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Local/State News for week ending 1/19/2013

Woman with 4 Prior Convictions
Arrested Again for Prostitution,
Also Possession of Crack

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jill Marie Smith, 33, of the 700 block of 17th Avenue West, Bradenton.

Jill Smith

According to the arrest report, on Wednesday, Jan. 16th, 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 5:45 p.m. he spotted Smith sitting in the southeast corner of the Marathon gas station located at 2009 14th Street West.

He made contact with Smith, who asked him if he was looking for a date.

The detective replied in the affirmative and Smith entered his vehicle.

Through conversation, Smith agreed to perform oral sex on the U/C detective in exchange for $25. She further said that he could tip her extra if he wanted to.

The detective gave the "good deal" sign to other deputies nearby and drove to the takedown location where Smith was arrested without incident.

During a search incident to her arrest, two pieces of crack cocaine were located in the right side of Smith's bra under the right breast and one piece of used brillo was found in the left side of her bra.

A criminal history of Smith revealed that she had four prior convictions for prostitution. Two of them in separate arrests were received in 2011 and two of them from separate arrests were received in 2008. According to the sheriff's website, she was also arrested for Prostitution in August of 2012.

She was charged with Felony Prostitution, two counts of Violation of Probation for Felony Prostitution, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond at this time.

Man Threatened to Kill Cousin,
Her Daughter with Knife

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Cody Hodges, 18, of 3711 18th Street East, Bradenton.

Cody Hodges

The arrest report said on Tuesday, Jan. 15th, at about 3 p.m., Cody and his cousin by blood, Tammie Hunt got into a verbal altercation.

Cody and Tammie live together at the above location.

Cody began arguing with Tammie about her talking about him.

Tammie and a witness said Cody picked up a butcher knife while they were in the kitchen and raised it above his head and told Tammie he would "kill her and her daughter."

Tammie told deputies she was placed in fear that Cody would stab her.

Tammie and Cody were about 3 feet away facing each other in the kitchen during the incident, the report said.

Tammie left the home and went to a friend's house across the street and called law enforcement.

The knife Cody allegedly used was seized from the house and was as described by Tammie and the witness.

Tammie was very upset and crying and Cody was agitated and began yelling when he was arrested, according to the report.

Cody was charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault.

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

Deputies Arrest Man for
Trafficking Oxycodone

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Robert Kennedy, 47, of 1280 Whitfield Avenue, in South Manatee County.

Robert Kennedy

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Jan. 16th, at about 2:30 a.m., Dep. Gallagher was patrolling in the 1200 block of Whitfield Avenue when he observed Kennedy walking south on Whitfield Avenue.

The deputy stopped and Kennedy agreed to a consensual encounter with the deputy.

During the encounter, Dep. Dwyer arrived on scene. He asked Kenney if he could pat him down and Kennedy agreed.

The pat down revealed a lump in Kennedy's pocket, which turned out to be an unlabeled bottle of white pills.

Poison Control was contacted and they said the pills were 10 mg Oxycodone. There were 50 pills which weighed 23 grams.

Kennedy was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Oxycodone.

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

PPD Arrests Walmart Employee
for Theft of Computer Tablet

PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Donte Maurice Weaver, 24, of 6654 Bobby Jones Court, in Palmetto.

Donte Weaver

The arrest report said Weaver was an employee of the Walmart store located at 508 10th Street East, Palmetto.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16th, at about 7 p.m., Weaver took a Samsung tablet from the security bin and walked with it toward the receiving area in the back of the store.

Once there, Weaver took the tablet out of the box and concealed the tablet in his pants.

Weaver then took his break, leaving the store and failing to pay for the item.

Weaver had been seen on closed circuit TV doing the above by loss prevention personnel.

Weaver was confronted by loss prevention and admitted to the theft in a written statement.

Palmetto Police arrested Weaver and charged him with Grand Theft by Embezzlement.

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

Gang Shooting Threat
at County Fair Reported

MANAEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office recently received information from an anonymous source that a gang related shooting would take place at the Manatee County Fair, which started Thursday in Palmetto. The intelligence information was investigated and disseminated to area law enforcement.

The Sheriff’s Office learned Thursday that the intelligence information has showed up on social media sites. The same type of threat was received prior to last year’s fair and like this year’s threat, there is no credible evidence to validate the information.

However, the Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate the threats and is working with Fair officials to ensure the fair is as safe as possible. This includes a strong presence of law enforcement and a security check at all entrances of the fair.

Man Arrested for Burglary
Within Minutes of Act

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department has arrested Eric Ramos, 31, of Sarasota.

Eric Ramos

A burglary occurred at 428 N. Osprey Avenue, on January 7th, at approximately 3:30 p.m. The perpetrator removed a lawn mower from a secured storage area. At first the witness thought the perpetrator was an employee of the landlord. The witness then noticed that the padlock, securing the storage area, had been forced. At that time the witness observed the suspect fleeing eastbound towards US 301.

The Sarasota Police were dispatched to the burglary at 3:46 p.m.. Officer Cespedes responded to North Osprey Avenue to meet with the witness. He updated a BOLO for the suspect. Within minutes Officer Morningstar and Officer Sullivan located Eric Ramos, pushing a mower, in the 2100 block of 6th Street. The witness was transported to that location and positively identified Ramos as the perpetrator.

Officers read Miranda Warnings to Ramos and Ramos admitted to taking the mower. Ramos advised that “Chuck” had told him he could use the mower to mow lawns. Sergeant Castro located a resident who had been contacted by Ramos prior to the officers’ arrival. The resident advised that Ramos never asked about mowing his lawn, Ramos offered to sell the (stolen) mower to the resident.

Eric Ramos was arrested for the burglary. Within 25-minutes of the officers receiving the call, they had arrested the suspect, recovered the mower, and located an additional witness. The arrest was made possible thanks to the quick response and coordinated efforts of the officers, and a witness that provided the officers with information about the crime and suspect.

Eric Ramos has previously been arrested for 39 criminal charges, 18 of those charges were felonies. Eric Ramos has at least 15 previous convictions, including 9 felony convictions. He remains in Sarasota County Jail on the current Burglary charge.

Sarasota County Removes Dead
Fish from Red Tide Bloom

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota County staff members working with non-violent offenders from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Offender Work Program have been deployed to Caspersen Beach, 4100 Harbor Drive, Venice, to remove dead fish that have washed ashore. Cleanup efforts also have been scheduled today for county-owned beaches, including Manasota Beach, Blind Pass Beach, Venice Beach and others. The suspected cause of the fish kill is a red tide bloom located offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

The dead fish started washing ashore earlier this week. County staff, including lifeguards and employees of Parks and Recreation, will continue to monitor all public beaches for impacts of red tide, and will respond as the need arises.

