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Local/State News for week ending 9/10/2011

Man, 26, Shot, Killed;
Robbery Appears to
be the Motive

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a fatal shooting early Thursday morning.


Above, Murder Scene Area and James Earl Collins, Jr., deceased
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee; prior mug shot)

A press release said at approximately 3:35 Thursday morning, deputies responded to a shooting at 2505-B 3rd St. E., Bradenton.

Upon arrival, deputies determined that James Earl Collins, Jr., 26, was dead from an apparent gunshot.

The victim and his 28-year old sister arrived home at approximately 3:30 a.m. and were accosted by two armed suspects.

They had been to The Hall nightclub, in Palmetto, earlier in the evening.

The suspects forced their way into the residence and shot the victim, more than once. The sister wasn’t injured.

The suspects took an undetermined amount of money and fled the scene.

Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office, told NewsManatee, "The neighborhood is not known as a high crime location."

But some neighbors say it is rapidly becoming one.

Several neighbors, who wish not to be identified, said the house where Collins was shot had "a lot of traffic" and suspected that drug dealing was ongoing at the location.

Bristow said detectives do not believe this was a random incident; they believe Collins was targeted.

Collins has a lengthy record of arrests, according to Manatee County court records. The mug shot above was taken when Collins was arrested in November of 2008 -- his last known arrest -- for Shoplifting and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

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.

This is the 10th homicide overall in Manatee County. There have now been 9 homicides in unincorporated Manatee County and one in the City of Bradenton.


Woman Arrested for Child
Neglect After Child was
Believed to Have Been
Abducted

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Dorene Guyaux, 50, of 1801 26th Street West, Bradenton.


Dorene Guyaux

According to the arrest report from BPD, Dorene lived in a halfway house for women recovering from drug abuse.

The manager of the house cares for an 18-month-old boy. During the day, the manager leaves the child at the halfway house with Dorene to care for him while he is at work. He leaves at about 8 a.m. and returns around 5 p.m., picks up the child and takes him home.

On Thursday, Sept. 1st, Dorene had custody of the boy and said she took him to visit a friend in Sarasota. She called the manager and said that she was going to stay over in Sarasota with the child and would bring him back on Friday, Sept. 2nd. However, Dorene failed to bring the boy back on Friday.

The manager of the halfway house called police on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 3rd and reported the Dorene had abducted the boy.

Dorene was located by police in room 110 of the Michiana Motel, 3235 14th Street West, in Bradenton, along with the boy.

Also in the room, police found syringes, a crack pipe, used spoons and "narcotics paraphernalia."

Post-Miranda, Dorene admitted to obtaining drugs while holding the child, and doing drugs in the motel bathroom while the child was asleep on the bed.

She was arrested and charged with Child Neglect without Bodily Harm and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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


Ellenton Factory Shops
Employee Accused of
Grand Theft

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Marlene Zuniga, 20, of 1611 24th Street East, Palmetto.


Marlene Zuniga

According to the arrest report, Zuniga was a sales associate for the Espirit store at the Ellenton Outlet Mall, 5513 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton, and has worked there for 5 months.

The store alleged that Marlene has been passing merchandise to customer without charging them on several dates, from the end of May of this year until the middle of August of this year.

She also stole $134 from the cash register, the report said.

Marlene admitted to the thefts in writing, according to the report.

Marlene told a deputy she was forced to write the confession and it was only about $1,000 in clothing that she gave to friends. The store, however, said Marlene stole $2,634.

She was arrested and charged with Grand Theft.

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


Woman Charged with
Child Neglect

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kimberly Mitchell, 29, of 3810 5th Street East, Bradenton.


Kimberly Mitchell

The arrest report said Mitchell is the cousin of the juvenile victim and is the temporary guardian of the little girl, age 6.

The child had misbehaved at school on Thursday, Sept. 1st and after arriving home from school, was given a "whoopin" by Mitchell's husband with a belt.

Dep. Bryce Meade observed bruising to both hands, arms, left shoulder, back, buttocks, the upper left leg, the left ankle and the bottoms of both feet.

When Mitchell was interviewed, she said the child had gotten "whooped" by her husband and that she didn't see any marks on the child.

Dep. Meade wrote that the child was wearing a short sleeved shirt and it was very apparent that the child sustained several strikes with a belt to her arms and hands.

"Because Mitchell is the caregiver of the child, was present in the residence during the time of the incident and did not try to stop her husband from hurting the child, nor did Mitchell observe the very noticeable marks and bruising on the child's hands and arms, she is being charged with Child Neglect without great bodily harm," Dep. Meade wrote in her arrest report.

Mitchell was arrested on Friday, Sept. 2nd, and later released from the Manatee County Jail upon posting a $25,000 bail bond.


Amscot Customer Robbed
in Parking Lot

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a robbery on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at about 5:40 p.m., in the parking lot of the Amscot Check Cashing store, 3611 1st Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said Sindia Guerrero, 35, was in the parking lot of Amscot counting out $1,200 that she was about to purchase money orders with.

As she finished, she put the money into her wallet.

As soon as she did this, an unknown Black male walked up to her and grabbed her wallet.

Nobody was injured during the robbery.

The robber was described as being approximately 5'8" tall, 170 pounds, bald, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt.

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

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


Manatee Search and Rescue
Called Out for Missing
Canoe Victim

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office and Manatee Search and Rescue was called out on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at about 11 p.m., for a missing man whose canoe had tipped over and he was pulled away by the current. The approximate location of the incident was 31927 Miarcachee Road, in Myakka City.

