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Local/State News for week ending 8/25/2012

Bradenton Police Arrest Man
on Three Counts of Animal
Cruelty, Obstruction

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Paynewjuan Davis, 35, of 1919 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Paynewjuan Davis

According to the arrest report, on Tuesday, August 21st, at about 1 p.m., a Bradenton Police Officer was flagged down by a witness who said she had observed a dog in a cage without any water or proper shelter. The witness said the dog had been out in the sun since about 9 a.m. She showed the officer where the dog was located at the above address.

The officer observed a brown and white put bull in a cage that just fit the animal standing. The dog was panting heavily and also was injured; he was limping in the cage. The officer observed the dog had no water and was in the direct sunlight and had no shading while it was in its cage and was not able to move to shade. The cage was also sitting over a concrete surface. The dog had fresh wounds on his eyes, lips, neck, and both front legs were swollen, the report said.

The officer also observed another dog and a puppy that appeared to also be pit bulls. The larger dog had fresh wounds on the top left of his head and left side of his jaw; there was blood coming from both wounds and it had scarring all over his head and front legs. There was no proper shelter for either of the two other dogs and no water. Both animals were panting heavily and were trying to go under the neighboring business for shelter.

Animal control was called to remove the dogs.

The officer attempted several times to make contact with the business owner by knocking on the front and side doors, to no avail. Finally, the owner, later identified as Davis, exited the rear door where the dog cage was located. He was asked if the dogs were his and he said "yes" and that "the dog had been in its cage since last night."

Davis would not listen to what law enforcement and animal control were trying to explain to him and he went back inside. The officer requested Davis' identification several times, but he refused to provide it. Davis became belligerent and continued to refuse to identify himself.

He was arrested for Obstruction and three counts of Animal Cruelty.

Back at the Bradenton Police Station, Davis said the dog in the cage is aggressive and fights with the other large dog, which is his brother. That's why he put the dog in the cage, he said.

He also said he had not provided medical attention to either animal.

Davis later posted a bail bond of $1,110 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man, 72, Arrested for Lewd
or Lascivious Conduct
Against Girl, 8


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Thomas Edward Fenton, 72, of 4612 21st Avenue West, Bradenton.


Thomas Fenton

The arrest report said on an unknown date, Fenton kissed an 8-year-old girl on the mouth.

She told her parents that on more than one occasion he put his tongue in her mouth.

She said Fenton told her not to tell anyone or he would get in trouble.

When Fenton was confronted with the allegations, he said he "did not recall that" happening.

When asked why the girl would say that he stuck his tongue in her mouth, Fenton said, "It must have happened."

He then said, "But there is no touching or anything else."

Fenton refused to answer any further questions.

The girl was known to Fenton.

He was arrested and charged with Lewd or Lascivious Conduct Against a Minor.

He was later released after posting a bail bond of $50,000.

According to the sheriff's website, Fenton has numerous other unrelated charges on his record.


Man, 59, Charged with 109
Counts of Possession of
Child Pornography

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Robert Conder, 59, of Bradenton.


Robert Conder

The arrest report said during the course of a related investigation, the sheriff's office received information that Conder was in possession of child pornography, which included images of young girls performing oral sex on adult males.

On December 30, 2011, a search warrant was executed at Conder's home. Subsequent to the execution of the warrant, at last 109 images of child pornography of the type listed above were located on Conder's computers. There were other images of young children being sexually battered and screaming.

During a recorded post-Miranda interview with Conder regarding these images, he admitted that he downloaded them to his computer out of curiosity, visiting at least 100 child pornography web sites. He said he knew that it was illegal to possess these images and that it was stupidity that he did it.

Conder was arrested on August 21, 2012, and charged with 109 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $370,000.


Computers Stolen from West
Coast Christian Academy


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a burglary at West Coast Christian Academy, 1112 49th Avenue East, Bradenton, on Thursday, August 22nd, or Friday, August 23rd, between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

A sheriff's report said unknown suspect(s) entered the fenced school property and broke out the locked rear office window.

The suspect(s) entered the school and went to the office closet.

There they stole computer equipment from within.

It appears they exited the way they entered, with the stolen property, the report said.

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

 

Tampa Woman Dies in I-75
Crash; Struck by Tanker

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal collision between a pedestrian and a tanker on Thursday, August 23rd, at about 3:00 a.m., on I-75 southbound, just north of University Parkway.

The FHP report said Rebecca J. Brown, 36, of Tampa, was southbound on I-75 in the right lane approaching University Parkway in her 2007 BMW.

The BMW apparently had spun off the roadway onto the west shoulder and was stuck in the ditch there.

Brown exited her vehicle and was standing on the edge of the southbound lane when she was struck by a tanker truck being driven by Curt M. Lux, 60, of Port Richey, Florida.

Brown was thrown southwest onto the grassy shoulder. She died at the scene.

Charges are pending against Lux, FHP reported.


SPD: Arrest for Lewd or Lascivious
Battery & Impregnation of a Child

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Henry Tyrone Cokley III, a.k.a. Henry Keno, 29, was arrested by the Sarasota Police Department on August 22nd for Lewd or Lascivious Battery and Impregnation of a Child.


Henry Cokley III

A press release from SPD said on July 17th the victim’s mother came to the front desk of the Sarasota Police Department to report that her 14-year-old daughter gave birth to a baby on June 24th. The victim’s mother advised that the father of the baby is Henry Keno and that he is 30 years old.

The case was assigned to Detective Buck for investigation. Detective Buck developed probable cause to arrest Henry Tyrone Cokley, aka Henry Keno for two criminal charges.

1. Lewd or Lascivious Battery – A person who engages in sexual activity with a person 12 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age.

2. Impregnation of a Child – A person 21 years of age or older who impregnates a child under 16 years of age commits an act of child abuse which constitutes a felony of the third degree. Neither the victim’s lack of chastity nor victim’s consent is a defense to the crime.

Cokley is being held in the Sarasota County Jail without bond. His criminal history includes arrests on more than 80 previous criminal charges, 30 previous convictions including 17 felony convictions, Capt. Paul Sutton said in the press release.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Buck at 941-954-7067.


CCSO: Help Asked ID'ing
Two Young Bike Thieves


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies are asking the public for help in identifying two young men caught on camera in the act of stealing a three-wheel bicycle (tricycle) and a two-wheel bicycle from Villa San Carlos II apartment complex in Port Charlotte.


Deputies obtained photos (see above) from a security camera that shows two males, believed to be in their late teens or early 20’s, using bolt cutters to cut locks off the secured bikes in a bicycle rack at 2550 Easy Street. The thefts were reported at 8 a.m. on Aug. 18. The bright blue Trail Mate three-wheel bike with basket on front and back, and the blue bicycle with a cover, were stolen.