Residents and visitors with asthma or chronic respiratory impairments who are planning to visit a local beach are encouraged to be aware of beach conditions where red tide impacts are being reported. For those who are susceptible, the symptoms associated with red tide tend to become more noticeable when the winds are blowing onshore.

Current beach conditions can be found online at Mote Marine Laboratory's website, Residents and visitors also can register to receive email reports about specific beaches. For telephone updates, call 941-BEACHES (232-2437) and press "1" for Sarasota County beaches.


Two Men Tried To Disguise By
Shaving Heads After Burglary

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested two men involved in a burglary and theft of a Port Charlotte home Wednesday morning in the 3400 block of Normandy Drive.

Above, L to R, Corey Soares and Keith Woods

Arrested were Corey Lee Soares, 25, 1413 Corktree Circle, Port Charlotte; and Keith Leo Woods, 23, 1261 Sugar Pine Court, Punta Gorda. Witnesses saw them in the act and before their arrest; both men had shaved their heads in disguise.

CCSO received a call at 9:46 a.m. from the victim who returned home and observed a man in her backyard. She and her passenger walked to the rear of the home but the man had fled. The victim told detectives her laptop computer was missing and her television was moved to a doorway to also be taken. She said she met two men at Alli-Gators in Town Center Mall and invited them and many others to party at her home after the bar closed. One of the men, later identified as Soares asked to use the victim’s laptop to check his Facebook messages; he gave it back and the two men left. About 8:50 a.m. the victim received a phone call from Soares. She told him she had to go out and about when she would be back.

Detectives and deputies did a neighborhood canvass and located witnesses at a business to the rear of the victim’s home who said they saw an older model four-door car with two men parked behind the business. They gave a very detailed description of both men. They said one man jumped over a fence and walked toward the victim’s home; another man stayed outside the car. The other man came back from the home with a laptop under his shirt, got into the car and drove off leaving the other man behind; the car returned and picked up him up. The witnesses got the license tag number and gave it to detectives. A tag check showed the black 1991 Buick vehicle was known to be driven by Soares and a BOLO was issued. Detectives located the car at Soares’ home at 10:43 a.m. They talked to his sister and another woman who both refused to cooperate. Neighbors gave a time-line when the car being very loud and not in great mechanical condition had left and returned.

A search warrant signed by a judge was obtained and served. Upon entry, Soares and Woods were located inside home. Detectives said both men had shaved their heads. Based on evidence and witnesses statements, both were arrested and charged with Burglary and Grand Theft. They were taken to the Charlotte County Jail; Woods remains in jail on $7,500 bond while Soares was released on a $7,500 bond. This is Soares’ sixth booking; the third for Woods.

Sen. Bill Nelson to Hunt
Pythons in Everglades

WESTON, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, the lawmaker who initiated the federal python ban, will join the hunt for the snakes in the Florida Everglades, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

According to Nelson's office, the senator will hunt the invasive snakes on Thursday with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Ron Bergeron and a researcher from the University of Florida.

“These snakes don’t belong in the Everglades,” Nelson said in a statement. “They’re causing real problems in one of Florida’s greatest treasures.”

The Python Challenge is supported by the FWC, UF and the South Florida Water Management District, and it was designed to get the public involved to control the snakes.

The challenge, which officially began Saturday, is the latest in a series of measures aimed at addressing the invasive snakes, which are believed to have been introduced to the swamps of Florida by pet owners who released the imported reptiles into the wild, WKMG said.

“We’ve got the policies in place to help correct the problem, between the state’s regulations and the federal rules that Sen. Nelson helped pushed through,” Bergeron said. “Now it’s time for boots on the ground. It’s a great thing the state is doing here.”


~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Man Busted for False Imprisonment,
Domestic Battery by Strangulation
of Female Victim

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Daniel H. Kersey, 25, of 1628 Ballard Park Drive, Bradenton.

Daniel Kersey

According to the arrest report, Kersey and young woman have been living together at the above location as boyfriend/girlfriend for the past three months as a family unit.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15th, at about 2 a.m., they were in a verbal confrontation in her vehicle while on the way home from the store.

She told officers that when they arrived home, Kersey got very upset and grabbed her by the arms and threw the victim over a glass table in the living room of the home. This action resulted in a small laceration to her right knee.

Once she got on her feet, she tried to run around the room and make it to the front door so she could leave the residence. But Kersey grabbed her by both of her arms and hair and dragged her into the bedroom.

Once inside the bedroom she said Kersey held her down on the bed and held her arms down with his legs and put both hands around her neck and strangled her.

She said Kersey stopped and let her up. She then tried to exit the home but was again stopped by Kersey at the front door. He dragged her back into the bedroom and held her down on the bed again in the same manner as before. This time, she said, Kersey had a large kitchen knife in his hand. She said Kersey held it to her neck and covered her mouth with his hand, telling her that he could kill her.

She said she was able to talk Kersey off of her once he removed his hand. She said he then grabbed small kitchen knife and went to stab her in the stomach, but at the last moment before impact, Kersey turned the point of the blade away and struck her with the blunt end of the knife.

That motion caused her to receive a small laceration to her right wrist, she said. At that point, Kersey left the home.

He later returned to the home at about 3:45 a.m. and was arrested.

Kersey was charged with Domestic Aggravated Assault, Domestic Battery by Strangulation, False Imprisonment, and Person Using a Deadly Weapon. He was also charged with Violation of Probation.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a combined bail bond of $202,750.

Smuggler's Cove Robbed
by White Male Bandit

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported the robbery of Smuggler's Cove, 2000 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, on Tuesday, Jan.15th, at about 10:15 p.m.

A sheriff's report said the 56-year-old clerk was outside by the picnic table when she was approached by the suspect.

He forced her back into the office and had her empty the cash drawer.

The suspect then fled north through the parking lot.

K-9 responded and tracked to the rear of the Chinese Buffet restaurant where the track was lost.

Good video surveillance was obtained and downloaded by the Violent Crimes Task Force. The still photo about was captured from the video.

The robber was described as a White male, 5'10" tall, 230 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black hat, a red bandana, a gray shirt and gray shorts.

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 Approached Victim with
Machete, Victim Pulled Gun

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jerome Alexander Peay, 41, of 1203 34th Avenue East, Bradenton.

Jerome Peay

The arrest report said on Monday, Jan. 14th, at about 3 p.m., the unnamed victim was at a friend's shop located at 2103 5th Street East, Bradenton, hanging out and went to the end of the driveway to retrieve trash cans.

