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Local/State News for week ending 8/18/2012

Ex-Convict Arrested for Selling
Drugs Near School, Possessing
Loaded Firearm, Fleeing Cops;
Mom Busted for Inciting a Riot,
Peeing on Cop Shop Floor

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Suave Frazier, 23, of 1118 5th Street West, Bradenton, and his mother, Constance Frazier, 41, of 1007 8th Street West, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Suave Frazier and Constance Frazier

According to the arrest report, on Friday, August 10th, the Bradenton Police Department Narcotics Unit and Gang Unit were conducting an undercover operation in the area of 1200 7th Street West. The area is a known drug area within the City of Bradenton. It has been documented that several people stand in the area and conduct narcotic sales.

The objective was to have a BPD undercover operative ride his bike into the area and attempt to purchase narcotics.

Shortly after the operation began, the undercover operative purchased crack cocaine from a man later identified as Suave Frazier.

As police moved in to arrest Frazier, he spotted the unmarked vehicle and took flight, with the cops in pursuit.

After running through several yards and jumping a chain link fence, during which Frazier dropped a backpack, he was captured in the area of the 800 block of 11th Avenue West.

Found in Frazier's possession were Hydromorphone pills, marijuana, and a large amount of cash. Found in the backpack which was recovered was a loaded pistol with an extended clip.

Frazier admitted to ownership of the pills, but not the weapon. He said it belonged to a friend and he was just holding it for a friend.

Meanwhile, Frazier's mother, Constance Frazier, had begun to yell and scream, attracting a crowd of about 20 people, who began to get angry. She was told to stay away from the crime scene, but she did not. She was then arrested.

Back at the Bradenton Police Station, Constance was given the opportunity to use a restroom, but instead urinated all over the floor of the interview room intentionally, causing about $300 in cleanup damages.

Suave Frazier was charged with Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School, Sale of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a School, Possession of a Controlled Substance, two counts of Sale of Crack Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School, Possession of a Concealed Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Use a Weapon During Commission of a Felony, and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

Constance Frazier was charged with Inciting a Riot and Criminal Mischief.

Suave Frazier is being held in the Manatee County Jail on a combined bail bond of $84,000, but there is a hold on him for additional charges of 3 counts of Failure to Answer a Summons.

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


Holmes Beach Man Arrested
for Burglary, Possession of
Stolen Driver License after
Primo Detective Work


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- After some excellent detective work, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office arrested William Edward Wilson IV, 19, of 400 75th Street, in Holmes Beach.


William Wilson

The arrest report said on August 13th, Detective Mark Paxton was investigating a burglary that had occurred in the 200 block of Oak Avenue, in Anna Maria.

While searching for the missing jewelry from the home, Det. Paxton found the missing jewelry at GoldMax, in Sarasota. The man who sold the jewelry to GoldMax on August 12th identified himself as Daniel W. Shafer by providing a Florida driver license showing Shafer and by leaving a right thumbprint on the transaction report.

GoldMax had taken a photo of the man that sold them the jewelry and provided Det. Paxton and the Sarasota County Sheriff's office with a copy of the photo. Sarasota S.O. and Det. Paxton looked up Daniel Shafer's driver license photo and it appeared to look the same as the photo from GoldMax. With that information, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office issued warrants for Shafer for Dealing in Stolen Property and Defrauding a Secondhand Dealer.

On August 15th, Det. Paxton located Shafer in Manatee County and detained him. Shafer had about a 2-3 week old beard and did not look like the man from the GoldMax photo. After Det. Paxton showed Shafer the photo from GoldMax, Shafer told Det. Paxton that the man in the photo was his brother's friend, William Wilson.

Det. Paxton then looked up Wilson's driver license photo and photos from Wilson's Facebook page and confirmed the photo from BoldMax looked more like Wilson than Shafer.

Shafer then provided Det. Paxton with an affidavit saying he never gave his driver license to Wilson or give him permission to use it.

Det. Paxton then had the MSO fingerprint unit compare the print the man gave to GoldMax to Wilson's previous Manatee County arrest. The fingerprint unit confirmed that the fingerprint given to GoldMax belonged to Wilson, not Shafer.

After calling Wilson, Det. Paxton met with him at his residence in Holmes Beach. While on his front porch, Det. Paxton read Wilson his Miranda Rights and he agreed to talk to the detective. Wilson admitted getting Shafer's driver license from Shafer's brother about two months prior. Wilson then invited Det. Paxton to his room, where he found Shafer's driver license in his CD case and handed it to Det. Paxton. Wilson admitted to the burglary in Anna Maria.

Wilson was arrested and charged with Burglary and Possession of a Stolen Driver License (in addition to the Sarasota charges).

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


Woman Arrested for Felony
Prostitution After 3rd Bust
for Same Crime


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Shannon Yvonne Reynolds, 43, allegedly of Potterville, Michigan.


Shannon Reynolds

The arrest report said on Wednesday, August 15th, 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 5:30 p.m., he spotted Reynolds walking in the 2500 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton.

