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Local/State News for week ending 10/15/2011

High Speed Pursuit After
Armed Robbery Nets
Four Black Males

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported they were involved in a high speed pursuit following an armed robbery on Thursday, October 13, 2011, at about 4 a.m., in the 5100 block of 30th Street East, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Demario Murray, Antwon Moore, Timothy Jefferson and De'Eric Moore
(a mug shot of De'Eric Moore, a juvenile, was not available)

A sheriff's report said deputies responded to a robbery call at the above location. According to the victim, she was on her way home from the McDonald's at 5299 33rd Street East. The victim left McDonald's and drove west on 51st Avenue East. The victim approached 30th St. and stopped at the four-way intersection.

While stopped at the intersection, two of four Black males approached the victim’s car. One of the suspects approached the driver, pointing a firearm at her. The suspects demanded money from the victim and fired one round into the air. The victim stated she gave the suspects an undetermined amount of cash. The suspects took the money and fled.

The victim was not injured.

A short time later, the suspect vehicle was located near I-75 and SR70 east and deputies began pursuing the vehicle north on I-75.

Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop with negative results. The pursuit continued for several miles north on I-75. The suspects turned off the interstate at SR 64 and then reentered.

The pursuit continued north on I-75 towards Hillsborough County. The pursuit continued to Exit #246 (Big Bend Rd). HCSO deployed stop sticks near Big Bend and the suspects avoided the stop sticks and continued to flee.

The suspects continued west and HCSO deployed stop sticks again near US 41 and Riverview Rd. Two tires were now flat on the suspect’s vehicle and they ultimately stopped at US 41 and Riverview Rd.

All four suspects were taken into custody without incident. The four suspects involved all had cash in their possession.

The suspect vehicle, a Dodge Intrepid, is believed to be stolen out of Tampa.

No weapons were recovered at the scene but the vehicle had not been processed as of the time of the press release.

The suspects were Demario Murray, 24; De'Eric Moore, 17; Antwon Moore, 22; and Timothy Jefferson, 20. All four are from Tampa.

Three of them were booked into the Hillsborough County Jail, charged with Armed Robbery/Fresh Pursuit. De'Eric Moore was transported to the Juvenile Booking Facility in Hillsborough County.


Advance America Employee
Arrested for Theft of $3,000
from Cash Drawer

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Britanny D. Brooks, 24, of 4924 25th Street West, Bradenton.


Britany Brooks

According to the arrest report, Britanny was an employee of Advance America, 4504 14th Street West, Bradenton.

A loss prevention agent told detectives Brooks had committed Grand Theft on at least six occasions.

Post-Miranda, detectives learned that Brooks had reactivated six Advance America accounts, with the victims' names, dates of birth and social security numbers.

She then erased her name from the top of her personal check, wrote the victim's identification information in and signed the victims' names.

She then would place the checks into the victims' files and withdraw $500 from the cash drawer.

This happened six times, Advance America said, between August 1st and October 1st, 2011.

Brooks was arrested and charged with 17 felonies. Six were for Grand Theft, five were for Criminal Use of Personal Identification and six were for Forgery.

She later posted a bail bond for $19,500 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


1 of 3 Arrested Following
Firearm Threat

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Fernando Rivera, 23, of 1020 57th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Fernando Rivera

The arrest report said on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at about 10:30 p.m., Curtis Hart returned home to his residence in the 4900 block of 9th Street East, Bradenton, and found a white minivan with what appeared to be a Florida license tag parked in his driveway.

As he approached his front door, he could hear people talking inside the house. As he unlocked the door, someone inside re-locked the door.

Then he saw a Black male, a light-skinned male and a female exit the house.

Once he began arguing with the Black male, the light-skinned male, later identified as Rivera, was standing by the van with the female and told her to pass him the gun.

She refused and Rivera then reached into the van and pulled out a handgun and pointed it at Hart. Rivera then said, "I will kill you."

Then all three got into the van and fled south on 9th Street East.

Through investigation, Rivera was identified as a co-registered owner of the van. A photo lineup was presented to Hart and he identified Rivera as the man who had pointed a gun at him and threatened to kill him.

Rivera was located at 5712 11th Street East, hiding in the bathroom.

He was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.


Man with Felony Warrant
Tries to Flee Deputies

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Walter Barnes, 38, of 2815 17th Street West, Bradenton.


Walter Barnes

A sheriff's report said on Thursday, October 13, 2011, at about 1:30 a.m., deputies obtained intel that Walter Barnes was at the above location. Barnes was wanted for Armed Robbery.

Deputies and a K-9 Unit approached the residence, at which time Barnes tried to flee over a fence.

When attempting to clear the fence, he was challenged by an MSO K-9.

Barnes then fled back the way he came, and was challenged by deputies.

When he tried to evade them, and failed to show his hands, a Taser was deployed.

Barnes then immediately complied and was arrested.

He was found in possession of the above narcotics as well.

He was taken to jail after being medically cleared at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Barnes was charted with the warrant for Armed Robbery, Resisting Arrest without Violence, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell within 1000 feet of a Church, Possession of Rock Cocaine with Intent to Sell within 1000 feet of a Church, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.


Woman Arrested for
Felony Prostitution

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jennifer L. Dodge, 24, of the 100 block of Beach Road, Sarasota.


Jennifer Dodge

The arrest report said on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, an undercover deputy attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit was patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as a "John" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

At about 3:30 p.m., he came across Dodge walking northbound on 14th Street West at about the 2000 block.

He made contact and after a brief conversation, Dodge agreed to give the detective oral sex for $40.

She was arrested and charged with Prostitution. A check of Dodge's criminal history revealed 3 prior arrests for Prostitution, with two convictions. Her charge was upgraded to Felony Prostitution.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a $1,000 bail bond.


Governor Declares October 16-22
as "Mediation Week" -- Manatee,
Sarasota 12th Circuit Courts'
Programs Participate

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Governor Rick Scott has declared the week of October 16-22 as "Mediation Week." The Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Citizen Dispute Settlement Program will receive Mediation Week Proclamations from the Board of County Commissioners in Manatee County and Sarasota County respectively.

The Citizen Dispute Settlement Program facilitates any type of dispute, such as: landlord/tenant, contracts, debts, neighborhood, condominium, employer/employee, and nuisances.

The Pre-Filing Family Program mediates family disputes, provided that the parties have not been involved in prior litigation involving the same parties and/or children. For example, a pre-filing family mediation may offer an opportunity for prospective litigants to work out issues such as a parenting plan or partial settlement agreement prior to filing an uncontested divorce or seeking the limited services of counsel.

All mediators are Florida Supreme Court certified and volunteer their time and expertise to the program.

Mediation services are available to all citizens residing in DeSoto, Manatee or Sarasota counties. These programs provide individuals the opportunity to resolve their disputes in a neutral and confidential setting at no cost and are wonderful resources for those who cannot afford the services of an attorney. Participants also save time and avoid court costs by using mediation rather than litigation; they also help to relieve the Court’s case load.

For more information on the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Mediation Program please contact Heather Blanton at 941-749-3654 or visit our website at: www.jud12.flcourts.org


Operation Meltdown II Results
in 935 Pounds of Metal Seized

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has concluded Operation Meltdown II, a one-week intensive effort to crack down on metal thefts and burglaries.

