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Local/State News for week ending 10/13/2012

Man Accused of Attempted
Sex Acts with Minors
Charged Tuesday

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has charged William A. Lowe, 59, of 5897 Waterbury Circle, Sarasota, with numerous attempted sexual acts with minors, resulting from a recent sting operation conducted by the sheriff's office.


William Lowe

According to the arrest report, on September 12, 2012, Lowe communicated via electronic communication, the Internet and by phone, to a person that he believed to be the father of a 13-year-old son, an 11-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son.

The undercover detective replied that he was not interested in sex with Lowe, but told him that he could have sex with his three aforementioned children.

During subsequent communications, Lowe agreed to travel to the family's home to engage in sexual intercourse with the children.

On September 14th, Lowe traveled from his home in Sarasota to Manatee County with the intent to engage in sexual intercourse with three people he believed to be minors.

Upon arrival, Lowe was taken into custody.

Post-Miranda, Lowe admitted he did communicate with the "father" of the children and said he discussed having intercourse with them, but said he only intended on meeting them and did not intend on having sex with them.

For some reason, Lowe was not charged until October 9th. The charges leveled against him are Travel to Seduce a Child to Commit a Sex Act, Use of a Computer to Seduce a Child to Commit a Sex Act, and two counts of Attempted Capital Sexual Battery.

At this time, Lowe remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $15,100.


Man Arrested for Threatening
Girlfriend with Loaded Gun


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Michael S. Heckman, 51, of 312 69th Street NW, Bradenton.


Michael Heckman

The arrest report said Heckman and an unidentified woman are in a dating relationship and are currently living together at the same residence at the above location.

On Tuesday, October 9th, at about 1:30 a.m., Heckman woke up the victim while she was sleeping in their bed by hitting her with a pillow from the bed.

Once she woke up, Heckman began yelling at her about not paying all the rent and calling her a cheater. He then pulled out a "black police-style pistol" and pointed it at her and said, "You may not wake up in the morning."

The victim told deputies she was in fear and believed that he might have carried through with the threat.

Post-Miranda, Heckman said he and the woman did have a fight about money and about her cheating on him, but denied ever pointing a gun at her. He did agree to let a deputy look in his safe.

Once the safe was opened, the deputy observed several firearms and ammunition to go with them. The deputy had the victim identify the firearm that was pointed at her. She pointed to a black semi-auto 1911 pistol. The deputy observed that pistol to be sitting on top of the other items in the safe. It was placed inside a leather holster and had the hammer cocked backwards. It had a fully loaded magazine inside it.

The firearm was seized as evidence.

Heckman was arrested and charged with Domestic Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.

He later posted a $5,000 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Woman Arrested for Choking
Elderly Mother, Possession
of Controlled Substance


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Cynthia Faith Avery, 45, of 5214 5th Street Circle West, Bradenton.


Cynthia Avery

The arrest report said on Monday, October 8th, at about 11:50 p.m., Avery went into her mother's room at the above location and started to choke her mother, who is above the age of 65.

The report noted that Avery and her mother live together as a family at the above location.

The victim told deputies that her daughter covered her mouth and started to choke her. While she was being choked, Avery said she was going to kill her mother, the report said.

Avery's mother said that she was able to scream and yell for help, at which point her grandson came into the room and pulled Avery off of her mother.

Her mother said she didn't lose consciousness and the choking lasted about 5 seconds.

Avery fled in an unknown direction by unknown means and could not be located at the time.

However, the following day Avery was arrested on a warrant and was charged with Domestic Battery on a Person Over 65. When she was arrested, deputies searched her and found 5 Lortab pills and 3 Percocet pills that were not prescribed for her in her possession. She was additionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. In addition, her bail bond on a prior recent charge of Battery on a Person Over 65 was revoked.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail without benefit of bail at this time.


Woman Arrested for Insurance
Fraud After Fictitious Injuries
Claimed from Auto Crash


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Dept. of Financial Services has arrested Gloria Gutierrez, 41, of 3512 22nd Street East, Bradenton.


Gloria Gutierrez

The arrest report stated on January 13, 2011, at about 7:45 a.m., Veronica Torres, along with a minor passenger, was driving a 2001 Pontiac belonging to her mother, Gloria Gutierrez, and insured by Travelers Insurance Co.

Torres was northbound on U.S. 301 in Manatee County when she struck the rear of another vehicle which was stopped in traffic for a red light at the intersection of 9th Street East.

The force of the impact caused the other vehicle to lurch forward into a third vehicle.

All three vehicles were wrecked and the other two drivers sustained injuries which were not life-threatening.

Two witnesses confirmed that Torres was driving the Pontiac.

Because of a delay in a trooper arriving at the scene, Gloria Gutierrez had time to arrive at the scene, and claim that she was driving the vehicle.

Gutierrez then reported the crash to Travelers, claiming that she was the driver of the Pontiac and that she sustained minor injuries. She claimed she sought medical attention for her fictitious injuries. Travelers paid the claim.

On October 5th, Gutierrez confessed to Investigator Hennessey, of the Florida Dept. of Financial Services, that she was not driving the vehicle at the time of the crash, nor was she a passenger and could not have been injured in the crash.

Gutierrez was arrested and charged with Insurance Fraud.

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


DeSoto Square Mall Maintenance
Worker Victim of Armed
Robbery by Black Male

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery of a DeSoto Square Mall maintenance worker on Thursday, Oct. 11th, at about 6:20 am.

A sheriff's report said Dwight Bivins, 35, was sweeping the parking lot Thursday morning when a man came up from behind, grabbed him around the neck and placed something sharp to his back.

The robber then demanded money from Dwight and Dwight handed him cash.

The robber then let Dwight go, so Dwight turned around and punched the robber in the face, knocking him to the ground.

The robber immediately got up and fled west through the parking lot.

The area was searched by deputies, but the robber was not located.

The robber was described as a Black male in his 20s, 5'8" tall, 160 pounds, and was last seen wearing a maroon T-shirt with a design on the front and baggy blue jeans.