He made contact and after a brief conversation, Reynolds agreed to perform oral sex on the U/C detective for $30.

She was arrested and charged with Prostitution.

A criminal records check revealed that Reynolds had been convicted of two prostitution charges by the Sarasota Police Department in 1993.

Therefore, the charge was upgraded to Felony Prostitution.

Reynolds remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $1,000 at this time.


Transient Arrested for Being
'Lady of the Night' During Day;
26th Charge Since 2004


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Krizia Apollonia Gaskin, 26, a transient.


Krizia Gaskin

The arrest report said on Tuesday, August 14th, 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 3:45 p.m., he spotted Gaskin walking on 12th Street West at 19th Avenue.

He made contact and after a brief conversation, Gaskin agreed to perform oral sex on the undercover detective for $30.

She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution. Subsequent to her arrest, she was searched and deputies located a used crack pipe in her purse. The pipe tested positive for cocaine. She was additionally charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

At this time, Gaskin remains in the Manatee County Jail on a combined bail bond of $240.

According to the sheriff's website, Gaskin has 26 previous charges in Manatee County for various crimes dating back to 2004.


Bradenton Fire Department
Back to School Awareness


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On August 20th, the City of Bradenton Fire Department will help welcome students back to school while reminding drivers on busy thoroughfares to once again be mindful of pedestrians and school zones.

From approximately 7:45 a.m. until 8:30 a.m., BFD vehicles will be staged near five schools within the city with lights on and awareness banners posted, while fire personnel greet students on their way to their first day of the new school year.

The presence of emergency vehicles near school zones on busy roadways is a clear reminder to drivers to slow down and be cautious of pedestrians.

According to the CDC, "In the next 24 hours, on average, 324 people will be treated in an emergency department for pedestrian-related injuries. In the next 2 hours, on average, one pedestrian will die from injuries in a traffic crash." and children are at a greater risk due to their size, inability to judge distances and speeds, and lack of experience with traffic rules.

This is the second year that the BFD has participated in such an event.

Additional safety information for children and drivers can be found at "Back to School Safety" in the "Safety Spotlight" section of www.safekids.org.



SSO: School Starts Monday,
Drive Safely


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- School starts Monday, August 20, 2012, and the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reminds motorists to use extra caution and obey speed limits, particularly in school zones.

Many students walk or ride bicycles to school or to the bus stop. This may be new to some children or they may be unfamiliar with the roads in a new neighborhood. Drivers should always be vigilant and never allow distractions to take their eyes off the road.

Motorists must stop for all school buses when the stop sign is out and lights are flashing. This is true even if the bus is on the opposite side of the street unless a median more than four feet wide divides the road.

Deputies will strictly enforce all traffic laws near schools, giving citations that carry greater fines than regular speeding infractions. Current fines in school zones are:

1-9 miles over the posted limit - $156
10-14 miles over the posted limit - $306
15-19 miles over the posted limit - $406
20-29 miles over the posted limit - $456
30+ miles over the posted limit - Mandatory Court Appearance
Failure to stop for a school bus - $271
Passing a school bus on the exit side also results in a mandatory court appearance.


SPD: Pedestrian in Fatal
Crash Identified


SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- According to a press release from the Sarasota Police Department, at approximately 8:40 p.m. on August 15th, a pedestrian was hit by a motor vehicle in the 1800 block of N. Tamiami Trail.

Sarasota Police responded to the scene and are conducting an ongoing investigation of the crash.

A maroon colored Cadillac was northbound on N. Tamiami Trail. A pedestrian was crossing the northbound lanes. The vehicle struck and killed the pedestrian. The vehicle stopped and remained at the scene.

The pedestrian has been identified as Devon Marie McGann, 27 years old. McGann, a Sarasota resident, was homeless.

The northbound lanes were closed for approximately 3 hours while the on-scene investigation was conducted.

The crash investigation is continuing.

Anyone with additional information on the crash is asked to contact the Sarasota Police Department Traffic Unit, Officer Forrister, at 941-364-7323.


CCSO: Man 4 Times Over
Legal Alcohol Limit Busted;
Nearly Hit 2 Patrol Cruisers


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Two Charlotte County Sheriff's patrol cars were nearly hit by a drunk driver early this morning in Englewood. The driver was arrested and tests showed he was four-times over the alcohol limit.


Robert Whittle

Arrested was Robert Wayne Whittle, 28, 2116 Massachusetts Avenue, Grove City.

Two road deputies were approaching San Casa Drive and 10th Street at 2:08 a.m. A Toyota pickup made a very wide turn nearly hitting one of the patrol cars. The pickup continued down 10th Street and then almost hit the second cruiser. The driver was also not wearing a seatbelt and a traffic stop was finally made.

Whittle stumbled out of his pickup and apologized for nearly hitting the patrol cars. He said he was coming from Mookey’s Bar where he had three shots and three beers, and was on his way home.

