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Local/State News for week ending 8/10/2013

Manatee County Sheriff's Office
Undercover Detectives Arrest
3 for Prostitution Over 3 Days

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Carol Ann Davis, 59, a transient; Teresa Ann Amado, 20, of the 800 block of 25th Avenue West, Bradenton; and Krystal Marie Harris, 27, a transient.


Above, L to R, Carol Davis, Teresa Amado and Krystal Harris

According to the arrest reports of all three, undercover detectives attached to the Special Investigation Division Tactical Unit were patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as a "John" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

On Wednesday, July 31st, at about 2:45 p.m., Davis was spotted in the 2400 block of 14th Street West.

The U/C detective made contact and after a brief conversation, Davis agreed to perform oral sex and allow him to perform sexual intercourse on her for $30. She was arrested and charged with Prostitution. A criminal history check revealed that she has been convicted of Prostitution 10 times. Therefore, her charge was upgraded to Felony Prostitution.

Then, on Thursday, August 1st, at about 6:45 a.m., a U/C detective spotted Amado walking at 26th Avenue and 13th Street West. He made contact and after a brief conversation, Amado agreed to allow the U/C detective to perform sexual intercourse on her for $30. She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution.

Finally, on Tuesday, August 6th, at about 3:30 p.m., a U/C detective spotted Hrris in the 1300 block of 27th Avenue West. He made contact and after a brief conversation she was arrested and charged with Enticing a Lewd Act, a felony. A criminal history revealed that Harris had previously been convicted twice of Prostitution.


Two Arrested after Pursuit
of Stolen Vehicle


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Demarcus Morris, 40, and Tippy McCullough, 19 years old.


Above, L to R, Demarcus Morris and Tippy McCullough

A sheriff's report said on Wednesday, August 6th, shortly after 4 p.m., Fredricka Reed, the victim of a stolen vehicle from Sarasota on Tuesday, August 6th, spotted her vehicle in Manatee County and called MSO. Reed followed the vehicle and provided location updates.

Dispatch obtained the vehicle tag, which came back to a white Impala that was stolen out of Sarasota County. Demarcus Morris was listed as a suspect.

Responding units caught up to the vehicle and attempted a felony stop in the 200 block of 60th Ave. West. The driver, McCullough, decided to flee. Det. Brad Johnson initiated a vehicle pursuit.

After a short period, the pursuit was terminated in the 700 block of 61st Ave. East. McCullough continued to flee the area and ultimately crashed in the 900 block of 61st Ave. Terrace East into a fence/ditch.

McCullough fled from the vehicle on foot and Morris moved from the passenger seat to the driver's seat. Morris began revving the engine attempting to get the vehicle out of the fence/ditch.

Assisting Deputies arrived and told Morris to exit the vehicle. Morris continued his attempts to flee. Deputies had to break out a vehicle window in order to take Morris into custody. Morris was not injured.

After a short period, McCullough was located walking in the roadway with several cuts including a severe laceration to her leg. This was after she attempted to burglarize a duplex at 904 61st Ave Terrace East.

EMS responded and transported McCullough to Blake Medical Center. After she was in stable condition and her wound was treated, she was transported to the Manatee County Jail.


Morris was charged with Grand Theft Auto, Resisting Without Violence, Criminal Mischief x 2, and Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia. He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $4,500.

McCullough was charged with Grand Theft Auto, Aggravated Fleeing to Elude, Resisting Without Violence, DWLS/R, Burglary to an Occupied Dwelling, Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Property Damage, and Criminal Mischief x 2. She remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $17,740.


Man Surrenders to Cops after
Injuring Woman


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Darren L. Glover, 27, of 1520 6th Street West, Bradenton.


Darren Glover

The arrest report said on Tuesday, August 6th, at about 2:45 a.m., Glover and a woman by the name of Marley French got into a verbal argument over a phone that turned physical.

Marley ended up on the floor with a TV and 2' x 3' mirror on top of her.

She said it happened very quickly and does not recall how she wound up on the floor.

Her right front tooth was ben inwards and her bottom lip was cut, the report stated.

Glover was not present when police arrived, but he notified law enforcement of his location about three hours after the incident and surrendered himself without incident.

He was charged with Felony Battery.

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


BPD Arrests Man for Robbery
after Beating, Choking Man

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Michael Allen Brooks, 35, of 3520 19th Street Court East, Bradenton.


Michael Brooks

The arrest report said on Saturday, July 27th, Brooks approached Corbin Presley and said he wanted to talk to him.

They walked about a block to an abandoned house and went behind it where Brooks asked to use Presley's laptop.

Presley said "No" whereupon Brooks began choking Presley and punched him several times in the stomach.

After that, Brooks took off with Presley's laptop, cell phone and bicycle.

On Friday, August 2nd, Presley located Brooks at 1301 1st Avenue West, called police and told them that Brooks was the one who made off with his property.

Brooks was arrested and charged with Robbery and Battery.


Man Arrested for Carrying
Concealed Weapon, More

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Alphonso M. Paulero, 58, of 2805 52nd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.


Alphonso Paulero

The arrest report said on Wednesday, August 7th, at about 8:30 p.m., Paulero was standing out in his front yard in his bathrobe.

His neighbor, Stacey Fain, said he looked like he needed some help getting back inside his house because he was intoxicated.

After helping him inside his house, Paulero grabbed Fain by the back of her head (by her hair) and attempted to pull her head toward his lap twice while saying he has not had sex in five years.

Fain fled the area and ran back to her house.

While a deputy was on scene, he observed Paulero walk up to Fain's house and knock on the front door. People on scene said that he had a gun on him. Paulero had a white shirt on with no gun showing.

The deputy asked Paulero if he had a gun on him and Paulero said he did. He also said he didn't have a concealed weapons license.

The gun, a Taurus handgun, was tucked into his waistband with his shirt covering the gun.

Paulero was arrested and charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Battery.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $2,000.


Punta Gorda Police Arrest
Sex Offender


PUNTA GORDA, Florida [NMT] -- The Punta Gorda Police Department has arrested Eugene Chaney, 32 years old.

When the Punta Gorda Police Department's Sex Offender Monitoring Program flagged a potential new sex offender residing in the city limits on August 1st, Punta Gorda Police quickly went into action.

Officers determined that 32-year-old Eugene Chaney was a registered sex offender who had taken up residency within the Gulf Breeze apartment complex, specifically at 200 Gulf Breeze Avenue, Unit 111.

His sex offense is listed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as 1st degree Sexual Assault on a Minor from the State of Nebraska.

Knowing the close proximity to day cares, playgrounds, and schools, officers made contact and issued him a trespass warning, forcing him to vacate.

On Tuesday, August 6th, a follow-up visit to the apartment was made to ensure that this sex offender was gone. Officers discovered that he had vacated, but failed to register a new address as required by Florida law.

