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Local/State News for week ending 12/3/2011

Woman, 40, Arrested for
House Party with Kids,
Booze, Marijuana

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Tracy Deslauriers, 40, of 3101 14th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Tracy Deslauriers

On Thursday, December 1, 2011, at about 3 a.m., several deputies were dispatched to the above location regarding a noise complaint called in by a neighbor.

Upon arrival, a deputy spoke to the neighbor, who said he had been awakened by the noise. He also said he thought he smelled marijuana that was being smoked.

At this time, 3 deputies walked to the side of the house and observed several individuals drinking beer and smoking from a plastic homemade "bong." Then the deputies smelled the odor of marijuana.

There were both males and females walking in and out of a glass sliding door from the kitchen area. Sitting on a table located in plain view was a "bong" which several of the individuals were smoking from.

When one deputy went to the front door, several individuals tried to jump the privacy fence, but they were told to return to the residence.

The deputy in the front doorway reported smelling marijuana stronger and also said there were discarded beer bottles and evidence of consumption present throughout the home.

Tracy Deslauriers was located in the kitchen and identified herself as the mother. She said they were celebrating her daughter's birthday.

It was obvious she was intoxicated, the sheriff's arrest report said. "She was loud, profane and uncooperative with deputies that were on scene," it stated.

At that time, contact was made with several individuals in the living room, all of whom appeared to be under the age of 21. Of the five individuals there, 4 of them admitted to drinking alcohol and 4 of them smoked marijuana from the homemade "bong" located on the back porch, just outside the sliding glass door leading to the kitchen area. The bong tested positive for marijuana.

Tracy told deputies, post-Miranda, that she had taken her daughter out for dinner for her birthday. She returned home and joined several of her daughter's friends in the celebration. She said she did not know how old the others were, but watched them consume alcohol and did not inquire about their ages.

She said she was in the living room, dancing and drinking, and knew nothing about the marijuana. "However, the odor, and conversations overheard between the guests entering and exiting the rear of the residence could not confirm her explanation," the report said. And, the odor was present throughout the house.

Because Tracy Deslauriers was in possession and control of her residence that was a location for an open house party, and because it was learned that 4 individuals under the age of 21 consumed alcohol, and because 4 individuals smoked marijuana, of which Ms. Deslauriers took no responsible steps to prevent the possession of alcohol and drugs, she was arrested and charged with the four counts of Open House Party Involving Minors Consuming Drugs and Alcohol.

She later posted a bail bond of $480 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Four Arrested in Connection
with Stolen Jet Ski; Search
Warrant Yields Stolen Items

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested several individuals in connection with a stolen jet ski.


Above, L to R, Scott Tucker, Stephen Stevens and Katherine White

A sheriff's report said on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at about 11:45 p.m., Dep. Drymon saw Steve Stevens operating a vehicle in the 6900 block of 21st Street East, Bradenton, bearing a strong resemblance to one captured on video in a recent burglary at Premier Core Recycling.

They were pulling a trailer around with the stolen jet ski on it.

Drymon made a stop as the trailer had no tag.

Deputies confirmed the jet ski was the one in question that was stolen.

They separated all parties and obtained enough to arrest all for Loitering and Prowling.

They also found some marijuana on Katherine White and Stevens. They were charged with Possession of Marijuana.

Subsequent to a search warrant at Scott Tucker's residence, Tucker and Stevens were also charged with Grand Theft greater than $10,000.

Several stolen items were recovered as a result of the search warrant and released to their owners (most of who lived in the same neighborhood).

Further charges are pending.

Arrested were Stephen Stevens, 20; Scott Tucker, 21; Katherine White, 18; and A.P., a juvenile.


Woman, Juvenile Girl
Arrested for Grand
Theft Shoplifting

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kylie Lewis, 22, of 4010 Banbury Circle, in Parrish, and an unidentified female juvenile.


Kylie Lewis

An arrest report said on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at about 6 p.m., Lewis and the juvenile walked into the Walmart store located at 2911 53rd Avenue East, in Bradenton. A loss prevention watched them as they walked around the store, stealing various items and concealing them. The loss prevention person said the two women appeared to be acting in concert.

As they walked through the store, they placed various items in a shopping cart, including cell phones. At one point, Lewis used a pair of scissors to cut open the blister pack of a cell phone. Then she placed the phone in the juvenile's purse.

Both females continued through the store, concealing other items in the juvenile's purse.

In the shoe department, the juvenile girl picked out a pair of slippers and put them in the cart. A short while later, she removed her own shoes and put the stolen slippers on her feet.

Both women continued and exited the store, passing all points of sale.

Loss prevention detained them outside the store and brought them back.

The stolen items were valued at $354.52.

They were both charged with Grand Theft (Retail).

The juvenile was taken to the Juvenile Booking Facility.

Lewis was transported to the Manatee County Jail, where she remained without bond, as of Thursday afternoon.


Report: Elderly Man
Carjacked at Gunpoint

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a man was carjacked at gunpoint on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at about 9:15 p.m., outside the Lantern Restaurant, 3126 1st Street, in Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victim, William Conner, 72, of Parrish, was walking to his car when he was approached by two Black males and a Black female.

They demanded his money.

One of the suspects grabbed him around the neck while the other suspect held a gun to his head.

They went through his pockets and took his wallet and his car keys, then they fled west on 32nd Avenue in the victim's Beige 2002 Isuzu.

The victim was not hurt in the incident.

The carjackers were not described in the report, except to say they were wearing dark clothing and the man with the gun was armed with a silver/chrome pistol.

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 Robbed at Gunpoint
by Two Black Males

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at about 2:30 a.m., at 5310 26th Street West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said Eddie Lopez, 22, was walking up the stairs to his apartment after work when two unknown Black males approached him with black handguns and demanded everything from his pockets and the jeans he was wearing.

The two robbers then fled on foot, possibly eastbound from where the incident occurred.

The robbers were not 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.


Woman's Purse Snatched
by Four Men

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a purse snatching on Saturday, November 26, 2011, at about 8:45 p.m., in the 5900 block of 12th Street East, Bradenton.

The report said the victim, Dawn McMahon, 38, was walking down the street when she was approached by a White male and 3 Black males.

One Black male ran in front of Dawn to create a distraction, while the White male ripped her purse from her left arm and shoulder.

All four suspects then ran away in different directions.

Dawn was not injured and declined EMS.

Items stolen included the purse, a wallet, a FL DL, various photos and 2 cell phones, for an estimated loss of $125.

There were no witnesses.

The thieves were not 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.


SSO: Venice Bank Robber
Arrested by HCSO

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has charged Robert Irving Hubbard, 33, 6501 South Westshore Blvd., Tampa, with robbing RBC Bank in Venice on Wednesday, November 30, 2011.


Robert Hubbard

After surveillance images of the Venice robbery were released to the media, detectives received information that the suspect looked like the man wanted for a Hillsborough County bank robbery on Monday.

Detectives contacted the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, which received a tip regarding Hubbard’s whereabouts a short time later. He was taken into custody in Tampa without incident.

