the victim.

The victim, a 17-year-old boy, told the deputy Johnson called him a punk and a faggot as he walked past Johnson. Johnson then dropped his pants while standing in front of the address above, pointed to his penis and told the victim to "suck my dick," the lad told deputies.

Dep. Snaggs then went to interview the suspect, who was still in the area.

The suspect, Vernon Johnson, who first gave the name of Vernon Edwards, told Dep. Snaggs he lived at 113 12th St. Ct. W. But the person living at that address stated Johnson has never lived there.

Johnson appeared to be heavily intoxicated and tried to intiate a fight with the homeowner, identified in the report only as M. B.

M.B. pushed Johnson back. Johnson again tried to go after M. B. and Dep. Snaggs attempted to get in between the two.

Johnson slapped Dep. Snaggs hands away and tried to get around him. Dep. Snaggs then grabbed his arm and Johnson again pushed Dep. Snaggs away.

Dep. Snaggs warned Johnson he was under arrest and if he continued resisting he would be Tasered.

Johnson again started to go after M. B. and Dep. Snaggs deployed his Taser on Johnson. Johnson fell to the ground.

Dep. Snaggs gave him several commands to put his hands behind his back. Johnson started to put his hands behind his back then again started resisting. Dep. Snaggs was finally able to handcuff Johnson.

Johnson did not sustain any injuries.

Johnson was transported to the Manatee County Jail without incident.

Johnson was charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Exposure of Sexual Organs and Disorderly Intoxication.

As of Monday afternoon, Johnson remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $2,100.


Bradenton Police Arrest
Grandmother for Child Abuse

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Debra L. Ewain-Fullerton, 54, of the 2900 block of Southern Parkway, Bradenton.


Debra L. Ewain-Fullerton

According to the arrest report from BPD, on Sunday, March 21, 2010, at about 6 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a Domestic Violence call at the above location.

Upon arrival, an officer met with the unnamed victim, who is 16 years old. The victim is the granddaughter of Ewain-Fullerton.

The victim said that she was sitting on the couch when her grandmother approached her and told her to get off the couch.

The victim said her grandmother was yelling at her and a verbal altercation ensued.

The girl said that during that verbal altercation, her grandmother grabbed her and started hitting her several times.

The victim then pushed her grandmother down to defend herself, the report said.

The victim also said her T-shirt was torn during the incident.

The officer observed fresh red marks on the victim's face from where she said she had been struck. He also observed the torn T-shirt.

When the officer spoke with the grandmother, she said she was upset with the girl because she was supposed to be watching a small child and instead she was texting on her phone. The grandmother said when the girl gave her lip, she struck the girl several times. She said she knew it wasn't right.

Ewain-Fullerton was arrested and charged with Child Abuse.

The girl's mother responded to the location and took custody of the girl.

As of Monday afternoon, Ewain-Fullerton remained in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Jewelry Store Burglarized
Over the Weekend

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported Bartlett Jewelers, 7317 52nd Place East, Bradenton, was burglarized over the weekend. The burglary was discovered on Sunday, March 21, 2010, at about 4:40 p.m.

The sheriff's report said unknown person(s) broke the lock and smashed out the front window of Bartlett Jewelers and stole an undetermined amount of items.

A canvass of the area was conducted and several people were interviewed but there were no witnesses to the burglary.

Several display cases were smashed out and items were taken from each display case.

There was not a working camera system in place when the burglary occurred, the report said.

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.


1,500 Gallons of Diesel Fuel
Stolen from Orange Grove

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported the theft of diesel fuel from the L3 Partnership farm located at 24105 State Road 62, in Parrish, over the weekend.

The report said sometime between Friday, March 19, 2010, and Sunday, March 21, 2010, an unknown person(s) entered the orange grove by cutting the barbed wire fence just east of the main gate.

The person(s) drove back to the fuel storage tank and removed approximately 1500 gallons of red dyed diesel fuel.

The person(s) then fled the area driving back through the cut fence.

The rain washed most of the tire tracks away.

No other physical evidence was found.

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.


Sarasota Police Arrest Woman
for Four Morning Robberies

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Four separate robberies were reported to Sarasota Police Monday morning, March 22, 2010, between approximately 7:30–9:00 a.m.