He was later located in Port Charlotte, where he agreed to return to Punta Gorda.

He was subsequently placed under arrest for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender.

He was transported to the Charlotte County Jail and held without bond.


Cops: Teen Threatened Boy, 12,
with Loaded Spearfishing Gun

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- An 18-year-old was arrested on child abuse charges after Volusia County deputies say he threatened a 12-year-old boy with a loaded spearfishing gun, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Joshua Rinto

The stepfather of Joshua Rinto told deputies that Rinto went into the 12-year-old's bedroom with the spear gun and pointed it at the child's face when the door opened.

The boy then ran into the closet to hid from Rinto, deputies said, when Rinto followed him and made comments about "poking" him with the spear's tip. Rinto also said the spear would go easily through the closet door.

Rinto told deputies he never had any intentions of harming the boy and that he was only "showing him" the spear gun.

Rinto was taken to the Volusia County jail on no bond, WKMG said.


Cops: Fake Handyman
Robbed Homes

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Daytona Beach police arrested a man on Wednesday night after they say he was pretending to be a handy man and would burglarize homes, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Frank Johnson

Frank Johnson, 31, has been charged with burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property after deputies say he would pose as a handyman and steal things inside the homes he was repairing.

He was booked into the Volusia County jail.

Police say they believe there may be more victims out there. Call Daytona Beach police if you recognize the man as your handyman, WKMG said.

 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Man Arrested for Lewd &
Lascivious Molestation
of 10-Year-Old Girl

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Tyler Lemar Lang, 22, of 1417 16th Street East, Bradenton.


Tyler Lang

The arrest report from BPD said on July 27th, the Bradenton Police Department received a report in which allegations were made against Lang.

On July 31st, an officer interviewed the alleged victim, who said about 3 years ago, when she was about 10 years old, she and Lang were laying in a bed and Lang covered her with a red blanket, so nobody could see what was taking place.

Allegedly, Lang put the girl's exposed foot on his exposed penis, then "tickled" the little girl. This happened several more times, the girl said. All the incidents occurred at the little girl's home.

The girl was known to Lang.

On August 5th, the officer went to Lang's home and drove him to the BPD main station, where Lang was interviewed.

When the officer began to explain the allegations to Lang, he said he did not know why he was there and asked for a lawyer. The questioning stopped at that point.

Lang was arrested and charged with Lewd and Lascivious Molestation by an Offender Older than 18 Upon a Victim Under 12.

He later posted a bail bond of $7,500 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Arrested for Raping
Woman at Knifepoint


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Detectives have arrested Ernesto Ajeataz, 57, of Bradenton.


Ernesto Ajeataz

Ernesto was arrested in connection with a sexual assault that took place on August 5, 2013.

Ernesto was charged today with False Imprisonment and Armed Sexual Battery.

He saw an acquaintance of his Monday night and ended up pulling a knife on her.

He then forced the 49-year-old victim to drive to an area in East Manatee County where he sexually assaulted her.

Ernesto then fled the area on foot.

Subsequent investigation by detectives led to today's arrest.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail without bond.


Two Arrested on Gun Charges
Following Traffic Stop by BPD


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Gerrell Houston, 27, of Bradenton, and Brenton D. Coleman, Jr., also of Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Gerrell Houston and Brenton Coleman, Jr.

On Wednesday, August 7th, at approximately 1:15 a.m., Bradenton Police Officer Phillip Smolinsky conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1400 block of 10th Avenue East, Bradenton, due to a traffic infraction.

Following the traffic stop, the driver and two (2) passengers fled the area; the driver of the vehicle dropped a semi-automatic handgun in the backyard of a residence and continued to flee the scene.

The two passengers entered a residence in the vicinity of the traffic stop, and following a brief stand-off, both suspects surrendered to law enforcement.

The two passengers were identified as Gerrell K. Houston, 27, and Brenton D. Coleman Jr., 21.

Officers located two high-powered assault rifles (fully loaded with ammunition) in the back seat of the vehicle in plain view.

The vehicle had actually been stolen from a residence in unincorporated Manatee County, but had not yet been discovered and reported to law enforcement.

Houston was arrested and charged with the following criminal offenses:

~ Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon - 2 Counts
~ Trespassing of a Conveyance
~ Active Arrest Warrant for Driving While License Suspended/Revoked

Coleman was arrested and charged with Trespassing of a Conveyance.

Deputy Chief of Police Warren Merriman stated, "Officer Smolinsky's actions this morning were remarkable in the sense that he was successful in removing two (2) high powered assault rifles, and a semi-automatic handgun from the streets, along with preventing further violence in our community from occurring."

[Ed. Note: Brenton Coleman, Jr., is the son of Brenton Coleman, Sr., who was recently shot and killed at the 13th Avenue Dream Center, in Bradenton. Houston is Brenton Coleman, Sr.'s brother.]


Inebriated Man Arrested for
Slugging Roommate
with Baseball Bat

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Christopher McDuffee, 34, of 2200 38th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Christopher McDuffee

The arrest report said McDuffee and his victim, Russell Armstrong, are roommates.

On Monday, August 5th, at about 7:45 p.m., they had a verbal argument about rent.

Christpher had been drinking alcoholic beverages throughout the day and started to get aggressive. Russell had just recently had eye surgery and fled to his room out of fear. Christopher followed Russell to his bedroom.

Christopher was yelling at Russell and started making threatening statements. Christopher the punched Russell in the right shoulder. Russell pushed Christopher away from him.

At that point, Christopher grabbed a baseball bat and started swinging it in the direction of Russell. Christopher his Russell multiple times with the bat. Russell sustained a 2-inch laceration to his left arm.

It was determined that Christopher was the primary aggressor.

He was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $3,000.


ALERT: Possible Attempted
Child Abduction


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a "suspicious circumstance" incident that was possibly an attempted child abduction. The incident occurred on Tuesday, July 6th, at about 8:45 p.m., in the 700 block of 64th Avenue East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the involved child -- an 8-year-old White female -- was playing near her residence.

A pickup truck approached her and it's driver partially rolled down his tinted window and initiated a conversation with the child.

The unknown male tried to verbally direct the child into his vehicle, but was not successful.

The unknown male never exited his vehicle and drove away.

A physical description of the male was not obtained due to the window tint.

The vehicle was described as a late model black extended cab Dodge truck with large rims and tires (20"-24" rims) and dark tinted windows, with chrome side steps mounted under the cab.

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.


4 Vehicles Burglarized in
Greenbrook Subdivision


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported four vehicle burglaries that occurred overnight between Tuesday, August 6th, at about 7:45 p.m. and Wednesday, August 7th, at about 3 a.m., in the Greenbrook Subdivision.

