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Local/State News for week ending 8/31/2013

Female Orange Grove Worker
Shot, Killed in East Manatee;
Person of Interest Sought;
10th Homicide of 2013

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff's Deputies reported the 10th homicide of the year.


Person of Interest -- Joel Ramirez-Hernandez

As NewsManatee reported in a Breaking News item on Wednesday, at approximately 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28th, deputies responded to a fatal shooting in a grove in the 42000 block of St. Rd. 62., in east Manatee County.

When deputies arrived, they discovered the body of a Hispanic female who worked at the grove. A co-worker discovered the body and called 9-1-1. The victim was last seen at the grove earlier in the day.

The dead woman has been identified as Maria Moralez, 42, of 200 Glade Street, in Bowling Green, in Hardee County. Ms. Morales was a single mother of five children.

Detective Jeff Bliss reported she was found deceased on a tractor in the middle of an orange grove at the above location. She hadn't returned to the company barn at her usual time, and co-workers went looking for her.

Detectives with the Manatee Homicide Investigative Unit (MHIU) responded to the scene and determined that the victim died as a result of upper body trauma.

Detectives are working the case as a homicide.

According to Dave Bristow, spokesman for the sheriff's office, detectives are making progress.

Bristow wanted to make it clear that this was not a random shooting. "We can't have people thinking there's some guy shooting up the groves."

Bristow wouldn't say whether an arrest was imminent.

However, Detectives have developed a person of interest in the case. Detectives want to talk to the victim’s former boyfriend, Joel Ramirez, aka Joel Ramirez-Hernandez, 32. Ramirez didn’t show up at his job on Thursday as a farmworker in Hardee County.

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.

This is the 10th homicide in Manatee County Overall in 2013. There have now been 6 homicides in the City of Bradenton, 1 homicide in the City of Palmetto, and 3 homicides in unincorporated Manatee County.


Two Women Arrested for
Prostitution on Tuesday

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Barbara Cox, 45, of the 2800 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton, and Carle Caroniti, 22, of the 6800 block of 32nd Avenue West, Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Barbara Cox and Carle Caroniti

The arrest reports said on Tuesday, August 27th, undercover detectives attached to the Special Investigations Division Tactical Unit were patrolling the streets of Manatee County, posing as "Johns" in an attempt to arrest prostitutes.

At about 9:45 p.m., one of the U/C detectives spotted Cox in the 4300 block of 14th Street West. He made contact and after a brief conversation Cox agreed to give the U/C detective oral sex for $20.

She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prosecution. She posted a $120 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.

Then, at about 11 p.m., a U/C detective spotted Caroniti in the 2000 block of Cortez Road West. He made contact and after a brief conversation, Caroniti agreed to give the U/C detective vaginal sex for $30.

She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Prostitution. When she was searched, deputies located 2 Temazepam capsules, so she was additionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. There was also an outstanding warrant for her arrest on Shoplifting charges.

She remains in the Manatee County Jail at this time on a bail bond of $3,120.


Homeless Man, 65, Busted for
Stealing Condoms from 7-11

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Romilio Victor Ricardo, 65, a homeless man.


Romilio Ricardo

The arrest report said on Wednesday, August 28th, at about 5 a.m., Romilio entered the 7-11 store located at 5640 14th Street West.

He proceeded to place two boxes of condoms in his back pocket and three boxes of condoms in his front pocket.

The store clerk saw Romilio place the 3 boxes in his front pocket and approached Romilio, asking him to take the items out of his pocket.

Romilio then exited the store as a clerk was calling the sheriff's office.

A deputy arrived on scene and made contact with Romilio in front of the store.

He discovered the two boxes of condoms in Romilio's back pocket. The boxes had a value of $9.58.

Romilio was arrested and charged with Petit Theft Shoplifting.

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

His bicycle was placed in Property & Evidence for safekeeping.


Two Teens Robbed at Gunpoint
by Lone Black Male


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has reported an armed robbery that occurred on Wednesday, August 28th, at about 11:15 p.m.

A sheriff's report said Anthony Pondillo and Robert Delosh, both 18 years of age, drove over to 5500 25th Street West, Bradenton, to get some gas money from a friend of theirs.

Almost immediately after pulling into the parking lot, a red Toyota Camry, with tinted windows and blacked out tail lights, pulled behind them and blocked them in.

A Black male then got out of the driver seat of the Camry, walked up to the passenger side of the car Pondillo and Delosh were in, and pointed a silver colored revolver at them.

The robber demanded that they give him everything they had.

Pondillo and Delosh gave the man their items.

The robber then told them to keep their hands where they could be seen, walked to his Camry, fired one shot in the air and then fled in an unknown direction.

No one was injured.

The robber was described as a dark-skinned Black male of average height and weight, with diamond studs in his ears, short hair and wearing a black shirt with a pink design on it.

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

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


West Side 7-11 Robbed by
Two Armed Black males


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery that occurred on Wednesday, August 28th, at about 11:45 p.m., at the 7-11 convenience store located at 2604 53rd Avenue West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said two young Black males entered the store demanding cash.

Once they were given some, they fled from the store westbound.

While fleeing, two of the victims heard what they believed to be a single gunshot.

No one was injured and the suspects were not located.

The culprits were described as 2 Black Males, 18-20 years old, armed with black revolvers and last seen wearing hoodies with bandanas covering their faces.

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.


Hispanic Man Robbed at Gunpoint
by Black Male "Friend"


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery that occurred in the apartment of Manuel Hernandez, 39, on Thursday, August 29th, at about 12:30 p.m.

A sheriff's report said while inside M. Hernandez's apartment, a Black male "friend" pointed a handgun at Hernandez and told him to hand over the bag and cell phone.