Deputies say there have been several other three-wheel bicycle thefts that occurred since July 19 in surrounding areas east of the Promenades mall. Three-wheel bikes reported stolen were from 2550 Easy Street, 2500 Aaron Street, 21576 Kenyon Avenue, 22469 Nyack Avenue, and 22043 Hernando Avenue.

If anyone has information about the identification of these two young bicycle thieves, please call CCSO Corporal Jennifer Starowesky at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


Police: Man Recorded Woman
Trying on Bikini at Target


LEESBURG, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A 34-year-old man was arrested in Leesburg on suspicion of recording video of a woman changing clothes inside a Target dressing room, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Bryan Thomas Drey, of Leesburg, was Tuesday arrested on a charge of video voyeurism.

According to Leesburg police, a woman was trying on some dresses and bikinis when she noticed a device holding what appeared to be a camera coming from a rectangular hole leading to the adjacent fitting room.

The woman tried to grab the device, but it was pulled back into the other fitting room, police said.

The woman got dressed and alerted an employee, police said. A loss prevention officer then found the man, later identified as Drey, inside the fitting room, police said.

Drey initially told officers that he did not record the woman, but he later confessed after two devices with cameras were found behind a mirror in the fitting room, Leesburg police said.

Drey also admitted to recording other women on several occasions during the last year, police said.

Drey was arrested and taken to the Lake County Jail, where he was released on $2,000 bond, WKMG said.



 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Suspect in Murder of Ruben Harris
in April of 2012 Arrested
in New York City

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Wednesday, August 22, 2012, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Earl Scott, 32, who was wanted in connection with the murder of Ruben Harris on April 30, 2012, at the Shell gas station located at 836 301 Blvd. East, Bradenton.


Above, Earl Scott
(Prior mug shot)

Scott was arrested on Wednesday in New York City by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

As NewsManatee previously reported, on April 30th deputies were dispatched to the Shell gas station at about 3:20 a.m.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they discovered the deceased victim, Ruben Harris, 29 years old.


Above, DaVinci's Nightclub, 105 Cortez Road West
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

Subsequent investigation revealed that prior to the shooting, Harris may have been involved in an altercation over a female with Earl Scott in the parking lot of DaVinci’s Nightclub at 105 Cortez Road West.

Detectives believe Scott then followed Harris to the gas station and fatally shot him.

On May 7th of this year, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Earl Scott on charges of Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

At this time, it is unknown when Scott will be returned to Manatee County.

Upon his return, Scott will be booked into the Manatee County Jail, likely without a bail bond.

Harris' murder was the 9th homicide in Manatee County in 2012.


Woman Arrested in Connection
with Two Walmart Robbery
Attempts in July


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- On Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office arrested Samantha Dell, 20, of Bradenton, and charged her with two counts of Attempted Armed Robbery in connection with two incidents that occurred on July 31, 2012.


Above, Samantha Dell and surveillance photo

As NewsManatee previously reported, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office was actively searching for a woman and her accomplice involved in an attempted robbery at the new Walmart store in Lakewood Ranch, located at 5810 Ranch Lake Blvd., Bradenton, and the attempted robbery of the Walmart store located at 2911 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said shortly after midnight on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, a White female entered the new Walmart and approached the cashier, implying that she was armed, and demanded money.

The cashier was unable to open the register and the woman fled into a waiting vehicle driven by an accomplice.

No money was taken and nobody was injured.

Then, on Tuesday, at 1 a.m., the same woman attempted to rob the Walmart store on State Road 70, with similar results. The clerk was unable to open the register and the woman fled to the waiting vehicle.

The vehicle was described by witnesses and video surveillance as a silver 4-door sedan.

Dell remains in the Manatee County Jail at this time.

Her accomplice has not yet been arrested.

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.



Two Burglars Captured Leaving
Scene of Burglary


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jody D. Young, 29, and Sammy E. Balsinger, 46, both of Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Jody Young and Sammy Balsinger

A sheriff's report said on Wednesday, August 22nd, at about 1:45 a.m., deputies were called to Golf Lakes Mobile Home Park, 5050 5th Street East, Bradenton, by an observant citizen who saw two men exiting a truck parked in front of an abandoned mobile home.

The pair took two ladders to the rear of the homes where a large 9-foot high concrete wall divides two mobile home parks.

When deputies arrived, they found both ladders were then on the opposite side of the wall.

A male subject then came over the wall, not aware of the waiting deputies, and was detained once he landed on the ground.

A second male was observed jumping off the ladders and fleeing on the opposite side of the wall.

A deputy scaled the wall and quickly apprehended the second suspect.

At the base of the ladders, multiple lawn maintenance items, such as gas blowers, edgers, etc., were found.

It was determined the pair had removed the tools from inside the Golf Lakes maintenance building.

All of the stolen items were returned to the business and both men were taken to jail.

They were each charged with Burglary to a Structure, and Possession of Burglary Tools. Young was additionally charged with Resisting Arrest without Violence.

Young remains in the Manatee County Jail at this time on a bail bond of $9,000. Balsinger remains in jail on a bail bond of $8,250.


Man Arrested for Sexual
Battery at Bus Stop

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Dameon Henry, 35, of 1204 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Dameon Henry

The arrest report from BPD said on Monday, August 20th, at about 1:30 a.m., Dameon pulled his pants down and continuously showed the adult victim his penis while sitting at a bus stop in Bradenton. The location was not disclosed in the report.

The unnamed victim told Dameon that she did not want to see his penis.

Dameon then forcefully kissed the victim, straddling her while he kissed her.

The victim told Dameon that she did not want to be kissed and attempted to push him away because he continued to be forceful.

Dameon then went under the victim's shirt and began sucking on her breasts. She was able to push him away.

Then Dameon demanded that she masturbate him, which she did out of fear because of Dameon's physical size. He forced her back by pushing on her shoulders.

The victim was later interviewed at the Bradenton Police Station, where she gave essentially the same information to a sergeant that she told the responding officer.

Dameon was arrested and charged with Sexual Battery with Force.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $50,000.


Man Arrested for Attempted
Purchase of Kilo of Cocaine;
Other Drugs Found


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Soloman Soliman, 36, of 908 Hubbel Road, Bradenton.


Soloman Soliman

According to the arrest report from the Bradenton Police Department, Soloman had indicated to a BPD Confidential Source (CS) the desire to purchase a kilo of cocaine for $30,000, but could only pay $15 grand up front and the rest in a few days.

The CS brought Soloman's desire to BPD. BPD recorded phone calls between the CS and Soloman.

On Sunday, August 19th, the CS, while being monitored by BPD Officers, went to the BP gas station, 2790 Manatee Avenue East, where Soloman was employed.

After Soloman showed the CS the $15 grand, the CS walked back to the undercover vehicle to retrieve the fake package of cocaine and gave detectives the bust signal.