Above, Kathleen Carr, aka Kathleen Morris

The first was a home invasion robbery reported in the 2000 block of 6th Street. The victim reported that the suspect, now known to be Carr/Morris, entered his home uninvited and advised that she wanted his money.

When the victim hesitated Carr/Morris said that she had a gun. No gun was seen and Carr/Morris left without taking anything. As Carr/Morris left, she stated that she would just try someone else’s house then.

The second Robbery was at the 7-11 convenience store, 511 N. Washington Blvd. Carr/Morris said, “I need money and I’m robbing you.” She claimed to have a gun, but no weapon was observed.

The third Robbery was a Dental Office in the 500 block of N. Washington Blvd. Carr/Morris demanded cash and implied that she had a gun.

The fourth Robbery was at the One Stop Market Store, 300 N. Washington Blvd. Carr/Morris entered the store and said, “I have a gun, you have to give me the money, give me the money now.”

Detective Laughlin was in the store and arrested Carr/Morris at the scene. No weapon was located at the time of arrest.

The suspect is Kathleen S. Carr, AKA Kathleen Morris, White female, 40 years old.

Victims from two of the earlier Robberies were transported to the scene of the arrest and positively identified Kathlene as the perpetrator of the other robberies.

Kathleee Carr was interviewed by detectives and then charged with four counts of Robbery.


Girl, 4, Run Over,
Killed On Beach

DAYTON BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Charges could be filed against the driver who ran over and killed a girl on Daytona Beach over the weekend, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Ellie Bland, 4, was holding her uncle's hand when she was run over Saturday afternoon.

The Florida Highway Patrol was expected to release its report on Monday.

Witness said the driver, Barbara Worley, 66, initially knocked the girl down, and when bystanders told her to stop she panicked, hit the accelerator and ran the girl over, WKMG said.


 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Authorities Seek Man Who
Struck Two Women with
Crowbar, Stole Vehicle

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking the whereabouts of Daniel Paul Kersey, 46. Kersey struck two women with a crowbar, causing serious injuries, then stole one woman's vehicle.


Daniel Paul Kersey

According to a sheriff's report, the incident occurred on Friday morning, March 19, 2010, at about 4:15 a.m., at the residence of Janice Fendel, 62, Kersey's alleged girlfriend, at Shadow Brook Mobile Home Park, 6710 Ellenton-Gillette Road, in Palmetto.

The report said Kersey and Fendel are friends and reside together in Fendel's home. Ida Pavinmi, 86, Fendel’s aunt, and a two-year-old child also reside in the home.

At some point, Kersey armed himself with a crowbar and awoke Fendel, demanding money and vehicle keys from a locked safe.

Fendel refused and Kersey began striking her with the crowbar.

Ms. Pavinmi awoke from the disturbance and entered the hallway. Kersey then began to strike the elderly Ms. Pavinmi with the crowbar.

Fendel soon complied and unlocked the safe.

Kersey took approximately $60 in cash and the vehicle keys.

Kersey fled the residence in Fendel’s Black Ford Explorer.

Fendel and Pavinmi sustained mostly head injuries from the attack and were transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment. Ms. Fendel required 18 stitches on one side of her head and several more on the other side.

The two-year-old child was sleeping and unharmed during the incident.

A victim’s advocate responded to Manatee Memorial Hospital to assist with the victims' hospital release.

Contrary to a local media report, Kersey is still at large. He is wanted on Armed Robbery, Aggravated Battery and Grand Theft Auto charges. Kersey is a convicted felon, several times over; he has 4 pages of arrest records on the website of the Manatee County Clerk of Courts.

Kersey is due in court on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. for a pretrial conference on DUI charges.

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 Arrested Hiding in Trunk
After Armed Home Invasion
Robbery Attempt

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Justin Garrett, 21 years old, of 5515 42nd Street East, Bradenton.


Justin Garrett

A sheriff's report said on Friday, March 19, 2010, at about 2 a.m., the sheriff's office was dispatched to the 100 block of 41st Street West, Bradenton.

Upon arrival, responding units learned that Garrett had forced entry into the victim's home by kicking in the front door.

Once inside, Garrett armed himself with a knife from the kitchen.

Garrett then located Chastity Cothern, 30, in a bedroom and demanded money from her.

Garrett then chased Chastity into the living room, where he grabbed her throat and threatened to kill her and then himself, stating that if he could not have her no one will, the report said. Carrett and Chastity are ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.