Hernandez handed over a cell phone along with a bag that contained a small amount of cash, change and cigars.

The robber fled the area and was not located.

The robber drives a small red 4-door vehicle.

Hernandez and the suspect are/were friends, the report said.

The robber was described as a Black male named Shiquel, aka "Cheez," 22 years old, 5' 6" tall, 170 pounds, with short hair, a tattoo in the Adam's Apple area of his neck, and a tattoo on his upper right tricep.

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

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


SSO: Burglary Trio
Caught in the Act


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Unit arrested three burglars after being contacted about suspicious activity and then watching them commit several crimes.


Above, L to R, Michael Molnar, Alexander Mohr and Charles Nigh

A resident reported three young men possibly going through mailboxes near Wilkinson Road, in Sarasota. After patrol deputies were not able to confirm a crime occurred, members of TAC conducted surveillance and saw the subjects enter a vehicle inside an open garage and go behind another house and come out with a jar of coins. When contacted, the trio admitted to two crimes on Nelson Avenue as well as removing the screen from a window on a Pasadena Avenue home but leaving when they couldn’t get inside.

Michael Molnar, 19, of 3933 Nelson Avenue, is facing three felony charges for Burglary. His accomplices, Alexander Mohr, 19, and Charles Nigh, 18 (neither has a permanent address), are each facing two felony Burglary charges.


CCSO: Two Arrested in
Narcotics Search Warrant;
4 Pounds of Pot Seized

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A man and woman were arrested earlier Wednesday, August 28th, on drug-related charges after the Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit executed search warrants at their residence east of Englewood.

According to reports, detectives began an investigation in late June 2013 concerning narcotics activity at 10197 Tramore Avenue. As a result of their investigation, they were able to obtain a search warrant for the house on Monday August 26. They executed that search warrant early this morning.

While at the house, detectives found that an enclosed trailer and a van owned by one of the residents of the house was parked on an adjacent vacant lot. After two different narcotics-trained K9s alerted on the vehicles, detectives requested and received a second search warrant for them.

During the search of the residence and the vehicles, detectives located 1,860 grams, or 4.1 pounds, of marijuana with an estimated street value of $18,450. The marijuana was stored in vacuum sealed bags which are commonly used during the sale and delivery of marijuana. The contents of all of the packages tested positive for marijuana.

Detectives arrested Andrew Arthur Lalor, 39, and Mary Mae Feustel, 28, on charges of Possession of Marijuana over 20 Grams, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Sell or Deliver and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both Lalor and Feustel were transported to the Charlotte County Jail where they were being booked at the time of this report.

Feustel’s 8-year old son was at the house in the bedroom where some of the marijuana was located during the search. He was released into the custody of a relative.

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).


Zimmerman's Wife to "Think About"
Whether to Stay Married to George


SANFORD, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- George Zimmerman's wife says she's going to have to "think about" whether she stays married to him, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Shellie Zimmerman made the comments to ABC on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing following her husband's arrest for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

"Of course I want to have kids and stay married ... with George? that's something I'm going to have to think about," she said, adding that her husband has beaten down her self-esteem and that is she looking forward to getting her life back.

She also said she wasn't home the night of the shooting because she'd had a fight with her husband.

She says the couple lived "like gypsies" in the months after George Zimmerman was released on bail, spending nights in a 20-foot trailer deep in the woods.

George Zimmerman wasn't in court with her as she was sentenced to a year's probation and 100 hours of community service.

"I can rationalize why I was misleading but the truth is I knew I was lying," Shellie Zimmerman said.

He was acquitted of second-degree murder in July.

Shellie Zimmerman also had a message for the parents of Trayvon Martin.

"I'm so deeply sorry for their loss," she said. "I can't understand the grief when they lose a child."

The Martin family has not responded to Shellie Zimmerman's interview as of Thursday morning, WKMG said.


FHP Joins 8 States on I-10
for Labor Day Enforcement


TALLAHASSEE, Florida [NMT] -- The Florida Highway Patrol is collaborating with other southern border states in an effort to keep the roadways safe and fatality-free over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

All eight states that line Interstate 10, including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, will be participating in an intensified enforcement effort called “10-8 on 10, One Road, One Mission.”

By all states working together, the entire 2,460 miles of I-10 will be covered under this enforcement action, FHP said.

 

 

~ Thursday's Local/State News ~

Angry Man Spits on Ex-Girlfriend,
Slams Her Into Door, Spits on
Deputy, Refuses Commands

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Antwain Williams, 26, of 5702 10th Street East, Bradenton.


Above, Antwain Williams mug shot and Williams being arrested by Dep. Amy Hanson
(Photo by Heather Chadwick, NewsManatee)

According to the arrest report, Williams and Nicole Thielen are ex-boyfriend and girlfriend who were exclusive and intimate for four months.

On Thursday, August 22nd, at about 11:45 a.m., Thielen showed up at Williams' residence. Prior arrangements had been made between Williams and Thielen through numerous phone calls and text messages. She was there to get some of her belongings back.

When Thielen showed up, Williams began to yell at her and spit in her face.

Thielen told Williams to please back up, whereupon Williams proceeded to put his hand on her neck and slam her into the door.

Thielen sustained scratches on her neck and cheek, but declined EMS treatment.

Deputy Amy Hanson had been dispatched to the location. She wrote in her report that Williams "was very belligerent and did not take direction at the time of his arrest. He had to be told numerous times to walk into [District 2 substation]."

At District 2, Williams continued to turn toward Deputy Escher. He tensed up and refused to comply with Deputy Escher's order to walk into the District squad room. Williams attempted to walk down the hallway, but Deputy Escher attempted to redirect Williams into the room.