Sarasota County detectives interviewed Hubbard last night and today obtained a warrant for his arrest.

He is currently in the Hillsborough County Jail and will remain there until he is remanded back to Sarasota.

Hubbard confessed to both crimes and is believed responsible for additional thefts in Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa.


Sarasota County Arrests Man for
Secondhand Dealer Violations

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- As part of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office’s ongoing regulatory enforcement efforts of pawn shops, secondhand dealers and secondary metal recyclers, detectives have arrested a jewelry buyer for repeated criminal violations of state statutes.


George McIntire

George McIntire, 44, of 1505 Tallywood Drive, who works at Prime Time Gold on 17th Street, purchased gold jewelry on four different occasions without filling out the proper paperwork or obtaining a fingerprint from the seller, violating terms of his secondhand dealers license. During one transaction McIntire bought the item even though the seller indicated the jewelry was stolen. McIntire also made statements about melting the gold quickly instead of holding the jewelry for the proper waiting period.

McIntire is charged with one felony count of Dealing in Stolen Property, and four counts each of Violation of Secondhand Dealers License and Failure to Maintain Required Records, both misdemeanors.


Detectives Search for
Jewelry Robber

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives are looking for a man who stole jewelry from the JCPenny store inside Town Center Mall in Port Charlotte Thursday afternoon, December 1, 2011.

CCSO received a call at 12:28 p.m. after a man went to the jewelry counter and told the clerk to give him jewelry and no one would get hurt. The clerk complied and then fled the store. Witnesses said the man left on an older dark-colored Harley Davidson-type motorcycle wearing a black helmet when he rode off.

Detectives said the man was a White male, in his late 30s, 6-4” to 6-6” inches tall, wearing a camouflage baseball cap, light blue or grey short-sleeve button down shirt, with a white long-sleeve undershirt showing, blue jeans, and dark colored boots.

CCSO detectives said the man fits a similar description and method of operation of a Nov. 19 jewelry theft from K-Mart, 19400 Cochran Boulevard, also in Port Charlotte. Detectives are checking JCPenny and mall security cameras at this time.

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


Woman Held Intruder
at Gunpoint for Cops

WINTER SPRINGS, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a woman who lives alone in a Winter Springs home held an intruder at gunpoint after two men broke into her garage, according to police.

The robbery attempt happened just before 3 a.m. at a home on Tiverton Street.

According to the homeowner, she said she heard the house alarm beep, so she grabbed her gun and checked the home. She said she found two men inside her garage and one of them ran away with one of her golf clubs.

The woman said she told the other man that she would shoot him if he moved. She then called police, who arrived and arrested the man.

After a brief search, the other man was also arrested, Winter Springs police said.

The homeowner said the two intruders entered through her garage door, which she left slightly open for her cat because it was cold outside.

The names of the men have not been released.


FHP Releases Thanksgiving
Weekend Enforcement
Results; 26 Died

TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT/FHP] -- Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol, today announced preliminary results from the Patrol’s Thanksgiving holiday period enforcement efforts. During the Nov. 23-27 heightened enforcement period, the Patrol suspended administrative duties and mobilized support from reservists and auxiliary troopers to protect motorists on Florida’s busy roadways.

The Florida Highway Patrol issued over 12,000 traffic citations and assisted nearly 3,000 motorists on Florida’s roadways during the holiday weekend.

Troopers made 136 arrests for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs and cited nearly 5,000 drivers for speeding and more than 1,300 for failure to buckle up.

Preliminary statewide totals, which include other law enforcement agencies’ reports, indicate 26 people died in crashes during the holiday period.


 

 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Man with "Issues" Slams
Father to Floor, Pulls
Knife on Him

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jake T. Long, 19, of 5011 20th Street West, Bradenton.


Jake Long

According to the arrest report, Jake is the adult child of the victim, his father, and resides with the victim and his mother.

His mother and father told deputies Jake suffers from depression, anger and anxiety issues which he takes medication for.

On Monday, November 28, 2011, at about 4 p.m., while in the living room, Jake became angry with his father and started yelling, at which time, the victim began yelling back.

Jake threw his father to the floor, grabbed a metal basket and began striking his father repeatedly. His father sustained a cut to his right index finger and left ear. He also had a minor abrasion on the left side of his back, all of which were from Jake hitting his father with the basket.

Jake then ran to the kitchen and grabbed a 10" butcher knife and began swinging it in the direction of his father, while yelling, "What are you going to do to me now?" Then he fled the residence.

Jake was located a short time later and arrested.

The knife and basket were collected as evidence.

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

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


Man Arrested for Exposure
of Sexual Organs to
Woman

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jakkare Wiley, 35, of 810 Orlando Avenue, Bradenton.


Jakkare Wiley

The arrest report said on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at about 3:15 p.m., a woman told a deputy she was in the parking lot at the above listed address when Wiley walked toward her and pulled down his jeans and boxers, exposing his genital to her.

The deputy was driving through the parking lot to suppress vehicle burglaries and/or robberies when he saw Wiley walking away from the victim, readjusting his pants and zipping up his zipper.

The deputy stopped to make contact with Wiley and the woman approached the deputy at that time regarding the incident.

Wiley told the deputy that his zipper was broken and he did not expose himself to the woman.

Wiley was arrested and charged with Exposure of Sexual Organs.

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


PPD Catches Man in Act
of Dismantling A/C Unit

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Gregory Bailey, 55, of 1009 6th Avenue West, Palmetto.


Gregory Bailey

The arrest report from PPD said on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at about 8 a.m., Bailey went to 615 11th Street Drive West and removed a large air conditioner from the residence.

He then pulled the A/C unit to the rear of the residence and began to try and take it apart.

When Bailey was stopped by a PPD officer, he had gloves on and a screwdriver in his hand.

Bailey then took off the gloves and put the screwdriver in his pocket, along with the gloves.

The officer observed another screwdriver and a pair of pliers in his back pocket.

Bailey said he knew it was wrong and that the A/C was not his to take.

The report noted that the ground had fresh scuff marks from the A/C unit being dragged to the rear of the residence.

Bailey was arrested and charged with Grand Theft and Possession of Burglary Tools.

He later posted a $1,750 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Teenager Knocks Down
Crossing Guard During
Fight with 2nd Juvenile

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Eliezer Marrero, 15 years old, for battery to a school crossing guard, a felony.


Eliezer Marrero

A sheriff's report said on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at about 4:15 p.m., a battery occurred involving one juvenile attacking another at the intersection of 67th Street and 5th Avenue NW which is the intersection Phyllis Townsley, 60, stations herself at in the afternoon as a School Crossing Guard.

As the two separated, Phyllis stepped between them to prevent any further violence.

Marrero then pushed Phyllis knocking her to the sidewalk where she sustained abrasions to her left cheek as well as bruising on her left leg.

The teenager was arrested and charged with Battery on a School Crossing Guard, a felony.