A sheriff's report said the unnamed victim was fishing in a canoe with a friend in the Myakka River when the canoe flipped over. The victim got pulled away by the current.

The other occupant of the canoe searched for the victim for approximately 45 minutes before notifying authorities. The incident occurred at about 10:15 p.m.

Manatee Search and Rescue was notified while the Sheriff's Office was en route due to the delayed notification by the second occupant and expected extended response time.

Upon deputies' arrival, another person was located who had pulled the victim from the water and returned him to his group in the area.

Upon locating the victim and confirming his status, MSAR was canceled.

The victim was not injured during the incident.


House-Sitter Arrested for
Stealing Jewelry

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested a South Gulf Cove man for stealing $3,200 in jewelry from an Englewood East woman’s home that he was watching while she was out of town for a week.


Robert Reames

Detectives arrested Robert Eugene Reames, 29, 14399 Morristown Ave. and charged him with Grand Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property. The homeowner called CCSO July 7 to report jewelry stolen from her Avila Street home while she was away June 28 to July 5. The woman said she suspected Reames because he was watching her home and taking care of her animals while she was out of town.

The homeowner called CCSO later to report while was cleaning her house, she found a magnet business card that read “Gold Pros in the Mall.” She told detectives it was not hers and gave it to them; they went to the mall to further investigate. Detectives obtained three separate transaction forms for Reames including a copy of his driver’s license. A photo copy of the items Reames sold was attached to each transaction. Detectives showed them to the home owner and she identified the gold items as her property that was missing. The jewelry store gets rid of the property almost immediately upon buying it and no longer has the jewelry Reames sold to them.

Detectives located Reames at a gas station in Englewood Tuesday night and conducted an interview with him at the District-4 Office. Detectives said Reames was in possession of five of the victim’s rings and a pair of earrings. Reames was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he was booked and then released on $7,500 bond.


Drug Shortage Leaves Pets
Without Basic Treatment

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Central Florida veterinarians are facing a shortage of basic medications including antibiotics,anesthetics and chemo drugs used on both people and pets, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Several human drugs are allowed to be used on pets under certain conditions.

The shortages include: propofol (anesthetic), adria, doxirubicin, cytosar, elspar, vincrisitne (chemo drugs), acetylcysteine, pamidronate, calcium gluconate (can be used with chemo drugs and also have other uses).

One of the drugs in short supply is Cytosar, an FDA approved chemo drug used in the treatment of GME, a painful nerve disorder that effects the dog's brain and spine.

As of this report, there are several drugs on back order including: duramorph, buprenorphine (pain meds), hetastarch (blood pressure), sucralfate (stomach), prednisone ( steroid).

Immiticide, a pet-specific drug used in the treatment of adult heart worms in dogs is currently unavailable because of a manufacturing issue.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices told the Wall Street Journal that drugs become scarce for a number of reasons, ranging from "the unavailability of raw ingredients, FDA enforcement actions that halt production, and voluntary recalls," WKMG said.


 

 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Daring Daytime Home Invasion
Robbery in West Manatee
Reported by Sheriff

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a home invasion robbery on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at 11:30 a.m., at a residence in the 8100 block of 43rd Avenue West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's office press release said two White males knocked at the front door. At home at the time were Deborah Torres, 45, and her daughter, Carrisa Torres, 18.

When Deborah answered the door, suspect #1 asked if her son was home. Deborah said, "No."

The pair of invaders then forced their way into the residence.

The invaders ransacked the house and said they knew the son had drugs there.

The only items taken were cell phones.

No weapons were seen.

Apparently, there were no injuries; none were listed in the press release.

The pair was described as a White male, about 30 years old, 5'8" tall, 160-180 pounds, unshaven, with short hair; last seen wearing a white T-shirt and jean pants; and a White male, 5'11" tall, 160-180 pounds, about 30, unshaven, with short hair, also last seen wearing a white T-shirt, but jean shorts.

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

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


Man, Woman Arrested for
Burglary of Residence of
80-Year-Old Victims

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Trevor Mercer, 29, and Denise Johnson, 33, both of 6923 11th Avenue NW, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Trevor Mercer and Denise Johnson

A sheriff's report said on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at about 2:35 p.m., the victims arrived at their residence in the 7800 block of Portosueno Avenue, in West Manatee County to find a black SUV parked in their driveway.

The male victim made a note of the vehicle's license plate and tried to make contact with the driver, Denise Johnson.

Johnson honked the SUV's horn three times and drove north from the location.

The male victim called the sheriff's office.

Moments later, deputies were able to confirm that a burglary had taken place.

Seconds after Johnson honked her horn and drove away, two neighbors witnessed a White male, later identified as Mercer, running from the victims' house with something in his hand.

Deputies, using the license plate, drove to the residence listed above and confronted both Mercer and Johnson. Mercer lawyered up, but Johnson told deputies they were both drug addicts and were driving in the area when Mercer told her to pull into the driveway. Mercer knocked on the door and when nobody answered, Mercer went around to the back of the house and burglarized it.

When they were interrupted, Johnson drove to Palma Sola Blvd. where she picked up Mercer and then they drove to their home.

Deputies obtained consent to search their house and the victims' belongings were found under Johnson and Mercer's bed.

They were both arrested and charged with Burglary of an Unoccupied Residence.

They both remain in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $7,500 each.


Deputy Arrests Man, 20,
for Lewd & Lascivious
Assault on Juvenile

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Timothy Dault, 20, of 103 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton.


Timothy Dault

The arrest report said on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at about 3:15 p.m., while at the house of a juvenile victim, Dault began to rub his hands in between the victim's legs on her vagina, which were covered by her clothes.