Williams threw himself against the wall and both Dep. Escher and Williams fell to the ground.

Once on the ground, Williams continued to resist Dep. Escher's efforts to get him up.

Williams finally calmed down enough to be stood on his feet and escorted to the arrestee bench, but then resisted again once at the bench by turning toward Dep. Escher and yelling at him.

Once the ankle shackle was applied, Dep. Escher commanded Williams to sit on the bench multiple times, but Williams defied the orders.

Dep. Escher finally was able to get Williams to sit on the bench, but as Dep. Escher attempted to secure Williams' hands to the bench's shackle, Williams turned his face toward Dep. Escher and continued to yell at the deputy.

While Williams was yelling, spit was coming out of his mouth and landing on Dep. Escher. The deputy had to hold Williams' head in the opposite direction while Dep. Hanson handcuffed him to the bench.

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

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


Man with Gun Confronted Other
Man Who Attempted to Lure
His Daughter; Arrested


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


Timothy Sims

A sheriff's report said on Tuesday, August 27th, at about 4:15 p.m., Sims' 11 yoa daughter was riding her bicycle outside her residence in the 600 block of 33rd Avenue Drive East, Bradenton, as a man by the name of "Johnson" was walking his dog across the street.

According to Sims' daughter, Johnson said "come here, come here" to her twice.

Sims' daughter immediately went into her house and told her dad while Johnson walked away.

Sims, armed with a handgun in his pocket, located Johnson at his home a couple of blocks away where he threatened to kill him. Sims then left but not before pointing the firearm at a dog that approached him in the roadway.

Sims was located at his home where he denied the accusations.

During a consensual search of the home two firearms, several fully loaded handgun magazines, and several rounds of ammunition were located.

Sims was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Carrying a Concealed Firearm and Armed Trespassing.

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

During the investigation it was determined Johnson's actions were suspicious but did not violate Florida Law.


Bradenton Man Arrested for
Stealing Cell Phone from
Beachgoer's bag


BRADENTON BEACH, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Beach Police Department has arrested Christopher Lawrence Thibodeaux, 20, of 8313 43rd Avenue West, Bradenton.


Christopher Thibodeaux

The arrest report said on Monday, August 26th, at about 11 a.m., Bradenton Beach Police Officer Jason Higgins was flagged down at 1100 Gulf Drive South.

He met with the victim, Jeffrey Little, who said he saw a skinny White male sitting in his girlfriend's chair with his hand in the victim's carry bag. Little said he saw the White male take his cell phone out of the bag and when Little confronted the White male, he took off with other beach patrons in pursuit eastbound on 11th Street South, toward the bay.

Little described the thief as shirtless, with a hat, and "real skinny."

Officer Higgins canvassed the area and spotted a White male matching the description Little had given, walking underneath the condo complex at 100 6th Street South.

Officer Higgins told the man, now identified as Thibodeaux, he was temporarily detaining him.

Another officer brought the victim, Jeffrey Little, to the scene. Little positively identified Thibodeaux as the man who had stolen his cell phone.

The phone, valued at $400, was found between 11th Street South and 10th Street South, near the bay. It was returned to Little.

Thibodeaux was arrested and charged with Grand Theft.

He later posted a $1,500 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Woman with Priors Arrested
for Felony Prostitution


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Theresa June Arens, 50, who listed her address as 3715 14th Street West, lot 210, Bradenton.


Theresa Arens

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

On Monday, August 26th, he spotted Arens at the 3700 block of 14th Street West.

He made contact and after a brief conversation, Arens agreed to let the U/C detective perform anal and vaginal sex on her, and she agreed to give him oral sex, all for $20.

Arens was arrested by the takedown team.

A routine criminal history check revealed that Arens had three prior convictions for prostitution in 2010, 1005 and 2003.

She was charged with Felony Prostitution.

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


Manatee County Government Offices
Will be Closed Sept. 2, Labor Day;
So Will NewsManatee


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 2 to commemorate Labor Day.

Trash, recycling and yard waste collections for the week will be postponed one day from Tuesday through Saturday for residents in unincorporated Manatee.

The Anna Maria Island Trolley will operate normal daily routes and the Manatee Avenue Beach Express will operate on holiday schedule. Manatee County Area Transit operations will be suspended for the day.

Manatee County parks and beaches will be open to the public. Manatee County and Buffalo Creek Golf Courses will be open. G.T. Bray Recreation Center facilities will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2. Blackstone Skate Park and G.T. Bray Skate Park will be open.

Central Library, the only county library normally open on Mondays, will be closed.

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

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.

In addition, NewsManatee.com will not be published on Labor Day. Our next full edition will be on Tuesday, September 3rd. Of course, if there is any breaking news on Labor Day, we will post it on the Breaking News page.


Bradenton Woman Arrested
for Armed Robbery at
Sarasota 7-Eleven

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Bradenton woman for the armed robbery at 7-Eleven on Clark Road on August 18th.


Constance Newbeck

The clerk reported that a woman wearing a blonde wig and a black hooded sweatshirt entered the store about 4:40 a.m., told her she had a gun and demanded money from both registers and three cartons of cigarettes.

During the investigation, the clerk was contacted by her ex-sister-in-law, Constance Carol Newbeck, who apologized for robbing her and admitted she used a real gun.

Newbeck, 42, of 2121 56th Avenue Terrace East, Bradenton, was taken into custody on Wednesday, August 28th, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and charged with Robbery with a Firearm.

A judge ordered her held without bond.


Marine Patrol Cites Two
for Commercial Fishing

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A vessel safety check Tuesday by Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol deputies resulted in two Englewood men receiving criminal citations for commercial fishing without a license.