He failed the various tests, was arrested for DUI, and then transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he blew .324 and .331 on breathalyzer equipment. Due to his being four times over the .080 limit, he was then transported to Charlotte Regional Medical Center, treated for acute alcohol intoxication, medically cleared, and returned to the County Jail around 7 a.m. Whittle posted a $1,500 bond and has been released.


Former Cop, Big Brother Arrested
on Child Porn Charges


DAVENPORT, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A former police officer, school resource officer and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Florida volunteer was arrested Tuesday on child porn charges, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Robert Britt

Robert Kevin Britt, 38, of Davenport, was arrested on 10 counts of child pornography.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, Polk County sheriff's detectives conducted an undercover operation and found that Britt was using the Internet to traffic and distribute child porn images.

Britt lives in Osceola County, so Polk County authorities handed the case over and deputies found at least 10 child porn images on computers and devices in Britt's home, officials said.

During an investigation, detectives learned Britt formerly worked for the Pensacola Police Department as a school resource officer and a patrol officer, officials said. He also was also a volunteer for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Florida and was affiliated with the Explorer Program, according to sheriff's officials.

Deputies said there currently is no evidence that any of the child images found on Britt's computers are related to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Florida.

Britt was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail, WKMG said.


FHP to Participate in National
'Drive Sober or Get Pulled
Over' Campaign Starting
This Weekend

TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT/FHP] -- The Florida Highway Patrol will participate in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign beginning Aug. 17 through Sept. 3. The Patrol will join thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation to remove impaired drivers from Florida's roadways in an effort to save lives.

"Impaired driving is one of America's most often committed and deadliest crimes," said FHP Director Col. David Brierton. "In an effort to get drunk and drugged drivers off the roads, FHP troopers will aggressively look for impaired drivers during the crackdown."

FHP offers tips to help you and your family arrive at your destination safely:

~ Observe and obey all speed limits.
~ Drive sober, and only sober.
~ Have a designated driver.
~ Buckle up.

The campaign coincides with the Labor Day holiday weekend, which begins Aug. 31 - Sept. 3. All uniformed FHP personnel, including those normally assigned to administrative duties, will patrol interstates and other major state roads during the four-day holiday period. FHP Auxiliary troopers also will volunteer to augment the Patrol during the holiday travel period. The Patrol aims to increase its presence throughout Florida in an effort to deter traffic violations and to enhance services to motorists who break down while traveling or who need other assistance. Please remember to dial *FHP (*347) from your cellphone to contact FHP to report an aggressive or impaired driver or to request roadside assistance.

Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over is a deterrence program with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness. For more information on the campaign, visit www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FDHSMV or find us on Facebook.


 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Murder in Palmetto During
Robbery Attempt; 16th
Homicide in 2012

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department is investigating a robbery during which one of the victims was shot and later died.


At 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, August 15th, several men were outside of their apartment in the 700 block of 14th Street West at the Oakridge Apartments when they were approached by at least 5 men. According to the victims, the men were armed with firearms.

During the course of the robbery, one of the victims was shot. He later died from his injury. The victim has been identified as 37-year-old Aureliano Quezado, of Bradenton.

The suspects were last seen running south from the scene to 13th Street West.

Lt. Scott Tyler, of the Palmetto Police Department, told NewsManatee the would-be robbers didn't get anything from the victims.

They are described as four younger Hispanic males, possibly in their late teens or early twenties. They were accompanied by a fifth man who appeared to be older, possibly in his 30’s. He had a stocky build and had a large tattoo on his right forearm. They got into a dark colored 4 door sedan, possibly gray in color. The vehicle was described as a late model Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis. It fled towards 8th Avenue West.

This is the 16th homicide overall in Manatee County in 2012. There have now been 12 homicides in unincorporated Manatee County, 2 in the City of Palmetto and 2 in the City of Bradenton.

Persons with information about this crime are asked to contact the Palmetto Police Department at 941-721-2000 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, , or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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


Man, 61, Arrested for Beating Up
Two Gay Neighbors; Evidence
of Hate Crime Reported


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested James Dickinson, 61, of Sunset Village Mobile Home Park, 3715 14th Street West, Bradenton.


James Dickinson

According to the arrest report, on Tuesday, August 14th, at about 9 a.m., two men who live together as partners in a committed relationship and who are known to Dickinson were walking their dog home from a friend's house near Dickinson's.

Their dog started to bark at a scooter rider.

Dickinson was inside his mobile home and started yelling at the two men, "Shut that f'ing dog up, you faggots!"

Dickinson then went outside and punched one of the men in the face and then struck him about his body.

The man grabbed Dickinson's shirt and shoved him back up into his doorway.

Dickinson came out of his doorway swinging and hit both men, knocking the first man to the ground.

While the first man was on the ground, the second man was trying to break things up.

Dickinson held the first man on the ground with his foot, the report said.

There were more names uttered by Dickinson, such as "queers," and then the parties separated.

The two men returned to their home a few trailers down from Dickinson's and called 911.

Dickinson was arrested and charged with Felony Battery/Hate Crime.