Dault then pulled the victim closer and gave her a "hicky" on her neck. Then they apparently had sex by Dault's own admission.

A deputy who was dispatched to the undisclosed location observed the juvenile to be very upset and scared. She had what appeared to be a fresh bruise on the right side of her neck.

Post-Miranda, "Dault admitted to having sex and touching the victim's genitals," the report said.

Dault said the victim told him she was 17 years old. She was 14 years old, according to the sheriff's office.

Dault was arrested and charged with two counts of Lewd & Lascivious Molestation of a Juvenile and one count of Lewd & Lascivious Battery of a Juvenile.

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


Grandmother Arrested for
Child Abuse of Grandson

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Tellie Bell Hammonds, 65, of 1017 6th Street East, Bradenton.


Tellie Hammonds

According to the arrest report, on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at about 10:15 p.m., Officer Kirk was dispatched to the above location regarding juvenile trouble.

After arriving, he determined that Tellie Hammonds, the grandmother, and her 17-year-old grandson had gotten in a verbal argument over dishes that escalated into a physical incident.

During that, Ms. Hammonds used a belt to hit the boy. She struck him on the left lower back and left upper forearm near his elbow.

The mark on the lad's back was approximately 4-5 inches long and there was visible blood, indicating it was a recent injury. The mark on his left arm was also 4-5 inches in length; however, no blood was visible on that mark.

Tellie Hammonds was arrested and charged with Child Abuse.

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


Man Busted for Dealing
in Stolen Property

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Christopher Hattaway, 19, of 6911 44th Terrace East, Bradenton.


Christopher Hattaway

A sheriff's report said on July 15, 2011, Hattaway's ex-girlfriend gave him her mother's earrings, dive watch, and bracelet.

They both went into Abba Pawn that day where Hattaway pawned the items for $50.

When the mother realized the items were gone, she notified the sheriff's office.

Hattaway admitted to pawning the items but stated the girlfriend said they were hers.

He was arrested on Sept. 6, 2011. He was charged with Dealing in Stolen Property and Defrauding a Pawn Broker.

Hattaway posted a $3,000 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

The theft investigation is ongoing.


Two Teens Arrested
in Business Burglary

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested two teens for burglarizing the Panda Pavilion, 1765 South Tamiami Trail in Venice just after midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011.


Above, L to R, Jared Lemay and Dennis Martin

Deputies responding to a restaurant alarm found 18-year-old Jared Lemay exiting the building with a blue shirt concealing his face. Lemay tried to flee the area on foot but was quickly taken into custody. A second suspect seen running from the scene was subsequently identified as 17-year-old Dennis Martin and arrested a few hours later.

Lemay is charged with Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure and Resisting Arrest. Martin is charged with Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure.

The investigation into their activities is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-1719 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).


Two Men Arrested for
Armed Robbery, More

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- On September 4th, Pedro J. Garcia, 26, and Juan Zuniga, 24, were arrested following a series of crimes that started in the parking lot of 1100 N. Tuttle Avenue.


Above, L to R, Pedro Garcia and Juan Zuniga

At approximately 2:15 a.m., a man with a handgun (Garcia) fired several shots at a vehicle and individuals in the parking lot. The shooter then noticed that a witness was videotaping the shooting on a cell phone. The gunman approached the witness and demanded the cell phone. The gunman was still holding the gun. He grabbed the witness by her hair and slung her to the ground while maintaining the hold on her hair. While she was on the ground the gunman called an accomplice over and instructed the accomplice to take her cell phone. The accomplice stole the cell phone. The perpetrators then entered a dark blue dual cab pick-up truck and fled the scene. A witness recorded a possible tag number of 3175RD for the truck.

A BOLO was issued with Information on the vehicle and the suspects. At approximately 2:30 Deputy Gurney, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, observed a blue Chevy pick-up truck with a tag of C175RD. The vehicle was speeding and driving erratically. The vehicle attempted to flee from the deputy and crashed into a tree near the intersection of Desoto Road and N. Lockwood Ridge Road.

The driver and passenger both ran from the crashed vehicle. The driver, Pedro Garcia, was tackled by Deputy Gurney. As he was being arrested, Garcia retrieved a silver handgun from his waistband. The deputy was able to knock the gun from Garcia’s hand and then handcuff Garcia.

The truck’s passenger, Juan Zuniga was arrested after a foot chase. The victim / witnesses cell phone was recovered in a pocket on the passenger door of Garcia’s truck where Juan Zuniga had been seated.

The investigation at 1100 N. Tuttle identified three victims that Pedro Garcia had pointed a handgun at, and shot at. Two of the victims were inside a vehicle that was struck by two rounds (one shattered the front window of the vehicle; another round hit the left rear of the same vehicle). A third round shattered the window of the Peruvian restaurant in the shopping plaza.

Pedro J. Garcia, 1401 12th Street Drive West, Palmetto was charged with: Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Fleeing to Elude, Carrying a Concealed Firearm and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Juan Zuniga, 119 or 123, 44th Court East, Palmetto, was charged with: Robbery (Firearm) and Resisting Arrest without Violence.


Detectives Arrest Woman for
Attempted Prescription Fraud

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT} -- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested a Port Charlotte woman Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, after she attempted to obtain fraudulent drugs from a pain management business.


Bonnie Lee Palon

CCSO was informed by employees of Charlotte County Medical Solutions, 3191 Harbor Blvd, Port Charlotte, that a woman named Bonnie Lee Palon, 40, 21459 Glendale Ave., attempted to pass a fraudulent MRI report in an attempt to receive Oxycodone pain medication on Aug. 15. Narcotics detectives contacted the nurse who had direct contact with Palon. She said Palon came in to see the doctor and provided her driver’s license, the MRI report, and her prescription history. The MRI report listed Palon as a patient from Advanced Imaging, 2625 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.