While getting the trash cans, he was confronted by Peay who began to argue with the victim about collecting the trash cans.

According to the victim, the argument escalated when Peay used the tip of his finger to poke the victim in his face.

Then Peay walked away to his shop area located at the rear of the property and came back up to the shop area holding a machete down at his side.

When Peay got within 10 feet of the victim, he told the victim he was going to "cut his head off."

The victim armed himself with a firearm that he was carrying and told Peay to get away from him.

Peay walked away at that point and the victim decided it was best to leave the area.

He got on his motorcycle to leave the area and Peay came back out holding a 2x4 and threw it at the victim, striking him in the boot, causing no injuries.

Law enforcement was called. A witness confirmed the victim's story.

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

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

Pedestrian Ignores "Do Not Walk"
Signal, Struck by Vehicle

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a pedestrian vs. vehicle accident on Tuesday, Jan. 15th, at about 5:15 p.m., on 26th Street West, 20 feet north of 53rd Avenue West, Bradenton.

The FHP report said a 2010 Ford Ranger being driven by Michael J. Mullins, 26, of Bradenton, was eastbound on 53rd Avenue West in the left turn lane approaching the intersection of 26th Street West.

Robert A. Hall, 46, of Bradenton, a pedestrian, was walking eastbound in a crosswalk across 26th Street West, north of 53rd Avenue West.

Mullins proceeded to make a left turn to go north on 26th Street West during the yellow signal.

Hall disregarded the 'do not walk' pedestrian signal.

As a result, Mullins' Ranger struck Hall's right side.

Mullins told an FHP Trooper he did not observe Hall in the crosswalk.

Hall sustained serious injuries and was transported to Blake Medical Center.

There were no charges placed on Mullins.

Manatee County Announces
Martin Luther King Day Closures

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Government offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Trash and recycling pickup schedules will continue as normal next week.

Manatee County Area Transit and the Anna Maria Island Trolley will operate normal daily routes.

Manatee County parks and beaches will be open to the public. Manatee County and Buffalo Creek Golf Courses will be open. The Fitness Center and Teen Room at G.T. Bray Recreation Center will be closed but G.T. Bray Skate Park will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Central Library, the only county library normally open on Mondays, will be closed Jan. 21 and will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, Jan. 22. All of Manatee County's branch libraries operate Tuesday through Saturday and are therefore not affected by the Monday closure.

Manatee County’s publicly owned natural preserves will remain open.

Adminstrative offices of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office will be closed.

Police Seek Public's Assistance
to Identify Robbery Suspect

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department is asking the public to help identify a woman who committed an armed robbery at an ATM machine.

Above, the woman in passenger seat suspected of the armed robbery

A 70-year old male reported that he was the victim of an Armed Robbery that occurred at approximately 9 p.m., on Monday, January 14th. The victim reported that he had just exited the Barnes and Noble, 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, when he was approached in the parking lot by a strange White female. The victim described the female as 5’06”, thin, with long dark hair that was slicked back into a bun/pony tail.

The female asked the victim for a ride. When the victim refused, the female pulled a handgun from her large straw purse and demanded to be taken to an ATM. The female then entered the passenger side of the victim’s vehicle and demanded that he drive to a bank with an ATM.

After failed attempts to use the ATM at the Sun Trust Bank, 3400 S. Tamiami Trail, the perpetrator took cash from the victim’s wallet. The suspect then exited the victim’s vehicle and was last seen walking northbound through the bank parking lot.

Anyone with information about this Robbery is asked to contact Detective Todd at 941-954-7091.

Couple Arrested for Stealing
TV from Walmart

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested an El Jobean couple for stealing a $578 television from the Murdock Wal-Mart, thanks to alert employees.

Above, Teara Sander and Terry Davis, Jr.

Arrested were Teara Anne Sander, 22, and Terry Wayne Davis Jr., 32, both of 3686 Dunreath Road, El Jobean.

CCSO deputies responded Tuesday to the Murdock Wal-Mart after security was given information from the North Port Wal-Mart concerning a recent television theft in that store. Murdock Wal-Mart Security had enough information and came up with names and photographs of Sander and Davis and distributed a flyer to store associates. Security was notified by an employee that she saw the subjects on the flyer that may have gotten away with a television on Jan. 8. Security reviewed surveillance footage for that day and saw the subjects enter the store and put a 47-inch LG LED 3D television in a cart. Davis exited the store with their two small children while Sander actually stopped to ask for assistance in loading it into their car.

After viewing the video, deputies proceeded to the couple's El Jobean home but were called back to the Murdock Wal-Mart as Sander and Davis had just entered the store.

Upon arrival, deputies observed a purple Chevrolet belonging to Davis speeding out of the parking lot and headed toward Target. Sander stayed in the car while Davis went into Target. Sander admitted to taking the TV Jan. 8 and it was at their El Jobean home. She said she was willing to get the stolen TV and give it back to Wal-Mart. Deputies went into Target and located Davis and was confronted about the stolen TV. Davis said, “I don’t know what you are talking about.”

This is the ninth booking for both Davis and Sander; they were both charged with felony Grand Theft and taken to the Charlotte County Jail. At the jail it was discovered both were on probation. Since Davis recommitted a crime while on probation, he was additionally charged with eight Violation of Probation charges; bond was set at $30,000. Sander, a convicted felon, was also on probation and her bond was pulled for recommitting a crime. She was given three Violation of Probation charges; her bond was set at $6,500. Both remain in the County Jail.

Teen Accused of Raping
High School Student

PALM COAST, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A 16-year-old Flagler County student was arrested Monday on suspicion of raping a 14-year-old girl inside a school. Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The girl told deputies that around 9:45 a.m. Monday she and the boy each requested hall passes and met under a staircase inside Matanzas High School, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

She said they were kissing in the school stairwell when the boy forced her to perform a sex act on him, according to deputies. The victim told deputies he then forced her to have sex with him.

Detectives interviewed the boy, who denied having sex with the girl but admitted to meeting her in the stairwell.

Text messages between the teens shortly after the incident led detectives to file charges.

The boy was arrested at 5 p.m. after questioning at the Sheriff's Office's Investigative Services Division. He was booked into the Flagler County Inmate Facility and then transferred to the Youth Services Division in Daytona Beach. He was additionally charged with violation of probation.

Less than 10 minutes passed in the time the students were unaccounted for.

The school superintendent says Matanzas High School recently installed 50 surveillance cameras in the school, but none were placed under the staircase. School officials said they're reviewing security procedures and may put cameras under the stairs, WKMG said.


~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Drunk Man Gets Violent with Cops,
Claims He is "Black Ops" Member,
Threatens Deputy's Life, Life of
Deputy's Father

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Gary Lee Zehr, 52, of 3011 46th Avenue East, Bradenton.