A sheriff's report said unknown person(s) entered four unlocked vehicles located within the Greenbrook Subdivsion and removed items belonging to the owners.

Once the property was obtained, the unknown persons fled in an unknown direction by unknown means.

Of note is that prior to discovery of the burglaries a White male on a motorcycle was observed in the area and fled at a high rate of speed upon seeing law enforcement patrolling the area.

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

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


Two Arrested for Trafficking
in Counterfeit Credit Cards

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s office has arrested two people from New York who flew to Florida yesterday solely to commit widespread fraud throughout the state.


Above, L to R, Graisy Pichardo and Myles Nicholas

Walmart loss prevention contacted deputies last night to report that the suspicious pair tried to buy gift cards at the North Port store and then the Cattlemen Road location but left when they were asked for identification. The Tactical Unit responded and found the suspects in a rental vehicle at Burlington Coat Factory in Sarasota.

During the investigation deputies learned the pair used cloned credit cards to buy gift cards at more than a half-dozen stores yesterday along the west coast from Zephyrhills to Port Charlotte. More than 50 credit cards and approximately $3,000 worth of gift cards were found in the car.

This morning, a search of the suspects’ room at the Courtyard by Marriott on Riverfront Drive in Bradenton, with the assistance of the Bradenton Police Department, led to the discovery of the cloning machine, a computer, a thumb drive with stolen credit card numbers and more credit cards.

At this point, both Graisy Pichardo, 22, and Myles Nicholas, 26, are charged with Trafficking in Counterfeit Credit Cards, two counts of Grand Theft, one count of Petit Theft, and three counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.

Detectives are continuing the investigation locally and with a number of other jurisdictions. Additional charges, including multiple counts of Identity Theft, are pending.

This investigation and the quick apprehension of the suspects was possible because of the public-private partnership the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has developed with national retailers and their local loss prevention officers in an ongoing effort to stop retail theft and fraud.


Search Warrant Leads to
Drug and Weapons Charges


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people with long criminal histories on drug and weapons charges after the Special Investigations Section and SWAT executed a narcotics search warrant on Wednesday, August 7th, at a Nokomis home.


Above, L to R, Miguel Torres and Heather Johnson

Detectives arrived at 812 Padua Court just before 10:00 a.m., and found nearly 14 grams of marijuana, a loaded .38 caliber handgun, a box of ammunition, 99 prescription pills and $1,954 in cash.

Miguel Torres, 26, who lives in the efficiency apartment, has more than 20 felony arrests and 13 misdemeanors; and Heather Johnson, 27, Sunset Beach Drive, Venice, has nine felony and seven misdemeanor arrests.

Both are charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Cannabis, Possesion of Alprazolam, Possession of Methadone, Trafficking in Hydromorphone and Trafficking in Oxycodone.


Sarasota Police Officer
Rescues 100 Sea Turtles

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- Not only do SPD officers serve and protect the humans of the City of Sarasota, but they also serve and protect the animals.


Above, Many of the rescued turtle hatchlings
(Photo by SPD Officer Derek Conley)

Over the weekend, while Officer Derek Conley was on patrol, he stopped at the Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota. As he was leaving, Officer Conley saw sea turtle hatchlings crawling towards the front door. Someone checking into the resort told him there were more turtles in the parking lot of the hotel.

Several people checking into the resort helped Officer Conley grab a box and collect the hatchlings from the parking lot. It was at that time, even more turtles were found on the sidewalk and in the middle of Ben Franklin Drive. Officer Conley stopped traffic several times to rescue the turtles from the street.

After gathering close to 70 hatchlings, Officer Conley and the resort guests took the turtles to the beach and released them successfully in the water. Upon returning to the resort, more turtles were seen in the parking lot area. The guests and Officer Conley again collected the turtles and made another trip to the beach to successfully release them.

Approximately 90 to 100 hatchlings were recovered and released successfully into the water. Officer Conley did see three dead hatchlings. Officer Conley called Turtle Watch and provided them with the case number and details of what happened. He also reached out to Mote Marine.

From May 1 - October 31, sea turtles nest on our area beaches. If you find disoriented sea turtles, call law enforcement right away.


Teen Not Charged in Man's Death
Under 'Stand Your Ground' Law


OCALA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- The state attorney's office in Marion County says no homicide charges will be filed against an Ocala teenager who shot and killed a 40-year-old man, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports prosecutors said Tuesday that the shooting was justified under Florida's stand your ground law.

Authorities say the 17-year-old shot Julius Jerome Jacobs in the head on July 5. Prosecutors say Jacobs got out of his vehicle after a verbal confrontation with the teen as they walked along a road in Ocala. He came toward the teen and two other teens with a big stick.

The teen will face charges that include carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor.

The newspaper reports the Jacobs family is unhappy with the decision, WKMG said.

 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Charlotte County Deputy Shot,
Killed While Responding to
a Domestic Disturbance;
Shooter Dead

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported a fatal shooting incident that occurred earlier Monday evening at the Lakes of Tuscana Apartments on Veterans Blvd. in Port Charlotte.


Sergeant Michael Wilson, deceased

Sergeant Michael Wilson, a 20-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was responding to a domestic disturbance when he was shot and killed.

On Tuesday, Sheriff Bill Prummell held a press conference to provide additional information concerning Monday night’s fatal shooting of Sgt. Wilson.

On Monday, August 5th, at about 8:07 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a call of a physical domestic disturbance at one of the apartments within the complex. Deputies were dispatched to the scene. Sergeant Wilson responded as a back-up officer, but was the first to arrive.

The initial report indicated that the suspect was being physical with his wife and adult age son. The caller indicated that there were weapons in the residence, but they were locked in a safe. There were no indications that weapons were involved in the disturbance or that the suspect was armed.

Immediately upon Sergeant Wilson’s arrival, he was met with gunfire from the apartment above as he was at the bottom of a staircase, which formed what Sheriff Prummell referred to as a “fatal funnel.” Sergeant Wilson was able to call on the radio that shots were fired. He was struck once in the chest with the fatal shot apparently entering above the line of his protective vest.

The suspect went back into the apartment where his family reported he shot himself. That has yet to be official confirmed through an autopsy and forensics.

As it was unconfirmed as to the condition of the suspect, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. They were able to deploy a robot to go into the apartment to confirm that the suspect was apparently deceased.

The deceased suspect has been identified as Jay Jaroslav Vanko, 49, of 24033 Madaca Lane in Port Charlotte. Although the Sheriff’s Office has been to his residence on two previous occasions for domestic incidents, none of the previous incidents were alleged to be physical. Vanko has no criminal history information available.

There were two firearms located at the scene. No further information is available about either weapon. The investigation into the incident is continuing.