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


Multiple Vehicle Burglaries
Reported in Briarwood


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported multiple vehicle burglaries occurred overnight from Wednesday into Thursday in the Briarwood subdivision in Manatee County.

A sheriff's report said between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., unknown subject(s) burglarized a total of four vehicles in the Briarwood subdivision.

Three of the vehicles had a window smashed out in order to gain entry; the other vehicle was left unlocked.

A computer, rolling laptop bag, GPS and black briefcase were amongst the property stolen.

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.


URGENT: Two Day Adoption
Special Event from Manatee
County Animal Services


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Animal Services and the pets need your help.

They are holding a "Hoot and Holler" adoption special. Manatee County Animal Services has numerous dogs and cats that need a new home. For two days only, Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th, ALL dogs and cats in adoption are only $10.00.

“We have wonderful fur-kids who would love to go home,” said Animal Services Chief Kris Weiskopf. “Stop by the shelter or adoption center and find your fur-ever family member today, then you can Hoot and Holler!”

All animals adopted receive a health check, are spayed/neutered, vaccinated including rabies, micro-chipped and a license certificate/tag.

This adoption special is another step in the County’s plan to become a no-kill community. Please help up save lives today.

The special is available at both Animal Services locations: in Palmetto, 305 25th St. W. (open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and in Bradenton, 1002 B., Manatee Ave. W., (open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Preview available animals by visiting www.mymanatee.org/pets.

For more information, call (941) 742-5933.


SPD Reports Vehicle
vs. Pedestrian Crash

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota Police are investigating a serious injury traffic crash that occurred Thursday, October 11th, at approximately 10:47 a.m.. on 301 (N. Washington Blvd) near the intersection with 12th Street.


Above, Mario Renteria

A pedestrian, Mario Renteria, 22, of 1500 N. Orange Avenue, Sarasota, was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of 301 when he was hit by a southbound vehicle,

Renteria was transported by Bay Flight helicopter to the Blake Medical Center.

The investigation caused traffic delays for southbound 301 for approximately 2-hours.

The crash investigation is continuing, anyone with additional information about the crash is asked to contact Officer Forrister at 941- 587-8289.


CCSO Arrests Man in U/C
Reverse Drug Sting


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's Narcotics detectives did a “reverse narcotics sting” in Port Charlotte, when a Punta Gorda man asked to purchase Oxycodone pills from an undercover detective.


Daniel Jones

Arrested and charged with Attempted Purchase of a Controlled Substance/Oxycodone was Daniel Alan Jones, 59, 29440 Bermont Road.

Jones made contact with an undercover detective and asked to buy Oxycodone. He then told the detective to meet him in a parking lot on King Highway near U.S. 41. When detectives arrived, Jones was standing outside of his vehicle. He then gave the undercover detective the agreed amount of cash and the detective handed him fake/placebo Oxycodone pills. Once the exchange was completed, other members of the Narcotics Unit moved in and arrested Jones.

Jones was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on a $5,000 bond. Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


Ohio Man Nabbed in 5 Upskirt
Recordings at Beer Festival


OCALA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- An Ohio man has been arrested and charged with video voyeurism after Ocala police say he was caught videotaping up women's skirts at a beer festival, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Albert Sebring

Albert Sebring, 64, is charged with 5 counts of video voyeurism in the Sept. 29 incident, which occurred at the Craftoberfest event in Ocala. Police said Sebring was spotted by several men using a video camera to record up women's skirts.

When police investigated Sebring's camera, they found recordings up five women's skirts, according to the report. The victims told police they were unaware of the recording.

Sebring was booked into Marion County Jail on $10,000 bond, WKMG said.

 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

"Spanky" and "Rebel" Arrested for
Carrying Concealed Weapons by
Convicted Felons

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Gabriel Conde, 34, and Samuel Conde, 23, both of 811 27th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Gabriel Conde and Samuel Conde

The arrest reports said on Saturday, Oct. 6th, at about 2:45 a.m., BPD Officer Gow was dispatched to 607 20th Street East regarding a battery in progress. The victims described two Hispanic males, who go by the nicknames of "Spanky" and "Rebel," who left the scene in a blue van.

While Officer Gow was at Manatee Memorial Hospital with two female victims, a neighbor called BPD saying the two men were back at the scene, driving a blue van.

Officer arrived at the location and observed a blue van attempting to exit the driveway from the rear parking lot of the residence. Once the two suspects observed law enforcement, the driver then reversed the vehicle toward the rear parking lot of the residence.

Officers took flight on foot after the vehicle and approached it as it stopped.

Gabriel Conde was the driver of the vehicle. Both men were told to exit the vehicle, at which time Officer Masterson located a handgun in plain view. It was seen underneath the passenger seat with the butt of the gun protruding out.

Both men were then detained for officer safety.

During a pat down, a large steak knife was located; also observed lying on the center console was a larger steak knife.

A criminal records check revealed that Gabriel had a Habitual Offender Driver License and five felony convictions. Samuel Conde had two felony convictions.

Gabriel was charged with 3 counts of Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon and Driving on a Suspended License. He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $47,000.

Samuel was charged with 3 counts of Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon. He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $30,000.


Young Mother, Father Arrested
for Felony Child Neglect


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Antonia Rodriguez, 20, and Jesse Pinto, 17, both of 1524 32nd Avenue East, Bradenton.


Above, Antonia Rodriguez and Jesse Pinto

A sheriff's report said on Tuesday, Oct. 9th, at about 5:15 p.m., a 2-year-old child was found wandering the 1800 block of 32nd Avenue East by neighbors.

Upon arrival of deputies, a cousin of the child arrived and directed deputies to 1524 32nd Avenue East, the home of Rodriguez and Pinto.

During the investigation, it was determined the child had been outside alone for approximately twenty minutes while the mother of the child, Rodriguez, and Pinto, the father, were asleep.

Rodriguez and Pinto were both arrested for Felony Child Neglect.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Rodriguez remained in the Manatee County Jail, without a bail bond being set. It is unknown as to the disposition of Pinto, who was taken to the Juvenile Booking Facility at the Manatee County Jail.


