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Local/State News for week ending 4/27/2013

One Man Arrested for Resisting
Arrest with Violence; 2nd Man
Arrested for Concealed Gun

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Javier Jurado, 31, of 1115 53rd Avenue West, Bradenton, and Danielle Colston, 31, of 2305 13th Street West, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Javier Jurado and Danielle Colston

The arrest reports for both men said on Wednesday, April 24th, at about 1 a.m., Deputy Kevin McCready observed both men walking through the parking lot of Miles Trailer Sales, in the 2700 block of 14th Street West after normal business hours.

The business is in a high rime area where burglaries are common.

The Black male, Colston, was carrying a silver CD player, so Dep. McCready pulled his marked cruiser just north of the lot so he could inquire as to why they would be walking through the business at 1 a.m. carrying electronic equipment.

Both men were identified and told to sit on the pavement.

Javier was drinking a can of beer and was well within 300 feet of the Coliseum nightclub which sells alcoholic beverages.

Javier became verbally abusive and told Dep. McCready to go f _ _ k himself.

Danielle then stood up and told Javier to be quiet. The deputy told Danielle to sit back down. He acted like he was going to comply, then took flight on foot northbound on 14th Street West.

Dep. McCready gave chase and was within an arms reach of Danielle. As Danielle was running, he kept reaching in his waistband. Danielle then pulled out a black handgun and dropped it on the ground as he was running. A few feet later Danielle dropped the CD player and kept on running.

Other units began arriving and two Violent Crimes Task Force detectives and captured Danielle in the front yard of 2305 13th Street West.

When Danielle was transferred from one police vehicle to another, a black gun holster was found in the back seat. His path was retraced and the gun he had dropped was located, as well as the CD player.

A computer check revealed that Danielle did not have a Carry Concealed Weapon license.

Javier was placed under arrest for violation of the county ordinance that prohibits consumption of alcohol within 300 feet of a business that sells it.

When Javier was placed in the back of a cruiser, he began to kick the door and window and pepper spray had to be used on him. A riata was utilized around his ankles to keep him from kicking the window.

Danielle was charged with Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Loitering and Prowling and Resisting Arrest without Violence. He later posted a bail bond in the amount of $2,120 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Javier was charged with Resisting Arrest with Violence and the County Ordinance Beverage Violation. He later posted a bail bond in the amount of $1,620 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man, Woman Arrested for
Torturing Two Dogs


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Tatika Jackson, 19, and Alex Jackson, 21, both of 613 61st Avenue Terrace East, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Tatika Jackson and Alex Jackson

According to the arrest reports for both, an unknown person allegedly dropped off two dogs at the above location and tied them in the back yard.

Alex said when he was going to work on morning, he observed the "red dog" in his yard and started throwing stuff at it so it would leave.

The next day, Alex said he saw both dogs in the yard and gave them both food and water.

Since then, Tatika and Alex have shared responsibility of the well-being of the dogs.

They both said that they had fed and given the dogs water, including on that morning of Tuesday, April 23rd.

When a deputy observed both dogs, the red in color dog was located in the back of the Animal Services van and it appeared malnourished, as it was underweight.

The gray in color dog was located in the side compartment of the Animal Services van and appeared to be malnourished to the degree that its ribs were visible and clearly defined under the skin. The gray dog also had multiple, deep open lacerations around its right leg and its stomach had multiple open lacerations and abrasions that appeared discolored, as well as infected with maggots that were visible around the wound. It had an odor of something rotting.

It appeared to the deputy as if both Tatkika and Alex and intentionally committed an act to the dogs that resulted in excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering, that may result in death to the gray in color dog, due to its injuries.

Both were arrested and charged with Torture an Animal with Intent.

They both posted bail bond of $1,500 each and were released from the Manatee County Jail.


Bealls Employee Arrested for
Using Customers' Credit
Card Numbers Illegally

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Andrea Alexis-Patrice Dunbar, 25, of 221 30th Street East, Bradenton.


Andrea Dunbar

The arrest report said Dunbar was a sales associate at Bealls Department Store, 6355 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton.

Beginning in April of 2012, Dunbar was obtaining customers' credit car numbers and using them to purchase Bealls gift cards.

Upon being approached by Loss Prevention personnel, Dunbar admitted to obtaining the credit card numbers on the average of four times a month.

She said she would write down the numbers and use them to obtain store gift cards to purchase clothing for her children, due to a "family financial hardship."

She told a BPD officer she let the worry of her finances get in the way of better judgment.

Dunbar was arrested and charged with Use of Another's ID without Consent and Use Credit Card Two or More Times without Consent of Owner.

She later posted a combined bail bond of $3,000 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Horizons School Teacher
Arrested for Child Abuse
of Student


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Detectives have arrested Colby Cadwell, 31, of Bradenton.


Colby Cadwell

Cadwell was arrested in connection with an incident that occurred on Tuesday, April 23, at Horizons Academy School in Bradenton. Cadwell was arrested Thursday morning at his Bradenton residence and charged with Child Abuse.

The incident involved Cadwell, who is a teacher at Horizons, and a 13-year-old male student. The investigation revealed that the victim flinched at another student like he might hit the student. At that time, Cadwell grabbed the victim/student, threw him to the floor, then picked him up and physically threw him out of the classroom.

The incident was reported to the principal of the school, who in turn reported it the school resource deputy.

The student that Cadwell allegedly manhandled sustained no major injuries; there was a bruise, but authorities aren't sure if that bruise was sustained because of the incident, Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office told NewsManatee.

The case was assigned to a detective and the subsequent investigation led to Cadwell's arrest.

Cadwell was charged with Knowingly Abusing a Child without Great Harm.

As of Thursday afternoon, Cadwell remained in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Elderly Woman Robbed at
Knifepoint at Walmart

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- According to a press release from Bradenton Police Captain Warren Merriman, on April 24th, at approximately 8:35 p.m., the victim, a White female, 82, was loading her groceries into her vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart, 5315 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, when an unknown Black male suspect threatened her with a knife and stated, "Give me your purse, or I'll kill you."