Hearing the screams of Chastity, neighbors were alerted to the incident.

Omar Padro, 31, ran over and screamed at Garrett that he was calling the police.

Garrett then fled the scene and in doing so attempted to strike Omar with a closed fist.

Garrett fled the scene just prior to the arrival of deputies.

A perimeter was established.

Garrett was later located hiding in the trunk of a vehicle driven by a friend near the intersection of 43rd Street and 1st Avenue West, the report said.

Garrett was taken into custody without incident and later transported to the Manatee County Jail.

No one was injured as a result of the entire incident and nothing was taken from either victim.

Garrett was charged with Armed Home Invasion Robbery (Attempted), Battery without injuries, and Assault.

As of Saturday afternoon, Garrett remained in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $106,000.


Health Club Manager Arrested
for Grand Theft from Employer

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Michael Paul Mugrage, 42, of 6050 34th Street West, Bradenton.


Michael Paul Mugrage

According to the arrest report, Mugrage is the manager of the YouFit Health Club, 3611 1st Street East, Suite 1150, Bradenton.

On Thursday, March 18, 2010, the general manger of the gym, Rick Wesson, received a phone call from the YouFit accounting department stating that the East Bradenton club was missing money.

Wesson arrived at YouFit and started doing some research. Then he confronted Murgrage.

Mugrage told his boss, Wesson, that he had been keeping the deposits for a period of time -- 2 to 3 weeks.

Wesson called the sheriff's office and Mugrage fled the scene.

He was stopped in the 100 block of 301 Blvd. West and detained.

Post-Miranda, Mugrage said he did borrow money from YouFit that he could not pay back. He said he used the money for his and his girlfriend's medical bills and had been retaining the deposits for 3-4 weeks and only kept the cash.

Mugrage was arrested and charged with Grand Theft.

He posted a $1,000 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail, pending a court appearance.


Sex Offender Arrested for
Failing to Register ID

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


Marcus D. Palacios

Det. Zink reported that Marcus Palacios is a Registered Sexual Offender.

She arrested him in January 2010 after learning he had been living in Manatee County for months, unregistered. During the arrest, Det. Zink properly registered him.

At that time, she read all of his Sexual Offender obligations to him, including his obligation to obtain a Florida driver's license or identification card.

However, Palacios never obtained one.

Another warrant was obtained for Palacios earlier in the week and on Thursday, March 18, 2010, he was arrested again for Failure to Comply with Florida's Sex Offender laws. He is an out-of-state sex offender.

He was transported to the Manatee County Jail, where he remains in lieu of a $75,000 bail bond.


Burglar Held at Gunpoint
by Victim for Deputies

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A South Manatee County resident surprised a burglar when he was awakened by the burglar standing over him on Sunday, March 21, 2010, at about 2:50 a.m. at a residence in the 7900 block of Indigo Ridge Terrace in the University Place subdivision.


Joseph William Tinyes

A sheriff's report said Joseph Tinyes, 21, of 811 128th Street Northeast, Bradenton, cut a portion of the screened pool cage in the rear of the residence.

Once inside the screened area, he opened the unlocked sliding glass door and made entry into the residence.

While inside the residence, Tinyes removed a vase from a closed curio cabinet valued at $100 and put it outside in the patio deck.

He then re-entered the residence, went to the garage and searched it, but took nothing.

He then walked to the bedroom of the victim, Sair Ali. Once Tinyes was inside Sair’s bedroom, he began to slowly walk towards Sair when Sair awoke.

Sair noticed Tinyes standing over him and immediately retrieved his firearm and held Tinyes at gun point until the arrival of deputies.

Tinyes was taken into custody without incident.

He was charged with Burglary to an Occupied Dwelling, Criminal Mischief and Theft.

As of Sunday, he was in the Manatee County Jail on a $10,240 bail bond.


Man Possibly Shot in Temple
Outside Hispanic Bar

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a shooting with injuries on Sunday, March 21, 2010, at about 1:45 a.m., at Club Cuernavaca, 803 301 Blvd. East, Bradenton.

The victim, Miguel Madrid, 29, got into a verbal altercation inside the bar with an unknown Hispanic male.

They went outside and continued to argue, when another unknown Hispanic male approached the victim with a gun.