Above, Sheepshead Trout and other trout

At about 2:00 p.m. Marine Patrol deputies stopped a gray mullet boat in the area of the Boca Grande Causeway in Placida to conduct a safety check of the vessel.

The operator of the boat, Dean Earl Gray, 44, of 316 Boundary Blvd. in Rotonda, provided the deputies with the vessel’s registration as well as an expired commercial fishing license.

Both Gray and the boat’s other occupant, Joseph Richard Chisholm, 52, of 11097 Pendleton Avenue in Englewood, told the deputies they were fishing with the intent to sell the fish they caught. Chisholm told them he did not have a commercial fishing license. Gray showed deputies his fish box, which he said contained about 700 pounds of fish.

Deputies confirmed with officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission that Gray’s commercial fishing license was expired and that Chisholm did not have a license. Both Gray and Chisholm were issued Notice to Appear citations on charges of Commercial Fishing without a Salt Water Products license, a second degree misdemeanor. They were released with a court date set for September 12.

The FWC officer and the Marine Patrol deputies counted 319 mullet weighing 678 pounds, two trout weighing four pounds, two sheepsheads weighing four pounds and one jack weighing 1.5 pounds, for a total of 687.5 pounds of fish. All of the fish were seized.


Police Tase Naked Man
Walking His Dog after
He Ate 'Shrooms

MAITLAND, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A 20-year-old man walking his dog while naked was Tased by Maitland police and arrested.


Robin Campbell

Robin Campbell was arrested Sunday on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and exposure of sexual organs.

Maitland police said residents informed them that a naked man was walking a dog, and when officers approached him, he resisted. Campbell also threatened an officer before he was taken into custody.

Police said Campbell later admitted that he was under the influence of Psilocybin mushrooms.

Campbell remains jailed on $2,000 bond.

 

 

~ Wednesday's Local/State News ~

Man Lured, Carjacked, Kidnapped,
Stripped of His Clothing, Robbed
by Two Men with Assault Rifles

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery and kidnapping on Monday, August 26th, at about 11:30 p.m., from the Walmart parking lot, 2911 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton.


The victim in this case, Marcelo Fierro, 24, was shopping at the above location and was in the process of returning to the vehicle he arrived in.

His attention was grabbed by a blond Hispanic Female parked next to him in a dark colored Expedition with Texas tags. She asked him for directions.

When he approached her vehicle he was grabbed by 2 unknown Hispanic males who forced him into the female's vehicle. The males were armed with assault rifles.

One male took the victim's vehicle keys and began leaving the area in the victim's vehicle. The female followed the victim's vehicle and both vehicles parked behind Sam's Club.

The males took all of the victim's belongings including his shirt and pants. The female and one of the males then drove the victim to the 3900 block of 26th Ave. East, in Bradenton, where the victim was kicked out of the vehicle wearing only his underwear.

The victim flagged down a passing motorist to report the incident.

It was unknown where the second male took the victim's vehicle. However, an update to this incident on Wednesday said the victim’s car was located Wednesday morning, abandoned in the 3100 block of 34th Ave. Dr. E. , Bradenton.

Sometime during the incident, the victim was struck in the head with a firearm. The victim had a small bump on his head. He was evaluated by EMS at the scene but declined any treatment.

The Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF) arrived at the scene and took over the investigation.

No arrests have been made at this time as 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.


Man Arrested for Aggravated
Domestic Battery with a
Deadly Weapon


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Andrew Phillip Johnson, 49, of 4108 Magnolia Drive, in Ellenton.


Andrew Johnson

The arrest report indicated that there are four players in this incident. Andrew Johnson is the uncle of Kristopher Johnson. Sharon Johnson is Andrew's wife. Donna Johnson is Andrew's mother and Kristopher's grandmother. They all live together at the above location.

According to the report, on Sunday, August 25th, at about 7 p.m., Kristopher and Andrew, who had been arguing all day continued to do so over family issues.

Donna separated both parties, leaving Andrew in the living room and Kristopher in her bedroom.

Andrew was upset and continued to make comments and statements toward Kristopher.

Kristopher came out of the bedroom and sat on the couch in the living room, verbally arguing with his uncle, Andrew.

Andrew pulled his firearm from the waist of his shorts and threw it on the couch. He then started yelling at Kristopher to get the gun and kill him.

Kristopher grabbed the gun to clear it so there was no round in the chamber, but not knowing enough about firearms, inadvertently chambered a round.

Andrew grabbed the firearm from Kristopher and grabbed Kristopher at the same time. He pushed Kristopher against the wall and shoved the firearm under Kristopher's jaw, pointing it toward Kristopher's head.

Sharon jumped up and grabbed the firearm away from Andrew.

Kristopher grabbed the phone, ran into the bathroom and called 911.

Sharon and Donna kept the parties separated until law enforcement's arrival.

Andrew was arrested and charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

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


Pet Supermarket Managers
Thwart Steal/Refund Trickster,
Get Him Arrested


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Steven Alfred Gambino, 44, of 5904 Riverview Blvd., in Bradenton.


Steven Gambino

The arrest report said on Sunday, August 4th, at about 10:15 a.m., Gambino walked into the Pet Supermarket located at 4315 26th Street West, Bradenton, selected an 11-pound bag of dog food valued at $33 and proceeded to walk out of the store, passing all points of payment, without paying for the dog food.

He got into a white vehicle; the store's manager got the license tag number.

She called the other Pet Supermarket to make them aware of the incident, so they could watch for something similar to occur.

A short time later, Gambino walked into the Pet Supermarket at 6908 Manatee Avenue West and attempted to get a refund on the 11-pound bag of dog food that he had taken earlier from the other Pet Supermarket.

The store manager of the Manatee Avenue store called the manager at the 26th Street West store to confirm the prior information.