The victim gave the suspect her purse, and the suspect ran to an awaiting vehicle, which immediately fled the area in an unknown direction.

The victim did not require medical attention.

The suspect was described as a Black Male, 21-30 years of age, short in stature, 5' to 5'5" tall, 135-150 pounds, wearing a purple shirt with unknown white lettering, black shorts with a red stripe down the sides, and black shoes. The vehicle was described as a white, unknown make/model, 4-door sedan.

Anyone having information with regard to this case is asked to call Bradenton Police Detective Jeff Beckley at 941-932-9328, 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 Hispanic Males Threaten
to Kill Woman's Two Children
During Armed Home Invasion


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed home invasion robbery on Wednesday, April 24th, at about 10:20 p.m., at a residence in the 600 block of 58th Avenue Drive East, Bradenton.


A sheriff's report said Adelaida De Leon, 33, came home from church with a 2-year-old and 7-year-old child.

When they entered the house, they were immediately confronted by two masked gunmen.

One of the invaders grabbed De Leon and pointed the gun at her; the other grabbed both children and pointed the gun at them.

The culprits demanded that they be given everything and told De Leon if they didn’t get everything they would kill the kids.

The robbers grabbed items from De Leon and also took things from the house.

The two men then fled out the back door.

They were described as two Hispanic males, speaking in Spanish with a Mexican dialect. Both were wearing white shirts and black shorts. Both were wearing gloves, both had black pistols and both were wearing masks, one black and one gray.

The men then fled in an unknown direction.

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.


Daytime Burglary to Residence
in Northwest Manatee County


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a burglary to a residence on Wednesday, April 24th, between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., in the 7600 block of 18th Avenue NW, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said unknown person(s) broke into the victim's home during the daytime.

A substantial amount of valuables were taken.

A Crime Scene technician responded along with personnel of the Detective Division to continue 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.


Burglary on East Side Nets
Thief Over $25K in Items

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a burglary to a residence on Wednesday, April 24th, at about 7:30 p.m., in the 6800 block of State Road 70 East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said unknown persons forced entry to the vacant building and took AC components and other materials that totaled over $25,000.00.

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.


SPD: New Solicitation Ordinance
Goes Into Effect on April 29th


SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Effective Monday, April 29, 2013, the Sarasota Police Department will begin enforcing the new Sarasota City Ordinance, 23-1, Solicitation and Distribution on Public Roads, within the city limits.

The ordinance's intent is to "Protect the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of Sarasota." The ordinance prohibits pedestrians from going upon or alongside a designated road to solicit or attempt to solicit donations, contributions, employment, business, sales or exchanges from occupants of motor vehicles. It also prohibits pedestrians from going upon or alongside a designated road to distribute or attempt to distribute products or materials to occupants of motor vehicles.

If a person is found in violation of this ordinance, he or she may be issued a Summons to Appear with a court date, or may be arrested. The Police Department is always concerned with the safety of both the pedestrian and the motorist and will enforce the law as it appears in the ordinance.

In an effort to educate and encourage compliance of the new ordinance, message boards will be used to inform the public. The message board will be placed in heavy traffic areas this week and into the weekend.


ALERT: Law Enforcement
Badges Stolen


ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Clermont police have issued a statewide alert after three law enforcement badges were stolen from a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer's home, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Police are worried whoever stole the badges could be posing as a real officer.

According to a Clermont Police report, the badges were stolen between 10:15 a.m. and noon on Friday, April 19th from the officer's home on Rob Roy Drive.

Police are investigating to see if the home was targeted.

There were several other items in the home including small electronics, firearms and FWC uniforms that were not stolen.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officers have full police powers and statewide jurisdiction. They are armed and can arrest anyone for any crime.

The badge has a gold star inside a silver circle with the words "law enforcement" and "Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission." It can be worn on a uniform or flashed in a wallet, WKMG said.

 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Man Arrested for Slugging His
Girlfriend, Pushing Her Out
of Moving Vehicle

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Oliden Ramos, 44, of 1110 36th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Oliden Ramos

The arrest report said Ramos and Crystal Savage have been in a relationship for the past year and live together the majority of the time at Ramos' residence at the above location.

On Sunday, Monday, April 21st, at about 7:30 p.m., Oliden and his girlfriend were in Ramos' vehicle and an argument ensued about Savage wanting to go home.

While en route to Savage's grandmother's residence the argument became physical when Ramos used a closed fist to backhand Savage in her face.

When they were at about the 7000 block of 85th Street Court East, Ramos opened the passenger side door and pushed Savage out of the vehicle.

Ramos then took off without giving aid to Savage.

The next day, Monday, April 22nd, at about 8:45 p.m., Dep. Bryan Lake responded to a local hospital regarding Savage's injured foot. She had glass in her foot which made her unable to walk. Dep. Lake observed her foot to be swollen and her right eye to be black and blue from the strike to her face.

Dep. Lake went to Ramos' residence. Ramos said he was not in a relationship with Savage and that she showed up at his residence three days ago with a black eye and glass in her foot. He said he never struck Savage and never shoved her out of his vehicle.

Ramos was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $12,000.


Man Allegedly Intentionally
Strikes Woman's Car with
His Tractor Trailer


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Rafael Hernandez, 38, of 6023 Hopkins Drive North, Bradenton.


Rafael Hernandez

A sheriff's report said on Wednesday, April 24, shortly after midnight, Rafael had his girlfriend Veronica Salazar, 40, of 11th Street West, Bradenton, meet him at the 6400 block of State Road 64 in a parking lot where his tractor trailer was parked.

Veronica and Rafael were inside the cab of his tractor when a verbal domestic dispute began.

Veronica exited the tractor and got into her vehicle to leave.

Rafael struck the front of Veronica's car at low speed (1-2 mph) with his tractor in what is believed to be an attempt to keep her from leaving.

Veronica sustained no injuries but her vehicle sustained minor damage. Veronica's vehicle was driven from the scene after the incident.

The tractor sustained minor damage to its front bumper.

Rafael was arrested and transported to the Manatee County Jail without incident.