Gary Zehr

According to the arrest report, on Friday, Jan. 11th, at about 7 p.m., Dep. Saponara was dispatched to Tinks Lounge, 3201 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton.

Upon arrival, he found Zehr was being belligerent with another deputy, Dep. Wilder. Dep. Wilder told Dep. Saponara Zehr was revving his engine and being reckless on his motorcycle.

The report said Zehr was drunk and smelled like alcohol. He was screaming obscenities at Dep. Wilder.

Dep. Saponara made contact with Zehr and asked him to calm down. Zehr said, "[Expletive deleted] you."

Dep. Saponara went inside the bar and asked the manager what happened. Zehr had broken a mirror worth $20 in the bathroom and was belligerent with the manager. The manager asked him to leave and Zehr said, "Yeah, I broke your f'ing mirror; do something about it."

Zehr was arrested and he became extremely belligerent. He tensed up and began to push off the vehicle while Dep. Saponara was searching him.

Zehr told the deputy that he was "Black Ops" and he would "f'ing kill me." Dep. Saponara pinned Zehr against the car and asked him to calm down. Zehr began to tense up and push up off of the car.

Dep. Saponara took Zehr over to his cruiser to place him in the back seat, but Zehr fought the deputy.

Dep. Patterson had to use a riata to get Zehr under control. Zehr kicked Dep. Saponara in the chest while he helped Dep. Patterson apply the riata. After applying the riata, they were able to put Zehr in the back seat of the patrol cruiser. When Dep. Saponara helped Zehr get his head in the vehicle, he attempted to bite the deputy's hand. He remained belligerent the entire time.

He told Dep. Saponara that he was going to kill the deputy and he was "going to take care of" the deputy's father.

When Zehr was in the back of the patrol car, he attempted to kick Dep. Saponara several times and kept trying to kick out the window of the cruiser.

A transport van was called to pick Zehr up. When the van arrived, Zehr remained belligerent. Deputies Wilder, Patterson and Kaufman had to assist Dep. Saponara in walking Zehr to the transport van. Zehr called all of the deputies "pussy f'ing cops" and said he would settle this outside of the van. He resisted when they tried to put him in the back of the van.

While attempting to get Zehr in the van, he spit in Dep. Saponara's face. Zehr said he was arrested for attempted murder two years ago. NewsManatee verified that comment with Manatee County court records. The charge was never filed upon.

Zehr remained belligerent on the way to the jail and at the jail, calling the jail deputies "pussy f's" and repeated that he was "Black Ops."

Zehr was charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Intoxication in a Public Place.

He later posted a bail bond of $1,740 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

BPD Arrests Man after Finding
24" Machete Next to Him
in His Vehicle

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Davonte Markeis Williams, 18, of 415 25th Drive East, Ellenton.

Davonte Williams

The arrest report said on Friday, Jan. 11th, at about 7:20 p.m., Officer Ward made contact with Williams as he observed Williams to be having "inappropriate sexual behavior" towards a woman while they were both sitting in a vehicle in the 200 block of Riverwalk Drive West, Bradenton.

As he made contact, Williams rolled his tinted window down and the officer, seeing more clearly inside the vehicle, immediately noticed a black handle with red tape sitting directly beside Williams.

The officer determined this to be a handle to a possible knife or other type of weapon; however, he could not see the rest of the item as it was hidden between the console and the driver's seat in which Williams was sitting. The handle was directly beside Williams' right hand, making the item in the constructive possession of Williams and very easily able to remove the item.

Williams was ordered to lock his hands together. Once he did so, the officer quickly reached for the handle and removed the item to reveal a machete with a blade approximately 24" long. There was no sheath for the machete anywhere in the vehicle. It also had a serrated portion on the blade.

Williams was arrested and charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

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

Man arrested for Domestic
Battery of Pregnant Girl

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Martin Goldberg, 26, of 2914 8th Street West, Bradenton.

Martin Goldberg

The arrest report said on Sunday, Jan. 13th, at about 10:30 p.m., a witness said she was sitting in her living room when she heard a loud bang on the laundry room door.

The witness then heard the unnamed victim screaming, "Please help me! Call the police!"

The witness told her mother to call the police as she went to the laundry room door. When she opened the door, she observed Goldberg grabbing the victim by the neck, and pulling her hair.

The witness was very concerned for the safety of the victim because the victim is 7 months pregnant.

When questioned about the incident Goldberg told a deputy he was trying to keep the victim from using the residence, but denied grabbing the victim by the throat.

The victim was uncooperative and refused to sign an affidavit.

Goldberg was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery, Offender Should Have Known Victim was Pregnant.

He later posted a bail bond of $25,000 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Dollar General Employee Busted
for Grand Theft by Embezzlement

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Misty L. Elsenheimer, 42, of 12210 71st Street East, Parrish.

Misty Elsenheimer

The arrest report said Misty had been employed at Dollar General, 3611 1st Street East, Bradenton, since July 2012. During the month of December 2012, Misty has had financial personal problems and during this moth she stole miscellaneous food, merchandise and money from the store.

She was able to obtain the store's money by fraudulent refunds, the report said, in the amount of approximately $600.

the district manager was made aware of the theft and investigated the incident on Friday, Jan. 11th.

Misty allegedly confessed to the theft and wrote a sworn statement to that effect.

She was arrested and charged With Grand Theft.

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

East Side Burglary Reported
in Near Manatee County

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a burglary on Tuesday, Jan. 15th, at about 3:45 p.m., at a residence in the 1700 block of 67th Street Court East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said unknown person(s) entered the victim's home by kicking in the front bedroom window.

Once inside, the suspect(s) locked the victim's dog out of the room while they rifled through it.

The unknown suspect(s) took jewelry and watches along with cash.

The suspects then fled the area 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: Caregiver Arrested for
Exploitation of the Elderly

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Lisa Redmond, 52, of 3325 Gerhardt Street, Sarasota, for stealing thousands of dollars from the 94-year-old woman she was hired to care for.

Lisa Redmond

The victim’s daughter reviewed her mother’s financial statements when she came to Florida for the holidays and discovered her mother’s credit card had been fraudulently used since May 2012 to make $15,000 in unauthorized purchases.

The victim and her daughter suspected Redmond, who had cared for the woman for the past three years.

Redmond subsequently admitted the crime to detectives.

She was charged with Exploitation of the Elderly and released on $1,000 bond.

Arrest for Cultivation of Marijuana;
Nearly 5 Pounds of Pot Seized

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Alex Miller, 22, of 3040 Hawthorne Street, Sarasota, for growing marijuana at his home.