Woman Cashes Check,
Robbed by Black Male

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a purse snatching incident on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at about 1 p.m., in the 300 block of 59th Avenue East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said Maria Lopez, 21, was walking back from cashing a check at Speedy's on the corner of 5th Street and 57th Avenue East, Bradenton.

She saw a Black male follow her from the store, all the way to the 300 block 59th Avenue East, Bradenton.

At that location, the suspect ran up to the victim and snatched the purse from her shoulder.

The suspect took flight with the purse, last seen southbound on foot.

The victim was uninjured.

The purse contained about $1,000 cash, a cell phone and SS# cards for her sons.

Deputies flooded the area, and K9 tracked without success.

The Black male was described as being 5'7"-5'9" tall, thin, and was last seen wearing a blue hoodie and short 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.


Woman Loses $100 When Man
Snatches it Out of Her Hands

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a strong arm robbery on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at about 7:30 a.m., at the 5th Street Market, 5700 5th Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said Genel Gingeleski, 38, flagged down a passing deputy alleging she was trying to make change for $100 inside the 5th Street Market convenience store.

A female customer said she could make the change and walked outside.

A Black male then entered the store and snatched the $100 bill from her hand and ran away.

The victim briefly chased the suspect, and believes he entered a white 4-door car to flee the area.

The victim was not injured.

The thief was described as a Black male, in his 20s-30s, 5'7" tall, 150-160 pounds, with a short afro and was last seen wearing all black 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.


Bank Robbery in Venice
Reported by SSO

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is searching for the man who robbed the RBC Bank, 1788 South Tamiami Trail in Venice Wednesday morning, November 30, 2011.

The suspect entered the bank at 10:44 a.m., and handed the teller a note demanding cash. She complied and the suspect left the bank on foot moments later.

The suspect, seen on surveillance video, is described as a White male in his 20s, approximately six feet tall with red hair and a slender build. At the time he was wearing baggy, light colored jeans, a yellow polo shirt beneath a gray pullover windbreaker or sweatshirt, a tan Tampa Bay Rays ball cap and a yellow “LIVESTRONG” bracelet on his wrist.

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


"Granny Scam" Costs Woman
$3,000 to Fake Granddaughter,
Allegedly in Peru

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies investigated the latest in “Granny Scams” reported Tuesday by a Deep Creek woman.

Dolores C. Grieco, 79, 1389 Navigator Road, received a call from a woman claiming to be her granddaughter. Grieco asked if it was Janelle and the woman said yes, giving the scammer her name and convinced Grieco it was her granddaughter. The woman said she was in Lima, Peru, and was arrested for speeding and they found marijuana in her car. She told Grieco the American Embassy provided a lawyer for her.

The fake granddaughter then handed the phone over to her “lawyer” who said he located the closest Western Union at Murphy’s gas station on Kings Highway and to send $2,875 for bail and $200 for her fine. He also said not to make a big deal out of her sending money and told her to tell people she was sending money to help her granddaughter with medical problems. He said he’d call her back later to obtain a verification code that the money was sent.

Grieco withdrew the money from Bank of America and then went to Murphy’s; they told her they couldn’t send over $100 so she went to Winn Dixie nearby and sent the money. When she returned home, the lawyer called and she gave him the code to receive the money. He called her back a couple hours later and said a judge fined her granddaughter $2,975 and when that money was received she would be released and on the next plane home.

Grieco went back to her bank and was unable to withdraw the full amount when a teller became suspicious and questioned her. She admitted to the teller the real reason and the teller told her to call her family and find out if Janelle was really in Peru. She called her daughter and was told Janelle was at her job in Tampa. She then drove to the Mid-County Sheriff’s Office in Port Charlotte to report she was scammed. She told deputies she does not have caller ID and was unable to tell where the calls originated from. She also said she was embarrassed to report it because she thought she was smarter than that. She then stated if only one person learns from her mistake, it would be worth it.

Sheriff Bill Cameron again warns residents about this type of scam which is, “Based on emotions that is appearing all over Florida, and especially targeting Charlotte County since the county has the highest average of any county in the nation. If anyone gets such a call, get a phone number to call them back. Immediately call their children or grandchildren and question if the may be in trouble somewhere.”


Texting Driver Winds Up
in Pond, FHP Says

OVIEDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a 53-year-old man whom troopers believe was texting on his cellphone escaped from his vehicle Tuesday morning after he drove into a Seminole County pond, authorities said.

According to the FHP, Tim Wayne Miller, of Oviedo, was driving his Ford pickup northbound on Alafaya Trail near Lake Hayes Road and ended up submerged in the pond.

Based on Miller’s statements, troopers believe that Miller was texting when he drove into the pond.

Miller was able to get out of the truck by himself, but he was ticketed for careless driving, troopers said. According to the FHP, Milller was taken to Florida Hospital East with minor injuries.

 

 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

K-9 Unit Finds Loaded Gun,
Cocaine, Marijuana Inside
Ex-Con's Vehicle After
T-Day Traffic Stop

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Joseph Lee Murray, 23, of the 2300 block of 18th Avenue East, in Palmetto.


Above, L to R, Joseph Murray and MSO K-9 Chico

According to the arrest report, Dep. Peter Brooks wrote that on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011, at about 4:15 a.m., K-9 Deputy Gerholdt performed a traffic stop on a vehicle that Murray was driving and found Murray to be the sole occupant of the vehicle. The reason for the stop was not given in the report.

During the course of the traffic stop, Dep. Gerholdt performed a walk-around of the vehicle with his K-9 Chico. Dep. Gerholdt informed Dep. Brooks that K-9 Chico had hit on the vehicle for drugs, giving Dep. Gerholdt and Dep. Brooks probable cause to perform a search of the vehicle.

Dep. Gerholdt located a silver firearm and several clear plastic baggies that appeared to contain drugs. The baggies and gun were located underneath the driver's side window and door lock control panel.

Murray was then arrested.

One baggie contained a large amount of rock cocaine. A second baggie contained a small amount of the same substance. The third baggie contained a green leafy substance that Dep. Brooks believed to be marijuana. The firearm was a fully loaded Jennings Firearm, Inc., .22 caliber pistol. There was a live round in the chamber.

The first baggie weighed 7.4 grams of rock cocaine. The second bag contained 1.2 grams of rock cocaine. The third bag contained 1.8 grams of marijuana.

In addition, a small red container was found in the driver's door pocket. Once the top was unscrewed, a white powdery substance, later identified as powder cocaine, was visible coating the inside of the container.

The report noted that Murray was confirmed to be a habitual traffic offender and was declared such on October 3, 2011. In addition, a computer records check revealed Murray is a convicted felon, which showed 4 felony convictions.

Post-Miranda, Murray told Dep. Brooks he mixes the cocaine and marijuana and smokes it.

Murray was charged with Possession of Rock Cocaine, Possession of Powder Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (the baggies), Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, and Driving While License Suspended (Habitual).

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


Man Accused of Child Neglect,
Domestic Battery on Brother;
Minor Injuries to Child

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Christopher Ryan Morgan, 19, of 25th Street East, in Palmetto.