Detectives moved in and took Soloman into custody.

Subsequent to Soloman's arrest, a search of the gas station revealed the $15 grand behind the glass on the store's counter in two brown paper bags. Next to the bags was a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun with a laser sight. There was also a black briefcase that contained .5 grams of crack cocaine, 44 grams of marijuana, 2 grams of powder cocaine, 22 Alprazolam pills (Xanax), 2 bags of masrijuana weighing 11 grams and 58.7 grams of methadone.

In two vehicles owned by Soloman at the gas station, officers found 41.4 grams of marijuana in one and .1 grams of crack cocaine in the other.

Soloman was charged with Solicitation to Purchase Over 500 Grams of Cocaine, two counts of Possession of Rock Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana Over 20 Grams, Possession of Xanax, Possession of Methadone and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

He was later released from the Manatee County Jail after posting a combined bail bond of $13,500.


Burglary, Theft of Wire
from Cell Tower Reported


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a burglary to a cell tower site located at 8210 Linger Lodge Road, Bradenton. The cell tower services AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

A sheriff's report said some time during the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 22nd, unknown person(s) entered the cell tower site by cutting a small hole in the fence.

Once inside, person(s) then started cutting ground wires to all the equipment and buildings. Person(s) cut the power to the site by cutting wires in main power breaker boxes outside the fence. Person (s) also disabled a generator unit. All junction boxes that could be opened were opened.

Person(s) pried on a door of one of the buildings but was unable to make entry.

Person(s) then left through a larger hole cut in fence.

Deputies noticed that just before the gate a tandem rear-wheeled vehicle was parked down in front of the site. It appeared to be fresh tire prints.

The amount of theft and damage was extensive.

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.


Palma Sola Burglary Reported
by Manatee Sheriff's Office


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a burglary to a residence in the 700 block of Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said sometime between August 14th and the 21st, person or persons unknown forced entry into the home located at 705 Palma Sola Blvd.

Unknown items were removed and the suspect or suspects left in an unknown direction by unknown means.

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: Silver Alert Issued for
Missing 85-Year-Old man
with Dementia


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance in locating a missing 85-year-old with dementia.


Above, Newton Whidden

Newton Humprey Whidden's last contact was when he phoned a friend around 10 p.m. on Monday, August 20th.

His phone was later found at the Siesta Key Pharmacy.

A place Mr. Whidden might visit is a cemetery near Horse Creek in Desoto County.

A Silver Alert has been issued.

Whidden is described as being 5'9" tall, 130 pounds, gray hair, hazel eyes, possibly wearing a long sleeve plaid shirt and grown or gold pants.

He is possibly driving a white 2000 Dodge Carvan with Florida license tag number A183XI.

Anyone with information on this case should call 911 or 941-316-1201


Man on Bike Crashes into Detective;
Was Fleeing with Stolen TV


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man who stole a television in a box from the Port Charlotte Walmart and fled with it on his bicycle. He was arrested when he crashed into the back of a detective’s vehicle.


Jonathan Fontaine

Arrested for Retail Theft and Resisting an Officer was Jonathan Ryan Fontaine, 32, 21247 Coulton Avenue, Port Charlotte.

Walmart security called CCSO at 3 p.m. Tuesday after a man stole the 32-inch TV, exited the store, and drove off with it on his bicycle.

CCSO Communications broadcast the information and a few minutes later, two detectives responding to another incident observed Fontaine with the TV on his bicycle at U.S. 41 and Midway Boulevard. One detective drove ahead of Fontaine and the other got out of his car and on foot tried to stop Fontaine.

When Fontaine turned around to look at the detective chasing him, he was not paying attention, and slammed into the rear of the other detective’s vehicle at 20155 Albury Drive. Fountaine hit his head when he crashed into the car; he was checked out by EMS and medically cleared.

Walmart security arrived and positively identified Fontaine as the man in the store who stole the TV and fled with it on a bicycle.

Fontaine was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on $2,000 bond. His bicycle was impounded by CCSO.


Topless Babysitter Found
Lying in Parking Lot


MELBOURNE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A topless babysitter found lying in a hotel parking lot faces charges after Melbourne police said she failed to watch over a 5-year-old boy whose mother had gone gambling, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Stacey Kerres

Stacey Kerres, 47, of Fort Pierce, was charged with child neglect after Melbourne police were called to investigate reports of a child found alone for nearly an hour late Thursday in the River Palm Hotel, 420 S. Harbor City Blvd.

Police talked to the child, who was sitting with the hotel staff playing a video game, told them his mother had gone to the “casino” and that she left him with a woman named Stacey. The child also indicated the woman was routinely put in charge of watching him, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.

Police searched the property and found Kerres, identified with a dagger and rose ankle tattoo, lying topless in the middle of the parking lot, not far from the room where the boy was staying, police reports show.

Kerres, who police said appeared lethargic and incoherent as she struggled to talk, managed to tell the patrol officers that the child’s mother had gone gambling, adding, “I don’t even know where (the boy) is right now,” reports show.

Police booked Kerres into the Brevard County Jail Complex and searched unsuccessfully for the mother before turning the case over to the Department of Children and Families.

Kerres, ordered by a judge to have no further contact with the child pending the outcome of the case, will have a Sept. 18 hearing on the charges.


 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Man, 38, Found Dead Sunday;
17th Homicide of 2012 Overall,
3rd in the City of Bradenton

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department is investigating the death of a man whose body was found in his second floor apartment on Sunday, August 19, 2012.


Above, 2207 9th Street West, Bradenton
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

According to a report, the decomposing body of Eric Span, 38, was found in his apartment in the 2200 block of 9th Street West, Bradenton.


(Prior mug shot)

On Tuesday, BPD Lt. John Affolter told NewsManatee, "Bradenton Police responded to 2207 9th Street West at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 19th, where the landlord advised he had discovered the deceased. Eric Span was pronounced dead at the scene. The death is being investigated as a homicide."

Lt. Affolter said, "the cause of death is not being released at this time."

However, the Bradenton Herald reported Span had been shot in the head, according to one of Span's sisters.

The state of decomposition of the body indicated Span had been dead for several days.

NewsManatee's Heather Chadwick reported the strong odor of decomposition lingered in the air on Monday. A mattress and other items had been placed in a nearby dumpster, Chadwick said.

The Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of Span's death. Results are expected in 4-6 weeks.

Lt. Affolter said police have no suspects at this time.

Span lived with a woman and her children in the apartment. She was reportedly out of town at the time, the Herald said, which explains why Span's body wasn't discovered until Sunday.

According to Manatee County court records, Span was in the process of getting a divorce from Camara Mosley. The court records also show Span had been arrested on numerous occasions for domestic violence involving Mosley.