He posted a $1,500 bail bond the next day and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

On Wednesday, the manager of Sunset Village, Kim Goben, told NewsManatee, "We don't tolerate discrimination of any kind here."

[Ed. Note: NewsManatee is not naming the two men who Dickinson beat up for the sake of their privacy, even though they were named in the sheriff's report.]


Man Arrested for Beating Up
Girlfriend of One Month


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Richard Hasbrouck, 40, of the 2600 block of 23rd Street West, Bradenton.


Richard Hasbrouck

A sheriff's report said Richard and Stephanie Miley, 29, have lived together for over a month.

On Saturday, August 11th, after they got home from Clancy’s bar, they became involved in a verbal argument that turned physical.

Stephanie stated she was watching TV in the living room when Richard dragged her from the living room to their bedroom by her arm.

Once in the bedroom, Richard pushed her against the wall and began slapping her and punching her in the face/neck.

Stephanie covered her head but was eventually knocked to the ground.

She attempted to get up and leave after he hit her but he told her she was not allowed to get up.

She remained in the bedroom for the rest of the night because she did not feel she could leave or he would hurt her again.

Richard eventually left and Stephanie cleaned herself up.

After dispatch received a tip, Richard was located and arrested.

Richard was charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery and False Imprisonment of an adult.

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


Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for Threatening Motorists
with Handgun


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Sirness D. Stuarts, 19, of 4927 67th Street West, Bradenton.


Sirness Stuarts

The arrest report said on Sunday, August 12th, at about 2:45 a.m., motorists driving in the 5300 block of Cortez Road West reported a man waving a silver and black handgun at them.

Bradenton police located Stuarts inside the Walmart store at 5315 Cortez Road West.

When Officer Ramdath announced himself, Stuarts began to run out of the store.

Both Officer Ramdath and Officer Kelly yelled at him to stop, but he kept running until they all got outside the store.

A Manatee County Sheriff's Office K-9 Deputy and his dog stopped Stuarts from running any further.

Once Officer Kelly took Stuarts into custody, he located a black and silver 9mm handgun under his shirt. He also located a small bag of marijuana in Stuarts right pocket.

The serial numbers on the handgun had been scratched off, so it could not be identified. It was loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition, the BPD report said.

A criminal history check revealed that Stuarts was a convicted felon for Production and Sale of Narcotics.

Stuarts was charged with two counts of Possession of a Firearm/Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, Resisting Arrest without Violence and Possession of Marijuana.

Stuarts has bonded out of jail.


Sheriff: Woman, 25, Raped by
Three Black Males


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a case of sexual battery on Saturday, August 11th, at about 1 p.m., in the 5600 block of 9th Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the 25-year old unnamed victim was forced at gunpoint into a green 4-door vehicle containing three Black males.

The woman was taken to another location where she was sexually battered. The victim was then let go.

The suspects were described as two skinny Black males with gold teeth and multiple tattoos and a third short stocky Black male.

The investigation continues, Sgt. Rod Taylor reported.

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, , or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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



FHP: Man, 80, in Serious Condition
After Losing Control of Motorcycle


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a motorcycle accident on Wednesday, August 15th, at bout 9 a.m., on the I-75 exit ramp to eastbound State Road 70.

The FHP report said a 2004 Honda Goldwing, being driven by John H. Martens, 80, of Sarasota, was northbound on the exit ramp approaching a right curve in the roadway.

Martens failed to negotiate the curve and traveled off the northwest shoulder, where it overturned on its left side, ejecting Martens.

Martens was transported to Blake Medical Center in serious condition with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Martens was wearing a helmet at the time.

The FHP report said alcohol was not involved.

Martens was cited for Careless Driving, the report said.


SSO: Identification of Fraudulent
Check Suspect Needed


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s help to identify a man who deposited a fraudulent check at SunTrust bank, 6501 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.


Above, surveillance photos from SunTrust Bank
(Photos provided by SSO)

Surveillance cameras captured images of a man depositing the check on July 20, 2012.

The check was originally made out to the victim’s landlord, but when the check was presented at the bank it was made payable to someone else and the victim’s signature had been forged.

Anyone with information on the man in these photos is asked to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4922. Callers can also leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).


CCSO: Man Arrested for Threat
to Kill Mother After Smoking
K-2 Type Substance


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT} -- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Port Charlotte man after he threatened his mother after smoking incense (fake weed).


Antonio Campbell

Antonio Raymond Campbell, 19, 21254 Stillwater Avenue, was charged with felony Aggravated Assault and remains in the Charlotte County Jail. This is Campbell’s 17th booking.

Deputies responded Tuesday, August 14th, at 2:30 p.m. when Campbell’s mother called and said her son was tearing up their house.

The mother told deputies Campbell asked her to buy him incense but she refused.

Campbell then broke a glass table and stated, “I’m going to kill you if you call the police.”

His mother said he had already smoked incense earlier in the day and becomes very angry and violent when he’s under the influence of it.