Alex Miller

A deputy on patrol last night was flagged down and alerted to a fire behind Miller’s home.

He requested that the fire department respond, and upon entering the back yard they noticed several large marijuana plants growing in planters.

Deputies notified detectives with the Special Investigations Section who obtained a search warrant for the house.

They located 16 plants outside, and multiple bags and jars containing marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia inside the home.

In all they seized 2050 grams of cannabis.

Miller was charged with Cultivation of Marijuana and released on $5,000 bond.

Woman Finds Phone in Walmart
Restroom, Tries to Collect $100
for its Return; Arrested

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested a Port Charlotte woman Monday after she found a woman’s iPhone4 left in a restroom and called the owner demanding $100 for its return.

Rene Glynn

Arrested was Rene Marie Glynn, 43, 432 Delany Street. Glynn was charged with Grand Theft and Dealing in Stolen Property; this is her ninth booking with 23 records.

CCSO received a call Sunday at 11 p.m. after a woman said she accidently left her iPhone in the Murdock WalMart restroom. When she went back to get it, it was missing. The woman told detectives she “pinged” the phone with the built in GPS locator and it came back to a home in the 2500 block of Nanette Avenue in North Port. She said she continued to ping the iPhone several times and each time it came back to the same address. The woman said she was contacted by a woman who claimed to have her phone. The woman, later identified as Glynn, advised she would give the phone back but it would be at a cost. Glynn said if she didn’t give her money she would sell the phone on e-Bay and didn’t care either way.

The victim’s boyfriend spoke to Glynn and asked what was needed to get the phone back; Glynn said she wanted $100 in exchange for the phone. Glynn told the boyfriend to meet her at the North Port WalMart; CCSO detectives contacted North Port Police to pose as the boyfriend and meet with Glynn. Glynn however changed plans to meet her at the Murdock WalMart instead where the phone was originally stolen from.

CCSO detectives met the boyfriend at WalMart and waited for Glynn to show up. The boyfriend made contact with Glynn and told her he would not give her any money and wanted the phone back. Glynn then walked out and got into a pickup truck in the parking lot. The boyfriend followed and offered Glynn $20; she accepted and he got the phone. CCSO detectives who were following the boyfriend asked Glynn to get out of the pickup. Glynn was arrested and taken to the Charlotte County Jail where she remains on $7,500 bond.

Teachers, Students Among 50
Arrested in Child Sex Sting

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Seminole County deputies arrested 50 people, including teachers, tourists and college students, in Central Florida in a weeklong online child sex exploitation sting, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

According to deputies, the undercover operation, "Operation Cardea," had officers chatting online, through email and phone with people who believed they were talking with a minor or with an adult that had a minor available for sexual activity.

Arrestees ranged from ages 19 to 60 years old and including a Volusia County high school teacher, a tourist visiting from Turkey, school employees, college students and residents from out of state, according to a release.

Deputies said the the offenders traveled from various cities and counties in Florida, the farthest away being from Pasco County, to have sex with children as young as 11 years old at a house in Oviedo.

Deputies made contact with the men on a variety of websites, with some of the men posting on classified ads looking for sex.

When the 50 men are released from jail on bond, they will be prohibited from having contact with children, including the school employees. At least two of the school employees have resigned.

The operation was a partnership with agencies from Casselberry, Longwood, Orlando, Oviedo and Sanford police officers, along with Brevard, Orange, Lake Manatee, Osceola, Polk, Sarasota and Volusia County Sheriff's Offices. The FBI and the FDLE also contributed to the investigation, WKMG said.


~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Man Located in Orlando,
Arrested for December
Home Invasion

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Centrell Turner, 31, for a Home Invasion that occurred in Manatee County on Dec. 12th.

Centrell Turner

As NewsManatee earlier reported, on Dec. 12th, at about 9:10 p.m., Teresa Lindsey returned home from dinner and entered her residence, in the 4300 block of Fairfax Drive, Bradenton.

Shortly thereafter, an unknown person rang the doorbell to the residence.

Teresa looked out but did not see anyone and open the door.

As she opened the door, a Black male, now identified as Turner, forced his way into the residence.

Turner then demanded money and other items.

Teresa complied with said commands.

The suspect then forced Teresa into her bedroom closet and fled.

Turner was located and arrested in Orlando on Monday and transported back to the Manatee County Jail.

He was charged with Robbery and False Imprisonment.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $125,000.

MSO K-9 Credited with Finding
Man Who Ran from Crash

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Matthew Mann, 26, 6476 7th Avenue Circle West, Bradenton.

Above, Matthew Mann and MSO K-9 Chico

A sheriff's report said on Sunday, Jan. 13th, at about 8:40 p.m., FHP responded to a crash in the 1800 block of 75th Street West, Bradenton, and requested MSO's assistance.

MSO set up a perimeter.

Deputy Gerholdt began to track for Mann, who had fled the scene, with K-9 Chico.

After an extensive track, Chico located Mann hiding in thick brush, but Mann refused to come out.

After numerous challenges from Deputy Gerholdt, Mann refused to become compliant and Chico engaged Mann.

Mann was then taken into custody.

Mann was transported to Blake Medical Center where he was treated and then transported to the jail.

He was charged with DUI with Property Damage and Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Property Damage.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail at this time on a bail bond of $2,500.

BPD Arrests Gang Member for
Carrying a Concealed Gun
with No Serial Number

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Jason Charles, 18, of 2410 14th Street Drive West, in Palmetto.

Jason Charles

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Jan. 9th, at about 11:30 p.m., an officer initiated a consensual encounter with Charles in the 2000 block of 11th Street West.

During the encounter the officer asked Charles where he was going and he said he was walking home and gave his name and date of birth, but could not tell the officer of his exact address.

He was negative for wants and warrants, but BPD dispatch advised the officer that Charles was registered with a criminal gang member status.

Charles had no problem with being searched, he told the officer. Asked if he had anything that the officer should be concerned about, Charles said he had a gun in his right front waistband.

The officer located a fully loaded 9mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun with the serial number removed.

Charles was arrested and charged with Carrying a Concealed Firearm and Possession of a Firearm that Had Been Altered.

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

Deputies Arrest Man for
Torturing Pit Bull

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Enrique Manual Clayton, 19, of 909 57th Avenue Plaza East, Bradenton.

Enrique Clayton

The arrest report said on Wednesday, Jan. 9th, at about noon, MSO Detective Franklin was in the area of the listed residence when she observed a man yelling and kicking at something.

Det. Franklin walked over to the fence and observed a gray pit bull lying on the ground as Clayton kicked the dog twice to the face and the dog yelped in pain.