Rafael was charged with Domestic Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle.

At this time, he remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Ellenton Man Batters Mother,
MSO K-9 Captured Him


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Steven Rex, 33 of 7060 60th Avenue, in Ellenton.


Above, L to R, Steven Rex and MSO K-9 Rex

A sheriff's report said on Wednesday, April 24th, at about 2 a.m., deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at the incident location.

Sue Rex stated that she was involved in a verbal altercation with her son, Steven Rex.

The argument turned physical when Steven pushed his mother down to the ground, causing a minor injury to her knee.

Prior to arrival of deputies, Steven fled on foot.

A perimeter was established, and a K-9 unit consisting of Dep. Wolfinger and his K-9 Rex, responded. A track was attempted with negative results.

After deputies cleared the area, the victim called back to report that her son was back causing a disturbance.

Steven again fled on foot prior to arrival of deputies and a second track was attempted.

A short while later, Steven was seen by deputies.

This time he was challenged by the K-9 unit; he disregarded all commands and attempted to flee on foot again.

K-9 Rex was able to apprehend Mr. Rex, and he was taken into custody without further incident.

Mr. Rex sustained minor bite injuries to his arm, leg and buttocks.

He was charged with Domestic Battery and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

As of Wednesday afternoon, he remained in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


One of Two Men, 19, Arrested for
Theft of Two Computers from
Lakewood Ranch Walmart

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Declan Huber, 19, of 4918 Palm Aire Drive, in South Manatee County.


Declan Huber

A sheriff's report said on Saturday, April 20th, at about 1:15 p.m., Huber and another man entered the Walmart store located at 5810 Ranch Lake Blvd., Bradenton.

They proceeded to the electronics department where they placed a HP computer valued at $498 in a cart and then left the store together, with Huber pushing the cart.

Then, on Sunday, April 21st, the pair repeated the process at about 12:30 p.m., at the same store, this time taking a HP computer valued at $798, and pushing it out of the store in a cart.

After the other man's relatives identified the pair from a surveillance video posted on a website, Huber was arrested on Monday, April 22nd, at about 4 p.m.

He was charged with two counts of Grand Theft Shoplifting.

He later posted a combined bail bond of $3,000 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

The other man has not been arrested, so we are not identifying him.


DeSoto Parade Start Time
on Saturday


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Hernando DeSoto Historical Society’s annual Grand Parade will depart from Manatee High School at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and work its way to downtown Bradenton.

Road closings along the parade route will begin at 5:30 p.m. to allow for the 5K run, which begins along the parade route at 6:10 p.m. Detour signs will be in place prior to the race.

City officials will distribute small grocery bags to pedestrians around 6:15 p.m. along the parade route. This is for your personal trash. Please leave the filled bags at the curbside after the parade for the City to collect. You also may bring your own grocery bag for this purpose.

NewsManatee's Exec. V.P. Carole Law Atkins will be on the CrimeStoppers float.


Assistance Identifying Man
in Surveillance Photo Asked


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify a man captured on video as he picked up a wallet belonging to someone else while inside the BP gas station, 4949 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.


The victim unintentionally left his wallet on the counter on the night of April 11, 2013. This man entered the store, bought a soda, and put the victim’s wallet in his pocket before walking out. The victim returned to look for his missing wallet, but when it wasn’t found, the store owner reviewed the surveillance video and discovered what happened.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).


Assistance Identifying Suspects
Using Stolen Credit Card Asked

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance identifying a man and a woman who used a stolen card at Target on Fruitville Road in Sarasota.


Earlier this month, a victim reported that someone stole cash and credit cards from his wallet and when he called his credit card company to cancel the card, he was told it was used at Target on April 4th and one other store. A review of the Target surveillance video showed two Hispanic subjects making the transaction.

Anyone with information on either of these suspects is encouraged to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).


Animal Neglect Investigation
Results in Grow House Arrest


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- What began as an investigation into possible animal neglect resulted in a Punta Gorda man being charged with growing marijuana and possession of an alligator.


Pablo Cauz

On April 23, Charlotte County detectives accompanied Charlotte County Animal Control officers to property on Oil Well Road in Punta Gorda to serve a search warrant concerning livestock at the residence being neglected or abused. After the resident, Pablo Cauz, 49, of 32680 Oil Well Road in Punta Gorda, was advised of the search warrant, detectives entered a detached garage and found what appeared to be a grow house operation in two separate rooms.

The detectives notified the Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit of what they found. Narcotics detectives obtained a second search warrant for the grow house. Within one of the two rooms, they located 30 marijuana plants in black plastic pots. In the second room, they found 57 plants. The plants tested positive for cannabis. The marijuana weighed a total of 10.4 pounds.

The original detectives along with Animal Control had continued with their original search warrant pertaining to animals. They located two eight-inch long baby alligators in a water tub at the back of the property.

Based on the results of the search warrants, Cauz was arrested on charges of Manufacture of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of an American Alligator. He was being held at the Charlotte County Jail on $28,000 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).


Woman Charged in Death
of Her Neighor


DELTONA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A chilling arrest was made after deputies said a woman confessed to killing her neighbor, then dumping his body and keeping the death a secret for weeks as his family searched for the missing father, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

For nearly three weeks, Angela Stoldt, 40, kept a secret, according to deputies. Under pressure, she finally confessed to stabbing, then strangling her neighbor, James Sheaffer, of Deltona. Now, she's been charged with second-degree murder and abuse of a dead body.

Stunned neighbors only realized there was a problem when they saw crime scene investigators swarm Stoldt's home Sunday.

Volusia County deputies said the 36-year-old father vanished after he failed to come home from his job as a limo driver on April 2. Some neighbors said they knew the father had recent money troubles and that he often asked them for cash. Deputies said she often helped him with finances, but what sparked the killing remains unclear.

Deputies said they found evidence that shows Sheaffer was killed inside Stoldt's home. The case only came to an end after one of Stoldt's relatives called 911, worried she was going to commit suicide. She apparently told them she was being investigated for a crime and hugged her kids goodbye.