As she turned away from him, Campbell picked up a glass vase and threw it at her; it narrowly missed her face.

Campbell continued screaming at her and breaking things in the home. He put his fist through multiple windows, knocked a large television off its stand, damaged two walls, and then fled from the home before deputies arrived.

A BOLO was issued and minutes later deputies located Campbell at Harbor Boulevard and Stillwater Avenue; he had small cuts on his right hand. Campbell refused to give a statement to deputies, was arrested, and transported to the County Jail.


Monster Burmese Python
Caught in Everglades


EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A Burmese python believed to be the largest ever found in Florida has been caught in the Everglades.


(Photo courtesy University of Florida)

The University of Florida said Monday that the 164.5-pound snake was 17 feet, 7 inches long and pregnant with 87 eggs.

It was caught Friday by a team searching for the invasive pythons in Everglades National Park.

The snake was euthanized and brought to the Florida Museum of Natural History for further study.

A biologist there says the snake is further evidence pythons are surviving in the Everglades despite efforts to stop them.

Thousands of pythons are believed to be lurking in the Everglades, and they've been found to kill and swallow animals as large as deer and alligators.

 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Man, Woman Attacked by
Two Men Trying to Collect
Debt; Both Men Still at Large

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is actively searching for Robert Siegrest, 52, and James Baez, 29, both of Bradenton.


Above, Robert Siegrest
(Prior mug shot)

A sheriff's report said on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at about 8:45 p.m., Rafael Abru was in his room at the Siesta Inn and Suites, 2303 1st Street, Bradenton, with the door open which looked out into the pool area.

His three children were just outside the room door playing in the grass when they were approached by James Baez. Baez asked the children where their father was and they pointed to the open door.

Baez had the children walk toward the room and, as they approached, Rafael saw them and saw an unknown object in James' hand. It turned out to be a machete.

Rafael had his children get into the room and attempted to close the door on James.

James stuck his arm into the door, along with the machete. Rafael closed the door on his arm and James started swinging the machete wildly yelling, "Where's my money?"

In fear of the machete hitting one of his children, Rafael grabbed the machete, which caused two deep lacerations on his thumb and ring finger.

The fight eventually fell out into the grass area where Rafael was able to start getting the best of James.

As Rafael was on top James, Robert who is James’ friend, grabbed Rafael from behind and tried to pull Rafael off of James.

Amanda Toole, who is Rafael’s girlfriend and mother of his children, tried to help him and was punched in the face by Robert. Amanda called 911 but Robert grabbed the phone from her hand.

Robert and James both fled in an older model blue Cadillac.

Rafael said he knows James and Robert and did borrow money from James after he lost his job.

Rafael was transported to the hospital due to no feeling in his thumb.

A mug shot of James Baez was not available.

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, , or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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


Sheriff's K-9 Credited for
Apprehending Burglar


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Michael Wayne Bancs, 44, of Bradenton.


Above, Michael Bancs and MSO K-9 Nitro

A sheriff's report said on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at about 9:15 a.m., MSO responded to an alarm at 1806 Marilyn Avenue.

Upon arrival, the rear door was found pried, but without entry and no suspect was located.

Then, at 9:28 a.m., MSO responded to a suspicious person in the area of 2316 Amherst Avenue.

Upon arrival, it was determined a burglary had occurred there and a perimeter was set.

MSO K-9 Deputy Kruse and his K-9 Nitro and the sheriff's helicopter had both responded, and the track was begun. The track led to 6408 Wellesley Drive where the back window was found pried out and a screwdriver inside on the floor. The pry marks were consistent with location 1. That residence was cleared, and no one was found within.

K-9 Dep. Kruse continued the track from the back window of location 3, directly to the car port of
6412 Wellesley Drive.

Bancs was found hiding within the attached carport shed of that occupied residence. He was arrested for the occupied burglary there.

Bancs was subsequently identified as the same person who burglarized location 2. Bancs was
also charged with that burglary.

Bancs was found to be on felony probation for Grand Theft Auto and Fleeing to Elude. He was additionally charged with Violation of Probation.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail without bail at this time.


Man Arrested for Burglary, Assault,
2 Counts of Criminal Mischief


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dwight Cherry, 26, of 2748 Church Avenue, Sarasota.


Dwight Cherry

According to the arrest report, on August 4, 2012, at about 3:50 a.m., Dep. Brian Beck was called to an apartment in the 4300 block of 18th Street West, Bradenton, regarding a domestic disturbance.

Upon entering the apartment, Dep. Beck observed several broken glass items and a small plastic fish tank on the floor in the living room area. In the bedroom area, a large television was screen down on the floor, but not damaged. The dresser was moved from its original location with all the drawers open. A wooden candle holder was in pieces and the electrical socket was cracked in half and torn from the wall. There was also one dead fish and one live fish that had been placed in the bathroom sink.

Dep. Beck made contact with both victims, Danielle Phillips and Wendell Rainey.

Danielle and Cherry have one child in common and do not live together, Dep. Beck learned. The child was not present during the incident.