Sheriff Prummell said that Sergeant Wilson had started working at the Sheriff’s Office in 1992, about the same time that he himself began work here. He said that Wilson had worked in a variety of positions within the agency – Corrections, Road Patrol, school Resource, Street Crimes, and Narcotics – and had a well-rounded knowledge of law enforcement. Sheriff Prummell said he would truly be missed.

Sergeant Wilson leaves behind a wife and three teenage children. He requested that the family be given the time and respect to grieve.

Arrangements are being made to set up a trust fund for the Wilson family and information will be sent out when it becomes available.

The viewing for Sergeant Wilson is scheduled for this Friday from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center, located at 75 Taylor Street in Punta Gorda. The funeral will be held on Saturday, August 10 at 10:00 am at the Event Center.

This is the first time in the 92 year history of Charlotte County that a Sheriff’s deputy has died by gunfire in the line of duty. The only other line of duty death was in April 1983 when Deputy Curtis Moore, a motorcycle officer, died as a result of injuries sustained in an on-duty traffic crash.


Man Arrested in Connection
with Armed Home Invasion
Robbery on Sunday

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Manuel Lebron-Jimenez, 19, of Bradenton.


Manuel Lebron-Jimenez

On Monday night, August 5th, Manuel Lebron-Jimenez, was arrested in connection with the incident below.

As NewsManatee reported on Monday, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed home invasion robbery on Sunday, August 4th, at about 11 p.m., at a residence in the 2800 block of 22nd Street West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said Charles Whidden, 47, and Joshua Moore, 24, were inside the listed residence when they heard a knock at the door.

When it was answered, three males entered and pulled firearms on the victims and made demands.

Multiple shell casing were found in the bathroom and near the bathroom.

One of the victims had minor injuries; the report did not say which one.

The three males were not described in the report.

The Violent Crimes Task Force was handling the investigation.

Lebron-Jimenez was initially charged with Attempted Murder and Armed Home Invasion Robbery. He has since also been charged with Being a Delinquent Adult in Possession of a Firearm.

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

The investigation is continuuing.

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

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


Deputies Arrest Man for
Grand Theft Auto

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Lance Bradford Hadden, 39, of 1131 Hagle Park Road, Bradenton.


Lance Hadden

The arrest report said on Friday, August 2nd, the victim, named only as "James," allowed Lance to drive his vehicle.

Lance dropped James off at work at 8 a.m. Lance was then allegedly going to pick up his mother at Tarpon Springs Rehab on Lockwood Ridge Road, in Bradenton.

James was expecting to get his vehicle back that same day, but Lance did not return with the vehicle and James could not make contact with Lance.

James attempted to report the vehicle stolen, but since there was no set time limit for returning the vehicle and James had not made contact with Lance for him to refuse to give the vehicle back, only an information report was taken by MSO's front desk.

On Sunday, August 4th, James observed Lance driving his vehicle southbound at the 6000 block of 14th Street West. James was at the Mobile gas station and yelled at Lance while he was at the light in the left turn lane to give his vehicle back.

Lance acknowledged James, said "No," and shook his head. He then entered the straight lane, heading south on 14th Street West.

James then contacted MSO to report the vehicle stolen.

Lance was located at a residence in the 600 block of 67th Street Circle East and arrested.

He was charged with Grand Theft Auto.

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


Robbers Steal Ice Cream
at Gunpoint from Vendor


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery that occurred on Monday, August 5th, at about 8:30 p.m., in the 1700 block of 32nd Avenue East, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victim, Austroberto Santis, 31, rides a tricycle style bike and sells ice cream from it.

The suspects approached him on Monday and asked to buy some ice cream.

Santis got off his bike and opened the freezer. When he did this, suspect #1 put a gun to the side of Santis' abdomen.

Santis immediately swung around with his elbows up and was able to knock one of the suspects off balance.

The two men grabbed an undetermined amount of ice cream and fled.

Santis was not injured and the robbers were not located.

The robbers were described as two unknown Black males, approximately 18-23 years old.

#1 was 6'00" tall, had short hair, and was last seen wearing black shorts and black shoes. He was carrying a white tank top and was armed with a handgun.

#2 was 6'00" tall, had short hair, and was last seen wearing black shorts and white shoes. He did not have a shirt with him.

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.


One of Three Passengers Riding
ATV Fell Off; Critical Condition

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported an ATV accident that occurred on Tuesday, July 6th, at about 11 p.m., on Rex Rode Road south of Singletary Road, outside Myakka City.

The FHP report said Vehicle 1 is an ATV of unknown make, model, and year.

The ATV, being driven by a female, Micaela Pierson, 15, of Carlisle, Ohio, was southbound on Rex Rode Rd., and continued south.

Three passengers were standing on the back of the ATV holding onto a hand rail.

One of the passengers on the back of the ATV, David Wilson, 46, of Springfield, Ohio, fell off. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Neither the driver Pierson nor two other passengers on the ATV, Jessica Wilson, 15, and Martin Luosa, 51, both of Myakka City, were injured.

The ATV was moved back to the registered owner's address prior to arrival of the FHP trooper.

When Trooper Ryan Miller arrived at the scene, no one was present.

Charges are pending.


Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue
Responded to Two Separate
Natural Gas Leaks


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue units responded to two separate gas leaks on Monday, August 5th.

One gas leak was located at 3101 3rd St. W. which occurred at 1:45 p.m. This leak was an approximate 1-inch natural gas line that was torn by an auger. The natural gas leak was secured by on scene crews within two hours of arrival time. Three fire units responded, one from Southern Manatee Fire Rescue and two from Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue, one Division Chief and one EMS unit.

The other natural gas leak was located at the 1600 block of 57th Ave. W. and occurred at 1:30 p.m. This leak was a 6-inch natural gas line that was damaged during a construction project. The natural gas leak was secured by on scene crews in just over four hours. A total of four fire engines responded, two from Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue, one from Southern Manatee Fire Rescue, one from West Manatee Fire Rescue, and EMS. Red Cross responded to the scene to assist crews with rehabilitation efforts.

Traffic was blocked from the 57th Avenue West and 16th Street West area for a number of hours.


Bradenton Police Officer
Named Officer of the Month


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has named Officer Carl Jones as Officer of the Month for August 2013.


Above, BPD Officer Carl Jones

On July 7th, at 10:50 p.m., Officer Carl Jones was dispatched to a verbal dispute, which involved an armed subject.

Upon arrival, Officer Jones observed a subject matching the suspect's description attempting to start a motorcycle.

Due to prior encounters with the subject, Officer Jones was able to positively identify the subject by the tattoos on his left upper arm.

Officer Jones announced his presence, and gave verbal commands to the subject. The subject did not comply with the verbal commands and refused to show his hands.