Ex-Con Arrested for Pointing
Shotgun at Another Man


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Louis Lonnie Lykins, 34, of 2806 15th Street West, Bradenton.


Louis Lykins

The arrest report said Lykins had been in a physical confrontation with Elty Fox's cousin several weeks ago.

On Saturday, Oct. 6th, at about 1:30 p.m., Lykins arrived at 1012 68th Avenue West to pick up his girlfriend.

While Lykins was sitting in his truck, Elty Fox walked up to him to tell him to leave, when he noticed that Lykins was pointing a shotgun at Fox's stomach. Fox said Lykins had a white towel over a portion of the rifle. Fox said Lykins did not say or threaten him verbally, but Fox was in fear for his life.

Lykins then fled the area, so Fox gave chase while calling 911.

A traffic stop was conducted at 2100 14th Street West by several deputies.

Lykins was taken into custody without incident.

The 20-gauge shotgun was found in the seat with Lykins, along with the white towel and two knives. The shotgun and towel were seized as evidence.

A criminal history check revealed that Lykins was previously convicted of four felonies.

He was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon.

Lykins later posted a bail bond of $10,000 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


BPD Arrests Man for Stealing
Woman's Car


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Darron Grooms, 27, of 1405 15th Street East, Bradenton.


Darron Grooms

The arrest report said on Sunday, Oct. 7th, at about 8:15 p.m., Grooms was working at McDonald's in the Walmart store located at 5315 Cortez Road West.

The victim, Elsie Boyd, left her vehicle keys in that McDonald's. The keys were given to McDonald's personnel and put on a shelf under the cash register.

Grooms took the vehicle keys and later went into the parking lot of Walmart, after his shift was over. He then used the remote control on the set of keys to located the vehicle.

Then he returned into McDonald's and left in his own vehicle, parking his own vehicle next to the victim's vehicle.

After parking his own vehicle, he got into the victim's vehicle and left in her vehicle, parking it behind the Checker's across the street from Walmart, then walked back into the parking lot and left in his own vehicle.

The victim reported her vehicle as stolen.

Grooms was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Auto.

He later posted a bail bond of $5,000 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Two Young Men Ambushed,
Robbed at Gunpoint
by 3 Black Males


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery on Tuesday, Oct. 9th, at about 9:30 p.m., in the 4200 block of 24th Street West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said Kyle Seymour, 25, and Mark Rayburn, 21, were walking home from Sweet Bay.

They were approached by three Black males and robbed at gunpoint.

The suspects took a pack of cigarettes and $20.

The suspects fled on foot but were not located by responding Deputies.

The Violent Crimes Task Force responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

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.


Youth Volunteers Needed for
Teen Court Attorney Training


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Youth volunteers are needed to fill the crucial roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys for Teen Court and Teen Court Too.

No legal studies background is needed; although an interest in the judicial system and the role of attorneys is a plus.

Teen Court and Teen Court Too are real courtroom experiences for first-time juvenile offenders. Youths between the ages of 10-17, who admit that they are guilty of selected misdemeanor offenses and some court-ordered non-violent felony cases are heard by a jury of their peers instead of going before a Juvenile Court Judge.

During this training, youths who are interested in becoming Teen Court and Teen Court Too attorneys will receive training from practicing attorneys on courtroom decorum, questioning, objecting and code of conduct.

Youth volunteer attorney training is free and open to students ages 10-17.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided; volunteer hours will be earned upon completion.

The date and time of the free training is October 27, 2012; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The training event will be held at the Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Avenue West, Palmetto.

The reservation deadline is October 19, 2012.

The event is being sponsored by R.B. “Chips” Shore, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller.

Interested parties should contact either Sue Lockliear or Rina Madrid at Sue.Lockliear@manateeclerk.com or Rina.Madrid@manateeclerk.com; (941)741-4027.

For additional information, please visit the website of the Clerk of the Circuit Court at http://www.manateeclerk.com/Departments/Teen Court.aspx.


Man Arrested for Sexual Battery
of Two 15-Year-Old Girls


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested Mathew Faling, 32, of 1340 Le Pera Drive, Englewood, for having sex with two underage girls.


Mathew Faling

Detectives received a report that two 15-year-old victims were having sexual relations with Faling.

An interview with detectives yesterday resulted in the victims confirming that this activity occurred over the past month at his home in Englewood.

Faling was arrested and booked into the Sarasota County Jail charged with 16 counts of Sexual Battery on a Person Under the Age of 16.


CCSO Warns of Two
Phone Scams in Area


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is advising residents of two telephone call scams currently occurring in the area. One involves a fake caller from Publishers Clearing House; the other a con-artist claiming to be from Microsoft. Luckily, Sheriff Bill Cameron was able to stop the lady who was about to be scammed out of $450 in a Publishers Clearing House scam. Unfortunately, the Microsoft caller did get a woman’s credit card information.

The Publishers Clearing House caller notified a Punta Gorda resident that she won a sweepstake prize. He asked her to go to a Punta Gorda CVS store to buy a paper Green Dot pre-paid debit card for $450, and then she would get her prize money. A Green Dot card can be obtained at CVS or many other stores in the country as well. The pre-paid card is made out to the scammer and the money transferred electronically to a store where the caller is located. The victim is then told to immediately contact the caller when this was done and give him the card number. The scammer then goes to a store where the money was sent, gives the clerk the card access number, and gets the cash. Once cashed, it’s gone, and the sender is out the money.

Luckily, the woman was about to go to a CVS to follow through with instructions from the caller but was stopped by Sheriff Cameron. The Sheriff was home for lunch and a neighborhood resident contacted him about the woman who told her she needed a ride to CVS, and why. Sheriff Cameron talked to the woman and when she told him what she was about to do, he told her it was definitely a scam. Sheriff Cameron then advised her to call Punta Gorda Police to report the scam incident as it was in their jurisdiction. The CCSO warns; never pay anyone for something you are told you have won. It is not legal to require a winner to pay anything in order to received winnings.