The nurse told Palon she would have to wait to see the doctor; she then called Advanced Imaging who advised the MRI was fraudulent and Palon was turned away. The nurse gave detectives copies of Palon’s information that she provided. Detectives contacted the Advanced Imaging administrator who said Palon made an appointment to have an MRI done, but cancelled it.

On Aug. 31, detectives went to A New Life Pain Management Clinic, 40 Berkley Circle, in Ft. Myers, in reference to Palon passing the same fraudulent MRI report. The clinic administrator told detectives Palon was prescribed Oxycodone based on the facts from the MRI she presented. A copy of Palon’s driver’s license was obtained from that clinic. Detectives said the MRI report Palon used in Ft. Myers was identical to the one she attempted to pass at Medical Solutions in Port Charlotte.

Narcotics detectives located and arrested Palon and charged her with Fraudulent Attempt to Obtain a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone). She was transported to the Charlotte County Jail, booked, and then posted a $2,500 bond.


29-Year-Old Man Found
Dead on Beach

MELBOURNE BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Melbourne Beach police are investigating what they are calling a suspicious death of a 29-year-old Orlando man, who stopped breathing while he was spending Labor Day on the beach, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Melbourne Beach Police Chief Dan Duncan said police officers were called to the beach at 4:33 p.m. Monday. They performed CPR and used an automated external defibrillator on the man, who did not respond to their efforts.

Brevard County Fire-Rescue crews also were at the scene, and continued medical treatment, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.

The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

According to Duncan, the victim was on the beach, and not in the water, when he was stricken. He did not have any known medical condition.

Duncan said the victim had been drinking with two friends at the beach.

Duncan said the case has been turned over to the medical examiner's office, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, WKMG said.

 

 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Sheriff's K-9 Credited with
Tracking Man Who Fled a
Bradenton Traffic Crash

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office was called to assist the Bradenton Police Department regarding a crash in the 1800 block of 14th Avenue West, Bradenton, on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at about 3:30 a.m.


Above, L to R, Markel Phillips and MSO K-9 Barley

A sheriff's report said Deputy Buird and his K-9 Barley responded to assist Bradenton PD on a crash where the suspect, later identified as Markel Phillips, 22, had fled on foot. BPD Officer Vaughn attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect when the crash occurred.

Deputy Buird obtained a description and charges on the suspect and began his track from the vehicle.

Deputy Buird and K-9 Barley tracked several blocks and located Phillips' shoes.

They continued tracking and K-9 Barley eventually pulled Deputy Buird into the backyard of 1305 19th Street West. The backyard was extremely overgrown with trees and vines.

K-9 Barley started to pull along the fence line in the thick brush.

Deputy Buird shined his flashlight in the brush and realized K-9 Barley had engaged Phillips with a bite to one of his thighs.

Phillips was positively identified by Officer Vaughn and arrested.

He was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of his bite wound.

Phillips was charged with Driving on a Permanently Revoked Driver License, Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Property Damage, Resisting Arrest without Violence, Reckless Driving and Loitering and Prowling.

He later posted a $2,990 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Stabbed by Girlfriend,
Girlfriend Arrested

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Marquita Gilchrist, 25, of 2607 50th Drive East, Bradenton.


Marquita Gilchrist

A sheriff's report said on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at about 1 a.m., deputies and EMS were dispatched to a stabbing located at the above address.

Upon arrival, Jason Nix was outside the residence with blood on his face.

Deputies learned Nix was at the residence with his girlfriend Marquita Gilchrist when an argument between Nix and Gilchrist; Nix left the residence.

Nix returned to the apartment a short time later to retrieve his belongings and the incident turned physical.

Gilchrist walked into the kitchen area and grabbed two knives and went back to where Nix was at.

Gilchrist started swinging the knives in Nix's direction. While swing the knives, Nix‘s left arm and the top of his head received small lacerations. Nix was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment for his minor injury.

All physical evidence was collected and Gilchrist was arrested.

She was charged with Domestic Aggravated Battery.

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


Deputies Arrest Man for
Attempted Burglary

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Gerald Easton, Jr., 47 years old.


Gerald Easton, Jr.

A sheriff's report said on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at about 1:35 p.m., Easton attempted to force his way into a vehicle being driven by Clay Cundiff, 30, of Bradenton, as he was backing out of a parking space at the Dollar General store, 5435 University Parkway.

Easton was wearing a utility knife on his belt which he had his hand on as he attempted to get into the vehicle, but he did not pull it out, or use it in a threatening manner.

Cundiff became fearful due to Easton's aggressive actions, sped away and called 911.

Easton was located and arrested.

He was charged with Attempted Burglary to a Conveyance.

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


Man, Juvenile Girl Arrested
for Burglary of Scrap Metal

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Michael William Matevich, 20, and a White female juvenile.


Michael Matevich

A report from the sheriff's office said on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at about 1:30 p.m., they were contacted in reference to two people stealing scrap metal from 4512 77th Street East, in Ellenton.

Deputies located two individuals who were in possession of the aforementioned scrap metal.

Both suspects were arrested and charged with Burglary.

Matevich was transported to the Manatee County Jail. The female was transported to the Juvenile Booking Facility.

Matevich was additionally charged with two counts of Violation of Probation on earlier Grand Theft charges.

Matevich remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.

The stolen scrap metal was placed into property and evidence.