Stoldt remains in jail under no bond and she's also facing a charge for abusing a body. Deputies said she confessed to dumping his body, but the remains were beyond recognition, so authorities are still trying to positively identify the body, WKMG said.

 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Bradenton Detective Arrests Man
for Armed Robbery of Salon
Owner, Possession of Ammo

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Darrian J. Rhodes, 33, of 513 10th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Darrian Rhodes, aka "Jit"

According to the arrest report, on March 30th, at about 1 a.m., the victim, Garri Bratcher, was leaving his hair salon at 516 Martin Luther King Avenue East with his 12-year-old niece when he was approached by two masked men with handguns.

One of the suspect went through Garri's pockets and removed money, keys, credit cards and a gold necklace. The suspect then ordered Garri and his niece to the ground. Then the suspects went through Garri's vehicle and removed cash and a Samsung Galaxy tablet.

When police arrived, Garri told them he thought he knew one of the suspects as a Black male he knew as "Jit." He said that "Jit" lived behind his hair salon and that they ran in that direction after the robbery.

On April 2nd, the BPD Narcotics Unit served a search warrant at 216 12th Avenue West unrelated to the robbery and arrested "Jit," aka Darrian Rhodes, who admitted he goes by the name of "Jit." However, Rhodes denied any involvement in Garri's robbery.

On April 3rd, Detective Marines met with a woman who said she had been at the above search warrant address visiting her son and that "Jit" left behind Garri's cell phone, as well as his Driver License and credit cards.

On April 19th, a search warrant was served on Rhodes' address, looking for evidence. Twenty rounds of ammunition were found in his bedroom. Rhodes is a convicted felon who is forbidden to have firearms and/or ammunition.

Rhodes was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery and Convicted Felon in Possession of Ammunition. In addition, his bond was revoked on an earlier charged.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a combined bail bond of $157,500.


Female Roommate Arrested for
Punching Pregnant Woman

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jamaica Presha, 23, of 2813 51st Avenue Terrace West, Bradenton.


Jamaica Presha

The arrest report said on Saturday, April 20th, at about 10 p.m., deputies were called to the above location regarding a domestic battery.

Upon arrival, they learned that Presha and Latrice Williams are roommates. Earlier, Presha became agitated with Williams for taking money from the change jar in the living room to wash clothes. Presha began to send Williams text messages indicated that she was putting all of Williams' belongings outside and that she could not come back in.

Based on the texts, when Williams returned to the residence, she brought a friend from work along with her to try to keep the peace, the report said.

When she arrived home with the witness, Williams noticed several bags outside in the driveway. Presha was there, too.

Williams attempted to talk to Presha, but an argument ensued. The witness attempted to intervene, but Presha slapped Williams in the face, the punched her in the stomach, despite having knowledge that Williams was pregnant.

When Williams attempted to contact law enforcement, Presha fled the scene.

Knowing that she was to work at Steak 'N Shake at 10 p.m., deputies went there at about 11 p.m. and arrested her.

Presha was charged with Domestic Battery, Defendant Should Have Known Victim was Pregnant.

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


Teenager Arrested for Burglary
after Foot Pursuit, K-9 Capture

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dontra Pompey, 16, of Bradenton.


Dontra Pompey and MSO K-9 Chico

A press release from Randy Warren, a sheriff's office Public Information Officer, at around 11:30 a.m. MSO Deputies and Bradenton Police Officers responded to a report of a suspect burglarizing homes in the neighborhoods of Casa Del Sol and Garden Heights.

The first identified burglary occurred at 2604 30 Street West the second occurred at 2809 21 Street West.

The suspect, later identified as Pompey, spotted deputies, dropped two computers and fled on foot.

A Sheriff's K-9 unit consisting of Dep. Gerholdt and K-9 Chico chased the suspect for almost 40 minutes where he intermittently hid in sheds and back yards in the area working his way southbound from the scene of the homes and sheds that he was burglarizing.

Ultimately Pompey was located by the Sheriff's Aviation Unit running into Bethel Baptist Church, 1801 30 Avenue West.
Deputies located Pompey inside the church where he attempted to resist arrest.

As a result he received superficial leg wounds from the pursuing K-9, Chico.

He was taken into custody and later transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Pompey is charged with two counts of Burglary and will be charged by BPD with one count of Armed Burglary.


BPD Arrested Man for
Uttering Forged Checks


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Robert M. Thielen, 30, of 715 56th Avenue Drive East, Bradenton.


Robert Thielen

The arrest report said on Saturday, April 13th, and on Wednesday, April 17th, Thielen entered 2612 Manatee Avenue East and cashed two stolen checks from Sarasota.

The victim was contacted by his bank stating the checks had been stolen and were worthless.

Then, on Friday, April 19th, Thielen entered the same store and attempted to cash another check.

Police were called and Thielen was arrested.

He has been charged with two counts of Uttering a Forged Instrument and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

He later posted a bail bond of $3,500 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Three Men Arrested in Boat Theft;
Two are Well Known to the Law


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two Lehigh Acres men and a teenager for stealing a boat and trailer in Sarasota early Monday morning, Aril 22nd, following the attempted theft of another trailer just moments earlier in Nokomis.

Deputies were looking for an extended cab white Dodge Ram following the initial theft attempt and stopped it at McIntosh and Sawyer Loop roads. The investigation revealed that after being scared off by the owner on Palmetto Street, the suspects proceeded to steal a 30’ Donzi boat and trailer from a Nautilus Drive home they had cased before.

The suspects, 39-year-old Steven Miller, Sr., 47-year old Dennis Flint and 16-year old Steven Miller, Junior, are charged with two counts each of Grand Theft and one count of Attempted Grand Theft.

Mr. Miller, Sr., and Flint are also charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor for including Miller’s son in the crime. Flint is also charged with Possession of Marijuana, and Mr. Miller, Sr., faces an additional charge for Violating Probation.

The two adult suspects have extensive and violent criminal histories in other Florida counties and other states, the sheriff's report said.