Similar to the operation conducted in July, the effort focused on the theft of large amounts of metals from air conditioners and light poles that are taken to secondary recyclers in exchange for cash.

Operation Meltdown II produced the following results:

935 pounds of copper seized
123 criminal charges (23 felonies/100 misdemeanors)
86 civil traffic citations
18 physical arrests

An ongoing trend puts total losses of stolen copper wiring from county owned streetlights at approximately 17 ½ miles of material. Replacement costs to Sarasota County in material (copper specifically), damages and labor are exorbitant and into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Storm grates, plumbing at park facilities and manhole covers have also been targets of thieves.

“Metal thefts affect everyone in Sarasota County; all taxpayers as well as individual victims, and even children,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Two aluminum goal posts were stolen from the 17th Street Park soccer field in Sarasota within the past month.

“It’s a glaring example of how metal thieves will stop at nothing as they forage for things to scrap. But the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is just as committed to proactively addressing this very prolific crime trend in our community.”


CCSO Narcs Bust Crack
Cocaine Dealer

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit detectives arrested a Port Charlotte woman for drug dealing in Crack Cocaine. Arrested was Helene Marie Pious, 48, 21028 Churon Avenue.


Helene Pious

Narcotics detectives met with Pious Wednesday at 5:20 p.m. at a location in Port Charlotte. Detectives had an open felony charge for Sale and Delivery of Cocaine from a previous drug buy on May 19, also in Port Charlotte. When she was arrested, detectives located a bandana in her pickup truck that contained a glass pipe with Cocaine residue, steel wool and powdered Cocaine.

Pious was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where she remains on $11,000 bond. She is charged with Sale and Delivery of Cocaine, Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia, and two counts of Possession of Crack Cocaine. Pious is a convicted felon; this is her fifth booking.

Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


Cops: Male Nurse Sexually
Assaulted Patients

KISSIMMEE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A male nurse was arrested Wednesday in Kissimmee on suspicion of sexually assaulting two female patients at Osceola Regional Medical Center, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Shean Galvin

Shean Galvin, 49, was arrested on two counts of sexual battery.

According to Kissimmee police, officers met with a woman last week who said Galvin forced her to perform sex acts in order to receive pain medication while she was being treated at the hospital.

Two days later, officers met with another woman who said Galvin touched her inappropriately after giving her an injection at Osceola Regional Medical Center, according to Kissimmee police.

Detectives arrested Galvin on second-degree felony charges. He's being held in the Osceola County Jail on $20,000 bond.

Police said any other possible victims are urged to call the Kissimmee Police Department or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

Last month, a 17-year-old was arrested on charges of impersonating a physician’s assistant and practicing medicine without a license at the same hospital.

Matthew Scheidt was arrested after police said he used a fake ID to get into the hospital and treat patients for weeks, WKMG said.


 

 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Woman with Warrant Caught
Driving Stolen Vehicle; Gives
False Name to LEO

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's office has arrested Denise Lee Johnson, 34, of 6923 11th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Denise Johnson

According to the arrest report, on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at about 1:45 a.m., Dep. Buird spotted a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the Quality Inn North, 6727 14th Street West, Bradenton.

Dep. Buird summoned Dep. Brad Johnson; they both waited around the side of the building as they waited for another unit to obtain the room number for the vehicle.

While they were waiting, they observed Denise Johnson and two other involved people enter the vehicle and begin to drive off.

A felony traffic stop was initiated in the north side of the parking lot and Denise was removed from the driver's seat, keys in hand. The other two individuals were detained, as well.

While on scene, deputies attempted to obtain positive identification from the individuals.

Post-Miranda, Denise gave the name of Rachel Lynn Glosland, with a false DOB. It came back with no hits.

She was again questioned and again she gave the false name.

However, a RAPID ID hit was conducted, which returned Denise Johnson's name, along with a warrant for Violation of Probation.

Denise confessed that she had given the false name because she had a warrant.

She was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Auto and Giving a False Name to Law Enforcement. Her bond on an earlier charge of Burglary to a Dwelling was revoked and she was also charged with the VOP warrant which was for an earlier Burglary charge.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $43,000.


Man, 23, Arrested for Slapping
Grandmother, 71 Years Old

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Shaun Nathaniel Warren, 23, of 5815 19th Street West, Bradenton.


Shaun Warren

The arrest report said Shaun and the victim, Wanda Shown, are grandson and grandmother and live together in the same residence.

On Monday, October 10, 2011, at about 6 p.m., Shaun was told to take the trash out that was laying in the kitchen.

Shaun refused and wanted to get something cold to drink.

Ms. Shown again attempted to have Shaun pick up the trash.

He refused and "got in her face," began yelling at her and cursing.

Ms. Shown became afraid, since Shaun is bigger than her and she slapped him on the face.

Shaun then slapped Ms. Shown across the face.

A deputy observed a red mark on her right cheek from the slap.

Shaun openly stated that he slapped his grandmother after being slapped for not doing what he was told.

Ms. Shown is 71 years of age and has difficulty at times moving around, the report stated.

Shaun has had anger issues in the past, according to the report, and openly challenges his grandmother.

Shaun was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery on a Person Over 65.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $1,500.


Chinese Food Delivery Man
Ambushed by 4 Black Males

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a strong arm robbery on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at about 8 p.m., at the Gates of Bradenton apartment complex, 4516 26th Street West, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Brandon Samuel and Gerald Williams

The victim responded to the above location to deliver Chinese food.

Upon his arrival, he observed four Black males standing in front of the listed location.

When the victim got out of his vehicle he placed the food on the hood of his vehicle. The victim kept his arm over the food keeping it in his possession as he asked the subjects for the money.

At that time, one of the Black males grabbed the food from the victim’s possession and attempted to run as another male attempted to punch him. All parties got into a physical altercation.

The other two males fled the area when the physical altercation was occurring.

The victim was able to identify all the listed suspects, however the two arrested were the ones who committed the Robbery.

The victim received abrasions on his left arm, wrist, and knee, which did not require medical attention.

Arrested and charged with Robbery were Brandon Samuel and Gerald Williams.

As of Wednesday afternoon, both men remained in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Man Beats Up, Chokes
Half Brother; Arrested

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Vincent Molar, 21, of 1713 Roslyn Avenue, Bradenton.


Vincent Molar

The arrest report said on Monday, October 10, 2011, at about 4:45 p.m., Molar got into a squabble with his half brother, Juan Santana.

Santana was watching TV when Molar started cursing at him.

Santana asked Molar to stop.

Molar put Santana on the ground and began punching him in the head several times.

After Santana got away from Molar, he went outside.

Santana told deputies that Molar grabbed a 4-way tire tool out of the back of his Expedition and began running after Santana.

Santana tried to push Molar away from him.

Molar was able to take Santana to the ground again and began choking him, first placing Santana in a choke hold and then using his hands to choke Santana, who started to black out from lack of oxygen.

Santana had what resembled a hand print on his neck, a bruise on his forehead, a bump with cuts on it on the back of his head, and several other cuts and scrapes. EMS checked him out, but he refused transport to a local hospital.

Molar was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

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


Deputy Thwarts Elderly Man's
Suicide Attempt on Skyway

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an attempted suicide on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at about 11:45 a.m., on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

A sheriff's report said Charles Yagley, 82, called his ex-wife Thursday morning stating that he wanted to jump off the Skyway Bridge.