Danielle told Dep. Beck that Cherry was never invited in and forced his way into the residence, armed with a knife. once inside the residence, Cherry additionally armed himself by obtaining another knife from the kitchen area. That knife was left at the scene and collected as evidence.

Cherry shoved Danielle to the floor before leaving. Both victims said they were in fear of being cut by the knife.

Rainey told Dep. Beck that he was present during the forced entry and while the property was being destroyed.

Danielle said Cherry had become violent with her before, three months ago, during an argument.

Outside, Dep. Beck observed that Rainey's rear driver's side tire and Danielle's front drier side tire had become deflated and had cuts about 1.5 inches in length.

Cherry was located on Thursday, August 9th, and arrested.

He was charged with Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Domestic Assault, Domestic Battery, Burglary to a Dwelling (Is or Becomes Armed), and two counts of Criminal Mischief Property Damage.

He later posted a bail bond of $18,000 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Arrested for Domestic Battery,
False Imprisonment, More


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Mark Czechowski, 40, of 517 45th Street East, Palmetto.


Mark Czechowski

A sheriff's report said Jody Newbanks Mark are girlfriend/boyfriend who live together as a family.

On Wednesday, August 8, 2012, they had a verbal altercation earlier in the evening, which deputies responded to.

Upon their arrival, Mark was gone, and Jody stated that the altercation was verbal only.

Jody later called back to report a second incident and stated that when she returned home, Mark had been waiting. He pulled her inside as she came to the door and grabbed her cell phone from her hands.

He then dragged her to the bedroom and pinned her down on the bed. He refused to let her get up or leave.

After about 10 minutes of fighting with him, Jody was able to get away. She grabbed her cell phone and fled the residence.

Upon arrival of deputies the second time at about 11:15 p.m., they located Mark.

He was arrested and transported to the county jail.

Jody had no visible injures and did not request medical attention.

Mark was charged with False Imprisonment of an Adult, Domestic Battery and Hindering Communications.

He later posted a bail bond of $11,000 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Manatee Sheriff's Undercover Cops
Arrest 4 Women for Prostitution
Over 3-Day Period


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Tina L. Smoot, 45, of the 100 block of 12th Street Court East, Palmetto, Lisa Hurt, 36, of no known address, Bradenton, Misty O'Laughlin, 28, of the 800 block of 9th Street West, Bradenton, and Jenny Marie Hill, 27, of the 7200 block of North Tamiami Trail, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Tina Smoot, Lisa Hurt, Misty O'Laughlin and Jenny Hill

The arrest reports for all four women detailed undercover operations from Tuesday, August 7, 2012, until Thursday, August 9, 2012.

The reports state that undercover detectives attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit were patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as "Johns" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

At about 9 p.m. on August 7th, a U/C detective spotted Smoot in the 600 block of 25th Street East. He made contact and after a brief conversation, Smoot offered the detective oral sex for $20. She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution. A search after her arrest produced a crack pipe in her pocket and another in a cigarette pack. She was additionally charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. According to the sheriff's website, she was released without bail from the Manatee County Jail.

Then, at about 10 p.m. on August 8th, a U/C detective spotted Hurt standing at 14th Street West and 26th Avenue West. He made contact and after a brief conversation, Hurt agreed to have anal sex for $40. She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution. She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $120.

At about 5:35 on August 9th, a U/C detective spotted O'Laughlin in the 2300 block of 14th Street West. He made contact and after a brief conversation, O'Laughlin agreed to perform oral sex on the detective for $30. She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution. She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $120.


Bradenton Police Arrest Two
for Prostitution


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Shanacqua Saunders, 30, of the 1800 block of 14th Street West, and Leah Ferraro, 18, of the 2800 block of 13th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Leah Ferraro and Shanacqua Saunders

The arrest reports state on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, the Bradenton Police Department conducted an operation targeting the illegal act of prostitution.

At about 5:15 p.m., an undercover officer spotted Ferraro in the 2400 block of 13th Street West, which is a known location for prostitution. He made contact and after a brief conversation, Ferraro agreed to give the U/C detective oral sex for $50. She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution. She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $120.

Then, at about 6 p.m., an undercover officer spotted Saunders in the 2600 block of 13th Street West. he made contact and after a brief conversation, Saunders agreed to give the U/C officer oral sex for $20. She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution. A search of Saunders' backpack revealed a crack pipe. She was additionally charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She remains in the Manatee County Jail in lieu of a bail bond of $240.


MSO Assists BPD with K-9,
Man Found Hiding by Dog


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Saturday, August 11, 2012, at about 5:30 p.m., the Manatee County Sheriff's Office responded to assist the Bradenton Police Department with a violent retail theft suspect.


Above, MSO K-9 Frankie

The suspect, later identified as Charles Chrenko, 48, had fled on foot after resisting Bealls loss prevention at 6350 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton.

Deputies searched the area.

K-9 Deputy Bertolino located a house the suspect was in at the 100 block of 65th Street NW.