The unknown Hispanic male fired 2 shots into the ground and a 3rd shot went in an unknown direction.

At some point, the victim felt a burning sensation to the left temple area.

The suspect fled towards 9th Street East.

Upon the arrival of deputies, Miguel, the victim, was standing and coherent.

E.M.S. responded due to the fact that it was unknown if the victim was shot by a bullet or hit with a ricochet.

He was transported via Bayflite to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

His condition was stable and he was treated and released.

The shooter was described as an unknown Hispanic male, 6'2" tall, about 210 pounds, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a red bandana.

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.


ALERT: Beware the New Facebook
Password Reset Scam, Sheriff's
Crime Prevention Unit Says

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit is alerting citizens who use the social networking site Facebook of a dangerous scam.

According to a sheriff's report, if you get an e-mail that appears to be from Facebook saying the company needs you to reset your password and urging you to open an attachment, it is a scam.

The McAfee anti-virus company warned people in a blog posted on Wednesday to beware of an e-mail that appears to come from Facebook urging recipients to open an attachment to get their new password. The attachment contains a password stealer that can potentially access any username and password combination used on the computer, not just the login credentials for Facebook.

"This threat is potentially very dangerous considering that there are over 350 million Facebook users who could fall for this scam," McAfee says. "This is also the sixth most prevalent piece of malware targeting consumers in the last 24 hours, as tracked by McAfee Labs."


Sarasota Deputies Assist
Charlotte Deputies in
Apprehending Escapee

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office (SSO) has assisted the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) in apprehending an escaped prisoner, according to a press release from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.


Michael Scott Holland

The release said on March 19. 2010, at about 10:30 p.m., the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office notified the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office that their helicopter was following a taxi cab northbound on I-75 from the 191 mile marker.

The taxi reportedly contained an escaped prisoner.

SSO Air 1 took over and several SSO units stopped the taxi at the 205 mile marker.

The suspect, Michael Scott Holland, 28, was taken into custody without incident.

He was booked into the Sarasota County Jail on Escape charges; a hold from CCSO was placed on him for his original charge in Charlotte County, which was Grand Theft.


Sarasota County Click It or
Ticket Campaign Results

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has completed its Click It or Ticket campaign, which ran March 1-15, 2010.

The Sheriff’s Office joined hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across Florida in renewing a pledge to save lives by intensifying efforts to enforce seat belt laws for all motorists around the clock.

During the campaign, deputies wrote 494 citations to motorists who were not wearing their seatbelts. This infraction became a primary offense June 30, 2009.

March is the deadliest month on Florida roadways. During the first 5 days of March in 2009, there were 40 fatalities. That number dropped to 12 during the first 5 days of March 2010.

According to 2008 data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 2,983 individuals were killed in motor vehicle related crashes. Of these, 1,795 individuals were either drivers or passengers in safety belt equipped vehicles. Sixty percent (1,085) of these people killed were not wearing a safety belt.

In addition, sixty-eight percent (54 of 79) of the children ages 0 to 17 years old killed in traffic crashes in 2008 were not using safety equipment.


Boy, 14, Arrested for Selling
Counerfeit Marijuana at School

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Charlotte County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer at L.A. Ainger Middle School near Rotonda West, arrested a 14-year-old boy for felony Sale of Counterfeit Controlled Substance (Marijuana) Thursday.


Alexander Lee Carrick

Several students came forward and said Alexander Lee Carrick, 380 S. McCall Rd., Englewood, was selling drugs on campus. Two sales of $10 and $5 were made at school that morning and one student said Carrick called it “Blue Crush.”

The Assistant Principal and SRO searched Carrick and found $15 cash but no drugs; a search of his locker and backpack also turned up nothing. Another student said Carrick had a secret rip on the top of his backpack that contains drugs. A second search located what appeared to be a small Ziploc baggie with a green leafy substance inside.

The SRO said, “The substance did not look like marijuana but it smelled sweet and smelled like dried basil.”

The substance was tested for marijuana and came up negative; it was submitted for evidence and sent to FDLE for identification.

Carrick was arrested and taken to the Charlotte County Jail and then released to a parent with a notice to appear in court.


Charlotte Sheriff Arrests 3
on Narcotics Charges

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit detectives served a search warrant Thursday morning, March 18, 2010, at 22392 Lewiston Ave. in Port Charlotte and arrested three people in the home.