BPD Asks Public's Help to
Identify Two Men Involved
in Criminal Mischief Case

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department is currently conducting a Criminal Mischief investigation.


Above, surveillance photos from B'Town Coffee Shop

The men pictured above are suspected of breaking tables outside the B'Town Coffee Shop located in the 400 block of Old Main Street, in downtown Bradenton.

The crime occurred on Friday, September 2, 2011, at about midnight, and resulted in several hundred dollars in damage.

The Police department is asking for citizens help in identifying these individuals.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bradenton Police Department at (941) 932-9300), 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 Kidnapped, Carjacked,
Robbed at Gunpoint

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at about 12:30 a.m.

A sheriff's report said the victim, James Bunyon, 22, told deputies while he was parked at the red light at Tallevast Road and 15th Street East, a Black male jumped into his vehicle and pointed an unknown firearm at him.

Bunyon said stated the Black male made him drive to the 1700 block of 78th Avenue East, where the victim was forced to unload his own stereo equipment and television from his vehicle.

Bunyon was not injured during this incident.

The robber was not located.

He is described as a Black male, 5'11" tall, 185-180 pounds, short hair, mid 20s and was last seen wearing dark clothing.

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

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


Woman Shot Outside
Palmetto Strip Club

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a shooting outside Pandora's Box, 3824 US 41 North, in Palmetto, on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at about 1:15 a.m.

A sheriff's report said while walking out of Pandora's Box, the victim, an unidentified Black female, saw an unknown Black male shooting a gun into the air.

The victim took cover, but at some point was struck with a round in the fleshy part of the chin.

EMS responded and ground transported the victim to Bayfront Medical Center for precautionary reasons.

The victim's injuries were not life threatening, and did not appear to be serious.

The investigation continues.

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 Sheriff Arrests Doctor
for Prescription Fraud

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Dr. Boyd A. Robinson, 44, 515 Dona Drive, Nokomis, on six counts of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud and one count of Obtaining Medicinal Drugs by Fraud.


Dr. Boyd Robinson

A pharmacist called the Sheriff’s Office in July to report that Robinson may have forged the signature of another doctor at his medical practice on a prescription for Oxycodone.

During the investigation, the Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit found from June 2010 to July 2011, Robinson presented 73 fraudulent prescriptions for approximately 985 Oxycodone tablets at several area pharmacies, in addition to other types of drugs.

Robinson was arrested Friday and booked into the Sarasota County Jail. He was released after posting $6,500 bond.


Attempted Abduction of Girl, 12,
Reported by Sarasota Sheriff

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted abduction that occurred at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at the Sea Winds Condominiums on Siesta Key.

The 12-year-old victim reported that she was walking from the pool when she was accosted by the suspect. He grabbed her around the waist and when she resisted he let go and fled the area on foot.

According to updated information from investigators, the suspect is described as a White male, 25-45 years old, with unkempt strawberry blonde hair, six feet tall with a thin build, a pale face with acne and dirt on his clothing. At the time he was wearing a white T-shirt, khaki shorts or pants and work boots.

Investigators responded to the scene and were unable to locate the man but are continuing to comb the area in an attempt to identify a suspect or find evidence.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information pertaining to this crime or the identity of a possible suspect to contact Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).


Florida Highway Patrol Issues
Info About Florida Silver Alerts

VENICE, Florida [NMT/FHP] -- The Florida Highway Patrol actively participates in numerous functions and systems in order to help protect and secure the citizens and visitors of Florida.

These include assisting in locating and returning missing persons to their loved ones.

In 2000, Florida implemented the Florida AMBER Alert Plan. This plan is well known by citizens as a great tool used in locating missing children and preventing harm from coming to them. Part of the Florida AMBER Alert Plan is broadcasting information valuable to the search for the missing child via various mediums: television, radio, text messages, emails, variable message boards along the roadway, etc.

A lesser known system, the Florida Silver Alert Plan, is designed to help authorities locate missing persons who suffer from an irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties (e.g. dementia or Alzheimer’s). Florida Silver Alert Plan broadcasts information valuable to the search for missing people via various mediums, to include the variable message boards along the highway.

Since its inception in 2008, 353 Florida Silver Alert Plans activations have occurred. As a result of these 353 activations, 17 of the missing individuals were located as an indirect result of the Florida Silver Alert Plan and 30 of the missing individuals have been recovered as a direct result of the Florida Silver Alert Plan.

So next time you hear the phrase Silver Alert or read it on a message board along the highway, please pay attention to what comes next and help us protect those who cannot protect themselves.


Driver Shot by Passing Car
South of Punta Gorda

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit detectives are investigating a shooting incident reported at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011.

The driver stopped his vehicle at U.S. 41 and Tuckers Grade and called CCSO to report a white Ford Crown Victoria started passing his Chevrolet Avalanche on southbound U.S. 41, and fired several shots into his vehicle.

The driver was shot in the leg and transported by Charlotte County Fire/EMS to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment; his passenger was not injured.

The driver's condition reportedly is not life threatening.

The investigation is ongoing and no other details are being released at this time.

If anyone has information about this incident, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


FHP: Teen Lying In Road
Run Over, Killed

OVIEDO, Florida [NMT] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a19-year-old man who was lying down in the center of a Seminole County roadway was run over by a vehicle and killed early Monday, authorities said.

Antonio Milanes Cuesta, of Tampa, was run over about 3:20 a.m. on McCulloch Road near Orion Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

He was taken to Florida Hospital East and pronounced dead.

According to the FHP, Adam Rodriguez, 22, of Oviedo, was driving a four-door Chevrolet eastbound on McCulloch and did not see Cuesta, who was lying in the road for an unknown reason.