Concerning the Microsoft scam, a man called a woman on Jones Loop Road Tuesday claiming he was with Microsoft and wanted to help her with any computer problems she might have. The woman actually was having some computer issues and followed the caller’s instruction by typing in information he told her that gave him complete control of her computer. The caller then requested her bank routing number to pay for the technical support he supposedly provided; she refused. The caller then requested her credit card number which the woman gave him. Afterwards, the woman called CCSO to advise what had happened.

The woman was advised by the deputy to contact her bank and immediately cancel the credit card. The deputy then noticed the caller still had control of her computer while he was at her house. The deputy then disconnected the modem and advised her to take her computer to a shop and have it scanned for Malware. Luckily, the woman had not installed her banks website information on her computer.


School in Hot Seat after Child
Disappears for 3 Hours


WINTER SPRINGS, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A local mother wants answers after she said her 6-year-old daughter was able to walk away from a local elementary school and disappear for hours, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The child was supposed to stay for her after-school program at Winter Springs Elementary, a school that sits on busy Highway 434.

Roberts blames her child's school for letting her walk out the front doors with another 6-year-old. Haleigh was supposed to go to her after-school program, but when her mom went to pick her up she had been gone for three-hours.

None of the adults at Winter Springs Elementary could explain where her child went, or why she was allowed to walk out.

A Seminole County School District spokesman told WKMG an adult takes walkers, car riders, and after-school kids from class to their designated locations. The after-school group is dropped off in the cafeteria, while the walkers and car riders are taken to the front office.

Somehow, Haleigh left the after-school group and fell in line with the walkers and the district can't explain exactly what went wrong.

School staffers are supposed to do a roll call for each student. Instead, Roberts said the principal blamed it all on her 6-year-old daughter.

The district plans to investigate exactly how the child was able to walk away from the school and whether staffers failed to follow proper policies, WKMG said.

 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Detectives Seek Location of Man
Wanted on Warrant for Felony
Murder and Armed Robbery

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Detectives are searching for Haywood Edouard, 23, in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred on 8-5-2012. Edouard is wanted for Felony Murder and Armed Robbery.


Above, L to R, Haywood Edouard and Ernest Curry, deceased

On Sunday, August 5th, Edouard and Ernest Curry, 22, were taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.

Edouard was shot once in the shoulder. Curry was shot once in the right arm; the bullet passed through his torso.

Curry was later pronounced dead while Edouard was treated and released.

As NewsManatee earlier reported, Detectives believe the shooting happened in the 2600 block of 6th Street East, Bradenton, where residents reported hearing shots fired.

A few minutes earlier, deputies received a report of a stolen vehicle at 2915 7th Street East. They later located a gold Buick (stolen vehicle) parked in the 1000 block of 33rd Avenue East. Deputies also located a blue Ford Taurus a few houses away. Both vehicles contained evidence connected with this shooting.

Subsequent investigation revealed that Edouard, Curry and a third person tried to rip-off another subject during a drug deal at the above location. A physical confrontation ensued which led to Curry and Edouard being shot by the subject they were trying to rip-off.

Detectives believe another person dropped the shooting victims off at the hospital and then left.

At this time, the subject who fired the shots will not be charged as he was acting in self defense.

Both Edouard and Curry had prior drug arrests.

This was the 15th homicide in Manatee County overall in 2012.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Edouard is asked to call MSO at 941-747-3011, ext. 2513, 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.


Woman Accused of Swindling
Law Firm Out of Over $124K

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Patricia Ann White, 42, of 808 44th Avenue East, Ellenton.


Patricia White

According to the arrest report, White was employed by the Mackey Law Group, 1403 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton. She was responsible for issuing checks and having those checks signed and sent out. The checks were issued at closings and after the closing it was her responsibility to send out those checks.

However, it was revealed through investigation that White issued over $124,000 in checks to herself and deposited them in her Suncoast Federal Credit Union account on the following dates and amounts:

7/7/11 -- $3,105.56
8/8/11 -- $2,800.00
8/23/11 -- $2,900.00
9/1/11 -- $5,100.00
11/4/11 -- $4,541.88
12/16/11 -- $2,500.00
5/18/12 -- $2,500.00
6/5/12 -- $688.71

During an interview with a detective, White said the checks were for overtime that she would receive at closings.

However, the detective contacted other employees who said they would not receive an additional check for any overtime and that they would receive the monies in their regular payroll checks.

White was arrested and charged with Grand Theft after Trust.

She later posted a $10,000 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Pregnant Woman's Ex-Boyfriend
Arrested for Aggravated Battery


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Franklin Lindsay, 24, of the 9th Street West Motel, 2308 9th Street West, Bradenton.


Franklin Lindsay

The arrest report said on Friday, Oct. 5th, at about 9:45 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the above location.

Upon arrival, he spoke with the victim, Tiffany Fasoldt, who said she arrived home after Lindsay and his current girlfriend left Fasoldt at the mall. She said she confronted Lindsay about leaving her at the mall and he became angry.

She said Lindsay then began to yell at her, stepped up to her and with the use of his large stomach, pushed her onto the bed. She stood up and Lindsay once again shoved her back on the bed.

When she stood up again, she had to physically push Lindsay away from her in order to exit the motel room.

Fasoldt said she is 8 weeks pregnant by her current boyfriend and that Lindsay knows that.

Fasoldt did not sustain any injuries from the incident.

The report noted that Fasoldt and Lindsay have two children in common and have lived together in the past as a family.

Lindsay was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery.

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


Kwame Henri Arrested for
Possession of Crack Cocaine


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Kwame Henri, 21, of 1711 27th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Kwame Henri

The arrest report said on Sunday, Oct. 7th, at about 7:45 p.m., police received an anonymous complaint about a suspicious vehicle parked in the 1200 block of 5th Street West. The caller said it was a newer style Camaro.

Upon arrival of officers, the vehicle began leaving the parking lot with no headlights activated; it was during night time hours.

A traffic stop was conducted and the passenger, later identified as Henri, exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

An officer gave chase, giving Henri several commands to stop, but Henri continued on. The officer deployed his Taser twice and on the 2nd try struck Henri in the shorts. He was then taken into custody.