Officer Jones was then able to grab a hold of the subject and escort him to the ground. While attempting to put the subject into handcuffs, he refused to give officers his right hand. The subject was finally placed into custody, and Officer Jones discovered a Glock Model 23 (.40 Caliber) in the subject's front waistband. Additionally, the subject was wearing a backpack that contained (4) ammunition cartridges.

The subject was charged with Possession of a Concealed Firearm.

Officer Jones' actions that evening likely prevented a grave incident from occurring, and he was able to perform this task without injury to the suspect or himself.

Officer Jones is a true asset to the City of Bradenton Police Department, and is deserving of the title of "Officer of the Month," a press release from Deputy Chief Warren Merriman said.


FHP to Conduct DUI Wolfpack
Detail in Sarasota County

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI Wolfpack Detail in Sarasota County on Friday, August 9th, from 10:00 p.m. until August 10th, at 3:00 a.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol organizes such details to proactively remove impaired drivers from the roadways and ultimately enhance the safety of the motoring public.

Troopers conducting the detail will be mobile while monitoring traffic in an effort to maximize their visibility and effectiveness in removing impaired drivers from the roadways in Sarasota County, Florida.

Driving impaired from alcohol or drugs put everyone on the roadways in danger. Florida law considers a driver with .08 or higher Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) to be impaired. Drivers under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are also in violation of Florida law.

The Florida Highway Patrol would like to remind everyone that *FHP (*347) dialed from any cell phone contacts FHP should you need to report an aggressive driver or require roadside assistance.


WEIRD: Man Sought after
Stealing 20 Turtles

OCALA, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Ocala police are searching for the man who stole at 20 turtles at gunpoint from another man selling them in a parking lot, along with $500, Orlando television station WKMG reported.


Above, a lookalike turtle similar to those stolen

Police said the 41-year-old Citra man was selling yellow belly baby turtles with his 11-month-old son in a K-Mart parking lot in the 3700 block of East Silver Springs Boulevard when two men walked up at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and asked for the price of one of turtles.

The seller told the men the price was $10 per turtle and the men became agitated, calling it a "rip-off," police said. One of the men pulled out a gun on the victim, who was holding his son, and took 20 turtles and $500 in cash.

The men then drove off in a newer model black Dodge Charger, but the victim said he couldn't get a good look at the robbers because he was shielding his son, according to police.

No injuries were reported, WKMG said.


FRAUD ALERT: FDLE Says
New Debit Card Scam
Targeting Consumers


ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- We have a warning about a new scam that's going after consumers in Central Florida, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

It's so unique -- even investigators admit that they've never seen anything quite like it before.

"I think people are going to fall for this," says Carl Fritsch, who was targeted by thieves in latest scam to hit our area. "But then, when they get their bank statement, then it's too late."

"I get this robotic type voice," says Fritsch.

The voice told him that his debit card had been canceled, and the only way to reactivate it was to type in the full card number, PIN number, and expiration date.

Doing something like that can secretly give crooks full access to your bank account.

"I was just totally blown away with that," says Fritsch.

But he knew that something wasn't right, and didn't fall for the scam. Instead, he contacted WKMG.

WKMG traced the caller ID to a mortgage company in New Jersey called Financial Freedom.

The company denies any involvement in the fraud, instead saying that its phone number has been hijacked by thieves.

It isn't the only new scheme in town. A similar one is going after customers at Fairwinds Credit Union, which just sent out an e-mail alert about the fraud.

The idea is the same -- your debit card has been suspended, and you need to enter your personal information to get it back.

"It really would not be difficult for somebody to pull off this type of scam," says Special Agent Steve Brenton with the FDLE'S Cyber Crimes Unit.

He admits that he's never seen this kind of twist before.

But, if you're sharp, you can easily spot the warning signs.

"Generally, a bank is not going to send you any information regarding your account using a recorded type message," says Brenton. "Banks are going to use a real person to call you."

Also remember -- a legitimate agency will not ask you for your account numbers or passwords over the phone.

Brenton says that if the caller is suspicious, hang up right away.

"When it involves your money, you've gotta protect yourself," says Brenton.

WKMG brought this to the attention of the State Attorney General's office in Tallahassee. It says that if you get one of those calls, report it to the agency right away.

Fairwinds Credit Union has alerted the Secret Service about this scam, WKMG said.

 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

Man Arrested for Trying to
Lure 4-Year-Old Girl Into
His Vehicle with Unicorn

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Herman Hoskins, 78, of 3528 14th Street West, Bradenton.


Herman Hoskins

According to the arrest report, on Tuesday, July 30th, at about 12:45 p.m., a woman named only as Amanda in the report was walking northbound in the 4600 block of 21st Street West with her two children, her son named Lucas and her unnamed 4-year-old daughter. They were walking toward their house.

Lucas ran ahead about 5 feet and Amanda ran to catch up with him. The little girl continued to walk behind Lucas and Amanda about 8-10 feet.

Amanda heard what appeared to be a car approaching and as she turned around, she observed a gold 4-door car stop in front of the little girl and saw an older male with white hair, later identified as Hoskins, holding up a white unicorn with pink hair and saw Hoskins motioning to her daughter to come to him.

Amanda then approached the car and overheard Hoskins saying to the little girl, "Come here, Sweetie" repeatedly toward her daughter.

Amanda then yelled at Hoskins to leave or she was going to call 911.

The man paid her no attention.

Amanda repeated twice more, telling Hoskins to leave and he ignored her.

Amanda then grabbed both of the children and ran to their house and called 911.

Hoskins left the area, but was located by patrol deputies at the 4500 block of 20th Street West.

When questioned, Hoskins told deputies that he was "just looking for real estate in the area."

He was positively identified by both the mother, Amanda, and her daughter during a show up.

Hoskins was then arrested and charged with one count of Luring or Enticing a child.

His car and the stuffed animal were both seized.

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


Armed Robbery Reported at
South Manatee Walmart


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Fred L. Jones, 32, of Bradenton.


Fred L. Jones

A sheriff's report said on Monday, August 5th, at about 3:30 a.m., Jones entered the Walmart store located at 8320 Lockwood Ridge Road.

While inside the business, Jones selected merchandise and placed it in a garbage can inside his shopping cart.

Jones then fled the store with the merchandise passing all points of sale without attempting to pay for the items.

Loss prevention followed Jones to his vehicle and confronted him.

Jones told the loss prevention person, "If you put a hand on me, I'll shoot you."

The loss prevention person was in fear for his life and let Jones go.

Jones fled in his vehicle into Sarasota County.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office initiated a pursuit on the suspect vehicle for unrelated charges.

A P.I.T. maneuver was executed and the pursuit was terminated.

Jones was arrested on SSO's charges.

SSO located the stolen property in the vehicle and notified MSO.

MSO responded to their traffic stop.

The stolen property from Walmart valued at $513.54 was returned to the loss prevention person.

No one was injured during the incident.