Christopher Morgan

The arrest report said Morgan and his wife Bianca live together as a family. The couple has a one-year-old child in common. Christopher's brother, Justin, 18, has also lived in the same home for the past couple of weeks.

On Sunday, November 27, 2011, at about 1:30 p.m., Morgan and his wife got into an argument. Justin began to intervene and stand up for Bianca.

Chris got upset by this and told Justin to get out of his house. Justin was going to comply and asked to get his stuff from his room and went there.

The 1-year-old followed Justin from the living room and headed towards Justin's room.

Chris got up from the couch and ran down the hall toward Justin.

While attempting to go after Justin, Chris ran into the 1-year-old, knocking him to the ground. The child struck the back of his head against the hard floor.

Chris then pushed Justin out of the way and into the wall. He then proceeded to throw Justin outside. Then he locked the front door.

Chris went to Justin's room and collected all his stuff. He then went to take it outside and began arguing with Justin again. Chris took Justin's clothes and threw them all in the grass, then his Justin in the face with a clothes basket.

Justin walked next door to the neighbors at this point. Christ then brought out a 24 pack of soda and threw it at Justin, striking him in the back.

All of this was witnessed by a roommate of the Morgans, William Clark.

Nearby deputies working an unrelated case heard Justin scream to Chris, "Get out of my face, bitch." The officers ran to the location and observed Chris strike Justin in the face with his hand.

They took Chris into custody at that point. One of the deputies felt a bump on the back of the 1-year-old boy's head.

Chris was charged with Child Neglect and Domestic Battery.

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


Palmetto Police Arrest Man
for Assault of Officer

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Aler Garcia, 25, of 410 11th Street West, Palmetto.


Aler Garcia

According to the arrest report from PPD, on Sunday, November 27, 2011, at about 1:30 a.m., three officers were standing in a city parking lot when a woman in a white vehicle pulled up to them and asked them to have Garcia taken out of her vehicle.

She said she went to a dance hall with Garcia and on the way back, Garcia began to insult her.

The woman asked Garcia several times to exit her vehicle, but he would not.

When she observed the three PPD officers standing in the parking lot, she pulled up and asked them to get Garcia out of her vehicle.

An officer opened the passenger door and ordered Garcia out several times, but he refused.

The officer had to forcefully pull Garcia out of the vehicle.

In the process, the report said, "the intoxicated defendant fell to the ground."

While on the ground, Garcia kept trying to get back up, but due to his violent demeanor, the officer told him several times to remain sitting down.

Garcia became upset and balled his fists and attempted to punch the officer in the leg. A witness officer said that Garcia did actually strike the officer in the leg two different times.

Garcia was arrested and charged with Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.

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


Siesta Inns and Suites Guest
Robbed by 2 White Males

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery at Siesta Inns and Suites, 2303 1st Street East, Bradenton, on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at about 2:10 a.m.

A sheriff's report said the victim, Ryan Overstreet, 34, is staying in room 131 and he had the door propped open.

At approximately 2:10 a.m., two unknown White males entered the room through the open door.

Once inside, they demanded property from Overstreet. They had him get undressed and pushed him into the bathroom.

The robbers ransacked the room while Overstreet was in the bathroom. They took some personal property and an undetermined amount of cash.

The suspects fled the room in an unknown direction and could not be located.

Overstreet was not injured.

The robbers were described as two unknown White males, both wearing black jackets, blue jeans, baseball hats and scarves covering their faces. One was armed with a chrome revolver and the other was armed with a dark-colored revolver.

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.


Off-Duty Deputy Awarded
Deputy of the Month
for December 2011

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube has named Sergeant Michael Jones Deputy of the Month for December 2011.

According to a press release from Sheriff Steube, on October 29, 2011, Sergeant Michael Jones was off-duty at a hospital in Pasco County with some family members.

As he was leaving the hospital, he noticed a man sitting on a bench outside the main entrance. The man was acting nervous and suspicious, moving back and forth from the bench to squat behind a trash can next to a support column.

Since Sergeant Jones did not know the man’s intentions, he hurried his family to the car, then heard a woman scream near the area.

Sergeant Jones observed another man run into the hospital with a purse and the suspicious man making his way towards the entrance as well.

Once inside, the suspicious man took possession of the purse and the two split up.

Sergeant Jones followed the man with the purse, confronted him and called 911.

Local law enforcement arrived, took custody of the suspect and located the other suspect nearby based on the description he gave.

The victim was not injured and her purse was returned intact.

For his alertness to his surroundings and willingness to respond quickly and appropriately in this incident, Sergeant Michael Jones is awarded Deputy of the Month for December 2011.

Sheriff Steube congratulated Sgt. Jones.


SSO: Murder Suspect
Caught on Camera

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida ]NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify the man seen with James Brotherton shortly before he was murdered on November 21st.

Surveillance photos and video show Brotherton and a man in black clothing at the Beneva Village Bank of America ATM at 11:49 p.m. Brotherton was shot about four minutes later at Curtiss Avenue and Gulf Gate Drive and his body was found there at 12:30 a.m., by a deputy on routine patrol. His vehicle was located near Stickney Point Road and Gateway Drive around 5:20 a.m.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4952 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.


Sarasota Pizza Parlor
Robbed at Gunpoint

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Monday evening, November 28, 2011, shortly before 9:00 p.m., a White male entered the Little Caesar's pizza parlor in the 4500 block of Bee Ridge Road with a handgun and demanded money from the employees. The suspect was last seen exiting the shopping plaza to the rear on foot.

The area was searched with the Sheriff’s Office helicopter, K-9 and Patrol Deputies for the suspect with negative results.

The man was described as a White male in his 20s, 5'10" tall, thin build, brown hair and eyes, last seen wearing all dark clothing including a black hoodie, black gloves with writing on them, a camouflage scarf over his face and black jeans.

This investigation has been turned over to the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section for further investigation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 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).


2nd Man Arrested for Sex
with 12-Year-Old Girl

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit detectives arrested a second homeless man for having sex with a 12-year-old girl in their Port Charlotte campsite. Charged with Lewd and Lascivious Battery on the girl was 20-year-old Daniel William Davis.


Daniel Davis

Sunday, Michael Joseph Ferris, 22, was arrested on the same charge for having sex with the same girl at their campsite in a wooded area off S.R. 776, Toledo Blade Boulevard, and Cedarwood Street.

The 12-year-old girl told MCU detectives she had sexual intercourse with Davis and Ferris on the same night, but in separate tents. She also stated she was very high on drugs provided by Davis and that she had been at their campsite many times.

A BOLO was issued Sunday for Davis; he was located Monday at 1805 Tamiami Trail and taken into custody. Davis was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on no bond. Bond for Ferris was set at $100,000.


Homeless Man Dragged Boy
Into Woods, Molested Him

UNION PARK, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A 36-year-old homeless man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of dragging an 11-year-old boy into a wooded area in east Orange County and molesting him, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Cristobal Pinera was arrested on charges of kidnapping a minor, lewd or lascivious molestation and false imprisonment of a child under 13 years old.