BPD responded to Charles' ex-wife's house and obtained a sworn affidavit from her.

The toll booth personal were alerted to Charles' vehicle description and advised that the vehicle had just passed through the toll booth headed towards the bridge.

Dep. Pearson was able to catch up to the vehicle and initiate a traffic stop on it.

The driver, Yagley, exited the vehicle and Dep. Pearson secured him before he was able to make it to the edge of the railing.

Charles admitted to Dep. Pearson that he wanted to commit suicide.

Charles was taken to Manatee Glens under a Baker Act.


Manatee Sheriff Reports
Multiple Residential,
Vehicle Burglaries

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported four vehicle and two residential burglaries on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., in the Palm Aire subdivision.

A sheriff's report said the following four vehicles and two residences were all burglarized. All four vehicles and one residence were left unlocked.

Steve Fayette, 46, 4904 W. Country Club Dr., residence burglarized, recording/audio devices taken

Susan Chandler, 58, 5009 Inverness Dr., vehicle burglarized, Magellan GPS taken.

Sandra Adcock, 74, 4831 W. Country Club Dr., occupied burglary to residence, attempted to take a TV that was in the kitchen.

Monica Brown, 54, 5004 Inverness Dr., vehicle burglarized, loose change, IPOD, sunglasses were taken.

Amy Grundy, 36, 5008 Inverness Dr, vehicle rummaged through, nothing taken.

Angie Tepe, 78, 5031 Inverness Dr, $80.00 check

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.


Come to the SWAT Rummage
and Arts & Crafts Sale
on Saturday

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Community Rummage and Arts & Crafts sale, set up to raise money to send the Bradenton Police Department's SWAT Team to an international training and competition in Orlando, will be from 8-5 p.m. Saturday in the Bradenton Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd.

The public is welcome to visit the rummage sale just to shop.

There will be raffle prizes throughout the day with $1 raffle tickets.

All proceeds go the SWAT Team.

SWAT is looking to raise $3,800 to send an eight-person team to the Orlando competition/training for a week.

To make a donation, send a check to: Bradenton Police Department, Attn: Sgt. James Racky, 100 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205.

For more info contact Sgt. Racky, SWAT Team leader, at 941-737-5731 or james.racky@cityofbradent­on.com.


PPD Reports Armed Robbery
of Metro PCS Store Thursday

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Metro PCS store, 651 10th Street East. The robbery occurred at just after 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

A lone Black male walked into the store. When he was alone in the store with the clerk, he pointed an angular object concealed in a t-shirt, implying that he had a weapon.

He demanded money and the clerk complied.

He left the store on foot westbound, with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robber is described as a Black male, 30-45 years old. He has a thin to medium build and is approximately 5'8"-5'10" tall. He was last seen wearing a green T-shirt with white lettering on his left chest and white lettering and a design on the back (perhaps a business logo). The man had long black shorts and a camouflage ball cap. He was wearing sandals.

Persons with any information about this crime or the robber are urged to contact Detective Chris Cavazos at the Palmetto Police Department, 723-4587, ext. 6124, 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.


Cops: Girl, 9, Made Up
Sex Attack Story

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orange County deputies on Wednesday said a 9-year-old girl who claimed a man sexually attacked her near an Orlando elementary school made up the story, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The girl had claimed the attack occurred around 8 p.m. Tuesday outside the Forest Edge Apartments on Weston Lane near Lake Weston Elementary School.

According to Orange County sheriff's deputies, the girl, who had said she was walking near the school when a man grabbed her from behind, was neither attacked nor sexually assaulted.

The girl was taken to a hospital after claiming she was attacked.

Deputies said it turns out that the girl fought with other children, and when she was asked about her bruises, she made up the attack.

Parents at the complex said they took extra caution and took their kids to school in the morning instead of letting them walk.

The Sheriff's Office said the community pays the price for false reports like this one, WKMG said.

"When it's a false report, it takes away from the rest of the community. We have 17 deputies, K-9 and a chase helicopter. Perimeters set up. It taxes our staff and it's a safety issue with the community," Angelo Nieves of the Sheriff's Office said.


FDLE: October is National Cyber
Security Awareness Month

TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is recognizing October as National Cyber Security Month. Floridians are encouraged to educate themselves about Internet safety and review tips for keeping children safe online.

“Every year we spend more and more of our time online with laptops, tablets, and smart phones.” said Special Agent Supervisor Mike Phillips of FDLE’s Computer Crime Center. “Let’s all use this month as a reminder to talk to our employees, families, and friends about cyber security. Simple steps, such as having a strong password and keeping it private, can protect us from a number of risks like identity theft and cyber bullying.”

Parents are encouraged to discuss the dangers of the Internet with their children and develop guidelines for using it safely. Some helpful tips include:

~ If it looks too good to be true, it probably isn't true. Cyber crooks are everywhere. Scams occur in nearly every auction, dating, and classified site on the Internet. Social networks are especially targeted. Be vigilant and do some research before you buy or sell online. And keep in mind that wiring money to online acquaintances is very risky.

~ Avoid responding to emails from strangers, or strange emails from people you think you know. Cyber crooks often try to trick you into sending them money or your personal information by pretending to be someone else. These attempts used to be crude, but they have become very sophisticated and difficult to identify.

~ Use strong passwords. Don’t make your password easy to guess, easy to find, or easy to lose. The only way your computer knows who you are is by your password. Make sure your confidential information is protected by a password that is long and complex.

~ Use antivirus and keep it up-to-date. Antivirus software can protect you from a number of different cyber attacks. But you have to keep it updated. Selecting "automatic updates" is a good way to insure that all the patches get installed.

~ Know what your kids do online. Your kids are still learning what is safe and they need your guidance. Find ways to talk about the Internet with your kids and use it with them whenever you can.

FDLE recommends Floridians visit www.secureflorida.org or www.missingkids.com to learn how to minimize the potential risks of instant messaging, social networking, online gaming, and more. Citizens may also go to www.flsexoffender.net to search an e-mail or instant message address to determine if it may belong to a registered sexual predator or offender. Florida’s Sexual Offender/Predator Registry is maintained by FDLE and currently houses data on more than 57,000 registered sex offenders and predators. Florida law requires all registered sexual offenders and predators to register their e-mail and instant message addresses prior to using them. Additional tips for keeping children safe online may be found at http://www.netsmartz.org.

In 2010, the Florida Computer Crime Center (FC3) worked 68 major investigations, made 46 arrests, managed 869 requests for assistance and provided computer crime investigation training to 336 law enforcement personnel. In addition, FC3 provided Internet safety training to approximately 3,500 Floridians.

FDLE is an active member of the three Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces in Florida. There are 63 federally-funded task forces nationwide created solely to investigate Internet crimes against children that include the online sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.