Gambino, hearing the manager speak about the stolen dog food to the other manager, Gambino left the store, leaving the bag of dog food and not getting a refund. He got into the white vehicle that he had been in earlier; it was the same tag number.

Investigators interviewed both managers, showing both of them photo line-ups with Gambino among the photos. Both managers picked Gambino out of the lineup.

Surveillance video from both stores showed both incidents.

Gambino was finally arrested on Friday, August 23rd.

He has been charged with Petit Retail Theft.

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


Teenager Robbed at Gunpoint
by Three Black Males


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported an armed robbery that occurred on Monday, August 26th, at about 8 p.m., in the 6400 block of Columbia Drive, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said the victim, D.C., 14, was walking southbound on Columbia Drive when he observed a small gold vehicle pass him and stop several feet in front of him.

The vehicle turned back around towards the victim, stopped short of him and three Black men got out of the vehicle. One man was armed with a shotgun and the second man was armed with a handgun.

The man with the shotgun told the victim to get on the ground and struck him in the back of the head with the shotgun.

Once on the ground, the second man searched the victim and removed items from his pockets.

All three men got into a gold 4-door older vehicle and fled the scene.

The victim suffered a laceration to the back of his head and was seen by EMS.

Two of the robbers covered their face, while the 3rd was heavy set with no shirt and a scar or tattoo on his left chest area. All three were Black males.

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

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


Sheriff Names Deputy
of the Month for
August 2013

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube yesterday announced that the Deputy of the Month for August 2013 is Detective Darryl Davis.

On August 2, 2013 Detective Davis was at a local Chick-Fil-A Restaurant off duty when he was approached by the victim of a recent armed robbery.

The victim immediately gave him a synopsis of what occurred and a description of the suspect who had been spotted jumping a fence behind the nearby GFS Supermarket.

After receiving information that the suspect was close by, Detective Davis initiated a pursuit and was able to locate the suspect within a few blocks.

When Patrol assistance arrived, the suspect was arrested and the victim's property was recovered.

Detective Davis' valor, decisive action and expertise was essential to the positive outcome of this incident, for which Detective Davis is awarded Deputy of the Month for August 2013.

Sheriff Steube congratulated Detective Davis.


Texas Woman Arrested
for Forgery and Fraud


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Texas woman on multiple charges including forgery and fraud for trying to buy electronics at Costco with a fake check.


Chandrika Berry

Costco employees called deputies to investigate the $1,100 purchase of a laptop computer and tablet when the suspect presented a check and an Arkansas driver’s license that appeared to belong to someone else.

Eventually deputies identified the suspect as Chandrika Berry, 25, and found two other checkbooks in someone else’s name with two different sets of routing numbers and accounts. Deputies also learned Berry had made three purchases in the past week in Clearwater and Brandon, as well as Rockwall, Texas.

Berry is charged with Attempted Grand Theft, Uttering a Forged Check, Forgery, Giving a False Name to Law Enforcement and four counts of Criminal Use of Personal Identification.


SSO: Four Arrested
for Trafficking Meth


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested four people for trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine following a joint investigation with the North Port Police Department.


Above, Jason Ward, Eric Boucher, Jessica Grote, and Alycia Hatfield

After developing information that there was a meth operation at 4527 Los Rios Street in North Port, detectives obtained and executed a search warrant just before 9:00 p.m., last night. The Sarasota County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team ensured the residence was safe, and once inside detectives found a large container with chemicals, items used to manufacture meth and other paraphernalia. Detectives seized a total of 228 grams of methamphetamine and arrested the four residents of the home.

Jason Ward, DOB 2/21/82, is charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Listed Chemicals.

Eric Boucher, DOB 9/2/87, is charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Listed Chemicals, Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

Jessica Grote, DOB 6/28/86, and Alycia Hatfield, DOB 2/3/90, are both charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of Listed Chemicals.


SPD: Body Found on
Big Pass Sandbar


SARASOTA, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota Police Department is investigating the death of a man found on Tuesday, Augut 27th, on the sandbar in Big Pass.

The Black male is believed to be in his 50’s to 60’s.

The cause of death is unknown at this time.

The deceased has been identified as Cresente C. Bautista, a White male, 59.

Bautista was born in the Philippines and lived in Ft. Myers with his family.

Cresente is the owner of the C B Marine Construction Company. This company is currently repairing a seawall at Bay Island Park in the area of the Siesta Bridge west end.

The Sarasota Police Department Bureau of Criminal Investigations is currently conducting the death investigation regarding Cresente C. Bautista, but, as of this time, has found no evidence of foul play.

This investigation is still ongoing.


Woman Raped While Walking
Home from LGBTQ Night Club


ORLANDO, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Orlando police are searching for three men after a woman walking home from a LGBTQ nightclub was raped in a possible hate crime, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Police said the rape occurred early Sunday after the woman left Club Revolution on South Bumby Avenue, and the men yelled sexual comments, including "lesbian" and "dyke," at the woman before the attack.

According to Orlando police, the woman was walking home around 1 a.m. when three men in a silver-colored vehicle yelled as they approached her. The men exited the vehicle and two of them pushed her to the ground, took off her underwear and one of them raped her, Orlando police said.

During the attack, the man who raped her allegedly said, "I'll show you how a real man feels," according to a police report.

The men drove off after the attack, police said.

The woman could not provide a detailed description of the assailants but said the driver had short hair and was wearing a black T-shirt and khaki shorts. The woman also could not provide an exact location but said she remembered walking under an overpass, police said.

The rape is also being investigated as a hate crime, police said.

Anyone with information about the attack is urged to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS, WKMG said.