According to an arrest affidavit, the boy said he was walking near East Colonial Drive and Vincent Road around 9 a.m. and sat on a log when he was approached by the suspect, who eventually grabbed his arm and took him into the woods.

Pinera pulled down the boy's shorts and touched his genitalia with his hand, the affidavit stated. The boy became uncomfortable, broke loose and ran out of the woods, the affidavit said.

Pinera then reportedly offered the boy $10 not to tell authorities before fleeing the scene, the affidavit said. The boy then ran into a woman he knew, who took him home and told his mom to call the police.

Deputies located Pinera by a description given by the boy and the woman who took him home. They both positively identified Pinera, the arrest affidavit said.

Deputies booked Pinera into jail.

The incident is still under investigation, WKMG said.

 

 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Man Arrested for 110 Counts
of Child Porn Possession,
Production

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Roy W. Thomas, 63, of the 1200 block of 68th Street West, Bradenton.


Roy Thomas

According to the arrest report, Thomas was arrested on a warrant out of Hillsborough County, Florida.

Thomas is a retired school teacher. He taught at A.P. Leto High School on Sligh Avenue, in Tampa.

He was charged with 100 counts of Possession of Child Pornography and 10 counts of Production of Child Pornography.

Details were not immediately available.

Thomas remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $1,000,000, awaiting extradition to Hillsborough County.


BPD Arrests Man Holding
1/4 Pound of Marijuana

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Sirdarean Adams, 26, of the 100 block of 10th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Sirdarean Adams

The arrest report from BPD said on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at about noon, officers made a traffic stop on Adams in the 800 block of 18th Street East, for parking against the flow of traffic.

Officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, but Adams refused consent to search the vehicle.

Due to the odor, the vehicle was searched and officers located a back pack on the back seat of the vehicle.

Inside the back pack were 19 individually packaged bags of marijuana that weighed out to 110.4 grams, or nearly a quarter pound of marijuana.

Adams was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell.

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


Two Arrested for Possession
of Ounce of Powder Cocaine

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Latonya Pate, 22, of the 1200 block of 35th Avenue West, Bradenton, and Walter Barnes, 38, of the 5900 block of 13th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Latonya Pate and Walter Barnes

The arrest report from PPD said on Saturday, November 26, 2011, at about 8:15 p.m., Pate was the driver of a vehicle that was pulled over for speeding. Barnes was a passenger.

Officers smelled the odor of burning marijuana and searched the vehicle.

They found a clear plastic bag under the center arm rest that contained a white powdery substance.

The substance was determined to be powder cocaine and weighed out to 27 grams, just 1 gram shy of an ounce.

Both Pate and Barnes denied ownership of the drug.

They were both arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine.

They both posted $1,000 bail bonds each and were released from the Manatee County Jail.

Barnes is awaiting trial on a slew of other drug and related charges stemming from an October 13th arrest by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.


Deputies Searching for
Missing Runaway Girl

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Saturday, November 26, 2011, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office responded to 6615 12th St. W., Bradenton, in reference to a runaway fifteen year old girl.

It was determined that Isabelle Gonzalez-Diaz, 15, packed up all of her belongings, took her one-year-old daughter Marieslo Betancourt and fled the location at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon.

Deputies were told that Isabelle has run away in the past in an attempt to make it to Mexico where her boyfriend is living. The boyfriend is the natural father of Marieslo.

Isabelle or Marieslo do not have any medical issues and, at this time, there is no reason to believe they are in danger.

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.


Sheriff's Fleet Maintenance
Office Burglarized

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported its Fleet Maintenance office was broken into on Monday, November 28, 2011, sometime in the overnight hours. The maintenance office is located at 1508 Florida Blvd., Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said unknown person(s) entered Fleet Maintenance sometime between 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 27, 2011, and Monday morning at about 6:55 a.m.

The side windows to Fleet were pushed up to gain entry.

Once inside, suspect(s) kicked open the door of a storage closet in which high priced items are stored.

Numerous items were taken, which were not listed in the report.

The scene was processed.

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.


Two Black Males Rob Young
Man of Cell Phone, Flee

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a strong arm robbery on Monday, November 28, 2011, at about 8:25 a.m., in the 5400 block of 26th Street West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said Christopher Smith, 22, was walking north through the parking area at Ray's Food Mart, 5402 26th Street West, when two unknown Black males walked up behind him.

Without warning, one of the Black males punched Christopher in the back of his head. The punch caused Christopher to fall to the ground causing his cell phone to fall from his hand.

One of the Black males picked up the phone and ran north on 26th Street toward 53rd Ave.

Christopher struggled with the other male for a short time before he got up and ran north on 26th Street toward 53rd Ave.

Christopher told deputies one of the males said used racial slurs towards him just before he was punched in the back of his head.

There were no injuries to Christopher.

The thugs were described as two Black males. One was 5'9" tall, 150 pounds; the other was 6' tall, 170 pounds. There was no further description.

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.


Dog Shot After Attacking
MSO Sergeant

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported Sgt. Will Kelley was forced to shoot a dog on Sunday, November 27, 2011, at about 10:40 a.m., outside a residence in the 5000 block of 21st Street West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said Sgt. Kelley responded to the listed address for a 911 hang up.

Upon arrival, he knocked on the front door. Kathleen Derosa opened the front door slightly and tried to squeeze her body outside while keeping the dogs from escaping.

Two approximately 65-pound Bull Mastiff/Pit Bull mix dogs escaped from inside the house, aggressively lunging and trying to bite Sgt. Kelley.

Sgt. Kelley retreated, but was forced to shoot one of the dogs.

The owner responded and took the dog to the vet. The dogs’ condition is unknown at this time.

Sgt. Kelley was uninjured.

The 911 call is believed to have been generated by the dogs stepping on the phone inside the house.


Victoria's Secret Store
Victimized Again

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported several hundred dollars worth of merchandise was stolen from Victoria's Secret store located in the DeSoto Square Mall.

A sheriff's incident report said on Friday, November 25, 2011, at about 7:15 p.m., a person entered the store and began selecting merchandise.

The person picked up and concealed about $800 in items.

The person then fled on foot after she was approached by a store employee.

The person was not described in the report.

There have been several incidents of allegedly sudden bulk shoplifting at the store this year.

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 Man Gets 10 Years
for Investment Fraud

TAMPA, Florida [NMT/USA] -- On Monday, November 28, 2011, U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announced that U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew sentenced John S. Morgan, 52, Sarasota, to 10 years and 1 month in federal prison for conspiring to commit wire fraud and engaging in money laundering.


John S. Morgan

In addition, the court also ordered Morgan to forfeit a 2003 Fountain Lightning Fever Powerboat and entered a money judgment in the amount of $10, 085,375, the proceeds of the offenses.

John S. Morgan pleaded guilty on June 15, 2011, pursuant to a plea agreement.