 

 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!
Man Arrested for Domestic
Battery by Strangulation,
False Imprisonment,
Resisting Arrest

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- This report is about a Domestic Violence incident. It is presented in detail to give the reader a good view of what can happen when a dispute turns to violence in a relationship. If you are in a relationship that has turned violent, seek help from authorities. There are places that can shelter you without your domestic partner finding out where you are. Save yourself.

~~~~~~~~~~

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Larry Lee Laycock, 21, of 2613 9th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Larry Laycock

According to the arrest report, on Friday, October 7, 2011, at about 8:15 p.m., Laycock and Tiffany Johns were in a verbal argument over Tiffany going out with a friend.

The couple have been dating for about a year and live together.

Laycock then escalated the argument and started to strangle Tiffany to a point where she could not breathe, the report said.

Laycock then shoved Tiffany to the ground and threw a candle at her, striking her in her left ankle, causing it to bruise and swell.

The argument continued to escalate and Tiffany told Laycock that she wanted to leave. That is when Laycock punched Tiffany on her ribs on the left side.

Laycock then pushed Tiffany back on the bed and started to strangle her again, to a point where she could not breathe and almost passed out.

She then started to scream and Laycock put his hands over her mouth.

Tiffany then was able to get out of the room for about 10 minutes.

After that time passed, she went back in to retrieve her items and that is when Laycock grabbed her again, threw her on the bed and punched her on her left hip.

He then struck Tiffany several times in the head.

He then bit her on her right side just below the armpit, leaving a bruised mark.

Laycock's parents came into the room and pulled Laycock off of Tiffany.

Tiffany later told deputies Laycock had held her for about 1 hour.

After Laycock's parents intervened, she was able to run out of the residence and get a couple of houses away. When she was down the road, she looked to see if Laycock was coming after her. He was.

Tiffany evaded Laycock by crossing the road back and forth.

Laycock was able to get Tiffany to stop and said to her, "Stop the bullshit."

She replied back, "No, I am done with the drama and you hitting me."

Laycock then pushed Tiffany to the ground and called her a bitch. He then fled the scene.

While deputies were there, Laycock showed up in his vehicle, but once he saw the deputies, he ran to his vehicle. Deputies yelled at him to stop, but he sped off in his vehicle.

He was located several hours later at 3600 19th Street West and arrested at about 12:45 a.m. on Saturday.

He was charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation, False Imprisonment of an Adult and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

He later posted a bail bond of $14,250 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Intoxicated Woman Arrested
for Slapping Deputy

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dawn Marie Thurman, 46, of 4030 60th Street West, Bradenton.


Dawn Thurman

The arrest report said on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at about 5:10 p.m., a deputy was dispatched to the Ramada Inn, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, in South Manatee County.

The call was for a customer who was intoxicated and yelling in the bathroom, the report said.

When the deputy arrived, Thurman was outside of the lobby. She appeared to be very intoxicated, Dep. Geiger wrote.

He was informed that a taxi was already en route to take her home.

Dep. Geiger was sitting in the front seat of his patrol vehicle, with the door open, preparing a field contact report.

Thurman walked over and started slapping the deputy with her open hands. She was yelling incoherently, he wrote.

He told her that she was under arrest and attempted to handcuff her. She tried to pull herself away from the deputy, yelling obscenities the entire time.

He was able to handcuff her and get her into the back seat of his cruiser.

While en route to the jail, she was able to get the handcuffs off and used them to bang on the safety cage in his cruiser. The deputy stopped and reapplied the handcuffs. While he was doing to, she tried pulling away and resisted his effort to do so.

But, he was once again able to secure her and took her to the Manatee County Jail.

Thurman was charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

She later posted a bail bond of $2,250 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Search Warrant Yields Pot,
Assault Rifles, Arrest

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Stonewall Murray, Jr., 48, of 2115 11th Street West, Bradenton.


Stonewall Murray

The arrest report said on Friday, October 7, 2011, at about 5 p.m., a search warrant was served at the above location.

In the far bak room, 2 AK 47s were located in a closet. Also found was a .22 caliber sub-machine gun with a scope. There was also ammunition that was found.

In the far southeast bedroom, detectives located a small bag of marijuana.

In the southwest bedroom, a larger amount of marijuana was located in between the mattress and the box springs. A scale was also found.

Murray was told about the finding of the guns and pot. Of his own free will Murray said the guns and marijuana were his.

The marijuana was weighed and found to be 78 grams. The pot and the guns were placed into BPD evidence.

Murray was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, a felony.

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


Woman Arrested for Punching
Pregnant Woman, Slapping Man

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kathleen Ruth Smith, 44, of 122 42nd Avenue East, Bradenton.


Kathleen Smith

The arrest report said on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at about 2:45 p.m., Smith was involved in a fracas with Michael Smith and Vickie Gilley.

At one point, Kathleen punched Vickie in the face with a closed fist, then slapped Michael in the face with an open hand. Vickie is pregnant, the report said.

When a deputy arrived on scene, he observed two small cuts on Vickie's face; one on her upper lip and one on her lower lip, both in the center of the lips.

Michael's left cheek was reddish in color in comparison to the rest of his face.

Kathleen denied striking either victim.

Kathleen was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery on a Pregnant Person and Domestic Battery.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $500.


Careless Smoking Causes
Apartment Blaze

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Monday, October 10, 2011, at about 6:45 p.m., Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire at Bayshore on the Lake apartments, 4103 24th Street West.

Upon arrival, the first company of firefighters found a multi-residential structure with fire coming out a rear window and heavy smoke coming from the entire apartment.

On scene crews made an aggressive interior attack, containing the fire to apartment 108 in building 12R within 10 minutes of arrival.

Several surrounding apartments had to be ventilated of a light smoke condition.

The apartment that was on fire was empty at the time. The single adult female returned to the scene a short time later.

One female resident in a surrounding unit was transported by Manatee County EMS for chest pain. A second male patient was treated on scene for respiratory difficulties, but refused transport to a local hospital.

Red Cross was called for assistance to the apartment's occupant.

The apartment was a total loss. Damages amounted to $35,000 for the apartment and $10,000 for the contents.

Fire investigators were assisted by the West Manatee Fire Rescue Deputy Fire Marshal and his K-9, who arrived and investigated the fire.

The cause was determined to be accidental, due to careless smoking.


Manatee County Unanimously
Adopts ‘No-Kill’ Animal Policy

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, Manatee County Commissioners unanimously adopted a No-Kill policy which formalizes Manatee’s goal to save as many dogs and cats as possible by achieving 90 percent live release rate.

Kris Weiskopf, Animal Services Chief, said Manatee County is working regularly with animal welfare organizations, animal shelters, the media and the public to increase animal fostering and adoptions, to promote free or low-cost spay/neutering programs, and to promote a trap/neuter/return program for feral cats, public relations and community involvement.

“We are one of the few governments in the country and, I think the first in the state of Florida, that has a no-kill policy approval from the County Commission,” said Commission Chair Carol Whitmore who has pushed Manatee County to become a no-kill community for nearly four years.

Weiskopf said Manatee County is already further along in implementing no-kill than most communities. No-kill requires a combination of efforts by Animal Services, rescue groups, shelters, the media and the public. Weiskopf is striving for a 2 percent increase each month in live release rate, from the current 61 percent. He said the no-kill efforts may increase revenue and lower costs to the county for Animal Services.