An investigation is ongoing, but charges are not expected to be filed against Rodriguez.


Widespread Outage Shuts Down
Bright House Network Tuesday

TAMPA, Florida [NMT/WTVT] -- It appears that a network outage of some sort affected Bright House Networks customers around the Bay Area on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, according to Tampa television station WTVT.

According to the daytime assignment editor, who spoke to NewsManatee Tuesday, the FOX 13 newsroom had received hundreds of reports of cable, phone, and Internet outages since late Tuesday, at about 10:40 a.m.

Facebook, Twitter, and other messages indicated customers were having trouble in Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, and Polk counties.

Bright House's support website was inaccessible, displaying only a "server too busy" message. A support engineer reached by phone confirmed a "wide" outage, but deferred further comment to the company's public relations personnel.

Company spokesman Joe Durkin said, "Bright House Networks is aware of the issue - how many customers impacted, I don't have a number at this time. The affected services are phone, high speed and video to some degree. This began at approximately 10:40 this morning and Bright House engineers are on top of it working to locate the cause and correct the situation as soon as possible."

"The situation seemed to be fully resolved by about 3:30 p.m.," Mike Quinn, NewsManatee publisher said late Tuesday afternoon.

The cause of the outage that affected 1 million Bright House customers was a software glitch, according to Bright House, who finally diagnosed the problem.

 

 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Palmetto Murder is 8th
Homicide of 2011; Man,
30, Shot and Killed

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a murder early Saturday in Palmetto.


Richard D. Coney, deceased
(Prior mug shot)

A press release from Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff, said at approximately 12:20 Saturday morning, September 3, 2011, deputies responded to a man in the roadway near 27th St. E. and 5th Ave. E. in Palmetto.

Detectives learned the man was seen running north from 2600 3rd Avenue East. Then he turned onto 27th Street East. After he was out of sight, 4-5 gunshots were heard. The man was located laying on his back in the 2600 block of 5th Avenue East. He had 3 gunshot wounds to his chest. He was conscious and talking when he was found.

He was transported to Bayfront Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The victim of the fatal shooting was identified as Richard D. Coney, 30 years old. His 30th birthday was this past Thursday.

Coney did have some misdemeanor and felony arrests, according to Manatee County court records.

Bristow said investigators have some leads.

Detectives don't believe the incident was random.

The investigation continues.

This is the 8th homicide this year in Manatee County overall. There have now been 7 deaths in unincorporated Manatee County and one in the City of Bradenton.

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, 53, Shot in Leg for
Unknown Reasons

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a shooting with injuries on Sunday, August 4, 2011, at about 6:30 p.m., in the 5600 block of 6th Street Court East, Bradenton.


Above, EMS and law enforcement at the scene of the shooting
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

A sheriff's report said the victim, Renel D. Marcelin, 53, was on his front porch when a Black male walked down the street.

Marcelin waved and the Black male waved back.

The Black male came back up the street and walked up to where Marcelin was sitting, pulled out a small pistol and shot at Marcelin 2 to 3 times.

He struck Marcelin in the calf of his left leg.

The man then fled eastbound.

Marcelin was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital with a through and through gunshot wound that didn’t appear serious.

The crime scene was processed by patrol and photographed.

Two shell casings were located and placed into property.

The shooter was described as a Black male, 5'10" tall, 170 pounds, last seen wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans.

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

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


Deputy Narrowly Avoids Death
When Suspect's Vehicle Lands
on Top of Deputy's Cruiser

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Todd Thompson, 21, of Bradenton.


Todd Thompson

A sheriff's press release from Randy Warren, a public information officer said on Friday, Sept. 2nd, 2011, at approximately 11:20 a.m., deputies were dispatched to an Aggravated Assault with a Firearm call at 3101 15th Street East.

When they arrived they saw the suspect, Todd Thompson, trying to flee the scene. He exited the parking lot, failed to stop as directed by a Deputy, and almost ran her over with his vehicle.

Because the suspect was facing felony charges, deputies began a pursuit under light traffic and safe road conditions.

Minutes into the chase, deputies stopped all traffic at 6700 Lockwood Ridge Road and were in the process of setting up stop sticks when Thompson lost control, hitting another vehicle and causing his vehicle to tumble.

Deputy Angel Buxeda jumped out of the way moments before Thompson’s tumbling vehicle came to rest on top of Deputy Buxeda’s patrol car.

Thompson then crawled out of the crash vehicle and attempted to run, but was stopped by Deputy Buxeda and placed under arrest.

He is charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Fleeing to Elude, Failure to Obey Law Enforcement Officer's Order to Stop, Possession of Marijuana, Driving on a Permanently Revoked Drive License, and Reckless Driving. He was also charged with a Contempt of Court warrant on a Violation of Probation offense on an earlier charge of Possession of Marijuana.

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

All injuries were minor in nature and treated on scene by EMS.


BPD Arrests Woman, 43, for
Threatening to Kill Boy, 14,
with a Knife

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Robin Y. Clark, 43, of 1104 6th Street East, Bradenton.


Robin Clark

According to the arrest report, on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at about 5:10 p.m., a 14-year-old boy got off the school bus and went to his residence at 1018 6th Street East.

He then took out the trash when Clark approached him with a knife and said she was going to kill him. The boy said Clark was about 8 feet from him when she had the knife. The boy told police his uncle then told him to go back into the house. The police were called at that time.

Other witnesses confirmed the boy's statements.

Because of the boy's age, his mother was called, who arrived on scene and said she wanted to press charges against Clark.