Det. Franklin identified herself and ordered Franklin to cease his actions.

Clayton replied, "Mind your own business."

Clayton was holding the dog down and Det. Franklin observed the dog was bleeding from his testicles.

Clayton said, "I am trying to help him because he's bleeding. He cut himself last night and I have a ride to the vet."

Dep. Franklin called for backup and upon arrival of Dep. Fiuza, Clayton spontaneously said, "The dog wouldn't stay still so I kicked him to get him to stop moving."

Animal services responded and seized the dog.

Clayton was arrested and charged with Torture an Animal with Intent.

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

Woman with Some Mental Issues
Arrested for Aggravated Battery
on Person Over 65 Years of Age

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Yvonne Cote, 74, of 808 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton.

Yvonne Cote

According to the arrest report, on Wednesday, Jan. 9th, at about 9 p.m., Dep. Scott Schell was dispatched to the above location regarding a domestic disturbance.

He learned that Ms. Cote had thrown a box of Saran Wrap, with the jagged metal edge, and a decorative ball at her husband, with whom she lives.

The Saran Wrap struck her husband in the mouth, causing a visible laceration and the decorative ball struck her husband in the chest, causing no injury.

Dep. Schell observed two lacerations to the back of Ms. Cote's hands and asked her about them. She said, "I don't know. He threw something at me." When asked what he had thrown, she said she didn't know.

She admitted throwing the decorative ball at her husband. She was very difficult to interview, the Dep. wrote. "She kept going off topic and could not focus on the incidents that had occurred that day," Dep. Schell wrote.

He husband told the deputy that Ms. Cote does suffer from dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. He said she sometimes acts violently, due to her state of mind. The deputy called Ms. Cote's daughter, who confirmed that Ms. Cote does have dementia and Alzheimer's and takes a lot of medication for each.

Ms. Cote denied she has dementia or Alzheimer's. She was holding a large pill container divided by the days of the week. When she was asked why she takes all that medication, Ms. Cote said "Everybody takes these pills."

Ms. Cote was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery on a Person Over 65 Years of Age.

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

Man Cited After Backing
Into Sheriff's Cruiser

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has cited Dwight Murray, 24, for Improper Backing after he backed into a sheriffs patrol cruiser on Friday, Jan. 11th, at about 7 p.m., in a parking lot in the 5700 block of 5th Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said a marked MSCO vehicle, Operated by Deputy Wennberg, was driving through the parking lot at about 2 to 3 miles per hour southbound.

A 1995 Infinity operated by Murray backed out of a parking space and backed into the marked patrol car.

The rear bumper of the Infinity made contact with the rear quarter panel of the patrol car.

About $500 damage each was done to the vehicles.

Murray was cited for improper backing.

SPD: Ex-Con Francis Gerry
Arrested for Burglary

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department has arrested Francis Gerry, 59, of 1715 Morrill Street. Sarasota.

Francis Gerry

A burglary of an occupied dwelling occurred Tuesday morning, January 14th, at 1050 Ben Franklin Drive, the Lime Tree Resort. The victims awoke at 4:30 a.m. to find the perpetrator inside of their room. The perpetrator claimed to be in the wrong room, and quickly exited the victim’s room.

The victims decided to take a short walk on the beach, returning 10 minutes later to discover the same person that had entered their room, now pacing in front of their room. The perpetrator left the area as the victim telephoned the police.

Detective Llovio had provided other officers with information about Francis Gerry, a suspect in a series of recent burglaries along Ben Franklin Drive. Gerry is a convicted felon, with several previous arrests for burglaries of occupied dwellings, including three arrests for burglaries on Ben Franklin Drive in Sarasota (two burglaries in 1999 and one in 2009).

Sergeant Shanafelt was aware of the series of burglaries and the information on Francis Gerry as a possible suspect. Sgt. Shanafelt planned an operation in the area that included surveillance during the pre dawn hours of January 14th. When the victim of the burglary notified the police, officers were able to quickly establish a perimeter. Officer Gleason and his canine, assisted by Officer Comac, started tracking the perpetrator. Officer Harris observed an individual that matched the suspect’s description entering a taxi cab at the Lido Beach Resort. The victim was transported to that location where he positively identified the subject stopped by Officer Harris, as the perpetrator of the burglary.

The perpetrator that was positively identified by the victim is Francis Gerry. Gerry was arrested for Burglary.

Francis Gerry was released from prison, Florida Department of Corrections on 10/20/2012. This arrest is Gerry’s 10th Florida arrest for burglary, in addition to the Florida Burglaries Gerry was previously arrested for burglary related charges in Maine, Arizona, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.

CCSO Arrests 2nd Man Wanted
in Connection with Stabbing

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man wanted in connection with a stabbing incident last Thursday at a Port Charlotte gas station.

Above, L to R, Richard Foist and Ronald Peyton

Arrested on Saturday was Richard Allen Foist, 24, 21922 Hernando Avenue, Port Charlotte.

CCSO received a tip Saturday that Foist was at the Winn-Dixie in Promenades Mall, 3280 Tamiami Trail. Deputies arrived and located Foist who at first said he was Mark A. Wayne. A check showed no records found; he then said his identification was in his car. Deputies went outside to look for the car which wasn’t there. Foist then said his girlfriend must have left in the vehicle. Foist was asked to empty his pockets and deputies located a photo identification as being Richard Foist.

Also in Foist’s pockets was a pill bottle with a woman’s name on it. Foist grabbed the bottle and took off running. A foot pursuit began and another deputy stopped him as he approached Aaron Street. Inside the bottle that was recovered, deputies located various quantities of Morphine, Hydromorphone, Valium and Alprazolam. They also found three Access (food stamp) cards in his possession that did not belong to him.

Last Friday, CCSO issued a press release about the stabbing and hit and run incident at the Marathon gas station at the corner of U.S. 41 and Port Charlotte Boulevard. A photo of Foist was issued Foist was with Ronald Wayne Peyton, 30, 21952 Felton Avenue, Port Charlotte, in a Ford pickup. Four other people were at the station in a car. Foist told the victim that he didn’t like him hanging out with his ex-girlfriend. Foist pulled out a flip open locking knife and lunged at the victim, cutting his chest. Foist ran and got into the pickup driven by Peyton and they fled the scene after hitting a 56 year old woman, knocking her into a pole. She was treated and released from a hospital. Deputies, K9 and helicopter were called and located Peyton about two hours later; Foist was not in the pickup. Peyton was charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Peyton remains in the Charlotte County Jail on $80,000 bond.

Foist was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of Morphone Sulfate, Possession of Hydromorphone, Possession of Valium, Possession of Alprazolam, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Giving False Name to a Law Enforcement Officer, and Resisting an Officer. Foist remains in jail on no bond.