According to the plea agreement, from about March 2005 through August 2009, John S. Morgan, Marian I. Morgan, his wife, and others perpetrated an investment fraud scheme through a Danish entity named Morgan European Holdings APS ("MEH"), which the Morgans had formed. MEH was purportedly in the business of investments commonly called "prime bank instrument trading programs." John Morgan and others falsely represented to investors that MEH trading programs would yield returns of 30-70% per month or 200% per 90-120 day period, and that the investors' funds would never be put at risk. Morgan and others explicitly promised investors that their funds would be held in escrow in a Danske Bank account for MEH and maintained by Danish attorney Eli Hecksher, who has been charged as a co-conspirator in the scheme. Instead of safeguarding the investors' funds in escrow, John Morgan and others disposed of the funds by: 1) paying fees and expenses associated with the fraud; 2) providing refunds of principal to select investors; and 3) stealing and converting monies for their own personal benefit. When investors did not receive the promised investment returns, and became concerned about the trading program, John Morgan and others provided a litany of excuses, assuring the investors that their funds were still on deposit and that the delays were caused by circumstances beyond their control.

In all, John Morgan and others caused investors to transfer more than $28 million to MEH accounts. Approximately $10.8 million of this total was then used by the Morgans for their personal benefit. John and Marian Morgan used investors' funds to purchase a waterfront residence and adjoining lot in Sarasota, to fund extensive renovations on a second Sarasota residence, and to purchase or lease several luxury automobiles, including a Maserati and two Jaguars. More than eighty investors located throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe entrusted the Morgans with their funds.

Marian Morgan was found guilty of all charges in the indictment on September 29, 2011 after a four-week trial. She faces sentencing before Judge Bucklew on December 20, 2011.

This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division. The Danish National Police also provided assistance in the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Cherie L. Krigsman and Robert T. Monk.


Homeless Man Arrested for
Sex with 12-Year-Old Girl

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit detectives arrested a homeless man for having sex with a 12-year-old girl in his Port Charlotte camp.


Michael Ferris

Michael Joseph Ferris, 22, was arrested for felony Lewd or Lascivious Battery.

At 4:17 p.m. Saturday a road deputy made contact with Ferris who was exiting a wooded area off S.R. 776, Cedarwood Street and Toledo Blade Boulevard. While completing a field interview, two juvenile girls’ ages 11 and 12 came out of the same area. The girls told the deputy they were with Ferris and sleeping in his homeless camp.

MCU detectives were called and took Ferris in for questioning.

Detectives also made contact with the girls' father for permission to interview both sisters. The 12-year-old said she was very high on drugs but remembers that the sex was consensual.

She said her sister left the camp before they had sex.

Ferris was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on $100,000 bond.

The investigation continues.


Two Deputies Shot
in Volusia County

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Authorities said two deputies were shot around 5:37 a.m. Mondya morning, November 28, 2011, after a woman called to report she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, 27-year-old Corey Reynolds, of Deltona.


Corey Reynolds

Deputies said Reynolds allegedly threw the woman down and attempted to strangle her, in order to kill her.

After Reynolds left the ex-girlfriends home in DeBary, authorities said he went home to 1545 Huntington Street in Deltona, which is where deputies went to look for him.

Deputies John Braman and John Brady arrived at the home and spotted Reynold's pickup truck, authorities said.

Both deputies approached the house and tried to take Reynolds into custody, but he fought back, authorities said.

Reynolds had a handgun and shot both deputies, but deputies did not return fire, authorities said.

Despite their injuries, the deputies were able to take Reynolds into custody, authorities said.

Deputy Braman was shot three times --once in the right shoulder, once in the left arm and a third shot that grazed his neck.

His injuries were serious, but not life-threatening, and he was airlifted by a Sheriff’s Office helicopter to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach for treatment.

Deputy Brady sustained a grazing wound to the back of his right shoulder and was taken by EVAC ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center, WKMG said.

 

 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Manatee Sheriff: Murder/Suicide
Reported in Palmetto; Man Shot
Former Girlfriend, Then Self

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a murder/suicide in Palmetto Thanksgiving evening.


Above, William Rolston, deceased
(Prior mug shot from 2004)

A sheriff's report said at approximately 7:00 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to a shooting at 4711 U.S. 41 N., Palmetto.

When deputies arrived, they discovered two subjects deceased inside the apartment from an apparent murder/suicide.

Detectives believe 26-year-old William Rolston, who resided at the above address, shot and killed his former girlfriend, 26-year-old Lindsay Ann Bellows. Bellows was shot multiple times, the sheriff's office said.

Rolston then shot himself.

According to Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office, Rolston and Bellows recently broke up.

The couple was reportedly arguing just before the shootings.

A neighbor heard the gunshots and called 9-1-1.

Bellows is the 15th homicide overall in Manatee County. There have now been 11 homicides in unincorporated Manatee County, two in the City of Bradenton and two in the City of Palmetto.

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.


BPD Arrests Two, Seeks One in
Two Drive-By Shootings

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- According to a press release from the Bradenton Police Department, on November 24, 2011, at approximately 9:33 p.m., a shooting occurred in the 700 block of 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. The suspect(s) fired approximately ten projectiles from a large caliber firearm(s), which resulted in a male victim sustaining a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening, and an occupied residence, which is located at 712 12th Avenue West was impacted by several of the projectiles. Two men have been arrested and police are asking the public's assistance in locating the third involved man.


Ahmad Hird, sought by BPD

There were no injuries to the occupants of the residence.

Officer Carrie Ward was on patrol when she heard the gunshots, and immediately responded to the scene where she then observed a vehicle leaving the scene at an accelerated rate of speed. Following a brief pursuit of the vehicle which had been reported as stolen, the vehicle’s three occupants fled the vehicle.

After a joint effort with the Bradenton Police Department and a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, two of the three occupants were apprehended.

Then, according to BPD Captain Warren Merriman, there was another shooting that occurred at 712 12th Avenue West on November 24, 2011, at approximately 3:55 a.m. in which three victims were struck by projectiles from a large caliber firearm(s). All of the victims were treated and released from local hospitals.

There was a direct correlation between the two shootings, and detectives are continuing their investigation into both incidences.

Bradenton Police Department Detectives are actively seeking the whereabouts of Mr. Ahmad R. Hird, 21, of Bradenton, in connection with both shootings that occurred on November 24, 2011.

The following subjects were charged accordingly:

Desmon A. Evans, 19, of Palmetto, was charged with Principal to Attempted Murder; Grand Theft Auto, Fleeing to Elude a Police Officer; Obstruction of a Police Officer (Without Violence), and No Valid Driver’s License.

Dominique D. Hird, 20, of Bradenton, was charged with Attempted Murder (2 Counts); Grand Theft Auto; and Obstruction of a Police Officer (Without Violence)

Anyone having further information with regard to this case is asked to call any of the following numbers: Bradenton Police Detective Leonel Marines at 941-932-9300, Ext. 327, 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.