Commissioner Joe McClash added, “What you have here is a change of attitude at the county. I’m glad we’re finally here. No kill means we make every effort to avoid euthanizing healthy animals.”

For more information on Manatee County’s adoptable animals, visit www.mymanatee.org/pets


Runaway Boy, 14, Arrested
for Burglaries, SPD Says

SARASOTA, Floirda [NMT] -- On October 5th, Sarasota Police Officer Steve Campion received information that Kyle Cartwright, a 14-year old juvenile, had been identified as a suspect in a Burglary that was being investigated by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, and that Kyle could be in the area of the 3100 block of Novus Street.


Kyle Cartwright

Officer Campion set up a perimeter and began searching the area for the suspect. A concerned citizen advised that he observed a young man fitting Kyle Cartwright’s description, in a neighbor’s yard. Sgt. McHale, the canine unit supervisor, had responded to assist in the perimeter. Sgt. McHale’s dog, “Nero”, tracked the scent from the neighbor’s yard to the 3100 block of Wood Street. The track led to a house with a screen that had been pushed up and an open window.

Officer’s located Kyle Cartwright inside a bedroom of the house. He surrendered only after Sgt. McHale announced that they were prepared to send the dog into the home. A rifle and three knives were recovered within three feet of where officers observed Cartwright. The homeowner does not know the juvenile and did not give him permission to enter his home. The homeowner also advised that the rifle had been hidden in a closet and the knives had not been on the bed prior to the Burglary.

Thanks to the efforts of Officer Steve Campion, Sergeant McHale, K-9 Nero, and a neighbor that was willing to get involved, an Armed Burglary that was in progress was discovered and the suspect was arrested.

Kyle Cartwright had been reported as a runaway on September 29th.

Following his arrest for the Armed Burglary, Kyle Cartwright was also charged with a separate Burglary by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.


Detective Follows Trail of
Stolen Copper Wire

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Charlotte County Sheriff's detective followed a trail of copper wire trimmings right to the thief’s home.


Louis Johnson

Louis Edward “Eddie” Johnson, 34, 25340 Dundee Road, was arrested and charged with felony Burglary and Grand Theft. Johnson is a convicted felon with 16 bookings and 25 records.

CCSO received a call Monday from the owner of Reed’s Rides, 25370 Dundee Road, who reported $5,110 in copper and aluminum items were stolen. Anticipating theft of his copper wire items, the owner sprayed blue paint on the wires.

When the detective followed the trail to Johnson’s home, he also discovered a garbage can in the driveway with the lid open and could see wire trimmings inside.

CCSO Crime Scene technicians were called and collected wire trimmings from the garbage can with the blue paint on them. The business owner verified the paint markings on the wire he had spray painted.

Items stolen included a copper dragon fly yard ornament, 100 feet of electrical wire, 175 feet of extension cords, spools of copper wire, a 15 gallon barrel full of copper wire, and a $2,500 aluminum tram.

Johnson was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on $5,000 bond.


Mom on Trial for
School Bus Incident

SANFORD, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A 40-year-old Sanford mother is expected to go on trial on Monday after an incident that occurred on her daughter's school bus in April, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Laura Booker, a nurse, was charged with resisting an officer without violence and trespassing after she said she attempted to protect her daughter from bullying on the bus.

A video from the bus caught her screaming at the bus driver, Roy Hooks, about problems between him and Booker's daughter.

The mom said she had been trying for months to get school officials to address several problems that happened on her daughter's bus, however, when nothing happened, the concerned mother decided to take matters into her own hands by confronting Hooks.

Booker said that her daughter was being bullied by other classmates, in addition to Hooks, who falsely accused her of cursing and called her a liar.

Both of Booker's charges are misdemeanors.

She said she rejected a plea deal that involved an apology, WKMG said.

 

 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

OPERATION RECEDING WATER:
13 Charged with RICO Violations
in SUR 13 Gang Crackdown;
5 Members Still At Large

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has charged 13 people with violations of the RICO Act (Racketeering Influenced Crime Organization); 5 gang members are still at large.

STILL AT LARGE


Above, L to R, Feliz Falcon, Juan Falcon, Britney Vela, Jorge Reyes and Manuel Ramirez

On Monday, October 10, 2011, the MSO Gang Unit executed four search warrants and arrested several subjects as part of a one and a half year investigation into the criminal street gang SUR 13. All the defendants in the case are being charged with RICO and Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering. Some of the defendants were already in the Manatee County Jail or the Department of Corrections on unrelated charges. This is the second RICO operation involving SUR 13 conducted by the MSO.

1. Irwin Sanchez, 21 (Arrested)
2. Joel Rodriguez, 18 (Arrested)
3. Feliz Falcon, 21 (At Large)
4. Juan Falcon, 18 (At Large)
5. Daniel Robledo, 25 (Jail)
6. Luis Ortiz, 21 (Prison)
7. Luciano Muniz, 20 (Prison)
8. Danny Duran, 20 (Jail)
9. Martin Agustin, 20 (Jail)
10. Britney Vela, 19 (At Large)
11. Manuel Ramirez, 20 (At large)
12. Marvin Villacorta, 19 (Jail)
13. Jorge Reyes, 18 (At Large)

RICO based search warrants were executed at 614 58th Ave Dr East, Bradenton; 603 59th Ave Terrace West, Bradenton; 3009 46th Ave West, Bradenton; and 5705 44th Ave East, Bradenton. One firearm and numerous gang related items were seized at all these locations.

Joel Rodriguez was arrested at the 614 58th Ave Dr East location without incident. Irwin Sanchez was arrested at the 603 59th Ave Terrace West location without incident.

MSO was assisted in this investigation by the State Attorney’s Office, the Statewide Prosecutor’s Office and the Bradenton Police Department.

If anyone has information on the five remaining subjects at large, please contact 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.


Two SUR-13 Members Charged
with Fatal Shooting in 2009;
One Still At Large

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has charged Daniel Robledo, 25, with a 2009 murder; MSO is currently looking for Manuel Ramirez, 20, on the same charges.


Above, L to R, Daniel Robledo and Manuel Ramirez (at large)

Two of the subjects named in Monday's SUR 13 gang investigation will be charged in connection with a 2009 fatal shooting. On 6-15-09, Rolando Martinez-Rosales, DOB 8-31-57, was found in the 4100 block of 8th St. Ct. E., Bradenton, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives have obtained arrest warrants for Murder for Daniel Robledo and Manuel Ramirez. Detectives believe both subjects were involved in the shooting of Martinez-Rosales. Robledo is currently in the Manatee County Jail on an unrelated charge of Murder in connection with the 7-23-11 shooting of Elvis Ruiz.

Ramirez remains at large.

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 Struck by Car Driven
by Longtime Girlfriend

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Melody C. Brady, 56, of 3711 15th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Melody Brady

According to the arrest report, Melody and Tim Floyd are involved in an intimate relationship and have lived together in the past over the last 4-5 years.

On Friday, October 7, 2011, at about 9:10 p.m., the couple became involved in a verbal argument at his residence, 5905 18th Street East, Bradenton.

The argument escalated and Melody left Tim's apartment and got into her vehicle, with Tim following behind her.

Tim began cursing and screaming at Melody. Melody then placed the car into reverse and backed up. Tim began to walk away and Melody drove forward, striking Tim with the front passenger side of the car, causing Tim's left foot to be run over, his back to strike the passenger side mirror and his head to strike the side of the glass passenger window.

Melody then fled in her vehicle.

Tim called 911 and was transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for his injuries. He did not appear to have any visible injuries, but was complaining of pain in his left shoulder and lower back.

CT scans at the hospital showed no major injuries and he is expected to make a full recovery, hospital staff said.

Melody was located at her home in Bradenton a couple of hours later. The passenger side window of her vehicle was still folded inward after its impact with Tim.

She admitted taking her foot off the clutch and driving forward, striking Tim with the passenger side of the vehicle because "he wouldn't get out of the way."