This is the 17th homicide of 2012 in unincorporated Manatee County and the 3rd in the City of Bradenton.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call Detective Greg Price, at the Bradenton Police Department, at (941) 932-9300 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS (8477) -- or, to provide an anonymous e-Tip by computer, , 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 Arrested for Felony Battery,
Battery on a Deputy, More


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested David R. Dutton, 36, of Bradenton, after Dutton battered a man and deputies on Monday, August 20th, at about 8:20 p.m., outside the Super Stop store located at 5683 15th Street East, Bradenton.


David Dutton

According to a sheriff's report, deputies responded to the above location in reference to an assault in progress. When they arrived, they were confronted by the listed suspect, David Dutton. Deputies gave the suspect multiple orders to stop and not leave the scene.

David attempted to run from the scene and was quickly apprehended. David was escorted to Deputy Richard’s patrol car and multiple attempts were made to have him sit in the back seat. David resisted and did not comply. Deputy Richards used his Taser and drive-stunned David on the upper back near the left shoulder blade (two times). David still continued to resist and would not enter the vehicle.

After two other deputies arrived, David was forced inside. Once inside, David immediately started kicking the left rear passenger window causing it to break. The window sustained approximately $600 in damage.

Multiple attempts were made to have David stop, after which he was removed from the patrol car. As he was removed, Deputy Richards was kicked in the chest area. David continued to fight and kick at deputies. As Deputy Richards was holding David down, the suspect grabbed Deputy Richards by the leg and started to leg sweep him. Deputy Richards started to lose his balance but was able to recover.

David continued to fight with multiple deputies. Deputy Richards delivered one burst of pepper spray directly into David's face for approximately 1.5 seconds. He immediately complied and started to obey orders.

EMS was present and cleared David from any serious injuries.

He was taken to the Manatee County Jail without further incident.

Once Dutton was removed from the scene, deputies learned the victim, Ohmer Jenkins, was battered by Dutton by being punched and held under water in a retention pond.

Dutton and Jenkins were in a verbal argument which escalated into physical violence.

Jenkins was treated by EMS and released. He did not lose consciousness during the battery.

David Dutton was charged with Felony Battery, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Criminal Mischief and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a combined bail bond of $4,250.


Domestic Battery by Strangulation
Charged After Woman Accused
of Infidelity


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Daniel Robert Parsons, 40, of 1107 50th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.


Daniel Parsons

A sheriff's report said on Tuesday, August 7th, at about 7 a.m., Parsons began arguing with the victim, Erin Parsons, about her infidelity with other men. Daniel told Erin he wanted her out of the house.

When she tried to leave, she was in a narrow hallway and the only method of exit was to proceed down the hallway, but her path was blocked by Daniel. She asked him to move several times, but Daniel failed to do so.

She then attempted to push Daniel out of the way so that she could leave the residence, but Daniel pushed her back to the bedroom and onto the bed.

He then got on top of her and began choking her with his right hand and using his left elbow to apply pressure to her face.

Erin could not breathe and believed she was taking her last breath before she died, the report said. She then urinated on herself and Daniel's leg. At that point, Daniel left the room.

Erin then ran to a neighbor's house Daniel followed, yelling for his cigarettes, but Erin was eventually able to get to the neighbor's house. Because she was having blurred vision and seeing spots, the neighbor was able to convince Erin to call law enforcement.

Daniel had left the area, so a request for a warrant was written by responding deputies.

Daniel was arrested on the warrant that was subsequently issued on Thursday, August 16th.

He was charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation and Battery.

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


Two Arrested Same Day
After Theft of Boat Motor


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dyllan Heyen, 20, and Tyller Heyen, 19, both of Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Dyllan Heyen and Tyller Heyen

A sheriff's report said on Monday, August 20th, at about 3 p.m., patrol units responded to 921 Faith Hill Circle, Bradenton, regarding two White males who had stolen a boat motor from inside the carport of the victim, Ron Richardson.

Richardson told deputies that the two White males, later identified as the Heyen brothers, had loaded the motor into a white Ford truck and fled towards Upper Manatee River Rd.

Lt. Mealy was checking the area when he spotted Dyllan and Tyller walking away from the vicinity of the crime scene and initiated contact with them.

Both of them claimed that they were visiting a friend on Hagle Park Rd. and had been dropped off by another friend.

Dep. Warren began to interview them and quickly established a rapport with both of them. When they were confronted with the inconsistencies in their stories, they both confessed to the burglary and agreed to show deputies where they had hidden the truck and the victim’s boat motor.

They had hidden the truck and boat motor at 12610 Upper Manatee River Rd. under a set of canopy trees at an abandoned house.

The boat motor was released back to Richardson

Dyllan and Tyller were arrested and charged with Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance.

They both remain in the Manatee County Jail on bail bonds of $10,000 each.


Woman Arrested for Prostitution
After Prior Conviction


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Brittany Suzanne Green, 25, of the 1000 block of 10th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Brittany Green

The arrest report stated on Friday, August 17th, an undercover detective attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit was patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as a "John" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

At about 6 p.m., he spotted Breen walking south on 14th Street West, approaching 28th Avenue West.

He made contact and after a brief conversation, Green agreed to perform oral sex and have vaginal and anal sex with the detective for $160.

Green was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution.

A records check revealed Green had previously been convicted of Prostitution in 2007.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $120 at this time.


Day's Receipts Robbed by
Man with Handgun


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery on Monday, August 20th, at about 9:45 a.m., in the 300 block of U.S. 301 Blvd. West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said Edward Velez, 27, was walking to his car with the bank deposits for Charley's Steakhouse containing cash.

A maroon Oldsmobile approached him in the parking lot and a White male exited the car. He pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at Velez and demanded the cash.

There were two other suspects, both Black males, in the car.

The White male got back into the car and the vehicle fled the area towards Cortez Rd.

The area was searched, but the robbers were not located.

Velez was not injured.

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.

 

South Manatee Walgreens
Victim of Armed Robbery


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery of the Walgreens store located at 6003 14th Street West on Monday, August 20th, at about 10:15 p.m.


A sheriff's report said a White male jumped the counter and demanded pills from the Pharmacist.

The robber obtained an unknown amount of pills and then fled the store on foot.

The robber was described as a White male in his mid-20s, 5’8” tall, 150 pounds, with medium length dirty blonde hair, tan shirt, black pants and sunglasses.

The investigation continues.

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



CCSO: Man Arrested for Stealing,
Selling Jewelry


CHARTLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man on 15 felony charges stemming from a July 18 theft of jewelry from a Punta Gorda home and selling the items to two gold buyers.


Justin Derose

Justin Andrew Derose, 27, 9082 Acorn Boulevard, (Charlotte Ranchettes) Punta Gorda, turned himself in at the Charlotte County Jail Monday at 10 a.m.