FHP Arrests Sarasota Man for
Receiving Package Containing
16 Pounds of Dope in Manatee

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol has arrested Andrew Clark Poarch, 23, of 1025 Villagio Circle, Sarasota.


Andrew Poarch

According to the FHP arrest report, on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, Poarch was arrested for receiving a package from UPS that contained 14 pounds of marijuana and 2 pounds of Hashish.

Troopers had located a parcel at the UPS facility located at 929 26th Avenue West, Bradenton, that was part of an ongoing investigation. A K-9 alerted on the package.

A search warrant was obtained and the parcel was opened and found to contain the above-mentioned narcotics.

A woman at the address intended for receipt of the package, 130 59th Street West, Bradenton, said she was expecting a parcel that she thought might contain marijuana and that she was going to give it to Poarch, who was expecting it, the report said.

When Poarch showed up to claim the package, he was arrested.

Poarch admitted he ordered the marijuana and hashish, for personal use.

Poarch was charged with Possession of Marijuana Over 20 Grams, a felony.

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


Deputy Arrests Man for
Domestic Battery by
Strangulation

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Shawn J. Shaffer, 34, of 3514 19th Street West, Bradenton.


Shawn Shaffer

According to the arrest report, Shaffer and the victim, Amy Martinez, have been in a dating relationship for four and one half years. They have also lived together during this time and share one child in common.

On Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at about 8 p.m., Shaffer was invited to Amy's residence in the 4900 block of 23rd Street West to discuss custody of their child.

The discussion turned into an argument about money that Shaffer allegedly owes Amy.

The argument turned physical when Shaffer intentionally struck Amy in the chin with a closed fist. This strike caused Amy's bottom front tooth to chip.

Shaffer then picked up Amy's $400 iPhone and slammed it on the floor, causing it to break.

The argument continued when Shaffer pushed Amy to the ground and put his hands on her neck. He then strangled Amy, causing her breathing to cease temporarily. He had his knee on Amy's stomach at the time.

Shaffer fled the scene, but returned at a deputy's request.

He was charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation, Felony Battery and Criminal Mischief.

He later posted a bail bond of $20,500 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Arrested for Burglary
of Donzi Marine Warehouse;
$10,000 in Metal Missing

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested William Lugo, 32, of the 6300 block of 8th Street Court West, Bradenton.


William Lugo

The arrest report said on Monday, November 21, 2011, at about 8:20 a.m., a subcontractor for Donzi Marine, 7110 21st Street East, Bradenton, entered one of the main warehouses at the complex to get some tools. When he entered, he heard some weird noises.

He left the warehouse to get two managers of Donzi Marine to accompany him back to the warehouse. When they entered, they heard someone talking and banging.

They approached the area and found Lugo dismantling large stacks of metal shelving.

They ordered him to remain still and law enforcement was contacted.

In the immediate area where Lugo was found, a blue Dodge Durango was located that was registered to Lugo. Attached to the Durango was a small cargo trailer that was full of metal shelving that belonged to Donzi Marine.

The employees also said that a lot of material was missing valued at over $10,000 that has not been accounted for.

Also found on Lugo was a small amount of cocaine.

Lugo said that he was homeless and needed money to feed his family.

He was arrested and charged with Burglary to an Occupied Structure, Possession of Cocaine and Grand Theft.

Despite being homeless and needing money to feed his family, Lugo managed to post a $6,000 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man with No DL Arrested
for That, Multiple Drugs

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Anthony L. King, 47, of 2612 6th Avenue East, Palmetto.


Anthony King

On Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at about 8:45 a.m., Deputy Capiello recognized a driver with a revoked DL, Anthony King, and initiated a traffic stop in the 6200 block of 14th Street West.

The driver fled on foot from the vehicle.

King struck a passing vehicle with his body during the pursuit, damaging it.

Deputy Cappiello chased him down, deploying his Taser when he was in range to affect the arrest.

Post arrest, some loose pills were found in King's sock. More matching pills were located back inside the car, along with numerous other illegal drugs.

King was charged with Driving on a Revoked Driver License, Resisting Arrest without Violence, Criminal Mischief and several counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was also charged with Violation of Probation on an earlier drug charge.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond, due to the Violation of Probation charge.


Two Unrelated Carjackings
Reported in Manatee

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported two carjackings that appear to be unrelated.

In the first incident, on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at about 11 a.m., following shopping, the victim, Avis Rambeau, 42, of Sarasota, said she was on the phone inside her car, which was parked in front of JC Penney's, in the DeSoto Square Mall.

A Black male and a Black female got into the back seat of her unlocked car. Suspect #1 (male) put his arm around the victim’s neck and demanded she drive. Suspect #2 (female) implied a knife.

The victim drove the suspects to the 2100 block of 14th Street West, where they got out and fled on foot with a white trash bag full of stuff.

The victim was uninjured, and nothing was taken from her.

The victim got into contact with 911, and patrol responded.

The carjackers were described as a Black male in his late twenties, 6'00" tall, 220 pounds, last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, possibly khaki pants, and a ball cap; and a Black female, in her late twenties, heavy set, last seen wearing a scarf on her head, a black sleeveless shirt, and blue shorts. She implied she had a knife.

In the second incident, which occurred on Wednesday, November 23, 1011, at about 12:45 a.m., the victim, Javier Aguilar, was driving his mother’s (Antonia Aguilar) 2001 Chevy pickup and was staying at the Quality Inn, 6727 14th Street West. The victim returned to the location and parked in front of room #133.

As the victim exited the vehicle, two unknown Black males exited a dark color Ford vehicle and approached him on foot.

The two suspects ordered the victim at gunpoint to give up all his money and keys to the vehicle.

The victim complied with the orders given. The two suspects then fled area.

Suspect #1 fled in the victim’s vehicle and suspect #2 fled in the dark color vehicle.

There were no injuries to the victim.

The carjackers were described as a Black male, 5'09" tall, slim build, full facial hair, had a black semi-automatic firearm; he was wearing a gray shirt and pants; and a Black male, 5'09" tall, mediun build, and had a black semi-automatic firearm with unknown 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.


Multiple Golf Carts Stolen
from Palmetto MHPs

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to the Manatee County Crime Prevention Unit, sometime during the overnight hours on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, numerous golf carts were stolen from Country Lakes II Mobile Home Park, Fiesta Grove RV Park, and Coach House MHP, all in Palmetto. Some of them have been recovered but a lot of them are still missing.

In at least one case, a neighbor saw 3 Hispanic males between 25-30 years of age driving 2 golf carts in Country Lakes MHP between 2:30 and 3:30 a..m. in the early morning hours on Wednesday, November 23rd. Because of it being dark, no further description was obtainable. However, the neighbor did not report what he saw until several hours later and then reported it to the park's security.

Please, if you see anything suspicious, especially golf carts being driven around your community in the middle of the night, call 911 immediately and provide the best description possible and direction of travel. Do not wait until the next morning to call; call ASAP!