Melody was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery with a Deadly Weapon (vehicle).

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


Man Arrested for Stalking
Woman Since April

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Charles M. Engelbaugh, 60, of 8325 38th Street Circle East, in South Manatee County.


Charles Engelbaugh

The arrest report said the victim, Susan Brown, has been continuously contacted and harassed by Charles since April 6th of this year, even after Susan asked him to stop.

Six months after moving into her new residence, Charles moved into the same condo complex that Susan had moved into.

Since moving into the same complex, Charles has called her cell and home phone repeatedly; she has had to block two of his phone numbers.

On Sept. 16th, Charles was seen by the victim 20 feet from her residence; he ran away after being seen by her, trying to hide.

On Sept. 17th, Charles went to the fitness center where the victim was at and went face-to-face with her to say, "Hi, Sue Brown."

On Sept. 18th, while the victim was in the swimming pool at the condo complex, he said, "Hi, Sue Brown, I love you and you are so beautiful."

All of the above actions had made Susan fear for her safety, the report said.

Charles was arrested on October 7th and charged with Simple Stalking.

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


Sheriff's Office Responds
to Suspicious Home Fire

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office responded to a home fire at 4483 17th Street West, Bradenton.


Above, the residence at 4483 17th Street West, Bradenton
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

Deputy J. Shrock was dispatched to assist Cedar Hammock Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal with an investigation of what officials are calling a suspicious fire.

Fire crews arrived at about 10:19 a.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2011, to find fire and heavy smoke coming from the carport and roof.

The fire was extinguished in about 11 minutes.

The blaze, which caused about $25,000 in damage to the $60,000 home remains under investigation.

Dep. Shrock said the homeowner was not present and he was unable to make contact with the owner.

The Manatee County Building Department came to the scene and deemed the structure unsafe to be lived in.


Man Pistol-Whipped, Punched,
Cash, Vehicle Stolen by Men
Acting as if Police Officers

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed home invasion on Monday, October 10, 2011, at about 4 a.m., at a residence in the 400 block of 34th Avenue Drive East, the location of Mira Lago apartments.

A sheriff's report said as the two adult victims were walking up to their front door, two Hispanic males wearing masks and armed with handguns approached them and forced them into the house. The suspects acted like they were the police.

Once inside, the suspects tied up Sonia Gutierrez, 26, Carmelo Vazquez, 25, and J.G., 10 years old. S.G., 4 years old, was left alone as she was asleep.

The suspects hit Carmelo over the head with their guns and fists.

They didn’t demand anything, just went looking for money.

They located and took an undetermined amount of cash and car keys.

When the suspects left, one of the suspects fled in Sonia’s Dodge Charger. The suspects were then able to locate Carmelo’s Cadillac. They left the Charger behind and took the Cadillac.

The only person injured was Carmelo and he was treated and released on scene by EMS.

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.


7-11 Convenience Store
Victim of Armed Robbery

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery of the 7-11 store located at 2504 53rd Avenue West, Bradenton.

The report said on Monday, October 10, 2011, at about 5:30 a.m., a man dressed in black entered the store with a shotgun.

He received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled.

There were no injuries.

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.


Owner of Beauty Salon
Robbed at Gunpoint

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery of the owner of Ceci's Beauty Salon, 6320 15th Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at about 9:30 p.m., the victim, Cecilia Betancourt, 42, was locking the front door to her business when a Black male approached from behind on a bicycle.

The man demanded the victim's money as he held an unknown type firearm at his side.

The victim dropped her purse and ran with her cell phone.

The suspect fled east out of the parking lot with the victim's purse containing $100-$200 on his bicycle and then turned northbound on 15th Street East.

The area was searched, but the suspect was not located.

He was described as a Black male, 5'6" tall, 150-160 pounds, and was last seen wearing black shorts and a black sweatshirt.

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.


Thousands in Jewelry Stolen
from West Manatee Home

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a case of grand theft on Monday, October 10, 2011.

A sheriff's report said the theft occurred sometime between September 26th and October 10th at a residence in the 1400 block of 37th Street Court West, Bradenton.

Someone stole several thousand dollars worth of jewelry from the residence of Elizabeth Madison, 34 years of age.

There was no further information in the report from Sgt. Lawrence Andress.

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 Clerk Chips Shore Hailed
as Visionary at Tech Conference;
"Manatee Model" a Huge Draw

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, R.B. “Chips” Shore traveled to Long Beach, California, where he presented the “Manatee Model,” an application developed to attach to court management systems, at the bi-annual Court Technology Conference, the premier showcase for new court technologies. Participants and vendors at the conference called Shore a “visionary” for being the vision behind the “Manatee Model.”

The “Manatee Model” is the concept envisioned by Shore and developed in conjunction with the Judges of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit that paves the way for a paperless courtroom for judges. With the use of artificial intelligence software developed by Mentis Technology Solutions, known as “aiSmartBench,” the Manatee Model allows judges to quickly and effectively manage cases in the courtroom as easily as paper files.

“I encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about the Manatee Model to visit www.ManateeClerk.com to view the informational video narrated by Judge Lee Haworth. As Judge Haworth explains, this software was developed by judges for judges and can be customized to meet each judge’s specific courtroom needs and preferences,” said R.B. “Chips” Shore. “This vision works because it’s so simple and cutting-edge. We are able to provide the judges what they need; not what we clerks think they need. At a time when our court system is faced with increasing demands and decreasing funds, aiSmartBench™ helps us respond to these challenges."


Manatee Hosts 9th Annual
"Goblin Gathering"

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Parks and Recreation invites children and families to the 9th Annual Goblin Gathering on Friday, Oct. 21.

This year’s festivities include a costume contest, face painting, hayride, bounce houses and an 18-foot inflatable slide. Admission is $5 for the bounce house, hay ride and face painting.

Concessions will be available.

The Goblin Gathering will be held from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. West.

There will be costume contests in four age categories (4 and under, 5 to 8, 9 to 12, 13 and older) and one family category.

For more information, call 742-5923 or visit www.mymanatee.org/parks


SSO Arrests Man for
Doctor Shopping

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested Michael Wayne Arnold, 44, of 2040 Palm Terrace, Sarasota, and charged him with eight counts of Withholding Information from a Practitioner in Order to Obtain a Controlled Substance.


Michael Arnold

Investigators with the Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit learned that from August 2010 to August 2011, Arnold was doctor shopping between five clinics in Sarasota, Tampa, Bradenton and Miami.

In all, he obtained an estimated 10,775 pills of Oxycodone, Dilaudid, Carisoprodol, Morphine, Methadone and Xanax -- approximately 879 pills a month.

Arnold has an extensive criminal history and, at the time of his arrest Sunday, was out of jail on bond for a DUI charge in May of this year.


Man, Woman Arrested in
Attempted Murder of Man
in Stabbing Incident

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit detectives have released details concerning the late Saturday night stabbing that resulted in the arrest Sunday afternoon of Roy Lee Poore, 35, 6200 Rumford Street, Punta Gorda.


Above, L to R, Roy Poore and April Poore

Deputies responded Saturday at 11:27 p.m. to 521 Drury Lane, Punta Gorda reference a stabbing. Aldolphus Leon Martin, 46, was lying in the roadway bleeding from several stab wounds. Charlotte County EMS transported Martin to Lee Memorial Hospital Trauma Center. Martin had gone into cardiopulmonary arrest several times en route and underwent emergency surgery to repair four life threatening stab wounds to his chest, belly, arm and leg.