Two Injured in Shooting
on 32nd St. in Sarasota


SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department is investigating a shooting in the 1900 block of 32nd St. where two men in their 20’s were injured on April 23rd.

Officers heard gunshots being fired in the area, and then dispatch received calls that the gunshots were coming from a home in the 1900 block of 32nd St.

Upon arrival, officers found a Black male in his early 20s on the ground outside the home, shot several times. The officers located a second victim inside the home who was also a Black male in his early 20’s who had several gunshot wounds.

The male found inside the home was taken to a hospital via Bayflite due to the seriousness of his injuries; the male found outside was taken to a hospital by paramedics.

Quazone Taylor, a Black male, 20 years old, was located in the home. He was taken to the hospital via Bayflite. The other victim, Marquis Morgan, a Black male, age 23 years old, was located outside the home and he was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

Witnesses have been taken to the Sarasota Police Department for interviews and the Criminalistics team is at the scene gathering evidence.

As detectives actively follow up on leads, they ask that anyone with information about this incident call Detective Johnathan Todd at (941) 954-7091 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling (941) 366-TIPS (8477), online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com, or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).


SPD Reports String of Occupied
Burglaries in the Alta Vista Area


SARASOTA FLORIDA [NMT] -- Sarasota Police are investigating several burglaries that occurred between the 2000 block and the 2500 block of Bay Street, and in the 800 block of S. Shade Avenue, which is the Alta Vista neighborhood.

The burglars are entering unlocked homes and quietly taking items, so as not to disturb the sleeping homeowner.

Items taken have been laptops, jewelry, cash and homeowner’s vehicles.

One victim awoke to find two teenage Black males with shaved heads, in her bedroom. When she screamed they ran.

It appears they stole a car from the area as well. The vehicle was left abandoned it the 2000 block of N. Euclid Av. Evidence is being processed as well and leads are being followed.

For our community’s safety, it is best to lock all doors and windows of your home at night and when you leave.

If anyone sees anything suspicious or unusual, please call the police department to report it by calling the non-emergency number at (941) 316-1201. In case of an emergency, dial 911.

Anyone with information about these burglary cases are urged to contact Det. K. Laster at the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (941) 364-7327, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling (941) 366-TIPS (8477).


SSO Reports Possible
Murder-Suicide


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation into what appears to be a murder-suicide.

Deputies were called to 3379 Bougainvillea Street in Sarasota at 2:50 p.m., after a man arrived at the home and found the bodies of his mother and brother in the garage.

The victims have been identified as Adele F. Nichelson, 90, and Murry Nichelson, 55.

Both died from apparent gunshot wounds.


Man Popped for Cutting Clothes
off Woman, 82, Then Raping,
Robbing Her

ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A 45-year-old man was arrested on allegations that he forced his way into an 82-year-old Orlando woman's apartment, cut off her clothes and raped her, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Orlando police say Dominic Alonze Reed broke into the woman's apartment Saturday night and fled the area after raping and robbing her.

Officers located Reed Sunday in the downtown area and arrested him without incident. He was wearing the same clothing from the time of the crime, police said.

Reed faces several charges, including sexual battery with a deadly weapon/physical force, home invasion robbery, armed kidnapping with intent to commit a felony and aggravated battery on a person over 65 with a deadly weapon.

The woman was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Reed was being held in the Orange County Jail on a no-bond status. Police said he was homeless and was arrested less than two weeks ago for violating a city ordinance for camping, WKMG said.

 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Manatee K-9 Credited for Capture
of Man Driving Stolen Truck;
Multiple Charges Filed

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested an alleged drug dealer, Dominick Glover, 21, of 930 38th Avenue East, Bradenton, who was captured by a Manatee County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit after he was spotted driving a stolen car.


Above, Dominick Glover and MSO K-9 Barley

A sheriff's report said on Sunday, April 21st, at about 12:45 a.m., Bradenton Police broadcast a "Be On the Lookout" for a stolen 2005 Dodge truck.

An MSO deputy located that truck just moments later driving north on 14th Street West.

Multiple units responded and once K-9 Deputy Buird was alongside, an attempt to stop the truck was made.

The Dodge fled four blocks into the Bayshore on the Lake Condos.

The driver failed to stop before crashing into a parked car.

The driver, later identified as Glover, then fled and was chased by an MSO K-9 deputy.

Two other passengers fled in the opposite direction.

A short distance away, Mr. Glover was located and apprehended by the K-9, MSO K-9 Barley.

The passengers were not found.

Subsequently it was learned Mr. Glover had several outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Glover was charged with Grand Theft Auto, Leaving an Unattended Vehicle Accident without Leaving ID, Driving While License Suspended, Fleeing to Elude Law Enforcement and Resisting Arrest without Violence. He was additionally charged with several warrants for his arrest for 4 counts of Sale of Rock Cocaine and one count of Sale of Marijuana.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a combined bail bond in the amount of $79,500.


Three Boys Arrested after Trying
to Steal Victim's Bicycle,
Striking Victim


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Wynton Mahoney, 15, Dannique Waiters, 15, and a 17-year-old boy.


Above, L to R, Wynton Mahoney and Dannique Waiters

A sheriff's report said on Saturday, April 20th, at about 10:30 p.m., the victim, Josue Baltadano, 17, was riding his bicycle north on 34th Street West and was in the 5000 block when he was approached by three juveniles.

The juveniles attacked Baltadano, struck him in the face and attempted to steal his bicycle.

Baltadano resisted and was able to ride away.

Two of the three suspects, Mahoney and Waiters, were detained by Deputy Parrish after being observed walking just south of the incident scene.

The third suspect was apprehended a short time later by deputies as he circled the area on a bicycle.

Two witnesses signed affidavits stating they observed the first two suspects attack the victim.

Positive identification was made of the third suspect by the victim.

Mahoney and Waiters were charged with Attempted Strong Arm Robbery, a felony. The 17-year-old was charged with Misdemeanor Resisting Arrest.

All three were transported to the Juvenile Booking Facility at the Manatee County Jail.