Clark denied having a knife or threatening the boy; however, she did say she had a stick. She said the boy and three other subjects ran up to her like they were going to jump her, but never struck her.

Clark resisted efforts of police to handcuff her, but they finally did.

She was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

She later posted a bail bond of $5,750 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Arrested for Child Abuse
of Baby Girl, 4 Months Old

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Felipe Vargas, 20, of 3223 3rd Street, apartment 31, Bradenton.


Felipe Vargas

The arrest report said on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at about 9 p.m., Felipe and Maria Vargas brought their 4-month-old girl to Manatee Memorial Hospital because she had bruising and scratch marks on her face.

The hospital became concerned that the injuries were from abuse and not from an accident, and called the sheriff's office to investigate.

The child're face was severely bruised. The bruise encompassed the child's left eye and extended about 2 inches around it. The total size of the bruise was about the size of an adult hand. The bruise had darker spots on the nose and under the eye. The child also had multiple scratches over the bruise. The attending physician said in his opinion, the injuries were not from an accident.

At the hospital, Felipe denied ever striking or accidentally hurting the baby.

The next day, Sept. 1st, Felipe went to the Child Protection Office and a recorded interview was conducted.

Felipe said that he picked up his child from the baby sitter around 7:15 p.m. He said he brought her home and put her on the bed to change her diaper.

He said the little girl started scratching her face with her fingernails, so he went to get a bag of ice cubes. Then he said that he lost his temper and hit his daughter in the face about four times. He also admitted to picking the baby up under the arms and squeezing it. He said he then drove the child to his wife at work and then to the hospital.

Also on Sept. 1st, Dr. Isaac conducted an exam of the child. Dr. Isaac contacted Det. John Belt and said the injuries were consistent with a hand or hard object hitting the infant's face multiple times. Dr. Isaac also said that he found some bruises on the baby's chest, as well.

Vargas was arrested that day and charged with Child Abuse.

He was later released on his own recognizance, supervised.


Radio Shack Employee
Busted for Grand Theft

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Yahitza Ivelisse Reyes, 21, of 314 36th Street Court East, Palmetto.


Yahitza Reyes

The arrest report said on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, according to statements written by Reyes, on numerous occasions during he employment at Radio Shack, she has stolen both merchandise and money.

The was employed by Radio Shack for about two years. The total approximate value of items stolen is $4,440.

She allegedly confessed to a loss prevention supervisor on the telephone that she had stolen 14 cell phones, 4 cameras, 3 MP3 players/iPods, 2 GPSs, 2 Bluetooths, $52 in cash and numerous other items.

Reyes was arrested and charged with Grand Theft.

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


Three Women Arrested for
Prostitution by Undercover
Detectives

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Bethanie M. Farley, 19, a homeless woman; Jessie Kay Yantz, 25, of the 2800 block of 6th Street East, Bradenton; and Laura Suzanne Morrison, 34, of the 300 block of 52nd Avenue Plaza West, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Bethanie Farley, Jessie Yantz and Laura Morrison

According to the arrest reports for all three, on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, detectives attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit were patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as "Johns" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

At about 9 p.m., a detective spotted Farley walking northbound on 9th Street West in the 3300 block. He made contact and after a brief conversation, Farley agreed to give the detective sexual intercourse for $20. She was arrested and charged with Prostitution. Subsequent to her arrest, deputies located several syringes with needles and a metal spoon in her purse. She was not charged with that offense. She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $120. She was also arrested on the same charge on August 5, 2011, according to the sheriff's website.

Then, at about 10:45 p.m., another detective spotted Yantz at the intersection of 28th Avenue East and 5th Street East. He made contact and after a brief conversation, Yantz agreed to give either/or sexual intercourse or oral sex for $20. She was arrested and charged with Prostitution. She posted a $120 cash bail bond and was released from jail.

Finally, at about 11 p.m., yet another detective spotted Morrison walking south on the west side of 14th Street West in the 3500 block. He made contact and after a brief conversation agreed to give the detective oral sex for $20. She was arrested and charged with Prostitution, 2nd Offense. She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a $120 bail bond. According to the sheriff's website, Morrison was arrested for the same crime on June 22nd. She was also arrested for Battery on July 1st, and she was arrested on July 17th on a Contempt of Court warrant charging her with Violation of Supervised Release. In addition, she was arrested on July 20th for Violation of Community Control.


Palmetto Police Arrest Woman
for Multiple Burglaries

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- Early Thursday morning, Sept. 1st, 2011, Sgt. George Lagasse was patrolling lawn maintenance businesses in the City because of recent thefts from lawn maintenance vehicles.


Samantha Rudd

When he checked one of the businesses, located in the 800 block of 10th Avenue West, he noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in the lot that had not been there earlier.

Sgt. LaGasse and other Palmetto officers located the vehicle's occupants walking nearby. Both admitted to parking at the business to steal gasoline. They were interrupted by Sgt. LaGasse before they committed the theft.

Further investigation and questioning lead Palmetto investigators to arrest one of the vehicle’s occupants, 18 year-old Samantha Rudd, for two other burglaries that occurred in the City.

The first burglary occurred at a home in the 1400 block of 21st Street West on August 1st. The second burglary was to a trailer in the 700 block of 16th Street West.

The vehicle’s other occupant, a 16-year-old male, was questioned and released.

These investigations remain open and further charges may be pending.

Rudd was charged with two counts of Burglary. She was also charged with one count of False Ownership of Pawned Items.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $14,000.