Witnesses told deputies they saw Roy Poore and his sister, April M. Poore, 38, 29430 South Jones Loop Road, Punta Gorda, in the area of the disturbance. They also said they saw three women and a man drive off in a maroon Chevrolet pickup. A neighbor said he saw Martin on the ground and went to help him. She told detectives she asked Martin who had done this to him and he replied, “Roy.”

Deputies responded to Roy Poore’s Rumford Street home and attempted to make contact but nobody answered for several hours. The Maroon 2004 Chevy pickup was located in the driveway. Deputies said they saw possible blood evidence on the outside and inside the pickup. The pickup was impounded for evidence. MCU detectives responded to Lee Memorial Hospital in Ft. Myers and when Martin got out of surgery, he said Roy Poore was the person who stabbed him.

Members of the SWAT team were called and established a perimeter around Poore’s home. After continual public address calls for Poore to give himself up, he finally came out of the home at 1:45 p.m. along with two adult women and two children. A search warrant was obtained and detectives searched the home. Roy Poore was transported to the Charlotte County Jail after he invoked his Miranda rights and charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder.

Prior to the stabbing, a CCSO deputy was observing a known drug house on Drury Lane and saw April Poore come from the home and walk toward East Marion Avenue. She was stopped, searched, and the deputy found two pill bottles in her possession. The deputy also noticed she had at least two suspected Roxycodone pills in her mouth which she swallowed. EMS was called but treatment was not needed and she was taken to the Charlotte County Jail. She was charged with Possession of Roxycodone, Possession of Hydromorphone, Tampering with Evidence, and Violation of Probation. April Poore is a twice convicted felon with six bookings; she remains in jail on no bond.

MCU detectives continue their investigation involving both incidents.


Man's Body Found
On Railroad Tracks

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orange County authorities are working to identify the body of a man found lying on railroad tracks, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The man's body was found Sunday on Landstar Boulevard near State Road 417.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said a resident from a nearby apartment complex saw the body and called 911.

The remains of the man were found along the railroad tracks, deputies said.

The medical examiner will determine the man's cause of death, WKMG said.

 

 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

NEWSMANATEE SPECIAL REPORT:
"Occupy Wall Street" Protests
Come to Bradenton

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Sunday, October 9, 2011, about 100 or more demonstrators gathered on West Manatee Avenue to show their support for the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, now, in fact, spreading across the world. NewsManatee reporter Sandy Deland and NewsManatee photographer Heather Chadwick were there to capture the activity. Here now are some photos from Heather and an account of the protesters from Sandy.


Above, protesters gathered at "Occupy Bradenton"
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

Today Bradenton participated In the first "Occupy Bradenton" event. This has arisen from the events which have been occurring in major cities all over the country.

While a lot of people seem to not have been aware of the movement until it came to the local level, they are in agreement that they are part of the "99%" of Americans who are tired of being "used and abused" by corporate America. They feel that it is time the government went back to the people. They feel big corporations control America and our politicians through their campaign contributions during election times.

The gathering Sunday consisted of about one hundred people, young, middle aged and senior citizens, all united in cause and all in agreement about why they were there. They have been stretched financially and morally to their limits.

Support was quite high for them, as nine out of ten passing motorists blew their horns in acknowledgment and giving high signs.

Participants carried signs such as "Justice For All," "Let's Pull Together" and "Bail Out of Bank of America."


Above, Ashley Edwards protests at "Occupy Bradenton"
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

Ashley Edwards, a Bradenton woman who has been unemployed for two and a half years and whose home is in foreclosure stated, "The more cities and towns get involved, the more attention we get." On a personal note she added, "The bank was quick to give me a loan when I was employed, but now they won't work with me. I have offered them $400 a month towards my mortgage, but they won't accept it. they would rather let the house sit empty than help me keep my home."

James Frazier stated, "This is not about name calling. Our goal is to get money out of politics, get politicians out of office who are controlled by big business. Give the government back to the people!"

Paul Thomas said he is "scared of the next election." He also compared the group to badgers, an animal which can be docile, but turn aggressive very quickly. "We're like badgers, as long as you don't poke us, we're okay, but once you do, look out!"

Doug Calhoun waved his hand over the group summing it up, "This is the 99%!"

The group hopes to increase its numbers and is planning when to hold their next meeting, aiming for a time giving them even more visibility.

Participants are also lending their support to our sister city, Sarasota, showing increased cohesiveness.

The groups take pride in not being strictly organized, promoting their cause through equality, so each person sees themselves as being equally important.


Two Captured After Pursuit
From Hardee County into
Manatee County

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Neil Anderson, 31, of Winter Haven, and Kathy Friel, 26, of Wauchula, after a pursuit of their vehicle from Hardee County into Manatee County on Thursday, October 6, 2011, at about 6:30 p.m.


Above, L to R, Neil Anderson and Kathy Friel

A sheriff's report of the incident said the Hardee County Sheriff's Office called MSO dispatch advising that they were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle that was headed westbound on SR 64 into Manatee County.

The Hardee County Sheriff's Office also advised that the driver, Neil Anderson, had multiple felony warrants for dealing in stolen property and burglary.

Patrol, COPS North, Aviation, COPS Rural, and K-9 responded in order to assist with stop sticks.

Units deployed the first set of stop sticks at CR 675 and SR 64 but were unsuccessful. As the pursuit continued westbound, a second set of stop sticks were deployed near the intersection of SR 64, in the 12000 block, and Rye Rd.

The right front tire hit those stop sticks and were successful in deflating the tire.

The vehicle continued for another ¼ mile where the occupants pulled over and finally surrendered.

An inventory search of the vehicle revealed several electronic items that are believed to be stolen. They were seized and placed into property and evidence for safe keeping.

Also inside the vehicle two $50 counterfeit bills were found, along with several $20 bills. Neil denied ownership of the counterfeit bills, but said all the $20s were his.

The deputy called the Secret Service, who confirmed the $50 bills were counterfeit. Neil was not charged with possession of those.

Neil Anderson was charged with the warrants for Burglary and Dealing in Stolen Property, Grand Theft Auto, Violation of DL Restrictions, and Fleeing to Elude by Hardee County Sheriff's Office. The passenger, Kathy Friel, was charged with Trespassing in a Conveyance; the vehicle was stolen that day.

Both of them are on probation which were also violated.

Anderson remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $8,740. Friel remains there on no bond.


Woman, 55, Arrested for
Assaulting Son with Knife

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Margie Lynn Stratton, 55, of 2502 47th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Margie Stratton

The arrest report said on Thursday, October 6, 2011, Stratton and her son, Christopher Kelly had been arguing all afternoon.

At about 10 p.m., Christopher was standing at the door to the kitchen when Margie threatened to lock him out of the house.

At this time, Christopher wedged a shovel in the back door.

Margie armed herself with a knife and pointed it at Christopher, saying "It's you or me and I will cut myself and blame it on you."

Christopher then picked the shovel back up in order to defend himself so that she could not come close to him.

He went to the bedroom, put the shovel down and called 911, while Margie was sitting on a mattress in the living room.

Christopher told the arriving deputy "It happens all the time."

Margie was arrested in order to prevent further escalation of violence.

She was charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault with a Knife.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $15,000.


Deputy Arrests Man for
Prescription Fraud