A search of the vehicle by K-9 turned up a pill bottle with several pieces of rock cocaine in the open compartment on the front seat passenger's door, which was easily accessible by Henri.

Post-Miranda, Henri denied knowledge of the rock cocaine.

He was arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine. He was also charged with Resisting Arrest without Violence and on a warrant for Grand Theft Auto/Theft After Trust.

He later posted a bail bond of $21,750 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


BPD Arrests Woman for
Possession of Heroin


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Mallory Hahn, 27, of 5607 29th Street West, Bradenton.


Mallory Hahn

The arrest report said on Friday, Oct. 5th, at about 2 p.m., a traffic stop was initiated on a black Ford truck. The report did not give a reason for the traffic stop.

Hahn was the front passenger in the truck.

During a check of the truck, two small bags that contained a grayish substance were found under the passenger seat.

The substance tested positive for heroin. Total weight was .4 grams.

Post-Miranda, Hahn said she got a ride to K & S with a friend, got out of the car and entered a truck, where she paid $50 for the two small baggies of heroin. She admitted that the baggies that were found were hers, the report said.

Hahn was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin.

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


Thousands of Dollars in Jewelry
Taken from South Manatee Home


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a case of Grand Theft that occurred sometime between Friday, October 5th and Monday, October 8th, at a residence in the 800 block of Wee Burn Street, in South Manatee County.

A brief press release said unknown person(s) removed several thousand worth of jewelry from the victim's home.

The victim was named as Mary K. Lewis, 55 years old.

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 Sees $56K Ring Fall Off
Man's Finger, Picks it Up, Leaves;
Later Arrested after Video Shows It


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy arrested a Port Charlotte man after he saw a $56,745 ring fall off a 73-year-old bar patron’s finger; he picked it up, pocketed it and went home.


Brian Cooney

Arrested for Grand Theft from a Person 65 Years and Older was Brian Patrick Cooney, 57, 885 Fairfax Terrace.

The deputy was dispatched at 9:54 p.m. Monday to Gatorz Bar & Grill, 3816 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, concerning theft of a valuable gold and diamond ring. The general manager said she had surveillance video of a customer named Brian picking up a ring off the ground that belonged to another customer. He then put it in his pocket and left. She did not know Brian’s last name who is a regular bar patron.

The deputy viewed the video taken outside the bar and saw what appeared to be a ring fall on the ground from the left hand of the elderly customer. With the ring on the ground, the man known only as Brian is seen walking over to the ring, placed his right foot over it in an attempt to conceal, looked around, bent over and picked the ring up. He walked around, and then placed the ring in his pants pocket. Shortly after, the victim and other customers began looking for the ring but Brian did not assist; he then left the area.

The manager and the deputy reviewed previous credit card transactions to try and find Brian’s last name. A credit card receipt was located and showed the name of Brian Cooney. The deputy ran a computer check that produced Cooney’s driver’s license photo and his home address.

A detective and the deputy went to Cooney’s home and asked if he was at Gatorz’ he said he was. They said they were there to collect property that did not belong to him; Cooney said he did not know what they were talking about. Cooney was then told he was shown on surveillance video picking up the ring and putting in his pocket. Cooney then said he had the ring and was going to give it to the owner tomorrow when he returned to the bar. Cooney produced the ring he put in his bedroom dresser drawer and gave it to the deputy. Clothing that Clooney was wearing as seen in the video matched exactly the clothing located on his bedroom floor.

At 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, Oct. 9th, Cooney was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on $25,000 bond.


Pizza Delivery Guy Shocked
with Stun Gun During Robbery


DAYTONA BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Police have arrested a man they say shocked a Papa Johns pizza delivery man with a stun gun in an attempt to steal $26 worth of pizza in Daytona Beach, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Christopher Dondre Collins, 19, has been charged with attempted robbery with a weapon in the incident.

According to deputies, the worker went to deliver an order totaling $26 to a house on Halifax Avenue at around 10 p.m. Monday and it appeared no one was home so he called the customer. The customer, later identified as Collins, told the man he gave the worker the wrong unit number and would walk out to the delivery man.

Collins, who told the worker he was a Bethune Cookman student, then shocked the delivery man in the stomach with a stun gun and tried to grab the two pizzas. The delivery man grabbed back the pizzas and Collins ran away.

Collins was tracked back to an apartment in Seabreeze Boulevard when he was arrested.

The delivery man is expected to be OK, WKMG said.

 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Ex-boyfriend Stabbed by Woman's
New Boyfriend Following Burglary
by Ex-Boyfriend

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jeffrey Rehder, 34, of 4440 103rd Street Court West, Bradenton.


Jeffrey Rehder

A sheriff's report said Jeffrey Rehder and his wife Courtney Rehder used to live together at 2612 23rd Street West, but split up well over a year ago and Jeffrey moved out.

About 3 weeks ago, Courtney moved her new boyfriend, Dustin Hedenberg, 34, into the home.

On Sunday, Oct. 7th, Jeffrey kept calling Courtney over and over; the discussion became heated at one point so Dustin grabbed the phone from Courtney.

Dustin and Jeffrey then got into an argument over the phone, both threatening to beat each other up.

At about midnight, Jeffrey arrived at the house and began banging on the doors and windows but no one answered the door.

Apparently, Jeffrey went to the rear of the home, through the fenced in back yard, and then entered the home through an unlocked sliding glass door.

According to Dustin and Courtney, after storming past Courtney, Jeffrey attacked Dustin and the two began fighting in the bedroom.

While engaged in the fight, Dustin armed himself with a folding knife that Dustin keeps on his nightstand and stabbed Jeffrey 3 to 4 times in the back.

Dustin then got away from Jeffrey and called 911.

Upon arrival of deputies, all parties were still present.

Jeffrey was transported to Blake Medical Center and was treated for injuries that were not life- threatening.

He was then transported to the Manatee County Jail, charged with Burglary and two counts of Domestic Assault and Battery.

He remains in jail as of Monday afternoon without bail.