Jones also had an outstanding felony warrant.

He remains in the Sarasota County Jail, charged with Robbery by MSO.


Drive-By Shooting Reported in
Bradenton Monday Afternoon


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On Monday, August 5th, at approximately 3:48 p.m., Bradenton Police Officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of 24th Street East, Bradenton, in regard to a complaint of shots fired.


Upon arrival, it was discovered that unknown suspect(s) had fired multiple rounds at a residence.

There were occupants inside the residence at the time of the shooting, but there were no injuries sustained.

Witnesses advised that a green pick-up truck had driven by the residence with 4-5 armed subjects in the truck's bed. The armed subjects were described as holding long rifles, which was consistent with the large caliber projectile casings that were recovered at the scene.

With the assistance of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, the suspect vehicle was located in the 3900 block of 3rd Avenue East. There were no suspects located in the vicinity of the vehicle.

Deputy Chief of Police Warren Merriman stated, "At this time, there is no indication that this shooting is related to the recent homicide that occurred at the 13th Avenue Dream Center."

Anyone having information with regard to this case is asked to contact: Bradenton Police Detective Sergeant Dennis Stahley at 941-932-9300 Ext. 307, 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.


Armed Home Invasion
Robbery Reported


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed home invasion robbery on Sunday, August 4th, at about 11 p.m., at a residence in the 2800 block of 22nd Street West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said Charles Whidden, 47, and Joshua Moore, 24, were inside the listed residence when they heard a knock at the door.

When it was answered, three males entered and pulled firearms on the victims and made demands.

Multiple shell casing were found in the bathroom and near the bathroom.

One of the victims had minor injuries; the report did not say which one.

The three males were not described in the report.

The Violent Crimes Task Force is handling 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.


Sheriff's Youth Ranch Juvenile
Goes Missing, Later Found

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a missing juvenile on Sunday, August 4th, at about 6 p.m., in the woods surrounding the Sheriff's Youth Ranch, 751 Rye Wilderness Trail, in East Manatee County.

A sheriff's report said Jordan Luckett, 16, went outside to do his assigned chores at approximately 6 p.m. and was seen running into the woods.

The other juveniles and staff looked for him but could not find him. They then notified MSO, advising he may be lost in the woods.

The juvenile is not from this county and has no family or friends in the area.

The surrounding area was then searched by several deputies with negative results.

The aviation unit, blood hounds, and the Manatee Search and Rescue team were paged out to assist.

Upon their arrival, Luckett was found near the fire station located at 150 Rye Rd.


Two Groups Shoot High-Powered
Rifles at Each Other, Escape


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a shooting on Sunday, August 4th, at about 2:20 a.m., at the India Bazaar parking lot, 5108 14th Street West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said a deputy working an off-duty detail at a bar across the street from the above location observed subjects shooting at each other in the parking lot.

Multiple shots were fired and then they fled.

Three vehicles were riddled with bullets in the parking lot where the shooting occurred.

Multiple high-powered rifle spent casings were located in the parking lot.

None of the shooters stayed at the scene and fled on foot and in vehicles immediately.

It is unknown if there are any victims at this time.

Detectives were at the scene investigating leads.

There was no description of the shooters or their vehicles given in the report.

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

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


Shots Fired in Palmetto
at Man, Infant 6 Mos. Old


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported shots were fired at a man and a 6-month-old Infant on Sunday, August 4th, at about 10:45 a.m., at a residence located in the 2700 block of 5th Avenue East, Palmetto.

A sheriff's report said deputies responded to a reported shots fired call at the above address.

Upon arrival, it was determined that Fabian Parker, 22, went outside and put the 6-month-old infant in the back seat.

Fabian was standing on the driver's side of the car by the driver's door when a red newer Mazda pulled up.

The passenger in the Mazda, a Black male, called for Fabian to come over and talk and Fabian told him no because the baby was in the car.

Fabian says the next thing he knew is the passenger fired two quick rounds, one of which struck the car he was standing beside, in between the wheel well and the driver's side door.

The vehicle then went north on 5th Avenue East and three more shots were fired out the window as the Mazda fled the area.

There were no injuries.

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.


5 Ambulances Dispatched to
Fatal Crash on State Road 70;
8-Year-Old Girl Died


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal collision that occurred on Sunday, August 4th, at about 3:45 p.m., on State Road 70 west of Curtis Road, in Manatee County.

The FHP report said a 1999 Chevy Cavalier, being driven by Kevin Moore, 43, of Bradenton, was traveling in a westbound direction on State Road 70 in the westbound lane.

A 2008 Chrysler Aspen, being driven by Devin Gilmore, 31, of Arcadia, was traveling in an eastbound direction on State Road 70 in the east bound lane.

Gilmore lost control of the Chrysler and traveled into the west bound lane entering the path of the Chevy Cavalier.

The Chrysler's right front struck the Cavalier's front.

Both vehicles then traveled onto the north shoulder and the Chrysler overturned onto it's roof were it came to final rest.

An 8-year-old girl in the Cavalier, Sierra Proulx, of Bradenton, was killed in the crash.

The Cavalier's driver, Moore, and his passenger, Melanie Proulx, 42, of Bradenton, were transported to Blake Medical Center in serious condition.

The Chrysler's driver, Gilmore and his passenger, Allison Gilmore, 29, of Arcadia, were also transported to Blake Medical Center in serous condition.

Gilmore was cited by FHP for Failure to Use Due Care.


Two Charged with Multiple
Venice Burglaries


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people in connection with a string of vehicle and residential burglaries Saturday morning on Olympia Road in Venice.


Above, L to R MacKenzie Egeland and Brittiany DuPuis

After receiving one report of a burglary, deputies responding to the call located a male and a female matching the description of the suspects. During their investigation deputies identified additional burglary victims at four homes on Olympia Road.

The suspects were identified as Mackenzie Egeland, 19, of 1249 Olympia Rd., and Brittiany DuPuis, 22, of 277 Capri Ave.

During questioning, the pair was initially cooperative but DuPuis became agitated and Egeland grew hostile, throwing a chair which damaged the drywall in the interview room and kicking a door. DuPuis later told detectives the pair had been smoking “spice,” also known as synthetic marijuana.

Both suspects are charged with six felonies, including four counts of Vehicle Burglary, one count of Residential Burglary and one count of Attempted Residential Burglary. Egeland is also charged with Criminal Mischief for damaging Sarasota County property.


CCSO: 3 Arrested Sunday
for Counterfeit Bills


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Three people from Florida’s east coast were arrested Sunday after they allegedly used or tried to use counterfeit money at various locations in Port Charlotte and Englewood.

Deputies were initially called to My Mechanic, located at 6483 San Casa Drive in Englewood, shortly after 1:00 p.m. Sunday after four people tried to use counterfeit $20 and $10 bills to pay for tires for their car. When an employee told them the money they used was counterfeit, they paid the bill with real currency and left the area.