K9 Frankie located the suspect hiding in a back bedroom and apprehended him.

The charges against Chrenko are unknown at this time.


Sheriff: Attempted Murder
Suspect Sentenced


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube announced Friday that Chrisshawn Arrington, 19, has been sentenced to Life in prison for the Attempted Murder of Marquis T Dorsey.


Chrisshawn Arrington

On 6/13/2011 deputies responded to a shooting at 4th Ave and 25th Street East, Palmetto.

Marquis T. Dorsey stated that he was driving and stopped at the intersection when Chrisshawn Arrington and Carmon Mosley, 18, approached his car and asked him for a ride. They then shot at Dorsey, striking him several times. The suspects later fled the scene.

On 8/8/2011 detectives located and arrested Carmon Mosley. Chrisshawn Arrington turned himself in on 08/24/2011.

On 4/20/2012 Mosley was acquitted after the courts determined that Dorsey could not positively identify Mosley as one of the shooters. Then on 6/13/2012 Arrington was found guilty of 1st Degree Attempted Murder. He received a life sentence on 8/7/2012.

Christian Arrington is suspected of contributing to numerous violent crimes over the last several years, according to the press release from Randy Warren, a Public Information Officer for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.


Man Lured Into Ambush, Bound,
Held in House, Robbed, Truck
Stolen After Liaison with Woman


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a case of Robbery, False Imprisonment and Grand Theft Auto on Friday, August 10, 2012, at about 12:30 a.m., in the 500 block of 28th Avenue West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said Erik Platero, 30, was at Amscot, located at 3611 1st Street East, Bradenton, when he was approached by a skinny White female.

They made a deal for sex and he voluntarily went with the woman to a residence in the 500 block of 28th Avenue West.

When they arrived at the residence, there were two White males standing in the driveway.

Platero and the woman went inside the residence and completed the sex deal for $30.

Platero then noticed that his cell phone was missing.

He started checking the living room, when a Black male and a White female entered the house.

The Black male put the victim in a choke hold and held a knife to Platero’s neck. The Black male forced Platero to sit on the couch; his hands were bound with a belt and he was blindfolded.

Platero said the females went through his pockets and took his cell phone, wallet containing cash and his bank card.

Platero said they held him in the house for about ten minutes before escorting him outside.

The Black male then walked Platero to 28th Avenue and 1st Street West where he was released and told to leave and not call the cops.

The two White males stole Platero’s truck and left and in an unknown direction.

The culprits were described as: a White female with dark, shoulder length hair, 5'10" tall, 140 pounds, wearing a pink and white dress; a heavy set White female, with a possible name of Jessica, 5'06" tall, dirty blonde hair; two White males with tattoos on their chests; and a Black male, 5'09"-5'10" tall, medium build, 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, , or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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


Deputies Arrest Unlicensed
15-Year-Old Girl for Grand
Theft Auto, Fleeing to Elude,
Damage to MSO Patrol Cruiser


MANATEE COUTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 15-year-old girl, identified in the report only as "I.W."

The sheriff's report said on August 10th, 2012, 15-year-old juvenile female I.W. stole the Catherine Pompey's Acura SUV from 5310 26th Street West.

At around 1 a.m., I.W. allegedly ran into another motorist along Cortez Road near 5th Street west.

She then fled from that motorist, who gave chase.

An MSO deputy observed the two cars head south on 5th Street west, engaged in this apparent chase of one another. He conducted a traffic stop on the pair at Orlando Ave and 5th Street.

As he exited his car, The Acura backed up into his patrol car, and then fled south.

Units close by picked up on the vehicle as it fled westbound at a very high rate of speed and in a reckless manner on 53rd Avenue. The decision was made to terminate the chase.

The SUV was located minutes later, with the driver absent.

Through subsequent investigation, the driver, I.W., who is unlicensed was located and arrested.

There were no injuries and the damage to the patrol car was estimated at $2000.

I.W. was delivered to the juvenile booking facility.


Non-Ambulatory Man Robbed
by Alleged Friend


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a robbery on Saturday, August 11th, 2012, at about 2:20 p.m., at a residence in the 700 block of 60th Avenue Terrace West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victim, Joseph Ryder, 53, who is confined to a chair/bed, was falling to sleep.

The suspect, Sean Sanders, 35, who is known to the victim and was invited into the home, jumped on top of the victim and grabbed the wallet out of the victim's pocket.

The suspect fled from the home on a bike towards 14th St W.

Joseph was not injured.

The wallet contained $60 and the victim’s debit card that the suspect knows the pin number to.

The suspect was not located.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at (941) 747-3011 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, , or text MCSTIPS plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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


SSO: Two Arrested for Using
Fake Credit Cards; Ask for
Other Victims


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men who were using fraudulent credit cards to buy gift cards and other items throughout Siesta Key Village.


Above, L to R, George Dale and Charles Poupart

In June, George Dale, 42, no known local address, purchased a $200 gift card from the Siesta Key Oyster Bar. The following night, he rang up a bill of $271.79. He paid for both with what managers later learned to be a fraudulent credit card.