Orlando Condo Using Dogs' DNA to
Track Owners Who Don't Clean Up

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Residents of an Orlando condo complex fed up with owners not cleaning up after their pets are using a high-tech way to catch the culprits, taking DNA from the dogs, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The Vue at Lake Eola in downtown has received numerous complaints about tenants leaving their dog's droppings at a pet park on the seventh floor of the condominium.

The building is hiring a company called PooPrints to collect DNA samples from the dogs. Technicians will swab the dogs' mouths and then match that DNA to the feces.

It will cost pet owners about $50 per dog to register them with PooPrints.

If a tenant is caught not picking up after their dog they could be fined $100. Repeat offenders could be evicted from the building, WKMG said.


~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Second Man Arrested for New
Year's Day Shooting That Left
One Man Dead, One Wounded

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jimmy Rivers, 15, of Bradenton.

Jimmy Rivers

A press release from Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office said on Friday, Jan. 11th, a second subject was arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred on January 1, 2013.

Jimmy Rivers turned himself in and has been charged with Murder.

Danny Waiters was arrested on January 2nd and charged with Murder.

Detectives believe both subjects fired their weapons during the incident at 1832 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, which killed Paul Grieco and injured Brandon Keisel.

The shooting was drug related, the press release said.

Detectives have identified a third subject who was present during the shooting but at this time, he has not been charged.

This case is being investigated by the newly formed Manatee Homicide Investigation Unit.

Rivers is being held in the Juvenile Detention Center at the Manatee County Jail.

Bradenton Police Arrest Man
for Armed Robbery

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Manuel L. Johnson, 28, of 1316 15th Street West, Bradenton.

Manuel Johnson

The arrest report from BPD said on Dec. 27th, at about 5 p.m. Chmela Milslav, the victim in this case, was asked by Johnson if he could borrow $20. Since Johnson had previously borrowed money from the victim and paid it back, the victim agreed to the small loan and went to Johnson's house at the above location to make the transaction.

Once there, Johnson asked the victim inside, but upon seeing several people inside, the victim became nervous and decided to stay on the porch to make the transaction.

At that time, Johnson pulled a gun on the victim, snatched his wallet, removed approximately $400 and threw the wallet back to the victim.

The victim picked up his wallet and fled the scene, but at the insistence of his spouse, later returned to the scene and called law enforcement to meet him there.

Johnson was no longer at the location and several attempts were made to locate him.

Finally, on Tuesday, Jan. 8th, Johnson was located and arrested.

He was charged with Armed Robbery.

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

Tallevast 7-11 Robbed;
Suspect in Custody

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dustin J. Russ, 32, of Sarasota.

Dustin Russ

A sheriff's report said on Monday, Jan. 7th, at about 1:25 a.m., the 7-11 convenience store located at 4451 Tallevast Road was robbed by Russ who approached the store clerk and demanded money.

Through investigation, Russ was developed as a suspect and probable cause was obtained for his arrest.

Russ was located in the 1900 block of Whitfield Park Avenue and arrested by detectives from the Violent Crimes Task Force.

Dustin Russ provided a full confession to the crime.

He was charged with Robbery.

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

One of Two Men Arrested after
Pursuit of Stolen Vehicle

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] - The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Juan Santos-Reyes, 18, of Bradenton.

Juan Santos-Reyes

A sheriff's report said on Thursday, Jan. 8th, at about 1:30 a.m., Deputy Thames located a stolen vehicle at 53rd Avenue and 15th Street East.

The suspect vehicle fled south at speeds of 70 mpt after a traffic stop was initiated.

The vehicle eventually crashed into a tree at Whitfield Avenue and 15th Street East.

The passenger, Santos-Reyes, a known gang member, was taken into custody.

The driver bailed and was not located.

The driver, a Black male, possibly with the nickname of "D," was described as being 6' tall, skinny, and was wearing all black clothing.

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

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

Deputies, K-9, Track Man
for Burglaries, Bust Him

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested James Patrick Walsh, 23, of Bradenton.

James Walsh

A sheriff's report said on Friday, Jan. 11th, at about 1:50 a.m., witness observed Walsh attempting to open multiple car doors in the 5900 block of Palm Drive, Bradenton.

Deputies arrived and he fled on a bicycle.

A perimeter was established and deputies located Walsh riding his bicycle away from the scene almost a half mile away.

He was stopped and interviewed and he admitted to being the person trying to break into vehicles.

The K-9 also tracked right to where Walsh was stopped.

Walsh was arrested and charged with 3 counts of Attempted Burglary to a Vehicle.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $7,500.

Woman Throws Eggs At, Rams
Vehicle, Throws Kid's Bike At It

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dalana Stephanie Rouzier, 26, of 304 51st Avenue Plaza West, Bradenton.

Dalana Rouzier

The arrest report said on Dec. 27th, at about 11:30 p.m., Dalana saw the victims sitting in their vehicle in front of their house in the 900 block of 60th Avenue Terrace West.

Dalana got out of her vehicle, approached the victims' vehicle on foot and started throwing eggs at the vehicle and striking it with her hand.

The victims started the vehicle and fled the scene.

Dalana followed the victims as they drove around town and used her vehicle to ram the victims' vehicle several times, the report said.

Once the victims arrived back at their address on 60th Avenue Terrace West and parked, Dalana bot out of her vehicle, grabbed a toddler bicycle and used it to shatter the victim's vehicle's windows. The glass from the shattered windshield struck the victims.

Dalana then fled the scene.

The estimated damages to the victims' vehicle is $1,000.

The report said Dalana and one of the victims, Juan Salazar Barron, are husband and wife.

Dalana was finally located and arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 9th, at her address above.

She was charged with four counts of Aggravated Battery and one count of Criminal Mischief.

She later posted a bail bond of $21,100 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Five Women Arrested for
Prostitution by U/C Cops

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Nyoka D. Meredith, 29, of the 2100 block of 9th Avenue West, Bradenton; Nicole Redmon, 31, of the 1000 block of 67th Street Court East, Bradenton; Ashley Ingles, 27, of the 3500 block of Oxford Drive, Bradenton; Chelsea Seabrook, 18, of the 800 block of 56th Avenue East, Bradenton; and Crystal Lee Wilson, 29, of the 3000 block of 26th Avenue West, Bradenton.

Above, L to R, Nyoka Meredith, Nicole Redmon, Ashley Ingles, Chelsea Seabrook and Crystal Wilson

According to the arrest reports, over a 2-day period including Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 9th and 10th, undercover detectives attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit were patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as "Johns" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

On Wednesday, Jan. 9th, at about 3:45 p.m., 2 U/C detectives spotted Meredith walking in the 1500 block of 21st Avenue West. They made contact and after a brief conversation, Meredith agreed to give one of the detectives oral sex for $50. She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution. She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $120.