The victim called CCSO to report jewelry and gold coins valued at $1,165 were stolen from her home in the 2100 block of Mark Avenue, Punta Gorda. She advised Derose was her daughter’s boyfriend and he had stayed in the home for about three weeks before she discovered the items missing. A Punta Gorda Police detective advised he was also working on a case involving Derose on several pawned transactions.

Deputies went to Gulf Coast Metals on Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte and located documents showing Derose had sold a tennis bracelet and a gold bracelet on June 30. He also sold other items there on July 3. A detective went to Gold Pros on Tamiami Trail at Town Center Mall and located several other stolen jewelry items and obtained Derose’s photo identification and documents. Photographs were obtained of the stolen items and the victim positively identified them as hers.

At the jail Monday, Derose said the money he got from the sale of the items was used to buy drugs.

Derose was charged with Grand Theft, 12 counts of Dealing in Stolen Property, and two counts of False Ownership to a Pawnbroker. Derose remains in the Charlotte County Jail on no bond.


Police: Woman, 76, Dragged During
Carjacking; Man Arrested


HOLLY HILL, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a 76-year-old woman was dragged by a car Monday morning when a man stole her vehicle as she was pumping gas in Holly Hill, according to authorities.

Holly Hill police said the woman, Jacqueline MacDougall, was pumping gas at the Sunoco station on Nova Road and Walker Street just after 9 a.m. when a man, later identified as Randolph Harris II, got into her white Chevrolet Malibu and sped off.

Harris dragged MacDougall, whose hand was on the pump, a short distance through the parking lot, along with the pump handle and hose assembly, according to Volusia County deputies.

MacDougall was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for a head injury and a broken arm.

Harris crashed her car about four miles south of the Sunoco gas station. Harris, who faces charges of carjacking, aggravated battery and a variety of traffic-related crimes, was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for evaluation and will be taken to the Volusia County jail upon his release.

Harris was arrested on Aug. 3 for driving without a license, was in jail on reckless driving charges three months earlier and has been arrested several times before for stealing cars in the past, according to records, WKMG said.


FDLE: Collier County Corrections
Corporal, Wife Arrested


FORT MYERS, Florida [NMT] -- A joint investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Ft. Myers Regional Operations Center and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office has led to the arrest of a southwest Florida couple on numerous counts of prescription drug offenses.

On Tuesday, August 21st, FDLE agents arrested Caroline P. Keogh, 44, Ft. Myers, on 23 counts of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud and two counts of Principal in the First Degree for Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud; and Jason David Slapp, 29, Naples, on two counts of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud and two counts of Principal in the First Degree for Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud.

Slapp is currently employed as a correctional Corporal for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation began in January 2012 when FDLE received information from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office that alleged the suspects were fraudulently obtaining numerous controlled substances at pharmacies in Lee and Collier counties.

The investigation alleges that Caroline Keogh had fraudulently called in controlled substance prescriptions and/or refills into various pharmacies for herself and for her husband, Jason Slapp. Keogh allegedly called in the fraudulent prescriptions for Xanax (Alprazolam), Vicodin (Hydrocodone) and Ambien (Zolpidem Tartrate) when she was employed at Advanced Medical Center, in Naples.

Keogh was booked into the Lee County Jail. Slapp was booked into the Collier County Jail.

 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Man, 79, Arrested for Forced
Fondling, Lewd & Lascivious
Molestation of Girl, 8 Years Old

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Delbert Templeton, aka Gordon Templeton, 79, of 4283 66th Street Circle West, Bradenton.


Delbert Templeton, aka Gordon Templeton

According to the arrest report, Templeton was arrested on August 10th for crimes committed against a girl when she was about 8 years old; the girl is now 13 years of age.

On December 30, 2011, detectives received a report indicating that Templeton had digitally penetrated the little girl's vagina as well as fondled her breasts and vagina in a sexual manner. At that time, Templeton was interviewed by a responding patrol officer and Templeton denied the accusations.

An interview was then conducted with the victim and she disclosed that the sexual abuse would occur when she would stay at Templeton's residence overnight. She said the incidents happened on numerous occasion and she could not recall how many times it happened.

During the course of the investigation, the victim's father brought to detective exercises that the victim was completing at her counseling sessions, as well as a phone that contained text messages from Templeton apologizing to the father and admitting guilt, but not saying what he was guilty of and/or what he was admitting to.

On January 30, 2012, a detective met with Templeton and conducted a non-custodial interview. Templeton allegedly admitted to apologizing for sexually battering the victim, but said that he only did it to get his son to talk to his mother, and not actually for committing the crime.

Templeton also told the detective that he had taken a polygraph exam a few years ago over these allegations and he had failed it, the report said.

After a few minutes of the interview, Templeton told the detective he did not wish to speak to the detective further and that the detective needed to speak with his attorney.

Templeton was later arrested on a warrant and remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $50,000.


Man Arrested for Procuring Crack
Cocaine for Deputy's Wife's Dad


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Paul Boden, 49, a homeless man.


Paul Boden

The arrest report said on Wednesday, August 15th, a deputy's father-in-law was released from Manatee Memorial Hospital for alcohol treatment.

On Thursday, August 16th, the deputy's wife went to her father's house to check on him and found the garage open and his car missing. She went inside and found him home, but passed out drunk.

When she went into one of the bedrooms, she found someone had been sleeping on the couch. She called her husband, the deputy, and he advised her to leave the house immediately.

The deputy notified a sergeant that he was going to the house to change locks.

He then went to his father-in-law's house and began to lock up.

While he was there, the phone rang, but the deputy did not answer it. The caller said (overheard through the monitoring device) "Hey, [father-in-law's name], pick up, I'm lost."

A few minutes later the man called back. The deputy answered and disguised his voice. The man told the deputy he was lost and asked how to get back. As the deputy was giving the man, later identified as Boden, directions, Boden stated, "I got the stuff; it took a while to get there, but I found it."

The deputy thought that Boden had gone to his father-in-law's favorite pill mill doctor in Sarasota, but then Boden said, "I had to stop and get some brillo and a stem, then I got the stuff from the [N-words]; they don't mess with me."

The deputy then got on his phone (while he was talking to Boden) and gave his sergeant updates on Boden's location.

When Boden pulled into the driveway, the deputy approached the vehicle. Boden didn't see him, as he was looking in a paper bag with a crack stem sticking out of it. There was a knife on the floorboard next to the driver's seat.

The deputy pulled Boden out of the vehicle and took him to the ground. The deputy then told Boden it was he who Boden was talking to on the phone. When asked where "the stuff" was, Boden said, "I don't have any."

But the deputy spotted a small pill bottle on the floorboard. He opened it and found it contained 3-4 pieces of rock cocaine. The paper bag contained brass brillo pad a glass stem used for smoking crack cocaine.

Other deputies then arrived.