Man Arrested Holding Gun,
Marijuana, Cocaine After
Traffic Stop by BPD

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Jarrod Quinn, 22, of 3516 22nd Street East, Bradenton.


Jarrod Quinn

The arrest report from BPD said on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, at about 6 p.m., two officers in an unmarked vehicle observed the driver of a 4-door vehicle, later identified as Quinn, and his passenger were not wearing seat belts.

They got behind the vehicle and activated their emergency lights, at which time they observed Quinn putting on his seat belt.

The vehicle stopped at 2300 9th Street West.

Upon approaching the vehicle, the officers smelled the odor of marijuana. Quinn was asked when was the last time he smoked marijuana. He replied, "About an hour ago."

They were both removed from the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle revealed a fully loaded .44 magnum revolver in the center console with 5 rounds in the cylinder. Also found in the arm rest were a baggie of marijuana and rock cocaine.

Both drugs tested positive.

Quinn was arrested and charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Felony, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

He later posted a bail bond in the amount of $8,240 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Arrested for Battery,
Threatening Woman with
Knife Held to Her Throat


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jose Maximilano Mancillas, 18, of 402 11th Street West, Bradenton.


Jose Mancillas

The arrest report said between April 20, 2012 and September 25, 2012, an unnamed woman and Mancillas were both involved in a dating relationship, during which Mancillas has allegedly battered the woman once a day, every other day.

The woman alleged that on April 20th, the first incident involving physical violence occurred when Mancillas physically battered the woman by pushing her in the chest with both hands to the ground.

The violence persisted over the course of the 5-month long relationship and became increasingly more severe when, at one point, Mancillas allegedly acquired a butcher knife from the kitchen and held the knife to the victim's throat for about two minutes until she agreed to give Mancillas her cell phone.

The most recent incident involving violence occurred on Sept. 25th, when Mancillas grabbed the woman's arms and pushed her backwards, causing her to fall to the ground.

The woman claimed to have received injuries in the past, but at the time of her report to deputies, no signs of injuries were seen.

Mancillas was arrested on Thursday, October 4th. He was charged with Domestic Battery Using a Deadly Weapon and Simple Battery.

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


Targeted Drive-By Shooting
Reported; No Injuries

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported what appears to be a targeted drive-by shooting on Sunday, Oct. 7th, at about 11 p.m., at a residence in the 700 block of 56th Avenue Drive East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said at about 11 p.m. a dark red or burgundy 90s Mustang convertible with a black top drove by the listed address.

The vehicle turned around at the dead end and then stopped in front of the address, opened the window and the driver yelled "Where Jason at?"

The lone occupant of the vehicle then fired into the address between 3 and 5 times.

The vehicle then fled, last seen turning onto 57th Ave.

Witnesses stated the shooter was a Black make with dreadlock style hair.

The shooter, who was not further described, couldn’t be located by responding deputies.

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 Shoot at Each Other But
Cops Can't Find Victims


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a shooting on Monday, Oct. 8th, at about 12:15 p.m., in the 5600 block of 6th Street Court East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said multiple complainants reported two individuals shooting at each other at the above location.

One suspect was a young Hispanic male, the other a young Black male.

Both fled from the area before any complaints were received.

No injured persons or damaged property were located on scene.

Detectives and crime scene technicians were contacted and responded to the scene.

At this time, they still have no victim or suspect.

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.


Safe Stolen from Restaurant
During Burglary

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a burglary occurred at Cody's Roadhouse restaurant, 895 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, on Monday, Oct. 8th, at about 5:50 a.m.

A sheriff's report said unknown person(s) broke into Cody's Roadhouse and took the safe from inside.

The burglary alarm was activated and deputies arrived within 3 minutes of notification.

The suspect(s) had already fled, possibly indicating the burglar knew what he was after.

The area was checked with no results.

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.


Deputy Who Saved Boaters
Awarded Deputy of Month

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube named Deputy William McBride Deputy of the Month for September of 2012.

On August 12, 2012, Deputy William McBride received a call from Communications that an occupied vessel was sinking in Terra Ceia Bay.

911 relayed information from a wife that the boat was near the Crab Trap and Deputy McBride had additional information that it was in the vicinity of a small island.

He began his search in the area of Bird Key, and even though hindered by heavy thunderstorms and frequent lightning, he located the vessel with the occupants partially submerged in about five feet of water.

Deputy McBride took the occupants and their belongings on board and returned them to safety.

His immediate response, coupled with his knowledge of the area, resulted in the safe recovery of these individuals, for which Deputy McBride is awarded Deputy of the Month for September 2012.

Sheriff Steube congratulated Dep. McBride.


Man Arrested for Hitting Neighbor
with Golf Cart after Argument


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Port Charlotte man after he ran over his neighbor with a golf cart following an argument.


Carl Martin, Jr.

Arrested for Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Resisting an Officer, and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, was Carl Travis Martin Jr., 53, 21040 Jerome Avenue.

CCSO responded to a call Saturday at 6:21 p.m. to talk to the unnamed victim, 46, who said he was run over by Martin, his neighbor. The victim said he was engaged in a verbal argument with Martin by his mailbox. Martin got on his golf cart and said he was going to run over him. The victim was standing on the edge of the roadway and said Martin continued to drive at him with no sign of slowing down. At the last second, the victim said he turned his body to the side and Martin’s golf cart struck him. The victim told deputies Martin had a pit bull riding with him and he didn’t want to confront Martin after being struck out of fear of the dog and being further attacked. Martin turned the golf cart around and drove back to his home. The victim’s wife called CCSO.

Deputies observed the victim’s legs and saw scrapes, scratches, and bruising; the victim, however, refused EMS. Deputies then talked to two neighborhood witnesses who verified the victim’s account of the incident. Deputies then went to Martin’s home and asked him what happened; Martin at first said, “nothing,” then said the victim may have been struck when he went to turn his golf cart around to go home.

Deputies advised Martin he was under arrest but he refused to put his hands behind his back and stood firm, then attempted to pull away. He was finally secured with handcuffs and transported to the Charlotte County Jail. Martin posted a $6,000 bond Sunday and was released; this is his fifth booking into the jail.