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Ronald G. Braswell, 55, of 701 17th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Ronald Braswell

The arrest report said on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at about 5:15 p.m., a Winn-Dixie Pharmacy in the 7400 block of Coretez Road West reported that someone identifying himself as a doctor had called in a prescription for Klonopin, with three refills, for Braswell.

The pharmacist called the doctor's office to verify the prescription and spoke to the nurse who said they had not called in a prescription for Braswell.

The pharmacist called the deputy to advise that Braswell was in the store to pick up the phony prescription.

The deputy responded to Winn-Dixie where she found Braswell in the ice cream aisle.

He denied he was there to pick up a prescription, and said he was only there to buy ice cream.

However, he had already approached the counter to obtain the prescription.

Multiple prescriptions were found among Braswell's belongings.

Braswell was arrested and charged with four counts of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a $4,000 bail bond.


BPD: Can You Identify
This Woman?

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a female burglar.

The Bradenton Police Department is investigating an attempted burglary which took place at a residence located in the 3300 block of 14th Avenue West, Bradenton.

The crime occurred the night of September 27th, 2011.

Detectives need assistance in identifying the above pictured female whose image was captured by a surveillance camera at the residence.

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.


Young Lady Arrested
for Prostitution

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Ashley Nicole Reiter, 25, of 2804 24th Street West, Bradenton.


Ashley Reiter

The arrest report said on Thursday, October 6, 2011, an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit was patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as a "John" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

At about 6 p.m., he observed Reiter standing at 34th Avenue West and 14th Street West.

He made contact and after a brief conversation, Reiter agreed to give the detective oral sex for $20.

She was arrested and charged with Prostitution.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $120.


Woman Arrested for Stealing
from Employer

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Evie Moya, 30, of 1401 12th Street Drive West, Palmetto.


Evie Moya

The arrest report said Moya was employed by Rue 21, at the Ellenton Outlet Mall, 5185 Factory Shops Blvd., in Ellenton.

On or about October 4, 2011, it was discovered that Moya processed cash returns on three separate occasions.

Moya made up false customer information and used the information to collect the cash value of the receipts, which totaled $389.65.

Moya was arrested on Thursday, October 6, 2011, and charged with Fraudulent Obtaining Money with False Receipt.

She posted a $500 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Shot Fired Into East
Manatee Residence

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a shooting into an occupied dwelling on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at a residence in the 7000 block of Chatum Light Run, Bradenton. The subdivision is just east of I-75 and just north of State Road 64.

A sheriff's report said a single gunshot was fired at the residence.

The projectile entered a vacant bedroom by traveling through the window and through the bedroom wall and into the closet.

Amy L. Keisel was home during this incident.

No one was hurt during this incident.

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

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


Three Black Males Ambush
Domino's Pizza Guy

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a strong arm robbery on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at about 11:40 p.m., at Gates of Bradenton, in the 4500 block of 26th Street West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's incident report said a Domino's pizza delivery man, Pantithi Kaewthing, 27, approached an apartment at the complex to deliver pizzas.

He was approached by three Black males; two of them hung back while one of them went up to Pantithi.

That Black male claimed he ordered the food. While Pantithi was holding the pizzas with one hand and security a receipt with the other, the Black male grabbed the pizzas, still in the hot bags, and fled, along with the other two Black males, in an unknown direction.

The cost of the theft was $80 for the pizzas and $150 for each of the two hot bags, for a total of $230.

Pantithi was not injured.

The thieves were not further described 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.


Safe Containing $35,000 in Items
Stolen from East Manatee Home

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported the theft of a safe on Friday, October 7, 2011, from a residence in the 4700 block of Pinnacle Drive, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said between 10/05/2011-10/07/2011, unknown person(s) gained entry into the residence by unknown means. There was no forced entry.

A 2'x2' fireproof safe containing personal information, $25,000 in savings bonds and $10,000 worth of jewelry was taken.

The scene was processed and several latent prints were obtained.

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.


Tampa Doctor Drowns
in Anna Maria Hot Tub

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a drowning incident on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at about 6:15 p.m., at a residence located at 223 Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria.

The sheriff's report said Dr. Blaine Markee, 51, of the 700 block of S. Fielding Avenue, Tampa, was found floating face down in the family hot tub located at their weekend home.

911 was immediately called and Dr. Markee's wife, Shelly, started CPR.

Manatee County Sheriff's Office Deputies, EMS and West Manatee Fire Rescue responded to the scene. However, after heroic lifesaving efforts, Dr. Markee was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no indications of foul play, the report said.

The death investigation has been turned over to the Medical Examiner's Office.


Two Men Caught Stealing
A/C Unit by Foot Patrol

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Two Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies on uniformed foot patrol observed a car pull up in front of 733 Spring View Avenue in Port Charlotte at 2 a.m. Friday morning. Deputies observed two men get out of the 1991 red Chevrolet Cavalier convertible and were attempting to load an air-conditioning unit into the convertible.


Above, L to R, Scott Comtois and Jared Semexant

Deputies approached and noticed the copper piping on the A/C was freshly cut and still dripping Freon. They checked the home and found the concrete pad where an A/C had been; there was also a fresh cut to the copper piping and Freon still leaking out. Arrested were Scott Francis Comtois, 23, 19934 Midway Blvd., and Jared J. Semexant, 25, 2306 Lakeview Blvd., both of Port Charlotte. Deputies located an A/C bolt in Comtois’ pocket.

Detectives were called and reported the home is uninhabited and owned by RTJ Properties of Cape Coral; value of the A/C unit was between $3,000 and $4,000.

Comtois and Semexant went to the home earlier, disconnected and unbolted the A/C unit, and then carried it to a location near the street and placed behind two empty trash cans to conceal it. The two left the area and Semexant drove back with Comtois to get the unit and load into the convertible when they were caught by CCSO foot patrol deputies.

Comtois and Semexant were both charged with Grand Theft and transported to the Charlotte County Jail where they remain on $2,500 bond. This is the sixth booking for Comtois and the second for Semexant.


Police: Patient Plotted
Caretaker's Stabbing

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Daytona Beach police said a caretaker at an assisted living facility was stabbed and choked by her patient on Thursday morning, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Thomas Wilkes, 49, was arrested Thursday and accused of trying to kill Justina Threadgill by stabbing her with a knife and choking her, police said.

According to police, Wilkes called 911 himself to report that he stabbed Threadgill. He told the 911 operator that he "lost his mind," "stabbed a lady," and "the lady was on the floor," officers said. He also said that he put down the knife and would be waiting outside for police, officers said.

According to police, the stabbing happened at a facility on Ruthbern Road at 9:40 a.m. Police arrived and took Wilkes to the Daytona Beach Police Department while Threadgill was rushed to Halifax Hospital for treatmentm, WKMG said.

Wilkes told police that he had been living in the assisted living facility since August. He also said that he did not like Threadgill because she nagged him about following the rules and wouldn't allow his cable TV service to be repaired. Wilkes was also frustrated with trying to understand Threadgill's foreign accent, police said.

 

 

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