Due to the numerous amount of golf carts stolen, this may be a trend that will continue and the sheriff's office needs your help in calling them when you see something suspicious.

If you own a golf cart and don't have it secured in a shed or by chaining it up to something, you stand a better chance of having it stolen by someone with a golf cart key to your model of golf cart. Take the time to secure your golf carts better before yours gets taken. If you are not sure on how to secure yours better and you live in the county, call the Crime Prevention Section at (941)747-3011, ext. 2500, and they will be glad to come out for free and give you tips and advice on how to not only better secure your golf cart, but also your home.

Anyone with any information about these cases 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.


Pedestrian Struck, Killed
by Unlicensed Driver

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal accident between a pedestrian and a vehicle on Friday, November 25, 2011, at about 7:25 p.m., on U.S. 41 (14th Street West) at about 50th Avenue Plaza West, in Bradenton.

The FHP report said a 2000 Ford pickup being driven by Bonifacio Reyes-Lopez, 28, of Bradenton, was southbound on 14th Street West, traveling in the left lane.

A pedestrian, who has not yet been identified, pending notification of next of kin, was crossing 14th Street West from west to east. The pedestrian failed to observe the pickup truck and walked into the direct path of the vehicle.

No skid marks were found on the roadway, FHP said.

The pedestrian expired on scene, according to the report.

Reyes-Lopez was cited by FHP for No Valid Driver's License.


Manatee Sheriff Steube Names
November Deputy of the Month

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube named Detective Salvatore Levita as November's Deputy of the Month.

On October 31, 2011, Halloween evening, Detective Salvatore Levita and his family met with another MSO employee and his family at a friend’s home.

After trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, the kids were in a bedroom playing where there was a fog machine and strobe light.

Detective Levita went into the bedroom to check on the children and found his co-worker’s teenage boy on the floor, non-responsive, and appeared to be locked in a seizure.

Detective Levita found a piece of candy in his mouth and removed it to prevent him from choking, then laid him down and calmed him until he could summon his father.

The boy was transported to the hospital by EMS and it was determined that he had suffered a seizure from a concussion received at wrestling practice earlier in the day that was exacerbated by the strobe light.

Had he not found the child and rendered aid when he did, there could have been a tragic outcome.

For his quick actions, Detective Salvatore Levita is awarded Deputy of the Month for November 2011.

Sheriff Steube congratulated Det. Levita.


Donations Sought for BPD Kids
Program: "Honoring the Badge"

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department is again partnering with Kingdom Life Christian Church for the fourth annual community outreach program called “Honoring the Badge.” The purpose of this program is to provide toys to needy children in the City at Christmas time, while teaching children that police officers are their friends.

The idea is to collect Toys R’ Us gift cards in $25 denominations. Children under the age of 12 will be invited to join off-duty uniformed Bradenton Police Officers at Toys R’ Us, located at 512 Cortez Road on Thursday, December 15th 2010, at 6:00 pm.

The children will be chosen by community leaders, and most will be from working families who do not have money to buy gifts. A child will be teamed up with a Bradenton police officer to go on a shopping spree.

The officer will assist the child in selecting a toy under $25 and taking him/her to the cash register and paying with a gift card provided by community donations.

To assist with this program by way of a donation, call Deputy Police Chief Jeff Lewis at the Bradenton Police Department at (941) 932-9300, ext. 356.


Early Morning Shooting
Kills One, Injures 4

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- At approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, November 26, 2011, five people were shot in the area of 30th Street and Leon Avenue. Shots were fired from a Chevrolet pickup truck that drove through the north Sarasota neighborhood.


Above, L to R, Naomi Clyburn, deceased, and the involved pickup truck

One of the victims died at the scene. The deceased victim has been identified as Naomi M. Clyburn, 22 years old; her home is in the1500 block of 30th Street in Sarasota.

Three victims were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries. The fifth victim was transported to Blake Medical Center for treatment of a serious injury.

Witnesses described the vehicle used by the perpetrators as a blue/green Chevrolet pickup truck, with custom wheels, and dark tinted windows.

Sarasota Police recovered a vehicle that had been abandoned on Cocoanut Avenue near Highland that matches the description provided by the witnesses.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact Detective Charlie Riffe of the Sarasota Police Department at 941-954-7025 or 941-954-7087.


SSO Conducting Homicide
Investigation

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide after finding the body of a White male lying on the ground at Curtiss Avenue and Gulf Gate Drive in Sarasota Tuesday morning, November 22, 2011.

A deputy on routine patrol discovered the body just after midnight. Emergency medical services responded to the scene and declared the man deceased. During the autopsy, the medical examiner determined the victim had been shot. Investigators are still trying to identify the assailant.

This victim has been identified as James Brotherton, 49, of 2090 Proude Street, Port Charlotte.

Investigators determined the shooting occurred at approximately 11:53 p.m. on November 21st, and they are interested in speaking to the occupant or occupants of a vehicle that passed by shortly after the shooting occurred. Brotherton’s vehicle was located near Stickney Point Road and Gateway Drive around 5:20 a.m.

Anyone with information about the incident or the victim’s whereabouts last night is encouraged to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4952 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).


Sarasota Sheriff Releases
Holiday Shopping
Safety Tips

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- As holiday sales get into full swing, Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight wants to remind citizens to shop smart and stay safe.

The Sheriff’s Office works cooperatively with area retail management and increases patrols in high traffic retail areas this time of year, but shoppers are encouraged to keep the following tips in mind when heading out to hit the stores:

~ Avoid shopping alone. Try to shop with a friend or relative.

~ Park your vehicle in a well-lighted area.

~ Remove valuable electronics that are in your vehicle from plain sight.

~ Know your surroundings. Keep an eye on the people in front of as well as behind you.

~ Carry your purse close to your body, and don't reveal large amounts of cash.

~ If using a shopping cart do not leave purses unsecured and keep them closed.

~ Walk with confidence. Avoid talking to strangers.

~ Approach your vehicle with your keys already in your hand.

~ Do not carry too many packages at one time. Place all packages out of sight.

~ Do not place purses on top of the vehicle or in the trunk while loading purchases.

~ Keep vehicle doors locked and windows shut.

~ If you see anything suspicious or if something just doesn't feel right, leave the area immediately and contact security or your local law enforcement agency.


Female Homeowner, Neighbor
Shoot, Kill One of Two Home
Invaders; One Still at Large

APOPKA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a man is dead is dead after a homeowner and her neighbor exchanged gunfire with two home intruders, deputies say.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, two men kicked down the door of a home at 148 E. 18th Street in Apopka around 1:30 a.m.

Once inside, the men had a confrontation with the homeowner and shots were exchanged, resulting in the homeowner being grazed by a bullet, deputies said.

The woman's neighbor ran to her home and began shooting as well.

One of the home intruders was shot and killed, and the second is at large, deputies said. It is unclear who killed the home intruder.

Neighbor's said the home had four children inside at the time of the shooting.

The homeowner was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. She has since been released, WKMG said.

 

 

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