Last night, Dale returned to SKOB and tried to pay his bill with the previously purchased gift card but it was declined. He instead paid with a debit card and left the restaurant.as the manager called deputies. Dale and Charles Poupart, 34, of Port Orchard, Washington, were located at Gilligan’s where they had purchased a $50 gift card and paid a $70 beverage tab using the same debit card just used at SKOB.

All totaled, the men had seven debit cards believed to be fraudulent, as well as two gift cards purchased with the fraudulent cards. Dale is charged with Forgery of a Credit Card and Grand Theft. Poupart is charged with Forgery of a Credit Card.

Detectives believe the men may have used these fraudulent credit cards at other area businesses.

Anyone who believes they also suffered losses from transactions with Dale and Poupart can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 861-5800 to file a report.


CCSO: Man Arrested at Walmart
with 19 Altered Credit Cards,
Card Equipment, Skimmer


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested a man Wednesday who had 19 altered credit cards, several gift cards, credit card making equipment, and a skimming device in his pickup. Purchases were made at Walmart stores in Venice and Sarasota prior to his being arrested at the Englewood Walmart.


Carlon Davis

Arrested was Carlon Denard Davis, 36, 1264 Myopia Hunt Drive, Auburndale, Florida.

Walmart security called CCSO at 3 p.m. suspecting a customer made 10 suspicious credit card purchases with 10 different Discovery Cards in the store amounting to $1,540. Security followed Davis out to his Ford pickup and obtained a detailed description of the vehicle and license number. As deputies arrived, Davis was pulling out of the parking lot and a traffic stop was made.

Economic Crimes Unit detectives were called and a search of Davis’ pickup found the equipment plus several gift cards, and receipts for items purchased earlier from the two Sarasota County Walmart stores. The 19 credit cards found were checked and all were found to have been re-encoded with different banks and account numbers.

Davis was transported to the Charlotte County Jail on six felony charges of Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards, Forgery of Credit Cards, Use of a Scanning Device, Possession of Credit Card Making Equipment, and Grand Theft.

He remains in jail on no bond due to numerous felony convictions in other Florida counties.


Police Arrest Man in Standoff
at Winter Park Cemetery

WINTER PARK, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Police have arrested an armed man who was in a standoff with authorities at a Winter Park cemetery, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Daniel Austin

The standoff began around noon Friday at Glen Haven Memorial Park on Temple Drive in Winter Park. Winter Park police said they were called to the Glenhaven Cemetery on Temple Drive after a person threatened to commit suicide and that shots were fired.

When officer arrived, they said they found Daniel Austin, 38, armed with a Glock semi-automatic handgun. Austin surrendered to negotiators at around 1:35 p.m. He has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer for pointing his firearm at a responding officer.

No one was injured in the shooting, police said.
Residents in the area were alerted of the situation via reverse 911 calls, WKMG said.


RECALL ALERT: GE Recalls
Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard
After 15 Reports, Including Fires

WASHINGTON, D.C. [NMT/USPSC] -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: GE, GE Adora(tm), GE Eterna(tm), GE Profile(tm) and Hotpoint(r), Dishwashers

Units: About 1.3 million in the United States

Manufacturer: GE Appliances, of Louisville, Ky.

Hazard: An electrical failure in the dishwasher's heating element can pose a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: GE has received 15 reports of dishwasher heating element failures, including seven reports of fires, three of which caused extensive property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint brand dishwashers. They were sold in black, white, bisque, stainless steel and CleanSteel(tm) exterior colors and finishes. The model and serial numbers can be found on a metallic plate located on the left tub wall visible when the door is opened. Model and serial numbers will start with one of the following sequences:

Brands GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile, Hotpoint

Model Number Begins With (except Hotpoint): GLC4, GLD4, GLD5, GLD6, GSD61, GSD62, GSD63, GSD66, GSD67, GSD69, GLDL, PDW7, PDWF7, EDW4, EDW5, EDW6, GHD4, GHD5, GHD6, GHDA4, GHDA6

Model Number Begins With (Hotpoint): HLD4

Serial Number Begins With: FL, GL, HL, LL, ML, VL, ZL, AM, DM, FM, GM, HM, LM, MM, RM, SM, TM, VM, ZM, AR, DR, FR, GR

Sold at: Appliance dealers, authorized builder distributors and other stores nationwide from March 2006 through August 2009 for between $350 and $850.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers, disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it and inform all users of the dishwasher about the risk of fire. For all dishwashers, contact GE for a free in-home repair or to receive a GE rebate of $75 towards the purchase of a new GE front-control plastic tub dishwasher, or a rebate of $100 towards the purchase of a new GE front-control stainless tub dishwasher or GE Profile top control dishwasher. Consumers should not return the recalled dishwashers to the retailer where they purchased as retailers are not prepared to take the units back.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact GE toll-free at (866) 918-8760 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.geappliances.com/recall

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12244.html


 

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