 

~ Tuesday's Local/State News ~

BPD Arrests Home Health Aide
Who Stole Nearly $12,000
from Elderly Blind Client

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On August 20th, at about 11 a.m., the Bradenton Police Department arrested Ava M. Vallor, 39, of 257 Cape Harbour Loop, Bradenton.


Ava Vallor

The arrest report said between September of 2012 and July of 2013, Vallor was employed the Margaret Eaton, 86, of the 1600 block of 1st Avenue West, Bradenton, as a home health aide. Ms. Eaton is legally blind.

While working inside Eaton's residence, Vallor took multiple checks from the victim's home equity line account, forged Ms. Eaton's signature on the checks and wrote the checks to herself, which were ultimately cashed.

Vallor also took Ms. Eaton's ATM debit card and completed numerous withdrawals made against Ms. Eaton's home equity line account.

The checks and ATM withdrawals were completed without Ms. Eaton's knowledge or authorization, the report said.

The total dollar amount taken from Ms. Eaton as a result of the checks being cashed and the ATM withdrawals amounted to $11,800.

Ms. Eaton's daughter, who also had access to Ms. Eaton's account, discovered the unusual activity in the account and started investigating. She went to the bank and was told of the unauthorized checks Vallor had written to herself.

Ms. Eaton's daughter confronted Vallor, who allegedly confessed to writing the checks. At that time, she wrote a statement agreeing to work for Ms. Eaton until the money was repaid.

On August 13th, BPD interviewed Vallor. During the interview, Vallor allegedly confessed to writing the checks and making the ATM withdrawals.

Vallor told police the reason she did it was because she was only working one or two days a week and was experiencing financial difficulties and needed money; she said "I did it to survive."

Vallor was arrested and charged with Grand Theft by Embezzlement from a Victim Over 65, and one count of Uttering a Forged Check.

She later posted a $9,000 bail bond and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Known Prostitute Shot in Back
after Disagreement Over
Payment of "Services"
with "John"


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- On Saturday, August 24, 2013, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Bradenton Police Officers responded to the 2500 block of 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL. in regard to a shooting complaint.


Gayle DeWitz
(Prior mug shot)

Officers discovered that the victim, Gayle DeWitz, 44, of Bradenton, had been picked up by the suspect, an unknown Black male, in the 2600 block of North Tamiami Trail, Bradenton.

Shortly thereafter, an argument ensued. A local report said DeWitz wanted payment for her "services" in advance and the "John" refused to make advance payment.

DeWitz then exited the vehicle.

The suspect produced a handgun, and fired one shot, striking DeWitz in the back.

DeWitz was able to seek assistance from a nearby business owner, and was later transported to Blake Medical Center for medical treatment. DeWitz is in stable condition at this time.

DeWitz is a known prostitute, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's website.

The suspect's description is limited to a Black male, with long dreadlock hair, and two gold front teeth. He was last seen leaving the area in a silver and gold car.

Anyone having information with regard to this case is asked to contact: Bradenton Police Detective Jeff Beckley at 941-932-9300 Ext. 328, 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 Men Arrested Following
Burglary, Flight; One Was
Bitten by an MSO K-9


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Nicholas M. Erwin, 21, and Ethan E. Caton, 21, both of Bradenton.


Above, L to R, Nicholas Erwin, MSO K-9 Frankie, and Ethan Caton

A sheriff's report said on Monday, August 26th, at about 3:20 a.m., the two men listed above were observed inside the victim's vehicle at 4232 53th Avenue West, Champion's Walk, Bradenton, by a witness who called 911.

Deputies responded to the area and the two men fled on foot.

K-9 Deputy Bertolino and K-9 Frankie located both suspects. Erwin was bitten by K-9 Frankie before being taken into custody.

Both Erwin and Caton were charged with Burglary to a Conveyance and Resisting Arrest without Violence.


Victim Sprays Man with Mace
When He Assaults Two
Women with Knife

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dwight Murray, 25, of 1011 33rd Avenue East, Bradenton.


Dwight Murray

The arrest report said Sharonda McNeal and Dwight Murray are girlfriend and boyfriend who live together at the above location.

On Friday, August 23rd, at about 7:30 a.m., they were involved in a verbal altercation regarding McNeal coming home at 6 a.m. that morning.

The argument turned physical when Murray punched McNeal in the face twice and held a knife to her throat.

A witness, Cherfina Johnson, McNeal's cousin, pulled McNeal away from Murray.

At that time, Murray started swearing at both of them and ran toward them with the knife.

Not knowing what Murray was going to do, Johnson sprayed Murray in the face with mace in self-defense.

Murray then threatened to batter McNeal again when he gets out of jail.

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

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $20,000.


Woman Arrested for Slashing
Man's Right Forearm


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Ericka Fowler, 39, of 1903 5th Street West, Bradenton.


Ericka Fowler

The arrest report said on Saturday, August 24th, at about 1:45 p.m., Fowler used a serrated kitchen knife to stab her current boyfriend, Fred Williams, Jr., in the right forearm when he reached into the vehicle Fowler was driving.

The knife was located in the center console of the vehicle in plain view with blood on it.

Williams had a laceration that required sutures.

Fowler and Williams live together, have children in common, and are in a relationship.

Post-Miranda, Fowler told police on camera that she stabbed Williams with the knife to prevent him from hitting her.

Fowler was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

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


SSO: Two Arrested for
Retail Theft and Fraud


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a crime duo for stealing items from TJ Maxx and returning them for hundreds of dollars in store credit.