Kids Find Human Skull
While Spearfishing

COCOA BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Children found a human skull while spearfishing in the Banana River near Cocoa Beach, and authorities are trying to determine the dead person's identity, Orlando television station WMKG reported.

The discovery was reported about 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Sunnyland area between Cocoa Beach and Patrick Air Force Base.

The kids stumbled upon the skull, which was missing its jawbone, in about 2 feet of water roughly 15 feet offshore, Brevard County sheriff's Maj. John Mellick said.

The sheriff's dive team conducted a “grid search” of the site Sunday morning for about 90 minutes, but found no other clues, Mellick said.

The skull has been turned over to the Brevard County Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation, WKMG said.

 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Man Shot, Killed in Palmetto Friday;
PPD Searching for SUV, Shooter;
20th Homicide of 2012

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department is investigating a shooting that left one person dead. It occurred in front of the business at 203 10th Street West at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening.


Jesse Schwartzman, deceased

The victim, 25-year-old Jesse Schwartzman, of Ellenton, was shot as he drove eastbound on 10th Street West, after exiting the Citgo Gas Station. A black or dark blue full size four door pick-up pulled up next to the victim’s vehicle and one of the occupants shot him. The victim then drove off the road and crashed into a concrete safety barrier near one of the Citgo Station’s gas pumps.


Above, the suspect vehicle, Schwartzman's passenger
and Schwartzman's vehicle (white sedan)
(Photo provided by PPD)

The suspect vehicle is a black or dark blue full size pick-up with four doors, possibly a Nissan or a Dodge. The vehicle had chrome bumpers and chrome rims.

The suspects are described as two Black males.

Schwartzman had a passenger in his vehicle who was apparently uninjured and fled the scene after the shooting and crash. He is described as a medium build Black male, approximately 5’10" tall, with short hair and wearing tan cargo shorts.

Persons with any information about this crime are asked to contact Detective Chad Oyler at 723-4587 x6140 or the Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-8477, 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.

Police are especially interested in information concerning the shooters and their vehicle.

PPD Deputy Chief Scott Tyler told NewsManatee that Schwartzman's passenger showed up at PPD on Saturday and was interviewed. DC Tyler said there is nothing new to report at this time.

The Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will also match any Manatee County Crime Stoppers Reward.

This is the 20th homicide overall in Manatee County in 2012. There have now been 14 homicides in unincorporated Manatee County, 3 in the City of Palmetto and 3 in the City of Bradenton.



Manatee Detectives Ask Help
Finding Missing Minor Girl

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's assistance in locating a missing girl, who may be with an adult.


Above, Saribel Velez-Ramos and Jose Fuentes

Detectives are searching for 15-year-old Saribel Marie Velez-Ramos, of Bradenton.

Saribel was last seen Friday morning, October 5th, at her apartment complex which is located in the 200 block of 34th Ave. Dr. E., Bradenton.

Detectives believe Saribel may be with 23-year-old Jose Fuentes.

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 Busted for Impersonating
a Cop, Threatening Man,
Woman with Handgun


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jimmy Panagiotopoulos, 36, of 4110 39th Street West, Bradenton.


Jimmy Panagiotopoulos

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, at about 3:45 a.m., while James Brady, Jr., and Samantha Olschewski were lying down in their bedroom, they heard a knock on the door.

Both of them then got out of the bed and proceeded to the locked front door of their residence at 5537 16th Street West to see who it was, when the front door opened.

Both James and Samantha recognized the man who had unlocked the front door as their landlord, Emmanuel Ninos, who was standing next to an unknown White male, later identified as Jimmy P.

Jimmy told both victims that he was a Manatee County Police Officer and that he had a gun; he lifted up the right side of his shirt to reveal a black semi-automatic pistol.

Then Jimmy P. told both parties, "You need to leave this second or there are gonna be problems."

James Brady then asked Jimmy P. to show him a badge and said that he was calling the cops. Jimmy P. never presented a badge to James Brady, but told him, "I have a hollow point with your name on it," the report said.

Jimmy P. then walked down the driveway to the rear of the landlord's SUV. The handgun, a Ruger .40 caliber weapon with 15 rounds of hollow point ammunition was found in a tool box in the rear of the SUV.

Jimmy P. told Dep. Steven Luke that he had the gun because of a recent home invasion to his residence and he had brought it along tonight because he thought there might be trouble and wanted to protect his uncle, the landlord, Emmanuel Ninos.

Jimmy P. was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer.

He was later released from the Manatee County Jail after posting a bail bond of $100,000.


Man Charged with Child Abuse
after Pushing Girlfriend's Son


PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Jesus Lopez, Jr., 43, of 626 9th Avenue West, Palmetto.


Jesus Lopez, Jr.

The arrest report from PPD said Lopez is the boyfriend of the 16-year-old victim's mother and they all live together at the above location.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, at about 8 p.m., the victim and his friend were trying to enter the residence.

Once inside, Lopez escorted the victim's friend back outside because he did not want the friend in the residence.

When the victim had entered the residence, Lopez pushed the boy into a wall without causing serious harm.

The victim said Lopez was in his face he felt threatened, so when he was pushed by Lopez, he slapped Lopez in self-defense.

The boy received a small scratch on his left arm, but no other injuries.

Lopez was arrested and charged with Child Abuse.

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


Woman Arrested for Prostitution
by Undercover Detective


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jade Leigh Schwartz, 23, of the 6000 block of McKown Road, Sarasota.


Jade Schwartz

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 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 5:10 p.m., he spotted Schwartz in the 5900 block of 11th Street East.

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

She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution. Subsequent to her arrest, deputies located a crack pipe in her purse, but for some reason she was not charged with that.

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


Unidentified Body Found in Pond;
Foul Play Not Suspected

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office dive team was called out to retrieve a body found in a pond at Bayshore on the Lake Condos in Bradenton.

A press release from Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said at approximately 9:15 Friday morning, October 5th, deputies responded to a body in the lake at Bayshore on the Lake Condominiums located at 3600 Lake Bayshore Dr., Bradenton.