Attempted Burglary Victim
Posts Attempt on You Tube

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- NewsManatee was contacted by the owner of a residence in Barrington Ridge, in Manatee County, regarding an attempted burglary of a home in the Barrington Ridge subdivision, near S.R. 70 and Lockwood Ridge Road, Bradenton, on August 21, 2011, between 4 and 4:30 a.m. That person posted the attempt on You Tube and asked us to run a link to the video.

A sheriff's report said Dep. D. Patterson responded to a burglary call at the above location.

The victim said that the individual did not make entry into the home. The perpetrator left in an unknown direction from the residence after he could not make entry.

The thief is described as: A White male, in his mid-30s, 180-200 pounds, balding, with a receding hairline. He had an armband tattoo on the lower left bicep, and a smaller tattoo on his upper right arm.

Surveillance cameras at the residence caught the burglary attempt.

To see if you recognize the would-be burglar, watch the video at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzB0jmdn0ho

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.


Small Plane with Engine Trouble
Lands Safely in Empty Field

MANATE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a small plane with engine problems landed safelty in an empty field, 4 miles east of Lorraine Road, north of University Parkway, on Saturday, Sept. 3rd, 2011, at about 1 p.m.

A sheriff's report said MSO was contacted by the SRQ tower in reference to a single-engine plane that was experiencing engine problems east of the airport.

MSO was able to find the plane which had executed an emergency landing in an empty field.

The pilot, John King, 68, and his passenger were alright and did not sustain any injuries. The plane sustained very little damage.

The pilot and his passenger actually walked out of the field, away from the plane, toward University Pky.

The FAA was contacted and will start their investigation on Tuesday.

The plane was removed from the field and transported back to SRQ.


Mobile Methamphetamine Kit
Found in Northwest Bradenton

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported finding a mobile Methamphetamine kit at an undisclosed address in Northwest Bradenton on Friday, Sept. 2nd, 2011.

A sheriff's report said MSO was called to a location in Northwest Bradenton in reference to suspicious items being found in a duffel type bag.

The items were found to be components used in making Methamphetamine.

Some of the items were in various stages of the process.

One component was missing which would have completed the process.

The items were photographed and processed as evidence and also for destruction.

Investigation is in process to identify the person(s) responsible.


Arrests Made in Youth
Football Game Incident,
Bradenton Man Included

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Friday, Sept. 2nd, 2011, Sheriff Tom Knight announced a list of charges that the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has filed on one player and three coaches relating to an incident that occurred during a youth league football game on August 27, 2011. The referee of the game, 41-year-old Jayme Ream of St. Petersburg, Florida, suffered a shoulder fracture because of the incident.


Above, L to R, Dexter Austin, Antonio Bradley and Timothy Howard

43-year-old Dexter Austin of Bradenton, Florida, 38-year-old Timothy Howard of Sarasota, Florida and 28-year-old Antonio Bradley of North Port, Florida, have all been charged with one count of Battery on a Sports Official. Howard has also been charged with one count of Battery on one of the coaches of the opposing team who tried to intercede. Charges have also been filed on the juvenile who tackled the referee to the ground. Fourteen-year-old Jamisen Saintvale is being charged with Battery on a Sports Official.

In closing this announcement, Sheriff Knight commented “My continuing concern is in large part for the well-being of the victims in this case as well as the children and other coaches that will suffer because of their actions. I would encourage all adults involved in youth sports and other activities to remember that they are there for the kids, and should always strive to be mentors and positive role models.”


Punta Gorda Police Arrest
Assisted Living Employee

PUNTA GORDA, Florida [NMT] -- Punta Gorda Police Detectives arrested Crystal Lynn Potter, a 43-year-old certified nurse assistant at a local assisted living facility, on charges she allegedly stole from an elderly patient residing there.


Crystal Potter

Officers learned of the theft on August 29th, when an 82-year-old resident of The Sterling House, located at 250 Bal Harbor Boulevard, noticed two rings missing. The rings were valued at $5,000.

Detectives discovered that Potter previously had stolen the rings, and sold them to Gulf Coast Medals, in Punta Gorda, on August 17th.

Detectives arrested Potter today, September 2nd, on charges of grand theft, dealing in stolen property, and false verification to a pawn shop. Potter, of 3311 Areca Avenue in Punta Gorda, was being held at the charlotte County Jail on a $12,500 bond.


Detectives Arrest 7-11
Armed Robber

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives Friday morning arrested a man for the Wednesday armed robbery of the 7-Eleven gas station at U.S. 41 and Kings Highway in Charlotte Harbor. Charged with Robbery with a Firearm is Theodore James Richardson, 53, 4384 Eaglet Street, who lives in Charlotte Harbor, a couple blocks from the 7-Eleven.


Theodore Richardson

The robber entered the store Wednesday night at 11:27 p.m., implied he had a weapon, and fled with an undetermined amount of cash from the register. A CCSO K9 Unit responded and tracked a scent from the store that ended at Eaglet Road and Harper Avenue.

CCSO issued a press release Thursday with surveillance photos of the suspect. Detectives created a Public Safety Bulletin flyer with surveillance photos of the suspect. One of the detectives was driving in the surrounding area of the armed robbery to hand out the bulletins; he observed a white male that matched the description of the suspect. The man was in front of his home on Eaglet Street and the detective noted the license plate on a gray pickup.

The detective went to the Mid-County Office and ran a check on the man’s vehicle that identified Richardson. Detectives then went to his home to speak to him about the armed robbery. He consented to a search of his home and pickup. Detectives located similar clothing worn by the robber, including shoes.

A photo lineup was presented to the victim who positively identified Richardson as the man who committed the armed robbery. Richardson was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on $32,000 bond. Richardson is a convicted felon with six bookings.

 

 

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