Above, L to R, Katelyn Kemp and Kathleen Zahn

On July 28th, deputies arrested Katelyn Kemp, 20, of no permanent address, for stealing shoes and socks from the Tuttle Avenue location. That arrest prompted an investigation by the TJ Maxx National Task Force, which found additional thefts and returns involving Kemp and Kathleen Zahn, 39, of 1660 7th Street, Unit A, Sarasota. On five different occasions in July, one woman stole merchandise and the other returned it for store credit totaling more than $1,700.

Kemp and Zahn are each charged with one count of Scheme to Defraud and one count of Grand Theft.

Both have extensive local arrest histories for larceny, fraud, retail theft and drug charges. Zahn’s history reaches back to 1994 but Kemp has 15 arrests in just the past two years. Both say they steal to fuel their drug habits.

"This is another example of our strong collaboration with store loss prevention to crack down on retail crimes in this community," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "Retail theft affects businesses and consumers, so we will continue to work to reduce this problem locally."


CCSO: 911 Caller
Gets Ride to Jail

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- A 54-year-old Hialeah man who called 911 on Sunday afternoon because he wanted a ride got his wish, except the ride was to the Charlotte County Jail.


Jose Vazquez

Shortly after noon Sunday, a deputy, who was initially dispatched to the area of Cortland Avenue and Tinker Street in Port Charlotte because a stop sign was supposed to be down, was told that the caller said he had been involved in a crash at that location and had been run over by a vehicle. The deputy changed to an emergency response to the call and an ambulance and the Fire Department were also dispatched.

When the deputy arrived, he found Jose Manuel Vazquez, of 3699 West 12th Avenue in Hialeah, standing in the street. The stop sign at the intersection was in place and was not damaged. When the deputy asked Vazquez where he was injured, Vazquez said he wasn’t injured; he just needed a taxi and he wanted the deputy to get there quickly.

Vazquez was arrested on charges of Misuse of the 911 or E911 System and transported to the Charlotte County Jail. He was being held on $1,000 bond.


Man Arrested for Threatening
to Kill Wife Over Cat Litter

PALM COAST, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- A Central Florida man was arrested on suspicion of threatening to kill his wife over dirty cat litter, Orlando television station WKMG reported.

Avelino Urbano Garon was arrested on assault charges in Palm Coast after an argument with his wife turned violent, Flagler County deputies said.

According to deputies, the couple had been arguing over whose responsibility it was to change the cat litter when Garon threatened to throw their cat against the wall. He then picked up a knife and threatened to kill his wife, deputies said.

Flagler deputies say Garon, 59, told them he believes a wife is responsible for cleaning the litter box.

Garon was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and later released on $1,000 bond, WKMG said.

 

~ Monday's Local/State News ~

Nine Men Arrested in BPD
Reverse Prostitution Sting;
5 Vehicles Seized

BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- According to a press release from BPD Deputy Chief Warren Merriman, on August 22, 2013, the City of Bradenton Police Department's Casual Clothes and Narcotics Unit conducted an undercover Prostitution Operation throughout the city's jurisdiction.

The operation targeted individuals attempting to procure the services of an individual for the purpose of prostitution, or for any other lewd act, and resulted in the arrests below.


Above, L to R, Top to Bottom, Benitez, Aguilara-Reyes, Ammond, Balderas
Woods, Williams, Tamayo and Hernandez
(Not shown: Carlos Riviera-Martinez)

~ Carlos Riviera-Martinez, H/M, 48 years of age, Solicitation of Prostitution - Misdemeanor
(Also charged with No Valid Driver's License)

~ David Benitez, H/M, 22 years of age, Solicitation of Prostitution - Misdemeanor

~ Alvaro Aguilera-Reyes, H/M, 54 years of age, Solicitation of Prostitution - Misdemeanor

~ Jay C. Ammond, W/M, 43 years of age, Solicitation of Prostitution - Misdemeanor
(Also charged with possession of marijuana less than 20 grams)

~ Luis Balderas, H/M, 31 years of age, Solicitation of Prostitution - Misdemeanor

~ Nolan Woods, B/M, 30 years of age, Solicitation of Prostitution - Misdemeanor

~ Richard Williams, W/M, 41 years of age, Solicitation of Prostitution - Misdemeanor

~ Serioli Tamayo, H/M, 50 years of age, Solicitation of Prostitution - Misdemeanor

~ Jorge Hernandez, H/M, 32 years of age, Solicitation of Prostitution - Misdemeanor

Additionally, a total of (5) five motor vehicles were seized under Bradenton City Ordinance 2949.

The City of Bradenton Police Department will continue its city-wide enforcement effort to prevent and stop the illegal acts of prostitution, the press release said.


PPD Arrests Man for Robbery;
Witnesses Chase Him, Run
Him into Waiting Police


PALMETTO, Florida [NMT] -- The Palmetto Police Department has arrested Brandon Lee Hartsoe, 29, of 2209 19th Street West, Bradenton.


Brandon Hartsoe

The arrest report said on Monday, August 19th, at about 5:45 p.m., Hartsoe walked up to Jose Gonzalez in the 600 block of 12th Street West and asked Jose for a lighter.

Jose told Hartsoe he didn't have one, whereupon Hartsoe began punching Jose.

Jose fell to the ground while Hartsoe was straddling him and choking him; Jose said he could not breathe.

Some witnesses came to Jose's aid and chased Hartsoe onto the 300 block of 19th Street West until police could detain Hartsoe at that location.

Jose told police Hartsoe had taken his wallet containing $350, his cell phone, flip flops and hat.

Jose had sustained a cut on his forehead and lumps on the left side of his face.

Jose and the two witnesses who chased Hartsoe positively identified him as being the robber.

Jose's wallet was not found, but police found $130 on Hartsoe. Backtracking, police also located Jose's phone, flip flops and hat.

Hartsoe was arrested and charged with Robbery.

He remains in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $200,000.