The body was located by deputies several feet from shore.

There were no obvious signs of trauma to the body and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Deputies were able to tentatively identify the body as a known homeless person, 56 years old, in the area.

A name will not be released until positive ID has been made and family has been notified, Bristow said.


Man Kicked, Slugged
with Beer Bottle, Robbed

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a robbery on Sunday, Oct. 7th, at about 12:30 a.m., at Mi Casa Bar and Grill, 5645 15th Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said deputies responded to the above location regarding a fight.

It was determined Leonico Santiago was approached by multiple suspects inside the bar.

The suspects started to kick the victim multiple times and one of the suspects struck him in the head with a glass beer bottle.

The suspects then demanded money from the victim.

The victim removed his wallet from his pocket and showed the suspects he did not have money, but one of the suspects grabbed the wallet from the victim’s hand and fled.

The victim said he was unsure who did what.

The victim sustained a laceration to the right side of his head. He was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital by a friend and treated for his injuries. He required some stitches and was released from the hospital.

The Violent Crimes Task Force responded to the hospital and took over the investigation.

The attackers were only described as four unknown Hispanic males.

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 Women Lure Intoxicated
Man Lured Into Robbery


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a robbery by sudden snatching on Sunday, Oct. 7th, sometime between the hours of 2 and 3 a.m., at 2604 53rd Avenue West, Bradenton, the location of a 7-11 convenience store.

A sheriff's report said Rodrigo Nascimento, 35, took a cab from Joyland to the 7-11.

As he paid for the cab, two White women called him over to the car they were sitting in.

As he approached the vehicle, a Black male snatched the wallet from Rodrigo's hand and got into the vehicle with the 2 women.

When Rodrigo reached into the car to get his wallet, the Black male suspect punched Rodrigo in the mouth.

The suspect left in the vehicle with the two women.

Rodrigo was intoxicated at the time and did not call MSO.

The Black male robber was not further described except to say he was large.

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


Mass Vehicle Pileup on I-75
Friday Afternoon Aftermath


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a mass vehicle pileup on I-75 at University Parkway on Friday, October 5th, at about 3:09 p.m. that shut down southbound lanes for six hours.

FHP Lt. Chris Miller said a total of 12 separate collisions occurred involving 47 vehicles. There were 52 injuries and 22 people were transported to area hospitals. Two were flown to area hospitals with critical, but non life threatening injuries.

The roadway was re-opened at 9:09 p.m.

There were several commercial motor vehicles involved, but no hazmat spills.

Afternoon storms contributed to the crashes, Lt. Miller said.

Charges are pending.


Sarasota Sheriff, FDLE Issue
Silver Alert for Man, 70,
Locate Man


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reported a missing elderly man with a medical condition. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a Silver Alert.


Herbert Boughn

A sheriff's report said on Sunday, Oct. 7th, at about 3 a.m., Herbert Martin Boughn, 70, went missing from 4275 Pasadena Circle, in Sarasota.

Mr. Boughn is described as a White male, 6'1" tall, 186 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes.

He does have a medical condition which requires monitoring.

Mr. Boughn may be driving a 2006 Chevrolet extended cab silver pickup truck with Florida license number 914MVU.

The Silver Alert said he may be traveling to New Mexico.

Late Sunday afternoon, the media was notified that Boughn had been located and he is in good health.


CCSO Arrests Two Kids, 16 and 11,
Solve 4 August Home Burglaries


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives on Thursday arrested a second boy in connection with four home burglaries that occurred last August in the 35000 block of Hilnick Drive off Washington Loop Road, east of Punta Gorda. Arrested Sep. 1 for two of the burglaries was George Brice Stuck, 16, 4060 Michigan Drive, Punta Gorda. During the investigation, detectives learned the name of Stuck’s 11-year old accomplice, Brad Thomas Donner, 4100 Molly Drive, Punta Gorda. Both boys live adjacent to Hilnick Drive where all the burglaries occurred.

The first burglary was reported Aug. 26 where a screen tent, pocket knives, pressure washer, air compressor, coins, rings, CD/Stereo, a safe, mower, washer, outboard motor, riding mower, wheel barrow, fishing equipment, food items and various tools valued at $3,800 were stolen. The other burglaries were reported Aug. 30 and 31 on Hilnick Drive. Detectives learned that some of the stolen items were in a wooded area behind a home off Washington Loop Road. Detectives located the screen tent and many of the stolen items.

Further investigation led to the identity of Struck; his mother gave permission to search her son’s bedroom and detectives found quantities of the stolen items including knives, fishing gear, tools, a machete, and more. On Sep. 1, Stuck was charged with two felony counts of Armed Burglary and two felony counts of Grand Theft. He was taken to the Charlotte County Jail then to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Ft. Myers for 21-days. Stuck was re-arrested Wednesday for two more burglaries on Hilnick Drive. He was sent back to DJJ for 21 days on two counts of Armed Burglary and two counts of Grand Theft.

Donner was identified as being involved with Stuck; his father allowed detectives to search his son’s bedroom and detectives found the stolen fishing poles. He also showed detectives where a jewelry box was buried. Donner was arrested Thursday on the same eight felony charges, four for Armed Burglary and four for Grand Theft. He was booked at the Charlotte County Jail and then sent to DJJ in Ft. Myers for 21 days.


Polk County Teen Charged as
Adult in Baby's Strangling


LAKELAND, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A 14-year-old girl who authorities say secretly gave birth to a son and then strangled him, will be prosecuted as an adult, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Cassidy Goodson

Cassidy Goodson will appear in court Friday on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

A Polk County grand jury indicted her on Thursday.

Goodson was arrested Sept. 28 after deputies say she gave birth to a 9.5-pound boy inside a bathroom, then strangled him.

Detectives say the girl hid her pregnancy from her family.

She gave birth to a boy in the bathroom of her home on Sept. 19.

She told detectives she choked the baby and put him in a shoebox.

The girl's mother found the baby in the box, hidden in some laundry, WKMG said.


 

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