South Manatee 7-11 Store
Robbed at Gunpoint by
Salt & Pepper Team


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office the armed robbery of the 7-11 convenience store located at 4451 Tallevast Road, in South Manatee County.


A sheriff's report said on Monday, April 22nd, at about 1 a.m., two men approached two clerks and forced them to open the cash registers after displaying weapons.

The suspects fled the area after taking an undisclosed amount of cash and other items.

A search was conducted using K-9 but the search was unsuccessful.

No one was injured during the incident.

The robbers were described as a White male, 6'0" tall, 175 pounds, last seen wearing dark clothing and a ski mask; and a Black male, 6'0" tall, 170 pounds, last seen wearing dark clothing, with a T-shirt covering his head. Both men were carrying weapons.

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.


Body of Boy, 6, Recovered
After Rip Currents Pulled Him
Under Water Near Coquina Beach


BRADENTON BEACH, Florida [NMT] -- The body of Lamonea Taylor, 6, was pulled from the Gulf of Mexico near Coquina Beach at Longboat Pass on Monday, April 22nd.


Above, boats from several law enforcement agencies search for body
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

According to information, on Saturday, young Taylor entered the water with some of his cousins on the southern tip of Coquina Beach at about 6:30 p.m.

The boy’s 15-year-old brother saw Lamontea and his cousins struggling offshore Saturday when they were supposed to be at the beach’s playground.

The family was at the beach for a cookout.

Rip currents had swept the children south toward Longboat Pass, the quarter-mile wide strait between Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key that is off limits to swimmers because of the treacherous currents, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

The beach is well-posted that no swimming is allowed in the area.

The three cousins made it out of the water; Lamontea did not.

A search was immediately begun, which included boats from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and from the Longboat Key Police Department, along with lifeguards on jet skis and a boat from
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Lamontea Taylor’s body was found about 10 a.m. Monday by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers about a mile from shore.


Hardee County Jail Deputy
Accidentally Shoots Himself
Playing Quick Draw Cowboy


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an accidental shooting on Saturday, April 20th, at about 7:30 p.m, at a residence in the 11400 block of Carlton Road, in Duette.

A sheriff's report said Joshua Cochran, 26, was on his back porch doing some quick draw cowboy style shooting with a .22 revolver.

He accidentally shot himself in the right calf while drawing.

The injury was minor.

He went to South Bay Hospital in Sun City for treatment, whereupon Hillsborough County Sheriff Office was notified. In turn HCSO notified MCSO of the incident.

Deputies responded to the hospital in Sun City and the shooting scene in Duette and conducted the investigation.

At this time all evidence indicates it was an accidental shooting.

Cochran is a DOC correctional officer for Hardee County.


Aggressive Pit Bull Shot,
Killed by Neighbor


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has reported the shooting of a pit bull on Saturday, April 20th, at about 2:40 p.m., in the 700 block of Ixora Avenue, Ellenton.

A sheriff's report said a pit bull was loose in the victim's back yard. He observed it run back into the open gate of 703 Ixora Ave.

He exited his front door armed with his CCW pistol, accompanied by his wife.

His neighbor at 707 Ixora Ave called the victim and his wife over.

As they were walking in the street towards the neighbor’s home, the pit bull exited the open gate again and aggressively charged them.

The victim shot the pit bull in the head. The dog initially dropped, but then lunged at the victims a second time. The victim shot the dog in the head again.

Upon MSO arrival, witness statements were taken from two neighbors corroborating the victim’s story.

Two shell casings were found on the ground in the immediate area and the pit bull was observed dead in the street with two gunshot wounds to the head.

The dog was photographed and removed by animal control.

The dog’s owner, Kimberly Rodgers, initially couldn't be contacted, but returned home at the conclusion of the investigation.

She was notified of the shooting and provided with the animal control officers contact information.

The victim was uninjured.


Man Shot in Abdomen after
Revolver Accidentally Fires


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an accidental shooting on Saturday, April 20th, at about 7 p.m., at 37550 Clay Gully Road, in Myakka.

A sheriff's report said Jason C. Durrance, 38, had invited Floyd Oney II, 42, to go hog hunting on their property.

Oney had a single action .45 Long Colt revolver in a belt holster, slung over his shoulder.

They had trouble starting the Kawasaki Mule they were intending to use for the hunt.

They raised the seat and were leaning over working on the innards when the revolver fell from Oney's holster and discharged when it hit the ground.

The round entered and exited through the left side of Oney's abdomen.

Oney was assisted into the house and 911 was called.

Oney was flown to a local hospital; at this time his condition is unknown.


Candlelight Vigil Planned for
Tuesday, April 23rd, at 7 p.m.


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee Victim Rights Council invites you to attend the 27th annual Candlelight Vigil for victims of crime. Please join us Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the County Courthouse courtyard, downtown Bradenton.

We face enduring and emerging challenges in victims' rights. About 50 percent of violent crimes are not reported, and only a fraction of victims receive the help they need. We need to know more about these victims, how we can best help them, and how to better target our services to reach every victim. At the same time, we must adapt to funding cuts, globalization, changing demographics, new types of crime and the changes (both good and bad) brought by technology. These challenges require bold new solutions.

Wherever our findings lead us, we know that collaboration is the pathway to success. Let's mobilize our combined strengths to commemorate 2013 National Crime Victims' Rights Week-and to transform victim services in the 21st century.


Adult Volunteers Needed for
Teen Court, Teen Court Too


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Adult volunteers are needed for Manatee County's Teen Court and Teen Court Too.

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 the peers instead of going before a Juvenile Court Judge.

Adult volunteers are needed in a variety of meaningful capacities. Adult volunteers assist Teen Court by maintaining proper courtroom decorum and writing contracts for participants and their families. No legal background or experience is needed; although compassion for children and their futures and a desire to help them improve their decision-making skills are essential.

Adults can volunteer as often as every week or as little as once a month. Teen Court is appreciative of your time in keeping this important diversion program running smoothly.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sue Lockliear or Rina Madrid at (941)-741-4027, or visit the website of the Clerk of the Circuit Court at http://www.manateeclerk.com/Departments/Teen Court.aspx.