About two hours later deputies in the Port Charlotte area were called to the area of Peachland and Veterans Blvd. for people using counterfeit money at local businesses. They located the same vehicle from the Englewood incident and found that the driver, Byron L. Harris, 25, of 296 Sandpiper Avenue in West Palm Beach, had a suspended driver’s license. He was placed under arrest on the traffic charge.

While deputies were conducting the traffic stop and beginning the investigation of the use of counterfeit money, an employee of the nearby Subway Sandwich Shop arrived and told deputies the two women in the car had just passed counterfeit money at his business.

Members of the Economic Crimes Unit were called out to continue the investigation. As a result, Harris was also charged with Possessing a Counterfeited Payment Instrument. He was being held on a $3,250 bond.

Also arrested were Rosa Marie Purifory, 18, of 2800 Georgia Avenue in West Palm Beach, on charges of Uttering a Forged Instrument; and Lauren Taylor Hill, 19, of 2241 White Pine Circle in Green Acres, on charges of Uttering a Forged Instrument and Possessing a Counterfeited Payment Instrument. Purifory is being held on $2,500 bond. Hill is being held on $5,000 bond.

The fourth person in the vehicle required medical treatment and was transported to a local hospital.

Any person or business who may have conducted a cash transaction with Harris, Hill or Purifory over this past weekend is asked to please call the Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101 for the Economic Crimes Unit.


Publix Robbery May Be Connected
to Two Others in Area, Cops Say


ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Authorities are searching for the masked gunmen who they say robbed an Altamonte Springs Publix on Sunday night--and they believe it could be related to two other robberies in the area, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Deputies said the Publix on East Altamonte Drive was robbed Sunday night by three robbers just before 10 p.m.

In the video, several employees and customers were forced to put their arms in the air as the robbers demanded the manager on duty and asked to be brought to the cash office.

Employees did what they were asked and made their escape, deputies said.

The gunmen are described as three black men wearing large jackets and masks.

Meanwhile, a cashier at the Longwood 7-Eleven on Wekiva Springs Road and State Road 434 told WKMG he was robbed by two masked men with guns at 2:30 a.m.

Later Monday morning, a McDonald's was robbed by three masked men with guns at 3:30 a.m., in Apopka. Police say they hope a ping from one of the cellphones stole in the area of the 7-Eleven lead to an arrest in relation to the three burglaries, WKMG said.

 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Another Homicide (6)
in The City of Bradenton;
8th 2013 Homicide Overall

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred at about 8 p.m. on Thursday evening, August 1, 2013. Police say a man was shot and killed at a recreation center in the city.


Above, Brenton Coleman, deceased, and the 13th Avenue Dream Center
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

NewsManatee has learned the name of the dead man is Brenton Coleman, 39, of an unknown last address.

Coleman was shot at the 13th Avenue Dream Center, where the Manatee Mustangs were playing at the time, in the 1000 Block of 24th Street East, Bradenton. There were about 500 people present at the Pop Warner pee-wee football practice when the shooting occurred.

Coleman was standing in the parking lot when he was shot. Those 500 spectators were at the field to watch the Manatee Mustangs take part in their first practice.

No other injuries were reported.

Detectives believe Coleman was targeted and that this was not a random act. They are asking witnesses to please come forward. The man was shot out in the open, surrounded by about 500 potential witnesses to the crime.

Witnesses say two men in masks approached Coleman and shot him in cold blood, then fled the scene.

According to Manatee County court records, Coleman has been arrested multiple times in the past for various felonies and misdemeanors, including arrests for Grand Theft, drug charges, and several traffic violations -- some a felony.

Bradenton Police Detective James Curulla is leading the investigation under the banner of the Manatee County Joint Homicide Unit.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to call the Bradenton Police Department at (941) 932-9300, Det. Curulla at (941) 747-3011, ext. 2224, 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.

This is the 8th homicide in Manatee County Overall in 2013. There have now been six homicides in the City of Bradenton, 1 homicide in the City of Palmetto, and 1 homicide in unincorporated Manatee County.


Man Arrested for Choking
Girlfriend During Argument


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Timothy A. Parker, 37, of 2820 17th Avenue West, Bradenton.


Timothy Parker

The arrest report said Timothy and his girlfriend have been dating for about six months and have lived together for the last two months.

On Saturday, July 27th, at about 1 a.m., the couple began to argue over Timothy having his girlfriend's sister's phone number on his phone. They were at her residence, 1408 54th Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.

The argument turned heated when Timothy grabbed his girlfriend by the throat, cutting off her airway. He denied having her sister's number in his phone.

Trying to free herself, the victim placed her arm near Timothy's face, at which time, Timothy bit her right forearm, leaving bloody indentations of teeth marks.

The victim called for help and Timothy fled the scene.

At first, the victim was very cooperative and agreed to complete a sworn affidavit. However, prior to her beginning the affidavit, she received a phone call from Timothy and her attitude changed. After the conversation with Timothy, she did not want to do an affidavit and refused to have photos taken of her injuries.

Timothy was later arrested at his residence on Wednesday, July 31st, and charged with Domestic Battery by Strangulation.

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


MSO Deputy Arrests Man
for False DL Documents:
"It's a Long Story"


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy Russell Jacobus has arrested Patrick R. Disanto, 48, of 1004 26th Street West, Bradenton.


Patrick Disanto

The arrest report said on Wednesday, July 31st, shortly before 5 p.m., while working at the Manatee County Tax Collector's Office, 819 301 Blvd., Bradenton, Dep. Jacobus was informed by an associate that she was with a customer who had presented counterfeit documents.

After reviewing the documents, which were a New York State birth certificate and a New York State Department of Health document, Dep. Jacobus was able to determine that not only were the documents copies, the date of birth had been altered on both.

Dep. Jacobus researched Disanto and discovered driver licenses out of both New York and Massachusetts under Disanto's name, with the year of his birth being 1965, instead of 1985, which were shown (altered) on the New York State documents that Disanto had presented.

Disanto told Dep. Jacobus that he never had driver licenses out of any other state because "he has had mental and physical illnesses his entire life and has never had a driver license or ID issued in any state because he was not able to care for himself."

Disanto finally admitted that the documents he had presented were not real and that he had altered them himself. He also said the Social Security number he had presented was not his either.

NewsManatee questioned Dep. Jacobus as to whether Disanto had any outstanding warrants or revoked driver license, because Disanto's story wasn't making sense as to why he had to alter the documents.

Dep. Jacobus said Disanto had no warrants and no revocations on his New York or Massachusetts driver licenses and that he, too, had concluded Disanto's story was not making sense.

When Dep. Jacobus further questioned Disanto, he did get some answers as to why Disanto had done the alterations.