Boden stated, "I don't smoke rock; [the deputy's father-in-law] asked me to get it."

Boden was arrested and charged with Possession of Rock Cocaine with Intent to Sell.

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

[Ed. Note: NewsManatee is not naming the deputy involved or his wife or his father-in-law due to privacy concerns.]


Woman Arrested for DUI after
Smashing Into Sheriff's Cruiser

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Rhonda Mackin, 62, of 4075 43rd Avenue West, Bradenton.


Rhonda Mackin

A sheriff's report said Sunday, August 19th, at about 1:40 a.m., Deputy K. McCready was traveling north on 14th Street at the 5000 block and was in the inside lane. Rhonda Mackin was also northbound in the outside lane.

According to witnesses behind both vehicles, Deputy McCready activated his right turn signal and moved over into the middle lane, and Mackin simultaneously and abruptly moved into the middle lane without using her turn signal.

Rhonda Mackin’s vehicle struck the rear passenger’s side quarter panel of his vehicle with the front driver’s side fender/bumper of her vehicle.

This essentially caused Deputy McCready vehicle to spin out and during this Mackin’s vehicle overturned coming to a stop upside down.

Deputy McCready was able to exit his vehicle and cut Mackin out of her car.

A subsequent DUI investigation was conducted and Mrs. Mackin was arrested for DUI with property damage. Mackin was also issued a citation for Careless Driving.

There were no injuries to either party, the report said.

Both vehicles appeared to be totaled and had to be towed from the scene.

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


Local Gas Station Client's Face
Slashed During Armed Robbery


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery on Saturday, August 18th, at about 10:30 p.m., at the Sunoco gas station located at 912 15th Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victim, Martin Kilber, 29, was walking out to his vehicle which was parked near the air pumps at the Sunoco Station when an unknown Black male approached him.

The Black male slashed Martin's upper left cheek with an unknown object.

Martin fell to the ground and the Black male took cash and property valued at $251.

The Black male fled the scene in an unknown direction by unknown means.

Martin suffered a large laceration to his left cheek and was treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

The slasher was not further described in the report.

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


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported the shooting of a vicious animal on Sunday, August 19th, at about 7 p.m., in the 3500 block of 22nd Street East by a man walking his own dog.

A sheriff's report said Richard Davis was walking his Jack Russell terrier named "Scooter" on the east side of 22nd Street East near his home.

A pit bull was secured in the backyard of 3508 22nd Street East with a "flimsy" 6- foot wooden fence connected to a three foot concrete wall, the report said.

As Davis and "Scooter" walked past the residence, the pit bull jumped over the three foot concrete wall and began attacking "Scooter."

Davis, who has a valid Concealed Weapons Permit and was carrying a .38 caliber Ruger in his pocket, shot at the pit bull three times, striking it in the neck and shoulder.

At this time the shooting appears to be justified and no charges were filed, the report said.


Bradenton Man Survives Rollover
in Sarasota with Minor Injuries


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a single vehicle rollover accident on Monday, August 20, 2012, at about 7:30 a.m., on I-75 southbound at mile marker 212, which is between University Parkway and Fruitville Road.

The FHP report said a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado being driven by Joshua Carbone, 23, of Bradenton, was traveling southbound on I-75 in the outside lane.

The driver of the vehicle said he attempted to change lanes to the center lane, but lost control of the vehicle.

The vehicle ran off the roadway to the right shoulder and overturned.

The vehicle came to final rest on the right shoulder of I-75, facing in a southeasterly direction.

The report noted that 199 feet of yaw marks were measured on the right shoulder of the road.

Carbone was transported to Doctors Hospital in Sarasota with minor injuries.

He was not wearing a seat belt.

There were no charges filed, the report indicated.


Sheriff's Office Warns Citizens of
Recent Horrible Phone Scam
Possibly Targeting Hispanics


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens of a horrible phone scam that appears to be originating in Miami and may possibly be targeting the Hispanic community.

A sheriff's report said on Monday, August 20th, at about 10:15 a.m., a Hispanic woman received a phone call from a Miami area code stating that her son was involved in a vehicle crash.

The suspect was demanding $1500 for the damage to the suspect's vehicle and $1500 to get her son back. The suspect advised the victim that if she notified Law Enforcement they would kill her son; they also instructed her to respond to the nearest Western Union and upon arrival she would be given further instructions.

Deputies made contact with the victim's son and verified that he was unharmed, he advised deputies that he was not involved in a car accident and had no knowledge that his mother was being contacted.

The victim then received a text message stating that her eldest son had been killed because she was not cooperating.

Deputies responded to his place of employment and verified he was unharmed; he also had no knowledge of the phone calls his mother was receiving.

Several investigation techniques were used and it was determined that the victim was the target of a phone scam.

It is believed this phone scam is targeting the Hispanic community, the report said.

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


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred on late Friday night on August 17th.

A sheriff's report said on Friday, 8/17/12, at approximately 10:45 p.m., deputies responded to the 6600 block of Avenue A, in Sarasota, regarding a shooting.

Upon arrival, deputies secured the scene and located two victims, Amanda Brunk, 28, and David Brunk, 31.

A preliminary investigation revealed the victims became involved in a verbal altercation with a male suspect who produced a handgun.

During the altercation, the female victim was battered with the handgun and an undetermined amount of rounds were then discharged in the direction of both victims.

The incident occurred on or near the roadway of the 6600 block of Avenue A. Neither victim was actually shot but the female victim did require medical treatment for minor injuries received.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Section is actively investigating this incident.

During the investigation a suspect was developed and was being interviewed by detectives.

He was described as a White male, in his 30s, with a medium build, who was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants.

His identity was not disclosed in the sheriff's report.


CCSO: Man Arrested Who Was
Passed Out in Car from "Huffing;"
$13,813, Fake Pot Found


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Punta Gorda man for “huffing” from a spray can and passed out in his car in the Port Charlotte Walmart parking lot Friday night.


John Crider

Charged with Inhale or Ingest Harmful Chemicals and Resisting a Law Enforcement Officer was John David Crider, 52, 3510 Wisteria Place.

CCSO received a call at 9:53 p.m. to 19100 Murdock Circle for a medical emergency in a silver Ford station wagon parked half-way in a handicapped parking space and half-way on top of a curb.

Crider, asleep inside with the motor running, was holding an Ultra Duster spray can. When deputies reached in and unlocked the vehicle, Crider woke up and instantly put the spray can to his mouth and pulled the trigger spraying the chemicals into his mouth.

Deputies grabbed the can from Crider and he then attempted to put the vehicle into drive. Fearing bystanders would be injured; a deputy grabbed Crider to prevent him from moving the shifter.

Crider kept struggling and was finally pulled from the driver’s seat and onto the ground. He continued to struggle but was finally handcuffed.