SSO Warns Public About Group
with Guns Impersonating Law
Enforcement Officers

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office wants residents to be cautious following a report that a group of individuals impersonated law enforcement officers in north Sarasota.

A Sarasota couple reported being pulled over early Saturday near 17th Street and Dodge Avenue by a black four-door sedan, possibly a Dodge Charger or Chevrolet Impala, with chrome rims and a red and blue light bar in the windshield. The male victim was ordered to get on the ground, but when the female victim was ordered out of the car she noticed scratches and damage to the front end and remarked that it was not a real police car. The suspects fled.

The suspects are described as three Black males in their 20s or 30s wearing black shirts with the word “SHERIFF” on it, black boots and black pants. They had two wooden stock shotguns and a gold semi-automatic handgun with a black grip.

Anyone with information on this crime, the suspects involved or the vehicle is encouraged to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4900, leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers, 941-366-TIPS (8477), online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

Motorists who are concerned about being pulled over by an unmarked vehicle should call 911 to let the call taker know what is going on, give your location and have that person provide directions on what to do. They can confirm if you are being pulled over by a legitimate law enforcement officer, and if you are not, dispatch units to that location immediately.


6-Year-Old Boy Survives
Alligator Attack


PEMBROKE PINES, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Six-year-old Joey Welch has quite a story to tell -- and the scars to prove it, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Joey was wandering near a waterway Friday in Boynton Beach when an 8-foot alligator grabbed his arm.

Joey's dad and a Good Samaritan rushed over to help him, kicking and punching the alligator until it let go.

Remarkably, when Joey arrived at the hospital he only had minor scrapes and scratches.

Joey's mom says a guardian angel must have been watching over him.

Jackie Welch says it's a miracle that Joey has his arm and doesn't even have puncture marks on him, WKMG said.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials later shot and killed the gator.


 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Bradenton Woman Arrested for
Trafficking in Heroin after U.S.
Customs, Homeland Security
Tracked a UPS Package

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Omayra Davila-Martinez, 39, of the 300 block of 26th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Omayra Davila-Martinez

According to the arrest report from BPD, on April 11th, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents intercepted a UPS package from Colombia addressed to the above location. A border search of the package revealed that it contained 970 grams of heroin (35 ounces or 2 Pounds).

The package was forwarded to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in Sarasota.

On Monday, April 15th, an undercover HSI Special Agent delivered the package to the above location and Omayra took possession of it. The undercover HSI agent left the location and went to a location wherein Bradenton Police Department undercover Casual Clothes Unit detectives were waiting for him.

Subsequently, the BPD undercover cops executed an Anticipatory Search Warrant at the above location.

Omayra told detectives the package was in the washing machine, where she was told to put it.

She said she was told a person was supposed to call her at about 10 p.m. prior to picking up the package.

Omayra was arrested and charged with Trafficking in Heroin.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $150,000.


Armed Robbery of East Manatee
McDonald's Restaurant Reported;
Manager, Clerk Pistol-Whipped


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Detectives are looking for three men who robbed Mc Donald’s, 604 67th Street Circle East, Bradenton, at gunpoint early Friday morning.

Around 4:30 a.m. a McDonald’s employee had completed his shift and was in the parking lot of the business when three Black males approached him, pistol-whipped him and forced him back into the building.

The suspects located another employee and the manager inside the restaurant and then forced all three employees into the building's office at gunpoint.

The suspects pistol-whipped the manager, pointed their firearms at the other employees and demanded the manager open the safe.

The manager complied and the suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A witness observed the suspects leaving the scene in a 2000's 4-door tan Toyota Camry traveling eastbound on State Road 64.

Deputies were notified a few minutes later, secured the scene, and began a search for the suspects, to no avail.

The victims were transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital, treated for their injuries and later released.

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.


Hardee County Jail Deputy
Arrested for Trying to Have
Sex with a "14-Year-Old Girl"


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested William E. Abraham, 35, of Parrish.


William Abraham

William Abraham, who is a correctional officer with the Hardee Correctional Institution, communicated with an undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old female via the Internet.

Abraham expressed his desire to travel to and engage in "felonious fornication" with the 14-year-old.

A meet was set for Thursday, April 18th, at about 4:45 p.m.

Abraham arrived as scheduled at the rendezvous locale and was arrested without incident.

Abraham was charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor and Engage in Sexual Acts, Use of a Computer to Solicit a Minor to Engage in Sex Acts, and Attempted Lewd and Lascivous Acts.

There is no posted record of him on the Manatee County Sheriff's website, so bail information was not available.


Known Prostitute Shot in Face;
Shooter Still at Large


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a shooting on Sunday, April 21st, at about 4:30 a.m., in the 1100 block of 57th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Chelsey Seabrook

A deputy on patrol heard a gunshot coming from the area listed above while on patrol Sunday morning.

He immediately drove to that area and found a female lying on the side of the road.

The young woman, later identified as Chelsey J. Seabrook, 18, of last known address of 812 56th Avenue East, appeared to have been shot in the face.

Multiple units converged on the area.

EMS took the victim to Blake Medical Center, where she is expected to recover.

The area has been scoured for evidence and witnesses and the investigation continues.

Detectives are currently working to obtain suspect info and a motive from Seabrook.

Seabrook was convicted of Prostitution in March of 2013.

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.


Woman Awakened, Beaten by
White Male Home Invader
in Sunset Village MHP


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a home invasion robbery that occurred on Saturday, April 20th, at about 10:40 p.m., within Sunset Village Mobile Home Park, 3715 14th Street West, Lot 7.


A sheriff's report said the victim, Diane Piro, 63, was asleep on her bed when she was awakened by an unknown male standing over her.

The male began striking her in the face while demanding she give him her money.

The suspect fled with items belonging to the victim.

Deputies responded and searched the area with no success at this time.

Detectives were on scene, along with the crime scene unit.

The victim was injured, but was not hospitalized.

The investigation continues.

The only further description of the White male invader was that he is about 6 feet tall.