Christina Bevilacqua, Keith Weise and Joel Leblanc

Arrested were Christina M. Bevilacqua, 27; Keith Joseph Weise, 34, and 30 year old Joel Joseph Leblanc, all who lived in the home. Detectives said a three year old child was inside and turned over to friends after the investigation and DCF was notified.

Numerous drugs and drug paraphernalia were located in several rooms in the house.

All three were charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bevilacqua and Weise were both additionally charged with Possession of Prescription Medication Without a Prescription, and Bevilacqua was also charged with Resisting an Officer. They were transported to the Charlotte County Jail; bail for Bevilacqua was set at $3,500, Weise at $2,500 and Leblanc at $2,000.

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).


Police Seek Man Who
Tried To Lure Girl, 13

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A 13-year-old girl told police a man offered her a ride and made lewd comments to her while she was walking on Primrose Drive, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Orlando police are searching for a heavy-set Hispanic man with black, collar-length hair and brown eyes.

Police said he was driving a newer-model silver pickup truck with a silver topper on it when he tried to lure the girl into his vehicle near the 1200 block of Primrose Drive.

Police said the girl told them the man asked her where she was going and followed her for several blocks before fleeing, WKMG said.


Palmetto Physician Pleads Guilty
to Illegal Prescription Drug and
Medicare Fraud Conspiracies

TAMPA, Florida [NMT/USAG] -- On Friday, March 19, 2010, United States Attorney A. Brian Albritton announced that Dr. Jeffrey Friedlander, 50, of Palmetto, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and dispense numerous controlled substances--Oxycodone, Morphine, Hydrocodone, and Alprazolam--and also to conspiring to defraud Medicare. Friedlander faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in federal prison for the drug conspiracy and ten years for the fraud conspiracy.

According to the plea agreement, Friedlander was licensed to practice Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pain Management, and Vascular and Interventional Radiology in Florida. He practiced primarily out of a medical business known as "Neurology and Pain Center" (NPC), with clinics in Tampa, Sarasota, Lakeland, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, and Orlando.

Friedlander also was a participating physician in Medicare. He submitted claims for reimbursement for his services under Medicare Part B and wrote prescriptions for controlled substances for Medicare patients that were filled under Medicare Part D. While operating the NPC, Freidlander allowed unauthorized and non-medical employees to prescribe controlled substances to patients by using blank prescription forms that he pre-signed. Prescriptions were issued without conducting adequate physical exams, making proper diagnoses, or considering alternative treatment options, and often with the knowledge that the patients receiving the controlled substances were misusing or abusing them, asking for drugs to support their own addictions, or sharing or giving the controlled substances away to others.

Undercover detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office were able to obtain prescriptions for controlled substances at NPC clinics on numerous occasions in 2008 and 2009 with little or no contact with Friedlander, no meaningful physical examination, no verification of their medical complaints, no diagnostic tests, no discussion of alternate treatment methods, no assessment of risk of abuse, no referrals for physical therapy or other alternative treatments, and no discussion of a treatment plan. Often, the detectives simply asked for particular types of drugs and were given prescriptions for those drugs, with no medical basis and even after making clear that they had shared or intended to share the drugs with others.

The plea agreement also states that, between 2005 and March 2009, Friedlander submitted false claims to Medicare for performing Paravertebral Facet Joint Block Injections, when such injections had not been performed or had been performed improperly, and when some of the injections had been performed by unlicensed nonmedical persons outside Friedlander's supervision. Friedlander also submitted false claims to Medicare for office visits coded at the highest degree of complication and requiring detailed involvement by the treating physician, when, in reality, unlicensed, non-medical persons had performed limited office visits outside of Friedlander's supervision. Friedlander entered false information in patient files to support the false Medicare claims.

As part of the plea agreement, Friedlander has agreed to forfeit all assets and properties obtained and utilized during the conspiracies, including but not limited to his DEA Controlled Substance Registrations, his Florida Medical License, and a money judgment in the amount of $317,047.13--the gross proceeds traceable to Friedlander's Medicare Fraud conspiracy.

This case was investigated by the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General; the United States Marshals Service; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; the Florida Department of Health; the Florida Office of the Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit; the Florida Division of Fraud; and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kathy J.M. Peluso and Josie Thomas.


 

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