A search located $13,813 cash in his pockets and Scooby Snax Potpourri, also known as fake marijuana or spice in another pocket.

EMS arrived and transported Crider to Fawcett Memorial Hospital.

Once cleared at the hospital, Crider was taken to the Charlotte County Jail. This is Crider’s third booking; he remains in jail on $10,000 bond for the two charges, and no bond for two Violation of Probation charges.


CCSO: "Huffing" Man's Female
Friend Busted 3 Hours Later for
Theft of 101 Items from Same
Walmart in Same Car


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Port Charlotte woman after she stole 101 items valued at $1,201 from the Port Charlotte Walmart early Saturday morning.


Denise Isaacs-Hall

Arrested for Grand Theft was Denise DeHart Isaacs-Hall, 52, 423 Yorkshire Street.

Ironically, her friend John D. Crider was arrested three hours earlier after he was found in Isaacs-Hall’s Ford station wagon parked in the same Walmart parking lot. Isaacs-Hall recovered her vehicle from deputies after Crider was transported to the hospital, released and then taken to jail.

CCSO received a call from Walmart security at 12:25 a.m. Saturday reporting a woman pushed a cart full of merchandise out of the store without paying and drove off in a 1996 grey Ford station wagon. A manager also obtained a license plate number for the same vehicle Crider was found in.

A BOLO was sent out and at 1:01 a.m., deputies located the vehicle at Yorkshire Street and Firwood Terrace with a lot of merchandise in the back. The driver, Isaacs-Hall, did not have any receipts for any of the items that was the property of and recovered by Walmart security.

She was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail where she remains on $3,500 bond.

 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Boy, 15, Arrested Following Joint
Agency Investigation for Vague
Threat to Blow Up High School

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Noah Wash, 15, of Anna Maria, Florida.


Above, Noah Wash
(Photo from Wash's Facebook page)

A press release from Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said a joint investigation between the Holmes Beach Police Department, the Bradenton Police Department and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office led to the arrest of Wash.

Wash was arrested on Thursday, August 16th, and charged with Threatening to Use a Destructive Device.

The investigation started on July 29 when information was received that Wash put threatening remarks on Facebook.

The threats were made toward Manatee High School where Wash was a student last school year.

Detectives didn't find any evidence to substantiate the threats would be carried out.

Bristow called the threat "vague."

Margi Nanney, spokesperson for the Manatee County School Board said, "[Wash] has been removed from Manatee High School and his future in the Manatee County school system will be determined based on the findings of joint investigations by law enforcement and the school district.

For now, Wash will not be in any Manatee County schools, a local report said.

"Information leading to the arrest came to light when a parent reported posts describing the threat in a Facebook exchange," Nanney said.

Even though an arrest has been made, the school district is enacting precautionary safety measures for Manatee High School. Manatee High Principal Don Sauer, other school administrators and staff have been informed of the threat, the resulting arrest and extra safety measures put in place by the district and local law enforcement.

As a precautionary measure, extra patrols will be in place Monday at Manatee High School.

“We appreciate the cooperation of local law enforcement in dealing with this matter,” said Superintendent Dr. Tim McGonegal. “As always, our number one priority is the safety of our students and staff. We are confident we have taken the right steps to make Manatee High safe.”


Bicyclist Arrested for Possession
of Oxycodone After Traffic Stop


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Tyler Christman Schneerer, 19, of 4519 86th Street Court West, Bradenton.


Tyler Schneerer

The arrest report said on Friday, August 17th, at a few minutes past midnight, while on patrol, Dep. Scott Durocher observed Tyler riding his bicycle westbound at 12000 Cortez Road West without lights on the front or rear of his bicycle.

Dep. Durocher initiated a traffic stop and as he pulled in behind Tyler, he observed Tyler throw a brown bottle to his left.

After backup arrived, Dep. Durocher retrieved the bottle and found 6 blue 30 mg Oxycodone pills inside it.

Tyler was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription.

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


Woman with Felony Warrant
Arrested after K-9 Track, Bite

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Pamela Payton, 36, of Bradenton.


Above, MSO K-9 Rex

A sheriff's report said on Saturday, August 18, at about 3:30 a.m., MSO K-9 Deputy Wolfinger received information that Payton was at a residence in the 2600 block of 1st Street East and had a Felony Arrest Warrant.

Payton fled the residence prior to MSO arrival.

Deputy Wolfinger responded to the area with K-9 Rex and located Payton hiding in bushes on the property of the Hyundai dealership at 2601 1st Street East.

Payton received a dog bite to the chest and was arrested.

She was charged with Resisting Arrest without Violence, in addition to the warrant.

Following treatment at a local hospital, Payton was transported to the Manatee County Jail, where she remains on a bail bond of $750 at this time.


Man Arrested Again for Performing
Pest Control without License


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- An enforcement officer charged with the task of enforcement of licensure for pest control businesses has arrested Richard Coble, 37, of 3861 Portair Avenue, North Port.


Richard Coble

The arrest report from John Wofford said on Thursday, August 16th, at about 2:30 p.m., said Wofford observed Coble performing pest control at 5006 58th Avenue East, Bradenton. The incident was also witnessed by Investigator Mark Kohler.

Wofford stated he had previous knowledge that Coble did not have a business license.

Wofford approached Coble and identified himself, then read Coble his Miranda rights. Coble was asked what he was doing, the report said.

Coble said he was doing pest control and knew that he should have a business license to do pest control.

Coble had been warned two previous times for the same offense and had paid one fine of $600, but a second fine of $1,000 remained unpaid.

Coble was arrested and charged with Performing Pest Control without a Business License.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $120.


Man Victim of Attempted Robbery;
Shot Fired, Report Claims


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an attempted robbery on Thursday, August 16th, at about 11:20 p.m., in the 1000 block of 59th Avenue Drive East, Bradenton.


A sheriff's report of the incident said Paul Thomas, 36, was walking west on 59th Avenue Drive East when he heard a loud SUV pull up behind him.

He turned around and saw a Black male jump out of a green Mercury SUV armed with a pistol yelling, "Give it up!"

Thomas then took off running and heard a pop that he believes may have been a gun shot.

The Mercury then left, last seen fleeing east on 59th.

No one was hurt, nothing was taken and no bullet holes or brass could be found, the report said.

The only description of the would-be robber was that he was a Black male. The driver of the SUV was described as a Black female, possibly named "Ariona."

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.


Home Invasion Robbery
with Shots Fired


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a home invasion robbery on Sunday, August 19th, at about 3 a.m., at the Gates of Bradenton apartment complex in the 4500 block of 26th Street West, Bradenton.


A sheriff's report said there was a knock at 31-year-old Derick Dockery's apartment door at about 3 a.m.

Derick opened the door, finding suspect 1, a Black female, aiming a pistol inside the apartment.