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 Threatens to Stab
Wife with Screwdriver


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Craig Whitt, 29, of 5120 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Craig Whitt

The arrest report said Whitt and the victim, his wife, have been married for about a year and live in the same residence; they have no children in common.

On Wednesday, April 17th, at about 11:30 p.m., the couple became involved in a verbal argument about marital problems.

Whitt's wife told deputies Whitt was standing in the doorway of their bedroom, holding a black screwdriver and telling her to come in the bedroom to talk.

Whitt then came at his wife in an aggressive manner with the screwdriver, holding it mid-body and saying, "I'm going to stab you with the screwdriver if you do not come in the bedroom and talk to me."

He was standing about a foot away from his wife when he made the threats.

His wife was in fear for her life.

Deputies were called to the scene and arrested Whitt.

He was charged with Aggravated Domestic Assault.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $5,000.


Man Arrested for Theft from
Radio Shack Soiled Himself


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested James Scott Cullen, 40, of 1425 14th Street West, Bradenton.


(Photo by Charles Mills for NewsManatee)

The arrest report said on Thursday, April 19th, at about 12:45 p.m., deputies were called to Radio Shack, 803 Cortez Road West, in Bradenton, regarding a shoplifter.

A man later identified as Cullen was observed by the store manager stuffing merchandise down the front of his pants and try to walk out of the store without paying.

The manager, Willie Young, stopped Cullen outside the store. Cullen pushed away and tried to swing on Young. Young took Cullen to the ground and held him until deputies arrived.

NewsManatee avid reader and sometime contributor Charles Mills was on hand to take the photo above and get the full story from the manager, Young.

"I watched several deputies converge on Radio Shack. Willie Young, the Manager, observed a White male -- Cullen -- acting suspicious in the store. The suspect kept trying to go in an empty isle, or try to go into a corner with an item, a package of small stereo speakers. Young watched him stuff the speakers down the front of his pants and walk out of the store. Willie told him to stop, but he kept going. Willie tried to stop him and he resisted, so Willie knocked him down and detained him."

When Young nailed Cullen, Cullen defecated and urinated on himself, Mills reported.

Young told Mills that he does not like people stealing as it raises the costs for his customers.

Cullen was arrested and charged with Petty Theft Shoplifting and Shoplifting, Subsequent Offense.

He posted a bail bond in the amount of $620 and was released from the Manatee County Jail the following day.


One of Two Burglars Arrested
After Victim Detained Him


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested James M. Martin, 19, of 1008 60th Avenue Terrace West, Bradenton.


James Martin

A sheriff's report said on Saturday, April 20th, at about 4:15 a.m., the victim, Michael Hai, 28, was asleep in his apartment when he woke to find two unknown males in his apartment.

The two fled from his residence and he gave chase.

The victim was able to catch one suspect, identified as James Martin, and detain him.

The second suspect fled in a silver Chrysler 300.

Electronics taken from the victim's home were recovered just outside where they were dropped.

Martin was arrested and charged with Burglary, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Burglary Tools.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a combined bail bond of $9,500.

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 Arrests Man for Battery
on Pregnant Wife


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Christopher Culver, 26, of 6971 18th Avenue East, Bradenton.


Christopher Culver

The arrest report said Culver and his female victim have been in an intimate relationship for nine months and have lived together as a family unit for the past two months. The victim is seventeen weeks pregnant and Culver knew it, the report said.

On Thursday, April 18th, at about 2 a.m., the coule got into a verbal dispute about e-mails that had been sent to Culver on their i-Pad.

The dispute escalated when Culver picked up the i-Pad and threw it on the ground, then picked it up and threw it toward the victim; it did not strike the victim.

Culver then began punching the victim with open and closed fists about her body, including her pregnant stomach.

The victim called the sheriff's office.

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

He later posted a bail bond of $3,000 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Arrested for Grand Theft
Auto, Driving with No License


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested James Scott Parrish, 30, of 5120 14th Street West, Bradenton.


James Parrish

The arrest report said on Monday, April 15th, at about 2 p.m., Parrish allegedly stole a vehicle from 1011 27th Street Court East, Bradenton.

On Tuesday, at about 1:45 a.m., a deputy was dispatched regarding a possible stolen occupied vehicle.

The owners had spotted it and were tailing it.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Parrish, was detained at the intersection of 20th Street West and 58th Avenue Drive West. The owners also stopped at the scene.

Post-Miranda, Parrish admitted to taking the vehicle without permission, the report said.

It was also determined that Parrish was operating the vehicle with a suspended license.

Parrish was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Auto and Driving While License Suspended.

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


SSO: Man Arrested for Lewd
Activity at Siesta Key Beach

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 69-year-old Illinois man for exposing himself to two teenage girls swimming at Siesta Key Beach.


Tom Petcher

Around 2:30 p.m., yesterday a Sarasota County lifeguard alerted deputies to Tom Petcher of Hillsboro, Illinois, after two 14-year-old girls said he had his swim trunks around his ankles and tried to brush one of the girls’ legs with his buttocks.

As the girls moved away from him, Petcher floated on his back with his genitals exposed.

He continued this activity for at least 15 minutes, swimming toward the girls every time they tried to get away.

When deputies confronted Petcher he was walking quickly toward the parking lot to try to avoid being detained.

He is charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition.


North Trail CVS Store Robbed
by Man Claiming to Have Gun


SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Sarasota Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred in the morning of Sunday, April 14th at 7:35 a.m.


A store clerk working at the CVS at 3709 N. Tamiami Trail was handed a note at the front register from a Black male customer.

The note and the male demanded the money in the drawer, and the male implied he had a weapon.

The clerk gave the male the money and the perpetrator left the store, and was seen getting on a bicycle heading northbound.

A witness observed the perpetrator discard the bicycle and flee on foot.

The Sarasota Police Department K-9 Unit responded and attempted to track the perpetrator but did not locate him.

Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is investigating this robbery.

The perpetrator is a Black male wearing a dark knit type cap, dark jacket, and blue jeans. He appears to be in his 20s or 30s.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective DeFrancisco at (941) 954-7094 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

 

 

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