Dep. Jacobus told NewsManatee, "It's a long story...basically, he was trying to run from his past."

Disanto was arrested and charged with Using False Information to Obtain a Driver License.

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


Off-Duty Detective Runs Down,
Arrests Robber at McDonald's

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Christian K. Kaiser, 21, a homeless man.


Christian Kaiser

A sheriff's report said Crystal Gill, 28, and her uncle went to McDonald’s at 4711 14th Street West, Bradenton, to buy a beverage.

As Crystal was about to get back into the vehicle, she was hit on her back by a man, later identified as Kaiser, who took her wallet.

Kaiser then fled on foot.

Detective Davis, who was off-duty, was in the area and was informed of the incident.

With the help of two bystanders, Kaiser was apprehended after a foot pursuit.

He was charged with Robbery.

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


Motorcyclist with No Helmet
Collides with Pickup, Dies


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported a fatal collision on Friday, August 2nd, at about 3:20 p.m., at the intersection of U.S. 41 and 53rd Avenue West, Bradenton.

The FHP report of the incident said a 2005 GMC pickup being driven by Andrew Crone, 26, of Bradenton, was northbound on US 41 (State Road 45) approaching the intersection with 53rd Avenue West in the left turn lane.

A 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle being driven by Travis Podgis, 28, of Warner, New Hampshire, was southbound on US 41 (State Road 45) approaching the intersection with 53rd Avenue West in the center lane.

The traffic signal for north and southbound US 41 was solid yellow.

Crone attempted to turn left onto 53rd Avenue West failing to yield the right of way to Podgis.

Podgis attempted to avoid Crone by veering to the left.

Podgis' motorcycle overturned onto its right side and slid in a southerly direction.

The front of the motorcycle collided with the right side of the pickup.

Podgis fell from the motorcycle and came to final rest facing west within the intersection of US 41 and 53rd Avenue West.

Upon arrival of FHP Trooper Neil Nanan, the motorcycle was on its right side in the intersection of 53rd Avenue West and US 41(State Road 45) facing a westerly direction.

The driver of the pickup, Crone, drove the pickup to a controlled stop located in the right lane on 53rd Avenue West, west of US 41 (State Road 45).

There were no skid marks left at the scene, Trooper Nanan noted in his report.

Podgis was transported to Blake Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Podgis was not wearing a helmet.

Charges are pending a blood alcohol test of Podgis' body.


MSO Arrests Sarasota Man for
Manufacturing, Trafficking
in Methamphetamine

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Sean Flavell, 25, following an investigation that began last month when his mother found him cooking methamphetamine in their garage at 2726 Nodosa Drive in Sarasota.


Sean Flavell

Flavell fled the scene before deputies arrived and discovered he was using a one pot method to manufacture significant quantities of the drug.

Detectives continued the investigation and found he had bought the total quantity of Pseudoephedrine allowed for the year, confirmed the substance found was indeed meth and that fingerprints on the bottles belonged to Flavell.

Detectives located him yesterday and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested him in the 5600 block of Juel Gill Road.

Flavell is charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Manufacturing Methamphetamine.

He is being held in the Manatee County Jail on $27,500 bond.


2 Brothers Arrested for
Making Methamphetamine
at Sarasota Homeless Camp


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested two brothers Thursday night, August 1st, for manufacturing methamphetamine at a homeless camp in the wooded area east of Cattlemen Road and Webber Street in Sarasota.


Above, L to R, John Bedford and David Haring

Special Investigations Section detectives received information from their counterparts at the Sarasota Police Department that John Bedford, 30, and David Haring, 19, were cooking meth in their tents.

Detectives determined Haring bought one of the main ingredients, Pseudoephedrine, on Wednesday and Bedford purchased more on Thursday.

Undercover detectives and deputies from the Tactical Unit went to the campsite just before 9:00 p.m., and found all the materials necessary to cook meth and significant quantities of the drug.

Both men admitted cooking meth and were charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Trafficking in Methamphetamine.

Bedford has a history of drug, burglary and battery arrests.


SPD to Observe National
Stop on Red Week

SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department will observe National Stop on Red Week 2013, which runs August 4-10, 2013.

SPD officers want to remind you that red-light safety cameras are part of a comprehensive effort to improve traffic safety in our community for all drivers, residents, families and children.

Facts regarding Sarasota Red Light Cameras:

~ Friday is the day of the week when most red-light running violations happen
~ Sarasota residents are the recipients of 50% of all violations issued in 2012
~ Most red-light runners in Sarasota do not get a second ticket
~ Most red-light running violations happen between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.


CCSO: Five Unlocked
Vehicles Burglarized


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Five vehicles in the Port Charlotte area have been reported burglarized within the past few days. All of the vehicles had been left unlocked.

On Thursday, deputies took a report from a victim who reported that their vehicle had been entered and the contents rummaged through sometime between Sunday July 28 and Thursday August 1. The vehicle had been parked in the area of Olean and Harbor.

Earlier Friday, deputies received reports from two different victims along Midway Blvd. in the area of Conway Blvd. where a total of four vehicles were entered sometime overnight.

In all instances, the suspects entered unlocked vehicles and removed whatever loose property had been left inside. Detectives are investigating the burglaries.

Sheriff Bill Prummell would like to remind everyone to always lock their car doors when they leave their vehicle.

“An unlocked car door is an open invitation for a dishonest person to easily enter your vehicle,” Sheriff Prummell said. “Always lock your car when it is unattended, even in your driveway.”

Anyone with information concerning these vehicle burglaries is asked to please call the Sheriff’s Office as (941) 639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).


Autistic Man Found in
'Dungeon-Like' Room

SWEETWATER, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Police responded to a call Thursday in Sweetwater about a mid-20s autistic man who officials said was being kept in "dungeon-like" conditions, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

WPLG-TV reports an anonymous caller told police that the man's mother, identified by police as 56-year-old Gladys Jaramillo, would leave for extended periods of time, leaving him in a small gated room.

According to a police affidavit, the man was being "unwillingly caged in a room with iron bars on the door, with no source of food, water or bathroom."

When police arrived at the trailer home, they called Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to gain entry.

Upon entering the home, police found the man's room to be small with a blacked out window and a rusty iron door that was lock accessible only from the outside.

Officials said the room has no lighting, only had a mattress and smelled strongly of feces and urine.

Department of Children and Families was called to the home.

Some neighbors in the mobile home community said the man appeared to be in good condition when he was seen outside his home.

One woman, however, said she frequently saw the man disheveled and wearing diapers.

Neighbor Rafael Cruz said Jaramillo would leave her son alone while she left to gamble.

Police said Jaramillo was arrested and faces charges including aggravated abuse and neglect on a mentally disabled person, and false imprisonment, WKMG said.

 

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