Then, on Wednesday, Jan. 9th, at about 10:30 p.m., the 2 U/C. detectives spotted Ingles in the 6300 block of 14th Street West. They made contact and Ingles asked if her friend could come along. The 2 U/C detectives agreed and Ingles entered a store at that location and returned with Redmon. After a brief conversation, the two women agreed to give the U/C detectives sexual intercourse for $100. They were both arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution. They both remain in the Manatee County Jail on bail bonds of $120 each.

On Thursday, Jan. 10th, at about 4:20 p.m., two U/C detectives spotted Seabrook walking southbound in the 6000 block of 14th Street East. They made contact and after a brief conversation Seabrook allegedly agreed to give both detectives oral, vaginal and anal sex for $30. She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution. She later posted a bail bond of $120 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Then, on Thursday, Jan. 10th, at about 5:10 p.m., an undercover detective spotted Wilson in the 1300 block of 23rd Avenue West. He made contact and after a brief conversation, Wilson agreed to give the detective oral sex for $50. She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution. She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $120.

Man's Necklace Ripped Off
His Neck at El Paisano

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a strong arm robbery on Friday, Jan. 11th, at about 11:30 p.m., at the El Paisano bar, 5803 15th Street East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victim, Ramon Zavala, 22, and the suspect were inside the establishment at the same time.

Zavala was wearing a necklace and the suspect walked up to Zavala, grabbed the necklace and yanked it off of his neck.

The two began to fight as Zavala tried to get his necklace back and security quickly broke it up.

Security escorted both parties out of the building.

The suspect walked off southbound with an unidentified female.

Zavala told the off-duty MSO deputies what occurred and they called Patrol to respond.

The suspect could not be located.

Zavala was not injured.

The robber was described as an unknown Hispanic male, 5'10" tall, 190 pounds, with black hair. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and black & white plaid shorts.

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.

County Urges Manatee Drivers
to Use Caution During Traffic
Signal Retiming Project,
Beginning Monday

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County officials are asking local drivers to use extra caution on County roads in coming months as traffic signals at several intersections around the County are adjusted and retimed under the second major implementation of the Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS). The retiming project begins on Monday, Jan. 14th.

Most drivers probably will not notice new timing periods at traffic signals but cautioned that during the signal retiming period, drivers may see different signals than they’re accustomed to.

Phase I Retiming project was completed in March along several major arteries in Manatee County.

Officials from Manatee County’s Traffic Engineering Division said the Florida Department of Transportation-funded project will allow more than 230 traffic signals in Manatee County to be better “coordinated” with each other but it will not mean a continuous chain of green lights around town during rush hours.

The project is designed to decrease travel times by increasing the efficiency of traffic signals.

Some of the major roads included in this phase include 59th St. W., 26th St. W. between Manatee Avenue and Cortez Road in Bradenton; 63rd Ave. E. between U.S. 41 and U.S. 301, Lakewood Ranch Boulevard between State Roads 64 and 70 and University Parkway east of Interstate 75.

Drivers who are familiar with certain left turn signals on their routes may notice that the lights don’t turn green when they expect them to. That’s why the Traffic Engineering Division and Manatee safety officials urge drivers to use extra caution, especially on major thoroughfares in coming months.

The retiming project is the fourth major phase of the ATMS project which includes upgrading traffic signals and adding vehicle detection devices in order to increase traffic efficiency and reduce delays on major roads throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties.

SPD Arrests Two Men for
Shooting Two Victims

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department has arrested Joseph T. Lamar, 39, and Tyrone Rogers, 37, both of Sarasota.

Above, L to R, Joseph Lamar and Tyrone Rogers

On Jan. 8th, at about 10:15 p.m., Sarasota Police investigated a shooting involving two victims that occurred in the 3200 block of Lemon Avenue, Sarasota.

A 22-year old male victim was transported by helicopter to the Blake Medical Center; the second victim, a 19-year old male, was treated at Sarasota Memorial Hospital for his injuries.

Sarasota Police developed probable cause for the arrest of Lamar for Attempted Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm. Lamar is a convicted Murderer who was released from prison in 2012. He was to be considered armed and dangerous.

Then, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Joseph Lamar, accompanied by Reverend Kelvin Lumpkin, Trevor Harvey, and Leslie Williams, arrived at the Sarasota Police Headquarters. Chief DiPino and Captain Bonner were there to take Lamar into police custody. Lamar was arrested without incident. The meeting had been arranged thanks to the collaborative efforts of Chief DiPino, Lamar’s family, and the community leaders.

Tyrone Rogers, was also wanted for Attempted Murder (2-counts), Armed Robbery and Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon. Rodgers is a career criminal and was convicted of second degree murder in 1992. He, too, was to be considered Armed and Dangerous.

On Saturday, Jan. 12th, SPD said Tyrone Rogers has been arrested for two counts of Attempted Murder, Robbery, and Possesion of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Detective Jackson at 941-954-7096.

SSO: Plane Crashed on
New College Campus

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- According to a brief press release from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, on Saturday, Jan. 12th, at approximately 3:30 p.m., a small aircraft crashed in north Sarasota, just west of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

There were two male occupants on board as the aircraft crashed in an open field on USF New College campus.

One injured person, William Jackson, 63 years old, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, from the air plane crash was transported by Bay Flight to Tampa General Hospital with 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

The other person on board, the pilot, John Ardoyno, 70, from Hayward, Wisconsin, was deceased at the scene.

It should be noted that no bystanders on the ground were injured in the crash.

FAA arrived on scene and the NTSB will be investigating the crash.

Detective Stops 7-Foot Gator
From Going Onto Runway

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Charlotte County Sheriff's Agriculture Detective Justin Treworgy, was called to Punta Gorda Airport by security concerning a 7-foot alligator very close to and approaching the main runway on Dec. 31. A commercial jet was due to arrive and could have caused a serious problem.

Above, L to R, PGA Security, Det. Treworgy, FWC Officer
(Photo by Robert Carpenter, CCSO PIO)

Det. Treworgy responded immediately and located the gator about 30-feet away and heading to the main runway. He was able to drive the wandering gator back from the flight line.

An FWC officer and airport security officer arrived and assisted Det. Treworgy in getting the gator's attention. This enabled Treworgy to sneak up on the gator and get his hands around its mouth.

Once the gator’s mouth was taped shut it was then turned over to the FWC officers to relocate in another area, far away from the airport.


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