One of Two Burglars Captured
Shortly After Incident


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested James M. White, 21, of Bradenton.


James M. White

A sheriff's report said on Friday, August 23rd, at about 10:15 a.m., the victim, Donald Grill, returned home and interrupted a burglary to his residence at 3151 57th Avenue Circle East, Bradenton.

James White and another suspect fled the area in a vehicle.

The victim provided MSO with the tag for the car.

Units responded and were able to locate the vehicle, along with White and the other suspect.

Both suspects fled on foot.

White was apprehended and charged with the Burglary.

He remained in the Manatee County Jail on a bail bond of $10,000 as of Saturday afternoon.

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 Arrested for
Grand Theft Auto


BRADENTON, Florida [NMT] -- The Bradenton Police Department has arrested Halley Michelle Depew, 24, of 107 Portia Street, in Nokomis.


Halley Depew

The arrest report said on Friday, August 23rd, at about 2:45 a.m., a BPD officer spotted a vehicle driving erratically on 12th Street West; it was traveling southbound in the northbound lane.

The officer then observed the vehicle fail to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of 12th Street West and 23rd Avenue West.

The officer got behind the vehicle and upon running the license plate, he was notified that the vehicle returned as stolen out of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office; dispatch confirmed the vehicle was stolen.

The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle as it turned into a driveway at 2109 10th Street West. He activated his lights and removed two White females from the vehicle.

Depew was the driver of the vehicle and was specifically listed as on the stolen vehicle bulletin as being the suspect in the theft of the vehicle.

Depew was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Auto.

Post-Miranda, Depew said she is the vehicle owner's girlfriend. She said she took it from him about 2 weeks ago and that she has not spoken with the victim since.

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


Woman Busted for Shoplifting $400
in Items from Saks 5th Avenue


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has arrested Jacquelyn Christa Cavalier, 33, of 16116 Amethyst Key Drive, in Wimauma.


Jacquelyn Cavalier

The arrest report said on Thursday, August 22nd, at about 8 p.m., Cavalier entered the Saks 5th Avenue Store, located at 5461 Factory Shops Blvd., in Ellenton.

She walked around the store, kneeling down at several points to stuff items in her purse.

On at least two occasions, store personnel asked her if they could take some of the items to the register to hold them for her; she would give store personnel one or two items.

Eventually, she went to the registers and paid for a pair of denim jeans, but did not pay for the items in her purse. She attempted to leave the store without paying.

A loss prevention person stopped Cavalier and identified himself.

Once back at the loss prevention office, items in Cavalier's purse were recovered, including 2 bottles of perfume, 1 scarf, 1 lip gloss, 1 bottle of hair spray and 2 headbands, for a total dollar value of $407.95.

Cavalier was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Shoplifting.

She later posted a bail bond of $1,500 and was released from the Manatee County Jail.


Man Chased by Loss Prevention
Gets Away; Drops Stolen Items


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a case of grand theft shoplifting that occurred on Saturday, August 24th, at about 12:30 p.m., at Home Depot located at 2350 Cortez Road West, Bradenton.

A sheriff's report said a White male was shoplifting 2 faucets. He began to leave the store without paying.

As store employees were telling the man to stop, he ran out the front door of Home Depot.

One of the employees was chasing the man in the parking lot when the man displayed a knife and warned the employee to stop.

Then the man fled around the rear of Home Depot and was last seen by witnesses at the old BP station nearby.

Both faucets were recovered at the old BP.

K-9 responded and attempted to track with negative results.

The man was described as a White male in his late 20s, with brown hair, 5'10" tall, 150 pounds, last seen wearing a gray ball cap, a blue shirt and jean shorts.

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

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


SSO: Crime Trio Arrested
on Multiple Charges


SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office caught three known offenders as they drove around Venice late last night doing drugs and trying to sell stolen goods.


Above, L to R, Marianne Dolleman, Steven Scott and Kayla Masek

Shortly after patrol deputies responded to two residential burglaries on Bahama Road where $1,400 worth of fishing rods and reels were stolen, members of the Tactical Unit spotted a vehicle with several fishing rods extending out the window. Deputies contacted the driver, prolific offender Marianne Dolleman, 360 Foxglove Road, who said Steven Scott and Kayla Masek, both of 281 Mount Vernon Drive, paid her to drive them around so Scott could try to sell the stolen items.

During a search of the vehicle deputies also found two drug pipes, a syringe that tested positive for opiates and a bag of Ryobi tools which were later determined to be stolen in a third burglary on Sunset Beach Drive. Deputies also found two bracelets which Scott had stolen from Dolleman’s home earlier in the night.

Dolleman is charged with Dealing in Stolen Property; Masek is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; and Scott is charged with four counts of Burglary.

Scott was arrested last month during "Operation Booster Buster" for stealing from Beall’s Outlet in Venice, had been arrested in February for failing to appear in court on Grand Theft charges.

Altogether the trio has a local history of 35 arrests.


Sex Predator Attacked Boy
He Was Babysitting


TITUSVILLE, Florida [NMT/WKMG] -- Titusville police are trying to determine if there are more victims after a man, now labeled as a sexual predator, allegedly attacked a child.


Henry Rink

Henry Rink, 66, of Titusville, was arrested on three counts of sexual battery on a child under the age of 12.

Rink was labeled a sexual predator by the state after being convicted of a crime in 2004.

His recent arrest stems from incidents that occurred between 2002 and 2004, police said.

"(The) Titusville Police Department is releasing this information because Rink was babysitting the victim at the time of the crimes. Parents who allowed Rink to have unsupervised contact with their children are urged to speak to their children to determine if there are more victims," officials said Friday in a statement.

Parents with information about Rink can contact the Titusville Police Department or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.


 

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