Derick ducked and retreated as suspect 1 fired a round into the apartment.

Suspect 1 and 2 entered the apartment and Suspect 1 fired another round into the living room.

Suspect 1 and 2 took Derick's and 39-year-old Isabella's money and cell phones.

Suspect 1 briefly searched the apartment before leaving out the front door.

Victim 1 waited until about 10:40 Sunday morning to call using a neighbor’s phone.

Isabella (no last name given) took Taxi Taxi to Ironwood Circle before MSO arrival, and couldn't be located by patrol.

No one was hurt in the robbery.

Suspect 1 was described as a Black female, heavy build, 5'8" tall, wearing a large black T-shirt, black Dicky pants and black Timberland boots; she was also wearing gloves. Suspect 2 was described as a Black male, dark-skinned, 6'2" tall, heavy build, and was wearing a black shirt, a ski mask, black shoes and was also wearing gloves, the report said.

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



Shooting by Unknown Man
with Minor Injuries Reported


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a shooting by an unknown man that left the victim with minor injuries on Friday, August 17th, at about 12:30 p.m.


A sheriff's report said Sandro Hernandez, 39, left Copher's U-Pull-It on 63rd Avenue East just after noon.

As Sandro was driving east, a green Pontiac began flashing its lights at him.

Sandro stopped in the area of 2600 63rd Avenue East and Sandro approached the other driver, described in the sheriff's report only as a White male.

The White male began yelling at Sandro and then pulled out a small handgun.

Sandro was shot in the left hand.

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.



West Manatee Fire Rescue
Announces Promotions


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A promotion and badge pinning ceremony was held at the fire district’s monthly commission meeting Thursday night, August 16th.


(Photo provided by WMFR)

Captain Rich Jasinski was promoted to Battalion Chief, Lieutenant Jimmy Leigh was promoted to Captain, Firefighter Ben Rigney was promoted to Lieutenant and Firefighter Andrew Lauricella was promoted to First Class.

Along with the promotions, Chief Andy Price introduced Firefighters Adam Baggett, Corey Hill and Tyler MacDonald, recently hired to fill the vacant positions.


SSO: Homeowners Association
Treasurer Arrested for Larceny


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested Charles Nichols, 69, of 1817 Highland Rd., Osprey, for taking thousands of dollars from the Osprey Homeowners Association.


Charles Nichols

An investigation found that Nichols, who was the association treasurer between 2007 and 2011, issued himself at least 33 checks totaling $7448 without any legitimate reason or known business purpose.

The current president of the HOA told detectives these actions left the association deeply in debt, but once control was taken away from Nichols, the financials were restored and accounts are now in good standing.

Nichols is charged with one felony count of Larceny,

He was booked into the Sarasota County Jail Thursday and released after posting $1000 bond.


SPD: Public Assistance Requested to
Identify Stolen Credit Card Suspects


SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department is requesting help in identifying the following subjects.


(Photo provided by SPD)

The pictured male and female are involved in an organized scheme using stolen credit cards from auto burglaries to immediately purchase high-dollar items.

Retailers most frequently used are big box store chains and shopping center department stores.

If the pictured subjects are observed in a store, notify Law Enforcement immediately.

Please forward any information to Crimestoppers 941-366-TIPS (8477), or SPD Detective McDowell, 941-364-7309.


Traffic Stop Results in Drug
Seizure and Two Arrests


SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- A traffic stop conducted by Sarasota Police Officers in the 600 block of N. Washington Blvd at 3:20 a.m., on August 15th, resulted in the discovery and seizure of 89.8 grams of cocaine (3.2 ounces), 246 grams of marijuana (8.8 ounces), and over $18,000 in cash.


Above, L to R, Carmen Merideth and Christina Richer

Carmen Merideth (06/09/1994) and Christina Richer (01/31/1993) were arrested for Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Sell or Deliver, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The traffic stop was conducted by Officer Vanik and Officer Halpin. The narcotics follow up investigation, started at 4 a.m. and was conducted by Detective Vollmer and Detective Sergeant Halsey, SPD Captain Paul Sutton said in a press release.


CCSO: High School Student Busted
on Felony Drug Charges at School

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Charlotte County Sheriff's School Resource Officer (SRO) at Lemon Bay High School arrested an adult student on felony drug charges Thursday, August 16th.


Gerald O'Rourke II

Arrested was Gerald O’Rourke II, 18, 740 Morningside Drive, Englewood (Sarasota County), who was charged with Possession of Hydromorphone and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

LBH school officials contacted the SRO after O’Rourke was caught smoking in the boys restroom.

O’Rourke was also observed removing a small object from a pocket and putting it in his left sock.

The SRO searched the sock and located a small red baggie with the words printed that read “Stay High.” Inside the bag were three Hydromorphone Hydrochloride pills that are classified as “opiods” which includes Morphine.

O’Rourke said he had removed the three pills from his grandmother’s prescription bottle and took them to school.

O’Rourke was suspended from school for 10-days with a recommendation for expulsion.

He was then transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on a $6,000 bond.


1,000-Pound Slab of Granite
Crushes Worker


COCOA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando television station WKMG reported a slab of granite fell on top of a 63-year-old man Thursday morning, striking him in the head and injuring his arm, Brevard County Fire-Rescue officials said.

The incident happened about 8:15 a.m. at Absolute Granite and Stone on Cox Road in Cocoa, just north of State Road 520. Fire rescue officials said the granite, which weighed at least 1,000 pounds, was 1-inch thick and measured at least 6 feet by 10 feet, fell out of the truck as the worker was removing strapping from a delivery.

The victim attempted to jump out of the way, but was struck by a large piece of granite as it shattered, according to fire officials. It was at least 1-inch thick, workers told fire officials.

Paramedics were called to the site and applied a tourniquet to the man's arm to stop the bleeding, officials said.

The man was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center’s trauma center in Melbourne.

His condition was not immediately known, but fire officials said he was "seriously injured," WKMG said.


PRODUCT RECALL ALERT:
Babylicious Recalls Cloth Crib
Fringe Due to Strangulation Hazard


WASHINGTON, D.C. [NMT/USCPSC] -- 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: Crib Fringe

Units: About 300

Manufacturer: Babylicious Products Inc., of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hazard: The narrow fabric strip connecting individual fabric triangles presents a strangulation hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The product is a narrow fabric strip connecting several individual fabric triangles. It is designed to be attached to the side rail of a crib or along window valences or curtain rods. The product was sold in a variety of colors and patterns and with two fringes in each package.

Sold at: Online and at specialty children's product retailers from January 2006 through May 2012 for about $24.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the recalled product from cribs, window valence or curtain rods and contact Babylicious to receive a refund. Consumers will be refunded $12 for each recalled fringe returned.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Babylicious at (855) 684-8399 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.


 

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